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    Q&A: “SHIVER” Director Julian Richards

    What can be said about serial killers on screen that hasn’t been said before? The subgenre has become a difficult one to break ground in nowadays, and rather than focus on motivation, many directors have turned to gimmicks, often at the expense of the audience patience and interest. But sometimes, the challenge has inspired ambitious directors to prove this well isn’t dried up just yet, and one such filmmaker is SHIVER’s Julian Richards.

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    Q&A: “MACABRE” Writer/Director Timo Tjahjanto

    The word “rediscovery” is not new to the horror genre, as once a great fright filmmaker enters the cultural awareness, it’s only appropriate that fans dig deeper into their filmography. Sometimes, you find the early work of modern-day master-class auteurs; other times, you discover promising missteps with flashes of greatness interspersed throughout. And occasionally, you come across the origins of a specific perspective, revealing underlying themes, distinctive visuals or simply a penchant for bloody madness.

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    [Blood in the Snow ’13] Anthony D.P. Mann talks “THE GHOSTKEEPERS”

    Even in the world of independent horror cinema, actor/filmmaker Anthony D.P. Mann is unique. As a youngster, while his peers were dining on slashers and gore fests, he was seeking out classic horror adaptations from British television. While other filmmakers gravitate towards larger productions, he’s stayed and worked out of the university town of Kingston, Ontario, utilizing the local structures and making sumptuous looking period pieces on a micro-budget.

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    Creature Short, “WELCOME TO WILLITS” Online in Full!

    Earlier this year, it was announced SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE WORLD and THE END OF LOVE’s Mark Webber would star in the debut feature from directing team Trevor Ryan and Tim Ryan. The creature feature entitled WELCOME TO WILLITS was preceded by a proof-of-concept short film, also starring Webber, which has now debuted online in full and features drug-fueled freakouts, rural isolation, alien abduction and bloody surgery in its frenzied, stylish thirteen minutes.

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    Bosworth, Jane in “ABSENTIA” director’s “SOMNIA”

    Hot off of his acclaimed genre film OCULUS, which premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival and is being released by Relativity in 2014, ABSENTIA director Mike Flanagan is already raring to go into the world of horror once more with his new film, SOMNIA. The film was announced at the 2013 American Film Market, with THE MIST’s Tom Jane and BLACK ROCK’s Kate Bosworth attached, which begins production today.

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    “CONJURING” Doll Annabelle to get Spin-off

    The genre’s smash hit of the summer was THE CONJURING, James Wan’s immensely terrifying haunting film that grossed over $300 million worldwide. Wan’s first horror hit of 2013, ahead of his supposed scare film swan song INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2, has been nothing less than a phenomenon amongst horror hounds both hardcore and casual, and did so even with an unjustly given “R”-rating. Shortly after the films huge opening weekend, a sequel was greenlit and cast members Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga resigned as Ed and Lorraine Warren, but while Warner Brothers attempts to woo back James Wan for a second installment, could there be more CONJURING in the meantime?

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    Bolivia-Based Maverick Amy Hesketh Goes Indiegogo for Kinky Vampire Flick

    FANGORIA #323 saw us shine a light on a filmmaker named Amy Hesketh, an ex-Pat American who has become a sort of feminine Jess Franco in Bolivia, where she’s producing challenging, visceral, unflinching dark dramas and horror films (like the hypnotic BARBAZUL/BLUEBEARD, which just screened at the PollyGrind festival in Las Vegas) primarily for the Latin market, made in collusion with her partner, filmmaker/actor Jac Avila. Hesketh is so dedicated to her brand of art that she often literally puts herself in harm’s way to achieve the maximum psychosexual/visceral effect.

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    Mary Harron, Jennifer Lynch and More for All Female-Directed Anthology, “XX’

    The resurgence of anthologies has undoubtedly added a great sense of fun to contemporary genre, joining  mediums and international filmmakers for all manner of macabre. It’s also highlighted what can be a boys’ club nature of horror, leaving many to find misogynistic tones and asking where the female filmmakers are? Of course, that doesn’t mean there’s a lack of horror-focused women—some of just 2013’s best genre films including VANISHING WAVES, KISS OF THE DAMNED, DARK TOUCH, AMERICAN MARY and fest film SHE WOLF were helmed by such—but the new, Dark Sky and XYZ-produced anthology XX aims to bring a host of of them together. And the lineup they’ve garnered is something to be thrilled about. 

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