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TERRIFYING TOMES: DEBUT BOOK FROM EX-RUE MORGUE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF JOVANKA VUCKOVIC

Posted in Art, Books, Gore, History, Movies, News, Rue Morgue, Zombies with tags , , , on November 12, 2010 by darklordbunnykins

 

That, my lovelies, is the gruesome cover art for Zombies! An Illustrated History of the Undead by ex-Rue Morgue editor-in-chief and friend Jovanka Vuckovic. It’s available for pre-order now on Amazon.com and is due out Feb 1 from St. Martin’s Press in the US and Ilex Press in the UK. The cover comes courtesy of The Walking Dead artists Charlie Adlard and Cliff Rathburn.

We’ll be sure to keep tabs on this project, as well as Jovanka’s upcoming directorial debut, The Captured Bird. Follow that project’s development on http://www.thecapturedbird.com/.

INSIDIOUS INTERVIEWS: RUE MORGUE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF TALKS UP ISSUE 100

Posted in Events, History, Interviews, Music, News, Rue Morgue with tags , , on May 6, 2010 by darklordbunnykins

The DLB spent part of the afternoon catching up with his favourite fiends at the Rue Morgue House of Horror, hatching schemes, talking shit and rubbing our hands in anticipation of Black 100, the party to end all parties celebrating the mag’s newly-released 100th issue.

We also sat down with RM editor-in-chief Dave Alexander to discuss Issue 100, landing their interview with Sir Christopher Lee, and the ongoing legacy of Rue Morgue Magazine.

FRIGHTENING FESTIVALS: FANTASIA 2010 HINTS AT EVIL EVENTS

Posted in Concerts, Events, History, Movies, Music, News, Theatre with tags , , , , , , , , on May 3, 2010 by darklordbunnykins

One of the greatest experiences a fan of genre cinema can have is traveling to Montreal for the FanTasia film festival. Each year Mitch David and his crew program dozens of amazing films from all around the world in the realms of sci-fi, cult weirdness, action, Asian and, of course, horror. This year’s schedule is still weeks away, but the FanTasia press office just announced a few special events and screenings.

Brigitte Helm as Maria

From the press release:

THE COMPLETE METROPOLIS – A GALA EVENT AT PLACE DES ARTS

Seldom has the rediscovery of a cache of lost footage ignited widespread curiosity as did the announcement, in July 2008, that an essentially complete copy of Fritz Lang’s METROPOLIS had been found. This prompted an incredible year-long restoration project, the results of which will be unveiled for the first time in Quebec this summer, at Fantasia. Featuring over 25 minutes of new material (1,257 shots, including entire new sequences), the complete METROPOLIS will be screened as a special gala event at the 3000-seat Wilfred Pelletier theatre in Place des Arts on July 28. For this special night, internationally renowned silent film composer Gabriel Thibaudeau is writing a new score for the feature, which he will perform with a 13-piece orchestra live at the screening. It will be a fantastically historical night in every sense of the word!

Notes on the music for Fantasia’s METROPOLIS event by Gabriel Thibaudeau:

“For the last 22 years I have been resident pianist and composer for the Cinematheque québécoise. METROPOLIS is one of the first films I played to. Writing a new score for this film represents, for me, a long cherished dream. The film’s modern feel and visual treatment lends itself well to experimentation and is a pure joy to create sound for!

How to express musically the class struggle and dialectic that are the foundations of this work? By utilizing not one, but two chamber orchestras! Quite simply, at stage left the orchestra represents the elitist spirit of the city through a string quintet and keyboard. At stage right a brass quintet with organ will form the second orchestra, symbol of the strength of the workers in the subterranean city. The percussion section in the center will form a link between the two worlds/ensembles.

For this two and a half hour performance, specially commissioned by the Fantasia Festival, the majority of movements will be precisely written and perfectly synchronized with the images on screen. However, certain passages will be more free, created live through “Soundpainting”, a technique of improvising from coded gestures used by the conductor.”

– Gabriel Thibaudeau


Here is the trailer for The Complete Metropolis:


Vanessa Redgrave in The Devils

A LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR KEN RUSSELL

Fantasia will present Britain’s celebrated enfant terrible, the director of such one-of-a-kind classics as ALTERED STATES, TOMMY, CRIMES OF PASSION, WOMEN IN LOVE, LISZTOMANIA, GOTHIC, SALOME’S LAST DANCE, MAHLER and LAIR OF THE WHITE WORM, with a lifetime achievement award in celebration of his astoundingly unique and bravely provocative visions.  On the night of his ceremony, we will screen a rare 35mm print of his explosive and still-controversial 1971 masterpiece THE DEVILS. This notoriously powerful film, which remains unavailable on DVD anywhere in the world, stars Oliver Reed and Vanessa Redgrave, and featuring art direction by Derek Jarman.  Russell will be in town for a week and our special “Devils’ Night” award presentation will kick off a massive retrospective of his filmography split across Cinematheque Quebecoise and Cinema Du Parc.

THE INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE OF STUART GORDON & JEFFREY COMBS’ CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED EDGAR ALLAN POE STAGE PLAY

Award-winning filmmaker Stuart Gordon, beloved for such films as RE-ANIMATOR, FROM BEYOND and STUCK will be returning to Fantasia (after gracing us with the Canadian premiere of EDMOND in 2006) with his staple star Jeffrey Combs to stage their acclaimed one-man play NEVERMORE: AN EVENING WITH EDGAR ALLAN POE, which features Combs in a breathtaking performance as the legendary author. It should be noted that Gordon was a celebrated theatre director for many years before turning to cinema. Among his many impressive credits, the future filmmaker founded Chicago’s Organic Theater in the ’70s and was the first to stage a play by David Mamet, who he continues to collaborate with every now and then. A spellbinding recreation of the public recitals that Poe regularly performed in the years before his death, based on reviews and reports of his actual appearances, NEVERMORE premiered in Los Angeles in July 2009 and was originally slated to run for four weeks.  Critical raves and mass audience draws saw the run extended to nearly six months. Combs’ performance is so captivating and mercurial that many critics have championed him as “the definitive Poe,” a claim that we can fully agree with! 2010 also happens to be the 25th anniversary of RE-ANIMATOR, and in celebration of this, Fantasia will be screening an uncut 35mm print of the cult classic, hosted by Gordon and Combs.

For updates on all things FanTasia, go to www.fantasiafestival.com

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BLACK 100: RUE MORGUE MAGAZINE’S 100TH ISSUE HITS STANDS MAY 1

Posted in Art, History, Interviews, Monsters, Movies, Music, News, Rue Morgue, Vampires, Zombies with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 28, 2010 by darklordbunnykins

The Dark Lord Bunnykins can’t wait to receive his copy of Rue Morgue Magazine`s upcoming 100th issue, not only because he contributed to the cover story on Hammer Films but because he well and truly loves the mag and has been contributing to it since somewhere around Issue #4. That’s more than a decade of work with a tremendous cast of characters whose talents and love for horror know no bounds. Congratulations, gals and ghouls.

Anyway, while I wipe a tear from my bloodshot eye, here is a breakdown of what to expect from #100, which hits newsstands May 1.

RUE MORGUE BLACK 100
(Featuring a black-on-black spot-varnished cover!)

ROYAL BLOOD: AN INTERVIEW WITH CHRISTOPER LEE
To celebrate our 100th issue, Rue Morgue proudly presents the ongoing story of the genre’s greatest living legend and the studio that made him an icon.
Plus: Interviews with Hammer star Ingrid Pitt, the man who revived the company, Hammer 101, and more!
by James Burrell, Sean Plummer, Trevor Tuminski and Paul Corupe

13 YEARS OF FEAR
Rue Morgue writers consult experts and luminaries for an in-depth look at how the genre has changed since we began publishing in 1997, and where it’s headed…
by Rue Morgue Staff

THE NIGHTMARE GALLERY
We commissioned sixteen of the best dark artists out there to each create an original piece that exemplifies a personal nightmare, and tell us why the work haunts them. The results will scare you too.
curated by Gary Pullin

HYMNS FROM THE HOUSE OF HORROR
Dive into Rue Morgue Radio’s first ever free downloadable terror tunes compilation, with a spotlight on all seventeen of the rare, classic, remixed and world premiere tracks! Hear what the bands themselves have to say about their caustic cuts.
by Trevor Tuminski, Tomb Dragomir and Dave Alexander

GATHER ’ROUND, KIDDIES
During the 1990s, R.L. Stine’s creepy children’s books sold millions of copies. The often reclusive, incredibly prolific author tells his own spooky story.
by Phil Brown

iSCARES
Rue Morgue downloads the top ten iPhone apps for horror fans.
by MARIE- ÈVE LARIN

DEPARTMENTS:

NOTE FROM UNDERGROUND
What’s in a number?

DREADLINES
Indian film promoters take cues from William Castle; Kinetik Fest aims to make Montreal top destination for industrial music fans; New Mexico to host horror film boot camp, and more!

THE CORONER’S REPORT
Weird stats and morbid facts. Sick Top Six Christopher Lee Dracula Deaths

NEEDFUL THINGS
Hammer Poster Reprints, Hellbent for Cooking, Gruesome Gift Baskets, Murder Ink Notepad

CINEMACABRE
CineMacabre features Best Worst Movie, plus reviews of Clash of the Titans. The Day of the Triffids, Freeway Killer, Tony, The Real Wolfman, Dante’s Inferno: An Animated Epic, Monster Warriors, Lo, The Caretaker, Ravage the Scream Queen, Breaking Her Will and Night of the Pumpkin. Abbreviated Terrors reviews Cheerbleeders, Night of the Hell Hamsters and 2:22. And reissues features Arrow Video’s new Dario Argento DVDs, plus reviews Girly (1970), Honeymoon of Horror (1964), Goodbye Gemini (1970) and Knife of Ice (1972).

CINEMARQUEE
Gamera (1965).

BOWEN’S BASEMENT
The Giant Spider Invasion (1975).

BLOOD IN FOUR COLOURS

Features Day of the Dead: Desertion, plus reviews of American Vampire #1, The Mystic Hands of Doctor Strange #1, Zombies Vs. Robots Aventure #1, The Ghoul #3 and Greek Street Volume 1.

THE NINTH CIRCLE
Spotlight: Tom Jokinen’s funeral industry tell-all Curtains. Library of the Damned presents a World Horror Con 2010 recap. Plus, reviews of A Sci-fi Swarm and Horror Horde: Interviews with 62 Filmmakers, The Mammoth Book of the Best of Best New Horror: Two Decades of Dark Fiction, Marie Corelli’s Vendetta, Seth Grahame-Smith’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Alexandra Sokoloff’s Book of Shadows, Altered Visions: The Art of Vincent Chong, Neil Cross’ Burial and The Zombie Combat Manual: A Guide to Fighting the Living Dead.

TRAVELOGUE OF TERROR
Musée Fragonard D’Alfort – Paris, France

THE GORE-MET
Menu: Long Pigs (2007) and La petite mort: Die Nasty (2009).

AUDIO DROME
Featuring experimental metal outfit Hobgoblin. Blood Spattered Guide features The Ghost. Plus reviews of The Crazies (2010) OST, Grace OST, The Wolfman OST, Robe., Rodentum: The Best of Dark Roots Music Volume IV, :Wumpscut:, Darkthrone, Psycho, The Vision Bleak, Lair of the Minotaur, Barren Earth, Omega Lithium, Unholy Grave, and Abscess.

PLAY DEAD
Metro 2033, Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon and Deadly Premonition.

CLASSIC CUT
Terence Fisher’s The Curse of Frankenstein.

GIVEAWAYS THIS ISSUE!
Ten new subscribers will win a Horror Classics Collection box set courtesy of Warner Home Video Canada.

MACABRE MUSIC: CONCRETE BLONDE’S BLOODLETTING TO BE REISSUED JULY 13

Posted in History, Music, Vampires with tags , , , , , , , on April 15, 2010 by darklordbunnykins

Shout! Factory will be reissuing a seminal album, originally released on Capitol Records, Concrete Blonde’s Bloodletting, on July 13. It’s been remastered and includes rare and unreleased bonus tracks.

Born out of the early 1980s Los Angeles post-punk scene along with bands such as X, Wall of Voodoo and the Go-Gos, Concrete Blonde got their start when founding members Johnette Napolitano and James Mankey met working as backup for Leon Russell. They formed Dream 6 and signed with IRS Records, where labelmate Michael Stipe of R.E.M. suggested they change their name to Concrete Blonde. Their powerful, eponymous debut album came out in 1987, and was followed by Free (1989), which spawned the college radio hit “God Is A Bullet.”

Bloodletting, their third album, took Concrete Blonde in a new direction. Produced by Chris Tsangarides in London in 1989 and 1990, and featuring guests such as Steve Wynn, Bloodletting was a gothic tapestry of danger, vampires, alcoholism and passion. Hit single “Joey” reached #19 on Billboard’s Top Pop Singles Chart, and the album was eventually certified Gold. In 2006 Napolitano told antimusic.com: “One of the biggest shocks of my life was when Bloodletting came out . . .  I just thought, ‘OK, nobody is going to relate to this. Nobody but me.’ It was the most amazing thing to find that it was such a universal thing. It was a real revelation to discover that the closer you get to your own truth, the more universal it becomes.” The band briefly reunited in the early 2000s, and will be touring in the summer of 2010 (dates below). This remastering of Bloodletting, long overdue, breathes new life into their signature album, which is expanded to include “I Want You,” the long unavailable B-side of the single version of “Joey,” other B-sides from the period and a previously unreleased French version of the title track.

CONCRETE BLONDE TOUR DATES

June 8 – Boston, MA – Royal Boston

June 10 – New York, NY – Webster Hall

June 11 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall

June 12 – Chicago, IL – The Vic

June 15 – Washington D.C. – 9:30 Club

June 16 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse

June 18 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theatre

June 19 – Austin, TX – Emo’s

June 21 – Arvada, CO – Arvada Center

June 22 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot

June 24 – Seattle, WA – Showbox at the Market

June 26 – San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom

June 28 – Hollywood, CA – The Music Box

CONCRETE BLONDE BLOODLETTING TRACKLISTING

1. Bloodletting (The Vampire Song)

2. The Sky Is A Poisonous Garden

3. Caroline

4. Darkening Of The Light

5. I Don’t Need A Hero

6. Days And Days

7. The Beast

8. Lullabye

9. Joey

10. Tomorrow, Wendy

11. I Want You [B-side of “Joey”] –BONUS TRACK

12. Little Wing [B-side of “Caroline” CD single] –BONUS TRACK

13. Bloodletting (The Vampire Song) [French Extended Version] –BONUS TRACK

14. Roses Grow (Live) [B-side of “Caroline” CD single] –BONUS TRACK

15. The Sky Is A Poisonous Garden (Live) [B-side of “Caroline” CD single] –BONUS TRACK

16. Tomorrow, Wendy (Live) [B-side of “Caroline” CD single] –BONUS TRACK

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

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