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    Q&A: E.L. Katz on Subversive Horror-Comedy, “CHEAP THRILLS”

    Shock is a cornerstone of horror cinema, but it’s indeed rare for a film to retain lasting bite. CHEAP THRILLS, which you’ve undoubtedly heard about based on its tremendous festival fun, trades in both, ending up a gnashing, hilarious, subversive reflection of the types of indignities we like to watch each other suffer. A microcosm of a society that hosts embarrassment-as-entertainment, self-deception and class conflict, the most surprising thing about E.L. Katz’s feature debut is that it’s just that. FANGORIA spoke with the filmmaker, a longtime collaborator of YOU’RE NEXT’s Adam Wingard, about how he packed a killer cast, clever subtext and more into an accomplished first film.

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    “ALL CHEERLEADERS DIE” Leads Boston Underground Film Festival’s First Wave

    The 16th Annual Boston Underground Film Festival approaches and today the April-set celebration of the “bizarre and insane” began to reveal what’s looking like a stellar lineup, including the highly anticipated new film from Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson, as well as acclaimed revenge thriller BLUE RUIN and much more!

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    “THE DEN” (Movie Review)

    The anonymity of the internet is the monster of THE DEN, a new POV/Found Footage title that aims (for at least the first half) to tell its story entirely from a computer screen. Opening with what must be a self-aware cheap jolt, director Zachary Donohue then unfurls a wide spectrum of malicious intent that Elizabeth (and by proxy you) is prey to by simply just being online. Viral pranks, swinging dicks and the harsh invalidation of your existence by someone immediately deciding they don’t want to chat with you give away to true evil, of course. As a film essentially about the horrors that await us online, THE DEN must go big in its cautionary tale and it does, alternately being effectively eerie and stumbling along the way.

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    Trailer, Release Info: Dutch Techno-Thriller “APP” and its Second Screen Experience

    APP may not be a movie for those worried about our growing dependence on smartphones, or the omnipresent nature technology has in our daily lives. The Dutch thriller, coming soon from RAM Releasing (who just put out Korean film HIDE AND SEEK), finds a young woman at the mercy of a sinister app installed on her phone. And while viewers watch her ordeal, they’ll also experience it as an accompanying app aims to provide a singular, multimedia experience.

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    Stanley Film Festival to Return this April

    Still young yet, the Stanley Film Festival may already have the coolest destination of any genre film fest: The Stanley. The Estes Park, Colorado hotel which inspired Stephen King’s immortal THE SHINING now boasts its very own celebration of horror films and its second edition has been formally announced, set to return to the haunting estate this April 24-27, 2014 for four days of genre pictures and panels.

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