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  • “HOUSE 23” (Book Review)

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    HOUSE 23 is a part murder mystery, part home invasion horror, written by Eli Yance and published by Skyhorse Publishing. The story follows Joseph Lee, a man who seemingly has everything: A beautiful, supportive and wealthy wife, Jennifer, alongside a large home in the English countryside.  One minute, he is showering to ready himself for a holiday get-together with his family; the next, he is spitting blood through now-broken teeth and dizzy from a bloody wound to his head. As he stumbles in a bid to get downstairs to his wife, he tumbles down the steps and lands upon Jennifer’s lifeless body. Now living as the town pariah and being suspected as Jennifer’s murderer, Joseph finds comfort in his new neighbors, Riso and Zala, who shares a striking resemblance to Jennifer, yet something sinister lies beneath the couple’s appearance.

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  • “BEYOND THE WALLS” (TV Review)

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    A 3-Part TV Mini-series that premiered in the US earlier this year as a Shudder exclusive, BEYOND THE WALLS embodies all the elements of what truly makes this writer scared. There is not an onslaught of blood and gore, but rather a quiet, ever-building tension in the story and in the camerawork that satisfies.

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  • Toronto After Dark 2016: Natasha Lyonne and Danny Perez on “ANTIBIRTH”

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    ANTIBIRTH is the narcotic drenched, immaculate conception horror comedy that took Toronto After Dark Film Festival by storm. The highly-anticipated screening also brought in ANTIBIRTH star Natasha Lyonne and visionary director Danny Perez to Toronto to speak on the film.  The duo sat down with FANGORIA to talk about the film, the trials and tribulations of getting a film as bizarre as ANTIBIRTH made, and the joys of fake pregnancy…

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  • Q&A: Curators Colin Geddes and Sam Zimmerman talk Shudder

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    It’s an interesting time for VOD film and TV platforms. On the day of this interview with TIFF Midnight Madness programmer Colin Geddes and FANGORIA alumni Sam Zimmerman about the launch of their latest joint venture, Shudder Canada, another Canadian media streaming site named Shomi, announced its closure. Yet Shudder Canada was the organic next step for the AMC-owned streaming service, launching on the heels of the US-centric Shudder’s successful first year. With their impressive library growing by the day, FANGORIA sat down with Geddes and Zimmerman to talk about Shudder, combating piracy, and, of course, the films they know, love, and are ready to share with the rest of the world…

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  • Toronto After Dark 2016: “STAKE LAND 2” (Film Review)

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    Back in 2010, STAKE LAND was the breakout hit of TIFF’s Midnight Madness program. Fast forward to the present time, 6 years after the cult success of the first film, STAKE LAND 2 (or THE STAKELANDER, depending on the region) has hit Toronto After Dark, right in tandem with its debut on Syfy this past weekend. Though sequels can be a tough sell to an already built-in audience, especially when you throw in a new directorial team (BODY’s Robert Olsen and Dan Berk), STAKE LAND 2 was a real gamble for all involved. However, fans of STAKE LAND will be happy to hear that this gamble payed off tenfold.

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  • Toronto After Dark 2016: “THE REZORT” (Film Review)

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    This writer, like many horror fans, have seen more zombie flicks than you can shake a stick at, and the notion of adding another one into the mix does little for me, personally. Many zombie films have become formulaic and paint-by-numbers, helmed by comfort filmmakers who appear to be satiated by playing it safe. Therefore, when entering the theater for THE REZORT, this writer didn’t have any strong feelings. Hell, this writer didn’t walk in to THE REZORT with any feeling at all since so many zombie films these days seem to have lost the heart of the genre.

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  • Q&A: Director Chris Trebilcock talks “THE DARK STRANGER”!

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    A common, yet vastly sweeping question often thrown out to horror lovers is….what is horror? Everyone has their own take on the answer, as unique as the person giving the response. With all the intensely evil happenings in the world today it has become tragically safe to say that the scariest demon out there is more often than not the one that reside in our own minds. Mental health is a serious issue and is killing far more people than any slasher in a horror film ever could.

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  • Q&A: Alain Moussi talks “KICKBOXER: VENGEANCE”!

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    Here at FANGORIA, we pride ourselves on giving readers the very latest and greatest on all things horror, but if you may, please indulge our mutual fandom for the action-packed cinema that created icons out of Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan and Jean Claude Van Damme. Seasoned martial artist and stuntman Alain Moussi took that love one step and countless hours of practice further, and now, Moussi is in the big shoes that once belonged to JCVD in KICKBOXER: VENGEANCE.

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  • “BATES MOTEL: Season 4, Episode 10” (TV Review)

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    Despite Norma looking very much deceased in last week’s episode, it was still debateable whether or not she was truly dead, possibly due to the fact that it is almost unheard of for one of the two leads to be killed off at this point in the game. With Norman’s mind increasingly diluted by psychosis, the show is always in the air as to what is real and what is not, and of course, there is also the case for characters having been brought back from the “dead” before, such as with Bradley Martin. Alas, that was not the case for poor Norma Bates.

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  • “BATES MOTEL: Season 4, Episode 9” (TV Review)

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    After bearing witness to Norman’s ax-wielding meltdown in Episode 8, Episode 9 finds Alex concerned (and rightfully so) for the well-being and safety of Norma, who refuses to admit to him (and herself) that his request to have Norman go back to Pineview is warranted. Norma goes through her checklist of angles to get out of it but goes with her trusty ol gaslighting approach by telling Alex that he is overreacting.  

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  • “BATES MOTEL: Season 4, Episode 8” (TV Review)

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    Episode 8 of BATES MOTEL is titled “Unfaithful” and the title couldn’t be more apt, as that’s exactly how Norman views his mother’s position with her new husband. Of course, Norma justifies her marriage and protective motherhood as “trying to protect” everyone from everything but for this viewer, the act is wearing thin. As for Norman, his anger and newfound inner brat is, while unappealing, not unwarranted. It becomes evident to him that he doesn’t fit into these new lives which leaves him feeling a growing resentment, planting more seeds towards the inevitable.

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  • “BATES MOTEL: Season 4, Episode 7” (TV Review)

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    There was something unique about last week’s episode of BATES MOTEL, entitled “There’s No Place Like Home” after the mantra repeated by Dorothy in THE WIZARD OF OZ to help her come back to reality. Directed by Nestor Carbonell (who plays Sheriff Romero on the series), “There’s No Place Like Home” offers an interesting dynamic and perspective, especially considering Carbonell is someone who has crafted a vital character on the show. Nestor’s vision is absolutely stunning, and this episode, much like Romero himself at times, has a very sweet tone to it.

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