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Neighbor/Cold Hearts Director Kicks Off Patreon; Exclusive Scripts, projects every month!!

I’m a pretty big advocate of crowd-funding, when it’s done right. Sure there are GoFundMe sites where people will ask you to pay their bills and that’s a bit off putting, but for every one of those, there’s a really cool film, book or invention that you can help get made and receive some awesome perks while doing so. I’m actively looking for cool projects to follow (or in the case of my directorial debut Love Is Dead or Foolish Mortals, the film I’m an Associate Producer on, I’m happily using crowdfunding as a way to give contributors awesome perks in exchange for a whatever they feel comfortable contributing.) and when something new heads my way, I’m more than happy to look into it, in hopes of maybe telling you fright fiends about something interesting and exciting.

We see Kickstarter and IndieGoGo campaigns left and right,
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Icons and Friends Bring You: Our Favorite Genre Film Scores!!

Howdy fright fiends! All of us here at Icons of Fright are pretty hardcore when it comes to being soundtrack fanatics. Whether it be Rob or Justin blasting away with their Death Waltz vinyl, or little ol’ me (Jerry), sorting through my insane amount of iTunes soundtracks or Mondo vinyl collection, the fact is that we’re constantly in adoration of all things music, especially when the tunes are from our favorite fright films. Since this whole month of April is one big celebration of our ten year anniversary, and we wanted to make things really fun, we decided that instead of just writing an article about Our favorite soundtracks, we would reach out to our friends and colleagues and ask them to join up and contribute to this one. So, without further ado, we bring you Icons and Friends: Our Favorite Genre Film Scores!

Rob G. (Co-creator, Icons Of Fright,
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Neighbor Director Releasing New Short Story Series!

Robert Angelo Masciantonio, who wrote and directed 1999′s Cold Hearts and 2009′s Neighbor, is teaming up with Philly-based WragsINK Publishing to release a series of short stories set in the same universe as the latter. Each upcoming holiday this year will bring a new short story set before the events of the film and with characters from Neighbor coming in and out of them. Each story will be released via Amazon’s Kindle services and at the end of the year, they will tentatively be available in book form with an unreleased story included.

Masciantonio & WragsINK recently released a Christmas-themed story back in December, which is available here.
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Icons Of Fright Interview W/Robert Angelo Masciantonio

Hey everyone, Smith here. Earlier this week I had the opportunity to speak with Robert Angelo Masciantonio, writer and director of 2009’s Neighbor about his upcoming film adaption of Brian Keene’s horror novel, Castaways, as well as his previous vampire film Cold Hearts.

Robert’s always a pleasure to speak with and he even gave us a glimpse of a classic horror film that he’s lobbying to remake, should the project come to fruition.

Smith: I dont know how in depth you’d like to go into Castaways at this point, is it too early to mention?

Robert Angelo Masciantonio: It’s currently In Development. I hope to have the first draft finished this week, then a budget will be drawn and we’ll take it from there

Smith: Awesome. As far as that goes, how is it working on adapting previously written material, with it being a book before,
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Killer Holiday Brings Composer Kurt Oldman into the Web

Killer Holiday is an independent horror film from director Marty Thomas. In the film, a killer named Spider haunts youths on Hwy. 66 and then into a local amusement park. Here, these friends become trapped in the Spider's web, where every room is full of sharp glass and death. Production on this feature completed in August of this year and now, it has been announced that composer Kurt Oldman (Babysitter Wanted) will score this piece, before a theatrical run October 14th. Oldman has also composed for the horror titles Hot Rod Horror, Robert A. Masciantonio's Neighbor and many others. Michael Copon (Night of the Demons) stars in a film that is sure to put serial killers back on the map. Have a look at the thrilling trailer below.

Release Date: October 14th, 2011 (Limited Theatrical).

Director: Marty Thomas.

Writer: Jon Zuber, and Marty Thomas.

Producers: Michael Copon, Jon Zuber, Marty Thomas,
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DVD Review: Neighbor

Neighbor

Stars: America Olivio, Christian Campbell, Lauren Rooney, Mink Stole | Written and Directed by Robert A. Masciantonio

Made in 2009 and unreleased in the UK until now, Neighbor comes from writer/director Robert A. Masciantonio, whose earlier film Cold Hearts was famous for starring former pink Power Ranger Amy Jo Johnson. This time round his lead is America Olivio, last seen in the grindhouse inspired Bitch Slap, who stars as the unnamed “neighbor” of the title who wanders the suburbs of Canada, breaking into homes and torturing their owners. Which is nice work if you can get it.

Unfortunately for bachelor Don (Campbell, who also starred in Masciantonio’s Cold Hearts) our psychotic protagonist sets her sights on him and before long he’s hogtied in his basement getting drill, stabbed and all-round mutilated by the movie reference quoting nut-job. Movie references that span the gamut from Marathon Man to Happy Gilmore!
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Dread Central's Best and Worst of 2010

Well, folks, 2010 is officially in the can, and unlike 2009 horror movie fans took it in the can a lot less this year. Sure the last twelve months had its fair share of lows, but it also brought us a couple of new classics. As always we covered every single one of them mostly in great detail for you.

Now, with a fresh movie-watching start before us, we're taking our usual yearly look back at the good, the bad, the Wtf, and everything in between.

Don't just read along, though ... give us your lists in the comments section below. We wanna hear from you regarding what we nailed and what we dropped the ball on, so let the games begin!

Dig on our Best of and Worst of lists for 2010 by following the links below!

[The Buz]

[Thom Carnell]

[The Foywonder]

[Heather Wixson]

[Gareth Jones]

[MattFini]

[Nomad]

[The Woman in Black]

[Uncle Creepy]

[Andrew Kasch]

The Buz's Picks

As per usual I failed this year as a horror fan and a movie fan in general.
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[DVD Review] Neighbor (Unrated Director's Cut)

According to Alienbee.biz, “Neighbor makes Hostel and Saw look like 'Romper Room'...” While I don't agree with the quote outright, I'll agree that Neighbor is a depraved film that does little to hold back its brutality. Directed by Robert Angelo Masciantonio, it has the right formula for a classic horror/thriller, unfortunately, its execution proved to be full of gaping holes.

Neighbor stars actress America Olivo, who is billed as “the girl”. She introduces herself under several different aliases, but her true name is never revealed. She plays a psychotic serial killer who roams an upscale suburban neighborhood, killing at her whim. The film focuses on her torture of Don (Christian Campbell), along with the many others whom she victimizes throughout this 90 minute film.

The opening sequence fails to waste anytime in introducing the graphic brutality that is a key ingredient in Neighbor. The events itself are pretty disturbing,
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DVD Playhouse: July 2010

DVD Playhouse—July 2010

By

Allen Gardner

Two From Powell/Pressburger Criterion releases gorgeous new transfers of two of the greatest films to come out of post-war Britain, from that period’s greatest filmmaking team: Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. Black Narcissus was originally released in 1947 and caused a sensation with its explosive story about a nun (Deborah Kerr), cloistered in a remote convent in the Himalayas, who must battle elements both external (the punishing weather) and internal (temptations of the flesh over duty to the spirit). Also features stellar turns by England’s greatest actresses at the time: Flora Robson, Kathleen Byron and a young Jean Simmons. One of the most dazzling films ever made, bolstered by Oscar-winning cinematography from Jack Cardiff. Bonuses: New transfer, supervised by Cardiff, editor Thelma Schoonmaker Powell; Introduction by filmmaker Bernard Tavernier; Commentary by Powell and Martin Scorsese; Featurettes; Documentaries and interviews; Trailer. The Red Shoes,
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Exclusive gore and comments on “Neighbor”

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Exclusive gore and comments on “Neighbor”
Over a decade after his well-received venture into the vampire genre, Cold Hearts, writer/director Robert A. Masciantonio is back with a decidedly more hardcore horror outing, Neighbor, hitting DVD from Lionsgate (see cover and details here; in addition to the extras listed, the disc will also have two commentary tracks). The filmmaker sent us a few exclusive close-up grue photos (see ’em below) from the film, which streets July 27.
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DVD News: Bitch Slap’s America Olivo is the ‘Neighbor’ (Us/R1)

Lionsgate have announced the Us DVD release of Cold Hearts director Robert A. Masciantonio’s latest film, Neighbor – which stars Bitch Slap’s America Olivo – on July 27th 2010.

Click here to view the embedded video.

When a mysterious new girl arrives in town, residents of the posh suburban neighborhood realize that she is not so ordinary. Charming and personable, the new girl is also a cold-blooded killer, breaking into homes and torturing and slaughtering anyone inside. A local bachelor quickly finds himself tied up with the newcomer, just in time for her to become friendly with his party guests.

Special Features:

Special effects featurette Fight scene featurette Behind-the-scenes interviews Outtakes

Neighbor is released in the Us on July 27th 2010
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Meet Your Neighbor in New Trailer

Lionsgate's unrated director's cut of Robert A. Masciantonio's latest thriller, Neighbor, starring America Olivo will be hitting DVD on July 27th, and we've got the trailer for you to dig on in the interim.

The DVD will be home to a special effects featurette, a fight scene featurette, behind-the-scenes interviews, outtakes, and ... judging by the artwork below ... lots of curves!

Synopsis

When a mysterious new girl arrives in town, residents of the posh suburban neighborhood realize that she is not so ordinary. Charming and personable, the new girl is also a cold-blooded killer, breaking into homes and torturing and slaughtering anyone inside. A local bachelor quickly finds himself tied up with the newcomer, just in time for her to become friendly with his party guests.

Check out the goods below.

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Lionsgate to Introduce You to Your New Neighbor

What if the girl next door was a complete psychopath hellbent on your imminent demise? Some people may find that sick (yet strangely arousing) while others ... well, others would run screaming for the hills. Lionsgate is betting on the latter.

The Gate announced today that the unrated director's cut of Robert A. Masciantonio's latest thriller, Neighbor, starring America Olivo will be hitting DVD on July 27th. The package will be home to a special effects featurette, a fight scene featurette, behind-the-scenes interviews, outtakes, and ... judging by the artwork below ... lots of curves!

Synopsis

When a mysterious new girl arrives in town, residents of the posh suburban neighborhood realize that she is not so ordinary. Charming and personable, the new girl is also a cold-blooded killer, breaking into homes and torturing and slaughtering anyone inside. A local bachelor quickly finds himself tied up with the newcomer, just in time for
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Won't You Be Her Neighbor ?

Lionsgate Home Entertainment has informed us that it has acquired Robert A. Masciantonio's thriller Neighbor and is planning a DVD release on July 27. The film stars America Olivo, seen in The Last Resort , Bitch Slap and Friday the 13th , and the disc will contain a special effects featurette, a "fight scene" featurette, behind-the-scenes interviews and outtakes. When a mysterious new girl arrives in town, residents of the posh suburban neighborhood realize that she is not so ordinary. Charming and personable, the new girl is also a cold-blooded killer, breaking into homes and torturing and slaughtering anyone inside. A local bachelor quickly finds himself tied up with the newcomer, just in time for her to become friendly with his party guests.
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Please Don't Let You Be My Neighbor

Please Don’t You Be My Neighbor

Last week, I was lucky enough to find a link through a news site I follow on Twitter. The link I read said to show up Friday April 23rd at midnight to The Cinema Slaughter Horror Fest and be "treated to an upcoming, anticipated horror flick." My brain immediately went to convincing my body it was A Nightmare On Elm Street. That's upcoming and anticipated! I jumped on this right quick, thinking I was onto something. I promised Mike C and Phil Fasso a story about this event. I was amped! This was, of course, before I thought to do a little more research, which brought me to realization this was a screening for the movie Neighbor, written and directed by Robert Angelo Masciantonio. I found the trailer online and immediately kicked myself in the face for agreeing to go to this. This
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Both Neighbor and Shellter at the Cinema Slaughter Horror Film Festival

The Cinema Slaughter Horror Film Festival will begin Friday, April 23rd and run until May 7th. Two films will show, which include Neighbor and Shellter. Shellter involves an underground medical facility and the living dead. The film sees a world infected with a virus where "the only way of curing the infection is by surgically removing the affected area" (Shellter). On the other side of the coin, Neighbor is about an anonymous girl who goes door to door "torturing and slaughtering anyone" who gets in her way (Neighbor). Trailer locations for both films are below and this event will be held in West Hollywood, with location details inside.

Neighbor

Release Date: April 23rd (Limited Release).

Director/writer: Robert A. Masciantonio.

Cast: America Olivo, Christian Campbell, Mink Stole, Lauren Rooney, Pete Postiglione, Joe Aniska, Sarah McCarron, Amy Rutledge, Giovanna Galdi, Tracy Toth, Meredith Orlow, and Stink Fisher.

Official site for Neighbor
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Cinema Slaughter Horror Fest 2010!

Cinema Slaughter Horror Fest makes its blood drenched first year debut in April and May 2010, with a couple of brutal, grisly and intense horror films. Both screenings will be held at the Leammle Sunset 5, located at 8000 Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood, CA.

Both directors will be on hand to discuss their films, as well as cast members and other special guests (Tba).

Emceeing the night is a notorious writer/director for the horror genre, one who has worked with both Dario Argento and Tobe Hooper — we don’t want to give away the surprise, but he will also bring a trailer for his new film, a remake of a horror classic.

Famous Monsters Of Filmland will be on hand for the evening, discussing our upcoming events and our all new revamped FM Online website!

Some friends also attending, include Girls And Corpses Magazine, who will be hosting a vendor table.
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Celluloid Screams in the UK at Sheffield's first Horror Fest!

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Fango Fiends in the UK have a new haunt to check out when Celluloid Screams, Sheffield’s first horror film festival arrives at the Showroom Cinema (Paternoster Row, Sheffield S1 2Bx ) from October 23-25.

With 24 hours worth of films "featuring everything from classic and cult horror to contemporary new releases," Celluloid Screams was created by award-winning Sheffield filmmaker and horror aficionado Rob Nevitt. Check out the full details and screening schedule below the jump!

Festival highlights include the UK Premiere of Us indie shocker Neighbor. Dominic Monaghan, star of Lord of the Rings and Lost stars in I Sell The Dead, a film harking back to the days of classic Hammer horror while Yoroi: Samurai Zombie and Vampire Girl Vs Frankenstein Girl continue the recent trend of outrageous gore from Japan. From the archives we have rare screenings of Bigas Luna’s Anguish, classic 80’s slasher The Burning and exploitation epic Pieces.
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Fantasia 2009: Robert A. Masciantonio's Neighbor

[/link]'s Neighbor at Fantasia, more than a few attendees squirmed in their seats more than a few times, especially at a particular scene involving a swizzle stick and a certain member of the male anatomy that doesn't stand a chance of making it past the MPAA's film ratings board.  All this is to say that while Neighbor as presented at the festival was a blissfully blood-drenched film, don't expect the same version when it actually gets released wide - which it most definitely deserves to be. Playboy covergirl America Olivo (the Friday the 13th remake) stars as 'The Girl', a ruthless killer who enters unsuspecting people's homes and savagely tortures and murders them, all while helping herself to the comforts of their suburban abodes.  The focus of the story is on one particular instance in which she invades the
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Meet your deadly new Neighbor; exclusive pics

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A decade after his well-received venture into the vampire genre, Cold Hearts, writer/director Robert A. Masciantonio is back with a decidedly more hardcore horror outing, Neighbor. The filmmaker sent along some exclusive and nasty photos (see ’em below) and info on the film, which will have its premiere at this summer’s Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal.

Neighbor was shot in only 18 days in January and February of this year in cold Philadelphia and its suburbs,” Masciantonio tells Fango. “We had so much fun making this film, and having it debut at Fantasia is an absolute thrill. It’s going to be amazing seeing the finished product with the core audience! I hope they love our Girl as much as I do.”

Said antiheroine is played by America Olivo, who’s amassing quite a horror résumé with the Friday The 13th redux, Blood Wars and the upcoming Bitch Slap and The Last Resort.
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