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  • “SHUT IN” (Film Review)

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    One of the things I love about horror is it dares to openly explore dark subject matter, and Farren Blackburn’s SHUT IN reminded me of how intriguing it is when psychological issues are explored from a horror point of view. Giving a deep and fascinating portrayal of guilt and insanity, SHUT IN excelled at the exploration of both emotions centered around the experiences of it’s protagonist, Mary, vividly played by Naomi Watts. And for this writer, SHUT IN works so powerfully because how well the film places the audience in the center of Mary’s insanity.

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  • “BEYOND THE WALLS” (TV Review)

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    A 3-Part TV Mini-series that premiered in the US earlier this year as a Shudder exclusive, BEYOND THE WALLS embodies all the elements of what truly makes this writer scared. There is not an onslaught of blood and gore, but rather a quiet, ever-building tension in the story and in the camerawork that satisfies.

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  • “DON’T F*** IN THE WOODS” (Film Review)

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    For most horror fans, one of the biggest problems with contemporary horror is that it doesn’t quite capture the spirit of old-school fright films. Whether it’s CGI bloodshed and monsters, a lack of sexuality and violence, or the overly sleek and polished visuals, newer horror offerings just can’t emulate the gritty, D.I.Y., in-camera insanity of horror from yesteryear. However, if it’s bloodshed, nudity, and practical monsters that you’re missing, then there’s at least one horror film that you should seek out: Shawn Burkett’s aptly-titled DON’T FUCK IN THE WOODS.

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  • Brooklyn Horror Film Festival Review: “BEYOND THE GATES”

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    For horror fans who grew up in the ’80s and ’90s, chances are that they may have come across the weird world of VHS games. An alternative to tabletop roleplaying games as well as home console video games, VHS games would mix interactive storytelling with group-oriented challenges, akin to almost a more dramatic, produced version of a board game. With that in mind, it’s fairly insane that VHS games have not been utilized more often within the horror genre, and with Jackson Stewart’s BEYOND THE GATES, a horror-centric VHS game gets the JUMANJI treatment, except with way more blood and guts.

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  • “SALEM: SEASON 3” (TV Review)

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    After the bloody and brutal second season finale of SALEM, there were many who wondered exactly where the series could go. After all, several pivotal characters lay dead, while others were certainly compromised in one way or another. Yet after checking out the first five episodes of SALEM’s third season, including tonight’s wicked season opener, this writer is happy to report that not only is the insane, grandiose pulp storytelling of SALEM back, but it is indeed better than ever.

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  • “STAN AGAINST EVIL” (TV Review)

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    For those of us who are equal parts horror and comedy fans, the name “Dana Gould” should be more familiar than not. In the latter category, Gould is best known as a comedian, writer, and performer whose hilarious nd esteemed stand-up career is as prolific as his writing on acclaimed series such as THE SIMPSONS. However, Gould has been making a name for himself in the former as well, appearing in SOUTHBOUND, TALES OF HALLOWEEN, and now, serving as the brains behind IFC’s new horror comedy series STAN AGAINST EVIL, a small town monster killer series that leans closer to the Monster Kid-friendly BUFFY than the balls-out explicitness of ASH VS. EVIL DEAD.

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  • Blu-ray Review Round-Up: “WAXWORK”, “VAMP”, “THE THING”, More…

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    Now that Halloween is around the corner, fright fans are breaking out the big guns for their essential seasonal viewing. With an impressive line-up of cult classics and new releases now hitting shelves nationwide, FANGORIA has rounded up the latest releases so that devoted fright fans can better decide which horror offerings are best suited for their home media collection…

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  • “BARRY BAKER: ASPIRING SERIAL KILLER” (TV Review)

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    There’s always a weird separation between what serial killers are and what society often perceives them to be. Often times, society imagines serial killers as these terrifying prowlers, or romanticizes them to be these misunderstood outcasts who are byproducts of their environment. But in reality, being a serial killer is a bit of an insane, complicated task: most serial killers are lucky more than calculating and effective, and anything can go wrong, from the planning to the act itself to the disposal of evidence. And in the new horror comedy pilot BARRY BAKER: ASPIRING SERIAL KILLER, anything and everything does go wrong, with a tongue-in-cheek look at a normal guy with homicidal tendencies.

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  • Event Report: “TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE” Live at Lincoln Center!

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    As any New Yorker can tell you, a 70-degree night in the middle of October is a fairly strange occurrence. But perhaps the peculiarly warm weather was fitting for a night such as October 20th, in which the good folks at Glass Eye Pix would be taking their eerie brand of radio plays to Lincoln Center for another live edition of TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE. Yet even beyond a showcase for the varying degrees of audio terror that can come from the minds of filmmakers Larry Fessenden and Glenn McQuaid, TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE is such a special experience because it truly feels communal, with horror enthusiasts gathering en masse to witness the petrifying proceedings.

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  • Sitges 2016: “DON’T KILL IT” (Film Review)

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    Director Mike Mendez should be familiar to FANGORIA readers: He’s brought us the likes of BIG ASS SPIDER!, THE GRAVEDANCERS, and LAVALANTULA. Mendez has a real talent for combining gruesome horror with stand-up-and-cheer fun. He’s got a knack for taking a simple, sometimes silly premise, and making it far more enjoyable than it has any right to be. By taking his skill for elevating absurdity and adding living comic book character Dolph Lundgren in a lead role, DON’T KILL IT strikes gold.

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  • Brooklyn Horror Film Festival 2016: “PET” (Film Review)

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    Out of all the subgenres that reside within horror, this writer certainly has a very specific admiration for the “twisted love story.” As evident in films such as THE LOVED ONES, RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD 3, FRANKENHOOKER, and HELLRAISER, stories that take the traditional ideas of romance and pull them towards the darkest, most demented extremes are some of the most heartfelt, imaginative, and outright transgressive horror stories to be told. By tapping into emotionally familiar territory and exploiting the very concepts we keep close to heart, twisted love stories tell inherently bold stories, and if a filmmaker can find a way to make these stories as fun as they are haunting, that’s cinematic magic in motion. And, as those who caught it at last week’s Brooklyn Horror Film Fest can attest, Carles Torrens’ PET captures that magic tenfold, offering a courtship tale that is as deranged as it is delightful.

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  • Event Report: “THE REPOSITORY” VR Experience at Halloween Horror Nights Orlando!

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    As multimedia evolves, traditional outlets of horror entertainment adapt. When horror films come out in 3D, theaters reformat their screens to meet that demand. When horror television push the limits of standards and practices on television, the channels change their personal content standard from that very moment and beyond. And when Virtual Reality begins to change how fright fans experience horror, haunted attractions learn to incorporate VR as the next step in their evolution.

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