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    “REWIND THIS!” (SXSW Movie Review)

    Partway through director Josh Johnson’s VHS doc,  Alamo Drafthouse programmer Lars Nilsen explains, in his summation, culture hasn’t yet reflected on the impact of the dead (or not so) format. That impact, when looked at historically is where REWIND THIS! shines. Filmmakers like Frank Henenlotter, Charles Band, JR Bookwalter and Roy Frumkes (who very humorously hates the format), whose movies lived and found audiences on VHS, offer fantastic context and insight on being at the forefront. Anecdotes about shining to tapes before studios and the early days of sell-through prices make for great stories, while arguments about just what VHS did for low budgets, both on the distribution and filmmaking ends, are just a few buzz words away from sounding incredibly similar to the current pro-talk for digital revolution.

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    MESSAGES IN A BOTTLE: COMIC BOOK STORIES BY B. KRIGSTEIN (Comic Review)

    FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS’ latest in classic cartoonist anthologies celebrates the groundbreaking work of BERNIE KRIGSTEIN (1919-1990). Starting with some whimsical westerns, swashbuckling adventure yarns, and rather rote noire thrillers that he broke into the biz with and managed to elevate above the hack writing he was assigned, MESSAGES IN A BOTTLE winds down with quirkier fare he tried to infuse his innovative flare into before dropping out of the field entirely, to pursue fine art, weary of the restrictions put upon him by the industry. But the in-between stuff is where everything really clicks, particularly during his mid-century years at EC COMICS.

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    Check out the promo for March’s FANGORIA VIDEOCRYPT on VOD!

    In addition to our FANGORIA PRESENTS VOD/DVD lineup of new films (more info on the FANGORIA PRESENTS page HERE), our readers with Comcast will find a VOD folder called ‘FANGORIA’, that will feature both our current FANGORIA PRESENTS films and a monthly, themed selection of studio repertory titles bearing the moniker FANGORIA’S VIDEOCRYPT, curated by esteemed programmer and producer Zack Carlson.

    March’s VIDEOCRYPT kicks off with “Gory Getaways and Vicious Vacations.” Carlson writes, “If you somehow survive the stomach-churning intensity of FANGORIA’s latest release AXED, then join us as we slash into 12 classic expeditions to the supernatural underbelly of the travel industry. From HOWLING 2’s Transylvanian she-wolves to England’s quaintly demonic DOLLS to the down-home southern comfort n’ cannibalism of MOTEL HELL, you’ll be having the time and/or end of your life on these Gory Getaways and Vicious Vacations!”

    Here’s the full, fantastic roster of beloved staples and obscure treasures in our Comcast folder this month: AXED, DOLLS, THE BEAST WITHIN, BEYOND THE DOOR III, MOTEL HELL, HOWLING II: YOUR SISTER IS A WEREWOLF, THE BURNING, HIGHWAY TO HELL, SUPERBEAST, SLEEPAWAY CAMP III: TEENAGE WASTELAND, TROLL 2, ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU.

    Check out the killer promo video above for a taste of what’s in store for our VOD customers in March!

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    Exclusive: Director David Slade talks “HANNIBAL”

    In a dank industrial building just outside Toronto, a slew of talented people are feverishly working to revive the bloody legacy of Hannibal Lecter. The antihero of four best-selling Thomas Harris novels and five feature films, Lecter is as recognizable an icon of horror as Dracula, but until now, his face has been primarily that of Anthony Hopkins, who relished the role of the flesheating, cultured cannibal psychiatrist in the Oscar-winning THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, its berserk sequel HANNIBAL and the middling prequel RED DRAGON.

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    “HOLY GHOST PEOPLE” (SXSW Movie Review)

    While not exactly the type of film where one ends up asking themselves just who the title refers to (that line is drawn pretty clearly), there is a unifying trait in the entire ensemble of Mitchell Altieri’s thriller HOLY GHOST PEOPLE. The past haunts, and subsequently seems to catch up no matter how deep you embed yourself in something else; be it snake-handling backwoods church, be it isolation, be it alcohol, be it whatever it is you can sell yourself.

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    “SANITARIUM” (Miami International Film Festival World Premiere Movie Review)

    Midway through the artfully rendered horror anthology film SANITARIUM, Dr. Henry Stenson—a fourth-wall smashing psych ward headmaster/tour guide portrayed with typical sinister-civil aplomb by Malcolm McDowell—confides in we, the audience, the following distillation of his life’s work: “The mind is unbelievably resilient. It can create whole entire fantasies to protect us from reality and blind us from the truth…The more unpleasant the truth, the more potent the fantasy.”

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    DAMIANO DAMIANI, 1922-2013

    A lot of artists are sometimes trapped by their race and/or their heritage; auteurs outside of America that make superlative and innovative films are often quoted as “French director” or “German expressionist” and sometimes these people would just for once like to hear “director” or “expressionist” as a sole description, leaving the nation of origin out. Race, for many of these artists, shouldn’t matter. And this was the case for Damiano Damiani, a versatile and groundbreaking filmmaker, who passed away March 7th at his home in Rome age 90.

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    DO YOU LIKE HITCHCOCK?

    March 12th is National Alfred Hitchcock Day, and while suspense-savvy FANGORIA readers hardly need to be pointed to a top-ten of Hitchcock films, we thought we’d take advantage of the opportunity to revisit some Hitch-related ephemera that made its debut on the small screen. No, we’re not talking about the classic ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS – which ran from 1955-1965 and effectively cemented Hitch’s status as the first movie director to become a household name – but its less-celebrated rejuvenation in the 1980s – THE NEW ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS!

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