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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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  • Q&A: Ryan Kwanten talks “NORTHMEN”, “DEAD SILENCE” and more…

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    Ask a diehard action adventure fan to name a modern day actor they’d like to see cast as a bloodletting, philosophizing warrior-monk in an ultraviolent Viking buddy flick, chances are Ryan Kwanten wouldn’t be the first, second, third, or even tenth name to come up. And yet… the TRUE BLOOD/DEAD SILENCE star imbues the role of Conall in NORTHMEN—A VIKING SAGA with such authenticity, vim, and vigor, the choice in retrospect can only be called inspired.

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  • “NORTHMEN – A VIKING SAGA” (Film Review)

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    When life hands you lemons… start throwing axes at random nameless, faceless baddies.

    Such is the maxim the marooned berserkers of NORTHMEN—A VIKING SAGA seek to honor and invoke fewer than five minutes into this viscera-festooned, manic-in-a-good-way, unabashedly over the top ninth century adventure flick: Think the popular History Channel docudrama series imbued with a little John McTiernan-esque swagger and sheen—not to mention a considerably more laissez-faire approach towards graphic violence—and your expectations will be roughly in the right longship.

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  • Directors talk the real terrors behind “THE GALLOWS”

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    Authenticity can be an elusive mistress for genre directors seeking to summon believable terror from their actors. The writing/directing team of Travis Cluff and Chris Lofing happened upon a solution to that age-old conundrum while making THE GALLOWS, however: Shoot the thing night-for-night in the number-one most haunted building in Fresno, California and let the spirits occasionally take the lead in motivating the cast.

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  • Director reveals how TV’s “WIPEOUT” and a chance meeting led to “THE GALLOWS”

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    Few treks out to the gallows are as inspiring or heartening as the one Travis Cluff first set out on back in 2007. “I’d been working in finance and ended up losing a lot of money in what essentially turned out to be a Ponzi scheme,” the co-writer/director of the high-school horror/found-footage flick THE GALLOWS (opening Friday) recalls.

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  • Q&A: Director Benni Diez on His Humorous Monster Homage “STUNG”

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    “I want to lure the audience in with romance or drama or the fantastical—and then traumatize them,” director Benni Diez tells FANGORIA of his gonzo underappreciated-workaday-caterers-fight-gargantuan-wasps-and-save-overprivildged-rich-snobs’-bacon flick STUNG. “But only a little bit of trauma! I don’t want anyone walking out of the theater feeling worse than when they went in. That is not why I enjoy—or make—movies.

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  • Q&A: Directors Scott Beck and Bryan Woods on Shining a “NIGHTLIGHT”

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    Scott Beck and Bryan Woods were not yet teenagers when they met through a mutual lunch-table friend at their elementary school in Bettendorf, Iowa. The pair quickly discovered a shared love of filmmaking that ultimately led to their feature debut with NIGHTLIGHT, which goes into release today from Lionsgate.

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