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Short Film Review: Fear

11 hours ago

*Editor’s note: Icons of Fright’s friend, Derek Smith, tackled a couple of reviews for us recently and Steve Kahn’s new short film, Fear, is one of them. Hitting the festival circuit pretty hard right now, Fear has been getting a lot of buzz lately, and naturally we wanted to take a look at it. Check out what Derek had to say!-Jerry

Steve Kahn’s Fear

While most of us search out movies, books, even music to scare us, we usually don’t have to search for any external source of terror. Our own minds like to frighten us as we go about our days, and even more so during our nights. The slightest sound can make us jump, the smallest shadow making us imagine something that lurks within stalking us.

The short film Fear by Steve Kahn tackles this exact thought, masterfully so. Fear taps into »

- Jerry Smith

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Review: Billy Club

30 October 2014 1:01 AM, PDT

Editor’s note: Icons of Fright friend, Derek Smith (No relation) took a look at this one for us, and gave us his thoughts on Billy Club, a new indie horror film. Check out Derek’s review!

 

While baseball season is wrapping up as fall rolls in, Billy Club is ready to be unleashed to the public. A slasher written and helmed by Drew Sosas and Nick Sommer, Billy Club follows a group of friends reuniting 15 years after a set of gruesome murders tore their Little League team apart. In 1981, two of their teammates, as well as their coach, are slain by their teammate Billy, who had just lost their championship game for the team. Now, while Billy is rotting away in a mental institution, someone dressed up in an antique umpire’s mask is taking care of the rest of the team in 1996.

Bobby returns home after many years away, »

- Jerry Smith

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Review: Horns

28 October 2014 2:40 PM, PDT

Editor’s note: Friend of Icons of Fright, author Derek Botelho tackled this review of Alexandre Aja’s film adaption of the Joe Hill novel, Horns for us. Short but to the point, here is Derek’s review:

Upon reading Joe Hill’s novel Horns I recall thinking how difficult it would be to adapt into a movie. Like his father, Stephen King, it seems everything Hill writes is optioned to be turned into a film, whether it materializes is another story. Alexandre Aja’s Horns is the first of Hill’s novels to be made into a movie (a few of his stories have been made into short films) and thankfully it’s a good one!

Ig Perrish (Daniel Radcliffe) is a twenty something employee at a radio station who has been accused of murdering his girlfriend.  To make matters worse, he wakes up one morning growing horns out of his head. »

- Jerry Smith

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HalloweenCostumes.com Creates 10-Minimalist Posters For Horror Classics!!

28 October 2014 2:04 PM, PDT

The folks at HalloweenCostumes.com are always providing some cool posts to go along with their costume selection. Their previous Leatherface Infographic was really cool, and to beat that, the gang over there have decided to create 10 minimalist posters for some of the most beloved horror classics, using only one or two elements taken form the films they’re paying homage to. Created by Jimm McShane, each poster is quite amazing. As a collector of limited edition posters, I prefer the minimalist approach and if these were prints put out to purchase, I would be the first person jumping at the opportunity to get them. Check out each one below and see if you can name them all!

Click to view slideshow.

For more cool features like these (or to see the answer list in case you didn’t guess each one), along with one hell of a collection of Halloween Costumes, »

- Jerry Smith

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Contest- Win A Free Digital Copy of The Blair Witch Project, Courtesy Of Lionsgate!

28 October 2014 1:19 PM, PDT

Full disclosure: I’ve only seen The Blair Witch Project once, and that was when it was first released. The film scared the living hell out of me, and though it would probably do nothing to me these days, a full 15-years later, I still haven’t had the nerve to revisit it. Well, a lot of people have revisited it, and it remains a horror classic, and Lionsgate wants to give one lucky reader a free digital copy of the found footage classic! The folks at Lionsgate have created a horror app devoted to their horror roster, so check it out and by all means, enter the contest to win!

Relive the horror classic! The Blair Witch Project follows a trio of filmmakers on what should have been a simple walk in the woods, but quickly becomes an excursion into heart-stopping terror.

Or dive into a new horror »

- Jerry Smith

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Review: Beneath (2014)

28 October 2014 12:53 PM, PDT

There’s something utterly terrifying and claustrophobic about being stuck in tight places, especially when you’re surrounded by people everywhere you turn. It’s no surprise that that fear of those tight spaces is so prevalent in people today, as an individual’s personal space and fear of said personal space being invaded is enough to drive someone completely crazy. It’s that fear and paranoia that comes with the combination of being stuck in those spaces and the lack of oxygen that director Ben Katai’s Beneath lays its groundwork with, providing not only a large amount of that claustrophobia that so many people fear, but also adding a very character-driven story to the mix.

 

Visiting her family for a party to celebrate the retirement of her father George (Jeff Fahey, Planet Terror/Body Parts)’s career in coal mining, Samantha (Road To Paloma‘s Kelly Noonan) is »

- Jerry Smith

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Review: Grace: The Possession

28 October 2014 12:13 PM, PDT

It is safe to say that there is no shortage of films out right now that involve someone being possessed by a demonic entity. When done right, those types of films can scare even the most hardcore horror aficionado. We love that stuff, so naturally, it’s safe to say our outlook on them is to say “bring them on”. With those hopes of seeing good ones, we get Jeff Chan’s unique and original Grace: The Possession, which proves just how terrifying these films can be.

Grace (Alexis Fast) is a lovely and painfully innocent eighteen year old about to embark on an important life experience that is college. Due to a tragic occurrence at her birth, Grace has been raised by her religious fanatic grandmother, Helen (Lin Shaye). That religious fanaticism of her grandmother somehow adds an even creepier vibe to the tone of the film. Things »

- Natty

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Review: Soulmate

28 October 2014 6:53 AM, PDT

Actress, screenwriter, journalist, and make-up artist Axelle Carolyn recently added “director” to her long list of credentials with her debut flick, Soulmate.  After a couple of short films, Carolyn finally tackled a feature, and did so with wonderful results.  Presented by her husband, Neil Marshall (The Descent) Axelle Carolyn has molded an elegant, haunting, and refreshing ghost story that focuses less on spooky situations and instead showcases the way we grieve, experience heartbreak, and try to move past it all.

Soulmate tells the story of recently widowed Audrey (Anna Walton) who after a failed suicide attempt, moves to the countryside in an attempt to clear her head and move past the death of her husband.  However, she soon realizes that she’s not alone in this remote cottage.  Despite the overwhelming evidence that the cottage is haunted by a ghost named Douglas Talbot (Tom Wisdom), Audrey stays and develops a peculiar relationship with him. »

- BJ Colangelo

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Review: Lfo

27 October 2014 9:45 PM, PDT

*Editor’s note: A short background on my experience coming across Antonio Tublen’s film, Lfo: I arrived in Austin, TX last year (2013) for Fantastic Fest, and immediately became lost. My phone’s battery had died, and my buds and I were pretty much in the middle of nowhere (so we thought). We sat there on a curb for around 45 minutes, until a couple of guys walked by, and immediately told us that we were merely a mile or so from the Drafthouse in which Ff was being held. Two very kind guys, the duo told us that we were invited to follow them for a walk there, and while walking, they told us about their film, Lfo, being screened at the fest and how excited they were. Initially, I had no plans of catching the film, due to that year’s massive amount of great films, but these guys were cool, »

- Jerry Smith

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Contest – Win A Free $15 iTunes Giftcard With The Devil’S Hand Prophecy Party App!!

27 October 2014 7:27 PM, PDT

Dexter fans needing their Jennifer Carpenter fix can get just that, with a special contest that Icons of Fright and Partnershub is teaming up for, giving one lucky reader a free $15 iTunes giftcard to download The Devil’S Hand, a brand new cult-like film Starring Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter), Rufus Sewell (Dark City), and Adelaide Kane (The CW’s Reign).

The “Prophecy Party” app was created to add an additional experience to go along with the film, bringing the film’s cult plot into your living room, as you watch the film and use the app together.

Thinking about having a creepy Halloween get-together? Download The Devil’s Hand and throw a “Prophecy Party,” as well. Invite 5 friends over and follow the instructions to see who will survive!

Download The Devil’s Hand on iTunes here – http://bit.ly/THD_iTunes

Download The Prophecy Party Player’s Guide here – http://bit. »

- Jerry Smith

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Bluray Review: Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings

27 October 2014 2:33 PM, PDT

Earlier this year, the folks at Scream Factory did an excellent job giving fans a great collector’s edition Bluray of Stan Winston’s 1988 creature film, Pumpkinhead. Soon after the first film’s special edition was announced, it was always stated that Sf would also be releasing Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings, the direct-to-video sequel to Winston’s film, and though it might make a decent amount of people curious as to why it’s being put out there, it’s actually yet another release that shows that even the odd choices from Scream Factory are treated with love.

Giving fans not only a fun movie, but a decent amount of hilarious special features, it’s one to look out for.

The Film:

Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings exists in the same world as a lot of direct to video releases of the ’90s: having very little in common with its previous film, »

- Jerry Smith

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Trailer Debut For ‘A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night’

27 October 2014 11:43 AM, PDT

I was fortunate enough to catch a very early screening of this bizarre and unique debut film from first time feature writer/director Ana Lily Amirpour and thought it was excellent. When I say bizarre and unique, I mean it’s similar to the way I felt first seeing the original version of Let The Right One In. Not to compare this to that, they’re two different entities, even though they both share the vampire angle. But ‘A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night‘ is one to keep your eyes out for. And now we have the first official trailer to the film. If you’re in La or NY, you’ll get your first chance to catch this on the big screen on November 21st. A bigger theatrical roll out is expected shortly thereafter.

Synopsis: Strange things are afoot in Bad City. The Iranian ghost town, home to prostitutes, »

- Rob Galluzzo

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Ghostlight Director Jeff Ferrell Tackles Serial Killer Film Ladykiller This November; Poster Debut!

26 October 2014 9:43 PM, PDT

Jeff Ferrell’s Ghostlight was an indie horror film that did it right.

Jeff Ferrell’s haunted theater film, Ghostlight, was one that I really liked (review) and latched onto. Having been a fan of Jeff’s previous film, I found myself wondering what kind of movie  he would tackle next, and it seems that the time for that question to be answered is now, as Ferrell sent Icons of Fright a brand new poster for his upcoming Serial Killer horror film Ladykiller. Giving up ghosts for real terror, Ladykiller revolves around a serial killer, making his mark while killing people on a long road trip murder spree, until he comes across a woman who makes him second guess his spree. I’m a big fan of the serial killer sub-genre of horror, and Ferrell has an eye for detail and imagination, so I for one, am anxious to see what comes of the film, »

- Jerry Smith

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