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    Many Ways Through “A FIELD IN ENGLAND”: A Q&A with Ben Wheatley

    Like his work before it, Ben Wheatley’s A FIELD IN ENGLAND is a singular experience. It is wholly enrapturing and unexpected on first view, and subsequently unfurls upon return. Presented as a film of “magic and madness,” it is also one of many possibilities, from vastly different interpretation (as you’ll see below) to whether or not one will view it as informed by everything the director’s created until now. For those that do, it seems absolutely a culmination, one that allows the overspill of mystical air and dark energy that’s hung over, both heavily and not, DOWN TERRACE, KILL LIST and SIGHTSEERS.

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    “INSIDE” Directors, Bigfoot lead SXSW ’14 Midnighters; EXCL Programmer Comments

    FANGORIA turns its eye to Austin bi-annually, and as spring nears and Sundance fades, the first trip to Texas for horror and queso is gearing up. SXSW 2014 has begun announcements in earnest, already revealing 115 of the titles in this year’s lineup, but the fest is only now getting to the most thrilling news: The Midnighters. FANGORIA spoke with SXSW’s Producer & Senior Programmer Jarod Neece about what’s truly an exciting lineup of genre film, and all there is to look forward to at midnight.

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    Q&A: Crispin Glover on “WHAT IS IT?,” Artistic Aspiration and Past Roles

    Beloved by horror fans for the sensitive undertones he supplied to such characters as Jimmy in FRIDAY THE 13TH: THE FINAL CHAPTER and the title role in the remake of WILLARD, the eclectic Crispin Glover has also applied his unique touch to such fields as literature and music. A celebrated filmmaker, as well, Glover will be appearing in Chicago this weekend for a screening of his film, WHAT IS IT? In anticipation of the event, Glover took a moment to chat with FANGORIA about his past work and the effects he hopes his creations have on the public.

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    Gay of the Dead – Michael Varrati, Part One

    The very prolific gay auxiliary of the East Coast Indie Horror Factory is making good use of a (currently) West Coast screenwriter and actor named Michael Varrati. Screenwriting work with Bart Mastronardi (TALES OF POE), Alan Rowe Kelly (ditto), and Richard Marr-Griffin (IT CAME FROM THE VCR), plus acting roles in Troma flicks (RETURN TO NUKE ‘EM HIGH VOLUME 2) and Debbie Rochon’s directing debut (MODEL HUNGER) have kept this boy very busy. While keeping up a lively Facebook chat over the past weeks, I subjected him to my gay dog and gay pony show in the form of an email interview.

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    Q&A: Bill Plympton Talks “CHEATIN’ ” and “ABCs OF DEATH 2”

    For over 30 years, there’s been no voice in independent animation as transgressive or prolific as Bill Plympton. From the early days of MTV to the Academy Awards and beyond, Plympton has delivered a great diversity of subversive work, using elements of surrealism and dark comedy to create cartoons unlike any other. Fango spoke to him about his colorful and freaky new feature CHEATIN’, and got a few words on his segment of the upcoming ABCs OF DEATH 2.

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    Q&A: Quebecois Filmmaker Izabel Grondin on Her Extreme Cinematic Art

    Izabel Grondin’s short film THE TABLE (a.k.a. LA TABLE, pictured above) recently made it into the pre-selection for the Jutra Awards, Quebec’s Oscars that celebrate the best of the province’s cinema. This is no small feat, in that Grondin’s piece was up against over 173 of Quebec’s finest shorts. Also wonderful for cinephiles of a transgressive sort is THE TABLE’s content; as usual, Grondin has produced a work of great beauty, brutality and BDSM, and to see this sort of art recognized at such a prestigious level—that it can be taken seriously and admired as art—bodes well for extreme cinema.

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    Q&A: Director Kieran Parker on “OUTPOST: RISE OF THE SPETSNAZ”

    From creating the story of the original film to now taking the reins of the series behind the camera, there are few people as instrumental to the OUTPOST franchise as Kieran Parker. A longtime and active producer on the films, Parker steps directs for the first time for the prequel, OUTPOST: RISE OF THE SPETSNAZ. Lean, intense and as bloody as the Nazi zombie madness that came before it, RISE OF THE SPETSNAZ is a worthy entry, offering insight to some of the key mysteries of the first film while providing a wealth of material which could be explored in future OUTPOST films. As the film makes its VOD debut, courtesy of XLrator Media, Parker spoke to FANGORIA about going back in time with this third offering of OUTPOST…

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    TIFF Programmer Jesse Wente talks FLESH + BLOOD: THE FILMS OF PAUL VERHOEVEN

    For fans of ultra-stylized sex and violence that spans decades and nations, running now until April 4th at Toronto’s storied TIFF Bell Lightbox is FLESH + BLOOD: THE FILMS OF PAUL VERHOEVEN. The series is a new retrospective that starts in the early days, with Verhoeven’s Dutch masterpieces like SPETTERS, TURKISH DELIGHT and THE FOURTH MAN through his first foray into Hollywood with the 1985 erotic adventure film FLESH + BLOOD, swelling with his such revolutionary sci-fi gems as ROBOCOP and STARSHIP TROOPERS, sexual pulp like BASIC INSTINCT and of course, literally climaxing with his camp lap-dance legend SHOWGIRLS.

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    Q&A: Writer/Actor Kevin Grevioux on “I, FRANKENSTEIN”—The Monster’s Legacy, Lost Creatures and More

    The new “monster” in I, FRANKENSTEIN is being billed as a modern spin on the character, but he actually harks back directly to Mary Shelley’s original novel. This return to a more self-aware, articulate creature was conceived by writer Kevin Grevioux, who spoke to Fango about his own creation process, what got changed on the way to the screen and the challenges of Hollywood scriptwriting.

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    Q&A: Ray Wise on “BIG ASS SPIDER!”

    From ROBOCOP to REAPER and all the PEAKS and CREEPERS in between, the legacy left by Ray Wise in his storied career is unquestionable. Wise has explored his dark and light sides in spades, and given audiences some of the most fascinating and fun characters ever put to screen. Most recently, Wise made his mark as the stern Major Braxton Tanner in Mike Mendez’s hilarious horror/comedy BIG ASS SPIDER! (now on DVD, Blu-ray and on-demand from Epic Pictures).

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    Q&A: Allison Miller on Her Satanic Pregnancy in “DEVIL’S DUE”

    There’s nothing on Earth like a mother’s love—even if her baby is literally the spawn of Satan. Playing expectant mom Sam in DEVIL’S DUE is Allison Miller, who last tangled with the supernatural in 2009’s live-action BLOOD: THE LAST VAMPIRE. She’ll likely hit the horror crowd in a bigger way as she delves into her dark side on DEVIL’S DUE, and hopefully leave a lasting impression in this horror-heavy month. Miller spoke to FANGORIA about playing the malevolent mother-to-be, her working relationship with filmmaking team Radio Silence and adapting to the mechanics of found-footage filmmaking.

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    Q&A: The Cast of the Chilling Israeli Shocker “BIG BAD WOLVES”

    The 2014 genre year already has one of its top titles with today’s release of BIG BAD WOLVES (see our review here), Israeli writer/directors Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado’s mesmerizing revenge opus. The film has already won praise and awards at numerous festivals, and following its world premiere at last year’s Tribeca Film Fest, Fango sat down with lead actors Tzahi Grad, Rotem Keinan and Dov Glickman to chat about their roles.

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