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    EXCL: Nicolas Winding Refn gives an update on “MANIAC COP”

    Nicolas Winding Refn, the stylish maniac behind the PUSHER movies, BRONSON and this week’s nightmarish ONLY GOD FORGIVES, is something of a hardened genre fan. Already evident in the likes of his heightened, violent films and nods like Riz Ortolani’s “Oh My Love” (from GOODBYE UNCLE TOM) on the DRIVE Soundtrack, last year brought word he had teamed with William Lustig to produce a new film in the beloved, cult MANIAC COP series.

    Already the product of a great horror team-up, the original three MANIAC COP films were directed by Lustig (VIGILANTE, MANIAC) and written and produced by Larry Cohen (IT’S ALIVE, Q). Now, Refn and Lustig are looking to resurrect the killer cop tale and while speaking to FANGORIA about ONLY GOD FORGIVES, he explains, “We’re working on it as we speak. I’ve been a little bit delayed because of finishing this film and travelling around. It’s something that we’re very much prioritizing now that I’m coming to the end of this film. It opens up a whole new breathing space to concentrate on future projects.”

    “I’m a huge lover of pop cinema and it was basically my relationship with Bill Lustig that led to rethinking the MANIAC COP franchise. He owns it and we basically partnered up on it to give it a spin. I’ve always loved the original films, so it was a way to revisit part of my past, but also it’s one of the few franchises that has not outstayed their welcome.”

    Helming the film himself does not sound the in the cards however. “I wouldn’t be the right person to direct it purely because I have such an admiration for the original,” Refn says. “So, Bill’s film is still so fresh in my mind that I wouldn’t be the right… I mean, I’ve been approached for other remakes of other genre movies and I’ve always declined. I’m too old, because they are a part of my identity. So, to get someone that is younger—meaning somebody that maybe doesn’t have the same sensibilities connected to it—somebody who can re-envision it from their perspective.”

    Keep an eye on Fango for the full interview later this week. ONLY GOD FORGIVES is out Friday, July 19.

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    [SDCC ’13] Is something “PREDATOR”-related being announced?

    It’s been three years since PREDATORS, the fun, if minor, third film in the saga of the titular hunter alien race. The film’s official Facebook has lit up with activity however, and it’s not just more behind-the-scenes shots and birthday shout outs to the cast. Instead, a thermal, aerial view of San Diego and ominous promise of “There’s Something Out There Waiting For Us…”

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    [SDCC ’13] “THE WALKING DEAD” poster, new Season Four zombie revealed

    In just a few days they descend, zombies and press and fans alike, on San Diego. Comic-Con is about rear its head and as per usual, THE WALKING DEAD will be one of its biggest draws. In anticipation, AMC has released comics artist Alex Ross’ poster for the convention as well as a our first look at walker from Season Four.

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    FANGO Flashback: “ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK” (1981)

    Tired of waiting for John Carpenter to step behind the camera again? Weary of all those pathetic remakes of the master of horror’s greatest works? Then experience theatrically for yourself Carpenter in his prime as the filmmaker’s ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK begins a week-long engagement in a new, pristine high-def DCP format at New York City’s IFC Center (323 Sixth Avenue at 3rd Street; 212-924-7771) from Friday, July 19 through Thursday, July 25. Expect to see more cities play host to ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK all year long from Rialto Pictures.

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    Getting Possessed by “ENTITY,” Part Two

    One of the most refreshing current trends in horror is the resurgence of old-fashioned haunting stories. Pioneering the horror genre practically into existence, stories of spirits, possession and malevolent souls have had a renaissance as of late, with intelligent and resourceful fright filmmakers showing exactly why these tales were so terrifying to begin with. And amongst this resurgence rises FANGORIA Presents’ ENTITY, an intense psychological and supernatural fear film about a documentary crew investigating a reported haunting site in Siberia. You can watch ENTITY for free on Hulu.

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    FANGORIA Gets a Parking Spot in “CORMAN’S DRIVE-IN”!

    FANGORIA is thrilled to have an ongoing presence in iconic film legend Roger Corman’s new online channel “Corman’s Drive-In”. As we reported here, the legendary producer, director and mogul has launched a wild new subscription based YouTube channel called “Corman’s Drive-In” in which he and his partner and wife Julie blast out hundreds of vintage Corman classics and curiosities padded out with new, original content and words from the celebrated Hollywood alumni whose careers were forged under Roger’s savvy eye.

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    Elijah Wood, Alison Pill & more fend off Leigh Whannell’s “COOTIES”

    An Elijah Wood-starring and produced killer kid movie gets underway this month with a stellar, funny cast. Based in elementary school and the make believe disease we’ve all taken make believe shots for, COOTIES sees an epidemic originating from an infected chicken nugget turn elementary school students into rampaging savages. 

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