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    The Year in Horror, 2013: Sam’s Top Films

    2013: a year in which I loved a lot of films, but treasured only one.  I’ve carried STOKER with me through all twelve months, having been swept up in Chan-wook Park’s artistry on a very early January morning in Park City, Utah. I entertained the possibility then, that a full calendar could yield something as stunning (many came close), but I knew. I knew this engrossing, prodigiously composed and entirely warped gothic tale of understanding yourself and who you come from would take it all. Thus, similar to last year, it’s not very fruitful to assign meaningless numbers to this list. If anything stands above, it’s STOKER. The films that proceeded to make incredible impact shouldn’t be delineated by anything other than alphabetical order.

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    First Art: Cult Thriller “FAULTS”, starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead

    Hot off the announcement that their second collaboration with Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett, THE GUEST, would be premiering at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, Snoot Entertainment producers Keith Calder and Jessica Wu have gathered genre-friendly actors Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Leland Orser for their latest thriller, FAULTS.

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    New Teaser Highlights the Carnage of “KILLERS”

    Timo Tjahjanto (one half of the team responsible for V/H/S/2’s lunatic segment “Safe Haven”) returns to the Sundance Film Festival next month with his regular directing partner Kimo Stamboel and KILLERS. Like MACABRE before it, their latest film is simply titled, but seems spectacularly violent in content and construct. Such bloodshed is on display in the latest teaser from backers, the legendary Nikkatsu. 

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    “KNIGHTS OF BADASSDOM” Unleashed this February

    THE KNIGHTS OF BADASSDOM. Merely mentioning the name will raise eyebrows amongst ardent horror fans, as the Joe Lynch film has taken its place amongst the more prolific of the unreleased genre curiosities. However, XLerator Media has announced the a long awaited VOD release on February 11th, with the film being optioned for theatrical exhibition via the crowd-sourcing request site TUGG. And for those wondering, the film will sadly be the edited “producer’s cut” which stirred up controversy earlier this summer when Lynch himself took to social media in protest.

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    SCREAM Factory Awakens The “PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE”

    At this point, I’ve become convinced that every other day besides Christmas, Santa Claus works in Acquisitions for SHOUT! Factory. There’s no other reasonable explanation for the consistent amount of joy that is doled out regularly under their SCREAM Factory banner. This latest news is no exception. The SCREAM Factory Facebook page let loose that the brand will release Brian De Palma’s superb cult classic, THE PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE, on Blu-ray for the first time in North America.

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    New Stephen King-based supernatural procedural developing at ABC

    Sam Ernst and Jim Dunn, who already toil Stephen King-inspired HAVEN (from his THE COLORADO KID) are, together with ABC Studios arm Division, developing GRAND CENTRAL. Based on the short story, “The New York Times at Special Bargain Rates” from collection JUST AFTER SUNSET, the series is envisioned as a “character-driven procedural with a supernatural twist.”

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    Close Encounters with Abel Ferrara

    As many of you may know, Drafthouse Films is re-releasing somewhat forgotten exploitation classic, MS. 45 (in select theaters this Friday, including one hosted by FANGORIA’s own Michael Gingold in Yonkers) from the prolific and gritty independent legend Abel Ferrara. Upon hearing this, I was quite excited, as I have always been a fan of Mr. Ferrara’s work and this had been especially hard to track down. Yet, while fishing for details regarding the release, I told my FANGORIA cohorts that my history with Abel was not merely one of fandom. Through a series of weird events, I had not only had several weird run-in’s with Mr. Ferrara, but had actually at one point directed him as an actor.

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    Kevin Smith’s “TUSK” To Get Wide Release from A24

    Are you ready for Kevin Smith’s second (and very well last) foray into fright films? You very well may! His body horror, TUSK, has been streaming along since its unlikely conception on his podcast back in June of this year. However, the film, unable to make the intended premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival due to two extra days of necessary shooting, has thusly been acquired by A24 Films for a wide release in the third quarter of 2014. A24, which gave wide releases this year to SPRING BREAKERS and THE BLING RING, adds TUSK to an already genre-friendly 2014 slate, including the Jake Gyllenhaal-starring ENEMY and the Scarlett Johansson alien film UNDER THE SKIN.

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