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    Fifteen Shorts to see at Fantastic Fest 2014

    On the eve of Fantastic Fest 2014, FANGORIA—proud sponsor of the FF Shorts Programs—shared with our readers five stellar short films from the festival’s past to watch online in full. As the fest gets underway however, we turn our eye to its highly anticipated slate of short shock. Ever exciting in its short film programs (thanks in large part to curator and programmer Kier-La Janisse) Fantastic Fest is a destination for adventurous audiences, those with irreverent taste and looking for an amazing time. Sometimes, amazing is fun. Sometimes, amazing is gross. Sometimes, amazing is confrontational. Oftentimes, it’s simply way gnar. Roll then with me, through a selection of shorts to keep an eye out for. Some I’ve seen. Others, I’m just very much looking forward to. All, I’m hoping fans and festgoers will catch with me at the Alamo South Lamar.

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    Fantastic Fest: Five Past Shorts to Watch at Home

    This week, FANGORIA and a whole mess of film lovers hit Austin for the ever-unreal Fantastic Fest, a weeklong celebration of the adventurous and genre-inclined. Fantastic Fest gives audiences with voracious appetites for all manner of weird and fun their fill, and often introduces those at home to the films they’ll be anticipating in the months ahead.

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    Toys of Terror #22

    Welcome to TOYS OF TERROR, Fango’s weekly feature exhibiting the coolest horror accessories across the web. Whether you’re a collector, connoisseur or simply making your love of horror a family affair, these petrifying playthings are likely to impress even the most heartless horror fan. So if you’re searching for a ghoulish gift, look no further…

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    “THE BATTERY”: What Happens when you make an Indie Horror Hit?

    Few films garner a groundswell of support like THE BATTERY. Over the course of two years, the understated and unexpected zombie film from writer-director-star Jeremy Gardner and producer-star Adam Cronheim toured the world via film festival circuit, picking up diehards in the audience and industry alike which led directly to its new home release. The film is inspiring, revealing the independent horror community at its best and reassuring fans that a fresh, contemporary zombie film exists.

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    FANGO Flashback: “DEAD SILENCE”

    For contemporary horror fans, the career of James Wan has been particularly interesting. After catapulting onto the radars of genre audiences everywhere with 2004’s SAW, the fillmaker was set back by two successive box office failures in 2007, which floundered his career until 2011 low budget hit INSIDIOUS. With 2013’s massive THE CONJURING, the redemption story goes a little farther with the upcoming Wan-produced prequel, ANNABELLE. After all, Wan looks to propel the very subgenre that nearly ended his relationship with horror seven years prior: doll horror.

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    Shadowvision: “THE WICKER MAN” (1973)

    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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    Fantastic Fest Shorts Preview: Fredrik S. Hana’s Seaside Scare, “AUTUMN HARVEST”

    The winner of Fantastic Fest’s 2013 Short Fuse Program, Norwegian filmmaker Fredrik S. Hana returns to Austin this year with for the World Premiere of his atmospheric seaside tale AUTUMN HARVEST. His latest is a change of setting—the winning ANGST, PISS AND DRID was a squalid, interior work of human horror, while AUTUMN HARVEST is more ethereal and nature-based—but maybe not pace. Hana is clearly focused on sensory cinema, and like several of the 2014 short films (of which FANGORIA is a proud sponsor), unfolds largely dialogue-free.

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