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  • Toys of Terror #76

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    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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  • “ARMY OF DARKNESS: COLLECTOR’S EDITION” (Blu-ray Review)

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    Fans of the EVIL DEAD franchise are among the most ardent collectors in the landscape of horror home media. Considering the various impressive DVD sets (including the lauded “Book of the Dead” packaging), the Blu-ray sets including two different editions of EVIL DEAD II and the excellent special features that come with each release, EVIL DEAD fans have spent a lot of money and raised a bar of expectations over the years. So when Scream Factory announced that they would be releasing a Collector’s Edition set of ARMY OF DARKNESS on Blu-ray right on time for the premiere of ASH VS. EVIL DEAD, many EVIL DEAD fans were skeptical about what the specialty distributor could offer outside the already impressive, studio-released Screwhead Edition Blu from years back. As it turns out, the answer is a hell of a lot, with Scream Factory offering not only the definitive home media release for the film but one that puts the Screwhead Edition to shame.

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  • NYCC ’15 Video Q&A: Ray Santiago talks “ASH VS. EVIL DEAD”

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    Even though the show may be titled ASH VS. EVIL DEAD, horror hounds all know that Ash needs a helping hand once in awhile. And while Ash has had many brave souls fighting alongside him, very few have been as enthusiastic to take on the painful trade of Deadite-slaying as Pablo, played by SUBURBAN GOTHIC actor Ray Santiago. With hilarious comic timing and a genuine passion for the material, Santiago effectively holds his own against co-stars Bruce Campbell and Dana DeLorenzo, and at the 2015 New York Comic Con, FANGORIA caught up with Santiago to talk all things EVIL DEAD…

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  • Crossing Over: “HOT FUZZ”

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    Welcome, FANGORIA Readers, to CROSSING OVER, our newest column that highlights the films, series and content out there outside of horror that is fashioned towards or pays tribute to our beloved genre. By shining a light onto these projects, FANGORIA hopes to open a world of entertainment perfect for fright fans that lies just beyond the borders of the horror community. So without further ado…

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  • Q&A: “KRAMPUS” Writers Todd Casey & Zach Shields talk “TRICK ‘R TREAT: DAYS OF THE DEAD”

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    If anything can be said about Legendary as a production entity, it’s that they are very loyal to their content creators. Cementing relationships with both Guillermo del Toro and Michael Dougherty in the horror world, Legendary has boldly taken a stance towards more fantastic and imaginative horror than one might expect from microbudget-friendly world of studio horror. And while this begets films like the gorgeously gothic CRIMSON PEAK and the upcoming Christmas chiller KRAMPUS, this also bleeds into their comic book production as well, as Legendary turned to KRAMPUS writers Todd Casey and Zach Shields for their latest descent into the TRICK ‘R TREAT universe, DAYS OF THE DEAD. FANGORIA caught up with Casey and Shields just in time for Halloween to talk about their haunting horror comic, working with Dougherty and what TRICK ‘R TREAT fans have in store…

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  • FANGORIA Podcast Network: Joe & Pat Go For “LEPRECHAUN” Gold on “WE’LL SEE YOU IN HELL”

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    With Halloween less than a week away, FANGORIA is ready to unveil the latest episode of WE’LL SEE YOU IN HELL, getting festive with one of horror’s most underrated monsters. And while perhaps this particular film is more fitting for, say, St. Patrick’s Day, our chaotic commentary show hosts Joe DeRosa and Patrick Walsh sit down to respectfully riff on LEPRECHAUN!

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  • “PURE TERROR SCREAM PARK” (Haunt Review)

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    While haunted attractions have long been a staple of the Halloween season, the progression of the art form has certainly gone beyond what anyone has expected. Some people search for the biggest thrill, looking for the scariest and most innovative haunts imaginable in locations far from the comfort of home. Other people want the illusion of safety taken away completely, with certain haunts willing to invade your personal space and attempt to break your resolve with sadistic delight. And other people just want something different, something bigger and something that will give them a truly nightmarish journey… and that’s where Pure Terror Scream Park comes in.

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  • FANGO Flashback: “DEMONS”

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    If someone were to ask you to define Italian horror cinema, chances are that you might be at a loss for words. While some may immediately gravitate towards giallo or the various Italian Cannibal films of the ‘70s and ‘80s, the answer might be a bit more complicated than we’d like to admit. However, what can be said about Italian horror cinema in a universal sense is that punches were never pulled: whether it’s Mario Bava, Ruggero Deodato, Lucio Fulcio, Dario Argento or any of the myrid Italian shockmeisters, there was nothing off limits or too absurd in their attempts to scare and shock. And perhaps few movies demonstrate this go-for-broke attitude towards Italian horror better than Lamberto Bava’s DEMONS, with Dario Argento guiding the filmmaker’s utterly insane vision to reality.

    Bava, the son of Mario, and Argento make a dangerous pair as the filmmakers behind DEMONS, blending two frenzied sensibilities to create something nightmarish yet crazy in a bold, unapologetic fashion. DEMONS isn’t just a horror movie, it’s a horror movie that decides to abandon all hope for character development and double down on its cast size so that more characters than you can keep track of can face a terrible, practical FX-driven fate. But perhaps the only thing as jaw-dropping as DEMONS brash treatment of its characters are the places that the film takes our protagonists, with a mix between fantastical frights, bloody carnage and a last-stand sequence that must be seen to be believed.

    For those who have yet to see DEMONS, the film follows a group of moviegoers who are enticed by a free ticket giveaway to a newly built theater. However, when the action off-screen begins to mirror the demonic brutality on screen, the theater is thrown into utter chaos. Soon, these moviegoers must fight to survive the onslaught of these seemingly unstoppable demons and learn the truth behind their petrifying predicament.

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    As one might be able to tell, DEMONS is one hell of a ride, with Lamberto using a bigger budget and Argento’s good will to his advantage. The film carries the hallmarks of ‘80s horror cinema, including color-heavy lighting (though not as portrait-esque as Argento’s work), complex and revolting practical FX and a score that blends Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin-inspired synth beats with a timely heavy metal soundtrack. And while those who are looking for complex acting and brilliant storytelling will be left wanting, DEMONS is entertaining from the opening frame to the closing credits, and is guaranteed to please those who like their horror bizarre and brutal.

    However, DEMONS truly keeps its reputation among horror hounds these days by jumping headfirst into absurdity over and over again, which honestly benefits the film more than it detracts. One might point to the seemingly irrelevant subplot about four cokehead punks who spend way too much time driving around and doing drugs out of a Coca-Cola can than contributing to the plot in any way. Others might point to the excruciating long shots of teeth and nails being mutilated in demonic transformation sequences. And, of course, almost everyone will point to a man on a motorcycle wielding a sword as he drives through a movie theater full of monsters.

    While DEMONS will never quite be SUSPIRIA or BLACK SABBATH, the film’s fright-filled fun will always have an audience of appreciative Italian horror lovers willing to champion it throughout the years. DEMONS is among the macabre movies of its time to warrant ‘midnight movie’ status, and absolutely plays better with a bigger audience to laugh, gasp and cheer through every depraved development. It’s a gory good time, and for those who want to give THE EVIL DEAD a break on their Halloween rotation, Lamberto Bava & Dario Argento will have you covered… in blood!!!

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  • Q&A: Director Neil Marshall talks “TALES OF HALLOWEEN”

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    As a horror fan and an admirer of cinema in general, it’s been a pleasure seeing Neil Marshall work outside of the feature film sandbox. Whether it’s redefining what can be done on television with groundbreaking episode of GAME OF THRONES (one of which was so epic that it became the first episode to be given an IMAX run), introducing the world to the gruesome ways of the Red Dragon on HANNIBAL or killing it on the dearly departed CONSTATINE, Marshall has been proving he’s still a forced to be reckoned with even outside of his comfort zone. And this is even true for Marshall’s latest, the climactic segment in the horror anthology TALES OF HALLOWEEN featuring a man-eating pumpkin, bloody practical effects and more easter eggs than one can count. With the film climbing the VOD charts, Marshall spoke to FANGORIA about developing his segment, the various terrifying tales and the one horror master he was unable to cast…

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  • FANGORIA Podcast Network: “THE RANTS MACABRE” Welcomes “MANSON FAMILY VACATION” Guests J. Davis, Jay Duplass & Linas Phillips!

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    Even though this weekend brings us the horror holiday we’ve all been waiting for, it’s not too late to take a vacation! There’s plenty of horrifying hotspots around the world for one to see this time of year, whether it be the various haunted attractions, frightening film festivals or even the taboo art of dark tourism. And it’s certainly in the last category that this week’s very special episode of THE RANTS MACABRE is rooted in, as our hosts Darren & Mindy take a MANSON FAMILY VACATION with filmmaker J. Davis and stars/producers Jay Duplass & Linas Phillips!

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