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Review – Halloween 4 & Halloween 5 Blu-Ray

25 August 2012 1:01 PM, PDT

Ever since Blu-Ray won the digital home theater war over HD DVD as the dominant format, it’s been inevitable that slowly but surely, we’d be getting all the Halloween movies all over again. I can think of no other franchise whose titles I’ve purchased several times over on DVD. (Hell, even on VHS!) So this fall is essentially what us Michael Myers fanatics have been bracing ourselves for. Anchor Bay Entertainment unleashed the Blu-Ray debuts of Halloween 4: The Return Of Michael Myers and Halloween 5: The Revenge Of Michael Myers earlier this week. Die hard Halloween enthusiasts are going to pick them up no matter what, but I’m sure the rest of you are wondering, is it worth the double (or quadruple) dip? Here’s a quick summery on the plots of the 2 films and then we’ll delve right into what’s new on these Blu-Rays. »

- Rob Galluzzo

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First Tease Of Brian De Palma’s Passion!

24 August 2012 9:15 PM, PDT

There are plenty of films in Brian De Palma’s filmography that I consider “horror”. In particular, I always rather enjoyed Raising Cain. Dressed To Kill of course is his homage to Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. And now this looks like it could be a return to form for the famed director. Below you’ll find the teaser trailer to Passion, his remake of Alain Corneau’s 2011 French film Love CrimeRachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace have never been hotter and it looks like things will get pretty hot between the two in this thriller in which “A young businesswoman plots murderous revenge after her boss and mentor steals her idea.”

No release date or distributor is in place yet, but Passion will begin it’s festival run with Venice and then Toronto in the coming months. Take a peek at the trailer and poster below!

More when we hear it! »

- Rob Galluzzo

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Sneak Peek At Scream Factory’s Halloween II & III Documentaries!

24 August 2012 8:20 PM, PDT

Halloween and Michael Myers fans have a lot to be excited about this year. First was the Blu-Ray debuts of Halloween 4: The Return Of Michael Myers and Halloween 5: The Revenge Of Michael Myers earlier this week from Anchor Bay Entertainment. But also, on September 18th, Scream Factory, the new horror related banner of Shout! Factory will release proper special edition Blu-Ray’s/DVD’s of Halloween II and Halloween III: Season Of The Witch.

Both of those releases are loaded with brand new commentaries, but also Red Shirt Pictures have provided new retrospective documentaries on both films. Want to see the first 2 minutes of each documentary? Of course you do! Check out these previews below!

Both discs will be available September 18th. Here’s a rundown on the features -

Halloween II:

- The Theatrical Version and the Television Cut with added footage not seen in the »

- Rob Galluzzo

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Movie Review: The Apparition

24 August 2012 3:02 PM, PDT

Let’s just get this out, The Apparition is a strong contender for not only being the worst horror film of the year; but also will likely carry the title of being the most inept. For those of you who haven’t seen or avoided the trailers (I envy you!), The Apparition starts off with a trio of college kids who through a parapsychology experiment, succeed in bringing forth a malevolent spirit from the other side. Cut to a couple years later, we find Ben (Sebastian Stan) has put the days of college conjuring behind him and now leads a particularly mundane life with his unaware girlfriend Kelly (Ashley Greene) in a vacant, housing development. Cue a series of ghostly happenings that the couple can’t explain, wait…you know where this is going, right?

Dark Castle’s output of remakes and somewhat original horror films have always had a degree of enjoyability to them. »

- Justin Edwards

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Beyond Fright: Song Of The Week – Impending Doom “Deceiver”

24 August 2012 1:06 PM, PDT

Whew! Been a few weeks since I kicked off a Friday with our “Song Of The Week”, so let’s get back into the groove in style. This video is from the band Impending Doom and it’s called “Deceiver” from their album “Baptized In Filth”. Fright friend and filmmaker Blake Reigle forwarded over this clip to me when the video premiered back in July and it’s got a bitchin’ looking Satan in it, so I figured it warranted sharing. Check it, crank it, share it!

Previous song of the week selections:

- Testament “Souls Of Black”

- Megadeth “Go To Hell”

Alice In Chains “Them Bones”

- Ministry “Just One Fix”

- The Ramones “Pet Cemetery

- Soundgarden “Live To Rise”

- Suicide Silence “Slaves To Substance” »

- Rob Galluzzo

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Discover The Secret Of The Dibbuk In This Possession Featurette!

23 August 2012 11:49 PM, PDT

No doubt, you’ve seen us post about the upcoming supernatural horror flick The Possession here on Icons. Well, it’s been said to be based on a true story. Now in this new featurette, you can learn a bit about the legend of the dibbuk! Check it out for yourselves and prepare to be a bit freaked out.

Check out the theatrical trailer in our previous news post right Here. You can learn more about the case that inspired the movie in This La Times article.

Based on a true story, The Possession stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Watchmen), Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer), Natasha Calis (The Firm) and Matisyahu (“The Hasidic Reggae Superstar”), produced by master of horror Sam Raimi and directed by Ole Bornedal (Nightwatch). The Possession begins haunting theaters August 31st!

Synopsis:

Based on a true story, The Possession is the terrifying story of how one family must »

- Rob Galluzzo

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Trailer/Cover Art For Darren Lynn Bousman’s The Barrens, Out Oct. 9th!

23 August 2012 11:33 PM, PDT

They say there’s no rest for the wicked, but it seems like there’s no rest for director Darren Lynn Bousman! Hot off the heels of a second successful tour with his rock horror musical The Devil’S Carnival comes the release news for his 7th feature length film The Barrens, a new horror film based on the Jersey Devil legend. We’ve got the cover art (above) and the trailer (below). Anchor Bay Entertainment will release The Barrens on DVD or a Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack on October 9th.

Here’s the full press release:

Anchor Bay Films invites viewers to revisit those campfire ghost stories that launched thousands of nightmares at summer camp with the October 9th release of The Barrens, the twisted new chiller from writer/director Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, Saw III, Saw IV, Mother’s Day). With a stellar genre and mainstream cast including Stephen Moyer (“True Blood, »

- Rob Galluzzo

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Amy Heckerling’s Vampire Comedy Vamps Arrives November 13th!

23 August 2012 11:07 PM, PDT

Anchor Bay Entertainment has set November 13th, 2012 as the release date for the Blu-Ray/ DVD release of Vamps, the new vampire comedy from director Amy Heckerling who also helmed the hits Fast Times At Ridgemont High, Look Who’S Talking & Clueless. A small theatrical run begins November 2nd in select theaters. Vamps is a cheeky, fresh comedy about two eternally young party girls navigating the dating world in the Big City.

Goody (Silverstone) and Stacy (Krysten Ritter) are addicted to the night life, clubbing, hooking up and always looking for the next thrill, all the while keeping a big a secret-they happen to be modern-day vampires. But even with lifetimes of dating experience behind them, the duo realizes they still have a lot to learn about love when Stacy unexpectedly falls for the son of a vampire hunter, and Goody runs into the man of her dreams from decades earlier. »

- Rob Galluzzo

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Here’s Chloe Grace Moretz As Carrie, Julianne Moore As Her Mom!

23 August 2012 10:49 PM, PDT

While most people tend to roll their eyes at the mere mention of any well known title being remade, I think there’s been enough padding between Brian De Palma’s Carrie in 1976 with it’s sequel The Rage: Carrie 2 in 1999, followed by the made-for-tv remake in 2002 with Angela Bettis. If anything, with Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don’T Cry) at the helm as director, along with Chloe Grace Moretz (Kick-ass, Let Me In) leading the cast as the new Carrie White and Julianne Moore as her mother Margaret White, I have a lot of enthusiastic curiosity for this new retelling of Stephen King’s classic story. Now, Entertainment Weekly got the first pics of both lead actresses as their characters straight from the set as the movie which is currently filming. And they look pretty great as you can see for yourselves!

Judy Greer, Portia Doubleday, Gabriella Wilde and »

- Rob Galluzzo

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New Icons Interview- Paul Solet (2012)

23 August 2012 10:18 PM, PDT

Paul Solet is no stranger to Icons of Fright or myself; having met him through Fangoria releasing our short horror films on DVD a few years ago, I was fortunate to then witness his step-by-step progress in getting his first genre feature, Grace, off the ground. Joining with Adam Green’s ArieScope Pictures for production,  Paul’s film debuted at Sundance to awed, anxious and some fainting audience members; and spent 9 months on the festival circuit before its theatrical and DVD releases in 2009.  While there are projects brewing for Mr. Solet that we can’t give away yet, I spoke to him about the Grace experience, his foray into horror on the radio, Boston celebrity, as well as some officially announced projects coming our way; we touch on his thoughts on the Hollywood process and how he approaches meetings and  work, and wrap up with a look at some Dirty Lights. »

- abarnick

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Don Coscarelli’s John Dies At The End Finds A Home With Magnet Releasing!

22 August 2012 5:50 PM, PDT

Today, Magnet Releasing acquire worldwide rights to Don Coscarelli’s cult classic adaptation in the making of the novel of the same name, John Dies At The End. This is the best news of the week, readers. Why? A couple reasons actually. First of all, we’ll be seeing a new film in theaters from the director of such genre gems like Phantasm & Bubba Ho-Tep. That alone is more than enough to jump and shout for joy. Secondly, Magnet Releasing is hands down The best independent studio in the game today and has brought us countless Grade A films spread across all genres.

John Dies At The End will be hitting VOD much later this December, with a limited theatrical run to follow in early 2013! Read the press release below for all the details!

Magnet Takes Worldwide Rights To Don Coscarelli’s John Dies At The ENDThe Wagner/Cuban Company’s Magnet Releasing, »

- Justin Edwards

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Fright At Home: August 21st’s Blu-ray & DVD Releases

21 August 2012 3:20 PM, PDT

Frightful readers, I’d like to personally welcome you to Fright At Home, our very own weekly Blu-ray/DVD column that’s dedicated solely to genre, cult & horror Blu-ray & DVD releases that adamantly deserve your attention and support.

I myself am a voracious home video enthusiast, especially of those that are released by first class cult video labels that include Synapse Films, Shout! Factory and dozens more. It’s these companies that are the true heroes, releasing obscured oddities or cult classics onto remastered, bonus feature packed discs just for us. It’s truly a “by the fans, for the fans” kind of attitude that is clearly present once you pop that disc and relish in the spectacular video quality or feature length retrospective documentary. This weekly column is essentially a big thank you to those behind-the-scenes people who spend thousands of dollars and countless hours tirelessly perfecting their releases, »

- Justin Edwards

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Watch Author Of Alfred Hitchcock And The Making Of Psycho Discuss The Classic!

21 August 2012 2:30 PM, PDT

Stephen Rebello is the author of the 1990 book Alfred Hitchcock And The Making Of Psycho, a non-fiction accounting  of every aspect of the master filmmakers classic & terrifying 1960 film. Rebello’s book garnered universal praise and acclaim, leading to several bound editions as well as a recently released eBook. We’ve included a video below showing Rebello waxing poetic about Psycho and explaining how Hitchcock ushered in a whole new era of cinema that reflected the changing of society!

This really is the year of Hitchcock with the Universal mega Blu-ray/DVD set coming out soon dedicated to the icon’s filmography & shooting has just wrapped on the film adaptation of Rebebllo’s book of the same name, with Anthony Hopkins portraying the legend himself Alfred Hitchcock & Scarlet Johansson becoming Psycho‘s leading lady Janet Leigh. That’s due out sometime in 2013!

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- Justin Edwards

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Red Band Trailer Debut For Horror-Comedy The Revenant, Opens This Friday!

21 August 2012 1:58 PM, PDT

Winner of the Best Director Award at Fantastic Fest, D. Kerry Prior’s highly anticipated horror comedy The Revenant, will be making it’s theatrical debut this Friday, August 24th in select theaters & VOD. We’ve got a list of theaters below that will be screening the film, as well as a brand new Red Band trailer for the film that’s filled with some bloody, undead hilarity!

August 24, 2012:

Phoenix, Az – Valley Art

Portland, Or – Hollywood Theater

Columbus, Oh – Gateway Film Center

New York, NY – Cinema Village

Austin, TX – Drafthouse S Lamar

August 31, 2012″

Denver, Co – Colfax 3

Omaha, Ne – Dundee Theater

September 7, 2012:

Durham, Nc – Carolina Theater

Synopsis: “This breakout horror comedy centers around a fallen soldier who somehow finds he has joined the ranks of the living dead. Bart Gregory (Anders) has just recently been laid to rest – so why is he still up and walking around? The only »

- Justin Edwards

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Beyond Fright – “Cult” Pick: The Boys Next Door

19 August 2012 7:26 PM, PDT

As I’ve been wanting to inject more posts and articles about “cult” titles into Icons Of Fright, I finally got around to watching one earlier this afternoon that I’d heard of but never seen; it’s something that I think fans of this site and horror in general might want to seek out and experience for themselves – Penelope Spheeris’ 1985 flick The Boys Next Door.

The movie opens up with a montage of photos and voice-overs discussing various serial killers of the last few decades; how people can’t make sense of the crimes that these young unassuming men commit. How it’s difficult to comprehend the actions of seemingly good “boys next door”. And then we’re introduced to Roy (Maxwell Caulfield) and Bo (Charlie Sheen). They’re two prankster teens who have just graduated high school and have no real motivation or drive for their future. Roy however has a problem. »

- Rob Galluzzo

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Handful Of Images From The Indie Pic Below Zero!

19 August 2012 6:54 PM, PDT

The new indie flick Below Zero from director Justin Thomas Ostensen and writer Signe Olynyk doesn’t come out officially on DVD until next Tuesday August 28th, but in the meantime, we’ve gotten our bloody hands on a handful of images from the movie to tide you over until then! And with the cast consisting of Edward Furlong (Night Of The Demons), Kristin Booth and genre favorite Michael Berryman (The Hills Have Eyes), we thought we’d put this one on your radar.

The movie tells the story of ‘Jack the Hack’, a less than average, but once successful screenwriter who now faces writer’s block. Desperate to meet a career-saving deadline and lock out the distractions of his troubled life, Jack arranges to be left alone and locked inside a meat cooler, with only vegetarian meals and his imagination to inspire him. As the temperature drops, the lines between reality and fiction blur, »

- Rob Galluzzo

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