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    “CASTLEVANIA: LORDS OF SHADOW COLLECTION” (Game Review)

    Most long-running game series (SUPER MARIO, FINAL FANTASY, etc) avoid the potential hazards of a strong “mythology” by keeping it simple (Mario is good, things that he can stomp on are bad) or starting from scratch every time out (save for Chocobos and guys named Cid).  Other series, such as CASTLEVANIA, haven’t had long-term goals in mind when they were designed, but kept expanding on the initial storyline, resulting in a complicated “canon” that can scare off new fans, while also decreasing the appeal for older fans who’ve grown tired of trying to make sense of its narrative (RESIDENT EVIL is an even bigger offender of this).  Some folks at Konami agreed, which is why LORDS OF SHADOW is not only a completely standalone affair in terms of CASTLEVANIA lore, but also planned to be a definitive open and shut trilogy that will wrap up with LORDS OF SHADOW 2 in 2014.

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    Excl Photos: Roger Corman in Conversation at BFI

    On October 25th, the BFI (British Film Institute) welcomed the one and only filmmaker, producer, director, mogul, mentor and media personality Roger Corman as a special guest, as part of their “Gothic: The Dark Heart of Film” series. In front of a packed room, Corman talked about his craft, his life, his times and philosophies with another legend, writer and genre scholar Kim Newman.

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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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    Fearless Fans of FANGORIA #1

    Fangoria Fanatics! Last week, FANGORIA put out an all-points-bulletin for every fear fan worth their weight in horror memoribilia and the call was answered! Hence, here we are, presenting you with the FEARLESS FANS OF FANGORIA!

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    Barnabas’ Column #6: Love to Love Ya, Kathryn

    DARK SHADOWS fans adore Kathryn Leigh Scott. The actress and author, best known for her role as Maggie Evans on the spooky soap, has done so much to keep the DARK SHADOWS legacy alive, never hesitating to offer her personal support to her fans. When I and fellow DS fan Michael Culhane won Rondo Awards for our work in the horror film press, for example, Kathryn was the first to congratulate us. Needless to say, I was stunned by Kathryn’s kind words. She didn’t have to do that. But that’s who Kathryn Leigh Scott is. Her work as a writer and actress isn’t just about her, and she’s more than happy to use her influence to help uplift others.

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    SAVINI AND ME: Part Nine, The Grandest Illusion

    In 1983, Savini was at the top of his game, making hit movies and shocking audiences around the world with his FX.  While working on movie after movie, Tom still found time to work on a pet project.  With the philosophy of “sharing secrets of the trade” that legendary make-up artist Dick Smith instilled in him, Savini set about writing a book to teach fans and aspiring filmmakers all of his own secrets of the trade.  The result was the essential GRANDE ILLUSIONS.

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