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  • Relief Fund Set for FX Great John Vulich

    The makeup FX field lost one of its brightest lights last month when John Vulich, 55, died unexpectedly of a massive heart attack. Compounding the tragedy, his death has left his long-time girlfriend and her two young children in a very bad financial place. So a special Fundrazr campaign has been launched to provide for his loved ones.
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  • Q&A: Executive Producer Olga Szymanska on “DEMON”

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    Fresh from a successful festival run, DEMON, late director Marcin Wrona’s tale about a bridegroom (Israeli actor Itay Tiran) possessed by a dybukk during his wedding celebration, hits theaters in NYC and LA this Friday from The Orchard, with a national rollout to follow. Fans of bold, original art house horror with a humorous edge will cling to DEMON like this writer did. Fango spoke with the Polish film’s executive producer (and the director’s widow), Olga Szymanska, for an exclusive interview.

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  • Exclusive NSFW Photos from “THE LOVE WITCH”

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    Just in time for the witching hour, FANGO obtained a cauldron-full of photos from writer/director Anna Biller’s erotic horror tale THE LOVE WITCH, which will make its New York premiere at BAMCinemafest on June 24th. Gorgeously photographed in 35mm (!) by M. David Mullen, THE LOVE WITCH stars Samantha Robinson, Gian Keys, Laura Waddell, Jeffrey Vincent Parise, Jared Sanford, Robert Seeley and Jennifer Ingrum. Multi-hyphenate Biller also designed the film’s colorful sets and retro costumes, and she will attend the Brooklyn screening with her cast.

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  • Q&A: Director Agnieszka Smoczynska on the Lore of “THE LURE”

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    Poland has never been known as a hotbed of essential genre cinema, but that will likely change as director Agnieszka Smoczynska’s THE LURE continues to attract audiences worldwide on the festival circuit. The outré movie, which plays Queens’ Museum of the Moving Image’s Panorama Europe 2016 fest (May 6-22, where you can also catch Estonia’s GHOST MOUNTAINEER) and also swims into Montreal’s Fantasia film festival this summer, ranks as the best mermaid-vampire-disco musical you will ever see.

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  • FANGO Flashback: “BLUE VELVET”

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    When did David Lynch’s BLUE VELVET first enter my consciousness? I had only been in the FANGORIA stable a few months back in 1985, when Dino De Laurentiis genre publicist Paul Sammon (now an author of excellent cinema books like the indispensible FUTURE NOIR: THE MAKING OF BLADE RUNNER) tipped me off that a new film from the ERASERHEAD auteur would be opening in the fall of 1986. The cult movie remains one of my favorite independent films to this day. Those who missed BLUE VELVET then can now catch it on the big screen when NYC’s Film Forum (209th West Houston; [212] 727-8110) unspools this classic from Friday, March 25th through Thursday, March 31st in a gorgeous 30th anniversary restoration, courtesy of Park Circus Films .

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  • Q&A: Clément Cogitore on “NEITHER HEAVEN NOR EARTH”

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    Written and directed by Clément Cogitore, the French/Belgian supernatural drama NEITHER HEAVEN NOR EARTH joins the rarefied ranks of THE OBJECTIVE and MONSTERS: DARK CONTINENT of horror films set during the ongoing Middle East conflicts. In this metaphysical thriller, a platoon of bored French troops stationed in Afghanistan goes from the Combat Zone to the Twilight Zone when the soldiers begin mysteriously disappearing one by one.

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  • Tall Man, Big Heart: A Tribute to Angus Scrimm

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    The flood of online tributes to the late, great Angus Scrimm (real name Lawrence Rory Guy), who passed away at age 89 on Saturday night, all say the same thing: Angus was the nicest guy in horror and a true gentleman. He made everyone he ever met feel special. Of all the celebrities I crossed paths with during my long FANGORIA tenure, Angus ranks as one of the few who became a true friend.

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  • A Date with “THE HATEFUL EIGHT”, Part Two

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    In the continuation of our lengthy time spent with Quentin Tarantino and the cast of THE HATEFUL EIGHT (see part one here), the Oscar-winning writer/director and FANGORIA reader comments on his eighth movie’s horror references and collaborating with legendary composer Ennio Morricone. Meanwhile, his eclectic cast chimes in on the overall HATEFUL experience. The “Western mystery” opens in a special “Roadshow” engagement on December 25 in glorious 70mm film in 100 theaters across North America (see details here).

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  • A Date with “THE HATEFUL EIGHT”, Part One

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    Moviegoers can’t expect a better gift this Holiday season than a ticket to THE HATEFUL EIGHT, the eighth film from writer/director Quentin Tarantino. The “Western mystery” opens in a special “Roadshow” engagement on December 25th in glorious 70mm film in 100 theaters across North America (see details here) before expanding everywhere on January 1st.

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  • Q&A: Filmmaker Kent Jones talks “HITCHCOCK/TRUFFAUT”

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    In the marvelous documentary HITCHCOCK/TRUFFAUT, filmmaker Kent Jones brings to life the creation and cinematic ramifications of the landmark 1966 film book of the same name. Jones (who also directed the acclaimed doc VAL LEWTON: THE MAN IN THE SHADOWS) recounts how New Wave French filmmaker Francois Truffaut traveled to Hollywood in 1962 to interview Alfred Hitchcock for a full week, the audio tapes of which would form the basis of Truffaut’s wildly influential book. These insightful conversations are also peppered throughout Jones’ film, which opens December 2nd at NYC’s Film Forum and LA’s Nuart on December 4th, before expanding into more cities well into 2016 (see here for future engagements).

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  • Q&A: Directors Bryan Carberry & Clay Tweel talk “FINDERS KEEPERS”

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    You can’t make this stuff up. The new documentary FINDERS KEEPERS, opening this Friday in New York and L.A. from The Orchard, details the stranger-than-fiction struggle between kooky Southerners John Wood and Shannon Whisnant to gain ownership of Wood’s mummified amputated lower leg, which Whisnant acquired at a storage unit auction. In this exclusive interview, co-directors Bryan Carberry and Clay Tweel discuss the making of one of the year’s most offbeat, macabre and hilarious documentaries.

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  • Music Mourning: Composer Harry Manfredini on Wes Craven

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    Only a little more than a week has passed since the death of horror directing legend Wes Craven, and Craven’s family, friends and filmmakers continue to mourn his loss and share memories of this great man and filmmaker. These include noted genre composer Harry Manfredini, whose murderous music defined the original FRIDAY THE 13TH, directed by Craven buddy Sean Cunningham.

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