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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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    SXSW ’14: The Slashing Love-Hate Letter to Musical Theatre, “STAGE FRIGHT”

    You could say the extremities of horror and musical theatre run parallel, so it’s not a surprise to find fans of both. And ultimately, when the paths do cross successfully, it’s a refreshing sweet spot. Just in recent years a musical staging of Stuart Gordon’s RE-ANIMATOR found much deserved acclaim, as has a short film by the name THE LEGEND OF BEAVER DAM. The director of the latter, Jerome Sable, is set to hit fests again this month after slaying audiences with BEAVER DAM, returning in full force with a full length blend of singing and slashing and dancing and dying entitled STAGE FRIGHT. FANGORIA spoke to Sable and composer/writing partner Eli Batalion in anticipation of STAGE FRIGHT’s world premiere and found more than just a preview, but a sort of two man show.

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    Full Trailer: Mike Flanagan’s Fantastic Cursed Mirror Film, “OCULUS”

    Anyone wowed by the eerie atmosphere of Mike Flanagan’s ABSENTIA should be positively thrilled that his new feature, OCULUS is rapidly approaching. Heavily delivering on all of the potential within that 2011 film, OCULUS is crushing and legitimately scary throughout, and you can get a taste of such, as well as the film’s parallel structure in its newly released full trailer.

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    Boston Underground Reveals Second Wave, including “STARRY EYES” and “STRANGE COLOUR”

    It’s proper festival fever here at Fango, as we prepare to head down to SXSW, whilst Tribeca and Boston Underground reveal what’s in store this spring. With announcements already underway, it’s clear the 2014 Boston Underground Film Festival has no plans to skimp on any of the highly anticipated horror on the circuit, adding Hollywood occult tale STARRY EYES and the deservedly acclaimed neo-giallo THE STRANGE COLOUR OF YOUR BODY’S TEARS to the lineup. Also on deck is Sion Sono’s stunning love letter to film, WHY DON’T YOU PLAY IN HELL?, psychological thriller TEN and a thrilling 35MM anniversary screening of SCHOOL OF THE HOLY BEAST!

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    Mickle and Damici Developing “STAKE LAND” as a Series

    Jim Mickle’s acclaimed Post Vampire-apocalypse movie STAKE LAND is essentially a road movie, and since there’s no shortage of roads in either our U.S. or the imagined one of the film, there seems to be no shortage of stories to tell within its world. And so, Mickle and co-writer Nick Damici (who starred in the film) are developing the work to continue on as a television series.

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