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    “REWIND THIS!” (SXSW Movie Review)

    Partway through director Josh Johnson’s VHS doc,  Alamo Drafthouse programmer Lars Nilsen explains, in his summation, culture hasn’t yet reflected on the impact of the dead (or not so) format. That impact, when looked at historically is where REWIND THIS! shines. Filmmakers like Frank Henenlotter, Charles Band, JR Bookwalter and Roy Frumkes (who very humorously hates the format), whose movies lived and found audiences on VHS, offer fantastic context and insight on being at the forefront. Anecdotes about shining to tapes before studios and the early days of sell-through prices make for great stories, while arguments about just what VHS did for low budgets, both on the distribution and filmmaking ends, are just a few buzz words away from sounding incredibly similar to the current pro-talk for digital revolution.

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    “HOLY GHOST PEOPLE” (SXSW Movie Review)

    While not exactly the type of film where one ends up asking themselves just who the title refers to (that line is drawn pretty clearly), there is a unifying trait in the entire ensemble of Mitchell Altieri’s thriller HOLY GHOST PEOPLE. The past haunts, and subsequently seems to catch up no matter how deep you embed yourself in something else; be it snake-handling backwoods church, be it isolation, be it alcohol, be it whatever it is you can sell yourself.

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    Get with FANGORIA Presents and Fango On Demand

    FANGORIA.com isn’t the only thing that’s new.

    There’s a ton going on here at Fango in the interest of being across the board, your frightening fix. Launching now (as in right now), besides all you see before you is our brand new DVD/Video on Demand line FANGORIA Presents, a team-up with Brainstorm Media (headed by THE AMERICAN SCREAM producer Meyer Shwarzstein) that will unleash five of the coolest little tales of terror from around the world.

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    “CHEAP THRILLS” (SXSW Movie Review)

    While there’s nary a viral video to be found in CHEAP THRILLS, the film is imbued with the culture of now (maybe always) and the fact that despite pleas for peace, we as humans enjoy seeing each other embarrassed  devalued and crushed. It’s inherent in reality television and 30 second fail videos, transcends friendships and class, and extends right to the 1% who have so much that the only true entertainment left is the indignities of others.

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    All the audiences can now love “MANDY LANE”

    As the Weinstein Company’s newly formed VOD label Radius gets past shelved releases out there, they’ve officially reached one of the most highly sought after, and depressingly held hostage American horrors in recent memory. Jonathan Levine’s Amber Heard-starring ALL THE BOYS LOVE MANDY LANE will finally see the light of day.

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    “ANTIVIRAL” Trailer: The diseased side of fame and glamour

    ANTIVIRAL is a strange, surreal beast. The debut feature from Brandon Cronenberg is a clinical, frightening sci-fi tale of achieving something kindred with those we admire, through illness.

    Set in a future that finds celebrity culture at its sickening peak, the film follows “Syd March (Caleb Landry Jones) who works at the Lucas Clinic, which has an unusual and highly profitable line of business: deliberately infecting paying customers with diseases harvested from top celebrities, thus providing a “biological communion” between stars and fans.”

    “Though his work environment is tightly monitored, Syd manages to sneak viruses out of the office and retool them on his personal console for his lucrative sideline supplying the black-market disease trade. When Syd is tasked by his employer to collect a virus from starlet Hannah Geist (Sarah Gadon), he is unable to resist the temptation to get closer to one of his own personal celebrity obsessions. Injecting the virus into his own bloodstream, Syd is launched down a dangerous path—and the stakes are raised even higher when he learns that Hannah’s illness is potentially fatal.”

    The journey Syd finds himself on is an often dizzying, original one that certainly recalls the best of the director’s father’s work, and introduces a stylistic new voice interested in going way-out places. For more on the film, read Chris Alexander’s review and look out for Fango #323 (on sale next month) for an exclusive talk with Cronenberg. ANTIVIRAL hits VOD and limited theatrical release April 12, 2013

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