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The Horrors of Fantasia: The End

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The inevitable post-Fantasia blues are already starting to set in. After nearly three weeks of sleeping until noon, watching movies until midnight, and drinking and talking until 4am, normal life seems a bit humdrum in comparison. That said, some of the killer flicks we saw will likely pick up distribution due to their reception at Fantasia, and there are always the inevitable DVD releases to look forward to. So, what films did we discover during the fest that you should be keeping your eyes peeled for over the next weeks and months? Without further ado, the completely unauthorized Dread Central Fantasia awards:

Best Film That Will Be Remembered When The Director Is A Freakin’ Horror Icon: Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon, directed by Scott Glosserman (review)

Best Film So Scary That It’ll Make Your Nuts Run For Cover…Even If You Don’t Have Nuts: The Descent, directed by Neil Marshall (review)

Best Film That Really Makes You Wonder Why The Hell The Guy Hasn’t Directed A Picture in Twenty Years: 39: A Film By Carroll McKane, directed by Gary Sherman (review)

Best Film That Proves Only Whackjobs Live In The Suburbs: Neighborhood Watch, directed by Graeme Whifler (review). Honorable Mention: The Lost, directed by Chris Sivertson (review)

Best Splatterific 80’s Throwback That Puts The Chunk Back In Chunkblower: Isolation, directed by Billy O’Brien (review). Honorable Mentions: Wilderness, directed by Michael J. Bassett; Evil Aliens, directed by Jake West (review)

Best Art House Horror Film That You Should Risk Seeing Even If It Means You Have To Sit Next To An Asshole In A Turtleneck: The Living and the Dead, directed by Simon Rumley (review)

Best Short That Proves It’s Not The Length But The Girth: The Separation, directed by Robert Morgan (review). Honorable Mention: Day Of John, directed by Christopher R. Nash (review)

Best It’s Not A Horror Film But It’ll Freak The Shit Out Of You Anyway: Pusher 3, directed by Nicolas Winding Refn (review). Honorable Mention: Edmond, directed by Stuart Gordon (review)

Best Film You’ll Never See On The Bigscreen Because You Missed Fantasia: Viy, directed by Konstantin Ershov, Giorgi Kropachyov, Aleksandr Ptushko. Honorable Mention: White of the Eye, directed by Donald Cammell (review)

Best Film That Makes You Wonder How The F*ck Did They Screw This Up? Snoop Dogg’s Hood Of Horror, directed by Stacy Title. Honorable Mention: Frostbiten, directed by Anders Banke (review)

Best Film That I Hated So Much I’d Rather Be Blinded Than Watch It Again: Feed, directed by Brett Leonard (review). Honorable Mention: Tape Number 31 (review), directed by Agan

Only 363 more days until Fantasia 2007… If I were you, I’d book my ticket now. I’m so sad it’s over I wrote a haiku:

Sweet Fantasia

Eighteen days of movie bliss

…And constipation

Until next year…

Evil Andy

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Video: The Shape of Water Q&A with Guillermo del Toro and Doug Jones at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theatre

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This past weekend at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, CA betwixt a double screening of The Shape of Water and the classic The Creature from the Black Lagoon, the former’s director Guillermo del Toro (and star Doug Jones) sat down to discuss the latter’s influence on the film, Gill-man sex, “one sock movies,” his career in the genre, and more with moderator Jonah Ray, and we were there to film a portion of it.

Our sincere thanks to American Cinematheque general manager Dennis Bartok for extending the invitation.

For more Cinematheque screenings, visit the official website here.

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Michael C. Hall Buried in Stephen King’s Pet Sematary

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Now here’s an audio book we can REALLY get behind! Entertainment Weekly is reporting that former “Dexter” star Michael C. Hall will be narrating the first ever unabridged recording of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary. Sometime’s audio is better!

Readers have been asking for this audiobook for a very long time,” Stephen King said in a statement. “I know the listening experience will be worth the wait with Michael as narrator.

We’re thrilled to finally bring Pet Sematary to King’s audiobook fans,” Simon & Schuster Audio president and publisher Chris Lynch added. “Michael C. Hall is a perfect match for this timeless story, which has long deserved an unabridged production.

The unabridged audiobook of Pet Sematary will be released by Simon & Schuster Audio on March 27. Speaking of Hall… you know he would make a pretty friggin’ good casting choice to play Victor Pascow in the upcoming Pet Sematary remake. Just sayin’.

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Saw-inspired Game Play With Me Sets a Trap on Steam

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Saw fans have a lot to be happy about right now. In addition to Jigsaw being teased for Dead by Daylight, a new Saw-themed game called Play With Me has launched on Steam, and although it’s not officially connected with the franchise in any way, developer Airem promised that they created a videogame which looks and plays as though it were made by Jigsaw himself. As you can tell from the trailer and screenshots, the production values and overall quality of Play With Me appear to be considerably higher than most other indie horror games released on Steam, and you’ll probably be very happy to see that Airem took the time and effort to create stylized hand drawn environments rather than using purchased assets from the Unity Store.

The killer behind the sinister traps in Play With Me is known as the Illusion, with the player taking control of investigative journalist Robert Hawk as he tries to fight his way through a series of sick and twisted obstacles created by the lunatic. The voice acting in the trailer was a little cheesy, although we see at 1:09 that the player will be tasked with using a kitchen knife to cut open a dead body (presumably to retrieve an item hidden in the cadaver’s stomach), which is not an image you’ll be forgetting anytime soon.

IQ Publishing are offering a 15% discount off Play With Me for those who purchase the game before January 24, so Saw fans might want to mark that deadline in their calendars and purchase it from Steam before the time is up. After all, it can’t be worse than Konami’s awful official Saw videogames.

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