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Review: Girl In Woods
10 hours ago
Before we even hit the 6 minute mark, Girl In Woods already presents viewers with four nightmare sequences. I even paused it to check the time stamp to make sure I didn’t accidentally skip ahead. Not a mistake. This has to be some kind of record and was worried that I was about to watch 90 minutes of this. My concerns were unfortunately proven right. There are multiple dream within a dream sequences and it gets old Very fast.
These nightmares belong to our lead, Grace (played by Juliet Reeves), who goes to a cabin with her boyfriend Jim (Jeremy London). She verbally recounts her father’s suicide (he shot himself) and how this traumatized her for development sake. They go for a deep walk in the woods and Jim ends up being shot in the head. I assumed he shot himself by accident, but it’s not very clear initially »
Review: The Funhouse Massacre
10 hours ago
It sure is a good feeling when a unique and downright entertaining horror films comes your way. I’m a sucker for slasher films, and I’m equally in love with slow-burn horror dramas such as The Witch or At The Devil’S Door. So, it would probably be a fair assessment to say my tastes are something of a hybrid of both, the over the top gory fare with the emotionally affecting story-driven films that remind me of my favorite type of horror: the genre films of the 1970’s. It’s with an absolutely perfect eye for combining the gory and hilarious with the shocking and character-driven stories that the Ben Begley/Renee Dorian-written, Andy Palmer-directed film The Funhouse Massacre arrives.
It’s apparent from the very opening of the film, that we’re in store for one wild ride, when a group of insane (and very »
- Jerry Smith
Trailer For Eli Roth-Produced Clown Arrives; Hitting Theaters/VOD This June
25 May 2016 4:03 PM, PDT
The fake trailer for Clown has been around for quite some time, with the made up film revolving around a father putting on a clown suit and the suit and face taking him over. With the added credits of having Eli Roth involved, it was a pretty nifty little trailer for a film that simply did not exist. Fast forward a couple of years later and the director of that fake trailer (Jon Watts) has went on to not only film the actual Clown movie (Starring Peter Stormare, Laura Allen, Andy Powers and Elizabeth Whitmere and guess who’s involved as a producer?…Eli Roth), but has since moved onto helming film such Cop Car and the upcoming Spider-main: Homecoming.
On June 17th, Clown is hitting limited theaters and VOD and judging from the Real trailer for the Real movie, it looks pretty entertaining if I do say so myself. »
- Jerry Smith
Bluray Review: Death Walks Twice Collection
25 May 2016 3:43 PM, PDT
As a die-hard horror-phile, I owe a mound of gratitude to Dario Argento’s Suspiria for single-handedly introducing me to the foreign horror film. Before sitting through that amalgamation of bright-colored visuals and slick murder sequences, I had no idea that horror films were even made outside the U.S. Though the local mom and pop video houses and grocery stores spread around the area I was growing up in had some of them lining their shelves, I would have never known that they came from distant regions across the world. As a young teen living during the era of a very moral and conservative presidency, there was an unmistakable spark inside of me that had been lit after watching the original Friday the 13th that was yearning to become a bright, burning inferno. Growing up a very sheltered child, I attempted to find every book and periodical that would »
- Leonel VHS
Review: Killer Dames – Two Gothic Chillers By Emilio P. Miraglia (4-Disc Special Limited Edition)
25 May 2016 3:28 PM, PDT
I love a good, bad play on words, and my first reaction to this Blu-ray box set from Arrow is that it should be titled “The Nights Evelyn Came Out of the Grave” since both films deal with women named Evelyn who seem to be seeking some form of post-mortem revenge. However, in true giallo form, the audience in both cases is left wondering what’s really happening and how much of what we’re being shown is true. This isn’t meant to suggest that these two films are carbon copies of each other, far from it.
The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave (1971) sees director Emilio Miraglia making his first giallo, and a particularly sex obsessed one at that. Lord Alan Cunningham (Anthony Steffen) has everything: money, a castle, and a dead wife he’s obsessed with, our titular Evelyn. The poor woman seems to be haunting him, »
- Derek Botelho
Pod/Darling Director Mickey Keating Returns With Carnage Park; Bloody Thriller Hitting Theaters/VOD This July!
24 May 2016 1:49 PM, PDT
Here at Icons of Fright, we’re big fans of director Mickey Keating. From his Cult horror film Ritual to his UFO conspiracy thriller Pod, we absolutely love his work. Don’t even get us started with this year’s descent into madness film Darling (review), as it’s quite possibly one of the most effective horror/thrillers in a Long time. We’re always happy and anxious to get a look at what the up and coming director is working on next, and chances are, by the time you read this, Mickey will have already filmed a dozen other films. Hitting theaters and all digital outlets on July 1st (via IFC Midnight), Keating’s homage to all things gritty and grindhouse, Carnage Park, now has a poster & new trailer to go along with it and holy hell does it look intense. Give the trailer a watch and check out Carnage Park on July 1st. »
- Jerry Smith
Anchor Bay Bringing Vigilante Diaries Your Way When Action/Comedy Hits Theaters/iTunes June 24th And Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand July 5th
24 May 2016 12:10 AM, PDT
I’m a sucker for a good action/comedy and this announcement of Anchor Bay unleashing Vigilante Diaries this June/July is news to my ears. Based off the popular web series on Chill.com, the film features quite the ensemble cast, with Paul Sloan (I Am Wrath, The Night Crew), Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (The A-Team, Ufc Light Heavyweight Champ), action icon Michael Jai White (The Dark Knight, Black Dynamite), Jason Mewes (Clerks, Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back) and Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill). The film is directed by Christian Sesma (Shoot the Hero) from a script written by Christian Sesma and Paul Sloan.
Vigilante Diaries revolves around a team of black-ops agents turned crime-fighters, led by an elusive, brooding anti-hero of near-mythical physical and weapons skills, known only as The Vigilante (Sloan). Abandoned by governments, corporations and his handlers and with a bounty on his head, The Vigilante »
- Jerry Smith
Supernatural Thriller The Other Side Of The Door Hits Digital HD Tomorrow; We’ve got A Digital Copy to Give out!
23 May 2016 11:06 PM, PDT
20th Century Fox is unleashing the supernatural shocker The Other Side Of The Door onto Bluray/DVD on June 7th, but thanks to the fine folks over at Fox and Think Jam, we’ve got a Digital HD copy of the Jeremy Sisto & Sarah Wayne Callies-led thriller all ready to give out to one of you readers. Hitting Digital HD and every digital retailer out there tomorrow, the film deals with grieving parents and how sometimes opening the door to the past can lead to some pretty horrifying happenings.
In this chilling supernatural story from cowriter-director Johannes Roberts, a family’s idyllic life abroad turns to tragedy — then terror. After her young son dies in an accident, a grieving mother (Sarah Wayne Callies) learns of a ritual that will bring him back for a final goodbye. When she travels to an ancient temple to undertake the ritual, she discovers »
- Jerry Smith