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DREADFUL DVD: DREAM HOUSE (2011)

Posted in Uncategorized on February 11, 2012 by darklordbunnykins

DREAM HOUSE

Starring Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz and Naomi Watts

Directed by Jim Sheridan

Written by David Loucka

eOne Entertainment

Given the avalanche of bad press surrounding the theatrical release of Dream House last fall, including word that director Jim Sheridan (In America) had petitioned the Directors Guild of America to have his name removed from the film’s final credits, my expectations were sufficiently lowered in advance of screening the film at home so as not to be too disappointed. And while Dream House is a mess in general and falls apart pretty egregiously in the final act, it’s far less of a nightmare than we have been led to believe.

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WRETCHED REVIEWS: JAMES ELLROY’S LA: CITY OF DEMONS

Posted in DVD, Rue Morgue, TV, Uncategorized, Violence with tags , , , , , on August 11, 2011 by darklordbunnykins

JAMES ELLROY’S LA: CITY OF DEMONS

Starring James Ellroy and Barko

eOne Entertainment

Anyone unfamiliar with James Ellroy’s writing, packed as it with bold intuition and amazing alliteration, might find the L.A. Confidential creator’s on-screen style not only off-putting but downright annoying in his duties hosting James Ellroy’s LA: City of Demons.

Ellroy is best known for writing the book which became the movie L.A. Confidential, but he’s been detailing the sordid underbelly of his hometown of Hollywood (“Hollyweird” in Ellroy parlance) for over 30 years now. Anyone who has seen him in person knows that he is blunt and does not suffer fools, wielding righteousness and insight like a club, which makes this six-episode examination of crime in and around Los Angeles, both a distillation of everything Ellroy and a primer on the city’s putrid past.

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DVD REVIEW: “DRILLER: A SEXUAL THRILLER” (1984)

Posted in Uncategorized on April 20, 2011 by darklordbunnykins

“DRILLER: A SEXUAL THRILLER” (1984)

Starring Taija Rae, Angelique and Renee Summers

Directed by Joyce James

 

We knew that Michael Jackson’s John Landis-directed “Thriller” video was a favourite of the horror community but porn people too? Perhaps it shouldn’t come (cum?) as a surprise. Porn parodies of mainstream movies and TV shows are a dime a dozen these days. (Not the Munsters XXX, anyone?) But Driller isn’t simply a parody. As cheesy and ‘80s-tastic as it is, the “film” does an admirable job of channelling the spirit of the original clip, combining horror, music and hardcore sex into an imaginative splooge that’s far more entertaining than it has any right to be.

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KICKSTART MY ART: KRIS KUKSI HITS TORONTO

Posted in Uncategorized on April 19, 2011 by darklordbunnykins

Dark art artist Kris Kuksi is venturing from his Kansas home for one night to visit the T-Dot. May 4, 6 to 9 pm, is the date of Mr. Kuksi’s reception at Narwhal Art Projects (680 Queen St. W.) No less than Guillermo Del Toro has called Kuksi “a post-industrial Rococo master.” Here are a couple of samples of his work:

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NEW RUE MORGUE: AUGUST ISSUE OUT NOW!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 29, 2010 by darklordbunnykins

The DLB received his copy of the new Rue Morgue in the mail yesterday, and although he only has one tiny movie review in this issue (much of my efforts are going into my RM blog here: http://rue-morgue.com/blog/archives/author/sean/) , that’s no reason not to pick it up, especially when you’ve got all this tasty stuff to keep you entertained and so many nasty pix to freak out your fellow subway riders.

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TERRIBLE TUESDAYS: “SMASH CUT” MINI-REVIEW AND INTERVIEW

Posted in DVD, Interviews, Movies, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on April 27, 2010 by darklordbunnykins

Porn star Sasha Grey puts her heart into "Smash Cut"

SMASH CUT

Starring David Hess, Jesse Buck and Sasha Grey

Directed by Lee Demarbre

Written by Ian Driscoll

E1 Entertainment


Montreal-based filmmaker Lee Gordon Demarbre (Gordon?) channels Herschell Gordon Lewis (oh wait, I get it) in Smash Cut, his tribute to the gore pioneer. Genre veteran David Hess (Last House on the Left) stars as Able Whitman, a Z-grade movie director whose films are panned for their incompetence, especially their special effects. When a car accident provides him with access to REAL body parts, the increasingly unhinged Whitman uses them to give his films a more realistic sheen, resulting in the best reviews of his career. Needless to say, the body count rises as Whitman’s need for fresh meat  increases.

Smash Cut is not a good film, but taken in the spirit in which it was intended — as a tribute to HG Lewis (who has a cameo) — it’s mildly entertaining. Porn star Sasha Grey, cast as a TV star whose sister is Whitman’s first victim, is sexy but wooden as the reporter who cottons on to Whitman’s depraved scheme, but it’s Hess whose relish for the role of an artist cock-blocked by producers makes it worth watching.

That said, we support film fan Demarbre and his enthusiasm for taking the piss out of mainstream moviemaking.

For the lowdown on Smash Cut, though, here’s Demarbre, screenwriter Ian Driscoll and David Hess:

MACABRE MUSIC: RUE MORGUE PRESENTS “HYMNS FROM THE HOUSE OF HORROR”

Posted in Music, News, Rue Morgue, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 26, 2010 by darklordbunnykins

ON MAY 1st, RUE MORGUE RADIO RELEASES FREE, DOWNLOADABLE

HORROR MUSIC COMPILATION, HYMNS FROM THE HOUSE OF HORROR!

In honour of Rue Morgue’s 100th issue, our favourite horror mag will be releasing a free, downloadable compilation album titled Rue Morgue Radio Presents…Hymns from the House of Horror! Thousands of bands have graced the pages of Rue Morgue magazine and airwaves of Rue Morgue Radio over the course of thirteen years, more than 300 radio shows and 100 magazines. RM enticed some of the many artists they believe best encapsulate the world of Rue Morgue into giving them exclusive mixes, previously unreleased tracks, rarities and classic cuts for this morbid mixtape, hosted by Rue Morgue Radio’s Tomb Dragomir.

This downloadable album will be available at the stroke of midnight May 1st at rue-morgue.com and ruemorgueradio.com, will be promoted on Rue Morgue Radio and their social networking sites. Listeners can check out the bands, link to their websites and download Hymns from the House of Horror, complete with printable album artwork designed by RM’s Justin Erickson.

A four-page feature article about the compilation in their expanded 100th issue spotlights each artist/band and the song they contributed, exploring the origins of each track’s conception.

Hymns will receive further exposure on the award-winning weekly Rue Morgue Radio (ruemorgueradio.com), and at Rue Morgue events such as the upcoming Black 100 Celebration (Friday, May 7 at Revival Event Theatre in Toronto) and the Rue Morgue Festival of Fear, the country’s largest horror expo (August 27 – 29, 2010).

Rue Morgue Radio’s Hymns from the House of Horror tracklisting:

(Tomb Dragomir’s Greeting)

1. The Creepshow – Rue Morgue Radio

2. Midnight Syndicate – Haunted Nursery

3. Cauldron – Into the Cauldron

4. The Independents – Black Dream

5. Ghoultown – Return of the Living Dead

6. The Ghastly Ones – Banshee Beach

7. Psycho Charger – Redneck Zombies (Tomb Dragomir Mix)

8. Harley Poe – It’s Only the End of the World

9. Those Poor Bastards – Nightmare World

10. Dead Man’s Bones – My Body’s a Zombie for You

11. Forbidden Dimension – Hand of Glory

12. Zombina and the Skeletones – Something Weird

13. Creature Feature – Grave Robber at Large

14. Damn Laser Vampires – Saint of Killers

15. Balzac – Hurt

16. The Handsome Family – The Lost Soul

17. The Unsettlers – Oil and Blood

(Tomb Dragomir Bids You Farewell)

And to whet your appetite’s, here is The Creepshow performing “Rue Morgue Radio” live at Toronto’s late and lamented Reverb club, filmed by The DLB himself:


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