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  • Q&A: Actress Natalie Dormer on “THE FOREST”

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    At the beginning of the J-Horror remake boom of the early ‘00s, the subgenre had a certain level of excitement attached due to the associated talent involved in the films. With filmmakers like Gore Verbinski and Wes Craven attaching their names to these projects, the likes of Naomi Watts, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Kristen Bell and more jumped into a genre that hasn’t always been painted in the best light among rising stars. And as fate would have it, the J-Horror genre is set to return stateside this Friday, January 8th, with THE FOREST, complete with rising star and GAME OF THRONES actress Natalie Dormer front-and-center of the petrifying picture. FANGORIA sat down with Dormer last month to talk about terror, twins and her trip to the real life Aokigahara “Suicide Forest”…

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  • Stream to Scream: “DER SAMURAI”

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    There is something truly, genuinely thrilling about seeing a horror film that steps beyond the perceived boundaries of the genre. In a genre with a saturated marketplace and countless imitators of whatever is in the zeitgeist, to see something completely and utterly unique and without categorization is sadly a rarity nowadays. And to walk into such a film blind and vulnerable to anything a visionary filmmaker throws your way is even more rare, which makes DER SAMURAI a cinematic experience literally unlike any other.

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  • FANGO Flashback: “DEEP BLUE SEA”

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    As this writer has made abundantly clear, there’s few horror filmmakers that can churn out something as insane and kick-ass as frequently as Renny Harlin. Harlin has truly done it all, from reshaping iconic film characters like Freddy Krueger and John McClane to working with Sylvester Stallone and Shane Black to sinking Carolco with one CUTTHROAT-ISLAND sized bomb. But at the end of the day, Harlin hits his material with an infectious gusto, which is why so often his films are unmistakably entertaining. And in the case of films like DEEP BLUE SEA, the more over-the-top the vehicle may be, the more Harlin seems to find his cinematic strength.

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  • Director Jason Zada on the True Terrors Behind “THE FOREST,” Part One

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    Though a darkness gathered at the edge of Japan’s infamous Aokigahara forest, the guide who had led Jason Zada through a lush maze of imposing beauty to its disquieting heart of darkness had one final request before he would bring the American film director fully back into the world: “I need you to rub salt on my back. And then I will rub some on yours as well.”

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  • The Dreadful Ten: Ken’s Blu-ray Wishlist for 2016!

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    From DEMON KNIGHT to EATEN ALIVE! to THE BEYOND, 2015 was a banner year for horror on Blu-ray for specialty collectors. With Blu boutique labels such as Synapse, Vinegar Syndrome, Warner Archive, Scream Factory, Arrow Video, Blue Underground, Grindhouse Releasing, Cult Epics and Twilight Time firing on all cylinders, fright fans around the world have been stocking their shelves and draining their wallets in the pursuit of obtaining the finest in high-def horror. And yet even with the terrific terror titles that made it to shelves in the past year, there are still so many genre gems that have yet to make it to the format in the U.S., prompting this week’s Dreadful Ten to be our 2016 Blu-ray Wishlist!

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  • The Martyrdom of “HALLOWEEN RETURNS”: Why Dimension’s Loss is Michael Myers’ Gain

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    Reflecting upon the near 40-year legacy of HALLOWEEN, it’s so strange to see all the places the franchise could have gone. Where would Michael Myers go had John Carpenter not retconned Laurie Strode’s lineage in PART II? Would we have even seen Michael again had HALLOWEEN III been a financial success? What would HALLOWEEN VII had been if Dimension pursued their SILENCE OF THE LAMBS-esque concept instead? And what if Rob Zombie turned down the opportunity to reboot the franchise a little over a decade ago?

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  • FANGO Flashback: “MAGIC”

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    For a genre so incestuous in terms of producers, directors and shared talent, it’s always interesting to see a prestigious outsider dip their toes into horror. Whether it’s Stanley Kubrick, Martin Scorsese, Jonathan Demme or other award-winning filmmakers who aren’t strictly tied to scare fare, there’s a certain fascination (and financial accommodation) that comes to their genre output that can’t necessarily be associated with those from whom horror hounds know what to expect. And furthermore, even if they do turn in something somewhat familiar to the genre, you can always expect top tier performances, executions and narrative flourishes that remind the audience exactly why tropes were scary in the first place, with few better examples than Richard Attenborough’s exceptionally creepy MAGIC.

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  • Stream to Scream: “SALEM: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON”

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    When it comes to horror television, there seems to be a certain expectation in terms of what audience you’re gunning for. For fans of more serious scare fare, THE WALKING DEAD and PENNY DREADFUL have spawned many grounded, unabashedly bleak TV series of the same vein. Meanwhile, less serious series such as AMERICAN HORROR STORY and ASH VS. EVIL DEAD offer more humor and general bloodshed than its counterparts. And then there’s the horror shows of network television, most of which offer the genre elements as a framing device around melodramatic, angst-driven romance stories and cheeky humor.

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  • The Dreadful Ten: Top 10 Horror Films We Hope You See in 2016!

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    2016 is so close, we can taste it in the air. And with one year of horror behind us, a brand new year of horror awaits to descend upon us. While there are many different types of horror to expect- festival favorites, studio scare fare and eerie independent releases- there are many innovative, fantastic horror offerings that have yet to secure distribution while purveying the festival circuit. So for this week’s Dreadful Ten, FANGORIA recaps some of the best fright films we encountered over the past year whose 2016 remains uncertain, though we certainly hope you get the chance to see ‘em for yourself!

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  • The Year in Horror, 2015: Ken’s Top 10 Movie Death Scenes!

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    While 2015 has been the host to many macabre moments, there’s little denying that this year certainly one-upped 2014 in terms of brutality in the cinema. Though Hollywood offered more bloodletting than the haunting-heavy year previous, independent scare fare raised the bar with amazing, head-spinning gore and guts. And with death on the brain (and spoiler warning on high alert), FANGORIA recounts the top ten most memorable death scenes of 2015!

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  • The Year in Horror, 2015: Ken’s Top 10 Episodes of Horror Television

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    As the landscape continues to grow in a promising direction, there’s no denying that 2015 marked a banner year for horror television. While PENNY DREADFUL and SALEM offered some of the strongest sophomore seasons in recent memories, many other pieces of serialized scare fare proved that they not only still have gas, but are breaking new ground in the process. And with 2015 nearly in our rearview, FANGORIA has decided to catalog our favorite offerings from televised terror titles from the past year…

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