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    Savini and Me: Part Seven, Age is just a number

    Recently, some family members came to visit my wife and I in our home. They are both very kind people, but their health is not as good as could be. The man that visited is sixty-six years old and in declining health. His knees are shot, to the point where I have to offer an arm for him to get up our two steps into the main door. One morning, I walked by their pill containers that were on the table. The sheer amount of pills made me stop in my tracks. I had to count them… seventeen. Not for the day, that was just in the morning. This man had to take almost forty pills a day! Not only that, he got tired easily, got car sick and was getting over a cold that just wouldn’t go away. When we were talking about birthdays, I found out that he was born one month after Tom Savini. This realization floored me.

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    Q&A: Indie splatterfest “MULCH” is making compost

    There is a charm to the cheap and dirty gorefest. Those who turn their noses up at it and pretend to only have the most refined tastes in their monster movie stabfests are kind of crashing bores. For the rest of us, a good cheesy piece of high camp loaded with grotesque practical FX and mom’s minivan hits the spot. Done well, a movie like this takes us back to our glory days of a movie night with good friends and enough karo syrup to choke a Labrador. You can feel the fun the actors are having on screen, their joy is infectious and when the brains start to spray all over the walls in pneumatic jets, everything feels right with the world.

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    NIGHTMARE ROYALE # 2: SO WHAT THE HELL KIND OF SICKO HORROR FREAK ARE YOU, ANYWAY? (A CHEERFUL QUESTIONNAIRE!)

    Lemme ask you this. What’s the greatest horror novel ever written? How ’bout the greatest horror film ever filmed?

    You may already have an answer handy, with bullet-pointed irrefutable proof at every step. Or you may be one of the many who love so many it’s impossible to choose. Perhaps you’re even one of those who’s hoping that someone will point you to the Holy Grail, so we can end this discussion once and for all.

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    BioGamer Girl: “ZOMBIE SQUASH” starring George A. Romero now available

    ACW Games has announced the release of ZOMBIE SQUASH (now available for free on Amazon.com, Google Play and iTunes), which stars the iconic director of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, George A. Romero, as the voice of Dr. B.E. Vil. Players will assume the role of the rabbit Jack Stompingtail and stop the Zombie Squash from taking over the world.

    In this tower defense style game, the evil Dr. B.E. Vil has taken his experiments too far at the Monsterno Corporation and created an army of zombified veggies. As Jack, players can shoot an arsenal of garden ammo to take down the hordes of undead gourds! Gamers can unlock an addictive, survival mini-game with Gamecenter Leaderboards once they have completed the first five levels. Romero summed the game up by stating, “It’s not a game about squashing zombies, it’s a game about zombie squash.”

    ZOMBIE SQUASH, from the mind of Attila Juhasz (owner of ACW Games/Attila’s Creative Works LLC), comes with a rockin’ soundtrack that was written and produced by Roy Z (known for his work with Bruce Dickinson, Rob Halford and Judas Priest). And an amazing theme song written by Juhasz and recorded with guitarist & associate producer Michael Di Paola.

    For more ZOMBIE SQUASH, check out the following links: Google Play/AndroidAmazon Apps for Android and iTunes/iPad.

     

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    Newborn Dead: “REMOTE” access

    Back in 2009, I was coordinating a short film screening at the FANGORIA Weekend of Horrors in Los Angeles. It was my baby and naturally, I wanted only the best films to be showcased. During my search I came across the short REMOTE. I was riveted. However, I knew no details about the making of the film nor did I know about REMOTE’s Canadian Director Marc Roussel.  All I knew is that I had a fantastic picture in my hands and I was going to show it. The response was terrific and I was happy. I could never have known then that I was showcasing a film that would go on to the festival circuit for the next four years, soaking up 41 “Official Film Festival Selections” across the globe, along with 11 “Winner” Awards, plus a very prestigious nomination for Best Short Film by the Director’s Guild of Canada.  REMOTE went on to have a life of its own, and a good one at that!

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    EXCLUSIVE FANGO mixcloud comp COME OUT AND PLAY

    Here’s a little compilation I made for FANGO’s mixcloud player on the eve of the North American release of COME OUT AND PLAY, the elusive Makinov’s remake of Narciso Ibañez Serrador’s WHO CAN KILL A CHILD?. Music that, for me, evokes the dark side of playground songs, childhood pathology and dogmatic ambivalence, but also celebrates the unique childhood imagination.

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    THE PSYCHOTRONIC TOURIST: BODY DOUBLE (1984)

    Welcome to the very first instalment of The Psychotronic Tourist! Using this month’s print FANGO De Palma coverage as a launching point, I decided to kick off the column by visiting some of the key locations from one of De Palma’s most excessive pictures, the oft-maligned VERTIGO/REAR WINDOW riff BODY DOUBLE (1984). Say what you will about the phallocentric nature of the film’s imagery and mental space, but BODY DOUBLE remains not only a lush, enthralling mystery set in the seedy underbelly of the movie biz, but also a virtual tour through many of Los Angeles’ most historic landmarks, some of which are sadly no longer with us. Upon a recent visit to L.A. I teamed up with Severin Films’ David Gregory, who took me around on a whirlwind day-trip through the titillating topography of vintage De Palma.

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