Archive for March, 2010

THE MURDERDOLLS RETURN!

Posted in Music, News with tags , , , , on March 25, 2010 by darklordbunnykins

PRESS RELEASE:

JOEY JORDISON PROJECT TO RELEASE FIRST NEW ALBUM IN 8 YEARS

WOMEN AND CHILDREN LAST DUE OUT THIS SUMMER

New York, NY: Just when you thought all the fun was gone from rock music, you thought wrong, because the inimitable Murderdolls are back, emerging from a dormant period with their middle fingers to the sky, tongues planted firmly in their cheeks and ready to call out those that haunt today’s predictable musical landscape. Their first album in eight years, entitled Women and Children Last, is set for release this summer through Roadrunner Records.

Murderdolls are the Frankenstein brainchild of Joey Jordison and partner-in-grime, Wednesday 13. The band sees Joey step away from his day job and masked role behind the kit in Slipknot to playing a low-slung lead guitar, while Wednesday serves as the frontman in their macabre rock ‘n’ roll circus. The duo are ready to breathe new life into the project with a brand new line-up, while their ‘fuck you’ attitude, devilish glamour and trademark black sense of humor remain firmly in tact. Joey and Wednesday are excited to bring back their revamped musical monster, exclaiming, “We don’t look at this as a return…this is REVENGE! The music scene today is as boring and stale as it was in 2002, when we first formed the band. This time around, everyone is the enemy!”

Comments Joey, “We’ve waited eight years to make sure, but this is the perfect time to bring Murderdolls back to the world. We’ve got nothing to lose and nothing to prove. So raise your fist along with us motherfuckers and sorry if you get a bloody nose along the way. It’s about to get ugly! Women and Children Last!!!”

Murderdolls first gate-crashed the scene in 2002, hammering one final nail into nu-metal’s coffin and building a formidable fanbase of loyal ‘ghoulscouts’ with their single, ‘Dead in Hollywood’ and their twisted take on the Billy Idol anthem, ‘White Wedding.’

The band caused a stir across the pond in the UK, headlining the 5500-capacity Brixton Academy, as their debut album, Beyond the Valley of the Murderdolls, earned a silver certification in the country. The band also picked up the “Best Newcomer” award at the inaugural Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards.

Murderdolls are in an undisclosed Los Angeles studio now, laying down tracks for Women and Children Last. Don’t say you haven’t been warned.

RUE MORGUE MAGAZINE CELEBRATES BLACK 100!

Posted in Events, History, News, Rue Morgue with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 25, 2010 by darklordbunnykins

You can bet The Dark Lord Bunnykins will be at this party. Someone owes him extra drink tickets! Seriously, Issue 100 of Rue Morgue Magazine is going to be amazing, not least because yours truly has a major feature in it. Here is the official press release. See you there!

Toronto, CANADA – RUE MORGUE, Canada’s home for horror, is proud to celebrate yet another milestone with the release of its 100th EDITION SPECIAL ISSUE on stands May 1, 2010. The perfect-bound varnish-finished 100-page special issue will feature one of the magazine’s boldest and unusual covers to date, along with all-new and exclusive interviews with Hammer horror legends CHRISTOPHER LEE and INGRID PITT, plus thirteen years of horror across the spectrum with words from JOSS WEDON, GEORGE ROMERO, MIKE MIGNOLA, ROBERT KIRKMAN, DARREN LYNN BOUSMAN, MAX BROOKS, WILLIAM LUSTIG, R.L. STINE, JULIAN MAURY, ALEXANDRE BUSTILLO and many more.

RUE MORGUE#100 will also feature exclusive and original art from CHET ZAR, KRIS KUKSI, TRAVIS LOUIS, GRIS GRIMLY, WILLIAM BASSO, JASON D’AQUINO, BOB TYRRELL and others, plus an original music compilation and tons more! The issue will be the focus of a media blitz including but not limited to a month long city wide postering campaign in anticipation of its release.

To commemorate the event, RUE MORGUE will also be celebrating this important milestone in its 13 year history with RUE MORGUE CELEBRATES BLACK 100 (Friday May 7, 2010 @ Revival Event Theatre – 783 College St. doors: 10 PM). Sponsored by Anchor Bay Entertainment and Warner Bros Home Entertainment, the highly publicized black carpet event will feature a host of electrifying performances and celebrity guests including GEORGE ROMERO and others TBA, along with a very special performance from sinister synth duo SQUID LID, the ever popular Rue Morgue Go-Go Ghouls, Suicide Girls and the sinister sounds of Shannon and LaMort. All this and the unveiling of the official guest list for the Rue Morgue Festival of Fear National Horror Expo 2010! Black dress code will be in effect.

RUE MORGUE’s 100th EDITION SPECIAL ISSUE and BLACK 100 celebration will be the focus of an aggressive awareness campaign on Rue Morgue Magazine, Rue-Morgue.com, The Official Notice From the Rue Morgue House of Horror weekly newsletter, and ongoing promotion from our media partners.

Tickets for RUE MORGUE Celebrates BLACK 100 are $20 at the door or in advance directly from: www.Rue-Morgue.com or in person at the Rue Morgue House of Horror (2926 Dundas Street West, Toronto – weekdays 10-6 PM).

Now in its 13th publishing year, RUE MORGUE is home of Canada’s leading magazine of horror entertainment (Rue Morgue Magazine), the world’s original all horror broadcast (Rue Morgue Radio), and multi award-winning horror film production company (Rue Morgue Cinema). www.Rue-Morgue.com

INSIDIOUS (AND INSIPID) CINEMA: THE CARETAKER

Posted in DVD, Halloween, Movies, Reviews, Serial Killers with tags , , , on March 24, 2010 by darklordbunnykins

The Caretaker himself! Dig the deadly fruit picker.

THE CARETAKER

Starring Andrew St. John, James Immekus and Jennifer Tilly

Directed by Bryce Olson

Written by Jackie Olson

MPI Media

Death by grapefruit is probably one of the more ignominious ways to go in a horror film, and that’s exactly what happens to one of the victims of The Caretaker, a movie killer not likely to remembered beyond the agonizing 82 minutes it takes this execrable piece of trash to play out.

Let’s be clear: bad movies can be fun. Plan 9 From Outer Space, Horror of Party Beach, any of the Mystery Science Theatre flicks (with commentary)… Bad can be good. But bad can also be boring, and The Caretaker is boring.

Early victim, gratuitously nude.

The very thin story starts with a group of teens (played of course by twenty-somethings) skipping out on their school’s Halloween dance in favour of a limo ride up to the abandoned caretaker’s house in the local grapefruit orchard. Legend has it, the boys tell the girls, that the jealous caretaker chained his wife up in the house, even going so far as to kill her family when they tried to intervene. A baby was born and mother escaped with child, only to be chased down by her crazed husband… who was never caught.

You see where this is going, right? The Caretaker arrives to mow down the “teens” one by one, until only a final girl is left. But there’s a twist ending that throws us all for a loop. Fade out.

It's not our fault if the studio's promo pix give away the plot!

How The Caretaker got made is beyond me. Oh wait. No doubt the producers secured funds by casting Hollywood vets Judd Nelson (The Breakfast Club) and Jennifer Tilly (Bound) in thankless supporting roles. Throw in a little gratuitous nudity and some very coy, near bloodless kills and you’ve got an inoffensive slasher that barely has the balls to call itself a horror film. The identity of The Caretaker is telegraphed early on, and only Tilly’s carefree performance (and bountiful cleavage) merits a rise in our pulse rate.

Rating: 1/5

NEW POSTER: THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE

Posted in Art, News, Posters, Vampires, Werewolves with tags , , , , , , , on March 24, 2010 by darklordbunnykins

No, it’s not dark and no, it’s not horror, but I guarantee that many of you out there secretly long for Edward Cullen’s fangs and pale six-pack. So, for you…

INSIDIOUS INTERVIEWS: “HORNS” AUTHOR JOE HILL

Posted in Books, Interviews with tags , , , , on March 23, 2010 by darklordbunnykins

The Dark Lord Bunnykins caught up with an exhausted but still sharp Joe Hill this afternoon to discuss his new novel Horns. Look for the full text from the interview this coming weekend when I get a minute to transcribe.

In the meantime, here is a video of Hill discussing the role of the Devil in Horns and whether or not it is actually a horror novel:

‘HORNS’ AUTHOR JOE HILL TO SIGN IN TORONTO NEXT MONDAY

Posted in Books, Events with tags , , , , on March 17, 2010 by darklordbunnykins
Joe Hill, the best-selling author of Horns, makes his debut in Canada next Monday, March 22 at the Toronto Public Library – Lillian H. Smith Library, The Merril Collection (239 College St.). For more information, call 416-963-9993. He will be signing copies of his book.
Look for an interview with Hill in the day following this event.

TERRIFYING TUESDAY: THE REAL WOLFMAN (DVD)

Posted in DVD, History, Reviews, Werewolves with tags , , , , on March 16, 2010 by darklordbunnykins

THE REAL WOLFMAN

Written by Carsten Oblaender

The History Channel/New Video

What was the beast of Gevaudan? That is the question American cryptozoologist Ken Gerhardt and criminal profiler George “Duke” Deuchar attempt to answer in the History Television documentary The Real Wolfman. It’s too bad that the answer they come up with is as hard to swallow as the legend of the beast itself.

Back in the 18th century, the residents of the French village of Gevaudan were assailed by some sort of creature over a three-year period. The so-called beast mutilated and killed 102 victims, mostly women and children. The town’s notoriety prompted the king to send his best hunter to Gevaudan in a bid to kill the thing responsible for the massacre, but his killing of a large wolf only temporarily stopped the slaughter. Finally, a reclusive farmer named Chastel is said to have killed the beast with a silver bullet blessed by a priest. Legend says it was a werewolf, but the carcass was lost and the events, which are well documented, have drifted into the mists of legend.

Gerhardt and Deuchar fly to France in an attempt to separate fact from fiction. They visit Gevaudan, meet locals, go over accounts of the deaths, and even meet with a distant relative of Chastel, who is considered a hero locally. With their differing approaches (Gerhardt believes an animal was responsible for the killings, Deuchar credits a serial killer), the duo conduct experiments to test the various theories and wind up at Paris’s Natural History Museum to investigate what could be the Beast’s actual carcass. Their investigations lead them to a conclusion which incorporates both of their ideas, and left this viewer wondering whether one can actually combat superstition with ballistics.

The legend of the Beast of Gevauadan helped form modern notions of werewolves, and served as the basis of director Christophe Gans’ entertaining film Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001). The Real Wolfman is more amusing than entertaining, with the producers setting up a mildly adversarial relationship between Gerhardt and Deuchar which rings about as true as most reality TV shows, ie. Not much. The pair’s endless speculation – was the beast a man, a dog, a wolf or a hyaena? Can a dog decapitate a human? Was Chastel actually the killer instead of a hero? Can a silver bullet kill a wolf? – is both frustrating and interesting. It’s obvious that Gerhardt and Deuchar are on a fool’s errand – explaining away the legend of the beast is impossible, no matter how plausible they feel their theory is – and, really, who wants it explained? The pair come up with a working theory of the crimes, as implausible as it sounds, but isn’t it more entertaining to think a werewolf stalked the hills of France nearly 300 years go?

For fans of horror, The Real Wolfman is a mildly interesting dissection of what might have happened. Gerhardt and Deuchar are amiable hosts and their enthusiasm for the questions they have set out to answer is engaging. Don’t take it too seriously and The Real Wolfman has just enough bite to make it worth watching.

Rating: 3.5/5