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10 – John Dies At The End
Don Coscarelli lives! He doesn’t get to direct films as often as he should (which is an utter shame, this man gave us Phantasm and Bubba Ho-tep for god sake!), but as always the wait is absolutely worth it. John Dies At The End is a wild trip that hops as many dimensions as it does genres, and it is fucking weird in the best way possible. It’s a cult classic in the making, begging to be discovered and embraced by all.
Jonathan Levine’s hormonal slasher has had an incredibly rough journey getting into cinemas since being filmed 7 years ago, but all good things are worth holding out for, and All The Boys Love Mandy Lane is one such gem. I love films set around that tortuous age of high school, with angst & hormones raging, and »
- Justin Edwards
Editor’s Note: Justin here! All month long we’ve been posting lists containing our top horror picks of 2013, and our regular contributor Josh Soriano (one of the main driving forces behind our A Look Back and Exploitation Alley columns!) has selected his ten choices. Read on below!
10 – Evil Dead Let’s face it, if each one of our beloved horror classics were its own train, they’d all stop in Remaketown at some point. I’m ok with that when there are remakes like Evil Dead. Instead of trying to replace the original, this one maintains respect towards the legacy and becomes the coolest, nastiest, alternative possible. The best part? Even if the welcome wears after a few viewings, you can still have a blast by showing it to others and watching them react to the projectile blood vomit and eye stabbing with a needle. 9 – The Conjuring This is kind of an oxymoron, »
- Justin Edwards
Editor’s note: Rob G here, fiends. As you may or may not know, I co-host a horror talk-show podcast on GeekNation called Killer Pov with Rebekah McKendry from Fangoria magazine and Elric Kane of Inside Horror. We’ve got an epic cross-over episode with The Bloodcast coming up on the GeekNation website (and iTunes) queued up for next week where we discuss in great detail our top 10 horror movies of the year, but in the meantime, I wanted to extent the invite to Elric to contribute his list in print here with us on Icons. So below are Elric’s favorite 13 horror movies of the year. You can check out mine right here. And keep an eye on the Killer Pov page for the link to our full-on podcast episode of the best of 2013 horror! Enjoy!
- Rob Galluzzo
Editor’s Note: Rob G here, fiends. Since Jerry Smith was such a pivotal and invaluable part of Icons Of Fright this past year, I thought it’d be fitting to invite him back into the fold to share his favorite genre titles of 2013. Jerry also has a new site that goes beyond the genre called The Martyrcycle, so be sure to bookmark it an keep tabs on the Facebook page as well. Without further adieu, here’s Jerry’s Top 13 of the year.
13 – Contracted
I’m a massive fan of the body horror sub-genre, and Eric England’s Contracted is by far the best film working within that to have been released in a good while. A woman is date raped by a mysterious stranger, and begins to fall apart, and decay. It’s well written, well directed and full of good performances by Najarra Townsend, Caroline Williams, and everyone else involved. »
- Justin Edwards
It’s always exciting when we reach December of every year and look back at how the horror genre has evolved over the course of the last 12 months; what new things were done, which films were the most surprising to discover, what old stories were retold and did they stand up against their earlier counterparts? It’s just a fun time to see what flicks other horror fans & peers truly embraced this year & maybe recommend something unique and original that may have slipped through the cracks for whatever reason. 2013 was actually a pretty darned good year for the genre! I had no problem pulling together 10 titles. In fact, I have a handful of notable mentions; horror films I didn’t love but that I thought were really, really good and it’s a rarity to have this many to choose from. Granted, I sadly didn’t get a chance to »
- Rob Galluzzo
Foaming at the mouth to see Ti West’s latest, The Sacrament? So are we; but the wait just got a little bit longer. The Aj Bowen starring cult-horror won’t hit till May 1st of 2014 on VOD and then select theaters June 6th, but the good news is that it’s coming! All good things are waiting for, so in the meantime you can grab some Kool-Aid and check out our exclusive review of the film, and an interview with Bowen & West conudcted by our very own Kalyn Corrgian!
The Sacrament follows a group of journalists shooting a doc about a man’s attempt to locate his missing sister. They find her in a rural cult preparing for a mass suicide. »
- Justin Edwards
You’re Next on Blu-ray and DVD is either the perfect gift for the horror fan in your life, or else it could be a great gift just to see the look on the face of the receiver. In fact, I’m trying to think of who you wouldn’t give this to. Kids. Don’t give this to kids. Here’s the trailer followed by the press release with all the details.
Trailer: You’re Next
You’re Next Award Winning Home Invasion Thriller Arrives On Blu-ray and DVD January 14 From Lionsgate Home Entertainment Early Digital HD And Video On Demand Window Begins December 27
The hunt is on when “the most downright entertaining horror film of the year,” (IGN) You’re Next arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD Ultraviolet) and DVD (plus Digital Ultraviolet) on January 14, 2014 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The film will also be available early on Digital HD, »
- Jess Orso
Premiering earlier this year at the Toronto International Film Festival, it wasn't long before Magnet Releasing scooped up the rights to The Sacrament (review), Ti West's latest contribution to the genre. Today comes the news that a release date has been set.
Expect The Sacrament to hit VOD platforms on May 5th, 2014, followed by a limited theatrical roll-out on June 6th.
The Sacrament follows two Vice media correspondents as they set out to document their friend’s search to find his missing sister. They travel outside of the United States to an undisclosed location where they are welcomed into the world of “Eden Parish,” a self-sustained rural utopia comprised of nearly 200 members. At the centre of this small, religious, socialist community is a mysterious leader known only as “Father. »
- John Squires
Magnolia Pictures acquired U.S. rights to “The Sacrament” at the Toronto Film Festival. The film, which had its world premiere in Venice, follows two journalists shooting a doc about a man’s attempt to locate his missing sister. They find her in a rural cult preparing for a mass suicide.
- Dave McNary
After all the positive buzz that followed festival screenings of The Sacrament, including from our own Todd Gilchrist, the latest film from Ti West will be released early in 2014. Courtesy of Magnet Releasing, The Sacrament will have a limited theatrical release on June 6th, but it will be available first on digital services and VOD on May 1st. A Blu-ray and DVD release will follow, but a date has not yet been mentioned.
“The Wagner/Cuban Company’s Magnet Releasing, genre arm of Magnolia Pictures… have acquired North American rights to The Sacrament, a chilling death-cult thriller written, directed and edited by Ti West. Featured in Venice and Toronto, The Sacrament stars Aj Bowen (TheHouse of the Devil), Joe Swanberg (You’re Next) and Amy Seimetz (Upstream Color), and features a star-making performance from Gene Jones as the charismatic cult leader known as “Father.” Magnet and West are frequent collaborators, »
- Jonathan James
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
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
For residents of the Los Angeles area, Jumpcut Cafe and (in this writer’s opinion) the best horror podcast available, Killer Pov, have a treat for you. Jeremy Gardner took the independent film scene by storm with his horror-drama, The Battery. An insanely impressive directorial debut, The Battery is without a doubt the proof of a dynamite filmmaker in the making. Oozing with originality and a truly one of a kind film, The Battery defines what it is to be a “must-see film.
The most impressive looking $6000 film you’ll ever get the honor of witnessing, The Battery follows the story of two former baseball players, Ben (Jeremy Gardner) and Mickey (Adam Cronheim), as they travel the back-roads of Connecticut after a zombie apocalypse has overtaken the entire New England area. Polar opposite in personality and often alienated with each other, the two men try to stay calm in the »
- BJ Colangelo
I had so much fun doing the Top Ten Underrated Horror movies list last year and it provoked such a good debate that I thought it would be good to put another ten out there for discussion. Horror is a genre which is flooded with more unseen product that any other due to the amount that goes straight to DVD and now of course streaming over the internet. I could literally do a new list every year of ten films that are unknown by the public at large and should be seen.
Now this is not a definitive list, at a push if I had to, I would say last year was my definitive list but I would probably add some stuff you likely can’t even get anymore. Also I understand that these films are known or beloved by the horror fan but the intention here is to put »
- Chris Holt
The hunt is on when "the most downright entertaining horror film of the year," (IGN) You're Next arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD Ultraviolet) and DVD (plus Digital Ultraviolet) on January 14, 2014 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The film will also be available early on Digital HD, Video on Demand and Pay-Per-View on December 27, 2013. Winner of the Best Film award at the Austin Fantastic Fest and runner up for the Audience Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, the "intense and inventive" (GQ) film has delighted critics and audiences alike with its "fresh, unpredictable and terrifying" (Ain't It Cool News) take on the home invasion/slasher genre. You're Next features a terrific ensemble cast including Sharni Vinson (Step Up 3D), Nicholas Tucci (Choose), Aj Bowen (The House of the Devil) and Ti West (Drinking Buddies), with Rob Moran (Dumb and Dumber) and horror icon Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator).
Aubrey and Paul Davison decide »
La Weekly film critic Amy Nicholson celebrates a subset of the indie horror genre with the catchy title of "Mumblegore." Her lengthy cover article introduces readers to what she calls the "young misfits who are revolutionizing indie horror movies." This includes Adam Wingard ("You're Next"), E.L. Katz ("Cheap Thrills"), Simon Barrett (writer of "You're Next" and "A Horrible Way to Die") and Roxanne Benjamin (co-creator of anthology "V/H/S"). Also included in her profile are Mumblegore mavens Ti West ("The Innkeepers"), Jacob Gentry ("Synchronicity," "The Signal"), Amy Seimetz ("You're Next," "The Sacrament"), David Bruckner ("V/H/S"), Aj Bowen ("You're Next," "A Horrible Way to Die") and Mumblecore veteran Joe Swanberg ("24 Exposures"). Highlights from the piece, below. On the indie horror revolution's start:But if you’re weirder still and decide to spin your love of horror films into a career, you’re heartened to realize that it’s the easiest genre to make. »
- Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
After arriving in theaters this past August, Lionsgate will give us a You’re Next Blu-ray and DVD release in January. We have a look at the cover art below, along with the list of special features. For those that don’t want to hold out for the You’re Next Blu-ray and DVD version, it will be released early on digital services:
“The hunt is on when “the most downright entertaining horror film of the year,” (IGN) You’re Next arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD Ultraviolet) and DVD (plus Digital Ultraviolet) on January 14, 2014 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The film will also be available early on Digital HD, Video on Demand and Pay-Per-View on December 27, 2013.
Winner of the Best Film award at the Austin Fantastic Fest and runner up for the Audience Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, the “intense and inventive” (GQ) film has delighted critics and audiences alike with its “fresh, »
- Jonathan James
We're getting pretty close to that time when all the horror websites start listing off their favorite flicks of the year, and we can be pretty sure that You're Next (review) will be popping up on a whole lot of those lists - even if it technically first saw release way back in 2011.
Three years later, it finally comes home next year. Read on for all the details!
From the Press Release
The hunt is on when "the most downright entertaining horror film of the year" (IGN), You're Next, arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD Ultraviolet) and DVD (plus Digital Ultraviolet) on January 14, 2014, from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The film will also be available early on Digital HD, Video on Demand, and Pay-Per-View on December 27, 2013. Winner of the Best Film award at the Austin Fantastic Fest and runner-up for the Audience Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, the "intense and »
- John Squires
By Jonathan Weichsel, MoreHorror.com
Over the past year the Jumpcut café has become the premier venue for independent horror in Los Angeles. Where else can you see, without much fanfare, premier screenings of shorts by luminaries such as Drew Daywalt and Rebekah McKendry, shorts that are so new that they don't even have IMDb pages yet?
Witches Brew, directed by Rebekah McKendry, is an ultra short, hilarious and adorable Halloween film. Children's horror is a difficult thing to pull off, because there has to be a perfect balance of childlike wonder and horror or the thing won't work. In Witches Brew McKendry successfully utilizes the naiveté of childhood to create something both cute and scary. I should also add that Actress Jessica Cameron gives the most appealing performance of her career so far.
Selfie is another in a long line of professional and slick Drew Daywalt shorts. There is »
We’ve received the details of The Horror Channel’s superb Autumn’s line-up. It’s a season celebrating the genre’s cult classics which includes Nic Roeg’s The Man Who Fell To Earth and Michael Powell’s Peeping Tom. However, we must make a shout out to Dominic Brunt’s intense and intimate zombie thriller Before Dawn and Padraig Reynolds’ head-twising harvest horror and festival fave, Rites Of Spring. Both indie offerings are well worth a watch and make their UK television premieres this November. You can also click on those two titles to read my reviews.
Horror Channel celebrates British horror classics with a Brit-cult season
November on Horror Channel sees network premieres for a memorable collection of strange cult oddities and forgotten British horror classics, kicking off with the network premiere of Nicolas Roeg »
- Craig Hunter
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