Posts by Nick Spacek

MVD Rewind’s ‘MIND GAMES’ Blu surprises with its bonus features

Starting with the release of punk rock doc D.O.A.: A Right of Passage and comedy-horror film Attack of The Killer Tomatoes in December 2017, the MVD Rewind Collection instantly became a way for fans to get “’cult classics and more from the video store’ in special edition Blu-ray + DVD collector’s sets loaded with special features,” as the company puts it. Amazingly, though, despite their latest release – Bob Yari’s 1989 film, Mind Games – being the 21st installment in the series, I’ve not yet had a chance to check any of them out. So, what’s the deal? “Maxwell Caulfield
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Analog Adventures: Lance the Proverbial Boil

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. Lucid Child’s My Universe is a heady swirl of Krautrock and psychedelia. The music of the West Coast outfit is intensely, almost eccentrically groovy. The opening has a frighteningly heavy low end, fairly vibrating my upstairs office, even with the volume turned down. When “Lucy
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Clint Carney & Kelton Jones on DRY BLOOD on its first anniversary

On January 15 of 2019, Dread Presents, an arm of Epic Pictures, released the film festival favorite, Dry Blood. Since then, the film’s score has seen a release on Burning Witches Records, and the movie’s found an entirely new audience on home video. It’s a fascinating film, which utilizes every penny of its small budget to create a slow-burn, cyclical tale of madness through the eyes of a man trying to get clean one last time. “Brian Barnes returns to his mountain vacation home to sober up one final time. Most of the houses of this dwindling community sit empty
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FROM THE STEREO TO YOUR SCREEN: Paul McCartney and SPIES LIKE US

Paul McCartney’s “Spies Like Us” from Spies Like Us Released in December of 1985, the John Landis-directed Cold War comedy Spies Like Us is one of those movies that those of us of a certain age have likely seen dozens of times, thanks to a regular rotation on HBO. It’s basically a modern update of the Bing Crosby and Bob Hope road movies from the ’40s and ’50s, wherein two guys end up having to pretend they’re someone they’re not as they get lost in some far-off foreign land. I fucking love this movie. While most folks remember it for the perfectly-delivered,
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Analog Adventures: Riffing on a Theme

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. J. Graves In a postcard included with Marathon, the debut album from her band, J. Graves, singer and guitarist Jessa Graves writes that, “As shown on the cover, this record is my heart and everything inside me. Thank you for listening – I’m just getting
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Drummer Dave Lombardo on Cuba & his score for LOS ÚLTIMOS FRIKIS

Drummer Dave Lombardo has an impressive resume: founding member of Slayer, member of Mike Patton’s Fantômas, Dead Cross, and the upcoming Mr. Bungle reunion shows, this year’s Misfits reunion shows, as well as Suicidal Tendencies. It’s a wild ride through punk, metal, and hardcore’s most influential names and acts, and Lombardo could to rest on his laurels until the day he dies and still be considered one of the greats. Such is not the case, however. The drummer recently completed his first full film score, for Nicholas Brennan’s documentary, Los Últimos Frikis, which tells the story of the Cuban heavy
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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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