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‘Zine Review: Rue Morgue #86

Rue Morgue #86!Issue# 86
January/February 2009


I love how the Rue crew can almost always find a way to take something that’s current and relevant in our genre, in this case the remake of “>My Bloody Valentine, and hone in on the Canadian aspects of it. I would say more than anything else, including all the time I’ve spent in Canada, Rue Morgue has made me appreciate the filmmaking talent of the Great White North the most.

Of course this month it’s no real stretch; the remake of one of the most influential and respected slashers to come out of Canada means they’ve got a built-in angle to work, and work it they do. The main feature is a nice, healthy interview with original director George Mihalka by James Burrell, in which he discusses the sorted history of the film and it’s issues with the MPAA that saw so many gorehounds go unfulfilled until the uncut DVD hits shelves this week (read our review of it “>here). They also chat with producer John Dunning, the man who kept all the censored footage that’s recently been restored into the DVD, about that subject, as well. And of course some time with Patrick Lussier, director of the 3D remake, is included.

From there Jason Pichonsky takes a look at 3D horrors throughout the ages, from the very firsts (1941’s Third Dimensional Horror) up through the 80’s and 90’s to now. As with all history pieces in Rue Morgue, it’s filled with cool factoids you probably had no idea of concerning the format or the films shot in it.

Following the 3D craze, famed author William F. Nolan takes a look back at his friend and co-worker, terror TV titan Dan Curtis. Other than being an informative, honest, and sometimes touching portrayal of the man who brought so much to our genre, the inclusion of this seems a bit odd, especially since Curtis passed away 2 years ago. I can only assume it’s because Dead of Night, one of Curtis so-so anthologies, is out this Tuesday.

A bit on a Toronto art instillation called Horridor, a six-channel video display showing nothing but characters from films in the midst of screaming their heads off, and a quicky bit on F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin follow, as well as a look at the 2009 film festival/convention schedule and their best and worst of 2008 listing.

Other highlights for this, their last issue before a (well deserved) two-month break, include a very positive review of Julian Richards’ latest, Summer Scars (a movie I’ve been looking forward to for a while), a celebration of all of Abbott & Costello’s monster-run-ins, thanks to the recent DVD box set release of all 35 pictures the duo did with Universal, and a “Travelogue of Terror” that goes to a very cool store in Milan, Italy called Bloodbuster!

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Johnny Butane

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