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    Q&A: Steven Kostanski gets serious about “MANBORG”

    We’ve been talking about the genius that is MANBORG for a few years now, ever since the premiere at Toronto After Dark 2011). We even wrote a raving review of it as it hit theaters late last year alongside the brilliant BIO-COP trailer, also composed by Kostanski. As the film is released in the US on DVD and VOD formats, we thought we’d finally talk to one of the minds behind the MANBORG – Steven Kostanski – and get him to open up about the film and his influences.

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    Psychopalooza: Spanish web series “BLOODY JUSTICE” mixes reality with brutality

    If you were to ask a horror fanatic what is killing pop culture, chances are more than a few may speak the words, “reality shows.” Yet for fans of a genre that so embraces found footage and voyeurism, it’s a surprise that few have previously tried to capitalize on the trend (Maurice Deveraux’ 2001 $LA$HER$ being a rare example). I’m sure THE REAL WORLD: TWIN PEAKS or SURVIVOR: CAMP CRYSTAL LAKE would have more than a sizeable audience. However, Spanish filmmaker Pablo Morales de los Rios is offering you the next best thing: BLOODY JUSTICE!

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    Q+A: The Director of “CHUCK NORRIS VS.COMMUNISM” talks 80s exploitation, media revolution and Indiegogo

    There is a synchronicitous plethora of films either just released or in the works about the 80s VHS explosion – from Josh Johnson and Carolee Mitchell’s SXSW hit REWIND THIS to Mike Malloy’s PLASTIC MOVIES REWOUND, Dan Kinem and Levi Peretic’s ADJUST YOUR TRACKING and Mark Hartley’s Cannon Films-focused ELECTRIC BOOGALOO – but while there’s no doubt that all these films document a game-changing media revolution whose practical and nostalgic effects linger on today, how many of their directors can  claim that VHS actually helped to overthrow a totalitarian regime in their country? Ilinca Calugareanu can.

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    Report: Stranger With My Face Horror Film Fest 2013

    Down under Down Under sits the island of Tasmania; if you go any further south, you’re only likely to encounter Japanese whaling ships before hitting the ice floes of Antarctica. It’s the end of the Earth—or, as director Jennifer Lynch, special international guest of this year’s Stranger With My Face Horror Film Festival, optimistically suggests, “It could be the beginning.”

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    Q&A: “HEMLOCK GROVE” Actress Kandyse McClure

    In HEMLOCK GROVE, the small town of the title finds itself enmeshed in a wave of murders, monsters, secret experiments and more. Looking into all the strangeness—or perhaps helping perpetuate it—is Dr. Clementine Chasseur, played by Kandyse McClure, who spoke to FANGORIA about her role and other genre credits—including a pair of Stephen King remakes.

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    Fairuza Balk gets a “DOSE OF REALITY”

    The line between thriller and horror is finite and often subjective and here at FANGORIA laboratories. We are often in horn-locked debate over what we should cover and what we should leave on the shelf. In the case of the indie flick DOSE OF REALITY, the plot synopsis might normally make us shy away. In it, two greaseballs running a fleapit bar are getting ready to close up for the night, when a wild eyed woman emerges from the ladies room saturated in blood and claiming to have been attacked. As the men try to alternately come to her aid and figure out if she’s telling the truth, the damaged damsel begins slowly, surely turning tables around, even overturning them as a bizarre dialogue driven, psychological cat and mouse drama plays out.

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    FANGORIA Presents: “SIN REAPER,” Big Creeper

    One of the most important aspects about the current releases under the FANGORIA Presents banner (see here for details; to find Fango’s Comcast collection on your VOD channel, search this way: Movies > Movie Collections > Fangoria) is the variety of all the films chosen. Whether it’s a bloody family outing in AXED, eeriness in Eastern Europe in ENTITY or pandemic pandemonium in GERM Z, FANGORIA Presents aims to give fright fans a different experience in terror with each selection. However, Fango has something special for gorehounds with Sebastian Bartolitius’s SIN REAPER, in which nightmares of a dark monastery and an enigmatic killer come to life for Samantha, a young woman with a mysterious past.

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    Q&A: “THE LORDS OF SALEM” Actresses Meg Foster and Dee Wallace

    The city of Salem, Massachusetts probably would have stayed anonymous through history if it wasn’t for the notorious witch trails that took place there between 1691-92. Cinema has frequently found inspiration in these infamous events, and filmmaker/musician Rob Zombie returns to the screen this Friday with THE LORDS OF SALEM, perhaps his darkest and most audacious work to date, with veteran genre stars Meg Foster (from John Carpenter’s THEY LIVE, pictured above with Zombie) and Dee Wallace (from Joe Dante’s THE HOWLING and others) among his cast.

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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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