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The Incredibly strange icons

…that stopped living and became cool as all hell

What started as some fun-filler in the 1995 Guide, has now become a permanent fixture in the festival programme. Every year Mike and AT sit down with much red wine and come up with new icons for some of the films playing. Then the rough pencil sketches are transformed into iconic works of ink by the talented artiste Mike.

Many of them never see the light of day, due to the following reasons: Too ugly, too offensive, too dumb and sometimes too obtuse. Their existence is solely due to the fact that people use them, sometimes even bypassing the reviews and looking up the icons to base their decision on whether they want to see a film or not.

One year, one of the icons incensed a minor sponsor so much, they demanded their advert pulled from all the guides after they had gone to press. When this was refused they tried some strong arm tactics and got some heavy swinging legal firm to call up and DEMAND the guides be pulled from circulation. This intimidation treatment backfired when a business weekly picked up the story and AT threatened to send their parent company some incriminating evidence. All this from the power of one icon.

And this year the icons go global - the Fantastic Fest in Austin run by our good buddy Tim League and AINT IT COOL will be spreading the power of the Icons to the US of A. There's no stopping them now.

In 3D
In 3D
3 Way
3 Way
4th Wall
4th Wall
80's
80's
Action
Action
Afro
Afro
Alternate Worlds
Alternate Worlds
Amphetamine Overdone
Amphetamine Overdone
Anarchy
Anarchy
Animal Attack
Animal Attack
Ape Love
Ape Love
Audience Divider
Audience Divider
Auto-erotic Asphyxiation
Auto-erotic Asphyxiation
Auto Cannibalism
Auto Cannibalism
Backne
Backne
Bald Sex
Bald Sex
Beehives
Beehives
Big Breasts
Big Breasts
Black Comedy
Black Comedy
Black Militant
Black Militant
Blockbuster
Blockbuster
Bollywood
Bollywood
Bondage
Bondage
Bullying
Bullying
Carnivorous Bunny
Carnivorous
Bunny
Cannibal
Cannibal
Castration
Castration
Chessy FX
Cheesy FX
Chicks
Chicks in Chains
Cinemascope
Cinemascope
Classic
Classic
Cocku-mentary
Cocku-
mentary
Comedy
Comedy
Cover Bands
Cover Bands
Cronenberg-esque
Cronenberg-
esque
Cults
Cults
Dance
Dance
Date Movie
Date Movie
Dickhead
Dickhead
Domestic Violence
Domestic Violence
Dope
Dope
Drugs
Drugs
Dubbed
Dubbed
Dwarf
Dwarf
Eyeball Violence
Eyeball Violence
Fanboys
Fanboys
Death By Fellatio
Death By
Fellatio
Film Within a Film
Film Within a Film
Fishook Violence
Fishook Violence
Flashbacks
Flashbacks
Full Frontal
Full frontal
Gang Bang
Gang Bang
Gay Sex
Gay Sex
Genetic Engineering
Genetic Engineering
Gaint
Giant
Graphic Violence
Graphic Violence
Grossout
Grossout
Hard Boiled Dialogue
Hard Boiled Dialogue
Hippy
Hippy
Hook
Hook
Huge Mo's
Huge Mo's
Hypnotic
Hypnotic
Inbred
Inbred
Incest
Incest
Inflatable Sex
Inflatable Sex
Intersex
Intersex
Isolation
Isolation
Jaw Dropper
Jaw Dropper
John Holmes
John Holmes
Juvenile Delinquents
Juvenile Delinquents
Jungian Concepts
Jungian Concepts
Jungle Fever
Jungle Fever
Kangaroo Werewolf
Kangaroo Werewolf
Killer Cult
Killer Cult
Killer Kid
Killer Kid
Kitsch
Kitsch
Kung Fu
Kung Fu
Lactation
Lactation
Lesbian
Lesbian
Live Cinema
Live Cinema
Lovin' It
Lovin' It
Low Budget
Low Budget
Mad Magician
Mad Magician
Marathon
Marathon
Mass Suicide
Mass Suicide
Monsters
Monsters
Monster Sex
Monster Sex
Mountain Tapping
Mountain Tapping
Nasty Animation
Nasty Animation
Nazi Nastiness
Nazi Nastiness
Necrophilia
Necrophilia
No Babies Allowed
No Babies Allowed
No Budget
No Budget
Noir
Noir
Noodling
Noodling
Nudity
Nudity
Oscar Shame
Oscar Shame
Pet Abuse
Pet Abuse
Petrol Sniffing
Petrol Sniffing
Police Brutality
Police Brutality
Pretentious
Pretentious
Psychic
Psychic
Puppet Sex
Puppet Sex
Racist
Racist
Scenery Chewing
Scenery Chewing
Schizo
Schizo
Mad Scientist
Mad Scientist
Sci Fi
Sci Fi
Scopophilia
Scopophilia
Self Indulgent
Self Indulgent
Self Mutilation
Self Mutilation
Shocking Ending
Shocking Ending
Shockumentary
Shockumentary
Skeleton in the Closet
Skeleton in the Closet
Sleazy
Sleazy
Songs
Songs
Special Event
Special Event
State Control
State Control
Stay Till Credits End
Stay Till Credits End
Stock Footage
Stock Footage
Strippers
Strippers
Stunts
Stunts
Suicide
Suicide
Surgery
Surgery
Surprise
Surprise
Surreal
Surreal
Talking Mixed-Veges
Talking Mixed-Veges
Tarantino Cameo
Tarantino Cameo
Terrifying
Terrifying
'The Way'
‘The Way’
The Works
The Works
Time Travel
Time Travel
Torture
Torture
Total Sell-out
Total Sell-out
Trash
Trash
Trekkie
Trekkie
Trippy
Trippy
True Story
True Story
Twist
Twist
Ultra Violence
Ultra Violence
Sea Sex
Undersea Sex
Un P.C.
Un P.C.
Vagina Dentata
Vagina Dentata
Lesbian Vampires
Lesbian Vampires
Voodoo
Voodoo
Witch Doctor
Witch Doctor
Workman's Crack
Workman's Crack
Wrestling
Wrestling
Yakuza
Yakuza
Z Grade
Z Grade
Zombie
Zombie