Posts by Nick Spacek

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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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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From the Stereo to Your Screen: The Coupe De Villes and Big Trouble in Little China

“Big Trouble in Little China” by The Coupe De Villes from Big Trouble in Little China     I’m never putting the column’s selection up to a vote ever again. While I absolutely adore John Carpenter’s music, as well as Big Trouble In Little China as a film, this song is horrid. I’m pretty sure everyone either voted on this because of one of two things: They knew the movie, but had no idea about the song. They knew the song and wanted me to suffer. Knowing you people, I’m assuming the second, more than the first. This song’s rough.
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Films from the Void: THE SENTINEL

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 Sentinel I’ll be honest up front, here: the first time I watched The Sentinel, I was really tired and trying to do a million things around the house. The second time, I had kinda / sorta broken my foot and
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Films from the Void: METAMORPHOSIS

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. Metamorphosis Metamorphosis is, at its heart, a nasty movie. It’s part of an ad hoc collection of films known in Italy as the La Casa series, playing off the popularity of the Evil Dead films — known in Italy as La
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From the Stereo to Your Screen: The Dickies and Killer Klowns From Outer Space

“Killer Klowns From Outer Space” by the Dickies from Killer Klowns From Outer Space   This is, quite honestly, one of my favorite songs of all time. Any chance I have to work it onto a compilation, mix tape, radio show, podcast, or otherwise, I will foist it upon those listening. Not only is it the theme to an excellently underrated movie, but it’s probably the best punk song to ever use “Entry of the Gladiators” as its backbone. Granted, it’s probably the only punk song to use the circus calliope as its backbone, but still — fantastically catchy song. The
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