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The found footage approach to horror films has went through a great deal of scrutiny in the last few years, and rightfully so, there are a greater number of misses than hits. Films tend to fall into the same ol’ formula and cliche-filled pitfalls, with the “We need to document this!” line spoken more times than it hasn’t been. Luckily, Adam Mason’s Hangman bypasses many of those cliches and offers horror fans a truly chilling and downright scary experience that will refuse to exit your mind for quite some time following its final act.
What makes Hangman so interesting right from the get-go, is how almost dirty it feels. Instead of some family member or friend manning a video camera like every other film of its type, we’re given the entire film through the many hidden camera placed in the home of a family led by Jeremy Sisto (Clueless, »
- Jerry Smith
Hallucinatory Festival Hit Darling Gets Release Date, Trailer and New Poster
12 February 2016 1:49 PM, PST
I’ve made it no secret how much I absolutely loved Mickey Keating (Ritual, Pod, the upcoming Carnage Park)’s hallucinatory head trip of a film, Darling. A unique film that puts you through a beautiful descent into madness, the film knocked my ass on the ground when I was able to catch it during last year’s Fantastic Fest in Austin, TX (review). Produced by Glass Eye Pix and starring Lauren Ashley Carter (Pod, Jug Face), Brian Morvant (Pod, The Mind’S Eye), Sean Young (Blade Runner) and Larry Fessenden (You’Re Next, We Are Still Here), the film was acquire by Screen Media Films soon after its Fantastic Fest showing and it looks like we now have a release date, along with a pretty nice poster and trailer to go along with it.
Lauren Ashley Carter gives a riveting performance as a lonely girl that slowly and violently »
- Jerry Smith
Grab Your Xanax and Get Ready For A Panic Attack! The Invitation Gets A New Trailer/Poster and a Heavy Dose of Dread!
12 February 2016 1:05 PM, PST
There are good movies and there are Great movies. Karyn Kusama’s The Invitation falls under the latter, being not only a great film, but One Of The Greatest Films In Years. It’s a pressure cooker of epic proportions, a film that brings you in, and slowly gets under your skin and causing you to sweat in one panic attack after another. It’s a directorial masterpiece, an accomplishment that must be seen by cinephiles of all types. The Logan Marshall-Green led thriller is set to make its theatrical/VOD debut on April 8th, via Drafthouse Films, and the less you know going into this one, the better. For those who want to know a very small ounce of info regarding the film, Drafthouse has released a brand new poster and trailer for the film, which deals with a grieving man who attends a dinner party given by his »
- Jerry Smith
Virgin slasher film Cherry Falls gets Scream Factory Treatment This March!
12 February 2016 12:14 PM, PST
Geoffrey Wright’s 2000 slasher Cherry Falls brought a whole new angle to the teenage body count film, opting for a killer preying on virgins, instead of the more promiscuous approach that most slashers are known for. An extremely underrated and under appreciated film upon its initial release, the Brittany Murphy and Michael Biehn-led film is now getting the Scream Factory treatment, when a special edition Bluray release hits shelves on March 29th, with a pretty good amount of special features set to be included.
A serial killer is stalking the peaceful town of Cherry Falls. At first, it seems that he is just targeting teenagers, but after the third killing it becomes clear that all the victims have been virgins. When the town’s students hear about this, they realize that there is only one way to protect themselves and begin planning a “Pop Your Cherry” party where they »
- Jerry Smith
Horror Pack Subscription Service Asks “What DVD/Blurays Are You Craving For in Your Collection?”; Giveaway!
11 February 2016 2:46 PM, PST
Getting a package can be an exciting experience. Every time that I get something dropped off by FedEx or Ups, I start quoting Brad Pitt from SE7EN, “What’s in the box? What’s in the fucking box!?!” And with subscription services, that mystery is all the better. With HorrorPack, (previously reviewed here), that box is filled with 4 DVDs or Blu-ray curated just for the horror aficionado.
The folks over at HorrorPack are keeping things rolling as demand has been selling out before the cut off date, but they want even more horror nuts to know about their service. They crafted a promo trailer that should warm even the most lifeless of horror hearts.
Here ya go!
The good folks over at HorrorPack were nice enough to offer (2) Icons of Fright readers a free month of their subscription service, so by all means, Enter by sending us an E-Mail with the subject of Horrorpack. »
- Derek Smith
Get Your Poe/Lovecraft On When Scream Factory Sends Murders In The Rue Morgue/The Dunwich Horror To Bluray This March!
10 February 2016 1:34 PM, PST
I absolutely Love the majority of American International Pictures’ classic horror films, so this news brings a huge, demented smile to my face. The gang at Scream Factory are bringing a double dose of Aip love, with the March 29th Bluray double feature release of Murders In The Rue Morgue & The Dunwich Horror. Available on Bluray for the first time, the Edgar Allan Poe/H.P. Lovecraft double feature will also brand new commentaries from film historian/writer Steve Haberman as well as a nifty Stage Tricks & Screen Frights featurette to round things out. I’ll be checking these one out, how about you fright fanatics?
Your first frightening film is 1971’s Murders in the Rue Morgue. In early 20th-century Paris, a theatrical company with a specialty in Grand Guignol undertakes their most gruesome production yet. But when a madman with an axe to grind arrives on the scene, the stage »
- Jerry Smith
Spend Your Valentine’s Weekend with…an undead threesome? New Nina Forever Trailer/Clip Arrives In time For Feb 12th Release
10 February 2016 12:55 PM, PST
Quite easily one of the most unique love stories to hit the horror genre in years, Ben and Chris Blaine’s Nina Forever is a fresh look at love, death and moving on, all wrapped in one blood and sex-filled film. Genre fans looking for something fun to watch with their girlfriend/boyfriend/dog this Valentine’s weekend can see the Very interesting film, when it hits theaters/Digital On Feburary 12th. If the film’s synopsis isn’t enough to entice you (it should be), we’ve got a brand new trailer and clip from the Fiona O’Shaughnessy, Abigail Hardingham and Cian Barry-led film for you fright fanatics!
Holly wants to save Rob, has fallen in love with him. She is training to be a paramedic and works a dead end job in a supermarket where Rob is the only remarkable thing; lost and angry since the death of his girlfriend Nina. »
- Jerry Smith
Michigan Fiends Set to Face Their Fears At Newly Announced Phobia Fest; Meg Foster, Courtney Gains Among The Guests
10 February 2016 12:28 PM, PST
March 12th and 13th is looking pretty spooky, with the recently announced, Michigan-based Phobia Fest. Taking place inside Tory, Michigan’s Motion Picture Institute (a 20,000 ft. production facility with soundstages and various other areas), the Fest focuses on what scares the living hell out of genre fans, as well as hosting over 12 Midwest premieres, a “Miss Phobia” pageant and an impressive amount of various other events as well.
Genre faves such as They Live/Rob Zombie’s 31 star Meg Foster (showing the debut trailer from her upcoming film, At Sunrise), Children Of The Corn‘s Courtney Gains and FX legend Tom Sullivan will be appearing at the event, which will also feature a 20th anniversary Mosquito screening and cast/crew reunion, courtesy of Synapse Films.
Having seen a few of the films that will be screening at the Fest, I can say that it’s looking to be a wild time. »
- Jerry Smith