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    Q&A: David Koechner, on “CHEAP THRILLS”

    In a film bursting with stellar performance, it’s an achievement to stand out. The deservedly acclaimed CHEAP THRILLS of course boasts an amazing lead turn from Pat Healy, but just behind him is something sinister from ANCHORMAN’s David Koechner. By subverting his cinematically oafish persona, Koechner turns Colin into a confrontational, suggestive villain. What if the physically hilarious personality, one that’s regarded as kind of a douche, was cleverer than you might think? What if he wielded real power over you, your family, your future?

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    Shadowvision: “VACANCY”

    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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    Q&A: Kurt Angle, on “PRO WRESTLERS VS. ZOMBIES”

    Ever since the zombie culture craze inspired dozens of filmmakers to pitch their own contribution to the genre, horror fans have seen their fair share of insane zombie mash-ups. Yet few have as much cross-genre appeal as PRO WRESTLERS VS. ZOMBIES, which pits a band of professional wrestlers against a horde of the undead in an abandoned prison. Mixing the supernatural with dark comedy and action, the film brings in some recognizable faces from across the world of wrestling, including Matt Hardy, Shane Douglas, THEY LIVE’s Roddy Piper and DYLAN DOG: DEAD OF NIGHT’s Kurt Angle.

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    Q&A: Lloyd Kaufman and the cast of “RETURN TO NUKE ‘EM HIGH”

    What do you call a comeback for something that never really went away in the first place? That’s the question inadvertently asked by RETURN TO NUKE ‘EM HIGH, VOLUME 1 when it skyrocketed Troma into the pop culture lexicon once more. Despite always having worked as a distribution entity as they bring their films into the digital age, it’s been the better part of a decade since Troma has brought their unequivocal brand cinematic terrorism to theaters.

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    Eduardo Sanchez Takes a “Mistress,”; On Directing TV and “FROM DUSK TILL DAWN: THE SERIES”

    To re-animate FROM DUSK TILL DAWN for the small screen, Robert Rodriguez has carefully chosen what hands would craft his beloved property. Aside from helming the first two episodes himself, Rodriguez acquired a rogues gallery of extraordinary Latino filmmakers, matching each director with their thematic strong suit. For instance, while the first episodes hold true to Rodriguez’s aesthetics, the bloodiest episode comes from EVIL DEAD (2013)’s Fede Alvarez and the most character-driven episode to date comes from BLAIR WITCH mastermind Eduardo Sanchez.

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    Q&A: Sid Haig, on working with Bill Moseley

    With our current issue (#331, on sale here) focusing on the work and acting style of the one-and-only Bill Moseley, FANGORIA knew that our commemoration would not be complete without a chat with a member of his most sinister cinematic family, the Firefly’s. With a little bit of luck, Fangoria heard back from none other than the clown prince of horror, Sid Haig, who offered a brief insight into his relationship on, and off, screen with Bill Moseley.

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    “THE RAID 2″: Who is Hammer Girl?

    Like its predecessor, THE RAID 2 is not wanting for chaos. Across its crime saga-fit runtime, there is no shortage of skin to slash, heads to smash, glass and bones to break, or bullets flying. But while almost every sequence is more spectacular than the last, it’s likely you’ll emerge from the film with one villain’s name on the tip of your tongue. Like Mad Dog before her, Hammer Girl is an impossibly violent piece of work immediately burned into your brain. Using the household tool as a natural extension of Tiger Style, and masking something with those bug big sunglasses, the beautiful, ferocious character is unknowable and so very cool.

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    Q&A: Frank Pavich and the tale of “JODOROWSKY’S DUNE”

    Cinema is full of devastating stories of films unfinished, abandoned or stolen. One of the most mythical of these is Alejandro Jodorowsky’s follow-up to his magical cult classics EL TOPO and THE HOLY MOUNTAIN, a proposed adaptation of Frank Herbert’s 1965 science fiction novel, DUNE. The film was deep in pre-production in the mid-70s when financing fell apart, and boasted a crazy attached cast including Orson Welles, Salvador Dali, Mick Jagger, Gloria Swanson and David Carradine, production design by HR Giger and Jean “Moebius” Giraud, visual FX by Dan O’Bannon, and music by Magma and Pink Floyd. One can only imagine the stunning, mystical epic this would have been.

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    Shadowvision: John Carpenter’s “THE THING”

    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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    Kaiju Web Series, “ENORMOUS” Premieres; Director Q&A

    In ENORMOUS, a giant monster graces the small(er) screen with no plan to lose scope in the process. Backed by Machinima, the web series adaptation of Tim Daniel and Mehdi Cheggour’s comic book opens on a familiar post-apocalyptic landscape, though one not ravaged by natural disaster or nuclear threat. Instead, it’s the almost always awesome giant creature, the concept of which is in something of a renaissance at the moment, most notably in last year’s PACIFIC RIM and the approaching return of GODZILLA. But with little history or guideline for what exactly web series can or should be, crafting something as inherently tremendous and cinematic as a monster story leaves everything open to possibility. As the ENORMOUS pilot premieres online, Fango spoke with director BenDavid Grabinski about everything a web series, and giant monsters, can offer.

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    Q&A: Director John Schneider talks Bill Moseley and “SMOTHERED”

    In celebration of our current Bill Moseley-centric issue, FANGORIA reached out to John Schneider, who recently worked with the actor in a role you may not expect him to play: a horror acting icon! Schneider, of DUKES OF HAZZARD and SMALLVILLE fame, recently wrote and directed SMOTHERED, in which Moseley plays an alternate version of himself who joins a private haunt for an easy payday, only to come face-to-face with a hellbent, beautiful real-life psychopath.

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