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Withholding the fact that, 35 years ago, director Ridley Scott provided the benchmark for all future science-fiction horror films with 1978′s Alien, the audience was left with questions. The biggest of these was the corpse of an alien space pilot that failed to safely transport its cargo, setting the stage for the catastrophes that ensued… and not just the studio version of Alien 3. For over 30 years, we’ve learned all about Ellen Ripley, The Weyland Corporation, Xenomorphs, their hive, and their queen, but who was this other being that set everything in motion? Where was it going? What were these eggs for? Apparently Scott was asking himself these very same questions, which ultimately inspired a new trilogy of films revolving around the answers to those questions. The role of the engineer in Prometheus (2012) demanded big shoes to fill it, both literally and figuratively. Standing at seven foot one, Ian Whyte was no stranger to portraying larger-than-life characters. The Welsh actor has portrayed predators in both Alien Vs. Predator films, was a double for Maxime Olympe in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, as well as a white walker and Ser Gregor Clegane in HBO’s Game of Thrones. Whyte was kind enough to discuss his experiences in Prometheus with Rue Morgue at the Weekend of Horrors convention at the Turbinenhalle in Oberhausen, Germany.
Horror musicals are typically hit-or-miss, which isn’t surprising for such a specific genre, as musicals are generally assumed to be considerably more lighthearted than your average horror flick. Typically, they tend to fall into the realm of pure campiness, for instance the more recent Evil Dead: The Musical and Silence! The Musical, and while Carrie the Musical didn’t exactly intend for that kind of label, it has achieved cult status for the level of flop that it became. Based on the Stephen King novel and Brian de Palma film of the same name, Carrie the Musical was denounced by theatre critics (following its 1988 Broadway opening), who labelled the show “trashy,” “schlocky,” and getting “more giggles than screams.” We talked with Linzi Hateley, who gained the few positive reviews of the show with her performance in the title role in both the Broadway and Stratford productions, just in time for her Carrie-centric, one-night-only concert that will premiere in New York City next month.
Sinister Seven: Dark Regions Press publisher Chris Morey on Clive Barker’s “The Midnight Meat Train”
Poor Chris Morey – here he is, an innocent publisher in the throes of one of the biggest projects to roll out of his Dark Regions Press this year, and he’s stuck in a dark room with no food or water until he coughs up answers to Rue Morgue’s Sinister Seven. The topic: Dark Regions’ upcoming release of Clive Barker’s The Midnight Meat Train Special Definitive Edition.
Serves him right for hanging out with horror journalists.
Delivery, starring Laurel Vail and Danny Barclay, is a game changer to the found-footage subgenre. Concealed under the premise of a giddy, daytime television series exploring the adventures of a pregnant couple, we are instead mercilessly detoured down the path of a pregnancy gone demonically awry. Currently hailed as a modern rendition of Rosemary’s Baby, Delivery (out from Anchor Bay) was recently screened at Rue Morgue’s Cinemacabre Movie Nights.
Writer/Director Brian Netto and Producer/Co-Writer Adam Schindler join us to discuss how they pulled off their diabolical film.
Concluding our Dawn of the Dead 35th anniversary interview series is Scott Reiniger who played the part of Roger. This interview was conducted during the Weekend of Horrors convention at the Turbinenhalle in Oberhausen, Germany.
How did you get the part of Roger?
SR: I was an actor in New York, and it was the first film I ever did. Before, I had done some commercials and classical stage work. One day I received a call from George Romero’s then girlfriend, Christine: “You know George Romero?” I said, “Sure I know him from Night of the Living Dead,” and she said, “Well, he’s auditioning for this new film called Dawn of the Dead, and would you like to come in and audition?”
Joining us for the third installment of our Dawn of the Dead 35th anniversary celebration is Leonard Lies, who played “machete zombie.” The following interview was conducted during the Weekend of Horrors convention at the Turbinenhalle in Oberhausen, Germany.
[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.