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    “THE RAID 2″: Who is Hammer Girl?

    Like its predecessor, THE RAID 2 is not wanting for chaos. Across its crime saga-fit runtime, there is no shortage of skin to slash, heads to smash, glass and bones to break, or bullets flying. But while almost every sequence is more spectacular than the last, it’s likely you’ll emerge from the film with one villain’s name on the tip of your tongue. Like Mad Dog before her, Hammer Girl is an impossibly violent piece of work immediately burned into your brain. Using the household tool as a natural extension of Tiger Style, and masking something with those bug big sunglasses, the beautiful, ferocious character is unknowable and so very cool.

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    Q&A: Frank Pavich and the tale of “JODOROWSKY’S DUNE”

    Cinema is full of devastating stories of films unfinished, abandoned or stolen. One of the most mythical of these is Alejandro Jodorowsky’s follow-up to his magical cult classics EL TOPO and THE HOLY MOUNTAIN, a proposed adaptation of Frank Herbert’s 1965 science fiction novel, DUNE. The film was deep in pre-production in the mid-70s when financing fell apart, and boasted a crazy attached cast including Orson Welles, Salvador Dali, Mick Jagger, Gloria Swanson and David Carradine, production design by HR Giger and Jean “Moebius” Giraud, visual FX by Dan O’Bannon, and music by Magma and Pink Floyd. One can only imagine the stunning, mystical epic this would have been.

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    Shadowvision: John Carpenter’s “THE THING”

    Welcome to Shadowvision, a regular column in which Fangoria.com revisits modern horror films in black-and-white. The purpose is to analyze these films through a new lens, seeing if the classically informed viewing experience will give a new angle to familiar images. If you’d like to watch along at home, it’s simple: go into your TV settings and desaturate the picture completely, then adjust the contrast and brightness to fit either standard or high definition.

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    Kaiju Web Series, “ENORMOUS” Premieres; Director Q&A

    In ENORMOUS, a giant monster graces the small(er) screen with no plan to lose scope in the process. Backed by Machinima, the web series adaptation of Tim Daniel and Mehdi Cheggour’s comic book opens on a familiar post-apocalyptic landscape, though one not ravaged by natural disaster or nuclear threat. Instead, it’s the almost always awesome giant creature, the concept of which is in something of a renaissance at the moment, most notably in last year’s PACIFIC RIM and the approaching return of GODZILLA. But with little history or guideline for what exactly web series can or should be, crafting something as inherently tremendous and cinematic as a monster story leaves everything open to possibility. As the ENORMOUS pilot premieres online, Fango spoke with director BenDavid Grabinski about everything a web series, and giant monsters, can offer.

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    Q&A: Director John Schneider talks Bill Moseley and “SMOTHERED”

    In celebration of our current Bill Moseley-centric issue, FANGORIA reached out to John Schneider, who recently worked with the actor in a role you may not expect him to play: a horror acting icon! Schneider, of DUKES OF HAZZARD and SMALLVILLE fame, recently wrote and directed SMOTHERED, in which Moseley plays an alternate version of himself who joins a private haunt for an easy payday, only to come face-to-face with a hellbent, beautiful real-life psychopath.

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    Q&A: Tom Holland talks “TWISTED TALES”

    From TALES FROM THE CRYPT to MASTERS OF HORROR, there are few filmmakers who can deliver an anthology story as effectively as writer/director Tom Holland. From FRIGHT NIGHT to CHILD’S PLAY, Holland is a versatile voice within the horror genre, bringing his trademark dark sense of humor and his penchant for practical effects to his many directorial efforts. And with his latest project, FEARNET anthology web series TWISTED TALES (on DVD now from Image Entertainment) Holland works outside of the constraints of time limits and content restriction to bring his clever and chilling work to a new generation of horror fans. Holland spoke to FANGORIA about his latest TWISTED TALES and updates on his long-brooding adaptation of Stephen King’s THE TEN O’CLOCK PEOPLE…

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    Keep an Eye Out: The Five Best from SXSW

    It’s not as if confinement as a motif is rare, especially in low budget, independent and horror cinema. You know:  movies making the most of one location that can’t afford to get the fuck out (eventually taking up plenty of space in film festivals in the process). It still plays like a dark joke however to see confinement in films when you yourself are pulling four-five movie days in a dark theater. At least the three major housebound (one of them is called HOUSEBOUND) genre titles at the 2014 SXSW film festival were some of the best the fest had to offer, all while varying greatly in style, theme, tone, ponytail bounce and bleak worldview.

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    Q&A: Billy Zane on Horror Roles Past and Present

    Whether it be as ruthless, manipulative villains or as handsome, smooth-talking protagonists, there’s few actors who bring as much natural charisma and dedication to their genre roles as Billy Zane. After capturing the attention of international audiences with his turn in DEAD CALM, Zane has proven himself to be a universal asset to multiple genre productions, whether it be a comic turn such as TALES FROM THE CRYPT: DEMON KNIGHT or more esoteric and mysterious like TWIN PEAKS. As his reputation as a solid genre performer continues to grow, Zane spoke to FANGORIA about his past horror successes as well as what dark corners he just might explore further down his career trajectory…

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    Exclusive “PATRICK: EVIL AWAKENS” Set Visit, Part Two: The Veterans

    Mark Hartley’s PATRICK: EVIL AWAKENS, in theaters and on VOD today from Phase 4 Films (see first part of this set report here), is a de facto reunion of sorts for several people who worked on the first one, including costume designer Aphrodite Kondos and of course producer Antony I. Ginnane, who must be credited as the driving force behind the whole project.

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    Shadowvision: “PSYCHO II”

    Welcome to Shadowvision, a regular column in which Fangoria.com revisits modern horror films in black and white. The purpose is to analyze these films through a new lens, seeing if the classically informed viewing experience will give a new angle to familiar images. If you’d like to watch along at home, it’s simple: go into your TV settings and desaturate the picture completely, then adjust the contrast and brightness to fit either standard or high definition.

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    Exclusive “PATRICK: EVIL AWAKENS” Set Visit, Part One: The Newcomers

    On the set of PATRICK: EVIL AWAKENS, Mark Hartley’s re-imagining of the Australian horror classic being lensed at Melbourne’s Docklands Studios on the eve of Christmas 2012, it’s understandably quiet. That’s because all available eyes and cameras are focused on Jackson Gallagher, the young Australian actor playing Patrick, as he stares unblinkingly upward from his hospital bed while nurse Kathy Jacquard (YOU’RE NEXT’s Sharni Vinson) chats away amiably to her apparently nonresponsive charge.

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