Posts by Justin Lore

NIGHTSTREAM: Come True Is A Surreal And Nightmarish Experience

Sleep as a source of horror is nothing new. Freddy Krueger is one of the most iconic characters of the last forty years in film and has become somewhat defanged over the years, but what he represents (something from the realm of sleep being able to kill you) is arguably one of the most frightening ideas we can imagine. There’s something primordial about a fear of dreams in general, something archetypical. In the words of favorite songsmith of the youth of today Billie Eilish, “when we all fall asleep, where do we go?” Anthony Scott Burns’ Come True puts this
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NIGHTSTREAM: Rose Plays Julie Is A Warning On Digging Into The Past

In Mike Mignola’s Hellboy comic universe, the titular character is notoriously hesitant on exploring his origin. On one hand, the fact that he’s an actual demon means he might uncover some truly horrific shit that he’d rather just stay in the dark about. But, on the other, he sees no need to find out about his birth parents because to him he already knows the only man that matters to him as a father. To Anung Un Rama, Trevor Bruttenholm is his father. Not the man who raised him, not his adoptive father…just his father. That’s all he needs to
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NIGHTSTREAM: RUN Is A Hitchcockian Thriller And Then Some

I think one of the things a lot of us believe growing up is that in general our parents know what’s best for us and usually act in a way that promotes our best interest. Sure, we might get pissy when we’re asked to do the dishes. And yes, it sucks that we can’t go out with our friends to a football game on Friday night because we have to stay home and watch our little sister. But as a whole, I think it’s reasonable to say that our parents usually know the deal. In Run, Aneesh Chagnaty asks simply
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NIGHTSTREAM: 32 Malasana St. Is Nothing That Hasn’t Already Been Done

One of the oldest settings in horror films, arguably the oldest setting, is the haunted house. You can picture the archetypical structure: usually a run-down Victorian mansion, boarded up and in disrepair, with a colorful and vague history of spooky events. Haunted house movies have survived the changing of horror trends, moving from Vincent Price classics up through The Amityville Horror and Tobe Hooper’s (or Steven Spielberg’s…we won’t go there right now) tour de force Poltergeist. Even films like The Shining and Evil Dead are a variation on the theme. It’s a classic and reliable setting to work with when
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NIGHTSTREAM: Bleed With Me Takes A Deep Dive Into Mental Illness

Few things are more frightening than not being able to trust your own perception of reality. Here at Cinepunx and Horror Business, films that deal with mental illness, such as  The Swerve, Jacob’s Ladder, and They Look Like People, are held in high regard and we understand that dealing with such issues may turn daily life into a living hell. That’s why I was immediately interested in checking out Amelia Moses’ Bleed With Me. Bleed With Me is a tightly focused story about three people vacationing at a cabin in the snowy Canadian mountains: Emily, her boyfriend Brendan, and her
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NIGHTSTREAM: An Unquiet Grave Is A Harsh Look At Mourning Gone Wrong

Grief is, despite being one of the most painful emotions in the spectrum, a sign of something good. It means that you cared for something so deeply that its loss is painful to you, and ultimately, I think that to feel something like that is beautiful. In time, grief slowly gestates into something not quite as sharp, something that rather than feeling like razors laying us open instead feels like an old break in your arm on a rainy day; a dull ache, a reminder of a past pain, but a reminder of how far we’ve come. On occasion, however,
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NIGHTSTREAM: Boys From County Hell Is A No Frills Blast Of A Horror Film

Northwestern Europe and the United Kingdom has a rich tradition of folk horror films. We did an episode for Horror Business on the phenomenon of folk horror. Generally, the plot of a folk horror film involves something, be it a religion, a ritual, or an actual deity, from the pre-Christian past of the UK and Ireland re-emerging or being introduced into modern society to disastrous results. We chalk it up to English people being afraid of their own imperial and colonial sins coming back to haunt them, but if you want more of that, go listen to the episode. Chris
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NIGHTSTREAM: My Heart Can’t Beat Unless You Tell It To Is A Brutal But Tender Look At The Weight Of Family

Being a caretaker for a sick loved one is a very mixed bag. On one hand, putting your life on pause for the well-being of someone else is a great inconvenience: you must always be on call in case they need something, and your time is not entirely your own. On the other hand, the dedication and patience that such a relationship reveals is a very beautiful thing and speaks of the bonds of family as something nearly unbreakable. And, on a strange third hand, sometimes this ethereal and powerful bond can indeed be a chain holding us back from
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NIGHTSTREAM: It Cuts Deep Mostly Misses, But Still Hits Sometimes

The most dreaded moment in any relationship is when the question, “are things getting weird between us?” pops up in one of the partners minds. Because often, even worrying about things getting weird is the first step towards things actually getting weird, and the forced adherence to normality, the dogged persistence through this perceived weirdness, is often a source of emotional horror. It Cuts Deep dives deep into this hell that is the dissolution of a relationship, with the added tension of a possible suitor horning in on things. Director Nicholas Payne Santos paints an awkward and quietly upsetting picture
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THIS JUSTIN: The Quiet Cruelty Of Dark Skies

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 Dark Skies. One night in the winter of late 2012, I received a text from a girl I went to college with asking if I’d seen the trailer for the movie Dark Skies. I said I hadn’t, but I was excited because for a moment I thought she had meant Night Skies — the horror film
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