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    “THE HARVEST” (Movie Review)

    Director John McNaughton secured his horror rep with the insinuating authenticity of HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER, and following a couple of more fanciful fear concepts in the intervening years, he returns to the real world with THE HARVEST. Only this time, there’s more than a touch of grim fairy tale to the film.

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  • FANGO Flashback: “MINDWARP”

    For those who have been FANGORIA fans from throughout our history may remember the birth of FANGORIA Films in 1992, a legacy that still echoes to this day with our “FANGORIA Presents” titles and various endeavors in production. But over twenty years ago, FANGORIA Films started off with three original productions, with the inaugural entry being one that encapsulated both FANGORIA and STARLOG sensibilities at the time and starred two of FANGO’s favorite genre talents. That film, Steve Barnett’s MINDWARP, didn’t quite set the box office on fire, but has amassed a loyal following over the years, culminating in Twilight Time’s recent Blu-ray release of the film. So with FANGORIA’s recent COVER TO COVER release paying tribute to our history of horror, this writer sat down to revisit the first FANGORIA Film.

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    Trailer Round-Up: “THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE 3″, “TRUE DETECTIVE”

    Even though it seems that Winter has just passed, it almost feels that Summer is coming quicker than expected. And with Summer comes the impending wave of mutilation on the big and small screen, especially with returning horror properties looking to make a splash upon re-emergence. So with trailers dropping by the day, FANGORIA has rounded up a pair of previews to help horror fans streamline their first look fix…

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  • Rest in Peace, Richard Dysart (1929 – 2015)

    While horror fans hold filmmakers and SFX artists in high esteem, there’s a reason why the horror community becomes so attached to its performers. For a genre that’s meant to explore our nightmares and evoke fears we never knew we had, an actor who can inject the material with pathos and authenticity can make or break that experience as a whole, especially if they can do so multiple times. And hence, when noted genre performers do pass on, it’s almost as if we have lost a member of a community as opposed to someone we’ve only known on the big screen as fictional characters. That’s certainly the case this week, as the exceptional Richard Dysart has passed away at the age of 86.

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    “SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK” To Receive Documentary Treatment

    Adore it or fear it, the revered and reviled children’s book series SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK is about to receive a documentary film treatment. FANGORIA #339 explored the “Satanic Panic” era in which SCARY STORIES acted as a sacrificial lamb, and more to the point, the lasting impression it had on contemporary artists within the horror genre, innovative and invigorating filmmakers like the Soska Sisters, and Karen Lam, and the duo of Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunston, who were originally slated to bring the eerie campfire/folklore tales to the silver screen.

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  • Exclusive Trailer Premiere: “THE DROWNSMAN”

    The highlight of last year’s Toronto After Dark Fest, THE DROWNSMAN has been one of the most anticipated indie horror titles in recent memories, sporting an evocative poster and clever premise. But now, ahead of its impending North American Release, FANGORIA has the exclusive premiere of the all-new-trailer for Chad Archibald’s water-bound chiller!

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    Q&A: “HENRY” Director John McNaughton on His New Chiller “THE HARVEST”

    It has been over 30 years since John McNaughton came out of Chicago and entered horror history with his groundbreaking HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER. Now he’s back with his first genre project since his 2006 MASTERS OF HORROR stint: the domestic chiller THE HARVEST, which he discusses in this exclusive interview.

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    “CIRCUS OF THE DEAD” (Film Review)

    A weathered mannequin bust sits atop a vanity table dressed in a police cap and mustache evocative of Adolf Hitler. “Doo Wacka Doo”, a benevolent song from the 1940’s, plays with the scratch-crackle only vinyl records make.  We see a hand dip into a retro can of white cream, painting the face of a woman not fully in view.  With the swirl of an antique Barber chair the disturbingly beautiful masterpiece is finally revealed. A dead woman is seated; head cocked to the side. Her face made up with white clown makeup; a blue color on the tip of her nose.  In her hands a beautiful glass display showcases her crudely extracted heart.

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  • London: Author Kim Newman talks “RAW MEAT” tonight at the Miskatonic

    HOUSE OF PSYCHOTIC WOMEN author Kier-La Janisse’s UK-based version of her Miskatonic Institure of Horror Studies (co-founded by writer Virginie Selavy, see our interview HERE), continues its remarkable semester tonight  with revered author and historian Kim Newman (ANNO DRACULA) and his in-depth discussion of Gary Sherman’s under-appreciated subterranean horror masterpiece RAW MEAT (aka DEATHLINE).

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    Here Comes The Boogeyman in the “SINISTER 2″ Trailer

    While Blumhouse become one of the biggest names in horror, producing hit films and franchises left and right, there’s few entries in their pantheon that has resonated with hardcore horror fans as effectively as Scott Derrickson’s SINISTER. The film introduced a terrifying new icon to the horror community with an unsettling mythos as well as story with incredible visuals and performances. And following its welcome reception from casual and horror audiences, the road to the sequel has been one of impatient restlessness and now, fans have their chance to check out the first full trailer for SINISTER 2.

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    “FIRE CITY: THE INTERPRETER OF SIGNS” (Film Review)

    To some filmmakers, a low budget is a terrifying thing, constantly ticking away as time and resources quickly work against your grand vision for a story. To others, however, a low budget can be something of a blessing in disguise, allowing ambitious ideas to work within a contained environment. In either case, a low budget warrants resourcefulness from a filmmaker, and in that case, a healthy imagination is always beneficial to roll with the financial and circumstantial punches. And in the case of Tom Woodruff Jr.’s FIRE CITY: THE INTERPRETER OF SIGNS, that imagination is on full display, allowing the Stan Winston alumnus to make a truly vibrant and intriguing story of monsters and men without peeling at the seams of its budget.

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