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  • London, England: Exclusive Fango Offer to See Composer Simon Boswell Live!

    Wetting his beak in new wave pop and classic Italian exploitation film, progressing to rich evocative scores for the likes of Richard Stanley and Alejandro Jodorowsky to making music for the Pope (!), no other composer has had as bizarre and fascinating a professional journey as British musician Simon Boswell. And now, after a few false starts, Boswell is treating the good people of London to a full-blown live show this week on Thursday, October 2nd at London’s Leicester Square Theatre.

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    Q&A: South African HorrorFest Celebrates 10 Years of Terror

    Horror is a global village and every country and culture seems to embrace and celebrate their love of strange, dark fantasy entertainment. In South Africa, musicians, writers, filmmakers and general genre movie obsessives Paul Blom (who occasionally contributes to Fango) and Sonja Ruppersberg do their part in keeping horror relevant with their annual festival, the SOUTH AFRICAN HORRORFEST, running from October 27th – November 7th at Capetown’s historic Labia Theatre. This year the fest will be screening John Carpenter’s original HALLOWEEN, NYMPH, a new South African film called JULIA, SOULMATE and doc’s like DOC OF THE DEAD, LOST SOUL and YELLOW FEVER. Plus much more.

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    Contest: Win “BASTERDS” and “MORDRID” From Full Moon

    FANGORIA has five copies of the new Blu-ray re-release of the classic Jeffrey Combs/Full Moon Features fantasy B-flick DOCTOR MORDRID to give away. The film stars Combs (RE-ANIMATOR, FROM BEYOND) as a Doctor Strange-esque immortal wizard, a master of the black arts who must save the world from utmost evil. Featuring wild David Allen stop-motion effects, the great, obscure flick is tons of fun and the Blu comes packed with extras.

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    “PIECES OF TALENT” (Movie Review)

    There has been much buzz around the more uncouth corners of the Internet about Joe Stauffer’s über-bloody, self-distributed indie PIECES OF TALENT—and if this writer may be blunt, I was not terribly optimistic about it. For one, the title seemed a bit tone-deaf and clunky, and the concept—goonish serial killer kidnaps, tortures, films and murders folks to make his masterpiece—was not my cup of crimson.

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    “SONNO PROFONDO” (Movie Review)

    The following might very well be the shortest review you’ll read here at Fango this month. It’s not because SONNO PROFONDO (DEEP SLEEP) — a new Argentinian psychodrama from writer, composer, photographer and director Luciano Onetti — is a bad movie. It’s not. It’s actually not a movie at all really, in the traditional sense anyway.

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    “IT FOLLOWS” (Fantastic Fest Review)

    The concept that drives writer/director David Robert Mitchell’s unnerving horror film IT FOLLOWS is obvious in its allegory and certainly, the idea of evil VD has been mined since David Cronenberg literally spat out his sex parasites in 1975’s THE CAME FROM WITHIN (aka SHIVERS). Here, in IT FOLLOWS, it’s not the metaphorical frissons that affect the viewer, rather it is the economical ways in which its director uses sound, silences and framing to seep under the audience’s skin. And believe us, IT FOLLOWS, much like the spectral STD it introduces, leaves an unshakable residue long after withdrawal.

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  • TORONTO: Blood in the Snow Film Fest to Announce Full Lineup at HORROR-RAMA

    Toronto-based horror convention HORROR-RAMA, a two-day fan event happening in Toronto, Canada this November 1-2, 2014 (check out the latest update) has just announced that Canadian horror film festival BLOOD IN THE SNOW (which runs from November 28th – 30th at the Carlton Cinema in Toronto) will announce its full third year lineup at the show.

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    “BACKCOUNTRY” (TIFF Movie Review)

    Canada is a land rich in unspoiled nature. With dense forests and breathtaking cinematic locations from coast to coast, you’ll find many a US western, period piece or summer camp flick shot up here, wherein the producers dupe viewers into thinking you’re watching anything but a Canadian film.

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