Monthly Archives February 2018

Women in Horror Month: Discovering WHAT METAL GIRLS ARE INTO With Laurel Vail

Women in Horror Month (WiHM) is an international, grassroots initiative, which encourages supporters to learn about and showcase the underrepresented work of women in the horror industries. Whether they are on the screen, behind the scenes, or contributing in their other various artistic ways, it is clear that women love, appreciate, and contribute to the horror genre. More information is available at the WiHM website.   It’s a setup sure to be familiar to genre-savvy viewers: a group of friends decide to get away for a weekend and wind up somewhere curiously isolated. The locals don’t exactly give them a
Read More

Women in Horror Month: Interview with Filmmaker Heidi Moore

Women in Horror Month (WiHM) is an international, grassroots initiative, which encourages supporters to learn about and showcase the underrepresented work of women in the horror industries. Whether they are on the screen, behind the scenes, or contributing in their other various artistic ways, it is clear that women love, appreciate, and contribute to the horror genre. More information is available at the WiHM website.   Heidi Moore is awesome, both as a director and as a human being. During this year’s Women in Horror Month, we celebrate the awesome ladies of the genre. I was lucky enough to have
Read More

Netflix Weekly: MUTE

By the end of Mute, I was reminded of a few things i’ve picked up on my lifelong journey through cinema. Things about passion projects, ambition, and a moment from the 1998 film Zero Effect — a great semi-film noir piece and the debut of filmmaker Jake Kasdan. In the film, a line of dialogue delivered by Ben Stiller is a line that, for some reason, has always stuck with me: “There aren’t any good guys. There aren’t evil guys and innocent guys. There’s just a bunch of guys.” I use this line in the context of characters and the more
Read More

Women in Horror Month: Katie Stottlemire on Majorly Owning Minor Roles in TRAGEDY GIRLS & MY FRIEND DAHMER

Women in Horror Month (WiHM) is an international, grassroots initiative, which encourages supporters to learn about and showcase the underrepresented work of women in the horror industries. Whether they are on the screen, behind the scenes, or contributing in their other various artistic ways, it is clear that women love, appreciate, and contribute to the horror genre. More information is available at the WiHM website.   With the recent releases of Tragedy Girls and My Friend Dahmer to VOD, Katie Stottlemire quickly became an actress to watch. While her roles in each — Bookish Student and prom date Penny, respectively
Read More

Films From the Void: THE SNAKE WOMAN

FILMS FROM THE VOID is a journey through junk bins, late night revivals, underseen recesses and reject piles as we try to find forgotten gems and lesser known classics. Join us as we lose our minds sorting through the strange, the sleazy, the sincere and the slop from the past and try to make sense of it all. In 1890 England, a crazed doctor, in order to cure his wife’s sick mind, injects her with snake venom. She later gives birth to a beautiful daughter the villagers begin to call The Devil’s Baby. They soon terrorize and burn the family’s
Read More

Netflix Weekly: THE BABYSITTER

So here’s a little tidbit about me: normally when I get ready for one of these pieces, I give myself a couple of viewings before I start to make any sort of notes. I like my first time down whatever Netflix journey I take to be totally immersive. Some reviewers can take notes the first time and that’s awesome; basically it’s whatever works for the person going through the adventure. So believe me when I say that after I watched the first fifteen minutes of The Babysitter, I had to pause and take out my Chromebook. I had to write
Read More

Netflix Weekly: THE RITUAL

Why do I feel like we needed The Ritual? With its release in the U.K. last year and the U.S. now, why do I feel like this is the absolute best time? Based on the book by British novelist Adam Nevill, The Ritual tells the tale of four friends who spend their best friends’ trip hiking an exhausting-but-beautiful trail in Sweden, making their way to a lodge that awaits their arrival. While they all had other ideas of how to spend their trip, they take the journey in honor of their fifth friend Robert (Paul Reid), who was murdered during
Read More

WOMEN IN HORROR MONTH: Ida Lupino and THE HITCH-HIKER

Editor’s Note: This review is the unofficial beginning of a new column we will feature at Cinepunx, called REKT. Each month, one of our contributing staff will recommend ten films in which the rest of us will review, and which may or may not wreck us. Preface: I asked our very own Adrianna Gober — brilliant editor, author, and all-around cool chick — to give me a list of recommendations of female-fronted horror flicks for Women in Horror Month. Here are some thoughts on one of the films on that list, Ida Lupino’s The Hitch-Hiker. *** When English actress Ida
Read More

Bookshelf: CULT EPICS

Cult Epics: Comprehensive Guide to Cult Cinema was the subject of a successful IndieGoGo to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the label dedicated to releasing “the most sought-after, obscure, provocative and previously unknown films to the home video market.” Cult Epics produced a limited-edition hardcover art book about the films and their directors. Fully illustrated with in-depth reviews, interviews, and essays from a variety of the best writers in genre film, Cult Epics is divided into three sections, highlighting the three varieties of films the company’s best known for releasing: arthouse, horror, and erotica. There’s quite a bit from Nathaniel
Read More

The Pasolini Project: A Journey Into Pasolini, PART 1: ACCATTONE

One of the most exciting, stimulating, and fulfilling aspects of film appreciation lies in the journey of discovery it often entails. This journey encompasses a variety of experiences, from the personal — the anxious thrill of taking a chance on an unfamiliar film on the strength of its cover art, or a long-desired Holy Grail finally appearing within reach — to the communal; that familiar, transportive act of sitting in a packed theater and immersing ourselves, together, in another place and time. Film industry trends might shift, and formats might fade into obsolescence as the ways to watch movies continue
Read More