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  • Rod Serling and The Darker Side of “THE TWILIGHT ZONE”

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    If you were going to look at THE TWILIGHT ZONE in terms of music, the perfect metaphor for the series most present voices would be the Beatles. If George Clayton Johnson’s introspective yet objectively lighthearted fare would make him the Ringo Starr of THE TWILIGHT ZONE, that would make Richard Matheson the more spiritually present and emotionally intricate George Harrison. And if Charles Beaumont would be the more polished and excitable Paul McCartney, the essential and darker flip side to that coin would be Rod Serling as John Lennon. And as silly and superficial as that may be, there might be no better way to describe Serling’s unique place on THE TWILIGHT ZONE: a creative genius who could create entertainment with others, but left unchecked, he’ll produce brash, angry art born out of societal frustration.

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  • For Your Consideration: The 2016 FANGORIA Chainsaw Award Nominees for Best TV Series!

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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. Truth be told, this might have been one of the hardest categories for FANGO to narrow down: BATES MOTEL had a more solid season than ever before, while improvements were found in the latest outings of AMERICAN HORROR STORY, FROM DUSK TILL DAWN: THE SERIES and THE STRAIN alike. Alas, there can only be five horror series that can earn FANGORIA’s nominations, and these five series were, in this writer’s opinion, the most consistently strong of the televised terrors in 2015.

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  • Trio of Latest Blumhouse Horrors Hit Netflix Instant and VOD

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    Following their successful and buzzworthy release of CREEP and other BH Tilt titles on Netflix in 2015, Blumhouse Productions has kicked off 2016 in a new, bold way. That’s right: three brand new horror offerings have landed on Netflix Instant and VOD in the past 24 hours, including star-studded films from the directors of THE SKELETON KEY, SAW VI and STATE OF GRACE.

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  • Contest: Win Tickets to William Brent Bell’s “THE BOY” Fan Event!

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    After the trailer debuted late last year, William Brent Bell’s THE BOY (not to be mistaken for the 2015 Spectrevision title) is poised to scare up the U.S. box office this weekend. However, those dying to see the fright film will have their first opportunity tomorrow, January 20th, as STX Entertainment has set up special “Fan Event” screenings around the country, offering an interactive 3+ hour event that includes an early screening of the film, a live stream Q&A with Lauren Cohan, appearances by social media stars and even free concessions. And FANGORIA has been given the chance to let three lucky winners (and their guests) to go to their local THE BOY Fan Event on the house!

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  • Tyler Perry to Direct New “HALLOWEEN” Film

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    Yes, you read that correctly: according to Variety, filmmaker Tyler Perry will be reviving a franchise with his next Halloween-set film! Wait… did you think it was the HALLOWEEN? Oh no; Tyler Perry will be making a Halloween film with the first live-action Madea movie in three years, entitled BOO! A MADEA HALLOWEEN.

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  • XLrator Media Acquires Fright Festival Favorite “SUN CHOKE”

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    After a solid debut at the Stanley Film Festival in 2015, SUN CHOKE was a film to watch as it traversed the festival scene throughout 2015. Alas, the film didn’t quite catch fire with distributors immediately as some terror titles, with the film making FANGO’s Top 10 potential 2016 releases not long ago. However, that has all changed today as Deadline confirms that FANGO friend XLrator Media has acquired distribution rights to the psychological slow-burn thriller.

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  • Crossing Over: “THE WARRIORS”

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    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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  • “THE GUARDIAN” (Blu-ray Review)

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    Although William Friedkin’s relationship to suspenseful and intense storytelling goes far beyond the horror genre, many of his strictly genre titles tend to be overshadowed by the macabre masterpiece that is THE EXORCIST. For the most part, that tends to be a real shame considering some of the truly transgressive, insane and unique properties William Friedkin has directed within the horror genre. And firmly within that camp would be Friedkin’s 1990 effort THE GUARDIAN, a bloody and erotic tale mixture of domestic horror and supernatural madness that shows brilliant craftsmanship paired with a reckless abandonment of logic.

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  • Stream to Scream: “RESIDUE”

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    One of the key differences between American and British television is that in the latter, there’s nearly an instantly immersive element to the storytelling. Whether it’s UTOPIA, BLACK MIRROR or RESIDUE, these genre programs throw the audience into their respective sci-fi/horror worlds with no expectation or preparation. While U.S. programs go to great lengths to establish tone and atmosphere before throwing their characters into their horror-oriented journeys, U.K. horror TV treats its audience almost as adversaries in a game of psychological chess, revealing it’s game plan by the time the checkmate is already in motion. And in the case of the aforementioned RESIDUE, that immersive storytelling is even more engaging when the payoff is that of the supernatural element.

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  • The Value of Nightmares: How The Academy Awards Continue to Ignore Horror

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    It’s no secret within the film industry that the horror genre and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences don’t quite gel together. Although there have been genre films that have penetrated the Academy’s persistent disinterest in horror- such as BLACK SWAN, ROSEMARY’S BABY, SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, JAWS and THE EXORCIST, fright films have often been considered “less than” when compared to Oscar-bait drama and more ambitious, expensive productions. For the most part, the horror side of the film industry has come to accept this divisive relationship, especially considering how much expensive politics come to play in the voting process rather than objective quality. And while the Oscars receives flack from other voices from the industry for their lack of diversity and their susceptibility to traditionally lauded subject matter, there’s a good reason for horror fans to decry the Academy Awards as well, as the transgressions- albeit passive- have gone beyond frustration and into active disrespect.

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  • The Year in Horror, 2015: 13 Frighteningly Good Reads

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    For those not as passionate about dark culture as those of us who gather at this particular on-line oasis, horror-obsessed family and friends can be difficult to shop for—hence the many gift certificates in FANGORIA fiends’ stockings a few weeks back. We’ve already given readers plenty of film purchase options—check out our exquisitely curated lists from Michael Gingold and Ken Hanley—and for dark literature aficionados, 2015 (give or take a month) had plenty to offer too:

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