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Film Is Hell, says moviemaker-turned-author

19 June 2009 9:45 AM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Anyone anxious to jump into the low-budget movie scene will find a cautionary tale in Matthew Howe’s new book Film Is Hell, coming next month from Laurelton Media. In its pages, Howe (writer and director with Howard S. Berger of the ’90s underground shocker Original Sins) recalls his post-film-school years working for Sultan Film Productions, a purveyor of action and horror cheapies (its fright credits include The Bog Creatures, Fort Doom and Blood Relic).

“My association with Sultan began as a dream—a chance to make my living making independent movies—but quickly turned nightmarish,” Howe tells Fango. “I got on board just as the bottom dropped out of the international film market. I worked harder than I ever have in my life for Sultan, but all in vain. Not only did I not manage to make much money during those years, but the movies we produced during that period redefined horrible. »

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Wrong Turn 3 preview, Trick ’R Treat star added to East Coast Fango con!

1 June 2009 8:51 AM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Wrong Turn 3 director Declan O’Brien will be previewing his new Fox DVD splatter sequel at the fast-approaching East Coast edition of Fangoria’s Weekend of Horrors, to be held June 5-7 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center (11th Avenue between 34th and 39th Streets) in New York City. O’Brien (pictured below with friend), the director of the Sci Fi Channel original movies Rock Monster, Monster Ark and Cyclops, will debut exclusive clips from Wrong Turn 3 (about another group of lost travelers facing off against inbred hillbilly maniacs) at the convention on Sunday.

In addition to his directing chores, O’Brien has also scripted Harpies, The Snake King and Savage Planet for Sci Fi. Stop by this site again over the next couple of days as we begin posting the full schedules (auditorium panels and film programs) for the Fango show.

In other convention news, Trick ’R Treat »

- no-reply@fangoria.com (Tony Timpone)

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Smash Cut panel, Glass Eye Pix talent added to East Coast Fango con!

29 May 2009 12:31 PM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

  A panel devoted to the Canadian slasher flick Smash Cut has been added to the lineup of the fast-approaching East Coast edition of Fangoria’s Weekend of Horrors, to be held June 5-7, 2009 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center (11th Avenue between 34th and 39th Streets) in New York City. Representing the film will be stars David Hess and Jennilee Murray, plus director Lee Gordon Demarbre (Jesus Christ, Vampire Hunter), writer Ian Driscoll and the Godfather of Gore himself, Herschell Gordon Lewis!

In Smash Cut (an ode to the films of Herschell Gordon Lewis, who has a cameo in the movie), Hess (pictured below) plays Able Whitman, a troubled filmmaker losing his mind in an extraordinary way. After accidentally killing an exotic dancer, he decides to use her body parts in his newest horror picture. But when her sister (played by porn star Sasha Grey) begins investigating, Able must »

- no-reply@fangoria.com (Tony Timpone)

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Smash Cut panel, Glass Eye Pix talent added to East Coast Fango con!

29 May 2009 12:31 PM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

  A panel devoted to the Canadian slasher flick Smash Cut has been added to the lineup of the fast-approaching East Coast edition of Fangoria’s Weekend of Horrors, to be held June 5-7, 2009 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center (11th Avenue between 34th and 39th Streets) in New York City. Representing the film will be stars David Hess and Jennilee Murray, plus director Lee Gordon Demarbre (Jesus Christ, Vampire Hunter), writer Ian Driscoll and the Godfather of Gore himself, Herschell Gordon Lewis!

In Smash Cut (an ode to the films of Herschell Gordon Lewis, who has a cameo in the movie), Hess (pictured below) plays Able Whitman, a troubled filmmaker losing his mind in an extraordinary way. After accidentally killing an exotic dancer, he decides to use her body parts in his newest horror picture. But when her sister (played by porn star Sasha Grey) begins investigating, Able must »

- no-reply@fangoria.com (Tony Timpone)

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Pandorum’s Ben Foster & more comin’ to East Coast Fango con!

27 May 2009 7:19 AM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

30 Days Of Night actor Ben Foster (pictured below), star of the upcoming sci-fi thriller Pandorum, has joined the lineup of the fast-approaching East Coast edition of Fangoria’s Weekend of Horrors, to be held June 5-7, 2009 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center (11th Avenue between 34th and 39th Streets) in New York City. Foster, who also won raves for his roles in 3:10 To Yuma and X-men: The Last Stand (as Angel), will be joined on Saturday by Pandorum co-star Cung Le, the three-time world champion martial artist.

In other convention news, the Offspring presentation has added castmates Holter Graham, Vic Manetti, Ahna Tessler, Leigh Shannon, Brainscan’s Amy Hargreaves and Headspace’s Pollyanna McIntosh, as well as Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer composer Ryan Shore, to its Saturday preview slot. Other exciting guests/programs set for Fango’s Big Apple blowout include:

Guillermo del Toro: acclaimed director of Hellboy movies, »

- no-reply@fangoria.com (Tony Timpone)

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Gwar, more Friday The 13th guests comin’ to East Coast Fango con!

22 May 2009 1:39 PM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Monster metalheads Gwar will be invading the fast-approaching East Coast edition of Fangoria’s Weekend of Horrors, to be held June 5-7, 2009 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center (11th Avenue between 34th and 39th Streets) in New York City. Bandmates Sleazy P. Martini, Slave, Jizmak Da Gusha and Oderus Urungus will be on hand all three days (at their “human skin” booth), and host a panel on Sunday in their human guises (Don Drakulich, Matt Maguire, Brad Roberts and Dave Brockie).

In another convention update, some new Friday The 13th veterans have joined the roster, namely first Jason Ari Lehman, Part 2’s Warrington Gillette and Part V: A New Beginning director Danny Steinmann, who also helmed The Unseen (under a pseudonym) and Savage Streets. Other exciting guests/programs set for Fango’s Big Apple blowout (more to come!) include:

Guillermo del Toro: acclaimed director of Hellboy movies, Pan’S Labyrinth, »

- no-reply@fangoria.com (Tony Timpone)

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Voorhees mother and son doin’ East Coast Fango con!

19 May 2009 7:07 AM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Friday The 13th’s Mrs. Voorhees, actress Betsy Palmer, and her “son,” Jason actor Kane Hodder from the series’ seventh through 10th installments, have joined the lineup of the fast-approaching East Coast edition of Fangoria’s Weekend of Horrors. The event will be held June 5-7, 2009 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center (11th Avenue between 34th and 39th Streets) in New York City. Fan favorite Palmer also appeared in The Fear: Resurrection and Bryan Norton’s Penny Dreadful, while Hodder stalked through Hatchet, B.T.K. (pictured), Ed Gein: The Butcher Of Plainfield, Fallen Angels and Prison, to name a few.

Two other additions to the NYC Fango con worth noting:

• Toxic Avenger: The Musical: special guests and song highlights from the Off-Broadway smash! (Saturday)

Walking Distance panel: with Closet Space writer/director Mel House and sexy actresses Debbie Rochon, Shannon Lark and Natalie Jones

Other exciting guests/programs set for »

- no-reply@fangoria.com (Tony Timpone)

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Trick ’R Treat filmmaker doin’ East Coast Fango con!

15 May 2009 9:20 AM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Trick ’R Treat writer/director Michael Dougherty (pictured below) has joined the lineup of the fast-approaching East Coast edition of Fangoria’s Weekend of Horrors. The event will be held June 5-7, 2009 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center (11th Avenue between 34th and 39th Streets) in New York City. Dougherty, co-scripter of Superman Returns, X2 and Urban Legends: Bloody Mary, made his directorial debut on Trick ’R Treat, an anthology that has garnered raves on the festival circuit and will debut on DVD this fall.

Other exciting guests/programs set for Fango’s Big Apple blowout (more to come!) include:

Guillermo del Toro: acclaimed director of Hellboy movies, Pan’S Labyrinth, Blade II, Mimic and Cronos, signing copies of his first novel, the vampire epic The Strain, on Friday (5 p.m.-7 p.m.). Also appearing: The Strain co-author Chuck Hogan

Dario Argento: Italian maestro behind Suspiria, »

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Guillermo del Toro doin’ East Coast Fango con!

13 May 2009 8:21 AM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Hellboy movies director Guillermo del Toro has joined the lineup of the fast-approaching East Coast edition of Fangoria’s Weekend of Horrors. The event will be held June 5-7, 2009 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center (11th Avenue between 34th and 39th Streets) in New York City. One of the most celebrated genre directors of our time, del Toro will be appearing at the convention on Friday (5 to 7 p.m. only) for an exclusive stage appearance and to sign copies of his first novel, the vampire epic The Strain: Book One Of The Strain (coming June 2 from William Morrow), with co-author Chuck Hogan.

Del Toro has also helmed such thrilling horror and fantasy films as Pan’S Labyrinth, Blade II, Mimic and Cronos. He next begins shooting The Hobbit for producer Peter Jackson in 2010. You can find out more about The Strain here. Other exciting guests/programs set for Fango »

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Ashley Laurence, Last House reunion, etc. at East Coast Fango con

6 May 2009 11:19 AM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Hellraiser actress Ashley Laurence (pictured below) has joined the lineup of the fast approaching East Coast edition of Fangoria’s Weekend of Horrors. The event will be held June 5-7, 2009 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center (11th Avenue between 34th and 39th Streets) in New York City. The lovely Laurence played Kirsty Cotton in Hellraiser, Hellbound: Hellraiser II and Hellraiser: Hellseeker, and also appeared in Lightning Bug, Red, Warlock III and Lurking Fear.

In addition, the Big Apple show will welcome a reunion of original Last House On The Left’s villains David Hess, Fred Lincoln, Jeramie Rain and Marc Sheffler. Plus, here are some more cool Manhattan additions:

Dead Air: world-premiere screening of the Corbin Bernsen-directed zombie flick; introduced by cast members Josh Feinman (from Sleeper Cell) and Elle Travis (Saturday)

Coralina Cataldi-Tassoni: actress from Dario Argento’s Mother Of Tears, Opera and Phantom Of The Opera, »

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Dario Argento doin’ East Coast Fango!

10 April 2009 6:48 PM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Ok, so you East Coasters are feeling left out from all the La convention madness we’ve been announcing the last few weeks (see recent news here)? Well, we’re ready to spread the love to the New York City area again. First off, Master of Horror Dario Argento (pictured) has joined the lineup of the next East Coast edition of Fangoria’s Weekend of Horrors, to be held June 5-7, 2009 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center (655 West 34th Street) in New York City! The Italian maestro behind Suspiria, Deep Red, Tenebrae, Opera and Mother Of Tears will have the first news on his latest bloodbath, Giallo, starring Adrien Brody.

Plus, here are some more cool Manhattan additions:

Tony Darrow (pictured): much loved actor/comic from Street Trash, The Sopranos, Goodfellas and Lynch Mob, a new gangster horror flick (!) Lesleh Donaldson: Canadian actress from Happy Birthday To Me, »

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James (“Spike”) Marsters bites East Coast Fango con

13 February 2009 12:17 PM, PST | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

TV star James Marsters, the beloved Spike of Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Angel, has joined the lineup of the next East Coast edition of Fangoria’s Weekend of Horrors. The event will be held June 5-7, 2009 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center (11th Avenue between 34th and 39th Streets) in New York City.

Besides playing Joss Whedon’s reformed bloodsucker, Marsters has also appeared in the films House On Haunted Hill, Shadow Puppets and the upcoming Dragonball: Evolution, as well as the series Smallville and Torchwood and the miniseries The Capture Of The Green River Killer (as Ted Bundy). Other exciting guests/programs set for Fango’s Big Apple blowout (and this is just the early tip of the iceberg!) include:

Tobe Hooper: director of Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Poltergeist, Eaten Alive, ’Salem’S Lot, Lifeforce, Toolbox Murders, Invaders From Mars and Masters Of Horror

Doug Bradley: Hellraiser’s Pinhead, »

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