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The New Blood: Jovy Skol
25 June 2016 4:37 AM, PDT
*Editor’s Note– Jovy Skol has been a very important part of the Icons of Fright team for over a year now, but until now, we’ve never had too much of a “profile” series. Since we’ve accumulated a decent amount of wonderful staffers over the last year, we thought we’d let Jovy speak for himself on who he is and what he brings to the horror table, so to speak. -Jerry
Living in the Midwest suburbs, I didn’t make too many friends growing up. I was anti-social and showed no interest in sports, which is apparently all you need to make friends. My mom always said as a baby I was pretty quiet compared to other infants and would only wake up to eat. Nothing has really changed in that department. My parents were really young when they had me and my dad had several sisters »
TV Reviews: Outcast, SSN01 -Episode 3: “All Alone Now” & Episode 4: “A Wrath Unseen”
25 June 2016 4:24 AM, PDT
Episode 3: “All Alone Now”
Episode 2 of Outcast was full of flashbacks that were difficult to differentiate from each other, causing it to be a bit repetitive. We get it already: Kyle’s mom beat the shit out of him as a kid and it was no surprise revelation that she was possessed. The surprise however was in the fact that Kyle wasn’t able to completely save her and it is unclear if she is still possessed. The episode ended with a man in black (Halloween 5, anyone?) paying her a visit who clearly has a sinister agenda and might be the root for all the demons that haunt Kyle. Fortunately, episode 3 does away with the flashbacks and aims for that more sinister material the pilot drew audiences in with.
We open a double date gone sour where we introduced to Blake, a cop who isn’t easily flattered »
The New Blood: Shannon McGrew
22 June 2016 8:04 AM, PDT
With any site, it’s a good feeling when things just fall into place, when you have a team behind you that is passionate about the genre and not just about being seen next to celebs in pics and being “horror celebrities”. Here at Icons, that stuff means absolutely jack sh*& to us, so we’re pretty stoked on the team we currently have writing for us and wanted you fright fanatics to meet the “new blood” (so to speak). All week, we’ll be profiling the new staffers, the old staffers and so on, so grab your seats.
Shannon McGrew – Events/Press Junkets
My name is Shannon McGrew and I’ve always been a fan of horror, starting from the traumatizing experience of watching Killer Klowns From Outer Space at a very young age. In the last few years, I’ve devoted my life to the horror genre by starting my own site, »
- Jerry Smith
Interview: Mark Anastasio and The Coolidge Corner Theater
22 June 2016 5:30 AM, PDT
Across the country, the aspect of the classic theater experience is slowly disappearing like night into day. These historical platforms of class, history, culture and experience have changed lives, hosted legends and presented movie as well as music and art magic… Massachusetts is truly blessed to have several classic theaters throughout the state. One of these incredible temples is located in Brookline, Massachusetts hosting a diverse and impactful range of film, music and live programming all year long! We grabbed one of the infamous and distinctive minds programming minds at the “Coolidge Corner Theater”… the bad ass and stylish Mark Anastasio to delve into the film vs digital, film programming and the local scene for Icons of Fright.
Hey Mark, thanks for taking the time out! You really inspire me with the work you do up in Brookline at the “Coolidge Corner Theater”. What everyone at the “Coolidge” offers to »
- Jay Kay
Intruder Premiere Hits Los Angeles; Interviews w/ Louise Linton, etc.
22 June 2016 5:14 AM, PDT
The home invasion thriller Intruder (not the agoraphobic one released earlier this year) recently had its world premiere (its theatrical and VOD release date is June 24th) , and it was quite the event. The film, which revolves around a cellist (Louise Linton) alone in her apartment while a violent storm rages on and a sinister intruder (Moby) begins to stalk her, was an entertaining one, which was evident by just how many people showed up in support of the Travis Z-helmed thriller. Having previously directed the Cabin Fever remake and the upcoming film The Midnight Man, Zariwny does an excellent job of establishing tension and terror before bringing a truly entertaining close to the film.
A young woman’s quiet night in becomes a free-fall into fear in this disturbing home invasion thriller. After she lands her dream job, a young cellist (Louise Linton) settles in for a relaxing »
- Jerry Smith
Beyond Fright: Shannon’s 4 Non-Horror (and 1 Horror) Films To Make You Lose Your Faith In Humanity
22 June 2016 5:07 AM, PDT
When it comes to horror movies, there are so many sub-genres: slasher flicks, creature features, supernatural and more. However, there are always those few films that transcend the horror genre and nestle themselves into a special niche category. That category is one where we watch a film and as the credits roll we promise ourselves that we will never watch that film again. Not because it’s bad per say but because it’s made us lose faith in humanity and the thought of watching it again is too much bear. To save you the trouble of watching these films, I’ve listed the five films that completely shattered my image of human nature. Watch at your own risk, unless you enjoy suffering that is. -Shannon
*Editor’s note – While some of these films might not “technically” fall into the horror genre per se’, they do a hell of a job adding to this article! »
- Jerry Smith
Giveaway – Win Tickets To Special American Murder Music Intimate Second Ep Celebration Performance!
21 June 2016 8:23 PM, PDT
We recently reported on film composers/stars Terrance Zdunich and Saar Hendelman’s American Murder Music and the first of two E.P.’s, I. Dawn (here), a collection of songs that told the story of bloody tales of killer young’uns and a new America pushing west (Order here).
In celebration of the release of Amm’s second Ep, II. Providence (which was also produced by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s Scotty Morris), Zdunich and Hendelman is debuting 11. Providence‘s first single “Sweet Rosalie” can be downloaded today and is available with all pre-orders of the Ep. While all of that is enough to celebrate, Zdunich and Hendelman are performing at a special, intimate event on June 30th. We’ve got a ticket, ready to give away to you fright fanatics. Want them? Just enter, and we’ll let the winners know within the next two days.
American Murder Song: II. »
- Jerry Smith
2Nd of Cronenberg Mondo Soundtrack Trilogy Hits Tomorrow with Dead Ringers!!
21 June 2016 8:14 PM, PDT
If you’re heads over heels in love with the Mondo-released Vinyl soundtrack to David Cronenberg’s Naked Lunch, then tomorrow’s release of the second of the Cronenberg soundtrack trilogy of releases, Dead Ringers will make you mind explode, similarly to Scanners. We’ve got the Dead Ringers artwork below, which goes on sale at a random time tomorrow (Oh you Mondo bastards!!! jk), and has a pretty affordable price of $30 and features artwork of Randy Ortiz. The soundtrack alone is worth the price, it’s such a haunting score from Howard Shore and one of this writer’s favorite Cronenberg soundtracks.
Based on the novel Twins by Bari Wood and Jack Geasland, Dead Ringers tells the story of identical twin gynecologists—suave Elliot and sensitive Beverly, bipolar sides of one personality—who share the same practice, the same apartment, and the same women. It is a chilling tale, »
- Jerry Smith
Mickle’s Stakeland gets a sequel in The Stakelander; Directed by Body Co-Directors and Already Filmed!!
21 June 2016 7:37 PM, PDT
The Stakelander, a followup to the 2010 Jim Mickle vampire film, Stakeland, has wrapped principal photography down in Saskatchewan this week, which makes this writer smile from ear to ear. I Loved Stakeland, and to have a followup (from a script by original writer/star Nick Damici), is already enought color me excited, not to mention the fact that original stars Damici and Connor Paolo are reprising their roles from the original film. Taking over directorial duties from Mickle, is the directing duo of Dan Berk and Robert Olsen of Last Pictures, creators of the 2015 thriller Body (which I Loved).
Joining the cast of The Stakelander is Laura Abramsen (Basic Human Needs), AC Peterson (Shooter), Bonnie Dennison (Beneath), Kristina Hughes (Green River) and Steven Williams (TV’s Supernatural). Returning producers Peter Phok and Larry Fessenden of Glass Eye Pix and Greg Newman of Dark Sky Films are joined by co-producers at the Syfy Channel, »
- Jerry Smith
The Walking Dead: The Complete Sixth Season Brings Negan and Lucille your way this August!!
21 June 2016 7:10 PM, PDT
Season 6 of AMC’s The Walking Dead was one that really helped amp up the momentum with the series’ fans. Everything led to that moment in which the group met Negan and his trusty Lucille, and thought that end moment upset quite a few people, it’s was suspense at its greatest. It felt like an old serial, with leaving viewers with a cliffhanger that made them scream until the next installment would pick up. Well, if you’re a fan of The Walking Dead, and want to relive the epic 6th season, Anchor Bay has you covered. “The Walking Dead: The Complete Sixth Season” on Blu-ray™ + Digital HD and DVD is set to arrive on August 23. Featuring new cast members and guest stars, Season Six featured Merritt Wever as Dr. Denise Cloyd, Ethan Embry as Carter, Corey Hawkins as Heath, Thomas Payne as Jesus and last but Definitely Not Least, »
- Jerry Smith
Nick Jonas-Led Erotic Thriller Careful What You Wish For Coming to DVD This August!!
20 June 2016 7:19 PM, PDT
When he’s not crooning away, singer Nick Jonas has done quite an excellent job making his way into acting, with roles on TV’s Scream Queens and now the erotic-thriller, Careful What You Wish For. Playing a young man caught in an affair with the wife Isabel Lucas) of a wealthy investment banker (Dermot Mulroney), Jonas really does a great job leading a film and shedding any traces of his pop star persona. Already on iTunes and digital platforms, Careful What You Wish For now has an official DVD release date of August 2nd. We’d really recommend checking this one out. It’s not a “horror” film but plays with those thriller genre films that we all love so much.
A steamy thriller set in a wealthy vacation community, Careful What You Wish For is a story of seduction, deceit and betrayal. The summer before he leaves for »
- Jerry Smith
Get Up and Close With A Great White Shark in The Shallows Motion Poster!!
20 June 2016 6:05 PM, PDT
The panic-inducing second trailer for The Shallows left me with the shakes (I am absolutely terrified of the ocean), but I’m a glutton for punishment, so I’ve been keeping up to date with the the Blake Lively-led film. Hitting theaters on June 24th via Sony, The Shallows follows a woman trapped on a small set of rocks, following a shark attack and her quest to survive. We haven’t had a decent shark film since The Reef and before that, maybe Open Water or Deep Blue Sea, but I think it’s time for some gnarly Shark attacks, sending viewers straight for their Xanax bottles!
- Jerry Smith