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    Five Reasons Helsinki’s Night Visions Needs to be on Your Festival Calendar

    Helsinki is probably best known to cult film fans for the Kaurismäki brothers, or perhaps from the final (and best) segment of Jim Jarmusch’s 1991 anthology NIGHT ON EARTH. Indeed, Finnish cult films are few and far between, although a recent surge in the form of AJ Annila’s SAUNA (2008), Jalmari Helander’s RARE EXPORTS (2010) and Timo Vuorensola’s IRON SKY (2012)[i] has provided the impetus for more genre film production in the region—for fans seeking older examples, check out the original classic THE WHITE REINDEER (1952), Olli Soinio’s MOONLIGHT SONATA (1988), and a double bill of Auli Mantila with THE COLLECTOR (1997) and THE GEOGRAPHY OF FEAR (2000). Central to this burgeoning film scene is Helsinki’s Night Visions Festival, founded in 1997 originally as a single all-night event, but since expanded to four days in October with a mirroring event in the spring. For many festival vets, this marathon is the backbone of the event—it’s where the bulk of the retro titles feature in the lineup—but all screenings are well-attended, if not playing to sold-out houses.

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    Q&A: KNB EFX’s Greg Nicotero on “NIGHTMARE FACTORY”

    If any makeup FX house deserves a documentary devoted to its history and craft, it’s KNB EFX. In the 25 years since it was formed by Greg Nicotero, Howard Berger and Robert Kurtzman, it has become a Hollywood institution, and its history is explored in the Epix channel’s feature-length documentary NIGHTMARE FACTORY, debuting this week. FANGORIA spoke to Nicotero about this look back at a stellar—and bloody—career.

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    Q&A: Dylan Baker Reflects on “TRICK ‘R TREAT” and Halloween Hijinks

    TRICK ‘R TREAT is well on its way to tradition. A film reverent of Halloween, it captures the holiday’s dark, mischievous air like so few have been able. This means it’d probably fall in the good graces of Principal Steven Wilkins, a standout of the film’s great ensemble thanks to the work of Dylan Baker. Presiding over and hewing close to the roots of Samhain, Steven Wilkins is unhappy with those who are disrespectful and there is grim delight in watching him deal with one such youth.

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    Q&A: Actor Daniel Roebuck on the Life of a Collector, His Auction and Dr. Shocker’s House of Horror

    Consummate character actor and acclaimed documentarian Daniel Roebuck has compiled an insanely diverse resume during his more than twenty-five years working in television and film, a tally that includes roles in such genre fare as RIVER’S EDGE, THE DEVIL’S REJECTS, the HALLOWEEN “re-imaginings,” FINAL DESTINATION, and JOHN DIES AT THE END—not to mention a memorable turn as the exploding Dr. Leslie Artz on LOST. He also happens to own one of the most impressive and eclectic collections of horror memorabilia on the planet.

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    Claire Coffee: More “GRIMM” Than Ever

    NBC’s hit supernatural series GRIMM returns for its third season tonight, chronicling the adventures of Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli), a Portland, Oregon police detective who discovers that he is a Grimm, one of a special order who can detect and, when need be, combat a wide variety of human-seeming creatures known collectively as Wesen. When season two ended, Nick had been turned into a 28 DAYS LATER-style zombie and was being shipped to the Wesen Royals in Vienna. Also in Vienna is Adalind Schade, played by Claire Coffee.

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    Q&A: Christian Pitre, “BOUNTY KILLER’s” Mary Death

    In the violent future of BOUNTY KILLER (on Blu-ray and DVD next Tuesday, October 29 from Arc Entertainment), the title assassins target the corporate fat cats who have ravaged the world, and one of the most popular of these weapon-toting celebrities is Mary Death. She’s played by Christian Pitre, making a striking impression in her first feature-film lead.

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    Death Metallers Howling pay tribute to Chas Balun and “HORROR HOLOCAUST” on new record

    HOWLING is not at all shy about letting its genre roots show—the gore-festooned melodic death metallers’ self-declared influences include “80s back issues of FANGORIA, GOREZONE, DEEP RED, and vintage poster/VHS artwork from the glory days” and the band’s excellent full-length debut A BEAST CONCEIVED paid open homage to a bevy of underground classics from the backwoods horror subgenre.

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