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Directing your first feature film can be daunting. It’s so easy to not quite now what you’re getting into, and even easier to put out a very flawed debut. As a horror (and film in general) fan though, there is nothing better than being able to witness the birth or a true genre auteur, one that hits the scene hard, giving viewers a feature debut that not only is sufficient, but Quite excellent at the same time. Filmmaker Ted Geoghegan has been a friend of Icons of Fright’s for quite some time, leading back to the NY days of the site, and it’s our absolute pleasure and honor to champion his debut, We Are Still Here, as much as we can, not because he’s a friend, but because as horror fans, we now have a brand new voice on par with West, Fessenden, and other »
- Jerry Smith
Olaf de Fleur (“Brave Men’s Blood,” “City State”) will direct and Sigma’s Brian Coffey (“The Legend of Barney Thomson,” “Starred Up,” “Citadel”) and Thruline’s Danny Sherman (“The Wild One Hundreds,” “Bathing Flo”) will produce.
The film centers on siblings Jackson and Angela (Cookson), who run a profitable ghostbusting racket, swindling the bereaved with fake detection equipment and phony paranormal visions. Hired to investigate a haunted old foster home, the team uncovers its terrifying past: girls brutally silenced by a sadistic killer. But the very real supernatural terrors are the least of their problems when they discover a far greater evil lurking in the isolated house.
- Leo Barraclough
When the pair investigate a haunted foster home where a sadistic killer used to operate, they uncover a far more terrifying supernatural force.
Iceland’s Olaf de Fleur will direct Hush and Sigma’s Brian Coffey and Thruline’s Danny Sherman produce. Coffey produced The Legend Of Barney Thomson and Citadel, while Sherman is working on the upcoming The Wild One Hundreds and Bathing Flo.
Principal photography is set to kick off in October in Scotland.
de Fleur won »
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Comics and graphic novels have a proud tradition of gleeful sci-fi insanity. It's been there from the absurd Batman adventures of the 1950s, through to the over-the-top British dystopias of the 1980s, and it's alive and well in Ballistic. This graphic novel is the latest release from indie publisher Black Mask Studios, drawn by superstar comics artist Darick Robertson (best known for his work on Transmetropolitan, Happy!, and The Boys) and written by relative newcomer Adam Egypt Mortimer. It hits stands tomorrow. The plot is ... difficult to describe, but follows the adventures of a guy named Butch and his best friend Gun (a foulmouthed living gun). According to the official description, the duo "attempt to elevate Butch from air conditioner repairman to master criminal in the twisted, post-eco-apocalyptic Repo City State, a reclaimed trash island built entirely from DNA-based, living technology with bad attitudes." Simple enough! We're proud to »
- Abraham Riesman
A cop in Internal Affairs discovers the head of the narc unit is on the take in Olaf de Fleur’s “Brave Men’s Blood,” a by-the-book cop drama with a script that resembles any number of TV police shows. Reprising three of the major roles from Fleur’s locally popular “City State,” this sequel doesn’t demand prior knowledge (though it will increase a sense of character), since “Brave” stands alone on its wobbly feet. Solid if standard visuals and a relatively involving storyline may translate into Ok biz in Nordic territories; home play following an October opening was decent.
Gunnar Gunnerson (Ingvar E. Sigurdsson) was Iceland’s biggest drug dealer until his territory was taken over by Serbian immigrant Sergej (Zlatko Krickic). Now in the slammer, Gunnar wants revenge, so turns to rookie cop Hannes (Darri Ingolfsson), new to Internal Affairs, telling him that drug division chief Margeir »
- Jay Weissberg
5 items from 2015
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