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    Henry Rollins rolls “HE NEVER DIED” today

    Although you’ve seen him act opposite evil in FEAST, WRONG TURN 2: DEAD END and THE DEVIL’S TOMB, singer/speaker/actor Henry Rollins has yet to have the chance to shine as a film lead. However, that’s about to change, as Rollins is starring in the brutal horror-thriller HE NEVER DIED.

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    Astron-6 team tap Kier, Risk for “THE EDITOR”

    After the well-received FATHER’S DAY and MANBORG showcased their unique brand of retro ridiculousness, the Canadian filmmaking collective Astron-6 have been branching out all over the genre world: Steven Kostanski has a segment in ABCs OF DEATH 2 and Jeremy Gillespie has made his way into the world of Hollywood art direction, while Adam Brooks, Matt Kennedy and Conor Sweeney have cast up their newest film, THE EDITOR.

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    “AMITYVILLE HORROR: THE LOST TAPES” is dead? Get out!

    Given the great year Blumhouse Productions has had, with two of 2013’s most profitable horror hits—THE PURGE and INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2—it’s a surprise to learn that one major property among the many it’s developing has stalled indefinitely. That’s what FANGORIA has learned from a reliable source close to the production of THE AMITYVILLE HORROR: THE LOST TAPES, which Blumhouse was producing for Dimension Films release.

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    Q&A: “SHIVER” Director Julian Richards

    What can be said about serial killers on screen that hasn’t been said before? The subgenre has become a difficult one to break ground in nowadays, and rather than focus on motivation, many directors have turned to gimmicks, often at the expense of the audience patience and interest. But sometimes, the challenge has inspired ambitious directors to prove this well isn’t dried up just yet, and one such filmmaker is SHIVER’s Julian Richards.

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    Q&A: “MACABRE” Writer/Director Timo Tjahjanto

    The word “rediscovery” is not new to the horror genre, as once a great fright filmmaker enters the cultural awareness, it’s only appropriate that fans dig deeper into their filmography. Sometimes, you find the early work of modern-day master-class auteurs; other times, you discover promising missteps with flashes of greatness interspersed throughout. And occasionally, you come across the origins of a specific perspective, revealing underlying themes, distinctive visuals or simply a penchant for bloody madness.

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    Bosworth, Jane in “ABSENTIA” director’s “SOMNIA”

    Hot off of his acclaimed genre film OCULUS, which premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival and is being released by Relativity in 2014, ABSENTIA director Mike Flanagan is already raring to go into the world of horror once more with his new film, SOMNIA. The film was announced at the 2013 American Film Market, with THE MIST’s Tom Jane and BLACK ROCK’s Kate Bosworth attached, which begins production today.

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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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