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  • Phil Tippett’s stop-motion project “MAD GOD PART 3” Kickstarter details, exclusive stills

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    Oscar and Emmy Award-winning visual effects mastermind Phil Tippett is currently working on a third installment of his stop-motion series MAD GOD, fully funded by Kickstarter. MAD GOD Part 1 earned a mind-blowing $124,156, surpassing its pledged $40,000 goal to bring it to life and proves it’s a project that fans yearn for.

    For those unfamiliar, read more about MAD GOD below:

    Mad God is an experimental, hand-made, animated film, set in a Miltonesque world of monsters, mad scientists, and war pigs.

    Directed by legendary visual effects and stop-motion craftsman Phil Tippett, the sets, creatures, effects and spirit are, in every way, independent and created from the heart.  Sometimes that heart is bursting with love for the craft, while other times it’s punctured and bleeding all over the place… 24 frames per second.

    MAD GOD is a mature film made with technology that spans the history of cinema.

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  • Eric D. Howell talks horror with a lot of heart in his directorial debut “VOICE FROM THE STONE”

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    Cutting his teeth as a special effects artist, stuntman and second unit director, Eric D. Howell went on to study a screenwriting degree when he realized that, in order to direct his way out of a problem, he also needed to be able to write his way out of a problem. One thing lead to another and it wasn’t long before his short film “Annas Playground” was shortlisted for an Academy Award nomination. And whilst it didn’t quite make it into the final few, it opened the door and earned him both respect and representation which ultimately resulting in the script for his directorial debut, VOICE FROM THE STONE, reaching his hands.

    With this tale of love, loss and grief and all of the fears and horrors that go along with that all set to release this Friday, Howell spoke to FANGORIA to explain how this sui generis spin on the classic ghost tale resonated so strongly with him, urging him to bring the story to life…


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  • Crippling sleep paralysis dwells in grim, new horror film “DEAD AWAKE”

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    From director Phillip Guzman, DEAD AWAKE stars Jocelin Donahue (THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL) as a social worker who gets lost in a dark situation when investigating several bizarre deaths – all of the victims have died from sleep paralysis. This case is not like any other, and the nightmarish happenings will prove that the sleep condition isn’t the only thing to be feared. 

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  • Exclusive clip from Tribeca Film Fest hit “HOUNDS OF LOVE”

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    The 16th annual Tribeca Film Festival wrapped a month ago, but one film that continues to linger in our minds is Australian writer/director Ben Young’s serial-killer-couple shocker HOUNDS OF LOVE. For those who missed the film’s NYC and South by Southwest premieres, fear not. The film opens in select cities this Friday from indie company Gunpowder & Sky and will also be on VOD simultaneously. To whet your appetite, check out this exclusive clip that Fango obtained!

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  • Outsider turns serial killer in “WHO’S WATCHING OLIVER”

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    Richie Moore, whose credited work stems such films as GOLD starring Matthew McConaughey and THE HANGOVER PART II and III, makes his directorial debut with the new horror film WHO’S WATCHING OLIVER. Starring Sara Malakul Lane (SUN CHOKE, BEYOND THE GATES) and Russel Geoffrey Banks (GHOST HOUSE, CAM2CAM, PERNICIOUS), WHO’S WATCHING OLIVER takes you into the life of a serial killing outsider. The film is currently making its rounds on the film fest circuit and has won 5 Best Picture, 2 Best Actor and 2 Best Supporting Actress awards among many nominations and official selections.

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  • Ridley Scott Goes Back To His Alien Roots With ALIEN: COVENANT (Review)

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    Fans of the original Alien, the groundbreaking sci-fi/horror classic, will find a lot to like in the latest installment of this iconic franchise.  The plot is reminiscent of the 1979 film:  the Covenant, a transport ship in deep space, its crew in cryosleep, gets knocked off its trajectory by a solar storm.  The core crew reawakens to find a strange signal from a previously unknown planet… one that seems oddly perfect for their colonization mission.  Also onboard is a synthetic human named Walter (brilliantly played by Michael Fassbender).  Faced with years’ more space travel to reach their original destination, the captain (Billy Crudup) decides to explore this new planet as an alternative.  In place of the formidable Ripley, Covenant’s first officer Daniels (Katherine Waterston) is grieving the loss of her husband (James Franco in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it performance).  While softer than Sigourney Weaver’s character, Daniels has some of Ripley’s inner steel – and she’ll need it because once they land on the idyllic, but strangely empty world, things go south, fast!  The lush landscape is littered with small pods, which release tiny spores when stepped on.  Those drift into bodily orifices with horrific results.  Soon the landing ship’s sickbay has a formerly healthy crewman who is convulsing, screaming and bleeding out on the table. You don’t have to be a medic to know what’s coming next!  And then IT IS ON: the Covenant’s pilot (Danny McBride) manages a risky rescue of the stranded crewmembers but once back aboard, they discover they are far from safe!

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  • Christopher Farley, Alycia Tracy, and Aaron Leddick talk “THE ALIENATORS”

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    I find myself looking at the “box art” of a film online and saying to myself, “what the hell is this about?”  Actually, I do that often. Well, I did that with the film THE ALIENATORS. Now, even though I wasn’t sure what it is I was getting myself into, I checked out the film anyway. Well, I must say, it was well worth the watch.

    THE ALIENATORS, directed by Christopher Farley, and starring Derek Reckley, Alycia Tracy, and Aaron Leddick, is a mocumentary that follows two Ufologists (Reckley and Leddick), those who study U.F.O.’s, and their investigation of a woman (Alycia Tracy), who claims that extraterrestrials are watching her.  This alien abduction, science-fiction comedy really changed my point of view, no pun intended, on the hand held/documentary style filmmaking, still happening. From the fun, and often over-the-top characters, to the “reel” feel of the film, THE ALIENATORS is absolutely a film to check out.

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  • Alien Bursts Forth In VR

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    As the countdown to Ridley Scott’s highly anticipated Alien: Covenant continues, Twentieth Century Fox and partners unveiled a truly terrifying addition to the Alien canon – Alien: Covenant In Utero, A Virtual Reality Experience.   The invitation-only event, held at Technicolor’s Experience Center in Culver City featured forward thinking creatives from Fox, Ridley Scott Associates, Technicolor’s MPC VR unit and others as well as multiple VR demo stations.  The 360° experience puts the viewer inside the gestation pod as the Alien Neomorph finishes developing and explodes out towards its first victim.  “We’ve always been on the receiving end (of the Alien),” says Alien: Covenant In Utero director, David Karlak, “now we get to be that creature.”  Karlak, whose acclaimed short film Rise brought him to Scott’s attention says the legendary filmmaker was heavily involved in the project from script to VR screen.  “Ridley is the original futurist,” Karlak continues, “he sees VR as an instrument of the future.”

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  • Tribeca introduces “OUT OF THIS WORLD: FEMALE FILMMAKERS IN GENRE”

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    As the cinematic world continues to evolve and new styles of filmmaking arise, the outlets from which budding artists are able to share their unique voices and stories evolves as well.  One such outlet, as obvious as it may seem, is the internet and the Tribeca Film Festival is making it a point to showcase outstanding filmmakers specializing in online filmmaking.

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  • This is no laughing matter: Tom Green talks about his role in the horror film “BETHANY”

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    Tom Green has been making people laugh for decades, however, now the comedian and sausage connoisseur is ready to make audiences scream.  Best known for his film FREDDY GOT FINGERED, which he also directed, Green has also played roles in CHARLIE’S ANGELS, ROAD TRIP, SUPERSTAR and even had his own TV show, THE TOM GREEN SHOW. Still, there is one genre he’s been keeping his distance from; horror.

    In his latest endeavor, Green plays a therapist to a woman who’s past and current situation are leading her towards insanity, in the horror film BETHANY. Shockingly unfunny and surprisingly well played, Green nails his role as the house-visiting therapist, leaving any notion of the comedian he truly is, off set.  

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  • Throwing out the playbook: Justin Barber and T.S Nowlin re-format found footage in their new alien abduction film “PHOENIX FORGOTTEN”!

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    Hitting theaters today, the Ridley Scott produced, alien-abduction genre bender, PHOENIX FORGOTTEN, is unlike any found-footage film in recent times. With nods towards MAKING A MURDERER, BLAIR WITCH, and THE X-FILES, the film blurs the line between fact and fiction in a fun and entertaining way.

    Directed by first-timer Justin Barber, PHOENIX FORGOTTEN uses a clever combination of documentary-style storytelling, found-footage realism, and real news clips to tell the story of the abduction of three high school students. Co-written alongside genre screenwriter/producer T.S. Nowlin (PACIFIC RIM, MAZE RUNNER series), Barber and Nowlin re-imagine the fascinating and incomprehensible events of March 13, 1997, or otherwise known as the Phoenix Lights; the most widely viewed UFO sighting in history.

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