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Scream Factory/IFC Midnight Gets Psychological and Creepy with June Bluray/DVD release of The Abandoned

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I tend to really enjoy the majority of the films that are released through the Scream Factory/IFC Midnight partnership. Sure the Scream Factory releases alone are worthy of fanaticism, but it’s just as fun to get up and coming indie horror films to check out as well. Case in point: The June 7th Bluray/DVD release of the Louisa Krause/Jacon Patric-led psychological horror film The Abandoned. I’ve liked a good amount of films featuring Krause (Martha Marcy May Marlene is a favorite of mine) and well, who doesn’t want to see Jason Patric do more genre films?

Desperate to get her life back on track, the unstable Streak (Louisa Krause, Martha Marcy May Marlene) takes a job as a security guard, working the graveyard shift at a once upscale, now abandoned apartment complex. But on her first night on duty, she discovers a horrifying presence »

- Jerry Smith

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Review: Scherzo Diabolico

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What is the mark of an impactful and connecting film? Is it the situation that you can see yourself in? Is it the actions and results that you go through with the characters? Is it the characters that you see yourself in? Perhaps it is simply the score and soundtrack that remind you of a point in your life. For writer and director Adrian Garcia Bogliano (Here Comes The Devil, Late Phases), it is all of the above with his latest film Scherzo Diabolico.

Many film reviewers never really discuss how a film personally affects them. For me, a lot of the time it helps me to decide whether or not I want to talk or review the project. For the film artist that Bogliano is, several of his films have connected with me for a number of reasons over the years. His film, Here Comes The Devil, addresses neglect »

- Jay Kay

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Trailer for Jill Gevargizian’s Short Film The Stylist Hits Internet; Premiering At Etheria Film Night This June!

3 May 2016 2:08 PM, PDT

The trailer to director Jill Gevargizian’s short film The Stylist has made its way online (courtesy of Sixx Tape and The Line Film Co.) and the Najarra Townsend (Contracted) and Jennifer Plas-led film looks like a lot of fun.  Set to have its world premiere at Etheria Film Night on June 11 at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica, CA., Gevargizian, along with star Townsend, screenwriter Eric Havens, editor John Pata, and others will be on hand to premiere the film. The Stylist is one of only 9 short films selected to screen at their main event. All of us at Icons of Fright love Gevargizian’s work, so we’re pretty excited to check this one out!

Jill “Sixx” Gevargizian is a director and producer from Kansas City, Missouri. Much like the protagonist in her new film, she has been a hairstylist for over 10 years. Her directorial debut, a »

- Jerry Smith

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Giveaway – The Boy Prize Pack (Shirt, Candle, Bluray)!

3 May 2016 1:42 PM, PDT

We loved William Brent Bell’s film The Boy (review up this week!), and the good folks over at Universal thought it would be nice to see if you fright fanatics would too. We’ve partnered up with Universal to give out (2) prize packs for the creepy doll film (now on Digital HD and hitting Bluray/DVD/VOD on May 10th),  each one containing a Bluray/Digital HD copy of the scarefest, along with a t-shirt and special candle.

From Lakeshore Entertainment (Exorcism of Emily Rose and The Underworld Franchise) and Stx Entertainment (The Gift, Secret in Their Eyes), the film is a frightening thrill ride directed by William Brent Bell (The Devil Inside) and starring Lauren Cohan (“The Walking Dead”).

Greta (Cohan) is a young American woman who takes a job as a nanny in a remote English village. She soon discovers that the family’s 8-year-old is a »

- Jerry Smith

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Wait, What?!…Puppet Master Remake Announced; Bone Tomahawk Director Pens Script

2 May 2016 6:56 PM, PDT

This bit of news is something I didn’t expect to find in my inbox last night. It appears that during the recent Texas Frightmare convention, it was announced that a remake/re-imagining of Charles Band’s Puppet Master series was in the works, with Bone Tomahawk writer/director S. Craig Zahler penning the script. Partnering up for the production of Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich, are Di Bonaventura Pictures (1408, Transformers) and Caliber Media (Dark Was The Night, Some Kind Of Hate), which makes the announcement even that much more interesting than the possibility of Zahler writing it already was. The Full Moon series, which has spent years giving fans killer dolls and one of the most interestingly odd doses of continuity around, is something I don’t mind seeing reinterpreted by Zahler, with a fresh perspective. I think it’s safe to say that the writer/director did »

- Jerry Smith

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