Posts by Nick Spacek

The Grindhouse Sounds of Isaac Williams

Nearly every afternoon last week, my wife came home to me blasting music out of my laptop while I read on the living room couch. Despite a stack of half a dozen vinyl LPs awaiting review, I couldn’t stop listening to Isaac Williams’ Soundcloud mixtapes. Going back four years, Williams’ mixes all cull their sounds from cult and exploitation film scores and trailers, but the shapes they sonically take are astonishingly diverse. The latest is entitled Trailer Trash Vol. 1, and is over an hour of perfectly-mixed movie trailers. That might be some varsity level stuff for mixtape lovers, but
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From the Stereo to Your Screen: U2 & Batman Forever

    “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me” by U2 from Batman Forever Back in March, Noisey ran a piece entitled “Fuck ‘Trainspotting’! ‘Batman Forever’ Was the Soundtrack That Truly Epitomized the Nineties”, wherein J.R. Moores put forth the opinion that the Trainspotting soundtrack is highly overrated, while Batman Forever’s is highly underrated. He’s coming from a British point of view, but he does make the very astute observation that Batman Forever “wrestled the Dark Knight from the sweaty clutches of graphic novel-reading grownups and rightfully handed him back to the kids.” A good portion of that is
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From the Stereo to Your Screen: The Fat Boys & A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master

“Are You Ready For Freddy” by the Fat Boys, from A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master If you’re not read Ed Piskor’s Hip Hop Family Tree, you can be faulted for thinking that the Fat Boys were just another novelty group, the likes of which littered the ’80s. However, for thems what know, the Fat Boys actually started out as the Disco 3, winning a talent competition sponosred by Swatch in the early ’80s, and gaining popularity through a series of MTV commercials. The beatboxing of Big Buff Love is usually forgotten in the wake of Doug E.
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From the Stereo to Your Screen: Dan Aykroyd & Tom Hanks and Dragnet

“City of Crime,” by Dan Aykroyd & Tom Hanks, from Dragnet There’s a very short list of things I miss about the movies of the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. For the most part, it was a pretty transitory period for the sort of movies I like. Even given the fact that I was a kid at the time, the rose-colored glasses of nostalgia can only do so much to influence my opinions on the actual quality of things like Best of the Best or Judgment Night.     Still, there was a wonderful trend at the time to include
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Films from the Void: Mafia vs. Ninja

FILMS FROM THE VOID is a journey through junk bins, late night revivals, under seen recesses and reject piles as we try to find forgotten gems and lesser known classics. Join us as we lose our minds sorting through the strange, the sleazy, the sincere and the slop from the past and try to make sense of it all. Mafia vs. Ninja In my movie collection, there are over 20 multi-DVD, multi-movie collections of underrated and terrible films. They all sport titles such as “American Horror Stories,” “ Devil Worship Collection,” “Gorehouse Greats,” and the like. My local video store
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From the Stereo to Your Screen: Class of ’99 and The Faculty

“Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)” by Class of ‘99 from The Faculty   When I re-watched The Faculty a few weeks back, I came to the conclusion that it’s basically the epitome of the late ‘90s: an angsty film which focuses on the underdog kids, directed by Robert Rodriguez, and featuring an alt rock soundtrack. It’s most similar to the likes of Disturbing Behavior, but could also fall in line with the likes of The Craft. It’s weird to revisit a movie like this, which is essentially one of those things that brings up memories for those who saw
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Films From The Void: THE BEAST WITHIN (1982)

FILMS FROM THE VOID is a journey through junk bins, late night revivals, under seen recesses and reject piles as we try to find forgotten gems and lesser known classics. Join us as we lose our minds sorting through the strange, the sleazy, the sincere and the slop from the past and try to make sense of it all.   The 1982 horror film, The Beast Within, can be seen to be several different kinds of movies rolled into one, with each hiding within the other. It’s essentially the plot of Phillippe Mora’s film, hiding in plain sight. For instance,
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From the Stereo to Your Screen: Phunk Junkeez and Tommy Boy

“I Love It Loud (Injected Mix),” by Phunk Junkeez from Tommy Boy   Every once in a while, trolling a family member can yield positive results. My uncle Brad is a huge KISS fan. Coffee mugs, t-shirts, toys, albums in every conceivable format — you name it, he probably has at least considered purchasing it. He’s probably got money socked away for a KISS Kasket. He married my aunt PJ on Halloween and he wore Gene Simmons facepaint. HUGE fan, right? So, he posts this the other day: It brought to mind the fact that, once upon a time, rap-rock
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From the Stereo to Your Screen: Digital Underground and Nothing But Trouble

“Same Song” by Digital Underground, from Nothing But Trouble         Y’know what’s weird about this video? Digital Underground’s performance in Nothing But Trouble of “Same Song” is, essentially, a music video, and actually kind of better than the video itself. It’s certainly less racially problematic than the video itself, despite the fact that the members of Digital Underground are basically the only people of color in the film at all. That’s a lot to unload right at the top, isn’t it? Let’s backtrack: Nothing But Trouble is a 1991 movie starring John Candy, Chevy Chase, and Demi
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From the Stereo to Your Screen: Digital Underground and Nothing But Trouble

“Same Song” by Digital Underground, from Nothing But Trouble         Y’know what’s weird about this video? Digital Underground’s performance in Nothing But Trouble of “Same Song” is, essentially, a music video, and actually kind of better than the video itself. It’s certainly less racially problematic than the video itself, despite the fact that the members of Digital Underground are basically the only people of color in the film at all. That’s a lot to unload right at the top, isn’t it? Let’s backtrack: Nothing But Trouble is a 1991 movie starring John Candy, Chevy Chase, and Demi
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