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  • Mile High Horror Film Festival ’15: 90th Anniversary “PHANTOM OF THE OPERA” Screening, Chaney Tribute Announced!

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    While this year’s Stanley Film Festival in Estes Park, Colorado was a truly transformative experience for this writer, SFF isn’t the only game in town for Denver-area fright fans, as this year’s Mile High Horror Film Festival is just around the corner. Promising to bring a decadent dose of horror to Colorado just in time for Halloween, this year’s MHHFF is putting together some excellent programming, and revealed today that a cornerstone of the festival will be the 90th Anniversary screening of Rupert Julian’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA alongside a tribute to the Chaney family!

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  • Event Report: The 16th Annual Tromadance Film Festival!

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    It’s a hot, humid Friday afternoon in Brooklyn, NY, with a surprising amount of available street parking as this writer made his way towards the 16th Annual Tromadance Film Festival. The free event, celebrating its second year at The Paper Box in the heart of Brooklyn’s industrial district, has gone from schlock-centric self-promotion to a legitimate film festival in its own right, especially considering the top notch line-up of features this year. And despite lacking the glitz and glamour of other film festivals, Tromadance thrives on the independent spirit, gracious venues and enthusiastic fans that showed up in force.

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  • Stream to Scream: “MURDER PARTY”

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    If one were to look at Jeremy Saulnier’s contemplative revenge opus BLUE RUIN or his upcoming punks-vs-skins siege flick GREEN ROOM, you might be hard pressed to believe that his freshman outing as a filmmaking was something much more rooted in horror comedy territory. But this is most definitely the case when it comes to 2007’s MURDER PARTY, a bloody and bizarre horror story with a script that is as sharp as the murderous tools within it. And while the humor is quite often dry and pitch black, Saulnier’s directorial debut is nonetheless a hilarious skewering of pretentious modern art culture taken to extremes, and the character work on display here laid the groundwork for BLUE RUIN and beyond.

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  • New Trailer: Michael Polish’s “AMNESIAC”, Screening in NYC for Free on 8/10!

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    Earlier this week, FANGORIA revealed that we will be hosting a free NYC screening of XLrator Media’s AMNESIAC, the hypnotic psychological thriller from indie director Michael Polish on Monday, August 10th at 7 p.m at the Cinema Village (22 East 12th Street, off University Place). Now, XLrator has revealed the shocking first trailer for the fright flick which you can see below!

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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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