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A Trip Down Memory Lane: Icon Vs. Icon’s Top Films of 2017

A Trip Down Memory Lane: Icon Vs. Icon’s Top Films of 2017

Hey, check it out, another “Top Films Of 2017” list! As I’m sure you’re sick of reading these, I decided to change things up a bit. First, “Get Out” is not on this list! I love “Get Out”, everyone does. I’ve been talking about this film since February and I’m sick of talking about it! It’s fantastic, great social commentary, and I can’t wait to see what Jordan Peele does next. Second, I did not get to see every film I wanted to this year. I’m a College Student completing my Teaching Certification, I wish I had more time to catch every film I wanted to. A few movies I wish I had seen before compiling this list are “My Friend Dahmer, “The Shape of Water”, “The Lure”, “The Greatest Showman”, “Raw”, and “Tragedy Girls”. So, with all of that out of the way, please enjoy my “Top 5 Films Of 2017”.

‘John Wick: Chapter 2’

A sequel to the greatest action film of the past decade? I’m in! John Wick 2 takes all of the excitement of the first film and turns it up to 11. This time around the hunter has become the hunted. Wick, unwillingly returns to the seedy assassin underworld only to discover he’s being hunted by the top agents within the local area. I love the fact that we’re exploring the lore of this series. It would’ve been so easy to just do a complete retread of the first film, and just put Wick on another revenge mission. Instead, we dive deeper into the world and discover how it truly works. John Wick: Chapter 2 is definitely my favorite action film of the year!

‘Kong: Skull Island’

This is a film I’m seeing constantly looked over in “Best Of” lists. I just don’t get it, we’ve received two great films in this new “Kaiju Franchise” and both of them have been overlooked. What is really great about this film is that it’s a war film disguised as a “King Kong” movie. You’ve got all the beats of the old Vietnam films right down to the Crazy General in Samuel Jackson. Don’t forget the incredible colors and visuals. As I stated in my full review, this movie was as colorful as “Suicide Squad” should have been. If you want a great “Kong” film without the usual, “woman and ape fall in love” storyline, this is for you.

‘IT’

This and “Get Out” were the two most talked about horror films of the year; rightfully so. While this King adaptation takes many liberties with it’s source material, it still created a world that I wanted to know more about. The town of Derry, and it’s history are fascinating. The kids reminded me of the friends I had when growing up. Skarsgård’s performance of “Pennywise” was both enticing and chilling. I know a lot of people harped on the constant use of CGI, however, it wasn’t enough to distract me from a great film. Definitely looking forward to the follow up.

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’

Listen, I’m gonna be straight up, unless a Star Wars movie is really bad then there’s a good chance that I’m going to love it. It’s a series that I hold near and dear to my heart. As for this entry, it’s torn the fan base completely apart. I, for one, enjoy the new direction the series is going. Without getting into spoilers, this entry changed things in a way that will make the future of the series that much more interesting. I enjoy seeing the old characters again, and I love the new characters being introduced and elaborated upon. As we’ve discussed here at Icon Vs Icon, try to remember that this is a kid’s movie. All of the Star Wars films were made for kids. Everything in every Star Wars film was put there to sell toys. It just so happens that there is a great story underneath. Try not to take things too seriously, these films were always campy.

‘The Devil’s Candy’

Anyone who follows Icon Vs Icon knows my absolute love with this movie. It’s dark, hard-hitting, and it’s use of music is fantastic. Heavy metal is a driving force for this film, and it’s use should be held right up there with the use of music in “Baby Driver”. Now, if anyone has made a huge comeback it’s Ethan Emery. From “Cheap Thrills” to this, things are looking incredibly bright for this fantastic actor. The movie itself has the ability to make me cringe without the use of over the top gore and there’s plenty of “Woah, they went there” moments. It’s not a film for everyone, but if you’re a horror fan, this is the film I recommend to you.

2017’s Honorable Mentions:

• ‘Baby Driver’
• ’68 Kill’
• ‘Get Out’
• ‘A Dark Song’
• ‘The LEGO Batman Movie’
• ‘Spider-Man Homecoming’

About The Writer: 
Dylan Lyles – Staff Writer
The Phenomenal Dylan Lyles is an obsessive fan of cinema, pro wrestling, horror, vinyl, and comic books. Bursting from the womb in 1992, Dylan’s surrounded himself with all things geek culture. Earliest memories include Wrestlemania 11, ‘The Death of Superman,’ and Jason popping out of the water. You may see him sharing his opinion on just about everything on the internet or maybe even working the MonsterMania Con on the east coast. You love him and he loves you!
Twitter: @thedylanlyles

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THE DEVIL’S CANDY: Ethan Embry Slays In Sean Byrne’s Tasty New Flick!

THE DEVIL’S CANDY: Ethan Embry Slays In Sean Byrne’s Tasty New Flick!

Metal and horror go together like peanut butter and jelly. As cliché as that sounds, there’s no better way to put it. From graphic album covers to “shock rock” acts such as Alice Cooper or Gwar, rock and roll/metal and horror are like two peas in a pod. There’ve been multiple 80’s horror films that took advantage of this trend, such as Return of the Living Dead and, my personal favorite, Trick or Treat (known as Ragman in other countries). Take everything you know about these hair metal/glamour punk classics and throw them out the window when it comes to Sean Byrne’s The Devil’s Candy. This film is a love letter to the seedy underside of metal and plays up its link to the “darkside”.

Ethan Embry stars as Jesse Hellman, a loving family man, metalhead, and artist. Along with wife and daughter (Shiri Appleby and Kiara Glasco), Jesse finds a perfect place to relocate his family; large art studio included. It just so happens that this place used to be home to Ray Smilie (Pruitt Taylor Vince), a man whose “hearing voices” problem rivals that of the most terrifying serial killers. Now, Mr. Smilie wants to come home.

Listen, I know what you’re thinking, “Dylan, that was the worst synopsis you could have ever written”. You’d be right, I can’t do this film true justice without going into spoiler territory. Besides seeing the trailer I went into this film completely blind and I left 100% satisfied. The use of metal as a plot device as one of our characters plays “doom metal” type riffs to drown out the unwanted sounds screaming in his mind is one of the greatest decisions I’ve ever seen a writer or director make. This film is truly haunting and once you find out what “the devil’s candy” actually is you’ll be dreading every step this movie takes.

The performances are top notch! Embry as a loving father and struggling artist truly draws in anyone who’s been in that position themselves. Not to mention he’s able to mix this depressing portrayal with a badass metal head ready to stop at nothing to protect his family. There’s a scene at the end that has solidified Embry as one of my favorite actors of all time. Now, Pruitt Taylor Vince puts on a performance that chills me to the bone even as I’m typing this. His character is downright disgusting but you can’t help but feel sorry for the man in specific instances. Shiri Appleby and Kiara Glasco, round out our small cast of main characters as mother and daughter. I’m not extremely familiar with either of their past work but based on their performances here I’m looking forward to both of them respectively.

Sean Byrne killed it when it comes to The Devil’s Candy. There’s no other way to put it. From the soundtrack, to the performances, to the visual excellence throughout the film; this was a top-notch horror film. It was a perfect tribute to the occult films of the 70’s while still remaining incredibly unique. I’ll definitely be returning after the film has released for a spoiler filled review, but until then check this movie out as soon as you can.

The Devil’s Candy hits VOD and select theatres on March 17th!

About The Writer: 
Dylan Lyles – Staff Writer
The Phenomenal Dylan Lyles is an obsessive fan of cinema, pro wrestling, horror, vinyl, and comic books. Bursting from the womb in 1992, Dylan’s surrounded himself with all things geek culture. Earliest memories include Wrestlemania 11, ‘The Death of Superman,’ and Jason popping out of the water. You may see him sharing his opinion on just about everything on the internet or maybe even working the MonsterMania Con on the east coast. You love him and he loves you!
Twitter: @thedylanlyles

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IFC Midnight Reveals Second Breathtaking Ken Taylor Poster For The Devil’s Candy’

IFC Midnight Reveals Second Breathtaking Ken Taylor Poster For The Devil’s Candy’

IFC Midnight has unveiled a second breathtaking posterart for their upcoming thriller, THE DEVIL’S CANDY, starring Ethan Embry (CHEAP THRILLS; CAN’T HARDLY WAIT) and Shiri Appleby (UNREAL; ROSWELL). The second poster was done by world-renowned illustrator Ken Taylor. You can check out the first poster image, released earlier this month, along with the trailer for the film below.

The film will be available in select theaters, on VOD, and via digital platforms on March 17th from IFC Midnight.

Synopsis: A not-so-average family wrestles with Satan in a house from hell in this heavy metal-charged shocker from the director of The Loved Ones. Diehard metalhead and struggling artist Jesse (Ethan Embry) moves with his wife (Shiri Appleby) and daughter (Kiara Glasco) to a middle-of-nowhere Texas town, unaware that the new house they got for an unbelievable deal comes with a grisly history. Disturbing demonic goings-on culminate with the appearance of Ray (The Walking Dead’s Pruitt Taylor Vince). He’s the home’s former resident, and he’s here to do the Devil’s bidding. The cranked-to-eleven soundtrack blasts Metallica, Slayer, Pantera, and a thunderous original score by doom rock legends Sunn O))).

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IFC Midnight Unveils Breathtaking Poster Art By Ken Taylor For ‘The Devil’s Candy’

IFC Midnight Unveils Breathtaking Poster Art By Ken Taylor For ‘The Devil’s Candy’

IFC Midnight has unveiled the breathtaking poster art for their upcoming thriller, THE DEVIL’S CANDY, starring Ethan Embry (CHEAP THRILLS; CAN’T HARDLY WAIT) and Shiri Appleby (UNREAL; ROSWELL). The poster was done by world-renowned illustrator Ken Taylor. The film will be available in select theaters, on VOD, and via digital platforms on March 17th from IFC Midnight.

Synopsis: A not-so-average family wrestles with Satan in a house from hell in this heavy metal-charged shocker from the director of The Loved Ones. Diehard metalhead and struggling artist Jesse (Ethan Embry) moves with his wife (Shiri Appleby) and daughter (Kiara Glasco) to a middle-of-nowhere Texas town, unaware that the new house they got for an unbelievable deal comes with a grisly history. Disturbing demonic goings-on culminate with the appearance of Ray (The Walking Dead’s Pruitt Taylor Vince). He’s the home’s former resident, and he’s here to do the Devil’s bidding. The cranked-to-eleven soundtrack blasts Metallica, Slayer, Pantera, and a thunderous original score by doom rock legends Sunn O))).

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