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  • “TROMA’S WAR” (Blu-ray Review)

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    As an ardent fan of Troma and their history of releases, there’s always an odd relationship this writer has with TROMA’S WAR that can only be compared to that of film critics to Michael Cimino’s HEAVEN’S GATE. On one hand, TROMA’S WAR is a massively underrated gem, featuring stronger-than-anticipated performances, an epic sense of scope and production value (relative to Troma’s means) and a vibrant sense of over-the-top fun that stands alongside the biting satire in Lloyd Kaufman’s script. On the other hand, however, TROMA’S WAR is also infamous for being the film that almost put the nail in Troma’s coffin, and knocked down the independent brand below even their humble beginnings, so there’s an inherent contempt that Troma die-hards (undeservedly so) have for the film. But now that TROMA’S WAR is on Blu-ray, fright fans now have a perfect reason to revisit the film, considering it’s been given the high definition blessing on Troma itself.

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  • Q&A: Screenwriter C. Robert Cargill talks “SINISTER 2”

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    Though SINISTER was a labor of love for many, there’s no two people who put their blood, sweat and tears into that film than Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill. For Derrickson, SINISTER was a shot to work with a studio but without the restraints his previous big budget film had presented, while Cargill, a writer over at Ain’t It Cool News, had his first shot at having a script see the big screen. Luckily, the two saw the fruit of their work blossom into a horror phenomenon, and so their return behind the pen for SINISTER 2 was a welcome sign of confidence among horror die-hards. And with the film now in theaters, FANGORIA caught up with Cargill to talk all things SINISTER 2 and what eerie ideas didn’t make it to the page…

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  • GWAR-B-Q 2015: GWAR Speaks! [NSFW]

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    For heavy metal hounds who like their music with an unhealthy dose of splattery horror, the bar goes no higher than GWAR. The band’s foul-mouthed, superviolent stage show is a must-see for horror fans, and there’s few places better to see the band in their horrendous prime than at their annual GWAR-B-Q, the Richmond, Virginia-based music festival that brings GWAR’s messy aesthetics, delicious (and shockingly affordable) food and a line-up of musical monstrocities in one place. The 2015 edition of GWAR-B-Q has its own walkthrough attraction (with no one leaving unsullied with fake blood), appearances from bands as diverse as Down, The Dickies, MC Chris, Clutch and Dead Earth Politics, and much more. And, of course, what would FANGORIA’s appearance at GWAR-B-Q be without some face time with titular terror themselves, GWAR?!

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  • FANGORIA Podcast Network: Tune In to “BLOOD LUST” with Special Guest Brian Yuzna!

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    While some may recognize Bailey Jay from her reputable and prolific career in the world of porn or her extremely popular comedy podcast THE BAILEY JAY SHOW, Jay’s insatiable appetite for fright has left a mark on the world of horror with her free weekly podcast, BLOOD LUST. And this week, Bailey talks with a heavyweight of horror insanity, whose presentation of top tier FX and stomach-twisting content has separated him from his peers: director/producer Brian Yuzna!

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  • Q&A: The Soska Sisters talk “VENDETTA”, “HELLEVATOR” & More…

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    When it comes to twin female directors working in the horror genre, there’s nary a pair working harder and more consistently than Jen and Sylvia Soska. The Canadian born-and-bred directors of such fright fare as AMERICAN MARY and DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK have since found a haven of morbid material over at WWE Studios, helming SEE NO EVIL 2 before moving onto the bloody revenge flick VENDETTA. Now with the latter film breaking into the home video market this week, FANGORIA spoke with the Twisted Twins themselves about VENDETTA, their upcoming Blumhouse game show HELLEVATOR, their latest fright feature PLASTIC and their visceral venture into the world of comic books…

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  • “SINISTER 2” (Film Review)

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    For those going into SINISTER 2 believing it to be a retread of the first SINISTER, this writer has some good news and some bad news for you. The bad news is that SINISTER 2 is not much like the original SINISTER in most ways, even if the strong family-driven drama and graphic kill films carry over into the Ciaran Foy-directed sequel. The good news is, however, that SINISTER 2 is different in many great ways, and the many ways that the film spins the mythology of Bughuul and his potential victims offers something much more unique to fright fans while still satisfying SINISTER die-hards.

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  • Q&A: Producer Jason Blum talks “SINISTER 2”, “CREEP” and “THE VISIT”

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    A producer’s job is never done, and that’s certainly true for Blumhouse mastermind Jason Blum. With his name on nearly every theatrical horror offering this year, including THE BOY NEXT DOOR, THE LAZARUS EFFECT, UNFRIENDED, INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 3, THE GALLOWS and THE GIFT, Blum has created one of the most successful brands in the genre with his unique business model, and looks to prove so again with his latest production, SINISTER 2. With the film hitting theaters today, FANGORIA caught up with Blum to talk about the SINISTER sequel as well as what other macabre movies Blumhouse has on their horizon…

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  • Q&A: Kate Bosworth talks “AMNESIAC”

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    While the slasher boom of the ‘80s and late ‘90s painted the horror genre as not a particularly great playing ground for actresses, there’s little denying that the genre has also offered some women the chance to truly wow audiences. Whether it’s Janet Leigh in PSYCHO, Mia Farrow in ROSEMARY’S BABY, Kathy Bates in MISERY or Essie Davis in THE BABADOOK, the right genre project can present actresses a chance to break expectations and deliver a performance that is truly memorable. The same can definitely be said about Michael Polish’s new thriller AMNESIAC, which affords longtime leading lady Kate Bosworth the chance to go into much darker yet ultimately more fascinating territory. FANGORIA recently spoke to Bosworth about playing a twisted take on a “Hitchcock Blonde”…

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  • Sidesplitters: SuperEgo’s Matt Gourley talks “HALLOWEEN”, “THE BROOD” and More…

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    Horror and Comedy go together like masks and murderers, as both set out to evoke reactions from even the most immovable of audiences. Therefore, it’s no surprise that so many funnymen are ardent fright fans. In our new column, Sidesplitters, FANGORIA chats with comedians who love horror as much as they love humor.

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  • FANGO to Host “SINISTER 2” Live Facebook Chat with Producer Jason Blum & Director Ciaran Foy!

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    With SINISTER 2 hitting theaters tonight from Gramercy Pictures, anticipation for the sequel is hitting a fever pitch. After all, the original SINISTER marked one of the genre’s high notes back in 2012, while Ciaran Foy’s previous film, CITADEL, was a frightening favorite over here at FANGORIA. So with that in mind, FANGO is offering horror hounds a unique opportunity to be heard by hosting a live Facebook Q&A session with SINISTER 2 producer Jason Blum and director Foy on FANGORIA’s Facebook Feed!

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  • Music-Inspired Horror Short Fiction Collection “SAVAGE BEASTS” Nabs FANGO Contributor!

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    Whether it’s a collection of small tales from a single artist and a compilation of chaotic minds under a thematic bill, horror short fiction collections are no stranger to fright fans. However, few ever get into the territory as Grey Matter Press’ SAVAGE BEASTS, which derives its scary stories under the guiding light of macabre music. And luckily, SAVAGE BEASTS has the talent behind it to rock into your nightmares, including frequent FANGO contributor Shawn Macomber among many, many others.

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