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    “THE UNWANTED” (DVD Review)

    Writer/director Bret Wood’s moody microbudget melodrama THE UNWANTED (out now on Blu-ray from Kino-Lorber) has been met with general critical indifference since its release. Too glacial in its pacing, too light on hard sex and violence for many horror movie hounds and too modestly financed to thrill those looking for a glossy arthouse piece, THE UNWANTED is certainly an anomaly and doesn’t fit comfortably anywhere, really. That, of course, is part of its fascination; it’s a film that goes against convention and has a strange power that is hard to shake.

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    “SCOOBY DOO! AND KISS: ROCK AND ROLL MYSTERY” (Film Review)

    Ardent fans of Hanna-Barbera’s ludicrous and legendary 1978 TV movie KISS MEETS THE PHANTOM OF THE PARK (of which this writer is one) love it unconditionally; the film (directed by recently deceased genre filmmaker Gordon Hessler), is absolutely one of the strangest, inadvertently hilarious and patently ridiculous cult films of all time and there’s truly nothing else quite like it, anywhere, anytime, anyplace. But for the band, PHANTOM is of significant historical relevance. By the time the film began production, KISS was at their commercial peak and, with of co-founder and self-confessed pop culture junkie Gene Simmons’ enthusiastic blessing, had found its garish painted visages stamped across every sort of mass-marketed merchandise known to man. And, after the success of STAR WARS the previous year and the pomp of their literally blood soaked Marvel Comics appearance, it made sense to push the KISS phenomenon into the realm of cinema.

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    Contest: Win a Copy of Jess Franco’s “THE EROTIC RITES OF FRANKENSTEIN” from Kino Lorber!

    If you’re a Jess Franco-phile, you are well aware of his varied phases, depending on the time a picture was shot, where it was shot, for whom it was shot and, of course, for how MUCH it was shot for. But out of the 200-plus films Franco made before his passing, the ones produced during his post-Harry Alan Towers period of the early 1970’s were among his most daring and bizarre.

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    L.A.! Barbara Steele to sign FANGORIA #342 for free at Dark Delicacies in Burbank Next Sunday!

    FANGORIA #342 has shipped and fans are thrilling to our salute to the First Lady of Gothic Horror, Lady Barbara Steele, who graces our cover in a beautiful painting by artist Marc Schoenbach, And as a special treat, if you’re in the L.A. area, Barbara will be signing copies of the magazine for FREE (with purchase of the issue, of course) at Burbank horror hotspot Dark Delicacies!
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    Contest: FANGO Artist Kelly Forbes & Time Warp Collectibles Limited Edition “ZOMBIE” Print!

    Frequent “FANGORIA Legends” cover artist Kelly Forbes and Time Warp Collectibles have joined forces  to release an amazing treat for fans of Lucio Fulci’s immortal 1979 Eurohorror gut-muncher ZOMBIE. The print, pictured below, is an exclusive Limited Edition screen print featuring a colorful meltodown with some of the most eye-skewering, skin-ripping, gore-gushingly gory moments from the Fulci flick, suitable for framing. This three color image will be printed on heavy card stock and hand numbered, measuring 24 x 32″ and are limited to only 100 prints worldwide.  Each print costs $40 shipped within the U.S.

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    “THE HOWLING II: YOUR SISTER IS A WEREWOLF” (Blu-ray Review)

    No one will ever mistake Philippe Mora’s suicidal sequel HOWLING II: YOUR SISTER IS A WEREWOLF for a “good” movie. But really, when it comes to our obsession with weird fantasy and trash cinema, what the Hell does “good” mean, anyway? One of Merriam-Webster’s dictionary definitions of “good” is “pleasant and acceptable” and certainly, no one wants a horror film that’s pleasant and acceptable, do they? In fact, HOWLING II is so wonderfully unpleasant and defiantly unacceptable that it becomes an almost art-house study in wrongness; a freefall of atonal edits, alternately outrageous and listless performances, oddball grab shots and screen wipes, strange, rubbery gore, perverse costumes… and boobs. Tons of boobs. Almost all of them which belong to co-star Sybil Danning…

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    Exclusive Trailer, BTS Stills: Luigi Cozzi’s New Italian Thriller “BLOOD ON MELIES’ MOON”

    With Arrow Video’s critically lauded new Blu-ray release of Luigi Cozzi’s 1980 classic CONTAMINATION hitting the streets today, FANGORIA is pleased to provide you with the first look at Cozzi’s (or, Lewis Coates as he is often credited in international prints of his films) new feature, the DIY meta-horror thriller BLOOD ON MELIES’ MOON.

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    Roger Corman and Charles Band Take Fan Questions for Exclusive Video

    In honor of the impending release of Roger and Julie Corman’s latest monster mash SHARKTOPUS VS. WHALEWOLF (coming to SyFy on July 19th), Corman, the king of cult cinema and fellow generation-spanning genre movie legend Charles Band, are sitting down next week to produce an exclusive video tentatively dubbed “MONSTERS, MAIDENS AND MAD PUPPETS”.

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    TV Review: “REELSIDE PRESENTS GEORGE A. ROMERO”

    Now screening on Canadian pay television is REELSIDE , a new 6-part series executive produced by veteran Toronto film critic and journalist Richard Crouse in which key Canadian performers and artists explore the creative mechanisms of their similarly Northern based colleagues. In the first beautifully shot installment, David Cronenberg favorite Sarah Gadon joined forces with Cronenberg’s photographer daughter Caitlin on an art project, and future episodes will see the likes of Seth Rogen and Bruce McDonald also discussing their own processes and struggles to make their voices heard.

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