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Toronto ComiCon opens tomorrow at The Metro Toronto Convention Centre and The Rue Crew will be there to peddle its wares. T-shirts, prints, our Top 200 Alternative Horror Films Guide and more back issues than you can shake a bloody stick at.
Tristan Risk (aka Little Miss Risk), the Canadian dynamo who has been everything from a scream-queen siren to a retro pin-up cupcake, has joined the lineup for the Festival of Fear Vancouver!
Quickly becoming a force of nature in the burlesque scene from her fetish/Goth roots in Vancouver B.C as a member of Sweet Soul Burlesque, Risk has received acclaim for her scene-stealing performance as “Beatress” In The Soska Twins’ AMERICAN MARY. Never one to rest on her laurels, Tristan is set to appear in two upcoming films: Astron-6’s THE EDITOR & Jill Sixx Gevargizian’s CALL GIRL (with HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2’s Lawrence Harvey), with a rumoured appearance in an upcoming Twisted Twins production.
As of Thursday the 23rd of August until Sunday the 26th, we here at Rue Morgue will be six feet deep in the Festival of Fear, our Toronto-based horror convention attached to the monster that is FanExpo. As part of the fierce festivities we will be bringing you a peek at the many frights and sounds of FOF on both our blog and our Facebook page. Be sure to check out both pages often as we will be posting a glut of grue over the next few days of the convention.
Holy shit! Sorry, but time flies. Seems like just yesterday we were setting up our little booth of horrors and now it’s already coming down after yet another successful Festival of Fear. The last horror panel (Anchor Bay presents Michael Biehn) is just wrapping up and we’re starting to tear down the RM booth . We hoped you had a good, ghastly and grimey time whether you popped by in person or have been following along in cyberspace.
“It’s not my genitalia!” If those aren’t words to live by then we’re not sure what constitutes a motto. It’s also not a bad way to kick off a Q&A with Robert Englund (for the record he was talking about a sex scene that was added in the Eaten Alive Japanese cut). Perched on the back of his chair to get a better vantage point of the packed hall Englund managed to prove he is a scholar and (sometimes) gentleman.
Clearly a big part of Festival of Fear are the fans. In fact, the fans are really the biggest part. They’re the ones who face the line ups, recreate immaculate costumes and break restraining orders just to get close to their favourite serial killer/scream queen/monster. But fans aren’t just about wearing the t-shirt and owning the action figure. Some fans take it to the next level, which was the idea behind the Lance vs Lance panel this afternoon: who knows Lance Henriksen better? Henriksen or Rue Morgue Radio’s Last Chance Lance? Oh yes, things got strange.
Saturdays can get pretty hairy at FanExpo. It’s the busiest day, people get pushy and at times it can feel like cattle being herded to the slaughter. But heading to an abattoir has never been so fun. Wandering by Rémy Couture’s booth we noticed Montreal artist/fashion model/zombie Rick Genest had stopped by. Fresh from Hong Kong where he was doing some “fashion bullshit” Genest was hamming it up with Couture, chatting with fans and managed to put a foot in his mouth.
In a cage match between Hayden Pennettiere and Danielle Harris we know who we’d put our money on. (Really, Harris took on Michael Myers at the age of ten. Pennettiere saves dolphins.) But turns out the modern day scream queen (famously Jamie Lloyd in Halloween 4 & 5 then as Annie Brakett in Rob Zombie’s reboots of the franchise) can also hold her own in the rough and harsh world of convention scheduling. Though her Q&A was at the same time as the Heroes star, Harris’ room was packed with horror fans.
A Lloyd Kaufman Q&A is somewhere between a magnum opus and a cluster fuck—and we’re big Troma fans here at RM so we mean that as a compliment. You’re guaranteed to get not only a lesson on independent film making (he’s currently hawking his latest book, Sell Your Own Damn Movie) but also one on everything from French New Wave Cinema to Soviet Russia. Moderated by Rue’s own John Bowen, Kaufman answered questions on upcoming projects, Troma’s survival and why we need to preserve net neutrality. Here are a few quotable quotes from Troma’s fearless leader.