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Awesome Poster Debut For Drafthouse Films’ Bloody and Wild Film, Why Don’T You Play In Hell?

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Let’s just start this out with a simple statement: See This Movie. Sion Sono’s Cold Fish was one genuinely unforgettable experience and now his followup, Why Don’T You Play In Hell? is set to make viewers’ eyes open even wider than before. A complete homage to 35mm action films, Why Don’T You Play In Hell? made quite the impression at last year’s Fantastic Fest and was quickly acquired by the gang over at Drafthouse Films, who is making quite the name for themselves by releasing films that challenge the genres that they fall into. The Yakuza-based action film recalls some very Tarantino-esque territory (in a good way), giving viewers a very bloody good time. If you’re a fan of Sono’s previous films (including Suicide Club and Love Exposure as well an many others)

Drafthouse has unleashed a brand new, very awesome poster for the film, »

- Jerry Smith

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Beyond Fright Double Review: IFC’s Wolf/Hellion

3 hours ago

I’ve always been drawn to films that have lead characters that don’t fall into a black or white area, ones that are in a very grey place. Characters like those ones tend to stay with you after watching the films they inhabit, and are able to make you stop and think for a while, making you wonder if you would follow the same paths that they did, if faced with similar obstacles and/or situations. Already having made a name for themselves as a studio that releases very story-driven films across all genres, IFC Films (along with their genre branch off, IFC Midnight) has done a hell of a job giving fans of very character based films exactly what they want to see. Instead of writing about one of their recently released titles, I thought it would be fun and interesting to write a bit about two films »

- Jerry Smith

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Review: Inner Demons

10 hours ago

Inner Demons

Addiction is scarier than any horror film. The way in which drugs, alcohol or any other substances can overtake someone and cause them to become somebody completely different than who they truly are, is a terrifyingly real issue, and while it’s been tackled in a couple of genre films over the last couple of years (Last year’s Evil Dead remake did it ok, but the idea of addiction and terror was successfully looked upon in Benson/Moorhead’s Resolution. ), it’s never been the most important issue in a horror film in a while. Taking the sad and awful idea of somebody becoming someone they’re not because of addiction and running with it, Seth Grossman’s Inner Demons not only successfully navigates through someone affected by drugs, but also very much affected by evil.

Like this year’s fellow Pov-styled Delivery: The Beast Within, Inner Demons »

- Jerry Smith

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Beyond Fright Review: Cold In July

23 hours ago

Cold In July

Let’s just start this with an obvious statement: Jim Mickle is one of the best directors working today. Very few filmmakers have a track record as solid as Mickles, a track record of improving more and more with every single release. His 2006 debut, Mulberry Street showed horror fans a brand new take on a subgenre that had been overdone at that point. His followup, Stake Land, took the vampire genre and injected it into a post apocalyptic wasteland, something very different than the vamp films that fans were getting when it was released, in 2010. Mickle last film, 2013’s We Are What We Are (a remake of a Spanish film) wasn’t only a good movie, but one of my absolute favorite films of 2013. Mickle has proven himself time and time again, how working in genre films don’t have to limit one’s creativity, and strong, »

- Jerry Smith

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Exploitation Alley: Bloodsucka Jones!!

23 hours ago

This week’s Exploitation Alley movie was suggested to me by Jerry. I usually tend to choose older films, or films considered exploitation or genre classics, but I decided to go for it andcheck out something fresh, new, and (hopefully) exciting. Immediately after hearing about the film from Jerry, and watching the trailer, I decided that I just had to check this one out asap and give it a watch. About fifteen minutes into this film, it was apparent to me that this is definitely destined to become a low-budget classic. By the time the movie ended, I found myself wanting to hug the entire cast and crew for making it, because it changed my life (not really, but it’s just great to watch). So let us enjoy this fine, new exploitation gem which is….Bloodsucka Jones!!!!!

 

Bloodsucka Jones stepping on some vamp heads.

It may sound odd, but »

- Natty

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Review: The Paranormal Diaries: Clophill

23 hours ago

The Paranormal Diaries: Clophill

Found footage is in full effect, with entries like Willow Creek, Delivery: The Beast Within, The Devil Incarnate and the upcoming (and Very good) Creep all have either hit or getting ready to hit your screens just within this year. What’s made 2014 so interesting, is how most of the found footage-ish films have all done things very differently than what the “we’re documenting something” angle we’ve all become used to (and tired of). To this day, I’ve only seen The Blair Witch Project once, in 1999, and probably will never watch it again due to how it affected me the first time. A lot of films employing that buildup then ending payoff have unfortunately fallen into the same cliche’s, and haven’t offered much in the originality department. I think that’s why films like the above mentioned titles have really stood out to me, »

- Jerry Smith

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Icons of Fright Interview With The Demon’S Rook Director James Sizemore

29 September 2014 6:08 PM, PDT

Tribeca Films’ The Demon’S Rook

If you’re a fan of practical and gory, balls to the wall horror, then be ready. The upcoming Tribeca Films’ release (hitting iTunes and VOD September 30th), The Demon’S Rook, is a horror film that lovers of Italian horror, practical effects and just good ol’ splatter-filled carnage can sink their teeth into. A truly independent venture, Director James Sizemore not only directed the film, but also co-wrote, c-produced and stars in the film, showing that he’s a force to be reckoned with, a filmmaker who isn’t afraid to get his hands (and his actors) dirty. Sizemore was nice enough to briefly talk to us about The Demon’S Rook and what’s next on his plate.

“Chaos descends upon a quiet town when Roscoe, the pupil of a wizard monk from an ancient race of demons, unknowingly opens a portal »

- Jerry Smith

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Review: Delivery: The Beast Within

29 September 2014 3:53 PM, PDT

Possessed pregnancies seems to be a subgenre that is alive and booming, with film likes Devil’S Due, The Devil Incarnate and now Brian Netto’s  Delivery: The Beast Within. I don’t know if someone in independent horror land just wants to steer potential baby-makers away from having a kid with stories of the devil executing his plan via pregnancy, or if it’s just a premise/idea that people seem to be latching onto. Add the possessed pregnancy angle to the “found footage”/Pov type of filmmaking and you’ve got a pretty solid setup, something that Delivery: The Beast Within takes and runs with.

Instead of doing what the majority of the Pov/Found Footage films seem to be doing, with well, the footage being found and replayed, Delivery instead takes the reality TV angle, showing at first an unaired pilot for a TV series based on expecting parents, »

- Jerry Smith

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HalloweenCostumes.com Gives a Look Back at the Many Faces of Leatherface!!

29 September 2014 2:21 PM, PDT

This is pretty awesome. The folks at HalloweenCostumes.com wanted to celebrate the 40th anniversary of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and its iconic Leatherface character and sent this awesome artwork/infographic (props to Jacob Kuddes, Jimm McShane and Marlon Heimerl for doing an excellent job on it!) our way. I don’t know about you fright fanatics, but I absolutely love things like this, as it’s always cool to sit back and think about all of the exploits of some of your favorite horror characters and we can all agree that Leatherface (Sawyer, Hewitt, whichever you prefer) has had some fun ones thus far in the series. Check this out, read what the team over there wrote about it and by all means, check out HalloweenCostumes.com for some pretty awesome Halloween attire.

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre was first released forty years ago in 1974. What nobody knew at »

- Jerry Smith

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Review: Grave Halloween

28 September 2014 7:53 PM, PDT

Grave Halloween

Having a really solid foundation to a film gives a filmmaker a step in the right direction. Where it goes from there is up to a good combination of everything from a solid script, and eye for telling a visually striking film and performances that sell the story and the foundation. While Steven R. Monroe(director of the I Spit On Your Grave remake)’s Grave Halloween sets that solid foundation down, giving audiences a pretty interesting story, but unfortunately just doesn’t follow that up with anything that horror fans haven’t seen already.

Revolving around a forest in Japan that is widely known as “Suicide Forest” (and rightfully so) , Grave Halloween tells the story of Maiko, a woman looking for closure, as the mom that she never knew had killed herself in the forest many years before. Left with a box of mementos, Maiko and a »

- Jerry Smith

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The Vault: Scary Movie (1991)

28 September 2014 6:32 PM, PDT

A decade back when we first started Icons Of Fright, one of my personal favorite columns here was from my dear friend Jason Alvino called “The Vault Of The Forgotten & Obscure!” While tons of titles that we had vague memories of as kids were still trickling into the ever-growing DVD market at the time, there was still a wealth of stuff quietly hiding in the cracks that time forgot. That’s part of what’s great about being a horror fan. If you’re at a convention and you start talking to someone and mention some obscure title you barely remember and then someone knows what you’re talking about, you suddenly become best friends for life. What’s funny is that since the inception of Icons, just about every single title Jay (and sometimes myself and Mike C) ever wrote about for The Vault has since come out on either DVD or Blu-Ray! »

- Rob Galluzzo

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Beyond Fright: Motionless In White’s “Creatures” Music Video

28 September 2014 6:09 PM, PDT

My first exposure to Motionless in White was when they came to my hometown around five years ago and whichever shitty band I was in at the time opened up the show. I immediately latched onto the band and their style of mixing the heavier elements of what many call “metalcore” with a more gothic-like approach, one that was definitely missing from that type of music at the time. Taking the hard breakdown-filled parts and combining them with some melodic as all hell choruses, their second Ep, “When Love Met Destruction” was a release that made fans anxious to hear what the band would release next.

When that followup Did arrive, it was in the form of 2010’s “Creatures“, a full length album that took the harder parts and made them harder and made the choruses much more layered than their debut album’s tracks were. The standout track on »

- Jerry Smith

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