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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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    Q&A: Director Scott Dow on “THE WALKING DECEASED”

    In a weird way, there’s an art to doing a horror spoof correctly, even though some horror fans would disagree that’s at all possible. Certainly, if you rely too much on an easy gag or anything too on-the-nose, you risk alienating your audience and being labeled as a cheap ripoff. On the other hand, if you stride too far away from the source material, you risk confusing your target audience and misrepresenting the film. So therefore, it’s important for a spoof to not only understand its source material, but to appreciate itself as a film, and build upon that material to earn some genuine laughs from the characters and dialogue.

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    Jim Carrey, Keanu Reeves, More join Amirpour’s “BAD BATCH”

    For lovers of international and art house horror, there was nary a 2015 title that was as breathtaking and bold as A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT, the Spectrevision title from up-and-coming auteur Ana Lily Amirpour. Of course, with such a unique artistic statement that was as stylish as it was captivating, Amirpour got noticed quick and by art film megaproducer Megan Ellison of all people. Now, with her second film, a dystopian love story featuring southbound cannibals called THE BAD BATCH, taking shape, Amirpour has secured one hell of a cast for her sophomore cinematic effort.

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    FANGO Flashback: “RAVENOUS”

    When horror fans think “cannibal film,” there’s a few images that come immediately to mind: insect-ridden skeletal remains, thick jungle brush, blood-soaked savages, etc. Perhaps if not the jungle cannibal films, horror fans might think of the domestic cannibal flicks, whether it be more southern fried fare like the work of H.G. Lewis or the ominous creepshow of the Hannibal Lecter films. But among the more accepted endeavors in the cannibal subgenre, a few exceptional fright flicks approach the genre with utter unique and mind-bending tales that far too often fall between the cracks; Antonia Bird’s RAVENOUS is among those films.

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