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    First Trailer: “COOTIES” takes fright fans back to school

    After debuting at Sundance 2014, it’s been a long and quiet ride for Cary Murnion and Jonathan Milott’s COOTIES, the horror comedy produced by SpectreVision that pit Elijah Wood, Alison Pill and Rainn Wilson against a horde of child zombies. And while the film has played to excellent reviews at several genre festivals (including the recent Stanley Film Festival screening of the upcoming theatrical cut), there’s been little out there in the horror universe outside of select stills and some terrifying teaser posters… until now!

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    Stream to Scream: “BLACK DEATH”

    Horror is such a wide expanse of a genre. It can fit into a lot of time periods and situations and provide different levels of fear and repulsion. One concept that the horror genre has tackled time and time again is the fear of disease, either on the personal scale of one person’s body rotting away from a virus, or a pandemic that manages to ravage the whole of human civilization.  In these scenarios, what proves to be even scarier than the disease itself is the reaction that the fallible characters have to them. We all make bargains with ourselves and others to get what we want, and no one is more prone to desperate deal making than those willing to avoid death at all cost.

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    Q&A: Director Belinda Sallin Explores “DARK STAR: H.R. GIGER’S WORLD”

    In DARK STAR: H.R. GIGER’S WORLD, documentarian Belinda Sallin takes the viewer inside the home and mind of the late artist and designer of ALIEN, SPECIES and Alejandro Jodorowsky’s unmade DUNE—from an exploration of his garden, which includes a dark ride with tracks, to the interior of his house, with its pitch-black walls and a dense interior space of inspiration, art and skulls.

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    The Dreadful Ten: The Darkness’ Top 10 Horror Films of All Time!

    While FANGORIA usually reserves our Dreadful Ten column to show off the tastes and sensibilites of FANGORIA’s staff and contributors, this week is devoted to a special guest whose fandom of horror is as potent as their passion behind the microphone: Justin Hawkins, the lead vocalist and guitarist of the hard rock group The Darkness. With their fourth album, LAST OF OUR KIND, hitting shelves on June 2nd, Hawkins and FANGORIA got together to talk horror, and the high-pitched frontman revealed his top 10 horror titles of all time. So without further ado…

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    Stream to Scream: “THE CANAL”

    Last year, independent horror was, for the most part, defined by the less-is-more approach of blending psychological horror with supernatural horror. After all, while something popping out of a dark doorway will always be startling, the idea of something beyond our comprehension lurking behind that door is all the more scary. Of course, this approach was used in THE BABADOOK, UNDER THE SKIN, THE TAKING OF DEBORAH LOGAN and more, allowing filmmakers to play with the fantasy and storybook elements behind a horror tale and infuse it into real-world consequences. But where Ivan Kavanaugh’s THE CANAL particularly succeeds is in how visceral the psychological horror can be, offering something much more terrifying and shocking than a sense of nightmarish foreboding.

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    Q&A: Director Henry Hobson on Schwarzenegger, Breslin and the Makeup of “MAGGIE”

    Opening in select theaters and on VOD today, Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate’s MAGGIE is a different, more dramatic kind of zombie film, featuring an equally distinctive performance by Arnold Schwarzenegger. Wrangling it all is first-time feature director Henry Hobson, who discusses his cast and more in this exclusive interview.

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    Q&A: Abigail Breslin on Playing Undead for “MAGGIE”

    To play a teenager slowly succumbing to a zombie virus, who better to cast than a young actress who considers THE EXORCIST a bedtime story? Starring opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in MAGGIE, Abigail Breslin is a living dead girl who’s heartbreaking rather than horrifying, and took some time to talk to FANGORIA in this exclusive interview.

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    Q&A: Director Hilla Medalia Talks “THE GO-GO BOYS: THE INSIDE STORY OF CANNON FILMS”

    Tel Aviv-based documentarian Hilla Medalia’s THE GO-GO BOYS, a critically acclaimed look at the wild lives of Cannon Films bigwigs Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus, has its Canadian premiere next Wednesday, May 6 (it also plays May 9) at the Toronto Jewish Film Festival, and FANGORIA spoke to Medalia to mark the occasion.

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    Nightmare Anniversary: 10 Years of “THE DEVIL’S REJECTS” and its Southern Fried Soundtrack

    Welcome to Nightmare Anniversary, where FANGORIA looks back at film’s celebrating special anniversaries this year and toast to the times in which they were released. What skeletons remain in the closet of the fright films we love so dearly? That’s what Nightmare Anniversary aims to dig up.

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    Shadowvision: “MARY SHELLEY’S FRANKENSTEIN”

    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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    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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