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    Fantasia festival award winners announced

    The 2013 edition of Montreal’s Fantasia festival has come to a close, and once again, a great time was had be all who attended this wide-ranging showcase of international genre cinema. That goes double for those who won the fest’s awards, which were just announced and are listed past the jump.

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    “APARTMENT 1303″ (Movie Review)

    For all save the tiniest minority of urban dwellers, compromises when it comes to securing decent living space are a fact of life; an intricate calculus weighing variables of location, price, relative state of decay, and security to see how close one can sneak up on the ideal.

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    Voodoo Doll? The second teaser for “AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN”

    I’d hope we all know what to expect here. Over the next many weeks, a series of artful, most likely terribly strange teasers for the highly anticipated third season of AMERICAN HORROR STORY (subtitled COVEN) will debut online. Some will be fun to pick apart, others will be wonderful just to look at. The second is here, and seems to nod toward the Voodoo aspect of the New Orleans-set season.  

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    This fall’s Blumhouse Haunted Attraction to open up the world of “THE PURGE”

    In 2012, Jason Blum’s growing genre production company Blumhouse expanded into a haunted attraction. Located in LA,  the Blumhouse of Horrors took attendees into a 1930s-set tale of crazed magician Magi. This year, the filmmaker has teamed with the folks behind the acclaimed Blackout Haunted House to explore the futuristic America of THE PURGE, in which one night a year, your most violent whims are legal for 12 hours. 

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    Video: Tour the set of “[REC] 4: APOCALYPSE” with star Manuela Velasco

    Manuela Velasco, the star of [REC] and [REC] 2 is returning in the Jaume Balagueró-helmed conclusion to the series that sees a plague of possession rip through Spain. That film is currently shooting and with much the same buoyant charm as she opened the first film, Velasco conducts a video tour of APOCALYPSE’s eerie boat set. 

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    “THE WORLD’S END” (Movie Review)

    Simply put: They’ve done it again. Just as they did with zombies in SHAUN OF THE DEAD and police action in HOT FUZZ, the Brit Pack of Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost find lots of big laughs in the otherworldly invasion/apocalypse subgenre, while infusing THE WORLD’S END with brains and heart that help the humor stick.

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    Trailer: Snowbound Scares in Renny Harlin’s “DEVIL’S PASS”

    Originally titled THE DYATLOV PASS INCIDENT* (after the real life tragedy which it’s based on), Renny Harlin’s foray into found footage horror has been redeemed DEVIL’S PASS and set for September release. A trailer, which reveals the NIGHTMARE ON ELM ST 4 director’s take on the mysterious 1959 deaths of nine hikers as a new generation go looking, is below.

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    Fantasia ’13 exclusive: Zombies and beer in Buddy Giovinazzo’s “OKTOBERFLESH”

    “People always ask, ‘Do we need another zombie film?’ And I just respond, ‘Why drink another beer?’ ” So says COMBAT SHOCK and THE THEATRE BIZARRE director Buddy Giovinazzo when discussing his upcoming movie OKTOBERFLESH with Fango at Montreal’s Fantasia, where he and his partners were seeking financing for it in the Frontières International Co-Production Market.

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