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    “VALLEY OF THE SASQUATCH” (Film Review)

    One of the oldest North American myths of all time, it’s no surprise that the Sasquatch (a/k/a Bigfoot, Yeti, etc.) is still prevalent in the imagination of so many today. Living in the forests within our suspension of disbelief, the Sasquatch can take on any form we’d like it to, and therefore not only can it exist in our wildest dreams, but also our darkest nightmares. And while some films, like WILLOW CREEK and EXISTS, provide a painting of the Sasquatch as a territorial and animalistic monster, VALLEY OF THE SASQUATCH offers something much more benign and conscious, even if it’s similarly terrifying in its own way.

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    The Disappearance of Garret Weaver: My Stanley Film Festival Experience

    After learning about the Stanley Film Festival last year, I knew that the festival was going to be a necessary destination in 2015. It had everything that this writer could have ever asked for in a horror festival: an interactive horror immersion game, a line-up of reportedly fantastic genre titles and a legendary location that’s supposedly one of the most haunted estates in America. So when I learned that I would be representing FANGORIA at the beloved festival, I knew that I would be in for a treat, although admittedly, I had no idea truly what I would be walking into.

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    “BATES MOTEL: Season 3, Episode 9″ (TV Review)

    After their strongest run to date, this writer must admit that he’s disappointed in the narrative decisions made in the ninth episode of BATES MOTEL’s third season. All the character development, tension and wickedness of the previous eight episodes have all but been cast aside for the generic in-town drama that brought down and frustrated horror fans throughout the first two seasons. And of course, it’s no coincidence that this just happens to come about when Bradley inexplicably enters the foray, a character who not many missed and whose fate is all too apparent.

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    Event Report: “TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE LIVE!” at the 2015 Stanley Film Festival

    From everything I could gather out of last year’s Stanley Film Festival, one of the most fun and engaging events was none other than the live rendition of TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE, Glenn McQuaid and Larry Fessenden’s series of macabre radio plays. Ripe with excellent writing, strong performances and the live spectacle of foley work and musical accompaniment, TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE was the highlight of FANGORIA’s coverage last year at Stanley Film Festival. So with high expectations in mind, this writer made sure the live TALES was at the top of his agenda at the Stanley Film Festival, especially once I heard both Barbara Crampton and Leon Vitali would be among the performers.

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    Exclusive Still, Q&A: Director John Portanova on “VALLEY OF THE SASQUATCH”

    Not too long ago, FANGORIA revealed the exclusive trailer for John Portanova’s VALLEY OF THE SASQUATCH, an independent horror picture that proudly puts the North American monster front and center. In the time since, VALLEY has become one of the more talked about terror titles in the subgenre as its made a name for itself on the festival circuit, and with two big screenings ahead of it, FANGORIA caught up with director John Portanova, who offered us an exclusive chat and a still from the film (which you can see below)…

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    First Poster: Kurt Russell-starring Cannibal Western “BONE TOMAHAWK”

    For the more faithful readers here at FANGORIA, one of the most surreal and anticipated projects as of late has been BONE TOMAHAWK, S. Craig Zahler’s tale of rugged men, savage cannibals and the western landscape in which they inhabit. And while the film has been acquired (via Magnolia) and shot, the film has finally debuted its inaugural poster, setting its all-star cast against a blood-red sun.

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  • “SALEM: Season 2, Episode 5″ (TV Review)

    It may be pulpy, trashy and all sorts of melodramatic, but for every amazing practical effect or absolutely reprehensible act of terror, SALEM makes good for those aspects week by week. Having said that, it’s been a great joy watching SALEM so meticulously orchestrating its second season, as the characters and the conflicts have been sharper and more unpredictable than ever. But there is a piece of the puzzle that just won’t fit, and now, with the season approaching its midway point, the show better start finding a way to properly use John Alden this season.

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    “MAD MAX” (Blu-ray Review)

    To call the MAD MAX franchise “diverse” would be one hell of an understatement. While all the MAD MAX films exist plausibly in the same demented, post-apocalyptic universe, the changes in tone and content has been in leaps and bounds. From the insane road games of THE ROAD WARRIOR to the cartoonish pulp of BEYOND THUNDERDOME to the breathtaking fever dream of FURY ROAD, George Miller’s incredible universe has always felt as twisted, unique limbs attached to a singular body. And atop of that body is the head where it all began, with the simplistic, rough-and-tumble MAD MAX.

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    “SUN CHOKE” (Stanley Film Festival Review)

    To be honest, the particular brand of psychological horror that SUN CHOKE provides isn’t necessarily going to be for everyone. On one hand, it’s a unique and nightmarish look into a young woman whose struggle for internal and external freedom leads her to utter darkness and depravity. On the other hand, it’s a often-disorienting and logic-bending slow burn that requires patience and more than a little cinematic masochism. In any case, however, SUN CHOKE is an undeniably surreal and disturbing vision, with a rare aesthetic that will likewise please fans of both gruesome fare and art house horror.

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    Remake Roulette: “LIFEFORCE”, “THE HOWLING” and More…

    Let’s face it: as long as the film business includes the word “business” in its title, there will always be remakes. At this point, it’s not even worth it to get upset; after all, the original will always continue to exist, even in the shadow of a remake or reboot. So with that said, it’s time to address the newest round of remake announcements.

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    “THE HALLOW” (Stanley Film Festival Review)

    Once in a while, the horror genre just needs a damn good monster movie. Thanks to trends in studio horror, fright fans are often saddled with gritty exploitation-adjacent genre films, minimalist ghost stories or psychologically taxing tales of psychopathia on a regular basis. So when a movie like THE HALLOW comes along, to call it refreshing would be an understatement, especially one as effectively scary and gorgeous as Corin Hardy’s creature feature.

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    Exclusive Clip: “THE PYRAMID” Blu-ray Explores Real Pyramid Perils

    In the past few weeks, FANGORIA has spoken to both actress Ashley Hinshaw and director Greg Levasseur about last year’s R-rated found footage creature feature, THE PYRAMID. Now, with the film hitting DVD/Blu-ray today from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, FANGORIA has an exclusive clip from the disc itself, which details the terrifying truth behind the macabre myths of the film…

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