Fantasia Review: LIFE AFTER BETH

There’s something about the whole idea of zombies and people returning from the dead that used to strike fear into horror fans. Films like NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, ZOMBI, and various others were able to make their viewers genuinely affected and frightened. Somewhere in the last half decade or so, there was a shift, […]

Beyond Fright Review: SABOTAGE

A film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger comes with a decently hefty amount of expectations, due to his filmography being completely full of films that helped establish his role as the guy who has blown more buildings up, delivered more one liners, and muscled his way through more bad guys than any other badass working today. When an actor […]

Review: SX_TAPE

Most gripes falling within the found footage sub-genre of horror tend to be focusing on unlikable characters, the insisting of filming EVERYTHING at all times, and the slow burn of waiting for something to happen. While films like CLOVERFIELD, V/H/S/2 and THE DEN did a great job of breaking those trends, most found footage films, […]

Review: OPEN GRAVE

While the lack of originality causes films to suffer more times than it doesn’t, every once in a while, a film can put a somewhat familiar plot in front of viewers, and instead of following the beats and plot points of other films like it, it decides to offer up new angles and ideas that […]

Beyond Fright Review: WHITEY: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA VS. JAMES J. BULGER

  True crime stories have always held my attention, as they are examples of not only how evil human beings can be, but how said men are capable of such awful acts of violence. The true crime approach to storytelling, whether it be in books, biopics, or in the case of WHITEY: UNITED STATES OF […]

Review: CABIN FEVER: PATIENT ZERO

It used to be when a sequel to a successful genre film went the somewhat direct to video route, that it was a taboo of sorts, a signifying mark of it not being such a great film. It was definitely easy to feel that way, given so many sequels that didn’t quite offer anything to […]

Review: NO VACANCY

VACANCY, JOY RIDE, WRONG TURN…what do these films collectively have in common? They all are somewhat responsible for NO VACANCY, a film that relies heavily on its “written and directed by the director of YOU GOT SERVED” selling point, which to be completely honest, pretty much lays it out on front street regarding what you’re […]

Review: COHERENCE

  *Editor’s note: Derek Botelho, friend of Icons of Fright and author of the newly-released book ‘The Argento Syndrome’ took this one on for us.  The feature debut of James Ward Byrkit, COHERENCE is on it surface a quiet drama about relationships between friends and lovers, but quickly turns into something else entirely. If I told you, […]