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    Down and dirty with “THE DEPRAVED”

    In the past few years, the urban exploration scene has grown exponentially, with thrill seekers looking for new ways to go off the grid in a world otherwise revealed by Google Earth and GPS-enabled cell phones. However, as with all mysterious locales, there comes the danger of the territory, and it’s that danger that inspired THE DEPRAVED (formerly known as URBAN EXPLORER), the brutal new horror film from director Andy Fetscher. The film, which comes out on DVD/Blu-ray from Uncork’d Entertainment June 4, follows a group of young urban explorers in Berlin who learn the terrifying truth about a local urban legend, which Fetscher claims is partially inspired by his own experiences.

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    “BLACK ROCK” (Movie Review)

    BLACK ROCK is not the first film to focus on a woman or women who strike back against male violation, but it’s one of the few that neither exploit their female characters nor wear their feminist leanings on their sleeve. It’s a taut, lean and mean little survival thriller that nonetheless leaves time to get to know the heroines at the center of the mayhem.

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    Lamberson nabs “BASKET CASE” star for “DRY BONES”

    Kevin VanHentenryck, star of Frank Henenlotter’s BASKET CASE trilogy, traveled to Buffalo, New York last weekend to film a role for DRY BONES, the new comedy horror film written and co-directed by Gregory Lamberson (SLIME CITY and SLIME CITY MASSACRE) and Michael O’Hear.

    VanHentenryck plays Bart, an abusive family man who loses his patience when his son Andy (Mark Goodfellow, son of Fango photographer and BLOOD FOR IRINA co-producer David Goodfellow) claims a monster is taunting him from under his bed.  The sequence co-stars Buffalo stage actress Kim Piazza as Linda, Bart’s beleaguered wife, and Lamberson’s daughter Kaelin as Bart’s daughter Becky. Sam Qualiana, director of SNOW SHARK: ANCIENT SNOW BEAST, serves as cinematographer and Arick Szymecki and Rod Durick provide the special make-up FX.

    “Kevin and I worked together briefly on BRAIN DAMAGE back in 1987, but never really spoke until we were both guests at Horror Realm in Pittsburgh,” says Lamberson.  “We’re obviously both of the same era, and it was great having him in the film.  He and Kim Piazza worked well together and formed an immediate bond with my daughter Kaelin and Goodfellow’s son Mark that served the sequence.  They also recorded voice overs for a later sequence, and bits which figure into the film’s third act. DRY BONES is an old school, 80s style horror comedy with practical make-up FX, so Kevin’s fans and mine should dig it.”

    The shoot included an additional cameo: young Goodfellow is seen reading a copy of FANGORIA #1, from Lamberson’s personal collection.

    “I wanted something that would establish that the opening takes place in 1979, one of the greatest years ever for horror films,” says Lamberson.  “I don’t think anything could have been more symbolic of the time in that context than the first issue of Fango.  It’s the same copy I waited months for when I subscribed to the mag in advance, and now it’s a little worse for wear.  Damn these monsters!”

    DRY BONES wraps at the end of this month after co-star Debbie Rochon returns to Buffalo to essay three roles in the film.  Lamberson anticipates completing post production over the summer so the film will be available for festival screenings this fall.

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    The children talk breaking tradition in first “WE ARE WHAT WE ARE” clip

    Adapting a loose narrative outline to a new setting, with new thematic concern, Jim Mickle’s reimagining of Mexican cannibal horror WE ARE WHAT WE ARE is just that, and a successful one to boot. As the film prepares for its bow at the currently on Cannes Film Festival, the first official clip—which highlights the new take’s focus—debuts.

    “A seemingly wholesome and benevolent family, the Parkers have always kept to themselves, and for good reason. Behind closed doors, patriarch Frank (Bill Sage, BOARDWALK EMPIRE) rules his family with a rigorous ferver, determined to keep his ancestral customs intact at any cost.  As a torrential rainstorm moves into the area, tragedy strikes and his daughters Iris (Ambyr Childers) and Rose (Julia Garner) are forced to assume responsibilities that extend beyond those of a typical family.  As the unrelenting downpour continues to flood their small town, the local authorities begin to uncover clues that bring them closer to the secret that the Parkers have held closely for so many years.”

    A conversational clip, this excerpt not only highlights WE ARE WHAT WE ARE’s fantastic stars (Childers and Garner), but the struggle at its heart, namely whether long held beliefs and ritual are doing anyone any good. For more on the film, you can see our review from Sundance here, as well as read about the in-development sequel and prequel pictures. eOne will release WE ARE WHAT WE ARE theatrically this fall.

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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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