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I love a heartwarming, feel-good romance story just as much as the next person, but sometimes, it’s those doomed cinematic relationships that tend to stick with you the most.

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For those of you looking for an alternative viewing option this Valentine’s Day weekend, the El Rey Network has got you covered with their badass “Rip Your Heart Out” Marathon featuring the first five Nightmare on Elm Street films as well as episodes from the late 1980s series, Freddy’s Nightmares.

As someone who has fond memories of growing up watching the short-lived Krueger-themed series, I was ecstatic to get a chance to sit down and chat with the iconic Robert Englund about his involvement with El Rey’s marathon, which begins on Saturday, February 13th at 6:00am ET/PT and runs until Monday, February 15th at 2:00am ET/PT. During the interview, Englund discussed his excitement over Robert Rodriguez’s network bringing Freddy’s Nightmares back to the airwaves as well as some of his experiences he had while the series was in production.

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February 9th has an interesting array of horror and sci-fi titles enjoying their home entertainment bow this week. Fans have Guillermo del Toro’s latest, Crimson Peak, to look forward to on both Blu-ray and DVD, and Sony is releasing Freaks of Nature on DVD, too.

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In less than ten years, filmmaker Richard Bates Jr. has made quite the impact in the world of independent horror. His short film, Excision, led to a stunning 2012 feature film version, his follow-up, Suburban Gothic, was a blistering, supernaturally-infused small-town yarn and with his latest movie, Trash Fire, Bates Jr. takes on adulthood and dysfunctional families.

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Last week, during the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, writer/director Mickey Keating enjoyed the premiere of his latest genre effort, Carnage Park, as part of the fest’s Midnight movies lineup. The gritty, crime-inspired film co-stars Pat Healy and Ashley Bell and follows their characters on a dangerous journey through the mountainous California desert one fateful day.

Daily Dead had the chance to chat with Keating, Bell, and Healy about their collaboration together on Carnage Park, respective approaches to the project, thoughts on their characters, and more.

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Certainly one of the more wildly memorable midnight movies during the 2016 Sundance Film Festival was Jim Hosking’s wonderfully depraved The Greasy Strangler, which follows disco-loving Big Ronnie (Michael St. Michaels), his awkward son, Brayden (Sky Elobar), and a mysterious woman named Janet (Elizabeth De Razzo) vying for their affections.

Daily Dead had the opportunity to speak with the trio about their experiences working together on The Greasy Strangler and to be honest, the conversation took a bunch of hysterical left turns along the way.

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February’s home entertainment releases are kicking off in a big way, as horror and sci-fi fans have an extraordinary number of brand spanking new titles to choose from this Tuesday. From indie horror to cult classics to cult classics in the making, February 2nd’s Blu-ray and DVD releases truly do offer up something for everyone.

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Last week at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, writer/director Danny Perez celebrated the world premiere of his wildly surreal horror movie, Antibirth, which co-stars Natasha Lyonne and Chloë Sevigny. Daily Dead had the opportunity to speak with Perez about what inspired the story of Antibirth, his approach to the material, his experiences collaborating with his cast and more.

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Undoubtedly one of the more unusual Midnight selections at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival was Jim Hosking’s The Greasy Strangler, the unpredictably perverse story of a father and son (Michael St. Michaels, Sky Elobar), a grease-laden murderer and the woman who gets between them (Elizabeth De Razzo).

Daily Dead had the opportunity to catch up with Hosking at the festival and heard from the up-and-coming filmmaker about his journey to getting The Greasy Strangler made, collaborating with his cast, and pushing the boundaries of modern cinema.

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I really had no idea what to expect going into The Blackout Experiments, all I knew was that it was a documentary centered around the popular experiential “Blackout” attraction that has taken over Los Angeles and New York City during the last few years, and that was about it. As it turns out, the project from director Rich Fox ended up being so much more than just another talking heads piece about two guys who love to torture folks and push them to their mental limits.

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