[The Rue Crew has thus far been mightily impressed by Stalled, the indie zombie comedy from director Christian James and writer/star Dan Palmer. Richard Gladman, the voice of Rue Morgue UK, checks in with an interview with Palmer.]
The UK’s biggest and most prestigious horror film festival, Film4’s FrightFest, has a reputation for discovering new talent and premiering low-budget movies that might otherwise have slipped under the radar, and the 2013 festival was no exception. Voted by many as their film of the festival, Stalled is a low-budget British zomcom set almost exclusively in a ladies restroom on the night of an office Christmas party during a zombie outbreak. Our hero (played by Dan Palmer) gets trapped in one of the stalls and makes numerous hilarious attempts to escape the ravenous living dead.
Joining us for our second interview celebrating the 35th anniversary of Dawn of the Dead is Joe Pilato. (We kicked off our DotD interview series a few days ago with actor Jim Krut.) Although Joe is better known for his work as Captain Rhodes in 1985′s Day of the Dead, he began his career in Dawn of the Dead playing a police officer raiding a dock.
The following interview was conducted during the Weekend of Horrors convention at the Turbinenhalle in Oberhausen, Germany.
Thirty-five years before the world went Gonk-ers, director George A. Romero released Dawn of the Dead, a film about four people taking shelter in a mall while attempting to evade an undead onslaught. The world spirals out of control around them, with looters, renegade police, and politicians so busy disagreeing about what’s causing the problem, that no solution is ever reached.
In spite of being banned in some countries and heavily censored in others, the film received roaring praise, most notably from the late Roger Ebert who said, “Nobody ever said art had to be in good taste!” Today, Dawn of the Dead is still acclaimed as one of the best cult movies of all time, having launched the careers of special effects maestros Tom Savini (Friday the 13th, Creepshow) and Greg Nicotero (The Walking Dead), as well as having inspired the “zombie apocalypse” trends we see today.
I’m sure many of you are familiar with The Black Museum, but for those that aren’t (and should be), this ingenious undertaking, curated by Rue Morgue contributors Andrea Subissati and Paul Corupe, is a lecture series devoted to the scholarly side of scary things. Past seasons have mostly concentrated on film, with subjects ranging from zombies, to parallel realities, to Bigfoot; in its third semester The Black Museum is broadening its horrific horizons to touch on Halloween costumes, soundtracks and even video games.
According to their mission statement, the Detroit Underground Film Festival is “a celebration of cinema’s unsung vanguard.” Only in its second year, the Detroit Underground Film Festival (or DUFF) is a “three-day pressure cooker” of independent, alternative and mostly disturbing movies. Boasting an impressive past line-up including The Manson Family, Rubber’s Lover, Last House on Dead End Street and Schramm: Into the Mind of a Serial Killer, DUFF is back again this Thursday, August 22 to add a little more depravity to Detroit, with screenings of off-kilter classics including Mutilation Man and Street Trash; recent oddities such as Spidarlings and Wire Boy; and a mini-retrospective of creepy cult filmmaker Damon Packard.
I got in touch with DUFF founder Drew Boggemes, to talk about this up-and-coming festival, and why one should make their way to Michigan immediately to catch this year’s edition.
Rue Morgue‘s James Burrell contributes this interview with filmmaker Eron Sheean, the man behind ERRORS OF THE HUMAN BODY, on DVD today from MPI Home Video.
[Shawn Macomber contributes this interview with one of the twisted minds behind Would You Rather, which was featured in our CineMacabre Movie Nights series earlier this year.]
Imagine a deadlier, party game version of the Stamford Prison Experiment crossed with a sinister, Hitchcockian take on Clue and you’ll have a decent idea of the ghastly, twisted fun WOULD YOU RATHER (out this week from MPI Home Video) delivers. Here’s the set-up: A young woman struggling to pay for her brother’s cancer treatments is invited by a shadowy charitable foundation to compete in a game at a dinner party for almost limitless funds against several other downtrodden players…
[This lovely interview is brought to you by the indomitable Ron McKenzie.]
It’s not news that American Mary, the sophomore feature by Jen and Sylvia Soska, has become quite the cult phenomenon over the past year. The film, which follows the violent rise and fall of a med student turned underground “body modder,” has won both critical and popular acclaim at film festivals and screenings around the world. While the movie’s star, Katharine Isabelle, has garnered deserved acclaim for her fierce performance, one of the film’s secondary performers has also generated her fair share of attention. As Beatrice, the stripper who’s taken her love of Betty Boop to its physical extreme with plastic surgery, Tristan Risk makes her acting debut and nearly steals every scene she’s in.
So without further ado, ladies and gentlemen, please welcome to the stage… Little Miss Risk.
[Shawn Macomber ventured into Lair of the Minotaur territory and came back, well, sloshed. Read on for Shawn's interview...]
Here’s something that would probably make good fodder for the renovation-obsessed producers over at HGTV if their viewership could stand a bit of exploitation chic and a whole lot more viscera: Gore-festooned sludge thrashers Lair of the Minotaur recently added a brewery onto the infernal retreat — which means you can now enjoy the band’s ferocious tenth anniversary EP Godslayer along with a bottle (or twelve) of its signature Evil Power Imperial Pilsner.
Lair guitarist/vocalist Steve Rathbone and drummer Chris Wozniak were kind enough to discuss the Minotaur’s mead with Rue Morgue for the following Sinister Seven…
[Richard Gladman, founder of the Classic Horror Campaign and the voice of Rue Morgue UK, contributes this Sinister Seven interview with UK actress Dani Thompson. For more on the UK horror scene, be sure to check out RM#134, on stands now! Our special British horror issue features The Wicker Man, Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, A Fantastic Fear of Everything, Harold's Going Stiff, Sightseers and much more.]
Dani Thompson is a rising star in the world of British indie horror, appearing in several low-budget shorts and feature films as well as having her own column in digital horror magazine Haunted: After Dark. Her films include Three’s a Shroud (2011), Zombie Women of Satan 2 (2012) and the upcoming slasher flick Serial Kaller (2013) alongside scream queens Suzi Lorraine and Debbie Rochon. Rue Morgue recently caught up with Dani to talk about navigating the bloody waters of the horror business…