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    Q&A: “KISS OF THE DAMNED” stars Joséphine de La Baume and Roxane Mesquida

    When you’re making a movie as intoxicatingly indebted to great European cinema as the new KISS OF THE DAMNED, it helps to have two fine actresses from the continent as your stars. Joséphine de La Baume and Roxane Mesquida both hail from France and play very different vampires in KISS, and they spoke together to Fango for this exclusive interview.

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    “BARON BLOOD” (Blu-ray Review, Arrow Films)

    Boutique British Blu-ray label Arrow have been very kind to lovers of Italian horror over the last few years, serving up heaping helpings of Fulci and Argento in pristine region-free HD packages. In 2013 they’ve finally turned their attention to the maestro who started it all: Mario Bava. After cranking out a definitive BLACK SUNDAY disc, the company has moved onto to some of his later, campier efforts. The latest Bava Blu-ray from the company is BARON BLOOD, a late inning horror hit for the director that’s been swallowed up by obscurity. It might not be the director’s greatest effort, but is certainly something of interest to Bava-hounds for its inspired no-budget gothic carnage.

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    UK’s Horror Channel to celebrate Peter Cushing Centenary

    While I’m only familiar with the UK’s horror-specific network through Twitter, it’s been enough to cause a fair amount of envy at their well-curated lineups. That programming has now been applied to a celebration of one of the most beloved actors in genre history on this May 26, as the Horror Channel reveals their lineup in honor of the Peter Cushing Centenary.

    Integral to the legacy of both Hammer and Amicus, and so much more beyond, expect much more on Cushing right here at Fango, as well. For now, you can find the Horror Channel’s Sunday, May 26 line-up below:

    • 10:00.  FRANKENSTEIN CREATED WOMAN (1967)

    Hammer Horror’s Frankenstein Created Woman sees Cushing in one of his most famous roles, that of Baron Frankenstein. Here the sinister scientist embarks upon his most ambitious work – bringing a young maiden back to life using the twisted soul of an executed man. Directed by Terence Fisher, this is the fourth film in Hammer’s Frankenstein series and seen as the most ambitious dealing, not with the physical aspects of the Baron’s work, but with questions of the soul, and its relationship to the body.

    • 12:00  THE BLOOD BEAST TERROR (1968)

    Relishing his role as a Victorian super-sleuth, Peter Cushing stars as Inspector Quennell, a Scotland Yard detective sent to a small town in the English countryside to investigate a series of suspicious deaths. Clues led him to renowned entomology professor Dr. Carl Mallinger (Robert Flemying). Through his beautiful daughter Clare, Mallinger has created a ‘were-moth’, a she-creature capable of transforming into a murderous Death Head moth.

    • 13:30  I, MONSTER (1971)

    In this loose adaption of the Dr. Jekyll, Mr Hyde story, Cushing teams up with horror-thesp regular Christopher Lee. Lee plays Charles Marlowe, a psychologist who invents a drug which will release his patients’ inhibitions. But when Marlowe tests it on himself he becomes the cruel, murderous Edward Blake. It’s up to Marlowe’s lawyer, Utterson (Cushing), to discover the truth. The film was intended to be in 3-D, but that was aborted mid-production.

    • 15:00 THE BEAST MUST DIE (1974)

    In this ‘beastly’ whodunit, Cushing shines as archaeologist and lycanthropy enthusiast Dr. Lundgre – one of a number of invited guests of wealthy sportsman (Calvin Lockhart) to a big-game hunt. He’s sure that one of them is a werewolf and he intends to stalk and kill it. Near the conclusion, the audience have a 30-second interlude during which they can decide, who the hunted beast is. Due to the small production budget, the “werewolf” was played by a German shepherd dog

    • 16:50  HAMMER HOUSE OF HORROR: ‘The Silent Scream’ (1980)

    Cushing gives a finely-tuned performance of benign menace as Martin Blueck, a seemingly kindly pet shopkeeper who befriends a released convict, Chuck Spillers, (Brian Cox) As the trust between them grows, Blueck asks Spillers to look after the shop whilst he goes away. But Spillers and his wife find that they are trapped by the deviant mind of an ex-Nazi doctor and Blueck’s experiments live on. Directed by Alan Gibson, this episode from the first series was considered the best.

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    “PROFANE EXHIBIT” adds two; EXCL comments on film’s status

    Independent horror anthology THE PROFANE EXHIBIT may tout an ever expanding, exciting roster of filmmakers and cast (Nacho Vigalondo, Coffin Joe, Ruggero Deodato), but its lengthy development and production has producer/writer David Bond understanding readers’ impatience. On the heels of the latest casting additions, Bond spoke to Fango exclusively about where it’s all at.

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    Anton Yelchin sees the oncoming digital darkness in this “ODD THOMAS” trailer

    While surely being finalized, there’s something fitting about the ODD THOMAS trailer leaking in early sales form. When it arrives at the end and placeholder cards announce “Billing Block” and “Release Date,” it’s as if the latest film from MUMMY director Stephen Sommers could be any one of the slick, teen-oriented PG-13 targeting genre titles that we’re inundated with. I mean, it sure looks that way. 

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