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    THE PSYCHOTRONIC TOURIST: BODY DOUBLE (1984)

    Welcome to the very first instalment of The Psychotronic Tourist! Using this month’s print FANGO De Palma coverage as a launching point, I decided to kick off the column by visiting some of the key locations from one of De Palma’s most excessive pictures, the oft-maligned VERTIGO/REAR WINDOW riff BODY DOUBLE (1984). Say what you will about the phallocentric nature of the film’s imagery and mental space, but BODY DOUBLE remains not only a lush, enthralling mystery set in the seedy underbelly of the movie biz, but also a virtual tour through many of Los Angeles’ most historic landmarks, some of which are sadly no longer with us. Upon a recent visit to L.A. I teamed up with Severin Films’ David Gregory, who took me around on a whirlwind day-trip through the titillating topography of vintage De Palma.

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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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