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    New Voodoo-centric art for “AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN”

    Here’s a lot more of that live Voodoo doll.

    Set in New Orleans, a large component of AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN will be Voodoo. Angela Bassett is playing real-life practitioner Marie Laveau and the story is said to revolve around a longstanding rivalry between those who practice the Louisiana magic and a coven who descend from Salem witches. That’s been actualized in some of COVEN’s promotional art depicting what most readily calls to mind the infamous “Voodoo Doll.”

    AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN premieres October 9. Its first episode, “Bitchcraft,” will see a young girl, Zoe, shattered to discover she possesses a strange genetic affliction tracing back to the dark days of Salem. Zoe is whisked away to Miss Robichaux’s Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies, a mysterious school in New Orleans devoted to safeguarding the few remaining descendants who share this unique bloodline. Harboring a secret agenda, Fiona Goode, the most powerful witch of their generation, returns to town, reigniting old rivalries with the Coven’s deadly enemies, the Voodoo.

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    “DRY BONES” and “LEGEND OF SIX FINGERS” to Double Feature World Premiere in Buffalo

    DRY BONES, the latest from SLIME CITY director Gregory Lamberson is ready to be unveiled. Coincidentally, so is the new feature from his DRY BONES cinematographer, Sam Qualiana (SNOW SHARK: ANCIENT SNOW BEAST), THE LEGEND OF SIX FINGERS. Thus, a double header of a world premiere is planned for Thursday, September 26 at the Market Arcade Film and Arts Centre in Buffalo, NY, before the two films head gear up for theatrical and festival screenings in the ensuing weeks.

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    Q&A: Leigh Whannell on Death, the Elderly and “INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2″

    INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2 is a surprising film. Less the slow build scare-a-thon of the first (and even James Wan’s summer hit THE CONJURING), this film is an aggressive whirlwind that’s no longer approaching The Further with trepidation, but charging through and searching for its weirdest bits. Of course, in what’s become something of a recurring motif in the work of Wan and writer Leigh Whannell, it’s presided over by opposing forces, and guided by sage elderly characters. In a conversation that’s largely focused on death and my budding theory that Wan & Whannell find the elderly to be last vestiges of superstition, the writer tells FANGORIA of the film, their undervalued DEAD SILENCE and his preoccupation with our eventual end.

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    “DARK TOUCH” Trailer: The year’s unsettling, other telekinetic tale

    It seems crude to put it in such general, comparative terms, but I do suspect that DARK TOUCH will be the better rendition of “Carrie” we see this year. It’s an unapologetic, dark Ireland-set film that re-envisions fundamentals of that teenaged, oncoming womanhood tale (telekinetic girl lashing out) and warps it to a more unsettling place. While hope is held for Kimberly Peirce’s handling of the Stephen King novel, will the re-adaptation have the interest in being so stark and prodding as DARK TOUCH?

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    “ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW” trailer eerily exploits unauthorized Disney locale

    “Bad things happen everywhere,” so says a character in Randy Moore’s acclaimed, controversial ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW. Everywhere extends to the so-called Happiest Place on Earth where the manufactured magic of Disneyland—complete with iconic characters and rides—and the family-friendly company’s recognizable title cards are utilized to frame a surreal, horrifying trip in the first trailer for the film.

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