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    Horror Hero Dr. Mikel Koven Brings Terror to the Toronto Jewish Film Festival

    Dr. Mikel Koven is a fascinating fellow. Born in Toronto and based in the UK, Dr. Koven has made the academic study of horror and dark fantasy films his life’s work, penning such badass books as 2010’s BLAXPLOITATION FILMS, a thorough study of the vital exploitation subgenre and 2006’s LA DOLCE MORTE, reflection and analysis of the giallo film. He teaches, lectures, provides research for such hit supernatural programs as HBO’s TRUE BLOOD, and he serves as the President of the International Society of Contemporary Legend.

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  • Toronto: Short Horror Film Festival & Party Seeking Submissions!

    Toronto, lend us your eyes! FANGORIA contributor John Nicol is hosting something creepy and cool in the west-end of Toronto with the first annual “COME TO DADDY: HORROR SHORTS SOIREE.” The event, which takse place on Saturday, July 26th at 3030 Dundas West, promises to be a boisterous, bloody blend of frightening film screenings, ample craft beer spillage, good food and eventually, as the night wears on, a full blown post-screening dance party.

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    EXCL: Swedish Label Last Exit Entertainment to Release Iskanov’s “NAILS” and More

    Catering to connoisseurs of weird cinema everywhere, fledgling Sweden-based cult film imprint Last Exit Entertainment has recently launched with a mandate to bring everything from Russian mindbenders to German nihilistic gorefests to DVD. The good lads at LAST EXIT were kind enough to reveal what will be their first title, Andrey Iskanov’s debut feature NAILS [Gvozdi]. Iskanov himself will provide an introduction to the film and this special edition will also include a number of extra features and a bonus CD containing the soundtrack.

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    CONTEST: WATCH GANJA-FIED “HEAD OF THE FAMILY” FOR FREE AND WIN A RE-ANIMATION BLADE DOLL

    This April 20th – or, ahem, 4/20 – FullMoonStreaming.com goes Ganja bringing Charles Band’s 1996 blackly comic freak show HEAD OF THE FAMILY back in rotation in a newly retrofitted “Ganja Version”, streaming for FREE and giving fans the chance to win wild prizes and have fun getting interactive with the feature. In honor of this stoned-out redux, the lads and ladies at Full Moon have given FANGORIA a brand new, limited edition “RE-ANIMATION BLADE” doll to give away to a presumably less blotto fan. Wanna find out how? Read on!

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    Win Tickets to Barbara Steele Thriller “THE BUTTERFLY ROOM” in LA!

    Dear readers, we have exciting news for fans of the Grand Duchess of European horror, Barbara Steele! FANGORIA is pleased to offer our readers the chance to see Steele’s latest, director Jonathan Zarantonello’s THE BUTTERFLY ROOM,  this Friday, April 11th and Saturday, April 12th at the Laemmle NoHo 7 in Los Angeles. 

    THE BUTTERFLY ROOM is a paranoid psychothriller showcasing Steele at her iciest, and co-stars A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET legend Heather Langenkamp, not to mention HALLOWEEN actress PJ Soles, RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD actor James Karen and TWIN PEAKS actor Ray Wise, among others.

    There will be a Q&A and Signing Session after the 7:40 p.m. shows on both nights, with Heather Langenkamp on Friday and Barbara Steele on Saturday. To get in free and have the chance to meet one of these icons, simply be one of the first 5 readers to show up to the box office before showtime, say “I LOVE FANGORIA!” and you’ll receive a ticket for the 7:40 p.m. show.

    Don’t miss the chance to meet one of the original Queens of horror!

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  • Canada! Get a Copy of GOREZONE #31 at Shock Stock!

    The red, red ink on GOREZONE #31 is barely dry (see our full cover and contents here) and will ship to subscribers at the end of this week. If you’re one of the lucky lowlifes attending Canada’s premiere exploitation mecca SHOCK STOCK in London, Ontario this weekend however, then you’ll have first crack at getting your grubby mitts on a copy.

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    “WAR OF THE WORLDS: GOLIATH” (Blu-ray Review)

    The decision to review a 3D animated sci-fi epic on this, one of the most celebrated horror movie websites may seem odd, but not to this writer. The film in question, WAR OF THE WORLDS: GOLIATH is a dark, ambitiously designed film whose soul not only belongs to its source—HG Wells literary masterwork—but to Jeff Wayne’s cult phenomenon double LP concept album, 1978’s “Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of War of the Worlds.” That platter was a favorite of this writer during his childhood and remains so. Like that album and its accompanying, graphically illustrated book, WOTW: GOLIATH (which was released overseas some time ago) is evocative, violent and epic in scope, and firmly dependent on sound to deliver its grim thrills.

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