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Interviews: Horror Film Festival Promoters of the Northeast – Part 2

Putting together a film festival of any type takes time, commitment (or committed), a reliable team, a diverse lineup, luck plus so much more. We sat down with four of the most well established genre film festivals that have survived & thrived for over five years in the northeast part of North America. These four key participants bring different perspectives, experience, selective eye and personality to this discussion as we covered a wide variety of topics gaining insight into what makes this annual celebrations of film, fans and filmmakers a must to attend! So take a read, share each part of the mass panel interview, look for new parts in this interview series to come and most important come out and support them! The usual suspects included in the panel are:

Boston Underground Film Festival: 18 Years (Buff) / http://bostonunderground.org – “Artistic Director” Kevin Monahan

Ithaca Fantastik: 5 Years (If) / http://ithacafilmfestival.com
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Book Review – Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits by David Wong

Michelle Herbert reviews Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits by David Wong

David Wong is mainly known for his first novel, John Dies at the End, and although there are similarities in his writing style, Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits is a more coherent story set in a whole new world, where zany events happen and no one blinks an eye. In this story, it could easily be set as a possible future for us, but if it is, I couldn’t tell you if this was 50 years in the future or much later.

Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits follows female protagonist Zoey Ashe’s journey as she finds herself being hunted for an inheritance that she never knew existed. With a contract out for her (which doesn’t seem to specify if she needs to be dead or alive), Zoey will have to work out who she can trust to help keep her alive.
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21 fiendishly funny horror-comedies from the last decade

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Tucker & Dale, Sightseers, Grabbers and more, as we highlight 21 horror-comedies well worth your time...

Hey y’all! I’m back to-

Shaun Of The Dead!” someone shouts.

Alright, alright, settle down now. Settle down. I’ve got something to tell you. A lot of you know what I’m about to say. Some of you might sense what’s coming. Regardless, let’s all take a knee.

Deep breath in.

Deep breath out.

Okay.

Shaun Of The Dead is almost 12 years old.

I know. It hurts. We’re super old and it’s a problem. Kids who were born the day Shaun came out are in secondary school. They’ve probably hit puberty. They’re feeling weird feelings about each other that they can’t explain. Their parents are probably starting to piss them off. Their parents who are probably us. We could be the parents of
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Den Of Geek Book Club: John Dies At The End

David Wong's strongly written novel John Dies At The End is this month's fiction selection for the Den Of Geek Book Club...

It's difficult for me to put my finger on why, exactly, I ultimately didn't like this book. The prose is decent, some of it is quite funny, and no one could ever accuse it of not being unique. Those are all things I usually love in entertainment. Several twists genuinely surprised me and I found all the central characters to be likeable to some degree.

I guess my problem is with David, in his capacity as an unreliable narrator.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not against having an unreliable narrator wholesale; sometimes it works in interesting ways and makes for a better story. I think my problem is the specific brand of unreliable narration David is guilty of. He admits to Arnie at one point that he
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Den Of Geek Book Club: Adventures With The Wife In Space

Doctor Who fan Neil Perryman introduced his Who-virgin wife to every episode, and Adventures With The Wife In Space is the result...

Television remote in hand, flicking through the channels, every so often an old episode of Doctor Who appears on my screen. Quite a lot of the time that episode seems to belong to either The Sea Devils or Inferno, and quite a lot of the time I end up watching it again, not because I'm a die-hard Whovian (which I'm not, although I fondly remember watching it when I was young) but because those episodes still work. There's a building sense of menace that overcomes the dodgy sets, and there's Jon Pertwee in his cloak, driving the action forward. He was a great Doctor for rushing around.

There's also the fact that these episodes are comfortable. I know them, and I like them. The whole concept of Doctor Who
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10 Movies That Give Away The Ending In The Title

Warner Bros.

Directors like Christopher Nolan and J.J. Abrams have carved out a reputation for secrecy. Cagey about the plots of their films and only lightly dropping hints if they say anything at all, they send fans into a fervour. It can’t always work (everybody had twigged the Talia/Khan twists in The Dark Knight Rises/Star Trek Into Darkness respectively), but when it does it’s a delight.

In these spoiler heavy times, with the twist of the latest releases a click away, it’s very much appreciated. Other filmmakers don’t seem as bothered about shrouding their films in secrecy (or simply don’t have the clout to pull it off). Trailers burn the big set pieces to our retinas months in advance and entire online communities piece together the plot as if pre-release material is a puzzle in need of solving.

Some films take it even further.
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Competition: Win 'John Dies at the End'

  • CineVue
This week welcomes the long-awaited home entertainment release of John Dies at the End (2012), the frenetic, freakish and action-packed new film from Don Coscarelli (director of Bubba Ho-Tep and Phantasm) and based on the cult novel of the same name by author David Wong. To celebrate the DVD and Blu-ray release of John Dies at the End this Monday (17 February), we have Three DVD copies of Coscarelli mindboggler to give away to our readers, courtesy of the good people at distributors Eureka Entertainment. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.
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Monte’s Favorites of 2013

  • DailyDead
2013 was a great year for horror throughout numerous avenues. Independent film offered some standouts with the disease consuming Contracted, forced intervention Resolution, the creature feature Grabbers, and many more. Hollywood gave us hordes of zombies with the surprising World War Z, a fresh home invasion take with You’re Next, and legitimate scares with The Conjuring.

But horror wasn’t restrained to just film, television made big leaps with Mads Mikkelsen’s great portrayal in Hannibal, the clever re-imaging of Norman in the Bates Motel, and the continuing mayhem offered in Game of Thrones. Still, horror couldn’t be stopped as music jumped into the mix with superb soundtracks released from Death Waltz, Waxwork, and One Way Static records. And it didn’t end there because horror was everywhere!!! Here are a few of my favorites from 2013:

Death Waltz Recording Company

For horror fans the music in their beloved
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The Top Ten Straight to DVD/VOD films of 2013

  • HeyUGuys
I think that 2013 will be seen as a massive turning point in terms of how media is delivered into your home and how it is consumed. More than any other year, 2013 signified the decline of traditional cinema and release patterns. The multiplex seems more dominated than ever by the big blockbuster and sequels with no place for the films that fit in between. The mid-tier thriller or drama without prestige or huge explosions doesn’t seem to exist anymore as far as cinemas go and these films head straight to DVD or a streaming subscription service.

General audiences seem to not quite understand the business model for distribution and so anything that didn’t appear on cinema screens or was advertised in a newspaper or on TV and appears on DVD shelves or on streaming, is sadly being ignored.

In the UK we are somewhere in between the process at
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The HeyUGuys Instant Watching Guide – Christmas 2013

  • HeyUGuys
So here we are in Christmas week, most of the usual streaming companies have done well for you so that you won’t be too bored post turkey when you have to tolerate the family. Apart from Now TV though, there is still a serious lack of Christmas themed films out there which is a disappointment unless you really like the Santa Clause movies because they are floating around Netflix somewhere.

Good news for 2014 though is that House of Cards season two debuts on Netflix in February and also the Breaking Bad/Bob Odenkirk spin-off “Better Call Saul” is going to make its way to Netflix at some point during the year as well. Netflix has agreed a deal where they will stream the show very soon after season one ends on AMC stateside but in Europe they will be the exclusive home of the show. This probably means that
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Icons Of Fright Presents Rob G.’S Top 10 Horror Of 2013!

It’s always exciting when we reach December of every year and look back at how the horror genre has evolved over the course of the last 12 months; what new things were done, which films were the most surprising to discover, what old stories were retold and did they stand up against their earlier counterparts? It’s just a fun time to see what flicks other horror fans & peers truly embraced this year & maybe recommend something unique and original that may have slipped through the cracks for whatever reason. 2013 was actually a pretty darned good year for the genre! I had no problem pulling together 10 titles. In fact, I have a handful of notable mentions; horror films I didn’t love but that I thought were really, really good and it’s a rarity to have this many to choose from. Granted, I sadly didn’t get a chance to
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John Dies at the End (2012) Review

Reviewed by Jesse Miller, MoreHorror.com

You know that feeling where as soon as something ends, you want to watch it again with friends and family just to share it around? Or you envy others just because you wish you had a fresh mind to experience this special something again for the first time?

Well, John Dies at the End is that special something and if you’re anything like me and enjoy bizarre sci-fi horror-comedy, then you are going to absolutely love the heck out of this film.

John Dies at the End is based on the comic-horror novel by David Wong (a pseudonym for writer Jason Pargin) but I had not even heard of the novel so I had gone into this crazy and unfamiliar world absolutely blind.

Upon reflection, that is the best way to go into this flick, so I won’t bother to even try
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"John Dies At The End" On DVD and Blu-ray

Anchor Bay Entertainment Canada and Raven Banner Entertainment have now released writer/director Don Coscarelli's horror comedy feature "John Dies At The End" on DVD and Blu-ray, based on author David Wong's novel of the same name:

"...it's a drug that promises an out-of-body experience with each hit. On the street they call it 'Soy Sauce' and users drift across time and dimensions. 

"But some who come back are no longer human. Suddenly a silent otherworldly invasion is underway and mankind needs a hero.

"What it gets instead is 'John' and 'David', a pair of college dropouts who can barely hold down jobs. 

"Can these two stop the oncoming horror in time to save humanity?..."

Cast includes Chase Williamson, Rob Mayes, Paul Giamatti, Clancy Brown, Angus Scrimm, Daniel Roebuck and Doug Jones.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek a restricted red-band trailer from "John Dies At The End
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Digital Fury: DVD Essentials for April

A Planet Fury-approved selection of notable genre releases for April.

John Dies at the End (2012) Magnolia Home Entertainment Blu-ray and DVD Available Now

Finally, a new Don Coscarelli movie! After years of waiting, the cult auteur comes back with a lively adaptation of David Wong’s popular novel. A drug that induces an out-of-body experience sends its users across time and other dimensions. When some of them come back not quite human, an otherworldly invasion is set into motion. Suddenly, college dropouts John (Rob Mayes) and Dave (Chase Williamson) find themselves in an epic battle to save the world. Coscarelli’s surreal visual flair and black comic bent are in full effect here. Hopefully, its critical success will ensure that the beloved filmmaker won't have to wait another ten years to make a film.

Special Features:

· Feature-length audio commentary by Coscarelli, Williamson, Mayes and producer Brad Baruh

· Seven deleted
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Blu-ray Review: Deftly Absurd ‘John Dies at the End’ Never Runs Out of Steam

Chicago – About ten minutes into “John Dies at the End,” a doorknob suddenly transforms into a large flaccid penis. It earns a laugh of sheer incredulity from an audience delighted by writer/director Don Coscarelli’s willingness to do literally anything for a laugh. Not since the Zaz team tackled “Airplane” and “The Naked Gun” has a film been packed wall-to-wall with so many absurdist gags.

In adapting David Wong’s beloved book for the big screen, Coscarelli attempted to fit as many “fan favorite” moments as he could onto the screen. During the film’s year-long festival run prior to its official release, Coscarelli incorporated audience feedback into the final cut. The result is a messy mishmash of ideas united by a cohesive tone of deadpan lunacy. It may be nuttier than a fruitcake, but the more one is familiar with quantum physics—and the belief that unbridled possibility
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The One Where Everyone Dies at the End Except Tom Hanks

Welcome back to This Week In Discs! As always, if you see something you like, click on the image to buy it. John Dies at the End David and John are college dropouts with no direction in their lives, but thanks to some very special soy sauce (that isn’t really soy sauce) they’re also the only ones standing between our world and the monstrous denizens of another dimension. You don’t need to know any more plot synopsis than that. (Especially since you already know how it ends…) The only bad thing about this release is the cover art. Director Don Coscarelli has always had a comedic side, but it’s only over his last few films that he’s really brought it to the forefront of his work. His latest finds the sweet spot that manages to be both very funny and incredibly creative on the horror side. Seriously
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This Week in Blu-ray / DVD Releases: John Dies at the End, The Bible, Marvel Universe: Phase One ...

  • JoBlo
This week: John Dies at the End serves up some crazy; Marvel assembles a new boxed ... er, briefcase set; and The Killing tries making amends. ► Don Coscarelli’s gonzo spirit is the perfect match for John Dies At The End, based on the comically creepy David Wong novel about a weird sauce which opens the mind to a Lovecraftian alternate dimension, and the two slacker buds recruited to save the world. I think. To be honest, I loved...
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New on DVD and Blu-ray: 'Avengers Assembled' and More

This week: The long-delayed "Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One — Avengers Assembled" box set with "Marvel's The Avengers," "Thor," "Captain America: The First Avenger," "Iron Man," "Iron Man 2" and "The Incredible Hulk" plus geek-worthy collectibles is finally here.

Also new this week is the urban coming-of-age drama "Luv," the bath-salts crazy "John Dies at the End" and the horror-comedy "Stitches" featuring a killer clown.

'Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One — Avengers Assembled'

Box Office: $1.75 billion (six movies)

Rotten Tomatoes: N/A

Storyline: This limited edition 10-disc, 6-movie set has both Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D copies of "Marvel's The Avengers," "Thor" and "Captain America: The First Avenger." Also included on Blu-ray only are "Iron Man," "Iron Man 2" and "The Incredible Hulk" encased in a handsome metallic-looking case with collectibles and a bonus disc.

Extras! The movies come packaged with prop reproductions and artifacts from the films, including a glowing Tesseract of your very own.
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Bring the Meat Monster from John Dies at the End Home

Without question one of the craziest things to be found in Don Coscarelli's John Dies at the End is the Meat Monster, and now you can own a part of the madness with this exclusive item from Robert Kurtzman and his Creature Corps.

Now available as a full body costume and as a display statue for all you haunt performers and collectors, the Meat Monster was created by FX master Robert Kurtzman and his team at Creature Corps. Click here to browse the Creature Corps 2013 Hauntline Catalog!

Magnolia Home Entertainment will release the DVD ($26.98) and Blu-ray ($29.98) of John Dies at the End on April 2nd.

For more visit the official John Dies at the End website, "like" John Dies at the End on Facebook, and follow Magnet Releasing on Twitter (@MagnetReleasing).

Synopsis

In John Dies At The End, it’s all about the Soy Sauce, a drug that promises
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: John Dies at the End

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: April 2, 2013

Price: DVD $26.98, Blu-ray $29.98

Studio: Magnolia

After a seven-year break, movie writer-director Don Coscarelli (Bubba Ho-Tep) returns with John Dies at the End.

Based on the novel by David Wong, the horror-comedy movie is set in a time when a new drug, Soy Sauce, is out, promising an out-of-body experience with each hit. It’s supposed to make users drift across time and dimensions, but when they come back, they’re no longer human.

As a silent invasion happens, the world needs a hero, but the only people available are college dropouts John (Rob Mayes, TV’s The Client List) and David (Chase Williamson, TV’s Never Fade Away), who can barely hold down jobs.

The R-rated independent film also stars Paul Giamatti (Win Win), Clancy Brown (Cowboys & Aliens) and Glynn Turman (Super 8).

John Dies at the End got screened in a limited number of theaters,
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