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    “EVIL DEAD” (SXSW Movie Review)

    More often than not, when the name EVIL DEAD is invoked (like the nefarious, blood-scrawled writings in the Necronomicon Ex-Mortis), it’s actually shorthand for the more maniacally funny EVIL DEAD II, writer-director Sam Raimi’s nutty 1987 horror landmark that served as both polished sequel and camped-up remake of his equally beloved 1981 debut The EVIL DEAD. Both films have similar setups, as soon-to-be-cult-hero Bruce Campbell and others visit a remote cabin in the woods and accidentally unleash a demonic force, which takes turns possessing and transforming its victims into absurdist, homicidal caricatures of Linda Blair in THE EXORCIST. Though the original film’s budget was only a fraction of its successor, the franchise’s hardcore fans know its ratio of horror-to-comedy errs more on the side of unnerving terror, its grisliest sequence depicting a young woman raped by the forest itself.

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    “CHEAP THRILLS” (SXSW Movie Review)

    While there’s nary a viral video to be found in CHEAP THRILLS, the film is imbued with the culture of now (maybe always) and the fact that despite pleas for peace, we as humans enjoy seeing each other embarrassed  devalued and crushed. It’s inherent in reality television and 30 second fail videos, transcends friendships and class, and extends right to the 1% who have so much that the only true entertainment left is the indignities of others.

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    All the audiences can now love “MANDY LANE”

    As the Weinstein Company’s newly formed VOD label Radius gets past shelved releases out there, they’ve officially reached one of the most highly sought after, and depressingly held hostage American horrors in recent memory. Jonathan Levine’s Amber Heard-starring ALL THE BOYS LOVE MANDY LANE will finally see the light of day.

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    Q&A: The Cast of “EVIL DEAD”

    Unlike the characters in the original THE EVIL DEAD, the five post-teens populating its remake (premiering tonight at SXSW) haven’t assembled in the cabin in the woods for a hedonistic good time. Instead, they’ve gathered to preserve the health of one of their own, who has fallen into a cycle of substance abuse.

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    Q&A: Producer Travis Stevens on SXSW and BUFF Films “CHEAP THRILLS” and “BIG ASS SPIDER!”

    It’s a busy month for producer Travis Stevens of Snowfort Pictures, who’s got a pair of genre features—BIG ASS SPIDER! and CHEAP THRILLS—playing both South by Southwest and the Boston Underground Film Festival. The latter is a particular honor, as Stevens’ films are opening and closing the event; he discussed them both with Fango, and provided an exclusive new still from THRILLS.

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    “STITCHES”: Free FANGORIA NYC screening on April 1!

    No foolin’—Fango will host a free screening of the delightfully gruesome horror/comedy STITCHES on Monday, April 1 at 7 p.m. This special April Fools’ Day showing will be held at New York City’s Cinema Village (22 East 12th Street, off University Place). Popular British standup comedian Ross Noble stars as the titular, murderous birthday-party clown in STITCHES, which was written and directed by Conor McMahon (helmer of THE DISTURBED and Fango Video’s DEAD MEAT).

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    “ANTIVIRAL” Trailer: The diseased side of fame and glamour

    ANTIVIRAL is a strange, surreal beast. The debut feature from Brandon Cronenberg is a clinical, frightening sci-fi tale of achieving something kindred with those we admire, through illness.

    Set in a future that finds celebrity culture at its sickening peak, the film follows “Syd March (Caleb Landry Jones) who works at the Lucas Clinic, which has an unusual and highly profitable line of business: deliberately infecting paying customers with diseases harvested from top celebrities, thus providing a “biological communion” between stars and fans.”

    “Though his work environment is tightly monitored, Syd manages to sneak viruses out of the office and retool them on his personal console for his lucrative sideline supplying the black-market disease trade. When Syd is tasked by his employer to collect a virus from starlet Hannah Geist (Sarah Gadon), he is unable to resist the temptation to get closer to one of his own personal celebrity obsessions. Injecting the virus into his own bloodstream, Syd is launched down a dangerous path—and the stakes are raised even higher when he learns that Hannah’s illness is potentially fatal.”

    The journey Syd finds himself on is an often dizzying, original one that certainly recalls the best of the director’s father’s work, and introduces a stylistic new voice interested in going way-out places. For more on the film, read Chris Alexander’s review and look out for Fango #323 (on sale next month) for an exclusive talk with Cronenberg. ANTIVIRAL hits VOD and limited theatrical release April 12, 2013

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