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March 31, 2008

FEAST 2 Details Emerge! Who's Back?!

Fangoria's website has the first report and pictures from the set of FEAST 2: SLOPPY SECONDS! FEAST director John Gulager is back and recently shot FEAST 2 back to back with FEAST 3. Who else is back?! Writers Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton, who after the first FEAST went on to write SAW IV and SAW V and are currently scripting the new HELLRAISER remake. And the article reveals some surprising returning cast members. Here's a clip! "FEAST 2 picks up directly following the final moments of the original, with the surprisingly alive Bartender (Clu Gulager) being rescued by Biker Queen (Diane Goldner), who’s none too pleased that her twin sister Harley Mama was made into an IED in the first film. Sexy actress Jenny Wade is also back as Honey Pie. Judah Friedlander returns—despite his death in the franchise-starter—and the director explains that the comic appears “in a guilt dream Honey Pie has, because in my film the hot chick dreams about the fat guy.”


Check out more plot details as well as the first pictures from the set over on FANGORIA's report!

http://www.fangoria.com/news_article.php?id=6238


 

FRIDAY THE 13TH Documentary On The Way!

Fangoria got word that filmmakers Anthony Masi & Thommy Hutson are currently producing a documentary on the entire FRIDAY THE 13TH franchise and with the full approval of Jason Voorhee's creator Sean Cunningham. Masi was one of the producers on HALLOWEEN: 25 YEARS OF TERROR, but promises this project will be a bit different. Hutson tells Fangoria, "With HALLOWEEN, the making of the movies was often more interesting than the movies themselves, but that wasn’t the case with the FRIDAY THE 13TH films. Those productions were very cookie-cutter; they came out with seven of them in eight years. It was a formula. But with the remake of the first film about to go into production, all of a sudden there’s a renewed interest in the series." Masi adds that, rather than a straightforward behind-the-scenes recounting, the docu will “talk about things like body count, gore and the concept of Jason as a superhero. There will also be more of a narrative flow to it. We don’t want it to end up being just a bunch of talking heads.” More details as they emerge!

Hopper's Son Joins Cast of WES CRAVEN's 25/8!

Henry Lee Hopper, Denzel Whitaker, Shareeka Epps and Emily Meade are prepping to star in Wes Craven's tentatively titled horror thriller "25/8" for Rogue Pictures according to a post on The Hollywood Reporter. Hopper, the son of Dennis Hopper, will play the lead role of Bug, one of seven teens haunted by a serial killer who supposedly died when they were born 15 years earlier. The film takes place over the course of a day as the mystery of who (or what) is stalking the small-town high schoolers unfolds. This marks Hopper's professional acting debut.
More details on how Craven met Hopper at the original article HERE.




TIFFANY SHEPIS's Directorial Debut - THE DEVIL'S PIES!

SHOCK is reporting that screamqueen Tiffany Shepis will be stepping behind the camera to direct THE DEVIL'S PIES this June! The article also states that "Pies" is being produced under Shepis, (Rolfe) Kanefsky and Esther Goodstein's Nightmare Works SKG banner. "PIES," "tells the story of two beautiful dumb blondes who get accepted into the hottest sorority on campus only to be chosen as virgin sacrifices for a demonic creature that the sorority sisters worships for their continual wealth, beauty, and power." Sounds like a blast already! The film will shoot in Tucson, AZ and there will be a casting contest called "EAT ME! I WANT TO BE A PIE!" announced shortly on the official website: www.TheDevilsPies.com.
Check out our extensive FRIGHT exclusive interview with the foxy TIFFANY SHEPIS below!


THE SIGNAL & DIARY OF THE DEAD DVD Release Dates!

Fangoria got word from Magnolia Pictures that THE SIGNAL will hit DVD shelves on June 10th with a 2.35:1 transfer. (Special Features still to be announced.) Since you guys missed it in theaters, we hope you'll support it on DVD! Meanwhile, the Weinstein Company and Genius Entertainment will release George A. Romero's DIARY OF THE DEAD on DVD on May 20th. There's also a new edition of the original NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD coming out on the same day. Make sure to check out all our interviews with the cast of THE SIGNAL below, as well as our FIRST LOOK review of DIARY OF THE DEAD!
THE SIGNAL FRIGHT exclusive interviews:

AJ BOWEN:



ANESSA RAMSEY & JUSTIN WELBORN:



And don't forget to check out our FIRST LOOK of George A. Romero's DIARY OF THE DEAD:




AN AMERICAN CRIME Debuting On Showtime!

Tommy O'Haver's AN AMERICAN CRIME, starring Oscar nominee Ellen Page and Catherine Keener (and also based on the same case as Jack Ketchum's THE GIRL NEXT DOOR) will make it's debut on Showtime on May 10th, a year after it's premiere at last year's Sundance Film Festival. It will be followed by an official DVD release August 19th from First Look Media. The director had plenty to say about the film's theatrical bypass on the PROnetworks blog. Read on...


"Many seem disappointed that there will be no theatrical release—this was certainly not the original plan, after all. We had a very complicated situation with First Look. There were offers from other companies, but First Look wouldn’t sell the movie to a theatrical venue—they felt it was in their financial interest to retain DVD rights at all costs. At the same time, they did not want to spend any money on a theatrical release—even with Ellen Page’s recent Academy Award nomination! Quite simply, they felt the film’s subject matter was too dark to appeal to anyone [though] we all know better."

"Anyway, thank God Showtime stepped in! They were willing to premiere the movie without taking the DVD rights. Ultimately, I think it will be the best thing for AN AMERICAN CRIME. First of all, Showtime is quickly becoming the edgiest channel on television—these days their programming, in my opinion, surpasses that of HBO. They certainly take more chances. And they are very passionate about the film. So it feels like the right fit. More importantly, Sylvia [Likens’] story will reach a far wider audience on Showtime—certainly more than if we had a typical indie theatrical release. With Showtime’s support, the movie’s premiere will become a real event."




THE EYE 2-Disc DVD and THE EYE 3 on DVD In June! UPDATED!

We received info from Lionsgate and Paramount Vantage that they'll be releasing THE EYE, starring Jessica Alba on June 3rd both in a double-disc special edition, as well as a single disc version. (Blu-Ray too!) Ironically enough, the company will also release THE EYE 3 from the original Pang Brothers franchise on June 24th. The press releases are below!


June 3

The Eye: 2-Disc Special Edition

Should you always believe what you see? Find out when Lionsgate and Paramount Vantage release the bone chilling, ghostly thriller The Eye: 2-Disc Special Edition on DVD and Blu-Ray Disc. Based on a film of the same name from the renowned Pang Brothers (Infernal Affairs), The Eye stars Jessica Alba as Sydney Wells, a woman who has been blind since a childhood tragedy. After undergoing surgery to restore her sight, she begins to see again. However, shortly thereafter, unexplainable shadowy and frightening images start to haunt her. Not knowing if they are an aftermath of surgery, her mind adjusting to sight, her imagination, or something horrifyingly real, Sydney is soon convinced that her anonymous eye donor has somehow opened the door to a terrifying world only she can see. The Eye: 2-Disc Special Edition DVD and 2-Disc Blu-Ray contain four featurettes - "Shadow World: The Paranormal Past," "Becoming Sydney," "Birth of the Shadowman" and "Dissecting a Disaster" plus deleted scenes and the theatrical trailer.

The Eye: 2-Disc Special Edition and The Eye: 2-Disc Blu-Ray both come with a standard-definition digital copy of the feature film for iTunes and Windows Media, providing a consumer-friendly way to transfer the feature film from a DVD to iTunes that can then be viewed on a PC or Mac®, iPod® with video, iPhone™ or on Apple TV®. The standard one-disc DVD of The Eye will include a Widescreen and Full Screen version of the film. The third film in the franchise from the Pang Brothers, The Eye 3 will be released by Lionsgate on June 24th. Please see below for more information on The Eye 3.

Pricing: DVD $34.98 (widescreen 2-disc special edition)
Pricing: DVD $29.95 (full screen or widescreen single disc)
Pricing: Blu-Ray $39.99 (1080p widescreen 2-disc special edition)


June 24

The Eye 3

The third film in the successful film franchise from the renowned Pang Brothers (Infernal Affairs), The Eye 3 has been called "one of the best Asian horror flicks this year" (Slasherpool.com). Arriving the same month as the American remake of the first film on DVD, The Eye starring Jessica Alba, The Eye 3 DVD special features include two featurettes "Ten Ways to See Ghosts" and "The Making of The Eye 3."

Some believe that our world is one of many, that our existence is merely an intersection between countless dimensions - known and unknown. We run into strangers we don't see, hum tunes we don't hear. Most of us remain ignorant, but there are always those who are a little different. They would risk everything to find the truth and for the thrill of seeing the other side just once in their lives. In the world of psychics, despite widely different rites and practices, there exists a single mutual void - the Rite of Eight - the last and most powerful resort to make contact with the spiritual world. No one seems to know its origin, but no one doubts its authenticity, because just like any other unsolvable myth, those who go there have never returned to testify.

Pricing: DVD $26.98



What Is TIM SULLIVAN'S CLOWNS?!

Those fine fiends over at Dread Central got the chance to preview the script for one of Tim Sullivan's upcoming projects simply titled CLOWNS. Co-written with his writing partner Chris Kobin (who Sullivan co-wrote 2001 MANIACS and DRIFTWOOD with), CLOWNS "is about an ancient race of creatures who are the inspiration for modern-day clowns, though they're none to happy about it. Their goal is to track down a descendant who isn’t aware of her strange heritage". Tobe Hooper was attached at one point but is no longer going to direct. (Perhaps Sullivan will take on directing duties? There's plenty more details about the script at the original article which you can find HERE!
Don't forget to check out our recent extensive interview with TIM SULLIVAN:



As well as our vintage interview with TIM SULLIVAN from 2005:




March 30, 2008

Has The New JASON VOORHEES Been Found For The FRIDAY THE 13TH REMAKE?!

Yes! According to both Bloody-Disgusting and Aint It Cool News, actor Derek Mears (who's appeared in genre flicks THE HILLS HAVE EYES 2, CURSED and John Carpenter's Masters Of Horror episodes) is in final negotiations to play JASON VOORHEES in the new FRIDAY THE 13TH remake from Platinum Dunes. TEXAS CHAINSAW remake director Marcus Nispel is directing from a script by Damian Shannon and Mark Swift (FREDDY VS JASON). SUPERNATURAL's Jared Padalecki has reportedly been cast in the lead roel to square off again Jason. Should be interesting! Hope they go back to the pre-zombie version of Jason from FRIDAY's 2 through 4. He was scary as shit back then!





MICK GARRIS Doing STEPHEN KING's BAG OF BONES! JOE DANTE Doing THIRST!

Masters Of Horror creator Mick Garris was a guest on FANGORIA RADIO on Friday night and revealed on the show that his next feature length film would be an adaptation of Stephen King's BAG OF BONES. Garris was at one point also attached to THIRST, a remake of the 1979 cult film, but revealed that now Joe Dante will be directing THIRST. Speaking of Stephen King adaptations, Mick Garris is still attached as a producer on FROM A BUICK 8 with Tobe Hooper attached to direct.

March 29, 2008

LATE MARCH 2008 EDITION OF SCHLOCK VALUE!

Danny Price is back with a late March edition of SCHLOCK VALUE! What cheesy features did he subject himself to this month?! HAUNTED BOAT, CLUB DREAD and SCARECROW! Click on any of the images below to read the latest edition of Danny Price's ICONS OF FRIGHT exclusive column SCHLOCK VALUE! (Pass the cheese!)




Final PATHOLOGY Trailer!

Bloody-Disgusting TV (the site's official You Tube channel) has just debuted the final trailer for PATHOLOGY, in theaters April 18th from MGM and Lakeshore Entertainment. The flick stars Milo Ventimiglia (HEROES) and Alyssa Milano. Here's the synopsis and you can check out the trailer below! "The story centers on a young intern (Ventimiglia) who is studying pathology at Philadelphia's University Hospital and encounters an attractive but murderous group of colleagues who have devised a deadly game to see who among them can commit the perfect murder, while the others compete to determine the cause of death."



The FRIGHT NIGHT FOCUS Blogspot!

We were given the heads up that there's a new FRIGHT NIGHT tribute website up called the FRIGHT NIGHT FOCUS blogspot! The site's just getting started but there's some cool features on there, including some on-line petitions for future special edition DVD's. FRIGHT NIGHT writer & director Tom Holland has seen the site and gives it his seal of approval! Get active and head on over there to check out all things FRIGHT! Click the logo below to check it out!
http://frightnightfocus.blogspot.com


FIRST LOOK: INSIDE UNRATED DVD! MORE DVD REVIEWS!

We've added several new DVD reviews to our database. Beth gives us a FIRST LOOK at the upcoming (and much-talked about) French import INSIDE: UNRATED coming to DVD on April 15th, 2008. Our Australian writer Danny Price takes a look at the PLANET TERROR DVD. Meanwhile Phill Fasso's back with DVD reviews of CUJO 25TH ANNIVERSARY/PET SEMETARY, TERROR TRAIN and PIRANHA! Click the logo's below to check them out! More to come!











March 28, 2008

Killer Cast For Archangel Thriller LEGION!

Variety is reporting that Dennis Quaid, Tyrese Gibson, Jon Tenney, Charles S. Dutton (ALIEN 3!), Lucas Black, Kate Walsh, Adrianne Palicki, Kevin Durand and Willa Holland will join Paul Bettany in "LEGION," the Screen Gems directorial debut of Scott Stewart. The article continues, "Scripted by Stewart and Peter Schink, the thriller casts Bettany as the archangel Michael, the only one standing between mankind and an apocalypse, after God loses faith in humanity. Man's lone hope rests with a group of strangers who must deliver a baby they realize is Christ in his second coming." Great cast! And it certainly sounds intriguing. The flick begins shooting shortly in New Mexico. We'll keep you posted on more details!
Original article:

http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117983055.html?categoryid=13&cs=1 

X-FILES 2 Teaser Poster!

Aint It Cool News got the first look at the teaser poster for this summer's X-FILES 2! I still kinda can't believe that it's actually happening! Mulder & Scully are back! The new film stars David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Amanda Peet, Xzibit & Billy Connolly. Series creator Chris Carter directs a script he co-wrote with Frank Spotnitz. X-FILES 2 is set for release July 25th, 2008! Check out the teaser poster below!

JOYRIDE 2: DEAD AHEAD Trailer Debuts On-Line!

Bloody-Disgusting is hosting the premiere trailer for the upcoming DVD release JOYRIDE 2: DEAD AHEAD. The synopsis according to the site is as follows, "In the film four young adults (Melissa, Bobby, Kayla, Nik) on the road to a concert in Las Vegas take a lethal side trip -- and when their beater of a car breaks down, they make the fatal error of stealing a car belonging to depraved, homicidal, sadistic, maniacal, sociopathic trucker Rusty Nail." JOYRIDE 2 hits DVD in October 2008.
Check out the trailer at the following link: http://www.bloody-disgusting.com/bdtv/1787 

LINDSAY LOHAN Is One Of MANSON'S GIRLS!

ET online is reporting that Lindsay Lohan (I KNOW WHO KILLED ME) has signed on to a project called MANSON GIRLS. According to the article, "Lindsay will portray NANCY PITMAN, a young girl from a wealthy Malibu family who fell under Manson's spell. She was not one the "Family" members involved in the clan's infamous murder spree, but Pitman was later imprisoned after she became involved with the Aryan Brotherhood and was convicted of being an accessory (after the fact) to murder." She's also supposed to appear in Chris Sivertson's follow-up to I KNOW WHO KILLED ME titled HIPPY.

March 27, 2008

Here's Who Else Will DRAG ME TO HELL!

Jessica Lucas (CLOVERFIELD), Lorna Raver and David Paymer join cast members Justin Long (JEEPERS CREEPERS) and Alison Lohman for Sam Raimi's DRAG ME TO HELL according to The Hollywood Reporter. "Lucas will play the roommate and best friend of Stephanie (Alison Lohman), the unwitting recipient of a supernatural curse. Raver plays Mrs. Ganush, a proud Eastern European woman with an old-world belief system who, when defied and humiliated, vengefully casts the curse. Paymer will play Mr. Jacks, Stephanie's practical bank-manager boss. Raimi wrote the screenplay with his brother, Ivan. Principal photography begins Monday in Los Angeles."
Original article:

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news/e3i9f1cd7c086ac4e846d6efbc0bc94c4f8 

A TALE OF TWO SISTERS Becomes THE UNINVITED

As if Hollywood hasn't remade enough foreign films, it now seems that the upcoming American remake of A TALE OF TWO SISTERS (a film I enjoyed quite a bit!) has undergone a name change and will now be released as THE UNINVITED. (According to Variety) The American version stars Elizabeth Banks (SLITHER), David Strathairn, Arielle Kebbel and Emily Brown. You can check out Myk's DVD review of the original, available right now via Tartan Films.

Uwe Boll's POSTAL NY Premiere on April 1st!

The fine folks behind the New York City Horror Film Festival are hosting the NY premiere of Uwe Boll's POSTAL on Tuesday, April 1st, 2008 at the Tribeca Cinemas located on 54 Varick Street at Canal in NYC. The screening starts at 8pm and Mister Uwe Boll himself will be there for a Q & A! (Weather he'll box fans and critics is unknown, but we can hope!) "POSTAL is insulting, irreverent, politically incorrect and funny as hell." Mike C approved! Full press release below! See you there!



The New York City Horror Film Festival to host the New York Premiere of Uwe Boll’s film POSTAL.
- The screening will take place Tuesday, April 1st, 2008, at 8:00pm, Tribeca Cinemas (54 Varick Street at Canal). –
The infamous director Uwe Boll will be on hand to introduce the film
and conduct a Q&A after the screening.
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (March 21, New York City) - Leading up to its May 23,2008, release date, director Uwe Boll’s POSTAL will have several exclusive press and audience screenings in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. The New York Horror Film Festival is pleased to host the New York screening on Tuesday, April 1st, 2008. The screening will be held at the Tribeca Cinemas, located at 54 Varick Street and Canal, in New York. The screening will take place at 8:00 pm and be introduced by the film’s director, the infamous Uwe Boll, followed by a “Q&A.”
 
POSTAL is insulting, irreverent, politically incorrect and funny as hell. Based on the disturbed and hit video game of the same name (currently banned in the United States), the movie follows two days in the life of Postal Dude in the regrettably named town of Paradise. Just when he thinks he has hit rock bottom, things go from bad to worse for our hero. After a humiliating job interview and a nearly lethal trip to the welfare office, Dude finds himself on the doorstep of his Uncle Dave looking for a break and maybe even a job. Despite being the successful leader of the town cult, Dave is also finding himself in difficulties and hatches an insidious plan to make the world sit up and take notice of him. What follows is an apocalyptic adventure that walks the fine line between showing how mad our world can be and not being afraid to laugh at the insanity of it all.
 
POSTAL stars Zack Ward (Freddy Vs. Jason), Dave Foley (The Kids In The Hall), Chris Coppola, Eric Avery, Verne Troyer, J.K. Simmons, and Seymour Cassel (Rushmore).  Directed, produced, and co-written by Uwe Boll, the film is co-written by Bryan C. Knight, with cinematography by Mathias Neumann, scored by Jessica de Rooij, costume designs by Maria Livingstone, and production designs by Tink.
 
Further additional details on POSTAL, the location and times of additional screenings please visit www.movieset.com/postal. POSTAL will be released on May 23rd, 2008, by MovieSet.
 

The New York City Horror Film Festival (www.NYCHorrorfest.com) was established in 2001 by Festival Director Michael J. Hein. The festival is dedicated to the international genre film community. There are no restrictions on the films that are screened at the festivals. The program includes films screened both in and out of competition. The Festival jury presents awards to films in the categories of Best Feature Film, Best Short Film, Best Cinematography, Best Special Effects, Best Actor / Actress, Best Screenplay for films showcased, and Audience Choice. The NYCHFF also presents an annual Lifetime achievement award. Past recipients include director George A. Romero, Special Effects Artist and Director Tom Savini, Producer and Director Roger Corman, and Producer and Director Mick Garris.

Read our interview with the good Doctor Boll:

 

March 26, 2008

TROMA's POULTRYGEIST NY and LA Premiere Details!

Troma head-chief Lloyd Kaufman posted both a bulletin & blog on his My Space with details for both the NY and LA premieres of POULTRYGEIST: NIGHT OF THE CHICKEN DEAD! The NY premiere is on May 9th, 2008 at the City Cinemas Village East on 2nd Ave. and 12th Street. Kaufman himself and various members of the cast will be in attendance. Meanwhile, the LA premiere will be on June 13th, 2008 at Laemmle's Sunset 5 located at 8000 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 90046. Details and links are below! ALSO, the dates for the recently announced TOXIC AVENGER: THE MUSICAL have been announced!


WWW.TROMA.COM

May 9th, 2008

Where: City Cinemas
Village East
2nd Ave. and 12th Street

What else: Poultrygeist premiere in New York City!

Lloyd Kaufman and cast will be appearing live and in person for this once in a lifetime event! Spread the bird about our Fowl Movement!

June 13th, 2008

Where: Laemmle's Sunset 5
8000 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, 90046
323-848-3500

What else: Poultrygeist will have it's West Coast premiere on June 13th! This will be a huge event! Stay tuned to troma.com and poultrygeistmovie.com for more details!


ALSO, the first shows for TOXIC AVENGER: THE MUSICAL have been announced for September 2008! Click HERE to read the official announcement!


Watch BAD KIDS episode 2:


Legend Films Unloads VAULT Worthy DVD Titles Later This Year!

DVD Drive-In.com is reporting that Legend Films is licensing a slew of Paramount titles that have since been collecting dust in their vaults. You might remember a few of these? THE MAN WHO COULD CHEAT DEATH, THE SKULL, THE DEADLY BEES, PHASE IV (Saul Bass's film!), ZPG: ZERO POPULATION GROWTH, STUDENT BODIES (one of Mike C.'s personal favorites), THE BUSY BODY, THE SENDER, JEKYLL & HYDE TOGETHER AGAIN and THE POSSESSION (starring Shirley MacLaine!). No official dates set yet, but you can check out the DVD covers to all of the above titles at the DVD Drive-In website!
Of course, don't forget to take a trip to ICONS own THE VAULT OF THE FORGOTTEN AND OBSCURE to rediscover some other vintage classics! Click the logo to dig!

 

BUTCHERHOUSE Coming From Paramount/Platinum Dunes!

Could Platinum Dunes actually be working on an original movie for a change?! They haven't completely picked up EVERY title from my childhood just yet! (Although they're close.) SHOCK is reporting that the remake kings are teaming with Paramount to produce something called THE BUTCHERHOUSE CHRONICLES. No director is set, but the script comes from Michael Hidalgo. Here's the synopsis from SHOCK's report: "Four teenagers explore a supposedly haunted house and uncover their small town's horrible secret. After a little digging, we discovered Hidalgo's "Butcherhouse" began as a play which bowed at Arielle Tepper's 3rd Annual Summer Play Festival in New York City. Paramount subsequently snapped up the rights to the story in 2006 and asked to Hidalgo to adapt the material for the screen."
More info at the original article: http://www.shocktillyoudrop.com/news/topnews.php?id=5365 

TEETH DVD Cover Art and Special Features! Streeting May 6th!

We reported the release date for the DVD of TEETH last month (HERE), but now the front cover image has made it's first appearance via Amazon.com! The disc streets May 6th, 2008 and appears to be part of the "Dimension Extreme" DVD banner. DVD art below! UPDATE: FANGORIA got the first word on the special features for TEETH. They're listed below!

 

Watch the first 5 minutes of TEETH right HERE!

UPDATE: FANGORIA just got the specs for the TEETH DVD. Special Features will include:
• Audio commentary by writer/director Lichtenstein
• Deleted scenes with Lichtenstein’s optional commentary
The Making of TEETH featurette
• Sundance Film Festival interview featurette


JULIE BENZ Top-Lines SAW V Cast!

As if I didn't already have the biggest crush on DEXTER's main squeeze Rita, played by Julie Benz, now she's appearing in just about everything I would want to see her in! First, she popped up in RAMBO earlier this year, next up she'll appear in PUNISHER: WAR ZONE and now, Variety is reporting she'll be the lead in SAW V!!! The article says, ""Saw V" is directed by David Hackl, who served as the production designer on the second, third and fourth versions, and written by Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan. Production began March 17. Producers are Mark Burg and Oren Koules; exec producers are Peter Block, Jason Constantine, Daniel Heffner, Stacey Testro, Leigh Whannell and James Wan." SAW V opens October 24th, 2008 in theaters!


http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117982921.html?categoryId=13&cs=1 

March 25, 2008

TOXIC AVENGER: THE MUSICAL Official Site Goes Live

A few weeks back we broke the news that Lloyd Kaufman was producing TOXIC AVENGER: THE MUSICAL, now the official site for the production has gone live. Visit: The Toxic Avenger Musical.com to hear songs such as "Who Will Save New Jersey?", "Hot Toxic Love" and "All Men Are Freaks"!

 

Toxic Avenger musical
 
 
 
 
 

 

And hey, wouldn't now be a great time to check out, or revisit, America's Bad Kids, episode 2, wherein Johnny Hot Body interviews Uncle Lloyd? Sure it would:

STARZ To Run GRINDHOUSE: Complete, Uncut on MARCH 31st!

We just got word that STARZ will be running Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino's GRINDHOUSE on March 31st at 9:00pm EXACTLY as it was meant to be seen: Both films together, with the fake trailers, with the missing reels, everything as it was in the theaters.

If you missed this experience while it was out, THIS is your ONLY change to see it as it, this version is not available on DVD. Amazing and thank you STARZ!

COWBOYS FOR CHRIST Cast Lined Up

Bloody-Disgusting has gotten all the latest casting news on Robin Hardy's COWBOYS FOR CHRIST, which will be Hardy's own retake on his 1973 film "The Wicker Man". I understand this one will be free of bees, bear suits, and distant relatives of Francis Ford Coppola.


But according to B-D the cast will include Christopher Lee, Joan Collins, Graham McTavish, Paul Wesley, Susie Amy, Morgan James and Natalie Parnes. It's going to involve some Christians evangalists from Texas stumbling upon the strange world of Sir Lachlan Morrison in Scotland. Although their hosts seem receptive to their message, they will soon discover they are sadly mistaken.

Neat poster alert:

Cowboys for Christ 

ROB ZOMBIE Posts Mystery T-Rex Image?

The Incredible Mr. Z has posted an intriguing image on the MySpace page for his next project, "Tyrannosaurus Rex". The movie supposedly has nothing to do with dinosaurs but...


...here's the pic:

Tyrannosaurus Rex teaser picture

All we know so far is that "T-Rex" is the name of a biker character, and that this film is NOT based on THE NAIL comic book that Rob Zombie co-wrote with 30 DAYS OF NIGHT creator Steve Niles. Whatever it is, the release date is set for August 28th, 2009.

THE LAST WINTER Graphic Novel To Release TOMORROW

The graphic novel based on Larry Fessenden's highly regarded film THE LAST WINTER is set for release tomorrow from Image Comics, according to Fangoria.com. Click in to take a look at the cover art: The Last Winter graphic novel
The book is based on the script by Fessenden and Robert Leaver with art by Brahm Revel. THE LAST WINTER will be released on DVD on May 20th to Blockbuster stores, and go into general release on July 29th

IGN Gets Look At Suncoast/FYE Exclusive CLOVERFIELD S.E. DVD

The folks over at IGN have gotten the first look at the alternate artwork for the CLOVERFIELD DVD that will be exclusively available at Suncoast and FYE on April 22nd. The DVD comes in a steel covered case and retail for $29.99. Features are the same as the previously reported disc. Check it out:
Cloverfield Suncoast Exclusive DVD

JAIME KING To Break Hearts in MY BLOODY VALENTINE 3D

Jaime KingJAIME KING, previously seen in "SIN CITY", "THE TRIPPER", and the upcoming "FANBOYS", is the first to join the cast of "MY BLOODY VALENTINE 3D".

 


According to the Hollywood Reporter Jaime will play "Sarah Palmer, a woman who has married her teenage sweetheart's nemesis, and the pair have a child together. When she and her first love are reunited, it becomes clear that she still carries a torch for the man."

"MY BLOODY VALENTINE 3D" will be released by Lions Gate and begins shooting on May 12 with a planned in January 2009.

Dr. Boll Goes Directly To "JAIL", Does Not Pass Go. Does Not Collect Oscar Nod

Uwe BollI'm not going to hate on Uwe Boll because I really think minds might change a bit on him when you see "POSTAL", and hey, at least he's making movies, the lastest of which to go into production is "JAIL", starring Edward Furlong.

The film is based on the true story of a prisoner who was raped and tortured during his incarciration. You can catch up with the good doctor on-set in a series of video interviews available at The Movie Set 

 

Alternate DAY OF THE DEAD Poster Art

The IMP Awards site is offering up a look at some alternate poster artwork from the "DAY OF THE DEAD" remake which stars Nick Cannon, Ving Rhames, a vegetarian zombie named "Bud". Anyone have an alternate version of the movie?


Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead

TWILIGHT ZONE Episode, "DEATH SHIP", Set For Feature-Length Remake

Summit Pictures going forward with a feature-length version of TWILIGHT ZONE episode "DEATH SHIP" with writer Michael Brandt ("3:10 TO YUMA") making his directorial debut. (According to The Hollywood Reporter)

 

Twilight Zone
 

 

Richard Matheson
"DEATH SHIP" was one of many "TWILIGHT ZONE" episodes penned by Richard Matheson, whose works are undergoing something of a remake renaissance most succesfully with 2007's "I AM LEGEND".

"DEATH SHIP" involved a spaceship crew finding a exact duplicate of their ship crashed on a planet they have been exploring.

The feature will be titled "COUNTDOWN" and will be co-written by Derek Haas from an earlier screenplay by Stephen Gregg and Scott Burn. They are hoping to begin production this summer with a $30 million budget.

Interestingly Richard Kelly ("DONNIE DARKO") has recently completed a remake of Matheson's "BUTTON, BUTTON" episode of "TWILIGHT ZONE" (from CBS's mid-80's revival of the series) titled, "THE BOX".

March 24, 2008

Icons of Punk.com Now LIVE! (Shameless Plug!)

Forgive us. but we want to let all the Icons of Fright readers know that we've officially launched the first of many Icons spin-offs with Icons of Punk, now live!

This is it!

We've officially launched the music version of ICONS OF FRIGHT with ICONS OF PUNK!!!

Head on over to WWW. ICONSOFPUNK. COM to check it out! (Refresh the page if you checked out the teaser page the other day!)

We've got 4 IOP exclusive interviews with CHARLIE BENANTE of ANTHRAX, Spoken Word artist CHRIS GUTIERREZ, DOUG ROBINSON of THE SLEEPING and DAVE CRONIN of 2 * SWEET!

Multiple columns - RISE ABOVE, CRAZY/BEAUTIFUL, HAVE MERCY, PUNK ROCK MISADVENTURES and with love.



Check it all out on WWW. ICONSOFPUNK. COM!

Also, we have a MY SPACE page:

WWW. MYSPACE. COM/ICONSOFPUNK

Bands get in touch! (Via there please!)

More to come from the ICONS crew soon enough!

THE ICONS EMPIRE BEGINS!!

March 23, 2008

JACK KETCHUM'S RED Update! Is MAGNOLIA Picking It Up?

FANGORIA RADIO recently spoke with author Jack Ketchum who's latest novel adaptation RED premiered at the Sundance film festival earlier this year. RED marks the third adaptation of his work, following THE LOST and THE GIRL NEXT DOOR. "I’m three for three," Ketchum told FANGO. "Like the other two films, RED doesn’t compromise, though it’s the most mainstream of the three films. I’m very happy with it. Brian Cox sat next to me at the screening, and he has been acting for 50 years. He turned to me, kind of nervous, and said, ‘It really is good, isn’t it?’ " That's right. Brian Cox is the lead in RED, which also co-stars Robert Englund, Kim Dickens, Amanda Plummer and Tom Sizemore. What I didn't know is that original director Lucky McKee (MAY, THE WOODS) left the project and was replaced by Norwegian director Trygve Allister Diesen.
“You would never know there were two directors on the film,”
Ketchum told FANGO. “It was a seamless transition.”

The article also states that MAGNOLIA PICTURES, who recently put out THE SIGNAL, SEVERANCE and THE HOST are very close to securing RED for theatrical release.

What else is on the horizon for Ketchum? Philip Nutman (who co-scripted THE GIRL NEXT DOOR's screenplay) is writing and directing a feature based on Ketchum’s THE CROSSINGS. Meanwhile, Ketchum's next novel OLD FLAMES will be out in June via publisher Leisure, followed shortly thereafter by a collection of memoirs titled BOOK OF SOULS.

If you haven't discovered Jack Ketchum's work, now's the time to catch up FRIGHT fans!

I personally recommend his collection of short stories PEACEABLE KINGDOM. Fantastic read.



Original article: http://www.fangoria.com/news_article.php?id=6195

THE MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN Delayed?

LIONSGATE had May 16th, 2008 locked as the release date for THE MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN, the new film from VERSUS director Ryuhei Kitamura based on the story by Clive Barker from his landmark BOOKS OF BLOOD novels. Now FANGORIA has learned from various sources that the release is “in flux” and no longer coming out on that May 16th date. Total bummer considering what huge Clive Barker fans we are. (And odd considering another LIONSGATE release, REPO! THE GENETIC OPERA is also looking for a new release date. What's up LIONSGATE?) THE MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN stars Bradley Cooper, Vinnie Jones, Brooke Shields and Leslie Bibb. We'll keep you posted when we hear an official date.

Original article: http://www.fangoria.com/news_article.php?id=6194


March 22, 2008

DEXTER SEASON TWO DVD Out This Summer!

Ever since the Second Season finale of Showtime's original series DEXTER, we've been eagerly awaiting any news on the eventual DVD release. The folks over at TVShowsOnDVD.com are reporting August 19th, 2008 as the release date and they're usually right on the money. According to their article, "an early heads-up to retailers, Paramount has advised them to plan on stocking (DEXTER) on their shelves with a scheduled release date of August 19th." That's a mighty long time away, but it sounds as if they're scheduling the DVD to arrive shortly before the premiere of the 3rd Season. We'll keep you posted on when the special features and DVD cover art are revealed!
Original article: http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Dexter-Season-2-Date/9222


THE GROUND HOUSE Teaser Trailer!

At last weekend's MONSTER MANIA X show (see report HERE), your ICONS staffers couldn't help but be intrigued by the Horrorwood Productions table where a group of lovely ladies were handing out free coffee to thirsty horror fans in need of a quick caffeine fix. Turns out they were promoting a new horror film titled THE GROUND HOUSE, which takes place in a coffee house. Hot chicks? Free Coffee? Horror? Sounds like the perfect blend to me! If you head over to www.thegroundhouse.com, you can check out the teaser trailer that we caught over at the table. The end of the trailer states the flick is "Brewing 2008", but we'll keep you posted on an official release. Follow the link below for a sneak peek at THE GROUND HOUSE!
http://www.thegroundhouse.com/


March 21, 2008

Trailer For REPO! THE GENETIC OPERA!

I'll be flat out honest. I don't get this. I mean, I like PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE, but I never got into ROCKY HORROR. And anything with Paris Hilton in the cast immediately makes me uninterested. But I loved what director Darren Lynn Bousman did with the SAW sequels, so if anything, I'm curious about REPO! THE GENETIC OPERA. (Plus, POE was on the soundtrack, and I love POE.) The wonderful fiends at Arrow In The Head got the trailer for REPO! You can check it out below or at THIS link. The movie was supposed to hit theaters in late April, but we've heard it's been postponed indefinitely. What do you guys think of this trailer?!


JARED PADALECKI Up For New FRIDAY THE 13TH!

SUPERNATURAL's Jared Padalecki is in final negotiations to star in the remake of "FRIDAY THE 13TH" due out Friday, February 13th, 2009 according to an article by The Hollywood Reporter. Besides his leading role on SUPERNATURAL as Sam Winchester, Padalecki has also appeared in genre flicks HOUSE OF WAX and CRY WOLF. Marcus Nispel is directing from a script by Damian Shannon and Mark Swift. (FREDDY VS JASON) Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form are producing.
"Paramount released the original "Friday" in 1980, introducing horror icon Jason with a brief appearance. The remake will focus on the serial killer, who will wear his now-iconic hockey mask. Padalecki will play the lead, who investigates what happened up at Crystal Lake."

TERROR TRAIN Remake... Err... I Mean TRAIN Trailer!

Well, a trailer for TRAIN, a remake of TERROR TRAIN has made it's way onto You Tube. The flick stars Thora Birch and Derek Magyar & was written and directed by Gideon Raff. You can check the trailer out below. But... looks... more like HOSTEL on a TRAIN rather than the TERROR TRAIN that I remember...


March 20, 2008

Neil Marshall To Direct DRIVE, Then SACRILAGE!

Just a week ago, Variety was reporting that Neil Marshall would be writing and directing a new horror movie called THE SACRILAGE. Today, a new Variety piece reports that the filmmaker has just signed a deal with Universal to helm DRIVE, an adaptation of the James Sallis novel of the same name. Hugh Jackman is attached to star, and is co-producing along with Marc Platt & John Palermo. The script was written by Hossein Amini. The article explains, "In the book, the stuntman's already-exciting existence gets jolted when he discovers that a contract has been put out on his life."


"This is something I haven't done before, and I've wanted to bring a British sensibility to an L.A. shoot and a scorched classic film noir concept," Marshall told Daily Variety. "Hoss is a fantastic writer, and he's written three amazing car chases in the film. He's turned them into dramatic scenes as opposed to the usual crash, bang, wallop. I would like to be shooting it this summer."

Check out our FRIGHT exclusive interview with NEIL MARSHALL by clicking the frame below!



Marshall's latest DOOMSDAY is in theaters NOW, so go check it out with a bunch of friends. It's a fun, solid 2 hours of pure entertainment.

Original Variety article: http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117982679.html?categoryid=13&cs=1

CONVENTION REPORT: MONSTER MANIA X! UPDATED With VIDEO!

One week after making the trek to Dallas, TX for the FEAR FEST 2 show, we made another trip this past weekend to Cherry Hill, NJ to attend one of our favorite conventions, MONSTER MANIA for their 10th (!) show! Crowds of horror fans showed up to meet everyone from Bruce Campbell to Corey Feldman to Jason Mewes. The original TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE cast members were all on hand (including Gunnar Hansen, Edwin Neal & Marilyn Burns). The vendors and independent filmmakers were plentiful and the show overall was one of the most packed conventions we've ever been to. Click the logo below for the full report and tons of pictures including all the guests listed above, as well as JoBeth Williams (POLTERGEIST), Heather Langenkamp (NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET), Keith David (THEY LIVE), William Ragsdale (FRIGHT NIGHT) and many, many more!
 
Click the logo above and check out a video from the MONSTER MANIA X show created by our FRIGHT friend Dave Neabore.
Check out his My Space page at: http://www.myspace.com/daveneabore 

March 19, 2008

First Look At BENICIO DEL TORO As THE WOLF MAN!

Wow. Just wow. Entertainment Weekly's website is running the first two images of Benicio Del Toro as THE WOLF MAN from the upcoming remake of the classic Universal monster flick, currently lensing under director Joe Johnston. The article interviews the man responsible for making Benicio look this sinister, Rick Baker! Check out the teaser images below! They both link to the full pictures, along with the Rick Baker interview! THE WOLF MAN also stars Anthony Hopkins, Emily Blunt and Hugo Weaving and is due out early 2009!




March 18, 2008

PROM NIGHT Remake Website Launches! But Better Yet... Let's REVISIT PROM NIGHT!

I'll take any opportunity I can to point you all to the hilarious PROM NIGHT REVISITED video clip that Mike C put together, hence why I cover the PROM NIGHT remake at all. But alas, let's make with the "news" first. The official website for the PROM NIGHT remake is live over at www.anighttodiefor.com. (No, really.) This new PG-13 version was directed by Nelson McCormick from a script by JS Cardone and stars... well does it really matter? Check out the official website... if you dare. OR... REVISIT the more fun original PROM NIGHT with Mike C HERE!

Another New LOST BOYS 2: THE TRIBE Trailer!

A few days ago, MTV premiered the first trailer for the highly anticipated THE LOST BOYS 2: THE TRIBE starring Tad Hilgenbrink, Autumn Reeser, Angus Sutherland, Corey Feldman, Jamison New Lander and featuring cameos by Corey Haim and Tom Savini. Today, a new full length trailer appeared on the I AM LEGEND DVD release. God bless You Tube, because it's already on line and you can check it out below! THE LOST BOYS 2: THE TRIBE was directed by P.J. Pesce from a script by Hans Rodionoff and will debut on DVD later this summer! Check out the new trailer below!



QUARANTINE (aka REC Remake) Starts Viral Campaign!

Several videos have started popping up on You Tube in what appears to be a viral campaign for the upcoming Screen Gems feature QUARANTINE. (Which is a remake of the Spanish film [REC]) The movie was directed by John Dowdle who helmed the similar "found-footage" flick THE POUGHKEEPSIE TAPES. QUARANTINE stars Jay Hernandez and Jennifer Carpenter. You can check out both viral videos for QUARANTINE below, but more importantly, I've also posted the trailer to the original Spanish movie [REC], which looks far better than this American remake version. (Sorry fiends, I'm already sick of the "found-footage" craze!)








Original [REC] trailer:


March 17, 2008

CLOVERFIELD DVD Date, Special Features Announced! Cover Art Revealed!

Paramount has set April 22nd, 2008 as the release date for CLOVERFIELD on DVD! On top of the anamorphic widescreen transfer and English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround track, the disc will be loaded with special features and easter eggs. (Listed below) There's also cover art below from the press release, however, there's a chance the cover art may change before CLOVERFIELD's official DVD release. We'll keep you posted. In the meantime, check out the specs below!
• Commentary: Commentary by Director Matt Reeves
• Featurette: The Making of Cloverfield
• Featurette: Cloverfield Visual Effects
• Featurette: I Saw It! It's Alive! It's Huge
• Featurette: Clover Fun
• Additional Scenes: Congrats Rob
• Additional Scenes: When You're in Japan
• Additional Scenes: I Call That a Date
• Additional Scenes: It's Going to Hurt
• Additional Scenes: Alt Ending #1
• Additional Scenes: Alt Ending #2
• Easter Eggs: Slusho!
• Easter Eggs: Person of Interest - JLVD Video 2
• Easter Eggs: Person of Interest - JLVD Video 5
• Easter Eggs: Person of Interest - JLVD Video 9
• Easter Eggs: Person of Interest - JLVD Video 11
• Easter Eggs: Rack 'Em & Pack 'Em
• Easter Eggs: Fighting the X



 

Don't forget to read our duel FIRST LOOK review from CLOVERFIELD's theatrical release by clicking the logo below!

 

Trailer For BEYOND THE RAVE Debuts! New HAMMER Horror!

Those wonderful fiends at Dread Central scored the very first exclusive trailer to BEYOND THE RAVE, the first new "Hammer" movie in almost 2 decades! The film is set to debut in segments via the official BEYOND THE RAVE My Space page starting in April. (Gotta love My Space!) But you can see the trailer now over at THIS link!


See the trailer for BEYOND THE RAVE here: http://www.dreadcentral.com/node/26454 

Visit the official My Space page here: http://www.myspace.com/beyondtherave 



 

March 16, 2008

Yes, Gina Phillips Up For "Jeepers 3"--But Here's Why She Wasn't In "Jeepers 2"

Gina Phillips recently revealed that she is in talks with Victor Salva to return to the "Jeepers Creepers" franchise, but why didn't we see Gina at all in "Jeepers Creepers 2"?  Exclusive to IOF she reveals why she didn't return and it's not what you've already heard!

Gina PhillipsIOF: Justin had done a cameo for the JEEPERS CREEPERS 2. Was it true that you were asked back to cameo in the second one as well?

Here’s what happened. There were a lot of rumors that went around about it, and I’ve heard a lot of rumors of people saying I turned it down. I didn’t really turn it down! There was a first script, an idea that had to do with my character and… it didn’t really work. It just wasn’t that frightening and everyone ended up agreeing it didn’t work. If it had been really up to par with the first one, I would’ve jumped in…

So, there was an original first draft for the 2nd JEEPERS CREEPERS that involved your character as a main character again.

Yes. Yes. And everyone, the studio, Frances (Ford Coppola), Victor (Salva) – every one agreed that it just wasn’t as strong as the first one. So then they came up with this other idea, which was a version of what the 2nd one ended up being, and my character was a cameo in it. And truthfully, the reason they decided not to do it was they originally were going to kill off my character and they decided that they didn’t want to, to leave it open for more of the franchise. To be there later on. So, that’s the true story behind it. It wasn’t that I just turned it down.

I figured it was something along those lines.

It didn’t come together in the right way. I totally would’ve done it if it was right.

Were they trying to replicate what the first one was again or did it just go in a direction that didn’t seem to make sense for your character?

Victor had a great idea, it just wasn’t scary enough. And then he went a totally different route. But they wanted to leave room to be able to come back to the Trish character. There was a cameo in the beginning (of JEEPERS CREEPERS 2) where I was brutally killed. (Laughs)

Awww, no!

And every one made the decision to take it out so there could be a JEEPERS 3.

Well, I’m really, really glad they didn’t do that. I prefer seeing a cameo from the ghost of Justin over seeing you get killed in the beginning. (Laughs) Have you seen the 2nd one?

Yeah, I have seen it! And I did like it!

While she's remaining coy about any big details, she does reconfirm with Icons of Fright that she's definitely up for and in talks for "Jeepers Creepers 3":

IOF: Well, they just announced that Victor is writing and directing JEEPERS CREEPERS 3. Do you know anything about it?

I know a lot about it.

You know a lot about it?!

(Laughs)

Is that a hint, Gina?

 
(Laughs) I will leave it at that.

Well, after everything you just said, they left it open so you could come back. Interesting.

I, I am very familiar… and yes, Victor and I have been speaking, and I will just leave it at that. So, we will see what happens.

Well, I’ll keep my fingers crossed, because you and Ray Wise in the same movie together would be awesome.

Look for our complete, unedited in-depth interview with Gina Phillips in the April update of Icons of Fright! 

March 15, 2008

BLOOD NIGHT (MARY HATCHET) Trailer Debuts!

The trailer for the new indie flick BLOOD NIGHT: THE LEGEND OF MARY HATCHET has debuted on-line! The movie was directed by Frank Sabatella from a script he co-wrote with Elke Blasi and stars genre vets Danielle Harris (HALLOWEEN) and Bill Moseley (THE DEVIL'S REJECTS). Being based out of Long Island, NY ourselves, we've always wanted to see a Mary Hatchet flick! And this one looks promising! Check out the synopsis, My Space page and trailer below!


Long Island, 1978: A young girl named Mary Mattock gruesomely murders her family with a hatchet and is locked away for life in Long Island’s notorious Kings Park Psychiatric Center. Ten years later Mary escapes from the asylum, leaving a grizzly wake of bodies and blood. Gunned down by the police, Mary meets her own demise outside the sanitarium walls. This incident gave birth to the legend of Mary Hatchet’s walking ghost and the mischievous night named in honor of her death, BLOOD NIGHT!

Stemming from the real life Long Island legend of Mary Hatchet, “Blood Night” tells the tale of a group of teenagers enjoying their annual Blood Night festivities, when they come face to face with the reality of this haunting legend. One by one the teens begin to disappear and meet their fates. As the body count rises, so do the unanswered questions about their missing friends and the secrets of Mary’s horrifying past. Is there more to this legend than the vengeful ghost of Mary Hatchet and if so who will survive to tell the terrifying tale?

Fueled by intense and energetic performances from Nate Dushku, Bill Moseley, Danielle Harris and Samantha Facchi as Mary Hatchet, audiences are in for a non-stop splatter fest filled with sex, guts, and heads that roll! Blood Night puts a neck-breaking spin on the gory and gut wrenching slasher pieces from the legendary decade of 1980’s horror!





Official My Space page: http://www.myspace.com/bloodnightmovie

March 13, 2008

WRESTLING MOVE or PORN MOVE? New WRESTLEMANIAC On-Line Game!

WRESTLEMANIAC is out on DVD now courtesy of Anchor Bay Entertainment. While it's getting mixed reviews, ya gotta give them credit for fun interactive stuff on the official website! We've been informed that the website now features a new quiz called WRESTLING MOVE or PORN MOVE? Check it out for yourself and test your knowledge of moves at http://wrestlemaniac-themovie.com!

MARCH'S FRIGHT GIRL OF THE MONTH!

Wow! Beware the hypnotic gaze of this fiendish gal! We're proud to present you with our MARCH FRIGHT GIRL OF THE MONTH, VERA VANGUARD! Vera's a life-long horror fan, as well as an actress and stuntwoman! Check out her gorgeous pictures, along with her FRIGHT INSIGHTS by clicking HERE or on the picture below! Congrats to Vera!


WE'RE PROUD TO PRESENT MARCH'S FRIGHT GIRL OF THE MONTH, VERA VANGUARD!



And of course, let's not forget about our previous FRIGHT GIRLS!

MISS FEBRUARY, RACHEL GRUBB!



MISS JANUARY, CHRISTEL EDWARDS!


HOW CAN YOU BE A FRIGHT GIRL OF THE MONTH? DETAILS HERE!!!

CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON Documentary At MONSTER MANIA X!

We just were informed that CREATURE FEATURE: 50 YEARS OF THE GILL-MAN, the unreleased documentary on the making of THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON will screen one-time only this Friday evening, March 14th at the MONSTER MANIA convention taking place in Cherry Hill, NJ, in honor of the late Ben Chapman, the man who portrayed the Gill-Man. The MONSTER MANIA shows are always a fun event, but the screening at 6PM tomorrow night is definitely something we're looking forward to. Check out the press release below, as well as a link to our wonderful Ben Chapman FRIGHT exclusive interview.
CHERRY HILL, NJ

Just added to The MONSTER MANIA X Convention schedule will be a special Friday night tribute screening of CREATURE FEATURE: 50 YEARS OF THE GILL-MAN, the unreleased documentary on the making of THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON. This special one-time screening will be held in honor of BEN CHAPMAN, who passed away February 21st, and who stars in the feature-length documentary that tells the story behind the creation and marketing of The Creature From the Black Lagoon. The Screening will kick off the upcoming MONSTER MANIA X weekend on Friday, March 14, at six p.m.

The film also features JULIE ADAMS, GINGER STANLEY, Academy-Award Winner BENECIO DEL TORO - who is currently starring in the new Universal remake of THE WOLFMAN - Actor and Monster Collector DANIEL ROEBUCK, two-time Academy-Award nominated Writer Arthur Ross, who penned the screenplays for the original film and Creature Walks Among Us, among others, and is narrated by KEITH DAVID, who will be attending the Monster Mania show as a guest that weekend.

Dave Hagan, who runs MONSTER MANIA and Sam Borowski, who wrote and Produced CREATURE FEATURE will both say a few words before hand about Ben Chapman. Then after the film there will be an approximate 35-minute Q&A featuring Borowski, Director Matt Crick, Associate Producer Eric Rosenberg and Movie Producer Sam Sherman who is featured in the film, and possibly some other special guests such as Keith David.

Show information can be found at http://www.monstermania.net

Click the frame below to read our legendary interview with BEN CHAPMAN:

 

March 12, 2008

THE LOST BOYS 2 TRAILER!

MTV has posted the first trailer for the upcoming THE LOST BOYS 2: THE TRIBE on their website! The trailer is accompanied by an intro and several interview snippets with returning star Corey Feldman. The new film was directed by P.J. Pesce from a script by Hans Rodionoff and stars Tad Hilgenbrink, Autumn Reeser, Angus Sutherland, Corey Feldman & Jamison New Lander. Corey Haim cameos as well. No release date is set as of yet, but the flick is expected to debut on DVD in July of 2008! What are you waiting for? Follow the link below to MTV's site or just click the player to see the trailer!


THE LOST BOYS 2: THE TRIBE Trailer: http://www.mtv.com/overdrive/?id=1583178 



PIECES DVD Art Work Revealed!

FANGORIA got a sneak peek at the front cover DVD artwork for Grindhouse Releasing's upcoming Special Edition of PIECES! A few years back, Sage Stallone showed us a trailer reel that featuring PIECES among Grindhouse Releasing's upcoming slate, and the film restoration looked absolutely beautiful. It's been a while since we'd heard anything, but we can assume with this cover art surfacing, the DVD release can't be far away!
Click the teaser image below to check out the full DVD cover on FANGORIA's website!

 

Read our DVD review of the last Grindhouse Release, CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST HERE!

Original article: http://www.fangoria.com/news_article.php?id=6123 

THIRSTY Teaser Images!

At this past weekend's FEAR FEST convention in Dallas, Texas, we couldn't help but notice these cool little teaser postcards on author Joe Knetter's table for the upcoming film THIRSTY. The short was directed by Andrew Kasch, based on a short story by Knetter and is due out later in the year. But what's cool about it is the cast! Pominently displayed on both sides of the promotional postcard below. Director turned actor Joe Lynch and the foxy Tiffany Shepis! (Michael Bailey Smith also stars.) Check out the promotional teaser images below, as well as our interviews with Joe Lynch and Tiffany Shepis!





Of course, check out our FRIGHT exclusive interviews with director JOE LYNCH:



And the gorgeous TIFFANY SHEPIS:

 

CONVENTION REPORT: FEAR FEST 2 DALLAS, TX!

This past weekend, the ICONS staff trekked out to Dallas, Texas to celebrate the 2nd FEAR FEST convention, sponsored by Pit Of Horror.com and Dread Central.com. Quite frankly, we had an absolute blast! The convention offered a little something for everyone. Late night screenings of A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, FRIGHT NIGHT, TROLL 2. Tons of horror vendors & free goodies. Celebrities from the entire NIGHTMARE series, panels celebrating the FRIGHT NIGHT reunion and even a rock concert performance by MICHALE GRAVES. Horror culture was in full exposure last weekend in Dallas, TX thanks to promoter John Gray and his hard-working convention staff. Check out our full on report, along with dozens of photographs to get the whole scoop on the show! Includes pictures of ROBERT ENGLUND, HEATHER LANGENKAMP, TOM HOLLAND, CHRIS SARANDON, GUNNAR HANSEN, KANE HODDER, PAUL EHLERS, NEIL MARSHALL, TIM SULLIVAN, MICHALE GRAVES and many, many more! Click the logo to check it out!

New PROM NIGHT TV Spot! Let's REVISIT PROM NIGHT!

Ah, it's coming! Weather we like it or not! The PROM NIGHT remake hits theaters on April 11th and now the first TV Spot has made it's way on You Tube. This spot actually pretty much gives away the new film's plot, which is... dare I say far more cheesier then the original could have ever been? Check the clip out below, and immediately follow it up with Mike C.'s PROM NIGHT REVISITED video. Trust us, with that, at least we're trying to entertain you.






March 11, 2008

New Trailer For THE STRANGERS!

A new trailer for the delayed THE STRANGERS has made it's way to Yahoo's Movie website today. You can check it out right HERE! THE STRANGERS was written and directed by Bryan Bertino and stars Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman and involves three mysterious strangers who terrorize a young couple in a remote house after they return from a wedding. It opens in theaters on May 30th, 2008.
View the trailer at: http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/1809775079/video/6921168


Charlie Sheen Headlines New TWISTED Pictures Movie!

Bloody-Disgusting is reporting that actor Charlie Sheen will be the lead in an upcoming untitled Twisted Pictures movie. (The working title for the film was TORTURED) Twisted Pictures is of course the company behind the SAW films, as well as the upcoming REPO! THE GENETIC OPERA and the SCANNERS remake. According to the article, "The film is a journey of an average, loving couple, CRAIG (Sheen) and ELISE, who hit their limit after they experience the loss of their 5 -year old son to a pedophile. Once the judicial system also fails to deliver, the couple is forced to turn inside and releases the animal that lives within all civilized people." Filmmaker Rob Lieberman (FIRE IN THE SKY) is attached to direct from a script by Marek Posival. I love Charlie Sheen, so count me excited for this vengeance morality tale!

Check out more details at the original article:

http://www.bloody-disgusting.com/news/11579


Is MADMAN MARZ Coming Back?!

At this past weekend's FEAR FEST convention in Dallas, Texas, we stopped by former Icons interviewee Paul Ehlers table, the man who played "Madman Marz" in the 80's slasher cult-classic MADMAN, and we couldn't help notice an interesting item among his 8 x 10's & fantasy knives. A teaser for a new MADMAN movie. Framed on his table was an 8 x 10 photo that read "MADMAN MARZ: THE LEGEND LIVES", "He'll find the Heart of Terror and Rip it Out!" (Coming) When asked about it, Paul confirmed that yes, there is a script for a brand new MADMAN movie written by his son Jonathan Ehlers and co-scripted by Paul himself. They're using the original title for the original film, which was MADMAN MARZ: THE LEGEND LIVES and it sounds like this new MADMAN acts as both a sequel/remake. An independent company is attached and they've got a few locations locked down for a potential shoot later this year. Gary Sales, the producer on the original film was also at the table on Friday and is rumored to direct this new version. We'll keep you posted.

Check out some pictures from his table below:

 

 



Also, say hello to Paul Ehlers over at his official My Space page:

http://www.myspace.com/themadmanmarz

And check out our FRIGHT exclusive interview with PAUL EHLERS from last year by clicking the frame below!

 

Neil Marshall's Next Is SACRILEGE!

Filmmaker Neil Marshall had hinted at his next project during his panel at this past weekend's FEAR FEST convention in Dallas, Texas. But now Variety is reporting that Marshall will write and direct SACRILEGE for Rogue Pictures. SACRILEGE is a horror film set in the Old West! Marshall explains, "It is set during the Gold Rush, a time remembered for incidents like the Donner Party. It is meant to be a pitch-black, gritty, period horror movie. This is 'Unforgiven' by way of H.P. Lovecraft, with that grim, gritty setting and a horror element nobody has seen before." Sounds AWESOME.
Considering we're big fans of DOG SOLDIERS and THE DESCENT, this sounds like a great addition to Neil's filmography. Don't forget that his latest epic DOOMSDAY opens in theaters this Friday March 14th, 2008!

You can read our FRIGHT exclusive interview with NEIL MARSHALL by clicking the frame below!



Original Variety article:

http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117982160.html?categoryid=13&cs=1 

WILL ROT Preps New HELTER SKELTER!

Filmmaker Will Rot recently spoke to FANGORIA about his new full length project HELTER SKELTER. Rot was one of the filmmakers featured on the BLOOD DRIVE VOLUME 2 DVD release for his short film THE JOURNAL OF EDMOND DEYERS. He also completed a second short film titled DE RIGUEUR starring Edwin Neal and Alexandria Bevilacqua last year. Rot's version of HELTER SKELTER will be radically different from former interpretations. He told Fango, "There are, of course, historical facts that remain true to the case, which is why I have to use ‘Helter Skelter’ in the title, but other facts I’ve just straight-up changed. I've found a way to shake things up a bit, and put a new spin on an old tale. The most notorious crime in American history just got a hell of a lot worse.”
According to the article, the feature is already fully financed and will shoot in the fall in "small, rundown towns between Nevada and California." Icons own Jay Alvino (Jsyn) will be handling the films FX via his company WICKED EFX. Alexandria Bevilacqua, who appeared in Rot's last short film DE RIGUEUR opposite TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE's Edwin Neal is already set to star with more cast to be announced.

Read more details on the project at the original FANGORIA post:

http://www.fangoria.com/news_article.php?id=6105



Also, check out our FRIGHT exclusive interview with WILL ROT:



Visit: www.willrot.com

http://www.helterskelter.com

March 10, 2008

More FRIGHT NIGHT On The Way?

Icons Of Fright were on hand for this past weekend's Fear Fest 2 convention in Dallas, TX and yours truly had the humble honor of moderating the FRIGHT NIGHT reunion panel. A few interesting tid-bits about the FRIGHT NIGHT franchise came up during the hour-long discussion. Writer/Director Tom Holland said that he still holds the rights for any FRIGHT NIGHT published material and is currently looking into re-releasing both the novelization of FRIGHT NIGHT (written by splatterpunk faves John Skipp and Craig Spector), as well as the NOW comic books, both long out of print. On top of seeing re-published versions of these FRIGHT NIGHT goodies, Holland also admitted that he is scheduled for a "luncheon" to discuss the FRIGHT NIGHT remake, which apparently has gone through 3 un-usable drafts. (From what we've heard, it sounds a lot like a remake of Tobe Hooper's FUNHOUSE rather then FRIGHT NIGHT) Perhaps the studios wisely decided to actually talk to the guy who created the original for a change? Regardless, he's also going to be pushing for a FRIGHT NIGHT Special Edition DVD at that meeting. Want to see it happen? Make some noise on the internet and let Sony Pictures know that you WANT a new Special Edition DVD of FRIGHT NIGHT!

We'll be bringing you a full convention report with more from the FRIGHT NIGHT reunion later this week!


William Ragsdale (Charlie Brewster), Tom Holland (writer/director), Chris Sarandon (Jerry Dandrige) and Jonathan Stark (Billy Cole) at the Fear Fest convention for the FRIGHT NIGHT reunion!

www.pitofhorror.com

www.dreadcentral.com

www.txfearfest.com

Dante Tomaselli's TORTURE CHAMBER?

FANGORIA is reporting that filmmaker Dante Tomaselli (SATAN'S PLAYGROUND, HORROR, DESECRATION) is putting his ambitious and long-in-production feature THE OCEAN on hold to instead press forward on his next movie, TORTURE CHAMBER. Tomaselli tells FANGO, "TORTURE CHAMBER is a nightmarish shocker in the vein of HOUSE OF WHIPCORD, HALLOWEEN and FRIDAY THE 13TH. In terms of outright fear, I want to push the envelope right off the table."
Shooting is planned for June of this year with Jack Swain (DESECRATION, HORROR) producing a script from Tomaselli and Michael Gingold. The director goes into more details about TORTURE CHAMBER's plot, as well as the status of THE OCEAN in the original article, which can be accessed here:

http://www.fangoria.com/news_article.php?id=6092



Interview 1 with DANTE TOMASELLI:


Interview 2 with DANTE TOMASELLI:




Justin Long Joins Sam Raimi's DRAG ME TO HELL!

A few weeks ago, actress Ellen Page had to drop out of Sam Rami's new movie, DRAG ME TO HELL. (Reportedly due to a scheduling conflict with another movie.) Her character was recast and will now be played by Alison Lohman. Variety is reporting that Justin Long (from JEEPERS CREEPERS, LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD and DODGEBALL) has also signed on to DRAG ME TO HELL. (Raimi's long overdue return to the genre!) The article says, "Raimi and his brother Ivan penned the screenplay, a morality tale about the unwitting recipient of a supernatural curse. Long will play the boyfriend of Lohman's character." Shooting is set to begin March 31 in Los Angeles.
Original article: http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117982115.html?categoryid=13&cs=1

DARIO ARGENTO 5 Disc DVD Box Set Out May 27th!

Anchor Bay Entertainment is set to release a 5 disc DVD box set of some of Dario Argento's best (and latest) films on May 27th, 2008! The set will include TENEBRE, PHENOMENA, TRAUMA, THE CARD PLAYER and DO YOU LIKE HITCHCOCK? Each disc in the set is a special edition, so if you're an Argento fan (and have never owned any of the following), here's your chance to invest in a treasure trove of Argento goodness! Check out the press release below!

“The greatest of GIALLO filmmakers” - New York Times

 

THE ANCHOR BAY COLLECTION

PROUDLY PRESENTS

THE DARIO ARGENTO BOX SET

 

Five Argento masterpieces together in a collectible boxed set

for the first time on May 27

 

BURBANK, CA – Dario Argento is one of the most acclaimed filmmakers in modern history, a director whose work has shocked, entertained and enthralled millions the world over. The world of Dario Argento is a surreal, mysterious and mesmerizing one. There is a unique magic and power that “The Maestro” brings to everything he touches.

 

Now, Anchor Bay Entertainment pays tribute to the acclaimed filmmaker with The Dario Argento Box Set, a five-film collection that will be released under the prestigious Anchor Bay Collection banner on May 27th.

 

Following the worldwide success of his hallucinatory horror hit Suspiria, Argento returned to the genre that he helped to pioneer and which launched his international career and earned him the title of “The Italian Hitchcock.” In these acclaimed “giallo” thrillers, Argento explores the extremes of murder, insanity and brutality with the startling plot twists, stunning visuals and shocking twists that have defined his work.

 

The five films in this collection have been remastered from original vault elements and are presented uncut and uncensored for an all-new look at one of the most controversial and influential filmmakers in the history of modern cinema.

 

The Dario Argento Box Set, is the quintessential assemblage of Argento’s brilliance and includes such masterpieces as:

 

Tenebre Special Edition (released in the U.S. as Unsane), starring Academy Award® nominee Anthony Franciosa (A Hatful of Rain, Across 110th Street) and Golden Globe®  winner John Saxon (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Enter the Dragon). Tenebre features a brand new 16x9 transfer, plus an all-new retrospective featurette;

 

Phenomena Special Edition (released in the U.S. as Creepers), starring Academy Award® winner Jennifer Connelly (A Beautiful Mind, Blood Diamond) and the legendary Donald Pleasence (Halloween series, The Great Escape, Escape from New York ). Remastered in 16x9 with an all-new retrospective featurette;

 

Trauma, starring Argento’s exquisite daughter Asia Argento (New Rose Hotel, XXX), three-time Academy Award®-nominee, Golden Globe® and Emmy Award® winner Piper Laurie (Children of a Lesser God, Carrie, “Twin Peaks”), Academy Award®- nominee Frederic Forrest (Apocalypse Now, The Rose, Tucker: The Man and His Dream) and Academy Award®-nominee Brad Dourif (Mississippi Burning, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, the voice of “Chucky” in the Child’s Play franchise);

 

The Card Player, starring Stefania Rocca (The Talented Mr. Ripley, Dracula’s Curse) and IFTA Award winner Liam Cunningham (Dog Soldiers, Breakfast on Pluto, “RKO 281”);

 

Do You Like Hitchcock?, Argento’s personal homage to his life-long idol, starring Elio Germano (Napoleon and Me, Respiro) and Chiara Conti (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Marco Bellocchio’s award-winning The Religion Hour).

 

Each of these films boasts a variety of DVD special features, including audio commentaries, behind-the-scenes retrospectives, trailers and more.

 

In addition, Anchor Bay Entertainment will release the special editions of both Tenebre and Phenomena individually at an SRP of $19.97 each.

 

Argento was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2001 Amsterdam Fantasy Film Festival, the Maverick Tribute Award at the 2000 Cinequest San Jose Film Festival, a Special Award “FantaItaly” from the 1985 Fantafestival, the Time Machine Honorary Award from the Sitges – Catalonian Film Festival, and the 2007 Career Award from Flaiano International Prizes.

 

Argento’s career is going stronger than ever. He recently completed the long-anticipated Mother of Tears: The Third Mother, concluding the unforgettable trilogy begun in Suspiria and continued in Inferno, and he directed the segments Pelts and Jenifer for the award-winning Showtime series “Masters of Horror (available from Anchor Bay Entertainment). Argento is currently directing the thriller Giallo, which will be released later this year. The film stars Ray Liotta, Asia Argento and Elsa Pataky.

 

In the tradition of previous Anchor Bay Collection releases like Re-Animator and Phantasm, The Dario Argento Box Set is a must-have item for the Argento aficionado and all horror devotees.

 

 

TENEBRE SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • New remastered widescreen (1.85:1) transfer, enhanced for 16x9 televisions
  • Audio Commentary with writer/director Dario Argento, music composer Claudio Simonetti and journalist Loris Curci
  • Voices of The Unsane
  • The Roving Camera Eye of Dario Argento
  • Creating the Sounds of Terror
  • Alternate end-credit music
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Dario Argento biography

PHENOMENA SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • New remastered widescreen (1.66:1) transfer, enhanced for 16x9 televisions
  • Audio Commentary with writer/director Dario Argento, special makeup effects artist Sergio Stivaletti, music composer Claudio Simonetti and journalist Loris Curci
  • A Dark Fairy Tale
  • Luigi Cozzi & The Art of Macrophotography
  • Dario Argento on “The Joe Franklin Show”
  • Claudio Simonetti Music Video (“Jennifer”)
  • Bill Wyman Music Video (“Valley”)
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Dario Argento biography

TRAUMA SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Widescreen (2.35:1) presentation, enhanced for 16x9 televisions
  • Audio Commentary with Profondo Argento author Alan Jones
  • Love, Death & Trauma featurette with an interview with director Dario Argento
  • Never-Before-Seen, On-Set and Behind-The-Scenes Footage
  • Exclusive Special Effects home movies from Tom Savini
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Poster & Still Gallery
  • Dario Argento biography

THE CARD PLAYER SPECIAL FEATURES

 

  • Widescreen (1.85:1) presentation, enhanced for 16x9 televisions
  • Audio Commentary with Profondo Argento author Alan Jones
  • Playing With Death” featurette including an exclusive interview with director Dario Argento
  • Maestro of Fear featurette with composer Claudio Simonetti
  • Electronic Press Kit
  • Behind-The-Scenes Footage
  • Theatrical Trailer

 

DO YOU LIKE HITCHCOCK? SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Widescreen (1.66:1) presentation, enhanced for 16x9 televisions
  • Do You Like Hitchcock?: Backstage
  • Dario Argento biography
Check out our interview with Coralina Cataldi-Tassoni (from Argento's MOTHER OF TEARS & OPERA)


RAW FEED's OTIS hits DVD June 10th!

We've just received the press release for OTIS, the first of a new batch of RAW FEED films, which hits DVD shelves on June 10th, 2008. The new flick was directed by Tony Krantz (who helmed RAW FEED's SUBLIME last year) and stars Daniel Stern, Illeana Douglas, Kevin Pollak, Jere Burns, Ashley Johnson, Jared Kusnitz and Bostin Christopher. Read on for the full press release and synopsis. (We're working on getting the DVD front cover artwork) You can also click the frame below to read our FRIGHT exclusive interviews with RAW FEED directors Tony Krantz and John Shibin.

Synopsis - OTIS is a story of suburban America gone haywire. In the midst of a serial abductor/killer’s rampage, a beautiful young teen, Riley Lawson (Ashley Johnson), goes missing. When her desperate parents, Will and Kate (Daniel Stern and Illeana Douglas), are contacted by her kidnapper, an insufferable FBI Special Agent (Jere Burns) takes charge of the case.

But, from deep within the psychopathic subterranean world created by Otis (Bostin Christopher), Riley turns the tables on her tormentor, manages to escape and to contact her parents. Fed up with the tragi-comic inability of the FBI to find their girl, Will, Kate and Riley’s brother, Reed (Jared Kusnitz), decide to take matters - and justice - into their own hands. But when Otis’ brother, Elmo (Kevin Pollak), shows up unexpectedly, the Lawsons find themselves mired in one of the more unusual and macabre consequences of vigilantism.

Far from proclaiming ‘Mission Accomplished,’ the backed-in-a-corner Lawsons will further complicate their already deadly predicament with a surprising, unfortunate and frankly hilarious final choice.


OTI
S Extra Content (on both DVD and Blu-ray)

·         Commentary by Director Tony Krantz and Writer Erik Jendresen

·         Featurette: The Twisted World of Otis in which the cast and crew discuss how and why comedy works within the confines of the film

·         Suite 16, the home movie of Otis’  fantasies made by Otis himself

·         Alternate Ending which gives a starkly different tone and finality to the film.  It includes an introduction by Tony Krantz.





AMERICAN ZOMBIE, anyone?

Those wonderful fiends over at www.horror-movies.ca have scored a nice interview with director Grace Lee, who's film AMERICAN ZOMBIE is one we here at Icons have been really looking forward to. "In American Zombie, filmmakers Grace Lee (“The Grace Lee Project”) and John Solomon (“Nonsense Man”) team up to shoot a documentary about high-functioning zombies living in Los Angeles and their struggles to gain acceptance in human society." Check out the link below both to the interview and the official movie website for AMERICAN ZOMBIE!


Grace Lee interview: http://www.horror-movies.ca/horror_11076.html

Official website: http://www.americanzombiemovie.com (Check out the trailer there!)


 

March 05, 2008

MIKE MENDEZ.COM GOES LIVE!

Filmmaker and FRIGHT interview alumni Mike Mendez (Director of GRAVEDANCERS, THE CONVENT and KILLERS) has launched his official website, www.mikemendez.com. Quite frankly, this is one of THE most impressive sites we've ever seen for a filmmaker! The site allows you to access tons of video content including the never-released MASTERS OF HORROR documentary project that Mendez put together with fellow filmmaker Dave Parker. (It's hosted by Bruce Campbell and features interviews with everyone from Wes Craven to John Carpenter to George Romero to John Landis and more!)
You can also access Mendez's short films, videos, as well as clips, trailers & making-of featurettes to all his feature length films! Seriously, this is one damn impressive body of work, and if you're unfamiliar with Mike Mendez, this is the perfect way to discover his film work!

Visit the site now at: www.mikemendez.com

Check out our FRIGHT exclusive interview with MIKE MENDEZ from last year!






Do We Have LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT's Vengeful Parents?!

We just may! Variety reports that both Tony Goldwyn and Monica Potter have been cast in the remake to LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT. While the roles are unspecified, we can only imagine they'll be playing the vengeful parents of one of the girls held hostage by the convicts. While Goldwyn probably still gets shit for being the jerk in the tearjerker GHOST, he recently appeared as a murdering psychiatrist in DEXTER, a show he's gone on to direct several episodes of. Monica Potter's last genre offering was in the first SAW. (Remember that one, kids? Feels so long ago!)
The article also confirms Dennis Iliadis is directing from a script by Mark Haslett, Carl Ellsworth and Adam Alleca (DP on the short MEANS TO AN END). Wes Craven, Sean Cunningham and Marianne Maddalena are producing. Shooting is scheduled to begin this month in South Africa.

Original article: http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117981849.html?categoryid=13&cs=1

Goyer's Latest Confirmed As UNBORN; More Cast Announced!

Writer/Director David Goyer's latest supernatural thriller for Platinum Dunes finally has a title. And it's UNBORN. The Hollywood Reporter names Meagan Good, Carla Gugino, Jane Alexander, Idris Elba and Rhys Coiro as the latest to join the cast, which already consists of Gary Oldman and Odette Yustman (CLOVERFIELD's "Beth") According to the article, Platinum Dunes' Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller are producing UNBORN, a tale of a girl (Yustman) tormented by the soul of a boy who died in the Holocaust. We'll keep you posted on more about the project as it nears production!

Original article:

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news/e3ic8069f8098734cd4f347d67c5eba7d9c


March 04, 2008

FRIGHT EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW - WRITER/DIRECTOR NEIL MARSHALL!

Just added! A FRIGHT exclusive interview with NEIL MARSHALL! If you're a devoted genre fan, then like us, you've probably been following the career of writer/director Neil Marshall. After all, his 3 films to date offer interesting ensemble casts usually set in unique locations. From DOG SOLDIERS to THE DESCENT to his epic DOOMSDAY (Out March 14th, 2008), we chatted with him about all 3 of his films, as well as about all things horror! Read on for our FRIGHT exclusive interview with Neil Marshall!
Click the frame below to read our FRIGHT exclusive interview with NEIL MARSHALL!



FRIGHT EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW - ACTOR/DIRECTOR KEITH GORDON!

Just added! A FRIGHT exclusive interview with actor/director KEITH GORDON! I'm watching an episode of DEXTER & am surprised to notice the name Keith Gordon listed as this particular episode's director. Could it be? The same Keith Gordon that made his acting debut in JAWS 2? Played the lead in John Carpenter's CHRISTINE? Was in Brian DePalma's DRESSED TO KILL and the comedy BACK TO SCHOOL? Sure enough! Keith Gordon started his filmmaking career by acting but made the shift to directing almost 20 years ago. We figured his diverse filmography warranted closer scrutiny. So we tracked him down & he was more then happy to talk to us! Read on for our FRIGHT exclusive interview with Keith Gordon!
Click the frame to read our FRIGHT exclusive interview with KEITH GORDON!






FRIGHT EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW - ACTOR GUNNAR HANSEN "LEATHERFACE"!

Just added! A FRIGHT exclusive interview with the original Leatherface, GUNNAR HANSEN! Over 35 years ago, outside of Austin, Texas, a group of filmmakers and actors accomplished something remarkable. With a shoestring budget, little in the way of experience, and conditions that were almost unbearable, they all combined their various talents to create "THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE". Gunnar Hansen, fresh out of school with a Masters Degree in English, was chosen to perform the unforgettable role of "Leatherface", one of horrors most frightening, disturbing, fascinating, and enduring characters.

Gunnar was able to take the time to talk with us about the legacy of "Texas Chainsaw", as well as his role in the upcoming satire of independant horror "Brutal Massacre", and offer us a look into the world of indie horror, and give us his insight into who we are as horror fans, and why "Texas Chainsaw" continues to intrigue both filmmakers and fans alike.


Read our FRIGHT exclusive interview with GUNNAR HANSEN by clicking the frame below!





Check out our other CHAIN SAW interviews!

EDWIN NEAL


BILL JOHNSON

DEXTER... THE VIDEO GAME?!

Showtime Networks and Marc Ecko Entertainment have partnered up to create an all-new videogame based on the popular award-winning show DEXTER according to a report from IGN. Whoa!? Marc Fernandez, the Vice President of Marc Ecko Entertainment said, "Dexter is the extremely rare TV show with enough layers of action and tension to translate perfectly into a compelling videogame. Our game designers, writers, and artists are going to give Dexter's morally complex world the kind of interactivity that gamers will love." The Showtime original series, DEXTER stars Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter and Julie Benz & is loosely based on the series of DEXTER novels by author Jeffrey Lindsay. The first season of the show recently premiered on CBS, while fans eagerly await the DVD release of the second season. DEXTER will return to Showtime later this year for it's third season. Looks like DEXTER's popularity is expanding!
Original article: http://xbox360.ign.com/articles/856/856254p1.html


THE SIGNAL'S JUSTIN WELBORN JOINS FINAL DESTINATION 4 Cast!

A few weeks ago, Variety reported the official casting of several actors to the cast of FINAL DESTINATION 4, being helmed by FD2 director David Ellis from a script by Eric Bress. Among the confirmed cast is Shantel VanSanten, Bobby Campo, Haley Webb, (the gorgeous) Krista Allen (FEAST), Nick Zano and Andy Fiscella. We got one more name for ya! Justin Welborn, who played Ben in the recently released THE SIGNAL dropped us a line to let us know he's playing "the racist" in FINAL DESTINATION 4, a character who comes to a much deserved & horrible demise in FINAL DESTINATION 4 courtesy of "death". That's not exactly a spoiler considering rarely do any of the cast members survive a FINAL DESTINATION movie! He jokes with us, saying "Even though I'm technically playing 'the racist', it's just a character in a movie! I'm voting for Obama."
FINAL DESTINATION 4 is about to shoot in New Orleans and is planned for a 3D release sometime next year.

 

Also, Bloody-Disgusting has a slew of images from DANCE OF THE DEAD, another genre picture that Welborn appears in. (See poster below) http://www.bloody-disgusting.com/news/11481 

 

See Justin Welborn in THE SIGNAL, now playing in limited theaterical release, and be sure to check out our FRIGHT exclusive interview with him below!

 

Did Lloyd Kaufman Really Calls Us "Ass lickers"? Yes! Why? Find Out Here!

This is it!

THE RETURN OF AMERICA’S BAD KIDS WITH THE BADDEST KID OUT THERE, TROMA PRESIDENT LLOYD KAUFMAN! Watch the video NOW! Here's where Lloyd spills the sludge on the Toxic Avenger musical, calls us "ass lickers", and where he tells us all about Brett Ratner sniffing around Tromaville for...Find out only in the latest episode "America's Bad Kids!"


Check out our first episode of AMERICA'S BAD KIDS HERE!

Visit the official TROMA site at: WWW.TROMA.COM

And get more BAD KID goodies at: WWW.AMERICASBADKIDS.COM!

March 03, 2008

TEXAS FRIGHTMARE WEEKEND, DALLAS! 2 FULL CONVENTION REPORTS!

February 21st through the 24th saw the return of the TEXAS FRIGHTMARE WEEKEND in Dallas, TEXAS. And two of our newest ICONS staffers were on hand to bring you faithful readers extensive reports on the event! There were so many pictures and so much going on that we broke both reports into two different pages. Make sure to check out both Beth's FRIGHTMARE CONVENTION review and Phil Fasso's FRIGHTMARE CONVENTION review. Both feature tons of pics of stars like George Romero, John Russo, Malcolm McDowell, Tom Savini, Greg Nicotero, Kathleen Kinmont, Danielle Harris, Harvey Stephens and more! Click the logo's below to check them out!



FRANK HENENLOTTER RETURNS! BAD BIOLOGY TRAILER!

Crom bless those fiends at Dread Central. They scored the first trailer to the latest flick from fellow New Yorker Frank Henenlotter! BAD BIOLOGY is his return to filmmaking after a 16 year absence! Henenlotter was the sick bastard behind some of my all time favorites including BASKET CASE, BRAIN DAMAGE and FRANKENHOOKER! (And hell, I LOVE BASKET CASE 2 as well!) Ok, this looks SERIOUSLY F-ed up. So beware when you follow that DREAD link to the trailer! (Hint: It ain't work safe, that's for sure.) Check out the synopsis below, along with links to the official BAD BIOLOGY My Space page too!


Synopsis: Driven by biological excess, a young man and woman search for sexual fulfillment, unaware of each other's existence. Unfortunately, they eventually meet, and the bonding of these two very unusual human beings ends in an explosive and ultimately over-the-top sexual experience, resulting in a truly god awful love story.... With bizarre special effects by Gabe Bartalos, a hip-hop soundtrack from Prince Paul, and shot in glorious 35mm, Bad Biology is guaranteed to shock even the most desensitized of audiences, and sure to become a modern cult classic.

See the TRAILER at the following link or below!

http://www.dreadcentral.com/node/26348




Visit the MY SPACE PAGE: www.myspace.com/badbiology


SWEENEY TODD? GHOSTS? LATEST BOOK REVIEWS!

Our wonderful book reviewer Scott Lefebvre submitted these book reviews weeks ago, but I'm a slacker! Sorry I didn't get these up sooner! Regardless, check out Scott's reviews of SWEENEY TODD, GHOST OF ST. LOUIS, GHOSTS: MINNESOTA'S OTHER NATURAL RESOURCE and BALTIMORE'S HARBOR HAUNTS. Click the book covers below to read them!









ROSEMARY'S BABY... Yet Another REMAKE!

Wow. Will Platinum Dunes ever make an original movie?! Well, apparently they're in post-production for THE UNBORN (which is an original) right now, but with THE BIRDS, FRIDAY THE 13TH and A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET on queue, what's next? ROSEMARY'S BABY? ... I wish that was a joke. SHOCK is reporting that "Platinum Dunes is in talks with Paramount to update Roman Polanski's film starring Mia Farrow & John Cassavetes. Producers Brad Fuller and Andrew Form - are currently looking for a writer (or writers) to tackle the material."
Is... there really anything we more we can say? Vent in the comments below please...



Original article: http://www.shocktillyoudrop.com/news/topnews.php?id=5008

Full FEAR ITSELF Details! Directors, Writers, Episode Titles & Descriptions!

NBC has officially unveiled their full press release for the upcoming horror series FEAR ITSELF today! (Which started out as an "unofficial" off-shoot of Showtime's MASTERS OF HORROR) Various MASTERS OF HORROR directors have been attached to episodes including Stuart Gordon and John Landis, as well as new genre directors like Darren Lynn Bousman and Ronny Yu. Below is the full scoop on all the episodes including titles, descriptions, writers and directors attached! Look for it to air summer 2008! NOTED DIRECTORS JOHN LANDIS, DARREN BOUSMAN, RONNY YU SIGNED TO DIRECT 'FEAR ITSELF,' NBC'S UPCOMING NEW SUSPENSE AND HORROR ANTHOLOGY SERIES FROM LIONSGATE AND INDUSTRY ENTERTAINMENTM

Additional Marquee Directors Signed Include Brad Anderson, Breck Eisner, Mary Harron, Stuart Gordon and Ernest Dickerson

Brandon Routh, Shiri Appleby, Elisabeth Moss, Cynthia Watros, Eric Roberts and John Billingsley Are Cast in Episodes Along with Russell Hornsby, Pablo Schreiber, Stephen Lee, Stephen R. Hart, Jack Noseworthy and Larry Gilliard Jr.

Among Writers Set Are Joe Gangemi, Steve Niles, Dan Knauf, Lem Dobbs, Matt Venne, Richard Chizmar & Johnathan Schaech, Victor Salva, Mick Garris, Drew McWeeny & Scott Swan, Kelly Kennemer and Max Landis

BURBANK - March 3, 2008 - A host of provocative directors, actors and writers - including award-winning directors John Landis ("An American Werewolf in London"), Darren Bousman ("Saw II, III and IV"), Ronny Yu ("Freddy vs. Jason," "Bride of Chucky"), Brad Anderson ("The Machinist"), Breck Eisner (upcoming Universal Pictures film "Creature from the Black Lagoon"), Mary Harron ("American Psycho"), Stuart Gordon ("Re-Animator") and Ernest Dickerson (NBC's "Heroes") - have been signed for NBC's "Fear Itself," a new 13-episode suspense and horror anthology series from Lionsgate in association with Industry Entertainment.

Brandon Routh ("Superman Returns"), Shiri Appleby ("Charlie Wilson's War"), Elisabeth Moss ("Mad Men"), Cynthia Watros ("Lost"), Eric Roberts (NBC's "Heroes"), John Billingsley (Star Trek: Enterprise"), Russell Hornsby ("Lincoln Heights"), Pablo Schreiber ("The Wire"), Stephen Lee ("Boston Legal"), Stephen R. Hart ("Shoot 'Em Up"), Jack Noseworthy ("Judging Amy") and Larry Gilliard Jr. ("The Wire") are among the sought-after actors who will be portraying various characters in three episodes of the series.

Among the writers set are Joe Gangemi ("Wind Chill," the novel "Inamorata"), Steve Niles ("30 Days of Night"), Dan Knauf ("Carnivale," "Supernatural"), Lem Dobbs ("The Score"), Matt Venne ("White Noise 2: The Light"), Richard Chizmar & Johnathan Schaech ("Masters of Horror," "From a Buick 8"), Victor Salva ("Jeepers Creepers"), Mick Garris ("Riding the Bullet," "Amazing Stories"), Drew McWeeny & Scott Swan ("Masters of Horror"), Kelly Kennemer ("The Music Within") and Max Landis ("Masters of Horror").

The announcement was made today by Teri Weinberg, Executive Vice President, NBC Entertainment.
"We've teamed up with some of the most illustrious writers, actors and directors to create a distinctive, scare-filled series that will push the boundaries of this classic genre," said Weinberg. "'Fear Itself' will deliver memorable and horrifying moments that will keep fans on the edge of their seats, begging for more on this fun-filled ride of terror."

"We and our partners at Industry Entertainment couldn't be happier about NBC's enthusiastic support of 'Fear Itself' and the caliber of artists who have been drawn to the project," said Kevin Beggs, Lionsgate's President of Television Programming and Production. "Our goal is to offer audiences a fantastic thrill every week and we've certainly got the all-star team to do it."

"Eater," is directed by Stuart Gordon ("Re-Animator," "Masters of Horror") and written by Cemetery Dance Magazine publisher and editor Richard Chizmar ("From a Buick 8") & actor Johnathon Schaech ("Masters of Horror," "That Thing You Do!"). A rookie cop (Moss) must spend her first night in the precinct watching over a serial killer, coined "The Eater" (Stephen R. Hart, "Shoot 'Em Up"). When her fellow cops start acting bizarre, she quickly learns that no one is who they seem. Russell Hornsby ("Lincoln Heights"), Pablo Schreiber ("The Wire") and Stephen Lee ("Boston Legal") also star.

"Spooked," is directed by Brad Anderson ("The Machinist") and written by Matt Venne ("White Noise 2: The Light"). While on a stake out in a haunted house, a private eye (Roberts) is made to confront the demons of his past. Jack Noseworthy ("Judging Amy"), Cynthia Watros ("Lost") and Larry Gilliard Jr. ("The Wire") also star.

"Community" is directed by Mary Harron ("American Psycho," "The Notorious Betty Page," "Big Love") and written by Kelly Kennemer ("The Music Within"). When a young married couple, played by Routh and Appleby, find the perfect house in the perfect neighborhood, their lives seem...well...perfect. But as the dark underbelly of their neighborhood creeps to the surface, they soon realize that their neighbors will go to any extreme -- even murder -- to make sure that they comply with their twisted sense of conformity. John Billingsley (Star Trek: Enterprise") also stars.

"Red Snow" has a screenplay written by Mick Garris ("Riding the Bullet," "Amazing Stories"), from a story by Del Howison ("Dark Delicacies"). Breck Eisner ("Creature from the Black Lagoon") will direct. When four criminals find themselves stranded in an old, snow-covered fort, they slowly discover both the fort and the seductive trio of sirens who reside there are filled with deadly secrets.

"Chance" is written by Lem Dobbs ("The Score"), with a director to be announced later. In the vein of such classic doppelganger stories as "Jekyll & Hyde" and Poe's "William Wilson," the episode explores a dreadful, classic battle that ensues when a man is confronted by his evil self.

"New Year's Day" will be directed by Darren Bousman ("Saw II, III and IV"), and is written by Steve Niles ("30 Days of Night") from a story by Paul Kane. A young woman wakes up in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by horrifying zombies.

"Family Man" will be directed by Ronny Yu ("Freddy vs. Jason," "Bride of Chucky") and is written by Dan Knauf ("Carnivale," "Supernatural"). This action-charged, psychological thriller focuses on a likeable family man who switches bodies with a serial killer after a near-death experience. Now, he must fight from behind bars to keep the murderer from adding his family to the long list of victims.

"Skin & Bones" is written by Drew McWeeny & Scott Swan ("Masters of Horror") with a director to be announced later. When a cattle herder returns home to his family after being lost in the woods for days, he just doesn't seem the same. Soon, a terrible mortal struggle ensues against the terrifying monster
possessing him.

"Something With Bite" is a reinvention of the classic werewolf story from writer Max Landis ("Masters of Horror"), the son of John Landis. Ernest Dickerson (NBC's "Heroes") will direct.

In "Nightmare in Lace," John Landis ("An American Werewolf in London") will direct an episode written by Victor Salva ("Jeepers Creepers"). On her wedding day, a beautiful bride receives a mysterious note that reads: "The person you are marrying is a serial killer."

The series is produced by Lionsgate in association with IE Indy TV, Industry Entertainment's newly formed independent television label, and was created by Mick Garris. The Emmy-winning team of Keith Addis and Andrew Deane ("Masters of Horror") are the executive producers. Peter Block is co-executive producer; Grant Rosenberg is supervising producer; and Adam Goldworm, Ben Browning and Jonathan Hackett are producers.

March 01, 2008

"DOOMSDAY: The Game" Now Live On Official Site

The official DOOMSDAY site now has a 3D shooter game live for those of us who can't wait for the movie to arrive to experience the infectatsic horrors that Mr. Neil Marshall has prepared for us. I lasted about 10 seconds... I guess I'll leave shooting up quarantined weirdos to the professionals. Play it here (http://www.doomsdayiscoming.com/game)

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