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  • “LAST GIRL STANDING” (NYC Horror Film Fest Review)

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    As clever and exciting as the SCREAM franchise has been over the years, one of the franchise’s implicit flaws was never quite looking at Sidney Prescott’s psychological ramifications following each surpassing incident. In fact, very few horror franchises have addressed the trauma of surviving a “horror movie” scenario, and the few that have rarely do so in a realistic manner. And it’s exactly that realism that Benjamin R. Moody’s LAST GIRL STANDING attempts to ground itself in, investigating the “final girl” archetype through a post-modern lense that offers one of the most engrossing subversions on the genre in quite some time.

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  • Scream Factory Blu-ray Round-up: “BOUND TO VENGEANCE”, “BLOODSUCKING BASTARDS”, More…

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    Even though Halloween is in the horror community’s collective rearview mirror, Scream Factory continues to offer various treats to horror Blu-ray collectors. But with Christmas around the corner, fright fans might be wary about what terror titles to stuff their stockings this holiday season. Luckily, FANGORIA has the latest scare fare from the specialty horror distributor, and in this review round-up, horror hounds can better decide which Scream Factory releases are best suited for their home media collection.

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  • New York City Horror Film Festival Winners Announced!

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    Last weekend, Times Scare hosted dozens upon dozens of excited fright fans at the 14th Annual New York City Horror Film Festival. And while horror icons such as FRIDAY THE 13TH director Sean Cunningham and HALLOWEEN 3 actor Tom Atkins received honorary awards from the festival, the festival formally announced its various cinematic winners late Sunday night, with the grand prize going to Levan Bakhia’s LANDMINE GOES CLICK.

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  • FANGO Flashback: “THE MIST”

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    In almost a tragic recurring theme in the horror genre, most of the films fright fans consider to be classics of the genre certainly were not received that way initially. Whether it be the many critically-lambasted post-HALLOWEEN efforts of John Carpenter, the direct-to-video dumps of FEAST and TRICK ‘R TREAT or the commercial failures such as THE MONSTER SQUAD and NIGHTBREED, most beloved terror titles have earned their esteemed reputations years, perhaps even decades after the fact. Yet few films have earned their prestigious post-release reputation more than Frank Darabont’s terrifying and tragic adaptation of Stephen King’s THE MIST, which truly has aged like a fine wine in the near-decade since its release.

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  • “SOME KIND OF HATE” (Blu-ray Review)

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    Following its world premiere at the 2015 Stanley Film Festival, SOME KIND OF HATE was this writer’s true, definitive frontrunner for the best horror film of the year. A clever, emotional twist on the long-dormant slasher subgenre, SOME KIND OF HATE brought a brutal, visceral vision to the big screen unlike anything this writer had before while establishing Adam Egypt Mortimer as a genre director to watch. And while Image/RLJ Entertainment gave the film a push during its VOD release in September, there are still many fright fans who have yet to give the film a shot. Now, with the film debuting on Blu-ray (exclusive to Best Buy until late next month), horror hounds have the perfect opportunity to catch up with the macabre movie, while fans of the film have a chance to check out the bigger picture of SOME KIND OF HATE.

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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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