‘Zine Review: Rue Morgue #70

Rue Morgue #70 review!Issue #71
August 2007

There’s really nothing like a good interview to stoke my interest to see a movie that I might be on the fence about.

Yeah, that movie is Rob Zombie’s rebirth of Halloween, but really, who isn’t on the fence about it? I would say this is probably one of the most crowded fences in recent history, but perhaps reading Rue Morgue’s interview with the Zombified One will help ease your mind a bit.

In it he candidly discusses what he feels is wrong with the original, both personally and technically, and why he felt he needed to get his vision of a soulless serial killer out to the masses. Mucho respect to Carpenter is given on all sides, of course, but Rob’s not shy about pointing out flaws with the first movie, or at least what he felt could be done differently. It’s pretty damn engaging and I think you’ll dig it.

Within said article is an interview with Malek Akad, son of late Halloween producer Moustapha and the man responsible for making the remake happen, as well as a look at some of the Halloween fan films that are out there and which ones are worth your time.

The next big highlight is a chat with David Michael Latt, president of The Asylum Home Entertainment. In it he gives a million reasons why it’s okay for them to make (usually far substandard) rip-offs of horror movies in theaters. Opportunistic is a good word to describe this guy, who fully admits he probably wouldn’t be doing horror if it didn’t sell so damn well. Delusional is another word that can be used to describe him, but only if you’re feeling harsh.

Then, a very cool piece by Paul Kane about artist Les Edwards, who’s been designing book and movie covers for years as well as producing his own original art, but never seems to get the recognition he deserves. That’s why you gotta love Rue Morgue; they shine their light on the unsung heroes of horror more than anyone else.

Finally there’s an interview with reclusive author Bentley Little. He’s more prolific than most, but seems to shy away from any sort of attention being garnered on him. He’s not online, never does appearances, and actually finds the concept of trying to be friends with his fans “idiotic”. Though he’s a really talented writer, this interview doesn’t exactly paint him as the nicest guy…

Other highlights this month include the one-pager done on the Christopher Golden/Mike Mignola collaboration Baltimore or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire (review), Gary Butler’s look at a haunting new comic called House and a visit to a small town in Vermont that actually managed to creep out H.P. Lovecraft.

Rue Morgue #70 is on stands now; be sure to visit Rue Morgue’s official site and subscribe already!

Johnny Butane

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