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    “DOCTOR SLEEP” (Book Review)

    In mid-career interviews, Stephen King was sometimes asked why he had never delivered a conventional sequel to any of his novels, outside of a few short stories and fleeting cross-referencing of characters and locations, like the fictional town of Castle Rock. King’s deflection at that time was to tease how he would often ponder the possibility of THE SHINING’s mini-medium Danny Torrance and FIRESTARTER sparkplug Charlie McGee growing up, getting married, and discovering just what sort of children might spring out of their union. King would then cut himself off and remark that his muse (or more properly, Fornit) was unlikely to lead him any further down that path, and so it stood for decades… until the release last month of DOCTOR SLEEP, a proper sequel to one of King’s best-loved properties, 1977’s THE SHINING.

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    “LAKE PLACID VS. ANACONDA” to be a thing

    In terms of modern day creature features, there are few films as divisive amongst horror fans as LAKE PLACID and ANACONDA. Both box office successes with a devoted cult following, the value of each film has been debated between ardent supporters of campy monster movies and detractors who see them as uninspired studio fiascos, even as their sequels branched out further and further into Syfy Original territory.

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    Is “ARMY OF DARKNESS 2″ simply a Bruce Campbell joke?

    EVIL DEAD star and noted ham Bruce Campbell, in addition to EVIL DEAD producer Rob Tapert and EVIL DEAD 2013 director Fede Alvarez, have all at some point or another this year spoken to the possible existence of ARMY OF DARKNESS 2. Whether it being currently in development, or an active focus for Sam Raimi, each has played a part in stoking the fire of an unnecessary sequel, whipping fans both adoring of and underwhelmed by the EVIL DEAD reboot, into a frenzy. But is it all a silly game? To Bruce Campbell, is everything?

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    “DEVIL IN MY RIDE” (Movie Review)

    When making an independent horror film, the greatest safety net you can provide for your story is to have great, inspired characters at your creative disposal. This is even truer if you decide to add an element of comedy to the proceedings, lest you risk the film falling into the subgenre of morbidly dark anti-comedy, which has value but ultimately narrows your audience considerably. In a horror comedy, even when the outrageousness and the FX are limited by time and budget, your characters can be as flexible as you want them to be, and by putting them through a gauntlet of grue, you’re simultaneously giving them humor to mine from, as well from their predicaments. Married with an entertaining story and inspired performances, these characters can be what stands between the film being either frighteningly forgettable or a hell of a good time.

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    Q&A: Michael S. Rodriguez on Short “NIGHT OF THE SEA MONKEY”

    Remember those funky Sea Monkey ads wedged in the back of the comic books you ran your grubby digits over as a kid? The goofy full-pagers usually boasted bold come-ons geared towards less-savvy lads, pushing them to beg their dads for the scratch to order what was meant to be an “instant pet”; just add water and watch ‘em grow!

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    Horror Game Show, “RELEASE THE HOUNDS” Now Online

    The UK-based RELEASE THE HOUNDS comes complete with its own urban legends and folklore, and then drops its contestants right in the middle of them, walking unwittingly into various horror-esque scenarios and challenges (the first being a field of scarecrows). Something of a SCARE TACTICS-like series with actual money at stake? Sounds like the only game show suitable for our tastes.

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    Video Premiere: Ty Segall’s “The Man Man”

    Ty Segall’s fashion of indie, lo-fi rock finds a sweet spot in the middle of myriad genres. Elements of punk, noise and garage bleed into a colorful, compelling, loud headspace. On his latest, eighth solo record SLEEPER however, that urgency is translated into something ominous and foreboding for the decidedly mellow record. The entirety is a journey and on certain tracks, like the below “Man Man”, it feels a doomed one.

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    Buffalo Dreams 2013: Director Brett Kelly on “MY FAIR ZOMBIE” and more

    When this writer first met Brett Kelly in 2010, it was at the first Buffalo Screams Horror Festival. Throughout the year before, I had become a fan of his work, enjoying the tongue-in-cheek BONESETTER series and IRON SOLDIER, almost solely on the performance of Joe Estevez. It’s exciting then that Kelly returns to Buffalo this month with horror comedy MUSICAL, MY FAIR ZOMBIE.

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    EXCLUSIVE: First Six Minutes of “RETURN TO NUKE ‘EM HIGH VOLUME 1″

    It’s reading, writing and radiation again, and Fango’s got a peek at the first six (very NSFW) minutes of Troma’s RETURN TO NUKE ’EM HIGH VOLUME 1. The belated sequel makes its U.S. premiere November 14 at the New York City Horror Film Festival at Tribeca Cinemas (54 Varick Street), with the irrepressible Lloyd Kaufman in person to introduce his latest directorial effort and take home the festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

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