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‘Zine Review: Rue Morgue #64



Rue Morgue #64 (click to see it bigger!)Issue #64
Jan/Feb 2007

As with almost all issues of Rue Morgue, a great cover is chosen, one that works because it’s so simplistic and striking. Though I always want some Gary Pullin art on the front of my Rue, I’ll take a badass shot from The Host poster, too!

An interview with Host director Joon-Ho Bong and a reflection on the spotty history of Korean cinema (both horror and otherwise) lead off this issue. Bong’s thoughts on his movie are interesting, as he prefers to think of it as a family drama rather than a horror film, but it’s obvious he knows where his primary fanbase lies. Some great research was done for the history of Korean cinema, as well, a subject I’m sure not many are familiar with, which is one of the things Rue Morgue is so well known for: educating its readers.

To that end we have the issue-stealing article written by Jason Lapeyre focusing on the silent horror films that pre-date Universal’s classic creations. Incredibly informative and well researched, it goes way beyond the standard silent horrors we all know and love like Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, discussing little-heard of films like Golem, Haxan and Lon Chaney’s early work. The article is followed by a look at a new release from the masters over at FAB Press that was specifically written about Haxan, which likely served as the impetus for the whole article. Great stuff.

Though I didn’t think it could possibly be interesting, their artist focus this month is on The Forgotten Guild of Funerary Violinists, a fictitious group of musicians made up by one Rohan Kriwaczek as a way of lending validity to a new trend he’s hoping to start; funerary violinists. Far from being a way of scamming mourners or taking business from funeral directors as one might initially assume, Kriwaczek thought that more people would listen to his suggestions about a new way to mourn the passing of loved one if he could create a history for it. It’s a really cool piece and made me more than a little interested to hear his works.

The rest of the pre-review issue looks ahead to 2007 with their annual listing of horror conventions and film festivals (from which our own Fear Fest is conspicuously missing…) and a breakdown of the best and worst of 2006. How Slither, which is a movie I truly loved, made it to the top of the best films over The Descent is beyond my understanding, but the rest of their list is pretty much spot-on.

Other highlights include an honest review of The Roost (finally!), Chris Alexander’s sweet, sweet loving for C.H.U.D. and Gary Butler’s focus on Alan Moore’s latest horror venture, Lost Girls, which just sounds far too twisted to pass up. For a good laugh be sure to check out the Gore-Met’s column this month, too, which not only details the mysterious gore hound’s history in our beloved genre, but has a great picture of he man himself circa 1989.

Click here to visit Rue Morgue’s official site for more on this issue and to subscribe so you don’t miss another one!

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Synapse’s Suspiria 4K Restoration Gets a Release Date



Earlier this year, we wrote about Synapse Films’ Suspiria 4K restoration and how it was available for pre-order. The weird catch was that there was no release date confirmed and that pre-orders would go out sometime in December 2017. Today that changes as we can confirm that the 3-disc special edition Blu-ray collection will come out December 19th, just in time for Christmas but a little late for Hanukkah. Any chance we can have one extra night this year?

Restored over three years, Synapse has been working tirelessly to create the ultimate version of Dario Argento’s 1977 classic supernatural horror film, which has since gone on to become one of the most recognized and lauded titles in the genre. This cut has been overseen and approved by Luciano Tovoli, the Director of Photography on the film.

Pre-orders are still available via Synapse Films’ website.

Special features:
*Limited edition of only 6000 units produced
*Exclusive Steelbook packaging and collector’s o-card sleeve, featuring artwork from Malleus, Van Orton Design, Juan José Saldarriaga & Chris MacGibbon
*Three disc [Two Blu-rays + One CD] limited collector’s edition (only 6000 units) containing a new 4K restoration of the original uncut, uncensored Italian 35mm camera negative exclusively done by Synapse Films, with color correction supervised and approved by SUSPIRIA Director of Photography, Luciano Tovoli
*Original 4.0 1977 English language LCRS sound mix not heard since the theatrical release in 1977, presented in high-resolution DTS-HD MA 96 Khz/24-bit audio
*Italian 5.1 surround sound mix
*Two audio commentaries by authors and Argento scholars, Derek Botelho, David Del Valle & Troy Howarth
*Do You Know Anything About Witches? – 30 minute SUSPIRIA visual essay written, edited and narrated by Michael Mackenzie
*Suzy in Nazi Germany – Featurette on the German locations from SUSPIRIA
*A Sigh from the Depths: 40 Years of SUSPIRIA – All-new anniversary retrospective on the making of the film and its influence on cinema
*Olga’s Story – Interview with star Barbara Magnolfi
*Original theatrical trailers, TV spots and radio spots
*Special Collector Edition Booklet containing an American Cinematographer interview with Luciano Tovoli, liner notes by Derek Botelho and restoration notes by Vincent Pereira & Don May, Jr. Cover artwork by Matthew Therrien Illustration
*“International Classics” English “Breathing Letters” opening credit sequence from U.S. release version
*Alternate All-English opening and closing credits sequences, playable via seamless branching
*Newly translated, removable English SDH subtitles for the English language version
*Newly translated, removable English subtitles for the Italian language version
*Exclusive CD remaster of Goblin’s SUSPIRIA motion picture soundtrack, containing additional tracks not included on the original 1977 soundtrack release

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Creep 2 Starring Mark Duplass Hits Netflix This December



Just the other day we shared with you guys an exclusive interview with Partick Brice, the director of the Mark Duplass-starring found footage flicks Creep and Creep 2.

Today we have the awesome news that the killer sequel Creep 2 (review) will be hitting Netflix streaming on December 23rd.

The original creeptastic motion picture is already streaming on Netflix so if you need to catch up – or just watch the original again – you can do so tonight and get ready for the sequel which, personally, I found to be superior (if even just slightly) to the original.

What did you think of the original film? Are you excited to check out the sequel? Or have you already seen it? Make sure to let us know in the comments below or on social media!

Creep 2 starring Mark Duplass and Desiree Akhavan hits Netflix December 23rd!


Desiree Akhavan (“Girls”, APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR) stars as Sara, a video artist whose primary focus is creating intimacy with lonely men. After finding an ad online for “video work,” she thinks she may have found the subject of her dreams. She drives to a remote house in the forest and meets a man claiming to be a serial killer (Mark Duplass, reprising his role from the previous film). Unable to resist the chance to create a truly shocking piece of art, she agrees to spend the day with him. However, as the day goes on she discovers she may have dug herself into a hole she can’t escape.

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Waxwork Records Unveils Phenomenal 2018 Subscription Package



Our pals over at Waxwork Records have unveiled their 2018 subscription bundle and it’s packed to the brim with some absolutely fantastic titles! Horror fans who enjoy spinning their music on turntables can look forward to two Romero titles, Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead, Joe Dante’s The ‘Burbs, Sam Raimi’s Drag Me to Hell, and lastly they’ll have Jordan Peele’s smash success title Get Out. On top of getting those five records, those who join the subscription program will also receive a t-shirt, coffee mug, poster, notebook, magnet, enamel pin, calendar, and more.

For Night of the Living Dead, Waxwork Records worked closely with the film’s original creators, including Romero himself prior to his passing, the Museum of Modern Art, and The Criterion Collection so that they could source audio from the 4K restoration. It will be released as a 2xLP package.

Dawn of the Dead will also get a 2xLP release that will include brand new artwork, re-mastered audio, and more. The same kind of treatment is being given to The ‘Burbs. Christopher Young’s Drag Me to Hell soundtrack will be a single LP but will get the same level of attention and quality as the other titles.

As for Peele’s Get Out. Michael Abels; score will be released on a 2xLP vinyl set and will pay tribute to one of the most culturally significant movies of the past several years.

The Waxwork Records subscription package will be $250 ($285 in Canada) and will open up for sale this Friday, the 24th. More information can be found on Waxwork’s website.

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