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    FANGORIA Presents: Getting Possessed By “ENTITY,” Part One

    There are few thoughts that inspire as much dread as the sins of our pasts—our figurative ghosts following us, reminding us of our fallacies and mortality through our own mistakes and trespasses. And if our sins could manifest themselves into something malevolent and unrelenting, we could be sure we’d be dead to rights. It’s for this reason that ENTITY, the new release under the FANGORIA Presents banner (go here for details; to find Fango’s Comcast collection on your VOD channel, search Movies > Movie Collections > Fangoria), transcends simplistic scariness and creates an overall atmosphere of visceral fear.

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    “TORTURE CHAMBER” (Movie Review)

    Horror is a base genre in many respects, as it taps into our anxieties about what’s beyond the door for us all, about death and what–if anything–lies beyond. Shame then, that most genre movies get bogged down in pedestrian plotting, exasperating exposition and trivial twists. The greatest horror films are not steered by their scripts; rather, they are works of sensual alchemy. Martin Scorsese once said of Bava’s work–and I’m paraphrasing–that “Bava made films that bypass your brain and go right to your gut.” Indeed his films, and many of the great works of European horror, trade in visceral imagery and sound design to bring their nightmares to grand fruition. And if you’ve ever had a really juicy, heart squeezing, body sweating, wake-up-screaming-and-pull-the-covers-up-close nightmare, you’ll know that plot, character and dialogue aren’t what gets blasted forever onto your psyche. What strikes you and what sticks with you can’t even find articulation for, it just is.

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    “THALE” (DVD/Blu-ray Review)

    THALE is a lovely film, epitomized by its titular creature, which is a gorgeous one indeed. Written and directed by Aleksander Nordaas and based on Norwegian folk tales of cow-tailed temptresses called Huldra, THALE (on DVD and Blu-ray/DVD combo from XLrator Media) takes a classic-monsters approach to its story, evoking empathy for the sheltered, experimented-on beauty (Silje Reinåmo) as well as the best-friend duo who discover her.

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    Horror Fans! See “HATCHET III” and help Adam Green & Co. help Boston

    Horror cares. The genre’s fan base knows devotion and support and I knew very soon after the terrible Boston Marathon bombings that both something horror-related and something hardcore-related would give aid. This past Monday saw the likes of heavy heroes Converge headline a This is Boston benefit show, and now hometown filmmaker and genre nut Adam Green, teamed with Rock and Shock  and Wicked Bird Media, has announced plans for three days worth of donating that culminates in a special sneak preview of the highly anticipated HATCHET III.

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    BBC’s Zombie series “IN THE FLESH” hitting U.S. this June

    In February we got glimpses of IN THE FLESH, a UK series with a zombie protagonist preparing to re-enter the world at large. Now, as is often the case, the show will hit our shores via BBC America this June.

    In what looked especially interesting as a decently fresh take on a decidedly not-so-fresh subgenre, IN THE FLESH’s outbreak is referred to as PDS (Partially Deceased Syndrome). “The series follows 18-year-old Kieren Walker (Luke Newberry), a PDS sufferer who, now treated with the medication Neurolax, is deemed ready to return to his parents’ home in the small village of Roarton. Since the passing of the PDS Protection act, the government has set an agenda of acceptance and tolerance, one that is at odds with the communities abandoned at the time of The Rising, and the bloody battle between zombies and humans that ensued. A cauldron of brutal anti-zombie sentiment boils in Roarton, the home of the ‘rotter’ hating Human Volunteer Force (HVF). Can Kieren’s neighbors forgive him for what he did in his untreated state? More importantly can Kieren forgive himself?”

    IN THE FLESH is set to premiere in miniseries form on Thursday, June 6 at 10 p.m. You can see a trailer above.

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    CONCENTRATED RAGE UNDER A MAGNIFYING GLASS: Underground Cartoonist Rick Trembles remembers Ray Harryhausen (1920-2013)

    It doesn’t matter that I never managed to become a stop-motion animation special effects monster movie maker myself. You see, because of Ray Harryhausen, that’s what I desperately wanted to be when I grew up. It doesn’t matter that his medium’s been obsolete for decades. Despite his passing, I will continue to obsessively hunt down any information I can find on the techniques he mastered till the day I die, as if I were about to embark on my own dream-Dynamation extravaganza any second now. I still want to be Ray Harryhausen one day.

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    RIP Ray Harryhausen (1920-2013)

    This one truly stung. The news that Ray Harryhausen, the stop-motion maestro who breathed life into dozens of beloved screen creatures and sparked millions of imaginations, had died this morning at age 92 was a psychic blow to the many fans like myself who had grown up with his movies.

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