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Film Is Hell, says moviemaker-turned-author

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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!

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

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

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

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

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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,
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Voorhees mother and son doin’ East Coast Fango con!

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

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!

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

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!

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

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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Ghost Hunters to investigate East Coast Fango con

Paranormal investigators/hosts Grant Wilson and Jason Hawes (pictured) of the hit Sci Fi Channel series Ghost Hunters have 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.

Since debuting in 2004, Ghost Hunters remains one of cable’s hottest shows. In season four, an average of 2.8 million viewers tuned in each week to catch the latest cases from the files of Taps (The Atlantic Paranormal Society), led by Rhode Island plumbers Hawes and Wilson. Hot on the heels of Ghost Hunters wrapping its most successful season to date, Sci Fi has renewed the reality show for a sixth season; season five will premiere in March.

Other exciting guests/programs set for Fango’s Big Apple blowout (and this is
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Cult director Larry Fessenden joins East Coast Fango con

Larry Fessenden, cult director of Habit, Wendigo and The Last Winter, 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 (11th Avenue between 34th and 39th Streets) in New York City. Fessenden will discuss his new Glass Eye Pix productions, including Satan Hates You, I Sell The Dead, The House Of The Devil, Stake Land and Hypothermia.

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

Marilyn Burns: actress from Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Eaten Alive, Future-kill and Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation

Caroline Williams: actress from Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, Stepfather II
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