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  • NYCC ’15 Video Q&A: Ray Santiago talks “ASH VS. EVIL DEAD”

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    Even though the show may be titled ASH VS. EVIL DEAD, horror hounds all know that Ash needs a helping hand once in awhile. And while Ash has had many brave souls fighting alongside him, very few have been as enthusiastic to take on the painful trade of Deadite-slaying as Pablo, played by SUBURBAN GOTHIC actor Ray Santiago. With hilarious comic timing and a genuine passion for the material, Santiago effectively holds his own against co-stars Bruce Campbell and Dana DeLorenzo, and at the 2015 New York Comic Con, FANGORIA caught up with Santiago to talk all things EVIL DEAD…

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  • Crossing Over: “HOT FUZZ”

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    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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  • FANGORIA Podcast Network: Joe & Pat Go For “LEPRECHAUN” Gold on “WE’LL SEE YOU IN HELL”

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    With Halloween less than a week away, FANGORIA is ready to unveil the latest episode of WE’LL SEE YOU IN HELL, getting festive with one of horror’s most underrated monsters. And while perhaps this particular film is more fitting for, say, St. Patrick’s Day, our chaotic commentary show hosts Joe DeRosa and Patrick Walsh sit down to respectfully riff on LEPRECHAUN!

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  • FANGO Flashback: “DEMONS”

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    If someone were to ask you to define Italian horror cinema, chances are that you might be at a loss for words. While some may immediately gravitate towards giallo or the various Italian Cannibal films of the ‘70s and ‘80s, the answer might be a bit more complicated than we’d like to admit. However, what can be said about Italian horror cinema in a universal sense is that punches were never pulled: whether it’s Mario Bava, Ruggero Deodato, Lucio Fulcio, Dario Argento or any of the myrid Italian shockmeisters, there was nothing off limits or too absurd in their attempts to scare and shock. And perhaps few movies demonstrate this go-for-broke attitude towards Italian horror better than Lamberto Bava’s DEMONS, with Dario Argento guiding the filmmaker’s utterly insane vision to reality.

    Bava, the son of Mario, and Argento make a dangerous pair as the filmmakers behind DEMONS, blending two frenzied sensibilities to create something nightmarish yet crazy in a bold, unapologetic fashion. DEMONS isn’t just a horror movie, it’s a horror movie that decides to abandon all hope for character development and double down on its cast size so that more characters than you can keep track of can face a terrible, practical FX-driven fate. But perhaps the only thing as jaw-dropping as DEMONS brash treatment of its characters are the places that the film takes our protagonists, with a mix between fantastical frights, bloody carnage and a last-stand sequence that must be seen to be believed.

    For those who have yet to see DEMONS, the film follows a group of moviegoers who are enticed by a free ticket giveaway to a newly built theater. However, when the action off-screen begins to mirror the demonic brutality on screen, the theater is thrown into utter chaos. Soon, these moviegoers must fight to survive the onslaught of these seemingly unstoppable demons and learn the truth behind their petrifying predicament.

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    As one might be able to tell, DEMONS is one hell of a ride, with Lamberto using a bigger budget and Argento’s good will to his advantage. The film carries the hallmarks of ‘80s horror cinema, including color-heavy lighting (though not as portrait-esque as Argento’s work), complex and revolting practical FX and a score that blends Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin-inspired synth beats with a timely heavy metal soundtrack. And while those who are looking for complex acting and brilliant storytelling will be left wanting, DEMONS is entertaining from the opening frame to the closing credits, and is guaranteed to please those who like their horror bizarre and brutal.

    However, DEMONS truly keeps its reputation among horror hounds these days by jumping headfirst into absurdity over and over again, which honestly benefits the film more than it detracts. One might point to the seemingly irrelevant subplot about four cokehead punks who spend way too much time driving around and doing drugs out of a Coca-Cola can than contributing to the plot in any way. Others might point to the excruciating long shots of teeth and nails being mutilated in demonic transformation sequences. And, of course, almost everyone will point to a man on a motorcycle wielding a sword as he drives through a movie theater full of monsters.

    While DEMONS will never quite be SUSPIRIA or BLACK SABBATH, the film’s fright-filled fun will always have an audience of appreciative Italian horror lovers willing to champion it throughout the years. DEMONS is among the macabre movies of its time to warrant ‘midnight movie’ status, and absolutely plays better with a bigger audience to laugh, gasp and cheer through every depraved development. It’s a gory good time, and for those who want to give THE EVIL DEAD a break on their Halloween rotation, Lamberto Bava & Dario Argento will have you covered… in blood!!!

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  • NYCC ’15 Video Q&A: Dana DeLorenzo on “ASH VS. EVIL DEAD”

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    While it’s a given that Ash Williams would be in top form with his grand return to the screen, ASH VS. EVIL DEAD has had more than its fair share of wild cards! One of those wild cards is none other than the beautiful and badass Kelly Maxwell, played with refreshing gusto by Dana DeLorenzo. DeLorenzo brings a wealth of no-bullshit attitude and kick-ass resolve as well as an exponential amount of charm, making Kelly a fantastic addition to the EVIL DEAD universe. And at New York Comic Con, DeLorenzo spoke to FANGORIA about working with Sam Raimi, Fake Blood and the one & only Bruce Campbell…

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  • Crossing Over: “DEATH SENTENCE”

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    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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  • The Dreadful Ten: Top 10 Essential Films for Halloween Viewing!

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    Can you feel it in the air yet? With little over one week until Halloween is upon us, horror fans around the world begin to get giddy for our terrifying traditions and frightening festivities. And with the perfect excuse to indulge in a macabre movie binge, FANGORIA is willing to shine a guiding light for you creatures of the night as this week’s Dreadful Ten offers the essential horror titles to prepare yourself for All Hallow’s Eve…

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  • FANGO Flashback: “HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES”

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    The progression of Rob Zombie as a director is actually rather fascinating, especially considering his reputation as a gritty, extreme horror filmmaker. While the filmmaker has indeed at least embraced his perhaps prematurely bestowed title as a modern goremeister with his latest film, 31, the fact is that only a select few of his films are explicitly twisted, and even they seem relatively tame by today’s standards. In fact, by his track record, Zombie has made just as much slow-burn, surreal fright fare (such as THE LORDS OF SALEM and HALLOWEEN 2) as he has made gritty bloodletters (such as HALLOWEEN and THE DEVIL’S REJECTS). And yet, somewhere in the middle of those two points is a weird little film that, in retrospect, feels like an unholy mix of ‘80s-era Tobe Hooper and H.G. Lewis: HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES.

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  • Stream to Scream: “BIG ASS SPIDER”

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    In today’s current horror landscape, there seems to be three kinds of creature features made for hardcore monster movie fans. The first would be the big budget blockbusters such as GODZILLA or PACIFIC RIM, which offer insane monster fighting action at a massive scale. The second would be the no-budget Syfy Originals, which offer over-the-top monster-run-amok films with Z-grade FX and stern, humorless performances. And then there’s the few and far between that comes out of the independent film world, some which have a campy appreciation for the creature features of the past and some, such as BIG ASS SPIDER!, that embrace the genre’s nature and makes comedy out of an inherently comical concept.

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  • Event Report: FANGORIA’s NYC Screening of “THE DIABOLICAL”!

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    On Monday October 12th, FANGORIA hosted the first of many free NYC screenings for the month of October, beginning with the brand-new supernatural thriller THE DIABOLICAL. Ali Larter, in a role written specifically for her, gives a stellar performance alongside a very talented supporting cast including Max Rose, Chloe Perrin and Arjun Gupta. Co-written and directed by up-and-coming horror filmmaker Alistair Legrand, THE DIABOLICAL takes you on a claustrophobic journey through the turmoil of a single mother and her two young children as they battle for their sanity and their lives from supernatural forces. This unique take on an otherwise generic subgenre of horror is packed with thrills, scares and surprising twists, right up to the very last shot of the film.

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  • Exclusive Q&A: Tom Hiddleston Talks “CRIMSON PEAK” and “KONG: SKULL ISLAND”

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    When FANGORIA sits down to interview Tom Hiddleston about CRIMSON PEAK, silverware in the table setting between us keeps vibrating…ghosts, perhaps? That would be appropriate given the subject matter at hand; we also got a few words from the actor about his next big role in KONG: SKULL ISLAND.

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