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    “THE BURNING” (Blu-ray/DVD Review)

    THE BURNING is one of those movies that, for years, was as noted for what it wasn’t as much as for what it was. Which is to say, it was one of the most celebrated casualties of the MPAA’s scissors from the slasher-happy early 1980s, in no small part because the carnage that was cut was created by gore FX master Tom Savini. The loss of these money shots helped build up a bit of a mystique about THE BURNING, before it was finally restored for DVD several years back; it’s now out on a Blu-ray/DVD combo from Shout! Factory.

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    “Q: THE WINGED SERPENT” (Scream Factory Blu Review)

    Week after week, we are “treated” to monster movies on the Syfy channel, most of which seem to be based on a template script that they never bothered to personalize; random people are chomped or stomped, a hero (usually played someone from a Syfy show, or a has-been) comes on the scene, suspects things are wrong despite heavy opposition from the mayor or someone (bonus if they go full JAWS and insist that the town parade/bicentennial/dog track opening remains on schedule), gets some proof with the aid of a lovely lady, and kills the beast as a one-man army.  Usually his teenager, often visiting against their will, will go off with some new friends and find themselves trapped by the monster, adding some (very minimal) personal stakes for our hero, who will rescue them and earn their respect in one fell swoop.  These movies aren’t given the biggest budgets in the world, so I can more or less forgive the cheesy FX, but the anonymity that they all possess truly baffles me. Why are they so opposed to the idea of making them memorable?

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    The Psychotronic Tourist: FANGO Visits Tokyo’s CAMBIARE…The SUSPIRIA Bar!

    Our favorite films quickly feel like a part of our lives. You watch them repeatedly and they become like comfort food or a nice easy chair. You want to live in those movies, hang out with the characters and immerse yourself in their surroundings. The proprietors of Tokyo’s Cambiare Bar and Grill have taken this idea a little further, designing their establishment after Dario Argento’s 1977 masterpiece SUSPIRIA. When word of this bar’s existence hit the news wire, many a horror fan’s curiosity was piqued. Luckily, this writer found himself in Tokyo this past summer and decided to check it out. This was the story.

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    EXCL Clip: Danielle Harris’ Dinner Party Gone Wrong, “AMONG FRIENDS”

    A group of friends are violently forced to confront how close they really aren’t, all the while adorned in 80s-themed get ups, in the directorial debut of genre mainstay Danielle Harris (HALOWEEN 4 & 5, STAKE LAND, HATCHET II).  AMONG FRIENDS finds a glittery dinner party meant to recall teased hair and lacey-era Madonna crudely interrupted by a friend hell bent on celebrating their past misdeeds instead. FANGORIA presents an exclusive clip from the film, in which Alyssa Lobit makes her points with harsh words and illegal substance.

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    FREE FANGORIA screenings of “FRIGHT NIGHT 2″ in NYC, Chicago and Austin!

    Get ready to sink your teeth into some Halloween season movie fun, as FANGORIA will be hosting free advance screenings of the bloody unrated sequel FRIGHT NIGHT 2 in New York City, Chicago and Austin, TX throughout September! Directed by Eduardo Rodriguez (CURANDERO, FEAR ITSELF) and written by Matt Venne (BAG OF BONES, MASTERS OF HORROR, WHITE NOISE 2), FRIGHT NIGHT 2 stars Will Payner (ELFIE HOPKINS), Jaime Murray (DEATHS OF IAN STONE, Lila from season two of DEXTER), Chris Waller (INBRED) and Sean Power (BAD KARMA). See below on how to get your tickets!

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    EXPOSED: JOE SWANBERG on neo-late nite thriller 24 EXPOSURES

    Prolific actor-director Joe Swanberg has a whirlwind autumn ahead.  With the summer-long media blitz and theatrical release of Adam Wingard’s YOU’RE NEXT this past weekend alongside the arthouse roll-out of his own rom-com DRINKING BUDDIES, two upcoming films at the Toronto International Film Festival (Ti West’s THE SACRAMENT and Zack Parker’s mind-blowing PROXY), and coming off the World Premiere of his genre-bender 24 EXPOSURES as part of Montreal’s Fantasia Film Festival, Swanberg’s evolving streak in the indie film world is starting to pay off in a major way.

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    Robin Hardy’s restored “THE WICKER MAN: THE FINAL CUT” to hit U.S. Theaters this fall

    After a wide search by director Robin Hardy and StudioCanal proved fruitful, the Christopher Lee-starring classic THE WICKER MAN has been restored to the filmmaker’s original 92-minute vision. Coming together rather quickly, THE WICKER MAN: THE FINAL CUT is slated to hit UK cinemas and Blu-ray this fall, leaving stateside fans to wonder when they’d get an official look. Fortunately, the answer is also this fall.

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    Q&A: Paul Davis on Horror/Comedy FrightFest Premiere, “THE BODY”

    For many, Halloween is a night to be anyone they want. For The Man, it’s an occasion to be exactly who he is and receive otherwise untypical praise for it. That’s exactly how Paul Davis’ latest short, THE BODY plays out. World Premiering as part of the acclaimed Film4 FrightFest in London, the film stars GAME OF THRONES’ Alfie Allen as a black-suited murderer transporting a corpse out in the open, where most assume it’s an elaborate contribution to All Hallow’s activities. An evening of horror and humor (of the gallows sort) ensues. Fango spoke with Davis (BEWARE THE MOON:  REMEMBERING AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON) as he begins to carry THE BODY through its festival life.

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