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    “CONJURING” Doll Annabelle to get Spin-off

    The genre’s smash hit of the summer was THE CONJURING, James Wan’s immensely terrifying haunting film that grossed over $300 million worldwide. Wan’s first horror hit of 2013, ahead of his supposed scare film swan song INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2, has been nothing less than a phenomenon amongst horror hounds both hardcore and casual, and did so even with an unjustly given “R”-rating. Shortly after the films huge opening weekend, a sequel was greenlit and cast members Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga resigned as Ed and Lorraine Warren, but while Warner Brothers attempts to woo back James Wan for a second installment, could there be more CONJURING in the meantime?

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    Robert Rodriguez begins production on “FROM DUSK TILL DAWN: THE SERIES”

    Are you ready to spend some more time with the Gecko Brothers? Filmmaker Robert Rodriguez sure hopes so, as the vampiric shoot-’em-up property returns as the flagship series for Rodriguez’s El Rey Network, which goes live this December. This week in Austin, TX, Rodriguez begins principal photography on FROM DUSK TILL DAWN: THE SERIES, with the maverick filmmaker himself returning to direct the first two episodes, which will not be canonically connected to the three FROM DUSK TILL DAWN films.

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    “LAKE PLACID VS. ANACONDA” to be a thing

    In terms of modern day creature features, there are few films as divisive amongst horror fans as LAKE PLACID and ANACONDA. Both box office successes with a devoted cult following, the value of each film has been debated between ardent supporters of campy monster movies and detractors who see them as uninspired studio fiascos, even as their sequels branched out further and further into Syfy Original territory.

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    “DEVIL IN MY RIDE” (Movie Review)

    When making an independent horror film, the greatest safety net you can provide for your story is to have great, inspired characters at your creative disposal. This is even truer if you decide to add an element of comedy to the proceedings, lest you risk the film falling into the subgenre of morbidly dark anti-comedy, which has value but ultimately narrows your audience considerably. In a horror comedy, even when the outrageousness and the FX are limited by time and budget, your characters can be as flexible as you want them to be, and by putting them through a gauntlet of grue, you’re simultaneously giving them humor to mine from, as well from their predicaments. Married with an entertaining story and inspired performances, these characters can be what stands between the film being either frighteningly forgettable or a hell of a good time.

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    LaBeouf teams with Cage and Chiller for ominous “KILL THE ARCHITECT”

    Although most horror fans know Shia LaBeouf as the star of studio films such as the TRANSFORMERS franchise and INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULLS, Labeouf has certainly tried to distance himself from that line of work. Engaging in erotic, surreal work such as Lars von Trier’s NYMPHOMANIAC and CHARLIE COUNTRYMAN to directing horror-inspired music videos for Kid Cudi and Marilyn Manson, LaBeouf has been defying expectations and striking a nerve with his critics by going down this divisive path. However, his career as a filmmaker is evolving even further, as a recent tweet hinted on a mysterious horror project with the Chiller network. Whether as a hourlong one-off or as LaBeouf’s feature debut, this project, KILL THE ARCHITECT, is based on (or possibly inspired by) the album of the same name by hip hop artist Cage.

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    “DARKNET, Episode 1″ (Webseries Review)

    There’s been such a dedication to surprise twists and audience subversion in modern horror that many of the attempts to do so never really feel organic or, by proxy, earned. In a way, the groundwork laid by Alfred Hitchcock, Rod Serling and Arthur Conan Doyle of allowing subtlety and character development to bring the shock of the story full circle has been lost over the years, as a need for new storytelling techniques have all replaced that nuanced craft with bait-and-switch narrative structures that often give way to plot holes. And even though the “full circle” structure is often built upon against-all-odds coincidences, they never condescend to the audience, rather allowing them to put together the puzzle and come to the realization on their own terms.

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    Exclusive Music Video: Dance Hall Pimps’ “The Dead Don’t Walk”

    As a horror fan myself, there’s few things that are as great as seeing fellow fright fans embrace their love for the genre and apply it to their other passions. Sometimes, that fandom begets filmmakers, who seek to become the next George Romero or John Carpenter. Sometimes, that fandom produces musicians, who apply their love for horror in the aesthetics of their art and lyrics of their songs. And in times like this, those influences combine to create something truly unique and fear-film-friendly.

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    Horror Returns to Hollywood at AFI Fest

    For our West Coast fright fanatics, prepare to be scared by some of this year’s most buzzworthy festival selections and genre favorites at the AFI Fest, running from November 7-14 in Hollywood, CA at various venues. Featuring the work of independent filmmakers from around the globe, the AFI Fest is offering a healthy dose of horror throughout their program, including their AFI Midnight category that specifically offers some of the most controversial independent genre pictures of 2013.

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    “CHILLING VISIONS: 5 SENSES OF FEAR” (DVD/Blu-ray Review)

    With the readiness of digital filmmaking in the independent world, and the growing number of unique voices attracted to the creative freedom of horror, there’s been no shortage of anthology projects arising in the genre world. These projects are affordable, challenging and often strong showcases for young, emerging voices—essentially collections of calling cards, as well as opportunities to show off resourcefulness and ambition under time and finance confines, without the overbearing pressure of feature filmmaking. This year has seen the release of several impressive omnibus movies, including THE ABCs OF DEATH, V/H/S/2 and now CHILLING VISIONS: 5 SENSES OF FEAR.

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    Fango Flashback: “NOSFERATU THE VAMPYRE” (1979)

    Dreadful, ambitious and philosophical, Werner Herzog’s NOSFERATU THE VAMPYRE begins today at New York’s Film Forum (203 W. Houston Street; (212) 727-8110) for an exclusive two-week run in its alternate, unseen German-language form. Sporting a new 35-mm print of Herzog’s slow-burning and eerie reimagining of F.W. Murnau’s classic film from the Bleeding Lights Film Group, Film Forum will be running the film until Thursday, November 7th, and in fact, on Monday, November 4th, the 9:15 screening will be preceded by a special screening of Murnau’s film, accompanied by a live piano score by Steve Sterner.

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    NYC Horror Film Festival: Bigger & Bloodier

    As anyone knows, New York City never sleeps, and this November, the New York City Horror Film Festival will give it a good reason not to. Descending on the Big Apple for the eleventh time, this annual showcase of new and independent movies from around the world is looking to be one of its finest exhibitions to date, and features appearances from some of the most exciting names in the genre. From November 14 to 17, the NYCHFF will be held at Tribeca Cinemas (54 Varick Street), and is organized by Ronnie Hein and FANGORIA’s own Tony Timpone.

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