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  • “SONNY BOY” (Blu-ray Review)

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    While there are plenty of films who turn to their lesser aspects in an attempt to wrangle the title of “cult film,” there are select others who earn it simply through existence. Robert Martin Carroll’s SONNY BOY is firmly, undeniably in the latter category as an absolute masterpiece of weird, unhinged filmmaking at its most soulful. An aesthetic mix between David Lynch, John Waters and Terrence Malick, SONNY BOY is an essential film for those who love the bizarre, surreal and trashy cinema, and Scream Factory has done the world a kindness by bringing it to a new generation on Blu-ray.

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  • Stanley Film Festival Announces Restructuring Plans; Will Relaunch in 2017

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    Over the past several months, this writer had heard chatter from some Denver-based horror hounds regarding the state of- in this writer’s opinion- the best horror-specific film festival, Stanley Film Festival; unfortunately, the chatter was not what this writer had wanted to hear. In the ensuing months, there had been ups and downs, with the peak being that the Stanley Hotel was to become a horror museum and year-round genre hotspot and the valley being that there was a good chance of the festival not running as planned in 2016. This morning, however, the future of the Stanley Film Festival was confirmed, with good news and bad news in tow.

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  • Crossing Over: “STARSHIP TROOPERS”

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    Welcome, FANGORIA Readers, to CROSSING OVER, our newest column that highlights the films, series and content out there outside of horror that is fashioned towards or pays tribute to our beloved genre. By shining a light onto these projects, FANGORIA hopes to open a world of entertainment perfect for fright fans that lies just beyond the borders of the horror community. So without further ado…

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  • The Dreadful Ten: Top 10 Horror Prequels!

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    When initially approaching the concept for this week’s Dreadful Ten, this writer thought that assembling titles would be easy as could be. After all, what is the horror genre known better for than all manners of prequels, sequels and spin-offs? However, upon further inspection, finding gems among the many horror prequels is more of a frustrating endeavor, with most of the best prequels happening on television and/or as flashbacks in a sequel. Nevertheless, FANGORIA was able to dig up ten petrifying prequels that made the grade!

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  • For Your Consideration: The 2016 Chainsaw Award Nominees for Best TV Actor!

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    With voting season now open on the FANGORIA Chainsaw Awards, fans are putting their minds at work to select their favorites out of every potential nominee. When it came to the Best TV Actor category, the competition was stiff across the board, with SALEM’s Shane West, FROM DUSK TILL DAWN’s D.J. Cotrona, BATES MOTEL’s Freddie Highmore and AMERICAN HORROR STORY’s Wes Bentley all almost making the cut. And, of course, Andrew Lincoln certainly would have made the list had Season Six not been so segmented between its large ensemble of characters. Nevertheless, FANGORIA was able to sift through all the excellent lead actor performances of this past year and nominate our five favorites for your consideration.

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  • Toys of Terror #88

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    Welcome to TOYS OF TERROR, Fango’s weekly feature exhibiting the coolest horror accessories across the web. Whether you’re a collector, connoisseur or simply making your love of horror a family affair, these petrifying playthings are likely to impress even the most heartless horror fan. So if you’re searching for a ghoulish gift, look no further…

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  • “THE X-FILES: Season 10, Episode 2” (TV Review)

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    When THE X-FILES was announced to return for a six-episode revival in early 2015, fans didn’t quite know what those six episodes would entail. Due to the limited number of installments, some automatically assumed the reboot would be akin to a mini-series with one storyline that would warrant the return of Mulder and Scully. Yet in the reboot’s second episode, entitled “Founder’s Mutation,” fans learned that wouldn’t necessarily be the case, even though the episode did present pertinent information about our heroes. Rather, the “monster of the week” framework would return this week after the mythology-building first episode, offering a nostalgic return-to-form whilst continuing the revival series’ noted mean-streak.

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  • “JACK’S BACK” (Blu-ray Review)

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    At face value, JACK’S BACK has all the trademarks of an ’80s horror/thriller: a charming lead, supernaturally-connected twins, prostitute murder and a melodramatic rock ballad kicking off both credit sequences. Hell, even the stylistic flourishes from director Rowdy Herrington (of ROAD HOUSE fame) are unmistakably representative of the era and genre. However, in spite of those timely details, JACK’S BACK is a bit more effective than it’s unassuming reputation may hold, taking advantage of its L.A. setting, high-concept narrative and solid ensemble, lead by an excellent James Spader in a rare dual role.

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  • Stream to Scream: “THE VEIL”

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    THE VEIL is quite a curious movie to behold, largely in that the filmmaking in and of itself tells a story within the story of the film. That story, of course, is a film that was originally found footage that- through a variety of means- has been changed to become a straightforward narrative… and yet, can’t quite give up the ghost of its original framing device. It’s a film where so much works from top to bottom and yet there’s something essential that couldn’t quite make the film click, and the rewriting/editing process to find that element feels ever apparent. And yet, because so much of the film works, THE VEIL isn’t quite a film to dismiss as you actively root for the project find greatness all the way up until the credits roll.

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  • FANGO Flashback: “THE ENTITY”

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    In the grand scheme of haunting films, there is nothing quite like THE ENTITY. While it’s aesthetics might have been replicated in the past (particularly, the INSIDIOUS films appear to be particularly inspired by THE ENTITY), no other film comparably tackles such subject matter in a stylized, mainstream execution, let alone in a manner that feels visceral and terrifying. And not so surprisingly, perhaps the lack of thematically similar material helps the 33-year-old-film resonate as an intense experience in this day-and-age that one can appreciate more with each subsequent viewing.

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  • “THE X-FILES: Season 10, Episode 1” (TV Review)

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    During the nine-season original run of THE X-FILES, much could be said about the men behind the curtain, but more often than not, there was a seeming benign nature to them. As monsters and extraterrestrials would encounter Mulder, Scully and Co. week after week, the casualties of the investigations often were rarely targeted; rather, they were often innocent victims via chance encounters or government agents whose lives were cost via incompetence. Yet now, in this six-episode mini-series events, THE X-FILES asserts a different perspective on the puppet masters, and one that is much more misanthropic than ever before. And while few could have guessed that THE X-FILES would return with a mean-streak, fewer can deny that it works for the show, raising the stakes for our heroes while reminding the audience that in this limited run, the truth is closer than ever before… and those who discover it are not safe.

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  • For Your Consideration: The 2016 Chainsaw Award Nominees for Best Limited Release Film!

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    With voting season now open on the FANGORIA Chainsaw Awards, fans are putting their minds at work to select their favorites out of every potential nominee. When it came to the Best Limited Release category, there were several features that were so close to making the cut, including Corin Hardy’s THE HALLOW and the horror anthology TALES OF HALLOWEEN making it all the way to the last phase of voting. And, of course, this category would be looking very differently had IT FOLLOWS remained on its intended limited release schedule earlier in 2015. Nevertheless, FANGORIA was able to sift through all the excellent terror titles of this past year and nominate our five favorites for your consideration.

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