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    “DIGGING UP THE MARROW” (Blu-ray Review)

    With most films, especially in the horror genre, it’s always best to go in with as little knowledge as possible as to what’s coming as to prevent entering with unfair expectations. After all, as reviewers, we have an obligation to approach all projects for review with an open mind and as little baggage as possible; we’re champions of cinema, and should always be looking to raise it upon our shoulders than push it under our feet. Yet with some films, such as DIGGING UP THE MARROW, the film is so tied into the filmmaker’s DNA that the overall viewing experience will, somehow, someway, be tampered by one’s take on director/star Adam Green. If you’re a fan, or indifferent, or unknowing of Green’s past work, MARROW will work on many levels, and from this writer’s review some weeks back, the film is both a narrative and technical success for Green and Co. But if you’re actively not a fan of Green, MARROW won’t do much to change that, as Green or Green’s properties are referenced in almost every scene in this film.

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    “R100″ (FANTASTICA Blu-ray Review)

    There are some movies that within the first five minutes, you’re either 100% in or 100% out. And while Hitoshi Matsumoto’s R100 might initially appear like that kind of movie, the incredibly insane, fantastic and hysterically self-aware places the film prove any savvy viewer would be dead wrong. An cinematic genetic cross between John Waters and Neveldine/Taylor, Drafthouse Films has brought R100 to Blu-ray, allowing any daring viewers can take a trip down R100’s bizarre highway of S&M madness in excellent high definition.

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    Q&A: Radco’s Jon Conrad on Environmental Horror Graphic Novel “BAD SUMMER”

    In the ever-changing media landscape, it’s no surprise that horror has found a way to dominate oh so many mediums. But while the rise to the top of both the box office and Nielsen ratings was inevitable, it’s been quite interesting to see how horror has developed in the world of graphic novels. Horror comics have been on the rise for the better part of 4 decades at this point, and now, some truly creative, transgressive and terrifying work has been breaking through the waves of pulp terror.

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    Video Q&A: Seth Gabel and Tamzin Merchant talk “SALEM” and Superstition!

    For fans of SALEM’s first season, many could agree that the show was about transformation: for all the drama, gore and sex, the show ultimately followed witches and witch hunters as they transformed in their desperate pursuit of power. However, for season two, SALEM goes from transformation to transgression, as war comes to SALEM on all sides; needless to say, blood will be spilled, spells will be cast and hell will break loose. But there are few characters whose fates remain as unpredictable in the upcoming witch war as Cotton Mather and Anne Hale, and during FANGORIA’s set visit to SALEM, we were able to pry some answers from their performers, actor Seth Gabel and actress Tamzin Merchant!

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    Event Report: FANGORIA Presents “THE HITCHER” (1986) at Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers!

    Truth be told, there’s few horror films that effectively scared this writer- as in legitimate goosebumps and fear- in his youth as much as Robert Harmon’s THE HITCHER. The way that the film almost immediately descended you into terror, as well as the epic scope of the production and the nuanced brutality of the piece, made it feel somewhat more real and dangerous. And say what you’d like about Roy Batty, but for my money, Rutger Hauer has never been outright scarier than in the role of the enigmatic (and demonically paternal) John Ryder.

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    Caption Contest Results: 03/16 – 03/20

    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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    Q&A: Adam MacDonald talks Survival Horror in “BACKCOUNTRY”

    Always riding the line of drama and horror, survival horror is among the strongest and visceral subgenres out there, particularly considering that it’s constantly grounding itself in reality. Whether it’s the elements, our own bodies or the creatures of the wilderness, survival horror has the potential to not only be empathetic but also gruesome in an overtly understandable context. And it’s serving those elements that director Adam MacDonald roots BACKCOUNTRY, IFC Midnight’s intense and terrifying people vs. nature film starring Missy Peregrym, Jeff Roop and Eric Balfour. A FANGORIA fan, MacDonald recently spoke to us about crafting BACKCOUNTRY, the film’s bait-and-switch tactics and the psychological ramifications of researching bear attacks…

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    “THE WALKING DECEASED” (Film Review)

    At this point, most horror fans have become jaded to the concept of the “horror spoof,” despite becoming jaded with most everything else in the landscape of contemporary horror. And, to be fair, one can’t blame them much: horror fans will frequently avoid spoofs like the plague due to weak and uninspired gags in the marketing, and even sometimes see these parodies as a sign of disrespect to the genre as the filmmakers don’t “understand” what makes horror work. But, as with any film this writer has covered, I approached THE WALKING DECEASED with an open mind, and in doing so, I discovered that not only was DECEASED respectful of its source material, but also genuinely funny.

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    Ring of Horror #2: The Brawl for All, a/k/a the FINAL DESTINATION of Pro Wrestling

    When I was a young lad and a fervent (read: obsessive) fan of professional wrestling, I was constantly frightened by one of the Attitude Era’s scariest characters, Gangrel, and his roaming “brood” of wrestling vampires. Their “bloodbath” gimmick led to them being one of the more popular heels at the time, even if their storylines were tiresome at best. Yet they were still effectively scary, especially to an 8-year-old kid; when they pulled the bloodbath at the first dark show that I attended, I was almost convinced that the organization was a gypsy vampire caravan, and that this was it. But luckily, I was able to reassure myself that wrestling, for all of its choreography and flamboyance, was still not real, even if it wasn’t necessarily fake at times.

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    Video Q&A: Iddo Goldberg and Elise Eberle talk “SALEM” Season Two!

    Of course, with a show like SALEM, brutality comes with the territory… quite literally. Inspired by the actual Salem Witch Trials, the show takes some gleefully disturbing liberty with the source material to put both the audience and certain characters through the ringer. And when FANGORIA was transported to SALEM ourselves, courtesy of WGN America, we were able to meet two of SALEM’s most tragic characters in their perpetually damned flesh: Iddo Goldberg (a/k/a the unlucky Isaac) and Elise Eberle (a/k/a the tortured rebel witch Mercy).

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    Q&A: Director Scott Dow on “THE WALKING DECEASED”

    In a weird way, there’s an art to doing a horror spoof correctly, even though some horror fans would disagree that’s at all possible. Certainly, if you rely too much on an easy gag or anything too on-the-nose, you risk alienating your audience and being labeled as a cheap ripoff. On the other hand, if you stride too far away from the source material, you risk confusing your target audience and misrepresenting the film. So therefore, it’s important for a spoof to not only understand its source material, but to appreciate itself as a film, and build upon that material to earn some genuine laughs from the characters and dialogue.

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    Jim Carrey, Keanu Reeves, More join Amirpour’s “BAD BATCH”

    For lovers of international and art house horror, there was nary a 2015 title that was as breathtaking and bold as A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT, the Spectrevision title from up-and-coming auteur Ana Lily Amirpour. Of course, with such a unique artistic statement that was as stylish as it was captivating, Amirpour got noticed quick and by art film megaproducer Megan Ellison of all people. Now, with her second film, a dystopian love story featuring southbound cannibals called THE BAD BATCH, taking shape, Amirpour has secured one hell of a cast for her sophomore cinematic effort.

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