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  • “SCREAM QUEENS” Actress Gets Possessed By “THE EXORCIST” Pilot

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    While the small screen adaptations of big screen horror classics do pose many benefits for those involved, one of the undeniably negative aspects are the size of the shoes that need to be filled. After all, when Mads Mikkelsen and Freddie Highmore step into the roles made iconic by Anthony Hopkins and Anthony Perkins, there’s a certain inherent apprehension audiences will have until they prove themselves as equally essential to the character. Certainly, that’s the case for any and all involved in the upcoming pilot for THE EXORCIST, a modern retelling of William Peter Blatty’s groundbreaking horror story, and that would probably go for no one more than actress Brianne Howey, who, according to Deadline, has signed onto the series in a pivotal role.

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  • FANGO Flashback: “CHRISTINE”

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    One of the reasons John Carpenter’s work as a whole holds up so well is because, more often than not, the filmmaker never really had to resort to gimmicks or tropes. Whether he was telling stories about aliens, ghosts or the devil himself, he did so with a unique perspective and master-class craftsmanship, instantly creating a singular approach that didn’t need any narrative or stylistic crutches to seem in tune with his more popular contemporaries. However, if there was any instance where Carpenter might have relied on the tropes of his time (and, impressively, retain most of his cinematic voice), it would be CHRISTINE.

    Of course, CHRISTINE’s execution also has much to do with the source material, considering the film is an adaptation of the Stephen King novel of the same name. King’s voice in and of itself is unique, and for the most part, the more effective adaptations of his work seem to almost be bonded by that voice in tone. And in terms of CHRISTINE, there’s no doubt that Stephen King’s particular portrayal of suburbia bleeds through Carpenter’s lens, with the characters, dynamics and dialogue all feeling closer to the author as opposed to the filmmaker. In fact, Carpenter’s voice largely comes through in the film’s sequences of pure horror, in which the filmmaker of THE FOG and HALLOWEEN comes out to play in a big, bold way.

    However, from the “Bad to the Bone” introduction to the “punk gang” to the inquisitive gumshoe detective, there’s something oddly studio-driven about CHRISTINE. Throughout the film, Arnie’s relationship with CHRISTINE is portrayed via the performances as co-dependent, much more like an emotionally abusive relationship than an addiction; however, as much as the film leans in that direction, the film always seems to pull back, choosing to favor a more monster movie construct than Carpenter or even King’s more curious implications. Even the love triangle between Arnie, Dennis and Leigh feels strangely underdeveloped and streamlined, leading to the film’s narrative identity crisis as the film shifts from Arnie to Dennis almost carelessly.

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    Yet at the end of the day, CHRISTINE still fits within Carpenter’s filmography, complete with a John Carpenter/Alan Howarth score, top-notch action direction and some truly imaginative horror sequences. For instance, the suspense building up to Moochie’s death scene (and even the execution of that sequence in general) is totally terrifying, and 100% evocative of Carpenter’s cinematic style. Even the choking scene in CHRISTINE evokes the visual stylings of THE FOG, especially with the lighting and the editing; in fact, the film’s cinematographer Donald M. Morgan may not be Dean Cundey, but he sure as hell makes CHRISTINE look like a Carpenter/Cundey collaboration. Furthermore, the performances on display are riveting, passionate and (for the most part) organic in a way that certain King character’s typically are not, showing Carpenter’s talent as an actor’s director.

    Carpenter also does a great job of establishing CHRISTINE as a credible villain, which could be difficult to a less-skilled filmmaker who might have been more inclined to turn the film into a JAWS rip-off. With the unique design of CHRISTINE aside, Carpenter gives CHRISTINE emotions and makes the car more than just a prop, but rather a well-rounded character. And while the songs that come on the radio during her attack sequences do feel gimmicky (in both a studio and Stephen King way), the more subtle ways that Christine torments and acts out in protection of Arnie comes across with a straight face as opposed to a winking eye.

    Overall, with over 30 years since CHRISTINE roared into theaters, the film is a truly fascinating watch in retrospect. With the voices of Stephen King, John Carpenter and the ‘80s studio system swirling about, especially considering Carpenter’s post-THING reputation in mind, CHRISTINE is a film unlike most in the filmmaker’s prolific filmography. However, that’s not necessarily a bad thing, as, despite some dated elements, CHRISTINE still runs like a beaut in 2016.

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  • “AMERICAN HORROR PROJECT, VOLUME 1” (Blu-ray Review)

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    When it comes to art house entries into the genre, Arrow Video is truly going above and beyond to preserve the obscure and odd from throughout horror history. While their releases as of late have included more notorious films such as THE MUTILATOR, BLOOD & BLACK LACE and EATEN ALIVE!, Arrow Video has doubled down on their mission statement with their latest box set, a trio of vintage terror titles dubbed AMERICAN HORROR PROJECT, VOLUME 1. And as one might expect, Arrow Video has given each film the definitive high def treatment, complete with 2K restorations and enough special features to win over even the most jaded Blu-ray collector.

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  • For Your Consideration: The 2016 Chainsaw Award Nominees for Best Score!

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    With voting season now open on the FANGORIA Chainsaw Awards, fans are putting their minds at work to select their favorites out of every potential nominee. When it came to Best Score, there were many deserving compositions that chilled FANGORIA throughout the year, from THE FINAL GIRLS to KRAMPUS to SPRING. Nevertheless, only five scores could creep through the competition and take that extra step towards genre greatness.

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  • Toys of Terror #91

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    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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  • Texas Frightmare Weekend 2016: First Wave of Screenings, New Guest Announced!

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    With only two months until Texas Frightmare Weekend (April 29th – May 1st at the Regency DFW) strikes fear in the heart of the Dallas Area, the updates are looking to come fast and frightfully over the next several weeks. And as the official sponsor of the Southwest’s Premiere Horror Convention, FANGORIA has the exclusive word on the first wave of screenings happening at Texas Frightmare Weekend as well as a brand new guest announcement!

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  • “THE SERPENT & THE RAINBOW” (Blu-ray Review)

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    In the grand scheme of Wes Craven, THE SERPENT & THE RAINBOW is easily, pound for pound, one of the filmmaker’s best movies. Eerie, dread-inducing and far from the familiarity of slashers and serial killers, THE SERPENT & THE RAINBOW offers seriously engaging drama and incredibly beautiful production design on top of the mounting tension and macabre moments. And while THE SERPENT & THE RAINBOW is a favorite among many fright fans, the film has sadly taken quite some time to get to high definition, with Scream Factory taking up the mantle with their brand new Blu-ray set.

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  • “THE WITCH” Director To Helm Rasputin Mini-Series!

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    First off, let’s get this out of the way: THE WITCH is not a historical drama, it’s a horror film. Show me a historical drama where a boy spits out a bloody apple from his dying body or takes direct visual cues from THE SHINING and then you’ll have an argument. Until then, THE WITCH is a horror film, and an effective-as-hell one at that, so it’s exciting to hear Deadline report THE WITCH filmmaker Robert Eggers will be tackling one of history’s creepiest real life figures for a mini-series about the Russian “mad monk” Rasputin!

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  • Crossing Over: “MAPS TO THE STARS”

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    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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  • Announcement: FANGORIA Musick Signs “THE RANTS MACABRE”’s Darren Rosario!

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    As the producer and curator of the FANGORIA Podcast Network, it’s been a treat to see the synergy flowing between the various elements of the company. Whether it’s podcast crossover events, print articles about our shows or the news I learned just this morning, as FANGORIA Musick has signed Darren Rosario, co-host of THE RANTS MACABRE, as the newest artist to the label!

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  • Exclusive Entertainment Earth Giveaway: Win a “Dinner Attire” Leatherface Action Figure!

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    Three weeks ago, FANGORIA surprised our readership with announcement of our partnership with the exceptional online marketplace Entertainment Earth to provide weekly giveaways of chilling collectibles. And with the sun setting on our third contest, FANGO and EE have our next gruesome giveaway all ready for your petrifying participation!

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  • “THE CURSE / CURSE II: THE BITE” (Blu-ray Review)

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    The ‘80s was a weird, wild time in the world of horror filmmaking. Imaginative, FX-heavy films were in vogue, most of which were gleefully R-rated and contingent on shock value to grab the insatiable horror audience. Likewise, the genre was sequel-crazy during the decade, franchising any and every horror property that made a buck, even if they were connected via title alone. And there’s no better example of both categories of ‘80s horror than in THE CURSE and THE CURSE II, a pair of genre oddities that are making their high-definition debut from Scream Factory this week.

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