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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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  • “SCHERZO DIABOLICO” (Tribeca Movie Review)

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    After his first experience working in English with LATE PHASES, Latin American filmmaker Adrián García Bogliano has returned to his native language and home turf. SCHERZO DIABOLICO, world-premiering at the current Tribeca Film Festival, brings Bogliano back to not only geographically familiar territory, but thematic; the werewolves have been traded in for human horrors and a blood-drenched moral conundrum.

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  • Exclusive Interview: Julie Adams on THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON at Mile High Horror!

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    Last fall, the lobby of the Denver area Alamo Drafthouse was a sea of booths and costumes, wicked art, and local filmmakers peddling bizarre DVDs (What the hell is Motel London 2?!). Yet, nestled among a row of excitingly recognizable faces of the horror genre, including Gunner Hanson (THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE), Michael Berryman (THE HILLS HAVE EYES), and the powerfully voiced Tony Todd (CANDYMAN), is the petite and elegant figure of a gracefully aged starlet: Julie Adams. The actress has been greeting fans for several hours at Denver’s Mile High Horror Film Festival, and her charming smile has not left her face.

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  • Q&A: Damien Leone on “ALL HALLOWS’ EVE” and “FRANKENSTEIN VS. THE MUMMY”

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    Writer/director/special FX artist Damien Leone recently enjoyed the Halloween DVD release of his first feature, ALL HALLOWS’ EVE (reviewed here), an anthology comprised of three shorts strung together by the appearance of a demonic clown. His next feature brings together two even more archetypal horror characters: FRANKENSTEIN VS. THE MUMMY. Leone recently spoke to FANGORIA about how ALL HALLOWS’ EVE came to be, struggling to create great FX with very little money, the creation and future of Art the Clown and how he’s reimagining classic creatures.

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  • “ALL HALLOWS’ EVE” (DVD Review)

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    Constructed of footage shot as far back as 2004 on a variety of different mediums and cameras, ALL HALLOWS’ EVE (now on DVD and VOD from Image Entertainment) is an anthology film showcasing the work of writer/director Damien Leone. Despite often feeling without purpose aside from being a potentially entertaining dark accompaniment to drug use, ALL HALLOWS’ EVE is kind of awesome. At just 80 minutes, it never really has the time to become boring, and Leone and his crew have been productive; there’s an impressive amount of weird happening in this little Frankenstein monster of a movie.

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