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While Tiff is more inclusive to programming them, Sundance is not one to shy away from anthology horror films of the V/H/S type, so perhaps they’ll be looking to get into the holiday spirit with horror comedy vignette package aptly called Holidays. Among the group of filmmakers contributing to the project Adam Egypt Mortimer (Some Kind of Hate), Dennis Widmyer (Starry Eyes), Anthony Scott Burns (Manifold), Matt Johnson (The Dirties), Kevin Kolsch (Starry Eyes), Nicholas McCarthy (The Pact), Gary Shore (Dracula Untold), Kevin Smith, Sarah Adina Smith (The Midnight Swim) and Scott Stewart (Priest) we do find former Sundance attendees. Announced in the trades back in February and saw this set-visit write-up in April, this divided up pie is likely ready to bang out some holiday cheer and easter egg hunt glee.
Gist: This is a group of subversive tales fashioned around globally recognized celebrations like Christmas, »
- Eric Lavallee
The most interesting thing about The Vatican Tapes is that Mark Neveldine has directed the film, independent of his Crank and Ghost Rider partner, Brian Taylor. He seems to be a lot more even tempered on his own. Not one shot in this appears to have been shot by a chimpanzee on roller blades or hyperactive ferret on a bungee cord. Crank 3 it is not.
You would be forgiven for thinking that was one of Jason Blum’s pictures, but it’s from Lionsgate, the other guys singing from the cheap horror hymn sheet.
But I stand by my comment that the most interesting thing is something from behind the scenes. Everything we see or hear in that trailer was utterly bereft of surprise, controversy or dramatic imperative. It looks like the kind of film I could easily sleep through – the perfect bit of programming for 5am in an all-night horror marathon. »
- Brendon Connelly
It looks like Xyz and Distant Corners Entertainment are looking to get in on the resurgance of the horror anthology movie, with Deadline revealing that numerous directors have signed on for Holidays, a new feature which will revolve around special occasions such as Christmas, Easter, Halloween and Valentine’s Day.
Among the directors so far announced for the project are Kevin Smith (Tusk), Gary Shore (Dracula Untold), Scott Stewart (Legion), Matt Johnson (The Dirties), Nicholas McCarthy (At The Devil’s Door), Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch (Starry Eyes), Sarah Smith (The Midnight Swim) and Anthony Scott Burns (Dark Matter).
“Holidays is a great opportunity for some of the most creative and twisted minds in the genre space today to really let loose and have fun,” states producer John Hegeman. “This is the first project going into production for Distant Corners, which aims to launch four-six genre franchise properties annually.”
Details are scarce, »
- Gary Collinson
I do not need to tell you that horror anthologies are popular again. We have had any number over the past few years, some good and some dire, but all relying on often interconnected short stories to tell an overarching history of terror. The nice thing about anthology films is that you can get a lot of stars and directors in to work on them, producing a unique vision from a multitude of styles and approaches to the genre. The latest horror anthology will be Holidays, from Xyz Films, and it has secured a bevy of directors to contribute.
Holidays takes a step away from the usual Halloween themed films and expands it to encompass more holidays, including Easter, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and Mother’s Day as candidates for horrific murder and mayhem. The participating directors now include the likes of Kevin Smith, Gary Shore (Dracula Untold), Scott Stewart (Legion, »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
2014 was a year full of interesting times. A mixed bag with so many varying degrees. With it finally being over, and 2015 starting off with a New Year’s bang for me (more on that soon), I felt the need to write this editorial piece on how 2014 led to what will, in my opinion, be one of the best years in the entire history of Icons of Fright. So, if you have a few minutes to spare, and feel like reading some thoughts straight from the mind of yours truly, thank you, because I’ve got a bit to say.
Following a brief break from Icons of Fright starting in September of 2013, 2014 began with me leading another site (the now defunct Martyrcycle), and attempting to step back from the horror genre a bit, all while doing my best to deal with personal issues that for one reason or another, interfered with »
- Jerry Smith
Fearlessly embracing emotionally and physically terrifying situations, in a courageous attempt to achieve your goals and overcome your fears, is an enthralling and powerful theme in the horror thriller, ‘The Pact II.’ Dallas Richard Hallam and Patrick Horvath, the writers and directors of the sequel to scribe and helmer Nicholas McCarthy’s 2012 horror film, ‘The Pact,’ dauntlessly approached combining the emotional arc of the series’ characters with terrifying physical scares, to emphasize their brave attempts to maintain control over their lives. While the first film’s frightening serial killer was murdered at the end of its story, the franchise’s new filmmakers bravely emphasized how the series’ new and returning characters have [ Read More ]
- Karen Benardello
6 items from 2015
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