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    “BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO” (Movie Review)

    [This review was originally published out of the Toronto International Film Festival in 2012. It is reposted below in light of the film’s theatrical and VOD release.] The word “homage” is a battered old mare when it comes to horror, with many a filmmaker confusing the term—which can most appropriately be applied to directors like Brian De Palma or Quentin Tarantino, who graft elements and DNA of pictures they admire onto fresh frameworks—with ripoff. Look at the “grindhouse” phenomenon, a dubious and meaningless label that has given birth to an endless parade of pink-tinted, fake-aged visuals and replicant movements creating works that are by now rather tired, unimaginative and poor Xeroxes of the accidentally awesome trash classics they ape.

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    Corman’s Drive-In is now live!

    Maverick movie mogul and exploitation mastermind Roger Corman and his long-time partner in cinematic – and romantic – crime Julie, have finally launched “Corman’s Drive-In” on YouTube, a rotating selection of 30 films per month from the over 400 wild titles in Corman’s vast  library.

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    EXCL Trailer Premiere: “COPiii: THE 1ST ENTRY”

    Earlier this year in the pages of FANGORIA, we pointed an arrow towards a top drawer short film called VELVET ROAD, a moody and unsettling look at the hell of the living dead and the horrors of ancient undying racism. Intelligent and well crafted, VELVET ROAD was as good as short horror cinema gets and now its creator, writer/director L. Gustavo Cooper, has pushed his boundaries into feature territory with the indie horror film COPiii: THE 1st ENTRY, an equally chilling expansion of his themes set against a dark domestic backdrop.

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    Contest: Celebrate the work of Françoise Blanchard and win a copy of “THE LIVING DEAD GIRL”

    May 29th saw us lose a luminary of European horror with the passing of lovely French actress Françoise Blanchard. The beautiful performer worked with both the legendary Jess Franco (whose own legacy will feature heavily into our upcoming issue #325) in the bizarre REVENGE IN THE HOUSE OF USHER and of course French auteur Jean Rollin in several films, most notably starring as the doomed, tragic blood drinking ghoul in Rollin’s 1982 film THE LIVING DEAD GIRL. Among her other credits, she also provided the French dub voice for Shelly Duvall’s Olive Oyl in Altman’s POPEYE!

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    “THE TWILIGHT ZONE: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON” (DVD Review)

    Image Entertainment has done a solid job keeping THE TWILIGHT ZONE alive in the digital format for a decade, including the recent immaculate Blu-ray releases that re-presented all five glorious seasons with every kind of extra, both old and new. Because of this, there‘s little reason to write anything about yet another re-release. And yet, we’re gonna do just that.

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