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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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    Q&A: Actor Zach Gilford Talks “DEVIL’S DUE” and “THE PURGE 2”

    After a bumpy start, some may be wondering if 2014 will be as good a year for screen fear as the one before it. Actor Zach Gilford certainly hopes so; the FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS actor has doubled down on the genre this year, enduring hell in this week’s DEVIL’S DUE before entering the battlefield of THE PURGE 2, out June 20. FANGORIA spoke to the busy young actor about his first foray into found footage, and how horror may have been more familiar than he anticipated.

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    [Sundance 2014] Director William Eubank Previews Midnighter, “THE SIGNAL”

    While Sundance has grown intensely in both size and notoriety (likely the first thing that comes to mind when filmgoers hear the term ‘film festival’), it’s retained a significant, definitive quality: the element of surprise. A great many titles of the annual lineup do come with some level of anticipation, be it cast or filmmakers sure, but often its most discussed films seemingly come out of nowhere, flooring audiences and critics alike. In horror alone, this yearly tradition has yielded the likes of THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT and SAW. In keeping with this spirit, Fango has opted to take a look at two films in the 2014 midnight lineup that arrive with little awareness, but may make a big impression. Today, as the curtain raises on Sundance 2014: William Eubank’s THE SIGNAL.

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    Exclusive video! Behind the scenes of the New York “devil baby” for “DEVIL’S DUE”

    Yesterday, a video featuring an animatronic “devil baby” terrorizing New Yorkers, in the service of promoting Fox’s release this week of DEVIL’S DUE, went viral. Today, we’ve got exclusive video of how the terrifying tot was created, and comments from one of the folks behind the video.

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