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    Mood Lighting: Five films to prime you for “THE LORDS OF SALEM”

    THE LORDS OF SALEM is both undoubtedly a Rob Zombie film and yet something of a departure. Aesthetically more mannered and surreal, the director brings his assuredness to what amounts to a less gritty, more heightened and composed peer into evil and a groundswell of negative energy. It’s lush and stylish and all of the similar sounding words that describe a trippy lightheadedness best experienced on as big a screen as possible.

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    Q&A: Indie splatterfest “MULCH” is making compost

    There is a charm to the cheap and dirty gorefest. Those who turn their noses up at it and pretend to only have the most refined tastes in their monster movie stabfests are kind of crashing bores. For the rest of us, a good cheesy piece of high camp loaded with grotesque practical FX and mom’s minivan hits the spot. Done well, a movie like this takes us back to our glory days of a movie night with good friends and enough karo syrup to choke a Labrador. You can feel the fun the actors are having on screen, their joy is infectious and when the brains start to spray all over the walls in pneumatic jets, everything feels right with the world.

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    Q&A: “DARK FEED” writer/director Shawn Rasmussen

    While directing a movie has long been considered a solo profession, there has been a recent rise of sibling directorial teams. To that list, we can add the names Shawn and Michael Rasmussen, who first became known for scripting John Carpenter’s most recent feature THE WARD and recently saw their first film as writer/directors, DARK FEED, hit DVD from Lionsgate. Shawn Rasmussen recently sat down with FANGORIA to talk about their journey.

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    Q+A: Director Andy Stewart talks chunk-blower “DYSMORPHIA”, screening this weekend!

    Glasgow-based horror crit Andy Stewart’s debut short film DYSMORPHIA has been hitting gag reflexes all over the festival circuit since it premiered at Manchester’s Grimmfest last fall. Often paired with the Soska Sisters’ AMERICAN MARY, which shares its gruesome penchant for DIY surgery, DYSMORPHIA is something of a showstopper itself. A Man. A Room. A Decision; a modest setup, but one, I assure you,  you will not soon forget.

    Andy Stewart talks to FANGO about his transition from critic to director, the pleasures of body horror, and gives us a tease at what his follow-up plans are.

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    Q&A: Don Coscarelli on “JOHN DIES” & Independent filmmaking for 30+ years

    From the genre-bending head trip of the PHANTASM films to the inspired lunacy of BUBBA-HO TEP and now JOHN DIES AT THE END, Don Coscarelli has been a truly original voice in the horror wilderness for over 30 years. There was so much to talk about, but this one begins in much the same way these kinds of things always begin; we started with talk of the latest movie…

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    FANGORIA Presents “AXED”: Father Knows Best

    Being the lead villain in a horror film is no easy feat for an actor. Do you play the strong, silent type like Michael and Jason? Or do you go charismatic and sly, like Patrick Bateman or Leslie Vernon? Considering that the tone and effectiveness of horror films hinge on solid, memorable villains, the task is daunting, and even with an intuitive director, miscasting can be the downfall of a genre film.

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    FANGORIA Presents: You “AXED” For It!

    In the state of horror today, it’s so easy for filmmakers to polarize an audience by either following or subverting the tropes of the genre. However, there is a certain craft in the relationship to those tropes at play in writer/director Ryan Driscoll’s AXED, about a crazed father who fatally takes out his economic frustrations on his poor family.

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    Q&A: “EDDIE THE SLEEPWALKING CANNIBAL” stars Dylan Smith and Georgina Reilly

    A beauty and a beast are part of the starring ensemble in the horror/comedy EDDIE THE SLEEPWALKING CANNIBAL (in theaters and on VOD today from Music Box Films’ Doppelgänger Releasing), and both have more shadings than one often finds in such films. They were brought to life by Georgina Reilly and Dylan Smith, both of whom spoke to Fango about their roles.

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    Q&A: Brady Corbet & no philosophy of a “SIMON KILLER”

    Both hypnotic and frightening, SIMON KILLER (out April 5 in select theaters and on VOD April 12) is a film I readily refer to as a sociopathic odyssey (see Fango’s review here). The titular college-aged student abroad in Paris is something of a primal, fickle blank slate but, as with most psychologically unsettling characters, there’s something recognizable as well. Lead actor Brady Corbet who, together with director Antonio Campos, shaped the role confirms as much when throughout our conversation about personality traits and soundtrack choices, points to the film as a reaction against the ever aggressive, dissociative  and misogynistic  world view of today’s young men.

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