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    Q&A: Director Jeremy Berg on “THE DEVICE”

    As many of those familiar with the process knows, independent filmmaking is much like pulling off a magic trick in broad daylight. Without the resources and time suited to your liking, you often turn to your own resourcefulness and imagination to wow the audience.  And the more ambitious your trick may be, the more you’re going to have to fight to create something truly unique. And for director Jeremy Berg, helmer of the alien abduction flick THE DEVICE, there’s few tricks as ambitious as pulling off a convincing extraterrestrial thriller on shoestrings. In a recent chat with FANGORIA, Berg spoke about pulling off THE DEVICE, building backstory and what lies next for the versatile filmmaker…

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    Q&A: Chuck Palahniuk on “BEAUTIFUL YOU”

    Brilliant madman author Chuck Palahniuk (FIGHT CLUB) released his latest opus, BEAUTIFUL YOU, this past October, a twisted tale that follows Penny Harrigan, a low-level associate in a big Manhattan law firm who finds herself a test subject for a line of sex toys to be marketed in a nationwide chain of boutiques called “Beautiful You.” But that’s just the beginning of her story, as Penny becomes an unwitting pawn in a maniacal plot for world sexual domination. Like all of Palahniuk’s stuff, the horror hides in the skin of the surreal and socio-political, and FANGORIA caught up with Chuck to discuss…

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    Q&A: “DISCOPATH” and “SILENT RETREAT” Directors Face-Off

    Black Fawn Distribution is fast becoming the contemporary AIP of the frigid North. To celebrate the recent releases of both Renaud Gauthier’s DISCOPATH and Tricia Lee’s SILENT RETREAT on DVD, the BF braintrusts put the films two directors together to essentially interview one another while FANGORIA eavesdropped. Here are the results…

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    Q&A: Leigh Whannell on “THE MULE”

    Out of all the screenwriters currently working in horror, there’s as few as prolific and busy as SAW/INSIDIOUS scribe Leigh Whannell. With 2 major studio releases hitting next year, Whannell still takes the time out to write, produce and act in several indie projects. And while Whannell has his own words about his upcoming genre releases, he’s relishing a whole different kind of horror in his latest independent film, the Australian crime comedy THE MULE. Whannell recently spoke to FANGORIA about offering a new kind of body horror, returning to his cultural roots and working with his INSIDIOUS co-star Angus Sampson on THE MULE…

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    Exclusive: When Will We See The Original “STRAIN” Pilot, Featuring John Hurt & Lance Henriksen?

    With the current (and seemingly unstoppable) boom of horror television, one of the most divisive entries among fans is THE STRAIN, FX’s adaptation of Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s trilogy of vampire novels. With an astounding cast, an experienced showrunner in Carlton Cuse and incredible SFX work, THE STRAIN had almost as many vocal supporters as it did detractors, although the show’s audience has earned it a second season nonetheless. And while THE STRAIN certainly isn’t a perfect horror series (and what horror series is?), the show also had the dual-edge sword of early buzz, cemented by positive reactions to the feature-length, Guillermo del Toro-helmed pilot.

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    Q&A: Nick Damici on “LATE PHASES”

    If you’re a fan of indie horror (and we surely hope you are), the name “Nick Damici” should be familiar. After all, Damici has been turning in memorable roles for years in truly haunting terror tales such as IN THE CUT, STAKE LAND and WE ARE WHAT WE ARE, the latter two with longtime collaborator Jim Mickle. However, Damici’s latest venture, Adrian Bogliano’s LATE PHASES, brings the actor into new genre territory, giving him one of the most challenging roles of his career while squaring off against fully realized, practical werewolves. Damici recently spoke to FANGORIA about LATE PHASES, acting blind and butting heads with a FANGORIA Hall of Famer…

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    “PRISONER 489″ & The Growing ‘Cult’ of Joe R. Lansdale

    For years, Joe R. Lansdale embodied the very definition of ‘cult’ author, adored by a fervent but fringe audience first introduced to his writing through its membership in the explicit Splatterpunk movement—a literary scene in which horror writers competed to push the envelope of gore, amorality, and taboo sexuality until it burst.

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    Blood in the Snow Q&A: Chad Archibald on “EJECTA”

    As genre fans may or may not know, the favorite parlor game regarding Hollywood stars is Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon. In the Canadian indie horror scene, Guelph, Ontario-based Chad Archibald is becoming just as much of a ubiquitous presence as he finds himself involved in a large number of fright films. His company, Black Fawn Distribution, is in the business of releasing exciting new Canadian horror films, such as the acclaimed SILENT RETREAT and DISCOPATH. Archibald works as a director, screenwriter and producer for Black Fawn Films, which he co-owns with fellow multi-hyphenates Christopher Giroux and Cody Callahan.

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    Exclusive: Which Horror Maestro Advised Leigh Whannell on “INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 3″?

    When it comes to next year’s surprisingly sparse horror slate, few films are as highly anticipated as Leigh Whannell’s directorial debut, INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 3. With Whannell’s prolific slate as a scribe and actor in the horror genre, it was only a matter of time before he found his way into the director’s chair, and what better chance than to take over on the terrifying franchise he has personally guided? And with James Wan’s very specific cinematic vision, fans of the franchise are excited to see what Whannell can bring to the table both narratively and stylistically.

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    Q&A: Alexandre Aja on “HORNS”, “THE PYRAMID”

    What kind of filmmaker do horror fans think of when they hear the name “Alexandre Aja?” Some think of the French master of brutality, who was able to translate the voice of the French Extreme Horror movement into English with his remake of THE HILLS HAVE EYES. Some think of a versatile, if underrated, filmmaker, who can churn out films as different as HIGH TENSION, MIRRORS and PIRANHA 3D. And others still are more familiar with his producing work, adding his own unique tonal variation to the slasher genre with films like P2 and the lauded MANIAC remake.

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    Q&A: Daniel Radcliffe on “HORNS”, “FRANKENSTEIN”

    For those keeping tabs on the world of horror as intently as FANGORIA, there’s few actors who have been as curiously intertwined in the genre as Daniel Radcliffe, the former HARRY POTTER actor who has since lined up an impressive and interesting resume of fright flicks. After impressing many with his committed turn in THE WOMAN IN BLACK, Radcliffe dives head first into much more chaotic and devilish territory with HORNS, the Joe Hill adaptation from noted filmmaker Alexandre Aja. As HORNS stabs its way into cinemas, Radcliffe sat down with FANGORIA to discuss the devil, emotional challenges in HORNS and his involvement in Paul McGuigan’s secretive FRANKENSTEIN adaptation…

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