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    Larry Fessenden’s “BENEATH” to World Premiere at Stanley Festival; First Pic

    This Thursday, May 2, the intensely cool inaugural Stanley Film Festival—held at Estes Park, Colorado’s Stanley Hotel, that which served as inspiration for THE SHINING—gets underway, and in addition to a stellar lineup of recent festival favorites and highly anticipated horror, will also host the world premiere of the latest from indie horror master Larry Fessenden (HABIT, THE LAST WINTER).

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    “JUDGE DREDD: YEAR ONE” #2 (Comic Review)

    Despite the overwhelming artistic success of Judge Dredd in the UK, there have been few attempts to work with the character stateside. DC comics had a short run with the gun-toting officer in the mid-90s, but unfortunately only lasted a whopping eighteen issues before getting shut down. That’s not to say that the Judge did not explode as a media gold mine, ranging from toys and video games to books and movies. Though as far comic books go, he never quite generated the same interest as he did abroad. But, perhaps thanks in part to the new DREDD movie, he has once again been given a chance to show off his trademark brand of justice in one of the latest IDW Publishing additions, JUDGE DREDD: YEAR ONE.

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    “FRIGHT BYTES” hits Shock Stock with Christina Lindberg, “AMERICAN HORROR STORY” & more

    It’s that time of the year again!  In this new episode of Fright Bytes, hosts Lianne Spiderbaby and Steve Mac visit the third Annual Shock Stock convention in London, Ontario!   This episode features exclusive interviews with THEY CALL HER ONE EYE / THRILLER’s exploitation star and Swedish model, Christina Lindberg, AMERICAN HORROR STORY’s favorite freak “Pepper” (the lovely Naomi Grossman), and the MANIAC COP himself, Robert Z’dar!

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    Q+A: The Director of “CHUCK NORRIS VS.COMMUNISM” talks 80s exploitation, media revolution and Indiegogo

    There is a synchronicitous plethora of films either just released or in the works about the 80s VHS explosion – from Josh Johnson and Carolee Mitchell’s SXSW hit REWIND THIS to Mike Malloy’s PLASTIC MOVIES REWOUND, Dan Kinem and Levi Peretic’s ADJUST YOUR TRACKING and Mark Hartley’s Cannon Films-focused ELECTRIC BOOGALOO – but while there’s no doubt that all these films document a game-changing media revolution whose practical and nostalgic effects linger on today, how many of their directors can  claim that VHS actually helped to overthrow a totalitarian regime in their country? Ilinca Calugareanu can.

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    Report: Stranger With My Face Horror Film Fest 2013

    Down under Down Under sits the island of Tasmania; if you go any further south, you’re only likely to encounter Japanese whaling ships before hitting the ice floes of Antarctica. It’s the end of the Earth—or, as director Jennifer Lynch, special international guest of this year’s Stranger With My Face Horror Film Festival, optimistically suggests, “It could be the beginning.”

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    Q&A: “HEMLOCK GROVE” Actress Kandyse McClure

    In HEMLOCK GROVE, the small town of the title finds itself enmeshed in a wave of murders, monsters, secret experiments and more. Looking into all the strangeness—or perhaps helping perpetuate it—is Dr. Clementine Chasseur, played by Kandyse McClure, who spoke to FANGORIA about her role and other genre credits—including a pair of Stephen King remakes.

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    “MR. JONES” (Tribeca Movie Review)

    Seemingly the most divisive midnight/horror offering at the Tribeca Film Festival this year, MR. JONES has garnered reaction across the spectrum. What’s odd though is how in polite conversation, most have refrained from mentioning just how admirably weird Karl Mueller’s sort-of found footage feature debut gets in its second half. MR. JONES is a strange beast and for better or worse—or however you come out of it—refreshing in that it’s a fairly unique, Lynchian addition to the current glut of docu-style terror.

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    Q+A: Stephen Volk on Cushing tribute novella “WHITSTABLE”

    Perhaps best known for his screenwriting work (GOTHIC, GHOSTWATCH, THE AWAKENING) Stephen Volk has also become increasingly prominent as a writer of short genre fiction. His new novella WHITSTABLE tells a fictionalised tale of horror legend Peter Cushing encountering a real-life monster; not in a Transylvanian castle, but in a humdrum English seaside town. An empathic, deeply melancholic work, WHITSTABLE sensitively handles not only its account of everyday, domestic horrors, but also the character of Cushing himself: a decent, dignified man racked with grief over the death of his beloved wife Helen. Perhaps the highest compliment I can pay the book is that it manages to capture the essence of what has made Peter Cushing so beloved amongst successive generations of genre fans, and in the centenary of his birth, he could receive no finer tribute.

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