Archive for November, 2010

MACABRE MUSIC: DIANE BIRCH REWORKS GOTH CLASSICS

Posted in Goth, Music, News with tags , , , , , , , on November 30, 2010 by darklordbunnykins

New York singer-songwriter Diane Birch made quite a stir with her debut album Bible Belt last year, on S-Curve Records. Now the pastor’s daughter and erstwhile Goth has channeled her teenage love of  the musical macabre into The Velveteen Age, an EP collaboration with the Phenomenal Handclap Band available Dec. 7.

Among the songs Birch has massively reworked:

This Corrosion (Sisters of Mercy)
Kiss Them For Me (Siouxsie & The Banshees)
Bring On The Dancing Horses (Echo & The Bunnymen)
Atmosphere (Joy Division)
Primary (The Cure)
Tarantula (This Mortal Coil)
A Strange Kind of Love (Peter Murphy)

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PUTRID PREVIEW: DECEMBER ISSUE OF “RUE MORGUE MAGAZINE”

Posted in Art, Comics, Contests, DVD, Gore, Halloween, Interviews, Magazines, Music, News, Rue Morgue, Vampires with tags , , , , , , , on November 27, 2010 by darklordbunnykins

Heinous holidays to all our fangtastic fans Stateside. Be sure to save a few shekels for the latest issue of Rue Morgue, due on newsstands shortly. Besides my article on the new “Art of Hammer” art book, here is what else you can expect from RM’s year-end spooktacular: Continue reading

EXCLUSIVE! Q&A WITH “VALHALLA RISING” STAR MADS MIKKELSEN

Posted in DVD, Gore, Interviews, Movies, Violence with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 26, 2010 by darklordbunnykins


The DLB had the privilege of speaking to acclaimed Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen earlier today. North American audiences know him best as the villain Le Chiffre from the James Bond film Casino Royale (2006), while genre fans will recognize him as Draco from this year’s Clash of the Titans remake. He also has a supporting role in director Paul W.S. Anderson’s upcoming Three Musketeers remake, playing Rochefort.

But today we are here to talk about Valhalla Rising, his fourth collabo with director Nicolas Winding Refn, after their three Pusher films. In Valhalla, Mikkelsen plays One-Eye, a mute and ruthless warrior in 11th century Scotland who has spent years enslaved, fighting criminals to the death for the pleasure of the chieftain who owns him. He slays his captors and, along with the young boy who tended to his wounds while in captivity, joins up with a group of Vikings who are also would-be Christian crusaders and are out to recapture Jerusalem. The voyage they embark on leads them not only into a heart of darkness but very possibly into hell itself.

The film, which was shot over nine weeks in remote Scotland, has been described by Refn as a metaphysical sci-fi film, with the crusaders’ discovery of America standing in for outer space. Beyond that, Mikkelsen’s performance is intense, even if the lack of dialogue and metaphysical nature of the script makes it difficult to connect with audiences.

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SPOOKY CINEMA: “BLACK SWAN” REVIEWED

Posted in Movies, Reviews, Sex, Theatre with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 25, 2010 by darklordbunnykins

BLACK SWAN

Starring Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis and Vincent Cassell

Directed by Darren Aronofsky

Written by Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz and John McLaughlin

Fox Searchlight

“Lose yourself” is the advice artistic director Thomas (Vincent Cassell) gives to Nina (Natalie Portman), the ambitious young ballerina he has chosen to dance the lead in his company’s new production of “Swan Lake.” But Nina is a scared, tentative young dancer whose fragility embodies the White Swan. Her technique is flawless, but does she have the guile and the sensuality to effectively play the Black Swan? Or will Thomas replace her with the provocative Lily (Mila Kunis), Nina’s perceived rival and could-be best friend?

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MACABRE MUSIC: AURAL VAMPIRE BRINGS JAPANESE GOTH TO NORTH AMERICA

Posted in Goth, Music, Vampires, Video with tags , , , , on November 21, 2010 by darklordbunnykins

Okay, Aural Vampire isn’t really a Goth band — they’re more like a Japanese La Roux — but the duo of Raveman and Exo-Chika evoke horror imagery in their stage shows and videos. They’re currently on tour in the U.S. with our faves, Toronto’s The Birthday Massacre, and the Black Veil Brides. This video for “Freeeeze!!,” off their album Zoltank, is filled with crazy-looking Japanese Goth kids with oh-so-serious faces, even though the music is airy synth pop. Love Exo-Chika’s fangs, though.

 

MACABRE MUSIC: COMBICHRIST LIVE IN TORONTO

Posted in Concerts, Goth, Music, Reviews, Tattoos with tags , , , , , on November 18, 2010 by darklordbunnykins

Combichrist's Andy LaPlegua

Is Combichrist’s Andy LaPlegua the new Trent Reznor? With the Nine Inch Nails mastermind busy scoring A-list Hollywood films (The Social Network) and making music with his (now pregnant) wife (How To Destroy Angels) instead of packing stadiums full of freaks and rivetheads, there’s a space in the underground marketplace for a charismatic and energetic performer like LaPlegua.

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CINEMACABRE PREVIEW: “SHARKTOPUS” SWIMS ONTO TORONTO SCREEN

Posted in Events, Gore, Monsters, Movies, News, Rue Morgue, Sci-Fi, Violence with tags , , , , , on November 18, 2010 by darklordbunnykins

So that’s what Roger Corman’s been doing with himself. The veteran producer is responsible for Sharktopus, a high-concept monster mash made for the SyFy TV channel. Rue Morgue Magazine will be hosting its Toronto premiere at The Bloor Theatre tomorrow (Nov. 18) at 9:30 pm.

“Just when you thought it was safe to go near the water, along comes producer Roger Corman’s SHARKTOPUS! Half-shark, half-octopus, all SHARKTOPUS, the military’s ultimate biological weapon is swimming amok, snatching bikini babes off the beach with giant CGI tentacles! Eric freakin’ Roberts plays the beast’s creator and Corman himself makes a cameo. Up from the depths and on the big screen, it’s SHARKTOPUS!”

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