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    Caption Contest Results: 08/24 – 08/28

    FANGORIA fanatics! If you’re one of the thousands who follow us on Twitter, you’re likely familiar with our daily Caption Contests! Now, due to the overwhelmingly positive response, we’re highlighting the best entries of the week for the world to see! So without further ado…

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    “UNTIL DAWN” (Video Game Review)

    Before I get into this review, I should at least be forward about one thing: I’ve been out of the gaming loop for a long time. Not out of a lack of interest; video games have long been a part of my life and the myriad commercials for new releases piques my interest as much as the next gamer. However, this writer’s workload has been way too busy for way too long to really be able to focus and appreciate a video game that takes hours upon hours to finish. Yet when I caught wind of UNTIL DAWN, a Supermassive Games Production from the minds of Glass Eye Pix cohorts Graham Reznick, this writer broke his dry spell as this game would be worthy of my undivided attention.

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    FIOFF ’15 Submissions to Die For: Lu Ponce’s “THE NIGHT OF SAN JUAN”

    Welcome to SUBMISSIONS TO DIE FOR, the latest column focusing on highlights among the FANGORIA International Online Film Festival Submissions. While being featured on this column does not guarantee selection in the FANGORIA International Online Film Festival, SUBMISSIONS TO DIE FOR features some scare fare worth keeping an eye on…

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    “CONTRACTED: PHASE II” Scribe joins FANGO’s Free NYC Screening!

    After a summer of excellent free horror screenings presented by FANGORIA, it’s fitting that one of our last screenings of the season be our most anticipated yet! That’s right: IFC Midnight and FANGORIA are teaming up to give CONTRACTED: PHASE II its NYC premiere for free on Tuesday, September 1 at 7:45 p.m. at New York City’s IFC Center (323 Sixth Avenue at 3rd Street; 212-924-7771). And if that wasn’t enough of a reason for fright fans to come out, FANGORIA can know confirm that CONTRACTED: PHASE II writer Craig Walendziak will in fact be in attendance and taking part in a Q&A moderated by FANGO’s Editor Emeritus Tony Timpone!

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    “WIND WALKERS” will be After Dark’s Eighth Film to Die For

    Earlier this week, FANGORIA informed fright fans of the latest addition to After Dark Films’ grand return of the 8 Films to Die For, with animal attack flick UNNATURAL and terror throwback BASTARD filling out the 6th and 7th slot. With the zombie action thriller RE-KILL, the experimental mystery MURDER IN THE DARK, the haunting tale THE WICKED WITHIN,  slasher flick LUMBERJACK MAN and the domestic thriller SUSPENSION, that left After Dark Films with one slot available. Now, After Dark has revealed the 8th film to Die For: Russell Friedenburg’s WIND WALKERS!

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    Q&A: Director Josh Forbes talks “CONTRACTED: PHASE II”

    One of the more gruesome horror offerings of the last few years, CONTRACTED certainly raised a stir among fans of indie horror upon its release in late 2013. The film spread like wildfire over streaming services such as Netflix, and the divisive body horror flick rode a solid wave of momentum (and impressive VOD numbers) to CONTRACTED: PHASE II. Continuing the story exactly where the first film left off, director Josh Forbes looks to up the ante with the second film to make a bigger, badder follow-up than anyone could anticipate, and with FANGORIA screening the film in NYC this Tuesday, we caught up with Forbes to talk PHASE II, body horror and his future in fright fare…

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    Exclusive Trailer, Poster Premiere: Tom Woodruff Jr.’s “FIRE CITY: END OF DAYS”

    Earlier this year, FANGORIA offered up one of the first reviews for FIRE CITY, revealing that Tom Woodruff Jr.’s first feature effort as director was a thrilling mix of monster movie and gritty, adult-oriented noir filled with excellent practical make-up FX. Now, FANGORIA has the exclusive first word on the newly retitled FIRE CITY: END OF DAYS, as well as fan’s first look at the film’s official trailer and poster!

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    Exclusive Clip: Jim VanBebber Documentary “DIARY OF A DEADBEAT”

    There’s few modern exploitation filmmakers out there working today, and even fewer that are as successfully provocative as THE MANSON FAMILY director Jim VanBebber. And while VanBebber’s visceral ventures have long been detailed in the pages of FANGORIA and GOREZONE, fright fans both familiar or otherwise can get the whole damned lowdown on the filmmaker in Victor Bonacore’s documentary DIARY OF A DEADBEAT: THE STORY OF JIM VANBEBBER! Now, with the film having its World Premiere at The Neon in Dayton, Ohio, this Thursday, FANGORIA has an exclusive clip from the doc featuring a glimpse that the demented 8mm works of VanBebber!

    For those unfamiliar, here’s the official synopsis for DIARY OF A DEADBEAT…

    Jim VanBebber, an uncompromising, underground, outlaw filmmaker from Greenville, Ohio has become one of the most infamous and controversial American independent filmmakers of our time. VanBebber brought us such cult classics as DEADBEAT AT DAWN, MY SWEET SATAN, THE MANSON FAMILY, and many others. DIARY OF A DEADBEATis a documentary that follows his life from his early super 8mm films to his strange days in Hollywood. It features interviews with an eclectic group of artists such as Phil Anselmo (Pantera), Richard Kern (Trangressive Film Director), Nivek Ogre (Skinny Puppy), R.A the Rugged Man, Heidi Honeycutt, Stephen Biro, Damon Packard, Jessie Sietz and many more.

    The world premiere screening is open to the public and begins at 7:30 p.m. on August 27th; you can find tickets (only $5!) from The Neon HERE. Bonacore will be in attendance, granting the world the first look at this documentary that has been in the works for over five years, which is sure to be an interesting look at interesting individual in independent shock cinema. Check back here for more on DIARY OF A DEADBEAT here at FANGORIA.com!

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    Toys of Terror #67

    Welcome to TOYS OF TERROR, Fango’s weekly feature exhibiting the coolest horror accessories across the web. Whether you’re a collector, connoisseur or simply making your love of horror a family affair, these petrifying playthings are likely to impress even the most heartless horror fan. So if you’re searching for a ghoulish gift, look no further…

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    “UNNATURAL”, “BASTARD” and More Join After Dark’s 8 Films To Die For

    Following the announcement that After Dark Films would be bringing back their trademark “8 Films to Die For” with 20th Century Fox, the past few weeks have been quite interesting as independent fright flicks find their way into the trusted program. So far, After Dark has added the zombie action thriller RE-KILL, the experimental mystery MURDER IN THE DARK, the haunting tale THE WICKED WITHIN,  slasher throwback LUMBERJACK MAN and the domestic thriller SUSPENSION, and now they’ve announced two more titles to join the fray: Hank Braxton’s UNNATURAL and Powell Robinson & Patrick Robert Young’s BASTARD!

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    Crossing Over: Duncan Jones’ “MOON”

    Welcome, FANGORIA Readers, to CROSSING OVER, our newest column that highlights the films, series and content out there outside of horror that is fashioned towards or pays tribute to our beloved genre. By shining a light onto these projects, FANGORIA hopes to open a world of entertainment perfect for fright fans that lies just beyond the borders of the horror community. So without further ado…

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    “TROMA’S WAR” (Blu-ray Review)

    As an ardent fan of Troma and their history of releases, there’s always an odd relationship this writer has with TROMA’S WAR that can only be compared to that of film critics to Michael Cimino’s HEAVEN’S GATE. On one hand, TROMA’S WAR is a massively underrated gem, featuring stronger-than-anticipated performances, an epic sense of scope and production value (relative to Troma’s means) and a vibrant sense of over-the-top fun that stands alongside the biting satire in Lloyd Kaufman’s script. On the other hand, however, TROMA’S WAR is also infamous for being the film that almost put the nail in Troma’s coffin, and knocked down the independent brand below even their humble beginnings, so there’s an inherent contempt that Troma die-hards (undeservedly so) have for the film. But now that TROMA’S WAR is on Blu-ray, fright fans now have a perfect reason to revisit the film, considering it’s been given the high definition blessing on Troma itself.

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