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‘Zine Review: Rue Morgue #62



Click to see it full size!Issue #62
November 2006

Rue Morgue’s always been a fun magazine for me; the staff can write some truly laugh-out-loud hilarious stuff when they’re on a roll, but I’ve never held an issue before that was as much fun, front to back, as this one.

The cover story is about Canadian horror host Billy Van, who for a few short years was the host of “The Hilarious House of Dr. Frightenstein”, a kids’ show with horror elements that taught the Canuck children that monsters don’t have to be scary; they can be funny and sympathetic as well. I’ve never seen the show myself, but after reading this, I wish I had grown up on it as they portray it as something both kids and adults enjoyed with Van playing dozens of monster roles throughout the series. It even featured weekly cameos by Vincent Price himself!

Gary Butler got to sit down with Van a few years before his untimely passing, and this issue features the entire interview for the first time anywhere. Van comes off as a very down-to-earth guy who never fully understood the impact his show had on generations of horror fans growing up. Good for both newbies and hardcore “Frightenstein” fans alike as all aspects of the show are covered throughout its lengthy page count.

Scattered in the midst of the interview are shorter pieces on the history of horror hosts, which is a fascinating read all to itself, as well as a chat with Elvira: Mistress of the Dark, who talks about her history and gives some details on a new reality show she’s planning in which she will hire new girls to be Elviras for all sorts of events. I know I’d watch it…

Then we get to what might be the greatest pair of columns in the history of Rue Morgue: Stuart Andrews’ interview with Uwe Boll and Chris Alexander’s recount of his time in the boxing ring with the man. While the interview is a helluva lot of fun (how can you not respect a man who is so aware of his own shortcomings?), Alexander’s tale of his boxing match with the German madman is fucking perfect. Of the four journalists who took up the challenge Boll put to them, to feature them as extras in Postal then go three rounds with them in the ring, Alexander was the only one who seemed to have taken it seriously and actually got some hits in on the man. No matter the results (he lost, as did everyone else), the article is hilarious and the highlight of this issue.

A column about gay horror and a look at a fashionable girl’s answer to the lack of cool horror outfits for her fellow female horror fans finish off the main section; then it’s on to their reviews of new stuff like Feast and TCM: The Beginning, reissues like Nightmare on Elm Street, and classics like Mad Love.

Must-reads for the rest of the issue include Alexander’s gentle loving of 3-D, Blood in Four Colours (always good stuff there), and the Travelogue of Terror, the focus of which is weird shit around the globe.

Lest I repeat myself, #62 is the most fun I’ve had with an issue of Rue Morgue since I started reading it years ago so do yourself a favor and get this one. Click here for more info on this issue and how to subscribe!

Johnny Butane

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



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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American Psycho Meets Creep – Strawberry Flavored Plastic Review



Starring Aidan Bristow, Nicholas Urda, Andres Montejo

Directed by Colin Bemis

Recently I wrote up an article here on Dread Central which was basically an open letter to anyone who was listening called “I Miss Found Footage.” Well, it seems like someone WAS listening, as I was then sent the link to an all-new found footage film called Strawberry Flavored Plastic from first-time writer-director Colin Bemis.

The film follows the “still-at-large crimes of Noel, a repentant, classy and charming serial killer loose in the suburbs of New York.” Basically, you could think of the flick as American Psycho meets Mark Duplass and Partick Brice’s Creep. That, or you could think of it as “Man Bites Dog in color!” However you choose to label Colin Bemis’ psychological thriller, just make sure you check out the film once it hits in the future.

As I alluded to above, the film is basically a found footage version of American Psycho. But that said, the film sports a twist on the charming serial killer subgenre that I have yet to see play out in any of the above-mentioned classics. I’m not going to go into spoiler territory here, but I will say that the film introduces an element to the tale that spins it into much more of a character drama than a straight horror film. Not that there is anything wrong with that!

Truth be told, the film’s turn from serial killer flick into a layered character study might have been its kiss of death, but this slight genre switch is rendered a minor issue as the film’s central narcissistic antagonist is played by Aidan Bristow. Bristow is an actor you may not have heard of before this review, but you will hear his name more and more over the years to come, I promise. The guy gives (no pun intended) a killer performance as the film’s resident serial killer Noel Rose, and time after time surprised me with how chilling, charming, or downright vulnerable he chose to play any given scene.

Bristow’s performance is, in the end, the major element the film has going for it. But that said, as a fan of found footage, I was smiling ear to ear at first-time director Colin Bemis’ understanding of what makes a found footage suspense sequence work.

In Strawberry Flavored Plastic director Colin Bemis is confident and content to allow full emotional scenes to play out with the camera directed at nothing more than a character’s knees. Why is this so important? Because it keeps the reality of the film going. Too many found footage directors would focus on the actors’ faces during such emotional scenes – no matter how contrived the camera angle was. In this film, however, Bemis favors the reality that says, “If you were really in this emotional state and holding a camera, you would let it drop to your side.” I agree, and it is small touches like that which make the film feel authentic and thus – once the shite hits the fan – all the scarier.

On the dull side of the kitchen knife, the film does feel a bit long even given it’s short running time, and there doesn’t seem too much in the way of visceral horror to be found within. Again, graphic blood and gore aren’t a must in a fright flick, but a tad more of the old ultra-violence would have gone a long way in selling our main psychopath’s insanity and unpredictability. But all the same, the film does feature a rather shocking sequence where our main baddie performs a brutal home invasion/murder that puts this film firmly in the realm of horror. In fact, the particular POV home invasion scene I’m talking about holds about as much horror as you’ll ever wish to witness.

In the end, Colin Bemis’ Strawberry Flavored Plastic is a must-see for fans of found footage and serial killer studies such as American Pyscho, Creep, and Man Bites Dog. I recommend giving it a watch once it premieres. If only to be able to point to Aidan Bristow in the near future and tell all your friends that you watched (one of) his first movies.

Until then, check out the film’s trailer HERE, and follow the movie on Facebook.

  • Strawberry Flavored Plastic


Lead actor Aidan Bristow turns in a star-making performance in Colin Bemis’ Strawberry Flavored Plastic, a found footage film that plays out like Man Bites Dog in Color before introducing a new element to the charming-serial-killer subgenre and becoming more character study than a straight horror. Think American Psycho meets Creep.

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Who Goes There Podcast: Ep 148 – Inside (2017 Remake)



We’ve all heard the old saying, “in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Well, I’m here to tell you that’s only partially true. It seems there is a third certainty that had been omitted from the original quote, “It is certain, if you enjoy a movie, at some point someone will remake that movie.” Now is the time when one of my favorite movies gets reimagined, “for an American audience”.

In the late 2000’s an explosion of “French extreme” horror films was released. Martyrs and or High Tension can often be found on any number of lists of the “most fucked up horror movies ever”. Unfortunately, the vastly superior Inside is often forgotten (as well as Frontier(s), but that’s a whole ‘nother rant). Now, ten years after it’s initial release, Inside has been Americanized. Don’t worry, we watched it so you don’t have to. You’re welcome.

Mommy says you’re not dead. Is that true? It’s the Who Goes There Podcast episode 148!

If you like what you hear, please consider joining our Patreon subscribers. For less than the cost of a beer, you get bonus content, exclusive merchandise, special giveaways, and you get to help us continue doing what we love.

The Who Goes There Podcast is available to subscribe to on iTunes right here. Not an iTunes user? You can listen on our Dread Central page. Can’t get enough? We also do that social media shit. You’ll find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramTwitch, and YouTube.

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