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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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  • “HANNIBAL: Season 3, Episode 1” (TV Review)

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    In many ways, the third season premiere for Bryan Fuller’s adaptation of the HANNIBAL mythos is much like the cannibalistic doctor himself: mysterious, unpredictable, cerebral and incredibly refined. Furthermore, the premiere’s masterful visual composition- jumping from flashbacks of multiple color palates, dream sequences, extremely methodical experimental shots and traditional lensing- earns an uneasy trust from the audience, much like Hannibal’s relationship with du Maurier as well. But following last season’s bloodbath of a finale, the audience who has restlessly awaited for HANNIBAL’s return are asked for a bit more patience in “Antipasto”, as not only is HANNIBAL unraveling the story at its own pace, but by its own unique design.

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  • Q&A: Actress Stefanie Scott on “INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 3”

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    The Brenner’s are the unsuspecting family to be receiving their fair share of terror in INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 3, and Stefanie Scott is the unfortunate soul in this installment to be bearing the brunt of it. Scott not only tackles some heavy emotional subject matter in the Leigh Whannell-direct prequel, including grief and loss, but also masters the art of possession. We caught Scott on the brink of her Hollywood ascension and found out how a psychic predicted her rise in Tinseltown as well as the thespian benefits of listening to death metal…..

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  • “THE NIGHTMARE” (Movie Review)

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    Rodney Ascher’s THE NIGHTMARE (in theaters and on VOD today from Gravitas Ventures) revisits the subjective-narrative documentary form he explored in his previous ROOM 237. In that film, without comment, we are whisked into a world of tinfoil-hat theories on the “real” meaning of Stanley Kubrick’s THE SHINING; in THE NIGHTMARE, the subject is sleep paralysis, a medical phenomenon in which the mind becomes awake, but the body is still strapped in the atonia of REM sleep.

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