If anything can be said about Legendary as a production entity, it’s that they are very loyal to their content creators. Cementing relationships with both Guillermo del Toro and Michael Dougherty in the horror world, Legendary has boldly taken a stance towards more fantastic and imaginative horror than one might expect from microbudget-friendly world of studio horror. And while this begets films like the gorgeously gothic CRIMSON PEAK and the upcoming Christmas chiller KRAMPUS, this also bleeds into their comic book production as well, as Legendary turned to KRAMPUS writers Todd Casey and Zach Shields for their latest descent into the TRICK ‘R TREAT universe, DAYS OF THE DEAD. FANGORIA caught up with Casey and Shields just in time for Halloween to talk about their haunting horror comic, working with Dougherty and what TRICK ‘R TREAT fans have in store…Read more »
Books/Art/Culture,Features/Interviews,News Ken W. Hanley
Books/Art/Culture,Fearful Features,Home,News Ken W. Hanley
With Halloween less than a week away, FANGORIA is ready to unveil the latest episode of WE’LL SEE YOU IN HELL, getting festive with one of horror’s most underrated monsters. And while perhaps this particular film is more fitting for, say, St. Patrick’s Day, our chaotic commentary show hosts Joe DeRosa and Patrick Walsh sit down to respectfully riff on LEPRECHAUN!Read more »
Books/Art/Culture,News,Reviews Ken W. Hanley
While haunted attractions have long been a staple of the Halloween season, the progression of the art form has certainly gone beyond what anyone has expected. Some people search for the biggest thrill, looking for the scariest and most innovative haunts imaginable in locations far from the comfort of home. Other people want the illusion of safety taken away completely, with certain haunts willing to invade your personal space and attempt to break your resolve with sadistic delight. And other people just want something different, something bigger and something that will give them a truly nightmarish journey… and that’s where Pure Terror Scream Park comes in.Read more »
Fearful Features,Movies/TV,News Ken W. Hanley
If someone were to ask you to define Italian horror cinema, chances are that you might be at a loss for words. While some may immediately gravitate towards giallo or the various Italian Cannibal films of the ‘70s and ‘80s, the answer might be a bit more complicated than we’d like to admit. However, what can be said about Italian horror cinema in a universal sense is that punches were never pulled: whether it’s Mario Bava, Ruggero Deodato, Lucio Fulcio, Dario Argento or any of the myrid Italian shockmeisters, there was nothing off limits or too absurd in their attempts to scare and shock. And perhaps few movies demonstrate this go-for-broke attitude towards Italian horror better than Lamberto Bava’s DEMONS, with Dario Argento guiding the filmmaker’s utterly insane vision to reality.
Bava, the son of Mario, and Argento make a dangerous pair as the filmmakers behind DEMONS, blending two frenzied sensibilities to create something nightmarish yet crazy in a bold, unapologetic fashion. DEMONS isn’t just a horror movie, it’s a horror movie that decides to abandon all hope for character development and double down on its cast size so that more characters than you can keep track of can face a terrible, practical FX-driven fate. But perhaps the only thing as jaw-dropping as DEMONS brash treatment of its characters are the places that the film takes our protagonists, with a mix between fantastical frights, bloody carnage and a last-stand sequence that must be seen to be believed.
For those who have yet to see DEMONS, the film follows a group of moviegoers who are enticed by a free ticket giveaway to a newly built theater. However, when the action off-screen begins to mirror the demonic brutality on screen, the theater is thrown into utter chaos. Soon, these moviegoers must fight to survive the onslaught of these seemingly unstoppable demons and learn the truth behind their petrifying predicament.
As one might be able to tell, DEMONS is one hell of a ride, with Lamberto using a bigger budget and Argento’s good will to his advantage. The film carries the hallmarks of ‘80s horror cinema, including color-heavy lighting (though not as portrait-esque as Argento’s work), complex and revolting practical FX and a score that blends Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin-inspired synth beats with a timely heavy metal soundtrack. And while those who are looking for complex acting and brilliant storytelling will be left wanting, DEMONS is entertaining from the opening frame to the closing credits, and is guaranteed to please those who like their horror bizarre and brutal.
However, DEMONS truly keeps its reputation among horror hounds these days by jumping headfirst into absurdity over and over again, which honestly benefits the film more than it detracts. One might point to the seemingly irrelevant subplot about four cokehead punks who spend way too much time driving around and doing drugs out of a Coca-Cola can than contributing to the plot in any way. Others might point to the excruciating long shots of teeth and nails being mutilated in demonic transformation sequences. And, of course, almost everyone will point to a man on a motorcycle wielding a sword as he drives through a movie theater full of monsters.
While DEMONS will never quite be SUSPIRIA or BLACK SABBATH, the film’s fright-filled fun will always have an audience of appreciative Italian horror lovers willing to champion it throughout the years. DEMONS is among the macabre movies of its time to warrant ‘midnight movie’ status, and absolutely plays better with a bigger audience to laugh, gasp and cheer through every depraved development. It’s a gory good time, and for those who want to give THE EVIL DEAD a break on their Halloween rotation, Lamberto Bava & Dario Argento will have you covered… in blood!!!Read more »
Movies/TV,News Ken W. Hanley
As a horror fan and an admirer of cinema in general, it’s been a pleasure seeing Neil Marshall work outside of the feature film sandbox. Whether it’s redefining what can be done on television with groundbreaking episode of GAME OF THRONES (one of which was so epic that it became the first episode to be given an IMAX run), introducing the world to the gruesome ways of the Red Dragon on HANNIBAL or killing it on the dearly departed CONSTATINE, Marshall has been proving he’s still a forced to be reckoned with even outside of his comfort zone. And this is even true for Marshall’s latest, the climactic segment in the horror anthology TALES OF HALLOWEEN featuring a man-eating pumpkin, bloody practical effects and more easter eggs than one can count. With the film climbing the VOD charts, Marshall spoke to FANGORIA about developing his segment, the various terrifying tales and the one horror master he was unable to cast…Read more »
FANGORIA Podcast Network: “THE RANTS MACABRE” Welcomes “MANSON FAMILY VACATION” Guests J. Davis, Jay Duplass & Linas Phillips!Books/Art/Culture,Features/Interviews,Home,News Fangoria Staff
Even though this weekend brings us the horror holiday we’ve all been waiting for, it’s not too late to take a vacation! There’s plenty of horrifying hotspots around the world for one to see this time of year, whether it be the various haunted attractions, frightening film festivals or even the taboo art of dark tourism. And it’s certainly in the last category that this week’s very special episode of THE RANTS MACABRE is rooted in, as our hosts Darren & Mindy take a MANSON FAMILY VACATION with filmmaker J. Davis and stars/producers Jay Duplass & Linas Phillips!Read more »
Fearful Features,Home,Movies/TV,News Ken W. Hanley
While it’s a given that Ash Williams would be in top form with his grand return to the screen, ASH VS. EVIL DEAD has had more than its fair share of wild cards! One of those wild cards is none other than the beautiful and badass Kelly Maxwell, played with refreshing gusto by Dana DeLorenzo. DeLorenzo brings a wealth of no-bullshit attitude and kick-ass resolve as well as an exponential amount of charm, making Kelly a fantastic addition to the EVIL DEAD universe. And at New York Comic Con, DeLorenzo spoke to FANGORIA about working with Sam Raimi, Fake Blood and the one & only Bruce Campbell…Read more »
Contests,News Ken W. Hanley
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…Read more »
Movies/TV,News Fangoria Staff
Following the huge turnout for the live-action ATTACK ON TITAN: PART ONE film, big enough to score at #9 at the U.S. Box Office and sport the 2nd highest per-screen average that weekend ahead of mainstream films like BLACK MASS and HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2, there’s no denying that fans of the popular horror manga series are chomping at the bit for ATTACK ON TITAN: PART TWO. And with fright fans last chance to see the film in theaters being tomorrow, October 27th, FANGORIA has an exclusive clip from the film for all to see below!Read more »
Movies/TV,News,Reviews Ken W. Hanley
To be honest, it’s a bit of a surprise that the western and horror genres don’t collide more frequently, considering the high-concept mythology of era-appropriate folk tales and the seedy, terrifying reality behind the myths. One could likely chalk up the lack of horror-westerns due to the commercial viability of both genres, and others could attribute it to the need for practical effects on both accounts. Luckily, BONE TOMAHAWK proves that an effective mash-up between horror stories and western aesthetics is more than possible, even if the final product settles for efficiency over excellency.Read more »
Fearful Features,Movies/TV,News Heather Buckley
The horror/Western BONE TOMAHAWK, opening today in theaters and on VOD from RLJ Entertainment, has a big-ticket cast, but writer/director S. Craig Zahler’s heart has a section reserved for the scrappiest small-budget fare. That became a key topic when FANGORIA chatted with him about his new movie.Read more »
Fearful Features,Movies/TV,News Ken W. Hanley
Welcome, FANGORIA Readers, to CROSSING OVER, our newest column that highlights the films, series and content out there outside of horror that is fashioned towards or pays tribute to our beloved genre. By shining a light onto these projects, FANGORIA hopes to open a world of entertainment perfect for fright fans that lies just beyond the borders of the horror community. So without further ado…Read more »