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Every once in a while a little movie comes along that makes
you stand up and take notice. The most recent of which is a
horror import from Italy
called ICE SCREAM. This atmospheric and well executed short film winds its way
into your amygdala and scares the bejesus out of you with an equal amount of
suspense and gore. In the story, a guy named Micky walks into a store to buy a
frozen treat for his girlfriend and bumps into two bullies, who kidnap, humiliate
and torture him. Once he escapes, revenge isn’t the only thing Micky has in
mind… See below for exclusive comments from ICE SCREAM’s creators, pics and the
ICE SCREAM is an independent short from the land of Argento, Bava and Fulci, written and directed
by two young nerds named Roberto De Feo and Vito Palumbo (Dario
Sardelli also shares writing
credit). In the space of just one year, ICE SCREAM has won more awards than any
other Italian minifeature in history, 15 prestigious international awards and
50 official nominations. As of September 6, 2011, ICE SCREAM was the
most-watched video on YouTube in Italy. Not bad, huh? Fango got the “scoop”
on this chilly treat and the inspirations of its filmmakers.
FANGORIA: What was the genesis of the story? Was it inspired
by anything in particular?
DE FEO: We started from a crime
story that took place in our country. In Italy, in 2009, a murder shook
public opinion. A 19-year-old boy fell on the ground while he was driving his
scooter. While falling, he scratched the door of a car that was parked nearby.
Unfortunately, the car belonged to a local thug, a 25 year-old-young man with
former criminal charges, who took revenge for the damage. With the help of a
friend, he took the poor boy to a land nearby, they tied him to a tree, they
stoned him and then they burned him to death.
PALUMBO: We were shocked by this
news. I used to tell the true story behind this movie to those who criticize ICE
SCREAM for being too violent. People don’t want to admit this, but reality is
worse than fiction.
FANG: What are some of your favorite horror films?
DE FEO: Our favorite horror
movies? Well, actually there are many. No doubt INSIDIOUS is the best horror
movie I’ve watched in the last 10 years. But also [REC] and [REC] 2 are two
remarkable movies that have given a new birth to this genre in Spain.
PALUMBO: We also love THE OTHERS, by the great Amenàbar,
though it’s a mystery-thriller and not a horror movie, but it’s scary nonetheless!
Quite obviously, on our list, there’s also a place for HOSTEL, FRONTIER(S), LA CASA, THE HILLS HAVE EYES,
THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, THE HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES, NIGHTMARE, HALLOWEEN…
FANG: Directors you emulate?
DE FEO: Vito and I love Quentin Tarantino
and the way he presents violence in his movies. We love him to the point that ICE
SCREAM is scattered with references to his movies. For example, the character
of the inspector takes inspiration from one of the characters Tarantino is
mostly fond of, the father inspector [Michael Parks’ Texas Ranger Earl McGraw] in
KILL BILL and DEATH PROOF, who was [first featured] in FROM DUSK TILL DAWN.
PALUMBO: We dream of shooting a movie starring him. As to
horror directors, we think Wes Craven is a myth and James Wan
the future; SAW and INSIDIOUS are two masterpieces.
FANG: Who is your favorite horror film writer?
DE FEO: Stephen King,
who else? Vito and I have grown up reading his novels, if we can be described
as “mental” or “deviant,” it’s King’s fault. IT is our favorite novel and movie
and we’re sure that, in 50 years, it will keep on scaring people.
PALUMBO: Well, a movie inspired from a King novel and
starring Tarantino would be great for us, wouldn’t it? We think it would be a
perfect match. We make a plea through FANGORIA, who knows?!
FANG: What are some of the changes/innovations we can expect
in the proposed U.S.
remake/feature version of ICE SCREAM?
DE FEO: In the remake you’ll find
an increasing horror mood, more suspense and, obviously, more violence!
PALUMBO: We’ll try to make the movie even more gripping, and
we want people to have the same reaction they had after seeing the short movie
and say, “What the hell… son of a bitch, it’s great!”
DE FEO: On a sad side note, Damiano Russo,
ICE SCREAM’s leading actor [Micky], died a few weeks ago after a car accident
Goodbye, Damiano! We love you.
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