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    Q&A: “MACABRE” Writer/Director Timo Tjahjanto

    The word “rediscovery” is not new to the horror genre, as once a great fright filmmaker enters the cultural awareness, it’s only appropriate that fans dig deeper into their filmography. Sometimes, you find the early work of modern-day master-class auteurs; other times, you discover promising missteps with flashes of greatness interspersed throughout. And occasionally, you come across the origins of a specific perspective, revealing underlying themes, distinctive visuals or simply a penchant for bloody madness.

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    [Blood in the Snow ’13] Anthony D.P. Mann talks “THE GHOSTKEEPERS”

    Even in the world of independent horror cinema, actor/filmmaker Anthony D.P. Mann is unique. As a youngster, while his peers were dining on slashers and gore fests, he was seeking out classic horror adaptations from British television. While other filmmakers gravitate towards larger productions, he’s stayed and worked out of the university town of Kingston, Ontario, utilizing the local structures and making sumptuous looking period pieces on a micro-budget.

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    [Night Visions ’13] AJ Annila talks “WE ARE WHAT WE ARE” Prequel, “NUMBER 13″ & More

    As we recently noted in our report on Helsinki’s Night Visions Festival (see our report here and their list of prizewinners here), genre film production is ramping up in Finland in recent years. One of the directors leading the charge is Anti-Jussi Annila (AJ Annila) whose JADE WARRIOR (2006) – a Wuxia-infused take on Finland’s Kalevala epic – and gruesome, pitch-black period horror SAUNA (2008) established him as a filmmaker with a grand-scale, visionary approach to the genre.

    Aside from prepping a spring shoot for the WE ARE WHAT WE ARE prequel WHAT WE WERE, Annila is at the AFM this week pitching his admitted “dream project” NUMBER 13 (formerly called HUMAN) and is also in development on a third Scandinavian crime thriller, DON’T COME AFTER ME. Here FANGO talks to Annila about what the immediate future has in store for fans of Nordic horror.

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    “CONTRACTED”: Sex = Death, A Q&A with Director Eric England

    In writer/director Eric England’s disturbing CONTRACTED, STD not only stands for Sexual Transmitted Disease but also Something Totally Deadly. In the IFCMidnight release, which makes its East Coast premiere November 17 at the New York City Horror Film Festival at Tribeca Cinemas (54 Varick Street), Samantha (Najarra Townsend) has a drunken one-night stand with a guy she meets at a party and soon begins suffering from a horribly disfiguring illness. Director England, who previously helmed the indie fave MADISONCOUNTY and a segment in Chiller’s CHILLING VISIONS: FIVE SENSES OF FEAR, gave Fango the scoop on his squirm-inducing shocker.

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    Q&A: Michael S. Rodriguez on Short “NIGHT OF THE SEA MONKEY”

    Remember those funky Sea Monkey ads wedged in the back of the comic books you ran your grubby digits over as a kid? The goofy full-pagers usually boasted bold come-ons geared towards less-savvy lads, pushing them to beg their dads for the scratch to order what was meant to be an “instant pet”; just add water and watch ‘em grow!

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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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