I love it when Rue Morgue takes what some fans may see as an obscure release, in this case the Alejandro Jodorowsky box set from Anchor Bay, and give it a massive push because they’re unabashedly in love with the man’s work.
That’s what you get with this issue, whether you like it or not, but chances are if you’re an open-minded horror fan, you’ll like it. Myself, I’ve never seen any of Jodorowsky’s films (no, not even Santa Sangre, don’t ask me how), so it was even more interesting to me to learn about the man’s life and his work.
The coverage kicks off with an interview done by Rodrigo Gudino with the man himself, discussing how he feels about three of his films finally being on DVD and given the love they deserve, as well as the trials and tribulations that went into making them. Following that is a chat with Alejandro’s son, Crsitobal, discussing his feelings looking back on his role in his father’s groundbreaking Santa Sangre, also done by Gudino. Then Chris Alexander shows just how much he loves Jodorowsky’s films with a two-page break down of the DVD box set from Anchor Bay and gives multiple reasons why you should own this sucker NOW (get it here!).
A great chat with Nacho Cerda follows, discussing the long road to The Abandoned (review), followed by overwhelmingly positive reviews of the seven other films released as part of After Dark’s first annual HorrorFest (yes, even Dark Ride). Weird.
Then things get sticky as The Gore-met sits down with Toe Tag president and August Underground creator Fred Vogel to discuss the final AU movie, Penance (review coming soon!) as well as their first true narrative feature, The Redsin Tower (review). As always Vogel comes off as smart and witty and gives fans even more reason to root for him to be successful. Quite a turnaround from being someone most people were afraid of…
Other highlights this issue include a chat with Harold Perrineau about his role in 28 Weeks Later, a fantastic look at the recent Mario Bava box set with comments on each film by Mario’s son Lamberto, Alexander’s touching and completely straight tribute to the late Bob Clark, and a very cool one-pager about Earthling Publications, a small-press publisher who are putting out amazing editions of a lot of great writing, including an upcoming limited edition release of Clive Barker’s The Hellbound Heart, the tale that inspired Hellraiser (it doesn’t hurt that Paul is a friend of mine, too!)
All in all another great issue, what more can be said? There’s really not a weak spot throughout, save maybe for the negative review of James Wan’s Dead Silence, but that’s only because I really dug the movie.
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