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Rue Morgue #78 review!Issue #78
May 2008


The focus in this month’s Rue Morgue is something we’ve been trying to do a Dinner for Fiends about for the last month or so; the new wave of French horror. Sadly, there’s not a helluva lot to talk about since there are only a handful of movies that are making up this new trend, but it’s nice to see them put it in the forefront for the fans.

The main story, as you can tell from the beautiful cover, is about Julien Maury & Alexandre Bustillo’s “>Inside (DVD review). The article features a great interview with them done by Stuart F. Andrews in which the horrific duo discus the origins of the film, why they were able to go as far as they did with it (and that is far), and what their feelings were on the Hellraiser situation (at the time of writing they had not yet been pulled from the project, just the writing sid). If you haven’t gone out to get Inside on DVD yet, this article will likely push you over the edge.

Following that there’s a one-pager by Dave Alexander featuring a chat with the lead females from Inside and “>Frontier(s) (DVD review), then a full-on article focusing on the latter, which was helmed by Hitman director Xavier Gens … before he made the atrocious video game adaptation (I’m sure it’s badness wasn’t his fault).

Next is a brief look at Eric Vallette’s “>Malefique (DVD review), which just recently hit DVD despite having been made more than five years ago, and a film called Broceliande that I’ve never heard of put sounds pretty damn good.

Moving from France to Italy, The Gore-Met sits down with Dario Argento to chat up Mother of Tears (review), which finally sees release here in the States on June 6th. It’s a bit sad, I have to admit, how much Argento didn’t want to make the movie like Suspirlia or Inferno, thanks in no small part to the gleeful fun he had making both Masters of Horror episodes. Time will tell how this one will be regarded in the man’s overall cannon, but something tells me it won’t be the classic we’re all hoping for.

After a quick look at the DVD release of Doors Into Darkness, there’s an article about the photography of Pete Beste, who spent seven years documenting Norwegian Black Metal and has a pretty amazing new book out about it. Worth a read even if you’re not a fan of this sub-genre of music.

Other highlights this issue include Rob Bowen’s look at that 70’s vehicular slaughter masterpiece, The Car, the first news on Rue Morgue owner Rodrigo Gudino’s feature length debut, a remake of Cut-Throats Nine, pretty much anything that shows up in Gary Butler’s comic column (seriously, this is always some of the mag’s best writing) and the final-page “Classic Cuts”, which focuses on the old Time-Life book series “The Enchanted World”, which is just fantastic.

Rue Morgue #78 is on better newsstands now, be sure to visit the official Rue Morgue site for more!

Johnny Butane

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SOMA (review) will be heading to Xbox One on December 1st with the addition of a new safe mode, and we have all the details you need right here!

SOMA Coming to Xbox One with New “Safe Mode”
There’s no need to be concerned. You are always safe…

Isolated, submerged in the ocean’s darkness, chaos has overtaken the halls of PATHOS-II, and the boundaries of humanity strained beyond repair. From Frictional Games, creators of the critically acclaimed Amnesia series, SOMA is coming to Xbox One on December 1st with the addition of Safe Mode.

Safe Mode introduces an optional new way to play SOMA in the Xbox One and PC releases. Protected from the hostile creatures below, let yourself sink into the mystery and atmosphere of PATHOS-II as you uncover the truth and determine the fate of the station.

SOMA is coming to Xbox One on December 1st and is available to pre-order now. Safe Mode will launch simultaneously as a free update for PC and will be available for PS4 at a later date.

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One of this year’s most beautiful and subdued horror films is Joachim Trier’s Thelma (review), which opens in Los Angeles tonight. To give you a bit of what the film is like, The Orchard have released the opening scene, which shows a man and his daughter hunting in the bleak Norwegian winter. When they come across a young deer, the true intentions of this trip become apparent…

Having seen Thelma, I can tell you that it’s truly something special. It’s a slow burn, to be certain, but it plays out gorgeously, resulting in a film that has yet to leave my mind.

Related Story: Exclusive Interview with Thelma’s Joachim Trier

Locations and tickets for Thelma can be found here.

Synopsis:
Thelma, a shy young student, has just left her religious family in a small town on the west coast of Norway to study at a university in Oslo. While at the library one day, she experiences a violent, unexpected seizure. Soon after, she finds herself intensely drawn toward Anja, a beautiful young student who reciprocates Thelma’s powerful attraction. As the semester continues, Thelma becomes increasingly overwhelmed by her intense feelings for Anja – feelings she doesn’t dare acknowledge, even to herself – while at the same time experiencing even more extreme seizures. As it becomes clearer that the seizures are a symptom of inexplicable, often dangerous, supernatural abilities, Thelma is confronted with tragic secrets of her past, and the terrifying implications of her powers.

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The award-winning supernatural thriller The Child Remains, which has been on the festival circuit, is returning to Canada to play tomorrow night at the Blood in the Snow Film Festival in Toronto. Tickets for the screening, which is at 9:30pm, can be found at the festival’s website.

The film has won awards in festivals across Canada as well as Best Foreign Feature at the Unrestricted View Horror Film Festival in London, UK.

Described as The Shining meets Rosemary’s Baby meets The Orphanage, the film stars Suzanne Clément, Allan Hawco, Shelley Thompson, and Geza Kovacs. Directed and written by Michael Melski, who co-produced the film alongside Craig Cameron and David Miller, The Child Remains is aiming for a Canadian theatrical release in Spring 2018 and a US theatrical release in October 2018.

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An expectant couple’s intimate weekend turns to terror when they discover their secluded country inn is a haunted maternity home where unwanted infants and young mothers were murdered. Inspired by the true story of the infamous ‘Butterbox Babies’ and their macabre chapter in Canadian history, The Child Remains is a twisting supernatural thriller that emphasizes story and suspense over shock and gore.

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