Posts by Justin Lore

THIS JUSTIN: My Love/Hate Relationship With The Conjuring Films

In early 2013, the trailer for James Wan’s The Conjuring arrived in theaters. I remember thinking it looked absolutely stunning and downright frightening: an increasingly panicked Lili Taylor going from room to room, thinking her children are playing a prank on her, only to end up locked in the basement, and then that perfect shot of the disembodied hands clapping behind her and the screen cutting to black. So good. Even rewatching it I felt this delicious chill up my arms. It’s an extremely effective trailer, and I think it leads to a (largely) effective franchise of films. However, my
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THIS JUSTIN: The Horror And The Humanity Of Dean Koontz

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 Watchers, Phantoms, Strangers, and Lightning, all by Dean Koontz of course. In 1999, Stephen King was struck by a van while out on a walk and was injured quite gravely. He wrote of being in the worst pain of his entire life, how the entire right side of his body felt like it had been
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THIS JUSTIN: The Overlooked Darkness of JAWS: THE REVENGE

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. No sequel, or installment in a franchise, or whatever, is further from the original film acclaim-wise and quality-wise than 1987’s Jaws: The Revenge. Whereas the original is seen not just as one of the greatest horror films of all time but one of the greatest films in any genre (not to mention the origin of the summer
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THIS JUSTIN: We Love Those Who Make The Music.

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. Quick…when I say ‘shark’, what sound pops into your head? There’s a solid chance most of you heard John Williams’ iconic theme from Jaws, that splendidly ominous two note sequence that is ingrained in the dark side of America’s collective idea of summertime. It’s a perfect score, and it accomplishes exactly what a film score is supposed
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THIS JUSTIN: Why Found Footage?

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. In the summer of 1998, Eduardo Sánchez released The Blair Witch Project. Hailed as a groundbreaking horror film and being the first film I can remember having the eye-roll-inducing acclaim of being “the scariest film since The Exorcist” attached to it, the film was nonetheless legitimately scary. Much of the fear of it was due to the
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THIS JUSTIN: The Horror Of THE TERMINATOR

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. Heavy spoilers ahead for THE TERMINATOR, TERMINATOR 2, TERMINATOR 3, and TERMINATOR: DARK FATE. Stop reading this RIGHT THE HECK NOW IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THE FIRST TWO FILMS. In any list of great cinematic one liners, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s deadpanned “I’ll be back” from 1983’s sci fi/neo noir classic The Terminator almost always cracks the top 25.
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THIS JUSTIN: The Strange World Of Screaming Mad George

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. In the realm of special effects artists, a few names come to mind immediately in regard to horror. You’ve got the titans of the genre, like Rick Baker and his untouchable work in An American Werewolf In London (and not to mention his work on Spielberg’s original version of the film that would become E.T.). You’ve got
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THIS JUSTIN: Let Us Praise The Glory Of Dog Soldiers

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. Light spoilers  ahead for DOG SOLDIERS. It was the winter of 2003/2004. My friend Andrew was home on winter break from college in Chicago and we were looking to engage in one of our rituals from high school: go to Blockbuster, rent the worst looking movie we could find, get a pizza, and watch said movie in
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THIS JUSTIN: Let’s Talk About Lovecraft’s Racism

Few figures in the realm of horror fiction cast a shadow like that of H.P. Lovecraft. His influence can be felt in almost every medium of entertainment. Lyrics inspired by his writing can be found everywhere from death metal classics such as Morbid Angel’s Altars Of Madness to Metallica’s magnum opus Master Of Puppets. Stephen King, the modern titan of horror fiction, cites Lovecraft as one of his biggest influences, and references to Lovecraft can be found peppered through his work. Supernatural, one of the longest running television shows in history, is packed with nods to Lovecraft. At the end
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THIS JUSTIN: Altered, Lovely Molly, And The Horror Of Sexual Assault

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 both films, and also I’d like to add a content/trigger warning due to themes of sexual assault. In the pantheon of horror films, Eduardo Sanchez will likely be remembered best (and not entirely unjustly) for his 1999 film The Blair Witch Project. It took the horror world by storm and kicked off a craze
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