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    “CLOSER TO GOD” (Fantastic Fest Review)

    Out here in the real world, the marriage of medical inquiry to ever-evolving technology has eradicated plagues, advanced life expectancy dramatically, and provided a good deal of the planet’s inhabitants with a standard (and quality) of living that has vastly expanded our ability to pursue individual dreams and aspirations in ways those who previously trudged through human history could not even begin to fathom. (On this point, see Matt Ridley’s epic 2011 tour de force, THE RATIONAL OPTIMIST.) There are, of course, tragic and deeply disturbing examples of vile excess in the pursuit of a purported common good—the Tuskegee experiment, MKUltra, Project 4.1, profoundly immoral and heinous animal experimentation, the Burke and Hare murders—but, generally speaking, the benefits that have redounded to we the living via our collective (and overwhelmingly non-psychotic!) march of progress are, in context, nearly as fantastical as they are miraculous. 

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    30 for 31: “THE LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE” (1973)

    The Season of the Witch is upon us, ye ole FANGORIA Readers! And to many, Halloween means candy, costumes and creepshows of all sorts. But to the staff at FANGORIA, Halloween can mean something more entirely. Therefore, we present 30 FOR 31, in which FANGORIA recounts the cinema that most strongly represents what Halloween means to us.

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    Shadowvision: BLUE VELVET

    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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    Barnabas’ Column #16: The Return of Sarah Collins

    The Ghost of Sarah Collins wasn’t on DARK SHADOWS for very long. It was barely a year, yet the sweet little girl with the sad eyes had quite an impact, both on the storyline and in the hearts of viewers. Sarah was the sister of Barnabas Collins. She had died in 1795, at around the age of ten, of a mysterious fever which was part of the curse that had turned her brother into a vampire. That curse had also killed other members of the Collins family.

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  • “RE-ANIMATOR: THE MUSICAL” Revived in L.A.

    Director Stuart Gordon’s restaging of his classic RE-ANIMATOR into a rowdy musical garnered a ton of acclaim upon its initial west coast run, which followed to its New York City debut at the NY Musical Theater Festival in summer 2012. Now, one of the most spectacular horror stage productions in recent memory returns to Los Angeles’ Steve Allen Theater this October, with all manner of bodily fluid in tow.

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  • Fango Moderates YouTube Panel with Fessenden, Kaufman & More

    YouTube is getting right into the Halloween spirit. In addition to teaming with Legendary Entertainment and Guillermo del Toro on a filmmaking contest that will close with one filmmaker receiving a development deal, the site celebrates the opening of their New York City YouTube space this October 1st with an Indie Horror Filmmaking Panel moderated by our very own Samuel Zimmerman.

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  • International Horror Invades the 2014 Samain Du Cinéma Fantastique in France

    La Samain du Cinéma Fantastique is a film festival held annually over the Halloween period on the Cote d’Azur in the South of France and is wholly dedicated to Fantasy, Horror and Sci-Fi films. From the 28th of October until the 1st of November, weird cinema lovers are treated to an eclectic film program consisting of premieres, short films and screenings of cult features, as well as special events such as master classes, music concerts and even a zombie walk.

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    30 for 31: “THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT” (1999)

    The Season of the Witch is upon us, ye ole FANGORIA Readers! And to many, Halloween means candy, costumes and creepshows of all sorts. But to the staff at FANGORIA, Halloween can mean something more entirely. Therefore, we present 30 FOR 31, in which FANGORIA recounts the cinema that most strongly represents what Halloween means to us.

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  • London, England: Exclusive Fango Offer to See Composer Simon Boswell Live!

    Wetting his beak in new wave pop and classic Italian exploitation film, progressing to rich evocative scores for the likes of Richard Stanley and Alejandro Jodorowsky to making music for the Pope (!), no other composer has had as bizarre and fascinating a professional journey as British musician Simon Boswell. And now, after a few false starts, Boswell is treating the good people of London to a full-blown live show this week on Thursday, October 2nd at London’s Leicester Square Theatre.

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