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The Vestron Video Collector’s Series unleashes the tongue-in-cheek horror classics Waxwork and Waxwork II: Lost In Time for the first time on limited-edition Blu-ray™ on October 18 from Lionsgate. In Waxwork, a private midnight showing at a local wax museum turns to mayhem when its soul-sucking wax exhibits come to life! In Waxwork II: Lost in Time, Mark and Sarah, who survived the killer wax museum, must travel to another dimension to combat the still-present evil figure responsible for murdering Sarah’s stepfather. The Waxwork and Waxwork II: Lost in Time Blu-ray double feature includes all-new special features and will be available for the suggested retail price of $39.99.
Waxwork Official Synopsis
Inside the wax museum a group of teenagers are aghast at the hauntingly lifelike wax displays of Dracula, the Wolfman, the Mummy, and other character members of the Horror Hall of Fame. Each display is perfectly grotesque, yet each »
- Tom Stockman
For many, October is a time for zombie flicks, slasher gore, and other horror films to help get in the mood for Halloween. With several film festivals and conventions catering to monsters and mayhem, Georgians have numerous options when it comes to finding obscure and independent scary movie selections. To help you dig up some scares, here’s a list of horror film festivals in and around Atlanta, a city known for zombies and other strange things. Monsterama (Oct. 7–9)The third annual Monsterama convention celebrates classic horror films with monster makeup panels, photo ops with actors, and 16-millimeter monster movie screenings. Films being shown over the course of the weekend include “Bram Stoker’s Dracula,” with live commentary by vampire author John Edgar Browning; “Nosferatu,” with a live score performed by Valentine Wolfe; and a Silver Scream SpookShow showing of “Starcrash” hosted by Professor Morté and the film’s star Caroline Munro. »
Ahead of its theatrical premiere later this month, a poster and trailer have arrived online for director Chad Ferrin’s upcoming thriller The Chair. Based on the Alterna Comics graphic novel of the same name, the films stars Bill Oberst Jr., Roddy Piper, Naomi Grossman, Zach Galligan, Noah Hathaway, Timothy Muskatell, and Ezra Buzzington; check them out below…
The Chair follows the story of Richard Sullivan, an innocent man struggling to escape execution on death row. Witnessing the savage killings of his fellow inmates at the hands of the prison’s psychotic Warden, Sullivan decides that the only way to survive is to fight back. But as he matches the brutality occurring in the prison, Sullivan is forced to question his sanity and confront his own horrific past.
The Chair will be receiving a run of one-night-only theatrical screening across the States in October. For more information, visit the official site. »
- Amie Cranswick
Ryan Lambie Oct 3, 2016
Film history is littered with movies that have wound up on the shelf for some reason, either because of financial difficulties or, in the case of The Day The Clown Died, because its director and star decided it was too embarrassing to be released. We've written about all sorts of shelved or cancelled films before, from Roger Corman's infamous Fantastic Four to the unreleased John Goodman comedy, Spring Break '83.
Every so often, though, we'll hear about curious-sounding projects that generate a bit of news before vanishing again. An animated film featuring the voices of Marlon Brando and Brendan Fraser, perhaps, or a modern comedy about old Greek gods featuring Christopher Walken as Zeus.
Here, then, are five strange, star-laden movies that, »
Many horror fans make the annual trek to Monsterpalooza to celebrate the genre, and later this month, they'll have the chance to keep the party going at Son of Monsterpalooza. The horror convention takes place in Burbank, California the weekend of September 16th–18th, with special guests including Jeffrey Combs, Dee Wallace, Barbara Crampton, Zach Galligan, Michael Berryman, Judy O’Dea, and more:
Press Release: Monsterpalooza’s offshoot fall event, Son Of Monsterpalooza, the fall’s ultimate monster show, returns to The Marriott Burbank Convention Center this September 16-18, 2016!
Son of Monsterpalooza
The Marriott Burbank Hotel and Convention Center
2500 Hollywood Way
Burbank, California 91505
Complete with celebrity guests, presentations, amazing artists, unique vendors and exhibits!
Since its inaugural event in 2009, Monsterpalooza has become internationally known as the place to be for fans and professionals of film, makeup, special effects, collectible toys, art and monsters! With increased demand for more monstrous Monsterpalooza fun, »
- Derek Anderson
Lionsgate recently announced that Chopping Mall and Blood Diner will be released as the first two Blu-rays in their Vestron Video Collector’s Series, and now they have revealed release details and cover artwork for the third entry in the series: a double feature Blu-ray of Waxwork and Waxwork II: Lost in Time:
Press Release: The Vestron Video Collector’s Series unleashes the tongue-in-cheek horror classics Waxwork and Waxwork II: Lost in Time for the first time on limited-edition Blu-ray™ on October 18 from Lionsgate. In Waxwork, a private midnight showing at a local wax museum turns to mayhem when its soul-sucking wax exhibits come to life! In Waxwork II: Lost in Time, Mark and Sarah, who survived the killer wax museum, must travel to another dimension to combat the still-present evil figure responsible for murdering Sarah’s stepfather. The Waxwork and Waxwork II: Lost in Time Blu-ray double feature »
- Derek Anderson
*We’ve been letting you fright fanatics know more about the Icons of Fright staffers, more specifically the ones who have joined the fold within the last year or so. Since Icons of Fright’s inception (2004!!), the site has had the privilege of having some really great writers and creators and before joining the team, I frequented it quite regularly as a reader, so I thought it would be a fun idea to let you know about the current crop. My good bud, Leonel VHS is highlighted on this one, so enjoy! –Jerry
Hailing from the Central Valley of California, my love for horror films began in 1982 at the age of eight when, because of curiosity, my father sat me down in front of the original Friday the 13th as both a cruel prank and as an attempt to scare me away from them altogether. Growing up in a strict »
- Leonel VHS
It was 32 years ago today that not one but two classic horror comedies opened in theaters. Yes, Ghostbusters was released on the same day as Gremlins. It’s hard to believe that these two movies opened against each other, but 1984 was a different time, when opening weekend numbers weren’t given the same weight as they are now and films stayed in theaters much longer. Ghostbusters that dominated the U.S. box office that opening weekend but not by much — it earned $13.6 million then, while Gremlins grossed $12.5 million. The Bill Murray movie became the clear winner of the box office over the summer, though, holding the No. 1 spot for seven consecutive weeks. Ghostbusters, of course, has a very buzzy and headline-grabbing (for better or worse or mass hysteria) follow-up film on the way this summer, a reboot of the original. There’s reportedly a new Gremlins on the way too: »
- Emily Rome
The late ’80s provided a veritable potpourri for horror film fanatics. Slashers had petered out, and filmmakers were keen on exploring other avenues, everything from a parasitic drug slug (Brain Damage) to possession (The Unholy), and all points in-between. Of course, mileage may vary, and many have fallen through the cracks or are best forgotten. Possibly one of the oddest of the bunch is Anthony Hickox’s Waxwork (1988), a goofball mixture of Hammer and Amicus brought kicking and screaming into the modern era with a touch o’ teen comedy sensibility. And in horror, odd never hurts—and sometimes it even helps create an unassuming delight such as this.
Produced and distributed by Vestron Pictures, who scored big the previous year with the terrifying Dirty Dancing, Waxwork was given a limited release in June in the Us and the rest of the world the following year. Made for $1,500,000, it only returned $800,000 domestically. »
- Scott Drebit
Every devoted horror fan at one time or another has sat down and taken the time to jot down his or her “bucket list” of people – actors, directors, etc. – who have all appeared in or helped helm horror films they love and have grown an attachment to. When I was a horror “newbie” back in the early-to-mid-80’s, there were films that shocked and terrified me and the more I watched them as years progressed, the more I became curious about the people who put these films together. I dreamed of getting to meet and hang out with those fabulous individuals that comprised their casts. The first one I ever put together was in the tenth grade sometime in 1990 while sitting in Physics class, staring at Mrs. Gooch and longing for the bell to ring to let us go. I had just started to educate myself on the popular (and at the same time, »
- Leonel VHS
10 items from 2016
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