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    Denis Villenueve’s “ENEMY” (Movie Review)

    Lynchian, as a term, is often used as synonymous with something that’s simply weird. Specifically though, the director’s surreal visuals balloon not out of randomness or an overly complex plot, but a basic idea; a core emotion. It’s the frightening pictures and strange scenarios that manifest in your subconscious as a result of our fundamental anxieties that Lynch and Lynchian works are tapping into. To that end, Denis Villenueve’s ENEMY is entirely so (and that’s aside from the presence of Isabella Rossellini). A story of undeserved malaise and the old adage, “once a cheater, always so,” the film uncomfortably hangs above the audience just as a massive spider looms above Toronto in its main character’s nightmares.

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    Texas Frightmare Weekend and Alamo Drafthouse to Screen Genre Favorites!

    The 2014 Texas Frightmare Weekend is poised to be the major annual horror convention’s best yet. FANGORIA is already proud to be on board as media sponsor, and now it’s been revealed the event will team with the beloved Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Dallas for a week of horror favorites just prior to convention kick-off. Titles include a 60th anniversary celebration of CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON, Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez’s seminal found footage film THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT, James Wan’s SAW and more!

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    Teaser: Machinima Kaiju Web Short, “ENORMOUS”

    Premiering Thursday, March 20 on Machinima’s YouTube Channel is the short film adaptation of Tim Daniel and Mehdi Cheggour’s graphic novel ENORMOUS. Written by TROLLHUNTER’s André Øvredal and directed by BenDavid Grabinski (THE COST OF LIVING), the monster movie tells of a post-apocalyptic world in which humans are now the bottom of the food chain and massive insect-like beasts have taken over. Get your first taste of this ravaged land and the creatures who roam it, below. 

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    EXCL “KILLER LEGENDS” Teaser; Screening Tonight in NYC!

    Ahead of its Sunday night premiere on Chiller, FANGORIA has another exclusive look at Joshua Zeman and Rachel Mills’ urban legend doc KILLER LEGENDS. Focusing on four timeless urban legends that continue to haunt the psyche of the American public, Zeman continues to explore the themes of his CROPSEY, finding the reality behind The Hookman, The Killer Clown, The Candyman and The Babysitter and the Man Upstairs. It’s the latter teased in our exclusive clip, today. 

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    Moody Teasers for Fest Hits, “COHERENCE” and “PROXY”

    Coming out of last fall’s Fantastic Fest in Austin, it was likely you heard a good plenty about two independent genre titles, one an ominous, crafty and heady sci-fi feature and the other a twisty, brutal odyssey of grief, obsession and delusion. As the two approach general release this year, teasers of vastly different length, but refreshingly ambiguous intent, for COHERENCE and PROXY have been released.

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    “HOUSEBOUND” (SXSW Movie Review)

    Is the New Zealand horror-comedy back? At the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, Jermaine Clement and Taika Waititi’s vampire mock doc WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS was one of the strongest in the lineup. Little over a month later, Gerard Johnstone’s HOUSEBOUND world premieres at SXSW and is almost immediately the surprise of the slate. Both pit the gothic and the modern against each other, and while SHADOWS is a purely silly and unrelentingly hilarious work, HOUSEBOUND manages to balance consistent, fantastic comedy with a properly eerie mystery and what should be a star-making turn from lead Morgana O’Reilly.

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    “AMONG THE LIVING” (SXSW Movie Review)

    The fantastic films of French filmmaking pair Alexandre Bustillo & Julien Maury are entirely informed by horror cinema. That sentiment and interest in homage is, of course, no stranger to the genre, but coming from the duo who debuted with something like INSIDE, it’s both more sophisticated and more punishing than one might expect from a simple tip of the hat. Within three varied films, the two boast their own singular style, one concerned with stunning aesthetic, disturbing family yarns, specific subgenres and the magic of film, be it something beautiful or utterly horrifying; be it something both.

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    New Clip from SXSW Surprise “HOUSEBOUND” is a Pisser

    Two major American festivals into 2014 and it’s clear New Zealand horror-comedies may be back in a big way. Sundance saw the premiere of Jermaine Clement and Taika Waititi’s ultra silly and absolutely wonderful vampire film WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS. Now, SXSW has its own surprise: Gerard Johnstone’s HOUSEBOUND, a new clip of which is a real pisser. 

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    “STARRY EYES” (SXSW Movie Review)

    Plenty of film will have you believe ambition is sexy. Desperation may reek, but the indefatigable drive forward and up is admirable. STARRY EYES, however ambiguously, seeks to challenge that as directors Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer cast long and dark shadows over a “nothing to something” Hollywood tale replete with defilement, rot, graphic murder and the occult. Want to achieve something great? Want to show them all? A sacrifice is required. It’s likely your humanity.

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    “HONEYMOON” (SXSW Movie Review)

    “Have you ever killed something?” Bea asks. It’s less an ominous foreshadow—although, there’s plenty of that—and more simply a new wife helping her new husband understand her outdoors-heavy past. When Paul (Harry Treadaway) first arrives at Bea’s (Rose Leslie) family cabin, he’s confronted with the “Bear Room,” that which houses the skin of an enormous black bear, as well as continuous evidence of Bea’s truly handy skills. For the bridegroom, it’s frankly intimidating. When Paul is additionally face-to-face with a summer fling from Bea’s adolescence, a chilling layer of real, very human anxiety forms in Leigh Janiak’s feature debut. Bubbling just underneath the distressing question of, “How well do I know who I married?” is another dreadful prospect: “Am I enough for this stranger?”

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