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    IFC Midnight Releases No-Frills Alien Slasher, “ALMOST HUMAN” this February

    Throwback is a dangerous proposition in our game. Often, horror films made by horror fans are then marred by devotion to their favorite films. Homage gets in the way, leaving a sour taste and a failed film. Here’s why ALMOST HUMAN is refreshing, and not what I’ve just described: It’s affection and knowledge of genre is clear, without direct, explicit reference to the films it and filmmakers Joe Begos and Josh Ethier love. It’s a brisk, simple mesh of slasher and alien abduction whose lack of bullshit allows the room to get fun, and get weird.

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    Bekah’s Ten: Lesser Known Found Footage Films

    This past weekend, the PARANORMAL ACTIVITY series delivered another dose of found footage fright with THE MARKED ONES.  By now, we’re all familiar with this immensely popular series, as well as THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT and CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST as pioneering greats of the medium. But, what of the stellar found footage horror out there that’s passed under the radar? Grab your popcorn and prepare for some shaky camera work as I take you through 10 of the best lesser known Found Footage films.

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    “PARANORMAL ACTIVITY” scribe hints at franchise finale

    Is there any horror franchise at the moment that’s as divisive as PARANORMAL ACTIVITY? While many are seeing franchise fatigue, especially after THE MARKED ONES’ disappointing opening-weekend numbers, others can’t get enough of the silly and freaky places that the franchise’s mythology is taking audiences. However, if you’re getting the feeling that things are beginning to lean toward a definitive climax, you’re not the only one.

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    Q&A: Clare Kramer Takes on “BIG ASS SPIDER!”

    Any good comedic character needs a good straight man, and in Mike Mendez’s BIG ASS SPIDER!, it’s a straight woman, Clare Kramer as Lt. Karly Brant, who provides a foil as well as a romantic interest for the big-bug-battling exterminator played by Greg Grunberg. Fango chatted with the actress about her second collaboration with Mendez following 2006’s THE GRAVEDANCERS.

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    First Look: SEGA’s “ALIEN: ISOLATION”

    The concept is something of a no-brainer. While James Cameron’s lauded sequel and its balls to the wall aesthetic might be more suited to an action-heavy experience, there’s an entirely rich, haunting atmosphere to be mined from Ridley Scott’s original, better ALIEN film. Dripping with steam and dread, ALIEN’s original intent is as noble as ever and provides just one reason why SEGA and the team at Creative Assembly crafted the latest series game in its image. This isn’t that action-heavy experience. With ALIEN: ISOLATION, they want to scare the shit out of you.

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    Eric Red’s “THE GUNS OF SANTA SANGRE” (Book Review)

    Rugged people, sprawling plains and an undercurrent of superstition and mysticism; to some, the western is an almost perfect fit for tales of terror. However, there’s also risk of awkward translation by melding genres. Somehow, both of these points can be attested to in Eric Red’s latest horror offering, a werewolf-infested western entitled THE GUNS OF SANTA SANGRE, available now from Samhain Publishing.

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    Trailer: Darkly Comic Slamdance Thriller “GOLDBERG & EISENBERG”

    Israel’s entrance into the international genre cinema game has been bold, fearless and absolutely thrilling. RABIES and subsequently this year’s BIG BAD WOLVES from directors Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado are fierce, absurd thrillers chronicling how we never fail to get in our own way. And now, currently making the festival circuit is Oren Carmi’s GOLDBERG & EISENBERG, a too close for comfort piece exploring similar themes with jet black humor and harsh, Lynchian style. Its next appearance, after making a big impression at Fantastic Fest and Screamfest LA is Park City’s alt-cinema celebration, Slamdance. If you’re heading out, find screening info and the new trailer below.

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