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    Psychopalooza: Spanish web series “BLOODY JUSTICE” mixes reality with brutality

    If you were to ask a horror fanatic what is killing pop culture, chances are more than a few may speak the words, “reality shows.” Yet for fans of a genre that so embraces found footage and voyeurism, it’s a surprise that few have previously tried to capitalize on the trend (Maurice Deveraux’ 2001 $LA$HER$ being a rare example). I’m sure THE REAL WORLD: TWIN PEAKS or SURVIVOR: CAMP CRYSTAL LAKE would have more than a sizeable audience. However, Spanish filmmaker Pablo Morales de los Rios is offering you the next best thing: BLOODY JUSTICE!

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    FANGORIA Presents: “SIN REAPER,” Big Creeper

    One of the most important aspects about the current releases under the FANGORIA Presents banner (see here for details; to find Fango’s Comcast collection on your VOD channel, search this way: Movies > Movie Collections > Fangoria) is the variety of all the films chosen. Whether it’s a bloody family outing in AXED, eeriness in Eastern Europe in ENTITY or pandemic pandemonium in GERM Z, FANGORIA Presents aims to give fright fans a different experience in terror with each selection. However, Fango has something special for gorehounds with Sebastian Bartolitius’s SIN REAPER, in which nightmares of a dark monastery and an enigmatic killer come to life for Samantha, a young woman with a mysterious past.

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    FANGORIA Presents “AXED”: Father Knows Best

    Being the lead villain in a horror film is no easy feat for an actor. Do you play the strong, silent type like Michael and Jason? Or do you go charismatic and sly, like Patrick Bateman or Leslie Vernon? Considering that the tone and effectiveness of horror films hinge on solid, memorable villains, the task is daunting, and even with an intuitive director, miscasting can be the downfall of a genre film.

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    FANGORIA Presents: You “AXED” For It!

    In the state of horror today, it’s so easy for filmmakers to polarize an audience by either following or subverting the tropes of the genre. However, there is a certain craft in the relationship to those tropes at play in writer/director Ryan Driscoll’s AXED, about a crazed father who fatally takes out his economic frustrations on his poor family.

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    Michael Paré to produce, star in claustrophobic horror film “THE SHELTER”

    Cult movie badass Michael Paré has been a genre stalwart for years, be it leading roles in films like Walter Hill’s STREETS OF FIRE, Eric Red’s werewolf yarn BAD MOON or being the best part of Uwe Boll’s later filmography. Lucky for fright film fanatics, Paré has been announced as the lead for THE SHELTER, an upcoming horror film from actor John Fallon, better known to the horror community as “The Arrow” of genre site ARROW IN THE HEAD.

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    Cemetery Dance editor launches eHorrorBargains.com

    With the transition from paperbound books to e-readers en masse, horror novels have become even more accessible to consumers, although sometimes it takes a sharp eye to find the most blood for your buck. However, shopping for good, inexpensive terror titles has become easier than ever, thanks to Cemetery Dance editor Brian Freeman’s new site, ehorrorbargains.com.

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    Madrid gets macabre, debuting Nocturna Film Festival

    Spain natives, be prepared to be scared from June 3rd to June 9th, as the International Fantastic Film Festival Nocturna 2013, debuts in Madrid! To be held at the city’s Palafox Cinemas, Nocturna will be the host to many great genre titles this year, both inside and out of competition.

    Films competing for the official awards include HOME SWEET HOME, French director David Morlet’s follow-up to 2009’s MUTANTS; Chad Kinkle’s JUG FACE, featuring BLADE RUNNER star Sean Young and genre icon Larry Fessenden; the first-ever Russian zombie film, WINTER OF THE DEAD (a.k.a. METELETSA), from director Nikolai Pigarev; the neo-gialli TULPA from SHADOW’s Federico Zampaglione; and Jean Carlos Medina’s buzz-worthy INSENSIBLES (a.k.a. PAINLESS), which premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival to much acclaim.

    More innovative and transgressive titles within the genre will be featured in the Nocturna Dark Visions category, which includes prolific indie filmmaker H.P. Mendoza’s newest film, I AM A GHOST, which garnered rave reviews last year, including the Bram Stoker International Film Festival’s Best Picture award. Especially gruesome or hilarious titles can be seen in the Nocturna Madness category, including Conor McMahon’s killer clown flick STITCHES, as well as the action-packed genre mash-up TIKTIK: THE ASWANG CHRONICLES, from director Erik Matti. And short-form cinema will be featured as well in the Nocturna Shots category, with the films in competition still to be announced. Every film in competition is also in competition for the Audience Awards, bestowed via popular vote amongst the Nocturna audiences.

    However, Nocturna also offers plenty to fright fans outside of the competition, including the Danielle Harris/John Jarratt starring horror flick SHIVER from DARKLANDS director Julian Richards; Rodrigo Gudiño’s debut feature film, THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF ROSALIND LEIGH, featuring Academy-Award winner Vanessa Redgrave; and the premiere of Victor Matellano’s WAX, with the cast and crew in attendance, and featuring the last on-screen performance of Paul Naschy (thanks to the film’s special FX wizardy). Nocturna will also screen a retrospective series of deserving genre films in its Nocturna Classics section, which has yet to be revealed.

    Last, but certainly not least, Nocturna 2013 will pay homage to some of the most significant names in fantastic cinema in their Masters of Fantastic category. Aside from hosting a ceremony for the Masters of Fantastic Award, the category will also host films relevant to the recipient, which this year is none other than MASTERS OF HORROR creator and frequent Stephen King adaptation filmmaker Mick Garris!

    For more information, as well as impending announcements on featured films, a full list of awards and to purchase tickets to Nocturna 2013, please visit Nocturna Film Festival.

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    “HIGH ON THE HOG” actress Fiona Domenica talks her true terror tale

    For some people, home is where the heart is, but for others, it can be where the horror is. Speaking exclusively to FANGORIA, actress Fiona Domenica (who discussed her role in the upcoming Sid Haig-starrer HIGH ON THE HOG here) opened up about her next film, A PRAYS ELLEPSIS, a self-penned story that draws inspiration from a real-life nightmare.

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    FANGO FUNHOUSE: Paul Scheer on the horrifying, the hilarious and the horrible!

    As any true fright fan can tell you, horror and comedy go together like monsters and sequels, often bleeding into one another in such iconic genre offerings such as the EVIL DEAD sequels, SHAUN OF THE DEAD and GHOSTBUSTERS. Whether it’s an unexpected kill after an inspiration speech or the supernatural indulging in macabre mischief, few can argue that the subversive nature of both genres compliment each other with relative ease. Therefore, I welcome you, dear reader, to FANGO FUNHOUSE, a look into the co-dependent world of horror-comedy through those who know it best.

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    “6 SOULS” (Movie Review)

    One could argue that the goal for any horror or thriller filmmaker is to keep the audience, at the very least, figuring out the story’s twists and turns alongside the protagonist. As wonderful as it is for genre films to stay one step ahead of the audience, ensuring that any surprises along the way are surprising at all, the mechanisms by which suspenseful films run—tension between characters, atmosphere and gradual revelation of story—can still work well when viewers encounter the dread and shock at the same pace as the hero they have invested in.

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    “STOKER” (Sundance Movie Review)

    In its cryptic opening scene, Park Chan-wook sets the tone of STOKER, his English-language debut, with a monologue and the sound of the world in which the film takes place. STOKER prides itself on not being a conventional genre picture by any means, but the hypnotic rhythm in which the film unfolds will undoubtedly keep any audience transfixed.

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