Posts by Justin Harlan

REKT: HEAD – A Monkees Masterpiece or an Unwatchable Mess?

This is REKT, the column where each month one Cinepunx staffer recommends films to the rest of the fam. We may be stoked, or we may be wrecked. This month, it’s Joe Yanick’s turn to do the damage. Here are Justin Harlan‘s thoughts on Head (1968).   “The porpoise is laughing, goodbye, goodbye…” Ever since I heard “The Porpoise Song” by The Monkees in 2001’s Vanilla Sky, I’ve been fascinated with the song. Growing up with a dad who routinely listened to oldies and watched reruns of The Monkees, I was very familiar with the band, their show, and a
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CINE-WEEN Celebrates the THE WNUF HALLOWEEN SPECIAL with Filmmaker Chris LaMartina

Chris LaMartina is an awesome filmmaker and a really fun person to talk to. He is currently raising money to make the sequel to The WNUF Halloween Special, a fantastic, low-budget throwback that’s hard not to enjoy. We had the chance to catch up with him about the new film, his previous work, and more. Check it out below and make sure you consider giving to the new project, it’s sure to be a blast! So, Chris, you’re the guy behind the WNUF Halloween Special, eh? Before we dig into that baby, let’s start with you and who exactly you
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Horror Fan Parenting 101: A Guide to One Dad’s Halloween Programming

Let me begin away from the parenting discussion with my own definitions of “horror.” I define horror very broadly. Is a film trying to scare you? It’s horror. Does it feature numerous horror tropes? It’s horror. Does it embody the spirit of horror or feature generally spooky things? It’s horror. I could do this for hours… For me, horror spans from extreme cinema like the American Guinea Pig series to the classic episodes of Scooby Doo. If it’s horror adjacent, if it’s a horror mashup, if it prominently features classic monsters, no matter the case — it’s horror to me.
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REKT: CINE-WEEN Edition – THE SHRINE (2010)

This is REKT, the column where each month one Cinepunx staffer recommends films to the rest of the fam. We may be stoked, or we may be wrecked. This month, it’s Justin Lore’s turn to do the damage. Here are Justin Harlan‘s thoughts on The Shrine (2010). Let me start with an apology to my fellow Cinepunx staffers who have chosen films for the last few months of REKT. Each of the past three months, I’ve accepted the challenge of a REKT selection and, each of the past three months, I’ve failed. I hope to one day go back and
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SEQUENCE BREAK Director Graham Skipper Chats with Cinepunx

Graham Skipper’s directorial debut is up on Shudder now! If you aren’t sure whether you should check it out, trust me when I tell you you that it’s a great and goopy blend of body horror and techno-horror. Our very own Nick Spacek covered the film last week, so you don’t need to take my word for it. I had the chance to catch up with Graham over the weekend to chat about the film and what else he’s up to: Hey Graham, I feel like we’re old friends now. Talking about your film on my podcast a few months
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REKT: Gregg Araki’s THE LIVING END

This is REKT, the column where each month one Cinepunx staffer recommends films to the rest of the fam. We may be stoked, or we may be wrecked. This month, it’s Adrianna Gober’s turn to do the damage. Here are Justin Harlan’s thoughts on The Living End.   Last month, I had the pleasure of choosing some films for other folks here on Cinepunx to watch. Several were chosen and consumed, and three made it up as part of our monthly REKT series. My selections were all films featuring one of my favorite actors of all time, the neurotic John Cusack.
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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
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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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Microbudget Horror Royalty Todd Sheets and His Much Anticipated Werewolf Gorefest

If you are interested in low budget film and/or independent horror, it’s likely that the name Todd Sheets is not a new one for you. Sheets has 46 director credits and 44 writer credits on IMDb, not to mention a slew of other credits as an editor, producer, actor, etc. His 1993 Zombie Bloodbath tends to be the title most folks have heard of, but his recent releases Dreaming Purple Neon and House of Forbidden Secrets have gained quite the following. Longtime fans know that he has fought through serious health concerns over the past several years, so his heart
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PROFILES IN CINEMA: Ron Marchini

In a week where the legendary Adam West has passed away (RIP Batman!), it seems especially fitting to launch this column with a martial arts champion and action film star who counted West as a friend, working with him in Paul Kyriazi’s Omega Cop. That action star is Ron Marchini. Ron Marchini is an American karate master who spent the late 60s and early 70s revered as the best defensive fighter in the country. He ranked as high as 3rd amongst martial artists in the United States in 1972. Marchini grew up in California, where he began practicing karate at
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