‘Zine Review: Rue Morgue #80

Rue Morgue #80 review!Issue #80
July 2008

Now that I’ve seen and fallen in love with “>Hellboy II: The Golden Army (review), the cover for this issue and Rue Morgue’s subsequent coverage of Guillermo del Toro’s masterful sequel is that much more meaningful. There’s something about the way Jovanka’s interview with del Toro rolls that gives it a very intimate feel; just one of the things I dig about this magazine.

A chat with Doug Jones, who has more roles than anyone in Hellboy II, reviews of some of the printed expansions of the Hellboy universe and a very, very fast interview with creator Mike Mignola round out the love for Golden Army. Thankfully it is well justified love as hopefully most, if not all, of you discovered last weekend.

From demons and monsters to … well, demons, monsters and aliens; the second big piece is Monica Kuebler’s focus on X-Files: I Want to Believe. Masterful job by Kuebler managing to write an entire article about a movie no one knows anything about! Of course most of the focus is on the show and creator Chris Carter’s feelings on where the franchise may go. The “Cold Cases” one-pager is great for those of us who never watched “The X-Files” and just want to know which episodes had the best monsters!

A quick article on the new “>Alone in the Dark (review) follows; then there’s a feature article on the forthcoming Criterion release of Vampyr, a film very few of us have laid eyes on in any respectable form but is considered by those who have to be a piece of art in the horror world.

The gamut of reviews follows with a very strange Bowen’s Basement after; can you believe some people watch those massive 50-pack DVD collections? Bowen proudly counts himself among their numbers and exudes all sorts of reasons why you should, too.

Other highlights include a cool one-pager on one of my favorite new horror authors, Gary Braunbeck, yet another forever-in-the-making comic Gary Butler brings to light, and the Travelogue of Terror goes to haunted Paris!

Rue Morgue #80 is on newsstands while you’re reading this; wouldn’t it just make sense to go buy it? Visit Rue Morgue’s official site for more!

Johnny Butane

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  • G.D.

    I don’t have any personally, but I definitely understand them. I love that buried classics like Rituals are available in some form. Sure, I’d love to have a remastered DVD of it, but it’s not likely to happen so this is better than trying to track down a VHS copy of it, if you can find a video store that still has 25 year old VHS movies…

    • The Unknown Murderer

      We do have one of those stores in my hometown and they don’t throw
      ANYTHING away. The place smells like popcorn and old store, and I love it.

      I can wander for an hour or more at a time. Tells ya, the wife ain’t too keen on it, even though she did find a copy of Redneck Zombies for me once.

      Good times, good times.

  • The Unknown Murderer

    Rue Morgue magazine is the best, just like Fangoria was in the 80’s. Top-notch all the way through.

    I watch those 50 movie packs. My collection is up by 300 films because of them, and that only cost me around a hundred bucks. Not only are there some real gems in those boxes, but you can’t beat the price when you’re paying less than .50 cents per film! It’s like finding the best yard sale in the world with a massive set of VHS tapes priced to sell, and you snag all of ’em for yourself.

    Most of the movies are crap, but some are so bad that they hurt soooo good. I find that nearly all of them are entertaining in that way.