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    On Set: “THE WOMAN IN BLACK 2 ANGEL OF DEATH,” Part One

    We were promised fire. It’s approaching midnight on a cold night in November, and FANGORIA is shivering on an abandoned military air base in Oxfordshire. The base itself is a vast expanse of desolate darkness, but we’re at least benefitting from the floodlights set up on a stretch of former runway, as the crew of Hammer’s THE WOMAN IN BLACK 2 ANGEL OF DEATH prepare for a climactic sequence.

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    “STONEHEARST ASYLUM” (Blu-ray Review)

    As someone who has been with the horror genre so consistently over the course of his career, it’s a surprise that Brad Anderson is still one of the more underappreciated genre filmmakers working today. This is especially so considering his versatility among his projects, handing in a kinetic, mainstream thriller like THE CALL while also offering brooding suspense in SESSION 9 and off-kilter tension in STONEHEARST ASYLUM. And with STONEHEARST, Anderson takes on a bigger challenge than he’s yet to do: adapt the period-appropriate work of Edgar Allen Poe while maintaining a unique cinematic voice of his own.

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    Merry Xmas! Warm up with Rebekah McKendry’s “BARISTA” for FREE!

    Merry Christmas, FANGORIA readers one and all! A holiday that’s close to our hearts, disembodied or otherwise, Christmas has always been a great time for seriously eerie entertainment, whether it be the likes of BLACK CHRISTMAS or SANTA’S SLAY. So for our 35th Christmas this year, FANGORIA wants to offer you something very special to help tide over your holidays: Rebekah McKendry’s festival favorite short, BARISTA, for FREE!

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    “THE BOYS FROM BRAZIL” (Blu-ray Review)

    PLANET OF THE APES director Franklin J. Schaffner’s chilling 1978 programmer THE BOYS FROM BRAZIL is one of those glorious international, big budget melting pot thrillers whose presence has long since ebbed, having peaked in the 1970’s before fading into oblivion. But the film, based on a wild same-named novel by ROSEMARY’S BABY author Ira Levin, is miles removed from DOCTOR ZHIVAGO, WHERE EAGLES DARE; BOYS is a horror movie, plain and simple. The film follows Levin’s interest in perverted child birth while it exemplifies Schaffner’s deft hand at wrangling massive casts (who again, speak a wide array of languages), multiple locations and managing to make sprawling pictures that are both supremely epic while claustrophobically intimate. And though it wasn’t a financial success upon release, the film has found a devoted cult via TV airings and later, the VHS rental market. And now, Shout! Factory has brought it to Blu-ray.

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    “POKER NIGHT” (Film Review)

    There’s a certain beauty in independent films that the VOD/STV market has instilled in the viewing experience that otherwise is only found around film festivals, and that’s the absence of expectation. Looking at the promotional material for POKER NIGHT, the film could be confused for a masked slasher film or a late stage addition into the torture porn subgenre. And yet with little in the way of hype or criticism before the screening, I couldn’t really nail down what the film would be and, more importantly, where it would go.

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