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  • FANGO Flashback: “AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON”

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    AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON is one of the rare horror offerings that has near unlimited replay value, primarily because you’re bound to find something new to appreciate about the film with every subsequent viewing. This applies even beyond the in-jokes and moon/werewolf-related visual gags, but even in terms of performances and dialogue, as picking up subtle inflections and cinematic beats can change the dynamics of a scene entirely. For a genre that rarely provides such layering, especially in the horror comedy subgenre, it’s no wonder why AMERICAN WEREWOLF stands the test of time so well.

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  • Eerie Episodes: “THE HUNGER: Season 2, Episode 1” (1999)

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    While horror hounds might be more familiar with David Bowie and Tony Scott’s moody, macabre vampire film THE HUNGER, far less are familiar with their reunion on the second season premiere of THE HUNGER. While unrelated to the film in content, the themes and visual style are quite similar on the series, which is closer to a Gothic horror anthology in nature produced by Scott Free in the late ‘90s and aired on Showtime. And in the first episode of the second season, entitled “Sanctuary,” Bowie returned in front of the camera for Tony Scott, playing Julian Priest in an episode of horror television that is as creepy as it is bold and strange.

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  • Stream to Scream: “EXCISION”

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    For this writer, Richard Bates Jr.’s EXCISION is one of those essential genre titles that operate close to the vein of horror comedy and yet don’t quite follow the horror-comedy mold. Much akin to William Friedkin’s KILLER JOE and, to an extent, Daniel Waters’ HEATHERS, EXCISION carries a mean-streak and matter-of-fact presentation of its darker, disturbing material that feels less conventional and yet completely humorous in execution. And furthermore, EXCISION is the kind of film that features an old school vibe in that it moves and is stylized at its own pace, giving characters their own moments to live and breathe within the universe while presenting artistic flourishes that feel unique and different from other depictions of internal fantasies.

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  • For Your Consideration: The 2016 Chainsaw Award Nominees for Best Foreign Language Film!

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    With voting season now open on the FANGORIA Chainsaw Awards, fans are putting their minds at work to select their favorites out of every potential nominee. When it came to the Best Foreign Language Film category, there was some argument as to what technically counted for the category, eventually disqualifying technically-released-in-2015 film ANGST (due to it’s 1983 production) and WHITE DOG. Meanwhile, The Mo Brothers’ KILLERS and the anthology film MEXICO BARBARO were also in contention, but eventually were bumped out by its creepier competition. And after some careful consideration, FANGO found five fright flicks worthy of taking home the Gold Chainsaw.

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  • Crossing Over: “STARSHIP TROOPERS”

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    Welcome, FANGORIA Readers, to CROSSING OVER, our newest column that highlights the films, series and content out there outside of horror that is fashioned towards or pays tribute to our beloved genre. By shining a light onto these projects, FANGORIA hopes to open a world of entertainment perfect for fright fans that lies just beyond the borders of the horror community. So without further ado…

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  • The Dreadful Ten: Top 10 Horror Prequels!

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    When initially approaching the concept for this week’s Dreadful Ten, this writer thought that assembling titles would be easy as could be. After all, what is the horror genre known better for than all manners of prequels, sequels and spin-offs? However, upon further inspection, finding gems among the many horror prequels is more of a frustrating endeavor, with most of the best prequels happening on television and/or as flashbacks in a sequel. Nevertheless, FANGORIA was able to dig up ten petrifying prequels that made the grade!

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  • Stream to Scream: “THE VEIL”

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    THE VEIL is quite a curious movie to behold, largely in that the filmmaking in and of itself tells a story within the story of the film. That story, of course, is a film that was originally found footage that- through a variety of means- has been changed to become a straightforward narrative… and yet, can’t quite give up the ghost of its original framing device. It’s a film where so much works from top to bottom and yet there’s something essential that couldn’t quite make the film click, and the rewriting/editing process to find that element feels ever apparent. And yet, because so much of the film works, THE VEIL isn’t quite a film to dismiss as you actively root for the project find greatness all the way up until the credits roll.

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  • Angus Scrimm, Remembered: Actor Reggie Bannister

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    With the passing of horror icon Angus Scrimm earlier in January, FANGORIA is dedicating this month to the memory of our dear friend. We have reached out to several of those who knew Angus well to share their memories of the extraordinary actor. Here, parting words from actor Reggie Bannister, beloved co-star of the PHANTASM films, along with rare photos from Bannister’s wife Gigi and Kristen Deem.

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  • FANGO Flashback: “THE ENTITY”

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    In the grand scheme of haunting films, there is nothing quite like THE ENTITY. While it’s aesthetics might have been replicated in the past (particularly, the INSIDIOUS films appear to be particularly inspired by THE ENTITY), no other film comparably tackles such subject matter in a stylized, mainstream execution, let alone in a manner that feels visceral and terrifying. And not so surprisingly, perhaps the lack of thematically similar material helps the 33-year-old-film resonate as an intense experience in this day-and-age that one can appreciate more with each subsequent viewing.

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