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  • TORONTO AFTER DARK 2015 CALL FOR ENTRIES NOW OPEN

    Toronto After Dark Film Festival is one of the world’s leading showcases of new genre cinema and now, the call for entries for their 10th Annual fest is now open. Founder Adam Lopez and his team pride themselves on discovering and promoting all forms of international and independent thrilling genre cinema including horror, sci-fi, fantasy, animation, crime, action, suspense, thriller, documentary, music videos and cult/bizarre films, both in short form and feature-length.
    This year Toronto After Dark runs for nine nights, October 15-23, 2015 and will screen almost 50 films, including both shorts and features. Last year, Toronto After Dark was attended by over 11,000 film fans and over 200 members of the film press and industry.
    Toronto After Dark Film Festival seeks independent feature-length and short films from around the world in any of the following main genre groups:
    • Horror, Supernatural
    • Sci-Fi, Fantasy
    • Animation
    • Crime, Action, Thriller, Suspense
    • Cult, Bizarre, Genre-defying, Experimental
    • Documentaries, with a genre-related or cult/bizarre subject matter
    • Music Videos, with a genre-related or cult/bizarre aesthetic
    SHORT FILM ELIGIBILITY:
    • Completed after January 1st, 2013
    • Completed Films, Works-in-Progress and Rough Cuts all acceptable for submission
    • Run time of between 1 and 29 minutes
    • Not previously submitted to the festival
    • Films in a language other than English must be subtitled in English
    FEATURE FILM ELIGIBILITY:
    • Completed after January 1st, 2013
    • Completed Films, Works-in-Progress and Rough Cuts all acceptable for submission
    • Run time of 60 minutes or longer
    • Screening at our festival would be its Toronto Premiere (only applies to feature films)
    • Must not have played in Canada on TV/cable/satellite, nor be available on DVD/Blu-Ray in Canada, nor available publicly online (only applies to feature films)
    • Not previously submitted to the festival
    • Films in a language other than English must be subtitled in English
    For more submission and festival info visit www.TorontoAfterDark.com

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  • CANADA: FALLS HORROR FEST INVADES NIAGARA FALLS THIS WEEKEND

    The FALLS HORROR FEST is returning this Friday, June 5th to Niagara Falls, Canada and FANGORIA will be there. Taking place inside the Niagara Falls Comic Con, the event will feature some of the best exhibitors in horror, as well as such celebs as Elvira, THE EXORCIST and exploitation film legend Linda Blair, THE WALKING DEAD’s Scott Wilson, DAWN OF THE DEAD’s Ken Foree, ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW’s Patricia Quinn, genre film legend and DELIRIUM magazine publisher Charles Band, FRIDAY THE 13th alumni Ted White, Legendary Makeup F/X man Tom Savini, FANGORIA’s Chris Alexander, Cheryl Singleton and Trevor Parker and many more.
    The fest also includes a FRIDAY THE 13th: THE FINAL CHAPTER VIP package, designed for the hardcore FRIDAY fan, which takes place on the Friday of the show.

    The package includes:
    o One (1) limited edition Falls Horror Fest VIP poster signed by both Ted White (who played Jason in Friday IV) and FX legend Tom Savini
    o One (1) limited edition Falls Horror Fest t-shrt
    o One (1) limited edition Falls Horror Fest VIP lanyard
    o Admission into the Falls Horror Fest VIP ONLY screening of Friday the 13th: the Final Chapter, with live commentary from both Ted White and Tom Savini

    The three day event begins on Friday, June 5, at 4:00pm, and runs until Sunday, June 7th, at 5:00pm. Go to http://nfcomiccon.com/ for more details. See you at the show!

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  • Montreal HorrorFest announces Doug Bradley and first wave of feature films

    The amazing Montreal HorrorFest is back for its fourth year of fun and fright and creepy culture celebrations! Once more the show will be at the Canadian city’s Palais des Congrès,a component of the Montreal Comiccon and once more FANGORIA will be a presence. The lates guest to be announced is none other than HELLRAISER legend Doug Bradley. On the Clive Barker tip, over the course of the three days, the Montreal Horrorfest will present a live reading of Clive Barker’s original HELLRAISER novella, with Parts 1 and 2 taking place on Friday July 3rd and Saturday July 4th respectively, and capped by a live performance chapter of the latest installment in the Hellraiser saga, THE SCARLET GOSPELS on Sunday July 5th.

    Also at the show is RE-ANIMATOR star Jeffrey Combs, the legendary Kane Hodder, best known for his work in FRIDAY THE 13th sequels and the HATCHET franchise; cast members from AMC’s monster hit television series THE WALKING DEAD will also be at the convention, including Michael Rooker (Merle Dixon), Scott Wilson (Hershel Greene) and Josh McDermitt (Eugene Porter). More horror legends will be announced shortly.

    The first wave of films announced for the HorrorFest includes a double-feature starring Kane Hodder. OLD 37 also stars Bill Mosley and Brandi Cyrus, about two brothers who intercept 911 calls in a beat-up old ambulance to claim victims. The second feature, CHARLIE’S FARM, from Australian Director Chris Sun, and also stars Nathan Jones (MAD MAX: FURY ROAD), Tara Reid (ALONE IN THE DARK), and (once again) Bill Mosely. Additional films include the documentary WHY HORROR? which follows a horror fan as he looks at the psychology of horror around the world; the neo-noir revenge thriller, JULIA, centering on a woman who falls prey to an unorthodox form of therapy; and the comedy horror LATE NIGHT DOUBLE FEATURE, where bloody chaos takes place.

    For more information visit www.montrealcomiccon.com.

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    Q&A: Writer Allan Scott talks “DON’T LOOK NOW”

    On Monday, May 11th the fine folks at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto have booked award-winning screenwriter and producer Allan Scott as their special guest at their ongoing “Books on Film” series. As most more informed FANGO readers might know, Scott wrote the adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s chilling story DON’T LOOK NOW, for what would become the legendary same-named Nicholas Roeg directed horror classic starring Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie; Scott would go on to work with Roeg several times, helping sculpt a dynamic, dark and strange body of work. DON’T LOOK NOW (which has been recently set for a remake) is always worthy of discussion and praise, and FANGO was honored to have some time with Scott in anticipation of his TIFF appearance.

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    Q&A: Director Hilla Medalia Talks “THE GO-GO BOYS: THE INSIDE STORY OF CANNON FILMS”

    Tel Aviv-based documentarian Hilla Medalia’s THE GO-GO BOYS, a critically acclaimed look at the wild lives of Cannon Films bigwigs Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus, has its Canadian premiere next Wednesday, May 6 (it also plays May 9) at the Toronto Jewish Film Festival, and FANGORIA spoke to Medalia to mark the occasion.

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    Book Review: “SEX AND HORROR: THE ART OF EMANUELE TAGLIETTI” (NSFW)

    Artist Emanuele Taglietti is one of the most celebrated masters to emerge from that unique period in 1970’s Italy, when morale shifted and the popular fumetti (Italian comic books, literally translated as “puffs of smoke”, an allusion to speech bubbles) followed more liberal strains of genre cinema and more overt, explicit sexuality was visualized on their covers. Tagleitti, a former set designer who had worked with Fellini, jumped on this, exploiting the comforts of working from home by becoming a full-fledged cover illustrator, nurturing a style that was sensual, lurid, saturated and bristling with energy.

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    Q&A: “BITTEN” Star Laura Vandervoort talks Sex and Werewolves

    If judged solely by its glossy promotional campaign, the hit SyFy series BITTEN (based on the best-selling WOMEN OF THE OTHERWORLD novels by Kelley Armstrong) might look like post-TWILIGHT pablum aimed squarely at a young, swoony female demographic. And perhaps, on a certain level it is. But a deeper analysis– i.e, actually, y’know, watching the show– reveals a much more layered mythology with a dark heart to offset its soap opera steeped narrative thrust.

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    Countdown to Texas Frightmare: “SONS OF ANARCHY” Actor Kim Coates

    The FANGO-sponsored TEXAS FRIGHTMARE WEEKEND is almost upon us! Located at the elegant Hyatt Regency hotel in Dallas, the convention runs May 1st to 3rd (in its 10th year!) and is– as usual– bringing in a cavalcade of amazing guests, many of who have never even done a fan show before. As the time tightens to showtime, FANGO will be profiling some of these amazing guests. This round, we give the amazing Kim Coates a nod…

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