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    “X-RAY/SCHIZOID” (Blu-ray/DVD Review)

    A double feature that could well have been emblazoned across marquees back in the early ’80s, X-RAY and SCHIZOID are a pair of second-level slashers from the indefatigable Cannon Films, newly issued on a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack on Shout! Factory’s Scream Factory line as a sort of time machine back to the days when every other movie seemed to be a HALLOWEEN/FRIDAY THE 13TH knockoff.

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    “NOTHIN’ TO LOSE – THE MAKING OF KISS (1972-1975)” (Book Review)

    Last year, FANGORIA published the official KISS Monster Magazine (issue #1 is still available in our store here, while the 3D issue #2 is sold out) and it’s no secret that this writer/editor is obsessed with but two things: horror movies and yes, KISS. It was a fixation that locked in preschool, and it was seeing Gene Simmons with fangs, leather, metal and bat wings on the cover of 1977’s LOVE GUN that drew me to Dracula. After the swoon of discovering garish and bloody perversions of gothic horror ebbed, I later fell in love with KISS’ patented brand of trashy 70’s rock n’roll and it’s that adoration of Paul Stanley’s scream and Simmons’s stomping, spitting persona that I’ve carried with me and will keep close to my heart until I die, whenever that may be.

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    “WITHER” (Movie Review)

    Whether WITHER positioned itself as a child of Sam Raimi’s iconic low budget debut or not, the lineage would be easy to trace. A group of friends, an old cabin in the woods, rampant possession and a particularly nasty air are all elements shared by Tommy Wiklund & Sonny Laguna’s latest and the 1981 all-timer THE EVIL DEAD. If WITHER doesn’t exactly measure up to its prominent stylistic influence (most homage doesn’t), it can’t be too heavily faulted. And hell, it’s not for lack of trying. For all its gore and grue, the Swedish tale of terror achieves its goal of being off-putting, but in all the wrong ways.  

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    FANGORIA Presents acquires Spanish shocker “OMNIVORES”

    FANGORIA Presents has acquired writer/director Óscar Rojo’s Spanish cannibalism shocker OMNIVORES for U.S. distribution, with Video on Demand play slated to begin everywhere on October 1. Shot in Madrid, OMNIVORES follows a food critic who goes undercover at a secret society that serves people on the menu (see below for more detailed synopsis).

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    Exclusive DVD/Blu Art: “EMBRACE OF THE VAMPIRE (2013)”

    Where were you when you felt the EMBRACE OF THE VAMPIRE? I’m guessing a 2 a.m. premium cable haze. The mid-90s erotic horror masterpiece—at least to one generation—has been re-envisioned for another, and both come to Blu-ray this fall to compare and contrast. Will the 2013 iteration come close to Anne Goursaud’s vixen-ization of Alyssa Milano?

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    Charles Band unleashes Full Moon Streaming

    In the annals of horror and exploitation, few measure up to the storied Charles Band. His history in the genre spans four decades professionally, with a myriad classic and influential films bearing his name yes, but his entire family foundation is built on Le Cinema Fantastique. Father Albert produced many an Italian western and he directed the classic 1959 chiller I BURY THE LIVING, while brother Richard is a celebrated composer. Their roots in making and exhibiting genre entertainment run deep.

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    Badass Digest takes a look at our monthly Dead Right Horror Trivia Night in L.A.

    I don’t live in L.A. Many friends do, however. Some of those friends include my colleague here at FANGORIA, Rebekah McKendry, Shock Till You Drop Managing Editor Ryan Turek and Badass Digest writer Brian Collins and extends to the larger circle of admirers and creators of the macabre they run in. Thus, the third Thursday of every month is a bit envy-inducing. That’s when a mix of fierce competition, totally wizard team names, prizes and shared enthusiasm create Rebekah and Ryan’s beast, Dead Right Horror Trivia Night.

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