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As Ellen Ripley could tell you, nothing kicks alien ass like an exoskeleton suit that makes you taller, stronger, and an all-around better person. It seems that a Japanese company called Sagawa Electronics is selling them for the paltry sum of $125,000. Honestly, I can’t tell whether or not this is a real product (wasn’t Sagawa the name of the corporation in Ghost in the Shell?), but it’s plenty awesome either way. Do check out the video; it’s bonkers and wonderful and chock-full of references to Japanese genre cinema.
Also, I want a power suit.
Since today is the 66th anniversary of whatever the hell happened at Roswell, New Mexico on July 8, 1947, it seems like an appropriate time to revisit Lee Hardcastle’s 2012 short film AN ALIEN CLAYMATION. For the uninitiated, Lee is the gloriously demented head case behind the Done in 60 Seconds series that reimagines films such as The Exorcist, The Evil Dead and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre in a minute or less and, you know, with clay.
Click past the jump to watch Lee’s utterly bananas take on an ill-fated alien invasion. Once you’ve had your way with An Alien Claymation, head over to Lee’s YouTube channel for more of his films.
If you’re in the Los Angeles area this month, you’ll want to stop in the Hyaena Gallery and check out their Guillermo del Toro tribute show, running now through July 31. Into the Labyrinth and Mind of Guillermo del Toro, curated by Ecuadorian illustrator Chogrin (Cartoon Network’s Regular Show) features Latino/Hispanic artists, and focuses on Cronos, The Devil’s Backbone and Pan’s Labyrinth. Click past the jump to see a few pieces from the show, and click here for details and more artwork.
This Saturday, May 25 marks the opening of Zombie, an art show curated by RM favourite Travis Louie. Fifty artists were asked to interpret the word “zombie” for the New York show, which runs May 25 – June 26 at Last Rites Gallery (511 West 33rd Street, 3rd floor, between 10th and 11th Avenues); the show’s roster includes genre art heavyweights Stefano Alcantara, William Basso, Bob Eggleton, Joshua Hoffine, Vince Natale, Chet Zar and many more. An opening reception will be held at the gallery on Saturday, May 25 from 7 to 11 p.m.
What can you expect from the show, you ask? Check out the press release after the jump, then scroll down for a preview of some of the awesome pieces Travis has selected.
[RM contributor/Office Manager Ron McKenzie talks horror with the ladies of the Faculty of Horror podcast.]
Individually, Andrea Subissati and Alexandra West have each racked up an impressive hit list. Alexandra is the brains behind the horror blog Scare Tactic, as well as a contributing writer for Rue Morgue and Famous Monsters. Andrea, a frequent contributor to RM and the Rue Morgue Podcast, is also co-curator of the Black Museum lecture series here in Toronto as well as recently-appointed manager of Toronto Roller Derby’s The Gore-Gore Rollergirls…
[In honour of Women in Horror Month, Mike DeShane and Aaron Von Lupton will be spotlighting three of the many ladies working in the bloody trenches of the horror comics biz. First up is Becky Cloonan, whose credits include some of the best horror titles on the market.]
Comic book creator Becky Cloonan’s motto is “Comics Rule Everything Around Me,” but based on her current career trajectory, it’s more like her goal is to rule comics.
Cloonan has been producing indie comics since 1999, but it was her work with writer Brian Wood on the twelve-issue series Demo in 2003 that first brought her mainstream attention. In the Eisner award-winning years since then, she has gone on to provide art for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Batman, Swamp Thing, Vampirella, B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth, Hack/Slash and more…
They’ve invaded our cities, our shopping malls and our graveyards, but there is one place that has so far escaped the inevitable onslaught of ravenous skinbags: our coffee tables. What may be the last bastion of civilization has fallen, though, with the publication of The Zombook, a glossy, 250-page, full-colour art book, featuring all manner of creative depictions of the zombified undead.
RM writer and copy editor extraordinaire Claire Horsnell gets the skinny on the horror art tome that sends a beastiary of shamblers straight into your living room…
[RM contributor Paul Counelis checks in with the first Monster Kid Corner column of 2013!]
Quite a few years back, I picked up a book at a library sale called Monster Kid Memories, by Bob Burns as told to Tom Weaver. After flipping through the pages for a mere five minutes, I was filled with a kind of good-natured jealousy. Not only were there incredible pictures of Bob and his wife Kathy’s insanely cool Halloween displays (on which they were assisted by future FX and makeup pros such as the legendary Rick Baker), but Bob’s museum-quality collection of classic horror film memorabilia was as impressive as any this side of Famous Monsters co-founder “Uncle” Forry Ackerman.
But the REALLY cool thing about that creature-feature stuff is, Burns got a lot of the goodies right from the monster legends themselves. I mean, this good-hearted fella was given the boots and forehead latex of the Frankenstein Monster from Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein by none other than glowerin’ Glenn Strange…
[Paul Counelis checks in with a new installment of Monster Kid Corner.]
Over the years, the comic book industry has undergone a massive transformation, to say the least. In the ’60s, comics racks were filled with mostly superhero and comedy-style cartoon books, largely aimed at a younger crowd. Some books, such as Casper the Friendly Ghost, appealed to a twelve-and-under readership with their light and amusing themes. The superhero books probably had a slightly larger audience, with teenagers scooping up their favorite title when it came out at a monthly or bi-monthly clip.
Now, of course, comic books have spawned a multi-billion dollar media phenomenon, with increasingly spectacular films supplemented by plenty of movie, character and comic related merchandise and toys. Perhaps the strangest part of the recent crossover success of the medium is that a majority of those movie goers, toy collectors and comics readers are adults.
[Since today is Bram Stoker's 165th birthday, it seems fitting to commemorate the occasion with Richard Gladman's post-mortem of this year's Bram Stoker International Film Festival. Richard is the driving force behind the Classic Horror Campaign, and the voice of Rue Morgue UK. Rick also lurks about the web as his alter ego, Cyberschizoid.]
In the weeks leading up to Halloween in the UK, there are a plethora of horror film events, festivals and screenings vying for horror fans’ attention. One that has been building its reputation over the last four years is the Bram Stoker International Film Festival based in the North Yorkshire town of Whitby. Whitby is known as “the home of Dracula” because of its prominence in Stoker’s legendary vampire novel and the Bram Stoker International Film Festival capitalises on this with an abundance of vampire films in its programming, along with an extremely popular annual Vampire Ball where dressing up is not only welcomed but compulsory!