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Eerie Featurette: Ryan Gosling’s Lost River
I caught Ryan Gosling’s feature Lost River at Austin’s SXSW, and it ended up one of the best films of the festival. There’s much to come on Shock, including a full review and video sit down with Gosling and stars Iain de Caestecker and Saoirse Ronan, but suffice to say the film is unsettling and…
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Exclusive Clip, Q&A: Monster Romance, Spring
Spring is something special. A singular film from two metaphysical minded filmmakers that’s as emotionally stirring as it is creature feature fascinating. It’s one of the must-see movies of right now. The movie finds orphaned Evan run off to Italy where he strikes up an intense courtship with the mysterious Louise. Existing in a world…
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Exclusive Photos: Haunted Forest Horror, Nightlight
Less found footage than POV, Scott Beck & Bryan Woods’ Nightlight takes the perspective of a flashlight midst a round of late night adolescent games in a forest shrouded in urban legend. It’s an urgent run through the woods, a spooky night out in which nature often seems to come alive, and though its conceit…
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Exclusive Clip: Serra-Produce, iPhone-Shot Hooked Up
Found footage is really rearing its head at the moment. It’s also a bit more interesting than usual. Following the overdue release of the composed, eerie Final Prayer was Ukraine-set cannibal horror Ghoul, which while fairly standard was surrounded by a haunting context. Then, there’s this weekend’s distinctive, fun Nighlight and of course the upcoming all-Skype Blumhouse horror, Unfriended. Midst…
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Kevin Smith Animates Gory Red State Alternate Ending
For even fans of Red State, does the ending feel a bit restrained? It’s common knowledge that the blaring horns in its final moments were meant to herald more than they did. Now, filmmaker Kevin Smith has detailed his vision in full, presenting an animated alternate ending to his first horror effort. 
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Q&A: Directors Beck and Woods on Nightlight
Out this week is Nightlight, a curious new entry in the seemingly endless wave of found footage horror. Curious because co-writers and co-directors Scott Beck and Bryan Woods clearly have something more on their mind than the lo-fi disarray of their more bland brethren, even if the film is a handheld, one-night jaunt through the…
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Boston Underground ’15: Five Must-See Films
Kicking off its 17th year, the annual Boston Underground Film Festival boasts a terrific, confrontational lineup this March 2015. As winter finally ends, the fest invites us on the Northeast to get out of the house and into a weird headspace, and though unable to attend, I’ve got serious recommendations for those in the Boston…
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Mary Shelley a Character in Sean Bean’s Frankenstein Chronicles
We’re on the precipice of Frankenstein overload. FOX has an upcoming modern-day series. Candyman director Bernard Rose has an upcoming modern day movie. Both Victor and his monster are seen regularly on Showtime’s Victorian Penny Dreadful. Daniel Radcliffe stars as Igor to James McAvoy’s Victor in October’s period-set Victor Frankenstein from director Paul McGuigan and…
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Double Take Releasing Night of the Living Dead-inspired Comics
Publisher Double Take has announced a series of comics set within the 1968 universe of George Romero’s seminal Night of the Living Dead. Beginning this June, six separate books will launch, some expanding the world of the film, others following characters from it, all with the intent of introducing new writers-artists and crafting alternate takes on…
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