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    Festival Report: Helsinki’s NIGHT VISIONS 2014

    Helsinki’s 2014 edition of its Night Visions genre festival is the biggest yet. Following its Cultural Achievement Award from the city two years ago, the small festival has grown to encompass a program of over 40 feature films, with a roster of international guests and the odd live event or two. Top of the pile is John McNaughton, presenting both his notorious debut HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER and his newest film, THE HARVEST, starring Samantha Morton, Michael Shannon and Peter Fonda. Directors Pablo Larcuen and Randy Moore are also present with, respectively, the iPhone-shot horror HOOKED UP and the off-kilter ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW; director Simeon Halligan and his producing partner Rachel Richardson-Jones are here with their Brit-thriller WHITE SETTLERS; and Spanish actor/producer Marcos Ortiz presents the caving horror IN DARKNESS WE FALL. Its director Alfredo Montero would have joined him but became a father three days before. Ortiz says he deserves the trip anyway. 

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    Exclusive: first comments/photos from haunted-brothel chiller “THE SLEEPING ROOM”

    Just before Christmas last year, FANGORIA was by the sea in wintry Brighton, UK, visiting the faded-grandeur locations of John Shackleton’s THE SLEEPING ROOM. The film stars Leila Mimmack (young Mary in THE BIBLE and SON OF GOD) as Brighton local Blue, who uncovers the supernatural secrets of the titular chamber as she tugs the threads of a family mystery. She’s pictured in the exclusive first images from the film after the jump, alongside Joseph Beattie (BORGIA), David Sibley (CLOSED CIRCUIT)—and a mysterious scarecrow man…

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    Exclusive: Jared Harris Talks “POLTERGEIST” Remake and His New Role

    Jared Harris, a veteran performer who truly broke out with a stunning turn on MAD MEN, has turned his eye to a pair of ghost stories with legacy behind them. This spring, he stars in THE QUIET ONES, the latest film from the revamped Hammer and one which is sourced in real experiments intended to create a poltergeist out of belief. Then, next year, he finds himself in one of the more curious productions of the current remake culture: a new take on the 1982 classic POLTERGEIST.

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    A History of British Folk Horror

    England is an old country. There’s evidence of us as a Mesolithic people 15,000 years ago, and the beginnings of a settled society, rituals, religious worship and farming – the first Field in England, in fact – in the Neolithic period. The first version of Stonehenge began to be assembled around 2800 BC; the first stones were laid there in 2200 BC; and the final phase started around 1600 BC. We had a society in the Bronze Age, roughly contemporaneous with Homer’s Troy. The Romans invaded in 55 BC. The Vikings hit us in 790 and 866 AD, taking Nottingham, York and Northumberland before being kicked out by Alfred the Great in 878. And the Normans took us in 1066, irrevocably fusing their own culture with ours.

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    “THE DEAD 2: INDIA” (Movie Review)

    Low budget horror is oversaturated with zombies, so the greatest trick THE DEAD pulled was standing out not especially for its viscera, but for its location. Set in vast African expanses, it impressed with its landscapes, its photography and its languid pace. Stretches of it were so silent that it could have worked as a completely dialogue-free film like Luc Besson’s LE DERNIER COMBAT, and the fact that it paired an American soldier (Rob Freeman) with an indigenous African sergeant (Prince David Osei) gave it at least a suggestion of subtext.

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    “THE BORDERLANDS” (FrightFest Movie Review)

    Somewhere in the southwest of England there are reports of supernatural phenomena at a rural church. Father Crellick (Luke Neal), concerned for his sparse parishioners, has video evidence of objects moving independently on his altar during a christening; moved by a presence that seems to corrupt the very recording. A team is sent in.

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    Director and Star Talk “THE DARK TOURIST”

    Maybe you’re planning a vacation this year. Maybe you’re going to London. And maybe while you’re there, the tourist trail will take you by the London Dungeon and the Tower, sites forever imbued with the psychic echoes of past violence, where we’re nevertheless happy to stop and snap a quick selfie. This, believes SOUTHLAND’s Michael Cudlitz, star of the just-released THE DARK TOURIST, means you have more in common with his character Jim Tahna than you might imagine.

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