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    Q&A: “CURSE OF CHUCKY” stars Fiona Dourif, Chantal Quesnelle and Danielle Bisutti

    While Chucky may be the name most synonymous with the CHILD’S PLAY franchise, the killer doll’s adversaries have been noteworthy in their own right. Who can forget young Alex Vincent as Andy Barclay in the first two films, Katherine Heigl doing her best to ward off Tiffany and her beau in BRIDE OF CHUCKY and SEED’s turn by rapper Redman? The franchise tradition of memorable performances from a wide variety of performers continues in CURSE OF CHUCKY, most notably in the casting of Brad Dourif’s daughter Fiona as wheelchair-bound heroine Nica.

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    Q&A: “CURSE OF CHUCKY” Writer/Director Don Mancini

    Quite a bit of time has passed since we last saw our favorite killer Good Guy doll in action. In SEED OF CHUCKY, writer/director/series creator Don Mancini’s directorial debut, Chucky was a proud father trying to teach his long-lost child the ways of the knife. After that film came and went, things were quiet on the CHILD’S PLAY franchise front—although typically (and to the chagrin of many), there was very real talk of a potential remake that luckily turned out to be a false alarm. Now Mancini has returned with the latest entry in the franchise, CURSE OF CHUCKY.

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    Q&A: Director Jacob Vaughan on Good Puppetry and “BAD MILO”

    In BAD MILO, director Jacob Vaughan implicitly understands that our highest enjoyment of this tale of the titular intestinal demon and the havoc he wreaks would come with strings—or rods—attached. That is to say, BAD MILO works on a level of madcap horror/comedy thanks to all of the arguments we’ve seen in support of old school practical FX. Milo the demon is there, and so are his puppeteers Frank Langley and Bob Mano, bringing him in and out of Ken Marino’s butt to alternately bite dicks and cuddle close. FANGORIA spoke with Vaughan about the process of bringing Bad, and Good, Milo to life.

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    Shriekfest ’13: Director Schultz on Exorcism Horror Comedy “DEVIL IN MY RIDE”

    As any seasoned fan of horror may know by now, pulling off a horror comedy that’s actually funny or scary is a difficult endeavor. To focus on the comedy, there must be a sense of brevity that off-sets any building tension and to deliver scares, the audience must still take the material seriously. Often times, filmmakers can turn to unique characters, interactive set pieces and twists on familiar scenarios to get laughs and still keep the creepy elements, but there’s a need for more filmmaking finesse to create something memorable, and that often only comes from a healthy combination of passion and wit.

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    Q&A: Jaime Murray on vamping out for “FRIGHT NIGHT 2: NEW BLOOD”

    Following the lead of the sequel to the original FRIGHT NIGHT, Fox Home Entertainment’s FRIGHT NIGHT 2: NEW BLOOD (hitting unrated DVD and Blu-ray tomorrow, and having a free Fango screening in Austin, TX tonight) flips the gender of the vampiric villain. Colin Farrell’s Jerry Dandridge of the 2011 FRIGHT NIGHT is succeeded by Jaime Murray as Gerri Dandridge, and the actress spoke to FANGORIA about her time in fangs.

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    “STALLED”: Toilet humor meets toilet horror

    From the creators of the British slasher spoof FREAK OUT comes another genre terror tease, the zombies-in-the-bathroom mini-epic STALLED. Director Christian James and writer/star Dan Palmer have crafted a riotous zombie film that hits a few theatrical markets from Uncork’d Entertainment in the weeks ahead, and debuts on VOD next month. Dallas moviegoers can check out the film for free at the Alamo Drafthouse on October 3 (see here for details). In the meantime, James offers his thoughts (along with exclusive pics) on STALLED below.

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    FANGO Flashback: “THE WICKER MAN” (1973)

    “The [WICKER MAN] negative has disappeared and has never been found,” Christopher Lee told me over tea in November 1992. “I wanted to recut the picture, to put in a lot of things that we shot and take out some of the scenes that were in the film. That negative, those outtakes, have never been seen again. Never. I happen to believe they were hidden. [WICKER MAN producer] Peter Snell says he was shown a hole in a road with a lot of cans of film in it, and they said amongst those cans of films was THE WICKER MAN negative…If I could lay my hands on that film now, and we could recut it, it would be a masterpiece.”

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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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