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    “HYSTERIA” by Stephanie Wytovich (Book Review)

    The photographs—rendered in stark, blown out black and white—are striking: There stands dark poetess extraordinaire Stephanie Wytovich in the basement of the purportedly haunted abandoned hospital Hill View Manor, an oppressive blackness and who-knows-what-else closing in. All of it, held at bay only by this beacon of fearlessness, beauty, and joie de vivre smiling out at the camera.

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    Full Trailer: Stylish Neo-Giallo “THE STRANGE COLOUR OF YOUR BODY’S TEARS”

    One of the sexiest, most mind-altering cinematic experiences of 2013 is unquestionably THE STRANGE COLOUR OF YOUR BODY’S TEARS. The second feature from AMER filmmakers Hélène Cattet & Bruno Forzani is even more brazen, even more adorned with gialli style and boasts some serious stream-of-consciousness storytelling. It’s a film with aura and you can glimpse some of its “strange colours” in a brand new trailer.

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    “INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS” (1978; Arrow Blu-ray Review)

    “Body Snatcher” movies might not have ever taken over like zombies or slashers, but it’s such a delightfully creepy concept that tends to pop up once a decade or so. Don Siegel, of course, got there first with his McCarthy-ism take in 1956; Abel Ferrara took a crack at it with his military-tinged 1993 effort BODY SNATCHERS; a crappy Hollywood blockbuster version hit screens in 2007; and just this year, Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg did their own unofficial and particularly British version in THE WORLD’S END. Yet, as the years go on and the viewings pile up, it’s clear the best version iteration remains Philip Kaufman’s 1978 INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS. Something about Kaufman’s uniquely paranoid take on the story, rooted in 70s Me-culture and stringy practical FX, tends to slide deeper under the skin than any other. It’s one of the most underrated films of that era, one of those rare genre flicks that not only hasn’t dated, but actually seems to improve with age. In other words, it’s the perfect flick to get the Arrow Blu-ray treatment.

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    “DISCOPATH” Wins Big at Blood in the Snow 2013; Full Winners

    In only its second year, fledgling Canadian horror and fantasy film festival Blood in the Snow, which ran from November 29th to December 1st in Toronto at The Carlton Cinemas, drew in massive crowds and sell-out screenings. It was an unquestionable hit, and good on ‘em. But now that the snow has melted—literally in Toronto, the snow we got Friday turned to water today—festival director (and occasional FANGORIA scribe) Kelly Michael Stewart and his team of sick cinema loving Canuck’s have picked their favorites.

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    Blood in the Snow 2013: Zach Ramelan Talks Zombie Short, “DEAD RUSH”

    Premiering at Toronto-based and Fango and TIFF-approved Blood in the Snow Canadian Film Festival tomorrow as part of its short film program, is DEAD RUSH. Filmmaker Zach Ramelan’s breakneck first person zombie assault is a blood dripping bit of mayhem that is as much an exercise in terror as it is a textbook case how to get the biggest bang for your humble filmmaking buck. As the fest kicks into full gear tonight, FANGORIA pulled Ramelan aside to congratulate him and pick his still uneaten brain about making a monster movie that moves on a grocery bill budget.

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    First Look: Bruce McDonald’s “HELLIONS”

    Last week, FANGORIA visited the set of HELLIONS, Bruce McDonald’s upcoming Halloween-themed feature that has fans of PONTYPOOL excited for his return to horror. There, we chatted with the director as well as star Chloe Rose (DARKNET) and recent addition Robert Patrick (TERMINATOR 2) about the chiller and got a special glimpse of the unique red-tinged look of the film. We couldn’t be more intrigued.

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    Toronto: Top Five Flicks to Catch at Blood in the Snow 2013

    The second year of fledgling Canadian horror film festival BLOOD IN THE SNOW is upon us, running from Friday November 29th – December 1st in Toronto at the legendary Carlton Cinemas, nestled beside the now dormant Maple Leaf Gardens. The event is co-sponsored by FANGORIA, Anchor Bay Canada and endorsed by the Toronto International Film Festival. Within, there are plenty of diverse indie Northern fright features (and a cavalcade of dynamic shorts) to choose from in the lineup, but we’ve whittled the long list down to five of our favorites.

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