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    Stream to Scream: “HABIT” (1995)

    When a name like “Larry Fessenden” comes to mind, many different people can think of many different things. To some, Fessenden is a virtuoso character actor, slipping into small yet great (and often charismatic) roles into a myriad of horror projects, whether it be a lead role in Glenn McQuaid’s I SELL THE DEAD or a scene-stealing cameo on an episode of THE STRAIN. To others, Fessenden is a miniature magnate of independent horror, with his Glass Eye Pix production company helping launch the careers of Ti West, Jim Mickle and many more. But what Fessenden should be best known as is one of the best independent directors in the genre today, and an excellent example of that reputation is his 1995 psychosexual vampire film, HABIT.

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    Q&A: Jason Blum on his “BLUMHOUSE BOOK OF NIGHTMARES,” Upcoming Sequels, the “OUIJA”-“WHIPLASH” Connection and More

    Having cornered the market on low-cost, high-profit theatrical horror, producer Jason Blum has now turned to the literary world with the just-published anthology THE BLUMHOUSE BOOK OF NIGHTMARES: THE HAUNTED CITY. The man behind PARANORMAL ACTIVITY, INSIDIOUS, SINISTER and others explores his venture into weird words, plus his upcoming films, in this exclusive interview.

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    The Cutting Room: Vincenzo Natali talks “HANNIBAL”, “AMERICAN GODS” and more…

    Welcome to THE CUTTING ROOM, a new weekly column on FANGORIA.com that highlights the stories that most share DNA of our print counterpart. Rather than just feature the features, articles and interviews that didn’t make the cut, this column is dedicated to providing a greater lifeline between FANGORIA Magazine and FANGORIA.com.

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    FANTASTICA Presents: Inside The Cult of Craig R. Baxley, The Prophet of Action Cinema

    While typing up this week’s entry of FANTASTICA Presents, the thought crossed my mind that perhaps the reader might not know who Craig R. Baxley is. Of course, it was a fleeting thought that should have no merit in the real world, but in the off-chance that someone has been living some bizarre alternate reality where Craig R. Baxley isn’t a part of their immediate cinematic language alongside the likes of Steven Spielberg, John Carpenter, Stanley Kubrick and James Cameron, I might as well attempt to provide an explanation. And really, there is no better fitting explanation towards the work of Craig R. Baxley than to say that the stuntman-turned-director is nothing short of a Prophet of Action Cinema, whose contributions to the genre should not only be celebrated but worshipped as a higher power of adrenaline-fueled ascents into explosion-laden nirvana.

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    Stream to Scream: “THE DEN”

    While many fright fans were surprised that it took the film industry so long to bring a supernaturally charged digital horror film like UNFRIENDED to the table (FEARDOTCOM not withstanding), the reason may be more simple than you could have imagined. As every reader of this column can tell you, the internet can actually be a genuinely dangerous place, and hence, the fear that can be culled from the human horror of the ‘net has been a much more logical endeavor. And while the idea of telling a scary story from the POV of a computer screen may inherently disinterest some, those horror hounds might miss some genre gems as a result, including Zachary Donohue’s online chiller THE DEN.

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    Crossing Over: “KABUKIMAN’S COCKTAIL CORNER”

    Welcome, FANGORIA Readers, to CROSSING OVER, our newest column that highlights the films, series and content out there outside of horror that is fashioned towards or pays tribute to our beloved genre. By shining a light onto these projects, FANGORIA hopes to open a world of entertainment perfect for fright fans that lies just beyond the borders of the horror community. So without further ado…

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    FANGO Flashback: “TICKS”

    Out of all the longtime genre filmmakers who have soldiered on year after year in the face of jaded audiences, changing marketplaces and plummeting budgets, there’s few that are as underappreciated as Brian Yuzna. An impressive director in his own right, Yuzna’s productions are completely representative of his reckless imagination, maniacal tonal shifts and unadulterated love for practical effects, and not nearly enough of his films are given the retrospective love that they deserve. And while sometimes the quality of his productions may be questionable, there’s no denying that his films are technically competent and a complete blast from start to finish, which is more than some can say about the half-baked efforts of more lauded horror masters.

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    Directors talk the real terrors behind “THE GALLOWS”

    Authenticity can be an elusive mistress for genre directors seeking to summon believable terror from their actors. The writing/directing team of Travis Cluff and Chris Lofing happened upon a solution to that age-old conundrum while making THE GALLOWS, however: Shoot the thing night-for-night in the number-one most haunted building in Fresno, California and let the spirits occasionally take the lead in motivating the cast.

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    FANTASTICA Presents: Where in the World is the next Foreign Horror Movement?

    One of horror’s main appeals is that it is truly a genre that is beloved around the world. Hell, from the dawn of cinema, international audiences have been getting frightened by tales of the macabre, with German/Danish cinema in particular giving us some of the first great vampire films with Carl Theodor Dreyer’s VAMPYR and F.W. Murnau’s iconic NOSFERATU, to say nothing of German Expressionism’s  long lasting impact on cinema in general; Anybody who has seen THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI knows that TIm Burton owes his career to the film.

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    Director reveals how TV’s “WIPEOUT” and a chance meeting led to “THE GALLOWS”

    Few treks out to the gallows are as inspiring or heartening as the one Travis Cluff first set out on back in 2007. “I’d been working in finance and ended up losing a lot of money in what essentially turned out to be a Ponzi scheme,” the co-writer/director of the high-school horror/found-footage flick THE GALLOWS (opening Friday) recalls.

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    Flesh and Blood: “THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD”

    As any fright fan knows, the horror genre has a particularly salacious relationship with sexually explicit content. And while nudity so often goes side by side with decapitated heads and brutal bloodletting, there are also horror filmmakers throughout the years who made an art form out of the human body with an appreciation of our most lurid and lucid desires. And it’s with that macabre mentality in mind that FANGORIA is proud to announce our partnership with Mr. Skin for a brand new NSFW column that looks to provoke our minds as well as our more physical impulses, FLESH AND BLOOD!

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