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‘Zine Review: Rue Morgue #70

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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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Witness the Evolution of Jason Voorhees in New Animated Video

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I love Jason Voorhees.

And what makes Jason my favorite of all horror movie villains is that, unlike Freddy, Michael, and Leatherface, Jason has evolved a f*cking ton over his cinematic lifespan.

Changing from a bald kid in a lake, to a backwoods butcher with a love for potato sacks, to an unstoppable zombie force, Jason has come a long way, baby. And today’s animated video is all about celebrating Jason’s evolution in a fun, informative way.

Do you have any “non-horror” friends that are interested in the story of Jason but will never watch the films with you? Then here is the cute widdle video from Tell It Animated just for them. You’ll enjoy it too.

You can give the fun video a watch below and then let us know what you think!

Synopsis:

Jason Voorhees has changed a lot since his first appearance in Friday the 13th. From skinny child to hockey mask slasher to rebuilt space Jason and back again, this video goes through his progression.

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Exclusive: Uncrossing Rock Out in Get It From Me

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Alright rockers, we’ve got something just for you here! Today, we’re happy to premiere “Get It From Me” from new rock group Uncrossing, which features Activator guitarist Jared Drace! The track comes from the band’s upcoming self-titled EP and it’s a moderately paced, sludgy, doomy track that features strong female vocals. If you’re in the mood for something to get you through the rest of today until the weekend hits, head on down and hit ‘Play’!

Drace tells Dread Central, “Musically, this was a fun one to come up with just because it’s a total mish-mashing of influences, well of MY influences at least. I mean there’s a solid Type O Negative-style chug for the verse and an outro riff that has a kind of Tool-vibe to it, and that’s not even mentioning the melodic beer commercial-like solo in the middle which is definitely a side-effect of listening to too much In Flames & Arch Enemy in my youth! But assembled together and with everyone putting their own stamp on it, we get something that ends up sounding like an Uncrossing song.

Uncrossing’s self-titled 3-track EP will be available for streaming and free download on February 9. You can follow the band on Facebook or Instagram.

If you want to check out the band, you can see them on February 10 at Lucky 13 in Brooklyn, NY.

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Exclusive: Venture Into Black Mirror’s Black Museum With Cristobal Tapia de Veer’s “We Got a Miracle”

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One of the most anticipated shows to premiere last year (really late last year) was Netflix’s fourth season of Charlie Brooker’s “Black Mirror”. The show has amassed a dedicated following who voraciously devour each new morsel whenever the opportunity presents itself. For those who are eager for a new and different taste, we’ve got something rather special for you today!

Below is an exclusive stream of “We Got a Miracle”, a composition by Cristobal Tapia de Veer (The Girl With All the Gifts) for the “Black Museum” episode. Dark, brooding, and hypnotic, the muted opening enters a tribalistic rhythm with a muted piano piercing the pulsations with staccato stabs. Ghostly vocals hover later on, specters that appear briefly before fading quickly into the darkness. The track builds upon the tribal drums and enters the realm of dissonance without becoming offensive to the ears, culminating in a moment of near ritualistic worship.

The beginning, discovering the Black Museum, that was going to set the tone for the rest of the show,” explained Tapia de Veer. “The music morphed in many ways throughout the 3 stories, then goes back to where it started with the Black Museum, although with a sense of accomplishment, but also a sense of doom.

Black Museum is available as a digital download through Lakeshore Records’ Bandcamp.

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