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  • Exclusive Q&A: “POKER NIGHT” director Greg Francis talks Eklund and Perlman!

    For this writer, one of 2014’s biggest end-of-year surprises was POKER NIGHT, which was an exceptionally engaging and clever horror flick that mixed the elements of a kidnapping thriller and dark comedy. Yet the film plays as well as it does for many reasons: POKER NIGHT not only has an exceptional cast, featuring Ron Perlman, Giancarlo Esposito, Beau Mirchoff and Michael Eklund, but a truly talented writer/director in Greg Francis. With the film hitting home media this week from XLrator, FANGORIA chatted with Francis about two of POKER NIGHT’s most prolific performers…

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    “LOVE AT FIRST BITE” / “ONCE BITTEN” Double Feature (Blu-ray Review)

    In Scream Factory’s attempts to bring unheralded gems of genre cinema to Blu-ray, the company has also culled some of the most beloved, but more obscure, cult classics into the fold as well. Whether it be sleazy, insane or outright absurd, Scream Factory is giving these titles new life among their creepy catalog. And while sometimes this leads to some truly exceptional rediscoveries, it also occasionally leads to cult misfires as well, such as the Double Feature Blu-ray of Howard Storm’s ONCE BITTEN and Stan Dragoti’s LOVE AT FIRST BITE.

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    “VAMPIRE’S KISS” / “HIGH SPIRITS” Double Feature (Blu-ray Review)

    While Scream Factory has often brought many underappreciated genre classics to the world of high definition, they’ve also done a great service to cult film fans by bringing some of horror’s most odd titles to Blu-ray as well. Yet as of late, Scream Factory has found greater success in bringing these demented discoveries to audiences as double features, which of course comes with its own set of advantages and disadvantages. And, particularly, Scream Factory has used this business model to help bring vintage horror comedies to fans, offering a safety net to an unpredictable subgenre that offers the likes of Robert Bierman’s VAMPIRE’S KISS and Neil Jordan’s HIGH SPIRITS.

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    “RPG: REAL PLAYING GAME” (Film Review)

    By now, the general conceit of RPG: REAL PLAYING GAME is oh-so-familiar to genre fans: a group of strangers are forced to kill each other in an interactive game run by a sinister entity. Whether it be BATTLE ROYALE, THE HUNGER GAMES, THE RUNNING MAN, GAMER or the multitude of other films running with that concept, RPG does have select differences in its execution that makes it stand out more to the horror crowd. But even despite some ingenious flourishes, interesting character drama and the constraints of its budget, the conceptual familiarity is the least of RPG’s problems.

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    Caption Contest Results: 02/02 – 02/06

    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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    First Look: SFX Master Gary Tunnicliffe’s “TEXAS CHAIN SAW” Short, “THE CHICKEN RUN”

    Last week, FANTASTICA (by way of FANGORIA) revealed many never-before-seen behind-the-scenes pictures from MY BLOODY VALENTINE 3D, including some spectacular SFX shots from the gore-filled flick. But as horror hounds know, that SFX was the work of none other than modern make-up master Gary Tunnicliffe, whose credits have included the likes of BLADE, CANDYMAN, SLEEPY HOLLOW, THE COLLECTOR, BENEATH, GONE GIRL and entries within the HALLOWEEN, HELLRAISER and SCREAM franchises. However, now Tunnicliffe himself has something he wants to share with horror fans: a TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE-inspired fan film, THE CHICKEN RUN!

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    “COLLECTOR”, “SAW” Sequel Duo to ‘Recalibrate’ “HALLOWEEN” Franchise

    If you’ve been an ardent horror fan for the past decade, you’re likely familiar with the names Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan. The screenwriting duo that brought the genre every SAW sequel since SAW 4 as well as THE COLLECTOR (and it’s sequel), the FEAST films and PIRANHA 3DD. And while the duo have found themselves attached to many projects since, there’s none as prolific as the title announced today, as The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Melton and Dunstan will be taking on writing duties for the next entry into the HALLOWEEN franchise.

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    Fango Flashback: “ALTERED STATES”

    There are many words to describe filmmaker Ken Russell: brilliant, provocative, enigmatic, self-destructive. But if there’s one word that you cannot attribute to Russell, it would be “accessible,” as the filmmaker took pride in challenging audiences around the globe with his particularly unsubtle brand of cinema. Yet while Russell has flirted with mainstream appeal occasionally, specifically with TOMMY and CRIMES OF PASSION, the closest he’s ever done so in the horror genre is likely the trippy and terrifying ALTERED STATES.

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    First Looks: Riley Stearns’ “FAULTS”, Ben Wheatley’s “HIGH RISE”

    With all the news coming down recently about the big-budget studio horrors of 2015, sometimes it’s easy to forget some of the fright films on FANGORIA’s peripheral vision. Yet in those instances, FANGORIA’s expectations are often easily trumped, especially when those indie horrors are the likes of Ben Wheatley’s HIGH RISE and Riley Stearns’ FAULTS.

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    First Poster, Trailer: “POLTERGEIST” (2015)

    Yesterday, FANGORIA offered a first look at Gil Kenan’s POLTERGEIST remake, produced by Sam Raimi and with a stellar cast (including 2015 Chainsaw Nominee Jared Harris). From those images, this writer was a bit skeptical as how the film would be handling recreating the iconic moments from the original. But now that Universal Pictures has unleashed the first trailer and poster from the film, consider that skepticism rescinded.

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    Exclusive Announcement, Q&A: Paracinema’s Justin LaLiberty talks Monday Night Thread-Up!

    Last month, FANGORIA reported on February’s upcoming edition of Paracinema Magazine’s Monday Night Thread-Up, a monthly series at the Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers showcasing obscure and cult genre cinema. And with CHAINED HEAT on the horizon, FANGORIA got the exclusive first announcement of the next three Monday Night Thread-Up titles, all of which are to be shown on 35mm film for only five dollars!

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