February 17, 2023
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From The Gingold Files: A Fangoria WENDIGO review from 2002

From Mike Gingold: Welcome to The Gingold Files, featuring my past reviews and articles for Fangoria.com that are celebrating “anniversaries” this week, but have long been lost in cyberspace. This time, we’ve got reviews of Larry Fessenden’s Wendigo, Robert Parigi’s Love Object, and others, plus Gary Oldman talking about Hannibal, Matthew Modine on making his horror debut with Altar, and more!

Review: WENDIGO
An archive review from The Gingold Files.

BY MICHAEL GINGOLD · FEBRUARY 14, 2019, 9:55 PM PST

Despite rumors of its demise, the quality independent horror film has proven itself alive and well in the past year, if sometimes difficult to find. 2001 saw a strong crop of low-budget horror features, both foreign and domestic, come to light, and a high-water mark has been set early in 2002 with Larry Fessenden’s Wendigo. If many genre films that approach its quality follow in the next 10 months, it’s going to be a hell of a year.

The New York-based Fessenden made an underground name for himself with his previous feature, the downtown vampire film Habit, but the skill for character-based horror he demonstrated there truly finds full flower in Wendigo. Literally leaving Habit’s urban milieu behind, the new movie follows a city family—commercial photographer George (Jake Weber), his psychiatrist wife Kim (Patricia Clarkson) and their young son Miles (Erik Per Sullivan)—as they drive to a vacation at a farmhouse in wintry upstate New York. Before they even reach the place, their peaceful plans go awry, as George hits a deer that runs in front of their car.

Right from this point, Fessenden presents a scenario in which already upsetting situations can have even direr consequences, setting the stage for further unease to come

One of Fessenden’s achievements is that he’s able to evoke a sense of rural menace without condescending to the region or its people; nor does his depiction of the citified George stoop to obvious yuppie clichés. That’s a tribute to the director’s talent for creating very specific people and eliciting strong performances from his actors, with Weber and Clarkson lending nuance to their husband-and-wife characters, Sullivan just terrific as their observant, sensitive son and Speredakos genuinely menacing as the hunter with a grudge. The simple human interaction between these characters carries the story for a long while before the supernatural elements become pronounced, and Fessenden even leaves the fact of the Wendigo’s existence up to debate, with questions of its reality tantalizingly unanswered. Is the monster real, or just a legend that Miles seizes upon to deal with his own fears? Or, as the climactic scenes suggest, does it not only exist, but actually respond to the emotions of one who, like Miles, is conscious of its presence?

This is not to suggest that Wendigo is some kind of existential exercise, but rather that there are plenty of ideas underpinning its haunting, moving and ultimately quite chilling story

READ WHOLE REVIEW HERE

February 18, 2022
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Collider Exclusive: Fangoria Goes Vintage For Ti West’s ‘X’-themed April 2022 Subscriber Cover

Available at your favorite magazine stand April 2022.

From Collider: Fangoria has revealed its next cover to Collider. For the April 2022 issue, the horror-celebrating magazine is going vintage and delivering a 70s-themed cover that evokes both the year that the long-running periodical debuted and Ti West’s new film X, which takes place in 1979. 

X premieres in theaters March 18th.

Read all about it HERE

July 17, 2019
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Fessenden featured on Post Mortem with Mick Garris podcast, now available on iTunes

Recorded LIVE from The Overlook Film Festival, genre maven
Larry Fessenden is on the slab to discuss independent filmmaking,
building his Glass Eye Pix and his new movie DEPRAVED!

Available on iTunes

October 9, 2018
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Fessenden’s DEPRAVED in FANGORIA reboot issue #1

Pick up a copy at your local brick and mortar horror shoppe!

October 25, 2016
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Fangoria reports: Tales From Beyond the Pale live at Lincoln Center!

“if you get the opportunity to experience TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE live, run, don’t walk!”

“Each TALE was each equally fascinating to come to life, with the old school charm and the certainly capable cast offering a spirited take on these stories. In the case of “Johnny Bernard,” the story was somewhat like a puzzle, but once the audience understood what was going on and the performers got into the groove of things, the tale was quite captivating, with a bittersweet ending one normally doesn’t expect from anthology horror.
“Game Night,” on the other hand, offered up a more jovial chemistry, with some laugh out loud moments (including a scene in which the guys realize they need a blood sacrifice) as well as a gloriously schizophrenic performance from Carter, who jumped between voices and characters with surprising finesse…. ”
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August 5, 2016
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THE MIND’S EYE on Fangoria

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FANG: You have a fantastic cast of genre veterans and up-and-comers: Graham Skipper, Lauren Ashley Carter, Larry Fessenden, etc. You even included former FANGO staffer Sam Zimmerman. How did you assemble such an excellent team for THE MIND’S EYE?

BEGOS: Very early on, I wrote the script with a couple people in mind, like Graham and Lauren, but we shot in Rhode Island, which is about a couple hours outside of New York, so we were sort of pulling from New York where a lot of the Glass Eye Pix family is. I’m a big fan of using kind of familiar faces but I feel like a lot of horror movies nowadays sort of use horror actors just because they’re like “Oh, this guy was in this movie,” and they’re not even particularly good. I’m pretty happy that we were able to assemble what I feel like are kind of some of the best of the best actors in the genre.

THE MIND’S EYE not only fantastic actors who embody their roles really well, but they feel like real people and they’re from horror movies. For instance, Jeremy Gardner, who I’m surprised hasn’t been in some more movies, and I can’t believe that people don’t utilize Larry Fessenden beyond beyond two minute cameos because he’s such a fucking phenomenal actor. Once I realized Larry was just going to play the sheriff, we were talking and I was like, “Dude, that’s such a throwaway role, man. I think I’m going to give you the Dad role.” I wanted to utilize him in that way he was in HABIT, so he killed it with these great takes and great references. He’s normally shoe-horned into these little roles, but I’m glad really showed up and shined through the movie.

read all at Fangoria:

watch THE MIND’S EYE on itunes!

May 25, 2016
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So long Gingold, we’ll miss you!

Mike Gingold has parted ways with Fangoria Magazine, long-time advocate
for Glass Eye Pix’s scrappy content since the ‘90s. In fact the as-yet-unprinted-next edition
of Fangoria has an article on the Fessenden Collection, and interviews with Fessenden and Graham Reznick,
plus a photo from STRAY BULLETS. Publish that Mag, guys!!
 
Meanwhile, here is a tribute to Mike, or Ging as he was affectionately called.
Lots of luck Mike, see you at the next event!!

 

May 9, 2016
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HABIT among Fangoria’s “The Dreadful Ten: 10 Awesome ’90s Horror Films!”

From Fango’s Ken Hanley

As someone who grew up watching the many horror films of the ’90s, it’s always a bit disappointing to hear the decade get so much flack for its contributions to the genre. Sure, the ’80s are a tough act to follow, considering how many phenomenal, practical FX-driven fright films were spawned during that time, but the ’90s has had its fair share of awesome scare fare, most of which are miles more memorable that the decades that have come since. Even the guilty pleasures of the ’90s- your DEEP BLUE SEAs and ANACONDAs and what-have-you- are much easier to defend than some of the stinkers of the ’80s! So with that on our macabre mind, FANGORIA has decided to list off ten absolutely awesome ’90s horror offerings for your creepy consideration!

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10. HABIT

With ‘90s New York serving as an all-too-essential backdrop, this story of a mourning, alcoholic misfit who finds solace in a dangerous new lover is one sure to haunt viewers long after the film has ended. Directed by and starring the incredible horror auteur Larry Fessenden, HABIT is a surreal and mature vampire love story that’s far bloodier and more adult than what the TWILIGHT crowd might expect.

see the rest of the selections (and the honorable mentions too!) 

 

April 4, 2016
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Fangoria creeps up on DARLING

DARLING will have a special screening at the Greater NY Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas (2548 Central Park Avenue, Yonkers, NY) this SATURDAY, April 9 at 9 p.m., with Carter and Morvant on hand for a Q&A moderated by FANGORIA’s Michael Gingold. Click HERE for more info.

April 1, 2016
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Fangoria visits the set of DARLING

Walking toward the Harlem townhouse serving as the key location of DARLING, your faithful Fango correspondent spots a couple of cops hanging around the front steps. It seems odd that such a small independent shoot would need this kind of security…

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Click HERE for the Fangoria article.

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