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Although Blood on a Budget is dedicated to indie features, a group of people who truly embody the DIY spirit are The Ghouligans. Beginning in the mid 2000s with a handful of no-budget web shorts, that put Universal-inspired Monsters is cheesy comedy sketches, these ghastly goofs have been dedicated to their hand-made horror-comedy for years, producing two DVDs and tirelessly touring conventions. Finally they landed a TV show which highlights what The Ghouligans are best at: classic horror-humour with a ton of heart. Though all 6 half-hour episodes of the first season, which can be best described as a cross between The Munsters and SCTV, you can truly see how much fun, love, and elbow grease this ghoulish gang have put into this project, and on such a criminally low budget.
[Fabien Delage, the voice of Rue Morgue France, checks in with a rundown of the Orsay Museum's latest exhibit of macabre art.]
If you’re fortunate enough to be spending the weekend in Paris, you still have a few days to catch The Angel of the Odd: Dark Romanticism from Goya to Max Ernst, at the famous Orsay Museum. Taking its title from a French translation of an Edgar Allan Poe story, the exhibition endeavours, for the first time in France, to trace an artistic trend that appeared in European painting, sculpture and drawing throughout the 19th century – one that used terrifying and eerie images to captivate the viewer…
Our 15th anniversary Halloween issue drops in eleven days, but instant gratification rocks, so we’re giving you a sneak peek behind the creepy curtain. This one’s a monster; besides our massive tribute to an entire century of Universal horror, the issue features an A-to-Z guide to apocalyptic cinema, a look at the under-appreciated Halloween III with director Tommy Lee Wallace, Disney’s Haunted Mansion, Eli Roth’s Goretorium, and much more. ON STANDS OCTOBER 1! Also available for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android, PC and Mac for only $4.99 an issue.
Few things are better for the soul than an old-fashioned monster rally. Universal monster mash-ups such as Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man and House of Dracula have gotten many a horror fan through tough times; I’ve yet to be in a funk that an episode of Drak Pack couldn’t lift me out of.
It’s too bad Hammer never got around to a monster mash-up of their own. If they had, though, it would have looked a lot like Flesh and Blood, a graphic novel series from Monsterverse (the company behind Bela Lugosi’s Tales from the Grave, which I wrote about in RM #105). Scripted by Robert Tinnell, drawn by Neil Vokes, colored by Matt Webb and featuring covers by Dan Brereton, Flesh and Blood is a sexy, gory and incredibly fun throwback to Hammer horror films of the 1960s and ’70s. I can’t imagine the monster fan who wouldn’t love it.
As mentioned in the latest issue of Rue Morgue, Elizabeth McGrath – she being the creator of some pretty creepy, taxidermic creature art – also fronts a band called Miss Derringer, and lo if the sugary pop punk act doesn’t have a new video out this week for the song “Bulletproof Heart” from its latest album, Winter Hill. A hopelessly romantic Frankenstein tries to win over Miss McGrath as she parades around in skimpy outfits and I dare say I hardly blame the big lug.
For most of us, our love of horror begins with one word: monsters. From Universal’s classic pantheon to the rubber-suited mayhem of Godzilla and company, the creature feature was our gateway drug. It was no different for Emma, when she first fell in love with Hellboy and his monstrous universe. Till now, we’ve been looking at films to determine if they’re suitable viewing for your monster kid in training. This time, though, there’s no grey area – this is mandatory viewing for the young horror-junkie, if they haven’t seen it already. Of course, we’re talking about Fred Dekker’s cult classic, The Monster Squad, the first in our series of no-brainer recommendations.
Recently, while doing research for an article, I pulled out a few volumes from my collection of vintage children’s horror books and glanced through them. Dating back to the 1970s and early ’80s, many of these books helped fuel my fascination in movie monsters and horror films – an interest which has of course, survived to this day. Some of them I’ve owned since childhood; others I later picked up at book fairs, library sales and used book stores. Not having seen some of them in years, I was surprised at the flood of memories that came rushing back to me when I opened up the (in many cases) well-worn covers. With that, I thought it’d be nice to showcase a few favourites from my collection. And if you’re of a certain age, you might even remember reading or owning one or two of these yourself. Enjoy!
There’s a scene early on in the National Theatre’s production of Frankenstein where two vagrants are sitting in front of a fire and one of them recounts a somewhat libidinous tale to the other. It’s a wonderful moment that distills a bit of what it is that has not only kept Mary Shelley’s creation alive since it was first published in 1818, but has also turned it into an indelible myth. For there we are, thousands of disparate people, sitting in state-of-the-art movie theatres all over the world, in megaplexes that usually house the most bombastic and technologically advanced (yet dramatically poor) visual products imaginable, and what does it all come down to? The equivalent of listening to a tale being told ’round a campfire.
Last September I did an article in this space on a popular set of vintage children’s horror books from the 1970s and ’80s titled simply enough, Monster Series. A long-time staple at elementary school libraries, the books (which sported deep orange coloured spines and back covers) were published by a company named Crestwood House. As a young horror fan growing up at that time, the series was certainly a big influence on me, and as I’ve since learned, many others as well. Receiving some great responses for the piece, I felt a follow-up instalment would be a nice idea. So, without further delay, here’s a further look at the spooktacular Crestwood House Monster Series!
Journalist Shade Rupe has spent much of his professional life writing about the figures who work in the margins of popular culture. Dark Stars Rising (available now through Headpress) is a massive volume which collects several of Rupe’s most memorable interviews, including directors Gaspar Noé (Irreversible), Richard Stanley (Dust Devil) and Floria Sigismondi (Marilyn Manson’s “The Beautiful People” video); actors Udo Kier (Andy Warhol’s Dracula) and Crispin Glover (Willard); actress Tura Satana (Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!); late gore aficionado Chas. Balun (Deep Red magazine); musician Genesis P. Orridge (Throbbing Gristle); and writer Peter Sotos (Pure).
We invited Shade, who will be contributing to Rue Morgue soon, to do a Sinister Seven for us via email, and he sent back nearly 11 pages worth of answers. Rather than editing it down, though, we thought you might enjoy this extended look into the mind of a man whose cultural obsessions are perfectly in tune with the weird and wonderful. Scroll down for some of the craziest anecdotes from a life well-lived.