Texan horrorpunk band Ghoultown rode into Toronto last weekend for Rue Morgue Magazine’s Festival of Fear and delivered a rockin’ and robust performance during Friday night’s Shocktail party at The Courthouse venue.
Archive for August, 2011
Starring Alexandra Daddario, Michael Biehn and Brett Rickaby
Written and directed by Stevan Mena
Anchor Bay Entertainment
The prospect of reviewing Bereavement did not tickle my fancy. It’s a prequel, you see, to Malevolence, the first in director Steven Mena’s proposed trilogy. But Malevolence was awful, a clichéd bore which took its allegiance to ‘80s slasher films so seriously that it would have been an exercise in redundancy and slavishness back in 1983. So I held out little hope that a return to that bloodstained universe would yield much in the way of entertainment. Who knew that going back in time would also rewrite my opinion of Mena’s talent?
The DLB recently swung by the offices of Rue Morgue Magazine for a special event (to be revealed soon) and was able to take in the specialized Elvis busts created by the likes of artists James Fisher, Paige Reynolds and multiple others. The King is alive indeed. Search eBay with the phrase “God Save The King” to bid on the remaining busts.
East Vancouver “hard punk rockers” Kill Matilda release their debut full-length, I Want Revenge, on October 11th and to support it they are crossing Canada on their Zombie Apocalypse Tour.
The DLB recently spoke to André Øvredal, the director of the Norwegian monster movie Trollhunter which opens at The Royal in Toronto Aug. 19 before debuting on DVD and Blu-ray next Tuesday (Aug. 23). The mockumentary, which sees a group of Norwegian film students shadowing Norway’s only troll hunter (Otto Jespersen) as he deals with a number of wayward trolls, was a hit upon its release in Norway last year and has seen limited releases worldwide. Its success has also prompted an American remake, spearheaded by Home Alone director Chris Columbus’s company 1492, which is currently in the scripting stage.
Øvredal is currently reading a bunch of Hollywood scripts (“A lot I don’t like but some I really like”) and is also working on his own monster comedy script about American mythology which will likely become his next directorial effort. “That has potential to be an amazing movie.”
The DLB recently had the chance to attend a roundtable with actor Colin Farrell, one of the stars of the upcoming Fright Night remake, and it turns out that the Phone Booth star, who plays vampire Jerry Dandridge in the role originated by Chris Sarandon, is quite the horror buff. Here’s what he had to say when asked about the ongoing appeal of vampire films:
The DLB had the privilege today of interviewing Guillermo Del Toro, the man behind such beloved genre properties as Mimic, Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy and the upcoming big screen version of the 1973 TV movie Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, out August 26. We asked Mr. Del Toro about his and co-writer Chuck Hogan’s upcoming book, The Night Eternal, the final installment in the vampire trilogy started with The Strain and The Fall.
The final installment of The Strain trilogy, The Night Eternal, comes out in October. Without giving away too much, what can you tell us about Eph Goodweather and The Master?
We just finished the corrections to the first galleys two days ago; literally two days ago in the morning I was sending my last corrections. And it’s the darkest of the three books. At the same time it has some of the most mythical origins of the creatures. You explain where The Master comes from, you explain where all vampires come from, and it goes back to ancient times. And so you have a chapter or two in ancient times, you have a chapter in ancient Rome. And I promised in the first book, when people interviewed me about the trilogy, I said you’re going to see characters you like do things you don’t like and characters you don’t like do things you like, and I think we delivered in the third book. Not everyone ends well! (laughs) In the second book we killed one of the dearest characters, which was Setrakian, and I think the body count in the third one is pretty high.
The Night Eternal is available Oct. 25 through Harper Collins.