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    Report: The Stanley Film Festival, an Essential Horror Retreat

    Traveling to the Stanley Hotel is already something of a pilgrimage. The historic lodge, built in 1909 and famous for its spectral activity, looms over Estes Park, CO, surrounded by stunning, natural but also otherworldly landscape. Then of course, there’s the fact that it was a catalyst in the mind of Stephen King; his own stay there inspired THE SHINING, one of the most seminal works of horror there is. Lucky for us then, The Stanley Hotel, the Denver Film Society and programmers Michael Lerman and Landon Zakheim have enhanced the inherent aura of the locale with the Stanley Film Festival. A weekend-long celebration of genre in all its forms, which wrapped its second edition over the course of April 24-27, is quickly establishing itself not only as a perfect horror vacation, but as growing into a vital horror retreat—an essential destination for all those who worship at the altar of the macabre.

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    Trailer: Who’s Haunting “JESSABELLE”?

    With two PARANORMAL ACTIVITY movies, OCULUS, the direct-to-video NOT SAFE FOR WORK, THE PURGE: ANARCHY and OUIJA on their schedule alone, Blumhouse Pictures is definitely looking to dominate the horror market this year. However, their long-awaited JESSABELLE also hits this summer, and now the mysterious fright film has a terrifying first trailer!

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    Shadowvision: THE EXORCIST

    Welcome to Shadowvision, a regular column in which Fangoria.com revisits modern horror films in black-and-white. The purpose is to analyze these films through a new lens, seeing if the classically informed viewing experience will give a new angle to familiar images. If you’d like to watch along at home, it’s simple: go into your TV settings and desaturate the picture completely, then adjust the contrast and brightness to fit either standard or high definition.

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    EXCL: Swedish Label Last Exit Entertainment to Release Iskanov’s “NAILS” and More

    Catering to connoisseurs of weird cinema everywhere, fledgling Sweden-based cult film imprint Last Exit Entertainment has recently launched with a mandate to bring everything from Russian mindbenders to German nihilistic gorefests to DVD. The good lads at LAST EXIT were kind enough to reveal what will be their first title, Andrey Iskanov’s debut feature NAILS [Gvozdi]. Iskanov himself will provide an introduction to the film and this special edition will also include a number of extra features and a bonus CD containing the soundtrack.

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    Lost in the Catacombs; “AS ABOVE, SO BELOW” Trailer Debuts

    The Dowdle brothers, who previously brought horror fans THE POUGHKEEPSIE TAPES, QUARANTINE and DEVIL return to the POV aesthetic of the former two with AS ABOVE, SO BELOW. A descent into the historical Paris catacombs, which contain the remains of millions, the film aims to trap its ensemble with more than just bones, but their own closet skeleteons as well. 

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    Five Must-Sees of The Stanley Film Festival 2014

    This weekend, FANGORIA embarks on a spooky sojourn to the Stanley Hotel, a historic Colorado lodge infamous for hauntings and its tight association with Stephen King’s THE SHINING. There, midst gorgeous landscape, ghost hunts and genuine otherworldly atmosphere, the second edition of the Stanley Film Festival will be underway. A celebration of the macabre in all forms, from film to theatre to how it informs our lives, The Stanley boasts a truly stellar lineup of events. So thrilling is its itinerary, it seems a simple weekend makes for hard choices. Allow me to be so bold then, to make the dilemmas a little less difficult and recommend five aspects of the festival you shouldn’t miss.

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