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‘Zine Review: Rue Morgue #63

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Rue Morgue #63 (click to see it bigger!)Issue #63
December 2006


It’s weird because usually the covers for Rue Morgue impress the hell out of me; something about this one (of The Pale Man from Pan’s Labyrinth) just feels awkward. Maybe it’s the fact that he seems to be in motion, thus a bit blury? Or because he’s not doing anything overtly creepy? Don’t get me wrong, it grabs the eye for sure (my co-workers were grossed out by it, which gave me endless sources of amusement); there’s just something off about it.

Luckily what’s inside makes up for it. Not that you’d expect anything else.

The main feature, of course, is an interview with Labyrinth helmer/deity Guillermo del Toro, a candid discussion about his influences for the film and how it came to be, as well as a overview of horror in general in today’s society. It’s a great piece with great questions, but to be fair you’d be hard pressed not to get a good interview out of del Toro; the man is just amazing. And in case you’ve not heard it enough times; Pan’s Labyrinth is every bit as beautiful and haunting as everyone says it is and easily tops my “best of” list for this year. See it!

There’s also a great little interview with young Labyrinth star Ivana Baquero about her role as the curious and lonely child Ofelia. She’s only 12 years old but her responses to some of the questions are those of someone much more mature; you can see why Guillermo chose her. Wrapping up the dark fairy tale theme is a one-pager about, you guessed it, dark fairy tales.

In celebration of the third DVD release of Black Christmas, as well as the upcoming remake from Morgan/Wan (though I don’t see why anyone would celebrate that), Paul Corupe sits down with the one and only Bob Clark to discuss his odd history in cinema, which began with horror but nearly ended for good with comedy and has now swung back around to horror. It’s a damn fine interview, if not a bit too short, and is followed by a one-pager on John Saxon, star of the original, and Andrea Martin who starred in both the original and the remake (poor thing).

A look at the creepy art of Camille Rose Garcia follows, which ties in well with the dark fairy tale theme, but even cooler is the article about Will Storr, a once-skeptic who was assigned to interview a demonologist for a men’s magazine and ended up becoming more than just a believer; he’s now written a book about his hunt for the supernatural. Who was this wizened demonologist who turned the man’s skepticism into belief? Our very own Lou Gentile! I can attest that the man is indeed the real deal and it doesn’t surprise me at all that he was able to convert a skeptic, something he probably was able to do without even trying, that’s how good he is. Read the article, buy Storr’s book, and be sure to hit Lou’s site right here for more on the man!

Following that we have review alley, with special attention paid to Subversive’s 4-disc release of Dust Devil (see my review here) and the last two films of Japanese cult king Teruo Ishii. The Audio Drome (music reviews) has a special focus on recently released soundtracks from classic Euro-shock oldies, too, which I didn’t even know existed but will likely have to get now. Rue Morgue is always good for that sort of thing!

So aside from the cover, which I still can’t figure out my issue with, this is another damn fine issue of RM. Click here for their site to learn where you can find it or, even better, how you can subscribe!

Johnny Butane

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Chiller Channel Will Be Discontinued This January

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Back in March of 2007, the Chiller horror channel was launched. The channel was filled with wall-to-wall horror movies and TV shows.

The channel even tried their hand at original scripted content recently with the series “Slasher, starring Kaite McGrath. The second season just premiered on Netflix.

But it seems like today we have bad news. The end of an era. NBC has decided to shut down the Chiller Channel effective beginning on January 1, 2018.

This news comes to us via the TV Answer Man, with an NBC spokesperson telling the site, “NBC Universal will discontinue Chiller as of January 1, 2018.”

The spokesperson didn’t give any further details on the decision but many believe it has everything to do with Verizon, Charter, and Dish dropping the channel earlier this year.

While those drops weren’t catastrophic, the final nail in the coffin came recently when Cox dropped the channel, effectively pulling it out of around 40 million homes.

Are you sad to see the Chiller channel canceled? How often did you watch content via Chiller? Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below.

R.I.P. Chiller

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Another WolfCop Gets Another Poster via The Dude Designs

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It was only last week that we shared the bloody new trailer for writer-director Lowell Dean’s upcoming sequel to his hit horror-comedy flick WolfCop.

Today we have another poster for Another WolfCop.

This new poster comes to us from one of my current favorite poster artists, Tom “The Dude” Hodge. If you’re unfamiliar with the name, you surely know his work. To refamiliarize yourself, you can check out more of his posters right here.

Below you will find his new poster for Another WolfCop, along with the flick’s newest trailer. After that make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments!

The film is written and directed by Lowell Dean, produced by Bernie Hernando, Deborah Marks, and Hugh Patterson, and distributed worldwide by Cineplex.

Another WolfCop co-stars Amy Matysio, Jonathan Cherry, and Serena Miller. The film also features special appearances from Canadian music icon Gowan and legendary filmmaker Kevin Smith. It was executive produced by Sean Buckley, J. Joly, Bill Marks, Brian Wideen, Michael Kennedy, and Michael Hirsch.

The film is slated for a wide Cineplex theatrical release on Friday, December 8, 2017, with the film seeing a Blu-ray/DVD/Digital home entertainment release through A71 and Black Fawn in 2018.

Synopsis:
A month has passed since the eclipse transformed hard-drinking Officer Lou Garou into the crime-fighting hellion WolfCop. Although the Shape Shifters controlling the town have been extinguished, Woodhaven is far from returning to normal. Lou’s liquor-fueled antics and full moon outbursts are seriously testing his relationship with Officer Tina Walsh – the new Chief of Police. An old friend has mysteriously reappeared with a truly bizarre secret to share, and a homicidal new villain has emerged from the shadows looking to finish what the Shape Shifters started. To defeat this lethal adversary, it will take more than a lone wolf packing a pistol.

Prepare for the next chapter of WolfCop that will be more dirty and hairy than the original! Consider yourself warned.

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Who Goes There Podcast: Ep 140 – Pet Sematary 2

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Ahoy there, fuckos! This week’s episode is brought to you by none other than Chris Franco! That’s right, it’s a Chris pick! So you know what that means, we’re cranking the cheese factor up to eleven! This week we’ve got $5 Furlongs, naked women with dog heads, and accents that are more forced than a Bill Cosby sexual encounter! That’s right, we watched  Pet Sematary 2 so you don’t have to!

Ever wonder which of us knows more lyrics to Ice, Ice, Baby? Well, Patreon found out, but perhaps there’s more singing in the actual episode. Download to find out!

Sometimes, dumb is better. It’s the Who Goes There Podcast episode 140!

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