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    Texas Frightmare Weekend 2015 Adds Screening Slate, AMERICAN HORROR STORY Actress

    Die hard FANGORIA fans are no doubt becoming overwhelmed by the staggering amount of stars being added to the guest list for Texas Frightmare 2015, the premiere horror convention in the southwest U.S. With genre heavyweights like Sid Haig (SPIDER BABY, HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES), Neve Campbell (the SCREAM SERIES), Brad Dourif (CHILD’S PLAY, EXCORCIST III), Elvira Mistress of The Dark, and many more already slated to appear, the FANGORIA-sponsored event was thrilled to announce that AMERICAN HORROR STORY and WALKING DEAD actress Alexandra Breckenridge will be present for the convention from May 1st - 3rd , sweetening the pot for small-screen horror aficionados.

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    Q&A: Adam MacDonald talks Survival Horror in “BACKCOUNTRY”

    Always riding the line of drama and horror, survival horror is among the strongest and visceral subgenres out there, particularly considering that it’s constantly grounding itself in reality. Whether it’s the elements, our own bodies or the creatures of the wilderness, survival horror has the potential to not only be empathetic but also gruesome in an overtly understandable context. And it’s serving those elements that director Adam MacDonald roots BACKCOUNTRY, IFC Midnight’s intense and terrifying people vs. nature film starring Missy Peregrym, Jeff Roop and Eric Balfour. A FANGORIA fan, MacDonald recently spoke to us about crafting BACKCOUNTRY, the film’s bait-and-switch tactics and the psychological ramifications of researching bear attacks…

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    “THE WALKING DECEASED” (Film Review)

    At this point, most horror fans have become jaded to the concept of the “horror spoof,” despite becoming jaded with most everything else in the landscape of contemporary horror. And, to be fair, one can’t blame them much: horror fans will frequently avoid spoofs like the plague due to weak and uninspired gags in the marketing, and even sometimes see these parodies as a sign of disrespect to the genre as the filmmakers don’t “understand” what makes horror work. But, as with any film this writer has covered, I approached THE WALKING DECEASED with an open mind, and in doing so, I discovered that not only was DECEASED respectful of its source material, but also genuinely funny.

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    Q&A: Actor Lou Taylor Pucci Talks the Monstrous Romance of “SPRING”

    Toward the end of shooting PERSONAL VELOCITY back in 2001, up-and-coming actor Lou Taylor Pucci received a bit of frank career advice from writer/director Rebecca Miller. “Don’t do shit,” the daughter of famed playwright Arthur Miller and wife of Daniel Day-Lewis told him—and Pucci took the three-word maxim to heart.

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    Ring of Horror #2: The Brawl for All, a/k/a the FINAL DESTINATION of Pro Wrestling

    When I was a young lad and a fervent (read: obsessive) fan of professional wrestling, I was constantly frightened by one of the Attitude Era’s scariest characters, Gangrel, and his roaming “brood” of wrestling vampires. Their “bloodbath” gimmick led to them being one of the more popular heels at the time, even if their storylines were tiresome at best. Yet they were still effectively scary, especially to an 8-year-old kid; when they pulled the bloodbath at the first dark show that I attended, I was almost convinced that the organization was a gypsy vampire caravan, and that this was it. But luckily, I was able to reassure myself that wrestling, for all of its choreography and flamboyance, was still not real, even if it wasn’t necessarily fake at times.

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    Video Q&A: Iddo Goldberg and Elise Eberle talk “SALEM” Season Two!

    Of course, with a show like SALEM, brutality comes with the territory… quite literally. Inspired by the actual Salem Witch Trials, the show takes some gleefully disturbing liberty with the source material to put both the audience and certain characters through the ringer. And when FANGORIA was transported to SALEM ourselves, courtesy of WGN America, we were able to meet two of SALEM’s most tragic characters in their perpetually damned flesh: Iddo Goldberg (a/k/a the unlucky Isaac) and Elise Eberle (a/k/a the tortured rebel witch Mercy).

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    Camilla’s Beastly Bulletin #1: Scarecrows, Ax Murder and Aliens, Oh My!

    Fangoria readers love horror movies for many reasons, and perhaps there is comfort in knowing that these heinous stories are for the most part, works of fiction. But what about the real horror stories that are happening every day across the globe? Many horror auteurs and writers find these a source of inspiration for their work, some being so bizarre that most minds could not conjure from their own imaginations and instead are beholden to the term “Based on a True Story.”

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    First Celebs join FANGORIA’s Forbidden Planet “COVER TO COVER” Signing in NYC!

    The first group of horror celebrities has come onboard the New York City Forbidden Planet (832 Broadway near Union Square; [212] 473-1576) signing of FANGO’s coffee table book COVER TO COVER on Thursday, April 2 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Joining FANGO staffers Thomas DeFeo, Tony Timpone, Michael Gingold, W.R. Mohalley and Ken Hanley to autograph (for free!) FANGORIA: COVER TO COVER will be:

    • Basil Gogos: legendary FAMOUS MONSTERS cover artist.
    • Larry Fessenden: director of THE LAST WINTER, HABIT, WENDIGO and the new THE BODY.
    • Debbie Rochon: actress, Fango columnist and former host of Sirius’ much-missed FANGORIA RADIO, who just directed her first film, MODEL HUNGER.
    • Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa: quadruple threat writer of the CARRIE and THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN remakes; the Broadway shows SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE DARK and upcoming AMERICAN PSYCHO; cable and TV hits BIG LOVE, GLEE and LOOKING and comic books like AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE.

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    More special guests will be added, so keep checking back. Please come on out and help FANGORIA celebrate its amazing 35-year-old history on April 2 in NYC at Forbidden Planet, located in the bloody heart of Union Square. For more info on FANGORIA: COVER TO COVER, published by Cemetery Dance, go here, here and here.

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