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    Refn’s “NEON DEMON” Begins Production in L.A.

    Of course, to the gang over here at FANGORIA, Nicolas Winding Refn is perpetually an artist to watch, using a unique visual style and uncompromising cinematic voice to tell provocative yet beautiful stories. And when Refn, a longtime horror fanatic, announced his next project would be a female-centric genre picture, and one inspired by the tales of Elizabeth Bathory no less, we of course have been waiting with baited breath. And now, that wait is getting a little more difficult, as THE NEON DEMON officially began production today in Los Angeles.

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    Q&A: Executive Producer Adam Simon on “SALEM” and a Lovecraftian Second Season

    While it’s always interesting to see a non-horror director work outside of their element within the genre, there always seems to be a sense of confidence among the horror crowd when a trusted terror talent hops behind a high-profile fright project. And in the scope of television, that sometimes has become the “tell” when a great episode is on it’s way, such as when the likes of Greg Nicotero or Ernest Dickerson contribute to THE WALKING DEAD or Vincenzo Natali helms on HANNIBAL. But even on the producing level, having a horror talent guiding the way is crucial to making the macabre work, which is why SALEM is lucky to have the likes of producer/writer/director Adam Simon to implement his wicked vision onto the series. FANGORIA sat down with Simon on the set of SALEM to talk season two as well as the explicit influence of H.P. Lovecraft onto the WGN America series…

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    Event Report: “HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL” (1959) at Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers!

    Outside of our ongoing “FANGORIA Presents” screenings at the Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers, NY/NJ-based horror fans have been treated to some excellent chilling cinema courtesy of Mondo and Chiller. Having previously presented last month’s screening of CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST with Robert Kerman in attendance, Mondo and Chiller brought a more classic terror title to the big screen for March, offering William Castle’s seminal film HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL (1959) and enlisting yours truly as host for the eerie evening.

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    Stream to Scream: “SEANCE: THE SUMMONING”

    As many fright fans already know, FANGORIA offers a great selection of gruesome movies, old and new, for free at our Hulu channel. To give you a better idea of what’s available, FANGORIA is taking in-depth looks at some of the channel’s terrifying titles with Stream to Scream. Today: Alex Wright’s exorcism movie SEANCE: THE SUMMONING.

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    Exclusive Premiere: Kardiac’s “The County Road Cover Up” Music Video

    As the first in fright since 1979, FANGORIA has striven to bring horror fans new looks at the genre on all platforms, whether it be on the big screen, small screen, video games or even music. Obviously, while music has always been crucial to the horror genre, FANGORIA has focused on raising awareness on horror-themed music, going as far as even to open our own digital music label, FANGORIA Musick. And today, we have an exclusive music video to premiere to all fans of horrorcore music: Kardiac’s 10-minute, HIGH TENSION-inspired “The County Road Cover Up.”

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    “THE BARBER” (Film Review)

    Following the demise of the slasher film, torture porn and home invasion horror, serial killer thrillers looked to be next on the chopping block as human-based horror fell out of vogue. After all, successive entries in the genre weren’t necessarily reinventing the wheel, as many of these films shared same stalking and killing scenes beat by beat. But among the monotony of the serial killer subgenre, there’d be one or two diamonds in the rough, bolstered by exceptional performances and an inventive approach that at least played with the audience expectations. Luckily, Basel Owies’ THE BARBER is one of those films, a descent into darkness with some refreshing surprises and suspense along the way.

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    Troma Announces “NUKE ‘EM”, “TOXIC AVENGER” Sequel Blu-rays!

    For Troma fans, the digital age has been quite fruitful: most of their catalog can be found on streaming websites, RETURN TO NUKE ‘EM HIGH VOLUME 1 features their slickest looking film to date and the advent of Blu-ray has brought titles such as THE TOXIC AVENGER and CLASS OF NUKE ‘EM HIGH to high definition. And now, the maestros of mutation and gore over at Troma Entertainment have announced two new Blu-­ray releases for the month of April, featuring two of their more popular splatter sequels.

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    Q&A: Directors Scott Beck and Bryan Woods on Shining a “NIGHTLIGHT”

    Scott Beck and Bryan Woods were not yet teenagers when they met through a mutual lunch-table friend at their elementary school in Bettendorf, Iowa. The pair quickly discovered a shared love of filmmaking that ultimately led to their feature debut with NIGHTLIGHT, which goes into release today from Lionsgate.

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    Exclusive Clip; Q&A: Jeremy Gillespie and Steve Kostanski on “THE VOID”

    When it comes to horror, there always seems to be an international renaissance of genre entertainment strong and consistent enough to influence the zeitgeist as a whole. In Japan, “J-Horror” reigned supreme, followed by the French Extremity movement and then the South American horror revolution. But now, it seems the Great White North is having it’s time in the sun, with Canadian filmmakers such as The Soska Sisters, Jason Eisener, Denis Villeneuve, and Lowell Dean bringing old school horror aesthetics from the ’70s and ’80s to the table with contemporary storytelling methods. But perhaps no Canadian filmmakers have translated these aesthetics into pure cinematic chaos as well as Astron-6, unleashing both MANBORG and FATHER’S DAY upon an unsuspecting public, and now, two of Astron-6’s members are now venturing into something much more visceral: THE VOID…

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    “IT FOLLOWS”: A Critical Analysis

    UK actor, teacher and writer (and newly minted FANGORIA scribe) Nigel Parkin was so smitten by David Robert Mitchell’s critically lauded thriller IT FOLLOWS that, to time with the films Canadian release today, he requested some space to offer his own personal thoughts and analysis. Who were we to refuse? Have a read…

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    Gene Simmons, WWE Studios partner for new horror label Erebus Pictures

    For those who have been keeping on the up-and-up of contemporary horror films, you might have noticed WWE Studios’ recent extended focus on the horror genre. After co-distributing OCULUS and finding big screen success with THE CALL, they produced last year’s LEPRECHAUN: ORIGINS and SEE NO EVIL, and have stated their intention to pursue more horror projects with up-and-coming horror filmmakers. But today, WWE Studios has taken an even bolder step, partnering with KISS figurehead Gene Simmons to establish a new film production entity, Erebus Pictures.

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