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  • The Martyrdom of “HALLOWEEN RETURNS”: Why Dimension’s Loss is Michael Myers’ Gain

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    Reflecting upon the near 40-year legacy of HALLOWEEN, it’s so strange to see all the places the franchise could have gone. Where would Michael Myers go had John Carpenter not retconned Laurie Strode’s lineage in PART II? Would we have even seen Michael again had HALLOWEEN III been a financial success? What would HALLOWEEN VII had been if Dimension pursued their SILENCE OF THE LAMBS-esque concept instead? And what if Rob Zombie turned down the opportunity to reboot the franchise a little over a decade ago?

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  • FANGO Flashback: “MAGIC”

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    For a genre so incestuous in terms of producers, directors and shared talent, it’s always interesting to see a prestigious outsider dip their toes into horror. Whether it’s Stanley Kubrick, Martin Scorsese, Jonathan Demme or other award-winning filmmakers who aren’t strictly tied to scare fare, there’s a certain fascination (and financial accommodation) that comes to their genre output that can’t necessarily be associated with those from whom horror hounds know what to expect. And furthermore, even if they do turn in something somewhat familiar to the genre, you can always expect top tier performances, executions and narrative flourishes that remind the audience exactly why tropes were scary in the first place, with few better examples than Richard Attenborough’s exceptionally creepy MAGIC.

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  • “BONE TOMAHAWK” (Blu-ray Review)

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    In an unexpected turn of events, BONE TOMAHAWK has gone from a film I very much liked yet had serious problems with to a film this writer just cannot shake. In honesty, there were some aesthetic issues with the film this writer felt- and to an extent, still feels- is quite problematic with the final production, as if scenes and set pieces are given almost too much room to breathe in its cinematography and sound design. Yet as time has gone on and this writer has revisited the film again and again (likely four times from start to finish since the film hit in October), BONE TOMAHAWK is a rather fascinating work of art, with a brilliant script, excellent characters and harrowing FX work, hampered only by an assembly of smaller problems in its craftsmanship as opposed to its storytelling.

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  • Toys of Terror #84

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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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  • Event Report: “NYZ: Santapocalypse” Experience in Deer Park, NY!

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    As most great Christmas stories often do, it all started with a drunken Santa Claus. As we waited in the massive line for the NYZ Experience, the Deer Park, NY-based zombie airsoft/laser tag combat walkthrough that has become a staple for Long Island horror hounds, we were debriefed on the “situation” we would be entering, which included zombies, super-soldiers and mall santas. And then, before getting ushered off into a military holding area, a drunken Santa Claus (armed with only the finest in discount whiskey) vetted our team with a barrage of insults and one-liners, an experience that truly sets NYZ’s limited-time “Santapocalypse” walkthrough apart from other zombie-hunting expeditions.

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  • Stream to Scream: “SALEM: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON”

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    When it comes to horror television, there seems to be a certain expectation in terms of what audience you’re gunning for. For fans of more serious scare fare, THE WALKING DEAD and PENNY DREADFUL have spawned many grounded, unabashedly bleak TV series of the same vein. Meanwhile, less serious series such as AMERICAN HORROR STORY and ASH VS. EVIL DEAD offer more humor and general bloodshed than its counterparts. And then there’s the horror shows of network television, most of which offer the genre elements as a framing device around melodramatic, angst-driven romance stories and cheeky humor.

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  • FANGORIA’s Petrifying Predictions for Horror in 2016!

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    In the years since 2013, in which films such as THE PURGE, THE CONJURING, INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2, MAMA, EVIL DEAD and WORLD WAR Z surged at the box office, the horror genre has become quite erratic and unpredictable. While each year has had their fair share of successes, the genre has certainly seemed to struggle in a place in the zeitgeist as dwindling budgets and a shifting media landscape have changed what fright fans will consume as well as how they’ll consume it. However, with 2016 dead ahead of us all, FANGORIA is looking upon the past, present and future of the genre to offer our predictions for the next year in horror…

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  • Is “HALLOWEEN” Looking For A New Home?!

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    As simple and satisfying as the formula for a classic slasher property can be, there seems to be an inordinate amount of hold-up regarding many of our beloved fright franchises. Whether it’s the ongoing (and with the departure of director David Bruckner, fairly heartbreaking) drama of developing a new FRIDAY THE 13TH chapter or the arrested development of the NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET and HELLRAISER franchises, it seems that overthinking and frustration has kept several fruitful films from furthering their respective mythologies. Yet very few have had changes so drastic as the recent exclusive report from Bloody-Disgusting on the HALLOWEEN franchise, which alleges that Malek Akkad has taken the petrifying IP from Dimension Films to search for a new distributor.

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  • The Dreadful Ten: Top 10 Horror Films We Hope You See in 2016!

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    2016 is so close, we can taste it in the air. And with one year of horror behind us, a brand new year of horror awaits to descend upon us. While there are many different types of horror to expect- festival favorites, studio scare fare and eerie independent releases- there are many innovative, fantastic horror offerings that have yet to secure distribution while purveying the festival circuit. So for this week’s Dreadful Ten, FANGORIA recaps some of the best fright films we encountered over the past year whose 2016 remains uncertain, though we certainly hope you get the chance to see ‘em for yourself!

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  • Caption Contest Results: 12/21 – 12/25

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    FANGORIA fanatics! If you’re one of the thousands who follow us on Twitter, you’re likely familiar with our daily Caption Contests! Now, due to the overwhelmingly positive response, we’re highlighting the best entries of the week for the world to see! So without further ado…

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