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  • “JEDI SUMMER WITH THE MAGNETIC KID” (Book Review)

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    A few years back John Boden embedded his lyrical, surrealist “End Times mosaic” DOMINOES into a brilliantly illustrated packaging scheme mimicking those classic Little Golden books we all coo n’ aww’ed our way through growing up, replacing the Poky little puppy and Scuffy the tugboat with Allan, a very jaded harvester of souls. It’s safe to say in lesser hands the project could’ve got too impressed with its own conception and flown straight off the goddamn rails in execution, but the rising horror scribe was canny and deft enough in his approach to that the cute conceit strengthened rather than overwhelmed the affecting, legit disquieting narrative.  

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  • Exclusive Art, Info: Vestron Video’s “WAXWORK” Double Feature Blu-ray!

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    Last week, FANGORIA offered up the latest word on Lionsgate getting into the Collector’s marketplace with their inspired revival of the Vestron Video label. Kicking off with BLOOD DINER and CHOPPING MALL, Lionsgate is making any self-respecting fright fan’s year with these HD releases. Now, FANGORIA has the exclusive first word about Vestron’s upcoming WAXWORK/WAXWORK II: LOST IN TIME Double Feature Blu-ray set, which will be hitting shelves just in time for Halloween!

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  • Q&A: Lauren Ashley Carter on “THE MIND’S EYE”

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    Just within the last few years, actress Lauren Ashley Carter has made quite the name for herself, as a performer whose interests are all across the board, choosing roles completely different from each other. Whether it’s the backwoods girl trying not to be the latest sacrifice in JUG FACE, a house caregiver who slowly loses her grasp on sanity in Mickey Keating’s exception film DARLING or a tele-kinetic woman with the ability to rip you to shreds in Joe Begos’ SCANNERS-esque homage to splatter films, THE MIND’S EYE, Carter has shown that she most definitely has the chops to be a very versatile actress. We had the opportunity to chat with Ashley regarding THE MIND’S EYE, her frequent collaborations with acto Brian Morvant, filmmaker Mickey Keating and her foray into directing. Check it out!

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  • “2 LAVA 2 LANTULA” (Film Review)

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    First line and I’m already preaching to the choir: If you’re the sort of person who would go through the trouble to click on a review of a sequel to a SyFy flick about gigantic fireball-spewing spiders called 2 LAVA 2 LANTULA…well, you’re already its target audience. There is not a whole lot of subtext for a critic to parse here; no exposition to place in historical context. If you’re harboring a fear that LAVALANTUALA was, say, actually some elaborate ploy by Steve Guttenberg and Co. to blindside B-movie fans with a piece of searing art house cinema a year later, let FANGORIA set your troubled mind at ease, friend: Much like its predecessor, 2 LAVA 2 LANTULA feels like an 80-minute Funny-or-Die sketch mocking SHARKNADO, with all groaners, all the time. There is enough cheese in this movie to clog every last artery in your body—and the filmmakers, cast, and effects crew cram it down your facehole with a glee that is way more disturbing than anything in the film’s CGI arsenal.

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  • Event Report: 20th Annual Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival

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    As I write this, about a week has passed between now and the closing ceremony for the 20th annual Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BiFan). It’s taken about a week for this writer to recover from the intense, immensely enjoyable experience that was watching dozens of unforgettable films in one of the greatest cities on Earth.

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  • Lionsgate Revives Vestron Video Label for Horror Archive Titles!

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    Those with a taste for cult classic horror films may find Lionsgate’s latest home video venture quite exciting, as the company will be releasing six cult classic horror titles on Blu-ray as part of its Vestron Video Collector’s Series. Evoking the vintage video releases of yesteryear, Lionsgate joins the boutique label game as all the films released as part of this series will be newly remastered with hours of special features, such as interviews, commentaries and behind the scenes footage.

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  • L.A.-based Sundance NEXT Fest Offers “THE GREASY STRANGLER”, More Indie Horror!

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    Those of you in the Los Angeles area, mark your calendars. Sunday, August 14th, Sundance Next Fest is bringing the LA premieres of two of the interesting horror films of the year, THE GREASY STRANGLER, and UNDER THE SHADOW. But those lucky enough to attend either screening will be getting more than just an incredible film, they’ll be getting a wholly unique, one-time-only event.

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  • “THE LURE” (Fantasia Film Review)

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    “Poland doesn’t make horror movies or musicals, so for my first movie, I did both,” director Agnieszka Smoczynska explained in her video intro to THE LURE at the Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal, preparing the festival audience for one of the most unique and mesmerizing cinematic experiences of their lives. It’s a good year for being a mermaid, with both Stephen Chow’s record-breaking THE MERMAID and THE LURE bringing emotionally charged oceanic mythos to the big screen.

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  • Q&A: Actor Sharlto Copley talks “HARDCORE HENRY”

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    Despite delivering a breakout performance in 2009’s DISTRICT 9 and further carving out a serious foothold in mainstream global cinema via subsequent high profile roles in films such as the 2010 A-TEAM remake, ELYSIUM (2013),  Angelina Jolie-starring MALEFICENT (2014), and CHAPPIE (2015), South African actor/director Sharlto Copley cannot, it seems, resist returning to the roots of his gritty formative indie days when a particularly idiosyncratic project comes along like, say, the uber-original 2013 post-apocalyptic mystery flick OPEN GRAVE or this year’s wild, uber-controversial HARDCORE HENRY, now out on DVD and Blu-ray. FANGORIA recently spoke with the extremely affable Copley about maintaining balance amidst much success, the HARDCORE HENRY hullabaloo, the challenges of telling a story entirely from first person POV, and why he loves working in genre cinema and will never stop.

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