Bluray Review: STIGMATA

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Fans of religious horror can jump up and down (or..just pray??), with Scream Factory’s Bluray release of Rupert Wainwright’s 1999 thriller, STIGMATA, a film that didn’t quite find its audience theatrically, but has since become something of a cult hit for genre lovers. How does the release hold up, compared to the titles we’ve come […]

5 Things I Learned From Gunnar Hansen’s ‘Chain Saw Confidential’

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Tobe Hooper’s original 1974 classic ‘The Texas Chain Saw Massacre‘ is not only one of the greatest horror movies ever made, but it also happens to be one of my all time favorite films of any genre. And even now, 40 years later, I still revisit it often, read articles and books, watch any & […]

5 Horror Movies That Deserve a Broadway Musical Adaptation

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I’ve written a lot about horror musicals over the years on Icons of Fright, and it would appear that I’m not the only one out there with a deep and abiding love for musical adaptations of beloved horror films.  YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE, EVIL DEAD, CARRIE, AMERICAN PSYCHO, THE SILENCE OF THE […]

EDITORIAL: MAGGIE, THE MIST and Why Children In Peril Are Important Elements In Horror

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This is not a review. In fact, if you’re looking for a recap of the now on VOD/in limited theaters Schwarzenegger film MAGGIE, look elsewhere. What this is, for all intents and purposes, is something of an editorial, a reflection on why the presence of children in danger and what can sometimes come from that […]

10 Random Horror Movie Questions with BJ Colangelo

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No two horror fans are alike, and our differing tastes is a large part of why horror remains such a successful genre.  Fear is universal, but what exactly inspires that fear varies from person to person.  Over on Halloween Love, journalist John Squires tagged me in a “10 Random Horror Questions” survey that’s been circulating […]

“I Like My Horror To Hurt”-Why We Need Downer Endings In Horror

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I don’t want my horror films to be wrapped up in a neat little bow, with the final girl/guy walking into the sunset. The survivor who went through hell and walks away is always nice to watch, but more times than not, I want reality, I want to feel the pain of the evil and […]

Jerry and Natty Tackle Marilyn Manson’s “Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death) “

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We’re without a figure to lead the way. Every generation has one of them, and these days, there really isn’t anyone out there challenging the ideals of the Christian right, the masses putting the blame on everybody from musicians to filmmakers for the tragedies that could have been avoided with proper treatment of the individuals […]

GIVEAWAY – Win A Bluray Copy Of ECHOES!!

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Nils Timm’s supernatural thriller ECHOES hit DVD/Bluray today, and to celebrate the film’s release, we’ve got two Blurays of the film to give to a couple of lucky readers, courtesy of Anchor Bay. The film is a pretty entertaining ride, and filled to the brim with enough twists and turns to keep you guessing (review […]