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CINEPOCALYPSE 2019: THE SWERVE is a ‘Lovingly Crafted and Punishing Affair’

The Swerve is the striking — and strikingly depressing — feature debut from New Jersey-based director Dean Kapsalis, and it’s best appreciated as it was envisioned: as a suburban update on a classical Greek tragedy. While actions, and the catastrophic results of those actions, are often telegraphed well in advance, it plays out in such a bleak and uncompromising fashion that you’ll inevitably be left emotionally drained by the end. While some viewers may find the slow, occasionally ponderous, pacing to be a detriment, this portrait of a housewife’s steady mental decline proves to be a lovingly crafted and punishing affair.
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CINEPOCALYPSE 2019: MOPE is ‘Utterly Sticky Nihilism’

Do not, under any circumstances, think that Lucas Heyne’s Mope is going to be a comedy. The title card, reading “this actually happened,” might give the impression — a la Fargo’s famous epigraph — that this is a fictional tale masquerading as a tragicomic reality. In truth, Heyne’s story of Steve Driver (Nathan Stewart-Jarrett), Tom Dong (Kelly Sry) and their sad experiences and dire end as part of the low-budget fetish porn world of Eric (Brian Huskey) and his company, Ultima DVD, is real. You can read all about it at various “holy shit” clickbait websites, but the tagline sums
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CINEPOCALYPSE 2019 is Coming! (You Should Go)

Every time something like this year’s Cinepocalypse gets announced, I consider quitting my job and really trying to figure out a way to make money writing about things like this. I wish everything made me so excited. Going through the list of films, I started looking for themes, and while it’s pretty obvious that the festival is highlighting women in horror since it’s right there in the press release —  “CINEPOCALYPSE SPOTLIGHTS THE BADASS WOMEN OF HORROR” — there are some other themes making their way into the festival programming this year. To wit: there are three movies about Satan/demons,
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The Printed Screen: DARKMAN (1990) (Part 3 of 3)

In The Printed Screen, I’ll be taking an irreverent look at comic book adaptations of notable films. We’re currently looking at the 1990 comic book adaptation of Sam Raimi’s Darkman. Read the first part of this article right here and the second part here. When we last encountered Darkman, he was running for his life after stealing a whole lot of Robert Durant’s money. And his face! And when we last encountered Liam Neeson, he was a beloved actor spending his twilight years making middling action pictures. Oops! It’s too much to recap at this point, so here’s a photo of a
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CINEPUNX Episode 96: ALL THE THE LIGHT IN THE SKY and DRINKING BUDDIES with Mike Paulshock

http://media.blubrry.com/cinepunx/p/www.cinepunx.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Cinepunx_Ep96.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWE GOT A REAL, GENUINE, NO JOKE EPISODE FOR YOU HERE FOLKS! WE TALK WACK, WE TALK ON TRACK, AND WE GET DOWN AND DIRTY WITH SOME JOE SWANBERG, ALL WITH THE CHARMING AND AFFABLE MIKE PAULSHOCK! Episode 96 is here, and for this truly blood boiling episode we welcome co-host of the Whine & Cheese podcast  and killer band sun god who you probably know, IF YOU ARE COOL! Mike had the great idea to talk about Joe Swanberg, whose films are seen as ground zero for
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In the Valley Below’s Angela Gail Invites You to Drink Champagne in THE PINK CHATEAU

Angela Gail, along with her partner, Jeffrey Jacob, forms the electronic music duo In the Valley Below. Their music is equally suited to dark nightclubs and sunlit beaches, and the press release for their latest album, The Pink Chateau, describes it perfectly as “sexy, urbane, tropical pop music.” Rather than simply release the album or put out a music video, Gail directed a film which forms a visual interpretation of In the Valley Below’s new album. When we spoke about it the other day, it was really a fascinating glimpse into how both a new filmmaker (this was her directorial
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Grady Hendrix on the PAPERBACKS FROM HELL Reissues and Christopher Pike Novels

It’s no secret we’re fans of author Grady Hendrix here at Cinepunx. We’ve done an interview, a podcast episode, another interview, and a book review over the last two years. He’s a nice guy to talk to, and the things he does — from books like Horrorstör and We Sold Our Souls, to the Hong Kong-A-Thon, to co-writing the film Mohawk with Ted Geoghegan — seem like he’s pitching ideas straight from the depths of fevered genre imaginations. Thus, when it became apparent that some of the books featured in his overview of horror paperbacks through the decades, Paperbacks from
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Blood, Sex and Falsies: Ed Wood’s Erotic Short Fiction Returns to Spread ANGORA FEVER

For many, the curious career of Edward D. Wood, Jr. begins and ends with the small selection of films that landed him the dubious title of Worst Director of All Time. Works like Glen or Glenda, Bride of the Monster and Plan 9 From Outer Space, all genre curiosities that made his name synonymous with noble failure and which eventually earned him a dedicated, if somewhat derisively ironic cult following. Public interest in Wood reached its peak with the acclaimed 1994 biopic starring Johnny Depp, before its subject and his work gradually faded back into the pop culture ether. For the adventurous few willing to dig
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SPECIAL EVENT: STARFISH Screening and Q&A w/ Director Al White

CINEPUNX AND YELLOW VEIL PICTURES PRESENT THE PHILADELPHIA PREMIERE OF STARFISH, THE HAUNTING FEATURE FILM DEBUT FROM A.T. WHITE Join us on March 18 for a screening at the historic Rotunda with director A.T. White in attendance for a post-screening Q&A. Philadelphia, PA (March 4, 2019) – Cinepunx and Yellow Veil Pictures are proud to present the Philadelphia premiere of Fantastic Fest-selected Starfish, the ambitious, genre-defying debut from writer and director A.T. White. For this special event, Cinepunx and Yellow Veil Pictures are excited to partner with the historic Rotunda in Philadelphia. The Rotunda (4014 Walnut St.) is a shared
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A Brief Primer in Black Horror Inspired by HORROR NOIRE

The recent release of the documentary Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror has folks buzzing about black representation in horror films. The documentary, inspired by the book Horror Noire: Blacks in American Horror Films from the 1890s to Present by Dr. Robin R. Means Coleman, is both entertaining and educational. Viewers are offered a glimpse into the minds of some of the most influential black filmmakers on the scene. If you’re interested in learning more about the film, check it out on Shudder and read our review here. Upon seeing it, I felt inspired to revisit some of my favorite black
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