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    Q&A: “THIS IS THE END” Star Jay Baruchel

    With the current rage of Earth’s demise playing out in cinemas worldwide (OBLIVION, AFTER EARTH) and many more such grim flicks to come, it’s refreshing to see the Apocalypse played for laughs in Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s uproarious THIS IS THE END (see review here). Not only is it the year’s funniest film, but it plays most of its horrors straight: pits of hell opening on Melrose Boulevard, huge winged demons ripping the heads off pathetic humans and Jonah Hill doing his best Linda Blair impersonation. Equally novel, THE IS THE END has Hollywood’s A-list of comedic superstars (Rogen, Hill, James Franco, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, etc.) playing their debauched selves. Fango caught up with the film’s lead, actor/producer Jay Baruchel, an admitted horror geek who provided insight into THIS IS THE END’s diabolical mischief.

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    Sucker Up for “BLOOD KISS” With Neil Gaiman et al.

    A lot of people refer to Hollywood as being full of vampires, but in BLOOD KISS, scripted by famed comic book/animation writer Michael Reaves, this is literally the case. We’re in the 1940s, and our detective hero is running afoul of both the studio system and real bloodsuckers. And you can be a part of bringing this tale to the screen.

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    Q&A: “THE PURGE” producer Jason Blum

    It’s midday Friday, and already THE PURGE is shaping up to be another sleeper hit for producer Jason Blum and his Blumhouse Productions, having grossed $3.4 million just in late-night Thursday shows. It follows INSIDIOUS, SINISTER and the PARANORMAL ACTIVITY movies on Blum’s slate, and he took some time to discuss the dystopian thriller with us, along with some of his upcoming titles.

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    Q&A: “V/H/S/2” directors Gareth Evans and Timo Tjahjanto

    V/H/S/2, now available on demand and coming to theaters July 12 from Magnet Releasing, raises the bar for found-footage anthology horror, and “Safe Haven,” the segment directed by Gareth Evans and Timo Tjahjanto, sends it over the top. The Indonesia-based filmmakers have delivered one of the most frightening screen experiences in years, and Fango spoke to them about how they pulled it off.

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    FANGORIA Presents: “SIN REAPER” actress says her prayers

    Any fright fan, no matter how casual, would be hard pressed in saying that slasher films are easy experiences for actresses. Stories of startling on-camera reveals and unexpected FX trickery to achieve the proper depiction of fear only add more to the weight already carried by these overtly physical, and sometimes thankless, roles.

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    Excl Interview: Roger Corman talks new YouTube channel, “CORMAN’S DRIVE-IN”

    No matter the weather, the sound of Roger Corman’s voice lifts this writer’s spirits. Even more uplifting is when that mirth laden, measured timbre is delivering exciting news about a new Corman initiative. At age 87, the legendary mogul is as spry and energized as ever and now, along with his business partner and wife of four decades, Julie, is launching CORMAN’S DRIVE-IN, a new YouTube channel that is part of a paid subscription experiment running via Google and Hulu.com.

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    FANGORIA Presents: “GERM Z” Video Diary, Part One

    In the latest FANGORIA Presents release GERM Z, a deadly zombie outbreak spawns after the military executes what becomes a failed attempt to shoot down an orbiting satellite. An alien lifeform hitches a ride to Earth posthaste and hooks up with unlucky humans; cue mass cannibalism and zombie mayhem. For this fifth release 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), GERM Z’s bright filmmaking team put together an exclusive five-part video documentary that reveals details on their unique zombie flick’s production.

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    Q&A: Jon Schnepp on “ABCs OF DEATH,” Part One

    The ABC’s of Death (now available on DVD and Blu-ray) is an alphabetized mind fuck through 36 gonzo, gory, and grim horror vignettes, each directed by a noted genre name. The “W” installment, WTF, was handled by Jon Schnepp, known for his work on METALOCALYPSE for which he’s produced, directed and developed the character design. ABC’s is his first foray into being a horror filmmaker, which seems to be where it’s at for this lifelong fan. The style in WTF, inspired by his great admiration for EVIL DEAD II, is definitely “splatstick” and “kitchen sink,” but there is more than one type of horror in Schnepp’s black metal heart. He adores body horror and would love to terrify in the tradition of both Cronenberg and Carpenter (e.g. THE THING). Schnepp was stoked to share his love and enthusiasm of all things geek with Fango.

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    Filmmaker Patrick Rea talks Horror, the Midwest and his new film “NAILBITER”

    In Kansas, there are few things scarier than a tornado or a basement.

    Midwestern filmmaker Patrick Rea’s new horror film has plenty of both, and a little something extra too. It’s that last bit that a mother and her daughters find themselves facing during a killer storm in NAILBITER.  Rea’s new feature is just the most recent work; he’s been making horror shorts for more than 10 years, and he’s just getting started.

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    FANGORIA PRESENTS: “GERM Z”—Getting the Bug Part Two

    As a continuation of our previous discussion (see part one here) with GERM Z co-director J.T. Boone and producer Lynette Dixon about the indie zombie flick GERM Z, the fifth release on 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), we also spoke with co-director John Craddock and editor Randy Paik. GERM Z is a character-driven study with a hint of romance and an abundance of zombies that spawn after the military unsuccessfully attempts to intervene when a satellite hurtles toward our planet.

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