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  • The Martyrdom of “HALLOWEEN RETURNS”: Why Dimension’s Loss is Michael Myers’ Gain

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    Reflecting upon the near 40-year legacy of HALLOWEEN, it’s so strange to see all the places the franchise could have gone. Where would Michael Myers go had John Carpenter not retconned Laurie Strode’s lineage in PART II? Would we have even seen Michael again had HALLOWEEN III been a financial success? What would HALLOWEEN VII had been if Dimension pursued their SILENCE OF THE LAMBS-esque concept instead? And what if Rob Zombie turned down the opportunity to reboot the franchise a little over a decade ago?

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  • FANGO Flashback: “MAGIC”

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    For a genre so incestuous in terms of producers, directors and shared talent, it’s always interesting to see a prestigious outsider dip their toes into horror. Whether it’s Stanley Kubrick, Martin Scorsese, Jonathan Demme or other award-winning filmmakers who aren’t strictly tied to scare fare, there’s a certain fascination (and financial accommodation) that comes to their genre output that can’t necessarily be associated with those from whom horror hounds know what to expect. And furthermore, even if they do turn in something somewhat familiar to the genre, you can always expect top tier performances, executions and narrative flourishes that remind the audience exactly why tropes were scary in the first place, with few better examples than Richard Attenborough’s exceptionally creepy MAGIC.

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  • Exclusive Pics, Q&A: Adam Egypt Mortimer’s “New Year’s Eve” Segment of “HOLIDAYS”!

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    Oh, sound stages. They’re always fun to see, as there’s a magical sense of playful imagination walking into one. Today’s set is that of an apartment bathroom, where actress Lorenza Izzo (THE GREEN INFERNO) is screaming, offering us a view of blood and gore. While the filmmakers behind STARRY EYES, AT THE DEVIL’S DOOR, TUSK, THE MIDNIGHT SWIM and more have chosen to tackle holidays like Easter and Halloween, it’s HOLIDAYS producer/director Adam Egypt Mortimer’s choice of New Year’s that FANGO was given an exclusive taste of earlier this summer. With everything from shattered sinks, body parts, and an overall splatter-like atmosphere, it’s apparent that SOME KIND OF HATE helmer Mortimer is ready to blow horror fans away once again, speaking to FANGORIA about what horror fans can expect from his wicked segment…

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  • “BONE TOMAHAWK” (Blu-ray Review)

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    In an unexpected turn of events, BONE TOMAHAWK has gone from a film I very much liked yet had serious problems with to a film this writer just cannot shake. In honesty, there were some aesthetic issues with the film this writer felt- and to an extent, still feels- is quite problematic with the final production, as if scenes and set pieces are given almost too much room to breathe in its cinematography and sound design. Yet as time has gone on and this writer has revisited the film again and again (likely four times from start to finish since the film hit in October), BONE TOMAHAWK is a rather fascinating work of art, with a brilliant script, excellent characters and harrowing FX work, hampered only by an assembly of smaller problems in its craftsmanship as opposed to its storytelling.

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  • “THE CAR” (Blu-ray Review)

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    Having given the Collector’s Edition treatment to Universal Pictures classics from John Carpenter and Wes Craven, Shout! Factory has been digging deeper into the studio’s vaults in recent months, coming up with oddities like this 1977 screen vehicle for…a vehicle.

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  • Stream to Scream: “SALEM: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON”

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    When it comes to horror television, there seems to be a certain expectation in terms of what audience you’re gunning for. For fans of more serious scare fare, THE WALKING DEAD and PENNY DREADFUL have spawned many grounded, unabashedly bleak TV series of the same vein. Meanwhile, less serious series such as AMERICAN HORROR STORY and ASH VS. EVIL DEAD offer more humor and general bloodshed than its counterparts. And then there’s the horror shows of network television, most of which offer the genre elements as a framing device around melodramatic, angst-driven romance stories and cheeky humor.

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  • FANGORIA’s Petrifying Predictions for Horror in 2016!

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    In the years since 2013, in which films such as THE PURGE, THE CONJURING, INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2, MAMA, EVIL DEAD and WORLD WAR Z surged at the box office, the horror genre has become quite erratic and unpredictable. While each year has had their fair share of successes, the genre has certainly seemed to struggle in a place in the zeitgeist as dwindling budgets and a shifting media landscape have changed what fright fans will consume as well as how they’ll consume it. However, with 2016 dead ahead of us all, FANGORIA is looking upon the past, present and future of the genre to offer our predictions for the next year in horror…

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