Posts by Justin Lore

Brooklyn Horror Film Festival: STARFISH (2018)

It’s not often I consider myself “lucky” to have been able to consume a work of art, be it a song or a painting, a film or a TV show. After all, most of the art that has changed my life hasn’t exactly been some kind of secret gem; Dawn Of The Dead is hailed by many as the greatest zombie film of all time, and who among us wouldn’t consider Purple Rain a game changer? My point is, I don’t think I came close to missing the boat on a lot of the stuff that has had an impact on
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REKT: CINE-WEEN EDITION-ALTERED (2006)

There’s a scene at the very end of 1993’s (I guess now) classic alien abduction thriller Fire In The Sky where Travis Walton (played by loveable everyman D.B. Sweeney) takes his former best friend Mike Rogers (played by unfortunately only a human and not liquid metal killer robot Robert Patrick) for a ride out to a field where Travis was abducted by aliens years ago. Rogers expresses nervousness at being there, to which Travis, giving his best aw shucks grin, reassures Mike that, “they won’t be comin’ back”. He then winks at him (I think) and quips, “I don’t think
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Review: IT (2017)

I’ve often spoken of how nostalgia is a very powerful factor in how we view art. It is a lens that is both effective and unreliable when consuming art; if we develop an attachment to something at an age that we might not be too discerning between good art and bad art, that attachment lingers. I mean, just look at me: I’m 34 years old and I’m still terrified of a book I read when I was a kid. I’ve grown older, and I’m no longer afraid (that much) of aliens and the ’88 version of The Blob. The goopy
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CONSPIRACY THEORY: No, Not The Mel Gibson Movie

The “found footage” craze in horror films is just about sputtering out, and hopefully all of the footage out there has been found or is about to be found, and we won’t be subjected to films like Conspiracy Theory for much longer. I really can’t imagine it getting much worse after this though.  I’ll be blunt: this movie was bad. Real bad. Like…amongst-the-worst-films-I’ve-ever-watched bad. I’ve seen some bad movies. I’ve seen some bad found footage movies. And, I’ve even seen some bad found footage movies about mischievous and sinister aliens. None of them come close to the cinematic train wreck
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It Came From Iceland: CHILD EATER

Being a child is an existence oftentimes based on fear. As children, we lack the ability to rationalize what we see and hear around us. We’re quicker to leap to insane conclusions about what happens, and quicker to translate an uncertainty of anything into a certainty that we are witnessing something horrible and supernatural. An adult hears something go bump in the night, and the worst they might think is that a burglar has broken into their home, or a mischievous cat has decided to embark on a bout of late night goofiness. A child, however, is quick to conclude
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AT THE (MAHONING) DRIVE-IN with Virgil Cardamone And Matthew McClanahan

Any horror fan in northeastern PA has likely heard of the Mahoning Drive-In just outside of Lehighton, PA. Since 1949 the theatre has been offering moviegoers films in a 35 millimeter format on Simplex projectors, and to this day they’ve stuck with formula. The result is an experience that captures the nostagliac feel of genre films as they were original experienced. I was lucky enough to talk to Virgil Cardamone and Matthew McClanahan, two of the people involved with running the Drive-In every season about how they became involved with the operation of the theatre, the challenges of maintaining a “retro”
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A Tale Of Two Stephens: How Stranger Things Absolutely Owns ‘80s Nostalgia

There is an increasing tendency amongst modern audiences to place great value upon their nostalgia for certain things. How often is a reboot/remake/whatever met not with criticism of the work from an artistic viewpoint, but rather from very visceral and emotional standpoint? Because nostalgia is a tricky and weird thing. Very easily, an artistic creation that is meant to cause us to look back fondly upon something and evoke some kind of pleasant feelings can fall into the realm of the cheesy and insincere. Something beautiful becomes something tacky. Something sweet becomes something saccharine and artificial. All too often, something
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