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  • True Grue: Marshall Applewhite and the Tragedy of Heaven’s Gate

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    Welcome to “True Grue,” a weekly article that dives into real life, harrowing horrors. For the interest of good taste, this graphic feature aims not to be exploitative, but rather informative, and rest assured, there are many different territories that will be strictly off-limits. But for those with a hungry mind and a strong stomach, read on at your own discretion…

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  • FANTASTICA Presents: The Killer At Your Doorstep, or Courting the Domestic Thriller

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    One of the scariest positions a person can find themselves in is one of vulnerability. To let someone into your heart, head, or home is an unnerving proposition, and one that can get very tragic very quickly. For every good thing that could come of such interpersonal exchanges, there are millions of horrible things that can occur as well. And it seems now more than ever we live in a state of constantly being on-guard and reluctant to all the messiness of human interaction; we text our friends and loved ones instead of calling them due to a fear of awkward pauses ,and place tape over the cameras on our computers because “you never know who’s watching.”

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  • Stream to Scream: “THE GUEST”

    Two of the most interesting voices to come up from the indie horror scene in the last few years have been director Adam Wingard and his partner-in-crime, screenwriter Simon Barrett. After Wingard (a longtime collaborator of CHEAP THRILLS director E.L. Katz) teamed up with Barrett for the grim, minimalistic A HORRIBLE WAY TO DIE, the pair began gaining notice with their contributions to anthology films like the V/H/S series and and ABCs OF DEATH. However, Wingard and Barrett really hit their stride when their home invasion horror YOU’RE NEXT, which arrived to ho-hum box office in 2013 only to become a cult favorite since.

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  • FANGO Flashback: “NOMADS” (1986)

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    The horror genre has a long track record of being a jumping-off point for the careers of many actors and directors. Before helming classic films such as THE GODFATHER and APOCALYPSE NOW, legendary filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola got his start directing Roger Corman-produced horror features such as THE TERROR and DEMENTIA 13.  George Clooney got one of his earliest feature film roles in RETURN TO HORROR HIGH, and before he’d go on to direct blockbusters, Sam Raimi carved out a legacy as a master of horror that began with EVIL DEAD. And for future action heavyhitter John McTiernan, his career as a director began with a trippy little tale of terror called NOMADS.

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  • Stream to Scream: “PONTYPOOL”

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    The power of language is not to be underestimated. Whenever one listens to a speech or reads a magazine article, the use of words, their intended message, and their potential subtexts, are all important factors to pay attention to, because more than anything we want to extrapolate the meaning of the speaker/author’s words, to understand them and perhaps communicate with them.

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  • True Grue: The Unsolved Case of the Zodiac Killer

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    Welcome to “True Grue,” a weekly article that dives into real life, harrowing horrors. For the interest of good taste, this graphic feature aims not to be exploitative, but rather informative, and rest assured, there are many different territories that will be strictly off-limits. But for those with a hungry mind and a strong stomach, read on at your own discretion…

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  • Stream to Scream: “DUST DEVIL”

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    There are horror films that attempt to scare the audience by creating a world as close to our reality as possible; films that go for grit and realism in order to make you believe that a palpable threat could be lurking just outside your door. On the opposite end of the spectrum, there are movies that place their narratives deep inside a dreamscape, forcing the characters within to navigate a world where myth and monsters are God, and the corporeal realm we know is an afterthought at best.

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  • Stream to Scream: “MANIAC COP”

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    At a time where the public relations between law enforcement and the general public are potentially at an all time low, no ‘80s horror film is more relevant today than the 1988 slasher MANIAC COP. Directed by exploitation master William Lustig (MANIAC) and scripted by Larry Cohen (THE STUFF), the film tells the tale of a tall, shadow-faced serial killer stalking the streets of New York City in a patrolman’s uniform, white gloves and all.

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  • FANGO Flashback: “LAND OF THE DEAD”

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    In a world where terms such as “zombie apocalypse” and “Z-Day” rest comfortably within the mainstream vernacular, it’s nearly impossible to imagine a time when the shambling, biting corpses that we know and love/loathe weren’t a common presence in the horror landscape. Though the earliest depictions of zombies in cinema can be traced back to 1932’s WHITE ZOMBIE, many place the birth of the modern zombie in the 1968 black-and-white classic NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, and consider the film’s director, George A. Romero, the godfather of the zombie subgenre.

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  • True Grue: Juana “La Mataviejitas” Barraza, a/k/a “The Old Lady Killer”

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    Welcome to “True Grue,” a weekly article that dives into real life, harrowing horrors. For the interest of good taste, this graphic feature aims not to be exploitative, but rather informative, and rest assured, there are many different territories that will be strictly off-limits. But for those with a hungry mind and a strong stomach, read on at your own discretion…

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