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    Mondo does limited vinyl run of “POLTERGEIST” score

    by: Samuel Zimmerman on: 2013-02-13 18:10:50

    Fantastic music, wonderful art; expect its selling out to haunt you. 

    Expected on sale February 22 at a random time (announced via Twitter), the POLTERGEIST 2xLP set sees great work from Australian illustrators Sonny Day and Biddy Maroney (who together make up the collective We Buy Your Kids) and very obviously, wonderful work from Goldsmith (GREMLINS, THE OMEN, CHINATOWN).

    Mondo writes the soundtrack “formed a significant part of the 1982 film’s conceptual strength. Known for the intensity of his thematic exposition, Goldsmith designs the POLTERGEIST soundtrack to elaborately ground the film between the promise of suburban repose and the malevolent unknown. Beginning in innocence with a classic rendition of the “Star-Spangled Banner,” the soundtrack parallels the film’s intrusion of angry ghosts into the California home of the film’s protagonists with dreadful strings and eerie keys. Goldsmith then switches to airier strings and an ethereal flute to denote the family’s fumbling after their daughter, Carol Anne, is abducted. Utilizing frenzied horn blasts and a sudden lapse into atonalism, the composer ominously signifies the emergence of the Beast. Goldsmith, seemingly effortless, concludes the frantic drama of “Escape From Suburbia” in stark contrast with the sweet and child-like tones of “Carol Anne’s Theme,” elegantly illustrating the dignity and range that his orchestral scores for horror modeled within the genre.”

    Check out the frame-worthy set and follow Mondo on Twitter for more. 

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    Thousand Oaks revels in Indie Horror “CineMayhem” this March

    by: Samuel Zimmerman on: 2013-02-13 16:38:04

    In conjunction with Dread Central’s Indie Horror Month, the first ever CineMayhem Festival gets underway this first weekend in March, celebrating all manner of uncompromising genre.

    Writer Heather Wixson, who you can find tirelessly toiling away at Dread, has founded CineMayhem as a way to celebrate the past, present and future of independent genre filmmaking. The fest will run March 2nd and 3rd at the Muvico Theaters in Thousand Oaks, California and is set to include insane-o anthology THE ABCs OF DEATH, Paul Davis’ much buzzed short film HIM INDOORS and the latest from HILLS RUN RED director Dave Parker. Here’s the rundown, via release:

    CineMayhem’s diverse line-up includes advance screenings of two highly anticipated genre projects including Magnet Releasing’s visceral horror anthology THE ABCs OF DEATH and Breaking Glass Pictures’ mind-bending drama K-11 directed by Jules Stewart (Crank: High Voltage, Mortal Kombat).


    CineMayhem is also thrilled to announce that it will be hosting the World Premieres of ROADSIDE directed by Eric England (Madison County) and the latest short film from Ryan Spindell (Kirksdale), THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM, as well as the West Coast Premieres of two other short films- Paul Davis’ (Beware the Moon: Remembering An American Werewolf in London) HIM INDOORS and SPLIT THE CHECK by Patrick Rea (Nailbiter).


    Other feature films currently selected for the CineMayhem Film Fest include BREATH OF HATE by Sean Cain (Silent Night, Zombie Night), COLDWATER by Dave Parker (The Hills Run Red) and THE SLEEPER by Justin Russell. CineMayhem will also be screening several other award-winning short films including FAMILIAR by Richard Powell, KILLER KART by James Feeney and FOXES by Lorcan Finnegan as well as a few retro indie horror screenings to be announced soon.

    For much more, you can “like’ and follow the fest’s updates at the official Facebook


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    Eli Roth: Little Trouble in Big China

    Since the launch of his viral marketing campaign for THE LAST EXORCISM, which favored post-viewing tweets from horror fans over professional critical consensus, Eli Roth’s philosophy as a producer has championed the democratization of film spectatorship. That attention to a multiplicity of voices has informed the bulk of his moviemaking process as well, including his stint co-writing and producing RZA’s directorial debut THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS (out on theatrical-cut and unrated DVDs and Blu-ray/DVD combo from Universal Studios Home Entertainment today). Fango spoke with Roth about the ins and outs of that process during his work in China for RZA’s dream project, and the themes and cultural influences that pervade his filmography.

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    Fango editor explores “THE TWILIGHT ZONE LEGACY” in new book

    FANGORIA’s Chris Alexander  delves into one of the all time greats.

    An exhaustive tome, THE TWILIGHT ZONE LEGACY aims to take readers episode-by-episode, as accompanied by both traditional guide and interviews and essays with celebrities of every kind, from every corner of the pop culture spectrum, citing their personal favorite episodes and the effect they had upon them personally and professionally.

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