Posts by Justin Lore

RED LETTER DAY: A Review

The concepts of ‘morality under duress’ and other people being essentially unknowable have a long and storied history in horror. After all, what could be scarier than not knowing for sure how everyday people, your friends, your family, your coworkers, or even yourself, would act when the chips are down and whatever checks that keep us adhering to the social construct are done away with, and nothing is quite black and white, but a murky gray. Stories like Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” have persevered over time because they revolve around one simple concept: is the morality that keeps civilization together
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Brooklyn Horror Film Festival: THE SWERVE Is A Haunting And Beautiful Examination Of Mental Illness

In the past few years, the phrase “psychological horror” has been getting thrown around a lot, with critics applying to films like It Follows, Get Out, The Witch, and even It. Most of the time it seems to be something of a catch-all for a horror film that operates outside the box; and people unfamiliar with the genre cannot comprehend a horror film doing so, thus they fall back on calling it “psychological horror” because it sounds fancy. But rarely does a horror film that is referred to as such actually rely on psychology to generate the feeling of horror,
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DEMENTER: A Review By Justin Lore

Trauma can be a difficult thing to escape, and even if we remove ourselves from the environment it occurred in it can follow us and affect us long after the trauma itself is gone. Dementer is a stark examination of the lingering wounds that result from past trauma, and how those wounds never really heal. Dementer is the story of Katie, a woman with something of a secret past. We never learn the exact details of her life prior to the events of the film, and all we do know is told through brief and chaotic flashbacks, but we see
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IT: CHAPTER TWO, Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Float Down Here

As a massive Stephen King fan for most of my life, I understood Bill Skarsgård as Derry’s most infamous citizen when he lamented to the Loser’s Club that for 27 years, It dreamt of them; It missed them; It craved them. I get it. Ever since seeing the lackluster 1990 TV miniseries, I craved an adaption worthy of King’s magnum opus, something that captured the true weirdness of his prose and the cosmic scale of the novel. I dreamt of it. In 2017, we received Andy Muschietti’s IT, and finally, I saw, on the big screen, the characters I’d known
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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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