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  • Directors talk the real terrors behind “THE GALLOWS”

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    Authenticity can be an elusive mistress for genre directors seeking to summon believable terror from their actors. The writing/directing team of Travis Cluff and Chris Lofing happened upon a solution to that age-old conundrum while making THE GALLOWS, however: Shoot the thing night-for-night in the number-one most haunted building in Fresno, California and let the spirits occasionally take the lead in motivating the cast.

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  • Event Report: FANGORIA’s Free “i-LIVED” Screening in NYC!

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    Despite my natural enthusiasm for any-and-everything FANGORIA, call it company pride or what-you-will, there’s always something exciting about a free FANGO horror screening in New York City. Beyond being a great excuse for this writer to trek into the Big Apple, there is always a dependable feeling that the film that is being screened will be a fun time. That doesn’t always mean we’re going to be something genuinely terrifying or shocking, but any flick that goes through Tony Timpone’s vetting process usually winds up being a lot of fun, usually with an appreciative audience. And considering the rising costs of theaters and the desperation of exhibitors for profitable content, the chance to go to the theater with an audience full of fright fans is a welcome opportunity.

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  • FANTASTICA Presents: Where in the World is the next Foreign Horror Movement?

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    One of horror’s main appeals is that it is truly a genre that is beloved around the world. Hell, from the dawn of cinema, international audiences have been getting frightened by tales of the macabre, with German/Danish cinema in particular giving us some of the first great vampire films with Carl Theodor Dreyer’s VAMPYR and F.W. Murnau’s iconic NOSFERATU, to say nothing of German Expressionism’s  long lasting impact on cinema in general; Anybody who has seen THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI knows that TIm Burton owes his career to the film.

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  • “THE HOWLING II: YOUR SISTER IS A WEREWOLF” (Blu-ray Review)

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    No one will ever mistake Philippe Mora’s suicidal sequel HOWLING II: YOUR SISTER IS A WEREWOLF for a “good” movie. But really, when it comes to our obsession with weird fantasy and trash cinema, what the Hell does “good” mean, anyway? One of Merriam-Webster’s dictionary definitions of “good” is “pleasant and acceptable” and certainly, no one wants a horror film that’s pleasant and acceptable, do they? In fact, HOWLING II is so wonderfully unpleasant and defiantly unacceptable that it becomes an almost art-house study in wrongness; a freefall of atonal edits, alternately outrageous and listless performances, oddball grab shots and screen wipes, strange, rubbery gore, perverse costumes… and boobs. Tons of boobs. Almost all of them which belong to co-star Sybil Danning…

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  • Event Report: Dark MoFo Festival, Part Three

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    Nestled among the comings and goings of Hobart town, was a scavenger hunt of art installations hidden in plain sight, waiting for the sunset that happened all too soon each day. The art lived by night. Scattered throughout the golden triangle, down by the water, behind buildings, and in blackened warehouses, the art was accessible to anyone who wanted to look, and participation was one step further. Creatures lurked in the botanical gardens and a ghost ship drifted on the open water. The massive Fire Organ grunted and huffed flames, like a post industrial dragon caught on a parking lot stage. A giant demon sculpture with fierce eyes and protruding breasts and belly, and a car sized fish with open mouth, collected written fears from hundreds of people on to it’s sharp teeth, and was burned in a mass purification ceremony at the end of the week on the evening of the solstice. I filled my paper with anxieties written extra small to fit as much as possible, and hoped that no one snatched my secrets from the jaws of the beast before the incineration (one additional fear). a theme repeated, let not fear guide you here.
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  • Director reveals how TV’s “WIPEOUT” and a chance meeting led to “THE GALLOWS”

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    Few treks out to the gallows are as inspiring or heartening as the one Travis Cluff first set out on back in 2007. “I’d been working in finance and ended up losing a lot of money in what essentially turned out to be a Ponzi scheme,” the co-writer/director of the high-school horror/found-footage flick THE GALLOWS (opening Friday) recalls.

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  • Toys of Terror #60

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    Welcome to TOYS OF TERROR, Fango’s weekly feature exhibiting the coolest horror accessories across the web. Whether you’re a collector, connoisseur or simply making your love of horror a family affair, these petrifying playthings are likely to impress even the most heartless horror fan. So if you’re searching for a ghoulish gift, look no further…

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  • Exclusive Trailer, BTS Stills: Luigi Cozzi’s New Italian Thriller “BLOOD ON MELIES’ MOON”

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    With Arrow Video’s critically lauded new Blu-ray release of Luigi Cozzi’s 1980 classic CONTAMINATION hitting the streets today, FANGORIA is pleased to provide you with the first look at Cozzi’s (or, Lewis Coates as he is often credited in international prints of his films) new feature, the DIY meta-horror thriller BLOOD ON MELIES’ MOON.

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  • Contest: Win “THE BLUMHOUSE BOOK OF NIGHTMARES” with SDCC Exclusives!

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    There’s no denying that the Blumhouse brand is at the top of its game at the moment, with one film still in theaters (INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 3), one hitting this weekend (THE GALLOWS), one at the top of the VOD charts (CREEP) and a slate of films ready to take San Diego Comic Con by storm. But this week also marks another huge step in Blumhouse’s horror ventures: the written page, as THE BLUMHOUSE BOOK OF NIGHTMARES: THE HAUNTED CITY hit shelves everywhere, and Doubleday has a wealth of copies for those willing to share their nightmares with FANGORIA!

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