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  • Winners, Highlight Video Revealed for FEARnyc Festival

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    Halloween 2016 might be heading towards a distant memory, but it took off like a scream as founder John Capo kicked off his inaugural FEARnyc festival at Manhattan’s historic Cinema Village theater.  One of New York City’s newest and biggest horror film festivals, the event scared the pants off lovers of the macabre and covered a whopping seven days from October 21st thru the 27th. It featured screenings of 65+ new and classic horror films, cast appearances, special events and ended with an awards ceremony and a moving Legacy Honoree tribute to iconic filmmaker, Wes Craven. Craven’s step daughter Nina Tarnawksky accepted the tribute on behalf of Craven’s family and delivered a heartfelt address paying homage to his forward thinking vision, and long harbored esteem for his audiences. 

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  • Q&A: Fede Alvarez and Rodo Sayagues talk “DON’T BREATHE”

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    Having only directed a handful of short films at the time, it was surprise to horror fans that rookie director Fede Alvarez was given the shot at directing 2013’s EVIL DEAD reboot. What Alvarez proved with that film, though, was how capable he was as a filmmaker, giving fans a brutal and unflinching film that was not only entertaining as hell, but in this writer’s opinion, worthy of being placed right alongside the original film.

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  • Q&A: Filmmaker Sheldon Renan talks “THE KILLING OF AMERICA”!

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    In a time where it feels like our nation is turmoil and violence is at an obvious high, it’s scary to sit down and watch it all transpire. While it may seem as if things are happening for the first time in history, the long-lost and newly found and released (thanks to Severin) documentary, THE KILLING OF AMERICA, shows us that we’ve always been violent and there has always been a bloodlust across our nation. It’s scarier than any hockey mask-wearing slasher and it’s not only an important film but one which initiates a discussion about where we should go from here on out and what we should do about it. FANGO spoke with one of the film’s directors, Sheldon Renan about the film and what shocking effects it had on those involved in the making of the film.

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  • Q&A: Zach Galligan talks “WAXWORK”

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    Primarily known for his role as Billy Peltzer in Joe Dante’s classic fright film GREMLINS, actor Zach Galligan has gone on to several other great genre roles, from TALES FROM THE CRYPT to HATCHET III to the subject of this interview, WAXWORK. In that film, Writer/Director Anthony Hickox crafted a tale of teens trapped inside of a wax museum which would come to life with each teen stumbling into a different famous monster and legend. Galligan led a cast also featuring David Warner, Deborah Foreman, and Dana Ashbrook, and gave fans a bloody good time. Returning in 1992’s more fantasy-based sequel WAXWORK II: TRAPPED IN TIME, Galligan traded the horror for lore, brandishing swords and exorcising ghouls. Thanks to the recent excellent double feature release of both WAXWORK films courtesy of the newly reinstated Vestron Video, we spoke to Galligan about his time, well…travelling.

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  • 2-Day Horror/Music Festival “Escape: Psycho Circus” Unleashes Line-Up, Details

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    Combining the electronic music scene with a complete horror-themed circus (literally) environment, ESCAPE: PSYCHO CIRCUS , the annual 2-day festival, is an over-the-top nightmarish time featuring some of the biggest DJs in the world, including this writer’s favorite in the genre, The Chainsmokers, along with Benny Benassi, Duke Dumont, KASKADE, Martin Solveig, and Tiesto. Aiming to break last year’s record of 90,000 (!!) attendees, the fest this year will be comprised 2-nights of wicked fun at the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino on October 28-29th.

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  • Exclusive Behind-The-Scenes Clip: “THE PURGE: ELECTION YEAR”, Now on Blu-ray!

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    THE PURGE: ELECTION YEAR is now out on DVD/Blu-ray/Digital HD and to celebrate the third entry into the popular Blumhouse franchise (which is now set to make the leap to the small screen as a TV series), we’ve got an exclusive behind-the-scenes clip for you FANGO readers. Be sure to pick up THE PURGE: ELECTION YEAR, and enjoy this special clip below!

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  • “PHANTASM: RAVAGER” (Film Review)

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    The PHANTASM series has always been one of wonder. Based within dreams and the question of what happens when we die, Don Coscarelli created a series which never fully relied on being linear in its storytelling, but focused more on an otherworldly, dream-like tone that might have left some viewers wondering what had just happened to them. Yet for the majority of horror fans (including this writer), the PHANTASM films leave you smiling ear to ear at the innovative and special brand of filmmaking on display. Now with PHANTASM: RAVAGER, the fifth and supposedly final entry into the series, the story created back in 1979 with the first PHANTASM film is officially wrapped up and boy oh boy is it a bookend that will give “Phans” of the series happiness, horror and a bittersweet goodbye to the world and characters they have loved for years.

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  • “THE TRIANGLE” (Film Review)

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    When it comes to the POV/Found Footage-esque films, it’s safe to say that, for the most part, we’ve seen it all by now. Sure, squeezed in between a dozen or so awful entries, there can be a hidden gem and when said gem is found, it’s an experience, to say the least. The hard part comes in the brutal fact that as the market is flooded with countless knockoffs of what’s hot at the moment, finding those films which make you sit on the edge of your seat, enthralled, become harder to find. So was the case in the Adam Stilwell, Andrew Rizzo, Adam Pitman, David Blair and Nathaniel Peterson-helmed film THE TRIANGLE.

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  • “PLANKFACE” (Film Review)

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    As a young couple begin to fool around on the hood of their car, deep in the woods, we see a masked figure walk up, dragging an axe. While the murderer definitely succeeds in his mission of murder in the short scene, he’s wounded multiple times before stumbling off. Not too long after, Max and Stacey (I-ZOMBIE’s Nathan Barrett and FRANKENSTEIN CREATED BIKERS’ Ellie Church) are setting up for a nice weekend of camping when they’re attacked by a drifter who leaves Max injured and Stacey brutally raped. When Max awakes, mid-way through his girlfriend getting raped, something in him snaps, and not only does he exact revenge on the drifter, but does it by returning the favor with a knife…right before getting knocked unconscious.

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  • “CELL” (Blu-ray Review)

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    There’s something quite frightening about walking down the street and seeing the endless amount of zombies, all staring at their cell phones and these days, all glued to whichever devices help them catch the latest Pokémon. We live in such a technologically reliant society that for most of us (I’m guilty of this myself), we forget to stop and take in the scenery, pay attention to our loved ones and every other daily ritual which seems trivial when you have the most recent phone or tablet to run your life.

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  • “CLOWN” (Blu-ray Review)

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    A film whose humble beginnings stem from a trailer to a film that didn’t exist, the Jon Watts-helmed CLOWN is a testament to the power of imagination and persistence. Following HOSTEL/THE GREEN INFERNO director Eli Roth discovering the faux trailer and deciding to produce a real version, the film was shelved for a couple of years before finally making its debut this past week. With its recent Blu-ray release, we’ve been given a film that is not only entertaining but also one of the most impressive genre debuts in quite some time.

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  • Q&A: Actor/Performer Mark Steger talks “STRANGER THINGS”, “HOLIDAYS”

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    Tool. THE PACT. STRANGER THINGS. What (or who) connects these pieces of art? The answer is actor/performer/choreographer Mark Steger. Since 1989, Steger has worked his ass off playing interesting and terrifying monsters, among various other entities. When I visited the set of Nicholas McCarthy’s “Easter” segment from HOLIDAYS, I walked around the corner and there stood Steger in full, provocative creature make-up. To be honest, the guy scared the hell out of me.

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