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    “SALEM: Season 2, Episode 7″ (TV Review)

    It’s not often that a series that trades so often in the sensational like SALEM slows down its action to offer something contemplative. But in the latest episode, “The Beckoning Fair One” helmed by horror master Joe Dante, SALEM takes a moment to breath while investigating the interpersonal dynamics of SALEM’s most sinister inhabitants. Luckily for the viewer, that narrative gamble pays off as the episode sets the stage well for the impending witch war while still offering every demented aspect that makes the show so endearing in the first place.

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    Exclusive Clip: Discussing the Dangers of Destiny in Bradley King’s “TIME LAPSE”

    For NYC FANGORIA fans, our recent screening of the sci-fi thriller TIME LAPSE with star George Finn in attendance was one of our most engaging events so far in 2015. And with TIME LAPSE on our brain, the good folks at XLrator Media have provided FANGORIA with an exclusive clip from the film to share with fright fans worldwide!

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    “AREA 51″ (Film Review)

    It’s a very curious thing to be a critic and a horror fan experiencing Oren Peli’s AREA 51 for the first time, especially given that this writer will inherently have somewhat of a different experience than most casual moviegoers. That’s not to insinuate that there is any kind of bias towards the film, but much like in taking a test, there will always be a divide between those who studied the subject and those who come in completely fresh to it. Obviously, the found footage shocker- finished in 2009 and then subject to more than five years of rewrites, reshoots and post-production work- has been one to watch for a very long time, especially considering the director’s previous effort is now a legitimate piece of horror history (and one that should be used as a free pass for a theatrical release for whatever would follow). And while there are snippets of a completely different horror film that even can be seen in stills from AREA 51’s trailer, this writer went into AREA 51 giving it the benefit of the doubt, setting the past aside as much as possible and hoping to see that the director of PARANORMAL ACTIVITY still can scare behind the director’s chair.

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    Q&A: Janet Montgomery on the salacious, sinister “SALEM”

    For every weird, wild and wicked place that SALEM goes over the course of its second season, there’s few elements that bring it back to Earth as effectively as the presence and gravitas of Janet Montgomery, the British actress who provides one of the most emotional and effortlessly evil performances on WGN America’s flagship program. And with the next episode, the Joe Dante-helmed “The Beckoning Fair One”, looking to reshape everything we thought we knew about SALEM, Montgomery spoke to FANGORIA about her role on the show, challenges in the second season and getting physical in the impending witch war…

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    Help Finish Troma’s “RETURN TO NUKE ‘EM HIGH, VOLUME 2″, plus Release Info!

    Having provided the independent film scene with 40 years of splattery, shocking cinematic anarchy, there’s few genre-minded companies that feel like family to FANGORIA as Troma does. And with Tromadance, acquisitions and a slew of proposed remakes of his original satirical schlock, Troma headmaster Lloyd Kaufman is busier than ever. However, doing things the independent way takes time, and as so many filmmakers know, time and money go hand and hand, which is why Kaufman and the Troma Team have turned to crowdfunding to finish post-production on their biggest and boldest production to date: RETURN TO NUKE ‘EM HIGH, VOLUME 2!

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    Exclusive Still, Q&A: “CABIN IN THE WOODS” star Anna Hutchison hits the road in “WRECKER”

    While the road thriller is nothing new to the horror genre, one must admit that there are only few driven by female protagonists. Of course, with high-speed chases, hot-running motors and testosterone-fueled stunt work, that side of the horror genre has been primarily targeted at male audiences for decades now.

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  • “BATES MOTEL: Season 3, Episode 10″ (TV Review)

    To be honest, I’m a bit torn on how to feel about the BATES MOTEL third season finale. On one hand, there was a sense of satisfaction in seeing certain PSYCHO vines bearing fruit, such as the first depiction of the murderous “Mother” and the closing moment homage to the iconic swamp sequence from the original film. And with the season being largely an improvement over the previous seasons in terms of character development and the raising of stakes, the fact that the season ended on such a definitive note allows for the fourth season to essentially start anew in an established, organic location.

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    “STIGMATA” (Blu-ray Review)

    Unfortunately, one of the most accepted theories on the history of horror was that the ‘90s was a dark decade for the genre. While this might not necessarily be true, this writer understands why some might believe it to be so, considering there was so much in the zeitgeist meant to appease the angry youth of the time. Said angry youth, which propelled the likes of Nine Inch Nails, Limp Bizkit and Eminem into multi-platinum status over the weepy, grungy days of rock past, would inspire similar aesthetic choices on the horror films of the time, giving us derivative, misbegotten fright fare such as THE RAGE: CARRIE 2, AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN PARIS and STIGMATA.

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    Stream to Scream: “THE CANAL”

    Last year, independent horror was, for the most part, defined by the less-is-more approach of blending psychological horror with supernatural horror. After all, while something popping out of a dark doorway will always be startling, the idea of something beyond our comprehension lurking behind that door is all the more scary. Of course, this approach was used in THE BABADOOK, UNDER THE SKIN, THE TAKING OF DEBORAH LOGAN and more, allowing filmmakers to play with the fantasy and storybook elements behind a horror tale and infuse it into real-world consequences. But where Ivan Kavanaugh’s THE CANAL particularly succeeds is in how visceral the psychological horror can be, offering something much more terrifying and shocking than a sense of nightmarish foreboding.

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    Toys of Terror #52

    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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    Netflix acquires Patrick Brice’s Blumhouse stalker flick “CREEP”

    One of the more anticipated titles to hit the genre festival circuit in 2014, Patrick Brice’s CREEP has had a strange behind-the-scenes ride on its journey to audiences. Initially acquired by Radius-TWC and later announced to be one of Blumhouse’s BH Tilt titles, CREEP has been laying in wait for quite some time as sequel/trilogy talk and platform discussions continued on. And now, fright fans have their first solid news about the film’s release, as Radius-TWC and Netflix have struck a deal to debut the film via the streaming platform worldwide on Tuesday, July 14th.

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