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    A History of British Folk Horror

    England is an old country. There’s evidence of us as a Mesolithic people 15,000 years ago, and the beginnings of a settled society, rituals, religious worship and farming – the first Field in England, in fact – in the Neolithic period. The first version of Stonehenge began to be assembled around 2800 BC; the first stones were laid there in 2200 BC; and the final phase started around 1600 BC. We had a society in the Bronze Age, roughly contemporaneous with Homer’s Troy. The Romans invaded in 55 BC. The Vikings hit us in 790 and 866 AD, taking Nottingham, York and Northumberland before being kicked out by Alfred the Great in 878. And the Normans took us in 1066, irrevocably fusing their own culture with ours.

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    Beyond Fest closes with special Livestreamed screening of “TRICK ‘R TREAT”; EXCL Comments

    The successor to the seasonal cinematic throne is clear, and has been since a groundswell of buzz and support screenings (one by FANGORIA at the no-longer-with-us Pioneer Theater in the East Village) and its eventual immensely inadequate DVD release in October of 2009 saw TRICK ‘R TREAT blow audiences away. Steadily amassing a cult of fans and given a 24-hour annual Halloween marathon on FEARNet, the adoration of Michael Dougherty’s fantastic anthology has culminated in its producers at Legendary giving it the blowout it deserves. TRICK ‘R TREAT will close the currently running Beyond Fest in Los Angeles on Monday, October 28 with a cast and crew panel and screening at the Egyptian Theater, with both the film and Q&A livestreamed over Facebook. Writer/director Michael Dougherty spoke with FANGORIA about the enduring picture and the upcoming event…

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    “WORLD WAR Z”: Max Brooks’ Battlefield Report, Part Two

    More ink was spilled on the film version of WORLD WAR Z than on any other horror flick in recent memory. First early gossip pegged the troubled production as DOA months before it even opened, but WORLD WAR Z (now available on disc, including an extended version Blu-ray) ultimately emerged as a summer blockbuster, grossing over $540 million worldwide.

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    NYCC ’13: Exclusive comments, photos from WWE Studios/“SEE NO EVIL 2”/“LEPRECHAUN: ORIGINS” panel

    Yesterday at New York Comic-Con 2013, this writer had the great opportunity to host WWE Studios’ Halloween Horror panel, previewing the company’s upcoming SEE NO EVIL 2 and LEPRECHAUN: ORIGINS with a host of talent in attendance. Keep reading for exclusive comments from the stars/filmmakers and pics from the event.

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    Q&A: Mark Patton reflects on “FREDDY’S REVENGE” and More

    One of the more significant things that occurred in the wake of NEVER SLEEP AGAIN, the 2010 documentary about the A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET series, was the re-examination of the series’ second entry, A NIGHTMARE ON ELM ST 2: FREDDY’S REVENGE. Since that time, the film’s lead, Mark Patton, has taken to the convention circuit, providing a very visible presence for what many have labeled the gayest horror film ever made. In honor of his upcoming appearance at THE MASSACRE in Chicago (see details below), Patton talks to FANGORIA about his memories of his NIGHTMARE cast mates and the platform that he has created for himself as an activist and humanitarian.

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    Q&A: Marc Carreté on Barcelona-set Possession tale, “ASMODEXIA”

    Following two forays in the fantasy genre with the short films MAL CUERPO (2011) and CASTIDERMIA (2012), the latter of which was co-directed with Xavi Garriga, Marc Carreté (born in Barcelona, 1970) makes his feature debut with the film ASMODEXIA; a road film concerning an evangelist grandfather, his granddaughter, exorcisms and the city of Barcelona as theatre of the events (a metropolis that has, in recent years, become the impromptu set of many horror productions: from REC [Paco Plaza & Jaume Balagueró, 2007] to LOS ÚLTIMOS DIAS [Alex Pastor & David Shepherd, 2012], Hooked Up [Paul Larcuen, 2013] and even the U.S. and Canada co-production AFFLICTED [Clif Prowse & Derek Lee, 2013], of which the initial section was also developed in Barcelona).

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    INTERVIEW: INDIE HORROR DIRECTOR MARTIN-ANDRE YOUNG TALKS “THE BASEMENT”

    On Thursday, October 10th  at 9pm, Toronto based film fest BLOOD IN THE SNOW opens its preview portal with a screening of a new, nightmarish indie shocker called simply THE BASEMENT, the not-so tender tale of a gaggle of pretty young things trapped in a cellar while someone – or thing – sinister upstairs knocks them off one by one.

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    Q&A: “CURSE OF CHUCKY” stars Fiona Dourif, Chantal Quesnelle and Danielle Bisutti

    While Chucky may be the name most synonymous with the CHILD’S PLAY franchise, the killer doll’s adversaries have been noteworthy in their own right. Who can forget young Alex Vincent as Andy Barclay in the first two films, Katherine Heigl doing her best to ward off Tiffany and her beau in BRIDE OF CHUCKY and SEED’s turn by rapper Redman? The franchise tradition of memorable performances from a wide variety of performers continues in CURSE OF CHUCKY, most notably in the casting of Brad Dourif’s daughter Fiona as wheelchair-bound heroine Nica.

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    Q&A: “CURSE OF CHUCKY” Writer/Director Don Mancini

    Quite a bit of time has passed since we last saw our favorite killer Good Guy doll in action. In SEED OF CHUCKY, writer/director/series creator Don Mancini’s directorial debut, Chucky was a proud father trying to teach his long-lost child the ways of the knife. After that film came and went, things were quiet on the CHILD’S PLAY franchise front—although typically (and to the chagrin of many), there was very real talk of a potential remake that luckily turned out to be a false alarm. Now Mancini has returned with the latest entry in the franchise, CURSE OF CHUCKY.

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