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    “ANGST”: The Crucial, Unreleased Home Invasion Classic

    In the opening moments of Gerald Kargl’s ANGST, a wildly imbalanced, frightfully impulsive killer is getting out of prison. As he’s escorted by guards, the camera which will serve as a significant source of frenzy throughout what’s to come, stylishly glides below him. It’s no traditional position of power, however. Tracking from the back and low, the viewer’s sensation is that of being dragged by the unnamed psychopath. We are now, however unwillingly, physically attached to him and through his constant narration, confined to his headspace as well. We’ve no place to go but to watch however this will play out. And that is, as one of the most powerful home invasion films out there.

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    First Teaser: Kaiju Continuation, “MONSTERS: DARK CONTINENT”

    After his stunning debut MONSTERS was received with wide acclaim, director Gareth Edwards moved on to rebooting one of cinema’s great creatures. His original creations were not to be left behind, however. Director Tom Green (of UK series MISFITS) has helmed a sequel of sorts that continues to explore a world in which giant extraterrestrials are a part of daily life. Filmed in Jordan and set within a Middle Eastern infected zone, our first glimpse of MONSTERS: DARK CONTINENT is here.

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    “WITHER” (Movie Review)

    Whether WITHER positioned itself as a child of Sam Raimi’s iconic low budget debut or not, the lineage would be easy to trace. A group of friends, an old cabin in the woods, rampant possession and a particularly nasty air are all elements shared by Tommy Wiklund & Sonny Laguna’s latest and the 1981 all-timer THE EVIL DEAD. If WITHER doesn’t exactly measure up to its prominent stylistic influence (most homage doesn’t), it can’t be too heavily faulted. And hell, it’s not for lack of trying. For all its gore and grue, the Swedish tale of terror achieves its goal of being off-putting, but in all the wrong ways.  

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    Exclusive DVD/Blu Art: “EMBRACE OF THE VAMPIRE (2013)”

    Where were you when you felt the EMBRACE OF THE VAMPIRE? I’m guessing a 2 a.m. premium cable haze. The mid-90s erotic horror masterpiece—at least to one generation—has been re-envisioned for another, and both come to Blu-ray this fall to compare and contrast. Will the 2013 iteration come close to Anne Goursaud’s vixen-ization of Alyssa Milano?

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    Badass Digest takes a look at our monthly Dead Right Horror Trivia Night in L.A.

    I don’t live in L.A. Many friends do, however. Some of those friends include my colleague here at FANGORIA, Rebekah McKendry, Shock Till You Drop Managing Editor Ryan Turek and Badass Digest writer Brian Collins and extends to the larger circle of admirers and creators of the macabre they run in. Thus, the third Thursday of every month is a bit envy-inducing. That’s when a mix of fierce competition, totally wizard team names, prizes and shared enthusiasm create Rebekah and Ryan’s beast, Dead Right Horror Trivia Night.

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