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David 'SLAVE' Stagnari. (filmmaker) NY

As a kid, David Stagnari used to catch triple-feature screenings of classic horror movies at the local drive-in, and has been making films ever since. He eventually followed an artistic path in music, DJ-ing under the nickname 'SLAVE' and also playing with the band 'BILE'. He came back to filmmaking with his short film 'CATHARSIS', a personal project which took him 4 full years to complete. Now, he's prepping his first feature length, and was also recently seen as one of the subjects of Chris Garetano's acclaimed documentary 'HORROR BUSINESS'. Learn more about him from our exclusive Icons Of Fright interview!!!

Interview - May 2006
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William Rot. (filmmaker) NV

Filmmaker William Rot's first short film 'The Journal Of Edmond Deyers' was one of the featured films on FANGORIA'S BLOOD DRIVE VOLUME 2. He also directed a music video for the TN band 'A Beginner's Mind' and just completed his second short film 'De Riguer' which features Edwin Neal. Learn more about him from our exclusive Icons Of Fright interview!!!

Interview - May 2006
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Danny Lopes. (actor) NY

Actor Danny Lopes is recognizable by most genre fans thru his roles in Dante Tomaselli's films. He's appeared in 'Desecration', 'HORROR' & 'Satan's Playground' and is slated to appear in 'The Ocean' & 'SALEM'. He's also interested in producing music and has appeared in a recent issue of PLAYGIRL magazine! Learn more about him from our exclusive Icons Of Fright interview!!!

Interview - April 2006
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Steve Daniels . (filmmaker) SC

The talented Steve Daniels is a filmmaker from South Carolina who's been shooting super 8 short films for years. His horror short 'The Gibbering Horror Of Howard Ghormley' earned praise from filmmaker Stuart Gordon and was also feature on the FANGORIA BLOOD DRIVE VOLUME 2 disc. He's definitely a filmmaker to keep your eye on! Learn more about him from our exclusive Icons Of Fright interview!!!

Interview - March 2006
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Jake Hamilton. (filmmaker/composer) MA

Jake Hamilton was one of the filmmakers behind the short film 'MEANS TO AN END', which ended up being one of the featured films on the FANGORIA BLOOD DRIVE VOLUME 2 disc. He has since gone on to write a full length script for 'MEANS TO AN END', and composes for various independent projects including Paul Solet's upcoming 'GRACE'. Learn more about him from our exclusive Icons Of Fright interview!!!

Interview - March 2006
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Steven Shea. (filmmaker/director) FL

Steven Shea is the filmmaker based out of Florida behind the upcoming film 'HOODOO FOR VOODOO'. He's also one of the people involved in Abyssmal Entertainment, who are currently producing a slew of projects independent. Learn more about him from our exclusive Icons Of Fright interview!!!

Interview - January 2006



 
Gregory Zymet. (filmmaker/writer/director) NY,NY

Gregory Zymet is the writer/director behind the short film 'Apartment 206'. A filmmaker on the rise, Adam Barnick caught up with him after sceeening his film at the New York Horror Film Festival! Learn more about him from our exclusive Icons Of Fright interview!!!

Interview - December 2005



 
Paul Solet. (filmmaker/writer/director) LA,CA

Paul Solet is the writer/director behind the short film 'MEANS TO AN END'. (Co-written by Jake Hamilton) 'Means To An End' is one of the featured shorts on the FANGORIA Blood Drive Volume 2 DVD. Along with Paul's next project 'HEARTLAND', there's talk of a full length adaptation of 'Means To An End'! Learn more about him from our exclusive Icons Of Fright interview!!!

Interview - November 2005



 
Jake Kennedy. (filmmaker/writer/director) CA

Jake Kennedy's originally from Australia, but made the big move to LA to work on films full time. He's made 13 shorts of all genres and his latest 'We All Fall Down' will be on the upcoming FANGORIA Blood Drive: Volume 2 DVD. Also, on his slate - the zombie epic 'Rise Of The Flesh Eaters' and a full length version of 'We All Fall Down'!!! Learn more about him from our exclusive Icons Of Fright interview!!!

Interview - September 2005



 
Ethan Dettenmaier. (writer/director) CA

Filmmaker Ethan Dettenmaier is currently in production for his full length debut 'SIN-JIN SMYTH' - the story of two federal marshalls who are transporting a prisoner with no past or identity on the day of the dead. Learn more about him from our exclusive Icons Of Fright interview!!!

Interview - September 2005



 
Jonathan Johnson . (writer/director)

Filmmaker Jonathan Johnson is the director and co-writer behind the sci-fi short 'The Radio Mechanics' - produced by Unit 12 productions - and headed by Halloween 2's Lance Warlock. Learn more about him from our exclusive Icons Of Fright interview!!!

Interview - September 2005


 
Steven Tsapelas. (writer/director) NY

Local filmmaker Steven Tsapelas co-wrote John Torrani's 'Alpha Dead' and recently completed work on his short 'Teenage Superhero Pragnancy Scare'. He's currently working on a slew of new projects with his Ragtime Productions company. Learn more about him from our exclusive Icons Of Fright interview!!!

Interview - September 2005


 

Stevan Mena. (writer/director) NY

Stevan Mena is the writer/director of the film 'MALEVOLENCE', which was released both theatrically and on DVD by Anchor Bay Entertainment. We can expect to see a lot more genre contributions from him in the future with a 'MALEVOLENCE' prequel & sequel planned and his currently in production "ghost story" film up next. Check out two interviews with him here on Icons Of Fright!!!

Interview One - October 2004
Interview Two - August 2005




 
Dante Tomaselli. (writer/director) NY

Filmmaker Dante Tomaselli (originally from NJ) has 3 films already under his belt with a 4th in pre-production. He's written & directed 'Desecration', 'HORROR' and 'Satan's Playground'. He's currently prepping his next film 'The Ocean' and will be the subject of an upcoming documentary by filmmaker Christopher P. Garetano titled 'The Horror Of Dante Tomaselli'. Check out two interviews with him here on Icons Of Fright!!!

Interview One - May 2004
Interview Two - August 2005



 
Christopher P. Garetano. (filmmaker/writer/director) NY

Christopher is a filmmaker from Long Island, NY who just completed work on the documentary 'HORROR BUSINESS', which is currently screening various festivals & conventions. He's currently prepping two new documentaries - One titled 'The Horror Of Dante Tomaselli' & another titled 'Angel's Gate' named after the Long Island animal hospice which will serve as the subject for the documentary. Learn more about him from our exclusive Icons Of Fright interview!!!

Interview - August 2005



 
Adam Barnick. (writer/director) NY

Adam Barnick is a filmmaker (originally from NJ) who just completed work on a short film titled 'MAINSTREAM'. 'MAINSTREAM' will be featured on the upcoming Fangoria Blood Drive: Volume 2 DVD. He's currently prepping 2 music videos, another short, and a full length debut for next year. Read about him in our exclusive Icons Of Fright interview!!!

Interview - August 2005



 
John Torrani. (writer/director) NY

John Torrani is a Long Island filmmaker who directed and co-wrote the zombie horror/comedy 'Alpha Dead' about a zomified sorority house. He first screened the film in December of 2004 in a 'grind-house' style midnight screening with a slew of other local independent shorts. He was assistent director on Vin Morrone's 'Beaster' and is currently prepping an Ilsa She-Wolf of the SS parody titled 'Charleen She Wolf Of My Heart: Why Is It Every Nice Girl I Meet Is Into Weird Nazi Things'. Read about him in our exclusive Icons Of Fright interview!!!

Interview - August 2005



 
Joshua Nelson. (actor/writer) NY

Joshua Nelson is a NY writer/actor who's been appearing in films, television and theatre for years. Among his film credits are 'Baby Fat', 'Addiciton', 'Strange Things Happen At Sundown' & 'Sea Of Love'. He wrote & starred in a play titled 'Savage Rose' which was made into a film & retitled 'Locas 4 Life'. He formed a production company named 'Savage Roses' with director James Tucker & just completed work on a 70's style horror feature 'No One Get's Out'. The film will be released this October (2005) under the title 'Aunt Rose'. Read more about Joshua Nelson in our exclusive Icons Of Fright interview!!!

Interview - August 2005



 
Tim Sullivan. (writer/director) CA

Tim Sullivan is a producer/writer/director originally from NJ. He was an associate producer on 'Detroit Rock City' and he recently completed work on '2001 Maniacs' - a remake of the HG Lewis cult classic. He's currently prepping his next full length feature 'Driftwood' and another project with Tobe Hooper. Read an exclusive interview originally conducted for HORROR MANIA, and reprinted here for the first time in English on Icons Of Fright!!!

Interview - July 2005


 
Jeff Hayes. (writer/director) MA

Filmmaker Jeff Hayes is from Worchester, MA and is often credited for reviving the 'Sleepaway Camp' franchise with his website, sleepawaycampmovies.com. He's the man behind the short film 'Grandma's Secret Recipe' and the full length 'Blood Brothers' and is currently prepping a 'Grandma' sequel and a documentary on the making of the upcoming 'Return To Sleepaway Camp'. Read our exclusive interview with him here on Icons Of Fright!!!

Interview - June 2004


 

Brandon Johnson. (actor) NY

R. Brandon Johnson is an actor from NY. He played the lead character Julian in the Stevan Mena film 'MALEVOLENCE'. He's also appeared in 'Little Erin Merryweather', 'Invisible Evidence', and can next be seen in the upcoming 'Dr. Rave'. He also plays drums for the NY rock bands Ill Rocket & Progress. Read an exclusive interview with him here on Icons Of Fright!!!

Interview - April 2005



 

Samantha Dark. (actor) NY

The lovely actress Samantha Dark is originally from England and currently resides & works in NY. She played J.K. Rowling in the short film 'Life & Times: Harry Otter', and she's also appeared in the comedy 'Ultrachrist!' & the horror classic 'MALEVOLENCE'. She'll next be seen in 'Dr.Rave'. Read an exclusive interview with her here on Icons Of Fright!!!

Interview - April 2005


 

Keith Chambers. (actor) NY

Keith Chambers is an actor from NY. He played a supporting role in the Stevan Mena film 'MALEVOLENCE' & had a small uncredited role in 'Hitch'. Check out our exclusive Icons Of Fright interview with him!!!

Interview - April 2005