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    “CHILLING VISIONS: 5 SENSES OF FEAR” (DVD/Blu-ray Review)

    With the readiness of digital filmmaking in the independent world, and the growing number of unique voices attracted to the creative freedom of horror, there’s been no shortage of anthology projects arising in the genre world. These projects are affordable, challenging and often strong showcases for young, emerging voices—essentially collections of calling cards, as well as opportunities to show off resourcefulness and ambition under time and finance confines, without the overbearing pressure of feature filmmaking. This year has seen the release of several impressive omnibus movies, including THE ABCs OF DEATH, V/H/S/2 and now CHILLING VISIONS: 5 SENSES OF FEAR.

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    Fango Flashback: “NOSFERATU THE VAMPYRE” (1979)

    Dreadful, ambitious and philosophical, Werner Herzog’s NOSFERATU THE VAMPYRE begins today at New York’s Film Forum (203 W. Houston Street; (212) 727-8110) for an exclusive two-week run in its alternate, unseen German-language form. Sporting a new 35-mm print of Herzog’s slow-burning and eerie reimagining of F.W. Murnau’s classic film from the Bleeding Lights Film Group, Film Forum will be running the film until Thursday, November 7th, and in fact, on Monday, November 4th, the 9:15 screening will be preceded by a special screening of Murnau’s film, accompanied by a live piano score by Steve Sterner.

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    NYC Horror Film Festival: Bigger & Bloodier

    As anyone knows, New York City never sleeps, and this November, the New York City Horror Film Festival will give it a good reason not to. Descending on the Big Apple for the eleventh time, this annual showcase of new and independent movies from around the world is looking to be one of its finest exhibitions to date, and features appearances from some of the most exciting names in the genre. From November 14 to 17, the NYCHFF will be held at Tribeca Cinemas (54 Varick Street), and is organized by Ronnie Hein and FANGORIA’s own Tony Timpone.

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    Shriekfest ’13: Director Schultz on Exorcism Horror Comedy “DEVIL IN MY RIDE”

    As any seasoned fan of horror may know by now, pulling off a horror comedy that’s actually funny or scary is a difficult endeavor. To focus on the comedy, there must be a sense of brevity that off-sets any building tension and to deliver scares, the audience must still take the material seriously. Often times, filmmakers can turn to unique characters, interactive set pieces and twists on familiar scenarios to get laughs and still keep the creepy elements, but there’s a need for more filmmaking finesse to create something memorable, and that often only comes from a healthy combination of passion and wit.

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    John Fallon talks atmospheric crowdfunder, “THE SHELTER”

    In the rapidly changing world of independent horror, it’s not uncommon for fans to see crowdfunding campaigns from uncompromising directors looking to make their passion project. Whether or not these projects have anything new to offer the genre crowd outside of the atypical blood and guts remains to be seen, but if there’s one thing that’s to be known, it’s that those who know horror know what they want from their projects and are willing to pay out of pocket to see it happen. However, amongst these projects is one from one of horror’s most prolific fans and critics, John Fallon (a/k/a “Arrow” from Arrowinthehead.com), who is looking to crowdfund a new horror project unlike anything you’ve seen before.

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    Q&A: Producer Jason Blum on “INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2”

    There are few producers who’ve had a hot streak in the modern horror business as long and as solid as Jason Blum—one that continued this past weekend with the $41-million-grossing INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2. After establishing himself with 2007’s sleeper smash PARANORMAL ACTIVITY, Blum and his company Blumhouse Productions have been responsible for financing and developing low-budget hits such as SINISTER, THE PURGE and the initial INSIDIOUS.

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    Q&A: Lin Shaye on “INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2”

    Horror has always been a safe haven for character actors, offering a showcase for their range and presence while providing them the type of roles they might not be able to inhabit in other types of movies. And while some actors view the genre with discontent, others welcome fear fare with open arms, embracing their roles with a dedication even beyond what the material entails. One of these is Lin Shaye, a genre veteran with such films under her belt as A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, CRITTERS and THE HIDDEN, who received a new level of visibility with her prominent role in INSIDIOUS and returns tomorrow in INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2.

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    Q&A: Patrick Wilson on “INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2”

    The first INSIDIOUS meant many things to those involved in the production, and when it became a financial and critical success back in 2010, many of their hopes were validated. The film proved that James Wan was not a one-hit-wonder, following the underwhelming reception to DEAD SILENCE and DEATH SENTENCE, and demonstrated that Jason Blum could produce successful horror outside of the PARANORMAL ACTIVITY found-footage wheelhouse. And INSIDIOUS made Patrick Wilson a bona fide leading man, following high-profile ensemble roles in THE A-TEAM and WATCHMEN and independent starring turns in LITTLE CHILDREN and HARD CANDY.

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    Programmer Dennis Bartok talks LA’s World 3-D Film Expo

    Historically speaking, horror films and the third dimension have complemented each other akin to the way popcorn has complemented the theatrical experience. During the golden age of horror, 3D was used to scare audiences young and old by bringing their fears off the screen, eliciting a reaction that incorporates beyond strictly the sense of sight, thanks to the magic of optical illusion.

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    FANGORIA Presents: Lady Frankenstein goes “CORPSING”

    One of the most recurring and persevering aspects of the horror genre is the ability to shape stories about the moral and ethical quandaries of progression into tales of “worst case scenario” terror. From as far back as Mary Shelley’s FRANKENSTEIN, the idea of new sciences, discoveries and knowledge turning against those who explore and create has shown up time and time again within the fright field, including THE FLY adaptations, ALTERED STATES and JURASSIC PARK. And while the angles taken on progression within these frightening stories are extreme in theory, the questions still remain at the end of the film and are as philosophically relevant today as they were in their origination.

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    FANGORIA Presents: Lance Henriksen on “SIN REAPER”

    As any devoted FANGORIA reader knows, one of the reasons why horror is one of the strongest genres of cinema is the fact that the love for horror is so universal and communal. The horror genre brings together audiences young and old in a way unlike any other, as the experience of watching a scary movie differs so uniquely from person to person. Thusly, one cannot be surprised when you see the different voices coming out of the fright field around the world, not separated by language or generational gap, but rather brought together by the international tool of storytelling and the fears that we revisit time and time again.

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    Getting Possessed by “ENTITY,” Part Two

    One of the most refreshing current trends in horror is the resurgence of old-fashioned haunting stories. Pioneering the horror genre practically into existence, stories of spirits, possession and malevolent souls have had a renaissance as of late, with intelligent and resourceful fright filmmakers showing exactly why these tales were so terrifying to begin with. And amongst this resurgence rises FANGORIA Presents’ ENTITY, an intense psychological and supernatural fear film about a documentary crew investigating a reported haunting site in Siberia. You can watch ENTITY for free on Hulu.

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