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Icons of Fright Interview with 7 Minutes Director Jay Martin!

2 July 2015 9:05 PM, PDT

Having started his career as both a music video director (his video for Atreyu’s “Ex’s and Oh’s” is a fave of mine) and a storyboard artist on films like Amazing Spiderman 2 and Constantine, Jay Martin’s directorial feature debut 7 Minutes is a heist gone wrong film full of tension and suspense. Dealing with jumping timelines, and a lot of energy, the Jason Ritter, Luke Mitchell and Zane Holtz-led crime thriller is now in theaters and is one wild ride.

Martin was nice enough to chat with Icons of Fright about his inspiration with the film, the transition of going from music videos to films and some awesome wardrobe choices for Zane Holtz’s character in the film. Read on!


I have always been interested in the heist gone wrong kinds of films, like Dog Day Afternoon. Those are my favorite movies, so your movie had me at the very beginning. »

- Jerry Smith

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Roger Corman-Produced Sharktopus Vs. Whalewolf Gets One Crazy Trailer!!

2 July 2015 8:03 PM, PDT

Roger Corman is a legend, his film career having spanned decades after decades, providing a constant onslaught of entertaining B and exploitation films for film lovers. No stranger to the absurd, Corman is now prepping the release of Sharktopus Vs. Whalewolf (yes, you read that right), the third chapter in the SyFy channel series, this time featuring a hybrid horror showdown between two pissed off creatures, with Casper Van Dien and Co. right in the middle of it.

The trailer for the Sharktopus Vs. Whalewolf has officially dropped and it looks like one wacky film, rivaling the hit Sharknado in not taking itself too seriously, and being big on the entertainment side. What do you fright fanatics think? Will you be watching this one, when it makes its SyFy premiere on Sunday, July 19th?

Sharktopus Vs. Whalewolf finds the infamous Sharktopus terrorizing the seas once again. This time he’s »

- Jerry Smith

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Icons of Fright Talks Exeter With Director Marcus Nispel!!

2 July 2015 7:37 PM, PDT

Director Marcus Nispel might be primarily known for helming 2003’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and 2009’s Friday The 13th remakes, as well as being in my opinion, one of the best music video directors of all time, but this week sees the release of Exeter, a film that has went through three years of shuffled release dates and name changes. Originally titled Backmask, Exeter is a breath of fresh air when it comes to the exorcism subgenre, a film that knows what its audience is, and revels in that self aware approach.

Nispel was nice enough to chat with us for a bit, regarding the long journey of Exeter and its do it yourself approach, the difference between a film like this and a big studio reboot, and…Charles Manson? Read on for one entertaining conversation with one of the nicest filmmakers working today, and catch Exeter when it hits »

- Jerry Smith

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Jovy Skol’s Ten Best Opening Kills In Horror

2 July 2015 5:18 PM, PDT

Alfred Hitchcock shocked audiences in 1960 with his black and white classic Psycho when he decided to kill of leading lady Janet Leigh in the first 45 minutes. Her death scene was considered brutal and almost pornographic in the standards of that day, but Hitchcock didn’t care. He wanted to scare and take you by surprise. Since then, many films have successfully utilized this technique of opening their films with murder and here some that had me hooked.




Definitely one of the most famous scenes in horror story, the original 1978 classic opens with a Pov scene of a mysterious voyeur. We watch through his eyes as two teenagers make out while he grabs a huge knife and mask, waits for the boyfriend to leave and makes his way upstairs. He finds the girl in just her underwear, combing her hair unaware that she’s about to be stabbed to death. »

- Jovy Skol

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Icons of Fright Chats With Stung Director Benni Diez!!

2 July 2015 4:28 PM, PDT

Icons own Jovy Skol loved the creature attacking catering workers tale Stung (review), which hits VOD on July 3rd from IFC Midnight, and we thought what better way to help get you fright fanatics turned onto the film, than to have a small chat with Benni Diez, the film’s director.

We asked Benni about what turned him onto the project, and his inspirations for creating such a fun and sometimes creep creature feature, one that features fun performances from Clifton Collins, Jr. (Pacific Rim) ( Matt O’Leary (Death Sentence, Time Lapse) and genre legend Lance Henriksen. Be sure to check Stung out beginning tomorrow and check out what Benni had to say regarding the film below:

Stung has such a crazy,off the wall premise, which is very interesting to me. It recalls a time in which horror films could be fun. What inspired you to tell the story? »

- Jerry Smith

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4 Year Olds Can Watch Stephen King’s It: and Other Questionable Decisions My Parents Made Raising Me

2 July 2015 10:57 AM, PDT

The days of sneaking into living rooms to catch midnight horror movies when your parents were fast asleep have now been replaced by minimizing Netflix browser windows when Mom thinks you’re playing Minecraft. The elusive “horror movie back rooms” in video stores are now just a few key words into Google. Considering how easy it is to be exposed to graphic horror films, the discussion of when it is “appropriate” for children to see horror films has become a huge topic for debate amongst parents. What is too scary? When is the right time to intentionally scare your kids? Is there ever a “right” time?

My parents took the approach of “anytime is a good enough time to show our kid fucked up stuff.” One of my earliest memories I have as a child was sitting next to my mother as she binge-watched Stephen King’S It. The ironic »

- BJ Colangelo

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Warner Bros.’ Archive Collection Covering All Bases With Everything From Wolfen to Noir-Classic Satan Met A Lady

30 June 2015 7:23 PM, PDT

Warner Bros.’ Archive Collection has been doing quite the job giving genre and non-genre fans an extensive amount of DVD and Bluray releases of classic horror, crime noir and comedy films, some of which are available for the first time. Sure there are Quite a lot of new genre films to keep us busy for ages, but it does feel good to sit back and watch classic films that not only inspired today’s film-making, but paved the way for a lot of recent films.

We thought it would be nice to write a bit about some of our favorite releases from WB’s Archive Collection, thanks to the gang over there for sending a few titles my way to check out. Read on!

Wolfen (1981)

The story of a series of murders being investigated by a detective and his new partner (Albert Finney and the absolutely gorgeous Diane Venora), Wolfen suffered, »

- Jerry Smith

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Fright At Home – June 30th brings Pit Stop, The Bronx Trilogy from Casterrari, Ghost House/Witchery

30 June 2015 4:29 PM, PDT

We like to tell you fright fanatics about weekly releases that really stand out to us. We could go down the line about every single release, like every other site does, and there’s nothing wrong with that. What Fright At Home is about though, is letting you genre (and non-genre) lovers about releases that makes Us excited, because there are no rock stars here, we’re just like you, we Are you, horror lovers.

So with June 30th being here and this week’s releases being placed onto the shelves by your local video store workers (do those still exist?), here are a few releases that have for one reason or another, stood out to us.

Pit Stop (1969 Dir. Jack Hill)

One of Hill’s most overlooked but easily his best film (yes, I said his best), Pit Stop is a completely engrossing story of Rick Bowman, a man »

- Jerry Smith

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Bluray Review: Valerie And Her Week Of Wonders

30 June 2015 2:59 PM, PDT

A surreal and beautiful piece of Czechoslovakian New Wave Cinema, Jaromi Jires’ Valerie And Her Week Of Wonders finally hits Bluray thanks to the gang at Criterion, and hot damn is it one film to run out and get, immediately. A beautifully shot, and fantastically layered story of a young woman coming into her own sexuality, all while being seduced by vampires, being protected by witchcraft-filled pearl earrings and a lover who just might be her brother, the film is one that every fan of surrealist horror, erotic cinema or just great films in general should take the time to experience.

Released in 1970, Jires’ created a masterpiece with Valerie, a film that though based on the 1945 novel by Vítězslav Nezval, stands on its own, giving its audience a truly spellbinding time. Following Valerie, a young woman on the verge of becoming a woman and with a budding sexuality in her »

- Jerry Smith

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Metamorphosis/Beyond Darkness Double Feature Bluray Coming This September From Scream Factory!

30 June 2015 2:16 PM, PDT

Sci-fi and Satanic horror are going to be coming in full effect, with Scream Factory unveiling their August 25th plans to release a brand new Bluray double feature of 1990’s Metamorphosis and Beyond Darkness. For fans of weird, sometimes Very weird horror, these two films are two that would be worth picking up on their own, let alone in one double feature set. I grew up loving Metamorphosis and the one time that I did watch Beyond Darkness was definitely an interesting experience.

Will you fright fanatics be picking this set up, along with the many other fun films being released by the gang at Sf in the coming months?

First up is the science-fiction/horror of Metamorphosis! When his experiments in genetics are mocked by his colleagues, maverick scientist Dr. Peter Houseman takes extreme measures to prove that his untested anti-aging serum works. Injecting himself with his miracle cure, »

- Jerry Smith

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Icons of Fright Interview with Crush The Skull’s Co-writer/Star Chris Dinh and Co-writer/Director Viet Nguyen!!

29 June 2015 8:32 PM, PDT

Viet Nguyen’s Crush The Skull absolutely crushed us (see what I did there?) during its La Film Festival screening. The horror/comedy hybrid works so well on both levels, and is one of the most original films that genre fans can see (when it comes out). We thought it would be nice to have a chat with director/co-writer Viet Nguyen and Chris Dinh (co-writer/star of the film), so you fright fanatics can get excited for this truly exciting film.

Easily one of the most entertaining films in years, when this one hits, it’ll take off, I can feel it. Hold me to that statement.

So Crush The Skull was a short film first if I’m not mistaken, right?

Viet: It was a short film that we shot in 2009. We were trying to write a script together, and we were watching a lot of horror movies to do some research. »

- Jerry Smith

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Beyond Fright Review: Gangland: Undercover, Season One

29 June 2015 4:45 PM, PDT

Sons of Anarchy fans crying either over the fact that their favorite show is done or the fact that they wasted so many hours of their lives watching a soap opera on wheels now has a show that actually Feels like you’re right up in the mix of one of history’s wildest gangs, in A&E’s Gangland: Undercover, a 6-part miniseries (and hopefully a jump starter to a continuing series) detailing the real life experience of Charlies Falco, a man who spent a long time dealing meth until his world crumbled, got himself arrested and did what a lot of people would: agreed to turn informant and go undercover.  Having already written “Vagos, Mongols and Outlaws“, a book about his experiences, where Falco goes with the TV mini-series is somewhere completely enthralling, leaving its mark on your long after it finishes.

Told through six episodes, Gangland: Undercover »

- Jerry Smith

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Review: Bound To Vengeance

29 June 2015 4:09 PM, PDT

Women in peril only to exact vengeance on the men who do them wrong is pretty much its own genre now, especially in the horror community. What’s unfortunate is it is commonly used as a motif to allow plenty of screen time for graphic rape sequences. While it can add to a movie’s overall arc, there are far too many examples of the revenge aspect taking only a fraction of the running time in comparison to the abuse. Does this make the revenge that much more satisfying? Maybe. Quentin Tarantino makes a career out of putting his heroes through hell and back, only to lead to often violent consequences. However, he never makes the torture on his heroes appealing or pornographic. In Kill Bill: Volume One Buck takes a beating before he is ever able to lay a finger on The Bride. He never rapes her, but »

- Jovy Skol

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The Walking Dead: The Complete Fifth Season Creep Walks Onto Bluray/DVD/Digital HD This August!!

29 June 2015 12:18 PM, PDT

For five years, AMC and The Walking Dead have grabbed cable by the neck and demanded viewers’ attention, with their ongoing story of a world, post-zombie apocalypse. Show-runners have come and gone, characters have arrived and died, turned into walkers, and hell, what Hasn’T happened in those five years?!

Now Anchor Bay is getting ready to unleash the Robert Kirkman comic-based TV show’s fifth season, in all of its Rick Grimes, Daryl Dixon and now Father Stoked & The Hunters-filled glory on August 25th. Coming out in both a  Blu-ray™ + Digital HD and DVD editions, The Walking Dead: The Complete Fifth Season, like the previous Anchor Bay Walking Dead releases, is jam packed with enough special features to fill your quota of zombie mayhem  and keep your zombie-lovin busy until the series returns with its sixth season this October.

The Walking Dead: The Complete Fifth Season

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- Jerry Smith

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