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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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  • The Martyrdom of “HALLOWEEN RETURNS”: Why Dimension’s Loss is Michael Myers’ Gain

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    Reflecting upon the near 40-year legacy of HALLOWEEN, it’s so strange to see all the places the franchise could have gone. Where would Michael Myers go had John Carpenter not retconned Laurie Strode’s lineage in PART II? Would we have even seen Michael again had HALLOWEEN III been a financial success? What would HALLOWEEN VII had been if Dimension pursued their SILENCE OF THE LAMBS-esque concept instead? And what if Rob Zombie turned down the opportunity to reboot the franchise a little over a decade ago?

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  • FANGO Flashback: “MAGIC”

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    For a genre so incestuous in terms of producers, directors and shared talent, it’s always interesting to see a prestigious outsider dip their toes into horror. Whether it’s Stanley Kubrick, Martin Scorsese, Jonathan Demme or other award-winning filmmakers who aren’t strictly tied to scare fare, there’s a certain fascination (and financial accommodation) that comes to their genre output that can’t necessarily be associated with those from whom horror hounds know what to expect. And furthermore, even if they do turn in something somewhat familiar to the genre, you can always expect top tier performances, executions and narrative flourishes that remind the audience exactly why tropes were scary in the first place, with few better examples than Richard Attenborough’s exceptionally creepy MAGIC.

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  • Exclusive Pics, Q&A: Adam Egypt Mortimer’s “New Year’s Eve” Segment of “HOLIDAYS”!

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    Oh, sound stages. They’re always fun to see, as there’s a magical sense of playful imagination walking into one. Today’s set is that of an apartment bathroom, where actress Lorenza Izzo (THE GREEN INFERNO) is screaming, offering us a view of blood and gore. While the filmmakers behind STARRY EYES, AT THE DEVIL’S DOOR, TUSK, THE MIDNIGHT SWIM and more have chosen to tackle holidays like Easter and Halloween, it’s HOLIDAYS producer/director Adam Egypt Mortimer’s choice of New Year’s that FANGO was given an exclusive taste of earlier this summer. With everything from shattered sinks, body parts, and an overall splatter-like atmosphere, it’s apparent that SOME KIND OF HATE helmer Mortimer is ready to blow horror fans away once again, speaking to FANGORIA about what horror fans can expect from his wicked segment…

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