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  • Exclusive Premiere: Pablo Absento’s Chilling Japanese Short Film, “SHI”!

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    Earlier this year at the Mile High Horror Film Festival in Littleton, Colorado, this writer encountered a film that was quite striking and intriguing: SHI, an eerie Japanese horror short from emerging fright filmmaker Pablo Absento. The film was quite haunting, and in the discussions that followed the festival, this writer learned that Absento’s ambitious streak did not end with SHI. Rather, Absento’s eye was focused on bringing an assembly of terrifying tales from Japanese Mythology to life in an upcoming monthly short film series simply entitled JAPANESE LEGENDS.

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  • FANGO Flashback: “AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON”

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    AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON is one of the rare horror offerings that has near unlimited replay value, primarily because you’re bound to find something new to appreciate about the film with every subsequent viewing. This applies even beyond the in-jokes and moon/werewolf-related visual gags, but even in terms of performances and dialogue, as picking up subtle inflections and cinematic beats can change the dynamics of a scene entirely. For a genre that rarely provides such layering, especially in the horror comedy subgenre, it’s no wonder why AMERICAN WEREWOLF stands the test of time so well.

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  • Eerie Episodes: “THE HUNGER: Season 2, Episode 1” (1999)

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    While horror hounds might be more familiar with David Bowie and Tony Scott’s moody, macabre vampire film THE HUNGER, far less are familiar with their reunion on the second season premiere of THE HUNGER. While unrelated to the film in content, the themes and visual style are quite similar on the series, which is closer to a Gothic horror anthology in nature produced by Scott Free in the late ‘90s and aired on Showtime. And in the first episode of the second season, entitled “Sanctuary,” Bowie returned in front of the camera for Tony Scott, playing Julian Priest in an episode of horror television that is as creepy as it is bold and strange.

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  • Q&A: Robert Rodriguez on “FROM DUSK TILL DAWN”, Season Two

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    With FROM DUSK TILL DAWN: THE SERIES’ second season now on DVD/Blu-ray and streaming on Netflix Instant, FANGORIA looks back at our roundtable interview with series creator and frequent director Robert Rodriguez from the set of the series at Troublemaker Studios. Please note that since this was a roundtable discussion, questions were asked collectively by various outlets and not all questions are representative of FANGORIA and the attributed journalist.

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  • For Your Consideration: The 2016 Chainsaw Award Nominees for Best 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 Actor category, the competition was bloodthirsty and thus, many petrifying performances didn’t quite make the cut, including SINISTER 2’s James Ransone, THE GIFT’s Jason Bateman, SOME KIND OF HATE’s Ronen Rubinstein and DEATHGASM’s Milo Cawthorne. Even some performances from less acclaimed films- such as Keanu Reeves in KNOCK KNOCK and James McAvoy in VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN- were considered among the great performances of 2015. Alas, only five performances could cut through the crowd, with FANGORIA going with our gut to nominate the best of the best.

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  • SXSW Film Festival Line-up Nabs “OUTCAST”, “IN A VALLEY OF VIOLENCE” Premieres

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    For attendees of genre-friendly film festivals, SXSW is one of the few tried-and-true destinations of the year, having been the host to the world premieres of many anticipated horror flicks. Now, SXSW has announced their 2016 line-up that will be playing from March 11th – 20th in Austin, Texas, which includes the latest from Ti West, Robert Kirkman and many, many more.

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  • Stream to Scream: “EXCISION”

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    For this writer, Richard Bates Jr.’s EXCISION is one of those essential genre titles that operate close to the vein of horror comedy and yet don’t quite follow the horror-comedy mold. Much akin to William Friedkin’s KILLER JOE and, to an extent, Daniel Waters’ HEATHERS, EXCISION carries a mean-streak and matter-of-fact presentation of its darker, disturbing material that feels less conventional and yet completely humorous in execution. And furthermore, EXCISION is the kind of film that features an old school vibe in that it moves and is stylized at its own pace, giving characters their own moments to live and breathe within the universe while presenting artistic flourishes that feel unique and different from other depictions of internal fantasies.

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  • “THE X-FILES: Season 10, Episode 3” (TV Review)

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    While the “monster of the week” episodes of THE X-FILES were among the most definitive- and divisive- of the series’ original run, they also doubled as the perfect catalyst for character development on the program. With Scully’s rampant skepticism and Mulder’s penchant for conspiracies and the mystically-informed, the “monster of the week” entries would frequently challenge and build upon these traits while giving our heroes the brilliantly-written rapport the fans craved. And therefore, when THE X-FILES unveiled “Mulder and Scully meet the Were-Monster” on the third installment of the 6-episode series reboot, the show not only revived its fantastic sense of humor but offered a vintage X-FILES atmosphere that felt beyond satisfying to witness again.

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