Monthly Archives October 2020

CINE-WEEN 2020: THE HOPE OF THE END (Video!)

HELLO FRIENDS I am trying something new for Cine-ween…VIDEO! I wrote a piece broadly covering the ground I go into in the video below and very patient friends were helping me edit it and they felt like it had a weird sermonic quality to it. Adrianna suggested I try doing it as a video instead of an essay, and here we are. This is very new for me to do something like this, it is a tad rough, and I apologize if it turns out the whole thing kind of sucks. However, I think it might be good, and you
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PFF29: JUMBO Review

Zoé Wittock’s feature film debut is destined to cause quite a stir by anyone reducing it to its basest sensibilities, so much so that it feels important to get a synopsis out of the way as early as possible to best unpack what else it has to offer. Yes, this is the movie where Portrait of a Lady on Fire breakout Noémie Merlant falls in love with (and has sex with) an amusement park ride. It’s also a really sweet coming-of-age story. Jumbo is hard to pin down; it’s a fantasy that is remarkably aware of reality. It knows that its
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CINE-WEEN: Ruined Is A Podcast For Horror Movie Fans And Fraidy Cats Alike

The weekly podcast Ruined is hosted by comedians and best friends Alison Leiby (who is very scared of horror movies) and Halle Kiefer (who loves them). Each Ruined episode features Kiefer giving the play-by-play of a popular, classic and/or extremely trashy horror movie to Leiby, with the pair adding their own hilarious commentary, offering their personal insights and, at the end, weighing in on whether scaredy cats can actually watch the movie scream-free or if they are right to skip the scares and head right to the online synopsis. It’s an absolute blast to hear, and it’s just as much
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CINE-WEEN 2020 – It Came From the Seventies: My Horrified Life

The screams came from the kitchen. As a ten-year-old in 1972, this was the last thing I wanted to hear. Then came the nervous laughter, again from the kitchen. When my older sister emerged, she beckoned me to see who was at the back door. I tentatively followed, assured by her that it was going to be fun. Peering through the kitchen window was someone in an old man mask. The nervous laughter doubled and trebled as we realized it was our father hunched over and scratching at the glass. Even better was when he chased my older brothers around
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CINEWEEN: 19 of Our Favorite Comfort Horror Films

I’m sure this isn’t the first time you’ll hear this, but 2020 has been a real car fire. Odds are one or more elements of the past year have caused you and your loved ones significant amounts of stress. And what better way to deal with stress than with a nice serving of comfort food? Now, given that this isn’t a culinary website, we won’t have any recipes to share today—but we did put the call out for people’s favorite comfort food horror movies. Below we have, in no particular order, a list of horror films that Cinepunx writers and
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Letting the Devil Out: Being A Black Girl In Horror

For a child with high anxiety, I was always very interested in things that scared me. Growing up in a home where the message of fire and brimstone was constantly repeated, I had enough to fear. Being soaked and cloaked in sin was my biggest nightmare. I never wanted to be bad and strived in every instance to be good. I always resented myself for not being perfect. Yet, my favorite book of the bible when I read it militantly was Revelations, the part where the demons come to life, and monsters of the imagination come to the very real
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PFF29: MANDIBLES Review

I have long admired Quentin Dupieux’s films more than enjoyed them. Maybe his sense of humor is just too wild for my sensibilities, or perhaps I’m just destined to not “get” it, but his tenacity is refreshing, regardless of how much I sincerely laugh at his creations. And Mandibles is no different. Structured as a buddy comedy, two aimless friends on a courier job (we don’t know what they’re delivering or to whom) discover a giant fly in the trunk of their car, and naturally, they desire to profit from this discovery. That’s the general setup here and where it
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THIS JUSTIN: The Fine Art Of The Jump Scare

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 for every movie I’m gonna be talking about so stop reading if you don’t want a movie ruined for you. The time has come: it’s spooky season! Now, as you may have figured out, it’s always spooky season for the ghouls here at Horror Business and Cinepunx. But for this edition of THIS JUSTIN I wanted to do
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CINE-WEEN: Angels, UFOs, and Aleister Crowley: A Strange History

For many, Aleister Crowley is little more than a satanist. He was known in his own time as “the wickedest man in the world,” and even identified himself as “the beast, 666.” However, it’s important to recognize that Crowley’s own words were often ironic and dramatic, and that Crowley was not, in any strict sense, a satanist or “devil-worshipper.” He was, however, one of the most important occultists in recent history. He even developed his own magickal religion called Thelema, the Greek word for “will,” which contains one of the most misunderstood maxims of all time—“do what thou wilt shall
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CINE-WEEN: Attack of the Demons is a splattery animated ode to Italian horror

Director Eric Power’s Attack of the Demons (out October 30 from Dark Star Pictures in virtual theaters and on DVD and VOD on November 3), will certainly draw comparisons to vintage South Park with its cut-paper animation, but the mix of demonic rites and splattery violence during a rock festival on Halloween night is vintage Italian horror. “The year is 1994 – For centuries, a demonic cult has been plotting the destruction of mankind. When a small Colorado town is overrun by a legion of mutating demons, three non-demon hunter friends must use every skill their minds can fathom to
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