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    Daughter of the the Dead! Q&A with artist and actor Kate Rogal

    Actress and artist Kate Rogal makes unique works that primarily consist of threaded beads pushed into wax by toothpicks—time consuming pieces that she sells off her website www.Katesfreakart.com. Subjects for her bead art and her pen and ink illustrations range from friendly dogs and birds to skulls, abstract design and erotic nudes. All are works of finery, all are outstanding.

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    Lamberson nabs “BASKET CASE” star for “DRY BONES”

    Kevin VanHentenryck, star of Frank Henenlotter’s BASKET CASE trilogy, traveled to Buffalo, New York last weekend to film a role for DRY BONES, the new comedy horror film written and co-directed by Gregory Lamberson (SLIME CITY and SLIME CITY MASSACRE) and Michael O’Hear.

    VanHentenryck plays Bart, an abusive family man who loses his patience when his son Andy (Mark Goodfellow, son of Fango photographer and BLOOD FOR IRINA co-producer David Goodfellow) claims a monster is taunting him from under his bed.  The sequence co-stars Buffalo stage actress Kim Piazza as Linda, Bart’s beleaguered wife, and Lamberson’s daughter Kaelin as Bart’s daughter Becky. Sam Qualiana, director of SNOW SHARK: ANCIENT SNOW BEAST, serves as cinematographer and Arick Szymecki and Rod Durick provide the special make-up FX.

    “Kevin and I worked together briefly on BRAIN DAMAGE back in 1987, but never really spoke until we were both guests at Horror Realm in Pittsburgh,” says Lamberson.  “We’re obviously both of the same era, and it was great having him in the film.  He and Kim Piazza worked well together and formed an immediate bond with my daughter Kaelin and Goodfellow’s son Mark that served the sequence.  They also recorded voice overs for a later sequence, and bits which figure into the film’s third act. DRY BONES is an old school, 80s style horror comedy with practical make-up FX, so Kevin’s fans and mine should dig it.”

    The shoot included an additional cameo: young Goodfellow is seen reading a copy of FANGORIA #1, from Lamberson’s personal collection.

    “I wanted something that would establish that the opening takes place in 1979, one of the greatest years ever for horror films,” says Lamberson.  “I don’t think anything could have been more symbolic of the time in that context than the first issue of Fango.  It’s the same copy I waited months for when I subscribed to the mag in advance, and now it’s a little worse for wear.  Damn these monsters!”

    DRY BONES wraps at the end of this month after co-star Debbie Rochon returns to Buffalo to essay three roles in the film.  Lamberson anticipates completing post production over the summer so the film will be available for festival screenings this fall.

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    “AMERICAN MARY” (Movie Review)

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

    Full Disclosure: This writer was not a fan of the Twisted Twins’ maiden cinematic voyage, DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK. Made on a budget by Vancouver’s Jen and Sylvia Soska, the cheapie action comedy is scrappy and full of indie energy but is also shrill, choked with gratuitous, numbing profanity and–outside of the twins themselves—generally poor performances. But what did appeal was the maverick way the sisters managed to push their product using social media, forums and general upbeat fan-friendly enthusiasm to build a legacy as not only burgeoning filmmakers, but masters of entrepreneurial business sense, whipping up a mass frenzy about their next project, something called AMERICAN MARY….

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    “DEXTER: THE SEVENTH SEASON” (DVD Review)

    Stabbing its way onto shelves this week, all wrapped in plastic and ready for purchase (sadly, with no special features of any kind save for the pilot episode of the new series RAY DONOVAN) is the seventh season of DEXTER, the mainstream-yet-still cult Showtime TV sensation that needs no introduction and yet–oddly –is rarely charted in the pages of FANGORIA, nor mentioned much here on our sister site. Much of that is due to timing and the fact that DEXTER veers between thriller and soap opera, with a dash of Ian Fleming on occasion and isn’t viewed exclusively as a horror property, which is silly considering the level of violence and the fact that, y’know horror fans tend to love it.

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    “TORTURE CHAMBER” (Movie Review)

    Horror is a base genre in many respects, as it taps into our anxieties about what’s beyond the door for us all, about death and what–if anything–lies beyond. Shame then, that most genre movies get bogged down in pedestrian plotting, exasperating exposition and trivial twists. The greatest horror films are not steered by their scripts; rather, they are works of sensual alchemy. Martin Scorsese once said of Bava’s work–and I’m paraphrasing–that “Bava made films that bypass your brain and go right to your gut.” Indeed his films, and many of the great works of European horror, trade in visceral imagery and sound design to bring their nightmares to grand fruition. And if you’ve ever had a really juicy, heart squeezing, body sweating, wake-up-screaming-and-pull-the-covers-up-close nightmare, you’ll know that plot, character and dialogue aren’t what gets blasted forever onto your psyche. What strikes you and what sticks with you can’t even find articulation for, it just is.

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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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