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It’S Not Naughty, It’S Guilty: How Santa Claus Ruins The Scares For Christmas Horror
3 December 2013 1:54 PM, PST
I hate Christmas. Call me Scrooged until you’re blue in the face, but I think the entire Christmas season can take a jolly ole sleigh ride fa-la-la-la-far the Hell away from me. Now that radio stations are playing Bing Crosby on repeat and we’re pretending to actually find joy in a weather change that causes people to magically forget how to operate a motor vehicle, horror fans have started clambering for movies that remain festive but can help wash the merry stench of fire roasting chestnuts off their palate.
Yuletide horror comes in two forms. We have horror that takes place on or around Christmas like Gremlins and Black Christmas, and we have “Christmas Horror” films like Silent Night, Deadly Night, Santa Claus Conquers The Martians, and Santa’S Slay. It would appear that these two different classifications have also created a divide in the way fans appreciate these films. »
- BJ Colangelo
Fan Commentary – Icons Rob G & Aj Bowen on Silent Night Deadly Night 2!
3 December 2013 8:54 AM, PST
Greetings Fright fans! As our devoted readers know, something we’ve done here on the site for the last several years is arrange and record what we refer to as “pirate commentaries,” commentary tracks that you can’t find on DVD or Blu-Ray releases or anywhere else for that matter! You can hit up our Pirate Commentary page Right Here for tracks on the original Fright Night, Child’S Play, Nightwing and Halloween 6: The Curse Of Michael Myers! But since it’s December, we decided to do a holiday themed one just for the fun of it!
Icons Of Fright is proud to present a “fan commentary” for Silent Night Deadly Night Part 2 featuring Icons Of Fright co-creator Rob Galluzzo (aka Rob G) and Icons friend/actor extraordinaire Aj Bowen. (The Sacrament, You’Re Next, The House Of The Devil, The Signal) Sure, neither of us have anything to do with this movie. »
- Rob Galluzzo
Happy 30th To Michael Jackson’s Thriller!
2 December 2013 7:22 PM, PST
Greetings, fiends! I was skimming through today’s batch of articles on FEARnet (my full time day job) and read this fantastic retrospective by Gregory Burkart on Michael Jackson’s Thriller. The long form music video/short film directed by John Landis actually premiered on MTV on this date, December 2nd 30 whole years ago! Whew! How many of you out there are old enough to remember that? How many of you youngans are scratching your heads?
It got me thinking – I’ve told the story of how my love of the horror genre began many, many times, both here on various posts on Icons Of Fright and I’ve given hints of it on my weekly GeekNation produced podcast Killer Pov. As far back as I can remember, I always had a fascination and love of the old black and white Universal Monster movies, the Wolf Man and Creature being my personal faves. »
- Rob Galluzzo
Beneath Rising To The Surface On Blu-ray From Scream Factory!
2 December 2013 6:18 PM, PST
In addition to releasing our favorite cult classics of yesteryear, Scream Factory has been lining up a nice slate of new independent features from Chiller Films that are certainly worth your attention. Just a couple of months ago they released the anthology Chilling Visions: 5 Senses Of Fear, Steven Niles’ Remains, Dead Souls, and now Larry Fessenden’s creature feature, Beneath!
Scream has announced a Blu-ray & DVD release due in 2014, and you can get an advanced look at the cover and reverse art below!
When a group of young friends commemorating their high school graduation take a trip to the remote Black Lake, their celebration turns into a nightmare with the sudden appearance of a bloodthirsty, underwater predator. Stuck in a leaking boat with no oars, the teens face the ultimate tests of friendship and sacrifice during a terror-stricken fight for survival.
- Justin Edwards
Beyond Fright – “I Was At Nirvana Unplugged…”
1 December 2013 8:44 PM, PST
I’ve got a confession to make. When I was about 17 years old, I was at MTV’s live taping of Nirvana’s now legendary Unplugged performance. I didn’t realize at the time just how important this gig would end up being, both for the band and for pop culture music history in general. I was just so happy I finally got to see my favorite band live for what would be the third of three consecutive times in a single week. About a year ago, Icons Of Fright co-creator Michael Cucinotta pointed me over to a Reddit threat where a Nirvana fan was asking a series of questions for anyone that was actually there for this monumental performance. It’s a rarity that I get to talk about the whole experience. It just doesn’t come up in regular daily conversation, so I decided to log on, »
- Rob Galluzzo