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Rue Morgue Magazine Turns 13



It’s hard to believe that Canada’s Rue Morgue Magazine has been around as long as it has! Their next issue marks their lucky thirteenth year of kicking ass and taking names and we have a look at what’s in store for readers both old and new!

Congrats, guys! Here’s to another 13!

From the Press Release
RUE MORGUE Special Edition 13th Anniversary Halloween Issue
ON STANDS October 1st!
Fifty years ago Marion met Norman at the Bates Motel and the modern horror film was born. Rue Morgue’s panel of experts celebrates the lunatic legacy of Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece. Featuring Wes Craven, assistant director Hilton Green, and authors Stephen Rebello and David Thomson.
PLUS: A look at Bernard Herrmann’s score, a new documentary on the film, sequel spotlights, and more!
by Aaron Von Lupton, Mark R. Hasan, James Burrell, Stuart F. Andrews, Joseph O’Brien and John W. Bowen

From pre-Code grue to today’s top purveyors of terror, read about the scariest, goriest, strangest and most original stories, series, characters, things and even places on the panelled page.
PLUS: Interviews with Bernie Wrightson, Dick Ayers, Eric Powell, Mike Carey, and more!
by Dave Alexander, Pedro Cabezuelo, Paul Corupe, Monica S. Kuebler and April Snellings

The film often regarded as the scariest movie ever made arrives on Blu-ray. The man who started it all takes stock of its lasting legacy.
PLUS: Cinematographer Owen Roizman on crafting the look of evil.
by John W. Bowen and Stacie Ponder

Derek Riggs, creator of Iron Maiden’s infamous Eddie mascot, reflects on a career forged in metal.
by Ashley Thorpe

Pics from Rue Morgue’s 7th annual horror convention.
Photos by Ashlea Wessel, Matthew Marigold, Robert “Nix” Nixon and James Burrell

Zombie mayhem heads to Vegas in Dead Rising 2.
by Monica S. Kuebler

The history of the jack-o’-lantern.
by Last Chance Lance

Glass Eye Pix resurrects the dark audio drama for the digital age with Tales From Beyond the Pale.
by Jason Pichonsky


In the shower with Psycho.

Sam Raimi brings Zombie Roadkill to the web; Teen filmmaker enlists Machete talent for Twilight spoof; Australian horror film being presold one frame at a time.

Weird stats and morbid facts. Sick Top Six: Psycho’s Most Scarring Scenes.

Psycho House, Zombie Wrapping Paper, Blood Bath Shower Gel and Team Sleep Monsters.

CineMacabre features a look back at the Saw franchise, Todd and the Book of Pure Evil and new documentary The Aurora Monsters – The Model Craze That Gripped the World, plus reviews of Piranha 3D, Night of the Demons, Buried, Sea of Dust, Dorian Gray, Dark and Stormy Night, The Lost Skeleton Returns Again, Ghost Hunters International, Squeal, The Disappearance of Alice Creed, Madeline’s Halloween and Other Spooky Tales, Parasomnia, Assault of the Sasquatch, The Bloody Rage of Bigfoot, Inbred Redneck Vampires, I Spit Chew on Your Grave and Terror at Blood Fart Lake. Blood on a Budget spotlights Legion of Terror and Cruel. And Reissues features Dark Night of the Scarecrow, plus reviews of Cannibal Girls (1973), Grindhouse (2007) Blu-ray, The Evil (1978) and Martin (1977) Blu-ray.

Horrors of the Black Museum (1959).

Reptilicus (1961).

Features American Vampire, plus reviews of Locke & Key: Keys to the Kingdom #1, A Very Zombie Summer, King #1, Ides of Blood #1, and Dracula: The Company of Monsters #1.

Spotlight: Rob Sacchetto’s Zombiewood Weekly. Library of the Damned investigates the “zombie romance” of Hungry for Your Love. Plus, reviews of The Filmmaker’s Book of the Dead, He Is Legend: An Anthology Honoring Richard Matheson, Night of the Living Dead: Behind the Scenes of the Most Terrifying Zombie Movie Ever, Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s The Fall, Haunted Legends, Jonathan Cape’s Haunted Air, R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps Horrorland: Weirdo Halloween and So Now You’re a Zombie: A Handbook for the Newly Undead.

Canada’s Wonderland Halloween Haunt – Toronto, Canada

Menu: I Spit on Your Grave (2010)

Featuring the Halloween carols of Kristen Lawrence. The Blood-Spattered Guide investigates the Haunted Mansion theme song. Plus reviews of Piranha 3D OST, Predators OST, The Dead Matter OST, Earth vs. The Spider (1958) OST, Vampires Suck OST, Dax Riggs, The Other, The Birthday Massacre, The Creepshow, Psycho Charger, Psyche, Interment, Tombstones, and The Devil Wears Prada

Featuring a round-up of horror games on Facebook, plus reviews of Clash of the Titans, Vampire Saga: Pandora’s Box and The Serial Killer Trivia Game.

Robin Wood’s Hitchcock’s Films.

15 new subscribers will win The Exorcist Extended Director’s Cut on Blu-ray, a Gore-met trucker’s hat and a Rue Morgue patch!

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Todd And The Book Of Pure Evil: The End Of The End Review: A Heavy Metal Massacre In Cartoon Form



Starring Alex House, Bill Turnbull, Maggie Castle, Melanie Leishman, Chris Leavins, Jason Mewes

Directed by Richard Duhaney and Craig David Wallace

“Todd And The Book Of Pure Evil” – Canadian television’s greatest blend of Evil Dead, Superbad and Deathgasm? Yes. That answer is yes. For two face-melting seasons, Todd “protected” Crowley High from episodic villains who were bested by metal riffs, stoner logic and hormonal companionship. Musical interruptions showcased stage theatrics like Sondheim meets pubescent Steel Panther and high school tropes manifested into vile, teen-hungry beasts. It was like a coming-of-age story got stuck between Fangoria pages – all the awkwardness with 100x more guts.

That – for worse – was until Todd fell to a premature cancellation after Season 2’s clone-club cliffhanger. Indiegogo became the show’s only way to deliver a feature-length finale, except to reduce costs and ensure completion, the project would have to be in cartoon form. Todd And The Book Of Pure Evil: The End Of The End suggests an animated curtain call for this otherwise live-action production, and from a fan’s perspective, familiar maturation follies befall our favorite bloodsoaked friend group. But for new viewers? Start with the far-superior original show – you’ll be lost, underwhelmed and baffled otherwise.

Alex House retains his characterization of Todd Smith (in voice only). At this point, Todd has thwarted the book’s apocalyptic plan, Hannah (Melanie Leishman) has died, longtime crush Jenny (Maggie Castle) isn’t as horny for Todd anymore, and best friend Curtis (Bill Turnbull) has sworn Todd’s name to Hell (since Hannah was his girlfriend). Guidance Counselor Atticus Murphy Jr. (Chris Leavins) is now Janitor Atticus Murphy Jr. because Janitor Jimmy (Jason Mewes) is now Counselor Jimmy, yet Crowley High finds itself plagued by the same satanic uprisings despite these new changes. Why is evil still thriving! How is Hannah back in class! Who is the new “Pure Evil One” now that Todd has denied the book! Welcome to the end, friends – or is it a new beginning?

At just north of 80 minutes, structure runs a bit jagged. We’re used to Todd battling one baddie over a half-hour block – backstory given time to breathe – but in The End Of The End, two mini-boss cretins play second fifth-fiddle to the film’s big-bad monster (well, monsters – but you’ll see). A double-dose of high school killers followed by a larger, more important battle with the gang’s fate hanging in the balance. Not a problem, it’s just that more length is spent singing songs about Todd’s non-functioning schlong and salvaging relationships from the S2 finale. Exposition (what little there is) chews into necessary aggression time – fans left ravenous for more versatile carnage, underwhelmed by the umpteenth cartoon erection gag. Did I mention there’s a lot of boner material, yet?

These two mini “chapters” – “No Vest For The Wicked” (yarn demon)/”Zits Alors” (acid acne) – never come close to rivaling Hannah Williams’ doppelganger bombshell (“Songs About Boners”/”This Is The End Of The End Of the End”). Hannah [X]. Williams waking up in a room full of other Hannahs, emerging from some sleep-pod chamber; Todd’s gang facing off against this new “chosen one” in a way that erases “Sack Boy” and “Pizza Face” from memory. The End Of The End dashes dildoes-swinging into the show’s biggest mystery while dropping call-backs and bodies with equal speed – maybe too hastily for some.

Now, about the whole pivot to animation – a smooth rendering of Crowley High and all its mayhem, but never representative of Todd And The Book Of Pure Evil‘s very Ash Vs. Evil Dead vibe. All the practical death effects (gigantic man-eating cakes, zombie rockstars) are lost to one-dimensional drawings, notable chemistry between cast members replaced by edited recordings lacking signature wits. This isn’t Metalocalypse, where dismemberment and bloodshed are gruesome on levels that outshine even live-action horror flicks. There’s no denying some of the magic is missing without Chris Leavins’ “creepy uncle” overacting (a Will Forte breed) or the book’s living incarnations of evil. Todd And The Book Of Pure Evil: The End Of The End plays hooded minion to Todd And The Book Of Pure Evil’s dark ruler – less powerful, a bit duncier, but still part of the coolest cult around. Just try not to think about how much radness is missing inside hand-traced Crowley High?

It’s hard not to strike comparisons between “reality” and ‘toon, because as noted above, live actors are sorely missed in a plethora of situations. Be they musical numbers, heretic slayings, Todd and Curtis’ constant references to wanking, wangs or other pelvic nods (no, for real, like every other sentence) – human reactions no longer temper such aggressive, self-gratifying cocksmanship. It doesn’t help that songs never reach the memorable level of “Horny Like The Devil,” but the likes of House, Leishman, Turnbull and Castle were masters of selling schlock, shock and Satan’s asshole of situations. Instead, lines now land flat like – for example – Leavins’ lessened ability to turn pervy, stalkerish quips into hilarious underage stranger-dangers. Again, it’s not Metalocalypse – and without that kind of designer depth, a wall prevents inter-dimensional immersion into Todd’s extracurricular madness.

If this review sounds over-negative, fret not – it’s merely wishes of what could have been. None of this is to say Todd And The Book Of Pure Evil: The End Of The End should be skipped. When you’re already known for masterstrokes of ballbusting immaturity, metal-horned malevolence and vicious teen-angst creature vanquishing, expectations are going to be sky high. Directors Richard Duhaney and Craig David Wallace successfully service fans with a smile, ensuring that rivers of red scribbled blood spurt from decapitated school children just like we’re used to. It’s just, I mean – ugh, sorry, I just have to say it one more time. BY DIMEBAG’S BEARD, this would have been an epic live-action flick. As is? Still one fine-with-a-capital-F-YEAH return to Crowley High for the faithful who’ve been waiting some 5-or-so years in a Todd-less purgatory.

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Kevin Bacon Lets Us Know the Tremors Reboot Pilot Has Wrapped Filming



Two weeks ago we let you guys know that Tremors mainstay Michael Gross, aka Burt Gummer, was, unfortunately, not asked to be a part of the upcoming Syfy reboot series starring Kevin Bacon.

While that news upsets us a bit, being that the series has only filmed its pilot episode, we feel that there is still a big chance we could see Burt return to kick some more Graboids in the tentacle-thingies with elephant guns.

Fingers crossed.

Speaking of the “Tremors Syfy pilot, recently star Kevin Bacon took to Instagram to let us all know that filming has wrapped!

You can check out The Bacon’s post below and then make sure to hit us up and let us know how excited you are for Syfy’s “Tremors” series in the comments below!

In the Tremors follow-up, written by Andrew Miller, the killer Graboid worms that nearly destroyed Perfection, NV, 25 years ago are back; and the town’s only hope for survival is Valentine McKee (Bacon), who beat them once. But to do it again he’ll have to overcome age, alcohol, and a delusional hero complex.

“Tremors” the TV series is headed our way courtesy of Jason Blum’s Blumhouse TV and Universal Cable Prods.

We’ll let you know when we hear more about the series!

So long to NM. Had an amazing time shooting this pilot. Hope I can keep walking in these boots #Tremors

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Exclusive: Buzzard Hollow Beef Brings Cannibal Gore to the Holidays



Holidays at the end of the year seem to be focused on one major aspect: food. From Christmas hams to Thanksgiving turkeys to Hanukkah latkes to who knows what else, eating is a very important part for end-of-the-year festivities. Personally, I’m totally okay with it because it means great food and TONS of leftovers, ensuring that I don’t have to concern myself with cooking for at least a couple of days.

But what if the holiday season were a bit more sinister and what if the food was a bit more…unsavory? Allow us to introduce you to Buzzard Hollow Beef, a new vision of horror that blends cannibal hillbillies, intense and terrifying hallucinations, and small town mysteries. If this sounds up your alley, then don’t fret about waiting because the film comes to Amazon Prime, iTunes, and other transactional platforms on Tuesday, November 21!

We’ve got a trailer, poster, and several stills for you to check out, so peruse at your will and enjoy!

Directed by Joshua M. Johnson, who co-wrote the film with Tara C. Hall, Buzzard Hollow Beef stars Bruce Jennings, Nadia Kamil, Scott C. Brown, Emily Letts, Janet Chiarabaglio, Amanda Spinella, Will Frazier, Gabriel Caste, and Doug Perkins.

Still reeling from her divorce and struggling as the single mother of a 9 month old, Jordan Vollmer looks forward to a relaxing Thanksgiving weekend with her family and her best friend, Paige. As the group ventures into the small town of Buzzard Hollow, they are greeted with strange and unsavory characters, known around these parts as the Solomon family. Their suspicions surrounding the Solomons are aroused by the fact that they all seem unwilling to talk about the beef that they serve in their hamburgers and sell in their butcher shop. When the Vollmers experience horrifying hallucinations, they begin to suspect that the Solomons are somehow involved.

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