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Natty’s Five Classic Horror Moments That I’M Thankful For

20 hours ago

When you think of Thanksgiving, chances are that you aren’t really counting the things you’re thankful for. Instead, like so many of us, you’re probably stressing about which stores are going to have the best sale on Blu-rays, or being an introvert and cyber shopping the deals. Perhaps you’re stuffing your face, and hoping you can get drunk and pass out before your Mom begins asking you personal questions regarding your love life. When you Are done thanking life for not letting you contract an Std and all of that serious stuff, you should take some time to be thankful for those special scenes in horror that completely blew your mind. Today and tomorrow will be full of the various horror sites’ lists of horror films they’re thankful for, and well,… this list is no exception. What I wanted to do though, was not focus on just this year, »

- Natty

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Roddy Piper Leads Lovecraft Meets Carpenter-Like Short Film, Portal To Hell; Crowd-Funding Underway

26 November 2014 12:20 PM, PST

This is one crowd-funded venture that sounds like a horror lover’s dream. Director Vivieno Caldinelli (Picnicface), writer Matt Watts (Michael: Tuesdays and Thursdays), and WWE/They Live legend Roddy Piper are teaming up with Xyz’s Todd Brown (The Raid, ABCs Of Death), executive producer Andrew Rosen (Todd & The Book Of Pure Evil), and Astron-6’s  Steve Kostanski (Manborg!!) to bring horror lovers one hell  of a time, with the upcoming short film, Portal To Hell. Billed as “John Carpenter meets H.P. Lovecraft” (They had me at Carpenter), the short film is getting funded by the Harold Greenberg Fund and goes into production early next year, but the team behind it have launched a brand new Indiegogo campaign to turn the short into a feature film, and I for one am sold.

“Jack (Piper) is a simple man with simple needs. Mostly he just needs to be left alone to read his book. »

- Jerry Smith

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Icons Of Fright Interview With The Babadook Writer/Director Jennifer Kent!

26 November 2014 2:09 AM, PST

The Babadook came out of nowhere and blew the hell out of audiences during its festival run, leaving quite a mark on not only the genre, but in film in general. Taking the story of a woman and her son coming to terms with the loss of a loved one, and a creature let loose on them, the film deals with a lot of underlying themes such as depression, single parent child raising, and dealing with the monsters that can overtake you if you let them. The film was the feature debut from writer/director Jennifer Kent, a former actress now solely focused on being behind the camera, and rightfully so, she’s amazing at it. In no way does The Babadook come off like a first time filmmaker’s debut, it gives off such profound emotions and a tone that feels like the film was helmed by a seasoned director, »

- Jerry Smith

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Giveaway: Win A Free Dead Snow 2: Red Vs. Dead Bluray!!

25 November 2014 7:08 PM, PST

It’s that time again, when all of us at Icons of Fright do our best to bring you loyal readers a giveaway contest to win some free swag! The good folks at Well Go USA sent us a couple Bluray copies of Tommy Wirkola’s badass sequel to Dead Snow, aptly titled Dead Snow 2: Red Vs. Dead, and we’re stoked to give them to you fright fanatics! The film hits DVD/Bluray on December 9th, so our contest is going until December 7th, giving you readers enough time to send in your entries and get ready for a fun, blood soaked time!

“Martin (Vegar Hoel) hasn’t had the best vacation. He accidentally killed his girlfriend with an axe. He cut his own arm off with a chainsaw. And his friends Still got devoured by a battalion of Nazi Zombies. This morning, he woke up in a »

- Jerry Smith

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Anchor Bays Brings Demonic Possession Film The Atticus Institute To DVD/Bluray This January!!

25 November 2014 2:18 PM, PST

Great news for fans of the possession sub-genre. News from Anchor bay has dropped, regarding the DVD/Bluray release of  Buried writer, Chris Sparling’s The Atticus Institute, a demonic possession film produced by The Conjuring producer, Peter Safran. Anchor Bay is releasing the film on DVD/Bluray this coming January 20th and though it sounds a bit like The Quiet Ones, truth be told, it sounds like it could very well be an entertaining time.

“Dr. Henry West founded The Atticus Institute in the early 1970s to test individuals expressing supernatural abilities – E.S.P., clairvoyance, psychokinesis, etc. Despite witnessing several noteworthy cases, nothing could have prepared Dr. West and his colleagues for Judith Winstead. She outperformed every subject they had ever studied – soon gaining the attention of the U.S. Department of Defense, who subsequently took control of the research facility. The more experiments they conducted on Judith, the »

- Jerry Smith

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“Dream The Crow Black Dream”: Jerry’s Look Back At The Crow

25 November 2014 12:34 PM, PST

When something hits for me, it Hits. I’ve always been that way and I doubt that the fervor I have for everything I dig will ever lessen. That excitement, while having led me into a lot of great memories, have given me an equal amount of recent moments, full of wondering, “What the hell was I thinking?”. I recently experienced that feeling of embarrassment when showing my kids the greatness that is the 1994 Alex Proyas-directed masterpiece, The Crow.  It’s a film that holds up in every single way, never loses its charm and still packs a punch, but also recalls a time in my life when the then 13 year old version of myself wasn’t into the film, I was Obsessed with it. It led me to dig a little deeper into the memory that fades with time as you get older, and the experience of revisiting »

- Jerry Smith

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Review: Phobia

25 November 2014 11:00 AM, PST

Oh, Phobias. While all of us deal with them in one way or another, some fears are almost crippling, taking an individual over and refusing to let said individual live their normal life. Phobias are always ripe for cinematic dissection, and Rory Douglas Abel’s aptly titled Phobia does just that. Taking the more common than you’d think Agoraphobia and possibly injecting a supernatural element into it, the film isn’t perfect, but is entertaining enough.

Following a car accident that kills his wife, Jonathan MacKinlay (Michael Jefferson) is terrified of going outside and the idea of stepping foot into the outside world leaves him in full blown panic attack mode. His only contact with anyone comes from visits from his doctor, his best friend Taylor, and a delivery girl named Bree. While that might be enough for some, MacKinlay’s psyche continually gets worse, and following an attack »

- Jerry Smith

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Genre Ensemble Flick, Zombie Killers: Elephant’S Graveyard Hits DVD/Bluray This February!

24 November 2014 2:06 PM, PST

Good news for fans of the zombie subgenre. Harrison Smith’s genre star-filled Zombie Killers: Elephant’S Graveyard is getting the Anchor Bay treatment when it hits DVD/Bluray on February 3rd. The film, revolving around a group of young adults, trained by Billy Zane (Demon Night, Dead Calm) himself, looking to eradicate the zombie invasion features not only Zane, but Dee Wallace (The Howling, E.T., The Lords Of Salem), Mischa Barton (TV’s The O.C., L.A. Slasher), Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp, Satan’S Playground) and Brian Anthony Wilson (Law Abiding Citizen, Limitless).

“The rural town of Elwood has always been a “bubble” against the backdrop of an organism-based epidemic where infected humans don’t die, instead they roam to spread the infection in a grisly, horrific way. Those who escape must survive—by any means necessary. But at what price?

In the film, the “Zombie Killers” are a small band of young adults, »

- Jerry Smith

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Derek Botelho and The Cannibal Films of Bruno Mattei

24 November 2014 2:08 AM, PST

“My public wants one thing, and that’s blood, asshole!” shouts Grace Forsyte, a hard-nosed reporter with Tvn, whose program has seen a drop in the ratings, putting her show into hiatus. To put herself back on top, Grace gathers a team to go deep into the Amazon to capture the cannibalistic natives for a new and shocking program for the network. Grace and her team are so desperate for ratings they even go so far as to stage scenes of destruction and violence, only to have it visited upon them in reality. Released in 2004, Mondo Cannibal is a cheap, and frankly, poorly made attempt to shock an audience into being entertained. The biggest problem is, there’s nothing new here. The film is a near remake of Cannibal Holocaust, the legendarily banned and heavily censored film from Ruggero Deodato made twenty five years before Bruno Mattei (credited as Vincent Dawn »

- Jerry Smith

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