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  • Q&A: Adam MacDonald talks Survival Horror in “BACKCOUNTRY”

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    Always riding the line of drama and horror, survival horror is among the strongest and visceral subgenres out there, particularly considering that it’s constantly grounding itself in reality. Whether it’s the elements, our own bodies or the creatures of the wilderness, survival horror has the potential to not only be empathetic but also gruesome in an overtly understandable context. And it’s serving those elements that director Adam MacDonald roots BACKCOUNTRY, IFC Midnight’s intense and terrifying people vs. nature film starring Missy Peregrym, Jeff Roop and Eric Balfour. A FANGORIA fan, MacDonald recently spoke to us about crafting BACKCOUNTRY, the film’s bait-and-switch tactics and the psychological ramifications of researching bear attacks…

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  • “THE WALKING DECEASED” (Film Review)

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    At this point, most horror fans have become jaded to the concept of the “horror spoof,” despite becoming jaded with most everything else in the landscape of contemporary horror. And, to be fair, one can’t blame them much: horror fans will frequently avoid spoofs like the plague due to weak and uninspired gags in the marketing, and even sometimes see these parodies as a sign of disrespect to the genre as the filmmakers don’t “understand” what makes horror work. But, as with any film this writer has covered, I approached THE WALKING DECEASED with an open mind, and in doing so, I discovered that not only was DECEASED respectful of its source material, but also genuinely funny.

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  • Q&A: Actor Lou Taylor Pucci Talks the Monstrous Romance of “SPRING”

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    Toward the end of shooting PERSONAL VELOCITY back in 2001, up-and-coming actor Lou Taylor Pucci received a bit of frank career advice from writer/director Rebecca Miller. “Don’t do shit,” the daughter of famed playwright Arthur Miller and wife of Daniel Day-Lewis told him—and Pucci took the three-word maxim to heart.

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  • Video Q&A: Iddo Goldberg and Elise Eberle talk “SALEM” Season Two!

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    Of course, with a show like SALEM, brutality comes with the territory… quite literally. Inspired by the actual Salem Witch Trials, the show takes some gleefully disturbing liberty with the source material to put both the audience and certain characters through the ringer. And when FANGORIA was transported to SALEM ourselves, courtesy of WGN America, we were able to meet two of SALEM’s most tragic characters in their perpetually damned flesh: Iddo Goldberg (a/k/a the unlucky Isaac) and Elise Eberle (a/k/a the tortured rebel witch Mercy).

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  • Q&A: Director Scott Dow on “THE WALKING DECEASED”

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    In a weird way, there’s an art to doing a horror spoof correctly, even though some horror fans would disagree that’s at all possible. Certainly, if you rely too much on an easy gag or anything too on-the-nose, you risk alienating your audience and being labeled as a cheap ripoff. On the other hand, if you stride too far away from the source material, you risk confusing your target audience and misrepresenting the film. So therefore, it’s important for a spoof to not only understand its source material, but to appreciate itself as a film, and build upon that material to earn some genuine laughs from the characters and dialogue.

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  • Jim Carrey, Keanu Reeves, More join Amirpour’s “BAD BATCH”

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    For lovers of international and art house horror, there was nary a 2015 title that was as breathtaking and bold as A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT, the Spectrevision title from up-and-coming auteur Ana Lily Amirpour. Of course, with such a unique artistic statement that was as stylish as it was captivating, Amirpour got noticed quick and by art film megaproducer Megan Ellison of all people. Now, with her second film, a dystopian love story featuring southbound cannibals called THE BAD BATCH, taking shape, Amirpour has secured one hell of a cast for her sophomore cinematic effort.

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