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  • FANGO Flashback: “SHOCKER”

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    One of the things this writer loves so very much about Wes Craven’s filmography is that, when left to his own devices, Craven was not afraid to go absolutely crazy with his work. In that sense, several of Craven’s films throw caution to the wind as irreverent humor, dream logic and bloody horror run wild in an orgy of cinematic madness, such as THE PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS, NEW NIGHTMARE and SHOCKER. And in terms of the latter, Wes Craven uses his unique and twisted sensibilities to try to create a new horror icon, notedly as a response to the franchise from which he was exiled from, A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET.

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  • “REGRESSION” (Movie Review)

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    “We’ve made absolutely no progress,” laments Ethan Hawke’s brooding detective Bruce Kenner about an hour into REGRESSION—and the audience may well be inclined to agree with him, presuming they can find this latest dumped-by-The-Weinstein-Company flick. But let’s regress back to the beginning of the story…

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  • For Your Consideration: The 2016 Chainsaw Award Nominees for Best Actress!

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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 Best Actress, this was definitely the most contested and debated category of this year’s awards, with many, many actresses in heavy consideration: SOME KIND OF HATE’s Grace Phipps, THE HARVEST’s Samantha Morton, THE GIFT’s Rebecca Hall, SPRING’s Nadia Hilker, FELT’s Amy Iverson and THE FINAL GIRLS’ Taissa Farmiga. That’s not even considering all the fantastic female performances from ensembles from which it was difficult to even nominate a leading actress, such as THE MIDNIGHT SWIM. Yet with the limitations of only five available nomination slots, FANGORIA had to highlight the lead female performances that stood out most among the crowd in 2016.

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  • Deaditorial: Faith in Fright, or The Importance of Religion in the Horror Genre

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    It’s been over 40 years since it became a worldwide theatrical phenomenon, and still to this day, if you ask any person the scariest horror movie they’ve ever seen is, there’s a more than likely chance they’ll say THE EXORCIST. One of the main reasons this might be their answer is pretty simple: THE EXORCIST is a master class in horror filmmaking from all parties involved. However, one of the other main reasons you hear that title so frequently is that THE EXORCIST did something that JAWS, THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT and A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET did not: it made a monster out of The Devil.

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  • “SOUTHBOUND” (Movie Review)

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    From the people behind the V/H/S movies comes a film that should satisfy even those who don’t usually respond to anthologies, as SOUTHBOUND consists less of separate segments than chapters in the same story—all of them scary, one of them a truly harrowing experience.

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  • “THE PACK” (2016; Movie Review)

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    Even before they’re plunged into a cinematic nightmare that bridges the gap between John Carpenter’s original ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 and the 2011 Liam Neeson survival thriller THE GREY, the family we meet at the outset of Nick Robertson’s THE PACK has already got trouble aplenty.

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