Monday, July 29, 2013

Mattie Do to appear in Fangoria #326

For fans of horror and Laos, be sure to catch Fangoria #326 when it hits the stands in August. It will feature an preview of director Mattie Do's debut film "Chanthaly." We interviewed her earlier this year for Little Laos on the Prairie, but it's great to see her making it to the mainstream.

Fangoria is an international film fan magazine specializing in the genres of horror, slasher, splatter and exploitation films, in regular publication since 1979. Mattie Do's appearance is an exceptional accomplishment and sets a wonderful precedent.

Chanthaly is a film with a very deliberate and atmospheric pacing that will leave many viewers asking questions and the answers aren't always clear. Having finally had a chance to see it, I think it's a very promising directorial debut. There are definitely kinks and bumps in the process that different viewers will critique, but it's one that will spark some great conversations.

There are some excellent nods to the conventions of ghost stories from both European American and Asian traditions, but some new ground broken as well. And a whippet almost steals the show.

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