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Head Into The Atticus Institute With Brand New Stills Gallery/Key Art!!

18 December 2014 5:34 PM, PST

Anchor Bay is unleashing The Atticus Institute onto DVD/Bluray on January 20th, but to keep you horror lovers excited for the clairvoyant thriller, we were sent the brand new key art for the film, along with a whole gallery for the film directed by Buried writer Chris Sparling. When an official trailer drops for this one, we’ll keep you updated, but until then, check the gallery out, and be sure to catch The Atticus Institute when it arrives this January!

The Atticus Institute stars Rya Kihlstedt (“Dexter”), William Mapother (“Lost”, The Grudge), Harry Groener (“Buffy The Vampire Slayer”), John Rubinstein (“Angel”) and Sharon Maughan (The Bank Job)

“Dr. Henry West founded The Atticus Institute in the early 1970s to test individuals expressing supernatural abilities – E.S.P., clairvoyance, psychokinesis, etc. Despite witnessing several noteworthy cases, nothing could have prepared Dr. West and his colleagues for Judith Winstead. She »

- Jerry Smith

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Scariest Film of 2015? It Follows Trailer Proves Indie Horror Reigns!

18 December 2014 3:38 PM, PST

Ever since this hit the festival circuit earlier this year to wide acclaim, I’ve been patiently awaiting a glimpse at what many are calling the must-see, scariest film of 2015. Hyperbole or fact? Decide for yourself below by watching the newly released trailer, which certainly looks to have an incredibly original idea with a minimalist approach of horror. If anything, it’s great to see fresh talent in front and behind the camera trying something new.

Radius/TWC are releasing the film March 27th, 2015, so we won’t have to wait much longer luckily!

Synopsis:

“For 19-year-old Jay (Maika Monroe), the fall should be about school, boys and weekends at the lake. Yet after a seemingly innocent sexual encounter she suddenly finds herself plagued by nightmarish visions; she can’t shake the sensation that someone, or something, is following her. As the threat closes in, Jay and her friends must »

- Justin Edwards

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Writing Mix Tape #6: Jerry Smith

18 December 2014 1:24 PM, PST

For our sixth entry into the “Writing MixTape” series, I thought I’d go back to the beginning, with another set of songs I love to listen to while writing. We’re going to make this a regular series, with Writing MixTapes posted from the Icons crew every once in a while, in an attempt to perhaps turn you readers onto some music you may or may not be privy to yet. We’re also going to welcome friends of ours into the fold, with guest mixes appearing here and there. We hop that you all enjoy some of music we’re into, and if you don’t, well…we love ya anyway.

Also, feel absolutely free to chime in with any of the songs and albums that you love to put on in the background, in hopes of inspiring any forms of art that you’re into, we’re »

- Jerry Smith

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The Raid’s Original Score Blasts Onto Vinyl From Death Waltz Records!

18 December 2014 11:43 AM, PST

Gareth Evans’ game-changing action epic The Raid was a shotgun blast to the face when it exploded onto our shores, collectively showing us that we had a new classic on our hands. One thing we didn’t get to experience was the film’s original score, from composers Aria Praygoi & Fajar Yuskemal, but now thanks to Death Waltz Records we’ll not have the chance to hear what was originally intended!

Coming January 2015 (alongside a secret release that hasn’t been revealed yet), The Raid bows onto vinyl complete with all the illustrious bells & whistles we’ve come to expect from a Death Waltz release. Check out the cover art above from comic book artist Chris Weston, and read a few words from Death Waltz’s head honcho below!

“The original (and never before released in Any format) Indonesian score to Gareth Evans The Raid will be our first release »

- Justin Edwards

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Bj Colangelo’s Top 15 Horror Movies of 2014

18 December 2014 7:32 AM, PST

We’re only half a month away from 2015, and it’s time to look back on the year, jump on our soap boxes, and crank out our “Best of the Year” lists.  2014 may have been a weak year for theatrical horror films, but the independent circuit was booming. I saw films in 2014 that have become lifetime favorites, and had some of the most fun watching films that I’ve had in a long time.  As always, this is my *~*~opinion*~* on the fifteen best horror films of 2014.

Honorable Mentions: The Purge: Anarchy, The Cemetery, Oculus, and Life After Beth.

15) Nightbreed: Director’S Cut

Admittedly, this is sort of a cheat.  If you follow me on twitter or Instagram, you’d know that thanks to my wonderful man-candy, my house is a proverbial shrine to Clive Barker’s Nightbreed.  Foreign posters, original artwork, old theatre advertisements, figurines, the film on »

- BJ Colangelo

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Jerry Smith’s Top Ten Horror Films Of 2014

18 December 2014 2:49 AM, PST

Jesus Christ, this has been one hell of a year for horror. There were so many genre films that for one reason or another, really spoke to me. Some were intense experiences, ones that led me to think about certain parts of life differently. Some were just plain ol’ fun entertainment and just brightened my dark heart for an hour and a half. Whatever the case was, each film on this list really stood out to me, and to be completely honest, so many others did as well. While I could very easily stretch this list out to 14, 15 or even 20 titles, I put forth a challenge to myself, to really think about ten films that for one reason or another, stayed with me, long after their credits rolled. It was definitely a challenge, and some of my favorite films were festival films that I watched, ones that still haven’t »

- Jerry Smith

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Blair Witch Director Returns With Bigfoot Shocker Exists; Hits DVD/Digital This February!

17 December 2014 6:21 PM, PST

What’s the best way to follow-up Bobcat Godlthwait’s bigfoot film, Willow Creek, a film that a lot of audiences felt was a tad bit too close to The Blair Witch Project? Well, enter The Blair Watch Project director, Eduardo Sanchez. The man somewhat responsible for creating the found footage craze figured it was time to throw his hat into the Sasquatch game, with his new film, Exists. The film has been getting quite the buzz surrounding it, and now thanks to the gang at Lionsgate, Exists is set to hit DVD/Digital on January 3rd. 

“For five friends, it was a chance for a summer getaway — a weekend of camping in the Texas Big Thicket. But visions of a carefree vacation are shattered with an accident on a dark and desolate country road. In the wake of the accident, a bloodcurdling force of nature is unleashed — something not exactly human, »

- Jerry Smith

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Icons of Fright interview With The Device Director Jeremy Berg!!

16 December 2014 2:24 PM, PST

Bypassing the flash and quick cuts of a lot of today’s horror films, director Jeremy Berg, along with this production company, The October People, have done a great job putting out very story-driven genre films. Having directed The Invoking and now The Device (out today!), Berg’s films are closer to the slow-burn approach that horror films used to take, and though the films’ DVD art might not give that appearance, the less is more approach works tremendously well for them.

Berg was nice enough to chat with us for a bit, regarding The Device, its DVD commentary featuring Fire In The Sky writer Tracy Tormé, as well as various other topics. Enjoy!

With The Invoking and now with The Device, you seem to be crafting what some might call “slow burn” horror, as opposed to the gory films that populate the genre a lot these days, your films are very character-driven, »

- Jerry Smith

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Win A Prize Pack Courtesy Of The Woman In Black 2 Angel Of Death And Relativity Media!!

16 December 2014 1:03 PM, PST

All of us at Icons of Fright love to throw things your way, and thanks to the gang at Relativity Media and their upcoming film, The Woman In Black 2 Angel Of Death (hitting theaters January 2nd), we’ve got a good one for ya. One of you lucky Icons of Fright readers is about to get your hands on one hell of a prize pack, loaded with some great items, and it’s absolutely free and easy to enter. Information on how to enter is below, but first, be sure to check out the newest trailer for the upcoming sequel to the 2012’s The Woman In Black, because this one looks like it could very well be a fun one!

“When a group of orphaned children are forced to move from their home in London, caretakers Eve (Phoebe Fox) and Jean (Helen McCrory) bring everyone to the desolate and eerie British countryside. »

- Jerry Smith

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Review: At The Devil’S Door

16 December 2014 11:24 AM, PST

Nicholas McCarthy hit the horror scene hard with his 2012 feature debut, The Pact, catching viewers off guard and getting tons of praise within the horror community as well. With such a strong first film, the pressures of following up that debut could make a lesser man cave under the pressure, but alas, McCarthy obviously didn’t let that pressure get to him. His follow up, At The Devil’S Door (formerly titled Home) not only gives horror fans another solid film from the talented filmmaker, but also provides an unsettling and completely unforgettable experience, instantly getting under your skin and well, scaring the living hell out of you.

Focusing at first on a young woman who sells her soul to the devil in exchange for a hefty bit of cash, At The Devil’S Door is able to instantly set forth a tone that is ripe with tension, and a »

- Jerry Smith

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Review: CAM2CAM (2014)

16 December 2014 11:17 AM, PST

Anyone who has ever messed around with Chatroulette or similar sites can agree on  the fact that sometimes people can be creepy. You never know if you’re going to talk to someone just wanting some conversation, or if you’re going to get someone flashing you or in the plot of CAM2CAM, stalk and kill you. It’s an interesting setup, taking a pre-existing type of social media or internet chatrooms and injecting a horror thriller element into it, and while the setup sounds like it could a fun time, unfortunately CAM2CAM just doesn’t live up to the grand ideas that one might expect.

Opening with a internet encounter that ends with a woman getting brutally murdered, CAM2CAM then encounters a different woman (Tammin Sursock, “Pretty Little Liars“) arriving in Thailand to get away for a while, and almost instantly being hounded by people residing »

- Jerry Smith

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Review: The Device (2014)

16 December 2014 11:15 AM, PST

The Device poster

These days, alien abduction films tend to be limited to some form of Pov and/or found footage angle, bypassing the classic approach, letting things play out in a narrative and visually appealing way. What was once one of the most terrifying subgenres just doesn’t do much for me these days, and more times than not, alien films rarely rise to expectations of being not only scary, thought-provoking and visceral, but in a time of a Lot of footage being found, the alien film subgenre is as stagnant as it could be…almost. Much like the previous collaboration between director/co-writer Jeremy Berg and co-writer/producer John Portanova (2013’s very enjoyable film, The Invoking), a breathe of fresh air is injected into that somewhat stale genre, bypassing cliche’s and poor storytelling, instead giving viewers a genre film full of great character development and a story »

- Jerry Smith

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Scream Factory Sends The Phantom Of The Opera Your Way This February!

16 December 2014 11:02 AM, PST

While a lot of horror fans tend to talk about Freddy nonstop when Robert Englund’s name comes up, a film and role that is sometimes overlooked and underrated, is the Dwight H. Little-helmed 1989 film, The Phantom Of The Opera. A gruesome and gory take on the 1910 Gaston Leroux novel, the film has always been a fun time and now thanks to the folks at Scream Factory, it’s getting now the Bluray treatment. Hitting shelves February 17th, The Phantom Of The Opera features a brand new commentary with director Dwight H. Little and the phantom himself, Robert Englund, but also includes a new ‘Making of” doc, packed with brand new interviews with tons of people involved with the film.

Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Galaxy of Terror, Freddy vs. Jason) assumes the classic role of The Phantom in this shocking, nerve-jangling retelling of Gaston Leroux’s timeless tale of music, »

- Jerry Smith

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Review: Day Of The Mummy

15 December 2014 2:24 AM, PST

Oh mummy movies with huge faces and full blown action-extravaganza DVD covers. I mean, judging from the look of this one, Day Of The Mummy is sure to be a full on Epic adventure film, full of mummy-horror and a lot of chasing jeeps and guns, right? Sadly, the reality of the film tends to bypass the majority of what the cover sells, instead telling a story that falls a bit flat, and under-uses its actors and puts an emphasis on someone who isn’t even in the film often to sell it more.

Telling the tale of a man hired to recover a jewel from the pyramids of Egypt, Day Of The Mummy might give Danny Glover top billing, but the fact is that his scenes are completely confined to a single location. When Glover’s character hires a womanizing treasure hunter played by Copycat‘s William McNamara, he »

- Jerry Smith

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