Monthly Archives: April 2012
Okay, it wasn’t actually God, it was the fine folks who organize the Terror in the Aisles events in Chicago. And they didn’t so much tell me to do it as ask politely, but “God told me to” sounds way creepier, don’t you think? And it’s appropriate, since Terror in the Aisles is presenting a free Larry Cohen double feature this Thursday night, featuring an appearance by the man himself! You can meet Cohen and see two of his films — the 1976 shocker God Told Me To and the US premiere of Cohen’s top-secret new project — on May 3 at Chicago’s Portage Theater. In keeping with the Terror in the Aisles tradition, autographs and pics are free. Hell, this time around, the whole thing is free! Read on for details, and please help spread the word about this very cool event.
Rue Morgue Cinema’s The Demonology of Desire, written and directed by RM head ghoul Rodrigo Gudiño, will screen this Wednesday as part of Latin Horror’s CINCO DE MIEDO program in New York City.
The event runs from 5:30 to 9:45 pm on Wednesday, May 2 at Anthology Film Archives (32 Second Avenue at Second Street, Lower East Side, NYC). Admission is just $6 at the box office. Several short films are on the schedule, leading up to a screening of the nutso Argentinean thriller Cold Sweat. They’re even serving complimentary Margaritas and h’orderves in the theater’s lobby from 5:30 to 7pm. It could only get better if the spirit of Santo himself showed up to wrestle some vampire ladies. (I’m pretty sure that won’t happen, but strange things go down when Rodrigo’s films are shown, so I’m not completely ruling it out.)
For more info, check out http://www.latinhorror.com/horrorphiles9/
Okay, so you’ve seen The Raven when it opened this past weekend and were so impressed with John Cusack’s performance as Edgar Allan Poe that it made you feel like perhaps picking up a new item to add to your collection of Poe memorabilia. If so, might I suggest the new Edgar Allan Poe bobblehead from Funko.
On this episode of The Rue Morgue Podcast, I’m joined by writer/director & producer David Gregory, one of the masterminds behind the celebrated DVD imprint SEVERIN FILMS.
With over 100 directorial credits to date, Mr. Gregory is one of the true pioneers of the feature length ‘behind the scenes’ making of documentary that accompanies many a home video reissue of classic films.
He’s responsible for such standouts in the genre as THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: THE SHOCKING TRUTH, THE JOE SPINELL STORY, THE WICKERMAN ENIGMA and dozens and dozens more.
In recent years, he’s ventured into the realm of narrative filmmaking with his first feature PLAGUE TOWN (2008) and a segment of the Horror Anthology THE THEATRE BIZARRE entitled SWEETS featuring a cameo from cult favourite Lynn Lowry.
[Rue Morgue columnist Paul Counelis of Monster Kid Corner fame put his brood of tricycle-motors to bed early in order to chat up Penis Flytrap's Lucifer Fulci.]
Lucifer Fulci is the alter ego of David Stashko, bassist and songwriter for punk horror legends Penis Flytrap. He’s also a prolific horror virtuoso of sorts, spawning many different types of spooky cultural projects, including solo records, magazines (Ultra Violent), and even film (Hammer Filmworks). The guy is legit, with none other than the legendary Chas. Balun writing the foreword for one of Fulci’s relentlessly horrific books. Fulci is a veteran of horror in nearly every media; with a wealth of new projects on the horizon, he shows no signs of slowing down any time soon.
News about Film Music Goodies at the Toronto Jewish Film Festival, featuring appearances by David Shire (Monkey Shines), Mychael Danna, Steven North (son of Alex North), author Kevin Courrier, and Me (!), plus a 35mm screening of Planet of the Apes (1968), and free screenings of film music documentaries. Also in the blog: tally of new & upcoming soundtracks.
[Some of the most memorable cult films in Canadian history were a result of the so-called “tax shelter” production boom of the 1970s and ‘80s. The Shivers film festival, which kicks off in the UK on May 20, will highlight the influence of these “tax shelter” films with a series of screenings at London’s Roxy Bar & Screen. Rick Gladman, the voice of Rue Morgue UK and the mastermind of the Classic Horror Campaign, recently caught up with Shivers co-founder/programmer Vince D’Amato and strapped him into the Sinister Seven interview machine.]
Alright, it’s round two of our Guillermo del Toro HITCHCOCK giveaways.
For those just tuning in, beginning on May 7th at the TIFF LIGHTBOX, Guillermo del Toro will present four Alfred Hitchcock classics over four nights, offering a one-hour introduction and a one-hour post-screening discussion for each film.
So the good news is, Rue Morgue (in conjunction with the Rue Morgue Podcast & The Mortuary) has tickets to giveaway to each of the screenings.
Next up, we have four pairs for the second film in the series, his 70′s British serial killer flick FRENZY, one of Hitchcock’s last great films.
One of the things we love about Alice Cooper is that he’s a genuine horror geek with a big love for a lot of ghoulish stuff. That includes the original Dark Shadows. He was so excited to be in Tim Burton’s remake that he invited us to ring him up to talk about the show, his role in the film and vampires in general. Here’s what The Coop’ had to say…
Cult auteur Larry Cohen has been added to the lineup of Sci-Fi Spectacular 6, coming up this weekend in Chicago. Cohen will join Night of the Comet star Kelli Maroney at the April 28 event, which will feature fourteen hours of cult sci-fi and horror flickage. Scroll down for all the details you need. Keep an eye on Rue Morgue’s Facebook and Twitter feeds, where we’re giving away tickets to the event.