The Cinepocalypse Film Festival is a week long celebration of “ass-kicking genre movies”, held at Chicago’s prestigious Music Box Theatre. This year’s lineup included festival favourites The Ranger, Satan’s Slaves, and the Monster Squad documentary Wolfman’s Got Nards. The 2019 festival kicks off June 13 and it’s already shaping out to be another banner year.
First wave films will be announced April 2019 but for now fans can drool over the festival’s partnership with Creep Records to release the score and soundtrack to Jenn Wexler’s punk-rock slasher The Ranger. Our very own Stephanie Cole called the film “a fun and and stylish throwback slasher [that] nails the aesthetic of 80’s punk culture”. Read her full review HERE, and purchase your Cinepocalypse badges HERE.
From The Press Release:
The Music Box Theatre is proud to announce that Cinepocalypse will return in 2019 for a triumphant third year, running from June 13th through the 20th!
The Midwest’s largest gathering of genre films and fans, Cinepocalypse organizers are also very proud to partner with Creep Records for the release of their first vinyl record, the soundtrack to Jenn Wexler’s acclaimed punk slasher THE RANGER. Accompanying it, Cinepocalypse and Creep Records will also release the film’s score.
The soundtrack features 20 tracks from a variety of underground icons including FANG (whose 1982 album “Landshark” was named by Kurt Cobain as one of his favorites), The Avengers, The Grim, and Dayglo Abortions. The synth-driven score is composed by Wade McNeil and Andrew Gordon Macpherson.
Both vinyls will be released in multiple variants, with heavy tip on gatefold jackets, foiling, colored vinyl, hand numbering, and autographs. More special plans are in store , with a release date in 2019 to be announced soon – including plans for OG cassettes and CDs.
Says Cinepocalypse founder Josh Goldbloom, “The festival is always dedicated to finding new ways to support the films we love so much, and as an obsessive record collector I couldn’t be any more stoked to work with THE RANGER team on these releases. Like REPO MAN and THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD, this is a legendary compilation of underground punk rock anarchy that we can’t wait for you to discover – and mosh to.”
“We always wanted the music of THE RANGER to feel like a mixtape, so we’re thrilled people will soon be able to experience it not only on *actual* cassette, but also a limited-edition vinyl!” said THE RANGER director Jenn Wexler. “Shout-out to Cinepocalypse and Creep Records for bringing this to life. From punk to parkland, the music captures the spirit of the film, so there’s nothing cooler than being able to showcase the songs and score.”
With the fest’s 50+ incredible titles yet to be announced – alongside its amazing juries and guests – the third edition of Cinepocalypse aims to be bigger and badder than ever! The fest will reveal its first wave of films in April.
The Music Box Theatre stands as one of the nation’s most prestigious art house theatres, and has recently made a concerted effort to diversify programming and bolster local audiences. Located on the city’s Northside at 3733 North Southport Ave, The Music Box’s year-round programming has consistently offered genre fans some of the very finest cinematic experiences in digital, 35mm, and 70mm formats.
The third edition of Cinepocalypse, running from June 13th through the 20th, will features scary-good world, U.S., and regional premieres, repertory screenings, special guests, parties, and much more. For more information, visit www.musicboxtheatre.com.
Creep Records began as a record label in 1993 and has since expanded multiple retail spaces (Philadelphia, West Chester), a recording studio, and screen-printing operation. Their roots are in punk and hardcore, putting out releases in their early years from the likes of The Bouncing Souls, Plow United, Violent Society, All Else Failed, and more. The tales of the Creep House in West Chester have become that of legend, building a bond and community that lives and grows to this day. However, they have always been a label that puts out the music they truly love, regardless of genre.