Monthly Archives January 2018

Panic Fest: Every single feature playing this weekend’s event in Kansas City

Starting out as a small, weekend event, 2018’s Panic Fest is kicking off January 25, at the Screenland Armour in Kansas City, with screenings running all the way until the first of next month. Seven days of genre fare; encompassing horror, animation, shorts, and live podcasts from the likes of Adam Green and Joe Lynch’s The Movie Crypt, Generation Why?, and Nightmare Junkhead (the show from our pals Greg D and Jenius McGee — we hear tell there will be a gameshow). We took the liberty of compiling every feature playing the fest and – where possible – running our
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Director Ted Geoghegan on ‘Mohawk’ & film festivals

Though many learned his name through his Fulci-nodding directorial debut, We Are Still Here (2015), Ted Geoghegan has been working in horror and science-fiction as a producer for years; which is to say nothing of his work as publicist for the long-running Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal. Transforming from behind the scenes, Geoghegan’s debut scored him wide-praise in the genre world, growing an audience eager to see his next work work. That audience looks to grow even larger, with the upcoming theatrical release of Mohawk, currently still making the rounds of film festivals. Mohawk – which premiered at Fantasia in July
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CINEPUNX Episode 76: SUICIDE CLUB and 2LDK with Grace Kim and Evan Vellela

http://media.blubrry.com/cinepunx/p/www.cinepunx.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Cinepunx_Episode_76.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSOH, HELLO THERE YOU FAIR CINEPUNX! Liam here. Hey, how you doin? I am sick. So, you know, cut me some slack. We have been talking about doing this “Asian Extreme Cinema” episode with our good dude Evan for quite some time. Finally got it done. The same night we recorded, Grace Kim was in town. Grace has been there for this podcast, and specifically for Josh and I since day one. She is a super talented tailor. If you are doing a real ass movie or tv
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Bookshelf: Horrific Humor and the Moment of Droll Grimness in Cinema

The new collection of essays from Lexington Books, Horrific Humor and the Moment of Droll Grimness in Cinema: Sidesplitting sLaughter “presents the first focused look at the moment in audience reception where screams and laughter collide.” Editors John A. Dowell and Cynthia J. Miller “bring together twelve essays from an international collection of authors across the disciplines.” That’s all very well in terms of academic literature, but what that means for the film fan looking for insights into a certain subset of cinema is a little more specific. In the editors’ introduction, “The Hilarity of Terror: Toward an Understanding of
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Hong Kong-A-Thon: Interview with Grady Hendrix

Although he’s only been at it a little over three years, Grady Hendrix’s movie marathons have become a talking point amongst genre film fanatics. Commanding a presence with his loud, boisterous voice, and often dressed in a smashing white suit, Grady was made for this. He rushes out in front of the still-adjusting eyes of the audience, pouncing on the energy of the former film and setting expectations for whatever footnote in genre history he has in store next. Having hosted two ’80s and one ’70s marathons, next in Grady’s sights is something closest to his heart: Hong Kong cinema.
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The Collet Effect: Visiting Jaume Collet-Serra’s Films

Director Jaume Collet-Serra is about to release his eighth film in twelve years, and seven of them have a comfy, indented seat in the thriller genre. There’s no denying he’s a busy man, and there’s no denying he’s become a trusted filmmaker within the industry. Yet, with the body of work he has, shouldn’t the phrase “hey, the new Collet-Serra film is coming out soon” be a bit more common? By an auteur’s third or forth film, he or she (and there should be more she, but that’s another topic for another time) should invoke some sort of excitement amongst
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Todd Sheets’ DREAMING PURPLE NEON is splatter with heart

Gore films can be exhausting. There comes a point for the average horror fan when, about halfway through a movie like Dreaming Purple Neon, the face-chopping, flesh-tearing, blood-spurting scenes onscreen begin to feel like a challenge to one’s ability to maintain. Marveling at practical effects aside, there needs to be something more than just a series of gross-outs and pushing the limits. Director Todd Sheets, in his nearly three decades of making splatter-filled micro-budgeted pictures, has that figured out. In Dreaming Purple Neon (out now from Unearthed Films), the viewer is given more than just outrageous setpieces designed to shock
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Joe Lynch vs. the 9 to 5 Grind: Gory Horror Satire MAYHEM Hits Home Video

One of my favorite festival finds of 2017 hit home video last week. After RLJ Entertainment picked up the blood soaked satirical horror-comedy, they released the film on VOD in November to generally positive reviews. Often getting favorable comparisons to another such themed 2017 horror film, The Belko Experiment, the film lampoons the high powered business world to the tune of exploring what would happen in a locked down office building infected by a rage virus. On December 26th, RLJ followed the VOD release of the film with home video releases on 4K UHD, Blu-ray, and DVD. Mayhem‘s director, Joe
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The Year in Hip-Hop 2018

While 2017 was the year where all of our worst social, political, and cultural fears became true and general anxiety disorder became a lifestyle for many of us, hip-hop remained an odd sort of “safe space.” The year began with fears about a new generation of teenagers with prefix heavy rap names who had never heard of REDMAN ruining the entire game, and ended with a slew of top notch records by excellent rappers. Even the old heads didn’t have that much to complain about this year. Sure, we had to survive the six-month LIL YATCHY fever, but much like
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CINEPUNX Episode 75: Max and Joey talk Norm Macdonald (DIRTY WORK and SCREWED)

http://media.blubrry.com/cinepunx/p/www.cinepunx.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Cinepunx_Episode_75.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSLISTEN HERE YOU JAGS, WHAT WE GOT HERE IS ANOTHER IMPRESSIVE EPISODE OF CINEPUNX! On this year end conversation (which occurred in 2017 btw) we sat down with Joey Breeding and Max Davis to talk about some of our favorites from 2017 and to have a dive into the film work of Norm Macdonald. You may know Joey from shows and the internet, and Max has been in some terrible bands and also wrote briefly for this very website ! Our front end on this episode is a little
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