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    “ABSENCE” (Movie Review)

    As found footage becomes increasingly ubiquitous within independent horror—dare I say, more than zombies—I find myself less and less concerned with any justification for why anyone is still filming. It is after all, an accepted rule or necessity of this type of fiction. The why seems increasingly irrelevant, especially since most often the answer lies in budget. So it’s nice for a spell that both the general concept of, and the reason main character Evan is filming his post-trauma sister in, ABSENCE is intriguing. It is not nice, and ultimately frustrating however that Evan may be the most grating “never-stop-filming” character in all of found footage.

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    Comic-Con 2013 Horror Highlights — Friday, July 19

    Here’s where it starts to get busy, and hard decisions will have to be made. It kicks right off with one of the most anticipated movies of the year (THE WORLD’S END) and doesn’t stop as a mix of huge upcoming features and celebrations of genre past (Scream Factory, Warner Archive) all get their due. The big draws continue to be television though, with THE WALKING DEAD hitting Hall H and will surely fill every inch. Metallica, Drew Struzan and ORPHAN BLACK are also present. Start those schedules now.

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    FRIGHT BYTES #35: “ANTISOCIAL”, Fantasia and Behind the Scenes of “THE EVIL DEAD” Homage

    The Rondo-award winning show FRIGHT BYTES is gearing up and getting ready for one of the nation’s biggest genre film festivals, Fantasia!  Fantasia happens each year in the great city of Montreal (July 18 – August 6, 2013) and your FRIGHT BYTES hosts Lianne Spiderbaby and Steve Mac have scored a special, exclusive and early interview with director Cody Calahan about his new film, ANTISOCIAL, which will premiere at Fantasia later this summer.

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    Editor Emeritus Tony Timpone on Chiller’s “Great American Slashers” this Sunday!

    Looking for the perfect post-Fourth of July special? Airing Sunday at 8:00 p.m. (EST, with multiple repeats to follow) comes CHILLER 13: GREAT AMERICAN SLASHERS, the latest installment of Syfy sister channel Chiller’s popular countdown franchise, which will feature comments by FANGORIA editor emeritus Tony Timpone.

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    Q&A: “ABSENCE” Director Jimmy Loweree

    In ABSENCE, opening today from Cinedigm at New York’s Quad Cinema and Columbus, Ohio’s Gateway Film Center, young expectant mother Liz (Erin Way) mysteriously loses her unborn child—and things only get scarier for her from there. Fango spoke with Jimmy Loweree, director and (with Jake Moreno) writer of the found-footage chiller.

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    Larry Kent’s “SHE WHO MUST BURN” heats up on Indiegogo

    Back in April we announced that Canadian indie film vet Larry Kent was going into pre-production on his first horror film SHE WHO MUST BURN, with our own Editor-in-Chief Chris Alexander signed on as composer (see David Bertrand’s article HERE). Now with SHE WHO MUST BURN appearing in the Off-Frontières section of the Fantasia Film Festival’s International Film Market and 33 days to go on an Indiegogo campaign that could use some love, we wanted to share our enthusiasm for Kent’s oeuvre again.

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    Comic-Con 2013 Horror Highlights — Thursday, July 18

    San Diego Comic Con is just under two weeks away, and as the schedule begins to roll out, we’re getting a great look at the variety of events attending horror fans will have to choose from. While cinematic heavy hitters usually line up panels on Friday and Saturday, there looks to be some interesting conversation to be had regarding horror comics, horror literature and horror journalism on Thursday. Plus, HANNIBAL, DEXTER, THE WALKING DEAD, Jack Black and of course, many lectures about zombies.

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    “ONCE YOU PUT A SHARK IN A TORNADO, ALL BETS ARE OFF”: A Q+A with Director Anthony C. Ferrante

    The shark film has become one of cinema’s most durable subgenres, and the tireless folks at The Asylum have contributed four entries in as many years to the ever growing tally of toothy predator flicks. Their latest, debuting July 11th on Syfy (9/8c), unleashes the mother of all disaster movies by combining two of nature’s most vicious forces into one horrifying threat: a SHARKNADO.

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    NIGHTMARE ROYALE # 4: Six Horrible Things That Make Me Smile

    I’ve been banging away at this entry for weeks and weeks, trying to write something “serious” and “important”. Which therefore involved a lot of “pissing” and “moaning”. Always a terrible mistake. (Wanna listen to some old guy complain about the state of modern horror? ME, NEITHER!)

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