Rue Morgue Magazine‘s Festival of Fear, headlined by David Cronenberg, is over again for another year (boo!), and we were there, meeting fellow horror peeps at the Rue Morgue booth, getting hammered at the parties and taking photos of all of it. Here’s proof of Friday’s debauchery:
Archive for August, 2010
Is Urban Decay still the brand of choice for gothlings? Well, if Shoppers Drug Mart is closer than your nearest Hot Topic story, then those looking to make their Halloween that much more macabre might appreciate OPI’s “Go Goth!” (!?) nail lacquer collection, which come in four “alternative” shades. Oh, and each mini pack also includes a free black lace cuff bracelet “to amp your style.” Awesome.
Re the colours, we have Obscurity (matte black), Sanguine Deep (dark blood red-maroon), Unripened (“a glittering green so dark it’s dangerous) and Nevermore (“You’ll be c-raven this blackened purple.” Rimshot!).
“Go Goth!” mini packs are available starting in September.
It’s the penultimate night of Toronto After Dark tonight, and The DLB will unfortunately be missing the 7 pm screening of Christopher Smith’s Black Death in order to attend a special soiree I will report on tomorrow. It may or may not have something to do with the 9:45 screening this evening of I Spit On Your Grave, the remake of the 1978 shocker of the same name.
Like the original, the remake is about a young writer (Sarah Butler) raped and brutalized by a trio of thugs who exactly bloody vengeance. Director Steven R. Monroe will be in attendance to participate in a post-screening Q&A, and The DLB is hoping to snag him for a brief interview. Fingers and paws crossed.
Survival of the Dead is George A. Romero’s sixth zombie film, and its imminent theatrical run in Toronto, followed soon after by its arrival on DVD and Blu-ray, meant that the legendary horror director, now relocated to Toronto from his long-time home in Pittsburgh, was available to talk.
Set a couple of months into the zombie outbreak, Survival follows a group of soldiers as they seek refuge on Plum Island, a remote piece of land controlled by The Flynns and The Muldoons, rival families whose decades-long enmity has barely been erupted by the outbreak of the undead.
Heavily influenced by the classic 1958 Western The Big Country, Survival is more black comedy than horror film, with Romero fully indulging his love of EC Comics and Looney Tunes cartoons in some of the more outrageous kills. As usual, Romero uses his zombies to help illustrate a larger social principle, rather than simply employing them as bringers of destruction.
The DLB had the chance to see The Last Exorcism last week and was duly impressed (see review below). The Eli Roth-produced horror show opens Aug. 27, and Toronto After Dark is showing the film tonight (Monday, Aug. 16) at 7 pm at The Bloor Cinema. In attendance will be Roth and cast members Ashley Bell and Patrick Fabian. I’ll be interviewing the trio Monday afternoon so look for those interviews the week of Aug. 27th, leading up to its national release.