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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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    Win Two Passes to Texas Frightmare Weekend from “BENEATH”!

    Texas Frightmare Weekend, of which FANGORIA is proud to be sponsoring alongside IFC Midnight and Alamo Drafthouse, boasts not only a wide array of panels and stunning guests, but early screenings of two upcoming IFC Midnight titles. Revolver Picture Co. the folks behind one such film, Ben Ketai’s BENEATH, want you to get to the con, the screenings, all of it! Thus, Fango, Revolver and Texas Frightmare are teaming for a BENEATH-centric contest that can get you in!

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