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    Q&A: Mark Jones talks “SCORNED,” the new “LEPRECHAUN” and “VAMPRICHAUN”!

    Screenwriter and director Mark Jones is best known for spawning the LEPRECHAUN franchise, which is notorious for polarizing audiences—including genre fans. His new flick SCORNED (on DVD and Blu-ray from Anchor Bay) features no mischievous sprites, but instead EXCISION’s AnnaLynne McCord as Sadie, a demented young woman seeking vengeance on her unfaithful lover (Billy Zane) after a would-be romantic getaway weekend turns sour.

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    “SATURDAY MORNING MYSTERY” (Movie Review)

    SATURDAY MORNING MYSTERY offers a tantalizing concept previously untouched by the genre: a grown-up, live-action, horror-movie take on SCOOBY-DOO. Spunky heroine Nancy (Ashley Spillers)—essentially a flesh-and-blood version of Velma—and her three pals Gwen (Josephine Decker), Chad (Adam Tate) and Floyd (Jonny Mars), who happen to bear a number of similarities to Daphne, Fred and Shaggy respectively, are paranormal investigators who cruise around solving mysteries with their dog Hamlet via an orange Volkswagen bus.

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    “STOKER’S MANUSCRIPT” (Book Review)

    In the seemingly inexhaustible territory of modern vampire literature, it can be refreshing to uncover those restorative works of fiction that hark back to the cold-blooded, merciless and inhuman traditional bloodsuckers that set the precedent. Bram Stoker epitomized this vein of literature in 1897 with DRACULA, forever changing the world of horror with its since oft-depicted antagonist. The novel and the Count have inspired a vast number of other works that have become somewhat detached from the source, but Royce Prouty’s debut novel STOKER’S MANUSCRIPT (Penguin) pays careful homage to Stoker’s original masterpiece.

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    “100 BLOODY ACRES” (Movie Review)

    100 BLOODY ACRES isn’t a straight horror film, despite what the title may lead you to believe. It is, however, a delightful and decidedly Australian comedy in which the characters find themselves in a rather horrific situation, with the resulting shenanigans strewn with bursts of fun gore.

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    “THE OTHER SIDE OF SLEEP” (Movie Review)

    It never ceases to irk me when filmmakers are adamant about their movies not falling into the category of ‘genre’ films; however, THE OTHER SIDE OF SLEEP (available on Digital and VOD now from Factory 25) can’t be labeled a horror movie per se. Instead, Rebecca Daly’s feature writing/directing debut is a slow burning mystery with elements of horror. Rather than brimming with cheap thrills to induce quick scares, it is wrought with a deliberate tension that builds throughout the course of the film.

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    FANGORIA PRESENTS: “GERM Z”—Getting the Bug Part Two

    As a continuation of our previous discussion (see part one here) with GERM Z co-director J.T. Boone and producer Lynette Dixon about the indie zombie flick GERM Z, the fifth release on the FANGORIA Presents banner (see here for details; to find Fango’s Comcast collection on your VOD channel, search this way: Movies > Movie Collections > Fangoria), we also spoke with co-director John Craddock and editor Randy Paik. GERM Z is a character-driven study with a hint of romance and an abundance of zombies that spawn after the military unsuccessfully attempts to intervene when a satellite hurtles toward our planet.

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    FANGORIA Presents: “GERM Z”—Getting the Bug Part One

    Though some fans may fear the zombie subgenre has grown tired in recent times, they can rest assured that GERM Z unleashes a revitalizing new take on its variety. This indie horror flick, which details the story that unfolds when a deadly germination spawns after the military executes what becomes a failed attempt to shoot down a satellite orbiting Earth, is unique in multiple regards—namely resulting from its heavily character-driven plotline and strong acting, two factors rarely seen in similar low-budget films. We chatted with co-director J.T. Boone (who, in addition to writing the screenplay and helping to produce GERM Z, works as an attorney) and producer Lynette Dixon (a radiologist by trade, also currently getting her masters degree in psychology) about the film, which arrives as the fifth release under the FANGORIA Presents banner (see here for details; to find Fango’s Comcast collection on your VOD channel, search this way: Movies > Movie Collections > Fangoria).

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    NY! “RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD” returns for one-night-only with star James Karen attending

    This coming Monday, May 20, New York City’s Film Forum(209 West Houston Street) will be screening a rare 35mm print of ALIEN creator Dan O’Bannon’s 1985 directorial debut, the 1985 punk-rock horror-comedy cult classic RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD. Actor and fan favorite James Karen (MULHOLLAND DR., INVADERS FROM MARS, POLTERGEIST, FRANKENSTEIN MEETS THE SPACE MONSTER) will be present to introduce the film and participate in a Q&A afterwards.

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    Q+A: Director Katie Aselton talks indie thriller “BLACK ROCK”

    FANGO recently chatted with independent filmmaker Katie Aselton about her latest feature, BLACK ROCK (which hits theatres this Friday May 17) – a horror thriller about three lifelong friends who get much more than they bargained for after they set out on a camping trip with the intention of reconnecting with their childhoods. Aselton also acts in the film, alongside Lake Bell and Kate Bosworth. The screenplay was written by Aselton’s husband Mark Duplass, a film director, actor and producer often cited as one of leading visionaries of the mumblecore movement – a subgenre of independent film primarily characterized by its highly naturalistic approach. Aselton gave us the details on her filmmaking experience in addition to her take on mumblecore, and her relationships with both acting and directing. (Read more on the film in our current print issue FANGORIA #323.)

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