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    FANTASTICA Presents: The Empire Way, or Retro Mockbuster Master

    Among the horror community, as well as savvy film goers in general, the production entity known as The Asylum has either one of two definitions. The first definition, and most common, is that of a rip-off artist, using similarly titled and themed premises to big budget films to release to crowded video marketplace to prey off of the confused and inattentive. The other, and more complimentary, is that of a new age schlockhouse, blending the economic strategy of New World Pictures with the needs of the “so bad its good” subculture to create these so-called “mockbusters”.  And while both definitions have their supporters, the one thing The Asylum doesn’t get (and almost proudly so) is respect, even if their post-SHARKNADO success has earned it begrudgingly from the industry itself.

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    FANGO Flashback: “CHILD’S PLAY”

    While the horror genre has its fair share of great sequels, prequels, spin-offs and reboots, there’s nothing quite like the original. Yet sometimes, after seeing some of the insane or bizarre places a fright franchise can go, memories of the original can become cloudy or perhaps even heightened in status without a proper and timely re-examination. But then there are the fright franchises that have always had that weird subversive streak to them, and there’s few whose concept has helped usher in such eerie and odd material as well as CHILD’S PLAY.

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    Event Report: Rare, Uncut 35mm Screening of “HARDWARE” at Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers!

    With the recent release of LOST SOUL, the documentary about troubled production behind 1996’s THE ISLAND OF DOCTOR MOREAU, the interest in the work of director Richard Stanley has experienced a revival among the genre community. And with said renewed interest are coming new opportunities to experience said work, including an impending Blu-ray rerelease of DUSTDEVILS and more projects on the horizon. But FANGORIA recently had the chance to experience one of Stanley’s most beloved works, HARDWARE, in a way very few U.S. audiences have as the Alamo Drafthouse in Yonkers presented a rare, uncut 35mm print of the film on the big screen!

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    Stream to Scream: “EDDIE: THE SLEEPWALKING CANNIBAL”

    As many fright fans already know, FANGORIA offers a great selection of gruesome movies, old and new, for free at our Hulu Collection. To give you a better idea of what’s available, FANGORIA is taking in-depth looks at some of the channel’s terrifying titles with Stream to Scream. Today: Boris Rodriguez’s EDDIE: THE SLEEPWALKING CANNIBAL!

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    Director Jack Sholder remembers “THE HIDDEN,” playing Chicago this weekend

    Movies like ALONE IN THE DARK and A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 2: FREDDY’S REVENGE have secured eclectic director Jack Sholder a permanent position in many a genre fan’s horror hall of fame. But, Sholder, whose less recognizable yet enjoyable credits include WISHMASTER 2: EVIL NEVER DIES, ARACHNID and the killer-shark telemovie 12 DAYS OF TERROR, is especially and justifiably proud of his work on 1987’s THE HIDDEN, New Line Cinema’s popular science fiction/action/horror hybrid.

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    Shadowvision: “INSIDIOUS”

    Welcome to Shadowvision, a regular column in which Fangoria.com revisits modern horror films in black-and-white. The purpose is to analyze these films through a new lens, seeing if the classically informed viewing experience will give a new angle to familiar images. If you’d like to watch along at home, it’s simple: go into your TV settings and desaturate the picture completely, then adjust the contrast and brightness to fit either standard or high definition.

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    Stream to Scream: “SCANNERS III: THE TAKEOVER”

    As many fright fans already know, FANGORIA offers a great selection of gruesome movies, old and new, for free at our Hulu Collection. To give you a better idea of what’s available, FANGORIA is taking in-depth looks at some of the channel’s terrifying titles with Stream to Scream. Today: Christian Duguay’s SCANNERS III: THE TAKEOVER!

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    Q&A: “HENRY” Director John McNaughton on His New Chiller “THE HARVEST”

    It has been over 30 years since John McNaughton came out of Chicago and entered horror history with his groundbreaking HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER. Now he’s back with his first genre project since his 2006 MASTERS OF HORROR stint: the domestic chiller THE HARVEST, which he discusses in this exclusive interview.

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    FANTASTICA Presents: Seeking Horror In The Age of Streaming

    There’s little to no doubt that instant streaming is here to stay, and while physical media will exist in some form or another, there’s no amount of thinkpieces in the world that will change it. And as detrimental as it is to attention spans and the value of entertainment, instant streaming is bringing fans to content at an unprecedented rate, changing how film and television operate as a whole. But while streaming does much for the genre, especially in terms of getting eyes on films that the masses may otherwise have overlooked, the video store experience of finding obscure and unique genre classics- especially those that don’t fit the mass appeal mode- has become a much more difficult experience.

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    Shadowvision: “JACOB’S LADDER”

    Welcome to Shadowvision, a regular column in which Fangoria.com revisits modern horror films in black-and-white. The purpose is to analyze these films through a new lens, seeing if the classically informed viewing experience will give a new angle to familiar images. If you’d like to watch along at home, it’s simple: go into your TV settings and desaturate the picture completely, then adjust the contrast and brightness to fit either standard or high definition.

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