Monthly Archives: December 2011
Ranking among the Animal Planet network’s top three series and delivering 1.2M P2+ viewers, the initial season of FINDING BIGFOOT found a sizeable audience among viewers, whether they believe in or question the existence of sasquatch. In light of the show’s success, Animal Planet decided to shoot a second season… this time consisting of 10 episodes. The new season kicks off Sunday January 1 at 10pm EST.
On this installment of the Production Diaries for THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF ROSALIND LEIGH, we continue to sing the praises of the unsung heroes of the film crew.
Meet Chris Rowles, genny op extraordinare. David Dollard, location manager and rabid horror fan. And last and possibly least, Rue Morgue’s own Tal Zimerman whose spectacular ascendency in the film biz began with lead actor in Rue Morgue’s first short film and quickly rose to the coveted position of catering attendant on the next one.
These guys are as instrumental to the movie as anyone else, the invisible hands that make light work. Appreciate.
Ronni Thomas of The Midnight Archive dropped us a line to share this short doc they made about the Grand Guignol theatre in Paris. There are some fantastic stills in it, as well as some solid info from their expert. Did you know that men were more likely to faint during a Grand Guignol production than women? Watch The Grand Guignol to find out why.
Writer Eric S. Brown first came across my radar when I reviewed his book Bigfoot War for a previous Monstro Bizarro post. Impressed by his action-oriented writing and bloodthirsty cryptozoo creatures, I promptly sought out the follow-up, Bigfoot War II: Dead in the Woods, which not only continued the story but raised the ante by adding a zombie element (see my review in RM #115). Brown has since released a third installment in the series, Last Stand in a Dead Land, and most recently, a horror western called A Pack of Wolves.
2011 is winding down in grand style on the Rue Morgue Podcast with one of our finest interviews to date, a first rate tête-à-tête with director Tim Sullivan, one of the filmmakers responsible for the bodily fluids-drenched, drive-in horror movie anthology, Chillerama.
Sullivan’s outrageously flamboyant, adolescent-angst parody I Was A Teenage Werebear demonstrates that retro-movie homages don’t always have to look backwards, they can look forwards too.
Sunday night marks the premiere of Bag of Bones, the latest in a long line of Stephen King adaptations helmed by director Mick Garris. The two-part mini-series stars Piece Brosnan as Mike Noonan, a writer who retreats to his family’s rural lake house to mourn the death of his wife (Annabeth Gish) and wrestle with a nasty, possibly career-ending bout of writer’s block. While he’s there, Mike has a number of ghostly encounters that might be connected to the disappearance of Sara Tidwell (Anika Noni Rose), a singer who vanished decades earlier. Bag of Bones also features an entertainingly dastardly turn from TV stalwart William Schallert, who has guest-starred at least once in every television series ever made.
Just four days after wrapping a post-production schedule so frantic that it required two editors working simultaneously to finish the film, a friendly and honest Garris offered himself up on the bloodied altar that is the Sinister Seven. (Warning: There are some spoilers in the interview below, specifically in Mick’s answer to my fourth question, so proceed with caution if you aren’t already familiar with the story.)
Let’s face it – there’s a limit to how many times any sane, rational person can watch It’s a Wonderful Life. If you’ve reached or exceeded your own personal George Bailey tolerance, I urge you to ditch the family this coming Tuesday, December 13 and head over to Toronto’s Projection Booth (1035 Gerrard St. East) for the sixth installment of Little Terrors, appropriately titled “Holiday in Hell.” This month, the short film showcase will be followed by a screening of the 1980 psycho Santa classic, Christmas Evil. Hit the jump for the month’s short film lineup.