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Tobe Hooper, ‘Texas Chain Saw Massacre’ and ‘Poltergeist’ Director, Dies at 74

Tobe Hooper, ‘Texas Chain Saw Massacre’ and ‘Poltergeist’ Director, Dies at 74
Tobe Hooper, the horror director best known for helming “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” and “Poltergeist,” died Saturday in Sherman Oaks, Calif., according to the Los Angeles County Coroner. He was 74. The circumstances of his death were not known.

The influential 1974 “Texas Chain Saw Massacre” became a seminal horror title for its realistic approach and deranged vision. Shot for less than $300,000, it tells the story of a group of unfortunate friends who encounter a group of cannibals on their way to visit an old homestead. Though it was banned in several countries for violence, it was one of the most profitable independent films of the 1970s in the U.S. The character of Leatherface was loosely based on serial killer Ed Gein.

Hooper also directed the 1986 sequel “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2,” which took a more comedic approach, as part of his Cannon Films deal.

The 1982 “Poltergeist,” written and produced by Steven Spielberg, also
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Review: Wolf Creek 2

It’s hard to believe that eight years have passed since the first Wolf Creek movie came out and we were introduced to the instantly iconic Mick Taylor. The bastard son of Freddy Krueger and Mick ‘Crocodile’ Dundee, Taylor came roaring onto our screens as the course, uncouth but endearingly charming Aussie uncle that we never had, albeit the one that gets his kicks kidnapping and torturing unfortunate backpackers.

Writer and director Greg McClean’s first foray to Wolf Creek back in 2005 had much in common with Eli Roth’s Hostel, which came out the same year, in that it was very much a slow burner for the first half, setting up the characters and gently introducing us to kindly stranger Mick Taylor before revealing his true nature and opening the throttle up to eleven to take us on a stomach churning ride.

Wolf Creek 2 eschews any need to
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Blu-Ray Review: The Funhouse (1981)

The Funhouse

Stars: Elizabeth Berridge, Shawn Carson, Jeanne Austin, Jack McDermott, Cooper Huckabee, Kevin Conway | Written by Lawrence Block | Directed by Tobe Hooper

Tobe Hooper has had a very diverse career, and I say that with nary a blurb of hyperbole. For every The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, you get Crocodile. I love the majority of his films because they give me the feeling of warm and fuzzy nostalgia. But, with The Funhouse which came out at the height of the slasher craze, he was still shaping his now wild career. And the film is drastically different from some of his other films, yet it still retains some of Hooper’s erraticism. There are crazed characters and most of the carnival folk feel very, very real. Hell, the carnival feels real, it’s like it may have visited your hometown. It’s also a great slow burn film, you get to
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Top 9 Scary Films Based on True Stories

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The horror genre is always the first to jump on the bandwagon of any sort of gimmick that gets butts in the seats. Life insurance policies, 3-D, found footage, "See Paris Hilton Die" ... but let's be honest: Nothing is a better sales tool than real life.

Slap the label "Based on a True Story" in ominous red letters on that poster, and you've got yourself a surefire scare flick. People say to themselves, "Well, if it could happen to those people ..." Hang on, though, because while a storyline may have at least one toe in the waters of fact, there are varying degrees of "true" in the horror game.

We're taking a gander at the best this gambit has to offer. You can be sure that whether they happened for truthsies or not, these nine shockers have what it takes to frighten you out of your jammies.

9. 'The Strangers
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Blu-ray Review: The Funhouse

Despite frequently being listed among the great horror directors, Tobe Hooper will always have the hardest job of pleasing his fans. No matter what film he makes, it will always be compared to his 1974 classic The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. To this day it remains one of the greatest and most chilling horror films of all time and a true work of genius.

The same can‘t really be said of Crocodile or the overly goofy and unpleasant Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2. Yet people seem to forget Hooper is capable of making films as good as Poltergeist or Salem’s Lot. Sitting somewhere in the middle is 1981’s The Funhouse, now re-released on a deluxe Blu-ray from Arrow Video from yesterday.

Released at the peak of the early 80’s slasher film craze, The Funhouse was Hooper’s first big budget feature. Despite working with a larger budget and studio pressure, the film
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Restricted Trailer for Night of the Demons Remake

Thanks to Bloody-Disgusting, we now have the restricted trailer for the upcoming remake of the 1980 horror film "Night of the Demons." The new stars Shannon Elizabeth (American Pie) and Edward Furlong (Terminator 2, American History X). Plot: Angela Feld is throwing the Halloween party to end all Halloween parties at the infamous Broussard Mansion in New Orleans, where dark events transpired almost a century ago. But when the packed party gets busted by the police, Angela and her friends Maddie, Lily, Suzanne, Colin, Dex and Jason are the only ones left behind. Soon Colin and Angela make a grisly discovery in the basement and inexplicable events start to take place. With the mansion gates mysteriously locked, the seven find themselves trapped for the night... and soon they're fighting ancient demons for their very souls. The new movie is director Adam Gierasch's sophomore effort. He is better known for writing scripts
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Horror at the Oscars 3: The Spawning

After the Academy’s attempt at honoring genre during the live show, we saw a real tribute to horror by someone who is truly one of our own. Bob Murawski thanked Sam Raimi for giving him his “first cutting job” in Army of Darkness. His Best Editing award for Hurt Locker was shared by his partner Chris Innis, whom he met on the Raimi produced TV show “American Gothic.”

I gotta say, never since Peter Jackson’s (who was nominated this year for District 9) thank you to the crew of Meet the Feebles has there been such an excellent genre shout out.

On top of working with Raimi for over a decade, Murawski also runs Grindhouse Releasing, which distributes and restores cult and horror films with a focus on extreme Italian cinema. Pieces, The Beyond, Cannibal Holocaust, and I Drink Your Blood are just a few names you’ll find in Grindhouse Releasing's catalogue.
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Lake Placid 2 (2007) Movie Review

Fade In: Int: Sony Pictures offices. A studio head sits at his desk and ushers in another man Man: I’ve got a pitch for a new horror film. Sony Man: Go for it. Man: It’s about crocodiles! Sony Man: Next. Man: Killer crocodiles. Sony Man: Been there, done that. Man: Umm, it’s a sequel to Lake Placid! Sony Man: Who wants to see a sequel to that? Man: Err, everyone? Sony Man: Next. Man: Um…there’ll be two crocodiles this time… Sony Man: Big wow. Next. **Spoiler Warning** Man: Ok There’LL Be Four Fucking Crocodiles. **End Of Spoilers** Sony Man: This will be the greatest film in the history of everything. If you’ve seen Tobe Hooper’s “Crocodile” then chances are you’ve seen “Lake Placid 2″, even though you may not know it. The reason for this is that they’re pretty much the same film,
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Ogre and still more “final” guests added to La Fango con

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We thought we were finished, but everybody wants to come to our scary shindig next week! Legendary Skinny Puppy singer Nivek Ogre (a.k.a. Oghr) and a few more notable genre folks have joined the lineup of the fast approaching West Coast edition of Fangoria’s Weekend of Horrors convention, to be held April 17-19 at the Los Angeles Convention Center (1201 South Figueroa).

Ogre will appear with his Repo! The Genetic Opera cast and crew on Sunday. The singer played Pavi Largo in the cult horror/rock musical. The latest bonus guests (hey, we are running out of room!) include:

Greydon Clark: cult director of Without Warning, Satan’S Cheerleaders, Wacko, Black Shampoo and Dance MacAbre (signing at Hollywood Book & Poster table)

Tim Thomerson: fan favorite from Near Dark, Trancers, Dollman, Nemesis and new War Wolves and Live Evil (the latter screening at the con; Thomerson will
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Lost Boys singer G Tom Mac w/ Corey Haim at L.A. Fango Con!

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The Los Angeles Weekend of Horrors just keeps getting better, with so many guests being added (and some day-of surprises in-store!) that we can barely keep up here at Fango HQ! The latest addition to the West Coast edition of Fangoria’s Weekend of Horrors convention, to be held April 17-19 at the Los Angeles Convention Center (1201 South Figueroa) is G Tom Mac, the writer and voice of "Cry Little Sister" from The Lost Boys. He'll be joined with star Corey Haim at the event on Sunday, April 19th!

The most recent announcement of Fango terror talent includes:

Roddy Piper Wrestler/They Live star previews new film A Gothic Tale; also appearing: Piper’s daughter, actress Ariel Teal Toombs of Creeper (Sunday)

Terrance Zdunich, Repo! The Genetic Opera star and co-creator (appearing Sunday)

Last House On The Left reunion: with original baddies David Hess, Fred Lincoln, Jeramie Rain and Marc Sheffler
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Roddy Piper and a ton more guests added to La Fango con

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Wrestler/They Live star Roddy Piper and a ton more genre stars have joined the lineup of the fast approaching West Coast edition of Fangoria’s Weekend of Horrors convention, to be held April 17-19 at the Los Angeles Convention Center (1201 South Figueroa). Piper will appear with his daughter, actress Ariel Teal Toombs of Creeper (formerly Little F*Cker), on Sunday to discuss their respective new fright films (also screening at the con), including Piper’s new anthology A Gothic Tale (pictured).

The additional, perhaps final, windfall of Fango terror talent includes:

Terrance Zdunich, Repo! The Genetic Opera star and co-creator (appearing Sunday)

Last House On The Left reunion: with original baddies David Hess, Fred Lincoln, Jeramie Rain and Marc Sheffler (panel on Sunday; signing all three days at Hollywood Book & Poster tables)

Christa Campbell: star of 2001 Maniacs and Day Of The Dead, signing free posters from her new
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Drag Me To Hell stars doin’ La Fango con

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Drag Me To Hell actors Justin Long and Lorna Raver (Fango #283’s cover girl!) have joined the lineup of the upcoming West Coast edition of Fangoria’s Weekend of Horrors convention, to be held April 17-19 at the Los Angeles Convention Center (1201 South Figueroa). Long (of the Jeepers Creepers films and Live Free Or Die Hard) and Raver (a TV actress who has logged time on Star Trek: Voyager, Charmed and Weeds) will join director Sam Raimi on Friday at the show.

Other exciting guests/programs set for Fango’s Southern California blowout include:

Sam Raimi: director of the Evil Dead and Spider-man trilogies, Darkman, Crimewave, The Quick And The Dead and many more will preview Drag Me To Hell (Friday)

Clive Barker: creator of Hellraiser, Candyman, Nightbreed, Midnight Meat Train and Lord Of Illusions will preview his new movies Dread and Book Of Blood, plus the novel
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Tommy Victor (Prong, Ministry) and Skumlove to sign Schecter Guitars at La Fango Con!

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Prong mainman Tommy Victor, who was recently interviewed by Fangoria (read it here) will be appearing at Fangoria's Weekend Of Horrors in Los Angeles, April 17-19, 2009. Victor, who recently toured with both Ministry and Danzig, will see the release of Prong's Power Of The Damn Mixxxer (read our review) on May 12th, 2009 via 13th Planet Records.

Tommy will be appearing at the Schecter Guitar Research booth for signing sessions throughout the weekend, along with Skumlove, who's new album The Church Of The New Perversion was recently recorded and co-written with Victor.

Music from Skumlove's past album Songs Of Lust And Corrosion were featured on the Award winning Horror-Porn DVD "Grub Girl" and the B-style horror movie Intermedio starring Edward Furlong (Terminator 2) and Amber Benson (Buffy: The Vampire Slayer).

Other exciting guests/programs set for Fango’s Southern California blowout include: • Sam Raimi: director of the Evil Dead and Spider-man trilogies,
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Orphan/House Of Wax director doin’ La Fango con

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House Of Wax remake director Jaume Collet-Serra (pictured below) has joined the line-up of the upcoming West Coast edition of Fangoria’s Weekend of Horrors convention, to be held April 17-19 at the Los Angeles Convention Center (1201 South Figueroa). Attending Sunday, the Barcelona-born Collet-Serra will be previewing his new chiller Orphan at the show. The Warner Bros./Dark Castle picture, about an evil child, opens July 24.

Other exciting guests/programs set for Fango’s Southern California blowout include:

Sam Raimi: director of the Evil Dead and Spider-man trilogies, Darkman, Crimewave, The Quick And The Dead and many more will preview Drag Me To Hell (Friday)

Clive Barker: creator of Hellraiser, Candyman, Nightbreed, Midnight Meat Train and Lord Of Illusions will preview his new movies Dread and Book Of Blood, plus the novel The Scarlet Gospels

Tobe Hooper: director of Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Poltergeist, Eaten Alive ’Salem’S Lot,
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Troma’s Lloyd Kaufman doin’ La Fango con

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Troma chief Lloyd Kaufman has joined the lineup of the upcoming West Coast edition of Fangoria’s Weekend of Horrors convention, to be held April 17-19 at the Los Angeles Convention Center (1201 South Figueroa). The independent film maverick will be attending the show on all three days and will take the stage on Sunday to talk about such Tromatic movies as Poultrygeist, Terror Firmer, Class Of Nuke ’Em High, Tromeo & Juliet, Troma’S War and the Toxic Avenger flicks.

Other exciting guests/programs set for Fango’s Southern California blowout include:

Sam Raimi: director of the Evil Dead and Spider-man trilogies, Darkman, Crimewave, The Quick And The Dead and many more will preview Drag Me To Hell (Friday)

Clive Barker: creator of Hellraiser, Candyman, Nightbreed, Midnight Meat Train and Lord Of Illusions will preview his new movies Dread and Book Of Blood, plus the novel The Scarlet Gospels
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Repo!/Saw’s Darren Lynn Bousman doin’ La Fango con

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Repo! The Genetic Opera director Darren Lynn Bousman has joined the lineup of the upcoming West Coast edition of Fangoria’s Weekend of Horrors convention, to be held April 17-19 at the Los Angeles Convention Center (1201 South Figueroa). Bousman (pictured with Alexa Vega) will discuss Repo!’s growing cult success, as well as his work on the Saw sequels (II-iv).

Other exciting guests/programs set for Fango’s Southern California blowout include:

Sam Raimi: director of the Evil Dead and Spider-man trilogies, Darkman, Crimewave, The Quick And The Dead and many more will preview Drag Me To Hell (Friday)

Clive Barker: creator of Hellraiser, Candyman, Nightbreed, Midnight Meat Train and Lord Of Illusions will preview his new movies Dread and Book Of Blood, plus the novel The Scarlet Gospels

Tobe Hooper: director of Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Poltergeist, Eaten Alive ’Salem’S Lot, The Mangler, Crocodile, Lifeforce, Toolbox Murders,
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Shannon Elizabeth & Night Of The Demons panel set for La Fango con

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A panel devoted to the Night Of The Demons remake will take place at the next West Coast edition of Fangoria’s Weekend of Horrors convention, to be held April 17-19 at the Los Angeles Convention Center (1201 South Figueroa). Appearing at the preview (slotted for Saturday) will be the film’s new Angela, Shannon Elizabeth (pictured) of Scary Movie, Cursed, 13 Ghosts and the first two American Pie movies.

Joining Elizabeth will be her Demons co-stars: Freddy Vs. Jason’s Monica Keena, Tiffany Shepis and Laid To Rest’s Bobbi Sue Luther, as well as director/co-writer Adam Gierasch of Autopsy and his Mother Of Tears/Toolbox Murders co-scripter Jace Anderson. “We will have never-before-seen clips, and we also may bring another surprise actor or two,” says Anderson.

Other exciting guests/programs set for Fango’s Southern California blowout include:

Sam Raimi: director of the Evil Dead and Spider-man trilogies,
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Jeffrey Combs & Dark House panel set for La Fango con

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A panel devoted to the new spooky flick Dark House, starring Jeffrey Combs, will take place at the next West Coast edition of Fangoria’s Weekend of Horrors convention, to be held April 17-19 at the Los Angeles Convention Center (1201 South Figueroa). Appearing at the preview (slotted for Sunday) will be writer/director Darin Scott (Tales From The Hood) and his cast, including Combs, Rest Stop’s Diane Salinger, Boogeyman 2’s Matt Cohen, Megan Ory, One Tree Hill’s Bevin Prince, Dollhouse’s Erin Cummings and Reeker’s Scott Whyte.

Dark House’s storyline follows the traumatized Claire Thompson (Ory), who tries to come to terms with her demons by revisiting the old house where a terrible children’s massacre took place. The hitch? The place is now being used as a haunted-house attraction set up by Walston Rey (Combs). When the place, formerly run by the evil Miss
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Director Toby Wilkins (Splinter) doin’ La Fango con

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Director Toby Wilkins, whose first film Splinter wowed fans last year, has joined the lineup of the next West Coast edition of Fangoria’s Weekend of Horrors convention, to be held April 17-19 at the Los Angeles Convention Center (1201 South Figueroa). Wilkins will preview his latest directorial effort, Ghost House PicturesThe Grudge 3, at the convention, with cast members Johanna Braddy and Scary Movie 4’s Beau Mirchoff (both pictured).

Other exciting guests/programs set for Fango’s Southern California blowout include:

Sam Raimi: director of Evil Dead and Spider-man trilogies, Darkman, Crimewave, Quick & The Dead and many more will preview Drag Me To Hell (Friday) Clive Barker: creator of Hellraiser, Candyman, Nightbreed, Midnight Meat Train and Lord Of Illusions will preview new movies Dread and The Book Of Blood, plus novel The Scarlet Gospels Ron Perlman: Genre superstar! Hellboy movies, Beauty And The Beast, Cronos,
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Hellboy’s Ron Perlman doin’ La Fango con

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Genre heavyweight Ron Perlman has joined the lineup of the next West Coast edition of Fangoria’s Weekend of Horrors convention, to be held April 17-19 at the Los Angeles Convention Center (1201 South Figueroa). Besides his starring turns in the Hellboy movies and on the cult TV series Beauty And The Beast, Perlman’s long career has included roles in Cronos, Alien Resurrection, The Last Winter, The Name Of The Rose, Desperation, Masters Of Horror (John Carpenter’s Pro-Life), Sleepwalkers, The City Of Lost Children, Star Trek: Nemesis and the upcoming I Sell The Dead, Season Of The Witch and The Devil’S Tomb.

Perlman will be attending Saturday’s panel for Mutant Chronicles (pictured) with Thomas Jane (also his Dark Country co-star and director). Other exciting guests/programs set for Fango’s Southern California blowout include:

Sam Raimi: director of the Evil Dead and Spider-man trilogies, Darkman,
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