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    Fango Flashback: Verhoeven’s “ROBOCOP” (1987)

    Being from the younger generation of today’s cinephiles, there’s a certain pool of veteran filmmakers that I’d love to see deliver one more passion-fueled film before calling it quits. With Hollywood becoming more tentpole-focused however, it’s unlikely to imagine a world where subversive genre filmmakers such as John Carpenter, David Lynch and Paul Verhoeven would get that chance to relive their bloody glory days. Thus is the nature of the business, but still, there’s such an exhilaration from revisiting their work that the absence of new, well-funded films from these filmmakers leaves a hole in the world of imaginative onscreen storytelling. In the case of Paul Verhoeven, who is still working busier than ever outside of the US Hollywood system, that return to the system that brought us classic sci-fi gorefests like TOTAL RECALL, STARSHIP TROOPERS and ROBOCOP always seems to be coasting on the horizon as his films are neutered in mega-budgeted, misguided PG-13 remakes.

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    SXSW ’14: The Slashing Love-Hate Letter to Musical Theatre, “STAGE FRIGHT”

    You could say the extremities of horror and musical theatre run parallel, so it’s not a surprise to find fans of both. And ultimately, when the paths do cross successfully, it’s a refreshing sweet spot. Just in recent years a musical staging of Stuart Gordon’s RE-ANIMATOR found much deserved acclaim, as has a short film by the name THE LEGEND OF BEAVER DAM. The director of the latter, Jerome Sable, is set to hit fests again this month after slaying audiences with BEAVER DAM, returning in full force with a full length blend of singing and slashing and dancing and dying entitled STAGE FRIGHT. FANGORIA spoke to Sable and composer/writing partner Eli Batalion in anticipation of STAGE FRIGHT’s world premiere and found more than just a preview, but a sort of two man show.

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    Full Trailer: Mike Flanagan’s Fantastic Cursed Mirror Film, “OCULUS”

    Anyone wowed by the eerie atmosphere of Mike Flanagan’s ABSENTIA should be positively thrilled that his new feature, OCULUS is rapidly approaching. Heavily delivering on all of the potential within that 2011 film, OCULUS is crushing and legitimately scary throughout, and you can get a taste of such, as well as the film’s parallel structure in its newly released full trailer.

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    Boston Underground Reveals Second Wave, including “STARRY EYES” and “STRANGE COLOUR”

    It’s proper festival fever here at Fango, as we prepare to head down to SXSW, whilst Tribeca and Boston Underground reveal what’s in store this spring. With announcements already underway, it’s clear the 2014 Boston Underground Film Festival has no plans to skimp on any of the highly anticipated horror on the circuit, adding Hollywood occult tale STARRY EYES and the deservedly acclaimed neo-giallo THE STRANGE COLOUR OF YOUR BODY’S TEARS to the lineup. Also on deck is Sion Sono’s stunning love letter to film, WHY DON’T YOU PLAY IN HELL?, psychological thriller TEN and a thrilling 35MM anniversary screening of SCHOOL OF THE HOLY BEAST!

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    Mickle and Damici Developing “STAKE LAND” as a Series

    Jim Mickle’s acclaimed Post Vampire-apocalypse movie STAKE LAND is essentially a road movie, and since there’s no shortage of roads in either our U.S. or the imagined one of the film, there seems to be no shortage of stories to tell within its world. And so, Mickle and co-writer Nick Damici (who starred in the film) are developing the work to continue on as a television series.

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    A Kabuki Killer at Musical Theatre Camp! The “STAGE FRIGHT” Red Band Trailer is Here

    Jerome Sable’s THE LEGEND OF BEAVER DAM was a knockout short film that blended campfire horror story and rousing musical number into something unforgettable. For his feature debut, Sable is going even further, looking to explicitly engage a love and background of musical geekery for a slasher film set at theatre camp with plenty of blood spatter, dance numbers, a Kabuki mask and Meat Loaf.

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