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  • FANTASTICA Presents: Screaming Turns to Laughing

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    Fright and funny are strange bedfellows, but damn do they hop into the same bed quickly. Laughs and screams seem to occupy opposite ends of the emotional response spectrum, yet they pair together like peanut butter with jelly, beer with pretzels, and New York-flavored cynicism with Abel Ferrara flicks. Think about it: how many times have you watched a horror film in the company of multiplex-going strangers, or at home with a group of friends, and found yourself and everyone else screaming at a moment of pure terror, only to be laughing seconds afterwards, basking in the afterglow of tension finally released? Once that immediate scare subsides, you can’t help but giggle and guffaw at how you have eluded a simulation of death’s grasp.

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  • Stream to Scream: “SEANCE: THE SUMMONING”

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    As many fright fans already know, FANGORIA offers a great selection of gruesome movies, old and new, for free at our Hulu channel. To give you a better idea of what’s available, FANGORIA is taking in-depth looks at some of the channel’s terrifying titles with Stream to Scream. Today: Alex Wright’s exorcism movie SEANCE: THE SUMMONING.

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  • Q&A: Directors Scott Beck and Bryan Woods on Shining a “NIGHTLIGHT”

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    Scott Beck and Bryan Woods were not yet teenagers when they met through a mutual lunch-table friend at their elementary school in Bettendorf, Iowa. The pair quickly discovered a shared love of filmmaking that ultimately led to their feature debut with NIGHTLIGHT, which goes into release today from Lionsgate.

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  • The Dreadful Ten: Top 10 Horrors We’d Like to See in 3D!

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    It’s strange how, for something so commonly referred to as a “gimmick” by people in and outside of the industry, 3D has been a big part of horror history, and has been there for many of its milestones. During the ’50s, 3D was a definitive attraction when it came to CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON, which remains a selling point at revival screenings to this day, and also brought in audiences to such genre pictures as HOUSE OF WAX and DIAL M FOR MURDER. Later, during the horror surge of the early ’80s, the gimmick came back, most prominently during FRIDAY THE 13TH PART III, which effectively used 3D to enhance the slasher tropes of the time. And when 3D made it’s grand comeback in the late ’00s, it did so with horror by its side, with MY BLOODY VALENTINE 3D, CORALINE and THE FINAL DESTINATION all pre-dating the post-AVATAR 3D boom. And while 3D is still a presence nowadays, it’s not nearly used as commonly as in past years, where almost every studio release would tack on 3D for a box office boost.

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  • FANTASTICA Presents: The Circle of Fright

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    If there’s any singular philosophy that has been proven time and time again, it would be that history does indeed repeat itself. And as much as that philosophy is valid in terms of politics, social dynamics and pop culture as a whole, it’s also very true in cinema, especially in the horror genre. While nostalgia may reign supreme in the horror genre, or at least it has been for the past decade and a half, the new content on both the independent and studio level have largely been inspired by or outright pull from techniques of horror past. And with the constantly changing marketplace that has seen the rise of VOD and streaming, the genre has struggled to figure out what will be the next trend in horror, even despite a glut of imaginative independent ideas by talented filmmakers laying in development hell.

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  • Stream to Scream: “CLASS OF 1999”

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    As many fright fans already know, FANGORIA offers a great selection of gruesome movies, old and new, for free at our Hulu channel. To give you a better idea of what’s available, FANGORIA is taking in-depth looks at some of the channel’s terrifying titles with Stream to Scream. Today: Mark L. Lester’s sci-fi horror odyssey “CLASS OF 1999”.

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  • Q&A: Actor Lou Taylor Pucci Talks the Monstrous Romance of “SPRING”

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    Toward the end of shooting PERSONAL VELOCITY back in 2001, up-and-coming actor Lou Taylor Pucci received a bit of frank career advice from writer/director Rebecca Miller. “Don’t do shit,” the daughter of famed playwright Arthur Miller and wife of Daniel Day-Lewis told him—and Pucci took the three-word maxim to heart.

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  • FANGO Flashback: “RAVENOUS”

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    When horror fans think “cannibal film,” there’s a few images that come immediately to mind: insect-ridden skeletal remains, thick jungle brush, blood-soaked savages, etc. Perhaps if not the jungle cannibal films, horror fans might think of the domestic cannibal flicks, whether it be more southern fried fare like the work of H.G. Lewis or the ominous creepshow of the Hannibal Lecter films. But among the more accepted endeavors in the cannibal subgenre, a few exceptional fright flicks approach the genre with utter unique and mind-bending tales that far too often fall between the cracks; Antonia Bird’s RAVENOUS is among those films.

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  • FANTASTICA Presents: Appreciating Horror Beyond Horror

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    Upon consideration, one rarely gets their first taste of horror from the horror genre itself. For an unfortunate number, it comes from reality: whether personal or not, tragedy and inhumanity can lead one’s young mind into dark places. For others, it can be from our own imagination, with dark corners of rooms and unfamiliar noises guiding us towards the paranoid and petrifying. But for the rest of us, it comes in the cinema from which we least expect it, often in the genres we trust not to drag us into terror.

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  • Shadowvision: “BLACK SABBATH”

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    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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  • Q&A: Deborah Twiss Talks “A CRY FROM WITHIN” and Her True Haunting

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    Back in 1997, writer/actress Deborah Twiss spun some of her own experiences into the female-vigilante shocker A GUN FOR JENNIFER. Now she has plumbed supernatural incidents from her past for A CRY FROM WITHIN, on DVD and VOD tomorrow. Twiss talks her occult encounters both reel and real in this exclusive interview.

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