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Toronto. There’s only one thing that can get me to make the trip to that fetid cesspool of drive-by shootings and yuppie scum, and that’s the annual Rue Morgue Festival of Fear. For the last three years everyone’s favorite horror mag has been putting on a Labor Day labor of love for Canadian horror fans as well as those Americans not afraid of making the snowmobile trip across the Border.

Past years have seen the hordes shuffle past such horror luminaries as Clive Barker, George Romero, Tom Savini, Bill Moseley, Doug Bradley, and Gunnar Hansen, along with a host of other less well known, but generally fascinating, guests. Like Rue Morgue magazine itself, the convention they put on is often an odd but intriguing mishmash of big-name horror sitting alongside the smaller, more anonymous denizens of the genre.

This year’s lineup is characteristically strange. The headliner of the festival is Alice Cooper, who, while no stranger to horror, isn’t exactly the type of guest all horror fans are dying to meet. I expect a much larger than normal presence of mullet-headed bangers sporting cut-off jean shorts and RATT t-shirts. Actually, I’m looking forward to having them there since gangly rockers make me feel safer around those scary anime kids…

The rest of this year’s lineup includes Karen Black, Jeffrey Combs, Michael Berryman, Roddy Piper, and Mike Mignola. All of these folks have solid genre cred, though some of them aren’t all that active anymore. The guest I’m most excited about is Jack Ketchum. The recent adaptation of The Lost (review) was lowdown celluloid nastiness, and with The Girl Next Door a few weeks into filming and Red in pre-production, there should be plenty of Ketchum movie news to be had.

The Festival of Fear runs from September 1-3 , so make sure to check back all weekend for coverage updates, and hit the fest’s official site for more details!

Andy Mauro

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ALIEN Day Gets Emotional With This In Memoriam Video

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As we all know, April 26 is Alien Day. A reference to LV-426, the planet from both Alien and Aliens, today has been a celebration of the 20th Century Fox franchise that began in 1979 with director Ridley Scott and writer Dan O’Bannon’s screenplay. For nearly 40 years, the Xenomorph has terrorized audiences in multiple films, dozens of comics, plenty of video games, and more merchandise than pretty much any home could ever hope to store. But while we flood our timelines with the joy of celebrating this storied sci-fi/horror franchise, we should also take a moment to remember those that we have lost along the way.

It’s with this in mind that Job Willins has created a stirring and beautiful “In Memoriam” for the characters throughout the films whose lives have tragically been cut short either by an alien being or through their own stupidity. Yes, I’m looking at you scientists from both Prometheus and Alien: Covenant.

So let’s bow our heads and lend our thoughts to the poor souls who have died so that Weyland-Yutani’s shares could go up a quarter of a percent.

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Nice! Guess Who Replaces Clarence Williams III in Tales from the Hood 2?

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Keith David

One of the most underrated horror anthologies out there is Darin Scott’s Tales From the Hood. I love the film and so I’m excited as… wait for it… hell for the upcoming sequel.

And speaking of Tales from the Hood 2, today we have some killer updates in the form of a new behind-the-scenes shot and a new piece of classic casting.

First, we have news that Clarence Williams III will not be returning for this new film (he’s retired from acting) but today we learned via our very own podcast #Brainwaves that none other than Kieth David is taking over the role!

Nice! I’m all over this casting update and I think Keith David is positively going to… wait for it… kill it once the film hits. I mean I would have said that Clarence Williams III was irreplaceable yesterday, but now? You can’t argue with Mr. Keith David.

Next, an image from the film straight from director Darin Scott himself who took to Facebook to post the image below along with the caption: “I just got back from New Orleans, where I shot my latest film. Here is a picture from my seance scene. Time to turn down the lights and turn up the scares!🙂 #talesfromthehood2

Are you as excited as I am for Tales from the Hood 2? Make sure to let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

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Universal Orlando Unveils HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS House Dead Exposure: Patient Zero

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A few weeks ago, Universal announced that they would be introducing a Stranger Things maze at this year’s Halloween Horror Nights in their Hollywood, Singapore, and Orlando locations. Today, the Orlando location has revealed another one of their treats – or would it be a trick? – in the form of their haunted house attraction “Dead Exposure: Patient Zero”.

The world doesn’t get any darker. The planet has been infected with the ultimate pandemic. A ghoulish biological outbreak is turning swaths of humanity into a plague of vicious, swarming zombies. In a flash, you’re lost in darkness—but the zombies can still see you, and soon your growing unease will turn to screams and despair. If you’re not already afraid of the dark, you will be.

You can watch a promo video for the house below. If you want to know more about Halloween Horror Nights, check out our write-up.

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