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    Lost in the Catacombs; “AS ABOVE, SO BELOW” Trailer Debuts

    The Dowdle brothers, who previously brought horror fans THE POUGHKEEPSIE TAPES, QUARANTINE and DEVIL return to the POV aesthetic of the former two with AS ABOVE, SO BELOW. A descent into the historical Paris catacombs, which contain the remains of millions, the film aims to trap its ensemble with more than just bones, but their own closet skeleteons as well. 

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    Five Must-Sees of The Stanley Film Festival 2014

    This weekend, FANGORIA embarks on a spooky sojourn to the Stanley Hotel, a historic Colorado lodge infamous for hauntings and its tight association with Stephen King’s THE SHINING. There, midst gorgeous landscape, ghost hunts and genuine otherworldly atmosphere, the second edition of the Stanley Film Festival will be underway. A celebration of the macabre in all forms, from film to theatre to how it informs our lives, The Stanley boasts a truly stellar lineup of events. So thrilling is its itinerary, it seems a simple weekend makes for hard choices. Allow me to be so bold then, to make the dilemmas a little less difficult and recommend five aspects of the festival you shouldn’t miss.

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    Jason Blum talks “OCULUS”; Film Closes Scotland’s Dead by Dawn

    Now out in wide release stateside, Mike Flanagan’s haunting, destabilizing OCULUS (of which Fango heartily recommends) makes its way to Scotland this week as part of the annual Dead by Dawn International Horror Film Festival. Closing a stellar lineup that includes William Castle greats, CANDYMAN, New Zealand surprise HOUSEBOUND and more, OCULUS is sure to finish the weekend with more than a few hairs raised. Prior to its U.S. bow, Fango spoke to horror producer extraordinaire Jason Blum, who’s built a mini-empire of low budget, high earning scare fare. Fairly unusual in his filmography for being completed before Blum came aboard, the always candid filmmaker brought his usual energy and optimism for his upcoming slate—including THE PURGE 2—to our chat.

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    Jason Gets Positive in New Menzingers Video

    Currently signed to the long-standing and legendary Epitaph Records, The Menzingers are a no-frills punk band from Pennsylvania currently garnering plenty of well-deserved acclaim. With a new record, RENTED WORLD, out this week, the band has debuted a legitimately hilarious video for first single, “I Don’t Want to be An Asshole Anymore.” Applying the song’s title to horror icon Jason Voorhees, the video finds the hockey-masked maniac giving optimism, tenderness and instagram a shot.

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    First, Intriguing Images: Ryan Gosling’s Feature Debut, “LOST RIVER”

    Announced as an official selection in the 2014 Cannes Film Festival Lineup, the curious excitement surrounding actor Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut LOST RIVER (previously, HOW TO CATCH A MONSTER) builds. Billed as something of a dark fantasty, horror noir, FANGORIA took extra notice of the film when Gosling made a bold, thrilling choice to cast the great Barbara Steele. Now, the film’s first images are certainly something to inspect.

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    “THE CANAL” (Tribeca Movie Review)

    THE CANAL begins. David addresses the camera directly (us). Within the film however, he’s speaking to an audience of children. As a cinema archivist, David is attempting to convey the importance of what these schoolchildren are about to witness. Introducing footage from the early 1900s, he tells them they’ll see ghosts, that everyone onscreen is now dead. To the viewer, it’s foreshadowing yes, but something more. Writer-director Ivan Kavanagh is engaging the dread in inevitability, as well as—through David’s profession and a host of unmistakable horror references to come—why we tell domestic horror stories: they keep occurring.

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    Up-and-coming Director on “SINISTER 2″; Derrickson to Co-Write and Produce

    Scott Derrickson’s chronicle of Mr. Boogie and his multi-generational reign of terror earned a sequel when it became a bonafide horror hit, earning just short of $80 million worldwide. Announced shortly thereafter, little has been officially revealed about the sequel to the creeper, including if the filmmaker himself will return. Today, we’ve learned he will not, instead co-scripting and taking a producing role alongside Jason Blum, as CITADEL director Ciaran Foy comes aboard and makes SINISTER 2 his sophomore feature.

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    Gallows’ Laurent Barnard to Score Melanie Light’s “THE HERD”; EXCL Comments

    UK-based horror filmmaker Melanie Light (ESCAPE), who we last mentioned for taking part in a very neat 2014 horror-centric Calendar, is preparing another brutal exercise in short terror, THE HERD. With aims to be transgressive, visceral, and imbued with vegan themes, it stands the film—which “inflicts the life of the average dairy cow on to a group of human women”—would require an appropriately dark score. Enter Laurent Barnard, of contemporary punk greats Gallows, who looks to make his narrative composing debut on the film.

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