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  • “TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE: SEASON THREE” (Audio Review)

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    It’s been two years since TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE clawed its way into the ears of fright fans, with select live outings to satiate the interested while Season Three of the radio play series was in development. However, luckily for purveyors of audio horror, the wait was not in vain, as the months of development have led to TALES strongest season to date, providing bold, wickedly entertaining stories that stir up one’s imagination with mischievous glee. And furthermore, with an assembly of terrific performers and storytellers by their side, there’s an inherently unique air about this season of TALES that certainly separates it from season’s past, offering a structural and tonal continuity that impressively feels much more carefully curated than previous iterations.

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  • “THE QUAY BROTHERS: COLLECTED SHORT FILMS” (Blu-ray Review)

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    The extraordinary lives of objects, of doll babies and of medical tools are presented in this assemblage of works by the famed Quay Brothers, transferred to high-definition in the first time. Over four hours of material—including 12 stop-motion animated films and five commentary tracks—create a sublime experience of intense imagery and sound.

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  • NYC Horror Film Fest Review: “ALL I NEED”

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    When a film decides to employ a big twist in its third-act, the film by proxy makes it more difficult for the content of the first two acts to stand on their own merit. Like it or not, that twist will polarize most viewers depending on how receptive to the twist they are, if they understand the twist, or if they saw the twist coming at all. And while the bold twist that ALL I NEED takes in its third act with the subtle drop of a name and philosophy is certainly unpredictable, it’s recontextualizing of the action that came before it makes it perhaps more problematic than one might like.

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  • “SOUTH OF HELL” (TV Pilot Review)

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    The exorcism subgenre has always been one of horror’s most trickiest to navigate, considering the bar was set so high so early in the genre’s inception. Hell, there’s rarely- if ever- been a film about exorcism that hasn’t referenced, homaged or been influenced THE EXORCIST, and for good reason. However, while there is an obvious EXORCIST influence flowing throughout SOUTH OF HELL, the series’ does twist all the familiarities of demonic possession to do something a bit different, even if the pilot does substitute substance for world-building.

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  • “BLOOD FEUD #2” (Comic Book Review)

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    No one can tell a southern ghost story quite like Cullen Bunn. Author of such down-home tales as Dark Horse’s HARROW COUNTY and Oni Press’s THE SIXTH GUN (as well as a very impressive resume with Marvel and DC), Bunn has been spinning scary yarns for most of his career. So it’s no surprise that when Oni Press was offered a WEIRD TALES version of the classic vampire story by Mr. Bunn, they jumped at the chance. What emerged was BLOOD FEUD, a story of monsters, good ol’ boys, and a centuries old family feud that threatens to take over an entire time. Currently on its second issue, the BLOOD FEUD continues onto a fateful showdown between man and beast.

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  • NYC Horror Film Festival Review: “III”

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    Right from the get-go, Pavel Khvaleev’s III is a film uninterested in presenting a straightforward narrative, instead opting for a gothic, surreal puzzle that blends fantasy and reality with a mind towards the bigger picture. In fact, as a whole, III is the kind of film that makes bold choices in almost every regard: plot points, cinematography, FX and subject matter all present something a bit more in the vein of risky, stark art house fare as opposed to what genre fans may expect. And while there is something refreshing about that attitude, especially considering how gorgeous the film’s fantastical elements can be thanks to these gambles, there is also an overall lack of life in the quixotic, polarizing narrative of III.

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  • “TROLL” / “TROLL 2” Double Feature (Blu-ray Review)

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    When it comes to the various scare fare fright fans subject themselves on a regular basis, there are only about three different categories these films can fall into. The first would be “good”, which would describe well-crafted, entertaining stories that can be a masterpiece at its best or, at the very least, fairly decent. The second would be “bad”, as in poorly-written and clumsily executed that can range from dull, lifeless dreck to the promising yet criminally flawed. The last would likely be “the weird”, comprised of the fantastical, bonkers, illogical, surreal or off-beat which is objectively not for everyone but could subjectively be some viewer’s favorite films. And it’s firmly in the latter category that Scream Factory’s Blu-ray double feature of TROLL and TROLL 2 exist, offering two movies that, while not necessarily the cream of the crop, are far too insane and imaginative to disregard.

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  • “LAST GIRL STANDING” (NYC Horror Film Fest Review)

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    As clever and exciting as the SCREAM franchise has been over the years, one of the franchise’s implicit flaws was never quite looking at Sidney Prescott’s psychological ramifications following each surpassing incident. In fact, very few horror franchises have addressed the trauma of surviving a “horror movie” scenario, and the few that have rarely do so in a realistic manner. And it’s exactly that realism that Benjamin R. Moody’s LAST GIRL STANDING attempts to ground itself in, investigating the “final girl” archetype through a post-modern lense that offers one of the most engrossing subversions on the genre in quite some time.

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  • Scream Factory Blu-ray Round-up: “BOUND TO VENGEANCE”, “BLOODSUCKING BASTARDS”, More…

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    Even though Halloween is in the horror community’s collective rearview mirror, Scream Factory continues to offer various treats to horror Blu-ray collectors. But with Christmas around the corner, fright fans might be wary about what terror titles to stuff their stockings this holiday season. Luckily, FANGORIA has the latest scare fare from the specialty horror distributor, and in this review round-up, horror hounds can better decide which Scream Factory releases are best suited for their home media collection.

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  • “SOME KIND OF HATE” (Blu-ray Review)

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    Following its world premiere at the 2015 Stanley Film Festival, SOME KIND OF HATE was this writer’s true, definitive frontrunner for the best horror film of the year. A clever, emotional twist on the long-dormant slasher subgenre, SOME KIND OF HATE brought a brutal, visceral vision to the big screen unlike anything this writer had before while establishing Adam Egypt Mortimer as a genre director to watch. And while Image/RLJ Entertainment gave the film a push during its VOD release in September, there are still many fright fans who have yet to give the film a shot. Now, with the film debuting on Blu-ray (exclusive to Best Buy until late next month), horror hounds have the perfect opportunity to catch up with the macabre movie, while fans of the film have a chance to check out the bigger picture of SOME KIND OF HATE.

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