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    TIFF Programmer Jesse Wente talks FLESH + BLOOD: THE FILMS OF PAUL VERHOEVEN

    For fans of ultra-stylized sex and violence that spans decades and nations, running now until April 4th at Toronto’s storied TIFF Bell Lightbox is FLESH + BLOOD: THE FILMS OF PAUL VERHOEVEN. The series is a new retrospective that starts in the early days, with Verhoeven’s Dutch masterpieces like SPETTERS, TURKISH DELIGHT and THE FOURTH MAN through his first foray into Hollywood with the 1985 erotic adventure film FLESH + BLOOD, swelling with his such revolutionary sci-fi gems as ROBOCOP and STARSHIP TROOPERS, sexual pulp like BASIC INSTINCT and of course, literally climaxing with his camp lap-dance legend SHOWGIRLS.

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    “DEAD SNOW; RED VS. DEAD” (Sundance Movie Review)

    Fake it till you make it; whether you put any stock in the old adage or not, it seems to have worked wonders for Norwegian filmmaker, Tommy Wirkola. Having broken through with a film based on a great concept that rarely results in something great (Nazi Zombies), Wirkola had cultivated a true fanbase. Still, and without discounting the undoubtedly hard work that goes into crafting a feature film, the director received much (justified) criticism for over-relying on stylistic influence and homage, particularly to the comedic horror of Sam Raimi and early Peter Jackson. In the intervening five years however—which saw him hit Hollywood with the goofy good time HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS—the filmmaker seems to have honed his horror-comedy craft, developing his own style, confronting his past shortcomings and delivering a film both worthy of its base idea and a packed house.

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    KISS Co-founders Simmons and Stanley Remember Gordon Hessler

    Legendary genre journeyman director Gordon Hessler (pictured above with Ray Harryhausen) has passed at the age of 83. Hessler, a German born, British-blooded and educated, Hollywood-based filmmaker, is most notable to FANGORIA readers for his interesting post-Roger Corman work for American International Pictures, with the failed new “Poe Cycle” kick-starters THE OBLONG BOX (with Christopher Lee and Vincent Price), MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE (with Jason Robards and Herbert Lom) and the Poe flavored Vincent Price classic CRY OF THE BANSHEE, not to mention the utterly mad horror all-star opus SCREAM AND SCREAM AGAIN starring Price, Lee and Peter Cushing.

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    Gilliam Returns to Surreal Sci-Fi in First “ZERO THEOREM” Trailer

    It’s difficult for one not to get excited for Terry Gilliam’s return to surrealistic science fiction with THE ZERO THEOREM after seeing it’s wonderfully wicked first trailer. Starring Christoph Waltz as a computer genius tasked with solving an equation that would explain the meaning of life, the neon-soaked, industrial world evokes many of Gilliam’s past triumphs while appearing to embody his trademark, biting dark humor. Waltz is also in good company, as Peter Stormare, Tilda Swinton, David Thewlis, Melanie Thierry and Ben Wishaw all will inhabit the strange world of ZERO THEOREM.

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