Posts by Nick Spacek

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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Analog Adventures: Looking at ORG Music

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. ORG Music announced their 2020 Record Store Day titles last week. Out on Saturday, April 18, will be Nat Turner Rebellion’s Laugh to Keep from Crying, Würm’s Poison b/w Zero Sum, Sock-Tight’s self-titled LP, a brand-new Infectious Grooves EP, Marion Brown’s Porto Novo, and a
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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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