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    “THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2″ (Arrow Blu-ray Review)

    The usual rap on Tobe Hooper is that he made a masterpiece with his first feature and then never made another decent film. Wrong. Sure, nothing else in Hooper’s filmography can compete with the unrelenting intensity of THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, but then very few horror movies can. For those willing to dig (and accept the shared responsibility on POLTERGEIST, just like how Spielberg and Lucas shared authorship on RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK), the truth is that Hooper has made many wacko twisted genre flicks since his iconic debut (SALEM’S LOT, FUNHOUSE, LIFEFORCE). In fact, he’s even got another classic with TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE in the title. Released unrated in 1986, most critics didn’t know what to make of THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2. After all, here was a sequel that replaced the subtlety and suspense of the original with bawdy humor and the most disgusting gore of Tom Savini’s career. It was a movie that turned intensely real killers into cartoons, gave Dennis Hopper a chance to go farther over the top than he managed in BLUE VELVET, and for some reason the poster was a parody of THE BREAKFAST CLUB. It was, at face value, a sequel that inverted everything that was successful about the original and therefore was far from a worthy successor. But the reasons viewers hated CHAINSAW 2 then are what make it such a clear cult classic now.

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    Misty Day’s obsession to guest star on “AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN”

    COVEN could very well be AMERICAN HORROR STORY’s best season yet. While ASYLUM was admirable in its truly dark sensibilities, COVEN has managed to merge such with the delightful, kinky nature of Season One (aka “Murder House”). Now, after introducing a spellbinding, memorable ensemble, and including zombies in a great fashion, creator Ryan Murphy has announced a guest spot for one of this season’s stylistic influences.

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    “AMITYVILLE HORROR: THE LOST TAPES” is dead? Get out!

    Given the great year Blumhouse Productions has had, with two of 2013’s most profitable horror hits—THE PURGE and INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2—it’s a surprise to learn that one major property among the many it’s developing has stalled indefinitely. That’s what FANGORIA has learned from a reliable source close to the production of THE AMITYVILLE HORROR: THE LOST TAPES, which Blumhouse was producing for Dimension Films release.

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    Q&A: “SHIVER” Director Julian Richards

    What can be said about serial killers on screen that hasn’t been said before? The subgenre has become a difficult one to break ground in nowadays, and rather than focus on motivation, many directors have turned to gimmicks, often at the expense of the audience patience and interest. But sometimes, the challenge has inspired ambitious directors to prove this well isn’t dried up just yet, and one such filmmaker is SHIVER’s Julian Richards.

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    Q&A: “MACABRE” Writer/Director Timo Tjahjanto

    The word “rediscovery” is not new to the horror genre, as once a great fright filmmaker enters the cultural awareness, it’s only appropriate that fans dig deeper into their filmography. Sometimes, you find the early work of modern-day master-class auteurs; other times, you discover promising missteps with flashes of greatness interspersed throughout. And occasionally, you come across the origins of a specific perspective, revealing underlying themes, distinctive visuals or simply a penchant for bloody madness.

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    [Blood in the Snow '13] Anthony D.P. Mann talks “THE GHOSTKEEPERS”

    Even in the world of independent horror cinema, actor/filmmaker Anthony D.P. Mann is unique. As a youngster, while his peers were dining on slashers and gore fests, he was seeking out classic horror adaptations from British television. While other filmmakers gravitate towards larger productions, he’s stayed and worked out of the university town of Kingston, Ontario, utilizing the local structures and making sumptuous looking period pieces on a micro-budget.

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    Creature Short, “WELCOME TO WILLITS” Online in Full!

    Earlier this year, it was announced SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE WORLD and THE END OF LOVE’s Mark Webber would star in the debut feature from directing team Trevor Ryan and Tim Ryan. The creature feature entitled WELCOME TO WILLITS was preceded by a proof-of-concept short film, also starring Webber, which has now debuted online in full and features drug-fueled freakouts, rural isolation, alien abduction and bloody surgery in its frenzied, stylish thirteen minutes.

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