Archives for Talking Shit

AT THE (MAHONING) DRIVE-IN with Virgil Cardamone And Matthew McClanahan

Any horror fan in northeastern PA has likely heard of the Mahoning Drive-In just outside of Lehighton, PA. Since 1949 the theatre has been offering moviegoers films in a 35 millimeter format on Simplex projectors, and to this day they’ve stuck with formula. The result is an experience that captures the nostagliac feel of genre films as they were original experienced. I was lucky enough to talk to Virgil Cardamone and Matthew McClanahan, two of the people involved with running the Drive-In every season about how they became involved with the operation of the theatre, the challenges of maintaining a “retro”
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Barbara Crampton on the VHS throwback ‘Beyond the Gates’; At The Brooklyn Horror Film Festival 10/15

The term ‘throwback horror’ gets tossed around a lot these days in reference to horror films making the festival circuit. While many may aim for that nostalgic vibe, few manage to hit it on the head as solidly and satisfyingly as Jackson Stewart’s Beyond the Gates. Making effective use of an economical cast and plot, the film walks the line between tightly-wound supernatural horror and cleverly-amusing throwback. While humorous, the concept is never played for wink-and-nudge laughs in Beyond the Gates, and the film unfurls like the kids in The Gate grew up. We spoke via e-mail with one of the film’s
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Jackson Stewart on his VHS throwback ‘Beyond the Gates’; At The Brooklyn Horror Film Festival 10/15

The term “throwback horror” gets tossed around a lot these days in reference to horror films making the festival circuit. While many may aim for that nostalgic vibe, few manage to hit it on the head as solidly and satisfyingly as Jackson Stewart’s Beyond the Gates. Making effective use of a small cast and economical plot, the film walks the line between tightly-wound supernatural horror and cleverly-amusing throwback. While humorous, the concept’s never played for wink-and-nudge laughs in Beyond the Gates, and the film unfurls like the kids in The Gate grew up. We spoke via Skype with director Stewart
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GREEN ROOM THE INTERVIEW- Talking Shit with Jeremy Saulnier and The Blair Brothers

Punks on film is a complicated matter. There are some wonderful examples, your Repo Man or your Suburbia or maybe your first season of Degrassi. The vast majority of these films though are embarrassing, though some in truly wonderful ways. Take, for example, Punk Vacation. A truly bat shit revenge film, it is filled with the sort of caricatured costume Hollywood punks that no one ever admits influenced them to get into this weird scene we are a part of. So it was with some trepidation that Josh and I went to see Green Room, the latest film from the amazing Jeremy Saulnier. Saulnier’s
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