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    Q&A: “THIS IS THE END” Star Jay Baruchel

    With the current rage of Earth’s demise playing out in cinemas worldwide (OBLIVION, AFTER EARTH) and many more such grim flicks to come, it’s refreshing to see the Apocalypse played for laughs in Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s uproarious THIS IS THE END (see review here). Not only is it the year’s funniest film, but it plays most of its horrors straight: pits of hell opening on Melrose Boulevard, huge winged demons ripping the heads off pathetic humans and Jonah Hill doing his best Linda Blair impersonation. Equally novel, THE IS THE END has Hollywood’s A-list of comedic superstars (Rogen, Hill, James Franco, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, etc.) playing their debauched selves. Fango caught up with the film’s lead, actor/producer Jay Baruchel, an admitted horror geek who provided insight into THIS IS THE END’s diabolical mischief.

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    “BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO” (Movie Review)

    [This review was originally published out of the Toronto International Film Festival in 2012. It is reposted below in light of the film’s theatrical and VOD release.] The word “homage” is a battered old mare when it comes to horror, with many a filmmaker confusing the term—which can most appropriately be applied to directors like Brian De Palma or Quentin Tarantino, who graft elements and DNA of pictures they admire onto fresh frameworks—with ripoff. Look at the “grindhouse” phenomenon, a dubious and meaningless label that has given birth to an endless parade of pink-tinted, fake-aged visuals and replicant movements creating works that are by now rather tired, unimaginative and poor Xeroxes of the accidentally awesome trash classics they ape.

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    Corman’s Drive-In is now live!

    Maverick movie mogul and exploitation mastermind Roger Corman and his long-time partner in cinematic – and romantic – crime Julie, have finally launched “Corman’s Drive-In” on YouTube, a rotating selection of 30 films per month from the over 400 wild titles in Corman’s vast  library.

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    Sucker Up for “BLOOD KISS” With Neil Gaiman et al.

    A lot of people refer to Hollywood as being full of vampires, but in BLOOD KISS, scripted by famed comic book/animation writer Michael Reaves, this is literally the case. We’re in the 1940s, and our detective hero is running afoul of both the studio system and real bloodsuckers. And you can be a part of bringing this tale to the screen.

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    “HATCHET III” (Movie Review)

    BJ McDonnell never had a chance. From the beginning, HATCHET III is a film at odds with itself. Opening in the closing moments of the painful HATCHET II, Marybeth (Danielle Harris) finds herself in the throes of bloodthirsty frenzy. With Victor Crowley’s scalp in hand, she begins a long walk through the swamp. Seemingly shot on location, it’s here that camera operator-turned-director McDonnell attempts to add to the saga of Victor Crowley, namely by employing actual visual atmosphere. Marybeth wanders, traumatized, through the picturesque region. On mute, you might think these films were progressing.

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    “THIS IS THE END” (Movie Review)

    A self-referential bro comedy featuring a bunch of mainstream stars playing themselves may not sound like FANGORIA material, but THIS IS THE END packs in more gore and cooler creatures than many a straight horror film, and more laughs than any outright horror spoof in recent memory.

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