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  • Exclusive Details, Film Line-Up: The 2016 Philadelphia Unnamed Film Festival!

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    While the Northeast has been a genre hub for quite some time, there are sadly too few genre-oriented film festivals in the region to run alongside the high-caliber fests around the United States. Yet perhaps the silver lining to this fact is that it’s lead to the formation of some of the more eccentric and experimental independent festivals in the NY/NJ/PA area, including the upcoming inaugural run of the Philadelphia Unnamed Film Festival. With only a little over a month before it wreaks havoc on Philly-based fright fans, FANGORIA is excited to announce the exclusive first details and film line-up for PUFF 2016!

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  • BiFan 2016: “KARATE KILL” (Film Review)

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    There are some films that take a while to digest, to process, to parse. Sometimes it can days or weeks after a viewing (or multiple viewings), to form an opinion. Then sometimes, even that opinion changes with time, ephemeral and difficult-to-define feelings for a piece of art fluctuating based on moods and seasons. Other times, you can form a pretty safe assessment based on the first ten minutes, or even a trailer. In some rare cases, a film is so free from pretense, so upfront with its motives and influences, you can get a pretty good idea just from looking at the poster. KARATE KILL is one such movie.

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  • NY/NJ! Win Free Tickets, Mondo Giveaways, and more this month at Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers!

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    As New York and New Jersey horror fans know, one of the finest genre hubs and repertory houses outside the five boroughs is Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers. And with summer winding down, Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers has some more sordid surprises for East Coast fright fanatics, including free tickets, giveaways, and chances to see some genre gems on the big screen!

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  • Warner Bros. Announces Trio of Stephen King Titles for Blu-ray!

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    As a die-hard supporter of physical media, it’s been especially gratifying in recent months to see studios finally begin offering often-sought terror titles on Blu-ray. Now, right on the heels of Lionsgate’s Vestron Video revival, Warner Brothers is joining the fray with three phenomenal Stephen King adaptations that are making it to the HD format sooner rather than later!

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  • BiFan 2016: “THE TAG-ALONG” (Film Review)

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    There’s a fine line between mystery and ambiguity, and the use of both in horror filmmaking both come with their own unique risks and rewards. With the right balance of mystery, a horror film can use suspense and misdirection to change the audience’s perception of a character or plot point in a way that feels thrilling and earned. However, the use of ambiguity has to be more careful, as a plot point or story beat that’s left open-ended can make the audience question anything else that could be open for interpretation. But when synchronized, mystery and ambiguity can be almost weaponized by a filmmaker, offering something genuinely engaging while continually pulling back to curtain to hint at a deeper, darker picture.

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  • Q&A: Actor Amadeus Serafini on the Shocking Season Two Finale of “SCREAM: THE TV SERIES”

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    With the body count having risen considerably and enough twists and turns to make a seasoned carnie feel queasy, SCREAM: THE TV SERIES ended its second season with a pair of shocking reveals. Of course, read on at your own peril, as this article’s treading spoiler territory fairly immediately. The first jaw-dropping reveal is that the series’ mythical archvillain, Brandon James, might be alive and well after all these years, and could potentially be the big bad should SCREAM find a third season renewal. The second, and most shocking, was this season’s slasher was none other than one of the Lakewood Six: Kieran, who’s been around since the series’ pilot, as played by Amadeus Serafini.

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  • Q&A: Actor/Performer Mark Steger talks “STRANGER THINGS”, “HOLIDAYS”

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    Tool. THE PACT. STRANGER THINGS. What (or who) connects these pieces of art? The answer is actor/performer/choreographer Mark Steger. Since 1989, Steger has worked his ass off playing interesting and terrifying monsters, among various other entities. When I visited the set of Nicholas McCarthy’s “Easter” segment from HOLIDAYS, I walked around the corner and there stood Steger in full, provocative creature make-up. To be honest, the guy scared the hell out of me.

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  • The Dreadful Ten: 10 Must-Own Horror Blu-rays of Summer 2016!

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    With Autumn right around the corner, Blu-ray collectors in the horror community are debating what scare fare to best spend the rest of their summer with. Alas, with the majority of collectors operating off a living wage, not every terror title that hits high-definition can fit within their expendable income. Therefore, FANGORIA has rounded up ten of Summer 2016’s best Blu-ray offerings to help fright fanatics make the right choice for their creepy collections.

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  • BiFan 2016: “VILLMARK ASYLUM” (Film Review)

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    The problem with playing it safe in the horror genre is the risk of becoming too damn predictable. Sure, interesting characters, solid FX, and effective scares can go a long way for a simple, if terribly familiar narrative. But in the case of VILLMARK ASYLUM, staying risk-free costs the film any truly scary surprises, offering a sadly uninspired cinematic affair that pales in comparison to its 2003 predecessor.

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  • BiFan 2016: “WE ARE THE FLESH” (Film Review)

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    When it comes to transgressive cinema, there are imitators and then there is the real deal. In the former category falls films that too often rely on their inspirations and influences, painting a hollow recreation of yesteryear’s shocking cinema. Likewise, imitators also will often go for the easy shocks and “hot-button” subject matter without exploring what they’re saying, why they’re saying it, and- most importantly- how it fits organically within the story they’re telling. Hence, when you do encounter the real deal, it’s something you feel from every frame of the film as it breaks down your expectations and barrels into your comfort zone with truly disturbing, provocative storytelling.

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  • Exclusive Trailer: Supernatural Slasher “RAZORS”!

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    To this day, the Jack the Ripper case is among the most fascinating unsolved mysteries in the history of crime, with the severity of the crime only fueling more theories about the Ripper’s identity by the day. Yet in the upcoming film RAZORS, the Jack the Ripper case is re-opened with a supernatural twist…and an increasing body count. With the film only two months away from hitting U.S. audiences, FANGORIA has the exclusive first trailer for this bloody fright film, which you can check out below!

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