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    “SATURN 3″ (Scream Factory Blu-ray Review)

    How peculiar a film is SATURN 3?  Its plot—a horny robot trying to kill its “competition” so it can have Farrah Fawcett all to itself—is one of the least puzzling things about it. You’ll spend far more time wondering why Fawcett is rolling around with a man twice her age (that would be Kirk Douglas), or why Harvey Keitel’s very recognizable voice has been dubbed over, or why all future movies have to have weirdo chess pieces when in reality we’ve been OK with the same basic designs for hundreds of years; or just what anyone was thinking when they greenlit this movie in the first place?

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    “THE LAST DAYS ON MARS” (Movie Review)

    At this point in the history of science fiction film, there’s ironically little territory left to cover in space. There’s always the option to set familiar premises or characters in the infinite abyss, but these films can feel derivative, and despite taking place on faraway planets, they often don’t feel extraterrestrial aside from the digitally enhanced environments. Being generic isn’t necessarily a bad thing, and can feel uninspired rather than disappointing—which works in the favor of the rather bland THE LAST DAYS ON MARS.

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    IFC Midnight is (“WITCHING &) BITCHING”

    The latest film from one-of-a-kind Spanish director Álex de la Iglesia (DAY OF THE BEAST, THE LAST CIRCUS) is high energy horror comedy WITCHING & BITCHING. A silly, manic tale of witchcraft and the battle of the sexes, the movie previously hit North America when it closed the Toronto International Film Festival’s Midnight Madness and made its U.S. debut at Austin’s Fantastic Fest. Now, it will find its way to general audiences courtesy of IFC Midnight in 2014. 

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    Santa Showdown: “GREMLINS” VS. “RARE EXPORTS”

    Jingle the Bells! Hit the lights! In celebration of FANGORIA’s re-release of the remastered original SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT, we present to you SANTA SHOWDOWN, a battle between the more gruesome ghosts of Christmas Past. So sit down by the fire, enjoy some eggnog and pray neither of these Christmas killers make their way down your chimney…

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    Q&A: Damien Leone on “ALL HALLOWS’ EVE” and “FRANKENSTEIN VS. THE MUMMY”

    Writer/director/special FX artist Damien Leone recently enjoyed the Halloween DVD release of his first feature, ALL HALLOWS’ EVE (reviewed here), an anthology comprised of three shorts strung together by the appearance of a demonic clown. His next feature brings together two even more archetypal horror characters: FRANKENSTEIN VS. THE MUMMY. Leone recently spoke to FANGORIA about how ALL HALLOWS’ EVE came to be, struggling to create great FX with very little money, the creation and future of Art the Clown and how he’s reimagining classic creatures.

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    “CHIMÈRES” (Movie Review)

    CHIMÈRES is an interesting take on vampirism—in terms of both the “monster’s” unique origin story and ensuing love affair. Director/co-writer Olivier Beguin’s first feature-length film will go down as one of this year’s surprises, as well as a potential redefinition of the genre. What Beguin has succeeded in doing is offering up the classic tropes of a vampire love story wrapped in a new, darkly heartfelt romance (with some gore to boot).

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    “HYSTERIA” by Stephanie Wytovich (Book Review)

    The photographs—rendered in stark, blown out black and white—are striking: There stands dark poetess extraordinaire Stephanie Wytovich in the basement of the purportedly haunted abandoned hospital Hill View Manor, an oppressive blackness and who-knows-what-else closing in. All of it, held at bay only by this beacon of fearlessness, beauty, and joie de vivre smiling out at the camera.

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    Full Trailer: Stylish Neo-Giallo “THE STRANGE COLOUR OF YOUR BODY’S TEARS”

    One of the sexiest, most mind-altering cinematic experiences of 2013 is unquestionably THE STRANGE COLOUR OF YOUR BODY’S TEARS. The second feature from AMER filmmakers Hélène Cattet & Bruno Forzani is even more brazen, even more adorned with gialli style and boasts some serious stream-of-consciousness storytelling. It’s a film with aura and you can glimpse some of its “strange colours” in a brand new trailer.

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