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    Two New “INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2″ TV Spots

    FilmDistrict has been forceful in their unleashing of clips, spots and trailers for the upcoming sequel to James Wan and Leigh Whannell’s  fantastic 2011 creeper. It makes sense, of course, considering Wan just had a monster hit with the also fantastic THE CONJURING. It also seems appropriate considering INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2 looks to be something of a forceful, assaulting film. The latest brief previews show off an expected style-heavy film with a funhouse, forward motion tone. 

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    Trailer: Jim Mickle’s eerie reimagining of “WE ARE WHAT WE ARE”

    STAKE LAND director Jim Mickle and co-writer/actor Nick Damici have recrafted Jorge Michel Grau’s excellent Mexican cannibal film WE ARE WHAT WE ARE . Once a story about masculinity and extreme poverty, Mickle and Damici have transported the tale to the U.S. and made a worthy companion, finding their own themes and aesthetic throughout. Both that picturesque American Gothic and the strong undercurrent of American tradition are on display in the film’s first trailer.

    In WE ARE WHAT WE ARE, the rural Parker family loses their matriarch in an illness and weather-spurred tragedy. It’s the weekend of an annual religious ritual however, and the now-in-charge Iris (Ambyr Childers) and her younger sister Rose (Julia Garner, ELECTRICK CHILDREN) must grapple with whether to break tradition, a forceful hurricane and a neighbor who’s begun to uncover their secret.

    I loved WE ARE WHAT WE ARE out of Sundance and still think it’s one of the best horror films this year. EOne releases this grim, beautiful picture on September 27. IGN premiered the trailer. For more, see Fango’s review and the film’s official Facebook.

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    “THE BURNING” (Blu-ray/DVD Review)

    THE BURNING is one of those movies that, for years, was as noted for what it wasn’t as much as for what it was. Which is to say, it was one of the most celebrated casualties of the MPAA’s scissors from the slasher-happy early 1980s, in no small part because the carnage that was cut was created by gore FX master Tom Savini. The loss of these money shots helped build up a bit of a mystique about THE BURNING, before it was finally restored for DVD several years back; it’s now out on a Blu-ray/DVD combo from Shout! Factory.

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    “Q: THE WINGED SERPENT” (Scream Factory Blu Review)

    Week after week, we are “treated” to monster movies on the Syfy channel, most of which seem to be based on a template script that they never bothered to personalize; random people are chomped or stomped, a hero (usually played someone from a Syfy show, or a has-been) comes on the scene, suspects things are wrong despite heavy opposition from the mayor or someone (bonus if they go full JAWS and insist that the town parade/bicentennial/dog track opening remains on schedule), gets some proof with the aid of a lovely lady, and kills the beast as a one-man army.  Usually his teenager, often visiting against their will, will go off with some new friends and find themselves trapped by the monster, adding some (very minimal) personal stakes for our hero, who will rescue them and earn their respect in one fell swoop.  These movies aren’t given the biggest budgets in the world, so I can more or less forgive the cheesy FX, but the anonymity that they all possess truly baffles me. Why are they so opposed to the idea of making them memorable?

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    The Psychotronic Tourist: FANGO Visits Tokyo’s CAMBIARE…The SUSPIRIA Bar!

    Our favorite films quickly feel like a part of our lives. You watch them repeatedly and they become like comfort food or a nice easy chair. You want to live in those movies, hang out with the characters and immerse yourself in their surroundings. The proprietors of Tokyo’s Cambiare Bar and Grill have taken this idea a little further, designing their establishment after Dario Argento’s 1977 masterpiece SUSPIRIA. When word of this bar’s existence hit the news wire, many a horror fan’s curiosity was piqued. Luckily, this writer found himself in Tokyo this past summer and decided to check it out. This was the story.

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