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  • “THE MIND’S EYE” (Movie Review)

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    If SCANNERS came out today, what would we make of it? Luckily, we don’t have to ask ourselves this question with THE MIND’S EYE exploding across the festival scene (including Austin, TX’s Fantastic Fest). Informed as much by the 1994 spinoff SCANNER COP as by the iconic headbusting classic itself, THE MIND’S EYE takes the whole franchise and channels it into a bad-ass midnight movie that wears its love of David Cronenberg right on its sleeve.

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  • “MORITURIS” (Blu-ray/DVD Review)

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    Crucifixion. Death by millstone grinding. Men outfitted in rotting animal hides and thrown to wild dogs. Evening garden parties lit by burning, accelerant-soaked Christians hanging from trees. Damnatio ad bestias (“condemnation to beasts”) as public entertainment in the amphitheaters. Sawing of live upside-down human beings from crotch to skull. Julian of Antioch publicly humiliated and beaten every day for a full year before being sewed up, as Wikipedia notes, “in a sack half-filled with scorpions, sand, and vipers, and cast into the sea.”

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  • “NIGHT FARE” (Mile High Horror Film Review)

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    To call NIGHT FARE a weird entry into the horror genre is one hell of an understatement. It’s an incredibly well-crafted and exceptionally thrilling film that, at times, shows shades of JOY RIDE, THE HITCHER and THE MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN into the mix. However, it’s also a bit of a tonal rollercoaster, and while the entire experience is a damn fun time, some of the sharp turns on display are flat-out bewildering. While a lesser filmmaker would likely make those choices in a disjointed or erratic fashion, director Julien Seri works some unabashed midnight movie magic to make NIGHT FARE work as a strange, sinister new import you’ll have to see to believe.

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  • “THEY LOOK LIKE PEOPLE” (Mile High Horror Film Review)

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    There’s a certain skill in creating a psychological horror film that feels ultimately human. While it was Norman Bates who reminded us that “We all go a little mad sometimes,” to tap into innately human fears that the average person can relate to is a difficult task, especially when so many filmmakers go for the explicitly surreal to heighten their scares. Yet it is the humanity of THEY LOOK LIKE PEOPLE that makes it so absolutely unnerving, playing up the everyday life of the characters and their unassuming normality before twisting the perspective into something much scarier.

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  • “MEDUSA” (Movie Review)

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    Mythology professor Jack Peruci is struggling to convince the academic powers that be to continue funding his unorthodox research when he serendipitously connects with a colorful witch doctor who sells him an ancient artifact—an ornate mirror that just so happens to contain the spirit of the famed gorgon Medusa.

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  • “GRAVY” (Film Review)

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    As many horror fans know, horror comedies can be a tricky tonal tightrope to walk as there’s so many things to be considered. On the comedy side, the material needs to be funny, organic to the scary situations on display and respectful of the genre, lest you fall too far into the even trickier realm of genre parody. On the horror side, the material needs to be able to jump into comedy effectively and naturally while deciding how it will work in relation to audience expectations, either working towards genre tropes to set up the humor or work with the humor to subvert expectations. However, even if the horror and the comedy doesn’t quite jive, a strong cast, funny dialogue and messy practical effects can buy much good will, which is largely why James Roday’s directorial debut GRAVY works as well as it does.

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  • “A CHRISTMAS HORROR STORY” (Mile High Horror Film Review)

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    To be completely fair, there were only few ways A CHRISTMAS HORROR STORY could have failed in this writer’s eyes. As a lifelong fan and supporter of anthology horror as well as having a soft spot for Christmas horror, a film that would blend the two (and effectively at that) would automatically have an advantage as opposed to your average, everyday fright film. And luckily, A CHRISTMAS HORROR STORY uses neither subgenre as a shameless gimmick, instead delivering a really impressive and diverse film that brings psychological and gory goodness in equal measure.

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  • “GODDESS OF LOVE” (Film Review)

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    When a horror film- or any film for that matter- is subject to the independent production process, the sheer lack of budget and time to bring the story to reality is a true test to the mettle of a filmmaker. For some, the temptation to cut as many corners as possible and stretch out any given moment in an amateur attempt to get to feature length is an irresistible one. However, tried-and-true filmmakers rely on resources, passion and healthy collaboration to bring their story to life as authentically as possible. Jon Knautz certainly falls in the latter category, and in that regards, GODDESS OF LOVE uses its low-budget means to its advantage by crafting an utterly claustrophobic and bold film that is gripping from start to finish.

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  • “COP CAR” (Blu-ray Review)

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    While foreign horror fans may know Jon Watts best from his yet-to-be-released-stateside debut film CLOWN, the filmmaker made one hell of an impression with his indie thriller COP CAR earlier this year. And upon watching the film, COP CAR is really worth the hype, offering a lean, mean story of unassuming children in fatal danger with an atmosphere that feels like a mix between Coen Brothers crime film with the pacing of a Micheal Haneke flick. And with a new Blu-ray from Universal Home Entertainment, viewers will have a chance to experience the flick in a whole new light thanks to a stunning 1080p transfer.

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  • Arrow Video Blu-ray Round-Up: “THE BEAST”, “EATEN ALIVE” & More…

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    With a mind towards the obscure, the fascinating and the fantastic, there’s a reason why Arrow Video has earned the reputation as the unofficial Criterion Collection of the genre. Yet with their incredible restorations, top-tier special features and a very specific film selection, the comparison is more than justified and equally as impressive. Nevertheless, much like how beauty is in the eye of the beholder, film’s subjective nature might make choosing Arrow titles a risky task, and therefore, FANGORIA has rounded up Arrow Video’s latest titles to help fright fans find the right addition to their horrific high-def collection.

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  • “CITIZEN TOXIE: THE TOXIC AVENGER IV” (Blu-ray Review)

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    Even for horror fans unfamiliar with the 40+ year running indie studio Troma, THE TOXIC AVENGER franchise remains the best known property among Troma’s intellectual property. Yet even with an iconic underground figure as Toxie, it’s been 15 years since THE TOXIC AVENGER had a proper entry released unto unsuspecting fans of splattery satire. However, TOXIC AVENGER fans can now at least enjoy the fourth (and, as of this writing, latest) addition in the franchise, subtitled CITIZEN TOXIE, in high definition, as Troma has given the film the Blu-ray treatment!

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  • Scream Factory Blu-ray Review Round-up: “THE HARVEST”, “THE SENTINEL”, more…

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    Now that their second Summer of Fear is coming to a close, Scream Factory is bringing Halloween early to Blu-ray collectors with an impressive line-up of cult classics and new horror offerings. Luckily, FANGORIA has the latest releases from the specialty distributor, and in this review round-up, fright fans can better decide which Scream offerings are best suited for their home media collection.

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