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‘Zine Review: Rue Morgue #86

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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!

Hit up Rue Morgue’s official site for information on subscribing and more cool stuff!

Johnny Butane

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SOMA Sailing to Xbox One on December 1

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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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Thelma Is Fantastic and Now You Can Watch the Opening Scene

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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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Award-Winning The Child Remains Playing Tomorrow at the Blood in the Snow Festival

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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.

Synopsis:
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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