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  • The Dreadful Ten: Top 10 Horror Prequels!

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    When initially approaching the concept for this week’s Dreadful Ten, this writer thought that assembling titles would be easy as could be. After all, what is the horror genre known better for than all manners of prequels, sequels and spin-offs? However, upon further inspection, finding gems among the many horror prequels is more of a frustrating endeavor, with most of the best prequels happening on television and/or as flashbacks in a sequel. Nevertheless, FANGORIA was able to dig up ten petrifying prequels that made the grade!

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  • “AVA’S POSSESSIONS” gets dated, releases Spirit Possession Anonymous video

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    A different approach to the demonic-takeover genre will be on screens soon courtesy of the horror/satire AVA’S POSSESSIONS. Read on for the release info and a look at a special promo video introducing you to a horrific recovery organization.

    Written and directed by ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE UNDEAD’s Jordan Galland, AVA’S POSSESSIONS world-premiered at last year’s SXSW Film Festival and also played at Montreal’s Fantasia, and arrives in theaters and on VOD from Momentum Pictures March 4. It stars Louisa Krause in the title role, along with GIRLS’ Jemima Kirke, Alysia Reiner, Deborah Rush and genre veterans Carol Kane (WHEN A STRANGER CALLS), William Sadler (TALES FROM THE CRYPT: DEMON KNIGHT, THE MIST), Whitney Able (ALL THE BOYS LOVE MANDY LANE, MONSTERS), Lou Taylor Pucci (EVIL DEAD, SPRING) and Dan Fogler (HELLBENDERS, TV’s HANNIBAL). The synopsis: “Ava Dobkins [Krause] is recovering from demonic possession. With no memory of the past month, she is forced to attend a Spirit Possession Anonymous support group. As Ava struggles to reconnect with her friends, get her job back and figure out where the huge bloodstain in her apartment came from, she’s plagued by nightmarish visions—the demon is trying to come back.” Learn more about AVA’S POSSESSIONS on Facebook.

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  • Angus Scrimm, Remembered: Gigi Bannister

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    With the passing of horror icon Angus Scrimm earlier in January, FANGORIA is dedicating this month to the memory of our dear friend. We have reached out to several of those who knew Angus well to share their memories of the extraordinary actor. Scrimm’s PHANTASM phranchise co-star Reggie Bannister shared his thoughts yesterday; now, we present parting words from his wife Gigi.

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  • For Your Consideration: The 2016 Chainsaw Award Nominees for Best TV 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 the Best TV Actor category, the competition was stiff across the board, with SALEM’s Shane West, FROM DUSK TILL DAWN’s D.J. Cotrona, BATES MOTEL’s Freddie Highmore and AMERICAN HORROR STORY’s Wes Bentley all almost making the cut. And, of course, Andrew Lincoln certainly would have made the list had Season Six not been so segmented between its large ensemble of characters. Nevertheless, FANGORIA was able to sift through all the excellent lead actor performances of this past year and nominate our five favorites for your consideration.

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  • “THE X-FILES: Season 10, Episode 2” (TV Review)

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    When THE X-FILES was announced to return for a six-episode revival in early 2015, fans didn’t quite know what those six episodes would entail. Due to the limited number of installments, some automatically assumed the reboot would be akin to a mini-series with one storyline that would warrant the return of Mulder and Scully. Yet in the reboot’s second episode, entitled “Founder’s Mutation,” fans learned that wouldn’t necessarily be the case, even though the episode did present pertinent information about our heroes. Rather, the “monster of the week” framework would return this week after the mythology-building first episode, offering a nostalgic return-to-form whilst continuing the revival series’ noted mean-streak.

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  • “JACK’S BACK” (Blu-ray Review)

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    At face value, JACK’S BACK has all the trademarks of an ’80s horror/thriller: a charming lead, supernaturally-connected twins, prostitute murder and a melodramatic rock ballad kicking off both credit sequences. Hell, even the stylistic flourishes from director Rowdy Herrington (of ROAD HOUSE fame) are unmistakably representative of the era and genre. However, in spite of those timely details, JACK’S BACK is a bit more effective than it’s unassuming reputation may hold, taking advantage of its L.A. setting, high-concept narrative and solid ensemble, lead by an excellent James Spader in a rare dual role.

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  • “31” (Sundance Movie Review)

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    If one were to just compare Rob Zombie’s 31, a world premiere at the current Sundance Film Festival, to other films in the “grindhouse” genre, there is no doubt it would hold its own. It is violent and campy, with the requisite sex, blood, profanity and gore. But ultimately, it feels rushed and leaves one with the sense of an unfinished idea.

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