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Recently, Toronto played host to David Cronenberg: Evolution, a retrospective and interactive exhibit celebrating the works of one of Canada’s most respected and controversial filmmakers. Now, it’s Vancouver’s turn as The Cinematheque presents From Within: The Films of David Cronenberg.
To celebrate the opening of the DAVID CRONENBERG: EVOLUTION exhibition at TIFF Bell Lightbox, Rue Morgue and TIFF are teaming up to bring you some very special screenings over the next few weeks.
The exhibition, which explores Cronenberg’s work from his early films through Cosmopolis, runs November 1 through January 19 and features screenings, original artifacts from Cronenberg’s films, rare and unseen footage, and more. Rue Morgue and TIFF are co-presenting 35mm screenings of DEAD RINGERS and THE BROOD…
Rue Morgue #138, which happens to be our sixteenth anniversary Halloween issue, hits stands in just a few days (it’s already live in the iTunes store), and it’s my pleasure to give you a sneak peek at the gruesome goods. For this year’s supersized October issue, we’ve gathered the reigning gods of grue – H.G. Lewis, Dario Argento, Tom Savini, Jörg Buttgereit and Fred Vogel – for a look back at 50 Years of Gore! And while we’ve got our hands bloody, we also delve into a half-century of giallo films and mondo movies. Plus: David Cronenberg and Howard Shore on Videodrome, Kimberly Peirce and Chloë Moretz on the upcoming Carrie remake, Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein on his new solo album, a look inside the world of indie horror video games, and much, much more.
For some time now, Rue Morgue has kept a bloodshot eyeball trained on Brandon Cronenberg’s feature film debut. Now that the trailer for Antiviral has hit the web, it seems a pretty safe bet that the younger Cronenberg is poised to live up to his dad’s name. (Brandon is, of course, the son of legendary filmmaker David Cronenberg.) No pressure, though.
Antiviral imagines a not-too-distant future when celebrity diseases are hot commodities. Give the trailer a watch, and spend the rest of the day disinfecting everything you might want to touch. Off to boil my doorknobs…
Like all of our compatriots in the horror world, the Rue Crew was saddened to learn that filmmaker James Isaac is gone. Isaac died of cancer yesterday; he was only 51.
Isaac’s body of work was an impressive one. Though he only helmed a few films, including 2001’s Jason X and 2008’s Pig Hunt, Isaac was an accomplished special effects maestro who had a hand in some of the most iconic genre movies of our time. His early credits include Return of the Jedi and Gremlins, but it was his work with David Cronenberg on films such as The Fly and Naked Lunch that would cement his reputation. You can check out his credits here.
He will certainly be missed.
[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.]
The 25th anniversary celebration of David Cronenberg’s The Fly we kicked off with last month’s 128-page Halloween issue continues with our 35 mm screening of the director’s most Cronenbergian film this Thursday, November 17 @ 9:30 p.m. at the Toronto Underground Cinema (186 Spadina Avenue, just north of Queen St. W.)
ALSO JUST ANNOUNCED! Artist Jason Edmiston will be on hand tonight to sign posters of his Rue Morgue Halloween issue cover illustration of The Fly, and we’re also going to be blowing out a bunch of RM merch at half-price!
Join us for this legend of ’80s horror – a tragic, Toronto-shot romance starring Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis that’s dripping in Oscar-winning practical gore effects! One night only! Sponsored by Vagrancy Films, Exclaim.ca, Eyesore Cinema, and My Big Fat Independent Movie Store and Rue Morgue Radio. Watch the trailer now!
No matter what sort of colourful confections land in your Halloween bags this season, boils and ghouls, the upcoming 128-page 14th anniversary Halloween issue of RM is bound to be the most mind-blowing, teeth-rottingly decadent morsel of the lot!
Wrapped up in an iridescent cover illustration by Jason Edmiston (whose work has previously appeared in the Black 100‘s Nightmare Gallery and our tribute to Vincent Price in RM#111), this year’s ceremonial offering literally melts down the essence of the witching hour, pours it into a smiling jack-’o-lantern, lights it on fire and tosses it into the sky whereupon it will explode in a shower of magazine-sized portions and be delivered to you by horned carrier owls.
Well, okay…that’s what we wish we could do but hey, look at what even just the cover reveals about the issue’s goopy innards. And there’s so much more as you dig deeper inside! Stay tuned…