Posts by Nick Spacek

Interview: Edgar Cantero talks his new novel, MEDDLING KIDS

Edgar Cantero’s new book, Meddling Kids (out now in hardback from Doubleday), was described to me as “Scooby-Doo Meets H.P. Lovecraft.” As much as I had enjoyed Cantero’s first book, The Supernatural Enhancements, you would’ve had me at Scooby Doo. Meddling Kids reminds me of all the Trixie Belden / Three Investigators / Nancy Drew / Hardy Boys books I read as a kid, to say nothing of the Encyclopedia Brown vibes that the movie Mystery Team had. So, yeah: every single thing I enjoy. It tells the story of how The Blyton Summer Detective Club reconvenes after a decade
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Films From The Void: BURNT OFFERINGS

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 viewing of Burnt Offerings was determined entirely because my wife and I had been out and about pretty much all day on Saturday, so come late afternoon, it was couch and movie time. I was clicking through movies on Amazon, and when
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Interview: Jason Amm of Waveshaper Media talks their upcoming Morton Subotnick documentary

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Morton Subotnick’s landmark electronic album, Silver Apples of the Moon. Thus, it makes perfect sense that Waveshaper Media – the duo of director Robert Fantinatto and musician Jason Amm – is putting together a documentary on the musician. Subotnick appeared in the company’s last documentary, In Search of Wires, which is a film on the enduring appeal of the modular synthesizer, and from that relationship sprang their upcoming film, Subotnick. Waveshaper has an Indiegogo campaign going to raise the funds to finish the film, and so we spoke with the company’s Jason Amm
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From the Stereo to Your Screen: Goo Goo Dolls & Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare

“I’m Awake Now,” by Goo Goo Dolls, from Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare Back when I discussed Phunk Junkeez and their contribution to the Tommy Boy soundtrack, I mentioned offhand that Goo Goo Dolls’ cover of The Damned’s “Wait for the Blackout” wasn’t bad. Being as how I’m always trying to track down weird-ass music videos for this column as well as look for bands to come on my soundtrack podcast and talk about how weird it was to have their song in a movie, I come across quite a few surprises. Thus, we come to the fact that Goo
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Unreleased Scores We’ve No Chance of Ever Seeing, But We Want Them Anyway

Thanks to a resurgence in soundtracks, there is astonishing variety of scores we never thought we’d ever see officially released: the scores for Basket Case and its sequel, Spookies, Chopping Mall, Phase IV, and Surf Nazis Must Die. These are but a few of the albums put out by the likes of Terror Vision, Waxwork, and Strange Disc, but for every obscure B-movie and cult flick out there, we can’t help but wonder at other titles which still have yet to see the light of day. Unsurprisingly, many of the titles we’re after come from the land of television, a genre
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Five Movie Music Podcasts (That Aren’t Mine)

For thems what love movies, there’s podcasts aplenty, as readers of this site are only too familiar. In addition to the fine Cinepunx network of shows, there are shows which cover everything from movies in general, to ‘casts which get granularly specific. If you have a love for horror flicks, there is enough material on a regular basis to fill your every waking hour. However, for those who like movies and music, there’s not a lot out there. Being a person who does one himself (From & Inspired By, dedicated to talking movie soundtracks and the people who make them
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The Mahoning Drive-In’s 2017 Season: Best Bets

For nearly 70 years, the Mahoning Drive-In has brought screenings under the stars to the denizens of the Lehigh Valley. Thanks to recent partnerships with the likes of Exhumed Films, and a desire to “deliver you a true love of film, filmmaking, and the nostalgic moviegoing experience you can only get at the drive-in,” the drive-in brings everything from obscure cult films to beloved favorites to their CinemaScope screen. As their 2017 season soon gets underway, we took a look at what’s been announced for the first few months, and give you a few tips as to the more obscure
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From the Stereo to Your Screen: Salt-n-Pepa & Stay Tuned

“Start Me Up,” by Salt-n-Pepa, from Stay Tuned 1992’s Stay Tuned is a fairly meta film, for being a movie about people sucked into a television. The film’s star, John Ritter, was best known for his work in sitcoms such as Three’s Company, as was the actress who played his wife, Pam Dawber, from the likes of Mork & Mindy and My Sister Sam. There are scads of TV personalities throughout the film’s more minor roles: Don Pardo of Saturday Night Live fame plays an announcer, and Captain Lou Albano even pops up. Still, the film’s not exactly well-known, and
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Films from the Void: Head of the Family (with bonus Jacqueline Lovell interview)

Full Moon Features (formerly Empire) typically have two ways of going about films: either grim, kind of dark horror flicks (like The Pit and the Pendulum or Puppet Master). or goofy comedies with a slight gross-out factor (like Bad Channels or Killer Bong). 1996’s Head of the Family plays into both of these camps, offering an equal dose of horror as it does comedy. Head of the Family recently got saved from its place within the bargain bin compilation DVDs, with a Blu-ray treatment for its 20th anniversary, and revisiting the movie is one hell of a trip. It’s always been a fun thing to
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Films From the Void: The Flesh Eaters

Jack Curtis’ 1964 sci-fi horror film, The Flesh Eaters, is one of those singular films that makes one wish there had been more. Directed, edited, and shot by Curtis, it was the only film he would make. Much like Herk Harvey with Carnival of Souls or Harold P. Warren and Manos: The Hands of Fate, Curtis made just one film, but it’s so definitively his, that it’s almost like the writer-director expended everything he had on the project. Curtis worked primarily as a voice actor — from radio shows in the ’40s to his best-known work on Speed Racer (as
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