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‘Zine Review: Rue Morgue #58

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Ah, The Descent. How I love this damn movie. It’s no small sign of a quality piece of horror cinema when both Fangoria and Rue Morgue feature it on their covers (though RM’s is a lot classier), and as one would expect, the article that goes along with it is top-notch stuff.

Said feature article is actually an interview with the film’s director, Neil Marshall, and while the focus is on the movie for the most part, attention is given in turn to the re-emergence of the British horror film, something Marshall himself had a hand in with his first feature, Dog Soldiers. Dave Alexander is the man behind the questions and does a good job covering all the bases (Marshall’s history, influence, and future) in the short amount of space given. There’s also a side bar piece on the film’s score, another article about the British horror trend in general, and a bit about the Dog Soldiers sequel, Fresh Meat.

Next up, Jason Lapeyre’s article on Horrorcore, the very odd mixture of hip-hop and horror that’s been around for decades but has never really taken off the way one would think. I have to admit, while as a rule I really don’t like hip hop in any form, it was fascinating to read about such an underground phenomenon that I was honestly unaware existed until I got this issue. Kudos to the Rue Crew for broadening my horizons!

Joseph O’Brien turns in a great interview with one of our favorite horror actresses (sorry, she’s too damn tough to be called a "scream queen"), Adrienne Barbeau, discussing the genesis of her new autobiography, There Are Worse Things I Could Do (review), and just overall coming off as the classy lady she is.

Next up, Editor In Chief Jovanka Vukovic continues her artist focus with a look at the works of Chet Zar, whose line of twisted sculptures and paintings contains some truly disturbing creations. I would love to know how they find all this stuf…

Before the review section kicks in (featuring looks at Reeker, See No Evil, and Room 6 to name a few), Stuart Andrews turns in a one-page tribute to Fantasia, North America’s coolest horror and Asian cinema film festival, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary starting on July 6th. Since I’m going again this year, it was a welcome addition and helped get me even more excited for the fest. I really hope that it inspires people who have heard about it but never managed to make it out go the extra mile and not miss it this year. It is truly a fantastic time for all.

The rest of Issue 58 is the usual review/highlight fare with the standouts being Chris Alexander’s column (as always), "Blood in Four Colours" (the comics section that I always thoroughly enjoy but never manage to mention in these reviews), and the "Travelogue of Terror," which is more history lesson than trip planner this month, but still a great read.

Be sure to check out Rue Morgue’s official site for more on this issue and to subscribe!

Johnny Butane

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Who Goes There Podcast: Ep 152 – Cloverfield Paradox & The Ritual

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Last week Netflix shocked the world by not only releasing a new trailer for Cloverfield Paradox during the Superbowl, but announcing the film would be available to stream right after the game. In a move no one saw coming, Netflix shook the film industry to it’s very core. A few days later, Netflix quietly released horror festival darling: The Ritual.

Hold on to your Higgs Boson, because this week we’ve got a double header for ya, and we’re not talking about that “world’s largest gummy worm” in your mom’s nightstand. Why was one film marketed during the biggest sporting event of the year, and why was one quietly snuck in like a pinky in your pooper? Tune in a find out!

Meet me at the waterfront after the social for the Who Goes There Podcast episode 152!

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Ryan Schifrin’s Abominable Gets a Sasquatch-Sized Blu-Ray

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A recent scientific study concluded that since the year 2000 there have 4,374,139 killer Bigfoot movies. 2006’s Abominable is one of the better Sasquatch-ploitation flicks of the era. Now this creature feature is getting a collector’s edition blu-ray complete with a brand new cut of the gruesome flick.

MVD Rewind Collection has announced they’re planning a special edition of Ryan Schifrin’s gory Hitchcock-influenced Bigfoot flick Abominable, which cast Matt McCoy as a wheelchair bound man who begins Rear Window-ing a psycho Sasquatch terrorizing his hot-blooded cabin neighbors that then turns his big foot towards him. Lance Henriksen, Dee Wallace, Jeffrey Combs, Tiffany Shepis, Haley Joel, Karin Anna Cheung, and Paul Gleason co-star.

It has been sighted 42,000 times in 68 countries, a vicious creature of myth and legend called Sasquatch, Yeti, and perhaps most infamously, Bigfoot. It’s been hunted it for years. But what happens when it decides to hunt us?



After recovering from a horrific accident, paraplegic Preston Rogers (Matt McCoy) moves back into the remote cabin where he and his now-deceased wife once lived. When his new neighbor Karen, is attacked by a gigantic creature, Rogers contacts the local authorities. But after the police and those around him dismiss Rogers as a delusional widower, he sets out to stop the abominable creature himself.

This won’t be your typical collector’s edition as not only will be getting a new high definition transfer of the film originally shot on 35mm, this will also include an all-new cut of the film with improved CGI-effects overseen by filmmaker Schifrin and editor Chris Conlee with enhanced color timing and correction.

As if two cuts of the film weren’t enough, MVD’s Abominable release will also boast a ton of extras both new and ported over from the original DVD release:
-Brand New 2k Remaster of the Film from the Original Camera Negative
-Brand New Introduction from Director Ryan Schifrin (HD)
-‘Basil & Mobius: No Rest For The Wicked’ (16:28, HD) – New short film written and directed by Ryan Schifrin featuring a score by legendary composer Lalo Schifrin and starring Zachari Levi, Ray Park, Malcolm McDowell and Kane Hodder
-Audio Commentary with writer/director Ryan Schifrin, Actors Matt McCoy and Jeffrey Combs
-‘Back to Genre: Making ABOMINABLE” featurette (SD)
-Deleted and Extended Scenes (SD)
-Outtakes and Bloopers (SD)
-“Shadows” Director Ryan Schifrin’s USC Student Film (SD)
-The original 2005 version of “Abominable” (Blu-ray only, 94 mins, SD)
-Original Theatrical Trailer
-Poster & Still Gallery Storyboard Gallery
-Collectible Poster
-Audio: 5.1 Surround Audio (Uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)

The MVD Rewind Collection release of Abomimable stomps its way to blu-ray on June 12th.

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Horror Retro Caps Boasts Hats Featuring The Lamp, The Video Dead, Rosemary’s Killer and more!

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Yesterday I was stumbling around on Instagram and I came across this killer account called @horrorretrocaps. They make horror movie-themed hats and I felt the need to share their work with you guys today.

It’s not so much the hats (which are cool), or the quality of the product (which looks sound as a pound) but it is the obvious love of horror by the guys behind the scenes that gets me all warm and fuzzy.

I mean sure there are products like A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. But they also have hats celebrating such classics as The Outing, The Lamp (hell, yeah!), The Gate, Zombie Lake, and The Video Dead.

Nice!

On top of that, the product that sealed the deal for me was their Rosemary’s Killer hat. As some of you might know, Rosemary’s Killer is the alternate title of Joseph Zito’s underrated slasher The Prowler. That alone just earned them horror-cred for days.

You can check out some of their choice caps below and then head on over to their account to purchase some product: @horrorretrocaps.

All caps are $15 plus $4 shipping in the U.S., and he also takes requests for $20.

Enjoy!

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