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    Memories of Lee: Tony Timpone Remembers Christopher Lee, Part Three

    When my personal remembrances of the late Sir Christopher Lee left off last time (see here and here), the actor had just survived the clutches of three obsessed fans who hounded him at his one and only FANGORIA convention appearance. I thought I’d been lucky to meet the genre legend once, but as fate would have it, I would have two more memorable opportunities to hobnob with Lee in the years that followed…

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    Memories of Lee: Tony Timpone Remembers Christopher Lee, Part 2

    When my personal remembrances of Sir Christopher Lee left off last (see here), the British scream titan was hanging out with a few select enthusiasts and staff backstage at the 1990 FANGORIA Weekend of Horrors convention. Slightly frazzled by a trio of psycho fans who had accosted him earlier upon entering New York City’s fabled Hotel Pennsylvania, he’d leave all that behind as he took the stage inside the hotel’s Grand Ballroom, introduced by convention co-producer Adam Malin of Creation Entertainment.

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    Memories of Lee: Tony Timpone Remembers Christopher Lee, Part 1

    Last week, we lost the last great horror star. Genre legend- in every sense of the word- Sir Christopher Lee left this mortal coil at age 93, leaving behind an amazing screen legacy, which is now being saluted all over the world as tributes deluge the Internet and TV. In 2011, I shared my trio of experiences meeting up with this British icon and personal hero on FANGORIA.com. Now seems like the perfect time to share them again.

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  • “HOUSEBOUND”: Exclusive Deleted Scene

    Fangoria.com has gotten its skeletal fingers on an exclusive deleted scene from the great new horror comedy HOUSEBOUND, which will close the 13th edition of the New York City Horror Film Festival on November 16 at Tribeca Cinemas (54 Varick Street; 212 941-2001). No less than genre master Peter Jackson called HOUSEBOUND: “A wonderfully witty comedy horror that delights in scaring the hell out of you! Bloody brilliant!” 

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  • Fall Fears at NYC’s Film Forum

    New York City’s Film Forum (209 West Houston; [212] 727-8110) will be presenting a trio of classic genre films as part of its Halloween season repertory program that all respectable East Coast Fangorians should make an effort to see. 

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    Q&A: Justin Long on Kevin Smith’s “TUSK”

    Though he’s appeared in such blockbusters as LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD, DODGEBALL and GALAXY QUEST, horror fans remember actor Justin Long best for his genre gigs in JEEPERS CREEPERS, DRAG ME TO HELL and the much underrated AFTER.LIFE. Now the former Mac guy has turned in the most astonishing and challenging work of his career in director Kevin Smith’s jaw-dropping horror yarn TUSK, now in theaters from A24. Long plays a sleazy podcaster who meets his match in eccentric lunatic Michael Parks (of Smith’s RED STATE), who—SPOILER ALERT—transforms the imprisoned man into a sea mammal!

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    Fango Flashback: “SORCERER” (1977)

    Following years of distribution limbo, William Friedkin’s 1977 box-office misfire SORCERER finally sees the light of day again this spring, beginning with a special one-week engagement (in a DCP restoration overseen by the director) at New York City’s Film Forum (209 West Houston; [212] 727-8110) from May 30 to June 5. Of his celluloid catalogue, Friedkin considers SORCERER his most accomplished work (he says he wouldn’t change a frame), better than his THE FRENCH CONNECTION and THE EXORCIST! You can judge for yourself when the thriller, a remake of Henri-Georges’ Clouzot’s French classic THE WAGES OF FEAR, burns up repertory houses decades after its initial debut.

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    Inside Guillermo del Toro’s “CABINET OF CURIOSITIES,” Part Two

    Fantasy film fans looking for the ultimate coffee table should go no further than GUILLERMO DEL TORO CABINET OF CURIOSITIES: MY NOTEBOOKS, COLLECTIONS, AND OTHER OBSESSIONS (Insight Editions), the sumptuously illustrated exploration inside the films (and mind) of the master fantasist. Boasting scores of personal sketches, designs, rare photos and artwork from del Toro’s amazing body of work, home and journals, plus written contributions from James Cameron, Tom Cruise, John Landis, Ron Perlman and many others, CABINET OF CURIOSITIES is an embarrassment of riches. In part one of this exclusive two-part interview (see here), del Toro talked about the creation of his gargantuan tome. Today, the director of CRONOS, THE DEVIL’S BACKBONE, PAN’S LABYRINTH and the HELLBOY movies spills the beans on his exciting future projects.

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    Inside Guillermo del Toro’s “CABINET OF CURIOSITIES”, Part One

    The lavishly illustrated GUILLERMO DEL TORO CABINET OF CURIOSITIES: MY NOTEBOOKS, COLLECTIONS, AND OTHER OBSESSIONS is the ultimate coffee table book for fans of the master Mexican filmmaker. Along with writer/collaborator Marc Scott Zicree, del Toro unveils drawings, production art and sketches from his private journals and filmmaking diaries, providing a running commentary on the creation of his wonderful movies CRONOS, MIMIC, BLADE II, the HELLBOY duo, THE DEVIL’S BACKBONE, PAN’S LABYRINTH and PACIFIC RIM. Plus we also get a photo tour of geek heaven, del Toro’s memorabilia-laden Bleak House. Also displayed: designs from his intriguing unproduced films, like the Lovecraft epic AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS. In a nutshell, Del Toro leaves no stone unturned.

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    “CONTRACTED”: Sex = Death, A Q&A with Director Eric England

    In writer/director Eric England’s disturbing CONTRACTED, STD not only stands for Sexual Transmitted Disease but also Something Totally Deadly. In the IFCMidnight release, which makes its East Coast premiere November 17 at the New York City Horror Film Festival at Tribeca Cinemas (54 Varick Street), Samantha (Najarra Townsend) has a drunken one-night stand with a guy she meets at a party and soon begins suffering from a horribly disfiguring illness. Director England, who previously helmed the indie fave MADISONCOUNTY and a segment in Chiller’s CHILLING VISIONS: FIVE SENSES OF FEAR, gave Fango the scoop on his squirm-inducing shocker.

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    “WORLD WAR Z”: Max Brooks’ Battlefield Report, Part Two

    More ink was spilled on the film version of WORLD WAR Z than on any other horror flick in recent memory. First early gossip pegged the troubled production as DOA months before it even opened, but WORLD WAR Z (now available on disc, including an extended version Blu-ray) ultimately emerged as a summer blockbuster, grossing over $540 million worldwide.

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