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    Santa Showdown: “GREMLINS” VS. “RARE EXPORTS”

    Jingle the Bells! Hit the lights! In celebration of FANGORIA’s re-release of the remastered original SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT, we present to you SANTA SHOWDOWN, a battle between the more gruesome ghosts of Christmas Past. So sit down by the fire, enjoy some eggnog and pray neither of these Christmas killers make their way down your chimney…

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    “CHIMÈRES” (Movie Review)

    CHIMÈRES is an interesting take on vampirism—in terms of both the “monster’s” unique origin story and ensuing love affair. Director/co-writer Olivier Beguin’s first feature-length film will go down as one of this year’s surprises, as well as a potential redefinition of the genre. What Beguin has succeeded in doing is offering up the classic tropes of a vampire love story wrapped in a new, darkly heartfelt romance (with some gore to boot).

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    “INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS” (1978; Arrow Blu-ray Review)

    “Body Snatcher” movies might not have ever taken over like zombies or slashers, but it’s such a delightfully creepy concept that tends to pop up once a decade or so. Don Siegel, of course, got there first with his McCarthy-ism take in 1956; Abel Ferrara took a crack at it with his military-tinged 1993 effort BODY SNATCHERS; a crappy Hollywood blockbuster version hit screens in 2007; and just this year, Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg did their own unofficial and particularly British version in THE WORLD’S END. Yet, as the years go on and the viewings pile up, it’s clear the best version iteration remains Philip Kaufman’s 1978 INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS. Something about Kaufman’s uniquely paranoid take on the story, rooted in 70s Me-culture and stringy practical FX, tends to slide deeper under the skin than any other. It’s one of the most underrated films of that era, one of those rare genre flicks that not only hasn’t dated, but actually seems to improve with age. In other words, it’s the perfect flick to get the Arrow Blu-ray treatment.

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    “OLDBOY” (2013; Movie Review)

    Yes, the Big Reveal at the end is intact. With that out of the way… Park Chan-wook’s original OLDBOY came to such a bleak gut-punch of a conclusion that I wasn’t sure, after it was over, if I ever wanted to see it again. In that context, is it praise or a putdown to say that I wouldn’t mind seeing Spike Lee’s remake a second time?

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    Santa Showdown: “SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT PART 2″ VS. “SANTA’S SLAY”

    Jingle the Bells! Hit the lights! In celebration of FANGORIA’s re-release of the remastered original SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT, we present to you SANTA SHOWDOWN, a battle between the more gruesome ghosts from Christmas Past. So sit down by the fire, enjoy some eggnog and pray neither of these Christmas killers make their way down your chimney…

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    Santa Showdown: “SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT” VS. “BLACK CHRISTMAS” (1974)

    Jingle the Bells! Hit the lights! In celebration of FANGORIA’s re-release of the remastered original SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT, we present to you SANTA SHOWDOWN, a battle between the more gruesome ghosts from Christmas Past. So sit down by the fire, enjoy some eggnog and pray neither of these Christmas killers make their way down your chimney…

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    “MANIAC COP 2” (Blu-ray/DVD Review)

    William Lustig says on the Blu-ray/DVD edition of MANIAC COP 2 that it’s his best film, and this writer wholeheartedly agrees. Also undeniable is that MANIAC COP 2 is one of the early-’90s horror films that has been most in need of digital resuscitation, and Blue Underground’s new Collector’s Edition is cause for rejoicing.

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    “TOM HOLLAND’S TWISTED TALES” (Web Series Review)

    Is it normal nowadays to approach new work from the revered masters of horror with hopeful caution? Following the underwhelming contributions by former heavy hitters in recent times, it’s not uncommon for a horror fan to cling to hope that there is still more fight in those old dogs. And as new filmmakers attempt (and mostly fail) to bring their iconic properties to a new audience via reboots, reimaginings and remakes, there’s even a sense of desperation that these one-time kings of the macabre may be the last hope at bringing old-school horror back to its roots.

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    “ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13” (Blu-ray Review)

    John Carpenter’s second feature (some might say his first “real” movie, after the expanded student production DARK STAR) set a template that served the director throughout his subsequent career. ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 is a precursor to the siege scenarios in THE THING, PRINCE OF DARKNESS and others, with attackers as inscrutable and unstoppable as HALLOWEEN’s Michael Myers. And it still stands on its own as a remarkably assured piece of work.

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