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    “DARKNET, Episode 1″ (Webseries Review)

    There’s been such a dedication to surprise twists and audience subversion in modern horror that many of the attempts to do so never really feel organic or, by proxy, earned. In a way, the groundwork laid by Alfred Hitchcock, Rod Serling and Arthur Conan Doyle of allowing subtlety and character development to bring the shock of the story full circle has been lost over the years, as a need for new storytelling techniques have all replaced that nuanced craft with bait-and-switch narrative structures that often give way to plot holes. And even though the “full circle” structure is often built upon against-all-odds coincidences, they never condescend to the audience, rather allowing them to put together the puzzle and come to the realization on their own terms.

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    Five Reasons Helsinki’s Night Visions Needs to be on Your Festival Calendar

    Helsinki is probably best known to cult film fans for the Kaurismäki brothers, or perhaps from the final (and best) segment of Jim Jarmusch’s 1991 anthology NIGHT ON EARTH. Indeed, Finnish cult films are few and far between, although a recent surge in the form of AJ Annila’s SAUNA (2008), Jalmari Helander’s RARE EXPORTS (2010) and Timo Vuorensola’s IRON SKY (2012)[i] has provided the impetus for more genre film production in the region—for fans seeking older examples, check out the original classic THE WHITE REINDEER (1952), Olli Soinio’s MOONLIGHT SONATA (1988), and a double bill of Auli Mantila with THE COLLECTOR (1997) and THE GEOGRAPHY OF FEAR (2000). Central to this burgeoning film scene is Helsinki’s Night Visions Festival, founded in 1997 originally as a single all-night event, but since expanded to four days in October with a mirroring event in the spring. For many festival vets, this marathon is the backbone of the event—it’s where the bulk of the retro titles feature in the lineup—but all screenings are well-attended, if not playing to sold-out houses.

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    First Footage from Eli Roth’s “THE GREEN INFERNO”

    After world premiering at TIFF and secret screening at Fantastic Fast to stellar reception, Eli Roth is beginning to reveal his (fantastic) return to directing to the world at large. The filmmaker appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno last week to celebrate Halloween, and brought a look at the film’s swirling plane crash. Now, THE GREEN INFERNO’s opening titles are available online thanks to Vimeo user Gyrmo.

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    Trailer: Get ready for Fierce, Supernatural Revenge in “ALL CHEERLEADERS DIE”

    Lucky McKee has returned, teaming with THE LOST director Chris Sivertson on a remake of their very first, very micro ALL CHEERLEADERS DIE. Having premiered at Toronto and coming next Spring from Image, ALL CHEERLEADERS DIE is currently making festival rounds, but you can get your first look at the film from its brand new, high energy sales trailer.

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    Brian De Palma’s “THE FURY” (Arrow Blu-ray Review)

    THE FURY just may represent Brian De Palma at the peak of his insane 70s powers. Coming out of the New York underground filmmaking scene, it’s easy to forget that in his early days, De Palma’s work were as influenced by the likes of Jean-Luc Godard as Alfred Hitchcock. By the time De Palma got to THE FURY, he’d already made his first Hitchcock riffs SISTERS and OBSESSION, as well as his first major mainstream hit CARRIE, but the self-conscious humor and go-for-broke lunacy of PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE was very much still central to his powers.

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    Brea Grant introduces “THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF HORROR”

    Brea Grant – actress, director, and now comedic writer – has created and produced a new webseries pilot for The Nerdist Channel entitled THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF HORROR, in which she spoofs all of the horrible women on its pop culture namesake while inserting tons of blood and much-needed wittiness into the premise and dialogue.

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    “AFFLICTED” (Mike’s Movie Review)

    AFFLICTED is proof positive that the scary possibilities of found footage have not yet been exhausted. Making its New York premiere as part of the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Scary Movies series tonight and hitting theaters early next year from CBS Films, it mixes up elements from past handheld genre movies into something fresh and frightening.

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