Posts by Nick Spacek

A Week In the Box (Set): Unpacking NEKROMANTIK 1&2 Alongside AMITYVILLE: THE CURSED COLLECTION

Digging into two separate series/franchises over the course of a week feels like the ultimate post-Halloween comedown. After a solid month of Cine-Ween coverage here at the site, to say nothing of my own attempts to watch as many spooky movies as possible, you’d think I’d be overwhelmed, but no. So, I dug out the stuff that I hadn’t been able to get to over the course of October, and had myself a rabbit hole of a viewing experience. First up was the Cult Epics double-disc Blu-ray release of German director Jörg Buttgereit’s 1987 film, Nekromantik, as well as its
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BURIED ALIVE FILM FESTIVAL Kicks Off Tonight In Atlanta

It seems we only just got done with the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival, and it’s already time for the annual Buried Alive Film Festival, but we’re fine with that. While these might be more under-the-radar than some of the other fests out there, it’s great to get to dig into the creative programming offered by these folks. Buried Alive, which kicks off this evening at the 7 Stages Theatre in Atlanta, has become a big favorite at Cinepunx because of the seemingly unending stream of amazing short films curated by the festival. One of my favorite experiences last year was
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BOOKSHELF: Megaforce Records’ founder Jon Zazula on his HEAVY TALES

Reading the new book, Heavy Tales: The Metal. The Music. The Madness As Lived By Jon Zazula, written by Megaforce Records co-founder, Jon Zazula, is akin to listening to some of the label’s biggest releases without a single second to pause between any of them. It’s a mile-a-minute, blisteringly-paced read, loaded with so many stories about near-failure, astonishing success, and the toll all of that can take. From a tiny record stall to releasing some of the pinnacles of heavy metal, Zazula’s new autobiography covers everything you could possibly want – stories about Metallica, King Diamond, Anthrax, Testament, Blue Cheer,
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Cine-Ween: Jillian Rae’s Rob Zombie-inspired video for ‘Buried Alive’ (PREMIERE)

We were big fans of Jillian Rae’s LP, I can’t be the one you want me to be, when it came out earlier this year, so it’s really exciting to premiere her Rob Zombie-inspired video for the album’s track, “Buried Alive” as part of our Cine-Ween coverage. As Jillian says: “‘Buried Alive’ is basically the product of what happens when my bottled-up stress, empathy, and anxiety exploded… all over my voice memos in a 4am insomnia-based writing session. This whole record has underlying themes of dealing with anxiety, mental health issues, staying sane, the quest of finding balance, and ultimately
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Brooklyn Horror Film Fest: THE YELLOW NIGHT has potential, but never quite reaches it

Director Ramon Porto Mota’s film, The Yellow Night, had its North American premiere at Brooklyn Horror Fest, and I’m really curious to see what the discussion is, once more people see it. The Brazilian film’s only had a couple of festival screenings thus far, and it seems like there’s a lot to unpack around it. “A group of teenagers arrive in the middle of the night to a desolate Brazilian seaside town. High school has just ended and they are ready to party in style, but cell service sucks and, as the days progress, things get very weird. Is time
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Brooklyn Horror Film Fest: Phil ‘C.M. Punk’ Brooks talks his feature debut, GIRL ON THE THIRD FLOOR

Phil “CM Punk” Brooks is no stranger to acting, having been a professional wrestler for a decade and a half. He worked his way from indie Ring of Honor to the WWE minor leagues of Ohio Valley Wrestling, and ultimately became the WWE Champion. Anyone who ever watched him cut a promo knows that Brooks could create a character which effectively wrung emotions from the viewing public. What Brooks hasn’t done is play a character created by someone else, however. That changes with the release of Travis Stevens’ Girl on the Third Floor. It’s fitting that the athlete’s feature-length debut
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Brooklyn Horror Film Fest: KOKO-DI KOKO-DA is an experience unto itself

The Swedish / Danish film, Koko-Di Koko-Da, directed by Johannes Nyholm, and which screened yesterday at Brooklyn Horror Fest, is an entry into one of my favorite aspects of horror as of late: the movie which plays not so much with place or characters, but with how time can affect one’s perception of events: “In the wake of tragedy, married Elin and Tobias head out on the open road for a camping trip. But along the way, a group of homicidal deviants, propelled by the sounds of an ominous children’s song, disrupt their commute again and again—and again and again.
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Brooklyn Horror Film fest: PORNO Nails the ‘Film Within a Film’ Genre

Director Keola Racela’s feature debut, Porno, grabbed me pretty much instantly with the plot summary on the Brooklyn Horror Fest site: “For a staff of Christian teenage theater workers in 1992, their Friday night crew screening options are between A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN, ENCINO MAN or a mysterious old film reel they found in the basement. After convincing their projectionist Heavy Metal Jeff to load up the mystery film, the teens are entranced by a ritualistic erotic art film, mistakenly unleashing a sex demon in the process. They’ll have to keep their raging hormones in check as they battle
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