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  • Stream to Scream: “DER SAMURAI”

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    There is something truly, genuinely thrilling about seeing a horror film that steps beyond the perceived boundaries of the genre. In a genre with a saturated marketplace and countless imitators of whatever is in the zeitgeist, to see something completely and utterly unique and without categorization is sadly a rarity nowadays. And to walk into such a film blind and vulnerable to anything a visionary filmmaker throws your way is even more rare, which makes DER SAMURAI a cinematic experience literally unlike any other.

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  • “KILLERS” Directors Re-Team for Cryptic “MACABRE” Sequel

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    For those keeping their eyes on the Indonesian film scene following the release of THE RAID films, the name Timo Tjahjanto should be quite familiar familiar. One half of The Mo Brothers, Tjahjanto memorably co-directed the amazing cult segment in V/H/S/2 with filmmaker Gareth Evans as well as last year’s brutal foreign thriller KILLERS. However, those more well-versed in Indonesian horror might know Tjahjanto from his feature film debut MACABRE, a TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE homage that put the fright filmmaker on the map following its buzzworthy festival run. Luckily, fans of that contemporary cult classic have been given reason to celebrate the New Year as Tjahjanto recently announced on his Instagram that a sinister sequel to the splattery film is indeed moving forward.

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  • FANGO Flashback: “DEEP BLUE SEA”

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    As this writer has made abundantly clear, there’s few horror filmmakers that can churn out something as insane and kick-ass as frequently as Renny Harlin. Harlin has truly done it all, from reshaping iconic film characters like Freddy Krueger and John McClane to working with Sylvester Stallone and Shane Black to sinking Carolco with one CUTTHROAT-ISLAND sized bomb. But at the end of the day, Harlin hits his material with an infectious gusto, which is why so often his films are unmistakably entertaining. And in the case of films like DEEP BLUE SEA, the more over-the-top the vehicle may be, the more Harlin seems to find his cinematic strength.

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  • Director Jason Zada on the True Terrors Behind “THE FOREST,” Part One

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    Though a darkness gathered at the edge of Japan’s infamous Aokigahara forest, the guide who had led Jason Zada through a lush maze of imposing beauty to its disquieting heart of darkness had one final request before he would bring the American film director fully back into the world: “I need you to rub salt on my back. And then I will rub some on yours as well.”

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  • “OVER YOUR DEAD BODY” (Blu-ray Review)

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    As a fan of Takashi Miike for quite some time now, this writer has to respect the A-game and versatility that the man brings to his films. Shooting multiple films every year across different genres and subject matters, Miike finds the intersection between commercial and creative with an unmistakable level of talent at his behest. And yet, there’s something decidedly specific about his style and cinematic voice that separates him from his contemporaries, and makes jaw-dropping, surreal nightmares feel oddly familiar.

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  • The Dreadful Ten: Ken’s Blu-ray Wishlist for 2016!

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    From DEMON KNIGHT to EATEN ALIVE! to THE BEYOND, 2015 was a banner year for horror on Blu-ray for specialty collectors. With Blu boutique labels such as Synapse, Vinegar Syndrome, Warner Archive, Scream Factory, Arrow Video, Blue Underground, Grindhouse Releasing, Cult Epics and Twilight Time firing on all cylinders, fright fans around the world have been stocking their shelves and draining their wallets in the pursuit of obtaining the finest in high-def horror. And yet even with the terrific terror titles that made it to shelves in the past year, there are still so many genre gems that have yet to make it to the format in the U.S., prompting this week’s Dreadful Ten to be our 2016 Blu-ray Wishlist!

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