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    Q&A: Director Scott Dow on “THE WALKING DECEASED”

    In a weird way, there’s an art to doing a horror spoof correctly, even though some horror fans would disagree that’s at all possible. Certainly, if you rely too much on an easy gag or anything too on-the-nose, you risk alienating your audience and being labeled as a cheap ripoff. On the other hand, if you stride too far away from the source material, you risk confusing your target audience and misrepresenting the film. So therefore, it’s important for a spoof to not only understand its source material, but to appreciate itself as a film, and build upon that material to earn some genuine laughs from the characters and dialogue.

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    Jim Carrey, Keanu Reeves, More join Amirpour’s “BAD BATCH”

    For lovers of international and art house horror, there was nary a 2015 title that was as breathtaking and bold as A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT, the Spectrevision title from up-and-coming auteur Ana Lily Amirpour. Of course, with such a unique artistic statement that was as stylish as it was captivating, Amirpour got noticed quick and by art film megaproducer Megan Ellison of all people. Now, with her second film, a dystopian love story featuring southbound cannibals called THE BAD BATCH, taking shape, Amirpour has secured one hell of a cast for her sophomore cinematic effort.

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    FANGO Flashback: “RAVENOUS”

    When horror fans think “cannibal film,” there’s a few images that come immediately to mind: insect-ridden skeletal remains, thick jungle brush, blood-soaked savages, etc. Perhaps if not the jungle cannibal films, horror fans might think of the domestic cannibal flicks, whether it be more southern fried fare like the work of H.G. Lewis or the ominous creepshow of the Hannibal Lecter films. But among the more accepted endeavors in the cannibal subgenre, a few exceptional fright flicks approach the genre with utter unique and mind-bending tales that far too often fall between the cracks; Antonia Bird’s RAVENOUS is among those films.

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    “REBOUND” (Film Review)

    When it comes to independent filmmaking, the dynamic between the familiar and the fresh is always an important one to observe. In this sense, a film can be aware of the subversion it has made to specific expectations or genre tropes, but only after it has become cognizant that the audience should be familiar with the story or subject matter. It’s an odd narrative tug-o-war, yet one seemingly necessary for a majority of genre films, especially ones such as Megan Freels Johnston’s REBOUND.

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    FANTASTICA Presents: Appreciating Horror Beyond Horror

    Upon consideration, one rarely gets their first taste of horror from the horror genre itself. For an unfortunate number, it comes from reality: whether personal or not, tragedy and inhumanity can lead one’s young mind into dark places. For others, it can be from our own imagination, with dark corners of rooms and unfamiliar noises guiding us towards the paranoid and petrifying. But for the rest of us, it comes in the cinema from which we least expect it, often in the genres we trust not to drag us into terror.

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    Toys of Terror #45

    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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    Video Q&A: Lucy Lawless and Janet Montgomery on Season Two of “SALEM”!

    Blood, sex, torture, retribution; you name it and you can find it on WGN America’s flagship fright show, SALEM. And considering the drama and devastation offered in SALEM’s first season, it’s only fitting that the series raised the bar for the disturbing and depraved second season. Luckily, when FANGORIA made our way to SALEM earlier this month, we found ourselves face to face with the second season’s warring witches Lucy Lawless and Janet Montgomery, and lived to tell the tale!

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    “BATES MOTEL: Season 3, Episode 2″ (TV Review)

    Last week’s premiere for A&E’s BATES MOTEL was a solid start to the third season, disassociating itself from many of the show’s problems from season 2 and focusing on Norman’s descent into his darker side. Yet sometimes, you realize a tiger can’t change its stripes, and even as entertaining it may be, it doesn’t quite make for as compelling television as a show stripped down to its basic emotional elements. Hence, the second episode of BATES MOTEL’s third season seems to go into a direction that, while watchable, seems to go down the path of some of the more ridiculous places in season two.

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    New Trailer; Exclusive Pics: Creepy Kid Throwback “INFERNAL”

    Is there ever a staple of horror that will live on way beyond our physical existence than the concept of creepy kids? It’s a tale of terror that is as universal as it is effective; in fact, this writer would wager that every horror fan has their own favorite horrific child. And for 2015, Uncork’d Entertainment is looking to throw their hat in the ring with Brian Coyne’s INFERNAL, which FANGORIA has the trailer for as well as some exclusive behind-the-scenes pics!

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    Shadowvision: “BLACK SABBATH”

    Welcome to Shadowvision, a regular column in which Fangoria.com revisits modern horror films in black-and-white. The purpose is to analyze these films through a new lens, seeing if the classically informed viewing experience will give a new angle to familiar images. If you’d like to watch along at home, it’s simple: go into your TV settings and desaturate the picture completely, then adjust the contrast and brightness to fit either standard or high definition.

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    Casting Round-up: “31”, “THE CROW”, “AMERICAN HORROR STORY: HOTEL”

    With the perpetually spinning wheel of horror turning day by day, people are boarding projects left and right, feeding to the hype machine and building anticipation in their own special way. And while FANGORIA could flood your feeds with every single addition on every single day, we would rather value your time and compact the last day’s major casting announcements into one lump report to catch you all up to speed.

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    Stanley Film Festival ’15: An Exclusive Q&A with SFF Programmer Landon Zakheim, Part One

    As horror fans from around the globe know, there’s no horror-centric festival that has risen to prominence as quickly and loudly as the Stanley Film Festival. Taking place at the notoriously haunted Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado, the festival became one of the most buzzed about experiences for horror fans in recent times, adding a level of interactivity and immersion on top of a diverse and terrifying film slate. And since FANGORIA will be taking Stanley by storm this upcoming April, we recently chatted with Director of Programming Landon Zakheim in a massive, three-part dialogue about the one-of-a-kind haunted hotel and the only film festival that takes the horror beyond the big screen…

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