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    Toys of Terror #51

    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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    “JUDAS GHOST” (Film Review)

    In the surge of haunting films coming out of the independent horror landscape as of the past few years, the struggle for originality has become harder and harder. Of course, many of these films have become reliant of jump scares, familiar imagery and a wealth of off-screen demises to mask the unfortunate limitations of their budget. However, a rare few of these films are approached with ambitious stories with genuinely unique scares, and the filmmakers are so enamored with those tales that they tackle them head on, despite their budgetary restrictions. And in that experience lies something much more gripping, imaginative and chilling, and is what makes Simon Pearce’s JUDAS GHOST such a welcome addition to the haunting film canon.

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    Shadowvision: “MARY SHELLEY’S FRANKENSTEIN”

    Welcome to Shadowvision, a regular column in which Fangoria.com revisits modern horror films in black-and-white. The purpose is to analyze these films through a new lens, seeing if the classically informed viewing experience will give a new angle to familiar images. If you’d like to watch along at home, it’s simple: go into your TV settings and desaturate the picture completely, then adjust the contrast and brightness to fit either standard or high definition

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    FANTASTICA Presents: The Empire Way, or Retro Mockbuster Master

    Among the horror community, as well as savvy film goers in general, the production entity known as The Asylum has either one of two definitions. The first definition, and most common, is that of a rip-off artist, using similarly titled and themed premises to big budget films to release to crowded video marketplace to prey off of the confused and inattentive. The other, and more complimentary, is that of a new age schlockhouse, blending the economic strategy of New World Pictures with the needs of the “so bad its good” subculture to create these so-called “mockbusters”.  And while both definitions have their supporters, the one thing The Asylum doesn’t get (and almost proudly so) is respect, even if their post-SHARKNADO success has earned it begrudgingly from the industry itself.

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    “BODY” (Stanley Film Festival Review)

    With contemporary horror, the approach by many filmmakers in the independent and studio system is that to please hardcore fright fans, they have to go for broke. By heightening so many aspects of a film, from gory SFX to the body count to the stylized visuals of the film, these filmmakers guarantee somewhat of a target audience to appreciate their film, even if the story can’t stand on its own merit. But there’s almost an equal amount of filmmakers who subscribe to the “less is more” mentality, although many find this as a way to pad out their budgets and push the limitations of the term “slow burn.” Yet for some horror filmmakers, simplicity is a weapon: by cutting out the bullshit, you keep the options of the filmmakers and the characters limited, which creates an intense, almost claustrophobic atmosphere to the film and leads to some incredibly intimate interpersonal drama.

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    The FANGORIA Guide to the 2015 Stanley Film Festival

    With the number of genre-centric film festivals hosted around the world, there’s few that make horror as immersive as an experience as the Stanley Film Festival. By taking the film festival model and injecting it with events such as the immersion game, virtual reality experiences and live music/performances, Stanley has quickly ascended to “must-go” status among the horror community. Yet with so many options and choices throughout the four day festival, navigating through the Stanley Film Festival could be a horror show of its own, so FANGORIA has put together a personalized guide for Stanley attendees based on their specific tastes and sensibilities. So without further ado…

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    “Salem: Season 2, Episode 4″ (TV Review)

    I must admit that with a show like SALEM, the repeated efforts to be bolder and brasher beyond the limits of taste are motions to be respected. Whether it’s graphic foreplay, gore or just uncomfortable thematic material, SALEM caters to its audiences love of the taboo while crafting their own unique brand of horror. This is largely effective of an approach, yet with 13 episodes to service per season, that balance doesn’t always equal a narrative home run. And while the pacing of this episode is a bit rocky at times, SALEM still has many admirable moments in the latest episode, bluntly entitled “Book of Shadows.”

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    Video Interview: Writer/Director Leigh Whannell on “INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 3″

    In the horror genre, there’s few fright franchises that have found as much praise and success from hardcore horror fans and casual horror audiences as the INSIDIOUS films. After INSIDIOUS brought SAW creators James Wan and Leigh Whannell back into the horror forefront, CHAPTER 2 proved the films to be a powerhouse of critical and commercial success. Now, the third chapter of the INSIDIOUS franchise looms, looking to shine light on possibly the darkest tale of the saga to date. And with Whannell himself taking over the reigns from Wan this time around, FANGORIA caught up with the writer/actor/director on the set of the Into The Further 4D Experience to chat about prequel pressures, monsters and his directorial debut…

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    Caption Contest Results: 4/20 – 4/24

    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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    Confirmed: Guillermo del Toro’s “SILENT HILLS” Cancelled by Konami

    While 2014 found many long-anticipated horror video games hitting consoles, including the FANGO Cover-donning THE EVIL WITHIN, there was nothing that scared gamers more effectively and unexpectedly as P.T. (short for “playable teaser”), the demo level for Guillermo del Toro and Hideo Kojima’s upcoming SILENT HILLS, which was being developed by Konami and aimed to star WALKING DEAD icon Norman Reedus. But after a long-development process, SILENT HILLS, which was due to hit Playstation consoles in 2016, has hit several obstacles, the largest being Kojima’s abrupt exit from the project to further work on METAL GEAR SOLID V. And despite Konami’s claim that they were to make SILENT HILLS  with or without Kojima, social media reports following Guillermo del Toro’s appearance at the San Francisco International Film Festival have stated the project itself may be dead.

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    FANGO Flashback: “CHILD’S PLAY”

    While the horror genre has its fair share of great sequels, prequels, spin-offs and reboots, there’s nothing quite like the original. Yet sometimes, after seeing some of the insane or bizarre places a fright franchise can go, memories of the original can become cloudy or perhaps even heightened in status without a proper and timely re-examination. But then there are the fright franchises that have always had that weird subversive streak to them, and there’s few whose concept has helped usher in such eerie and odd material as well as CHILD’S PLAY.

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    Scream Factory Announces “PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS” Collector’s Edition Blu-ray!

    It seems that with every passing day, specialty distributor Scream Factory has a new trick up their sleeve. Whether its announcing sequels to help further high-def collections for THE HOWLING and SLEEPAWAY CAMP franchises or announcing Blu-ray releases for flicks like THE SENTINEL, Scream Factory is filling their 2015 calendar with a wealth of fright fan favorites. And Scream Factory’s latest announcement is cut from the same cloth, offering one of Wes Craven’s strangest horror cult classcis: THE PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS!

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