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  • FANGORIA Podcast Network: Darren & Mindy meet “THE MONSTER SQUAD” on “THE RANTS MACABRE”

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    After a unique experience with EVP, fact and fiction, THE RANTS MACABRE returns this week with a pair of terror titles from horror history. With cult classics on their minds, our hosts divulge into one fright film each the other hasn’t seen. This week, Darren finds himself face-to-face with a horror offering that remains the most notable genre effort in blaxploitation, while Mindy finally sees a late ‘80s fright fan favorite; all of this and more can be heard on THE RANTS MACABRE.

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  • “BLACK JACK KETCHUM #1” (Comic Book Review)

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    One of the most popular yet understated subgenres of horror comics in 2015 has undoubtedly been Weird Westerns. Heavy booted rustlers and ruffled women have been clashing with supernatural forces on the pages of such works as Dark Horse’s THE STEAM MAN, IDW’s FISTFUL OF BLOOD, and Image’s newest release, BLACK JACK KETCHUM. A work that walks the line between our reality and the ones behind the veil, BLACK JACK KETCHUM takes the standard outlaw tale and drops it in a SANDMAN-esque story where nothing is really what it seems. Throw in a mute girl with a shotgun and a case of mistaken identity and you got yourself a tale worth its buffalo hide.

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  • FANGO Flashback: “PSYCHO III”

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    Much like snowflakes and fingerprints, you’ll never find two horror fans with the same opinions about the PSYCHO sequels. Perhaps among the most divisive franchises in horror history, it’s difficult to find a critical consensus on the later tales of Norman Bates, whether it be Richard Franklin’s PSYCHO II, Mick Garris’ PSYCHO IV, the variations of BATES MOTEL or Anthony Perkins’ PSYCHO III. And while this writer has never been a fan of PSYCHO III, especially considering my love for PSYCHO and PSYCHO II, the time felt right to give PSYCHO III another shot, hoping to eschew the PSYCHO legacy and take it as a slasher in its own right.

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  • “NEON JOE, WEREWOLF HUNTER” (TV Pilot Review)

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    As a fan of the twisted, often transgressive programs on Adult Swim, it’s quite amusing to see the shades of horror that pop up throughout their programming. From ultra-violent fare like EAGLEHEART and METALOCALYPSE to surreal, pitch black comedies such as TIM & ERIC AWESOME SHOW, GREAT JOB! and GARTH MARENGHI’S DARKPLACE, Adult Swim has never been shy about allowing their series to weave in and out of genre territory. However, with NEON JOE, WEREWOLF HUNTER, Adult Swim, in an unholy allegiance with WONDER SHOWZEN’s PFFR, explicitly embrace their monstrous side, although with their humor clearly ahead of their horror.

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  • Caption Contest Results: 11/30 – 12/04

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    FANGORIA fanatics! If you’re one of the thousands who follow us on Twitter, you’re likely familiar with our daily Caption Contests! Now, due to the overwhelmingly positive response, we’re highlighting the best entries of the week for the world to see! So without further ado…

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  • In Memoriam: Robert Loggia (1930 – 2015)

    At face value, Robert Loggia was never considered a horror veteran in the way that fright fans regard Robert Englund, Vincent Price and Anthony Perks. In fact, Loggia is far better remembered for his roles as police officers, mafiosos, military bigwigs or corporate figures (including his now-iconic turn in BIG). However, as a performer, Loggia was not only a fantastic actor in his own right but treated his genre material with respect and gravitas in a way that always made his exercises in horror memorable.

    Funny enough, Loggia’s horror work begins 55 years ago when the actor made his first of two appearances on ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS, which he shortly would follow with roles in THE ALFRED HITCHCOCK HOUR and KRAFT SUSPENSE THEATER. Yet it wouldn’t be for another 20 years that Loggia would make his debut in a horror film, working with Stacy Keach, Scott Wilson, Tom Atkins, Jason Miller, Joe Spinell, and Neville Brand in William Peter Blatty’s THE NINTH CONFIGURATION. Following that, Loggia would take the memorable role of Dr. Raymond in PSYCHO II, one of the few characters unabashedly supported and defended the “rehabilitated” Norman Bates, and one of the even fewer that didn’t die by his hand. Loggia would then dabble in horror with TALES OF THE UNEXPECTED and the 1986 remakes of ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS before his next big genre role, playing Lt. Sean McTaggart in John Schlesinger’s underrated occult film THE BELIEVERS.

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    It would be five more years until Loggia would get arguably his finest horror role, playing Sal “The Shark” Macelli in John Landis’ INNOCENT BLOOD. The film would give Loggia his first antagonistic horror role, embracing his more macabre side as the bloodthirsty mobster-turned-vampire. It’s a lively, villainous performance that feels so unique to Loggia’s sensibilities, and one where he relishes the bloodier, more gruesome moments so casually that it’s hard not to love the character as a whole.

    Another five years would pass before Loggia would work in his next horror film (although INDEPENDENCE DAY does skirt the genre line often), and that would be the dual role of Mr. Eddy / Dick Laurent in David Lynch’s LOST HIGHWAY. As circumstances would have it, Loggia was originally supposed to work with Lynch a decade earlier in BLUE VELVET in the unforgettable role of Frank Booth. However, when Lynch informed him he wasn’t getting the role, his furious response was what later would inspire his casting in LOST HIGHWAY, and to this day, Loggia’s “tailgating” monologue remains one of the most memorable scenes in a Lynch film to date.

    In the near two decades since LOST HIGHWAY, Loggia would not enter a high profile horror role, even though he’d keep his feet occasionally in the genre. Outside of a guest appearance on the reboot of THE OUTER LIMITS, Loggia appeared in low budget horror offerings such as SCAVENGER KILLERS, THE BONEYARD COLLECTION and SICILIAN VAMPIRE while keeping a sense of self-awareness in surrealist projects from Tim & Eric. Yet even in these microbudget projects, Loggia’s professionalism and passion bleeds through his work effortlessly, and fright fans will not soon forget his twisted turns throughout his career.

    He will be missed. Rest in Peace, Robert Loggia.

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  • Deaditorial: The Art of the Horror Tie-in

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    Believe it or not, the horror genre is at a strangely unpredictable place at the moment. With haunting movies on the decline, the battle for the horror zeitgeist is raging on between the returning J-Horror and the slowly reviving slasher subgenres. Meanwhile, horror TV is at an all-time high, dominated by THE WALKING DEAD and AMERICAN HORROR STORY while still offering prestigious entertainment like PENNY DREADFUL and HANNIBAL. And horror video games are on the upswing, with UNTIL DAWN and THE EVIL WITHIN filling in the hole left by the dissolution of SILENT HILLS.

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