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    “SATURN 3″ (Scream Factory Blu-ray Review)

    How peculiar a film is SATURN 3?  Its plot—a horny robot trying to kill its “competition” so it can have Farrah Fawcett all to itself—is one of the least puzzling things about it. You’ll spend far more time wondering why Fawcett is rolling around with a man twice her age (that would be Kirk Douglas), or why Harvey Keitel’s very recognizable voice has been dubbed over, or why all future movies have to have weirdo chess pieces when in reality we’ve been OK with the same basic designs for hundreds of years; or just what anyone was thinking when they greenlit this movie in the first place?

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    “THE LAST DAYS ON MARS” (Movie Review)

    At this point in the history of science fiction film, there’s ironically little territory left to cover in space. There’s always the option to set familiar premises or characters in the infinite abyss, but these films can feel derivative, and despite taking place on faraway planets, they often don’t feel extraterrestrial aside from the digitally enhanced environments. Being generic isn’t necessarily a bad thing, and can feel uninspired rather than disappointing—which works in the favor of the rather bland THE LAST DAYS ON MARS.

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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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