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Roger Corman strikes back.

Roger Corman strikes back. (photo)

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Roger Corman’s been laying low; since his last turn as a director with 1990’s “Frankenstein Unbound,” the legendary cheapie producer has pretty much kept to dabbling in direct-to-video fare like “Supergator.” But now he’s back, reteaming with alumnus Joe Dante for a three-episode web series for called “Splatter.”

Gimmicks, of course, are involved. Some might argue that casting Corey Feldman as the lead in anything is the only stunt you’d need, even with the meta-wit of him in the role of a once-famous rock star who kills the people who enabled his career and fall from grace. But wait, there’s more! After each episode, viewers will decide who they want to see killed; the next installment will then be filmed with the audience’s choice in mind.

It’s a digital twist on the interactive movie, hailing back to William Castle’s 1961 “Mr. Sardonicus,” which gave audiences a “Punishment Poll,” allowing them to decide whether his evil anti-hero would live or die at the end. (He claimed no audience ever chose to let him live, a convenient way to avoid showing or possibly even bothering to film the merciful ending.)

More recently, there was 1995’s “Mr. Payback,” the first so-called “interactive movie,” where audiences sat in the theater pushing console buttons to determine which of three branching options should be taken 12 times throughout its 20-minute running time. (Siskel & Ebert’s amazingly entertaining pan of the film is well worth a look if you’ve never seen it. “I felt that my favorite venue in the entertainment world, the movie theater, had been soiled,” Siskel gripes.)

Dante, Corman and Feldman could use a mutual career boost. Feldman’s worked with Dante three times before and Corman four, but never on the same projects. (I got this information from Feldman’s blog. Yes, he has a WordPress, too.) At 83, Corman’s mostly been burnishing his own legacy, while Dante’s career has been extremely volatile since his ’80s heyday. Still, he doesn’t forget who gave him the chance to make “Gremlins”: “This is sort of an attempt to repay Roger Corman for the fact that he gave me a career,” he says in one of the low-key behind-the-scenes promotional videos. It’s all quite sweet, even if the product itself will be gory and vengeful.

[Photo: “Splatter,” Netflix, 2009]

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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