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  • “CONVERGENCE” (Blu-ray/DVD Review)

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    “The quality of our lives here, how we relate to this world and most especially the concern we express for our fellow humans, vastly affects the quality of the part of our being that persists after the death of our bodies,” MIT-trained physicist Gerald Schroeder writes in his epic, paradigm-shattering attempt to reconcile science and religion, GOD ACCORDING TO GOD. Writer/director Drew Hall’s supernatural thriller CONVERGENCE rather brilliantly conjures up a thought-provoking, at times quite unsettling vision of one (seemingly) forsaken corner of this post-death persistence.

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  • Five Retro Horror Video Games That Inspired Author Adam Cesare’s “ZERO LIVES REMAINING”

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    TRIBESMEN/VIDEO NIGHT author Adam Cesare saw his raucous, sometimes hilarious, frequently unsettling haunted-arcade novella ZERO LIVES REMAINING hit paperback and e-book last week. So it seemed an appropriate occasion to hit Cesare up for a list of vintage video games that influenced this literary mayhem.

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  • “THE PACK” (2016; Movie Review)

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    Even before they’re plunged into a cinematic nightmare that bridges the gap between John Carpenter’s original ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 and the 2011 Liam Neeson survival thriller THE GREY, the family we meet at the outset of Nick Robertson’s THE PACK has already got trouble aplenty.

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  • The Year in Horror, 2015: 13 Frighteningly Good Reads

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    For those not as passionate about dark culture as those of us who gather at this particular on-line oasis, horror-obsessed family and friends can be difficult to shop for—hence the many gift certificates in FANGORIA fiends’ stockings a few weeks back. We’ve already given readers plenty of film purchase options—check out our exquisitely curated lists from Michael Gingold and Ken Hanley—and for dark literature aficionados, 2015 (give or take a month) had plenty to offer too:

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  • Director Jason Zada on the True Terrors Behind “THE FOREST,” Part One

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    Though a darkness gathered at the edge of Japan’s infamous Aokigahara forest, the guide who had led Jason Zada through a lush maze of imposing beauty to its disquieting heart of darkness had one final request before he would bring the American film director fully back into the world: “I need you to rub salt on my back. And then I will rub some on yours as well.”

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  • “NIGHTMARES” (1983; Blu-ray Review)

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    Largely lost to the mists of time and forever lurking in the considerable critical and commercial shadow cast by fellow horror anthology CREEPSHOW, released less than a year earlier, director Joseph Sargent’s endearingly guileless 1983 omnibus NIGHTMARES is not nearly as bereft of charm or cohesion as its reputation or detractors suggest.

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  • Adrienne Barbeau joins Fright-O-Verse’s “REAL MATURE”

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    Up-and-coming horror production company Fright-O-Verse has scored a serious coup for its upcoming “psychosexual horror thriller” short REAL MATURE: Genre legend Adrienne Barbeau (THE FOG, CREEPSHOW, SWAMP THING) has come aboard as the omniscient narrator of this “surreal look at the bitter end of a relationship through the eyes of a spirit scorned.”

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  • Q&A: Casper Van Dien on Adopting a Killer Kid in “JUNE”

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    Considering how much depth and pathos STARSHIP TROOPERS/SLEEPY HOLLOW star Casper Van Dien brings to his nuanced, powerful turn as the adoptive father of the titular 9-year-old who drives the spectral coming-of-rage tale JUNE, it’s difficult to believe his path to the role began with the random serendipity of co-star Victoria Pratt passing him her cell phone between shots on the set of his award-winning sophomore directorial effort PATIENT KILLER.

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  • “MORITURIS” (Blu-ray/DVD Review)

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    Crucifixion. Death by millstone grinding. Men outfitted in rotting animal hides and thrown to wild dogs. Evening garden parties lit by burning, accelerant-soaked Christians hanging from trees. Damnatio ad bestias (“condemnation to beasts”) as public entertainment in the amphitheaters. Sawing of live upside-down human beings from crotch to skull. Julian of Antioch publicly humiliated and beaten every day for a full year before being sewed up, as Wikipedia notes, “in a sack half-filled with scorpions, sand, and vipers, and cast into the sea.”

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  • “MEDUSA” (Movie Review)

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    Mythology professor Jack Peruci is struggling to convince the academic powers that be to continue funding his unorthodox research when he serendipitously connects with a colorful witch doctor who sells him an ancient artifact—an ornate mirror that just so happens to contain the spirit of the famed gorgon Medusa.

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