[Ron McKenzie checks in with a look at the recently released unrated cut of World War Z.]
By now, most of you have seen WORLD WAR Z during its theatrical run or, at the very least, know the plot: Brad Pitt races around the globe, trying to find the source of a virus that turns its victims into fast-moving and highly infectious zombies. Many horror fans, bemoaning the film’s initial PG-13 release and its lack of hardcore zombie gore, were hoping that there would be an unrated cut of the film. With the release of the “Extended Cut” on DVD/Blu-ray, the question is, will this satisfy the die-hard zombie fans? And the answer: it might.
Rue Morgue and the Toronto After Dark Film Festival are teaming up for the Toronto theatrical premiere of Bobcat Goldthwait’s Willow Creek. This is a special, one-night-only event on Thursday, October 24 at 7 p.m. @ Scotiabank Theatre (259 Richmond Street West). Director Bobcat Goldthwait will be in attendance for an intro and a special Q&A session!
The guys behind Chicago’s Terror in the Aisles and Sci-Fi Spectacular film marathons have a very special event coming up this Saturday, September 28 at the Patio Theater: a pair of 35mm, 3D screenings of Jack Arnold’s Creature from the Black Lagoon, with star Julie Adams in attendance! Click past the jump for all the details (and click here for our recent interview with Adams).
French filmmaker Marina de Van, who made a big, red splash in 2002 with In My Skin, is back with the supernatural thriller Dark Touch, and one of our readers will get to check it out for free.
Dark Touch hits theatres and VOD on Friday, September 27, and we’re giving away one code to watch the film for free on SundanceNow. (Since the platform is only available in the US, this one is for US readers only.) Read on for details…
[Rue Morgue contributor and 3-D expert Jason Pichonsky checks in with an update, and a treat, from Hollywood’s World 3-D Film Expo III.]
The World 3-D Film Expo is in full swing, screening classic 3-D films from the ’50s and onward. If you haven’t made it out yet, there are still plenty of horror titles to be seen, all in eye-popping 3-D: classics such as It Came From Outer Space and Revenge of the Creature; the lesser know Vincent Price film The Mad Magician (only his second in the horror genre); and some camp favourites like Gorilla at Large and the outrageously strange Robot Monster. It’s all happening in Hollywood at Grauman’s Egyptian Theater and you can find out more about it at their website, 3-dfilmexpo.com.
[Rue Morgue France's Fabien Delage takes a few minutes away from his haunted photography show to catch us up on L’Étrange Festival, coming up this week in Paris.]
Paris’ L’Étrange Festival has been called “the most exciting cultural event of the Fall” and “the only festival where you can run across the father of midnight movies and the father of slasher horror.”
Those are accurate description for the annual event, which will kick off its nineteenth edition on Thursday, September 5 and run through Sunday, September 15. Since the festival was founded by music producer, journalist and film enthusiast Frédéric Temps in 1993, it has come into its own as a showcase for independent, experimental and genre cinema from around the world, featuring everything from cutting-edge documentaries and live performances to classic Hollywood B-movies, Eurosleaze and Asian exploitation films.
[Rue Morgue contributor and 3-D expert Jason Pichonsky checks in with a preview of Hollywood's World 3-D Film Expo III, coming up in September.]
Fans of classic 3-D films are not going to want to miss the World 3-D Film Expo III. Screening 29 films from the golden era of 3-D, along with a number of other rare 3-D titles, the festival kicks off at Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre, September 6th to the 15th, in Hollywood. So if you live in Los Angeles, or can muster the funds to get there, this is a must-see event.
Since this year marks the 25th anniversary of the Toronto International Film Festival’s Midnight Madness (MM) program, we’ve blackmailed – er, I mean, invited MM programmer COLIN GEDDES to host our special PHANTASM II screening featuring a Q&A session with director DON COSCARELLI!
Join us for this very special Rue Morgue/TIFF co-presentation on Saturday, August 24 at 9:30 p.m. at TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King St. West.) Tickets are $15, and we suggest you score them in advance here…
There’s nothing new or timely about this post – it’s just a rad short film that I think you’ll dig. It pretty much fires on all cylinders: gnarly monsters, creepy atmosphere, some fun gore, and it sets up a world that I’d really like to see more of. It’s an Argentinian film from 2010 called Deus Irae, written and directed by Pedro Cristiani. Think of it as Constantine done right, or a little something to tide you over while we all wait for J.T. Petty’s Hellbenders to finally see the light of day (trust me, it’s worth the wait). Enjoy!