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    Q+A: The Director of “CHUCK NORRIS VS.COMMUNISM” talks 80s exploitation, media revolution and Indiegogo

    There is a synchronicitous plethora of films either just released or in the works about the 80s VHS explosion – from Josh Johnson and Carolee Mitchell’s SXSW hit REWIND THIS to Mike Malloy’s PLASTIC MOVIES REWOUND, Dan Kinem and Levi Peretic’s ADJUST YOUR TRACKING and Mark Hartley’s Cannon Films-focused ELECTRIC BOOGALOO – but while there’s no doubt that all these films document a game-changing media revolution whose practical and nostalgic effects linger on today, how many of their directors can  claim that VHS actually helped to overthrow a totalitarian regime in their country? Ilinca Calugareanu can.

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    Death Waltz announces new LP Art/Screening + Gives Fango an exclusive mixtape

    Presentation is everything, and the UK’s Death Waltz Records—one of our favourite specialists in high-end collectible soundtrack reissues—have reinvigorated some of the genre’s most beloved soundscapes with intricate packaging by an international roster of artists including Graham Humphreys (who designed the UK campaign for RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD and debuts new artwork for DW’s HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY release exclusively here), Jay Shaw (who designed our eye-popping website header) and Gary Pullin of Rue Morgue fame.

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    Q+A: Director Andy Stewart talks chunk-blower “DYSMORPHIA”, screening this weekend!

    Glasgow-based horror crit Andy Stewart’s debut short film DYSMORPHIA has been hitting gag reflexes all over the festival circuit since it premiered at Manchester’s Grimmfest last fall. Often paired with the Soska Sisters’ AMERICAN MARY, which shares its gruesome penchant for DIY surgery, DYSMORPHIA is something of a showstopper itself. A Man. A Room. A Decision; a modest setup, but one, I assure you,  you will not soon forget.

    Andy Stewart talks to FANGO about his transition from critic to director, the pleasures of body horror, and gives us a tease at what his follow-up plans are.

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    NYC! Meet the Lady is Back with an Evening of STALKER CINEMA this Friday!

    One of New York’s most colorful performance-based events, MEET THE LADY tribute series dedicated to cinema’s leading ladies turns its attention this week to some of the big screen’s most memorable female obssessives with MEET THE LADY IS WATCHING YOU – where a throng of special guests will explore the dark and sometimes campy delights of women who won’t take no for an answer.

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    Cigarette Burns Cinema reveals new Silver Ferox event poster for “Let’s Scare Jessica to Death”!

    35mm enthusiast Josh Saco puts on some of the most drool-inducing exploitation and horror events in London (UK) under the banner “Cigarette Burns Cinema” (like their Facebook page HERE!), with monthly screenings at The Rio, bi-monthly screenings at The Prince Charles as well as a bevy of special one-offs featuring rare 35mm prints spanning an impressive list of faves including PROFONDO ROSSO, THE KEEP, PSYCHOMANIA, WHO CAN KILL A CHILD?, EQUINOX, MS. 45 and more – always featuring amazing custom poster art by Silver Ferox and friends (see the gallery of all the previous posters HERE)

    After a screening of one of the unsung classics of the 80s slasher canon – Fred Walton’s APRIL FOOL’S DAY – next Friday April 4th (details HERE), next up on the Cigarette Burns calendar is John Hancock’s moody madwoman film LET’S SCARE JESSICA TO DEATH (full disclosure: it will be introduced by yours truly) on Thursday April 18th at London’s ICA Gallery (details and tickets HERE).

    To commemorate the event, Silver Ferox has turned out a STUNNING retro poster which you can see above.

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    EXCLUSIVE FANGO mixcloud comp COME OUT AND PLAY

    Here’s a little compilation I made for FANGO’s mixcloud player on the eve of the North American release of COME OUT AND PLAY, the elusive Makinov’s remake of Narciso Ibañez Serrador’s WHO CAN KILL A CHILD?. Music that, for me, evokes the dark side of playground songs, childhood pathology and dogmatic ambivalence, but also celebrates the unique childhood imagination.

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    VIDEO: NZ’s master of transgression David Blyth at work on new film “GHOST BRIDE”

    dblythPhoto: ANGEL MINE (1979)

    David Blyth, who first caused a scandal in his native New Zealand with the film ANGEL MINE in 1979 (the public outcry helped along, no doubt, by the fact that the film was the recipient of funding from the then-newly established New Zealand Interim Film Commission), followed by DEATH WARMED UP in 1984 (which was given a special jury award at the Festival International de Paris du film fantastique et de science fiction by  none other than Alejandro Jodorowsky) and most recently the trio of role-playing horror hybrids BOUND FOR PLEASURE, TRANSFIGURED NIGHTS and WOUND, is back in the director’s chair for a film that he figures is “less likely to be banned”: GHOST BRIDE.

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    Montreal! One-legged ass-kicker Eddie McGee presents THE HUMAN RACE at Regarding Disability Festival

    Fantasia fans met the rag-tag team behind apocalyptic hunting-humans shocker THE HUMAN RACE at its World Premiere in Montreal this past summer, and now we have a rather interesting crossover as the film returns to Montreal for screenings as part of the inaugural Regarding Disabilities Film Festival (coincidentally the same month that local microcinema The Noah programmed its own disabilities cult film retrospective!). THE HUMAN RACE opens the festival March 22, and screens again on March 23 + 24, with actor Eddie McGee and producer Tripp Hope in person at all the screenings!

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