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    “THE MONTAUK CHRONICLES” (Film Review)

    Writer/director Christopher P. Garetano’s arch pseudo-documentary THE MONTAUK CHRONICLES has existed in various forms and cuts for almost five years. Screened publicly in 2012, Garetano kept obsessively tinkering with the film, adding footage, re-structuring and delaying its official release time and time again. Of course, for those that were following its stop-and-start existence, the behind the scenes drama only added to the myth of the film and drew attention the shadowy conspiracies it aims to investigate. Now, New Yorkers will have the chance to catch the world premiere of the current – and purportedly final – cut, screening as part of the Third Annual Phillip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival, this Saturday at 5 p.m. at The Producer’s Club.

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    Contest: Toronto! Win a Run of Engagement Passes for “WHY DON’T YOU PLAY IN HELL?”!

    Nobody draws a bloodbath quite like the Japanese, and filmmaker Sion Sono certainly loves to spray the red stuff around the screen. His latest twisted opus is the acclaimed WHY DON’T YOU PLAY IN HELL?, and FANGORIA wants to give away a stack of passes to the exclusive Toronto engagement at The Royal Cinema.

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    “THE BOYS FROM BRAZIL” (Blu-ray Review)

    PLANET OF THE APES director Franklin J. Schaffner’s chilling 1978 programmer THE BOYS FROM BRAZIL is one of those glorious international, big budget melting pot thrillers whose presence has long since ebbed, having peaked in the 1970’s before fading into oblivion. But the film, based on a wild same-named novel by ROSEMARY’S BABY author Ira Levin, is miles removed from DOCTOR ZHIVAGO, WHERE EAGLES DARE; BOYS is a horror movie, plain and simple. The film follows Levin’s interest in perverted child birth while it exemplifies Schaffner’s deft hand at wrangling massive casts (who again, speak a wide array of languages), multiple locations and managing to make sprawling pictures that are both supremely epic while claustrophobically intimate. And though it wasn’t a financial success upon release, the film has found a devoted cult via TV airings and later, the VHS rental market. And now, Shout! Factory has brought it to Blu-ray.

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    EXCL Photos: Skinny Puppy, Live in NYC

    Veteran industrial/electronic music pioneers Skinny Puppy rolled their Eye vs. Spy Tour (which included fellow groundbreakers Front Line Assembly and newer acts Haujobb and Youth Code) into NYC on December 2nd at the Best Buy Theatre. Frontman Nivek Ogre and aural sculptor cEvin Key blew the crowd away with a conceptual, typically theatrical set of macabre and provoking music and visual and FANGORIA was up front and center to get a glimpse of Ogre’s eerie costumes. 

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    Win Classic Hammer Horror, Christopher Lee Vinyl from Dust Bug Records

    40 years ago, as the legendary Hammer studios was in decline, they steered the release of a fine slab of vinyl horror in their “Hammer Presents Dracula with Christopher Lee”, a shuddery spoken word epic telling a tale of the good Count narrated by his greatest screen essayer, complete with nightmarish stereo sound effects. 

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