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    Con Report: Motor City Nightmares rocks Detroit

    To say that Detroit, Michigan has a reputation can be a drastic understatement. Known to most as the murder capital of the nation, Detroit may have earned its pessimistic moniker, but it’s a name seemingly pulled from the urban decay of a glass half empty. Lest we forget the top of this glass: The half that is filled with the fastest cars and loudest rock ‘n’ roll to ever blaze this planet? For a number of years, Tommy Brunswick has been hard at work putting Detroit back on the map of optimism with one blood splattered Michigan mitten shape at a time. She’s a filmmaker, she’s an entrepreneur and she’s co-founder of the ever-expanding horror convention, Motor City Nightmares.

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    New poster shows you the “JUG FACE”

    Having premiered at Slamdance this past January, Chad Crawford Kinkle’s neat low budget creeper is on its way this summer. In advance of that release of the tale of pottery prophecy in a backwoods community, there’s a new, less illustrated one sheet highlighting the titular object.

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    “DEXTER: THE SEVENTH SEASON” (DVD Review)

    Stabbing its way onto shelves this week, all wrapped in plastic and ready for purchase (sadly, with no special features of any kind save for the pilot episode of the new series RAY DONOVAN) is the seventh season of DEXTER, the mainstream-yet-still cult Showtime TV sensation that needs no introduction and yet–oddly –is rarely charted in the pages of FANGORIA, nor mentioned much here on our sister site. Much of that is due to timing and the fact that DEXTER veers between thriller and soap opera, with a dash of Ian Fleming on occasion and isn’t viewed exclusively as a horror property, which is silly considering the level of violence and the fact that, y’know horror fans tend to love it.

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    THE PSYCHOTRONIC TOURIST: AMSTERDAMNED VIDEO DIARY!

    In conjunction with my Psychotronic Tourist trip through the locations for Dick Maas’ 1988 water-killer thriller AMSTERDAMNED (see the full epic tour with then-and-now pics, history and maps HERE), Dutch journalist Michael Minneboo accompanied us, armed with a video camera, and turned out this awesome capsule of our day together with Dick Maas on the canals, revisiting AMSTERDAMNED 25 years on.

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    MEET KANE HODDER, LIVE “NEW BLOOD” COMMENTARY AT FALLS HORROR FEST

    FANGORIA’s FALLS HORROR FEST is only a few weeks away, running June 8th and 9th attached to the expansive NIAGARA FALLS COMIC CON with guests that include DAY OF THE DEAD’s Lori Cardille, Tom Savini, FX artist Paul Jones and cult director Jeff Lieberman.

    We’re also bringing aboard stunt legend, actor, horror icon and the most beloved “Jason” of all time, Kane Hodder – and have devised a VIP experience for the most ardent FRIDAY THE 13th fan…including an exclusive live commentary with Kane for his first turn as the “man behind the mask”, 1988’s FRIDAY THE 13th: THE NEW BLOOD.

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    Q+A: Director Katie Aselton talks indie thriller “BLACK ROCK”

    FANGO recently chatted with independent filmmaker Katie Aselton about her latest feature, BLACK ROCK (which hits theatres this Friday May 17) – a horror thriller about three lifelong friends who get much more than they bargained for after they set out on a camping trip with the intention of reconnecting with their childhoods. Aselton also acts in the film, alongside Lake Bell and Kate Bosworth. The screenplay was written by Aselton’s husband Mark Duplass, a film director, actor and producer often cited as one of leading visionaries of the mumblecore movement – a subgenre of independent film primarily characterized by its highly naturalistic approach. Aselton gave us the details on her filmmaking experience in addition to her take on mumblecore, and her relationships with both acting and directing. (Read more on the film in our current print issue FANGORIA #323.)

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    “THE TRIBE: HOMEROOM HEADHUNTERS” (Book Review)

    Spencer Pendleton is starting out at a new Junior High and now has to cope with all the miseries attached: cocky bullies, snobby princesses, crabby teachers, and flare-ups of his asthma. While struggling to fit in with his indifferent classmates, Spence attracts the notice of a very unique clique, former students who’ve slipped the noose of the school system by forming a stylized native gang, burrowing in behind the drab walls and acoustical ceiling tiles of their building and sourcing weapons from discarded detritus like middle school Mad Maxes. Now this clan of tween terrors wants a new recruit to share in their agenda of disruption and disobedience, and Spence must make the choice between accepting a numbingly normal scholastic career or seizing the chance to truly belong to something for once in his life.

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    “THE GHOSTKEEPERS” (Movie Review)

    Last year, writer-director Anthony D.P. Mann released TERROR OF DRACULA, a painstakingly respectful enactment of Bram Stoker’s often-bowdlerized and bastardized 1897 novel. TERROR perfectly captured the restrained pacing and hazy photography of a BBC production from decades past, and the result felt like something that might have aired stateside on public television around Halloween—a powerful fount of nostalgia for some, this reviewer included. With follow-up THE GHOSTKEEPERS set for release this year, Mann’s challenge was to try and carve out a similar impression, only now with his own original material and in a modern setting.

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    George A. Romero’s “KNIGHTRIDERS” (Blu-ray Review, Arrow Films)

    The man who gave the world the modern flesh-munching zombie will always be remembered as a horror maestro, but one of George Romero’s finest efforts from his underground Pittsburgh days was made with no intention of giving audiences the willies (well, except for the sight of Tom Savini in a speedo). KNIGHTRIDERS comes between DAWN OF THE DEAD and CREEPSHOW in the director’s career and features roles for many of his stock company of the time like Savini, Ken Foree, and John Amplas (MARTIN). It’s an odd story involving Renaissance fair knights who joust on motorcycles, and yet it just might be Romero’s most personal movie of the period. Midst the weird world of contemporary King Arthur honor comes a story about artistic integrity amongst a group of outsider artists. It’s a pretty blatant exploration of Romero’s fears of abandoning his merry band of low budget horror movie mirth-makers for Hollywood and signaled the beginning of the end of his early career. KNIGHTRIDERS is an essential slice of Romero magic from his golden period and now that the good folks at Arrow have gone and released it in one of their marquee Blu-ray sets, there’s never been a better time to catch up with this sadly forgotten cult classic.

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    FX veterans Studio ADI Kickstart all-practical creature feature, “HARBINGER DOWN”

    Do you mourn the scarcity of practical FX? Do you clamor for prosthetics, stop motion and miniatures? Here’s your chance to help. Tom Woodruff, Jr and Alec Gillis of Studio ADI, some of the wizards behind beloved creatures in ALIENS, PREDATOR and TREMORS are hard at work crafting something new, something horrifying, something tangible.

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