Posts by Nick Spacek

Killer Workout’s Bob Husak on the band’s new EP and the slasher for which they’re named

As if naming their band after an obscure slasher wasn’t enough, Seattle dance punks Killer Workout also named their new EP Four : Three after the aspect ratio for old CRT television sets. ’80s inspired new wave meets goth dance jams, horror movie appellation, and cinephile references? I was in from the get-go, and that was before I’d even taken a listen to the band’s music—which, for the record, is catchy, definitely danceable, and very suitable for the prom scene in any Canadian tax shelter terror you can think of. As if that wasn’t enough, in the lead-up to the
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Chattanooga Film Festival Kicks Off This Friday, May 25, with an All-Digital Edition

This weekend, from Friday, May 22 through Monday, May 25, The Chattanooga Film Festival (along with its presenting sponsor Gunpowder & Sky’s ALTER and media partner Bloody-Disgusting), will go digital, making this an unprecedented opportunity to see a slew of brand-new genre films and specialty programming. In a nod to the time in which we all find ourselves, the festival is offering a full-access badge for the price of $30. A portion of the proceeds will be divided up and given back to participating filmmakers, as well. The best part? Features and shorts will be on available on-demand all four
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Bay Area thrash metal doc MURDER IN THE FRONT ROW is for fans only, but they’ll love it

After several rounds on the festival circuit, director Adam Dubin’s documentary on the early days of Bay Area thrash metal, Murder in the Front Row: The San Francisco Bay Area Trash Metal Story, finally saw release last week on DVD and VOD from MVD. Featuring interviews with Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax, Exodus, Testament, Death Angel, Possessed and many more of the luminaries of that scene, and narrated by Brian Posehn, it examines the community and music which would spread its influence worldwide. “In the early 1980’s, a small group of dedicated Bay Area headbangers shunned the hard rock of MTV
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Stream Warriors – BLOOD QUANTUM surprise drops on Shudder

Every day, the various titans of streaming release new original content — some to theaters, some to live solely on the information super highway. STREAM WARRIORS is the Cinepunx family’s ongoing journey to help you navigate the tumultuous and snake-ridden waters of the streaming world. Blood Quantum, director Jeff Barnaby’s follow-up to Rhymes for Young Ghouls, takes the zombie movie and injects it with political relevance of which the genre’s original innovator, George Romero, would be proud. By turns emotionally resonant and viscerally bloody, there’s no more perfect film to watch right now, which is why it’s absolutely wonderful that
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BUTT BOY defies expectations

I watched the Tyler Cornack-directed, Bill Morean and Ryan Koch co-produced and co-written film, Butt Boy, this weekend. It’s out this week from Epic Pictures, and I’m definitely still processing it. “Chip Gutchel (Tyler Cornack), a bored IT Engineer, has an awakening after a routine prostate exam. What starts as a harmless rectal kink, soon grows into a dangerous addiction as he becomes responsible for a missing child. Chip eventually buries his desires in Alcoholics Anonymous and tries to move on with his life. Years later, he becomes the sponsor of Russell Fox (Tyler Rice), a newly sober detective. After
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FINAL KILL might not be a traditional action film, but it manages to surprise

“A mercenary turned private protection agent agrees to one last job before his retirement. What seems like a cushy final assignment takes a deadly turn leaving him fighting for survival against his own protection agency in FINAL KILL. This action-packed thriller stars Billy Zane (Titanic, The Phantom), Randy Couture (The Expendables 1, 2 & 3) and Ed Morrone (“White Collar”). After some convincing from his persuasive boss (Zane), Rome (Morrone) agrees to take one final protection assignment in Central America. The routine gig quickly turns deadly as a group of mafia henchman descend on the tranquil Costa Rican village. Soon
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Analog Adventures: Let’s get weird

I get a lot of random records, tapes, and books in the mail, because publicists forget that outlets for which I used to work aren’t around anymore, or someone finds the address hidden on my website, or… whatever. This is a way to keep them from piling up uselessly in the corner of the office. Is it possible for an album to be too chill? Maybe when Early Day Miners’ Placer Found was originally released 20 years ago, such a thing was possible, but listening to this anniversary edition of the band’s debut release, it seems that the band from
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BOOKSHELF: Sam Firstenberg’s career with Cannon and beyond in STORIES FROM THE TRENCHES

Stories From The Trenches: Adventures In Making High Octane Hollywood Movies With Cannon Veteran Sam Firstenberg is a massive, massive book. It’s the size of an old-school, big city phone book, clocking in at 750 pages and weighing nearly five pounds. Consisting of interviews conducted by writer Marco Siedelmann with the director, as well as many of his collaborators – including Lucinda Dickey (Ninja III: The Domination), her Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo co-stars Michael Chambers and Adolofo Quinones, and Michael Dudikoff (American Ninja), among many other writers, editors, and cameramen – it’s an exhaustive compendium of Firstenberg’s work. There are
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FILMS FROM THE VOID: Paul Naschy’s THE BEAST AND THE MAGIC SWORD makes its U.S. debut

For their latest batch of releases, world-spanning company Mondo Macabro presents the debut Blu-ray release – and first-ever US release – of director Paul Naschy’s The Beast And The Magic Sword. Long desired by fans of the Spanish director’s series of Waldemar Daninsky werewolf films, this 1983 horror fantasy is an absolute knockout of a release. “THE BEAST AND THE MAGIC SWORD is the last great film from Spanish horror legend Paul Naschy. Although he would go on making and planning films until his death in 2009, he never again attempted the epic sweep and grandeur of this 10th entry
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FROM THE STEREO TO YOUR SCREEN: El DeBarge & SHORT CIRCUIT

“Who’s Johnny,” by El Debarge from Short Circuit DeBarge’s 1985 album, Rhythm of the Night, and its eponymous title track were smash hits. The album went gold and the song went to number five on the Billboard Hot 100, thanks in some part due to its inclusion on the soundtrack for The Last Dragon, released just a month and a half after the single itself. The group would peter out after the group’s lead singer, El, left the following year to release his self-titled debut solo release on Motown subsidiary Gordy. The first track and lead single from that album,
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