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  • “ALIEN: COVENANT” Gets Official Release Date, Story & Cast Details

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    If you disregard the ALIEN VS. PREDATOR films as well as Ridley Scott’s PROMETHEUS, the last tried-and-true ALIEN effort was nearly 20 years ago with 1997’s ALIEN: RESURRECTION. However, with the ‘indefinite hold’ currently on Neill Blomkamp’s ALIEN effort (which would have seen both Hicks and Ripley back into the franchise), the best chance of seeing the Xenomorph back in proper form was Ridley Scott’s PROMETHEUS follow-up, which promised to bridge that prequel to Scott’s ’79 original. Yet today, in a surprise announcement, 20th Century Fox has revealed the official title for Scott’s second ALIEN prequel, entitled ALIEN: COVENANT, as well as the synopsis, returning PROMETHEUS cast and exactly when we’ll see the return of the ALIEN franchise.

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  • “DEAD BODY” (NYC Horror Film Fest Review)

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    While some might argue that the “whodunit?”-style of storytelling may be outdated, this writer would argue that not only is the structure relevant but also woefully underutilized. A precursor to the slasher film, “whodunit?” mysteries can be just as effective when applied to the horror genre as it is when applied to noirs and thrillers, especially when a film provides reasonable doubt for as many characters as possible. Luckily, DEAD BODY does just that, providing the genre’s strongest and most brutal “whodunit?” in recent memory, rife with excellent performances and jaw-dropping FX to sell the scares full-stop.

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  • Event Report: “MISERY” with Bruce Willis & Laurie Metcalf on Broadway

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    This writer must admit that it’s a bit surprising that not more horror takes to the stage in a serious context. Of course, there are the many macabre musicals that infuse the flamboyant Broadway attitude and the splattery, insane properties of horror films past, including musical adaptations of EVIL DEAD, RE-ANIMATOR and SILENCE OF THE LAMBS. But the stage is rarely approached for traditionally frightening fare these days, even with the potential of genuinely frightening a room full of people being a logical step from the increasingly interactive haunt experience. But at least one live show is making the bold step of attempting to do so, and with a property that is beloved by many horror hounds: Stephen King’s MISERY, starring Bruce Willis, Laurie Metcalf and Leon Addison Brown.

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  • NYC! Free screening of action thriller “CLOSE RANGE” hits on November 30th!

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    FANGORIA will be hosting a free screening of CLOSE RANGE, a non-stop thriller starring action superstar Scott Adkins (THE EXPENDABLES 2, UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: DAY OF RECKONING), in New York City on Monday, November 30th at 7 p.m. This special showing will be held at the Helen Mills Theater (137-139 West 26 Street). As an added bonus, members of the Gramercy location of Tiger Schulmann’s will be giving a spectacular live mixed martial arts demonstration before the screening!

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  • “MOST LIKELY TO DIE” (New York City Horror Film Fest Review)

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    MOST LIKELY TO DIE is a strange beast, mostly because its most alluring charm is also its greatest detraction. The fact is that MOST LIKELY TO DIE, from concept to execution, is standard slasher film fare; there’s rarely a moment in MOST LIKELY TO DIE that one won’t recognize as a horror movie trope or as problematically predictable. However, in the age where most films are either minimalistic, low-budget haunting movies or direct-to-video torture porn, there’s something refreshing about a pick-’em-off slasher film, complete with masked killer and ridiculous gimmick. Yet even with all the tools and potential at their behest, the fact that MOST LIKELY TO DIE never quite escalates beyond its conventional story is frustrating, ultimately limiting the film to an enjoyable yet forgettable contemporary chiller.

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  • FANGO Flashback: “BODY BAGS”

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    For any horror fan, the ‘90s can be a point of contention in the genre’s history. While the decade has produced some truly excellent fright fare, the decade didn’t quite find a popular groove in the genre until the post-SCREAM slasher boom, with many of the successive entries falling upon retrospective scrutiny. Yet potentially most damning about the ‘90s to fright fans was that many of the ‘80s horror masters found themselves marginalized and alienated by the studio system. And it was with that disdain that John Carpenter and Tobe Hooper fled to Showtime to set up shop with for televised terror, only to wind up with one of their most underrated titles to date: BODY BAGS.

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  • Q&A: Juliet Landau and Deverill Weekes on Their Vampire Documentary “A PLACE AMONG THE UNDEAD”

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    Juliet Landau is probably best known for playing the unhinged vampire Drusilla over multiple seasons of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER and ANGEL. Deverill Weekes is an acclaimed cinematographer/photographer with a passion for genre films and TV, as well as prosthetic makeup and its creators. Given their backgrounds, it makes sense that the married Landau and Weekes have embarked on making the feature-length documentary A PLACE AMONG THE UNDEAD, which explores both creators and fans of vampires in literature, cinema, television and other media.

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  • New York City Horror Film Festival Preview: Stephen Martin’s “DEAD HEARTS”

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    With the 14th annual New York City Horror Film Festival kicking off tonight at Times Scare, fright fans have been abuzz wondering how the longstanding fest will do in its new, visceral venue. And while the films playing at NYCHFF include such anticipated fright fare such as LANDMINE GOES CLICK and MOST LIKELY TO DIE as well as acclaimed shorts EL GIGANTE and SLUT, FANGORIA was able to preview one final short selection ahead of the festival, Stephen Martin’s DEAD HEARTS.

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  • Crossing Over: “EDGE”

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    Welcome, FANGORIA Readers, to CROSSING OVER, our newest column that highlights the films, series and content out there outside of horror that is fashioned towards or pays tribute to our beloved genre. By shining a light onto these projects, FANGORIA hopes to open a world of entertainment perfect for fright fans that lies just beyond the borders of the horror community. So without further ado…

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  • “THE STEAM MAN #2” (Comic Book Review)

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    Every once in a while, a story comes along that seems so completely implausible, a fantasy of the most ridiculous order, that you swear it was written during the ‘70s psychedelic sci-fi pulp movement instead of the modern age of comics. THE STEAM MAN from Dark Horse is one of those titles; a work that proves that imagination has no limit and art has no cinematic budget, exploding onto the page with a mix of steampunk, sci-fi, horror, and western. Currently on its second issue, the work continues where it left off with issue #1, this time focusing not on our heroes hunting in a giant mechanical man but on the vampire that they pursue across the desolate wasteland of their world.

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