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    FANGORIA Presents: “GERM Z”—Getting the Bug Part One

    Though some fans may fear the zombie subgenre has grown tired in recent times, they can rest assured that GERM Z unleashes a revitalizing new take on its variety. This indie horror flick, which details the story that unfolds when a deadly germination spawns after the military executes what becomes a failed attempt to shoot down a satellite orbiting Earth, is unique in multiple regards—namely resulting from its heavily character-driven plotline and strong acting, two factors rarely seen in similar low-budget films. We chatted with co-director J.T. Boone (who, in addition to writing the screenplay and helping to produce GERM Z, works as an attorney) and producer Lynette Dixon (a radiologist by trade, also currently getting her masters degree in psychology) about the film, which arrives as the fifth release under the FANGORIA Presents banner (see here for details; to find Fango’s Comcast collection on your VOD channel, search this way: Movies > Movie Collections > Fangoria).

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    “POSEIDON REX”: Exclusive trailer, comments

    A prehistoric terror awakens from the deep sea to terrorize vacationers (among them, SLEEPWALKERS’ Brian Krause) on a tropical island in POSEIDON REX, the latest cable-bound monster flick from Mark Lester’s prolific American World Pictures (the people behind PTERODACTYL, SAND SHARKS, SINBAD AND THE MINOTAUR, GRIZZLY PARK, et al.). Currently wheeling and dealing at the Cannes film festival, Lester, the director of CLASS OF 1984, FIRESTARTER and COMMANDO, gave Fango the scoop on the Rafael Jordan-scripted flick, along with exclusive pics and the trailer.

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    NY! “RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD” returns for one-night-only with star James Karen attending

    This coming Monday, May 20, New York City’s Film Forum(209 West Houston Street) will be screening a rare 35mm print of ALIEN creator Dan O’Bannon’s 1985 directorial debut, the 1985 punk-rock horror-comedy cult classic RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD. Actor and fan favorite James Karen (MULHOLLAND DR., INVADERS FROM MARS, POLTERGEIST, FRANKENSTEIN MEETS THE SPACE MONSTER) will be present to introduce the film and participate in a Q&A afterwards.

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    Exclusive Tom Savini clip, pics: New “PHANTOM” documentary

    Gaston Leroux’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA has been one of the most influential novels in horror history, inspiring films starring actors ranging from Lon Chaney to Robert Englund. A new documentary explores the story’s history on screen and stage, and we’ve got an exclusive excerpt and images to share along with info on its premiere this weekend.

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    “AMERICAN MARY” (Movie Review)

    [This review was initially published in September 2012, it is reposted below in light of the film's theatrical and VOD release.]

    Full Disclosure: This writer was not a fan of the Twisted Twins’ maiden cinematic voyage, DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK. Made on a budget by Vancouver’s Jen and Sylvia Soska, the cheapie action comedy is scrappy and full of indie energy but is also shrill, choked with gratuitous, numbing profanity and–outside of the twins themselves—generally poor performances. But what did appeal was the maverick way the sisters managed to push their product using social media, forums and general upbeat fan-friendly enthusiasm to build a legacy as not only burgeoning filmmakers, but masters of entrepreneurial business sense, whipping up a mass frenzy about their next project, something called AMERICAN MARY….

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    “BLACK SABBATH” (Blu-ray Review, Arrow Films)

    Anthology horror films are a tricky beast to pull off and more often remembered for their inconsistency than anything else. Normally only about half of the shorts in an anthology are strong if you’re lucky, although there are a few exceptions. The big one is Mario Bava’s BLACK SABBATH, a strong contender for the director’s finest outing combining everything the filmmaker did right in his early 60s groundbreaking days and tossing in one of the great late Boris Karloff performances for good measure. Sadly, the movie has never been particularly easy to track down, constantly going in and out of print and available in two distinct cuts that are surprisingly different. Well, the good news is that the good folks at Arrow Films narrowed their laser sights onto BLACK SABBATH as part of their current commitment to bring Bava to HD, and now all may drool over the disc in horror geek delight. Given that the film is not only one of the maestro’s best, but one of his prettiest “horror in Technicolor” achievements, this disc is practically guaranteed to make eyeballs bleed in the best possible sense.

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