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Icons of Fright Q&A With Northmen – A Viking Saga Star/Amon Amarth-Vocalist Johan Hegg!!

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Northmen – A Viking Saga is making its theatrical and digital HD run this week (it also hits VOD and DVD/Bd on August 11th), and it’s quite the action film, filled to the brim with Viking fights, tough as hell villains/heroes and is as entertaining as action films get. We thought it would be fun to ask Johan Hegg, who not only plays the Viking Valli in the film, but is also the frontman to the influential metal band Amon Amarth, a few questions regarding the film and his career in general. Read on!

 

You’ve had a successful career as a musician, what inspired you to do the same with acting?

The reason I decided to try acting is simply that I got the question to be in this movie. I guess I’ve always had a dream of trying acting but I never thought about pursuing that dream, »

- Jerry Smith

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“Another Hero Gone”: Jerry Remembers Roddy Piper

31 July 2015 9:46 PM, PDT

I’m sitting here, still shocked by the news of Roddy Piper’s passing. It hit harder than I would expect, because it reminded me of childhood, and how so much of mine was filled with Piper. Sitting down with my older brother,  we would watch every WWF pay-per-view event, and with  how much of my time was spent watching his larger than life personality, it felt like I knew him. He was my hero.

I also grew up adoring John Carpenter films, so when They Live came out, it was the perfect combination of two of my biggest loves: Carpenter and Piper. I missed out on catching it on the big screen (why, I don’t know, I was a cinephile from an early age), but my father made sure we were at the video store the day the film hit VHS, and when the doors opened, we were »

- Jerry Smith

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Fantasia Film Fest review: The Demolisher

31 July 2015 5:06 PM, PDT

There’s a level of accomplishment that very few films are able to pull  off: being able to be striking and effective without having to rely on continual dialogue. These days, the typical audience member tends to put their money and attention towards films that are fast-paced and have a lack of room to breathe, and to be completely honest, it’s both upsetting and unfortunate. When films come along and put a mood or tone above the typicality of what usually gets put in front of you, it’s a special moment, and one that should be celebrated.   It’s with that refreshing approach that we’re given Gabriel Carrer’s The Demolisher, a film that is able to bring you in for an aggressive and brutal, yet at times quiet ride.

Following a trio of characters: Bruce (Ry Barrett, The Drownsman, Kingdom Come) a man full of rage »

- Jerry Smith

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El Rey’s From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series Returns This August; New Faces Along For the Ride

30 July 2015 7:04 PM, PDT

The first season of From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series was full of unexpected twists, making the show stand on its own, venturing far off from the Robert Rodriguez film it was based on. It’s was definitely an interesting debut season,which from we were recently sent via El Rey, will be taken into even crazier places when the show returns for its second season on August 25th.

Returning this season are stars D.J. Cotrona (G.I. Joe: Retaliation); Zane Holtz (7 Minutes, The Perks of Being a Wallflower); Jesse Garcia (Quinceañera, “Sons of Anarchy“); Eiza González (“Amores Verdaderos“); Wilmer Valderrama (“That ’70s Show,” To Whom It May Concern); Madison Davenport (Noah, “Shameless“); Brandon Soo Hoo (Tropic Thunder, Ender’s Game, Incredible Crew) and Jake Busey (Contact). Bringing some new characters to the show, season two will also feature Esai Morales (La Bamba), Jeff Fahey (Grindhouse, Body Parts), Briana Evigan (The Devil’S Carnival, »

- Jerry Smith

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Kurt Russell, Refn and An Impressive First Wave of Programming Coming to This Year’s Fantastic Fest!!

30 July 2015 2:14 PM, PDT

Fantastic Fest is one hell of a film festival. Each year, the lineups are impressive and entertaining, the events are fun, and there’s just something wild and unpredictable about the Austin, TX-based Fest. Making sure that this year’s upcoming Ff (running from September 24 – October 1, 2015) isn’t going to disappoint whatsoever, the lineup and a small tease of some of the events have been announced, and whether it’s the appearance of Kurt Russell, Nicolas Winding Refn signing his hardcover book full of his exploitation movie posters, or a very impressive first wave of film programming, this year is going to be one for the books, and you can count on Icons of Fright being there, bringing you coverage of the whole festival!

 

One of the many highlights of today’s announcement is what was said to be “a special Mondo Gallery event and programming series curated by filmmaker »

- Jerry Smith

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Exclusive Clip From Thriller My Stepdaughter; Devilish Film Hits Digital HD/VOD August 1st

29 July 2015 7:45 PM, PDT

We love us some evil children horror, now don’t we? Well thanks to the gang at MarVista Digital Entertainment, we’ve got an Exclusive clip from the upcoming My Stepdaughter, a film that not only pits a jealous stepdaughter against her stepmom, but also features Icons of Fright favorite Ava Acres (At The Devil’S Door, the upcoming Holidays) in a supporting role as well. The film hits Digital HD and VOD on August 1st, so until then, feel free to check out this clip, as well as the film’s trailer!

My Stepdaughter follows Jill (Emmanuelle Vaugier, “Mistresses”), a recently remarried woman trying to connect with her teenage stepdaughter Casey (Niki Koss, “Girl on the Edge”) while raising her own young daughter, Lydia (Ava Acres). Secretive, with a penchant for dark clothes and black make-up, Casey tries her best to create a rift between her dad and Jill. »

- Jerry Smith

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Fantasia Film Fest review: Bite

29 July 2015 7:40 PM, PDT

Within the last few years, the body-horror/”we make poor decisions and our bodies begin to fall apart” subgenre has seen somewhat of a boom, with films like Contracted and Antiviral really doing great jobs at putting our bodies under the microscope. Like most genre hits (whether critical or fan-loved) though, when you get one or two fresh and original takes on an idea, you typically tend to get a few that after watching, just seem like a highlight reel of films you’ve already seen. It’s that unfortunate reality that Chad Archibald’s Bite falls into.  A film that fails to get the viewer interested and ultimately pays the price, with giving its audience more of the same.

The film opens with a trio of women vacationing in Costa Rica, with the intent to party it up one last time before one of them gets married. Casey (Elma Begovic) has cold feet, »

- Jerry Smith

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Lionsgate Sends Road Trip Gone Wrong Flick Eaters To DVD This October!!

29 July 2015 5:26 PM, PDT

Five kids wanting to have a fun as hell road trip and it ending up being filled with the kids running for their lives. Not the most original setup for a horror film, but hey, if you’re like me, you’ll give anything a chance or two, and Lionsgate’s upcoming Eaters (hitting DVD October 6th) looks like it could put a little bit of fun into that familiar formula.

Five friends embark on an epic road trip, but when one friend disappears at a rest stop, their search brings them face to face with a violent biker gang. After a narrow escape from death, their nightmare goes from bad to spine-chilling when they find themselves being stalked in an abandoned town.

Eaters stars Marcelle Bowman (Last Days), Robert Dean (Jim), Jonathan Haltiwanger (TV’s “Street Behavior“) and Hannah Risinger (TV’s “Dead of Night“).

 

(the film was previously titled Folklore, »

- Jerry Smith

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Bousman/Zdunich Unleash Heaven Vs. Hell Musical Sequel Alleluia! The Devil’S Carnival; U.S. Tour begins August 11th in La

29 July 2015 11:50 AM, PDT

Fans of of both Repo: The Genetic Opera and The Devil’S Carnival can belt out high notes of joy, with the announcement of Alleluia! The Devil’S Carnival, the sequel to Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw 2, The Barrens) and Terrance Zdunich’s 2012 musical. The film, which stars  Emilie Autumn, Tech N9ne (!), Adam Pascal and Paul Sorvino, as well as David Hasselhoff and Ted Neeley features music again written by composer/actor Zdunich.

Much like the Repo and the first Devil’S Carnival film, Alleluia! will kick off a U.S. tour, beginning with its August 8th premiere in L.A., before hitting the road for an all out, heaven vs. hell extravaganza that only Bousman and Zdunich could pull off with such gusto. We’ll be speaking with Bousman later this week regarding Alleluia!, so look forward to that, but in the meantime, grab your grease paint, warm up your »

- Jerry Smith

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Burt and Those Damned Graboids are back in Tremors 5: Bloodlines…with Jamie Kennedy

28 July 2015 3:28 PM, PDT

If you’ve seen any of the film in the Tremors series, then chances are that you already know what’s in store with this one (and that isn’t a bad thing). The series has always been a fun one, and while none of the sequels have full captured the magic of the Kevin Bacon-led original film, each of the sequels had their own unique personalities. Heading to a DVD/Bluray/Digital combo-pack this October 6th, Universal’s latest installment, Tremors 5: Bloodlines, looks to have returning hero Burt (Michael Gross) partner up with Randy himself, Jamie Kennedy, in an adventure that leads them to Africa to face some vicious creatures.

The stakes are raised for survivalist Burt Gummer (Michael Gross) in his most dangerous monster hunt yet. When Gummer’s hired to capture a deadly Assblaster terrorizing South Africa, he and his new sidekick, Travis Welker (Jamie Kennedy »

- Jerry Smith

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Review: Horsehead

28 July 2015 3:08 PM, PDT

I’m more than certain that there have been many instances in which a horror film auteur experiences horrible disappointment when they have high expectations going into a film they’ve never seen before.  It has happened to us all at one point or another with a number of different factors contributing; whether it’s the overhyping of a film by critics and/or word of mouth from other fans, or the act of diving head first into something completely foreign and unknown. There’s always a matter of risk anytime you sit in front of a new movie and one could arguably say that sometimes the sole over-expectation of it to deliver can take away from what the experience ultimately could have been when the dissatisfaction sets in. Then there are those films that we happen to pick up at the local rental kiosk on a whim or find »

- Leonel VHS

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Icons of Fright talks to Felt Director Jason Banker and Star/Co-Writer Amy Everson

27 July 2015 4:18 PM, PDT

Jason Banker’s Felt is now in theaters and is a film that screams to be watched. Revolving around a victim of rape and the psychological damage she goes through and the various ways she copes with it, the film is quite easily one of the best of the year. Banker, along with the film’s star (and co-writer) Amy Everson were nice enough to chat with Icons of Fright about the film and what led them to make it. Read on!

 

I found Felt to be incredibly interesting. I was wondering how it all came to be?

Jason – For me I’m kind of always looking for people that inspire me, in general. The way that I make films I never really start with a script I kind of start with a person or group of people. So, when I met Amy, randomly, at a club in San Francisco »

- Jerry Smith

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Bluray Review: Island Of Death

27 July 2015 3:57 PM, PDT

The Film

As a horror fan and budding collector back in the heydays of the original television broadcasts of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and when Erasure and Depeche Mode were at the height of their popularity in the United States, I would spend many a free afternoon with my nose stuck in books courtesy of my high school’s public library researching fright films as much as I could. I was a sheltered child and wasn’t allowed to talk about – much less watch – them at home as it was strictly forbidden. With no alternative but to discover and cultivate what would soon become a full-time passion outside the realm of my father’s house, I soon came across a large book in the entertainment section thanks to the card catalog that would introduce me to a term that would change the way I would see horror films forever: »

- Leonel VHS

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Horror Real Estate: 8 Places Horror Films Have Taught Us Not To Live In

27 July 2015 3:42 PM, PDT

There’s something eerie and foreboding about the towns, cities and locations of the following films that our own Joshua Soriano sent us. While a lot of horror films focus on people and events, these films, for one reason or another embodies their horror in their locale’s as well. I love this list, and think that you fright fanatics will too. Read on!-Jerry

 

Salem’s Lot, Maine – Salem’S Lot

Sure the real estate prices are good, especially when it comes to decaying mansions on hilltops, but Salem’s Lot (formally know as Jerusalem’s Lot) may be a bit of a let down as far as nightlife goes. One would assume it’s hard to enjoy a night on the town when Mr. Barlow is stalking the streets and turning everyone, including children, into bloodthirsty vampires that interupt your r.e.m. cycle by scratching on your windows. »

- Josh Soriano

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Giallo Homage The Editor Finds Its Way To DVD/Bluray This September Via Scream Factory!!

27 July 2015 2:50 PM, PDT

For those who are familiar with the imaginative and very talented Astron-6 gang (filmmakers Matthew Kennedy, Adam Brooks, Conor Sweeney, Steven Kostanski and Jeremy Gillespie), the next logical step in their repertoire of films (having previously tackled Father’S Day and Manborg) would be to try their hand at paying homage to the Giallo subgenre of horror, and they’re doing just that with The Editor, which is set to make its DVD/Bluray debut on September 8th, courtesy of Scream Factory.  The film that has one hell of an impressive cast (including Udo Keir and American Mary‘s Tristan Risk) follows a once famed film editor, trapped in a mysterious series of murders.

Rey Ciso (Adam Brooks) was once the greatest editor the world had ever seen. Since a horrific accident left him with four wooden fingers on his right hand, he’s had to resort to cutting pulp films and trash pictures. »

- Jerry Smith

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Fantasia Film Fest Review: Some Kind Of Hate

26 July 2015 11:57 PM, PDT

Bullying has been an absolute virus, steadily grown throughout our nation’s schools within the last decade. Whether it be over the way a kid looks, the type of music he listens to, or hell, just because he exists, the fact is that it’s grown to astronomical proportions, and it’s only a matter of time before those kids strike back. When that does happen, we end up with tragedies such as the ones we’ve had to shockingly endure, like Columbine. The pain, rage and embarrassment of being a bullied teenager has very rarely been addressed in cinema, and when it has, even That was neutered (the “pg-13″ cuts of the documentary Bully) . With all of that said, it was only a matter of time before a film, genre or not, would be made, one that takes a brutally honest look at the idea of being bullied, fighting back, »

- Jerry Smith

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