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  • “THE MUTILATOR” (Blu-ray Review)

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    One of the benefits of being a relatively younger fright fan is being able to see the cult classics and eerie obscurities of the ’80s for the first time in this day and age. Whether it’s insane fright fare like BLOOD RAGE, the campy fun of MADMAN or the ridiculous proto-slashers of BLOOD AND LACE, they certainly don’t make ’em how they used to, and without the baggage of the bigger franchises looming over them as they must have upon their initial release, these bad boys often take a life of their own. And somewhere among the weirder horror offerings is THE MUTILATOR, a brutal oddity that, for all of its pacing and dialogue issues, more than makes up for it in the gore department with a stylish scene or two to help keep things interesting.

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  • FANGO Flashback: “THIR13EN GHOSTS”

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    Having grown up as a horror hungry genre fan in the ‘90s, this writer will always have a certain affection to the largely maligned fright fare of the decade as well as the early ‘00s. This means, no matter their myriad flaws and frustrations, I will often find myself defending the post-SCREAM slasher flicks, bloated animal attack horror and even the industrial ghost stories that attempted to add a HELLRAISER vibe to classic haunting tales. In that last category sits the heyday of Dark Castle films, who through several horror offerings, gave grislier, largely imaginative remakes of William Castle’s golden-age nightmares, with the strongest likely being Steve Beck’s THIR13EN GHOSTS.

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  • “FROM DUSK TILL DAWN: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON” (Blu-ray Review)

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    While Robert Rodriguez’s El Rey Network continues to grow with each passing month, with various events, marathons and original programs (including the fantastic DIRECTOR’S CHAIR series) helping that growth, the channel is likely still best known for FROM DUSK TILL DAWN: THE SERIES. Building upon the mythos established in the film of the same name, FROM DUSK TILL DAWN’s second season saw the Gecko Brothers, Satanico Pandemonium, the Fuller Family and all the various outliers go into bold new territory. And now, fright fans have the opportunity to sink their teeth into FROM DUSK TILL DAWN: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON in a newly packaged Blu-ray set, courtesy of Entertainment One.

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  • For Your Consideration: The 2016 Chainsaw Award Nominees for Best TV Make-Up/Creature FX!

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    With voting season now open on the FANGORIA Chainsaw Awards, fans are putting their minds at work to select their favorites out of every potential nominee. When it came to Best TV Make-Up/Creature FX, there were many deserving choices who didn’t unfortunately make the cut, including PENNY DREADFUL, FROM DUSK TILL DAWN: THE SERIES and ASH VS. EVIL DEAD. Nevertheless, with only five fright programs that could land the nominations, FANGORIA had to narrow it down to the absolute bloody best of Make-Up/Creature FX on terror television in 2015.

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  • For Your Consideration: The 2016 Chainsaw Award Nominees for Best Supporting Actor!

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    With voting season now open on the FANGORIA Chainsaw Awards, fans are putting their minds at work to select their favorites out of every potential nominee. When it came to Best Supporting Actor, the competition was fierce, with WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS’ Jemaine Clement, LET US PREY’s Liam Cunningham, and WHEN ANIMALS DREAM’s Lars Mikkelsen all in contention. Hell, even narrowing down the nominees for BONE TOMAHAWK alone was a bit of a chore, with Matthew Fox almost equally as deserving of a nod! Yet with the amount of nominations limited to five spots, FANGORIA had to cut through the crowd to select top-tier supporting performances of 2015!

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  • Greg McLean’s Blumhouse Haunter “THE DARKNESS” Unleashes First Trailer

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    If 2015 was the year in which Blumhouse gunned for theatrical horror dominance, 2016 certainly appears to show the production house coming out of the gate with a less risky gameplan. With three films already hitting the VOD circuit and marketing just launching for THE PURGE: ELECTION YEAR, Blumhouse followed up yesterday with the trailer for THE DARKNESS (formerly known as 6 MIRANDA DRIVE), the latest film released under their BH Tilt platform via High Top Releasing akin to THE GREEN INFERNO.

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