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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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    Max Brooks: Welcome to “THE EXTINCTION PARADE,” Part One

    Author Max Brooks can’t keep his hands off dead things. After crafting the best-selling books THE ZOMBIE SURVIVAL GUIDE and WORLD WAR Z (the blockbuster movie version of the latter now on disc), Brooks once again turns to the living dead with THE EXTINCTION PARADE, a 12-part comic-book series from Avatar Press. But there’s a big difference in this latest ghoulish romp: Brooks pits his zombies against vampires! In this exclusive interview, Brooks, who’s attending New York Comic Con this weekend, talks about the creation of THE EXTINCTION PARADE. In part two next week, the son of Mel delivers a postmortem on WORLD WAR Z.

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    Remembering Philip Nutman (1963-2013)

    Last night, October 7, FANGORIA lost one of the greatest and most significant contributors in its 34 year history. Former Fango British correspondent Philip Nutman—author, screenwriter, comic-book scribe, actor, etc.—died at an Atlanta hospital after being taken off life support. The circumstances of Phil’s passing from organ failure are so deeply troubling and sad, that I’m doing my best to overcome these horrible feelings inside by remembering the good times we spent together, and the legacy Phil has left us.

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    “STALLED”: Toilet humor meets toilet horror

    From the creators of the British slasher spoof FREAK OUT comes another genre terror tease, the zombies-in-the-bathroom mini-epic STALLED. Director Christian James and writer/star Dan Palmer have crafted a riotous zombie film that hits a few theatrical markets from Uncork’d Entertainment in the weeks ahead, and debuts on VOD next month. Dallas moviegoers can check out the film for free at the Alamo Drafthouse on October 3 (see here for details). In the meantime, James offers his thoughts (along with exclusive pics) on STALLED below.

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    FANGO Flashback: “THE WICKER MAN” (1973)

    “The [WICKER MAN] negative has disappeared and has never been found,” Christopher Lee told me over tea in November 1992. “I wanted to recut the picture, to put in a lot of things that we shot and take out some of the scenes that were in the film. That negative, those outtakes, have never been seen again. Never. I happen to believe they were hidden. [WICKER MAN producer] Peter Snell says he was shown a hole in a road with a lot of cans of film in it, and they said amongst those cans of films was THE WICKER MAN negative…If I could lay my hands on that film now, and we could recut it, it would be a masterpiece.”

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    FREE FANGORIA Screening of UK zombie flick “STALLED” in Dallas!

    Don’t go in the bathroom! There are zombies in there! FANGORIA will be hosting a free advance screening of the UK horror comedy STALLED in Dallas, Texas on Thursday, October 3 at 7 pm! From the creators of the festival fave FREAK OUT (director Christian James and screenwriter Dan Palmer), STALLED—about a poor janitor stuck in a public toilet during a zombie apocalypse—won raves at its London FrightFest premiere last month. See below on how to get your tickets!

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