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    “THE BARBER” (Film Review)

    Following the demise of the slasher film, torture porn and home invasion horror, serial killer thrillers looked to be next on the chopping block as human-based horror fell out of vogue. After all, successive entries in the genre weren’t necessarily reinventing the wheel, as many of these films shared same stalking and killing scenes beat by beat. But among the monotony of the serial killer subgenre, there’d be one or two diamonds in the rough, bolstered by exceptional performances and an inventive approach that at least played with the audience expectations. Luckily, Basel Owies’ THE BARBER is one of those films, a descent into darkness with some refreshing surprises and suspense along the way.

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    Troma Announces “NUKE ‘EM”, “TOXIC AVENGER” Sequel Blu-rays!

    For Troma fans, the digital age has been quite fruitful: most of their catalog can be found on streaming websites, RETURN TO NUKE ‘EM HIGH VOLUME 1 features their slickest looking film to date and the advent of Blu-ray has brought titles such as THE TOXIC AVENGER and CLASS OF NUKE ‘EM HIGH to high definition. And now, the maestros of mutation and gore over at Troma Entertainment have announced two new Blu-­ray releases for the month of April, featuring two of their more popular splatter sequels.

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    Q&A: Directors Scott Beck and Bryan Woods on Shining a “NIGHTLIGHT”

    Scott Beck and Bryan Woods were not yet teenagers when they met through a mutual lunch-table friend at their elementary school in Bettendorf, Iowa. The pair quickly discovered a shared love of filmmaking that ultimately led to their feature debut with NIGHTLIGHT, which goes into release today from Lionsgate.

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    Exclusive Clip; Q&A: Jeremy Gillespie and Steve Kostanski on “THE VOID”

    When it comes to horror, there always seems to be an international renaissance of genre entertainment strong and consistent enough to influence the zeitgeist as a whole. In Japan, “J-Horror” reigned supreme, followed by the French Extremity movement and then the South American horror revolution. But now, it seems the Great White North is having it’s time in the sun, with Canadian filmmakers such as The Soska Sisters, Jason Eisener, Denis Villeneuve, and Lowell Dean bringing old school horror aesthetics from the ’70s and ’80s to the table with contemporary storytelling methods. But perhaps no Canadian filmmakers have translated these aesthetics into pure cinematic chaos as well as Astron-6, unleashing both MANBORG and FATHER’S DAY upon an unsuspecting public, and now, two of Astron-6’s members are now venturing into something much more visceral: THE VOID…

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    “IT FOLLOWS”: A Critical Analysis

    UK actor, teacher and writer (and newly minted FANGORIA scribe) Nigel Parkin was so smitten by David Robert Mitchell’s critically lauded thriller IT FOLLOWS that, to time with the films Canadian release today, he requested some space to offer his own personal thoughts and analysis. Who were we to refuse? Have a read…

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    Gene Simmons, WWE Studios partner for new horror label Erebus Pictures

    For those who have been keeping on the up-and-up of contemporary horror films, you might have noticed WWE Studios’ recent extended focus on the horror genre. After co-distributing OCULUS and finding big screen success with THE CALL, they produced last year’s LEPRECHAUN: ORIGINS and SEE NO EVIL, and have stated their intention to pursue more horror projects with up-and-coming horror filmmakers. But today, WWE Studios has taken an even bolder step, partnering with KISS figurehead Gene Simmons to establish a new film production entity, Erebus Pictures.

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    The Dreadful Ten: Top 10 Horrors We’d Like to See in 3D!

    It’s strange how, for something so commonly referred to as a “gimmick” by people in and outside of the industry, 3D has been a big part of horror history, and has been there for many of its milestones. During the ’50s, 3D was a definitive attraction when it came to CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON, which remains a selling point at revival screenings to this day, and also brought in audiences to such genre pictures as HOUSE OF WAX and DIAL M FOR MURDER. Later, during the horror surge of the early ’80s, the gimmick came back, most prominently during FRIDAY THE 13TH PART III, which effectively used 3D to enhance the slasher tropes of the time. And when 3D made it’s grand comeback in the late ’00s, it did so with horror by its side, with MY BLOODY VALENTINE 3D, CORALINE and THE FINAL DESTINATION all pre-dating the post-AVATAR 3D boom. And while 3D is still a presence nowadays, it’s not nearly used as commonly as in past years, where almost every studio release would tack on 3D for a box office boost.

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    Order the FANGORIA Monster Box & You Can Win an Autographed Copy of Twisted Sister’s “LIVE IN ASTORIA”!

    Earlier this month, FANGORIA introduced our upcoming Monster Box, a limited edition mystery box filled with goodies from inside FANGORIA Headquarters, including 4 quality copies of FANGORIA #1 in the mix. Yet today, with only 48 hours left to pick up a Monster Box, FANGORIA has added an extra incentive for fright fans to make the plunge while they still can, offering 4 copies of Twisted Sister’s “LIVE IN ASTORIA” CD/DVD combo, signed by the band themselves!

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    Q&A: Executive Producer Brannon Braga talks “SALEM”

    From the first scene on, WGN America’s SALEM proved itself a force of horror to be reckoned with, offering shocking violence, explicit sexuality and top tier drama. And yet despite the limits of television that SALEM tested over the course of its first season, the show also had some much more fascinating elements on display, including an amazing sense of scope and a genuine interest in depicting the multiple facets of the dark arts. And with the second season premiering next week, one only knows how much darker and intense the series intends to go from here. Luckily, FANGORIA was able to catch up with executive producer and co-creator of SALEM, Brannon Braga, about what to expect from the upcoming season as well what new type of witchcraft will storm into town…

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    “BATES MOTEL: Season 3, Episode 3″ (TV Review)

    For a series based on one of the most terrifying schizophrenic killers in cinema history, I really shouldn’t expect the same duality from the narrative quality of BATES MOTEL. However, if the third episode of the third season, “Persuasion,” is any indication, that just might be the case. While I lamented the direction of the seasonal arc in the last episode, with the show once again returning to the “big town with dirty secrets” storyline that’s as tiresome as it is familiar, the third episode gets back on track with the inter-family tension between Norman and Norma seen in the first episode, and finally brings us to a super eerie place for the first time this season.

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