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October 28, 2008

UPDATE: MASTERS OF ITALIAN HORROR!

Back in July, we posted a story from the Fangoria Weekend Of Horror convention in NJ about filmmaker Lamberto Bava and his proposed 4-picture MASTERS OF ITALIAN HORROR. (See that original story HERE) Today, FANGORIA checked in with the director and he confirmed several new details about the upcoming exciting series of movies.

"My film is called ROOM 213. It’s all about a crime that has happened under strange circumstances, although it is not very violent. I intend to create tension and suspense with this movie, because I like it when horror is psychological—when it is all in your mind." He continues, "The title of Ruggero Deodato’s episode is NATAS—Satan spelled backwards. His film is very fantastic, very unreal. Sergio Stivaletti is doing an episode called THE BUILDING, which is a mystery-suspense story: ‘What happened in the building?’ And the fourth will be directed by the Manetti Brothers, who are young but very good. This will be based on an H.P. Lovecraft story."

The article states that the production start date is summer of 2009. For more details and quotes from Bava, check FANGORIA's original article HERE!


October 24, 2008

FRIGHT EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW - DIRECTOR TOMAS ALFREDSON!

Just added! A FRIGHT exclusive interview with TOMAS ALFREDSON, the director of LET THE RIGHT ONE IN! (Now playing in theaters!) One of the best movies we've had the opportunity to see this year is the Swedish vampire flick LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, based on the novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist. So when ICONS was offered a chance to sit in on a round table interview with the director Tomas Alfredson, we happily complied! The following is an interview that took place in NY with several journalists present, all fielding different questions. We are presenting you with the entire transcript; questions from ICONS are noted. Beware of mild spoilers. Click the frame below for our FRIGHT exclusive interview with LET THE RIGHT ONE IN director Tomas Alfredson!



Don't forget to check out our FIRST LOOK REVIEW of LET THE RIGHT ONE IN HERE or by clicking the image below! LET THE RIGHT ONE IN (Låt den rätte komma in) was directed by Tomas Alfredson from a script by John Ajvide Lindqvist (and based on his original novel of the same name) and stars Kåre Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson, Per Ragner, Henrik Dahl, Karin Bergquist, Peter Carlberg, Ika Nord & Mikael Rahm.


LET THE RIGHT ONE IN is the inaugural release in Magnet's "Six Shooter Film Series," a series of six films highlighting the vanguard of genre cinema from around the globe. Five films will follow over the coming months: Nacho Vigalondo's TIMECRIMES (Spain), Ollie Blackburn's DONKEY PUNCH (UK), SPECIAL (US), BIG MAN JAPAN (Japan), and EDEN LOG (France).


October 18, 2008

COLOUR FROM THE DARK Screening In NY THIS SUNDAY!

FRIGHT friend Debbie Rochon alerted us to a screening this Sunday night, October 19th of her latest film COLOUR FROM THE DARK at the Two Boots Pioneer Theater. Rochon will be in attendance along with director Ivan Zuccon and star Michael Segal (flying all the way in from Italy!) Based on an H.P. Lovecraft story, this will mark the film's first screening in America! Visit the Two Boots site for more details HERE! And purchase tickets for Sunday night's screening HERE!

From the imagination of H.P. Lovecraft and the vision of director Ivan Zuccon comes a new tale of cinematic terror. Based on the classic story "The Colour Out of Space", COLOUR FROM THE DARK is the follow-up to Ivan's forthcoming film, NYMPHA.

The 1940's, and World War II is raging. Pietro (Michael Segal) and Lucia (Debbie Rochon) live on an isolated farm with Alice, Lucia's younger sister (Marysia Kay). Alice is a 15 year old who suffers from severe mental problems. Poor farmers, they live tilling the soil. Pietro is a good worker and a strong man who, unlike his three brothers, is not at war because of a deformed knee.

Lucia is a beautiful and reserved woman dedicated to her family. Their life is peaceful and good, in spite of the hard work. One day, while drawing water from the well, Pietro and Alice produce a casual and apparently insignificant incident, which frees something from Earth's womb. A strange and alien colour flashes underwater, at the well's bottom, then disappears. From that moment on, inexplicable events start happening all around the farm, and by night the surrounding vegetation glitters with a sinister glow.

The colour soon takes hold of the whole farm, and dwelling inside Pietro and his family's minds, it brings them into its sick world of pain, blood and death...



AN OCTOBER EVENING - THIS SAT. In Salt Lake City, UT!

This Saturday October 18th, 2008, ICONS OF FRIGHT is proud to be one of the sponsors for AN OCTOBER EVENING, a massive genre-related event taking place in Salt Lake City, UT!

"AN OCTOBER EVENING" will be brought to you by Stephen Simmons of SKS Productions, and Christel Edwards (our own very first FRIGHT GIRL OF THE MONTH!) Inspired by the October season, the show will present a variety of art works, to satisfy your dark side.

This monstrous event will include a screening of several horror-themed short films (by filmmakers Stephen Simmons and Mathew Pool), a guest appearance by TROMA's Lloyd Kaufman, a guest appearance by director Joe Lynch (WRONG TURN 2) showing off one of his recent FRIGHTFEST short film, a performance by VILE BLUE SHADES, a LIVE suspension performance by DUSTIN of IRIS PIERCING, fire dancing (!) and indoor ethereal performance by REALA of INCENDIARY CIRCUS, artwork display by PATRICK KENDALL, photography exhibit by RENEE LEE, belly dancing (!) by BLACK STAR and much, much more.

ICONS OF FRIGHT will be providing free posters and DVD give-aways courtesy of our friends in Magnolia Pictures and Anchor Bay Entertainment.

Click the image below for full details on the My Space page!



Details:
Date: Saturday, October 18th, 2008
Time: Doors open at 7:00pm, show starts at 7:30pm
Price: $9.00 in advance, $10.00 day of
Buy tickets at Night Flight Comics on 210 E. 400 S.
Location: Masonic Temple
650 E. South Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84102
Look for the building with the sphinxes in front. Parking in back, entrance in front.
Additional info: There will be vending from local artists. Make sure you check out their amazing work!



October 17, 2008

LET THE RIGHT ONE IN Theater Listings!

Magnolia Pictures has announced the theatrical listings and dates for LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, which begins playing in California and New York on October 24th, and continues through December in select cities. This one is worth seeing on the big screen so if it's in a city near you, make every effort you can to see it! Check out the recently released "Red-Band" trailer HERE! Theater listings below!

10/24/2008
Irvine, CA: University Town Center 6 Cinemas
Pasadena, CA: Playhouse 7 Cinemas
West Hollywood, CA: Sunset 5
New York, NY: Angelika Film Center

10/31/2008
Iowa City, IA: University of Iowa, Bijou Theater

11/7/2008
San Diego, CA: Hillcrest Cinemas
Washington, DC: E Street Cinema
Huntington, NY: Cinema Arts Centre

11/14/2008
San Francisco, CA: Embarcadero Center Cinema
Chicago, IL: Landmark's Century Centre Cinema
Cambridge, MA: Kendall Square Cinema
Baltimore, MD: Charles Theatre
Minneapolis, MN: Lagoon Cinema
Philadelphia, PA: Ritz at the Bourse
Nashville, TN: Belcourt Theatre
Seattle, WA: Varsity Theatre

11/21/2008
Denver, CO: Mayan Theatre
Providence, RI: Avon Cinema

11/28/2008
Santa Fe, NM: The Screen

12/12/2008
Hartford, CT: Real Art Ways Cinema

Don't forget to check out our FIRST LOOK REVIEW of LET THE RIGHT ONE IN HERE or by clicking the image below! LET THE RIGHT ONE IN (Låt den rätte komma in) was directed by Tomas Alfredson from a script by John Ajvide Lindqvist (and based on his original novel of the same name) and stars Kåre Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson, Per Ragner, Henrik Dahl, Karin Bergquist, Peter Carlberg, Ika Nord & Mikael Rahm.

 

October 13, 2008

Eric Red Adapting Jack Ketchum's OFF SEASON!

It seems plenty of Jack Ketchum's material is finally being adapted into feature films! There's Chris Sivertson's THE LOST, as well as last year's THE GIRL NEXT DOOR. RED is just about to hit DVD shelves, and it was recently announced that Andrew Van Den Houten would be directing OFFSPRING. Now, following a screening of 100 FEET at this year's Screamfest in Hollywood, Eric Red revealed that he'll be directing OFF SEASON.

Red told Shock Till You Drop, "Dallas [Jack Ketchum] and I have known each other for years and we've been talking about making this one. It's time, it's the perfect time to do it." Ketchum's OFF SEASON was originally published in 1981 and loosely inspired by the story of Sawney Bean (the basis of THE HILLS HAVE EYES and DEATH LINE aka RAW MEAT). Eric Red explained his take to Shock: "A great horror movie is a group of people trapped in an isolated setting against a monster. The difference with this is that it's going to be 100% convincing and hardcore and extreme. You couldn't have made the film ten years ago, but now I think you can take this as far as you can go. But we're going to stay very true to the book: Low-key, small, very shocking."

Red, the writer of such noted genre fare as NEAR DARK and THE HITCHER is also attached to direct NIGHTLIFE, a vampire story he scripted.

Read our interview with ERIC RED by clicking the frame below!


October 10, 2008

JACK BROOKS MONSTER SLAYER Sequel?

Bloody Good Horror recently chatted with JACK BROOKS: MONSTER SLAYER director Jon Knautz and the topic of a sequel came up. "Yes, we're definitely doing a sequel, for sure," Knautz told BGH. "We're quite far into development. We knew we didn't have the money to do a full blown action/horror movie with part 1, we just didn't have the money. So the gameplan was to make a movie about a guy who becomes a monster slayer, and then the action hits you at the end. With Part 2 now, we're looking to raise quite a bit more money... people will get what they want in this one for sure, if they like the end of the first one."

In terms of plot, he continues, "There will be new characters, and Jack sort of partners up with someone else. Actually, It's more like they are forced to work with each other. He kind of gets caught up in this scenario where he's taken advantage of and then realizes later on that he was sort of used to kill monsters he wasn't necessarily supposed to kill, and it kind of leads him into this whole new adventure he gets caught up in."

You can read the entire interview over on Bloody Good Horror's site HERE.

Check out our DVD review of JACK BROOKS: MONSTER SLAYER by clicking the DVD cover below!


NIGHT OF THE DEMONS Begins Production!

Production has officially begun for NIGHT OF THE DEMONS, currently shooting in New Orleans. The remake from Summit Entertainment based on the 1988 cult-classic film stars Shannon Elizabeth (American Pie, Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back), Monica Keena (Freddy vs. Jason, Judd Apatow's Undeclared) Diora Baird (Wedding Crashers, Star Trek), Edward Furlong (Detroit Rock City, Terminator 2), Bobbi Sue Luther (Killer Pad, Laid To Rest), Tiffany Shepis (Nightmare Man, Nympha), Jonathan Beach and Michael Copon. Adam Gierasch directs from a script co-penned with Jace Anderson and Academy Award® winning Drac Studios is handling the film's gruesome make-up FX! Linnea Quigley from the original cameos! You can check out a slew of behind the scenes pics on Shock Till You Drop's site right HERE! More when we hear it!

Here's a sneak peek at the house from the movie!


October 05, 2008

UPDATED: Adam Green & Joe Lynch's FRIGHTFEST Short Films Now On-Line!

Those fine filmmaking fiends Adam Green and Joe Lynch had something really special planned this year for the audience of the annual UK FRIGHTFEST. The duo created 5 short films, all loose parodies of the opening scene of THE TWILIGHT ZONE: THE MOVIE, to debut each night of the film festival, and from what we've heard... these guys stole the show.

Green, the writer/director of HATCHET and SPIRAL, and Lynch the director of WRONG TURN 2 both have had successful screenings of their films at the festival, so this was their special treat for the fans.

Now, YOU, the US fans can watch them too! (Be sure to refresh the page to see the latest embedded shorts!)

Go to http://www.ariescope.com/TZ/TZ.html to check out THE ROAD TO FRIGHTFEST shorts!

EPISODE ONE: "HORROR THEMES":


EPISODE TWO: "FAVORITE FRIGHTFEST MOMENTS":


EPISODE THREE: "BEST DEATHS":


EPISODE FOUR: "BEST DIRECTORS":



EPISODE FIVE: "LYNCH & GREEN ARE DEAD":




Green, ICONS own Robg and Lynch at FANGO 2007.

[REC] Directors Show Off Faux Trailers For DAMNED FRIDAY & THE EXORCIST 5!

The directing duo behind one of my favorite horror films this year, the Spanish flick [REC] (just remade for America as QUARANTINE) have put together a few fake trailers for a website called Teaserland.com. More accurately, it's a site for a film festival put on by Sitges organizer Xavi Bru where filmmakers are are encouraged to create fictional trailers for movies they'd like to see. [REC] co-director Paco Plaza just posted a teaser for MALDITO VIERNES (DAMNED FRIDAY). (Translation of the voice over:: "Vampires don`t exist...everyone knows that. Nothing unusual happened last night...just a regular Friday night, like any other. I didn´t run into anyone, no one attacked me. Nothing unusual happened. Vampires don´t exist...everyone knows that.")

Just underneath that at the Teaserland webpage, you'll also see [REC] co-director Jaume Balagueró's teaser trailer for THE EXORCIST 5. Quite frankly, after experiencing [REC], these directors have incredible style and unique sensibilities for the genre. Let's hope it's not too long before their next feature length film. (Which is supposedly a sequel to [REC])

Head on over to Teaserland.com and check out the trailers for yourself.

(*Note: I personally had trouble getting them to play in Firefox. However, they played fine in Internet Explorer.)

Click the logo below to read our FIRST LOOK at [REC]:


October 04, 2008

COTTONMOUTH TV IS LIVE & ON-LINE NOW!

COTTONMOUTH TV IS LIVE!!!

Filmmaker Christopher P. Garetano has officially launched COTTONMOUTH.TV, a new website dedicated to celebrating all things spooky for the entire month of October and leading up to the premiere of his new short film COTTONMOUTH, based upon the Steve Bissette strip from the legendary comic book GORE SHRIEK Issue One!

At the site, you can access several FREE videos. See the COTTONMOUTH trailer at "THE FILM" section. "TRICKS" offers you a chance to investigate "The Lab" and learn how to do make-up FX with basic store bought items. Hosted by WICKED EFX's Jay Alvino! There's also "On The Set", a weekly series of featurettes that will show you the behind the scenes of COTTONMOUTH. "Horror Theaters" gives you even more trailers for upcoming projects by Garetano including a 10 minute preview of MONTAUK UNVEILED, his creepy new documentary! Check it ALL out for FREE at:

WWW.COTTONMOUTH.TV

COTTONMOUTH TV TRAILER:



Vengeful ghouls from beyond the grave… Special effects make-up… True ghost stories… A horror movie premiere…

One place where you can find all of these things and more is COTTONMOUTH.TV.

Created by Christopher P. Garetano (Horror Business), COTTONMOUTH.TV is a celebration of horror movies, comic books and Halloween. The forthcoming website was initially conceived as a unique venue to premiere the short film of the same name. Directed by Garetano, Cottonmouth is a meticulously crafted mini-movie that aims to scare the hell out of its audience.

In 1986 artist Steve Bissette (Swamp Thing, Taboo) crafted a three-page horror story that was published in the pages of an underground horror comic titled Gore Shriek. Cottonmouth is his macabre story of four angry ghosts who take their revenge on the “company man” who was responsible for their deaths. Now filmmaker Christopher P. Garetano has brought Cottonmouth to life for the Internet generation.

On October 1, 2008, COTTONMOUTH.TV will go live, first with a variety of short vignettes, and then with Cottonmouth the movie premiering on October 31st. The vignettes will include behind-the-scenes footage of Cottonmouth, “How to Make a Monster” with Wicked Effects makeup artist Jay Alvino, the eerie music of Chris Alexander, a history of horror comics with Steve Bissette and Trevor Cook, true ghost stories, and a special Halloween episode of the Internet show America’s Bad Kids.

Cottonmouth merchandise will also be available from the site but the movie and other viewing content is all free. Visitors are encouraged (but not obligated) to donate to one of two charities that include a prominent cancer research foundation and an organization for a rare disease called Penthigus.

Further information regarding the charities will be available on Cottonmouth.TV in the “treats” section.

For more information log onto COTTONMOUTH.TV on or after October 1, 2008.

WWW.COTTONMOUTH.TV

CONTACT/ Christopher P. Garetano

E-mail: cinemawar7@aol.com

WWW.ICONSOFFRIGHT.COM

(*All these links will open in a new window. ENJOY!)

October 03, 2008

Brief Teaser Trailer For THE CHILDREN, Formally THE DAY!

Joblo.com posted a brief (and we do mean brief) teaser trailer for the UK production THE CHILDREN, formally known as THE DAY. THE CHILDREN was written & directed by Tom Shankland based on a story by Paul Andrew Williams and stars Rachel Shelley (TV's GHOST WHISPERER), Stephen Campbell Moore, Eva Birthistle, Eva Sayer, Jeremy Sheffield (Christopher Smith's CREEP). What seems like a normal trip to their auntie's and uncle's soon turns into a disaster as uncle Robbie is mysteriously killed after appearing to fall off a sledge. Then, mysterious child like figures from the forest start attacking. Check out the teaser trailer below! Looks creepy enough!



Edward Furlong Joins Cast Of NIGHT OF THE DEMONS!

Shock Till You Drop got word from Seven Arts Pictures that Edward Furlong (TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY) has joined the cast of NIGHT OF THE DEMONS, which begins principle photography today in New Orleans, Louisiana. Furlong joins Shannon Elizabeth (THIR13EN GHOSTS, CURSED, SCARY MOVIE), Monica Keena (FREDDY VS JASON), Diora Baird (THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: THE BEGINNING), Bobbi Sue Luther (KILLER PAD, LAID TO REST), Tiffany Shepis (NIGHTMARE MAN), Jonathan Beach and Michael Copon. Ironically enough, Furlong & Shepis also both recently appeared together in DARK REEL.

The redux is being directed by Adam Gierasch from a script he co-wrote with Jace Anderson and is based on the original 1988 cult classic with Linnea Quigley. Original NIGHT OF THE DEMONS director Kevin Tenney and Greg McKay (Braindead) are on board to produce. More when we hear it!


September 28, 2008

From MULBERRY STREET To STAKE LAND! Latest From Jim Mickle!

I really enjoyed the hell out of filmmaker Jim Mickle's MULBERRY STREET, which was part of last year's 8 FILMS TO DIE FOR from the AFTER DARK FEST. Now, FANGORIA has revealed Mickle's follow-up film, titled STAKE LAND. Whereas MULBERRY STREET was Mickle and co-writer Nick Damici's take on zombies (rat zombies, no less), STAKE LAND will be their take on vampires! Glass Eye Pix Larry Fesseden is producing and told FANGO, "Yes, it’s got vampires in it. MULBERRY STREET's Nick Damici will star and co-write it again with Jim, and the same MULBERRY STREET stable of cast and crew will be back. We start shooting in New York City this November."

As far as Fesseden, he hinted to FANGO that he's up for a Hollywood remake, but no details yet.

Check out our FRIGHT exclusive interviews with both Jim Mickle and Larry Fessenden below by clicking their respective frames!

JIM MICKLE:


LARRY FESSENDEN:


SPLINTER Trailer & Images!

Apple's website has the trailer for SPLINTER, the new horror film directed by Toby Wilkins (THE GRUDGE 3) and starring Shea Whigham, Paulo Costanzo, Jill Wagner (BLADE: THE SERIES) & Rachel Kerbs. Check out the trailer HERE! (Already downloaded it to my iPhone!) Meanwhile, Shock Till You Drop has a slew of images from SPLINTER, which you can access HERE or by clicking the image below!

SPLINTER
synopsis: A young couple has retreated to the wilderness for a romantic camping weekend-but the trip quickly spirals into a nightmare when they are car-jacked by an escaped convict and his girlfriend. Thrown together by chance, no one can imagine the terrifying horror that awaits the two couples at a remote and isolated gas station.





September 24, 2008

Gunnar Hansen Talks ESCAPE OF THE LIVING DEAD!

FANGORIA recently caught up with former "Leatherface" actor Gunnar Hansen (most recently seen in Stevan Mena's BRUTAL MASSACRE: A COMEDY as the drunken, foul mouthed Krenshaw) and he teased about his upcoming role in John Russo's ESCAPE OF THE LIVING DEAD, the new feature adaptation of the successful Avatar comic-book series also penned by Russo.

He tells FANGO, "This is a really brilliant role. My character is a biker; he gets zombified and then becomes the lead ghoul. It’s going to be great fun, and yeah, I’m not just making a cameo appearance in this. To me, there is nothing better than being a zombie, so I’m really looking forward to that, and it will be great to be in one of the LIVING DEAD movies. This is a John Russo script and I have known him for a long time, so when I heard he was doing another LIVING DEAD, I was excited at the prospect of being one."

Russo gave us the latest on ESCAPE OF THE LIVING DEAD in this preview news report HERE!



Be sure to check out our interview with GUNNAR HANSEN and JOHN RUSSO by clicking the frames below!





September 23, 2008

COTTONMOUTH TV Goes Live October 1st! Full Press Release & Images!

On October 31st, filmmaker Christopher P. Garetano will be premiering his latest short film COTTONMOUTH (based on the Steve Bissette strip that appeared in the pages of GORE SHRIEK comics!) on-line via the COTTONMOUTH.TV website. But judging from this just released teaser trailer and press release, Garetano has something a lot cooler planned for this upcoming Halloween! In celebration of the season, starting October 1st, the site will start featuring various vignettes, featurettes, true ghost stories, make-up FX lessons, specials on horror comic books and more! Sounds like we'll be celebrating Halloween all month long on COTTONMOUTH.TV! Check out the trailer, press release and exclusive photos below for a taste!

Continue reading "COTTONMOUTH TV Goes Live October 1st! Full Press Release & Images!" »

I SELL THE DEAD Trailer!

FANGORIA has got the first trailer for Glass Eye Pix upcoming feature I SELL THE DEAD, starring Dominic Monaghan (TV's LOST), Ron Perlman (HELLBOY 2: THE GOLDEN ARMY), Larry Fessenden (THE LAST WINTER) and Angus Scrimm (PHANTASM) and written & directed by Glenn McQuaid. Check FANGO's site right HERE for your first glimpse!

You can visit the official website for I SELL THE DEAD at: http://www.isellthedead.com

The Glass Eye Pix site at: http://www.glasseyepix.com

 
 
Don't forget to check out our FRIGHT exclusive interview with LARRY FESSENDEN! (Click the frame below!)






September 22, 2008

William Lustig Talks MANIAC COP 4! And MANIAC Remake?!

Last month, we reported that William Lustig and Larry Cohen were planning another MANIAC COP film. (News post HERE!) Now, FANGORIA caught up with the filmmaker and gave a status update on MANIAC COP 4! "We’re going to reinvent the series with MANIAC COP 4,” Lustig told FANGO. “We want to start fresh. We replowed the field already." He also confirmed that actor Robert Z'Dar would in fact be reprising the role of Matt Cordell aka the "maniac cop".



Also of note is the fact that his other seminal horror flick MANIAC might be in line for the remake treatment. "The MANIAC remake keeps threatening to happen, I’ve been talking [with various parties] for nine months to untangle the rights. I think it will happen." The original 1981 slasher cult-classic starred Joe Spinell (THE GODFATHER) in the title role, and Lustig believes it'll be tough to find someone to replace him. "I can’t imagine anyone else in that role."



Read FANGO's original post HERE! Don't forget to check out our report from the MANIAC screening from last month here in NY! Click the logo below!


THE GATE: 20 YEAR LATER Not Happening Anymore?

There's been no word on the proposed 3D sequel to THE GATE, THE GATE: 20 YEARS LATER since our last news post back in May. (Click HERE!) Attached to direct was FX guru Randall William Cook who did the FX on the original, as well as on genre flicks such as FRIGHT NIGHT, I MADMAN, GHOSTBUSTERS, a few of Full Moon's PUPPET MASTER movies, and most recently Peter Jackson's LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy and KING KONG. Randy Cook was present for a recent FRIGHT NIGHT commentary session for ICONS OF FRIGHT, which took place prior to the FRIGHT NIGHT reunion screening at the Nuart and admitted to ICONS staffer Tim Sullivan that THE GATE sequel wasn't happening anymore. At least not with his involvement. Apparently, the "script was terrible" and the producers putting the project together wouldn't give Cook the opportunity to work on it further to get it more to his liking. Looks like we'll just have to break out the original if we want our GATE fix...

The original THE GATE was directed by Tibor Takacs from a script by Michael Nankin and starred Stephen Dorff, Louis Tripp, Christa Denton and Carl Kraines.

Check out our vintage FRIGHT exclusive interview with the writer/director of the original THE GATE (and it's sequel) TIBOR TAKAS! (Click the frame to read it!)



Also, THE GATE 2 was once a pick in the VAULT OF THE FORGOTTEN AND OBSCURE! Click the logo to read more VAULT picks!


FRIDAY THE 13TH Trailer With SAW V?!

Bloody-Disgusting is reporting that the trailer to Platinum Dunes FRIDAY THE 13TH remake will be attached to prints of SAW V when it hits theaters on October 24th. I don't often get excited at the news of trailers being attached to movies because I always end up going to the one theater that doesn't play the trailer I'm eagerly expecting and the disappointment distracts me from enjoying said movie. Regardless, we can assume this means the FRIDAY THE 13TH trailer will pop up on-line around that October 24th date as well. We'll keep you posted. B-D's original post HERE!



The new FRIDAY THE 13TH directed by Marcus Nispel and written by Damian Shannon & Mark Swift (FREDDY VS JASON) stars Jared Padalecki (SUPERNATURAL), Derek Mears (HILLS HAVE EYES 2), Amanda Righetti, Danielle Panabaker, Travis Van Winkle, Aaron Yoo, Adam Finberg, Nick Mennell (ROB ZOMBIE'S HALLOWEEN), Jonathan Sadowski, Nana Visitor, Arlen Escarpeta, Ryan Hansen, Richard Burgi, Julianna Guill and Willa Ford. It hits theaters Friday, February 13th, 2009!

SAW V was directed by David Hackl & written by screenwriting duo Marcus Dunstan & Patrick Melton (FEAST, new HELLRAISER) and stars Tobin Bell, Julie Benz, Costas Mandylor, Scott Patterson, Mark Rolston, Samantha Lemole, Meagan Good, Betsy Russell, Carlo Rota, Greg Bryk and Laura Gordon. It opens October 24th, 2008!

September 15, 2008

ICONS EXCLUSIVE: PAUL SOLET Talks GRACE!

ICONS first met writer/director Paul Solet while he was on the promotional tour in support of MEANS TO AN END, his collaboration with Jake Hamilton which was one of the featured shorts on the 2nd FANGORIA BLOOD DRIVE DVD. Almost immediately upon our initial conversations, we knew that we had found not only a life-long friend, but a budding filmmaker to look out for. One who had grand ambitions of trying new and different things within the horror genre. Cut a year later to his follow-up short film GRACE, which premiered at the LA FANGORIA WEEKEND OF HORRORS convention back in 2006. Solet had taken the stage with actor Brian Austin Green and the corpse of his latest creation, dead baby Grace proudly strapped to his body for all to see. Besides being a talented writer, Solet proved at that appearance that he was both a showman to a genre based crowd, and a man with a really sick & twisted sense of humor. (Something we can all relate to.)



A year after that, ICONS had formally introduced Solet to fellow filmmaker Adam Green (the writer/director of HATCHET & SPIRAL), who would eventually go on to produce the feature length version of GRACE, which completed production earlier this year. Written and directed by Solet, the feature length version stars Jordan Ladd (CABIN FEVER, DEATH PROOF) as Madeline, the mother who would do anything to help sustain the life of her baby Grace. Gabrielle Rose, Samantha Ferris, Malcolm Stewart, Stephen Park and Serge Houde round out the ensemble cast of this Cronenberg-esque tale of a mother's undying love. We had the chance to sit down with Solet for lunch at Roscoe’s and we got a full update on the feature length version of GRACE!



Firstly, we asked Solet how the editing process has been thus far on GRACE. "We had a really fast post-production, but I had the exact right editor. Darrin Navarro, who cut BUG for Billy Friedkin and he's worked with Friedkin for the last 12 years. I'm pretty hands-on with every frame. But once you've worked with William Friedkin, that shit is not going to be a problem for you. So, Darrin was amazing. He brought a lot to the table, he really understood we were making a sophisticated genre film but in a restrained way. He got that this was about psychology and atmosphere and character. That was where we were going to hit you. It does become visceral, but the access to visceral was the intellectual, spiritual approach."

Considering that GRACE had gone from several incarnations from short film to multiple draft after draft of the script, did the prolonged start time benefit this version of GRACE that went before cameras? "Oh, without a doubt!" Solet confesses. "Just the fact that it was able to percolate in my brain and it gave me time to work with the DP Zoran Popovic (THE LOST) very closely beforehand. We really cut it on paper, we were certainly aware on the day when you have 50 set-ups to do that you're not going to be shooting storyboards necessarily. But yes, absolutely. I got to just marinate in every single element of this thing in a way that I don't think a lot of filmmakers get to. It meant some personal struggles but that's the name of the game."



Speaking of the shoot itself, it couldn't have gone any smoother for a first time director, especially with the help of his overly supportive producers. "Having Adam Green and Cory Neal and Will Barratt from Ariescope is literally like having 3 guardian angels. They're such good guys that you just know that you're in good hands. Not only are they awesome dudes, but they're so fucking savy. They're disarmingly friendly, but they really do know how to do this, and they're straight shooters. You just know you're in good hands with them."

It also seems that the entire crew was always on the same page with Solet right from the beginning, which only helped the overall work on the picture. Solet continues, "Our supervising producer up there Rhonda Baker, she's certainly one of the best producers I've worked with and that I've ever seen work! She did TIDELAND for Terry Gilliam, she'd done basically every big film up there and she's fiercely loyal and really good at her job. From her down, we got really amazing people. Our camera team was unbelievable. We had a fantastic operator. Crew up there was really good. By the time we got there, I had a very tight relationship with everyone. What I learned was really a confirmation that there are different management styles, and if you're directing, it's like managing. And my style of directing... it reaffirmed my faith that if you treat people well, and you hire the right people and respect them, and trust them to give you their all and embrace the fact that this is an organic collaborative process, then magic happens. That's why I love making films. Magic fucking happens! You can't just sit in your room and do this shit. If you add an amazing production designer into the mix, or add an amazing DP in the mix, even a camera operator or a dolly grip. I've had situations where our dolly grip would be like, "Ya know, if I boom down first..." And I'm like "Fucking right, dude." We allowed this shoot to be organic."

Considering that this is primarily a character driven horror movie, we asked Solet about his experience working with this group of actors. "We assembled an amazing cast of generous, mature, strong actors. They were all such good listeners that just watching them work was a delight. Literally, watching Gabrielle Rose for example, there were literally times when I forgot to call cut. You just have the whole room hanging around the monitor and everybody forgets that you're making a movie. You're talking about what should've been a 6 second take? In 6 seconds, a whole room of professionals loses themselves to the point that they can't turn off the camera. This woman is fucking amazing! Amazing. She blew me the fuck away. Wait until you see this performance. Un-fucking- believable."



And what about baby Grace herself? You'd think that working with a baby actor would prove difficult on the shoot, but Solet seemed to have no real problems with his pint-sized performer. "Working with a real baby, which on a time schedule might be a problem is fine... if you can wait! We were literally 25 camera set ups before lunch on some days. So, from the start, I really did some ethical, moral thinking about how I was going to approach this. Am I really going to be manipulating this baby? How much of that is OK? Is this really how the universe wants this film directed? You know what I mean? I decided to point the camera at the baby, and allow the baby to dictate the drama, and allow that to be your starting point, and it was right, it was perfect. If you create the right situation, I think the baby cued off of it. And if the baby needed to cry, the baby ended up crying. And if the baby needed to have an intimate moment with the mom? We created a situation where Jordan was cradling the baby, being kind to the baby. It was amazing. And this baby was just a fine actor! She was fucking awesome! And the parents were amazing. The mother was a very grounded, present, down-to-earth, reasonable person. She understood that if the baby cries, we need footage of the baby crying. It's really hard to shoot a baby crying! Unless you're a sociopath, you're hardwired to respond to a baby's crying by doing whatever you can to stop the baby from crying! And so, I literally would find myself gritting my teeth during takes, remembering that my allegiance is always to the story. And that, it's just like, weighing every single case. Every single case required a real moral consideration, a constant vigilance of "Ok, have I crossed the line?" And if I felt I crossed the line, I called cut and mom came in and comforted the baby."

Paul Solet and ICONS Robg on the set of the original short film version of GRACE, March 2006.


We’ll have more exclusive updates on GRACE in the coming months!

Don't forget to watch our exclusive video of Adam Green on the set of GRACE right HERE!!! - Article by Robg.

Previous interviews:

PAUL SOLET:


ADAM GREEN:


September 08, 2008

EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL... Coming To Theaters?! And In 3D?! GROOVY!

Wow! When I caught the NY performances of EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL at the beginning of last year, I considered it to be among the best 2 hours of my life! The hysterical production managed to combine all the great elements of THE EVIL DEAD and EVIL DEAD 2: DEAD BY DAWN (with a pinch of ARMY OF DARKNESS thrown in for good measure), while simultaneously providing for memorable musical numbers and dousing the front rows with tons of fake blood! According to Screen Daily, the producers of the musical are looking to bring it to the big screen... in 3D!

The article says, "Producer Don Carmody and partners are in negotiations with Spider-man director Sam Raimi to bring to the screen the musical version of the former horror meister's Evil Dead films, Evil Dead: The Musical.

Conceived by George Reinblatt, Christopher Bond, Frank Cipolla and Melissa Morris, the camp stage interpretation of Raimi’s cult classic horror trilogy was originally mounted in Toronto and Montreal and has since gone off-Broadway.

Original directors Bond and choreographer Hinton Battle are lined up to co-direct the film version, which will be presented in 3-D. Carmody told Screen International he hopes to shoot the film in the spring of next year in Toronto with some of the original cast."

Let's hope that means Ryan Ward as ASH!!!

Also of note in the article, "Meanwhile, Carmody begins principal photography September 29 on All Saints Day, the sequel to The Boondock Saints." (Hell, I'm a HUGE BOONDOCK SAINTS fan too!)

Here's the type of hilarity you can expect from EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL. ("What The F*** Was That?")




Don't forget to read our interview with EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL's Ash himself, Ryan Ward:



And take a look at our FIRST LOOK REVIEW:




September 03, 2008

MY NAME IS BRUCE Theatrical Dates & Theaters Announced!

Theatrical dates and listings have been announced for MY NAME IS BRUCE, the new horror/comedy starring everyone's favorite braggart Bruce Campbell. In the movie, B Movie Legend Bruce Campbell is mistaken for his character Ash from the Evil Dead trilogy and forced to fight a real monster in a small town in Oregon. Written by Mark Verheiden and directed by Campbell, MY NAME IS BRUCE stars Bruce Campbell, Ted Raimi, Ellen Sandweiss, Danny Hicks, Tim Quill, Michael Kallio and Dani Kelly. Campbell is said to be making appearances at all the following dates to introduce the film and partake in a Q & A after each screening. Here's the info:

- October 26: Austin, TX (premiere)
- Oct. 31-November 2: New York City—Sunshine Cinema
- Nov. 5: Philadelphia, PA
- Nov. 7: Boston, MA
- Nov. 9: Hartford, CT
- Nov. 12: New Haven, CT
- Nov. 14: Baltimore, MD
- Nov. 15: Washington D.C.
- Nov. 19: Columbus, OH
- Nov. 20: Toledo, OH
- Nov. 21-23: Detroit, MI
- Nov. 28-30: Chicago, IL
- Dec. 3: Madison, WI
- Dec. 5-7: Minneapolis, MN
- Dec. 12: Seattle, WA
- Dec. 13-14: Portland, OR
- Dec. 15: Medford, OR
- Dec. 17: San Francisco, CA
- Dec. 18: Berkeley, CA
- Dec. 19-21: Los Angeles, CA

Check out the trailer at our previous news post HERE!



August 27, 2008

Limited Edition DVD Of DOMAIN OF THE DAMNED Now Available!

The Limited Edition DVD of Stacy Davidson's indie-horror pic DOMAIN OF THE DAMNED is now available for sale via the Odysee Pictures website (right HERE!). The film was written and directed by Stacy Davidson (SWEATSHOP) and stars Jude Hickey, Christin Sawyer Davis, Morgan McCarthy, Jalene Mack, Bunny, Jeremy Wasson, Melissa Bubela, David Maldonado, Leo Wheeler, Ari, Frank Page, Jasen Blum, Nick Ronan & Stephen Kerns.

DVD special features include:
* Director's Commentary featuring writer/director Stacy Davidson
* Crew Commentary featuring writer/director Stacy Davidson, art director/FX creator Mike Oliver, makeup supervisor Morgan McCarthy, and key grip Spencer Selph
* Blood, Sweat and Duct Tape, Making Domain of the Damned
* Texas Creature Feature, low-budget special effects without limitations
* Feature Trailer

Our resident writer Ted Geoghegan had this to say about the flick, "If you're a fan of crazy gory horror, I can't possibly recommend Stacy Davidson's DOMAIN OF THE DAMNED enough. Its chock full of serial killers, monsters, ghosts, haunted houses, and splatter... what more could you ask for?!"

Click HERE or the image below for details on how you can purchase DOMAIN OF THE DAMNED!



Check out the trailer below!


August 26, 2008

RED DVD Details! Based On The Jack Ketchum Novel!

FANGORIA got the first details on Magnolia Pictures DVD release of RED, based upon the Jack Ketchum novel. The DVD arrives on October 28th and will feature audio commentary and deleted scenes. More specs to be announced, but in the meantime, check out the DVD cover art below.



RED, was directed by Trygve Allister Diesen (Lucky McKee also directed portions of the film) and was written by Stephen Susco (THE GRUDGE). It stars Brian Cox, Noel Fisher, Tom Sizemore, Robert Englund and Amanda Plummer. You can check out the trailer at our previous news post HERE!

William Lustig Bringing Back MANIAC COP!

"It must be visiting hours, 'cause my friend is back!"

FANGORIA is reporting that at the recent Anthology Film Archives screening of the first two MANIAC COP films, director William Lustig revealed his intentions to make a new MANIAC COP movie! Lustig directed all 3 MANIAC COP films as a collaboration with screenwriter Larry Cohen (IT'S ALIVE) and both are very much involved in the series resurrection. "Larry and I have gotten the sequel rights back for MANIAC COP, and we’re preparing to do a MANIAC COP 4. I don’t have any more details other than that; this all happened within the last month, so it’s so fresh… When I get back to Los Angeles, Larry and I are going to sit down and work on something."

I love the first 2 MANIAC COP films. (3rd one's OK, but Lustig often admits to producer's interference) So, count us excited for the return of the MANIAC COP! (Question is... will Robert Z'Dar return too?) More when we hear it!


August 23, 2008

BLOOD NIGHT Behind-The-Scenes Featurette; New Stills!

Back in June, we chatted a bit with filmmaker Frank Sabatella about his upcoming debut feature BLOOD NIGHT: THE LEGEND OF MARY HATCHET. (Read it HERE!) Now, we've been provided with a behind-the-scene video from BLOOD NIGHT, as well as several exclusive stills from the flick. Check out the sneak peek video, synopsis and stills below!



"BLOOD NIGHT: THE LEGEND OF MARY HATCHET"

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: THE LEGEND OF MARY HATCHET 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?

Starring Bill Moseley, Danielle Harris, Samantha Facchi, Billy Magnussen, Nate Dushku, Alissa Dean, Samantha Hahn, Maryam Basir and Anthony Marks, BLOOD NIGHT: THE LEGEND OF MARY HATCHET is written, produced and directed by Frank Sabatella, and produced by Frank Mosca. Mike Seiman and Carlton Hickman are the films executive producers.














New Trailer, Poster Artwork For Timo Rose's THE BEAST!

A new trailer for Timo Rose's THE BEAST has been uploaded to the film's official My Space page and we've also been provided with the latest poster artwork. THE BEAST directed and written by Timo Rose (based on a concept by Mark Hyacinth) stars Raine Brown, Joe Davison (100 TEARS), Timo Rose, Joseph Zaso, Yassmin Pucci (DARKNESS SURROUNDS ROBERTA), Thomas Kercmar (FEARMAKERS), Eileen Daly (RAZOR BLADE SMILE, CRADLE OF FEAR) and featuring Judith O'Dea, Monique Dupree and Mike Mendez in cameo roles. Check out the teaser and poster below:




August 22, 2008

RETURN TO SLEEPAWAY CAMP Features Announced; New Release Date!

FANGORIA got the word from Magnolia Pictures on what we can expect in terms of supplemental material for the RETURN TO SLEEPAWAY CAMP DVD. According to their post, special features include:

- Behind-the-scenes footage
- Making-of documentary
- Cast and crew interviews
- Screensavers/wallpaper
- Music featured in the film

The official SLEEPAWAY CAMP MOVIES website elaborated on the disc's features by stating that "Bonus features will include the Jeff Hayes documentary: BEHIND THE SCENES: Making RETURN TO SLEEPAWAY CAMP. Felissa Rose co-hosts the documentary, which features exclusive on-set footage, photographs, interviews, and puts you behind the scenes of the gruesome new Sleepaway Camp."

The site also clarifies that the DVD release date has been pushed from October 14th to November 4th to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the original SLEEPAWAY CAMP.

You can check out the trailer to RETURN TO SLEEPAWAY CAMP at our previous news post HERE. And read our early FIRST LOOK REVIEW of the movie HERE or by clicking the image below!



Here's the DVD cover!


RETURN TO SLEEPAWAY CAMP is a direct sequel to the original SLEEPAWAY CAMP and was written and directed by Robert Hiltzik, helmer of the original. Back from SLEEPAWAY CAMP are actors Felissa Rose, Jonathan Tierston and Paul DeAngelo. The flick also stars Vincent Pastore (THE SOPRANOS) and the late Isaac Hayes! You can visit the official website at: http://www.sleepawaycampmovies.com/

Check out these FRIGHT exclusive related interviews!

Our FRIGHT exclusive interview with FELISSA ROSE!



And JEFF HAYES!

 

August 19, 2008

Tom Holland's "5 OR DIE" My Space Update; Trailers Posted!

The official My Space page for Tom Holland's new horror web-series "5 OR DIE" has gotten an upgrade. You can now check out several photos, as well as 7 teaser trailers/spots on the webpage: www.myspace.com/5ordie. The short (episode 1) is set to debut on STRIKE TV's site sometime in September. Keep your eyes on the My Space page for instructions on how to see it earlier!

5 OR DIE was written & directed by Tom Holland (FRIGHT NIGHT, CHILD'S PLAY) and produced by Dennis DeFrehn, special effects by Vince Guastini and stars Brandon Fobbs (The Wire), Madeline Zima (Californication), James Snyder (Crybaby on Broadway) and Kevin Daniels (Their Eye were Watching God).





DIARY OF THE DEAD 2 Starts Shooting This September!

As previously reported by DREAD CENTRAL HERE, George A. Romero starts shooting DIARY OF THE DEAD 2 on September 15th in Toronto, Canada. No other details at the moment, other then that the sequel is officially happening. The first DIARY OF THE DEAD is probably the only of George A. Romero's films that I don't like, but I'm optimistic for his sequel, especially if he abandons the "Cinéma vérité" style and goes for more traditional storytelling this time around. Will it pick up exactly where the last one left off with Michelle Morgan, Shawn Roberts and the professor in the panic room? We'll know post-September!


ZOMBIE STRIPPERS On DVD October 28th!

Like it or not, ZOMBIE STRIPPERS - the horror/comedy starring former porn star Jenna Jameson and former Freddy Krueger Robert Englund hits DVD on October 28th, 2008 courtesy of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Features will include:

- Commentary with writer/director Jay Lee, Jenna Jameson, Robert Englund and Joey Medina
- Deleted and extended Scenes
- The Champagne Room: Making Zombie Strippers
- The Dressing Room: Zombie Makeup

ZOMBIE STRIPPERS is set in the not too distant future where a secret government re-animation chemo-virus gets released into conservative Sartre, Nebraska and lands in an underground strip club. As the virus begins to spread, turning the strippers into "Super Zombie Strippers" the girls struggle with whether or not to conform to the new "fad" even if it means there's no turning back.

Written and directed by Jay Lee, ZOMBIE STRIPPERS stars Robert Englund, Jenna Jameson, Roxy Saint, Joey Medina, Shamron Moore, Penny Drake, Jennifer Holland & John Hawkes.

Click the image below for our FIRST LOOK REVIEW:


August 12, 2008

TOM HOLLAND Behind New Horror Web-Series “5 OR DIE” On Strike TV!

At the beginning of August, several of the major horror web publications all received a mysterious video spot hinting at something called “5 OR DIE”. It turns out that “5 OR DIE” is actually the new short film from writer/director Tom Holland, which debuts exclusively on-line at the STRIKE TV website this September. STRIKE.TV is the new internet platform for Hollywood talent that was created during the Writer’s Guild Strike. Holland says the purpose is to give professionals a creative outlet other than the studios and networks.

Holland is no stranger to the horror genre, having penned the screenplays for PSYCHO 2, THE BEAST WITHIN and later writing and directing horror classics FRIGHT NIGHT, CHILD’S PLAY and the Stephen King adaptations for THINNER and THE LANGOLIERS. “5 OR DIE” marks Holland’s grand return to the genre and introduces genre fans to a brand new killer unlike anyone you’ve ever seen cinematically thus far.

The short (shot in Studio City earlier this year) is about three high school friends who get caught in the middle of deadly chain email that instructs them to forward the letter in 5 minutes or die. As two of the friends watch the third get slashed and brutally murdered by a mysterious man in black, they desperately search for a way to protect themselves as they watch their time quickly run out.

Holland says one of the great things about the net is that there are no rules, and he intends to walk the edge in both horror and violence, hopefully falling over into the abyss of bad taste from time to time. There will be a message board on Strike.TV’s “5 OR DIE” page where fans can communicate with him and let him know if he has succeeded or not.

He hopes regardless, the show will be great fun for the fans and newcomers to the horror genre.

While STRIKE TV preps to premiere the short exclusively on their website in September, the My Space page is officially live now at: www.myspace.com/5ordie. Fans are encouraged to log in to their My Space page and add the profile to your friends list. You will have access to exclusive production stills, screen grabs and teaser trailers for “5 OR DIE”, and anyone that adds the profile will receive a code on August 18th to watch the short a full month before everyone else!

5 OR DIE was written & directed by Tom Holland and produced by Dennis DeFrehn, special effects by Vince Guastini and stars Brandon Fobbs (The Wire), Madeline Zima (Californication), James Snyder (Crybaby on Broadway) and Kevin Daniels (Their Eye were Watching God).

VISIT: www.myspace.com/5ordie 







August 11, 2008

Review: RETURN TO SLEEPAWAY CAMP

An Icons of Fright Exclusive! The first review of the long-awaited "Return to Sleepaway Camp"!

Return to Sleepaway Camp

Return to Sleepaway Camp

It's been 5 years since principal photography completed on “Return To Sleepaway Camp” and this reviewer has to wonder why it's taken so long to get the movie out. Especially when you consider that this is a sequel that finally lives up to the rude and nasty spirit of the original “Sleepaway Camp”. Forget the mid-80's sequels, “Return To Sleepaway Camp” is THE movie us fans have been waiting for.


The sequels that hit video store shelves in '88 and '89, featuring Pamela Springsteen as Angela, were adequately goofy/gory spoofs of the cheapo slasher subgenre. They featured enough splatter and contrived continuity from the original to tide over fans for almost two decades. Still, “Sleepaway Camp” writer-director Robert Hiltzik had nothing to do with them. While they hold up as campy (no pun intended) fun they lack the seedy, sleazy, and mean-spirited tone of Hiltzik's original classic. It has always lacked a proper follow-up.

Return to Sleepaway Camp

“Return to Sleepaway Camp” picks up 20+ years later. At Camp Manabe, co-owed by Frank (Vincent Pastore of “The Sopranos”) and Ronnie (Paul DeAngelo, reprising his role as the former Camp Arawak counselor) kids are being relentlessly cruel to one of the campers. This time it's the overweight and socially awkward Alan. The counselors, and his peers, relentlessly berate him about his weight, and his slovenly appearance. He appears to never bathe or change clothes. The maladroit manner with which he interacts with the opposite sex wins him no girlfriends either. Still, unlike the shy and unassuming Angela, Alan is kind of a jerk too, bullying the younger campers as much as he gets it himself.

Return to Sleepaway Camp

Soon a series of increasingly grisly “accidents” start to happen around the camp. Ronnie immediately becomes paranoid, convinced that somehow Angela has found him. They seek out her brother Ricky (Jonathan Tiereston, also reprising his role) who assures them that Angela is locked away in mental facility. Ricky, Ronnie, Frank, the camp chef Charlie (played by the late Isaac Hayes), and a local sheriff with the worst facial hair since famous 'stash on the cop' in the original, try to figure out what's going on, and put a stop to the killings. Still, the cruel jokes continue, the body count rises, and everyone not already dead at Camp Manabe becomes a suspect. Maybe Angela is back in town?

Return to Sleepaway Camp


“Return To Sleepaway Camp” has it's share of gruesome and violent death scenes, including one great homage to the original featuring an industrial strength deep-fryer instead of a pot of boiling water. However, most of the gore is left to the imagination, and we're usually treated to just the nasty after-effects of the murders. One of the reasons “Return To Sleepaway Camp” was rumored to have been held up was the need to complete some CGI special effects. We're not sure where these supposed CGI effects are. Most of the death scenes are done practically, with makeup effects. There's a cheap looking CGI title sequence, and one death involving fire that may have required CG, but that's it.

Like the original, but unusual for the genre, the kids in the movie are the played by actors of the appropriate age. There are no 30 year old women playing teenager girls in this movie. It's weird to watch Disney Channel-esque actors in a slasher film. With all the violence and foul language it's like watching a bunch of 14 year olds reenact a John Waters movie. It's just not something you ever got comfortable with in the original and the effect holds up here. The young cast, and their sometimes stilted and clumsy performances, give the film that loud, hysterical, crass feel of the first and lend to it a strangely trashy edge. You know what? I'll take trashy over safe and politically correct in my slasher sequels anytime.

There are a few problems with “Return” that hopefully the filmmakers have some time to fix. The pre-release cut Icons of Fright saw features a lackluster score and often amateurish editing. Be honest with yourself though: The original “Sleepaway Camp” is a fun 80's slasher movie (which this one really captures the spirit of) but it's not an amazing example of fine or remarkable filmmaking. Still, the original score made it much more cinematic and theatrical than this one comes across. Without that vintage-style score this sequel feels cheap. The pedestrian editing, featuring long fade-ins and outs between scenes, hurts the pace of the movie. Both these elements leave the film feeling somewhat unfinished, and after 5 years that's unacceptable. Also, considering the pedigree of this film the ending is somewhat anti-climactic.

Still, it's hard not to recommend the film, especially to any fan that's been waiting for a true follow-up. It's got everything you're going to want from a “Sleepaway Camp” sequel: A bunch of obnoxious, nasty, rude camp-goers getting burned, skinned, crushed, and eaten alive in a movie that's only a few half-shirts and denim shorts from looking like it's 1983 all over again.

Return to Sleepaway Camp

-Mike Cucinotta

 

 

Return to Sleepaway Camp

Check out the trailer at our previous news post HERE!

Visit the official SLEEPAWAY CAMP website at: http://www.sleepawaycampmovies.com/

Our FRIGHT exclusive interview with FELISSA ROSE!



And JEFF HAYES!



August 09, 2008

Age-Restricted Trailer To DANCE OF THE DEAD!

Below you can check out an "age-restricted" trailer to director Gregg Bishop's DANCE OF THE DEAD, courtesy of IGN. DANCE OF THE DEAD hits DVD on October 14th (from Lionsgate) and stars Jared Kusnitz, Greyson Chadwick, Chandler Darby, Carissa Capobianco, THE SIGNAL's Justin Welborn (!), Randy McDowell, Michael V. Mammoliti and Mark Lynch. DANCE OF THE DEAD synopsis: "On the night of the big High-School Prom, the dead rise to eat the living, and the only people who can stop them are the losers who couldn't get dates to the dance." The script was written by Joe Ballarini. We've been looking forward to this one! Check out the trailer below!

Continue reading "Age-Restricted Trailer To DANCE OF THE DEAD!" »

RETURN TO SLEEPAWAY CAMP DVD Cover Art!

Magnolia/Magnet have revealed the cover art to the long awaited RETURN TO SLEEPAWAY CAMP, which is scheduled to hit DVD shelves on October 14th, 2008! (See below!)


RETURN TO SLEEPAWAY CAMP is a direct sequel to the original SLEEPAWAY CAMP and was written and directed by Robert Hiltzik, helmer of the original. Back from SLEEPAWAY CAMP are actors Felissa Rose, Jonathan Tierston and Paul DeAngelo. The flick also stars Vincent Pastore (THE SOPRANOS) and Isaac Hayes! (Chef!) You can check out the trailer at our previous news post HERE! And visit the official website: http://www.sleepawaycampmovies.com/

Check out these FRIGHT exclusive related interviews!

Our FRIGHT exclusive interview with FELISSA ROSE!



And JEFF HAYES!

 

BEYOND THE GRAVE Trailer, Images!

Lockheart Filmes Ltda. presents the first full trailer of the independent Brazilian horror-fantasy BEYOND THE GRAVE (aka PORTO DOS MORTOS). The preview of the feature film can be viewed at the official website www.beyondthegravemovie.com. Written and directed by Davi de Oliveira Pinheiro (who's also producing with Isidoro B. Guggiana), BEYOND THE GRAVE follows the unstoppable hunt of the vengeful cop Lockheart (Rafael Tombini) for Adam, a supernatural serial killer. The film is currently in post-production and looking for international distribution.

The storyline of BEYOND THE GRAVE follows a dark journey through the wastelands of a dystopic Brazil. In this forsaken landscape, Lockheart will join forces with a group of survivors and face his demonic nemesis and the rage of the “returners” who inhabited the world. “This is not a zombie or serial killer film, but a reaction to the recent production as well as to my own preconceptions of what the movie should be. It’s a violent and emotional experience, mixing possession, black magic, the living dead and intense doses of suspense, character work and spanking action”, believes Davi.

BEYOND THE GRAVE was shot in 22 days between the months of February and April in the city of Porto Alegre and surroundings. Locations were specifically chosen and/or adapted for the pessimistic and particular look of the world created by the first time feature director. A crew of forty people was assembled to bring his dream project to life. “BEYOND THE GRAVE is full of strong characters and cool set pieces that I have thought for a long time. It’s a real dream to be able to bring such intense images to the screen”, says Davi.

View the trailer at the official website: www.beyondthegravemovie.com



Lockheart (Rafael Tombini) faces Adam.


Rafael Tombini and Davi de Oliveira Pinheiro on a rehearsal.


Lockheart (Rafael Tombini) in the underground.


The Hunter.

August 05, 2008

Lloyd Kaufman Talks TOXIC AVENGER 5!?!

FANGORIA recently had a chat with TROMA president Lloyd Kaufman and the filmmaker revealed plans to do yet another sequel to everyone's favorite superhero from New Jersey, THE TOXIC AVENGERKaufman told FANGO all about THE TOXIC AVENGER 5:

"Unlike Superman, who never seems to age, Toxie gets older with each movie. In THE TOXIC AVENGER PARTs II-IV, he has gotten married and had children. Now he’ll have to deal with his wife’s menopause, his erectile dysfunction—which is a constant erection—and his rebellious kid. We’re on to the next generation, like STAR TREK. We’ll see a little of Toxie’s twins in kindergarten, and then as teenagers. The son is rebellious, while the daughter is ultra-politically correct. We’ll show her going through puberty, which should be the most colorful monthly cycle ever put on film! We want to focus on the father/child relationship, and the generation gap. There is also a villain who wants to rename Tromaville Scheisseville, and FANGORIA and other independent media will be prominently featured!”

Don't forget to read our extensive FRIGHT exclusive interview with TROMA's LLOYD KAUFMAN by clicking the frame below!

 

The interview was also filmed as part of a segment of AMERICA'S BAD KIDS. See more "bad" videos HERE!

POULTRYGEIST: NIGHT OF THE CHICKEN DEAD comes out on DVD October 28th, 2008!

Give TROMA some love at: WWW.TROMA.COM!

July 28, 2008

Mysterious Clip Arrives... Pass It On In 5 OR DIE?!

Is this a new movie? We received this mysterious clip in our inbox today. Pass it on in "5 OR DIE" was what it said. So watch it and pass it on!




Looks like all the other horror sites got a similar clip too! Check it out:

http://shocktillyoudrop.com/news/topnews.php?id=7120

http://www.bloody-disgusting.com/news/13118

http://www.fangoria.com/news_article.php?id=7016

http://www.dreadcentral.com/story/what-5-or-die

http://joblo.com/arrow/index.php?id=13154

July 25, 2008

RETURN TO SLEEPAWAY CAMP Trailer!

Hot on the heels of last week's announcement that Magnolia Pictures would be putting out the long-awaited sequel RETURN TO SLEEPAWAY CAMP on DVD October 14th, now the official SLEEPAWAY CAMP website has posted an exclusive on-line trailer! Go to the following link: http://www.sleepawaycampmovies.com/ (or click the teaser image below) and the trailer will appear on the main index page! (Note: Firefox users may have problems opening the trailer. Internet Explorer seems to work fine though.)



RETURN TO SLEEPAWAY CAMP is a direct sequel to the original, the new SLEEPAWAY CAMP (the 4th in the series if you're counting) was written and directed by Robert Hiltzik, helmer of the original. Back from SLEEPAWAY CAMP are actors Felissa Rose, Jonathan Tierston and Paul DeAngelo. The flick also stars Vincent Pastore (THE SOPRANOS) and Isaac Hayes! (Chef!)

UPDATED: Trailer is now available on You Tube! You can watch it below!



We're awaiting more word on RETURN TO SLEEPAWAY CAMP, so we'll keep you posted! In the meantime, check out these FRIGHT exclusive related interviews!

Our FRIGHT exclusive interview with FELISSA ROSE!



And JEFF HAYES!

 

July 22, 2008

More Casting On NIGHT OF THE DEMONS Remake!

Hot on the news that Shannon Elizabeth, Monica Keena and Diora Baird will top-line the new NIGHT OF THE DEMONS remake, Shock Till You Drop confirmed 3 more names to the cast, Bobbi Sue Luther, Jonathan Beach and Michael Copon. Bobbi Sue Luther (pictured below) also appeared most recently in Rob Hall's LAID TO REST and Robert Englund's KILLER PAD. Genre fans will recognize Shannon Elizabeth from THIR13EN GHOSTS, CURSED & SCARY MOVIE, Monica Keena from FREDDY VS JASON and Diora Baird from THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: THE BEGINNING. Adam Giersasch directs from a script he co-wrote with Jace Anderson. (The duo also scripted Dario Argento's MOTHER OF TEARS) Shooting begins this September in New Orleans.

Good lord! This could very well be the hottest cast for a recent horror movie ever!!!



July 21, 2008

Finally! RETURN TO SLEEPAWAY CAMP On DVD October 14th!

Finally! FANGORIA got the word that the long awaited (and long-delayed) SLEEPAWAY CAMP sequel RETURN TO SLEEPAWAY CAMP was picked up for distribution by Magnolia Pictures and will be released on DVD October 14th, 2008! A direct sequel to the original, the new SLEEPAWAY CAMP (the 4th in the series if you're counting) was written and directed by Robert Hiltzik, helmer of the original. Back from SLEEPAWAY CAMP are actors Felissa Rose, Jonathan Tierston and Paul DeAngelo. The flick also stars Vincent Pastore (THE SOPRANOS) and Isaac Hayes! (Chef!)

Magnolia
is no stranger to genre fare having released THE SIGNAL and THE HOST, as well as recently picking up the distribution rights for RED based on the Jack Ketchum novel.

We're awaiting more word on RETURN TO SLEEPAWAY CAMP, so we'll keep you posted! In the meantime, check out these FRIGHT exclusive related interviews!

Our FRIGHT exclusive interview with FELISSA ROSE!



And JEFF HAYES!



For more SLEEPAWAY CAMP goodies, visit: http://www.sleepawaycampmovies.com

July 18, 2008

Does DIARY OF THE DEAD 2 Start Shooting This September?!

Our fiends over at Dread Central are reporting that George A. Romero recently had to bail out of an appearance this upcoming weekend at the Motor City Nightmares show in Novi, Michigan. Reason given was "work related issues". Dread did a little snooping though and found out that, "George has to attend several meetings about Diary 2 which have the project significantly hitting the fast track. So significantly that we got the word it's 99.9% a go for the film to start production this September." While I personally wasn't a fan of DIARY OF THE DEAD, I love Romero and his body of work. I'd love to see him do something completely different for DIARY OF THE DEAD 2. More when we hear it!


July 16, 2008

RED Trailer! Latest Jack Ketchum Adaptation!

Those beautiful fiends over at DREAD CENTRAL got the trailer to RED, the latest adaptation from one of Jack Ketchum's novels. The film directed by Trygve Allister Diesen (Lucky McKee was the original director) and written by Stephen Susco (THE GRUDGE) stars Brian Cox, Noel Fisher & Tom Sizemore. Magnolia Pictures puts it out in limited theatrical release on August 8th, 2008. Check the trailer out at DREAD's post HERE, down below, or on Apple's website.

Synopsis: Avery Allan Ludlow (Brian Cox), a Korean War vet with a tragic past, lives alone in a small town, where he runs the local hardware store. Av’s only companion is a 14 year-old ginger-haired dog, aptly named Red by Av’s late wife. One day, Av and Red are enjoying a placid outing at their favorite fishing spot when three boys and a shotgun come along. In an instant, Av’s lifelong friend is gone, the victim of a cruel, senseless act. Devastated, Av determines to find out who the boys are and why they did it. Helped by a local reporter (Dickens), Av tries to expose the truth, but his efforts are ignored by authorities and mocked by the teenagers. The boys’ parents, a rich local businessman (Sizemore) and, across town, a hardscrabble laborer (Englund) and his wife (Plummer), are just as determined to keep Av down. But, faithful to the memory of his best friend, Av single-mindedly presses for justice-with or without the law on his side.

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July 15, 2008

Smokin' Hot Cast Set For NIGHT OF THE DEMONS!

Wow. Shock Till You Drop got the exclusive scoop of the 3 recently cast leads for the NIGHT OF THE DEMONS remake, being helmed by Adam Gierasch (AUTOPSY) with the approval of the original's director Kevin Tenney. Shannon Elizabeth (AMERICAN PIE, THIR13EN GHOSTS, CURSED, SCARY MOVIE, JACK FROST), Monica Keena (FREDDY VS JASON) and Diora Baird (THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: THE BEGINNING) will top line the new NIGHT OF THE DEMONS! (Schwing!)

The Shock article states, "Elizabeth is set to play Angela - previously essayed by actress Amelia Kinkade in the original - a possessed party hostess who makes things a living hell for her friends."

Shooting begins in September in New Orleans from a script by by Gierasch and writing partner Jace Anderson (the duo penned Dario Argento's MOTHER OF TEARS).

Bloody-Disgusting just got in some quotes from the director himself. He tells B-D, " "They're a gorgeous cast, aren't they? We're lucky! But I'm also excited to work with Monica, Shannon and Diora because they've got serious acting chops and have great ideas about their characters. I come from an acting background originally, and working with the actors is one of my favorite parts of directing."

He continues, "My aim is to have the movie be an absolute blast: a balls-to-the-wall demon gorefest that remembers that horror movies should be fun. Our demon setpieces riff on some classic moments from the original as well as introduce new craziness. Each demon will have its own distinct look and personality. I'll be using classic '80s punk songs in the score. I'm making the movie that would have been my absolute favorite when I was seventeen. It'll have punk rock, demons, gore and gorgeous women: all the things that make life worth living!" Amen to that!

More when we hear it!







July 14, 2008

First Look at Cameron Romero's STAUNTON HILL!

Those fiends at Dread Central have got the first trailer from Cameron Romero's (Yep, George Romero's son!) STAUNTON HILL! The film stars Cristen Coppen (RED VELVET), Kathy Lamkin (TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE remake), David Roundtree, Paula Rhodes, Kiko Ellsworth (Showtime's DEXTER) and Christine Carlo. The film was directed by Cameron Romero from a script by David Rountree. You can visit the movie's official website at: www.stauntonhillthemovie.com. And get a first look at the trailer on Dread Central HERE!

Trailer: http://www.dreadcentral.com/story/exclusive-first-look-cameron-romeros-staunton-hill-trailer

Official site: http://www.stauntonhillthemovie.com



COTTONMOUTH My Space Page Goes Live! Teaser Trailer!

The official My Space page for COTTONMOUTH has launched! COTTONMOUTH is the new short film from director Christopher P. Garetano (HORROR BUSINESS, SOUTH TEXAS BLUES) based on the Steve Bissette comic that made it's debut in the pages of GORE SHRIEK. Garetano plans on debuting the short on-line at COTTONMOUTH.TV on October 31st, 2008, this Halloween! In the meantime, you can check out the My Space page HERE where you'll find a few photos, as well as the first teaser trailer. (Also embedded below)

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July 04, 2008

EXCLUSIVE: ZONE OF THE DEAD "ZOMBIE" IMAGES!

We've been provided with a bunch of exclusive zombie pics from the new flick ZONE OF THE DEAD, which just wrapped shooting in Serbia a few weeks back. The new movie stars genre vets Ken Foree (DAWN OF THE DEAD), Kristina Klebe (ROB ZOMBIE'S HALLOWEEN), as well as Emilio Roso, Vukota Brajović, Ariadna Cabrol, Miodrag Miki Krstović and Iskra Brajović. Visit the official FACEBOOK group HERE. And check out a slew of exclusive zombie pics below!















July 03, 2008

Production Wraps On James Felix McKenney's SATAN HATES YOU!

Glass Eye Pix and MonsterPants Movies are proud to announce that principal photography was completed in New York City on Tuesday for SATAN HATES YOU, written and directed by James Felix McKenney.

The film's cast is led by Don Wood (TV's COLONIAL HOUSE, IN A FIX) and Christine Spencer (AUTOMATONS) and also includes Angus Scrimm (PHANTASM, TV's ALIAS), Reggie Bannister (PHANTASM, BUBBA HO-TEP), Michael Berryman (ONE FLEW OVER THE CUKOO'S NEST, THE HILLS HAVE EYES), Debbie Rochon (TROMEO AND JULIET, TERROR FIRMER) and Producer Larry Fessenden (HABIT, THE BRAVE ONE) with appearances by Pauley Perrette (TV's NCIS, ALMOST FAMOUS) and author Max Brooks (WORLD WAR Z, THE ZOMBIE SURVIVAL GUIDE).

The film is inspired by Christian "scare" cinema of the 1950's - 70's and tells the story of two troubled individuals (Wood and Spencer) who find themselves on the fast track to losing their immortal souls.

"This film is significantly larger than anything we've done before. With a huge cast and multiple locations around New York, Los Angeles and even Hell itself, I went into this shoot fearing I bit off more than I could chew. But our incredible cast and amazing crew made getting this ambitions project in the can a breeze." says McKenney. "It was almost too easy."

SATAN HATES YOU is McKenney's fourth feature film, following the critically acclaimed AUTOMATONS. The film is produced by Larry Fessenden's company Glass Eye Pix, along with director McKenney's MonsterPants movies, Lisa Wisely and Jeremiah Kipp. Eric Branco is the Director of Photography.

Says Fessenden, "It is always very special to team up with the Monsterpants gang. They make films the way I like it: seat of the pants resourceful, lotta heart, lotta love on set. That's what Glass Eye has always been about and collaborating with McKenney keeps us honest. As for Satan Hates You, I think the title says it all."

Look for SATAN HATES YOU in early 2009.

Click the frame below to read our FRIGHT exclusive interview with director JAMES FELIX MCKENNEY:



And look for our extensive FRIGHT exclusive interview with LARRY FESSENDEN next week as part of our July edition of ICONS OF FRIGHT!



Web Links:

satanhatesyou.com
glasseyepix.com
monsterpants.net

BRUTAL MASSACRE NY, LA Screenings Set!

BRUTAL MASSACRE: A COMEDY, the new film by Stevan Mena starring David Naughton (An American Werewolf In London); Brian O’Halloran (Clerks); Gerry Bednob (The 40-Year Old Virgin); Gunnar Hansen (the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre); Ellen Sandweiss, Betsy Baker and Theresa Tilly, aka “The Ladies of The Evil Dead;,” Ken Foree (the original Dawn of the Dead), and Vincent Butta begins it's New York theatrical run this Saturday July 5th at the Pioneer Two Boots in Manhattan. Below are the full details, as well as the first news on the LA screenings, which begin on July 11th.

Brutal Massacre:A Comedy
PREMIERE
Saturday July 5th 2008 at 9PM
The Pioneer Theater
155 East 3rd St.(at Ave A)
New York City

Tickets: www.twoboots.com/pioneer

Dates/show times:
SAT July 5 - 9PM
SUN July 6 - 9PM & 11PM
MON July 7 - 9PM
TUE July 8 - 11PM
WED July 9 - 11PM
THU July 10 - 11PM
WED July 16 - 11PM
THU July 17 - 11PM
SUN July 20 - 9PM
MON July 21 - 9PM
TUE July 22 - 9PM

The Laemmle Sunset theater in Los Angelesis playing the film on 7/11 and 7/12 for midnight screenings.

This is totally an audience picture, so try to catch one of the screenings listed above! BRUTAL MASSACRE will also play at the upcoming TEXAS FRIGHTMARE WEEKEND.

You can watch 5 clips from the movie at our previous news post HERE! And check out our FIRST LOOK review of BRUTAL MASSACRE by clicking the logo below!


June 28, 2008

First Look At PRANK! Trailer To Danielle Harris's MADISON!

The trailer for Danielle Harris's segment of the horror anthology film PRANK is on-line over at the PRANK official website! You can check it out right HERE! Produced and written by Anthony Masi and Thommy Hutson, PRANK is a 3 part anthology horror film, with each segment directed by a different genre vet. Danielle Harris (HALLOWEEN 4, 5), Ellie Cornell (HALLOWEEN 4, 5) and Heather Langenkamp (A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET) make up the film's 3 directors.

In Harris's entry "MADISON", Dana Daurey (who plays Madison) is a young woman who, while waiting up for her boyfriend one night, comes to believe something terrible has happened to him... and may happen to her next! The segment also stars Jennifer Blanc, Shaun Benson, Kathleen Kinmont (HALLOWEEN 4), J.C. Brandy (HALLOWEEN 6), Coby McLaughlin, Edward Bell and Abby Dalton.

Check out the trailer HERE! More on PRANK when we hear it!


New Trailer For William Malone's PARASOMNIA!

The boys over at Dread Central brought to our attention that a new trailer for William Malone's latest film, PARASOMNIA has debuted on the official website! Malone (the director of HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL, as well as several episodes of FREDDY'S NIGHTMARES) has been working on the passion project for quite some time. It looks like it's just about ready to screen judging from this neat trailer! Check it out for yourself HERE at THIS link!

The synopsis (according to Dread's post) is as follows, "At its core, Parasomnia is about an art student who falls in love with a girl who’s suffering from the titular condition, which only allows her to be awake for very brief periods of time. Her hospital neighbor is a terrifying mass murdering mesmerist who has some very disturbing plans for the girl, and it’s up to the student to rescue her."

Check out the trailer for yourself for glimpses at Jeffrey Combs and a hell of a lot more! Visit: www.parasomniamovie.com.

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June 25, 2008

MY NAME IS BRUCE Update! Early Sequel Talk?!

Shock Till You Drop caught up with Dark Horse Comics' Mike Richardson at last night's Saturn Awards and he gave an update on MY NAME IS BRUCE, the new film starring and directed by fan fave Bruce Campbell. He tells Shock we can expect the flick in theaters this October. "Some people maybe thought the film fell out or that there was something wrong with it. We did our shoot, put it in the can and the studio that financed it liked it so much they gave us more money to do a second shoot. We beefed it up so it could go into the theaters." Richardson also told Shock that a sequel is already in the works, titled MY NAME IS STILL BRUCE. Check out the original post HERE. Check out the first teaser trailer below!


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June 23, 2008

SKINNED ALIVE (Formally EAT YOUR HEART OUT) On DVD August 26th!

Actor/Writer/Filmmaker Joshua Nelson got in touch to let us know that his latest flick SKINNED ALIVE (formally known as EAT YOUR HEART OUT) is hitting DVD on August 26th, 2008 courtesy of Lionsgate. The movie features Nelson (AUNT ROSE, ZOMBIES ANONYMOUS), Melissa Baclar (TOXIC AVENGER 4), Peter Stickles (CEMETERY GATES, HELL ON EARTH), Erika Smith (SINFUL), Alan Rowe Kelly (THE BLOOD SHED) and J. Scott Green (ZOMBIES ANONYMOUS). The synopsis and DVD cover art are below! Be on the lookout for new interviews from SKINNED ALIVE stars Joshua Nelson, Erika Smith and Alan Rowe Kelly in one of our upcoming editions!

Synopsis: In the heart of New York City, men are dying in very violent ways. They are being torn up and ripped apart...and eaten. The only connection is that they all die after hiring a prostitute. And searching for love in this city is Jeffrey...Jeffrey is a sad and lonely man. He hates his job, he hates his life and all he wants is a woman to shower with love and affection. Socially awkward and fearing rejection, Jeffrey finds his companionship with hookers. In a bizarre twist of fate, Jeffrey hires this hooker and almost instantly they fall madly in love. Now he has to find out just how much he is willing to accept in the name of true love...She is feeding on the men of New York City...and there is a lunatic that is hunting her down...and caught in the middle is Jeffrey, who only wanted to love and be loved!

SKINNED ALIVE comes out on Tuesday, August 26th but you can pre-order a copy now at amazon. com, Bestbuy. com, Suncoast. com, DVDEmpire. com or barnesandnoble. com!!

Official My Space page: www.myspace.com/eatyourheartoutmovie


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AUTOPSY Teaser Poster!

The teaser poster for director Adam Gierasch's new film AUTOPSY has debuted on-line! Gierasch co-wrote the film with E.L. Katz and Jace Anderson (his co-writing partner on such features as Argento's MOTHER OF TEARS, Tobe Hooper's THE TOOLBOX MURDERS and MORTUARY). AUTOPSY stars Jessica Lowndes, Michael Bowen, Robert Patrick, Robert LaSardo and Jenette Goldstein. The story concerns a group of 20-somethings trapped in a hospital with a warped medical staff. Next up for the Gierasch and Anderson is an update of NIGHT OF THE DEMONS! Check out the AUTOPSY trailer HERE and the teaser poster below!

Doug Bradley's SPINECHILLERS!

Doug Bradley (whom most genre fans recognize as Pinhead from the HELLRAISER franchise) unveiled the first episode of his new production companie's horror shorts series SPINECHILLERS at this past weekend's HORRORHOUND convention in Pittsburgh, PA. The first 17 minute episode titled THE OUTSIDER is based on the H.P. Lovecraft short story. A preview can be viewed on-line at THIS link! Bloody-Disgusting is reporting exclusively that the 2nd episode planned will be Edgar Allen Poe's THE TELL-TALE HEART, while the third episode on queue is W.W. Jacobs' THE MONKEY'S PAW.



Bradley explained the origins behind both his new production company Renegade Arts Entertainment Ltd, as well as the SPINECHILLERS series on his official website DougBradley.com. Here's his statement:

"It's time to announce The Outsider.

To begin at the beginning: Since the turn of the year, I am a director of a new production company based in Brighton, called Renegade Arts Entertainment Ltd. Renegade will to a large extent carry forward the work of Renga Media, and Tony Luke is also a director. Joining us is producer and director Alexander Finbow. Dominator X, which fell foul of the 'English Disease' (financing and production nightmares which are still unravelling) last year, is now to be taken forward by Renegade.

In the meantime, we are proceeding on a number of fronts, and we have produced what is planned to be the first in ongoing series which we're calling 'Doug Bradley's Spine Chillers' and the first of these is now available. It's H P Lovecraft's short story The Outsider. At the moment we're making it available as a download. You can check out a free preview or pay for the whole thing:

www.renegadeartsentertainment.com/spinechillers

It started life as a half-baked idea from me which popped into my head while recording Mr B Gone and was essentially no more than the feeling that the 'talking book' hadn't moved forward since the days of the cassette tape and that it really should be possible to offer more in the digital age. And it sprang from that to a finished product in pretty short order. Through the good offices of Digital Deli it was recently screened at BAFTA and I was delighted by the response.

We will soon be making it available in hard copy and will present it in multiple platforms, the idea being you could play it as a DVD, mount it on your PC/iPod/phone in audio-visual form or listen to it as a good old audio book in the car on your way to work.

When Renegade's present project is finished - the video to accompany a track from Judas Priest's new album 'Nostradamus', we will commence work on the second Spine Chiller which is slated to be Edgar Allen Poe's 'The Tell Tale Heart'. If the series takes off, I hope to expand it to use other actors and contemporary and unsigned authors."

[Doug Bradley, 23 May 2008]

June 22, 2008

Deodato Talks CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST Sequel CANNIBALS! Bava On DEMONS Remake?!

This past weekend, Ruggero Deodato (CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST), Lamberto Bava (DEMONS 1-2) and Sergio Stivaletti took part in the first ever "Masters Of Italian Horror" panel at the Fangoria Weekend Of Horrors in Secaucus, NJ. During the discussion, Deodato was asked about the status of his proposed CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST sequel simply titled CANNIBALS (or as Deodato referred to it "CANNIBAL METROPOLITAN"). (See original post HERE!) He told the Fango audience that the script was complete and that shooting was scheduled to begin in September of this year. However, he confessed to us that the producer wanted him to change one thing from the script, and Deodato doesn't want to compromise. So, shooting won't begin until he can resolve this one discrepancy with the producer of CANNIBALS. He joked, "Hopefully... I win!"



Meanwhile, an audience member asked Lamberto Bava if anyone's asked him about remaking DEMONS yet. Bava replied that he's "sick of remake-mania" and that while no one has brought up a remake to DEMONS, if they ever did, he would NOT want to be a part of it.

Update On The MASTERS OF ITALIAN HORROR!

Back in early 2007, there were several reports about a proposed "MASTERS OF ITALIAN HORROR" series. Not a television series however, but instead a series of 4 films, each helmed by a different Italian horror director. Umberto Lenzi, Lamberto Bava, Sergio Martino and Nicola Rondolino were all attached but then, no word since that original announcement.

This past weekend, Ruggero Deodato (CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST), Lamberto Bava (DEMONS 1-2) and Sergio Stivaletti took part in the first ever "Masters Of Italian Horror" panel at the Fangoria Weekend Of Horror's in Secaucus, NJ. During the panel discussion, the status of the 4-movie series came up, and Bava said that he still intends on producing the films.

However, helming each of the 4 movies will now be Ruggero Deodato, Lamberto Bava, Sergio Stivaletti and the Manetti Brothers (Antonio & Marco). Bava told the audience that he hopes they can bring back the sensabilities of the "80's Italian horror cinema" but modernize it. September 2008 is the proposed shooting date for the first feature, with the intent to finish it by years end. More when we hear it!


ESCAPE OF THE LIVING DEAD Update!

Icons Of Fright caught up with writer/director John Russo at this past weekend's FANGORIA convention and asked him for the latest on the film version of ESCAPE OF THE LIVING DEAD, which he talked about with us in last month's FRIGHT exclusive interview. "Well, you already know, we have Tony Todd, Gunnar Hansen, Amber Stevens from the show GREEK on the ABC Family Channel and Kristina Klebe cast. It looks like we have Kristina’s uncle Pierre Brice, who is one of the most famous actors in Germany & he’s going to play the part of Smokey."



"The project was at the Cannes Film Festival where we had a couple of million dollars in pre-sales from various countries, so now those deals have to be closed and our executive producer Dave Mendez and our co-producer Joe Majestic and Sam Sherman are working on US distribution and talking to several companies about that. But with the pre-sales, they feel we will get it sown up and probably be shooting by September and October of this year." Russo adds, "We really want to shoot in Pittsburgh."

To those unfamiliar with the ESCAPE OF THE LIVING DEAD, Russo wrote a screenplay for the project which he eventually adapted into a 5 issue mini series for Avatar Press. The book was so successful that it spawned 10 sequels in the comics. Considering the overwhelmingly positive response from the fans, it seemed only natural to go back to the original script and make it into the movie as Russo originally intended. When asked if any changes have been made from the original story, Russo explains, "The comic book was set in 1971 and this movie is going to be contemporary. It will be the same basic story, which is a really good story. Lots of twists and turns and great characters."

With the principal characters cast, Russo seems very excited at the prospect of working with these actors. "Well, Tony Todd was in our 1990 NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. I got along great with Tony during the making of that movie, so did Russ. So, it was a natural. I suggested Tony right away for the father. And then I met Kristina in Dallas and we got along well as friends. We seemed to be on the same wave length creatively and I think she’s a very charming person and a great addition to the movie. Amber I don’t know, but I’ve seen her in GREEK and she’s beautiful. And Gunnar, wait’ll you see what we turn him into!"

Lastly, Russo went on record to say that he's become a huge fan of Icons Of Fright! "I want to say one thing. I was not familiar with the Icons Of Fright site until Beth did the interview and you guys do such a fantastic job with that site, it’s absolutely beautiful. When Russ and I saw the interview and how you laid it out, let me shake your hand. It was very well done, the whole thing. Russ saw it and said to everyone in our movie making program that they have to see this interview, because it’s terrific."

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BLOOD NIGHT Update! Will MARY HATCHET Return For A Sequel?

Several months ago, we posted a teaser trailer for an upcoming horror movie titled BLOOD NIGHT: THE LEGEND OF MARY HATCHET, which stars genre vets Danielle Harris (HALLOWEEN) and Bill Moseley (THE DEVIL'S REJECTS). (See trailer HERE!) We caught up with director Frank Sabatella at this past weekend's FANGORIA convention in Secaucus, NJ to get a status update on the project. "We just finished the 2nd rough cut and we just sent it over to audio," Sabatella tells ICONS, "so we're currently doing a little bit of sound design and cleaning up all the dialogue, then we’re going into a pretty solid polishing phase while the film is scored."

When asked how the editing process has been going, Sabatella couldn't be happier. "It’s definitely on track. It has the feel I wanted, which is being a classic slasher movie but modernized. To me, I think it portrays that exactly. The story is there, the gore is there and it’s looking really good."

Speaking of gore, BLOOD NIGHT's FX artist Jeremy B. Selenfriend is also at the table, and with plenty of left over goodies from the film's murder sequences! (See photos below) "The movie's got 26 on-screen kills," gushes Selenfriend. "I’ve known Frank for a lot of years now and a lot of it, Frank gave me the starting point and asked ‘What are your ideas? What can you do to make this more then just another death scene?’ So, some of them we got to go really, really elaborate and neat, and some of them he wrote that way to begin with. I don’t often get to put in my ideas, so this was nice. Frank and I know each other well enough that he trusted me to come up with some cool things."

As far as an official release, Sabatella tells us, "We have a pretty healthy list of distributors asking us for a final cut, so right now we’re focusing on making the (final) cut as amazing as we can. We also definitely plan on getting it out to festivals. I want to see how the audience reacts. That’s the point, right? We want to see the audience’s reactions, so the quickest & best way to do that is find a good festival, get it in there and screen it – I can’t wait to watch this with an audience and see how they react. Hopefully they like it!"

So, with the introduction of the iconic "Mary Hatchet" character, did the director set up BLOOD NIGHT to have a potential sequel? "Well, it’s a funny question because when I wrote the script, I said I will absolutely not do a sequel. I wanted it to have a definitive end. But as I’m putting it together, more and more people are asking about it. I’ve thought about it and I think if the interest was there and somebody wanted to do a sequel, I would, but I’d take the story elements in a very different direction. The character of Mary Hatchet herself is so cool that there’s so much that can be done with it. Now after having seen this movie, through the editing, although I’m very happy with it, you sometimes think ‘Man I wish I did this!’ or ‘I could’ve done this.’ So, potentially there could be another BLOOD NIGHT. There definitely could be."

Visit the official website for BLOOD NIGHT at: http://www.myspace.com/bloodnightmovie




ERIC RED Talks Next Vampire Flick NIGHTLIFE!

Filmmaker Eric Red (screenwriter on THE HITCHER, NEAR DARK, BLUE STEEL and director on BAD MOON & BODY PARTS) took part in a panel this weekend for FANGORIA'S Secaucus, NJ convention where he previewed his latest effort 100 FEET. On stage, he re-confirmed what he told us earlier this month in our FRIGHT exclusive interview that he's returning to the vampire genre with his upcoming project NIGHTLIFE. The last time Red tackled the subject of "vampires in the real world" we got the fantastic NEAR DARK directed by Kathryn Bigelow.

He told the Fango audience that the script for NIGHTLIFE is complete and they're in the very early stages pre-production. As to the films plot, he told us in our interview that, "It’s a contemporary vampire story set in San Francisco. (Where Red plans on shooting the film.) It’s very graphic in terms of violence and sexuality. It’s about a girl who comes to San Francisco looking for her missing sister. She received a letter from her and she’s come to find her and she meets this guy who’s very handsome and charismatic and successful who was friends with her sister, and he wants to help her find her. This guy, of course is a vampire and her sister got away from him. But he turned the sister into a vampire, and she’s now trying to find a way (since he never told her how to kill vampires), to learn how to kill vampires so she can kill him. So you have one sister going together with this guy to try to find her missing sister. And then the other sister learning how to kill vampires so she can get this guy and they’re all headed on a collision course."

He screened 2 scenes at the panel from 100 FEET and told audiences that they are very close to finalizing a distribution deal and he hopes the film will go theatrical later this year.

Read more on ALL of the work of ERIC RED in our interview HERE!

June 19, 2008

MIRRORS Theatrical Poster!

Shock Till You Drop.com got the exclusive first peek at the theatrical one-sheet poster for MIRRORS, the new horror thriller starring Kiefer Sutherland, directed by fan fave director Alex Aja. (HILLS HAVE EYES, HIGH TENSION) MIRRORS hits theaters on August 15th! You can check out the trailer at our previous news post HERE. And to check out the beautiful one-sheet in all it's glory, click the teaser image below to be taken to Shock's post!


Is Ali Lohan Going To Nilbog? TROLL Remake Update!

It was announced late last year that FX guru John Carl Buechler was planning a big-budget remake of one of his own directorial efforts, TROLL. While most of the time, I sigh at the announcement of another remake, this one sounds OK. Buechler himself is involved and the film (with an estimated budget of $25 million) is going to be independently financed. So, if the director wants to redo one of his own films 20 year later and improve upon it, I'm all for it!

Today, word came in via E! News that Lidsay Lohan's little sister Ali Lohan auditioned Eunice St. Clair, who helps Harry Potter Jr. (Yep, TROLL has that character first) fight the evil Torok the Troll. According to the article Buechler told E! "She was great. The camera loves her. She's a really good actress...I am personally going to fight for her." Also attached is Noah Hathaway. More when we hear it!

June 13, 2008

Adrienne King Jumps Back In Front Of The Camera For WALKING DISTANCE!

FANGORIA recently chatted with writer/director Mel House (CLOSET SPACE), who's currently shooting his latest film WALKING DISTANCE with Denton Blane Everett, Glenn Morshower, Kathy Lamkin, Debbie Rochon, PHANTASM’s Reggie Bannister, Katie Featherston, Fango “Spooksmodel” Shannon Lark, among others. Today, the site reveals that Adrienne King has joined the cast in the role of Louise Strack. Although King has had a long career in voice-over work, WALKING DISTANCE marks her first appearance in front of the camera since FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 2! Check out the teaser poster below! To learn more details, click HERE to read FANGO's original article with quotes from House and executive producer James LaMarr.


June 12, 2008

Hickox Talks SUNDOWN: THE VAMPIRE IN RETREAT DVD; WAXWORK Remake!

FANGORIA recently caught up with director Anthony Hickox and talked about the upcoming DVD release of his somewhat "lost" video cult classic SUNDOWN: THE VAMPIRE IN RETREAT (which starred Bruce Campbell, David Carradine and Deborah Foreman). Lionsgate is releasing the DVD on September 23rd (according to DREAD CENTRAL), but Michael Felsher and his Red Shirt Pictures is providing the supplementary material. Among the disc's goodies will be a first-time-ever widescreen transfer of the film, a commentary by Hickox and cinematographer Levie Issacks, and interviews with stars Bruce Campbell and David Carradine.

When asked about a potential remake to my personal fave Hickox movie WAXWORK, he tells FANGORIA it's possible. "The guy who owns the rights to it is dying to remake it, but he doesn’t get along with one of the other producers from the original. However, I’m sure they will work something out. If they do that, it still needs to be campy—and the mummy would have to move a lot faster than it did in mine! If they do get it going, my only request is to do a cameo appearance."

Here's an idea I've had for years... (so if and when someone steals it, remember where you heard it first.) Why hasn't New Line tapped the remake rights for WAXWORK? Wouldn't it be neat to see a sequel/redux of the original WAXWORK with Freddy, Jason & Leatherface? Essentially characters that New Line has the rights to use? Just my two cents if anyone out there's readin' this! (And and bring back David Warner in the same role! ;-D)

BRUTAL MASSACRE Contest! Create A Trailer For $1000 Prize!

Anchor Bay Entertainment has announced a video contest for their upcoming DVD release BRUTAL MASSACRE: A COMEDY. The mockumentary hits DVD July 22nd and was written and directed by Stevan Mena (MALEVOLENCE) and stars David Naughton (An American Werewolf In London); Brian O’Halloran (Clerks); Gerry Bednob (The 40-Year Old Virgin); Gunnar Hansen (the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre); Ellen Sandweiss, Betsy Baker and Theresa Tilly, aka “The Ladies of The Evil Dead;,” Ken Foree (the original Dawn of the Dead), and Vincent Butta. Now, you can create a teaser trailer for one of Harry Penderecki's films for a cash prize and immortality on the DVD! All the details are below. Make sure to check out 5 clips from BRUTAL MASSACRE at our previous news report HERE. And hit up the You Tube page HERE!

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CTHULHU Gets Distribution For Late Summer Release!

Regent Releasing and here Films! are planning on releasing CTHULHU for a limited theatrical run on August 22nd, 2008. The drama/thriller directed by Dan Gildark and Grant Cogswell (from a script by Cogswell), which we last reported on HERE stars Jason Cottle, Tori Spelling, Scott Green, Cara Buono & Robert Padilla. You can visit the official website at: www.cthulhuthemovie.com and check out the trailer embedded below!

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June 05, 2008

More Pics From ZONE OF THE DEAD!

Even more pictures have been added to the official Facebook group for ZONE OF THE DEAD, which we first reported on last week HERE. The movie is currently shooting in Serbia and stars genre vet Ken Foree (George Romero's DAWN OF THE DEAD), Kristina Klebe (Rob Zombie's HALLOWEEN) and Emilio Roso. You can check out some recently uploaded pictures below, but hit up the Facebook group (HERE) to see even more! The synopsis is below as well:

Plot summary (written by Tokivud): In the industrial town of Pančevo a dangerous biochemical toxine becomes airborne in the middle of the night, poisoning the inhabitants. The infection spreads all over the town and it seems like the Armageddon is happening. Meanwhile, a police-escorted prisoner transport supervised by Interpol sets off to Belgrade. The route leads the transport through Pančevo, where they encounter an ecological disaster and infected people who are trying to kill them. Interpol agents Mortimer Reyes (Ken Foree) and Mina Milius (Kristina Klebe) soon realize that their only chance for escape from the zombie hordes lies in allying with the dangerous, mysterious prisoner (Emilio Roso).










3 Clips From Argento's Latest, MOTHER OF TEARS!

Myriad Pictures has provided Icons Of Fright with 3 clips from Dario Argento's latest film MOTHER OF TEARS, which hits select theaters today, June 6th, 2008! The new film, meant to close out the trilogy started with SUSPERIA and continued in INFERNO stars Asia Argento, Daria Nicolodi, Coralina Cataldi-Tassoni, Udo Kier and was scripted by Argento with Jace Anderson, Adam Gierasch. Check out the 3 clips below and read our FRIGHT exclusive interview with Coralina Cataldi-Tassoni!

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COTTONMOUTH Teaser Website Launches! Premiering 10/31/08!

The teaser website for COTTONMOUTH, Christopher P. Garetano's latest film project has made it's grand debut on-line. The short film written and directed by Garetano (HORROR BUSINESS) was adapted from the original GORESHRIEK comic book story by artist Steve Bissette. Right now, there's only a teaser image on the site but the date 10/31/08 reveals the intended on-line premiere date for the film! We're sure plenty of other goodies will pop up on the site shortly, so we'll keep you posted. Check it out at WWW.COTTONMOUTH.TV.


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June 01, 2008

THE WICKED Trailer, Synopsis, DVD Art!

We just got in the synopsis, trailer and DVD art for the indie flick THE WICKED, written & directed by Sal Ciavarello and starring Rachel Nau, Natasha Tabandera, Kristin Woodburn, Lino Del Core, Sebastian Elliott, Dennis DeLeo, Lumiere and Bob Livingston.

According to the films synopsis: "An unconstitutional law has been passed. Satanism has become illegal in the United States. Grace, Queen of a Satanic cult is faced with betrayal within her coven while dealing with a mounting assault from the descendants of the Knights Templar who vow to destroy her."

You can check out the DVD art below, along with the teaser trailer which features a surprise appearance by comedian Jackie Martling, formally of The Howard Stern Show. For more info, visit the official website at: http://www.profoundimages.com

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May 31, 2008

ZONE OF THE DEAD First Pictures, Facebook Group!

A web group for the film Zona mrtvih, translation - ZONE OF THE DEAD has launched on the Facebook site. The new zombie flick is currently shooting in Serbia (!) and stars genre vets Ken Foree (DAWN OF THE DEAD), Kristina Klebe (ROB ZOMBIE'S HALLOWEEN), as well as Emilio Roso, Vukota Brajović, Ariadna Cabrol, Miodrag Miki Krstović and Iskra Brajović. Below are a few pictures from the Facebook page. (These zombies look pretty darned cool!) Join the group yourself at THIS link. More when we hear it!







May 29, 2008

Stephen King's DOLAN'S CADILLAC Filming in Canada!

DOLAN'S CADILLAC FILMING IN CANADA - Christian Slater, Emmanuelle Vaugier and Wes Bentley bring Stephen King short story to the big screen.

May 29, 2008 (Regina, SK) ­ DOLAN'S CADILLAC, a feature film adaptation of Stephen King's acclaimed short story, began shooting in Regina, Canada and Moose Jaw, Canada on Monday, May 26.

The film stars Christian Slater (Bobby, Windtalkers), Emmanuelle Vaugier (CSI: NY, Two and a Half Men) and Wes Bentley (American Beauty, Ghost Rider).

Based on one of Stephen King's most suspenseful short stories, Dolan's Cadillac is a psychological thriller in the vein of The Dead Zone and The Secret Window.

Tom Robinson (Wes Bentley) is a peaceful, law-abiding schoolteacher until his wife Elizabeth (Emmanuelle Vaugier) accidentally witnesses a murder. Jimmy Dolan (Christian Slater), Las Vegas' most ruthless and untouchable mob boss, never leaves behind a witness.

Haunted by the ghost of his wife, Robinson transforms himself into an obsessed vengeance machine, pushing himself beyond the breaking point of mind, body and spirit. When the two men finally meet deep in the heart of the desert, Dolan¹s Cadillac climaxes with an amazing test of wills ­ the ultimate duel. The Cadillac, which has been Dolan¹s armor, may just as easily become his tomb.

Rhonda Baker (The Messengers, Terry Gilliam¹s Tideland) and Alain Gagnon (Snake Eyes, The Sum of All Fears) will produce.

Kevin DeWalt (Walled In, Hybrid) of Minds Eye Entertainment and Ellen Wander (Big Spender, Say Nothing) of Film Bridge International will executive produce the $9 million film.

The action-based thriller started shooting in and around Regina, SK (Canada) and Moose Jaw, SK (Canada) on May 26, 2008 and will wrap production in June after 26 shooting days.

In a departure from his recent efforts in television, Canadian Jeff Beesley (Little Mosque on the Prairie, Corner Gas) will return to feature films to direct this edgy thriller, based on Richard Dooling's (Kingdom Hospital) script adapted from Stephen King's short story, Dolan's Cadillac ­ an ominous story that will keep audiences in suspense in its transfer from the page to the screen.

"The audience is in for a treat," says executive producer Kevin DeWalt. "We've assembled an incredibly talented cast and a highly skilled crew and are ready to deliver a quality film that will exceed audience expectations." Film Bridge International acquired the rights for international sale. "The transition from page to screen will not disappoint," promises executive producer Ellen Wander. "This story is one of vengeance, Stephen King style."

Erica Leerhsen Joins THE FURY!

SHOCK is reporting that actress Erica Leerhsen has joined James Colmer's THE FURY (not to be confused with the recently announced remake of the Brian DePalma film). Patrick Nuo, Holly Brisley, August Lacore and Sam Lawson round out the cast. The flick comes from Destiny Pictures Australia and Arclight Films. Director Colmer has a history in conceptional design and worked on such films as SEE NO EVIL and HOUSE OF WAX. According to the official websites synopsis: "Five teenagers take shelter in an abandoned slaughterhouse rumored to be haunted by a malevolent poltergeist. Overcome by an incredible rage, one of them seeks to destroy the others." Visit the site at thefuryfilm.com and check out the early poster art below, along with our FRIGHT exclusive interview with ERICA LEERHSEN!



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May 21, 2008

5 Clips From BRUTAL MASSACRE: A COMEDY!

Starz Media's You Tube page is hosting 5 clips from the recently announced DVD release BRUTAL MASSACRE: A COMEDY! (Check out press release HERE!) The film was written and directed by Stevan Mena (MALEVOLENCE) and stars David Naughton (An American Werewolf In London); Brian O’Halloran (Clerks); Gerry Bednob (The 40-Year Old Virgin); Gunnar Hansen (the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre); Ellen Sandweiss, Betsy Baker and Theresa Tilly, aka “The Ladies of The Evil Dead;,” Ken Foree (the original Dawn of the Dead), and Vincent Butta. These clips have played to enthusiastic audiences at conventions in the past several months, now you can check them out for yourself below! BRUTAL MASSACRE hits store shelves on July 22nd.

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New Clip From THE PSYCHO LEGACY!

The PSYCHO MOVIES.com website is hosting an exclusive clip from the Icons produced PSYCHO LEGACY documentary! You can check it out at THIS link, or down below. While you're over there, make sure you listen to the PSYCHO podcasts. So far, there are 3 episodes and they're fantastic listening for PSYCHO fans! And in case you missed it, click HERE to see 12 minutes of footage from THE PSYCHO LEGACY documentary, and HERE for more info at the official My Space page.

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STUART GORDON On Lovecraft's THE THING ON THE DOORSTEP!

Shock Till You Drop caught up with filmmaker Stuart Gordon (who's latest film STUCK sees limited release on May 30th, see trailer HERE) and he confirmed that another H. P. Lovecraft adaptation is in his future! He tells Shock that casting has begun for THE THING ON THE DOORSTEP, which Gordon's making for production company Amicus Entertainment. Longtime collaborator Dennis Paoli (who also co-scripted RE-ANIMATOR and FROM BEYOND with Gordon) also co-wrote the script.

Gordon tells Shock, "In our version it's about a psychiatrist who gets this patient, a young girl who comes in, who he thinks has multiple personality disorder. And he knows that in all cases of multiple personality involves sexual abuse. So, he's very intrigued by this girl, but he's also very drawn to her. One of her personalities keeps trying to seduce him. Eventually he gives in and he's having sex with her and he says to her, 'Is this good for you?' And she says, 'Why don't you see for yourself?' Suddenly they switch bodies and he's now in her body and she's in his. This lasts for a few seconds and it's like, what the hell happened? It turns out this girl is actually a sorceress and wants to take over his body and she is eventually going to become him."

Read the full article HERE.

In another news post on Shock, Stuart Gordon talks about the potential future of RE-ANIMATOR. Click HERE for those details!

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From IRON MAIDEN'S Bruce Dickinson, CHEMICAL WEDDING Trailer!

The official trailer to Bruce Dickinson and Julian Doyle's CHEMICAL WEDDING is up and running on the movie's My Space page! According to the video's description, "Chemical Wedding is a feature film written by Iron Maiden front-man, Bruce Dickinson and long term Monty Python editor, Julian Doyle, who also directed the film. The film is a gothic sci-fi extravaganza set in Trinity College Cambridge, where a scientific experiment goes awry resulting in the resurrection of the infamous Edwardian Occultist Aleister Crowley, who was immortalized into pop culture by the likes of The Beatles, Jimmy Page and Ozzy Osborne. Starring Simon Callow who plays the reincarnated Crowley, whilst John Shrapnel plays Crowley in flashback in this gothic, sci-fi thriller." Hit up the My Space page HERE, or watch the trailer below!

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May 18, 2008

Red-Band Trailer For Stuart Gordon's STUCK!

Here's one we're looking forward to! On May 30th, ThinkFilm will release Stuart Gordon's latest STUCK, starring Mena Suvari and Stephen Rea. Check out the new red-band trailer below, courtesy of those fine fiends from Bloody-Disgusting, along with the official synopsis!

Synopsis: Brandi (Mena Suvari) is a compassionate young retirement-home caregiver in line for a promotion. Tom (Stephen Rea) is a victim of the downsized economy, out-of-work and newly homeless. Their worlds crash together when Brandi, driving home from a club after too many drinks and pills, accidentally hits Tom, the impact smashing his body head-first through her car's windshield. If discovered, this “accident” will extinguish her bright future, so instead of saving him, her plan is to let him pass and dispose of the body later. Faced with this reality, Tom knows he must escape if he wants to survive.

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May 14, 2008

THE GATE: 20 YEARS LATER Still In The Works!

Way back in December of 2007, we ran a report about a new version of THE GATE, supposedly to be shot in 3D!? After several months of silence on the project, word has come out of Cannes that Randall William Cook is in fact directing THE GATE: 20 YEARS LATER from H20 Motion Picture. It's supposedly a sequel to the original, rather then a remake, although no mention if the plan is still to release the movie in 3D. Cook, an FX artist for WETA has a long history with genre pics, having worked Peter Jackson's LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy and KING KONG, as well as the original THE GATE and THE GATE 2. I'm a HUGE fan of the original, as well as it's so-bad-it's-good sequel. Fingers crossed that this is a worthy follow-up!

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May 12, 2008

GINGERDEAD MAN 2: EXCLUSIVE CLIP!

Gingerdead Man 2Oh crumbs Fright Fans, he's back! And we've got a clip you're not going to see anywhere else (although we're not sure anywhere else would dare to even give you a clip like this!).

Fair warning, folks: This clip's bloody, inappropriate, and totally NSFW! We've also got some great pics and look at the DVD cover for you below the clip. Yes, you can be the first to see the magical Haunted Dildo. This is why you come to Icons of Fright, isn't it?

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First Word On Romero's DIARY OF THE DEAD 2!

George Romero recently took part in an interview with Dread Central's Uncle Creepy to promote the release of DIARY OF THE DEAD on DVD May 20th. Uncle George dropped several interesting tid-bits about the proposed DIARY OF THE DEAD sequel! Romero confessed that the screenplay for it is already done! "I’ve written the first draft of the script, [producer Peter [Grunwald]’s coming up here next week and we’re going to sand it down and refine it, so we’ll be ready. Then it’s just a matter of someone saying 'yeah, do it'." What can we expect from DIARY OF THE DEAD 2? "Actually a thing that I love, and it might be more fan pleasing, but it’s not subjective camera. I’m using a couple of the big characters but not the ones you would expect. I’m starting with the girl that took off…" Man, I really have to give DIARY another chance once it hits DVD on May 20th.

Original Dread Central article: http://www.dreadcentral.com/node/27034

Check out our FIRST LOOK review from a few months back by clicking the logo below.

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Gudino Helming New CUT THROATS NINE!

Those fiends over at Dread Central pointed us out to this cool bit of news! Former Rue Morgue editor Rodrigo Gudino has announced his first feature length debut via the pages of Rue Morgue #78. Gudino will follow up his 2 successful short films DEMONOLOGY OF DESIRE and THE EYES OF EDWARD JAMES with a remake of Joaquin Romero Marchent’s 1972 uber violent Eurowestern CUT THROATS NINE! If you'll recall, our staffer Kevin Klemm picked the original CUT THROATS NINE for issue 5 of his GRINDHOUSE AFICIONADO column! According to Dread's post, "The film tells the story of seven prisoners being transported from their detail at a gold mine to a fort where they will finish off their life sentences. Their wagon train is ambushed, and only the prisoners, a Union sergeant and his beautiful daughter survive, and now they find themselves stranded in a mountain pass with no horses or hope for rescue. The sergeant vows that he will get the prisoners to their final destination but has to protect his daughter from the bloodthirsty gang and figure which one of the raped and murdered his wife in the process."

The article continues, "Gudino says the potential for Cut-Throats Nine is what interested him in the project in the first place, and he has the blessing of the original’s director to improve upon it as he sees fit."

Check out the trailer to the original CUT THROATS NINE below!

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BRYAN LOVES YOU, Anchor Bay!

According to FANGORIA, Anchor Bay Entertainment has picked up the distribution rights for BRYAN LOVES YOU, the indie flick written, directed and produced by Seth Landau. The film stars Tony Todd (CANDYMAN), George Wendt (FAMILY), Daniel Roebuck, Troma’s Lloyd Kaufman, scream queens Tiffany Shepis and Brinke Stevens. The films plot is loosely "based on the true 1993 story of an Arizona town taken over by a malevolent cult." No official release date or special features are set yet, but we'll keep you posted. In the meantime, check out 2 trailers for BRYAN LOVES YOU below. One from the ICONS video section, the other courtesy of You Tube!

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Original CHAINSAW Co-Writer Preps New LEATHERFACE Movie?!

Kim Henkel recently chatted with FANGORIA about THE WILD MAN OF THE NAVIDAD, the new film he produced when the conversation eventually led to the subject of THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE. After all, Henkel co-wrote the original 1974 classic with Tobe Hooper. Surprisingly, Henkel is planning a new Leatherface outing, despite the recent redux treatment by the dreaded Platinum Dunes with THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE and THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: THE BEGINNING.

Henkel
told FANGO, "I have just completed a script for a new one, and it will not be made by Platinum Dunes. I’ve just done the first draft, and I’m still unsure of which way I’m going to go with it. However, it’s the first time since the original that I’ve done something that I wanted to do with it. I’m excited about being able to truly realize what I’ve put down on paper." This seems like exciting news to us fans. After all, I do miss the original eccentric bunch that made up the Sawyer family. (Screw the Hewitts!)

However, Henkel did also write & direct THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: A NEW GENERATION, which I'm still trying to figure out. Regardless, he has high hopes for the new script. “Let me say that it moves the whole situation forward. It places everything in the present, and is very much a product of these times. It leaves behind the setting of ‘30 years ago.’ ”

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May 09, 2008

FRIGHT EXCLUSIVE VIDEO! ADAM GREEN Checks In From The Set Of GRACE!

Producer ADAM GREEN (writer/director on HATCHET, SPIRAL) just sent over a video with an exclusive message to ICONS OF FRIGHT readers straight from the set of GRACE, now shooting up in Regina, Canada! In the clip, we get a glimpse of GRACE writer/director PAUL SOLET hard at work setting up the next scene! You can check out the video below, along with the original short film for GRACE (which inspired this new feature length), as well as our vintage FRIGHT exclusive interviews with PAUL SOLET and ADAM GREEN! Thanks for the video, guys!

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DONNIE DARKO Sequel, S. DARKO Starts Shooting THIS Month?!

This kind of came out of nowhere! In an unexpected announcement, Screen Daily is reporting that production on a sequel to the cult-classic favorite DONNIE DARKO titled S. DARKO starts shooting May 18th!

The new movie follows Daviegh Chase (THE RING), who reprises her role as younger sister Samantha Darko. She will be joined by Ed Westwick (100 FEET, SON OF RAMBOW, GOSSIP GIRLS), Briana Evigan (STEP UP 2) and Justin Chatwin (THE INVISIBLE, DRAGON BALL) in the cast. According to the article, "The story picks up seven years after the first film (and Donnie's death) when little sister Samantha Darko and her best friend Corey are now 18 and on a roadtrip to Los Angeles when they are plagued by bizarre visions." Well, when your older time-traveling brother gets killed by a jet engine, I'd assume it'd do a little something to your mental state!

Chris Fisher, who previously helmed NIGHTSTALKER and RAMPAGE: THE HILLSIDE STRANGLER MURDERS will direct. Fisher said in a statement: "I am a great admirer of Richard Kelly's film and hope to create a similar world of blurred fantasy and reality." Producers have spoken to Richard Kelly about the project but he is not involved in any official capacity at this stage. Simon Crowe of UK distributor Velvet Octopus says, "Donnie's not in [the new film] but there are meteorites and rabbits. I think there is a new generation of cinema-goers who will be very excited to see this film." Shooting will take place in Salt Lake City, UT later in the month! We'll keep you posted when we hear more!

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May 08, 2008

Alan Rowe Kelly Making New DON'T LOOK IN THE BASEMENT!

FANGORIA is reporting that indie filmmaker Alan Rowe Kelly is remaking the indie cult classic DON'T LOOK IN THE BASEMENT. In the article, Kelly told Fango, “The opportunity arose, and surprisingly no one had yet attempted a re-adaptation." The original (directed by S.F. Brownrigg) takes place in a mental institution where the head doctor has been murdered, and a new nurse discovers that the inmates have started to take over. The new version will be written and helmed by Kelly and Anthony G. Sumner. Kelly regulars Zoë Daelman Chlanda and Jerry Murdock, BLOOD SHED’s Terry M. West, Jeff Dylan Graham (OCTOBER MOON), Debbie Diverde, Marv Blauvelt and Kelly himself will all star in DON'T LOOK IN THE BASEMENT. Kelly continues, "We thought it appropriate to remake this low-budget gem as it was intended, by keeping it a low-cost feature. Of course, our treatment warranted many updates to make it current and believable in today’s age, but we didn’t want to lose the main focus of the storyline. Fresh characters have been added, and excellent twists will be incorporated to give new shocks to the film without losing the original’s flavor."

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New Clip From BEWARE THE MOON, The AMERICAN WEREWOLF Doc!

Filmmaker Paul Davis has posted yet another new clip on-line from his documentary project BEWARE THE MOON: REMEMBERING AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON. The doc recently wrapped production and plans are underway for a brand new DVD release of AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON with the doc included. We'll keep you posted when we hear more! In the meantime, learn more about the project by visiting the official My Space page at myspace.com/kesslerboy and watch the new clip below!

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May 04, 2008

Ruggero Deodato's CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST Sequel, "CANNIBALS"?!

Bloody-Disgusting debuted a great teaser poster for Ruggero Deodato's companion film to his cult-classic CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST simply titled CANNIBALS. The poster is a "sales poster" provided by Imagination Worldwide to B-D. The plan is for Deodato to direct and produce alongside Andre Koob and Pierre David. Several months back, Icons had a peek at a treatment for a proper CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST sequel, which was actually really, really good. But judging from the following tagline, CANNIBALS seems like it's own entity. "FIRST, HE SHOCKED THE WORLD WITH CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST. NOW, HORROR MASTER RUGGERO DEODATO UNLEASHES HIS NEW VISION. THIS TIME, THEY ARE NO LONGER IN THE JUNGLE." Click the teaser image below to see the full poster!

 

 

 

THE DESCENT 2 Starts Casting!

The long-gestating sequel to Neil Marshall's THE DESCENT seems to finally be gearing up for production with the recent announcement of several cast members! An article on The Hollywood Reporter states, "'Celador Films is reuniting with French-owned and U.K.-based Pathe on a sequel to low-budget box office hit "THE DESCENT.'" Jon Harris, the editor of the first DESCENT makes his directorial debut with THE DESCENT 2 from a script by James Watkins. (MY LITTLE EYE) The article continues with confirmation of plans to shoot the sequel on location in Scotland and at London's Ealing Studios over the course of 8 weeks. "The stars of the original film, Shauna MacDonald and Natalie Mendoza, will reprise their roles, alongside Gavan O'Herlihy, Joshua Dallas, Anna Skellern, Douglas Hodge and Krysten Cummings. The script sees the survivor forced back into the system of caves she battled her way out of in the first film, in a bid to locate the rest of her group." We'll keep you posted on when shooting official begins!

 

 

 

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April 30, 2008

Next BOOKS OF BLOOD Film From CLIVE BARKER? ... DREAD!

Things were so hectic at this past weekend's LA FANGO show, that sadly I missed Clive Barker's panel. However, SHOCK caught it, and the big scoop of the panel was the announcement of the next BOOKS OF BLOOD adaptation making it's way to the big screen. Anthony DiBlasi is writing and directing DREAD based on Barker's short story. The flick is currently casting and looking to shoot by June. Barker's Seraphim Films is producing DREAD. According to SHOCK, "Eclipse adapted Barker's story for the comic book medium in the '90s with writer Steve Niles and artist Dan Brereton." As for the synopsis? "In the story, Quaid, a student of philosophy, is obsessed by his own nightmare of an ax-murdering clown so he concocts a series of experiments to observe firsthand how other people react to the things that most horrify them. But while Quaid slowly unpeels the psyches of his imprisoned and tortured captives like a reeking onion, his own dread waits, just beyond his control." With MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN right around the corner, and DiBlasi at the helm for this new flick, count us excited for DREAD!

 

 

 

April 28, 2008

Larry Hama Tapped For ABOMINABLE 2?!

Larry Hama, the former GI JOE writer who's currently scripting the SPOOKS spin-off series "OMEGA TEAM" (from Devils Due Publishing) has been tapped to pen ABOMINABLE 2 according to ABOMINABLE writer/director Ryan Schifrin. Hama will be expanding upon a treatment for the sequel written by Schifrin and Dave Parker. Details are under wraps, but we do know that the new ABOMINABLE movie would bring back and expand upon the role of Buddy played by Jeffrey Combs! Matt McCoy, Haley Joel, Lance Henriksen and Tiffany Shepis all starred in the first film. You can read posts on this scoop over on CHUD and DREAD CENTRAL. More when we hear it!

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PRANK Teaser Images!

Several weeks back, we heard about a unique new movie that will have genre vets Danielle Harris (HALLOWEEN 4), Heather Langenkamp (NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET) and Ellie Cornell (HALLOWEEN 4) each directing a segment of an anthology film called PRANK. Producer Anthony Masi recently posted the following teaser posters (featuring all 3 directors) on his My Space page. Check them both out below! We know for sure that Danielle Harris's segment stars JC Brandy (HALLOWEEN's other Jamie Lloyd), Kathleen Kinmont, Coby McLaughlin, Dana Daurey, Edward Bell, Abby Dalton and Jennifer Blanc. We'll keep you posted when we hear (and see) more!

 

 

 

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Tons Of MY NAME IS BRUCE Pics!

We've been eagerly awaiting the arrival of Bruce Campbell's latest directorial flick MY NAME IS BRUCE since we first heard about it! Now, dozens of images from the Dark Horse Pictures production have made their debut on Campbell's official website. MY NAME IS BRUCE is about a small town in South Oregon that summon Bruce Campbell to fight off demons, not realizing that he's just an actor and not the Deadite-slaying Ash character he plays in THE EVIL DEAD movies. Presumably, he shows up and hilarity ensues! Check out a ton of pictures below! Well keep you posted when we hear the official release date!

 

 

 

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Good Lord! IT'S ALIVE Remake Trailer Hits!

A trailer for the remake of Larry Cohen's cult-classic IT'S ALIVE has surfaced on You Tube! Based on the 1974 original feature of the same name, this new take stars Bijou Phillips (last seen in HOSTEL II) and was directed by Josef Rusnak. James Murray and Skye Bennett co-star. Millennium Films produced the feature, but there's no release date set as of press time. We'll keep you posted! Check out the trailer below!

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April 24, 2008

Re-Animator: 1942? Boomfest Re-Animator Contest!

If you haven't heard (because we didn't even know) the Boomtown Film Festival, based out of Texas is sponsoring a "Make Your Own Re-Animator" film contest. The event is being judged by "Re-Animator" director Stuart Gordon himself. Today we got look at one of the entries, "Re-Animator: 1942", check it out below!

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April 18, 2008

2nd Teaser Trailer For THE GROUND HOUSE!

The 2nd caffeine induced teaser trailer for the upcoming indie horror flick THE GROUND HOUSE has officially debuted over on the movie's website at http://thegroundhouse.com. (Click the "teaser" link on the page.) The movie first got our attention at the MONSTER MANIA X convention last month with their unique marketing strategy (offering free coffee to convention attendees) and even cooler plot premise. Go to THIS link to check out the new teaser. Watch the first teaser below. And go to the My Space page at: www.myspace.com/horrorwoodproductionsllc

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April 16, 2008

Paul Solet's GRACE Becomes Full-Length Feature!

It's official! An article at The Hollywood Reporter confirms that Paul Solet's GRACE is about to be made into a feature length film, courtesy of Leomax Entertainment! Solet (who's short with Jake Hamilton MEANS TO AN END was featured on the BLOOD DRIVE 2 DVD) is writing and directing with Jordon Ladd (GRINDHOUSE, CABIN FEVER) set to play the lead Madeline. The article states GRACE is a "psychological horror film that follows a woman who discovers her "unborn" child has come back to life." The article neglects to mention that the baby dies in utero and Madeline carries the dead infant to term, only to realize that something is terrible wrong with newborn Grace upon her birth. Leomax's Ingo Vollkammer, Ariescope Pictures' Cory Neal and Adam Green (HATCHET, SPIRAL) and Dark Eye Entertainment's Kevin DeWalt are producing. Check out our interview with Paul Solet below, as well as the original short film and making-of for GRACE!

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April 12, 2008

Full MOTHER OF TEARS Trailer! Argento's Latest!

A few days ago, we posted the theater listings for Dario Argento's latest flick MOTHER OF TEARS, which opens in limited release on June 6th, and continues hitting up theaters through July. Those wonderful fiends at Bloody-Disgusting have posted the latest full trailer for the feature, which stars Asia Argento, Daria Nicolodi, Coralina Cataldi-Tassoni, and Udo Kier. Have a look for yourself below at Argento's latest!

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Judd Nelson? Shawnee Smith? Part of THE GRUDGE 3 Cast!

Bloody Disgusting is reporting that they got a tip to the cast of the straight-to-DVD sequel THE GRUDGE 3. And I must say, it's a rather interesting cast. According to the site, the cast includes Judd Nelson, William Devane, Jo Braddy, Matthew Knight, Shawnee Smith, Beau Mirchoff and Johanna E. Braddy. In THE GRUDGE 3, "a young Japanese woman holds a secret to ending the curse of the Grudge. She travels to a haunted Chicago apartment building where she encounters a family battling to survive the ghosts. Together they confront the ghost of Kayako to save their souls from their impending tragic fate." Toby Wilkins directs. No DVD release date set yet. (Gives me time to catch up and watch THE GRUDGE 2.)

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FRONTIER(S) Trailer!

Here's a flick we've been hearing about for a while. The French movie FRONTIER(S) is set for a limited theatrical run on May 9th from After Dark Films followed immediately by a DVD release on May 13th. Both the theatrical run and DVD versions of the film are rated NC-17! FRONTIER(S) was written and directed by Xavier Gens (who went on to do HITMAN) and stars Karina Testa, Samuel le Bihan, Estelle Lefébure, Aurélien Wiik, David Saracino. Check out the trailer (courtesy of Bloody-DisgustingTV) and synopsis below. Visit the official site at: http://www.frontiersunrated.com

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April 09, 2008

MOTHER OF TEARS Theatrical Dates & Theaters Announced!

Dario Argento fans rejoice! Myriad Pictures/The Weinstein Company have released the theatrical listings for MOTHER OF TEARS, the third film in the "MOTHER" trilogy that Argento began with SUSPERIA, and continued in INFERNO. The film was scripted by Argento with Jace Anderson and Adam Geirasch (who both just began work on the NIGHT OF THE DEMONS remake!) Good news is this is a rare chance to see an unrated Dario Argento movie on the big screen in the US! Bad news is, the screenings are very limited. Check out the listings below to see if it's playing near you and when!

 

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SEAN PATRICK FLANERY Joins BUMP!

We just reported that Ashley Laurence and Tobin Bell were part of the cast for BUMP, the latest flick by Robert Kurtzman based on the comic book. Now, Dread Central just scored some more casting news... Sean Patrick Flanery! I already love the BUMP comic book, so I'm beyond excited for the flick, but THE BOONDOCK SAINTS is one of my all-time favorites, so the casting of Flanery has me at a fever pitch! Flanery also played Greg Stillson on THE DEAD ZONE TV series based on the Stephen King novel with Anthony Michael Hall. More on BUMP as we hear it!

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Robert Kurtzman's BUMP With Ashley Laurence & Tobin Bell!

Robert Kurtzman (the K in KNB) is set to direct BUMP, based on the short lived comic book series of the same name from FANGORIA COMICS. As an avid reader of comic books, I genuinely thought BUMP was one of the best horror comics I'd read in ages, and I'm thrilled at the prospect of seeing a full-on movie adaptation, especially with Kurtzman at the helm. Producer Scott Licina announced that HELLRAISER vet (and all-around natural beauty) Ashley Laurence has joined the cast as Elaine. Tobin Bell (JIGSAW himself!) also stars and produces! According to B-D, "The film is a supernatural tale of extreme horror, where even the confines of the grave aren't able to contain the brutal spirit of serial killer Edgar Dill, and his legion of monstrous Treehuggers." Dread Central also says you can download all 4 issues of the comic series at the Wowio website! Check it out! It gets my highest recommendation!

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Wrtier, Director Attached To TOOLBOX MURDERS 2!

FANGORIA is reporting that makeup FX veteran Dean Jones will be making his directorial debut with TOOLBOX MURDERS 2, the sequel to Tobe Hooper's remake of the original 1978 film of the same name. Jeffrey Reddick, who's penned the screenplays for the recent DAY OF THE DEAD remake, TAMARA and the original FINAL DESTINATION is set to write the script for TOOLBOX 2. Jones drops a few hints about what to expect in the article, "The story will pick up where the first movie left off. We will be bringing back Nell and her husband, plus a few other characters. The story will continue to take place in Hollywood. This time you will see more of the killer, there will be more murders and more of a backstory about where he’s from and how he came to be." Weather Angela Bettis will return in the part of Nell is yet to be determined. Click HERE to read more on TOOLBOX MURDERS 2.

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April 04, 2008

Debbie Rochon, Michael Berryman Join SATAN HATES YOU Cast!

Fangoria is reporting that the beautiful Debbie Rochon and genre fave Michael Berryman have both joined the cast of writer/director James Felix McKenney's new film SATAN HATES YOU. The flick also stars author Max Brooks, filmmaker/actor Alan Rowe Kelly, Angus Scrimm and Reggie Bannister! SATAN HATES YOU is being produced by Larry Fessenden's Glass Eye Pix and McKenney's MonsterPants Movies. Rochon tells Fangoria, "We are poring over all the Christian shockers we can find to make sure we tackle this subject matter perfectly. SATAN will be a unique film with its own special message for the many people out there who are looking for something new. It’s also a dream to work on a project not only with Angus and Reggie (both PHANTASM alumni), but also our New York indie-film hero Larry Fessenden, who is no stranger to making horror movies with messages himself!"

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Anchor Bay Picks Up BRUTAL MASSACRE!

Anchor Bay Entertainment has acquired Stevan Mena's new mockumentary/comedy BRUTAL MASSACRE for a limited theatrical release, followed by a DVD release, according to The Hollywood Reporter. As the article mentions, "The feature stars David Naughton ("An American Werewolf in London") as a director trailed by a docu crew on a horror film set where Murphy's Law rules. "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" star Gunnar Hansen, "Dawn of the Dead" star Ken Foree and three female leads from "The Evil Dead" round out the cast." Also starring are CLERKS star Brian O'Halloran and comedian Gerry Bednob (40 YEAR OLD VIRGIN) Check out our FIRST LOOK review by clicking the logo below, and also take a peek at the trailer!

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April 03, 2008

PRANK Cast and Photos!

A few days ago, we reported on an interesting new anthology film titled PRANK, which features Danielle Harris, Heather Langenkamp and Ellie Cornell behind the camera as directors for each segment. Today, several pictures have popped up on producer Anthony Masi's My Space page from director Danielle Harris's shoot, and the photos reveal some of the cast! Looks like JC Brandy (HALLOWEEN's other Jamie Lloyd), Kathleen Kinmont, Coby McLaughlin, Dana Daurey, Edward Bell, Abby Dalton and Jennifer Blanc all appear in Harris's entry! Check out a few production stills below. We'll keep you posted on more details when we hear them.

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JENNIFER LYNCH's SURVEILLANCE Trailer!

Ah, those Lynch's. The trailer for Jennifer Lynch's new film SURVEILLANCE has made it's debut on-line. Lynch (David's daughter) made her directorial debut back in 1993 with BOXING HELENA. Her new flick (produced by David Lynch) features Bill Pullman, French Stewart, Julia Ormond, Michael Ironside & Cheri Oteri!? You can check out the creepy trailer below!

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April 01, 2008

No Joke! Danielle Harris, Heather Langenkamp & Ellie Cornell Pulling PRANK!

I'm sure considering the date this sounds like a "prank", but Fangoria broke the scoop that genre vets Danielle Harris (HALLOWEEN 4), Heather Langenkamp (NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET) and Ellie Cornell (HALLOWEEN 4) are each directing a segment of an anthology film called PRANK. (Seriously!) The unique flick is being produced by Anthony Masi and Thommy Hutson, whom are also producing the recently announced FRIDAY THE 13TH documentary. Masi explains, "We came up with the idea of stories revolving around pranks that go terribly wrong. In one story, a group of friends are playing a game where they dial seven-letter names. One girl dials her own name and reaches a guy who decides to turn the tables on her. In the second, a woman is waiting for her boyfriend to come home. Things start happening, paranoia sets in and then the phone rings…" Masi continues, "Sure, it’s a hell of a gimmick and that’s one of PRANK’s big selling points. We’ve got the women from the HALLOWEEN and NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET movies directing their first films, and everybody loves these gals.”

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What A Crock! ROGUE Gets Limited Release Later This Month!

WOLF CREEK director Greg McLean's long-delayed killer crock movie ROGUE starring foxy Radha Mitchell (SILENT HILL) and Michael Vartan (ALIAS) will finally hit theaters on April 25th. But... it's only opening in 10 markets. (To give you a rough idea what that means, DIARY OF THE DEAD opening in 25 markets across the country. Meaning it'll be impossible to find a theater playing it.) Fangoria broke the scoop on this. Hopefully this means a DVD release can't be too far off. From what we've heard, ROGUE is actually quite good!

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WILLIAM MALONE's PARASOMNIA Update!

Director William Malone (HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL) checked in with Fangoria about his latest film PARASOMNIA, which stars (genre fave) Jeffrey Combs and Patrick Kilpatrick. The filmmaker tells FANGO, "PARASOMNIA is a very different kind of film for me. I can’t really explain why, but when you see it, you’ll understand. In many ways, it’s a modern dark fairy tale. Everything in it is slightly skewed from reality—in some cases, a lot more than slightly. Nearly all the characters are ‘off’ in one way or another, which makes for a lot of fun." You can read more from Malone, and see a set pic at THIS link!

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C.H.U.D Becomes URBAN DECAY?!

SHOCK is reporting that a script by Ian Malone and Andrew Goring has been making the rounds through various casting agencies under the title of URBAN DECAY. Of note though? The script makes numerous mentions of CHUD's. Cannibalistic humanoid underground dwellers!!! Looks like URBAN DECAY is the long rumored remake of 80's cult classic C.H.U.D. (Which actually has just been re-released by Anchor Bay Entertainment with a fancy new "Cult Fiction" cover) God, I miss the sleezy New York represented in 80's horror movies like C.H.U.D. Looking forward to this one!

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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.”

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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.

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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!

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March 27, 2008

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!

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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!

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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"!

 

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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:

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:

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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 

 

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.

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March 22, 2008

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!

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March 17, 2008

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!

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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!

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March 12, 2008

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!

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March 11, 2008

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.

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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.”

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March 10, 2008

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."

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March 03, 2008

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!

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February 29, 2008

Stuart Gordon's STUCK Out In May! TRAILER!

Box Office Mojo has listed May 30th, 2008 as the (presumably limited?) theatrical release of Stuart Gordon's latest flick STUCK (coming to you courtesy of ThinkFilm). Gordon, of course horror fans know as the filmmaker behind genre faves RE-ANIMATOR, FROM BEYOND and most recently THE BLACK CAT. STUCK stars Stephen Rea and Mena Suvari and was co-written by Gordon and John Strysik, based on a real life incident. Just... check out the early poster and trailer below to get an idea of what you're in for. "Tom Is Having A Bad Day" is definitely my favorite tagline of the year thus far!

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MY NAME IS BRUCE Pics!

Aint It Cool News got 2 exclusive high res pics from Bruce Campbell's latest flick MY NAME IS BRUCE. (Which Campbell directs and stars in.) Written by Mark Verheiden (one of the writers on the recently released EVIL DEAD comic book), MY NAME IS BRUCE is about a small town in South Oregon that summon Bruce Campbell to fight off demons, not realizing that he's just an actor and not the Deadite-slaying Ash character he plays in THE EVIL DEAD movies. Presumably, he shows up and hilarity ensues! Click the teaser pic below to see Bruce, the angel about to get some sugar, baby!

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February 27, 2008

Angela's Back! NIGHT OF THE DEMONS Remake?!

SHOCK just broke the news exclusively about a new NIGHT OF THE DEMONS remake. But before you all cry foul on this one, let's just go over who's involved! According to SHOCK "Writers Adam Gierasch and Jace Anderson have been tapped to pen an update for Prodigy Entertainment. (Original NIGHT director) Kevin Tenney and Greg McKay (Braindead) are on board to produce." Gierasch is expected to direct in late spring. The writing duo of Gierasch and Anderson have also penned Tobe Hooper's TOOLBOX MURDERS, AUTOPSY (Gierasch's directorial debut) and Dario Argento's latest MOTHER OF TEARS. Read on for more quotes and a link to the original article!

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Joe Lynch Might Be Crossing THE BRIDGE?

At the recent Fangoria Weekend Of Horrors show in Chicago, splatterpunk author Craig Spector was on hand to promote ANIMALS, the new film adaptation of his novel co-authored with John Skipp, when he revealed there may be more adaptations of their work on the way. One with an interesting director poised to helm. “It’s all very preliminary right now, but we’re talking about doing THE BRIDGE next, with Joe Lynch directing," Spector told FANGORIA. Lynch of course made quite a bloody splash last year with his debut WRONG TURN 2. THE BRIDGE is the 1991 novel by Spector & Skipp about killer toxic waste waging a war on mankind. More details below!

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Cast, Updates For Ti West's HOUSE OF THE DEVIL!

At the recent Chicago Fangoria Weekend Of Horrors show, actor AJ Bowen (from THE SIGNAL) talked a bit about his role in Ti West's upcoming flick HOUSE OF THE DEVIL. He revealed who will be playing his parents in the movie and genre fans should be pleased. From FANGO's report, "Tom Noonan (THE MONSTER SQUAD, MANHUNTER) will play my father in the film, and Mary Woronov (CHOPPING MALL, NIGHT OF THE COMET) is my mom”. Meanwhile, the fiends at Dread Central got some plot details out of Bowen in a recent Podcast. Read on for the details!

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February 26, 2008

First Look At ERIC RED's 100 FEET!

Arrow In The Head scored the first look at 100 FEET, the new film written and directed by Eric Red and starring Famke Jannsen (X-MEN, HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL). Genre fans should recognize Eric Red as the writer of THE (original) HITCHER, NEAR DARK (one of my all time favorites) and BAD MOON. The clip is labeled as a "promo reel", but it pretty much plays like a full-on trailer and I dig what I'm seeing so far! Follow the link below to see it for yourself!

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KATIEBIRD Director Returns With A GOTHIC TALE!

One of the more interesting indie flicks we've seen in the past few years was definitely writer/director Justin Paul Ritter's KATIEBIRD: CERTIFIABLE CRAZY PERSON. The filmmaker recently checked in with FANGORIA about 2 new projects he's working on, the first - A GOTHIC TALE featuring Rowdy Roddy Piper! (The 2nd one is titled LITTLE F**KER!?) You can find a few quick quotes about each new project, but get the whole scoop and first image at the original FANGO article HERE. Read on for more!

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"LET THE RIGHT ONE" IN TRAILER!

Magnolia Pictures new genre arm, Magnet recently acquired the foreign film LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, a unique vampire tale directed by Tomas Alfredson based on the original Swedish novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist. The synopsis (according to the You Tube listing) is as follows: "Oskar, a bullied 12-year old, dreams of revenge. He falls in love with Eli, a peculiar girl. She can't stand the sun or food and to come into a room she needs to be invited. Eli gives Oskar the strength to hit back but when he realizes that Eli needs to drink other peoples blood to live he's faced with a choice. How much can love forgive? Let The Right One In is a story both violent and highly romantic, set in the Stockholm suburb of Blackeberg in 1982." Check out the trailer below!

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February 25, 2008

FRIGHT EXCLUSIVE - MAIDENHEAD TRAILER!

FRIGHT EXCLUSIVE! We've got the first trailer for the upcoming indie flick MAIDENHEAD! The movie was written/directed/produced by Jim Spanos and stars AJ Bowen (THE SIGNAL) and Michael Parks! (KILL BILL, FROM DUSK TILL DAWN) In our recent interview with actor Bowen, he described it as a "counter-culture TWILIGHT ZONE episode." And if you take a peek at the trailer below, it's absolutely beautiful! DREAD CENTRAL is running exclusive pictures which you can find HERE! View the trailer below or in our VIDEO section! Check out the official MAIDENHEAD site HERE!

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February 22, 2008

FILM COMMENT SELECTS! See INSIDE, FRONTIERE(S) and DAMON PACKARD's Films In NYC!

Hey Fright Fans, If you live near NYC, the Film Society of Lincoln Center is showing some great films as part of their Film Comment Selects series. Among these include the controversial (and splatterific) French imports Inside and Frontiere(s) as well as personal faves from filmmaker Damon Packard, including a shorts program called “Packard’s Greatest Hits” and the phenomenal, bizzaro tour-de-force, Reflections Of Evil. Word on the street is that the elusive Mr. Packard will be in attendance as well as genre fave Crispin Glover and cult film maker Alex Cox! Use the link below for advance tickets and additional info:

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THE SIGNAL In Theaters Today! MORE CLIPS, VIDEO INTERVIEWS!

We've been talking about it for ages and now finally THE SIGNAL hits theater's today courtesy of Magnolia Pictures. Today, several clips were uploaded to the official My Space page for THE SIGNAL. We'd prefer you didn't spoil it for yourself and just went and saw it, but we figured we'd share them with you below regardless! Enjoy the clips and PLEASE go support this movie! Theater listings can be found at DoYouHaveTheCrazy.com or at THIS previous news post!

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THE LOST BOYS 2 Updates, Vampire Pic, Comic Book!

Plenty of cool tid-bits from the upcoming THE LOST BOYS 2: THE TRIBE have made their way on line this week. Firstly, an update from Corey Feldman on his blog reveals that we can expect the first trailer on the I AM LEGEND DVD release. Still no word if it'll be a theatrical or direct-to-DVD release yet. Also, below is the cover art to THE LOST BOYS: REIGN OF FROGS comic book, and SHOCK scored an exclusive first look at one of the sequel's vampires! More details below!

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February 20, 2008

THE SIGNAL Updated Complete Theater Listing! In Theaters THIS Friday!

THE SIGNAL finally hits theaters THIS Friday, February 22nd, 2008 courtesy of Magnolia Pictures. Today, we've got an expanded look at the theater listings. Take a peek below to see if the movie is playing near you and GO SEE IT! Also, be sure to check out our FRIGHT exclusive interviews with actors AJ Bowen, Anessa Ramsey, Justin Welborn, as well as the trailer and an exclusive clip.

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February 19, 2008

FRIGHT EXCLUSIVE! TOXIC AVENGER: THE MUSICAL? AND THE REMAKE?!

In an interview with Icons Of Fright for the web-series AMERICA'S BAD KIDS, Troma president Lloyd Kaufman revealed quite a bit about the future of everyone's favorite superhero from New Jersey, THE TOXIC AVENGER! Could Toxie be returning in a musical? How 'bout a remake? Whoa, whoa. Hold your fits of rage and read exactly what Lloyd had to say about both!

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February 16, 2008

THE SIGNAL! EXCLUSIVE CLIP & WEBISODE!

THE SIGNAL opens in less then a week, officially on February 22nd! We strongly suggest you go into it as fresh as possible and knowing as little as possible, but if you want a small taste of the tone of the middle section (directed by Jacob Gentry), we've been provided with an exclusive clip. Again, the film was helmed by 3 different directors (Dave Bruckner and Dan Bush being the other two) and while it follows one narrative story, the 3 sections of the movie are all completely different in tone. Trust us, this is a unique and welcome contribution to the horror genre! Below is the exclusive clip, as well as a webisode. Enjoy!

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February 15, 2008

SWEATSHOP Trailer, Poster & New Images Debut On-Line!

Plenty of cool teaser bits have debuted on-line these past few days for SWEATSHOP, the new film directed by Stacy Davidson (DOMAIN OF THE DAMNED) and co-written with Ted Geoghegan (BARRICADE). FANGORIA's got a look at the first teaser trailer, while Dread Central's got an exclusive look at the poster! We were able to uncover 2 new images from the Subsociety My Space page. You can check out links to all of them below!

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Park Chan-Wook's THIRST Finds A Leading Vampire!

We're huge fans of filmmaker Park Chan-Wook who directed the "Vengeance" trilogy SYMPATHY FOR MR VENGEANCE, OLDBOY and LADY VENGEANCE. He's been planning a vampire flick for a while, and word has it the official title is THIRST! Kim Ok-bin (ARANG, DASEPO NAUGHTY GIRLS) has been cast, along side THE HOST's Song Kang-ho according to KTCcinema.com. The film is scheduled for a 9 month shoot (!), so we probably won't get to see it until sometime 2009! More details, including the plot below!

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February 14, 2008

1 of "8 Films To Die For" To Be Fan Created In Contest

Hollywood Reporter writes that for 2008 After Dark Films and Massify.com are going to be seeking fan input in the production of one of the upcoming "8 Films To Die For". They're going to be starting a competition where fans pitch ideas and vote on elements of the actual production, including marketing and the casting. Actors will also be asked to send in video auditions to be voted on. All of this will culminate with an online reality series documenting the making of the film. The contest who submits the winning pitch will be given a producer credit, participate on-set and in the reality series.

February 13, 2008

George Romero Talks DIARY OF THE DEAD!

George Romero's latest DIARY OF THE DEAD (click HERE for our FIRST LOOK review) opens in limited theatrical release this Friday, February 15th, 2008. With the movie opening in a mere few days, George has been talking about it everywhere! Here's a guide to the best chats with Uncle George. Shock Till You Drop spoke with Romero at Sundance, Dread Central's got a video chat, FRIGHT friend Spooky Dan had some one on one time with George in THIS B-D video and those fiends got some words in with the man at Horror-Movies.ca. Check 'em! And our FIRST LOOK below!

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AJ BOWEN Joins Cast Of TI WEST's Latest - THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL!

Several weeks back, it was revealed that filmmaker TI WEST (THE ROOST, TRIGGERMAN, CABIN FEVER 2) was about to begin production on his latest feature THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL for Larry Fessenden's Glass Eye Pix and Dark Sky Films. We've just got the first bit of casting news and it's pretty darned cool! AJ BOWEN, (who steals THE SIGNAL) dropped us a line to let us know he's officially been cast in the role of Grady in THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL! He'll play a role that according to him "makes Lewis Denton (Bowen's SIGNAL character) look like a humanitarian." Congrats AJ! We're definitely looking forward to this one!

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February 11, 2008

JESSICKA RABID TRAILER!

Here's one we don't know too much about yet, other then the intriguing title and the fact that rising screamqueen Elske McCain conceived, stars and executive produced this movie, JESSICKA RABID. The official first trailer has been uploaded to the My Space page, and as you'll see below, it's got a whole lot of naughty in it! The film was written and directed by frequent McCain collaborator Matthew Reel and is aiming for a release later this year. We'll keep you posted as we hear more. In the meantime, check out the trailer below or the official My Space page at myspace.com/jessickarabidmovie.

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February 09, 2008

Romero's DIAMOND DEAD Back On Track; DIARY 2 Talk!

In an article with Cinematical.com, George Romero confirmed that his passion project; a horror/comedy titled DIAMOND DEAD is back on track as funding has officially fallen into place. The film is about "a rock band called DIAMOND DEAD whose members are all zombies and whose hot babe manager tries to use her media wiles to take them to the top despite their rather unappealing habits, like eating brains". Read on for more info on the project, and also some interesting words about DIARY OF THE DEAD 2 from last week's New York Q & A.

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February 08, 2008

RED VELVET Screenings!

A few weeks back, we premiered the RED VELVET trailer in our video section. (The new film written by Anthony Burns, directed by Bruce Dickson and starring Henry Thomas (PSYCHO IV) and Kelli Garner). Producer Sean Fernald passed along info on a few events where RED VELVET is set to screen! Henry Thomas will be at the upcoming Dallas, TX Fear Fest 2 the first weekend of March to promote the film! Below are more dates and venues!

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SPIRAL! Limited Theatrical Run Begins Today!

SPIRAL, the new film from HATCHET director Adam Green starring Joel David Moore, Zachary Levi and Amber Tamblyn begins it’s theatrical run in LA, NY and Portland, OR today, with a DVD release set for February 19th, 2008. Info for the screenings is below! Don’t forget to check out our FRIGHT exclusive interviews with the cast & crew of SPIRAL!

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THE LOST! DVD Art And Theatrical Info!

Chris (I KNOW WHO KILLED ME) Sivertson’s adaptation of Jack Ketchum’s THE LOST hits DVD on March 18th, 2008 courtesy of Anchor Bay Entertainment, but before that, the “Bay” is planning a few theatrical screenings! Here’s your chance to see a beautiful 35 mm print of THE LOST on the big screen! Details and DVD cover art below!

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THE DARK LURKING Trailer! Horror From Down Under!

We just got wind of a cool looking horror film being made down under near our staffer Danny Price's place of origin! Below you can check out the trailer tothe Australian production THE DARK LURKING (via their My Space page). Also, check out the synopsis and links to the My Space and official website page. Looks like a blast!

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February 05, 2008

FRIGHT EXCLUSIVE: MALEVOLENCE: BEREAVEMENT TRAILER!

A few days ago, we were able to reveal a few choice pictures from the MALEVOLENCE prequel. Today, we're proud to present the first trailer to MALEVOLENCE: BEREAVEMENT! The film depicts the events leading up to the first MALEVOLENCE movie in which Martin Bristol is kidnapped by serial killer Graham Sutter. Written, directed and produced by Stevan Mena, the film stars Michael Beihn (TERMINATOR, ALIENS, GRINDHOUSE), Alexandra Daddario (THE ATTIC), John Savage (THE DEER HUNTER), Brett Rickaby (ZODIAC), Nolan Gerard Funk (TV's SUPERNATURAL, THE DEAD ZONE) and Spencer List. It's scheduled for release in the Fall of 2008. Stevan Mena's comedy/mockumentary BRUTAL MASSACRE: A COMEDY comes first in Spring 2008! Check out the trailer below for the new MALEVOLENCE movie!

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February 04, 2008

EXCLUSIVE Clip From William Butler's FURNACE!

We've just been provided with an exclusive clip from Billy Butler's upcoming DVD release FURNACE, which hits shelves on February 12th, 2008! Horror fans recognize filmmaker Butler both in front of the camera (LEATHERFACE: TEXAS CHAINSAW 3, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD 1990, GHOULIES 2) as well as behind it (MADHOUSE). He also penned RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD 4 and 5. FURNACE stars Michael Pare (BLOODRAYNE), Danny Trejo (ROB ZOMBIE'S HALLOWEEN) and Tom Seizmore (TRUE ROMANCE). Check out the clip below!

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February 01, 2008

EXCLUSIVE MALEVOLENCE 2 PICTURES!

We've been provided with 3 exclusive images from Stevan Mena's upcoming MALEVOLENCE 2: BEREAVEMENT, which is currently in pre-production with a proposed fall 2008 theatrical release. The new film is a prequel, showcasing all the events that lead up to the original MALEVOLENCE. It stars Michael Beihn (TERMINATOR, ALIENS, GRINDHOUSE), Alexandra Daddario (THE ATTIC), John Savage (THE DEER HUNTER), Brett Rickaby (ZODIAC), Nolan Gerard Funk (TV's SUPERNATURAL, THE DEAD ZONE) and Spencer List. The pictures were taken by on-set photgrapher Scott Krycia. Have a look at the fantastic images below, as well as our FRIGHT exclusive Behind-The-Scenes video for MALEVOLENCE 2: BEREAVEMENT!

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January 30, 2008

Italian Short THE DIRT From Argento Vet's Now on My Space!

The new short film from directors Simona and Claudio Simonetti and starring Coralina Cataldi-Tassoni just launched it's official My Space page over at www.myspace.com/thedirtmovie! The film also stars Robert Madison, Urbano Lione and Beatrice Arnera Gavarotti and will feature a score by Claudio Simonetti (of GOBLIN fame!) Read on for a link to the My Space page, a synopsis and a poster and picture from THE DIRT!

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DIARY OF THE DEAD Advance Screenings; Short Film Contest!

George Romero's new film DIARY OF THE DEAD is set to open in select theaters on February 19th, 2008. But beforehand, the man himself will be hitting up a few advance screenings. The ICONS crew will catch Uncle George on our home turf of New York at the AMC Empire on 42nd Street on Wednesday February 6th! Fellow New Yorker's, purchase your tickets HERE! Info on other screenings, as well as the short film contest (for your chance to have your short included on the DIARY OF THE DEAD DVD release!) are listed below as well!

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January 28, 2008

SOUTH TEXAS BLUES Talk On Ain't It Cool News!

If you've seen Chris Garetano's documentary debut HORROR BUSINESS, or caught glimpses of his short film COTTONMOUTH (based on the GORE SHRIEK comic book), then you know you're in for a visually unique and exciting experience when it comes to any of his films. Up next on his slate is a feature length film titled SOUTH TEXAS BLUES about the making of the original TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE. Today, Ain't It Cool News spoke to him extensively about the project, and the pitch film is embedded into the original article in high resolution. Below you'll find links to the interview, as well as links to Garetano's 2 interviews with ICONS OF FRIGHT!

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First 10 Minutes of ALL THE BOYS LOVE MANDY LANE! UPDATED!

I know next to nothing about ALL THE BOYS LOVE MANDY LANE, but I have heard that it's been making quite a bloody splash on the festival circuit last year. While the US release date is set for April 25th, Yahoo UK have posted the opening 10 minutes of the flick! You can follow the link below and read the full synopsis!

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January 25, 2008

Download Music from THE SIGNAL!

Pitchforkmedia.com is debuting an MP3 track by Ola Podrida, a cover of the JOY DIVISION song "Atmosphere" which will be featured as one of the main tracks in THE SIGNAL, which opens from Magnolia Pictures on February 22nd, 2008! Click HERE to download the track! Don't forget to check the theater listings at THIS news post, and also our FRIGHT exclusive interview with the cast of THE SIGNAL by clicking the frame below!

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BEYOND THE GRAVE Ready For Filming!

Lockheart Filmes, in association with V2 Cinema, is set to begin principal photography of the Brazilian horror-fantasy feature BEYOND THE GRAVE this February 14. Writer/director Davi de Oliveira Pinheiro (who’s also producing with Isidoro B. Guggiana) and crew are ready to shoot in the city of Porto Alegre. Check out the press release, along with some storyboard images below!

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January 23, 2008

THE SIGNAL - Theater Listings!

A movie we can't talk about enough is Magnolia Pictures THE SIGNAL, which opens in limited theatrical release on February 22nd. We've got an interview with 2 members of the cast this month, as well as another interview coming in our February edition. The official site www.doyouhavethecrazy.com has listed all the theaters that will be playing THE SIGNAL, so start making plans to trek out with your friends to see it! Links and the listing are below! Don't forget to check out both the trailer and the teaser in our video section!

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January 18, 2008

Uncut BLOOD RIVER Trailer!

Those fiends over at Dread Central scored an uncut trailer to Adam Mason's new flick BLOOD RIVER! Mason is the filmmaker behind the films BROKEN and THE DEVIL'S CHAIR and you can learn more about him at his official website: http://www.masonicfilmsociety.com/. Click the image below to watch the video!

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January 14, 2008

THE SIGNAL - TEASER & TRAILER ON ICONS VIDEO!

We're proud to present both the teaser and the theatrical trailer for THE SIGNAL via the ICONS OF FRIGHT video section! Check both of them out below! THE SIGNAL opens on February 22nd, 2008 courtesy of Magnolia Pictures. Of course, you can read our FIRST LOOK review and FRIGHT exclusive interview with the cast of THE SIGNAL!

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First 5 Minutes Of TEETH On-Line!

One interesting flick we're looking forward to is director Mitchell Lichtenstein's TEETH, which opens in limited theatrical release this Friday, January 18th, 2008. The film centers on Dawn, a girl who's coming of age and discovers... well... that she's got teeth down there. (!) Today the opening 5 minutes of the film have made their way on-line! Check it out below, along with the theatrical trailer, which can also be found in our video section.

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SIGNAL Star Bowen Talks MAIDENHEAD With Dread!

Those fiends at Dread Central recently got the chance to have a lengthy chat with AJ Bowen, one of the leads in THE SIGNAL (opening on February 22nd, 2008 from Magnolia Pictures) and during his interview he talked about his recently completed project MAIDENHEAD, a genre offering which Bowen described as a "feature-length Twilight Zone episode; essentially it’s Psycho in reverse.” Read on for more quotes and info on the intriguing flick, as well as links to Dread's original interview!

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January 11, 2008

RED VELVET Trailer!

Below you can find the first trailer and synopsis for the flick RED VELVET, written by Anthony Burns, directed by Bruce Dickson and starring Henry Thomas (PSYCHO IV) and Kelli Garner. While an official release date is yet to be set, expect this one to come out later in 2008! Looks unique!

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January 02, 2008

AMERICA'S BAD KIDS: Episode One! New Webseries

We love to cover all aspects of horror culture and fandom on Icons of Fright so here comes our gift to you for the new year: The premier episode of "America's Bad Kids", starring IOF's John Torrani, a new webseries that you'll only find here.

In each episode Johnny will travel the country looking for bad kids all over America. In this premier episode John explores the Hyaena Gallery in Burbank, California, home to one of the largest collections of serial killer artwork, and a host of other very bad, very strange artwork. The show can be found in this news entry, or at www.americasbadkids.com. A Lilly Production in association with Cult Hero Productions and Icons Of Fright.

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December 21, 2007

Trailer for SPIRAL: The next film from "HATCHET" Director Adam Green!

I won't say much about "SPIRAL" so as not to give away anything from our January update, but, if a film from Adam Green, that stars Joel David Moore, and doesn't take place in a swamp ends up in my Top 10 of 2007 list, don't be surprised.

For now, check out the trailer from "SPIRAL" here, or in our video section where you can view it full-screen:

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And now... THE SIGNAL TRAILER!

Yesterday, Magnolia Pictures provided us with a look at THE SIGNAL theatrical poster, as well as some images from the movie. Today, they've released a new trailer via the Apple site. Finally, a trailer that hints at what you're in store for when this baby drops on February 22nd! Check HERE to check it out. And check out our FIRST LOOK review below. Interviews with the cast of THE SIGNAL are also coming!

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December 20, 2007

THE SIGNAL - POSTER, IMAGES, FIRST LOOK!

Earlier in the year, we caught a special sneak preview of THE SIGNAL, which was easily one of the best genre related movies the ICONS crew have seen in years. Magnolia Pictures plans to release the movie theatrically everywhere on February 22nd, 2008, and they were kind enough to send over a high res look at the new theatrical one-sheet poster, as well as several stills from the flick. Also, be sure to check out our FIRST LOOK review linked below, and be on the look out for FRIGHT exclusive interviews with the cast in our upcoming January edition!

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December 19, 2007

Will Jennifer Tilly Give You The Willies in "THE CARETAKER"?

Jennifer Tilly, Judd Nelson and the jeepy creepy Jonathan Breck have wrapped up and are ready for a Valentine's Day (2/14) 2008 DVD release of their latest film, "The Caretaker". Click in for a pic of Tilly, the poster, and synopsis of this campy new flick.

 

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SPIRAL Limited Theatrical, DVD Release Dates!

We've received confirmation that Adam Green's new flick SPIRAL, which was written by and stars HATCHET's Joel David Moore will see a limited theatrical release on February 9th in select cities, followed immediately by a DVD release on February 19th courtesy of Anchor Bay Entertainment. Below we've got the theatrical poster and the DVD cover. We've seen an early version of the movie, and we can tell you that it looks beautiful and should really be seen on the big screen! Try to catch it if it's playing by you!

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ON THE ROAD TO 'SOUTH TEXAS BLUES' PREVIEW ON-LINE!

A project we've really been looking forward to is Christopher P. Garetano's feature film SOUTH TEXAS BLUES, which promises to be a unique picture, an "obsessive fantasy" based on the making of the original TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE! Garetano's documentary HORROR BUSINESS was released on DVD earlier this year from Image Entertainment and he's currently in post-production on several documentary projects such as MONTAUK UNVEILED, ANGEL'S GATE, THE HORROR OF DANTE TOMASELLI and the short-film adaptation of COTTONMOUTH. This short "pitch-film" below best explains what we can look forward to in SOUTH TEXAS BLUES! Check it out!

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December 17, 2007

Let's Take A Look At The [REC] Trailer...

So, there's a Spanish movie that's been making the rounds at festivals the last few months called REC (also [REC]), and judging from the initial descriptions (a zombie flick, shot mockumentary style?), I assumed I'd be uninterested. Then Aint-It-Cool-News posted a few reviews of it a few weeks back along with a teaser trailer. The trailer's pretty creepy! Check it out below, along with a link to the official website and a peek at the poster. Could this be another interesting stab at the zombie genre?

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December 14, 2007

Hammer's BEYOND THE RAVE Set To Debut On My Space!

The latest Hammer Films project BEYOND THE RAVE, a web series which marks the companies grand return to the horror genre is now officially going to debut on My Space TV! While no official date is set, Variety is reporting that all 20 episodes of the internet series will debut via the film's My Space page, followed by a DVD release. Read the full press release below. We'll keep you posted on when the My Space profile goes live!

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December 13, 2007

MY NAME IS BRUCE Trailer On-Line!

The trailer for MY NAME IS BRUCE has made it's way onto You Tube! This movie revolves around Bruce Campbell (playing himself) being summoned by a group of EVIL DEAD fans to fight off the Chinese war deity named Guan Di. The film was also directed by Campbell from a script by Mark Verheiden. have your first peek at the flick below! It's due out early 2008!

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MACHINE GIRL Trailer? You MUST Check This One Out!

Ok, never heard of this flick or it's writer/director Noboru Iguchi, but a good friend of mine forwarded me over the link to the trailer for his latest flick MACHINE GIRL, which is being hosted by those wonderful fiends at TWITCH FILM.net. The movie is a revenge story revolving around a Japanese schoolgirl seeking revenge against the gang that tortured her brother to death and cost her her own arm... An arm that she's now been replaced by a high powered machine gun. Seeing is believing folks! Check the trailer out below! This one definitely looks like a blast!

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DANTE 01 Opening Sequence!

TWITCH FILM.net scored the opening sequence of the upcoming DANTE 01, directed by Marc Caro (co-director of THE CITY OF LOST CHILDREN) and co-written by Pierre Bordage. The film's synopsis: Deep space, at the edge of the galaxy. The future. A new prisoner arrives on top security prison ship and psychiatric research unit Dante 01. Sole survivor of an encounter with an alien force beyond imagining, Saint Georges is a man possessed by inner demons, caught up in the battle to control the monstrous power within him. Check out the opening below and you can also check out the TRAILER on the official site HERE!

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December 08, 2007

VIDEO: THE ORPHANAGE Trailer + 3 Clips!

New to Icons of Fright Video, check out the trailer and 3 clips from the new very creepy film "The Orphanage", which has been produced by Guillermo Del Toro (Hellboy, Pan's Labyrinth) and directed by Juan Antonio Bayona. The film concerns a woman who returns to her childhood home intending to turn it into an orphanage along with her young son. Things get creepy from here. Shades of "The Innocents", "The Others", nobody loves a creepy children haunted house movie more than I do. Trailer and clips in the player below and our main video section:

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December 04, 2007

TEETH Opens in January 2008! UPDATED!

A couple of days ago, we posted the trailer to an upcoming indie flick called TEETH, written and directed by Mitchell Lichtenstein and starring Jess Weixler, Josh Pais and NIP/TUCK's John Hensley. (Click HERE for that news post) Roadside Attractions has set January 18th, 2008 as the release date for TEETH in LA and NYC, followed by more theaters later in the month. Check out the synopsis below and a link to the trailer! For the boys, this one looks like it's going to hurt!

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November 30, 2007

Joel Moore/Adam Green's SPIRAL Trailer; My Space; Website!

Fans of HATCHET are in for both a treat and a surprise! Writer/Director Adam Green and star Joel Moore have followed up their "slasher" homage with a psychological thriller in the vein of Hitchcock with SPIRAL, also starring Amber Tamblyn (GRUDGE 2) and Zachery Levi (TV's CHUCK). SPIRAL opens in limited theatrical release this winter, followed by a DVD release from Starz Entertainment/Anchor Bay. The official trailer has surfaced on the official My Space page and it's definitely one to look out for! Follow the link below to check it out! Also, below is a link to the official website!

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THE BLACK WATERS OF ECHO'S POND My Space; Trailer!

A few months back, we told you about a cool little project called THE BLACK WATERS OF ECHO'S POND which features genre favs Robert Patrick, Danielle Harris, James Deval, Electra & Elise Avellan to name a few. The official My Space page has launched for the flick and you can check out the first trailer to the film there! Looks pretty darned NEAT! There's also a teaser site up at www.theblackwatersofechospond.com. Follow the links below to check them out!

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November 28, 2007

THE ORPHANAGE Trailer Debuts On Yahoo!

Speaking of Guillermo Del Toro, Yahoo now has your first look at THE ORPHANAGE, the new film directed by J.A. Bayona, written by Sergio G. Sanchez and produced by Del Toro, Mar Targarona, Álvaro Augustín and Joaquín Padró. The movie sees limited release on December 28th, 2007. Follow THIS link to check out the trailer and check out the synopsis and poster below!

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November 27, 2007

PICKMAN'S MODEL Trailer On YouTube/Synopsis

The trailer for the new film PICKMAN'S MODEL, a new independent film based on the H.P. Lovecraft short story has been posted on YouTube. The film begins with a simple invitation to view Pickman's work at his isolated studio in Boston's North End. And ends with the apprehension that what lurks in the foreground of Pickman's work is far more sinister than the art itself.

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November 24, 2007

PINK EYE Synopsis, Poster, NY Screening!

We've just received the synopsis and poster for the new indie horror flick PINK EYE, directed by James Tucker and starring Melissa Bacelar, Alan Rowe Kelly, Joshua Nelson and Raine Brown. There's also a screening of the flick set up here in New York at the Two Boots Pioneer Theatre on Monday December 17th. Check out the info below, as well as the synopsis, cast breakdown, poster and link to the official movie's My Space page where you can check out the trailer!

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November 20, 2007

TEETH Trailer, Image and Teaser Poster!

Um... wow. Here's one that's going to terrify the guys and be a cult-favorite amongst recently heartbroken gals. Below you can check out the trailer and teaser poster for TEETH, written and directed by Mitchell Lichtenstein and starring Jess Weixler, John Hensley (TV's NIP/TUCK), Josh Paris (PHONE BOOTH), Hale Appleman, Ashley Springer, Vivienne Benesch, Lenny Von Dohlen, Nicole Swahn, Julia Garro and Adam Wagner. Just... watch the trailer below for yourself and you'll know what the flick is about!

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November 19, 2007

DARKNESS SURROUNDS ROBERTA Trailer

The trailer for the new giallo "DARKNESS SURROUNDS ROBERTA" is available on YouTube. The film was directed by Giovanni Pianigiani (RED MIDNIGHT) from a script co-written by Bruno Di Marcello and features genre vets Eileen Daily (RAZOR BLADE SMILE), Raine Brown (100 TEARS) and Joe Zaso (BARRICADE). Check out the trailer below!

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November 18, 2007

IOF EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: On The Set of MALEVOLENCE: BEREAVEMENT

Icons of Fright has the first exclusive video look at writer/director Stevan Mena's follow-up, a prequel, to the 2004 independently produced slasher film "Malevolence".

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November 11, 2007

PEE-WEE? A "MANIAC"?: Paul Reubens To Join Cast of "2002 Maniacs

In our latest FRIGHT EXCLUSIVE Interview with director Tim Sullivan, he reveals that actor/comedian Paul Reubens, perhaps best know as his alter-ego PEE-WEE HERMAN is game to join the cast of "2002 MANIACS: BEVERLY HELLBILLIES". Click inside for details.

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November 06, 2007

MALEVOLENCE 2: BEREAVEMENT Teaser Trailer!

Anyone that reads this site knows what HUGE fans we are of Stevan Mena's debut feature MALEVOLENCE. Intended as the middle part of a trilogy, Mena and his crew are currently filming the prequel story, MALEVOLENCE 2: BEREAVEMENT in Bethlehem, PA and Fango revealed the cast (led by genre fave Michael Biehn!) along with the first pic yesterday. Now, Mena has released a very early teaser trailer, culled from the first few days of the shoot! Having taken a sneak peek at the script, we can assure you that you have NO idea what you're in for with this movie! Expect more updates and an exclusive Icons featurette on the making of MALEVOLENCE 2 shortly!

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November 03, 2007

New Trailer: SCOURGE

Icons has received the first full-length trailer to the splattastic new creature-feature "SCOURGE". A parasite moves from person to person, infecting them, and eventually exiting them in ways unimaginable. For more on SCOURGE check our newstory "Hello "Scourge"-ous" here in the news blog. Also keep an eye out for a FRIGHT EXCLUSIVE interview with SCOURGE director Jonas Quastel in our December update.

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October 30, 2007

THE LAST WINTER Now On-Demand!?

Icons of Fright's Jsyn ("The Vault of the Forgotten and Obscure") and Adam Barnick highly recommended Larry Fessenden's film "The Last Winter". It's in theaters right now on a very limited basis, but it's come to our attention that if you're lucky enough to have IFC On Demand, or a cable company that has a strong on-demand lineup, that you might be able to order the film right now.

Click below to check out the trailer for THE LAST WINTER and the poster artwork. Looks good!

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New Trailer: "BRYAN LOVES YOU"

"Bryan Loves You" is a supposedly true story about a killer cult in Arizona in 1993. It stars Tiffany Shepis (who will be featured in an upcoming Fright Exclusive Interview), George Wendt, Tony Todd and Daniel Roebuck.

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October 29, 2007

Hello "Scourge"-ous!: Icons Exclusive Look at "SCOURGE"

Scourge PosterIcons of Fright has some inside info and first-look creature pics from "Scourge", the upcoming "Thing" meets "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" inspired film from writer / director Jonas Quastel (“Ripper 2”/”Sasquatch”).

"The Scourge" is a rapidly growing organism that begins invading and consuming the bodies of unsuspecting citizens in the small town of Harborford. As it gestates, the Scourge consumes internal organs and assumes control of gross motor functions, driving the afflicted person to consume massive amounts of calories before eventually killing the host in what the filmmakers describe as “a gory shower of vomited blood and tissue.” It also likes to bore through belly buttons. So cute! I want one!


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October 21, 2007

FRIGHT EXCLUSIVE: First Details on WICKED LAKE!

Our contact over at Media-Blasters sent along the press release for the new Fever Dreams production WICKED LAKE, the company's 5th production to be directed by Zach Passero, based on a screenplay by Adam Rockoff (author of GOING TO PIECES). Filmmaker Chris Sivertson (THE LOST, I KNOW WHO KILLED ME) and his Scattershot Production will co-produce the film. We learned exclusively that the film will star genre faves TIM THOMERSON and ANGELA BETTIS and will feature a original score by MINISTRY's AL JOURGENSON. (Our source revealed his score will be "extremely hard") We'll give you more details when we get them. In the meantime, check out the press release below:

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October 19, 2007

Tim Thomerson Kicking Vampire Tail! LIVE EVIL Trailer and Stunt Reel!

Below you'll find both the teaser trailer and stunt reel for LIVE EVIL, the new vampire flick which stars genre vets TIM THOMSERSON, KEN FOREE and TIFFANY SHEPIS along with Mark Hengst, Osa Wallander and featuring appearances by Jeff Burr and Lee Perkins. The flick was written and directed by Jay Woelfel. Have a peek below!

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October 17, 2007

Jake Kennedy's DAYS OF DARKNESS Coming To You from LIONSGATE! Trailer!

A few years back, we chatted with up and coming filmmaker Jake Kennedy about WE ALL FALL DOWN, his impressive horror short that played multiple film festivals and eventually ended up being a part of FANGORIA'S BLOOD DRIVE Volume 2 DVD. He briefly mentioned plans back then to start working with a "zombie" project. and it looks like the flick is finally done and just about ready for release after a successful screening at Screamfest last week where LIONSGATE picked up the film for distribution! Congrats to Jake! We look forward to more genre contributions from you in the future and can't wait to check out DAYS OF DARKNESS! See the trailer below and read our interview with him below!

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October 14, 2007

"SWEATSHOP", New Film From Writer of "BARRICADE"!

Icons of Fright has received the teaser poster for SWEATSHOP, the new film from Ted Geoghegan, writer and producer of international hit "Barricade".

The new film will be directed by Stacy Davidson (director of 2007's "Necrophobia"), and begins filming next week. More details as they develop, if you want to stay up to date add the film on MySpace. But now here's the killer teaser poster:

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September 24, 2007

UK's "HAMMER FILMS" Returns To Go "BEYOND THE RAVE"

The famed, and long defunct, British horror imprint "Hammer Films" is back with it's first new production since the late 1970's.

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September 17, 2007

FIRST FILMS ANNOUNCED FOR AFTER DARK'S HORRORFEST 2!

Last year, After Dark Films conducted an experiment where they released "8 Films To Die For" theatrically across the country in one big weekend. While the roll-out of several horror films in one shot had it's snags, the idea and event was a success. So much so, that After Dark plans to return with "8 More Films To Die For" on November 9th through November 18th, 2007! The first 3 films have been announced. They include Dario Piana's THE DEATHS OF IAN STONE, Rolfe Kanefsky's NIGHTMARE MAN and Jim Mickle's MULBERRY STREET. We had interviewed filmmaker Rolfe Kanefsky ealier this year and are so pleased that NIGHTMARE MAN is among one of the first for HORRORFEST 2! Read on for our interview with him!

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September 13, 2007

More HATCHET Events THIS Weekend!

For an indie underdog, HATCHET did really well last weekend in theaters! Adam Green posted on his blog that the Arclight in Hollywood is having a special screening this Friday at 10PM and Green, along with star Tamara Feldman and Victor Crowley himself, Kane Hodder will be in attendence! The Icons crew in NY plan on catching the 9:45PM show on Friday, September 14th at the AMC EMPIRE 25 on 42nd Street in between 7th and 8th Ave. Feel free to join! Details for the LA screening are below!

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September 10, 2007

HATCHET takes NYC!

This past Saturday, September 8th, Icons Of Fright teamed up with Dread Central and hooked up for a screening of HATCHET at the AMC EMPIRE 25 on 42nd Street in Manhattan. Horror fans packed the theater, our own staffer Jsyn made up a FRIGHT friend into Victor Crowley, which caused a ruckus with security and almost got us kicked out! But regardless, the entire evening was a blast and a success! Special thanks to Anchor Bay for providing us with DVD's for the trivia game and swag to give away. Thanks to Paul aka Nomad from Dread Central, the rest of the Icons crew, WICKED EFX, Paul Ehlers and you guys, the fans who supported HATCHET all weekend. Check out the pics below!

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September 06, 2007

ROMERO TALKS ABOUT DIARY OF THE DEAD ON MY SPACE!

A video clip with Master Of Horror GEORGE ROMERO popped up on line today via the My Space profile for his latest flick DIARY OF THE DEAD. In it, he talks about how this film is a return to his roots, ala NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. Considering Romero is making this film independently, exactly the way he wants, I have a feeling we're going to get something very special with his DIARY! Check out the video below!

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September 05, 2007

Join Icons for HATCHET Screening and After-Party In NY. Also: LA Event Details! UPDATED!!!

Icons of Fright will be at the New York City screening of HATCHET this weekend

Friday, September 8th at 9:45!
AMC Theater 
234 West 42nd St.
New York, NY 10036
(212) 398-3939

There will be DVD and poster giveaways courtsey of Anchor Bay. Join us! Read below for more details on where to buy tickets and for the Los Angeles are screenings!     

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September 02, 2007

New MOTHER OF TEARS Trailer!

Aint It Cool News is pointing us over to a slightly-spoiler-ish (but not really) trailer for Dario Argento's latest MOTHER OF TEARS. (The 3rd part in a trilogy which began with SUSPERIA and continued with INFERNO) MOTHER OF TEARS stars Asia Argento, Coralina Cataldi-Tassoni and Udo Kier. We've been able to upload the trailer to our My Space page, so it's embedded below! Enjoy!

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August 21, 2007

MONTAUK UNVEILED Official Press Release!

We've just gotten in the official press release for Christoper P. Garetano's new documentary film, MONTAUK UNVEILED. (The follow-up to his acclaimed HORROR BUSINESS). The flick is being produced by John Brodie. You can check out the teaser trailer and press release below!

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August 18, 2007

No Tom Hanks here! BACHELOR PARTY IN THE BUNGALOW OF THE DAMNED!

We caught up with film maker Brian Thomson recently to get the low down on his debut opus, the wonderfully titled BACHELOR PARTY IN THE BUNGALOW OF THE DAMNED. Shot entirely on location on Long Island, Brian set out to make BACHELOR PARTY a horror-comedy mash-up that delivers the goods.

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August 11, 2007

Brand New HATCHET trailer on line!

A brand new trailer for Adam Green's HATCHET has been uploaded on our My Space profile! The second trailer debuted on MTV's site shortly after Comic-Con. Now, the official HATCHET site (HatchetMovie.com) has undergone a revamp and this trailer is available there for download. Check it out below! HATCHET opens in theaters everywhere on September 7th, 2007!

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August 09, 2007

CHRIS GARETANO'S 'MONTAUK UNVEILED' Teaser Trailer!

The teaser trailer for the latest documentary project from filmmaker Chris Garetano (HORROR BUSINESS) is on line! The project (one of several documentaries and films Garetano is currently in post-production on) regards (alleged) alien abductions and goverment mind control experiments that occured at the Camp Hero air force base. The documentary is produced by John Brodie, one of the subjects of Garetano's debut film HORROR BUSINESS. Check out the teaser trailer below!

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July 28, 2007

PSYCHO II's CHRIS HENDRIE clip from THE PSYCHO LEGACY documentary!

THE PSYCHO LEGACY documentary is progressing nicely! And just added to the My Space page was this video message from CHRIS HENDRIE who played Deputy Pool in PSYCHO 2! Check it out below along with a reel of his scenes from PSYCHO 2!

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July 23, 2007

Check out VAMP for free on You Tube!

As most of our FRIGHT fiends know from reading the site, we're firm believers in trying to help out independent filmmakers get the word out about their movies. A couple of years ago, I met a filmmaker named Mason LeCompte who wrote, directed, produced, edited and stared in this low-budget debut feature titled VAMP. The amount of work she put into this film is impressive, and reminds me of the early works of Abel Ferrara. She's recently broken down the film into several clips available to view via You Tube. You can check them out below along with the synopsis!

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July 19, 2007

3 New Spots for THE PSYCHO LEGACY documentary!

Greetings, fiends! If you head over to the My Space page for THE PSYCHO LEGACY (the documentary being produced by the ICONS crew) You'll be treated to 3 new video "spots" or messages directed at you, the PSYCHO fans. The first is with HILTON GREEN. Hilton was assistant director on the original PSYCHO and went on to produce all the sequels. Also, DONOVAN SCOTT says hello. Mister Scott played Kyle in PSYCHO 3. Last but certainly not least is the adorable JULIETTE CUMMINS who played "Red" in PSYCHO 3 (and whom genre fans also recognize as Robyn from FRIDAY THE 13th 5). Check out the videos below!

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Dread Central scores exclusive THIRSTY pics!

How much more Joe Lynch news can we possibly report?! Ok, one more story, because we love the guy. The fiends over at DREAD CENTRAL have just posted some exclusive pictures from the upcoming flick THIRSTY, directed by Andrew Kasch and adapted from the story by Joe Knetter. The movie stars Joe Lynch, super-hottie Tiffany Shepis and Michael Bailey Smith. Looks like the film will make it's premiere at the next ROCK & SHOCK show in October! Read on for details and links!

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July 16, 2007

Halloween alumni enters THE BLACK WATERS OF ECHO'S POND!

We just recieved word about an upcoming project to look out for, THE BLACK WATERS OF ECHO'S POND. The feature (being produced by Parallel Media and Project 8 Films and distributed by Seven Arts Pictures) begins shooting this Wednesday under the helm of director Gabriel Bologna from a script by Bologna and Sean Clark. It stars Robert Patrick (Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Walk the Line, X-Files), Danielle Harris (Halloween 4-5, Rob Zombie's Halloween) James Duval (Donnie Darko, Independence Day, Doom Generation), Arcadiy Golubovich (Autopsy, American Summer), Electra Avellan (Grindhouse), Elise Avellan (Grindhouse), Nick Mennell (Rob Zombie's Halloween), Sean Lawlor (Braveheart, Titanic), Walker Howard (Dr. Doolittle 3), M.D. Walton (Rescue Me), Mircea Monroe (Drive, House of the Dead 2, Borderland). Read on for the synopsis!

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July 13, 2007

TOM HOLLAND answers your questions on MY SPACE! And reveals DRIVEN teaser trailer!

Wow! TOM HOLLAND, the writer of PSYCHO 2, THE BEAST WITHIN, CLASS OF 1984, writer/director of FRIGHT NIGHT, THINNER, THE LANGOLIERS and director of CHILD'S PLAY as well as episodes of TALES FROM THE CRYPT and MASTERS OF HORROR is now on MY SPACE! And he's just posted a blog post answering several fan questions, and also revealed the teaser trailer to his much anticipated web exclusive series DRIVEN! Follow the links!

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THE LAST WINTER trailer! LARRY FESSENDEN's latest!

Here's the trailer for the latest film from director Larry Fessenden, THE LAST WINTER. It stars Ron Perlman, James Le Gros and Connie Britton. And opens in limited release on September 19th courtesy of IFC! We'll keep you posted on the DVD release. Can't wait for this one. Check out the trailer below!!!

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July 10, 2007

Stevan Mena's BRUTAL MASSACRE to premiere in LONG ISLAND, NY this FRI. JULY 13TH!

It's no secret that we're fans of filmmaker Stevan Mena who wrote and directed MALEVOLENCE. Now, Stevan's back with a horror/comedy titled BRUTAL MASSACRE. And the flick will premiere THIS Friday July 13th at The Long Island International Film Expo at the Bellmore Movies in Bellmore, NY. (That's Long Island, fiends!) Show time's 9:45PM and tickets are available at the theater. BRUTAL MASSACRE features David Naughton (An American Werewolf In London) as Harry Penderecki, an old school horror filmmaker, whose looking to make his comeback in the genre with BRUTAL MASSACRE. The film's being described as the "Spinal Tap of horror". It co-stars Brian O'Halloran from CLERKS (who will BE in attendance on Friday!), Gunnar Hansen (Leatherface), Gerry Bednob (40 Year Old Virgin), Ken Foree (Dawn Of The Dead) and all 3 Ladies of The Evil Dead...

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Is HATCHET 2 coming sooner then we think?!

On September 7th, 2007 Anchor Bay Entertainment will release Adam Green's much anticipated HATCHET into theaters. And Adam's mentioned in several interviews previously that he planted plenty of seeds in this first movie for potential sequels. Could HATCHET 2 be coming sooner then we all expected? Those fiends over at DREAD CENTRAL posted a bit of news that suggests the sequel might go before the cameras as early as February of next year! (2008) Read on...

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June 26, 2007

STUART GORDON'S STUCK! TRAILER AND POSTER!

The poster and trailer for the latest film by STUART GORDON has made it's way on line! STUCK (coming to you from Rigel Entertainment) stars Mena Suvari, Stephen Rea and Russell Hornsby. Read on to check out the poster, read the synopsis and follow the link to the trailer!

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TOUR OF THE BATES MOTEL - THE PSYCHO LEGACY CLIP!

Icons Of Fright is producing a documentary project about the PSYCHO franchise titled THE PSYCHO LEGACY. Well, over on BDTV (Bloody-Disgusting's video service) you can now check out an exclusive 2 minute tour of THE BATES MOTEL with Director/Producer (and Icons co-creator) Robg and Universal Creative Director John Murdy! Read on for the direct link to the video.

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June 22, 2007

HATCHET GETS AN R RATING!!! IN THEATERS SEPT 7TH!!!

Today the MPAA officially gave HATCHET an "R" rating, thus eliminating any rumors or speculation that the original "NC-17" rating would effect the upcoming national theatrical run. The "R" rating is for "extreme gory bloody horror violence, sexual conduct, nudity and language". After a 2 month long process involving an appeal and multiple submissions to the ratings board, the film is finally in it's home stretch.

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June 05, 2007

FIRST PSYCHO LEGACY-RELATED INTERVIEW UP!

Well, folks... you should all know by now that Icons is producing a documentary about the PSYCHO franchise titled THE PSYCHO LEGACY. Well, I just did my first interview about the PSYCHO project with the fine fiends over at I SEE DEAD.COM. Click on the link below to check it out!

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June 04, 2007

Horror Remakes You'll Love: Halloween/Thing/TCM Done With Lego

From the makers of "The Lego Chainsaw Massacre" comes "Halloween", also "The Thing". This is great stuff, so make sure you go visit Horrid Films after you check out the videos!

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June 01, 2007

Mike Mendez: Director of Gravedancers

Hey There Fright Fans, we caught up with director Mike Mendez while we were in California. Mike directed "The Gravedancers", which was part of After Dark Horrorfest's 8 Films To Die For. He also directed "The Convent" and "Killers". Mike's got an amazing toy collection too and he gave us tour of his house. Check out the video inside, and check back in a few days because we'll have an expanded interview with Mike for you to read as part of our June edition.

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May 13, 2007

Message from HATCHET writer/director ADAM GREEN

Filmmaker ADAM GREEN has written in to comment on our last news post about helping to get HATCHET into theaters. Here's what he had to say directly to YOU, the fans...

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Help ADAM GREEN'S HATCHET Get Into Theaters!!!

Source: Bloody-Disgusting.com

"At this time writer/director Adam Green is still battling the MPAA over the NC-17 rating Hatchet was unjustly slapped with - and we all know what that means (less theaters). So Green is taking the only path a man in the situation can take... asking the fans for help. Here's what he sent us...

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May 08, 2007

FRIGHT exclusive clip of BILLY ZANE in THE MAD!

Today we were provided with a FRIGHT exclusive clip from the upcoming direct-to-DVD feature THE MAD starring BILLY ZANE. Below is the clip, along with the film description. Follow the links below to also see the trailer and our review of the DVD.

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April 30, 2007

EXCLUSIVE Behind The Scenes photos from BRUTAL MASSACRE!

A few months back, we did a set visit for Stevan Mena's horror/comedy BRUTAL MASSACRE, the follow-up to his acclaimed feature MALEVOLENCE. The film features recognizable genre icons such as David Naughton, Ken Foree, Gunnar Hansen, Ellen Sandweiss and comic actors Brian O'Halloran and Gerry Bednob. Below, we're unveiling some behind-the-scene pictures of Stevan directing Ken Foree and David Naughton. It's just a treat to see the two of them together in a film!

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TYRESE GIBSON is set to star in CONDITION DEAD!

IESB.net is reporting that actor TYRESE GIBSON is coming off of The Transformers and going right into CONDITION DEAD, a new "no-holds barred zombie film in the vein of James Cameron's ALIENS" (!) Of interest is the producing team behind the flick. Read on for the details...

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THE SIGNAL trailer!

A movie we recently caught that's going to be on all your "best of the year" lists was the indie flick THE SIGNAL! It opens on August 10th, so prepare yourself! In the meantime, check out the original trailer for this unique, original movie.

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THE SIGNAL trailer!

A movie we recently caught that's going to be on all your "best of the year" lists was the indie flick THE SIGNAL! It opens on August 10th, so prepare yourself! In the meantime, check out the original trailer for this unique, original movie.

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JEFF FAHEY's EXCLUSIVE Message To The PSYCHO Fans!

If you've been keeping tabs on the Icons produced documentary THE PSYCHO LEGACY via the official My Space page, then you know that each week, you've been treated to a new EXLUSIVE clip with one of the many people involved in the PSYCHO franchise thanking the fans for their support. This week, we've got actor JEFF FAHEY, who played Duane Duke "Just Call Me Duke!" from PSYCHO III. Most of us also know Jeff from The Lawnmower Man, Body Parts, and most recently GRINDHOUSE. ENJOY!

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April 25, 2007

SIMON SAYS trailer with CRISPIN GLOVER!

Howdy fiends! Check out the trailer for the upcoming indie horror flick SIMON SAYS staring Crispin Glover below.

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April 21, 2007

FIRST LOOK: DAVID ARQUETTE'S THE TRIPPER!

We've just posted our FIRST LOOK review of David Arquette's directorial debut THE TRIPPER, which stars Lucas Haas, Jaime King, Jason Mewes, Thomas Jane, Paul Reubens, Balthazar Getty, Richmond Arquette & Marsha Thomason.

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April 19, 2007

THE TRIPPER opens this FRIDAY! 4/20!

Tomorrow, David Arquette's directorial debut THE TRIPPER opens in select theaters across the US. THE TRIPPER stars Lukas Haas, Jamie King, Paul Reubens, Thomas Jane, Balthazar Getty, Jason Mewes, Christopher Nelson and more!

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New PSYCHO interviews on PSYCHO MOVIES.COM! PLUS Exclusive Video Message from KATT SHEA!

Seems like interest in the PSYCHO franchise is really starting to pick up again! And that's a GOOD thing! (Considering we're producing a documentary on the franchise!) If you head over to The Psycho Movies.com, you'll find two brand new interviews, one with Sharen Camille who played Holly in PSYCHO IV: THE BEGINNING and the lovely Katt Shea who played Patsy in PSYCHO III!

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April 15, 2007

Rolfe Kanefsky announces HITCHCOCK, NEBRASKA!

Filmmaker ROLFE KANEFSKY (There's Nothing Out There, Nightmare Man, The Hazing) recently announced on his official website that his next project will be HITCHCOCK, NEBRASKA.

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Avatar to release 2001 MANIACS Comic Book!

It appears Avatar Press will be publishing a 32 page one-shot titled 2001 MANIACS SPECIAL #1, written by Tim Sullivan the filmmaker who wrote and directed the 2001 MANIACS movie and it's upcoming sequel. No release date set yet, but check out all the details from the press release below!

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PSYCHO II Writer TOM HOLLAND's Message To PSYCHO fans!

Earlier in the week, the official My Space page for The Psycho Legacy documentary unveiled another clip - a special message from Psycho 2 writer TOM HOLLAND. (Also the director of such horror favorites as Fright Night, Child's Play, Stephen King's Thinner and The Langoliers.) Below is that video clip. Visit: www.myspace.com/thepsycholegacy

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April 12, 2007

Dread Central scores first gory look at 100 TEARS!

Those fiends at Dread Central have done it again. They're currently hosting an exclusive reel of all the gory bits from Marcus Kosch's upcoming indie flick 100 TEARS. (Which features a creepy killer clown, and the lovely, foxy Raine Brown!)

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THE TRIPPER tour continues! FRIGHT exclusive interview with the writer!

The boys at Dread Central have just posted a map detailing the next few stops on DAVID ARQUETTE's TRIPPER tour! Read on for the details:

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April 09, 2007

Grandma's Sloppy Seconds: An IoF FIRST LOOK Review!

They say most people don't like horror and comedy mixed together. Those people have never seen one of Jeff Hayes's "Grandma" movies.

 

 

 

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April 06, 2007

An Icons EXCLUSIVE: GRINDHOUSE AFICIONADO

One full year ago in May of 2006, our buddy Kevin Klemm launched a new column here on Icons Of Fright called GRINDHOUSE AFICIONADO. Kevin grew up watching all the classic "grindhouse" movies, and his column quickly became one of our favorites sections to this site. (Rivaling John Torrani's 'Movies The Bad Kids Like')

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April 05, 2007

BEHIND THE MASK DVD announced! More NYC screening!

Fangoria got the scoop on the official DVD details for Anchor Bay's BEHIND THE MASK: THE RISE OF LESLIE VERNON. (Where WERE you guys when this was in theaters?!) Well, it'll be on DVD June 26th.

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PSYCHO IV Director MICK GARRIS'S Message To Psycho Fans!

The word went out officially yesterday about a documentary project that the Icons Of Fright crew is putting together called THE PSYCHO LEGACY. The project will cover the entire PSYCHO franchise - including the original movie, but focusing on the sequels, as well as the TV movies, the Robert Bloch novels and the Innovation comic books. It's meant to examine and look at the complete history of a pop culture icon. Norman Bates. And more importantly... Mother.

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3rd Clip from BEWARE THE MOON: REMEMBERING AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON

There's yet another update to the My Space page for Paul Davis's upcoming documentary project BEWARE THE MOON: REMEMBERING AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON. Today's clip is with actress Brenda Cavendish, who played the ill-fated Judith Browns.

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April 04, 2007

THE ZOMBIE DIARIES trailer over at Dread Central!

The boys over at Dread Central have scored an exclusive trailer for the UK zombie flick THE ZOMBIE DIARIES. Written and directed by both Michael Bartlett and Kevin Gates, the film offers a slightly different perspective on the way a zombie story is told by breaking it up into a non-linear order, ala Pulp Fiction.

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April 03, 2007

2ND INTERVIEW CLIP FROM BEWARE THE MOON: REMEMBERING AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON!

Paul Davis has posted a second clip from his upcoming documentary project BEWARE THE MOON: REMEMBERING AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON on the official My Space page, this time with actor John Woodvine who talks about the blend of horror and comedy in John Landis's classic.

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April 02, 2007

Severance: FIRST LOOK REVIEW

Let's just clear this up: A lot of reviewers are going to throw around "Shaun of the Dead" when reviewing "Severance" because it's a British produced horror-comedy, but the two films are extremely different. "Severance" cuts across and bends genres deftly that it's a horror-comedy that goes beyond just referencing other films and playing off genre conventions. Director Christopher Smith clearly knows the horror playbook, but isn't satisfied with just playing it strictly for laughs or scares. What at first seems to be something along the lines of "Friday the 13th" meets "The Office", ends up going off in a surprising direction which helps make "Severance" one of the most satisfying horror-comedies I've seen.

Severance Poster

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April 01, 2007

SEVERANCE screening in NYC Monday Night - April 2nd!

SEVERANCE - the "slasher" horror/comedy from filmmaker Chris Smith (CREEP) will screen in New York City this Monday evening, April 2nd as part of Fangoria's Monster Monday's at the Two Boots!

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March 30, 2007

DAVE PARKER starts shooting THE HILLS RUN RED!

Ryan Rotten over at the Coming Soon.net site is reporting that filmmaker Dave Parker is making his return to the genre with his new flick THE HILLS RUN RED. Parker's first genre effort was THE DEAD HATE THE LIVING and in the period in between he's been responsible for putting together some of the best special feature documentaries for multiple DVD releases, such as Superman Returns, X-Men 2 and even Pumpkinhead 2! (What?! I LIKE that movie, damn it!!!)

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Severence Trailer: Excellent New British Horror Comedy

"Severance" is a new British-produced horror-comedy-adventure hybrid. I've seen it, it kicks ass. Look for my full review up next week (I need to see it a second time before I really dig into a review). If you're in NYC, the film will be screening at Fangoria's weekly screenings at the Pioneer Theater on April 2nd.

This film is a like an almost perfect blend of horror and comedy. If you dig humor like "The Office" and if you got red on your pants over "Shaun of the Dead" then this is definitely one to look forward to. Click to view the trailer.

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March 28, 2007

RETURN TO SLEEPAWAY CAMP UPDATE! And HUGE website upgrade!

Feels like we've all been waiting years for any updates on RETURN TO SLEEPAWAY CAMP! Today the official Sleepaway Camp Movies website made a HUGE upgrade and added tons of features about ALL the Sleepaway Camp movies, including several never before seen new video interviews with cast members from RETURN TO SLEEPAWAY CAMP!

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DAVID ARQUETTE checks in from THE TRIPPER tour!

David Arquette has been busy on a tour to promote his directorial debut THE TRIPPER! If you head over to his My Space page, you can check out 4 Tour Video journal video clips from each stop, specifically meant for you, the internet fans!

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March 27, 2007

BRUTAL MASSACRE - STEVAN MENA'S follow-up to MALEVOLENCE!

Writer/Director Stevan Mena follows up his acclaimed horror flick MALEVOLENCE with BRUTAL MASSACRE, a horror/comedy which promises to be the "Spinal Tap of horror movies"! The movie follows director Harry Penderecki (David Naughton), a director of a few successful 80's horror movies who's looking to make his grand return to the genre with 'BRUTAL MASSACRE'. However, not everything goes smoothly when it comes to a Harry Penderecki production. Read on for the incredible cast and links to the trailer and websites!

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Check out the trailer for DAVID ARQUETTE'S THE TRIPPER!

The trailer for DAVID ARQUETTE'S directorial debut THE TRIPPER is officially up and running on David's My Space page.

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JAWS: THE SHARK IS STILL WORKING My Space page & You Tube clips on line!

Not only is there now an official My Space page for the documentary JAWS: THE SHARK IS STILL WORKING, but there's also several clips featuring Steven Spielberg, Eli Roth, Robert Rodriguez, Kevin Smith and Richard Dreyfuss on You Tube!

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FIRST Behind The Scenes clip from BEWARE THE MOON: REMEMBERING AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON on line now!

Last week, documentary filmmaker Paul Davis treated horror fans to a short interview snippet of actress Jenny Agutter from his upcoming BEWARE THE MOON: REMEMBERING AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON. This week, he's unveiled the first of a series of Behind The Scenes featurettes about the making of this sure to be stellar doc!

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March 24, 2007

"Brutal Massacre" Trailer Drops--New From Malevolence Director Stevan Mena-Starring Brian "Dante from Clerks" O'Halloran

"Brutal Massacre" will be the next film from the director of 2005's "Malevolence". Click below to view the trailer for the new Film by Writer/Director Stevan Mena. Starring: David Naughton (American Warewewolf in London), Brian O'Halloran (Clerks, Clerks II), Gerry Bednob (40 Year Old Virgin), Ken Foree (Dawn of the Dead), Ellen Sandweiss (The Evil Dead) and Gunnar Hanson (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre)

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March 23, 2007

FIRST CLIP from BEWARE THE MOON: REMEMBERING AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON!

The first clip from Paul Davis's documentary 'BEWARE THE MOON: REMEMBERING AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON' with Jenny Agutter is up on the official My Space page!

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March 22, 2007

EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL returns to TORONTO May 1st!

Looks like there's a little life left in EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL after all! After a successful New York run, the show returns to Toronto on May 1st of this year! IN HOMAGE TO EVIL DEAD THE MUSICAL’S FANS, THE FIRST 100 TICKETS WILL BE SOLD FOR THE FIRST TORONTO SHOW (MAY 1ST) FOR ONLY $1 IN PERSON AT THE DIESEL PLAYHOUSE (56 Blue Jays Way) ON 10AM ON SATURDAY, MARCH 24TH.

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"LovecraCked! The Movie" to open Philadelphia's infamous Backseat Film Festival

The Backseat Film Festival No.5 will take place over four days, from March 29th thru April 1st, with an all new extended cut of LovecraCked! The Movie opening the event at 6pm on Thursday, March 29th.

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March 21, 2007

Cult Classic "Slime City" Director Greg Laberson Launches "Johnny Gruesome" Comic Online

Filmmaker and novelist Gregory Lamberson ( Slime City , Personal Demons) has posted the first of two comic book adaptations based on his upcoming novel, Johnny Gruesome, on the project’s website. 

Slime City director Lamberson releease Johnny Gruesome Comic online 

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