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‘Zine Review: Rue Morgue #61

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Rue Morgue #61 (click to see it bigger!)Issue #61
October 2006


Halloween is upon us again (oh, hell yes!) and with it comes another massive issue of the best horror mag out there, Rue Morgue, and this year I think they’ve really outdone themselves.

First, let’s talk about the cover; when I first saw it, I was positive it was just the same ole art for Lucio Fulci’s Zombie that we’ve seen hundreds of times. In fact it’s another fantastic piece of reproduction from RM artist Gary Pullin, the same guy who designed our giallo-themed logo. The man is getting close to God status.

Inside the issue there’s a huge focus on the master himself, Lucio Fulci, featuring a revealing interview with his daughter and the guardian of his estate, Antonella Fulci, a retrospective on Fulci’s horror legacy, a breakdown of the four goriest of Fulci’s setpieces, and an interview with frequent scorer Fabio Frizzi. It’s truly an exhaustive focus on one of the most prolific horror filmmakers of our time, a man who passed away far too young. If you’re already a Fulci fan, there’s a good chance you’ll discover something new, and if you’ve only seen Zombie or The Beyond, this issue will make you want to learn even more about the man.

Their second major feature in this issue is an article put together by various RM staffers focusing on 50 alternative horror books, and it is fantastic. You’re not going to find any King or Koontz, hell you won’t even find a Lebbon, but hopefully you’ll read about some books that you’ll seek out yourself. Personally I had read a whopping two on the list, and the rest were books I had either never heard of or new next to nothing about. The Rue Crew are definitely some fantastically literate horror fans!

Other highlights in this massive Halloween issue are a rundown of this summer’s Fantasia Film Festival (read our coverage here), an interview with Calvaire director Fabrice Du Welz, a history of the Ouija board, and a chat with R. Lee Ermy about his return to the role of Sheriff Hoyt in the TCM prequel (review). You’ll notice that last piece is the only thing even close to “mainstream” for this issue, and it’s literally one of the last pieces before their reviews section, proving that they’re more concerned with turning fans onto new thing rather than promoting the latest Hollywood gore fest. But that’s why we love ‘em.

But that’s not all worth mentioning this time; a two-pager focus on author Ramsey Campbell in their fiction section is a great way of exposing a little-read but highly-respected horror master to readers who may have only heard his name in passing, Gary Butler’s “Blood in Four Colours” focuses on Halloween comics new and old, and the “Travelogue of Terror” take a step-by-grueling-step through the largest haunted house in America. And it’s in Michigan, of all places!

If you’ve been holding off on RM for whatever reason, this issue is a great place to start your love affair with them and if you’re already a fan; well, you probably have this issue already. Visit their official site for more!

Johnny Butane

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Jesper Kyd Returning to Score Vermintide 2

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From the cover of Kyd's first Vermintide OST

Get your headphones ready, Warhammer fans because State of Decay and Darksiders 2 composer Jesper Kyd is back to score the upcoming Warhammer title Vermintide 2! The game will be coming to PC and consoles early this year.

Kyd was inspired by Norse mythology, utilizing ancient tribal music as well as dark fantastical elements to build upon the acoustic soundscapes he composed for the first Vermintide game. Channeling his own Scandinavian roots, Kyd will blend Viking and Norse-inspired vocals with ritualistic percussion styles to create a unique soundtrack experience.

Three tracks from the score can be heard below.

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Like Me – Will You Like This Dystopian Thriller?

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Starring Addison Timlin, Ian Nelson, Larry Fessenden

Directed by Robert Mockler


While Like Me is not dystopian in the classic science-fiction sense, it does aptly put the downer vibe across. If the present is abysmal, then the future is downright hopeless. We learn this as we follow an unhinged teenage loner called Kiya (Addison Timlin) on a hollow crime spree that she broadcasts on social media. At first the world “likes” her—with the exception of YouTube rival Burt (Ian Nelson), who disdainfully denounces her viral videos—but pride goes before the fall, and Kiya’s descent is spectacular.

If you’ve peeped the trailer for Like Me, then you’re probably expecting a horror movie. I mean, they’ve got the requisite menacing masked baddie and they’ve got genre icon Larry Fessenden in a major role—those are a couple of the key ingredients, right? Yes they are, but this simmering, shimmering stew of Natural Born Killers, Excision and King Kelly, it boils down to a whole lotta nothing. Like Me is sort of a drama, kind of a road trip flick, and almost a thriller. It succeeds at none yet does stand on its own as a compelling collection of cool visuals and pertinent performances. But is that enough?

While Kiya is a compelling character on the surface, there’s barebones beneath. Sure, she’s a Millennial mind-fed on random online clips and snappy soundbites—but what turned her into a psychopath? Was she born that way? Is social media to blame? We’ll never know, because not a hint is given. I don’t mind ambiguity, but even a morsel would have been welcome in this case. As Kiya ramps up her reckless exhibitionistic extremes, the stakes are never raised. In the end, who cares? Maybe that’s the point.

A word of warning: If you plan on watching this movie while chomping snacks…don’t. There is stomach-turning scene after vomit-inducing scene of orgiastic easting, binging, and the inevitable purging. I’m sure it’s all metaphorical mastication, a cutting comment on disposable consumption. I get it. But I don’t wanna look at it, again and again and again. Having said that, Like Me is an experimental film and in its presentation of such grotesquery, it’s quite accomplished. Montages, split-screens and jittered motions are scattered throughout, showing us all sorts of unpleasant things…Kudos to the editor.

I didn’t hate Like Me. But I do think one has to be in the mood for a movie such as this. It’s not an easy or entertaining watch, but it is a peculiar and thought-provoking one. There’s some style and mastery behind the camera, and I am curious to see what first-time writer-director Rob Mockler comes up with next.

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Funko Giving Jurassic Park the Pop! Treatment as Only They Can

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It is no secret we’re BIG fans of Funko’s Pop! Vinyl line here at DC HQ, and now they’ve announced a new series that has made our hearts just about burst… read on for a look at Pop! Movies: Jurassic Park, heading our way in February. The regular figures are awesome on their own, but wait until you see the exclusives!

From the Funko Blog:
Jurassic Park fans, get excited! To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the iconic film’s appearance on the silver screen, Jurassic Park is coming to Pop!

This series of Pop! features paleontologist Dr. Grant, Jurassic Park CEO John Hammond, mathematician Dr. Malcolm, and embryo-smuggler Dennis Nedry. (Keep an eye out for Dr. Ellie Sattler in Pop! Rides coming soon.)

We couldn’t forget the Jurassic Park dinosaurs! Featured in this line are the great T. rex, Velociraptor, and Dilophsaurus. Look for the Dilophosaurus chase, a rarity of 1-in-6.

Be on the lookout for exclusives. At Target you can find a wounded Dr. Malcolm, and the Dennis Nedry and Dilophosaurus 2-pack is available only at Entertainment Earth.

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