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  • The Year in Horror, 2016: Elijah’s Top 10 Horror Films!

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    There’s somewhat of a catharsis associated with creating (and digesting) year-end lists. Distilling twelve months of experiences to a handful of bite-sized high notes, it’s got an easy appeal. I spent most of my 2016 traveling. I had the amazing privilege to attend some of the greatest genre film festivals on earth, to meet some incredible and incredibly talented people, and to live in places I’d dreamt of seeing since I was a kid. Most of my 2016 was phenomenal. And I’ll tell you, there were only so many “2016 is the worst year of my life” posts I could see from friends on social media before I started to feel just a bit guilty. Until very recently, my 2016 was adventure and new friends and new experiences.

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  • Shine On with The Overlook Film Festival; 2017 Dates and Details Announced!

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    FANGORIA is incredibly excited to bring you news of what is immediately one of our most anticipated genre film festivals on the horizon: The Overlook Film Festival, which will take place on Mt. Hood in Oregon, at the Timberline Lodge. The festival’s inaugural run will be held April 27th – 30th, 2017. Horror fans, mark your calendars, as this is looking to be an experience you won’t want to miss.

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  • Fantastic Fest 2016: Dylan Reiff & Landon Zakheim talk Bottleneck Immersive

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    Fantastic Fest in Austin brings not just a wealth of great programming and revered guests, but also perhaps more extracurricular activities for attendees than any other film festival. A new addition this year was the transformation of one of the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar’s karaoke rooms into a horror-themed escape room called SATANIC PANIC. After a motley group of us drunkenly attempted (and failed) to solve all of the Dark Lord’s fiendish puzzles, FANGORIA sat down with designers Dylan Reiff and Landon Zakheim to discuss escape rooms, immersive games, inimitable experiences, and the founding of their new company, Bottleneck Immersive.

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  • Sitges 2016: “DON’T KILL IT” (Film Review)

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    Director Mike Mendez should be familiar to FANGORIA readers: He’s brought us the likes of BIG ASS SPIDER!, THE GRAVEDANCERS, and LAVALANTULA. Mendez has a real talent for combining gruesome horror with stand-up-and-cheer fun. He’s got a knack for taking a simple, sometimes silly premise, and making it far more enjoyable than it has any right to be. By taking his skill for elevating absurdity and adding living comic book character Dolph Lundgren in a lead role, DON’T KILL IT strikes gold.

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  • “DUDE BRO PARTY MASSACRE III” (Film Review)

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    When you see a title like DUDE BRO PARTY MASSACRE III, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’ve got a pretty good idea what to expect. It’s going to be tongue-in-cheek, a little dumb, and probably a bit violent. You wouldn’t think a film with that title would hold many surprises. Yet somehow, the guys at 5-Second Films managed to exceed or subvert nearly every expectation I had.

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  • Sitges 2016: “TRASH FIRE” (Film Review)

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    Writer/director Richard Bates Jr. (EXCISION, SUBURBAN GOTHIC) has a peculiar style. A particular cadence of dialogue, a stylization of human interaction that doesn’t ever feel quite natural. I enjoyed SUBURBAN GOTHIC, but on initial viewing, it didn’t quite click with me. It seemed to take place in a universe where people communicate primarily via dry, acerbic witticisms. Where the only time someone isn’t coolly sarcastic is if they’re not intelligent enough to realize they’re supposed to be. TRASH FIRE certainly takes place in this same universe, running even further with this style in the first act. But while SUBURBAN GOTHIC took a while to grow on me, I was enamored with TRASH FIRE from the first scene.

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  • Sitges 2016: “CAGE DIVE” (Film Review)

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    CAGE DIVE kicked off the Midnight X-Treme selection here at Sitges. The world premiere was at 1 a.m., and it led a block of four films that ran until the early hours of morning. By the time you make it to that timeslot, you’ve likely already seen three or four other films that day. The audience might be jet-lagged, hungover, or drunk. I was existing somewhere between a few of those options, with no idea what to expect (I could assume a cage and possibly some diving), on my way to see CAGE DIVE.

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  • Fantastic Fest 2016: Steven Kostanski, Jeremy Gillespie, and Casey Walker talk “THE VOID”!

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    For those familiar with Astron-6, you may best associate the Canadian filmmaking collective with their string of off-beat, FX-heavy horror comedies, such as THE EDITOR, FATHER’S DAY, MANBORG, and more. But for Steven Kostanski and Jeremy Gillespie, the technical masterminds behind Astron-6, their latest film is no joke: THE VOID, a creepy, nightmarish descent into Lovecraftian horror through a new, inspired lens. With the film recently hosting its world premiere at Fantastic Fest, FANGORIA caught up with Kostanski, Gillespie, and producer Casey Walker to talk about entering THE VOID…

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  • GREASY WEEK: “GREASY STRANGLER” Producers SpectreVision talk their Top Five Greasiest Horror Films!

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    It’s Greasy Week here at FANGORIA.com, which we’re celebrating by offering specially curated content leading up to the release of this year’s most hilariously demented horror-comedy, Jim Hosking’s THE GREASY STRANGLER. Yet to truly understand the method behind the madness, FANGORIA had to dig into the brains of those behind THE GREASY STRANGLER itself. And with both FANGORIA and GREASY STRANGLER production entity SpectreVision, comprised of Daniel Noah, Josh Waller, and Elijah Wood, on the scene at the 2016 Fantastic Fest, the two companies sat down to discuss the top five greasiest horror films of all time, as well as some insight into THE GREASY STRANGLER…

    FANGORIA: Gentlemen. We’re here to address one topic. It’s a pretty straightforward thing, but…we need to get to the bottom of it. What are the five greasiest horror films of all time?

    DANIEL NOAH: Funny you should ask. [Produces list] These are not in order.

    JOSH WALLER: This is all of us conferring.

    NOAH: [Meng Hua Ho’s] THE OILY MANIAC. 

    FANG: That’s a good contender for a number one spot.

    NOAH: It’s probably number one, yeah. Then, [William Lustig’s] MANIAC. Which is sweaty-oily.

    ELIJAH WOOD: It’s sweaty, and nasty, and gritty.

    FANG: Why didn’t you sweat as hard in the remake?

    NOAH: He did; it was just off-camera. Next, we’re gonna go with [Greg Lamberson’s] SLIME CITY. Then we’ve got Cronenberg’s THE FLY. And last, not a lot of people have seen this yet, but Flying Lotus made a film called ROYAL, that–

    WOOD: That might be one of the greasiest things I’ve ever seen in my life.

    NOAH: Yeah, we’re gonna hit that one as number five.

    WALLER: And these were the greasiest, just films of all time, right?

    FANG: We were doing horror, but…

    WALLER: I was just thinking of something that’s not on the list, which is a huge box office success and very famous, but it’s kind of slimy, which is GHOSTBUSTERS.

    NOAH: It’s true!

    WOOD: Wasn’t it GHOSTBUSTERS II where they go under the–

    WALLER: It has the river of slime under the entire city.

    WOOD: It’s pretty greasy.

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    NOAH: We have six now. Are we going to have to knock one off?

    WALLER: It’s got a lot of slime.

    NOAH: We probably should knock off MANIAC, then, since it’s not actually grease. It’s sweat.

    WALLER: Has anyone actually said GREASE?

    NOAH: It’s not a horror movie, dude.

    WOOD: There’s very little grease in the movie! It’s only on their hair.

    NOAH: It’s next to none. There’s not one scene of someone combing grease into their hair.

    WALLER: We need one with more hair grease. Maybe O, BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU?

    WOOD: You know what’s a greasy movie? BARTON FINK.

    FANG: Oh! That might be the Coen Brothers’ greasiest film.

    WOOD: It’s hot and sweaty and greasy and icky.

    NOAH: It’s sticky!

    WOOD: Pulling the wallpaper off the wall. That’s a greasy movie!

    FANG: John Goodman dripping in the hall.

    NOAH: Pressing the glue out of the wall; it’s all on his hands.

    FANG: Alright, let’s talk for a minute about THE GREASY STRANGLER, which I’m sure on release will skyrocket to the top of everyone’s personal greasy lists. What drew you to this project? What was the first stage in the greasy saga?

    WOOD: It started with the script. We’re all fans of Ant Timpson, with Timpson Films. He e-mailed me about the script and asked if I’d read it. I was familiar with Jim Hoskings’ work from his shorts and commercials, and I read the thing and immediately fell in love with it. I’d never read anything like it. And then I sent it to these guys.

    NOAH: And our protocol for taking on a project is that all of us have to be unanimous, and it was the only time that one of us ever broke ranks. Waller and I got an email from Elijah that said “We’re doing this.”

    WALLER: He was obsessed with it the moment that he started reading it.

    WOOD: Reading it and knowing Jim’s aesthetic, and the characters that tend to populate his universe most of the time, you could very easily make the leap to what the film would be, I think. And his work, as weird and funny and sort of “other” that it often is, it’s also quite beautiful. RENEGADES is a beautiful short. He’s very focused on composing beautiful shots and there being a sort of art to his work, as well. And that juxtaposition of the sort of grossness of the film, and the ridiculous scenarios that these characters get themselves into, with a sort of lyrical, beautiful approach was an exciting notion as well.

    FANG: Speaking of grossness, I was wondering about some of the grease in the film. I feel like there’s a few shots where people are eating some of this oily… stuff.

    WALLER: We just created a concoction. It wasn’t grease. There were several different types of grease. There’s the Greasy Strangler grease, which has a very specific flavor, for Big Ronnie. That’s got some oatmeal, it’s truly a cocktail.

    FANG: While we’re on the subject, can we talk about the cocks in the film?

    WALLER: Please.

    FANG: How many prosthetics did you go through before you found the right dick look?

    WALLER: About a dozen. Jim would go over it with our makeup artist several times, at Illusion Industries. And there were some heated discussions, over the course of three or four weeks, about the cocks and making the cocks look right. Jim would be like “No, no, no! That’s not right!” He really wanted to go for the giant mouse head look, which is ultimately what we have. They had several different molds, and Jim would go over there and it either wouldn’t have the right shape, or the right elasticity, or it wasn’t jiggly enough. It was one of those things, Jim just… He just knew it when he saw it.

    FANG: So, a performance I want to talk about is Elizabeth De Razzo. She also got greased up; she gave a very brave performance.

    WALLER: We’ve talked about doing an Oscar campaign for her, for Best Supporting Actress.

    NOAH: Brave is the key word there. Elizabeth not only came in and delivered a very honest performance in a surreal film, but there’s no hesitancy there. You don’t read any bit of her being timid or anything. It’s like “If I’m gonna do this film, I’m going to do it and give it everything I’ve got.”

    FANG: No discomfort in some very uncomfortable scenes? It’s maybe one of the greasiest sex scenes, come to think of it.

    NOAH: One of?

    WOOD: The greasiest.

    WALLER: Maybe HOT SHOTS: PART DEUX. Didn’t they mock the 9 ½ WEEKS scene?

    WOOD: Yeah, and it’s all food. That’s right.

    FANG: I just want there to be as many references to other greasy films as possible. I want people to read this, and make a little playlist for themselves to just get good and greasy over the weekend.

    WALLER: You know, not only was it brave for her knowing it’s going to be in theaters and everything, but it was just brave being on set. Actually in front of people, doing this kind of thing. And Jim does long takes. It’s not necessarily like there’s tons of improv on the actors’ part, but there was almost improv going on in Jim’s head as a take is going on. There’s a scene where they’re both laughing, and it’s this weird laugh, and Jim is yelling, “Don’t move your mouth when you laugh. No, no, don’t move your mouth at all when you’re laughing.”

    NOAH: He’s a greasy conductor.

    THE GREASY STRANGLER hits select theaters this Friday, October 7th, from FilmRise.

    Header Image Artwork courtesy of Joe Oliver.

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  • Fantastic Fest 2016: “RAW” (Film Review)

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    As a genre fan, you may have noticed a bit of a trend, recently. Each year, between all the midnight programming and genre festivals, the horror audience has tended to latch onto one film, championing it not just as the best of the year, but the best movie “since.” THE BABADOOK, IT FOLLOWS, THE WITCH, movies you hear about from everyone you know, everywhere you look. Facebook, Twitter, blogs, etc, rave about how such-and-such is this year’s surprise runaway hit that you can’t afford to miss. This writer can only hope that RAW becomes one such film, over the next year.

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  • Fantastic Fest 2016: Win A Signed “ANOTHER WOLFCOP” Poster!

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    Fantastic Fest 2016 brought the world premiere of the wonderful (review forthcoming) sequel to 2014’s cult hit WOLFCOP, aptly titled ANOTHER WOLFCOP. And with the world premiere came the reveal of an awesome piece of artwork from Thomas Hodge, also known as The Dude Designs. The artwork, a clear riff on the classic poster art for Sylvester Stallone’s COBRA, is gorgeous. And, lucky news for FANGORIA readers, we have five exclusive, autographed posters to give away!

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  • Fantastic Fest 2016: “HEADSHOT” (Film Review)

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    HEADSHOT starts with a bang– several, actually, as vicious gangster Lee stages a bloody prison break. Dozens of prison guards and prisoners alike are mowed down in a shootout, bones are broken, and copious amounts of blood are spilled. This all before the title ever hits the screen. It only gets better from there. The latest martial arts masterpiece out of a country that appears increasingly adept at creating them, HEADSHOT comes to us by way of Indonesian directors (and Fangoria favorites) Kimo Stamboel and Timo Tjahjanto, better known as The Mo Brothers.

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