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    “KNIGHTS OF BADASSDOM” Unleashed this February

    THE KNIGHTS OF BADASSDOM. Merely mentioning the name will raise eyebrows amongst ardent horror fans, as the Joe Lynch film has taken its place amongst the more prolific of the unreleased genre curiosities. However, XLerator Media has announced the a long awaited VOD release on February 11th, with the film being optioned for theatrical exhibition via the crowd-sourcing request site TUGG. And for those wondering, the film will sadly be the edited “producer’s cut” which stirred up controversy earlier this summer when Lynch himself took to social media in protest.

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    SCREAM Factory Awakens The “PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE”

    At this point, I’ve become convinced that every other day besides Christmas, Santa Claus works in Acquisitions for SHOUT! Factory. There’s no other reasonable explanation for the consistent amount of joy that is doled out regularly under their SCREAM Factory banner. This latest news is no exception. The SCREAM Factory Facebook page let loose that the brand will release Brian De Palma’s superb cult classic, THE PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE, on Blu-ray for the first time in North America.

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    Close Encounters with Abel Ferrara

    As many of you may know, Drafthouse Films is re-releasing somewhat forgotten exploitation classic, MS. 45 (in select theaters this Friday, including one hosted by FANGORIA’s own Michael Gingold in Yonkers) from the prolific and gritty independent legend Abel Ferrara. Upon hearing this, I was quite excited, as I have always been a fan of Mr. Ferrara’s work and this had been especially hard to track down. Yet, while fishing for details regarding the release, I told my FANGORIA cohorts that my history with Abel was not merely one of fandom. Through a series of weird events, I had not only had several weird run-in’s with Mr. Ferrara, but had actually at one point directed him as an actor.

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    Kevin Smith’s “TUSK” To Get Wide Release from A24

    Are you ready for Kevin Smith’s second (and very well last) foray into fright films? You very well may! His body horror, TUSK, has been streaming along since its unlikely conception on his podcast back in June of this year. However, the film, unable to make the intended premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival due to two extra days of necessary shooting, has thusly been acquired by A24 Films for a wide release in the third quarter of 2014. A24, which gave wide releases this year to SPRING BREAKERS and THE BLING RING, adds TUSK to an already genre-friendly 2014 slate, including the Jake Gyllenhaal-starring ENEMY and the Scarlett Johansson alien film UNDER THE SKIN.

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    FANGORIA Flashback: “THEY LIVE”

    Would you bite the hand that feeds you? What if that hand belonged to an extraterrestrial force that controls your mind via consumerism? That’s the question on the mind of genre maestro John Carpenter in his satirical alien-infiltration thriller THEY LIVE, which is being screened for one week only for its 25th anniversary at New York City’s IFC Center (323 Avenue of the Americas at West 3rd Street) starting Friday, December 6. In commemoration of that anniversary, FANGORIA takes a look back at Carpenter’s hybrid of clever science fiction, intense horror and kick-ass action.

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    From the FANGORIA Vault: “THE AMITYVILLE HORROR”

    As FANGORIA readers know, home is where the heart is. Whether it’s beating or not is another question entirely, but that doesn’t stop us from returning time and time again to haunted-house films. Today, FANGORIA offers a couple of rare stills from one of the most influential horror-home films of all time: 1979’s THE AMITYVILLE HORROR!

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