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    Toys of Terror #27

    Welcome to TOYS OF TERROR, Fango’s weekly feature exhibiting the coolest horror accessories across the web. Whether you’re a collector, connoisseur or simply making your love of horror a family affair, these petrifying playthings are likely to impress even the most heartless horror fan. So if you’re searching for a ghoulish gift, look no further…

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  • NYC/Brooklyn: See “SUMMER OF BLOOD” at IFP Tonight with Director Q&A

    Onur Tukel’s acclaimed new indie, the NYC-set horror-comedy SUMMER OF BLOOD, is currently enjoying a weeklong run at the Made in NY – IFP Media Center (30 John St). in Dumbo, Brooklyn. There, each screening is accompanied by a talk with director Tukel moderated by a lineup of filmmakers and film writers that have included Indiewire’s Eric Kohn, Troma chief Lloyd Kaufman and indie horror great Larry Fessenden. Tonight at the 8:30 p.m. show, our very own Samuel Zimmerman is up! 

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    30 for 31: “POPCORN” (1991)

    I’m thrilled to see 1991’s POPCORN finding a new pulse with a whole new generation of viewers. The film just recently screened as part of Los Angeles’s Beyond Fest, and Synapse has a snazzy Blu-ray of the movie coming in early 2015, which is awesome considering this film previously never made it past the original VHS release. This loving tribute to gimmick films of the 1950s and 60s, predating Joe Dante’s MATINEE, is as gruesome as it is fun. 

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    Doug & Ralph Brekan Team For Surreal Horror Film, “LIGHTHOUSE LANE”

    Ralph Brekan is a prolific artist who has had an extensive career in the art world, exploring themes of popular culture and mass consumerism. Drawing heavily from the pop art movement and commercial artists of the ’60s and ’70s, Brekan’s designs blends those aesthetics with color theories applied by the abstract expressionists. His fine art has been exhibited in three continents, seven countries and eleven cities, making Brekan a recognizable figure throughout the international art scene. Brekan has managed to fuse his extensive background in fine art to working professionally in props and art departments for motion pictures and theatre. Now, through his company, Brekan Arts International, this work has culminated into producing and editing his debut feature, LIGHTHOUSE LANE. 

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  • Fall Fears at NYC’s Film Forum

    New York City’s Film Forum (209 West Houston; [212] 727-8110) will be presenting a trio of classic genre films as part of its Halloween season repertory program that all respectable East Coast Fangorians should make an effort to see. 

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  • Nitehawk Shorts Festival Announces MIDNITE Block

    Brooklyn, New York’s celebrated Nitehawk Cinema—a wonderfully programmed haven for film and food and beverage—is anticipating its second go at the Nitehawk Shorts Festival, its five-night celebration of shorts filmmaking and filmmakers. For its 2014 edition, Nitehawk Shorts Fest has introduced a MIDNITE block, highlighting weird, frightening, experimental work across the globe, co-programmed by Nitehawk’s Caryn Coleman and Fango’s own Samuel Zimmerman. The official lineup has been revealed and it’s something special, featuring THE STOMACH, HE TOOKS HIS SKIN OFF FOR ME, the text-bassed MCDREAMY and more. 

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    Shadowvision: “DRESSED TO KILL”

    Welcome to Shadowvision, a regular column in which Fangoria.com revisits modern horror films in black-and-white. The purpose is to analyze these films through a new lens, seeing if the classically informed viewing experience will give a new angle to familiar images. If you’d like to watch along at home, it’s simple: go into your TV settings and desaturate the picture completely, then adjust the contrast and brightness to fit either standard or high definition.

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