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  • Fantasia 2016 Q&A: Director Bobby Miller on “THE MASTER CLEANSE”!

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    After catching THE MASTER CLEANSE at the Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal, there was no doubt in my mind that I had just watched something uniquely special. A small movie that’s equally sweet and creepy, THE MASTER CLEANSE is a creature feature with a Cronenbergian sensibility. Johnny Galecki (best known for his role on THE BIG BANG THEORY) plays Paul, who attends a spiritual retreat focused around a cleanse in an attempt to turn his life around. Yet, this cleanse isn’t what Paul expects, and soon he’s looking right into the eyes of all his problems in the form of a strange little monster. The movie quickly turns from a dark comedy into an odd little horror flick, with plenty of weird monsters to keep fans of puppets and practical FX beaming. FANGORIA got the chance to check in with writer / director Bobby Miller, who also offered up some exclusive pictures from his debut feature, which is still seeking distribution amidst its many festival screenings…

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  • “THE LURE” (Fantasia Film Review)

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    “Poland doesn’t make horror movies or musicals, so for my first movie, I did both,” director Agnieszka Smoczynska explained in her video intro to THE LURE at the Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal, preparing the festival audience for one of the most unique and mesmerizing cinematic experiences of their lives. It’s a good year for being a mermaid, with both Stephen Chow’s record-breaking THE MERMAID and THE LURE bringing emotionally charged oceanic mythos to the big screen.

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  • The Dreadful Ten: 10 Anticipated Films at Fantasia 2016!

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    The 20th Fantasia Film Festival began this weekend, and I’m on my way there right now. In an attempt to filter my overwhelming excitement into something productive, here’s a list of the top ten movies I cannot wait to see in Montreal over the next couple weeks. I’ve decided to leave off some of the awesome screenings at Fantasia that you’ve already heard about — like LIGHTS OUT and BEFORE I WAKE, the films you’re going to be seeing soon in mainstream multiplexes. Instead of those, I pored over the Fantasia program for the hard-to-see films I’m really excited for and some upcoming movies that might not be on your radar yet…

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  • “DIARY OF A DEADBEAT” (Film Review)

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    If you’re a fan of violent low-budget genre movies, you’ve almost certainly heard the name Jim VanBebber, and you’ve probably seen his 1988 college-kid opus DEADBEAT AT DAWN. Handmade, violent as hell, and wildly ambitious, DEADBEAT AT DAWN is a reflection of the man himself, who did his own stunts, wrote, and starred in the film. His career continued from there, and he found an odd cult success, chronicled in a cleverly-named new documentary, DIARY OF A DEADBEAT.

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  • “THE SIMILARS” (Film Review)

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    Isaac Ezban’s second feature, THE SIMILARS, opens at night amidst a heavy rain. We are introduced to a man who although crucial to the story is not the focus, a powerfully voiced narrator explains. Within these first few moments, it’s pretty clear what we’re in for: a stylish old-school science fiction throwback in muted colors with a whole lot of atmosphere.

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  • Q&A: Josh Waller, Zoe Bell & Nacho Vigalondo talk “CAMINO”

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    The best way to see a film is with the filmmakers in attendance, and if you’re lucky enough to attend FANGO’s upcoming NYC screening of CAMINO, you’ll see what we mean. When that film is a bloody, wild ride like CAMINO, then you’re guaranteed to have one hell of a time. A who’s who of familiar genre faces, CAMINO is the latest project from Spectrevision partner and director of RAZE, Josh Waller. Waller teams up again with Zoe Bell (DEATH PROOF), the most badass stunt-woman-turned-leading-actress on earth and they are joined by genre favorite and notorious party animal Nacho Vigalondo (TIMECRIMES).

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  • Event Report: The “Dead of Night” Extreme Immersive Experience

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    In mid-November, I arrive home at a quarter to three in the morning from one of the most bizarre theatrical experiences of my life. After washing the blood from my hair, and the sticky combination of food, foam, and god-knows-what from my skin, I begin to scribble things down in hopes of not forgetting too much of the haphazard timeline of the evening. Drug trials. Cult initiation. Worship. Splatter. Interrogation.

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  • Full Contact: “Dead of Night” and The Extreme Haunt Experience

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    I met P.H. in a parking lot while waiting to be blindfolded and put into the trunk of a car. This wasn’t part of a kidnapping, just the method used for entering an immersive haunted house named Nyctophobia. P.H. stared me down menacingly before breaking into a laugh and admitting he wasn’t there to kidnap me, but was attending the haunt as well, and introduced himself as the creator of another extreme haunted house called Dead Of Night. My interest was piqued; I’d heard stories of Dead Of Night from locals, and knew it had recently been named one of the most intense haunts in the country by The Raven & Black Cat. P.H. promised this was going to be the strangest year yet, but wouldn’t say anymore except that it was happening November 13th and 14th of this year.  We exchanged contact information, and I convinced him to meet me for a chat the following week.

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  • “DARLING” (Scary Movies Review)

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    When I was 24, I spent a month housesitting a mansion in Flatbush, Brooklyn. I was a young single girl, and despite having lived in or around New York most of my life, I had never really done so alone. The house spoke; it creaked and groaned with the cold. One night I couldn’t sleep, and I found myself curiously testing out the grand piano in the foyer at 3 a.m. The keys were dusty and the notes flat and mournfully out of tune—I felt a chill run through me.

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  • The Dreadful Ten: Top 10 Versions of “THE MONSTER MASH” from Bobby “Boris” Pickett

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    It’s not very often that Halloween falls on a Saturday, but when it does, it poses a question to all lovers of festivities and frights: what “Monster Mash” should I play at my Halloween party? Obviously, with Bobby “Boris” Pickett having dedicated his life to performing the same song over and over with slight variations to the orchestration and lyrics, it’s not an easy choice to make and is guaranteed to lay on even more pressure to one’s Halloween plans. Luckily, FANGORIA’s resident novelty song expert and THE CONDEMNED enthusiast Madeleine Koestner took charge to provide horror hounds with the ten best Monster Mashes for their petrifying playlists.

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  • “THE MIND’S EYE” (Movie Review)

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    If SCANNERS came out today, what would we make of it? Luckily, we don’t have to ask ourselves this question with THE MIND’S EYE exploding across the festival scene (including Austin, TX’s Fantastic Fest). Informed as much by the 1994 spinoff SCANNER COP as by the iconic headbusting classic itself, THE MIND’S EYE takes the whole franchise and channels it into a bad-ass midnight movie that wears its love of David Cronenberg right on its sleeve.

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  • Event Report: “TREMORS” With Kevin Bacon and FANGORIA at Alamo Drafthouse

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    Every month, horror fans flock to the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Yonkers for the Prints of Darkness series, which showcases 35mm film prints of cult horror programmed by FANGORIA’s own managing editor, Michael Gingold. For this month’s screening, giant sandworms were on the menu in an entirely sold-out theater, with every seat occupied by fans there to see TREMORS and its star, Kevin Bacon, in person.

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