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    First Look: SEGA’s “ALIEN: ISOLATION”

    The concept is something of a no-brainer. While James Cameron’s lauded sequel and its balls to the wall aesthetic might be more suited to an action-heavy experience, there’s an entirely rich, haunting atmosphere to be mined from Ridley Scott’s original, better ALIEN film. Dripping with steam and dread, ALIEN’s original intent is as noble as ever and provides just one reason why SEGA and the team at Creative Assembly crafted the latest series game in its image. This isn’t that action-heavy experience. With ALIEN: ISOLATION, they want to scare the shit out of you.

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    Trailer: Darkly Comic Slamdance Thriller “GOLDBERG & EISENBERG”

    Israel’s entrance into the international genre cinema game has been bold, fearless and absolutely thrilling. RABIES and subsequently this year’s BIG BAD WOLVES from directors Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado are fierce, absurd thrillers chronicling how we never fail to get in our own way. And now, currently making the festival circuit is Oren Carmi’s GOLDBERG & EISENBERG, a too close for comfort piece exploring similar themes with jet black humor and harsh, Lynchian style. Its next appearance, after making a big impression at Fantastic Fest and Screamfest LA is Park City’s alt-cinema celebration, Slamdance. If you’re heading out, find screening info and the new trailer below.

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    Exclusive “WE ARE WHAT WE ARE” Clip talks Spectacular Finale

    If you’ve seen Jim Mickle’s stellar refashioning, WE ARE WHAT WE ARE, you know it’s a beautiful, melancholy American Gothic horror story that builds to something of an operatic finale. Now available on VOD and coming to Blu-ray and DVD this month, FANGORIA presents an exclusive look at an accompanying special feature, in which actors Bill Sage and Julia Garner talk the bloody set-piece and dive into both the reality of shooting it and their characters’ mindsets.

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    “RITUAL” (Movie Review)

    A heavy sense of dread is cast over films in which terrible things befall characters that inhabit a sunny, 50s-esque world. It’s not an unfamiliar tactic, coating events in a false, nostalgic cheer that, by contrast, emphasizes the evil that men do (and have always done) even more. Or, maybe it just hurts to see violence toward someone introduced in such an adorable bathing suit. Whatever the case, writer/director Mickey Keating opens RITUAL on such an aesthetic—but not before a Gaspar Noé homage/onscreen warning of the violence to come—in which the film’s leads romantically meet on the beach. It’s an ideal moment, a single push in as the two flirt, that’s sandwiched between that explicit cautioning and their dialogue drowned out by foreboding noise. This being a horror film, we know that perfect moment cannot last, and here it is dissolving before us. Only the image remains, like a memory. Which, ultimately it is; Lovely (Lisa Marie Summerscales) and Tom’s (Dean Cates) courtship doesn’t even make it through the opening credits.

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    Wow, This Full Trailer for “THE RAID 2: BERANDAL”

    THE RAID 2: BERANDAL’s full trailer has a shot I just can’t get over. I’m sure you’ll know it instantaneously, and it’s only surrounded by more dazzling depiction of hyperviolence and anticipation of crime saga. At 148 minutes, it doesn’t seem outlandish to expect that Gareth Evans’ highly anticipated sequel is going for something of an epic. Once you see this clip, there’s no doubt.

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    “PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE MARKED ONES” (Movie Review)

    As a spin-off of sorts, and the latest entry in what’s currently the (possibly waning) horror franchise du jour, there are essentially three things that surprise in PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE MARKED ONES. Lamentably, none of them are its scare tactics. While undeniably more energetic in its approach—a godsend compared to the tedious fourth film—there still resides the spookhouse formula of a camcorder capturing a) an unforeseen jolt; b) something shadowy someone who wields it doesn’t see; or c) someone being aggressively tossed directly at it. And for what it’s worth, it works. The familiarity of the technique almost effortlessly creates a good time for a packed house.

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    A24 Dates “ENEMY” & Johansson-starring “UNDER THE SKIN”

    The young A24 Films has established an exciting taste in the pictures they’re releasing. 2013 alone saw Harmony Korine’s electrifying, outlandish SPRING BREAKERS, as well as fantastic coming-of-age story THE SPECTACULAR NOW, while 2014 will bring the studio’s feet into genre with the release of two, intriguing and acclaimed titles picked up out of last fall’s Toronto International Film Festival: Jonathan Glazer’s UNDER THE SKIN and Dennis Villenueve’s Jake Gyllenhaal-starring doppelgänger saga, ENEMY.

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  • “DEAD SNOW: RED VS. DEAD” Teaser Has A Great Punchline

    The 2014 Sundance Film Festival is just over two weeks away and within its absolutely genre-packed lineup is the sequel to 2009 Nazi zombie favorite DEAD SNOW. That homage to all things splatter filled and Raimi-esque won a lot of grue-loving audiences over, and they’ll be pleased with the brief bit of new footage—much of this DEAD SNOW: RED VS. DEAD teaser is a lot of recap to set up one, delightful joke—offered here.

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    Exclusive “PARANORMAL ACTIVITY” Clip Chronicles a “MARKED” Change

    While no upcoming film reveals everything via trailers, the PARANORMAL ACTIVITY series is especially secretive. So, it’s difficult at the moment (full review to come) explaining why the “spin-off” presents an interesting side note to the previous films and the mythology they’ve laid out. A great deal is revealed in the film of course, and the steps in getting there are closely tied to lead character Jesse’s physical transformation, which you can see him undergo in an exclusive clip below.

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    First Photos: Rob Hall Web Series Turned Feature, “FEAR CLINIC”

    Director and VFX artist Robert Hall, of LAID TO REST and LIGHTNING BUG, saw fit to turn his popular web series FEAR CLINIC into a full length feature. Following a rallying Indiegogo campaign, the filmmaker and his cast went deep into a phobia-fueled production. Having officially wrapped, the first stills of ‘fear doctor’ Andover (Robert Englund) and his subjects have arrived. 

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    LA! Arnold’s “END OF DAYS” Screening w/ Kevin Pollak this weekend

    I wish END OF DAYS was a really good movie, and not just a goofy movie I really like. But there it is, and I’m sure I’m not alone. Capitalizing on the then-approaching millennium fervor and our collective love of the Devil, Peter Hyams’ 1999 action horror brought a host of things we treasure as a nation, together: Arnold Schwarzenegger, religious apocalypse, Kevin Pollak, breakfast shakes, Udo Kier, Christmastime in New York, smooth talking Satan. The list really goes on. Now, fourteen years from outdating itself, but no less entertaining or deserving of a December watch, the film is screening in 35MM at Los Angeles’ famed New Beverly theater with Pollak scheduled to attend!

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