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  • “SCOOBY DOO! AND KISS: ROCK AND ROLL MYSTERY” (Film Review)

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    Ardent fans of Hanna-Barbera’s ludicrous and legendary 1978 TV movie KISS MEETS THE PHANTOM OF THE PARK (of which this writer is one) love it unconditionally; the film (directed by recently deceased genre filmmaker Gordon Hessler), is absolutely one of the strangest, inadvertently hilarious and patently ridiculous cult films of all time and there’s truly nothing else quite like it, anywhere, anytime, anyplace. But for the band, PHANTOM is of significant historical relevance. By the time the film began production, KISS was at their commercial peak and, with of co-founder and self-confessed pop culture junkie Gene Simmons’ enthusiastic blessing, had found its garish painted visages stamped across every sort of mass-marketed merchandise known to man. And, after the success of STAR WARS the previous year and the pomp of their literally blood soaked Marvel Comics appearance, it made sense to push the KISS phenomenon into the realm of cinema.

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  • Exclusive Stills: Anarchy goes Viral in “ANTISOCIAL 2”

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    With the boom of horror films to come out of Canada over the past several years, one of the more prolific VOD successes was ANTISOCIAL, the psychologically-driven fright flick following a a group of people who experience a pandemic event that supposedly begins from a virus that can transmitted from the internet. And now, 2 years after the first film premiered at Fantasia Film Festival, ANTISOCIAL 2 brings director Cody Calahan, co-writer Chad Archibald, cinematographer (and now co-writer) Jeff Maher and star Michelle Mylett back in action, and now FANGORIA has four exclusive stills from the film!

    For those unfamiliar, here’s the official synopsis for ANTISOCIAL 2…

    Years after having her newborn child stolen from her, Sam searches a world infested with infected users from the Social Redroom website. After befriending a young girl named Bean, Sam is captured and locked in a facility dedicated to finding a cure for the Redroom Virus. Trapped and tortured, Sam tries to escape the facility before an impending update on the Redroom site hits 100% and unleashed its final phase of attack.

    ANTISOCIAL 2 is premiering at the Fantasia Film Festival on July 30th; for more information and tickets, you can visit it’s Fantasia page here. And you can check out the exclusive ANTISOCIAL 2 stills below!

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  • Fantasia ’15: Director and star talk “JU-ON: THE FINAL CURSE”

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    With seven sequels under its belt (10, if you count the U.S. GRUDGE entries), JU-ON has proven to be the most durable series in the Japanese fright genre. Its spine-tingling angry-mom-and-creepy-son ghost combo has been with us since 1998; now, if titles are to be believed, the saga is wrapping up in its latest installment, JU-ON: THE FINAL CURSE, which has its international premiere tonight at Montreal’s Fantasia festival.

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  • Q&A: Tom Woodruff Jr. talks “HARBINGER DOWN” and Practical FX

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    Though you may not recognize his face, you would most certainly recognize the work of legendary FX artist and creature performer Tom Woodruff Jr. A protege of Stan Winston and the head of practical FX house StudioADI, Woodruff has been Pumpkinhead, a Xenomorph, Gillman and more gorillas than you can count, all the while crafting movie magic behind the camera as well. But rarely has a project been as personal to Woodruff than HARBINGER DOWN, a practical FX-driven creature feature produced by StudioADI and starring Woodruff’s ALIENS collaborator, Lance Henriksen. With the film hitting select theaters soon, FANGORIA caught up with Woodruff  to talk about HARBINGER DOWN, the revival of practical FX and pulling it all off on a Kickstarter budget…

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  • Glass Doll Films Releases Grindhouse Classics “BONNIE’S KIDS”, “THE CENTERFOLD GIRLS” to Australian Blu-ray

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    As most fans of the macabre know, the horror and exploitation genres have often walked hand-in-hand as entertainment normally reserved for the deviants and disturbed. However, the renaissance of both genres over the past decade has truly shined a new light on some of the exceptional work among the seedy unbelly of cinema, and now, thats to the Australian-based Glass Doll Films, two of the most renowned grindhouse flicks are coming to high definition with plenty of exclusive extras: Arthur Marks’ BONNIE’S KIDS and John Peyser’s THE CENTERFOLD GIRLS!

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  • FANTASTICA Presents: Law and Horror

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    You’ve seen it before, you’ll see it again and you’ll see it coming from a mile away. It’s one of the most familiar plot devices in horror history: a family (or a married couple) will have just come in contact with some sort of malevolent force, and now, one of their own is injured or missing at the hands of said evil. Suddenly, someone grabs a phone, and without fail, someone will ask them who they’re calling. “We need to call the cops,” they’ll scream, exhausted and desperate by the ordeal. Suddenly, the phone is taken out of their hands by their loved one, who looks at them and spouts out a variation on the same line: “What are we going to tell them? _____ did this to our home? What will they think?” And with that simple line, the family (or couple) must turn to an outside source- often times an eccentric-type- to help them save their child and their lives.

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  • “DEATHGASM” (Fantasia Movie Review)

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    The metalhead helped make the horror genre strong. That Manpower LP cover with devil ladies and lightning, a parental nightmare during the Satanic Panic hysteria, and the power harnessed by rolling the die as a Chaotic Neutral Dwarf that would annihilate your enemies: This spirit existed in horror cinema’s heyday, meaning the ’80s. The real stuff. Denim warriors. Studs.

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