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    FANTASTICA Presents: Inside The Cult of Craig R. Baxley, The Prophet of Action Cinema

    While typing up this week’s entry of FANTASTICA Presents, the thought crossed my mind that perhaps the reader might not know who Craig R. Baxley is. Of course, it was a fleeting thought that should have no merit in the real world, but in the off-chance that someone has been living some bizarre alternate reality where Craig R. Baxley isn’t a part of their immediate cinematic language alongside the likes of Steven Spielberg, John Carpenter, Stanley Kubrick and James Cameron, I might as well attempt to provide an explanation. And really, there is no better fitting explanation towards the work of Craig R. Baxley than to say that the stuntman-turned-director is nothing short of a Prophet of Action Cinema, whose contributions to the genre should not only be celebrated but worshipped as a higher power of adrenaline-fueled ascents into explosion-laden nirvana.

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    “THE STRAIN: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON (COLLECTOR’S EDITION)” (Blu-ray Review)

    Following the massive success of THE WALKING DEAD, one of the coolest announcements to come from the flood of horror coming to cable was that of Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s THE STRAIN. Having been a fan of the book trilogy (which actually helped this writer keep his sanity when electricity and heat were absent in the wake of Hurricane Sandy), the idea of del Toro and Hogan bringing their unique vision of vampirism and anarchy to serialized television was especially enticing. However, when the pilot hit, this writer found the intriguing and technically wonderful pilot episode to not quite have been the home run he was looking for, and after 4 episodes of the series, I felt that the need to cover every aspect of the book (and then some) had grown tiresome. So when the opportunity arose to revisit and finish the series in a brand-spankin’-new collector’s edition, complete with a miniature bust of The Master’s head, this writer tempered his expectations and jumped in headfirst.

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    Stream to Scream: “THE DEN”

    While many fright fans were surprised that it took the film industry so long to bring a supernaturally charged digital horror film like UNFRIENDED to the table (FEARDOTCOM not withstanding), the reason may be more simple than you could have imagined. As every reader of this column can tell you, the internet can actually be a genuinely dangerous place, and hence, the fear that can be culled from the human horror of the ‘net has been a much more logical endeavor. And while the idea of telling a scary story from the POV of a computer screen may inherently disinterest some, those horror hounds might miss some genre gems as a result, including Zachary Donohue’s online chiller THE DEN.

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    Q&A: Patrick Brice and Mark Duplass talk “CREEP” Trilogy Plans

    It’s been a long road for Patrick Brice’s CREEP, but perhaps the path less taken proved to be fruitful for the enigmatic fright flick, which certainly goes beyond what some may expect from a routine stalker flick. But now, that road has finally lead to a destination, with the film debuting on iTunes shortly before taking on a new life via Netflix. With the film drawing buzz and dominating the VOD charts, FANGORIA caught up with CREEP star Mark Duplass and director Patrick Brice to talk about the film, the trilogy rumors and creating a slow-burn found footage flick that lives up to its title…

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    “SCREAM: THE TV SERIES: Season 1, Episode 2″ (TV Review)

    Episode two of SCREAM: THE TV SERIES, titled “Hello Emma,” picks up right where the pilot episode ended by clumsily wrapping up a few loose ends and demonstrating a predictable format I expect every episode to follow. Open with a kill. Exposition. Build up to what you expect to be another kill, but is actually nothing. A new suspect. The end!

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    Crossing Over: “KABUKIMAN’S COCKTAIL CORNER”

    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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    Q&A: Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon on “THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN” (2014)

    When THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN hit VOD and Streaming last October, there were many who lauded the influence of Ryan Murphy on the Blumhouse picture, citing Murphy’s penchant for the nightmarish, visceral and surreal on AMERICAN HORROR STORY that appeared throughout the remake/sequel. However, when it comes to those aesthetics, credit is due- if not moreso- to director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, whose unique directorial style on AMERICAN HORROR STORY bled (literally) into THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN (2014). Now, with the critically acclaimed ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL in theaters and THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN coming to Blu-ray and DVD from Image Entertainment, FANGORIA was able to catch up with the auteur on his approach to SUNDOWN, his incredible cast and what he’s learned from the House of Murphy…

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