A Wachowski Classic, Killer Klowns, & The Crypt Keeper Join The Cinepocalypse Repertory Slate

A Wachowski Classic, Killer Klowns, & The Crypt Keeper Join The Cinepocalypse Repertory Slate


June 21, 2018    Mike Vanderbilt

  Here at DAILY GRINDHOUSE, we worship at the altar of genre cinema’s past. And so should you. Here’s a look at all of the classic rep titles playing during CINEPOCALYPSE 2018. All films are shown in DCP format unless otherwise noted. SATURDAY, JUNE 23RD 5:00 PM: TALES FROM THE…

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An Indonesian Take On PHANTASM, Black Metal Comedy, & Nazi Puppets Round Out The Cinepocalypse Midwest Premieres

An Indonesian Take On PHANTASM, Black Metal Comedy, & Nazi Puppets Round Out The Cinepocalypse Midwest Premieres


June 21, 2018    John Reents

  All films are in English unless otherwise noted. FRIDAY, JUNE 22ND 12:30 PM: SATAN’S SLAVES (Indonesia / 2017 / 107m) Director: Joko Anwar Screenplay: Joko Anwar, Sisworo Gautama Putra with Bront Palare, Tara Basro, Endy Arfian, Dimas Aditya Joko Anwar’s remake of the 1980s Indonesian horror satansploitation classic SATAN’S…

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[SHORT FILM OF THE WEEK] THE LIGHTHOUSE KEEPERS (2012)

[SHORT FILM OF THE WEEK] THE LIGHTHOUSE KEEPERS (2012)


June 21, 2018    Matt Wedge

  We are constantly looking for new and different films when it comes to bringing you the best in genre entertainment. Short films are often where you find the most exciting new filmmakers taking chances, yet most audiences don’t seek them out. With that in mind, we will be showcasing…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘SABRINA’ BY NICK DRNASO

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘SABRINA’ BY NICK DRNASO


June 20, 2018    Ryan Carey

    We live not just in turbulent times, but significant ones — the ground has shifted beneath our feet, and if you’re American, it’s fair to say that, in many respects, the facade of the country we thought we knew has slipped, and in its place stands revealed a nation that…

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Russian Brides, Clowns, & Delroy Lindo Pepper The Cinepocalypse World Premiere Slate

Russian Brides, Clowns, & Delroy Lindo Pepper The Cinepocalypse World Premiere Slate


June 20, 2018    John Reents

This year’s Cinepocalypse Genre Film Festival—being held at Chicago’s world famous Music Box Theater—features 9, count ’em 9 WORLD PREMIERES. Be among the first to lay your eyes and ears upon this wild selection of films!       Opening Night: THURSDAY, JUNE 21ST 7:30 PM: THE DOMESTICS (US /…

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[CHICAGO UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL 2018] CUFF 2018 HIGHLIGHTS

[CHICAGO UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL 2018] CUFF 2018 HIGHLIGHTS


June 19, 2018    Jason Coffman

2018 marked the 25th annual Chicago Underground Film Festival, officially making CUFF the longest running underground film festival in the world. This year’s festival included over 80 short films from all over the world, as well as more than a dozen features during the festival’s main run at the Logan…

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[MY EXPLOITATION EDUCATION] THE BLACK GODFATHER (1974)

[MY EXPLOITATION EDUCATION] THE BLACK GODFATHER (1974)


June 15, 2018    Matt Wedge

    I love genre cinema. I will always have a soft spot for horror, action, sci-fi, and all the subgenres that exist inside those larger categories. What I have never felt any real connection to are those films that exist in the realm of pure sleaze. You know the…

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[NOW STREAMING] INHERITANCE (2018)

[NOW STREAMING] INHERITANCE (2018)


June 15, 2018    Rich Maier

      Two of the greatest psychological horror films of all time both suffer from the same “problem.” You know exactly what the main character is going to eventually do, and said character completes no real personal journey. In most cases, for a film to work, the main character…

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[CINEPOCALYPSE 2018] JOHNNY DONALDSON’S TOP TEN MOST ANTICIPATED FILMS

[CINEPOCALYPSE 2018] JOHNNY DONALDSON’S TOP TEN MOST ANTICIPATED FILMS


June 14, 2018    Johnny Donaldson

  The second annual Cinepocalypse Film Festival (which rose, like a dark phoenix, from the ashes of the Bruce Campbell Horror Film Fest) is right around the corner, kicking off June 21st at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago. It’ll be my first time going, and I am pumped for the…

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[SHORT FILM OF THE WEEK] GRAVE TORTURE (2012)

[SHORT FILM OF THE WEEK] GRAVE TORTURE (2012)


June 14, 2018    Matt Wedge

  We are constantly looking for new and different films when it comes to bringing you the best in genre entertainment. Short films are often where you find the most exciting new filmmakers taking chances, yet most audiences don’t seek them out. With that in mind, we will be showcasing…

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[CINEPOCALYPSE 2018] JASON COFFMAN’S FIVE MOST ANTICIPATED FILMS

[CINEPOCALYPSE 2018] JASON COFFMAN’S FIVE MOST ANTICIPATED FILMS


June 13, 2018    Jason Coffman

  Last year’s inaugural Cinepocalypse was a great surprise, a solid genre film fest dropped seemingly out of nowhere into one of the best theaters in Chicago. That element of surprise has not entirely disappeared with the 2018 edition–instead of waiting a full year to return, Cinepocalypse is back just…

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[KING OF ALL MEDIA] ROSE RED (2002)

[KING OF ALL MEDIA] ROSE RED (2002)


June 13, 2018    Alejandra Gonzalez

  Stephen King is the most influential voice in horror of the late 20th century. His books have been best sellers since his debut and have gone on to spawn numerous adaptations in film, TV, video games, and other media. King Of All Media looks at those adaptations, starting with…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘THE AGENCY’ BY KATIE SKELLY

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘THE AGENCY’ BY KATIE SKELLY


June 13, 2018    Ryan Carey

      I think it’s fair to say that 2017 was a “break-out year” for New York-based cartoonist Katie Skelly, what with her OGN My Pretty Vampire ranking among the year’s best-reviewed books and proving to be an out-of-left-field success for its publisher, Fantagraphics, so it doesn’t come as any surprise…

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INCREDIBLES 2: A FUN, EXCITING FOLLOW UP TO ONE OF PIXAR’S FINEST

INCREDIBLES 2: A FUN, EXCITING FOLLOW UP TO ONE OF PIXAR’S FINEST


June 12, 2018    Andy Vanderbilt

  Picking a favorite Pixar movie is a tough one. Right from the start with 1995’s TOY STORY the company hit the ground running and to this day keeps putting out quality content. One of the biggest contenders for a “best” film is often 2004’s THE INCREDIBLES. Brad Bird’s original…

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[THE DAILY GRINDHOUSE INTERVIEW] DON “THE DRAGON” WILSON!

[THE DAILY GRINDHOUSE INTERVIEW] DON “THE DRAGON” WILSON!


June 12, 2018    Mike McPadden

      Don “The Dragon” Wilson is an 11-time professional kickboxing world champion with a record of 47 knockouts who the International Sports Hall of Fame has anointed nothing less than “the greatest kickboxer in American history.”   Of course, The Dragon is a martial-arts movie legend, as well….

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[AVAILABLE TODAY] VIRTUAL REVOLUTION (2016)

[AVAILABLE TODAY] VIRTUAL REVOLUTION (2016)


June 12, 2018    Rich Maier

  Often when a film is successful, it will accidentally spawn several other attempts to cash in on its success. Usually when this happens, the filmmakers don’t understand what it actually was that made the successful film great. In the mid-nineties, it had been CLERKS and PULP FICTION that everyone…

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[BLU-RAY REVIEW] NINJA III: THE DOMINATION (COLLECTOR’S EDITION) (1984)

[BLU-RAY REVIEW] NINJA III: THE DOMINATION (COLLECTOR’S EDITION) (1984)


June 11, 2018    Matt Wedge

    I love Cannon Films, but unlike most loves, I am not blinded to their faults. I recognize that a good seventy-five percent of their output was objectively…not good. Still, even with that understanding, when I see the “A Golan-Globus Production” credit come up, I get a little thrill…

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[THE DAILY GRINDHOUSE INTERVIEW] KIER-LA JANISSE ON HER UPCOMING BOOK, ‘COCKFIGHT!’

[THE DAILY GRINDHOUSE INTERVIEW] KIER-LA JANISSE ON HER UPCOMING BOOK, ‘COCKFIGHT!’


June 11, 2018    Mike McPadden

  Kier-La Janisse is a supernova in the world of film criticism, presentation, and just overall obsession.   The Canadian native programs dynamic movie schedules all over the planet, oversees The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies, and is the founder, proprietor, and artistic director of Spectacular Optical publishing — a…

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[PRIDE MONTH] CREATIVE PROFESSIONALS DISCUSS THEIR FAVORITE LGBTQ-THEMED HORROR FILMS

[PRIDE MONTH] CREATIVE PROFESSIONALS DISCUSS THEIR FAVORITE LGBTQ-THEMED HORROR FILMS


June 11, 2018    Jeremy Lowe

          June is Pride Month. It’s a special time of year where everyone is encouraged to celebrate equality and diversity. In the LGBTQ community, it’s also a time to remember the roots of the gay rights movement. June 28th, 1969 was the day that the Stonewall…

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[MY EXPLOITATION EDUCATION] NIGHT TRAIN TO TERROR (1985)

[MY EXPLOITATION EDUCATION] NIGHT TRAIN TO TERROR (1985)


June 9, 2018    Matt Wedge

    I love genre cinema. I will always have a soft spot for horror, action, sci-fi, and all the subgenres that exist inside those larger categories. What I have never felt any real connection to are those films that exist in the realm of pure sleaze. You know the…

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The HALLOWEEN Trailer Will Make You Believe In The Boogeyman Again

The HALLOWEEN Trailer Will Make You Believe In The Boogeyman Again


June 8, 2018    Mike Vanderbilt

The sequels to John Carpenter’s HALLOWEEN impressively convoluted one of the most terrifyingly simple modern horror tales. Michael Myers became less a “force of nature” and turned into another silent slasher indistinguishable from the hack-and-slash knockoffs that came in the wake of the original film’s success. There are a few…

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Eddie Murphy To Put These Hush Puppies Up Your Motherfucking Ass As Rudy Ray Moore

Eddie Murphy To Put These Hush Puppies Up Your Motherfucking Ass As Rudy Ray Moore


June 7, 2018    Mike Vanderbilt

Eddie Murphy, who’s last film—the tepid tearjerker MR. CHURCH—went all but unnoticed in 2016 will be returning to the big screen as Rudy Ray Moore, Dolemite himself in a biopic from Netflix. The film begins production June 12th with Craig Brewer (HUSTLE AND FLOW) directing a script from Scott Alexander and…

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[SHORT FILM OF THE WEEK] AFFECTIONS (2016)

[SHORT FILM OF THE WEEK] AFFECTIONS (2016)


June 7, 2018    Matt Wedge

  We are constantly looking for new and different films when it comes to bringing you the best in genre entertainment. Short films are often where you find the most exciting new filmmakers taking chances, yet most audiences don’t seek them out. With that in mind, we will be showcasing…

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[NEW TO STREAMING THIS MONTH!] THE JURASSIC GAMES (2018)

[NEW TO STREAMING THIS MONTH!] THE JURASSIC GAMES (2018)


June 6, 2018    Paul Freitag-Fey

      The “death game” motif has long been a staple of genre media, from the publication of Richard Connell’s The Most Dangerous Game in 1924 to the recent success of the HUNGER GAMES books and films. It’s a simple idea, one that allows writers and filmmakers to delve…

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