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    Q&A: Leigh Whannell on Death, the Elderly and “INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2″

    INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2 is a surprising film. Less the slow build scare-a-thon of the first (and even James Wan’s summer hit THE CONJURING), this film is an aggressive whirlwind that’s no longer approaching The Further with trepidation, but charging through and searching for its weirdest bits. Of course, in what’s become something of a recurring motif in the work of Wan and writer Leigh Whannell, it’s presided over by opposing forces, and guided by sage elderly characters. In a conversation that’s largely focused on death and my budding theory that Wan & Whannell find the elderly to be last vestiges of superstition, the writer tells FANGORIA of the film, their undervalued DEAD SILENCE and his preoccupation with our eventual end.

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    “DARK TOUCH” Trailer: The year’s unsettling, other telekinetic tale

    It seems crude to put it in such general, comparative terms, but I do suspect that DARK TOUCH will be the better rendition of “Carrie” we see this year. It’s an unapologetic, dark Ireland-set film that re-envisions fundamentals of that teenaged, oncoming womanhood tale (telekinetic girl lashing out) and warps it to a more unsettling place. While hope is held for Kimberly Peirce’s handling of the Stephen King novel, will the re-adaptation have the interest in being so stark and prodding as DARK TOUCH?

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    Q&A: Patrick Wilson on “INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2”

    The first INSIDIOUS meant many things to those involved in the production, and when it became a financial and critical success back in 2010, many of their hopes were validated. The film proved that James Wan was not a one-hit-wonder, following the underwhelming reception to DEAD SILENCE and DEATH SENTENCE, and demonstrated that Jason Blum could produce successful horror outside of the PARANORMAL ACTIVITY found-footage wheelhouse. And INSIDIOUS made Patrick Wilson a bona fide leading man, following high-profile ensemble roles in THE A-TEAM and WATCHMEN and independent starring turns in LITTLE CHILDREN and HARD CANDY.

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    “CANNIBAL” (TIFF Movie Review)

    There are moments of exquisite stillness in Manuel Martin Cuenca’s CANNIBAL. Some might say too many. But for those willing to go along with its deliberately tentative pacing, CANNIBAL  delivers a poignant – if not always totally gripping -minimalist narrative about a man who eats people and the woman who loves him.

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    “ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW” trailer eerily exploits unauthorized Disney locale

    “Bad things happen everywhere,” so says a character in Randy Moore’s acclaimed, controversial ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW. Everywhere extends to the so-called Happiest Place on Earth where the manufactured magic of Disneyland—complete with iconic characters and rides—and the family-friendly company’s recognizable title cards are utilized to frame a surreal, horrifying trip in the first trailer for the film.

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