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    First Look: “THE WOMAN IN BLACK: ANGEL OF DEATH”

    Hammer’s return has proved fruitful. The James Watkins-directed, Daniel Radcliffe-starring haunter THE WOMAN IN BLACK was classically atmospheric and eerie in construction, and massively successful in release. While we await their next original offering, THE QUIET ONES this spring, the storied company has begun work on a sequel to THE WOMAN IN BLACK, one that remains in Eel Marsh House, but moves the frights to WWII.

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    Robert Rodriguez begins production on “FROM DUSK TILL DAWN: THE SERIES”

    Are you ready to spend some more time with the Gecko Brothers? Filmmaker Robert Rodriguez sure hopes so, as the vampiric shoot-’em-up property returns as the flagship series for Rodriguez’s El Rey Network, which goes live this December. This week in Austin, TX, Rodriguez begins principal photography on FROM DUSK TILL DAWN: THE SERIES, with the maverick filmmaker himself returning to direct the first two episodes, which will not be canonically connected to the three FROM DUSK TILL DAWN films.

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    Excl: Sean Hogan talks WWI-set horror, “NO MAN’S LAND”

    With the annual American Film Market and its endless stream of potential projects comes a serious step in the development of NO MAN’S LAND. A new film from Sean Hogan, the UK genre filmmaker whose promise begs to be met with more output, NO MAN’S LAND finds itself in the trenches of World War I where an English troop must fend off their mortal enemies, as well as something beyond understanding.

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    “ROOM 237″ Director to helm Horror Doc on Sleep Paralysis

    There’s a certain, singular quality to the work of Rodney Ascher. If you’ve seen his very buzzed and entrancing ROOM 237 (the doc about SHINING theories) or the short, eerie THE S FROM HELL, you know this. The concept then, of Ascher specifically taking on a doc meant to make us as uncomfortable as horror fiction and focusing on sleep paralysis and ensuing demonic visions. Sign us up to get freaked out.

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    DeMonaco returns to the world of “THE PURGE” for sequel

    THE PURGE, the very successful, high concept horror thriller was a largely contained movie. Set inside the confusing house of a security system salesman, the film distilled the kind of gonzo premise of a 12-hour all-things-go window into a home invasion/siege movie with ill-explored class issues and spooky masks. Now, a sequel is underway with writer/director James DeMonaco returning. Will he take us out into the world of the New Founders of America? 

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    “LAKE PLACID VS. ANACONDA” to be a thing

    In terms of modern day creature features, there are few films as divisive amongst horror fans as LAKE PLACID and ANACONDA. Both box office successes with a devoted cult following, the value of each film has been debated between ardent supporters of campy monster movies and detractors who see them as uninspired studio fiascos, even as their sequels branched out further and further into Syfy Original territory.

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    Is “ARMY OF DARKNESS 2″ simply a Bruce Campbell joke?

    EVIL DEAD star and noted ham Bruce Campbell, in addition to EVIL DEAD producer Rob Tapert and EVIL DEAD 2013 director Fede Alvarez, have all at some point or another this year spoken to the possible existence of ARMY OF DARKNESS 2. Whether it being currently in development, or an active focus for Sam Raimi, each has played a part in stoking the fire of an unnecessary sequel, whipping fans both adoring of and underwhelmed by the EVIL DEAD reboot, into a frenzy. But is it all a silly game? To Bruce Campbell, is everything?

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    “DEVIL IN MY RIDE” (Movie Review)

    When making an independent horror film, the greatest safety net you can provide for your story is to have great, inspired characters at your creative disposal. This is even truer if you decide to add an element of comedy to the proceedings, lest you risk the film falling into the subgenre of morbidly dark anti-comedy, which has value but ultimately narrows your audience considerably. In a horror comedy, even when the outrageousness and the FX are limited by time and budget, your characters can be as flexible as you want them to be, and by putting them through a gauntlet of grue, you’re simultaneously giving them humor to mine from, as well from their predicaments. Married with an entertaining story and inspired performances, these characters can be what stands between the film being either frighteningly forgettable or a hell of a good time.

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    Q&A: Michael S. Rodriguez on Short “NIGHT OF THE SEA MONKEY”

    Remember those funky Sea Monkey ads wedged in the back of the comic books you ran your grubby digits over as a kid? The goofy full-pagers usually boasted bold come-ons geared towards less-savvy lads, pushing them to beg their dads for the scratch to order what was meant to be an “instant pet”; just add water and watch ‘em grow!

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