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Review: Halo Nightfall

3 hours ago

Making a film adaption of a popular video game series can be somewhat of a tricky endeavor. When you already have a set fanbase expecting the elements of the games translated perfectly into film form, the chance of making a successful one is more time than not, a disappointment. Unfortunately, such is the case with the Ridley Scott-produced Halo: Nightfall, a series put together into a film that just simply fails at capturing any of the wonderful parts and experiences that come with playing the Halo series.

Taking place in the future (even within the series), a peace treaty has been made between the Spartans and those damned aliens trying to ruin everything left and right, Nightfall introduces Locke, a brand new character that will eventually play a larger role in the upcoming video games, but even with that addition to the roster of characters, the film just doesn’t really go anywhere. »

- Jerry Smith

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Beyond Fright Interview With The Wrecking Crew Director Denny Tedasco!!

15 hours ago

If you haven’t had a chance to check out Denny Tedesco’s The Wrecking Crew, then you should stop everything you are doing and watch it right this minute. This film goes above and beyond what you would expect in a documentary, and contains the perfect mixture of music, interviews, and photographs to tell the story of a group of talented musicians that made musical history, and will forever be known as The Wrecking Crew. Recently, I had a chance to sit down and talk to the Director, Denny Tedesco, as he tells us all about this must see film, his father, Tommy Tedesco, and of course, how he put this amazing documentary together.

 

How did the idea for The Wrecking Crew documentary come about?

Well, I’ve always had the idea of doing something about my Dad and his friends, I was into film making, I have always been into film, »

- Natty

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Review: It Follows

15 hours ago

There comes a time that we all fear as movie fans–that moment when you actually sit down to watch a film that either you, or the media, has been hyping up in your head. The premise of It Follows is somewhat preposterous at first mention: On their second date, Jay and Hugh have sex. Afterwards, he chloroforms her (you know, like all the best dates probably end) and she wakes up tied to a wheelchair. Hugh informs Jay that he’s passed onto her a sort of curse in which an entity, which can take on any human form, will relentlessly pursue her until it either kills her or she passes the curse onto someone else by sleeping with them. If the person she passes it onto is killed by their pursuer, the curse reverts back to her again. Initially, Jay’s sister and friends don’t believe there truly is anything after her, »

- Josh Soriano

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XLrator Media Acquires Sci-Fi Thriller Time Lapse; Hitting theaters/VOD May 15th!!

26 March 2015 2:15 PM, PDT

This one sounds like a lot of fun, so I figured I’d let you crazy fright fanatics know about XLrator Media’s acquisition and release plans for the Danielle Panabaker-led SciFi thriller Time Lapse. I love me some Sci-Fi, and I also am typically on board with the majority of titles XLrator puts out, so it sounds like a win-win, right?

The directorial debut from Bradley King, “Time Lapse explores the possibilities of time travel through a machine that is capable of taking pictures 24 hours into the future. When three friends discover this mysterious machine in their neighbor’s apartment, they encounter a number of pressing questions, not least of which is the whereabouts of their neighbor. Realizing the potential impact of the machine, Finn (Matt O’Leary), Jasper (George Finn), and Callie (Danielle Panabaker) attempt to cash in on their discovery. But, when a dangerous criminal learns their secret, »

- Jerry Smith

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Scream Factory Gives Horror Lovers Two Creature Double Features This May!!

26 March 2015 1:51 PM, PDT

In the words of the great Samuel L. Jackson: “Hold onto your butts”. Always known to please genre fans, whether they be the Halloween types of the more obscure genre films like Exterminators Of The Year 3000, it’s safe to say the gang at Sf know their audience and kick ass giving fans fun and exciting releases. Coming this May 26th, Scream Factory is not only release one creature feature double feature, but Two, with the release of Food Of The Gods / Frogs and Empire Of The Ants / Jaws Of Satan. I don’t know about you fright fanatics, but the news of these releases gives me one hell of a grin. Each double feature set includes an H.G. Wells adaption, along with another creature film to wet your whistle for days.

The Food Of The Gods

Legendary director Bert I. Gordon (The Amazing Colossal Man, Attack of the Puppet People »

- Jerry Smith

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Schwarzenegger Shows Dramatic Chops in Trailer For Zombie Film Maggie!!

25 March 2015 3:38 PM, PDT

 I don’t know about fright fanatics, but I have loved every film Schwarzenegger has made after coming out of acting retirement. Sure, The Escape Plan was “eh”, but everything else, right up my alley. I’m absolutely in love with the idea of Arnold fronting a drama, this one (Maggie) being about a man (played by Schwarzenegger) stuck in post apocalyptic USA with a zombie invasion in full effect, trying to save his daughter (Abigail Breslin), who is unfortunately slowly turning into one of the undead herself. While this whole concept of a loved one becoming a zombie could quite easily head into cheesy fare (Life After Beth), judging from the trailer for Maggie, the laughs are absent, and Arnold plays the role very subtlety, something I for one, am looking forward to. What do you fright fanatics think? Will you be seeing this one, when it hits theaters »

- Jerry Smith

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Bad Guys Gets Their Comeuppance In New Trailer/Poster For Evangeline!!

23 March 2015 5:29 PM, PDT

This one should be called “I Spit On Your Crow”, because judging from the poster and trailer for Evangeline, it really gives off the hybrid of a rape revenge film but with a dark and supernatural vibe. Personally, I’m all about revenge films, and this one looks like it bypasses all of the cliche-filled elements that typically fill these kinds of films. The gang at Uncork’d Entertainment is set to unleash the horror thriller on VOD beginning May 8th, with the DVD release coming just a month later, on June 9th. Check out the new trailer and poster for Evangeline and sound off! Will you checking this one out? I know I’ll be.

Evangeline Pullman (Kat de Lieva) has just escaped her sheltered upbringing to reinvent herself in college. As she begins to break out of her shell, she attracts the attention of a violent fraternity leader »

- Jerry Smith

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Benson, Moorhead Talk Spring/Future Films With Icons Of Fright!!

23 March 2015 3:36 AM, PDT

There isn’t much that can be said regarding the directing duo of Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead. Since they arrived on the scene with one hell of a debut, Resolution, the buzz has continually grown around the duo, and well, it’s all been well deserved. Easily two of the most talented storytellers in the genre, they’ve now returned with Spring (review), which is one of the best romantic horror films ever created, and quite easily my favorite film of the year thus far. Always accommodating, Benson & Moorhead were both nice enough to chat with Icons of Fright for a bit, regarding Spring, and their next project as well. Read on, and be sure to check out Spring, which is not in theaters/VOD/iTunes!

Moorhead:  Hey! Good moring Jerry.

Icons: How’s it going guys?

Moorhead: It’s going good.

Sorry if I’m a bit behind, my »

- Jerry Smith

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V/H/S Star Hannah Fierman Joins Cast of Crowdfunded Film Events Surrounding A Peeping Tom & The Horror That Followed!

23 March 2015 2:05 AM, PDT

The scariest part of the first V/H/S film was easily the performance of Hannah Fierman, the infamous “I Like You” girl in the “Amateur Night” segment. Ever sense viewing that segment, I have been absolutely interested in what Fierman has been up to, project wise, and news has come our way that she has officially joined the cast of Events Surrounding A Pepper Tom & The Horror That Follows, a psychological thriller being crowdfunded via Kickstarter as you read this.

The buzz on the film has been growing at quite the rapid pace, with Spring Breakers and the upcoming Holidays horror anthology producer Brian James Fitzpatrick handling the productions ditues and and all practical FX extravagaza being planned by the Emmy nominated Jeremy Selenfriend (Boardwalk Empire, Chernobyl Diaries, The Blacklist, Netflix’s Daredevil) and his FX house, Monster in My Closet to get this thing done right!

The Events »

- Jerry Smith

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