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    Exclusive “PATRICK: EVIL AWAKENS” Set Visit, Part One: The Newcomers

    On the set of PATRICK: EVIL AWAKENS, Mark Hartley’s re-imagining of the Australian horror classic being lensed at Melbourne’s Docklands Studios on the eve of Christmas 2012, it’s understandably quiet. That’s because all available eyes and cameras are focused on Jackson Gallagher, the young Australian actor playing Patrick, as he stares unblinkingly upward from his hospital bed while nurse Kathy Jacquard (YOU’RE NEXT’s Sharni Vinson) chats away amiably to her apparently nonresponsive charge.

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    Want More Hammer on Blu? Sign this Petition and Be Heard!

    Hammer Film Productions has had immense influence on the genre, resurrecting Gothic monsters from their black and white beginnings and populating their films with acting greats such as Peter Cushing, Oliver Reed, Barbara Shelley and Christopher Lee. By giving these classic tales of terror excellent scripts, beautiful production design and colorful cinematography, Hammer cemented their place in cinema history and have gone on to inspire generations of filmmakers in the years since. Yet, to many modern fright fans, these films don’t nearly get the appreciation they deserve, often times released by their respective studios in bare-bones reprints of foreign DVDs to the domestic marketplace.

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    “HOUSEBOUND” (SXSW Movie Review)

    Is the New Zealand horror-comedy back? At the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, Jermaine Clement and Taika Waititi’s vampire mock doc WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS was one of the strongest in the lineup. Little over a month later, Gerard Johnstone’s HOUSEBOUND world premieres at SXSW and is almost immediately the surprise of the slate. Both pit the gothic and the modern against each other, and while SHADOWS is a purely silly and unrelentingly hilarious work, HOUSEBOUND manages to balance consistent, fantastic comedy with a properly eerie mystery and what should be a star-making turn from lead Morgana O’Reilly.

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    “AMONG THE LIVING” (SXSW Movie Review)

    The fantastic films of French filmmaking pair Alexandre Bustillo & Julien Maury are entirely informed by horror cinema. That sentiment and interest in homage is, of course, no stranger to the genre, but coming from the duo who debuted with something like INSIDE, it’s both more sophisticated and more punishing than one might expect from a simple tip of the hat. Within three varied films, the two boast their own singular style, one concerned with stunning aesthetic, disturbing family yarns, specific subgenres and the magic of film, be it something beautiful or utterly horrifying; be it something both.

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    Win tickets to a special “SMOTHERED” screening in NC with Kane Hodder, Bill Moseley et al.!

    Slasher stars get slain in SMOTHERED, a new horror/comedy that flips the script on fright-film standards and features a passel of popular genre stars. It’s having its premiere screening at North Carolina’s Mad Monster Party convention next weekend, and we’ve got free tickets to give away!

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    “BATTLE OF THE DAMNED” (Blu-ray/DVD Review)

    I’m sure I’m not the only horror fan who has begun to groan at the sight of the phrase “zombie apocalypse.” Since THE WALKING DEAD completed its gradual climb to media domination, it appears that every filmmaker under the sun has added zombies to their portfolio, and as a result, below-average undead offerings have littered DVD shelves week after week. However, for that very reason, when this writer discovers a secret success hidden amongst the crowd of disappointment, that’s all the more reason to celebrate, and even encourage those who break the mold of Z-grade direct-to-video horror.

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    New Clip from SXSW Surprise “HOUSEBOUND” is a Pisser

    Two major American festivals into 2014 and it’s clear New Zealand horror-comedies may be back in a big way. Sundance saw the premiere of Jermaine Clement and Taika Waititi’s ultra silly and absolutely wonderful vampire film WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS. Now, SXSW has its own surprise: Gerard Johnstone’s HOUSEBOUND, a new clip of which is a real pisser. 

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