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    Both “PARANORMAL ACTIVITY” Spin-Off & Sequel Dated for 2014

    Do you remember the strange little tag after the credits of PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 4? Did you make it that far once PARANORMAL ACTIVITY4 ended? If you missed, two young gentleman were frightened out of a convenience store by its owner, who spoke Spanish that roughly translates to, “This is only the beginning!” That brief scene was meant to tease an upcoming Latino-aimed spin-off that’s now being called PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE MARKED ONES, and will hit theaters this January.

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    FANGORIA SCREAMERS: POP MONTREAL selects Dalibor Barić’s “HORROR OF DRACULA”

    Admittedly, I’m playing double-duty here: in addition to my FANGO station, I’m also a film curator for a few festivals, including the POP Montreal International Music Festival – running this September 25-29 – where I’m often able to infuse the programming with horror elements. Last year it was THE OMEN screening in a church, this year it’s a series of art installations inspired by Electronic Voice Phenomena (i.e. THE STONE TAPE/WHITE NOISE) and a retrospective of the films of Croatian experimental filmmaker Dalibor Barić, whose work frequently dips into the dark waters of the horror pond. Behold our August SCREAMERS film: Dalibor Barić’s HORROR OF DRACULA.

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    Mario Bava’s “KIDNAPPED”: Confined in the Open Country (Blu-ray Review)

    Kino’s ongoing transfer of the work of Mario Bava to Blu-ray presents not only a celebration of the Italian master’s filmography, but a way to gorge and gain perspective on a filmmaker that’s gone on to influence so much. I did as such last year, upon release of BLACK SUNDAY, HATCHET FOR THE HONEYMOON and LISA & THE DEVIL. Viewing all three, spread throughout Bava’s career, in a vaccum (with Tim Lucas’ informed commentary accompanying) shone light on the more personal flourishes in Bava films. Namely, that his homebody nature and reticence to leave Italy became a theme of confinement to history, legacy, supernatural fate or psychological trauma. So, what happened when Bava got out?

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    “YOU’RE NEXT” Clip: An Animal Breaks Through

    YOU’RE NEXT, the intense and intensely fun home invasion film from Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett is just over two weeks out. In the film, a family reunites in their country home and is quickly besieged by animal-masked murderers. One guest, however, is blessed with a certain set of skills to handle the uninvited.  Have a taste of its stylish, strike anywhere atmosphere in the first clip.

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    Fantasia festival award winners announced

    The 2013 edition of Montreal’s Fantasia festival has come to a close, and once again, a great time was had be all who attended this wide-ranging showcase of international genre cinema. That goes double for those who won the fest’s awards, which were just announced and are listed past the jump.

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    “APARTMENT 1303″ (Movie Review)

    For all save the tiniest minority of urban dwellers, compromises when it comes to securing decent living space are a fact of life; an intricate calculus weighing variables of location, price, relative state of decay, and security to see how close one can sneak up on the ideal.

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    Voodoo Doll? The second teaser for “AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN”

    I’d hope we all know what to expect here. Over the next many weeks, a series of artful, most likely terribly strange teasers for the highly anticipated third season of AMERICAN HORROR STORY (subtitled COVEN) will debut online. Some will be fun to pick apart, others will be wonderful just to look at. The second is here, and seems to nod toward the Voodoo aspect of the New Orleans-set season.  

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    This fall’s Blumhouse Haunted Attraction to open up the world of “THE PURGE”

    In 2012, Jason Blum’s growing genre production company Blumhouse expanded into a haunted attraction. Located in LA,  the Blumhouse of Horrors took attendees into a 1930s-set tale of crazed magician Magi. This year, the filmmaker has teamed with the folks behind the acclaimed Blackout Haunted House to explore the futuristic America of THE PURGE, in which one night a year, your most violent whims are legal for 12 hours. 

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