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    “HOOKED UP” (Film Review)

    If patterns in the studio and independent level are any indications, it seems that found footage is finally descending from the horror zeitgeist. Yet in doing so, many assorted stragglers in the subgenre are finally rising to the surface and, oddly enough, many of these found footage titles are the ones that never quite fit into the genre’s expectations. And luckily for HOOKED UP, the found footage aspect is merely just a conduit for a genuinely tight and terrifying horror tale, and any expectations one might have for HOOKED UP (and the various familiar horror elements) are effortlessly turned on their head.

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    Stanley Film Festival ’15: Whannell-scribed “COOTIES” Set For Opening Night

    Ever since its debut at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, horror fans have been patiently awaiting Cary Murnion and Jonathan Milott’s COOTIES, the Spectrevision-produced horror comedy co-written by INSIDIOUS/SAW mastermind Leigh Whannell and GLEE co-creator Ian Brennan. Yet the film has sat on the shelf for quite some time, with Lionsgate issuing reshoots on the ending and contemplating a new release plan. However, horror fans will get their first chance to see the star-studded COOTIES with its new ending at this year’s Stanley Film Festival, as the film has earned the slot of Opening Night film!

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    “CHEATIN'” (FANTASTICA Film Review)

    Wild sex, bloody violence and some seriously insane twists populate Bill Plympton’s CHEATIN’, but of course, without it, would it really be a Bill Plympton film? Yet while CHEATIN’ carries all the signature aspects of Plympton’s adult and absurd previous work, the film has a bit more substance between the whimsical and wicked moments throughout. And with Plympton’s signature style of animation, the element of voyeurism has never been as immersive, offering a tangible universe that is as bizarre as it is familiar.

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    Q&A: Actor Stephen Ohl talks On-and-Off-Camera Scares in “HOOKED UP”

    While Pablo Larcuen’s found-footage shocker HOOKED UP may be notable for being entirely shot on an iPhone, the Jaume Collet-Serra produced film is much more than that. Sporting great scares and greater twists, HOOKED UP is one of the subgenre’s highlights, anchored by a pair of phenomenal performances by the likes of actors Stephen Ohl and Jonah Ehrenreich. The duo add a natural chemistry to the proceedings, and when the other shoe for the fright flick drops, Ohl and Ehrenreich deliver. With the film debuting on VOD tomorrow, FANGORIA caught up with Ohl to talk HOOKED UP, shooting in Barcelona and when life briefly imitated art while filming…

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    Event Report: FANGORIA’s Star-Studded “COVER TO COVER” Signing at NYC’s Forbidden Planet!

    Forbidden Planet: It’s New York City’s mecca of Nerd Culture and fandom in all of its forms. Forbidden Planet NYC is also one of the few locations from around the world brave enough to carry both FANGORIA and GOREZONE as well as official FANGORIA apparel. So when it came time to find a place for FANGORIA to host our signing of Cemetery Dance’s COVER TO COVER coffee table book, the choice was a no-brainer: the FANGORIA staff and various NY-based horror celebrities would gladly venture into Forbidden Planet.

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    Exclusive Trailer: John Portanova’s “VALLEY OF THE SASQUATCH”

    There’s few subgenres that have seen such an unexpected resurgence as the bigfoot horror film, with the prolific one-two punch of Bobcat Goldthwait’s WILLOW CREEK and Eduardo Sanchez’s EXISTS leading the way last year. However, a new contender is throwing their hat in the ring in 2015, with horror collective The October People’s latest eerie outing, VALLEY OF THE SASQUATCH. And now, FANGORIA has the exclusive first trailer for John Portanova’s sasquatch scare fare, which you can give a look below!

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    Contest: Win a Horror Digital HD Prize Pack!

    Hello, beasts and ghouls! Though FANGORIA tries to keep you up with the latest and greatest horror happenings from around the world, we understand how difficult (and expensive) it is to see all the scare fare the world has to offer. So FANGORIA has decided we’re going to give a lucky fan a chance to increase their libraries with a Digital HD prize pack of five fright flicks with a monthly give-away!

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    FANTASTICA Q&A: Bill Plympton talks “CHEATIN'”, Part One

    As filmmakers change with the times, it’s not often that a classically-informed filmmaker will retain their talents and sensibilities to their fullest extent. This is even more rare when it comes to animation, especially as the production side of things jumps from hand-drawn to digital. But luckily for audiences, Bill Plympton is that rare case, with his unfiltered, mature cinematic voice still in tact for his latest surreal animation outing, CHEATIN’. With CHEATIN’ now in theaters, FANTASTICA recently caught up with Plympton to talk animation, humor and why America needs animation for adults…

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    “BATES MOTEL: Season 3, Episode 4″ (TV Review)

    After a strong pair of Norman-centric episodes and one weak Norma-and-Romero-centric episode, BATES MOTEL once again kept it’s stride going into its fourth week with a fairly Dylan-centric episode that definitely played to the character’s strength. While everyone does have a chance to shine in this episode, named “Unbreak-able”, there’s much progress made on a narrative and emotional level with Dylan this episode that the oft-brooding character essentially steals the show and offers just the right amount of credible vulnerability. And in doing so, we also get a better insight into Caleb, a character once set up as an underlying antagonist but is now revealing himself to be nothing more than a time capsule of Norma’s maturation.

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    Stanley Film Festival ’15: Full Film Schedule Announced!

    With the report earlier this week that the Stanley Film Festival announced it’s full event slate, it was only a matter of time before they revealed what frightening films they had in store. But little did FANGORIA know that the announcement would come hours later, and Stanley looks to be bringing some top tier scare fare to the supposedly haunted hotel!

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