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  • FANGO Flashback: “THIR13EN GHOSTS”

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    Having grown up as a horror hungry genre fan in the ‘90s, this writer will always have a certain affection to the largely maligned fright fare of the decade as well as the early ‘00s. This means, no matter their myriad flaws and frustrations, I will often find myself defending the post-SCREAM slasher flicks, bloated animal attack horror and even the industrial ghost stories that attempted to add a HELLRAISER vibe to classic haunting tales. In that last category sits the heyday of Dark Castle films, who through several horror offerings, gave grislier, largely imaginative remakes of William Castle’s golden-age nightmares, with the strongest likely being Steve Beck’s THIR13EN GHOSTS.

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  • For Your Consideration: The 2016 Chainsaw Award Nominees for Best TV Make-Up/Creature FX!

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    With voting season now open on the FANGORIA Chainsaw Awards, fans are putting their minds at work to select their favorites out of every potential nominee. When it came to Best TV Make-Up/Creature FX, there were many deserving choices who didn’t unfortunately make the cut, including PENNY DREADFUL, FROM DUSK TILL DAWN: THE SERIES and ASH VS. EVIL DEAD. Nevertheless, with only five fright programs that could land the nominations, FANGORIA had to narrow it down to the absolute bloody best of Make-Up/Creature FX on terror television in 2015.

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  • For Your Consideration: The 2016 Chainsaw Award Nominees for Best Supporting Actor!

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    With voting season now open on the FANGORIA Chainsaw Awards, fans are putting their minds at work to select their favorites out of every potential nominee. When it came to Best Supporting Actor, the competition was fierce, with WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS’ Jemaine Clement, LET US PREY’s Liam Cunningham, and WHEN ANIMALS DREAM’s Lars Mikkelsen all in contention. Hell, even narrowing down the nominees for BONE TOMAHAWK alone was a bit of a chore, with Matthew Fox almost equally as deserving of a nod! Yet with the amount of nominations limited to five spots, FANGORIA had to cut through the crowd to select top-tier supporting performances of 2015!

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  • Q&A: Love Beyond Death With the Creators of “NINA FOREVER”

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    Directing/writing duo Chris and Ben Blaine and actress Abigail Hardingham are out to pull heartstrings for Valentine’s Day with NINA FOREVER, about a ghost that just won’t let go. The trio talked to FANGORIA about this horrific and darkly comedic exploration of grief, and what would happen if a deceased loved one could not let go.

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  • The Dreadful Ten: Top 10 Horror Flicks That Deserve A Prequel!

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    In the past, FANGORIA has devoted Dreadful Tens for both hypothetical horror sequels and the best horror prequels out there. Yet after learning how truly few exceptional horror prequels there are out there, this write thought upon on all the premiere horror properties that could hypothetically make use of the format. Therefore, this week’s Dreadful Ten puts a spotlight on 10 fright flicks that could deliver a truly worthwhile prequel!

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  • Found Footage… FOR REAL: A Very Freddy Super-cut, Bitch!

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    For horror fans, one of the big turning points in the NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET franchise is the point in which Freddy Krueger went from nightmare fuel to nightmare fool. For some people, it was as soon as Freddy terrorized a pool party in PART 2; for others, it could be when Freddy slipped on sunglasses like a cool dude in PART 4. However, for most horror hounds, the moment when Freddy became a wise-crackin’ killer was when he uttered the timeless phrase, “Welcome to Primetime, Bitch!”

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  • Five Retro Horror Video Games That Inspired Author Adam Cesare’s “ZERO LIVES REMAINING”

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    TRIBESMEN/VIDEO NIGHT author Adam Cesare saw his raucous, sometimes hilarious, frequently unsettling haunted-arcade novella ZERO LIVES REMAINING hit paperback and e-book last week. So it seemed an appropriate occasion to hit Cesare up for a list of vintage video games that influenced this literary mayhem.

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  • Stream to Scream: “WHISPERS BEHIND THE WALL”

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    Listed as one of FANGO’s top films we’d hope you’d see in 2016, this writer was pleasantly surprised by the addition of Grzegorz Muskala’s WHISPERS BEHIND THE WALL to Hulu this week. Considering the film’s provocative erotic subject matter and domestic thriller elements, the fact that the film is deservedly making it’s way to U.S. audiences is a testament to indie distributors that are at least making some effort to bring titles without foreign stars or edge-of-your-seat action stateside. And, for admittedly selfish reasons, it will be good to see WHISPERS BEHIND THE WALL’s cult audience grow, as its increased accessibility will finally allow this writer to share beyond basic spoiler-free discussions about this engaging psychodrama with other fright fans.

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  • Eerie Episodes: “MASTERS OF HORROR: Pick Me Up”

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    To be perfectly honest, it’s shocking that “Pick Me Up”- in concept as well as in present execution- never found itself previously adapted in the horror genre. Considering both of the urban legends it’s based off, each of which have been individually adapted in projects such as THE HITCHER and BREAKDOWN, as well as the post-SCREAM slasher boom in the ‘90s, a project like “Pick Me Up” would seem to be a no-brainer, at the very least on paper. Nevertheless, it wasn’t until MASTERS OF HORROR came along that the project specifically took life, allowing the concept to run wild even if its within the constraint of a limited budget and TV schedule.

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  • FANGO Flashback: “SHOCKER”

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    One of the things this writer loves so very much about Wes Craven’s filmography is that, when left to his own devices, Craven was not afraid to go absolutely crazy with his work. In that sense, several of Craven’s films throw caution to the wind as irreverent humor, dream logic and bloody horror run wild in an orgy of cinematic madness, such as THE PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS, NEW NIGHTMARE and SHOCKER. And in terms of the latter, Wes Craven uses his unique and twisted sensibilities to try to create a new horror icon, notedly as a response to the franchise from which he was exiled from, A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET.

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  • Deaditorial: Faith in Fright, or The Importance of Religion in the Horror Genre

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    It’s been over 40 years since it became a worldwide theatrical phenomenon, and still to this day, if you ask any person the scariest horror movie they’ve ever seen is, there’s a more than likely chance they’ll say THE EXORCIST. One of the main reasons this might be their answer is pretty simple: THE EXORCIST is a master class in horror filmmaking from all parties involved. However, one of the other main reasons you hear that title so frequently is that THE EXORCIST did something that JAWS, THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT and A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET did not: it made a monster out of The Devil.

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