Posts by Justin Lore

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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NIGHTSTREAM Kicks Off Thursday With A Virtual Smorgasbord For Genre Fans

Summer has come and gone, the days are getting shorter and the nights are getting chillier. Normally for us horror fans on the East Coast, that would mean it’s almost time for the annual BROOKLYN HORROR FILM FESTIVAL in the beginning of October. Alas, in the era of COVID-19, the new normal means packing people into theatres all over Brooklyn and running the risk of getting sick, so this year there’ll be no pilgrimage for me. Instead, we’re arguably getting an even bigger (albeit entirely virtual) event: NIGHTSTREAM. Running between October 8th through October 11th, Nightstream is a four-day long
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REVIEW: ALIEN ADDICTION Just Wants To Have Fun

There’s an endearing quality to a film that has no shame or hesitation in going for the gold with juvenile humor. Some would even call it a charm. Shea Sterling’s Alien Addiction is certainly a film that leans heavily into lowbrow comedy, and does so with such dedication and such a sense of “fuck it dude, whatever” that you can’t help but get sucked in. I don’t mean that in a car wreck rubbernecking, “so bad it’s good” way. Alien Addiction has less in common with deliberately schlocky nonsense like Sharknado or any of the other billion or so movies
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THIS JUSTIN: Werewoofs Like Pina Coladas

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 Bad Moon, An American Werewolf In London, The Howling, Dog Soldiers, Ginger Snaps. Listeners of Horror Business and readers of THIS JUSTIN know I’m a sucker for a good werewolf film. Out of all of the archetypical movie monsters, the werewolf stands at the top of the mountain as the one that gets under my
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SPIRAL: A Review

Trauma has a nasty way of never letting us completely move past it. It shapes us and helps give birth to the person we eventually become as adults. Similarly, on a macro scale, society rarely moves entirely past the trauma that it has inflicted on us. Kurt Harder’s Spiral is a story in which trauma has made the protagonist an unreliable narrator, but paradoxically one who is entirely justified in their fear and paranoia. It’s a story about what lies just beneath the surface of an idyllic community, the price that is paid for keeping said community idyllic, and how
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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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