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    Exclusive: Director David Slade talks “HANNIBAL”

    In a dank industrial building just outside Toronto, a slew of talented people are feverishly working to revive the bloody legacy of Hannibal Lecter. The antihero of four best-selling Thomas Harris novels and five feature films, Lecter is as recognizable an icon of horror as Dracula, but until now, his face has been primarily that of Anthony Hopkins, who relished the role of the flesheating, cultured cannibal psychiatrist in the Oscar-winning THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, its berserk sequel HANNIBAL and the middling prequel RED DRAGON.

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    “HOLY GHOST PEOPLE” (SXSW Movie Review)

    While not exactly the type of film where one ends up asking themselves just who the title refers to (that line is drawn pretty clearly), there is a unifying trait in the entire ensemble of Mitchell Altieri’s thriller HOLY GHOST PEOPLE. The past haunts, and subsequently seems to catch up no matter how deep you embed yourself in something else; be it snake-handling backwoods church, be it isolation, be it alcohol, be it whatever it is you can sell yourself.

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    “SANITARIUM” (Miami International Film Festival World Premiere Movie Review)

    Midway through the artfully rendered horror anthology film SANITARIUM, Dr. Henry Stenson—a fourth-wall smashing psych ward headmaster/tour guide portrayed with typical sinister-civil aplomb by Malcolm McDowell—confides in we, the audience, the following distillation of his life’s work: “The mind is unbelievably resilient. It can create whole entire fantasies to protect us from reality and blind us from the truth…The more unpleasant the truth, the more potent the fantasy.”

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    DAMIANO DAMIANI, 1922-2013

    A lot of artists are sometimes trapped by their race and/or their heritage; auteurs outside of America that make superlative and innovative films are often quoted as “French director” or “German expressionist” and sometimes these people would just for once like to hear “director” or “expressionist” as a sole description, leaving the nation of origin out. Race, for many of these artists, shouldn’t matter. And this was the case for Damiano Damiani, a versatile and groundbreaking filmmaker, who passed away March 7th at his home in Rome age 90.

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    DO YOU LIKE HITCHCOCK?

    March 12th is National Alfred Hitchcock Day, and while suspense-savvy FANGORIA readers hardly need to be pointed to a top-ten of Hitchcock films, we thought we’d take advantage of the opportunity to revisit some Hitch-related ephemera that made its debut on the small screen. No, we’re not talking about the classic ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS – which ran from 1955-1965 and effectively cemented Hitch’s status as the first movie director to become a household name – but its less-celebrated rejuvenation in the 1980s – THE NEW ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS!

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    Valladares’ English-language HIDDEN IN THE WOODS gets William Forsythe and a new teaser poster

    After being acquired after its World Premiere at last summer’s Fantasia Film Festival as part of its new Frontieres Co-Production Market, Chilean filmmaker Patricio Valladares’ Biehn/Blanc-produced English-language remake of his polarizing blood-soaked crime thriller HIDDEN IN THE WOODS has just tapped cult staple William Forsythe (THE DEVIL’S REJECTS) to play its crazy Uncle Costello. Thanks to Dread Central for a heads up on the official press release below:

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    FANGORIA Gives Away SPIDERS on DVD and Blu-ray

    The FANGORIA office is crawling with SPIDERS. These eight-legged mutants are straight from outer space and are releasing on DVD and Blu-ray this week. Our friends over at Millennium pictures sent us over a box full of SPIDERS on both DVD and Blu-ray to give out to some luck FANGORIA fans!

    Synopsis: Directed by horror veteran Tibor Takacs (THE GATE), SPIDERS centers on mutant spiders created by pieces of material from a disabled Soviet space station. With New York City threatened to be overrun, it’s up to health inspector Rachel Cole to prevent the Queen Spider from uniting with her eggs and creating a full on army of five foot tall, killer spiders.

    Want FANGORIA to send you SPIDERS? Just send an email to rebekah@fangoria.com

    Be sure to put “spiders” in the subject line.

    Please include the following info:

    –      Your name

    –      Mailing address

    –      Email address

    –      Age

    –      Phone Number

    –      And let us know if you would prefer DVD or Blu-ray

    Best of luck, and be sure to check out SPIDERS, releasing on March 12th from Millennium Pictures.

     

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    Get with FANGORIA Presents and Fango On Demand

    FANGORIA.com isn’t the only thing that’s new.

    There’s a ton going on here at Fango in the interest of being across the board, your frightening fix. Launching now (as in right now), besides all you see before you is our brand new DVD/Video on Demand line FANGORIA Presents, a team-up with Brainstorm Media (headed by THE AMERICAN SCREAM producer Meyer Shwarzstein) that will unleash five of the coolest little tales of terror from around the world.

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    SONIC CELLULOID: An interview with ORGASMO SONORE

    Earlier this winter I had the pleasure of attending the record release party for Montreal-based Orgasmo Sonore’s sophomore album REVISITING OBSCURE FILM MUSIC VOLUME 2 (you can catch a video snippet of the show at orgasmo-sonore.blogspot.ca). Led by François Riendeau – aka Frank Rideau – Orgasmo Sonore is an ongoing musical project that reimagines cult film soundtrack compositions, and aside from impressive technical proficiency and Rideau is also clearly a brilliant musical curator, his selection of covers over the two albums thus far ranging from Alain Goraguer (FANTASTIC PLANET) to Mikis Theodorakis (Costa-Gavras’ Z) alongside a heady roster of Italo-staples including Ennio Morricone, Stelvio Cipriani, Fabio Frizzi, Goblin, Bruno Nicolai and more.

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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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