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    “THE BABADOOK” (Sundance Movie Review)

    THE BABADOOK is absolutely fraught from its arresting opening sequence, in which single mother Amelia recalls, in nightmare, the car accident that took her husband Oskar away. The only thing that eventually pulls her from the aggressive dreamscape is an unrelenting shout from her son Samuel, who in turn was pulled out of Amelia on that very tragic day. More than an introduction to the stylish, aurally assaulting and often tremendous feature debut from Jennifer Kent, THE BABADOOK’s beginning serves to reveal that Oskar’s demise is still very much at the forefront of Amelia’s mind, with Samuel’s distant cries for help not a close second. Her son’s very existence comes with baggage, and as soon as the audience is hip to such, we’re primed for Kent’s exploring of how to reconcile the natural sentiment of sometimes just not liking your kid.

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    [Sundance 2014] Director William Eubank Previews Midnighter, “THE SIGNAL”

    While Sundance has grown intensely in both size and notoriety (likely the first thing that comes to mind when filmgoers hear the term ‘film festival’), it’s retained a significant, definitive quality: the element of surprise. A great many titles of the annual lineup do come with some level of anticipation, be it cast or filmmakers sure, but often its most discussed films seemingly come out of nowhere, flooring audiences and critics alike. In horror alone, this yearly tradition has yielded the likes of THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT and SAW. In keeping with this spirit, Fango has opted to take a look at two films in the 2014 midnight lineup that arrive with little awareness, but may make a big impression. Today, as the curtain raises on Sundance 2014: William Eubank’s THE SIGNAL.

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  • Hammer’s “THE QUIET ONES” Experiments with the Supernatural in New Trailer

    Forget simply seeking it out, scientifically experimenting with the supernatural is where the true fun lies. It’s why stories like Richard Matheson’s HELL HOUSE and THE STONE TAPE endure, and it’s there where Hammer’s brand new haunter THE QUIET ONES plants its feet. In the 1974-set film based on actual events, a professor and his group of students investigate “creating” a poltergeist through the energy of their subject, a troubled young girl and her damaged psyche. Frights and plenty of sternly messing about with equipment ensue.

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    [Sundance 2014] “THE BABADOOK” Trailer Brings Storybook Terror

    The Sundance Film Festival kicks off today and likely our most anticipated of the horror films there is Park City at Midnighter THE BABADOOK. From Australian director Jennifer Kent, the film looks an eerie, atmospheric story of a mother on the edge, her dangerously misbehaving son and the supernatural stalker out of a storybook that may be the cause of all their trouble. 

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    Psychological Three’s a Crowd Thriller, “THE DEVIL’S BARGAIN” Online Tomorrow

    UK-based director Drew Cullingham seems to have taken the old-fashioned “three’s a crowd” thriller and filtered it through a psychedelic, frenzied haze in THE DEVIL’S BARGAIN, a film that wants to let you know up front(al) about its bare skin. Available to rent/stream online as of Friday, January 17, you can see a trailer for this end-0f-the-world period piece below.

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    Paz de la Huerta is bloody, obsessive in new “NURSE 3D” Spot, Images

    There’s something familiar about NURSE 3D. Yes, the old fashioned obsessed, psychotic woman story. But in promoting itself as kind of an unabashedly trashy thriller, it also looks to have something notable and monstrous in the stalking and stalk-like Paz de la Huerta. We’ve yet to see if her performance will be one for the insane-o ages, but this latest TV spot and one new photo in particular paints her as a lunging, leering, bloody, hostile thing. 

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    Q&A: Eduardo Sanchez on 15 Years of “THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT”

    As the 2014 Sundance Film Festival—a particularly genre-heavy one at that, gets underway—the year also marks the 15th anniversary of what’s arguably the renowned fest’s biggest horror surprise: THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT, a tiny piece of fright filmmaking that rocketed out of nowhere to become a sensation with a technique that’s not only still in use, but more popular than ever. THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT, while endlessly parodied, appropriated and overexposed, remains a household name for a reason. Its influence holds, sure, but so does its power. Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez’s first person account of missing documentarians is still all too eerie, and all too perfect for annual autumnal viewing. In celebration of the film, as well as the festival that helped launch it, FANGORIA and co-director Sánchez look back on BLAIR WITCH, their Sundance experience and its ultimate legacy.

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    [Sundance 2014] Jay Shaw’s Great Poster for Killer Kid Film “COOTIES”

    Co-written by Ian Brennan and INSIDIOUS’ Leigh Whannell, COOTIES pits a group of teachers (played by a fantastic ensemble of comedic performers) against an elementary school brimming with infected, violent children. Killer kids and killing kids? Is this the energetic, black comedy Sundance Midnighter we’re hoping for? If its new poster by the always on-point Jay Shaw is any indication…

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    Cake and Tools: “BIG BAD WOLVES” Clip Preps for Torture

    BIG BAD WOLVES, the harrowing, yet darkly, darkly hilarious second feature from RABIES filmmakers Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado, finds two men looking to exact revenge on a suspected child murderer the justice system failed to put away. Out this Friday, January 17, the latest clip highlights the leap in style from the duo’s first outing and some playful technique in the midst of this bleak tale. 

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