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John Carpenter’s Lost Themes gets futuristic with”Night” Music Video!

16 April 2015 1:00 PM, PDT

If you’re a fan of John Carpenter’s legendary film work (how could you Not be?), then chances are, you’re equally a fan of his musical endeavors as well. The master of horror behind such classic films such as Halloween, The Thing, The Fog and countless others has provided many of his films with synth-heavy music, all of which became instantly unforgettable and staples in horror fans’ ears. Earlier this year, John unleashed Lost Themes, an album of tracks for films that were never made (on Sacred Bones Records), and like every other bit of music Carpenter has made, the album has already turned ears on from fans and even newcomers to the director/musician.

Today, io9.com premiered the Gavin Hignight/Ben Verhulst-directed music video for “Night“, which is easily my favorite track off of Lost Themes. It’s a futuristic video that features Carpenter going »

- Jerry Smith

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Exclusive: Premiere Of Ghostlight/Ladykiller Director Jeff Ferrell’s “White Roses” Music Video

16 April 2015 12:39 PM, PDT

Jeff Ferrell is one busy man. Having directed the very entertaining haunted theater film Ghostlight (review) writing a book of ghost stories (this year’s The Book of Whispering Spirits) recently finished directing his followup film, Ladykiller, Ferrell also had the time to put out a new album as well. The self proclaimed “gothic acoustic” album, Color In The Black, is a mix of 14 haunting songs with a very dark yet melancholia-laden feeling to them.

A friend to Icons of Fright, Ferrell gave us the exclusive premiere of “White Roses“, the brand new music video for the track from Color In The Black, and like a lot of Jeff’s work, it deals with death and the romantic elements of the supernatural.

 

“Color in the Black” is now available on CD Baby (http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/jeffferrell), iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/color-in-the-black/id894275946) and Amazon (http://www. »

- Jerry Smith

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Horror/Romance Hybrid Spring Gets New Artwork, DVD/Bluray Release Date

15 April 2015 10:56 PM, PDT

It’s no secret that all of us at Icons of Fright loved Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead’s horror/romance hybrid of a gem, Spring (review). The filmmaking duo not only caught people off guard with their previous film, Resolution, but gave audiences one of the most interesting and unique films in a long time with the Lou Taylor Pucci (Evil Dead)-led Spring, and gathered acclaim for the completely entertaining and heartfelt film. It’s no surprise that Drafthouse Films swooped in the acquire the film, and now courtesy of Drafthouse, along with filmbuff and Anchor Bay, the love and monster tale is set to hit shelves, when Spring makes its DVD/Bluray debut this coming June 2nd. Complete with brand new artwork, the film will be available in DVD as well as a Best Buy exclusive Bluray on that date, then will hit other stores beginning August 11th. »

- Jerry Smith

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Bluray Review: The Babadook

14 April 2015 10:32 PM, PDT

The film that made countless best of 2014 lists (including mine) hits DVD/Bluray today, courtesy of the new partnership between the folks at Scream Factory and IFC Midnight…that’s right, Jennifer Kent’s greatly entertaining film, The Babadook. Available in a regular edition, as well as a limited pop-up cover Bluray edition that resembles the book itself, some have asked whether or not the Sf/IFC partnership would include the special features that many of Scream Factory’s releases have carried, and the answer is…well, read on!

 

The Film:

When it comes to fresh, exciting and smart horror, Jennifer Kent’s feature debut is one that easily lives up the hype it gathered throughout festivals and an impressive theatrical run in 2014. The story of a woman and her troubled son, dealing with loss and unable to properly mourn and cope, is such an entertaining and visual treat. Essie Davis »

- Jerry Smith

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Icons of Fright Interview With From The Dark Director Conor McMahon and Star Niamh Algar!!

14 April 2015 4:04 PM, PDT

Conor McMahon’s horror/comedy Stitches hit genre lovers hard, quickly becoming a fan favorite and giving horror lovers a character that would actually warrant a franchise, given the right sequel. Instead of playing it safe and making another horror/comedy, McMahon returned with From The Dark (out on DVD/Bluray now via Dark Sky Films), a film that gives viewers one terrifying and intense ride, focusing on a couple being stranded and facing some pretty gnarly creatures/elements.

McMahon, along with the film’s star, Niamh Algar, was nice enough to chat with Icons of Fright about From The Dark, as well as a possibility of a Stitches sequel. Read on!

 

From The Dark is quite the departure from Stitches, and it really shows how well you can tackle multiple types of films. What inspired you to tell this particular story?

Conor: I think having made Stitches I was »

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Bluray Review: Class Of 1984

13 April 2015 5:16 PM, PDT

Mark L. Lester’s 1982 cautionary tale, Class Of 1984, makes its Bluray debut and takes the cake as far as Scream Factory’s recent releases go, easily being the most entertaining and definitely a must-own for any collectors of not only cult cinema but great films in general. Not only does the teachers vs. students classic look absolutely gorgeous in HD, but is also given the Sf treatment, with brand new interviews filled to the brim with stories and entertaining docs.

The Film:

What makes Class Of 1984 so entertaining, is not only its entertainment value, but also how dead on the film was about the condition of schools and events that would eventually become a reality. Telling the tale of Perry King’s Andy Norris character, an idealistic teacher still in love with teaching music to students, the film starts on Andy’s first day as a teacher at Lincoln High. »

- Jerry Smith

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Giveaway – Win A Bluray Copy Of Echoes!!

13 April 2015 3:55 PM, PDT

Nils Timm’s supernatural thriller Echoes hit DVD/Bluray today, and to celebrate the film’s release, we’ve got two Blurays of the film to give to a couple of lucky readers, courtesy of Anchor Bay. The film is a pretty entertaining ride, and filled to the brim with enough twists and turns to keep you guessing (review soon). We’re stoked to give a couples copies away, so feel free to enter!

Struggling with horrifying, sleep-paralysis induced visions, Anna (French), a young writer, retreats with her boyfriend (Brand) to an isolated yet beautiful glass house in the desert. Hoping that the desert vistas surrounding her will spur her creative juices, she welcomes the opportunity to stay behind when her boyfriend must return to the city for urgent business.

However, Anna’s sleep paralysis does not abate, despite the calming environment. And now, her attacks are accompanied by a mysterious figure, »

- Jerry Smith

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Bluray Review: Carrie (2002)/The Rage: Carrie 2 (1999) Double Feature

12 April 2015 5:39 PM, PDT

Scream Factory gives a double dose of telekinetic angst and revenge with the double feature of 2002’s Bryan Fuller (TV’s Hannibal)-scripted TV adaption of Carrie and 1999’s The Rage: Carrie 2, which is a sequel to the original 1976 film version of Stephen King’s novel. Done scratching your heads in confusion? We took a look at the double feature, and the big question of whether or not to pass or purchase this one might be on your mind, but unless you’re a hardcore fan of one or both films, you might want to opt out of this one in exchange for Sf’s Class Of 1984 or The Babadook releases (also coming out on 4/14)

Carrie (2002)

Taking more of a cue from the source material of King’s novel and not the De Palma film, 2002’s Carrie suffers a bit from a few different things, most notably the »

- Jerry Smith

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