Posts by Nick Spacek

Brooklyn Horror Film Festival: An Interview With THE CLOVEHITCH KILLER’s Duncan Skiles

“A shocking revelation turns a teenage boy’s world upside down in this chilling look at the evil that can lurk below even the most wholesome surface. Tyler Burnside (Charlie Plummer) is a Boy Scout, a volunteer at his local church, and the dutiful son of an upstanding, community leader dad (Dylan McDermott). Only one thing troubles the quiet Kentucky town he lives in: the unsolved murders—in which ten women were brutally tortured and killed by a psychopath known as Clovehitch—that rocked the community more than a decade ago. When Tyler discovers a cache of disturbing images in his father’s possession,
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Cinematic Sounds: Spun Out of Control’s Gavin Stoker

A great number of micro labels have popped up parallel to the soundtrack resurgence. While Death Waltz, One Way Static, and Giallo Disco do a lot of soundtrack reissues and releases, they’ve also begun branching out into original releases. These acts — Videogram, Antoni Maiovvi, Metavari, and Espectrostatic — are all inspired, in one way or another, by synthy horror and thriller scores. These labels and artists represent the next step for those who have gotten into soundtracks but want something that works more as a musical experience, rather than one tied directly to a film. Rue Morgue magazine’s free
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Brooklyn Horror Film Festival: CANNIBAL CLUB

“Life is a dream for Octavio and Gilda. Residing on Brazil scenic waterfront coast, the rich-as-all-hell couple spends their non-work hours sipping fancy drinks, basking in the sun, and eating the finest of meats. The only problem? That’s human meat, pulled from the bodies of young, financially strapped victims that Gilda lures into their home. They’re part of a secret society of wealthy flesh-eaters, all of whom answer to a charismatic yet dangerous leader. And when Gilda starts getting cold feet about eating, well, cooked limbs, she and Octavio’s marriage, as well as their lives, are put in jeopardy.” It
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CINE-WEEN: BLOODLUST; Or, How I Learned to Empathize with a Blood-Drinking Necrophiliac

“Haunted by a childhood trauma, a deaf mute accountant develops a fixation with blood spilling across his skin. Brief flirtations with ketchup and red ink seem to satisfy him at first but he soon develops a taste for the real thing. Though he nurses a weird fascination for a neighborhood girl who passes the time by dancing on the rooftop, he remains socially withdrawn with his co-workers and can’t even find comfort in the arms of a hooker. One night he breaks into the property of the local undertaker and ravages the prettiest female corpse. Now addicted, he habitually raids
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Brooklyn Horror Film Festival: WELCOME TO MERCY

“A young woman struggles against the unholy forces that possess her in this terrifying occult thriller. After being stricken with stigmata, single mother Madaline (Kristen Ruhlin) is sent to a remote convent where nothing is what it seems and her friend August (Lily Newmark) is seemingly the only person she can trust. Together, they must confront the demons inside Madaline before she becomes the Antichrist.” Fresh from its world premiere at the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival and directed by Tommy Bertelsen, from a screenplay by lead actress Kristen Ruhlin, IFC Midnight’s Welcome to Mercy is a film which is difficult
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CINE-WEEN: IT’S ALIVE! Celebrates 200 Years of Visual Artistry Around Frankenstein

Elizabeth Campbell Denlinger is the curator for the New York Public Library’s Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle. This means that Denlinger “builds the Library’s collections documenting British Romantic literature and promotes them through classes, publications, digital projects, and exhibitions.” One of those exhibitions is this year’s display at the Morgan Library & Museum, entitled “It’s Alive! Frankenstein at 200,” which will run from October 12, 2018 through January 27, 2019, and looks at the two century history of Mary Shelley’s seminal work. “It traces the origins and impact of her novel, which has been constantly reinterpreted
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Liam & Nick go on a HEAVY TRIP

Heavy Trip, the debut feature from directors Jukka Vidgren and Juuso Laatio — who co-wrote the film with Aleksi Puranen and Jari Olavi Ranta — might be the first film to really show the lives and friendships of metalheads without also layering in occult or supernatural elements. The story of Impaled Rektum, who play “Symphonic Postapocalyptic Reindeer-Grinding Christ-Abusing Extreme War Pagan Fennoscandian Metal,’ manages to be touching and hilarious, with an absolutely brutal soundtrack: “In this offbeat comedy from Finland, Turo is stuck in a small village where the best thing in his life is being the lead vocalist for
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CINE-WEEN: Put Some Terror on Your Turntable With Pig Baby’s Deadbolt reissues

The scary and eerie voodoobilly sounds of Deadbolt have been emanating from southern California for well over two decades now, but until this past March, very little of the band’s output has been available on vinyl. Aside from a few split singles and 7-inch releases, the music from “scariest band in the world” has only ever been released on compact disc. It’s an impressive discography, full of concept albums about murderous vagabonds (Hobo Babylon), a group of contract killers (Tijuana Hit Squad), and mysterious drivers on the highway (Voodoo Trucker), among others. The way in which Deadbolt combines dark surf-rock
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Free State Festival: A Week in Review

From Monday, September 17 through Sunday, September 23, the Lawrence Arts Center presented the 2018 Free State Festival. Over the years, the festival in Lawrence, Kansas, has gone from being a film fest to an all-around arts fest, to bringing acts like Public Enemy and George Clinton for huge street concerts, to what it is now: more of a balanced arts and culture festival, with an emphasis on film. Having attended several years of the festival, it seems like this year’s organizers made a distinct effort to have every event tie into one another and connect with the town as
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The Brooklyn Horror Film Festival is On the Way Next Month!

The Brooklyn Horror Film Festival hits New York October 11-18, and Cinepunx is covering it. Aren’t you excited? We are, obviously. Adrianna, Liam, and Nick are all going to see how many movies they can see before perishing of fright and/or sheer exhaustion, and given that the festival is so packed, we figured we’d share a few of the movies we’re most excited about. In addition to all of this, there are special screenings of The Burning, Sleepaway Camp, and My Bloody Valentine, a drinking game version of The Return of the Living Dead, as well as the launch of
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