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    Creature Short, “WELCOME TO WILLITS” Online in Full!

    Earlier this year, it was announced SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE WORLD and THE END OF LOVE’s Mark Webber would star in the debut feature from directing team Trevor Ryan and Tim Ryan. The creature feature entitled WELCOME TO WILLITS was preceded by a proof-of-concept short film, also starring Webber, which has now debuted online in full and features drug-fueled freakouts, rural isolation, alien abduction and bloody surgery in its frenzied, stylish thirteen minutes.

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    Bosworth, Jane in “ABSENTIA” director’s “SOMNIA”

    Hot off of his acclaimed genre film OCULUS, which premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival and is being released by Relativity in 2014, ABSENTIA director Mike Flanagan is already raring to go into the world of horror once more with his new film, SOMNIA. The film was announced at the 2013 American Film Market, with THE MIST’s Tom Jane and BLACK ROCK’s Kate Bosworth attached, which begins production today.

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    “CONJURING” Doll Annabelle to get Spin-off

    The genre’s smash hit of the summer was THE CONJURING, James Wan’s immensely terrifying haunting film that grossed over $300 million worldwide. Wan’s first horror hit of 2013, ahead of his supposed scare film swan song INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2, has been nothing less than a phenomenon amongst horror hounds both hardcore and casual, and did so even with an unjustly given “R”-rating. Shortly after the films huge opening weekend, a sequel was greenlit and cast members Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga resigned as Ed and Lorraine Warren, but while Warner Brothers attempts to woo back James Wan for a second installment, could there be more CONJURING in the meantime?

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    Bolivia-Based Maverick Amy Hesketh Goes Indiegogo for Kinky Vampire Flick

    FANGORIA #323 saw us shine a light on a filmmaker named Amy Hesketh, an ex-Pat American who has become a sort of feminine Jess Franco in Bolivia, where she’s producing challenging, visceral, unflinching dark dramas and horror films (like the hypnotic BARBAZUL/BLUEBEARD, which just screened at the PollyGrind festival in Las Vegas) primarily for the Latin market, made in collusion with her partner, filmmaker/actor Jac Avila. Hesketh is so dedicated to her brand of art that she often literally puts herself in harm’s way to achieve the maximum psychosexual/visceral effect.

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    Mary Harron, Jennifer Lynch and More for All Female-Directed Anthology, “XX’

    The resurgence of anthologies has undoubtedly added a great sense of fun to contemporary genre, joining  mediums and international filmmakers for all manner of macabre. It’s also highlighted what can be a boys’ club nature of horror, leaving many to find misogynistic tones and asking where the female filmmakers are? Of course, that doesn’t mean there’s a lack of horror-focused women—some of just 2013′s best genre films including VANISHING WAVES, KISS OF THE DAMNED, DARK TOUCH, AMERICAN MARY and fest film SHE WOLF were helmed by such—but the new, Dark Sky and XYZ-produced anthology XX aims to bring a host of of them together. And the lineup they’ve garnered is something to be thrilled about. 

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    [Night Visions '13] AJ Annila talks “WE ARE WHAT WE ARE” Prequel, “NUMBER 13″ & More

    As we recently noted in our report on Helsinki’s Night Visions Festival (see our report here and their list of prizewinners here), genre film production is ramping up in Finland in recent years. One of the directors leading the charge is Anti-Jussi Annila (AJ Annila) whose JADE WARRIOR (2006) – a Wuxia-infused take on Finland’s Kalevala epic – and gruesome, pitch-black period horror SAUNA (2008) established him as a filmmaker with a grand-scale, visionary approach to the genre.

    Aside from prepping a spring shoot for the WE ARE WHAT WE ARE prequel WHAT WE WERE, Annila is at the AFM this week pitching his admitted “dream project” NUMBER 13 (formerly called HUMAN) and is also in development on a third Scandinavian crime thriller, DON’T COME AFTER ME. Here FANGO talks to Annila about what the immediate future has in store for fans of Nordic horror.

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