Monthly Archives April 2020

THIS JUSTIN: Mike Flanagan And The Haunting Past

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. There may be spoilers ahead, so heads up. The past as a haunting aspect is nothing new to the world of horror. Gothic writers told stories of family secrets hidden away in dusty mansions coming back to wreak havoc on unfortunate heirs. Lovecraft wrote of decades old pacts made with deities whose names were strings of gibberish
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CINEPUNX Episode 109: BIG NIGHT & THE LEGEND OF 1900- Our Feel Good Episode

http://media.blubrry.com/cinepunx/p/www.cinepunx.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Cinepunx_ep109.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSAHOY THERE! I am sure I have used that one before, sorry y’all. WELCOME TO A BRAND NEW EPISODE OF THE ILLUSTRIOUS CINEPUNX PODCASTING PRODUCTION! On this episode Josh has decided to introduce us to two films he refers to as “Ivo Movies”, films he would watch with friend of the show Ivo Tomas again and again. This walk down cinema as comfort and nostalgia is, we hope, as distracting for you as it is for us! There is still a ton of talk about our current pandemic,
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Analog Adventures: Let’s get weird

I get a lot of random records, tapes, and books in the mail, because publicists forget that outlets for which I used to work aren’t around anymore, or someone finds the address hidden on my website, or… whatever. This is a way to keep them from piling up uselessly in the corner of the office. Is it possible for an album to be too chill? Maybe when Early Day Miners’ Placer Found was originally released 20 years ago, such a thing was possible, but listening to this anniversary edition of the band’s debut release, it seems that the band from
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M.O.M. MOTHERS OF MONSTERS is Found Footage At It’s Best

Tucia Lyman’s directing debut M.O.M. Mothers of Monsters is as candid as it is surprising. This film’s hard-hitting social commentary, in addition to its use of found footage, sets it apart from others of its kind, such as Lynn Ramsey’s We Need to Talk About Kevin or Shawn Ku’s Beautiful Boy. Tackling the weighty subjects of school shootings and the American response to gun violence, M.O.M. isn’t afraid to make a statement or two about these issues (and I think it’s clear that it does see the country’s response to gun violence as a serious issue). Through its fast-moving plot,
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THE OTHER LAMB Review

Ever since the great pandemic of 2020 started taking shape in the US, I have been fetishizing the idea of escaping into the woods. This is far from a realistic, practical, or even safe thing for me to do under the current circumstances, but watching Małgorzata Szumowska’s religious cult horror/drama, I found myself making the journey for ninety-seven minutes without leaving my living room. The Other Lamb takes a page from several other cult pictures – Martha Marcy May Marlene is perhaps the most obvious jump-off point – and then brings it to nature, earning comparisons with Jennifer Kent’s brutal wilderness-set revenge
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THIS JUSTIN: The Absurd Horror Of Junji Ito and Bentley Little

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.  One of the shortcomings of the horror genre is the stock character of the Google Expert (or what the gentlemen over at the Horror Show podcast have deemed “The Mangler Expert” after Ted Levine’s character in The Mangler). This is a character who finds the answer in some ancient tome, or nowadays simply by Googling, often in
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