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It’s a few pages away on the calendar, but we just got word there’s a new festival in town, and that town is Albany, NY. Scheduled for September, FantaCon, which was originally held in 1979 in Albany, is returning to the Empire State in 2013 for an all new weekend of excitement.

The guest list is already impressive, and they’ve got some great classic films to show in Albany’s beautiful Palace Theater. Check out all the info below, and if you dig it, you can get your tickets here.

For more info and a full guest list, visit the official FantaCon 2013 website, “like” FantaCon 2013 on Facebook and follow FantaCon 2013 on Twitter (@FantaCon2013).

From the Press Release
FantaCon 2013 is a celebration of horror and fantasy in film, TV, comic books, toys, music and books for all ages! The convention will be held September 14 and 15 at the Marriott at 189 Wolf Road in Albany. At FantaCon you will find thousands of fans meeting with established and aspiring film stars, television actors, comic book artists, illustrators, authors, special effects artists, producers, directors, writers and filmmakers. In addition there will be over 100 vendors selling collectables of all kinds.

For 2013, with the unprecedented popularity of zombies, FantaCon will have a first for the Albany area. Members of the cast of the original 1968 zombie film that started it all, Night of the Living Dead, will gather for the film’s 45th anniversary.

Come join the convention that draws fans from all over the country! After all, where else could you find the first actor that played horror icon Jason Voorhees rubbing shoulders with the co-creator of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?

FantaCon’s Three Nights of Horror at the Palace Theatre
Thursday September 12 at 7:30 PM
FantaCon presents the 45th anniversary cast reunion of Night of the Living Dead at the Palace Theatre. It is appropriate that the 45th anniversary celebration takes place at the Palace, which was one of just a few theatres on the East Coast to premiere the film in 1968! In fact the weekend receipts for the Palace showing were utilized in advertising the film nationally for the second week bookings. This very special evening will start with an on-stage Q & A panel discussion with stars John Russo, Russ Streiner, Judy O’Dea, Kyra Schon, George Kosana and Judith Ridley, followed by the big screen showing of the original 1968 film. Come see the landmark zombie film that started the current zombie mania.

Friday, September 13 at 7:30 PM
FantaCon presents the Friday the 13th celebration at the Palace Theatre. The evening will begin with the big screen showing of the original 1980 Friday the 13th film introduced by Ari Lehman who played the original Jason Voorhees. The screening will be followed by a fun-filled live concert with the band First Jason starring Ari Lehman!

Saturday, September 14 at 7:00 PM
FantaCon Presents Zombie Fest at the Palace Theatre! In case you haven’t noticed, zombies have become all the rage! Here are three all-time fan favorite zombie films: Zombie (1980), Night of the Living Dead (1990 version), Return of the Living Dead (1985).

Tickets are just $13 per show. Special ticket with admission to all 3 shows is just $30. VIP tickets to the Friday the 13th show are $50 and will allow a very limited number of fans to meet Ari Lehman for autographs and for some special items made just for VIP ticket holders!

Albany, NY Announces Three Nights of Horror with FantaCon 2013 This September

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EMANUELLE AND THE LAST CANNIBALS Blu-ray Review – Savagery & Sexuality From The Master Of Sleaze

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Starring Laura Gemser, Gabriele Tinti, Monica Zanchi, Donald O’Brien

Directed by Joe D’Amato (Arisitide Massaccesi)

Distributed by Severin Films


After taking famed sex icon Emanuelle (Laura Gemser) to Bangkok (1976), America (1976), and Around the World (1977) legendary sleaze director Joe D’Amato decided to mash up two of Italy’s most notorious genres by sending his beautiful muse down to the Amazon rainforest, cinematic home to countless hordes of cannibal tribes. The Italian cannibal craze of the late’70s was just beginning to take hold, offering D’Amato a ripe opportunity to satisfy both the bloodlust and, well, regular lust of exploitation devotees worldwide. For the most part the film plays out expectedly, with a reasonably large group of people meeting in the Amazon and trekking off on a quest. By the end, that group has dwindled down to only a few members, all of whom probably have a lot of regret about traipsing through the jungle. Aficionados will get a bit of a “been there, eaten that” vibe from the film, which hits every trademark of the genre sans animal cruelty, but Emanuelle herself spices up this cannibal comfort food with an alluring performance capped off by one helluva genius ending. The film also holds the dubious distinction of showing a penis being eaten less than 15 minutes after the opening credits. You set a high bar, Joe.

When an unlucky nurse has half of her tit eaten off by a newly-arrived mental patient, a girl found in the Amazon jungles, journalist Emanuelle (Laura Gemser) infiltrates the sanitarium to score a hot scoop. Armed with a camera concealed within a baby doll head, Emanuelle surreptitiously snaps a few shots before making the new girl talk via… digital means – and I’m not talking technology. Emanuelle takes her information to Professor Mark Lester (Gabriele Tinti), a museum curator whom she hopes will fund her expedition. He agrees. Then, she goes and screws some random guy in broad daylight down by the river. Later, she comes back and has more sex, this time with Mark. The next day they leave for the Amazon.

Upon arrival, the two are met by Isabel (Monica Zanchi) and Sister Angela (Annamaria Clementi), both of whom have altruistic plans of their own in the rainforest. Their trek soon brings them across Donald (Donald O’Brien), a hunter who is on safari with his wife and a guide. Now that the film has brought together a large group of people, some of whom are more reprehensible than others, it’s time to pick them off and watch in delight as cannibals of the Amazon gut them, skewer them, and devour their flesh while the soothing sounds of Nico Fidenco play in the background.

So many of these Italian cannibal pictures feel interchangeable because the formula is incredibly simple – send a group of naïve outsiders into the Amazon and let an indigenous tribe kill and eat them, usually in the most horrific manner possible. What sets this film apart from so many others is in the title: Emanuelle. Gemser is not only easy on the eyes but she has this magnetic presence on screen, not because she is a great actress but her looks, abilities, and personality combine to create one of exploitation cinema’s most capable and sultry sirens. It is entirely due to her ingenuity here that anyone survives at all. She isn’t a rag doll, tossed around and used for sex and companionship; Emanuelle is a woman in charge of her own sexuality and she calls the shots. This film was made during a time when women were often used as set dressing or spent most of a film being subservient, so it’s a nice change of pace to have one in the lead who takes control and it feels natural, not forced.

Don’t go thinking this is some kind of strong female-led picture that celebrates womanhood or anything. D’Amato never likes to peer too high from his gutter view, and “Emanuelle and the Last Cannibals” is a sleaze sensation; a cornucopia of cannibalism and carnal acts that culminates in the titular heroine literally becoming a god… temporarily. D’Amato takes two of humanity’s greatest loves – eating and screwing – and builds a story around them. Besides all of the aforementioned fornication, nipples are eaten as an amuse-bouche, penis tartare is part of the starter course, a vagina makes unexpected friends with the business end of a machete, a woman is gutted like a deer, and one guy learns a thin rope can still be strong enough to tear the human body in half. Nobody gets out of this thing unscathed… except, maybe, for Emanuelle who seems unfazed by every atrocity the world throws her way.

Ugly films need beautiful music and the lush, soothing sounds of Nico Fidenco make for the ultimate dichotomy of relaxation and revulsion. Fidenco’s score is less the serene soundscape Riz Ortolani composed for Cannibal Holocaust (1980) and more of a funky, porno-lite trip down ‘70s Lane. Oftentimes the composers on these rough Italian pictures delivered scores that felt like they belong to something more refined and accessible, not a movie destined for banning in multiple countries and cut to ribbons in others. Fidenco provided the score for many entries in the Black Emanuelle series and while those films might be past their prime the music is completely timeless.

Severin has provided a new 2K scan from unknown elements, delivering a 1.85:1 1080p image that falls right in line with most of their catalog. The picture has been cleaned up enough to allow for high-def improvements in clarity and coloration to (mostly) shine through, while still retaining a gritty look to remind viewers this is still a grindhouse picture. Film grain is heavy and active, swarming the picture but never becoming noisy. Contrast is variable, as is sharpness, with some scenes looking closer to HD than others. Colors are accurate but a bit anemic, too, with only a few instances of truly popping against the ever-present jungle greens. Detail is swallowed up in darkness, so don’t expect to see much of it when night falls, which thankfully isn’t often. I’ll say one thing Italy sure does make for a fine Amazon stand-in.

Audio is available in both English and Italian DTS-HD MA 1.0 mono, both of which offer a similar audible experience. The standout here is unsurprisingly hearing Fidenco’s score in lossless glory. The ADR work is typically poor and obvious, but everything is understandable and there are no noticeable issues with hissing or audio damage. Subtitles are available in English.

The World of Nico Fidenco – The legendary composer sits down for a new interview, covering his career and the Emanuelle series. In Italian with English subtitles.

A Nun Among the Cannibals – Actress Annamaria Clementi provides a new interview about her role in the film and what it was like working with D’Amato. In Italian with English subtitles.

Dr. O’Brien M.D. – This is an archival interview with Donald O’Brien, who played the wild and wily hunter, Donald, in the film.

From Switzerland to Mato Grosso – Actress Monica Zanchi gives a new interview that covers her career.

I Am Your Black Queen is an audio-only archival interview with Gemser.

A theatrical trailer (in SD) is also included.

Special Features:

  • BRAND NEW 2K REMASTER OF THE FILM prepared for this release
  • English and Italian audio tracks, with optional English subtitles
  • The World of Nico Fidenco – an interview with the composer (27 min)
  • A Run Among the Cannibals – an interview with actress Annamaria Clementi (23 min)
  • Dr. O’Brien MD – an interview with actor Donald O’Brien (19 min)
  • From Switzerland to Mato Grosso – an interview with actress Monica Zanchi (19 min)
  • I Am Your Black Queen – an audio commentary by actress Laura Gemser (11 min)
  • Original trailer
  • Emanuelle and the Last Cannibals
  • Special Features
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There is no point to making complaints about plotting when watching a film with this title. D’Amato promises viewers nothing more than a sleazy time intended to induce equal parts creep and kink into a span of time. Severin’s release offers a cleaned-up picture and a solid selection of extras that catch up with a few of the principal cast and crew.

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iZOMBIE Season 5 Will Be Final Season

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Last week we let you guys know that, while The CW passed on the Supernatural spin-off Wayward Sisters, they had given a fifth season to fan-favorite zombie-comedy series iZombie.

And as cool as that news was, it looks like it comes with a caveat. Yes, it looks like the upcoming fifth season of iZombie will be it’s last.

Series star Rose McIver took to Twitter to confirm the news the other day writing: “So the fifth season of iZombie will be our last. I am therefore committed and excited to make it the best one yet! Really proud to be on a show that celebrates the misfits and I pinch myself every day that I get to be a part of the iZombie world with you guys. Thank you.”

The show, which is based upon characters created by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred, and published by DC Entertainment’s Vertigo, is rumored to return during the midseason schedule. We’ll let you know when we hear more.

Are you sad to see the series go? Make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

Synopsis:

Olivia “Liv” Moore (Rose McIver) was a rosy-cheeked, disciplined, over-achieving medical resident who had her life path completely mapped out…until the night she attended a party that unexpectedly turned into a zombie feeding frenzy. As one of the newly undead, Liv is doing her best to blend in and look as human as possible.

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Must See: Gorgeously Grotesque THE AXIOM Trailer

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Six months ago out very own RKSDooM reviewed an indie horror movie called The Axiom. Specifically, he called the film a “stylish and clever slice of independent horror” and his review really caught my interest. So much so in fact that the film shot onto my must-see list as soon as if finished the review.

You can read said review HERE.

Anyhow, info on the film has been scarce since but that all changes today as we have your first look at the film’s poster and gorgeous trailer. Genre sales specialists Devilworks is repping world rights on the supernatural thriller, which was launched at the recent Cannes Film Festival.

You can check the poster out to the right and the trailer below and then make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

The film is written and directed by Nicholas Woods and stars William Kircher (The Hobbit), Hattie Smith, Zac Titus, and Nicole Dambro. There isn’t currently a release date but we will make sure to keep you guys up to date on the film.

Synopsis:

A young woman who, at the risk of her friend’s safety, travels into a National forest, in search for her missing sister. Once in the wilderness, they discover they have entered a multi-dimensional world full of monsters.

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