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‘Zine Review: Rue Morgue#72

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Rue Morgue #72 (click to see it bigger!)Issue #72
October 2007


Really, I don’t know how they do it. I don’t know how any magazine does it, for that matter, but especially when Rue Morgue does their annual Halloween/anniversary issue, which is always about twice the size of a normal issue, I just don’t know how they manage to get it all done.

The timing couldn’t be better for Rue’s 10th Anniversary, either, since it also happens to coincide with the 25th Anniversary of John Carpenter’s seminal masterwork of paranoia, The Thing. Their talk with John Carpenter is loose and entertaining, far more so than most interviews I’ve read with the man, and their brief chat with Thing stars Keith David and Kurt Russell are damn fine, too.

But the real meat here is Editor in Chief Jovanka Vukovic’s sit-down with the man who is The Thing, Rob Bottin. The reclusive effects man talks openly about the amount of work that went into creating the creatures that made The Thing The Thing, and even though he comes across as full of himself now and then, he never sounds like an asshole. Just an artist who is very proud of the work he did, and rightly so.

So there’s reason enough to pick up the issue, since Bottin’s not been interviewed in years, but former Publisher Rodrigo Gudino’s article about the history of Rue Morgue is a must-read for anyone that’s a fan of what the mag does and stands for. It’s actually a bit too brief, especially since Rodrigo hints at so much juicy behind-the-scenes stuff towards the end, but it’s a great inspirational piece for anyone who wants to get out there and do something different. Though I don’t recommend starting a magazine; the market’s a bit flooded right now!

A great article/interview piece about Clive Barker’s upcoming return to horror, Mister B. Gone and a smaller piece about the video game Jericho are cool for Clive’s fans (who’s not?), and even if you hate Black Metal, the brief history of the musical subgenre written by Liisa Ladouceur is pretty fascinating.

I wish I had time to list out all the other great articles in there, from the story about General Mills Monster cereals (yum), to the horror podcast article (ours is mentioned, though not very accurately) to the Travelogue of Terror (Day of the Dead, baby), but there’s just no room. There’s too much good stuff in this issue to point it all out right now, so just get the damn thing already!

Johnny Butane

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Who Goes There Podcast: Ep 140 – Pet Sematary 2

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Ahoy there, fuckos! This week’s episode is brought to you by none other than Chris Franco! That’s right, it’s a Chris pick! So you know what that means, we’re cranking the cheese factor up to eleven! This week we’ve got $5 Furlongs, naked women with dog heads, and accents that are more forced than a Bill Cosby sexual encounter! That’s right, we watched  Pet Sematary 2 so you don’t have to!

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Night of the Living Dead 4K and The Silence of the Lambs Come to the Criterion Collection

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It’s been a long time coming for these two classics, especially Night of the Living Dead after the ridiculously bad transfer put out by Mill Creek Entertainment, whose transfer was supposedly remastered from a new 2K scan. I swear I thought it was some kind of a joke when I first put it on to watch. In any event…

IndieWire is reporting that horror classics Night of the Living Dead and The Silence of the Lambs will be added to the 2018 Criterion Collection, a hallmark label for home video cinephiles.

According to the site, Criterion will release a new 4K digital restoration of The Silence of the Lambs, which has been approved by the movie’s cinematographer Tak Fujimoto. Included on the DVD and Blu-ray sets are 35 minutes of deleted scenes and audio commentary from 1994 featuring the late Jonathan Demme (director), stars Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins, screenwriter Ted Tally, and former FBI agent John Douglas.

Night of the Living Dead will also be released in 4K with never-before-seen 16mm dailies included as a bonus feature(!).

These will be added in February of 2018 so make sure you save up some cash after the holidays!

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DIS Review – Not for the Faint of Heart!

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Starring Bill Oberst, Jr., Lori Jo Hendrix, Peter Gonzales Falcon

Directed by Adrian Corona


I’ve made this claim many a time on this website before, and in the company of film friends as well: Bill Oberst Jr. is one of those actors that can literally be thrust into ANY role, and deliver a performance with so much harnessed electricity that you couldn’t believe that it was possible. I was the lucky recipient chosen to get a look at his latest project, titled DIS, and I think that I can honestly say – this is the stuff that nightmares are constructed of.

Directed by Adrian Corona, this 60-minute dive into the black depths of hell, and in actuality DIS is located between circles # 6 and 9 in Dante’s Divine Comedy, and trust me when I tell you – there’s not a shred of comedic relief in this demented presentation. Oberst Jr plays an ex-soldier named Ariel, and his seemingly harmless jaunt through the woods will become anything but that, and judging from the film’s opening scenes, you are meant to feel as uncomfortable about this watch as any you might have checked out in recent memory.

Perversion is the norm here, and lord help you if you’re caught where you shouldn’t be…my skin’s crawling just thinking about what I saw. Ariel’s travels are basically dialogue-free, but it only adds to the infinite levels of creepiness – you can tell he’s being stalked, and the distance between he and the horrors that await are closing in rather quickly.

Visually by itself, this hour-long chiller can sell tickets without any assistance – hollowed-out buildings and long sweeping shots of a silent forest give the movie that look of complete desolation. Sliced up into three acts, the film wastes no time in setting up the story of a killer needing fresh blood to appease his Mandrake garden – seriously guys, I can’t type as much flashy stuff as there needs to be in order to describe this innately disturbing production.

If you’re one of those types who tends to shy away from the graphic side of things, then I’d HIGHLY advise you to keep your TV tuned to the Hallmark Channel for some holiday entertainment, because this one registers high on the “I can’t believe someone thought of this” meter. So the quick recap is this: Oberst Jr in a standout performance, visual excellence, and an unshakable sense of debasement on a cellular level – keep the kiddies out of the living room with this one. Corona should be lauded (or locked up – just kidding) for his work on this one – HIGHLY recommended, and one that I’ll throw down as a top 5 for me in 2017.

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Director Corona should be lauded (or locked up – just kidding) for his work on this one – HIGHLY recommended!

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