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    TIFF Programmer Jesse Wente talks FLESH + BLOOD: THE FILMS OF PAUL VERHOEVEN

    For fans of ultra-stylized sex and violence that spans decades and nations, running now until April 4th at Toronto’s storied TIFF Bell Lightbox is FLESH + BLOOD: THE FILMS OF PAUL VERHOEVEN. The series is a new retrospective that starts in the early days, with Verhoeven’s Dutch masterpieces like SPETTERS, TURKISH DELIGHT and THE FOURTH MAN through his first foray into Hollywood with the 1985 erotic adventure film FLESH + BLOOD, swelling with his such revolutionary sci-fi gems as ROBOCOP and STARSHIP TROOPERS, sexual pulp like BASIC INSTINCT and of course, literally climaxing with his camp lap-dance legend SHOWGIRLS.

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    “DEAD SNOW; RED VS. DEAD” (Sundance Movie Review)

    Fake it till you make it; whether you put any stock in the old adage or not, it seems to have worked wonders for Norwegian filmmaker, Tommy Wirkola. Having broken through with a film based on a great concept that rarely results in something great (Nazi Zombies), Wirkola had cultivated a true fanbase. Still, and without discounting the undoubtedly hard work that goes into crafting a feature film, the director received much (justified) criticism for over-relying on stylistic influence and homage, particularly to the comedic horror of Sam Raimi and early Peter Jackson. In the intervening five years however—which saw him hit Hollywood with the goofy good time HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS—the filmmaker seems to have honed his horror-comedy craft, developing his own style, confronting his past shortcomings and delivering a film both worthy of its base idea and a packed house.

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    Win “NEVER SLEEP AGAIN” autographed on Blu-ray!

    Freddy Krueger sliced out a wicked mark in horror history. Care to take a trip back to Elm Street? Super horror fiends Andrew Kasch and Daniel Farrands created the definitive NIGHTMARE documentary, NEVER SLEEP AGAIN: THE ELM STREET LEGACY, a dynamic and well-woven four-hour trip back to Springwood, Ohio. It’s now on Blu-ray and we’ve got two copies to give away—and to sweeten the deal, they’ve been signed by the filmmakers and crew.

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    “EVIL ERNIE VOL. 1: ORIGIN OF EVIL” (Comic Review)

    When Chaos! Comics bankrupted in 2002, the fate of their most popular characters went up on the auction block to be picked over and sold. Luckily, the majority of the licenses were bought up by Devils Due Publishing and when they folded, were handed over to Dynamite Press, where they sat waiting for another chance. In 2012, Chaos’ most prolific character, Evil Ernie, finally got re-released in a brand new adventure: a six issue mini-series leading to a collected graphic novel that hit shelves last month. A re-telling of Ernie’s tragic origins, Dynamite attempts to continue what Chaos! Comics started: pure, unadulterated Armageddon. 

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    KISS Co-founders Simmons and Stanley Remember Gordon Hessler

    Legendary genre journeyman director Gordon Hessler (pictured above with Ray Harryhausen) has passed at the age of 83. Hessler, a German born, British-blooded and educated, Hollywood-based filmmaker, is most notable to FANGORIA readers for his interesting post-Roger Corman work for American International Pictures, with the failed new “Poe Cycle” kick-starters THE OBLONG BOX (with Christopher Lee and Vincent Price), MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE (with Jason Robards and Herbert Lom) and the Poe flavored Vincent Price classic CRY OF THE BANSHEE, not to mention the utterly mad horror all-star opus SCREAM AND SCREAM AGAIN starring Price, Lee and Peter Cushing.

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    Win “REWIND THIS!” DVD/VHS combo pack!

    A few months ago, I had the pleasure of checking out a wonderful little documentary called REWIND THIS! The next day, I found myself at LA’s Amoeba Records grabbing all the used horror VHS tapes I could get my hands on. This documentary will renew your love of VHS, and Filmbuff/MPI just sent us a copy of the DVD/VHS combo pack to give away to one lucky reader. So dust off your VCR, grab that tethered remote control and take a trip back through video history!

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