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    Q&A: Matt Weinhold, The Comedian With a Collection To Die For

    To many horror fans, the weight of your fandom is measured by the size of your collection. And for good reason: as conventions start growing with record-number attendances around the country, blue-blooded genre nuts are separating themselves from the rookies by hitting up the myriad booths of memorabilia and artwork that take up the exhibitors floor. Even better, though, is when these die-hard fright fanatics do good by the genre that they love, whether it’s by making films, such as esteemed collector (and now, cultural benefactor) Guillermo del Toro, or sporting it at their place-of-business, such as Kirk Hammett with his horror-inspired guitars.

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    “RITUAL” (Movie Review)

    A heavy sense of dread is cast over films in which terrible things befall characters that inhabit a sunny, 50s-esque world. It’s not an unfamiliar tactic, coating events in a false, nostalgic cheer that, by contrast, emphasizes the evil that men do (and have always done) even more. Or, maybe it just hurts to see violence toward someone introduced in such an adorable bathing suit. Whatever the case, writer/director Mickey Keating opens RITUAL on such an aesthetic—but not before a Gaspar Noé homage/onscreen warning of the violence to come—in which the film’s leads romantically meet on the beach. It’s an ideal moment, a single push in as the two flirt, that’s sandwiched between that explicit cautioning and their dialogue drowned out by foreboding noise. This being a horror film, we know that perfect moment cannot last, and here it is dissolving before us. Only the image remains, like a memory. Which, ultimately it is; Lovely (Lisa Marie Summerscales) and Tom’s (Dean Cates) courtship doesn’t even make it through the opening credits.

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    From the FANGORIA Vault: David Lynch’s “BLUE VELVET”

    Welcome again, fans of Fango! Just as we ready ourselves to ring in the New Year, we decided to dig up something extra special for you all out of our archive. Luckily, we uncovered some extremely rare stills from the production of David Lynch’s mad opus, BLUE VELVET, as well as a letter to Fangoria’s Editor Emeritus, Tony Timpone!

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    Q&A: Ortiz, Ramirez & Valderrama on their time in the “SANITARIUM”

    The anthology film has become somewhat of a boon for up-and-coming horror filmmakers, acting as a way to present short format work as an affordable calling card without the limitation of exposure that hinders short films. Anthologies also give these filmmakers, many of whom are rooted in the independent scene, creative freedom that they normally wouldn’t get in a longer form project with higher budgets and more production scrutiny. Furthermore, the pressure of putting together a feature film is often spread over more than one filmmaker, which in and of itself can allow the director to focus on the necessary aspects of storytelling.

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    Wow, This Full Trailer for “THE RAID 2: BERANDAL”

    THE RAID 2: BERANDAL’s full trailer has a shot I just can’t get over. I’m sure you’ll know it instantaneously, and it’s only surrounded by more dazzling depiction of hyperviolence and anticipation of crime saga. At 148 minutes, it doesn’t seem outlandish to expect that Gareth Evans’ highly anticipated sequel is going for something of an epic. Once you see this clip, there’s no doubt.

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    Kevin Smith Preparing Monster Christ Horror Comedy, “HELENA HANDBAG”

    There’s always a certain amount of skepticism towards a filmmaker who announces their retirement; after all, it’s against the nature of an artist to just stop making art altogether. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that a filmmaker that’s as constantly active as Kevin Smith has formally delayed his retirement plans, and has already announced his next project following his former swan song, CLERKS 3.

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