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    Falls Horror Fest Profile: The art of Steve McGinnis

    On June 8th and 9th in Niagara Falls, Canada, FANGORIA is presenting the Falls Horror Fest, two days of cult film icons (including Tom Savini, Kane Hodder, Lori Cardille, David Prowse, Jeff Lieberman and many others) and fantastic events. Fango staffers like editors myself, Sam Zimmerman and Kier-La Janisse will be on hand to meet fans and talk about the magazine, while all manner of weird pop culture happenings go down around us, including FX artist Paul Jones bringing his props and monsters from films like RESIDENT EVIL and SILENT HILL.

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    Fairuza Balk gets a “DOSE OF REALITY”

    The line between thriller and horror is finite and often subjective and here at FANGORIA laboratories. We are often in horn-locked debate over what we should cover and what we should leave on the shelf. In the case of the indie flick DOSE OF REALITY, the plot synopsis might normally make us shy away. In it, two greaseballs running a fleapit bar are getting ready to close up for the night, when a wild eyed woman emerges from the ladies room saturated in blood and claiming to have been attacked. As the men try to alternately come to her aid and figure out if she’s telling the truth, the damaged damsel begins slowly, surely turning tables around, even overturning them as a bizarre dialogue driven, psychological cat and mouse drama plays out.

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    Win tickets to see George A. Romero’s NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD LIVE in Toronto

    On April 26th, at Toronto’s Theatre Passe Murailles, zombie enthusiasts will be thrilled by the premiere of Nictophobia Films’ first theatrical enterprise, GEORGE A. ROMERO’S NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD LIVE, a wild and faithful recreation of Romero’s seminal landmark film produced in collusion with Romero and original NOTLD creative forces John Russo and Russ Streiner.

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    Video: Patricia Quinn loves Fango!

    This weekend in London, Ontario FANGORIA was present at the scrappy convention SHOCK STOCK, meeting fans and celebrity guests. One of the many horror and cult film alumni in attendance was ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW star Patricia Quinn (featured in FANGORIA #321), the lovely lady who was Magenta, a vivacious force of nature who is also one of the stars of Rob Zombie’s new shocker THE LORDS OF SALEM.

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    “ANTIVIRAL” (Movie Review)

    [This review was initially published out of the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2012, it is reposted below in light of the film's theatrical and VOD release.]

    Any film bearing the surname Cronenberg on its credit block will be of interest to FANGORIA, and ANTIVIRAL—which had its North American premiere at the current Toronto International Film Festival following its world premiere at Cannes this past summer—is indeed a Cronenberg joint. Specifically, it’s the first picture from David’s son Brandon. Does the apple fall far? 

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    EXCL: Charles Band addresses “Wizard” Big Box VHS accusations

    Today, a video went viral via vhscollector.com that accused iconic genre film maverick Charles Band of fraud. Recently Band had claimed he discovered a wealth of collectible big box VHS boxes from his landmark, now defunct Wizard Video label. For $50, the Full Moon Pictures maven has been selling these pristine boxes with a duplicated VHS of the specific film in a sturdy clamshell case, signed and numbered.

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    MICHAEL SLADE TALKS E-BOOKS AND NEW “SPECIAL X” NOVEL

    Slade (left) with Paul Landers of Rammstein

    It’s no secret that your humble EIC is obsessed by the gritty, fascinating and despicably violent psychosexual novels penned by Canadian literary entity Michael Slade (aka the pseudonym of former Vancouver criminal lawyer Jay Clarke). For over three decades, Slade has been crafting dense, pulp thrillers surrounding the serial killer profiling Special X, an RCMP run outfit that consistently runs afoul of perverse madmen (and women) in classic tomes such as HEADHUNTER, GHOUL, HANGMAN, RED SNOW, DEATH’S DOOR and CUTTHROAT; extensively researched , historically accurate amalgams of high art and exploitative trash.

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    Exclusive: Gillian Anderson talks role on NBC’s “HANNIBAL”

    HANNIBAL, the new NBC series that premiered last night to positive reviews, is about as dark as network TV gets. The series, written by Bryan Fuller and whose pilot was directed by David Slade (HARD CANDY, 30 DAYS OF NIGHT), takes Thomas Harris’ iconic star of book and film, Dr. Hannibal Lecter (here played by Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen) and unfolds his pre-RED DRAGON life over an entire season (if the show does well, maybe a few seasons), aiding FBI profiler Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) as he hunts serial killers while the good doc himself is quietly killing and consuming even more victims.

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    Rest in Peace, Jesus “Jess” Franco (1930-2013)

    I’m writing this quickly, as I have to get this out now, while the news is still stinging, but Jesús “Jess” Franco died yesterday. To me, Franco was and remains the most important figure in cinema, a fascinating individual who ate, slept and breathed moviemaking, who lived to point his lens at anything that caught his eye, who was too arty for the horror crowd and too macabre and lowbrow for the art crowd. He existed in a world of his own, a class of his own and he is of the handful of true auteur filmmakers in which the key to understanding and embracing his style, aesthetic and sensibility lay in viewing and analyzing his entire body of work.

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