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Neighbor/Cold Hearts Director Kicks Off Patreon; Exclusive Scripts, projects every month!!

I’m a pretty big advocate of crowd-funding, when it’s done right. Sure there are GoFundMe sites where people will ask you to pay their bills and that’s a bit off putting, but for every one of those, there’s a really cool film, book or invention that you can help get made and receive some awesome perks while doing so. I’m actively looking for cool projects to follow (or in the case of my directorial debut Love Is Dead or Foolish Mortals, the film I’m an Associate Producer on, I’m happily using crowdfunding as a way to give contributors awesome perks in exchange for a whatever they feel comfortable contributing.) and when something new heads my way, I’m more than happy to look into it, in hopes of maybe telling you fright fiends about something interesting and exciting.

We see Kickstarter and IndieGoGo campaigns left and right,
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Casting Updates for Fear The Walking Dead and The Strain

  • DailyDead
Yesterday it was revealed that It Follows actor Daniel Zovatto will play a recurring role on AMC's Fear The Walking Dead, and now another addition to the second season has been announced, while a new name has also been added to the season three cast of FX's The Strain.

Deadline reports that Arturo del Puerto (Chicago P.D., Ride Along 2) has secured a recurring role as Carlos on Season 2 of Fear The Walking Dead. Early details (which tend to change for AMC projects to maintain secrecy) on Carlos indicate that he's "guarded but possesses a spiritual understanding of the world." Del Puerto joins Daniel Zovatto as a new face on Fear The Walking Dead, which kicks off its 15-episode sophomore season on April 10th.

According to Deadline, another horror series, The Strain, has added actress America Olivo (Chicago P.D., 2009's Friday the 13th) to its third season ranks. It's not
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Icons and Friends Bring You: Our Favorite Genre Film Scores!!

Howdy fright fiends! All of us here at Icons of Fright are pretty hardcore when it comes to being soundtrack fanatics. Whether it be Rob or Justin blasting away with their Death Waltz vinyl, or little ol’ me (Jerry), sorting through my insane amount of iTunes soundtracks or Mondo vinyl collection, the fact is that we’re constantly in adoration of all things music, especially when the tunes are from our favorite fright films. Since this whole month of April is one big celebration of our ten year anniversary, and we wanted to make things really fun, we decided that instead of just writing an article about Our favorite soundtracks, we would reach out to our friends and colleagues and ask them to join up and contribute to this one. So, without further ado, we bring you Icons and Friends: Our Favorite Genre Film Scores!

Rob G. (Co-creator, Icons Of Fright,
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‘No One Lives’ Review

Stars: Luke Evans, Adelaide Clemens, Lee Tergesen, Derek Magyar, Beau Knapp, America Olivo, Lindsey Shaw, Brodus Clay, Gary Grubbs | Written by David Cohen | Directed by Ryuhei Kitamura

Ryuhei Kitamura’s second American film (his first was the Vinnie Jones starrer The Midnight Meat Train), No One Lives harks back to his early work – the Super 8 short Down to Hell and his most famous flick Versus – putting strangers together in a pitched battle against a common enemy.

The film starts out very much along the typical backwoods/hillbilly slant, as a gang of robbers screw up their latest mansion heist and, to make up for their loses, kidnap a couple in a car instead. It looks as though we’re seemingly headed down the torture route, with our villains set to get the information they need from the couple by any means necessary. However Kitamura flips the script and what the robbers,
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Neighbor Director Releasing New Short Story Series!

Robert Angelo Masciantonio, who wrote and directed 1999′s Cold Hearts and 2009′s Neighbor, is teaming up with Philly-based WragsINK Publishing to release a series of short stories set in the same universe as the latter. Each upcoming holiday this year will bring a new short story set before the events of the film and with characters from Neighbor coming in and out of them. Each story will be released via Amazon’s Kindle services and at the end of the year, they will tentatively be available in book form with an unreleased story included.

Masciantonio & WragsINK recently released a Christmas-themed story back in December, which is available here.
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Icons Of Fright Interview W/Robert Angelo Masciantonio

Hey everyone, Smith here. Earlier this week I had the opportunity to speak with Robert Angelo Masciantonio, writer and director of 2009’s Neighbor about his upcoming film adaption of Brian Keene’s horror novel, Castaways, as well as his previous vampire film Cold Hearts.

Robert’s always a pleasure to speak with and he even gave us a glimpse of a classic horror film that he’s lobbying to remake, should the project come to fruition.

Smith: I dont know how in depth you’d like to go into Castaways at this point, is it too early to mention?

Robert Angelo Masciantonio: It’s currently In Development. I hope to have the first draft finished this week, then a budget will be drawn and we’ll take it from there

Smith: Awesome. As far as that goes, how is it working on adapting previously written material, with it being a book before,
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14 Bloody New Images from No One Lives with Luke Evans

  • HeyUGuys
Japanese writer-director Ryūhei Kitamura (The Midnight Meat Train) returns with his latest horror-thriller this year, No One Lives, which will be heading to Tiff as part of the Midnight Madness section in just a few weeks’ time.

Luke Evans (Immortals, the upcoming The Hobbit) leads the cast, starring alongside Adelaide Clemens (the upcoming Silent Hill: Revelation 3D), Derek Magyar (Train), Lindsey Shaw (10 Things I Hate About You), Beau Knapp (Super 8), America Olivo (Neighbor), and Lee Tergesen (Monster).

A few images from the film have surfaced online already, and now still photographer Patti Perret has debuted fourteen new images on her website.

“The director of Versus and The Midnight Meat Train returns with this exuberantly gory thriller about a clan of backwoods road bandits whose latest victims are far less helpless than they seem.”

Kitamura is directing from a script by newcomer David Cohen, with Harry Knapp (Rescue Dawn) and Kami Naghdi (Match Point) producing.
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Can Song Lyrics Ruin a Scary Movie Moment?

Song placement plays a very important role in a film – a song can make you feel happy, sad, nostalgic or make you laugh. Scores can certainly do the same thing, but sometimes a well-placed song works better than any composed piece could. However this tact rarely applies to horror films, especially when leading up to a climatic moment or a jump scare. You can usually sense when these moments are coming – the score becomes ominous, (or even drops out completely) causing your heart beat to quicken as you sense something terrifying is about to be revealed. These moments are almost always driven by score and rarely (if ever) feature a lyric-filled song. And this choice makes sense since lyrics would probably distract from the suspense of the moment instead of drawing it out and, in turn, drawing you into the horror. For horror films, songs with vocals are usually left for party scenes or if a character
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Kurt Oldman and Killer Holiday Chimes: A Soundtrack Review

*full disclosure: a CD soundtrack of the Killer Holiday soundtrack was provided for this review.

Composer: Kurt Oldman.

Kurt Oldman is a Swiss born composer who specializes in soundtracks for film and television. His latest compositions include a soundtrack for the horror film Killer Holiday. In the past, Oldman has worked on soundtracks for films like Babysitter Wanted (2008), Neighbor (2009), and more recently Stained (2010). On the soundtrack for Stained, Oldman was nominated for Best Score and his television credits include "Dr. G. Medical Examiner" and "Monsters Inside Me." Oldman continues to shine musically in these media types and many more.

Oldman shines brightest in the Killer Holiday soundtrack. For those unfamiliar with the film, this title will release in 2012. The story follows a delinquent, her friends and a straight A student to a haunted Amusement Park. Here, a killer awaits. And Spring Break will turn from fun in the sun on
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Killer Holiday Brings Composer Kurt Oldman into the Web

Killer Holiday is an independent horror film from director Marty Thomas. In the film, a killer named Spider haunts youths on Hwy. 66 and then into a local amusement park. Here, these friends become trapped in the Spider's web, where every room is full of sharp glass and death. Production on this feature completed in August of this year and now, it has been announced that composer Kurt Oldman (Babysitter Wanted) will score this piece, before a theatrical run October 14th. Oldman has also composed for the horror titles Hot Rod Horror, Robert A. Masciantonio's Neighbor and many others. Michael Copon (Night of the Demons) stars in a film that is sure to put serial killers back on the map. Have a look at the thrilling trailer below.

Release Date: October 14th, 2011 (Limited Theatrical).

Director: Marty Thomas.

Writer: Jon Zuber, and Marty Thomas.

Producers: Michael Copon, Jon Zuber, Marty Thomas,
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"Cold Hearts" Bears It's Fangs for Indie Film Night, This Wednesday

  • FilmArcade.net
Bill Page, the host of Indie Film Night has send us information regarding this week's show. This week on Indie Film Night is the horror film "Cold Hearts". The film stars Marisa Ryan (Wet Hot American Summer), Amy Jo Jonson (TVs Felicity) and Fred Norris (The Howard Stern Show, Howard Stern’S Private Parts) with special effects from Tom Savini, Ltd. Director Robert A. Masciantonio (Neighbor)
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DVD Review: Neighbor

Neighbor

Stars: America Olivio, Christian Campbell, Lauren Rooney, Mink Stole | Written and Directed by Robert A. Masciantonio

Made in 2009 and unreleased in the UK until now, Neighbor comes from writer/director Robert A. Masciantonio, whose earlier film Cold Hearts was famous for starring former pink Power Ranger Amy Jo Johnson. This time round his lead is America Olivio, last seen in the grindhouse inspired Bitch Slap, who stars as the unnamed “neighbor” of the title who wanders the suburbs of Canada, breaking into homes and torturing their owners. Which is nice work if you can get it.

Unfortunately for bachelor Don (Campbell, who also starred in Masciantonio’s Cold Hearts) our psychotic protagonist sets her sights on him and before long he’s hogtied in his basement getting drill, stabbed and all-round mutilated by the movie reference quoting nut-job. Movie references that span the gamut from Marathon Man to Happy Gilmore!
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Actual Casting For No One Lives Hacks Its Way Online

One slasher I refuse to get behind is Gregory Dark’s See No Evil. It was a good try, albeit one that never really came together. But that’s not stopping WWE Films from trying their hand at horror once again, this time with a survival horror story with some slasher elements.

We've already told you about No One Lives, but it turns out the presses might’ve been a bit premature with the previous casting update.

Bloody Disgusting is reporting that Adelaide Clemens (Silent Hill: Revelation) and Lee Tergesen (Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning) are the actual stars of No One Lives. It was previously stated that Alexis Dziena and Angus Macfadyen had been cast, although that appears to have been misinformation.

Clemens and Tergesen are joining Laura Ramsey (The Ruins), America Olivo (Neighbor), Luke Evans (The Raven) and WWE wrestler Brodus Clay in this horror flick scripted by David Cohen.
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Exclusive: Director Rob Masciantonio announces his next project, Fairyland

Director Rob Masciantonio who brought us the epic gorefest that was Neighbor has given us a heads up on what's next for him. He's announced his next project will be a short film called Fairyland and has plans to submit it to Sundance this summer.

Fairlyland deals with taking characters from myths and fables and puts them in a world where Soprano-types are real. There's a Facebook page set up for the short now so head over and check it out.

Personally I've read the script and it looks like a lot of twisty fun, especially at the end of course! There will be several Neighbor alumnus joining Masciantonio on this project including Pete Postiglione, Stink Fisherand Brea Bee with Josh Bender producing and you might even get to see a "certain geek" appear in it somewhere, who knows.

Plot and info:

The multiple award winning team behind “Cold Hearts
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Dread Central's Best and Worst of 2010

Well, folks, 2010 is officially in the can, and unlike 2009 horror movie fans took it in the can a lot less this year. Sure the last twelve months had its fair share of lows, but it also brought us a couple of new classics. As always we covered every single one of them mostly in great detail for you.

Now, with a fresh movie-watching start before us, we're taking our usual yearly look back at the good, the bad, the Wtf, and everything in between.

Don't just read along, though ... give us your lists in the comments section below. We wanna hear from you regarding what we nailed and what we dropped the ball on, so let the games begin!

Dig on our Best of and Worst of lists for 2010 by following the links below!

[The Buz]

[Thom Carnell]

[The Foywonder]

[Heather Wixson]

[Gareth Jones]

[MattFini]

[Nomad]

[The Woman in Black]

[Uncle Creepy]

[Andrew Kasch]

The Buz's Picks

As per usual I failed this year as a horror fan and a movie fan in general.
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'Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark' Musical Adds America Olivo

Earlier this week, the long awaited "Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark" finally set a date for opening night on Broadway. And apparently the show may have added another female lead as well.

According to Superhero Hype, actress and singer Olivo posted a message on her Facebook page that stated she was "In training for Spider-Man" while over on Twitter she posted a link to the news of the show's opening.

When told by another user on Facebook that she would make an excellent Black Cat, Olivo responded "Black Cat? Ohh, I like... Humph... I don't know the Black Cat character. Who is she?"

If Olivo is portraying one of the leading roles, there is a strong possibility that she may be the new female villain introduced within "Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark." Some of the earliest reports about the show listed the character's name as "Swiss Miss," while more recent
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Review: Robert Angelo Masciantonio's Neighbor Gets A B+ (Is That Your Blood Type?)

When Robert Angelo Masciantonio sat down to write and then direct Neighbor I wonder if he knew he'd be introducing us to a new character that would go down in movie history as one of the most brutal, unapologetic, imaginative, and comedic slasher-types simply known as "The Girl", that's right a female people! Yes move over Jason, Freddy and Leatherface there's a new female moving in the neighborhood and she has her eye on your zippers! 

America Olivo plays our title character to perfection. The Girl is as entertaining from scene one to the finale and never misses a beat or a pulse for that matter. She lures her prey in with her " neighborly"charm (no pun intended) and then Bang, it's uh-oh time!

Christian Campbell plays her "main" interest Don Carpenter and goes through more torture, pain and abuse than I've ever seen one person go through in a
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[DVD Review] Neighbor (Unrated Director's Cut)

According to Alienbee.biz, “Neighbor makes Hostel and Saw look like 'Romper Room'...” While I don't agree with the quote outright, I'll agree that Neighbor is a depraved film that does little to hold back its brutality. Directed by Robert Angelo Masciantonio, it has the right formula for a classic horror/thriller, unfortunately, its execution proved to be full of gaping holes.

Neighbor stars actress America Olivo, who is billed as “the girl”. She introduces herself under several different aliases, but her true name is never revealed. She plays a psychotic serial killer who roams an upscale suburban neighborhood, killing at her whim. The film focuses on her torture of Don (Christian Campbell), along with the many others whom she victimizes throughout this 90 minute film.

The opening sequence fails to waste anytime in introducing the graphic brutality that is a key ingredient in Neighbor. The events itself are pretty disturbing,
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Out this week on Blu-Ray and DVD 7.27.10

 

Hey everyone! Sorry I was not around last week I took a mini vacay but now I am back! I am sure you all had plenty to read with Comic-Con and all! Anyways, there's not too much coming out this week but here's a few for you!

 

Clash of the Titans

If he is to save the life of the beautiful Princess Andromeda (Alexa Davalos), the valiant Perseus (Sam Worthington) -- born to a god but raised as a man -- must lead a team of intrepid warriors on a quest to battle a host of powerful, beastly enemies. This sweeping fantasy epic, a remake of the 1981 hit, also stars Liam Neeson as Zeus, Ralph Fiennes as Hades, Danny Huston as Poseidon and Gemma Arterton as Io.

Starring: Sam Worthington, Alexa Davalos

Director: Louis Leterrier

This was not as good as the first one in my opinion. Worth a watch though.
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DVD Playhouse: July 2010

DVD Playhouse—July 2010

By

Allen Gardner

Two From Powell/Pressburger Criterion releases gorgeous new transfers of two of the greatest films to come out of post-war Britain, from that period’s greatest filmmaking team: Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. Black Narcissus was originally released in 1947 and caused a sensation with its explosive story about a nun (Deborah Kerr), cloistered in a remote convent in the Himalayas, who must battle elements both external (the punishing weather) and internal (temptations of the flesh over duty to the spirit). Also features stellar turns by England’s greatest actresses at the time: Flora Robson, Kathleen Byron and a young Jean Simmons. One of the most dazzling films ever made, bolstered by Oscar-winning cinematography from Jack Cardiff. Bonuses: New transfer, supervised by Cardiff, editor Thelma Schoonmaker Powell; Introduction by filmmaker Bernard Tavernier; Commentary by Powell and Martin Scorsese; Featurettes; Documentaries and interviews; Trailer. The Red Shoes,
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