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    “LAKE NOWHERE” (Movie Review)

    A number of movies lately have aped not only the shooting style of ’80s horror films but the visual degradation of VHS tapes from the period, but not many have turned out as well as the short feature LAKE NOWHERE, a little slice of heaven for fans of vintage bloodfests.

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    “AREA 51” (Film Review)

    It’s a very curious thing to be a critic and a horror fan experiencing Oren Peli’s AREA 51 for the first time, especially given that this writer will inherently have somewhat of a different experience than most casual moviegoers. That’s not to insinuate that there is any kind of bias towards the film, but much like in taking a test, there will always be a divide between those who studied the subject and those who come in completely fresh to it. Obviously, the found footage shocker- finished in 2009 and then subject to more than five years of rewrites, reshoots and post-production work- has been one to watch for a very long time, especially considering the director’s previous effort is now a legitimate piece of horror history (and one that should be used as a free pass for a theatrical release for whatever would follow). And while there are snippets of a completely different horror film that even can be seen in stills from AREA 51’s trailer, this writer went into AREA 51 giving it the benefit of the doubt, setting the past aside as much as possible and hoping to see that the director of PARANORMAL ACTIVITY still can scare behind the director’s chair.

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    Q&A: Janet Montgomery on the salacious, sinister “SALEM”

    For every weird, wild and wicked place that SALEM goes over the course of its second season, there’s few elements that bring it back to Earth as effectively as the presence and gravitas of Janet Montgomery, the British actress who provides one of the most emotional and effortlessly evil performances on WGN America’s flagship program. And with the next episode, the Joe Dante-helmed “The Beckoning Fair One”, looking to reshape everything we thought we knew about SALEM, Montgomery spoke to FANGORIA about her role on the show, challenges in the second season and getting physical in the impending witch war…

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    Help Finish Troma’s “RETURN TO NUKE ‘EM HIGH, VOLUME 2”, plus Release Info!

    Having provided the independent film scene with 40 years of splattery, shocking cinematic anarchy, there’s few genre-minded companies that feel like family to FANGORIA as Troma does. And with Tromadance, acquisitions and a slew of proposed remakes of his original satirical schlock, Troma headmaster Lloyd Kaufman is busier than ever. However, doing things the independent way takes time, and as so many filmmakers know, time and money go hand and hand, which is why Kaufman and the Troma Team have turned to crowdfunding to finish post-production on their biggest and boldest production to date: RETURN TO NUKE ‘EM HIGH, VOLUME 2!

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    Q&A: Director Belinda Sallin Explores “DARK STAR: H.R. GIGER’S WORLD”

    In DARK STAR: H.R. GIGER’S WORLD, documentarian Belinda Sallin takes the viewer inside the home and mind of the late artist and designer of ALIEN, SPECIES and Alejandro Jodorowsky’s unmade DUNE—from an exploration of his garden, which includes a dark ride with tracks, to the interior of his house, with its pitch-black walls and a dense interior space of inspiration, art and skulls.

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    Exclusive Still, Q&A: “CABIN IN THE WOODS” star Anna Hutchison hits the road in “WRECKER”

    While the road thriller is nothing new to the horror genre, one must admit that there are only few driven by female protagonists. Of course, with high-speed chases, hot-running motors and testosterone-fueled stunt work, that side of the horror genre has been primarily targeted at male audiences for decades now.

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    “THE FINAL GIRLS” (Movie Review)

    THE FINAL GIRLS is part of the meta-horror canon, alongside SCREAM, BEHIND THE MASK: THE RISE OF LESLIE VERNON, TUCKER & DALE VS. EVIL and CABIN IN THE WOODS, in which the characters are hyper-aware of the horror-movie mythology they inhabit and are thus granted the ability to change the very structure of the trope. Not as arch as the aforementioned films, THE FINAL GIRLS (which won the Audience Award at the recent Stanley Film Festival) has a surprisingly affecting emotional core, built on the chemistry between actresses Taissa Farmiga and Malin Akerman.

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  • “BATES MOTEL: Season 3, Episode 10” (TV Review)

    To be honest, I’m a bit torn on how to feel about the BATES MOTEL third season finale. On one hand, there was a sense of satisfaction in seeing certain PSYCHO vines bearing fruit, such as the first depiction of the murderous “Mother” and the closing moment homage to the iconic swamp sequence from the original film. And with the season being largely an improvement over the previous seasons in terms of character development and the raising of stakes, the fact that the season ended on such a definitive note allows for the fourth season to essentially start anew in an established, organic location.

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    Event Report: FANGORIA’s Free “TIME LAPSE” NYC Screening!

    Time travel, addiction, adultery and a gigantic Polaroid camera that reveals the future is only just the beginning of the science fiction thrill ride TIME LAPSE, directed by Bradley King and starring Danielle Panabaker, Matt O’Leary and George Finn, and distributed by XLrator Media. TIME LAPSE premiered to wide praise at the 2014 Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival, and with its upcoming theatrical release this Friday followed by a VOD launch, FANGORIA and editor emeritus Tony Timpone hosted a free screening at New York’s independent theater Cinema Village last Monday night. In attendance was star Finn, who plays TIME LAPSE’s Jasper, the drug and gambling addicted roommate. With a packed house and excitement in the air, the lights lowered and the fun began.

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    The Dreadful Ten: The Darkness’ Top 10 Horror Films of All Time!

    While FANGORIA usually reserves our Dreadful Ten column to show off the tastes and sensibilites of FANGORIA’s staff and contributors, this week is devoted to a special guest whose fandom of horror is as potent as their passion behind the microphone: Justin Hawkins, the lead vocalist and guitarist of the hard rock group The Darkness. With their fourth album, LAST OF OUR KIND, hitting shelves on June 2nd, Hawkins and FANGORIA got together to talk horror, and the high-pitched frontman revealed his top 10 horror titles of all time. So without further ado…

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