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    The Most Anticipated Films of Fantastic Fest ’13

    Fantastic Fest is upon us. For many not attending, the idea of calling it “the best festival experience I have each year,” isn’t exactly detailed or specific. There’s little other way to describe it however. A contained, communal celebration of genre and all the out-there concepts such a little word can entail, Fantastic Fest is full of anticipation and discovery and like the best fests, you often leave with your favorite film the one you least expected and most especially, had never heard of.

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    Q&A: Producer Jason Blum on “INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2”

    There are few producers who’ve had a hot streak in the modern horror business as long and as solid as Jason Blum—one that continued this past weekend with the $41-million-grossing INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2. After establishing himself with 2007’s sleeper smash PARANORMAL ACTIVITY, Blum and his company Blumhouse Productions have been responsible for financing and developing low-budget hits such as SINISTER, THE PURGE and the initial INSIDIOUS.

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    Q&A: Lin Shaye on “INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2”

    Horror has always been a safe haven for character actors, offering a showcase for their range and presence while providing them the type of roles they might not be able to inhabit in other types of movies. And while some actors view the genre with discontent, others welcome fear fare with open arms, embracing their roles with a dedication even beyond what the material entails. One of these is Lin Shaye, a genre veteran with such films under her belt as A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, CRITTERS and THE HIDDEN, who received a new level of visibility with her prominent role in INSIDIOUS and returns tomorrow in INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2.

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    Q&A: Leigh Whannell on Death, the Elderly and “INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2″

    INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2 is a surprising film. Less the slow build scare-a-thon of the first (and even James Wan’s summer hit THE CONJURING), this film is an aggressive whirlwind that’s no longer approaching The Further with trepidation, but charging through and searching for its weirdest bits. Of course, in what’s become something of a recurring motif in the work of Wan and writer Leigh Whannell, it’s presided over by opposing forces, and guided by sage elderly characters. In a conversation that’s largely focused on death and my budding theory that Wan & Whannell find the elderly to be last vestiges of superstition, the writer tells FANGORIA of the film, their undervalued DEAD SILENCE and his preoccupation with our eventual end.

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    Q&A: Patrick Wilson on “INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2”

    The first INSIDIOUS meant many things to those involved in the production, and when it became a financial and critical success back in 2010, many of their hopes were validated. The film proved that James Wan was not a one-hit-wonder, following the underwhelming reception to DEAD SILENCE and DEATH SENTENCE, and demonstrated that Jason Blum could produce successful horror outside of the PARANORMAL ACTIVITY found-footage wheelhouse. And INSIDIOUS made Patrick Wilson a bona fide leading man, following high-profile ensemble roles in THE A-TEAM and WATCHMEN and independent starring turns in LITTLE CHILDREN and HARD CANDY.

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    Q&A: “HELL BABY” Writers/Directors/Co-Stars Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant

    When Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant write major movies, it’s often all-ages entertainment like the NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM movies and THE PACIFIER. When they write, direct and act together in smaller projects, the results tend to be much edgier and more adult, as in TV’s RENO 911! and the new horror/comedy HELL BABY, which they discuss with Fango below.

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    [TIFF ’13] Q&A: Hélène Cattet & Bruno Forzani Preview Giallo, “THE STRANGE COLOUR OF YOUR BODY’S TEARS”

    Crafting a form of experimental neo-gialli that seems even less interested in narrative logic than the 70s style it’s recalling, filmmakers Hélène Cattet & Bruno Forzani have been long overdue for a new work in their brand of stirring, sensual, psychedelic cinema. Following the lasting impression of 2009’s AMER, and sheer teasing of THE ABCs OF DEATH entry, “O for Orgasm,” they’ve set upon the Toronto International Film Festival this year with an all-time giallo title and a film—as the teaser so visualizes—sure to blow minds. FANGORIA spoke with the pair for a preview of what to expect from THE STRANGE COLOUR OF YOUR BODY’S TEARS.

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    Programmer Dennis Bartok talks LA’s World 3-D Film Expo

    Historically speaking, horror films and the third dimension have complemented each other akin to the way popcorn has complemented the theatrical experience. During the golden age of horror, 3D was used to scare audiences young and old by bringing their fears off the screen, eliciting a reaction that incorporates beyond strictly the sense of sight, thanks to the magic of optical illusion.

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    Q&A: Rob Zombie on the Strange, Satanic “THE LORDS OF SALEM”

    Surreal and singular, THE LORDS OF SALEM is one of the must-see horror movies of the year. Regardless of your own reaction in the end, it’s simply unlike much of anything that’s out. As we discuss with its director, the always polarizing Rob Zombie, that alone should be an exciting prospect. A descent into Satanic madness that is often hypnotic, composed and grand, the film was completed on Zombie’s quickest shoot and lowest budget. Here, the director speaks with Fango candidly about the lack of adventurous movie going, finishing THE LORDS OF SALEM and of course, it’s incredible wallpaper.  

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    Director and Star Talk “THE DARK TOURIST”

    Maybe you’re planning a vacation this year. Maybe you’re going to London. And maybe while you’re there, the tourist trail will take you by the London Dungeon and the Tower, sites forever imbued with the psychic echoes of past violence, where we’re nevertheless happy to stop and snap a quick selfie. This, believes SOUTHLAND’s Michael Cudlitz, star of the just-released THE DARK TOURIST, means you have more in common with his character Jim Tahna than you might imagine.

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