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  • FANTASTICA Presents: When Animal Films Attack!

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    In the past, animals have always played an important role in the lexicon of horror. Now, we see animals as some sort of radioactive experiment gone wrong or a total far out way to destroy a city (I am looking at you SHARKNADO). In these contemporary projects, people forget that animals in their natural habitats are often terrifying, and that many people have fears of spiders, sharks and any animal that has sharp teeth and a thirst for blood.  Modern directors’ forays into animal horror are often so over the top that it is not scary; instead, it becomes laughable. But it didn’t always used to be that way, as more realistic animal horrors from fright film history would make people think, “Can this happen to me?”

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  • “SALEM: Season 2, Episode 10” (TV Review)

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    After the past couple of episodes of SALEM, this writer wondered if the show would be veering through the downtrodden track it had set itself up for. With Mary facing her child’s sacrifice, Isaac missing in Marburg’s company, Cotton facing an impromptu execution and Anne facing the consequences of her own powers, SALEM certainly looked like it was setting up some sincere emotional devastation for its climax. And while that still might be the case, knowing how quickly the tide can change on WGN America’s flagship series, “Till Death Do Us Part” at least introduced a light among the dark and is certainly drawing lines between our anti-heroes and our villains.

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  • Q&A: Actor (“PIN”) Turned Filmmaker David Hewlett Talks “DEBUG”

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    To DEBUG, a sci-fi/horror hybrid (arriving on DVD tomorrow) about a rogue computer tormenting a group of cyber-criminals trapped in deep space, writer/director David Hewlett brings a unique set of credentials. The Canadian actor (PIN, SPLICE) turned filmmaker took some time to discuss his latest venture behind the camera, including guiding his frequent co-star Jason Momoa, with FANGORIA.

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  • Return of the Dragon: Know Your “HANNIBAL”!

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    It’s been nearly 30 years since the first cinematic iteration of Hannibal Lecter hit audiences in Michael Mann’s MANHUNTER, and even that took place two years before THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS even hit book shelves. And now, with Thomas Harris’ cerebral cannibal now gracing the small screen in an elegant and eerie fashion, FANGORIA is looking back at each of the respective Dr. Lecter’s who have made their mark on the big and small screen…

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  • Nightmare Royale #18: The Spiritualized Vengeance of Karen Lam (On the Women Who Bring the Change, Pt. II)

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    Yes, my friends, here at Nightmare Royale, it’s still “Women In Horror Century.” (Just seven months and 85 years to go!) This time, the kickass creator in question is writer/director Karen Lam, whose hauntingly violent and provocative second feature EVANGELINE comes out on DVD tomorrow (already streaming on iTunes and Amazon as we speak).

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  • Stream to Scream: “PET SEMATARY”

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    “The soil of a man’s heart is stonier.” These words are intoned by both Jud Crandall and the helpful spectre Pascow at different points in the classic Stephen King novel/film PET SEMATARY. It’s a sentiment that can easily be applied to King’s adapted filmography, which is a quarry pit filled with diamonds and rocks. The aforementioned 1989 film, directed by Mary Lambert (whose other genre credits include PET SEMATARY II, URBAN LEGEND: BLOODY MARY, and the classic TALES FROM THE CRYPT episode “Collection Completed”) and scripted by King himself (who also enjoys a brief cameo as a minister during a funeral scene) undoubtedly stands out as one of the diamonds. Nearly thirty years after its release, PET SEMATARY still has that kind of scary sheen that supernatural films try but often fail to emulate.

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  • Q&A: Ulli Lommel on Franchise Reimagining “BOOGEYMAN: REINCARNATION”

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    Perhaps one of the most undervalued genre offerings of the early 1980s, Ulli Lommel’s THE BOOGEYMAN blended elements of the stalk-and-slash subgenre that Bob Clark’s BLACK CHRISTMAS and John Carpenter’s HALLOWEEN sowed the sinister seeds of in the late ‘70s, with predominant elements of inanimate object possession, exorcism and the archaic fear-inducing folklore surrounding superstitions associated with mirrors.

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  • Exclusive: “BIG BAD WOLVES” Directors’ Chainsaw Award Acceptance Speech!

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    By now, it’s no surprise that FANGORIA has had our eyes on Israeli horror directors Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado, TriBeCa darlings and crafters of such frightening foreign titles such as RABIES and BIG BAD WOLVES. And while BIG BAD WOLVES has had its fair share of praise from FANGORIA, Quentin Tarantino (who called it his favorite film of the year) and many other critics, fright fans themselves showed their love for the film in the 2015 Chainsaw Awards, voting Keshales and Papushado’s sophomore effort as the Best Foreign Language Film released last year against the likes of A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT, WITCHING & BITCHING, THE HOUSE AT THE END OF TIME and THE STRANGE COLOR OF YOUR BODY’S TEARS. After learning of their win, Keshales and Papushado wanted to thank their fans for voting for BIG BAD WOLVES, and you can read their statement below…

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  • FANGO Flashback: “WITCHERY”

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    In 2011, Comic-Con was doing this huge promotion for the David Hasselhoff Comedy Central Roast, and publicists had been handing out Hasselhoff facemasks to thousands of attendees. That’s right: thousands of “David Hasselhoffs” were walking around Comic-Con! A Hoff-faced patron came over to the FANGORIA booth with his mask on, and asked, “Can the Hoff be in a horror film?” I replied, “Well, he was in WITCHERY.” Crickets…. Yeah, the Hoff was WITCHERY!

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