‘Zine Review: Rue Morgue #76

Rue Morgue #76!Issue# 76
March 2008

All right, this one’s a bit late and for that I apologize, but I’ve been hella sick since returning from Fear Fest and am behind on everything. No matter, it’s always nice to have a Rue Morgue to curl up with when I’m feelin’ ill.

Before this turns into a folk song, let’s get to the focal point of this issue; rat monsters! Specifically Jim Mickle’s Mulberry Street, one of the 8 Films to Die For this year and easily the best of the bunch. An interview with Mickle done by Fantasia programmer and fellow Canadian Mitch Davis delves into the deep, dark secrets of shooting a badass apocalypse movie with absolutely no money and one location. Not many filmmakers can say they’ve done that; I don’t care how long they’ve been at it.

A brief one-pager with Mulberry Street star/co-writer Nick Damaci wraps up the too-brief coverage before their indie spotlight moves on to “>The Living and the Dead (review, out this week on DVD) as well as “>The Lost (DVD review) and the other seven films to die for, all of which get their just deserts.

I have to admit, though it was a well-written article, their look back on the original Prom Night, in honor of the remake out on April 11th, still didn’t make me want to revisit it anymore. It’s just not that interesting of a film, I’m sorry.

It’s all right, though, cause once you’re past that there’s a very cool article on a new coffee table book called A Lovecraft Retrospective, a massive tome that celebrates all the artistic interpretations of Lovecraft’s twisted world throughout the decades. The price is very steep, but the article really makes it feel like it’s a must-own for Lovecraft freaks of all shapes and sizes.

The review section is highlighted this issue by having not one but two reviews that start with the reviewer stating that they’ve seen the worst movie of the young year (for Catacombs and Hack!, two movies hated over here, as well) and an uncharacteristically enthusiastic review for Cloverfield, a movie I thought for sure they’d rip apart.

Apart from that there’s a great write-up on the Halloween: Nightdancecomic, a cool interview with rock-n-roll horror author Brian Keene, and a one-pager on a man who has set Clive Barker’s Abarat to music. Cool stuff!

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