Monthly Archives April 2020

Bay Area thrash metal doc MURDER IN THE FRONT ROW is for fans only, but they’ll love it

After several rounds on the festival circuit, director Adam Dubin’s documentary on the early days of Bay Area thrash metal, Murder in the Front Row: The San Francisco Bay Area Trash Metal Story, finally saw release last week on DVD and VOD from MVD. Featuring interviews with Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax, Exodus, Testament, Death Angel, Possessed and many more of the luminaries of that scene, and narrated by Brian Posehn, it examines the community and music which would spread its influence worldwide. “In the early 1980’s, a small group of dedicated Bay Area headbangers shunned the hard rock of MTV
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Stream Warriors – HORSE GIRL (2020)

Every day, the various titans of streaming release new original content — some to theaters, some to live solely on the information super highway. STREAM WARRIORS is the Cinepunx family’s ongoing journey to help you navigate the tumultuous and snake-ridden waters of the streaming world. Alien films strongly feature, well, aliens. Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind, for example, follows a man seeking the truth about aliens after witnessing a UFO, while Alien stars a mysterious, violent, and chaotic life form accidentally discovered by the crew of the Nostromo. There are tons of alien films out there, many of
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Karate and Trauma: How BLOODSPORT Helps Me Cope

In 1988, the most important film in my life was produced by the infamous Canon Group. I was only two when Bloodsport was released onto the silver screen and it wouldn’t be until the summer of 1990 that I’d watch it for the first time. I know you’re thinking this is some weird form of satire, but I assure it isn’t. Bloodsport is the first movie I can recall after spending eight months of my being held against my will by my father and his mistress.   Bloodsport is a terrible movie if were being honest. Its script was written
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Stream Warriors – BLOOD QUANTUM surprise drops on Shudder

Every day, the various titans of streaming release new original content — some to theaters, some to live solely on the information super highway. STREAM WARRIORS is the Cinepunx family’s ongoing journey to help you navigate the tumultuous and snake-ridden waters of the streaming world. Blood Quantum, director Jeff Barnaby’s follow-up to Rhymes for Young Ghouls, takes the zombie movie and injects it with political relevance of which the genre’s original innovator, George Romero, would be proud. By turns emotionally resonant and viscerally bloody, there’s no more perfect film to watch right now, which is why it’s absolutely wonderful that
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THIS JUSTIN: The True Terror Of FIRE IN THE SKY

If you’ve ever spoken with me on horror films for longer than, say, five minutes, you know that one of my all-time movies that terrify me is Robert Lieberman’s 1993, uh, science fiction biopic drama (Wikipedia’s words, not mine) Fire In The Sky. We did an episode of Horror Business with the amazing and wonderful Final Girls a few years back on the movie as a part of a double feature on alien abduction films. Fire In The Sky is a loose (and I mean loose) retelling of the 1975 alien abduction claim by Travis Walton, a logger in northern
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ICYMI: EL ANGEL

ICYMI: In Case You Missed It As streaming becomes the new normal, more services have become widely available, including HBO and FX on Hulu. Since we all have nowhere to be, especially if you’re in LA and have been told by the Mayor you can’t go out shopping anymore, streaming movies has been the extended weekend cinephiles have been asking for all along. This past weekend with no open cinemas in sight nor any willingness to deplete my health by going out, I virtually came together with my fellow cinephile friends and ventured into the plethora of choices now available
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CINEPUNX Episode 110: BACURAU and NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS ( or New On Streaming)

http://media.blubrry.com/cinepunx/p/www.cinepunx.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Cinepunx_ep110.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSRING AROUND THE ROSEY, POCKET FULL OF POSEY, ASHES, ASHES, HERE IS A NEW EPISODE OF CINEPUNX! On this, our greatest pandemic episode TO DATE, we discuss two new films to streaming which you can watch right now and support independent theaters. BACURAU is a Brazilian film about a community harassed by rich monsters looking to hunt humans, and NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS is a contemplative and heart wrenching film about a girl and her cousin traveling to find access to abortion. Both films are amazing and touching,
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THIS JUSTIN: A Retrospective Of Brian Lumley’s NECROSCOPE Saga

Welcome to THIS JUSTIN, a column dedicated to my love of all things weird and spooky. Each week I’ll be taking you on a deep dive into something creepy and/or crawly and talking your ear off about why I love it so much. Spoilers ahead, so heads up. In 1999, a young filmmaker named M. Night Shyamalan broke onto the scene with his debut full length, The Sixth Sense, in which a young boy seeks the help of a child therapist to deal with the increasingly horrifying visions he is having. The boy’s mother thinks he’s suffering from some kind of
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BUTT BOY defies expectations

I watched the Tyler Cornack-directed, Bill Morean and Ryan Koch co-produced and co-written film, Butt Boy, this weekend. It’s out this week from Epic Pictures, and I’m definitely still processing it. “Chip Gutchel (Tyler Cornack), a bored IT Engineer, has an awakening after a routine prostate exam. What starts as a harmless rectal kink, soon grows into a dangerous addiction as he becomes responsible for a missing child. Chip eventually buries his desires in Alcoholics Anonymous and tries to move on with his life. Years later, he becomes the sponsor of Russell Fox (Tyler Rice), a newly sober detective. After
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FINAL KILL might not be a traditional action film, but it manages to surprise

“A mercenary turned private protection agent agrees to one last job before his retirement. What seems like a cushy final assignment takes a deadly turn leaving him fighting for survival against his own protection agency in FINAL KILL. This action-packed thriller stars Billy Zane (Titanic, The Phantom), Randy Couture (The Expendables 1, 2 & 3) and Ed Morrone (“White Collar”). After some convincing from his persuasive boss (Zane), Rome (Morrone) agrees to take one final protection assignment in Central America. The routine gig quickly turns deadly as a group of mafia henchman descend on the tranquil Costa Rican village. Soon
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