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[Alan Kelly drops in with a new chapter of his column, Hell’s Shelves.]
With The Venus Complex (out now from Comet Press), cult favourite and horror personality Barbie Wilde (Hellbound: Hellraiser 2) has bloodily redefined the serial-killer story. Wilde’s gruesome debut novel doesn’t employ the traditional multi-character, third-person perspective that is so popular in the subgenre; instead, the actress-turned-author uses a first-person POV to narrate the story via diary entries written by her serial-killer antihero, omitting many of the usual procedural tropes in the process.
The novel revolves around art professor Michael Friday, after a heated argument results in a car crash and the death of his nagging wife. Wilde expertly charts Michael’s diabolical descent into voyeurism, stalking and murder in a transgressive tale that would make Patrick Bateman blush.
Terror in the Aisles 11 is coming up on Friday, July 13 in Chicago, and it’s shaping up to be a hell of a show. For starters, the event marks the Midwest premiere of the new, extended “Cabal Cut” of Clive Barker’s Nightbreed, with star Anne Bobby and restoration director Russell Cherrington appearing in person. This version of the film is 45 minutes longer than the theatrical release, and it’s as close as we’ll ever get to the vision that was swimming around in Barker’s mad, beautiful mind all those years ago. (Fear not, Torontonians: You’ll get a chance to see this awesome, 155-minute version of the film on July 19 at Rue Morgue’s monthly Cinemacabre screening!)
[Frequent Rue Morgue contributor and tireless office manager Ron McKenzie checks in with some cool news about Clive Barker. Just when I thought I was over the zombie craze, they pull me back in...]
It seems there is literally NO stopping Clive Barker. Recovering from his medical emergency of last February, Barker’s dance-card is filling up quickly. On top of the convention buzz and subsequent fan-supported movement for “The Cabal Cut” of Nightbreed, as well as plans to develop both Nightbreed and Hellraiser as television series, it was announced today that he has been handed the writing duties on a new and ambitious project.
The Terror in the Aisles gang have such sights to show you! If you’re within driving distance of the Windy City, you’re in for a monstrous treat. On Friday, July 13, the tenth Terror in the Aisles event will feature a hellacious Clive Barker double feature. The show starts with the Midwest premiere of the new and much buzzed-about Cabal Cut of Nightbreed, followed by a screening of Barker’s feature debut, Hellraiser. Click past the jump for all the details.
[Ron McKenzie checks in with an update on today's Clive Barker scare. Close call, this...]
We came very close, this week, to losing one of the genre’s most respected and well-loved icons. Clive Barker, creator of Hellraiser and Candyman, was recently admitted to hospital with Toxic Shock Syndrome after unforeseen circumstances that arose during a routine dental visit. The result was a seven-day coma, with doctors fearing and expecting the worst. We are very glad to report that Mr. Barker has since come out of his coma and is recuperating. The news broke on Clive’s Twitter feed this morning, with an immediate and overwhelming response from concerned friends and followers:
If ever there was a death metal band that needs to be tapped for a horror movie soundtrack, it’s Swedish death metal titans Entombed. Not because their catalogue is liberally peppered with horror references – beginning with the title track of their debut, Left Hand Path (1990), which breaks down at the halfway point into a crushing rendition of Fred Myrow’s Phantasm (1979) theme – but that they’ve dropped odd instrumental nuggets such as “DCLXVI” on To Ride, Shoot Straight and Speak the Truth (1997) as proof of their compositional depth.
Due to a scheduling miscommunication, Doug Bradley’s panel didn’t go down as planned today, but as promised, it has been rescheduled for tomorrow (Saturday) at 3 p.m. in Room 711. Unfortunately the new room is going to be a bit of a squeeze so please get there early or your suffering will be legendary! Seriously, I am quite sure it will be packed to capacity but we’ll do everything we can to try to accommodate everyone. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience and hope to see you there!
We’re at it again, gang! We’ve added fan favourite Michael Rooker (Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, Slither, AMC’s The Walking Dead) and graphic artist/filmmaker Vincent Marcone (My Pet Skeleton, The Lady Paranorma) to the 2011 Festival of Fear line-up! Michael and Vincent are the newest additions to an already awesome roster that includes Guest of Honour Robert Englund, cult filmmaker John Waters, horror hostess with the mostest Elvira, FX pioneer Tom Savini, Hellraiser vet Doug Bradley and many, many more.
The Festival of Fear kicks off in Toronto on August 25 and wraps up on August 28. Join the Rue Crew for four days of shameless debauchery that will include screenings, parties, autograph sessions, Q&As, panels and more. Check out the full line-up on the official Festival of Fear website, and please be sure to “Like” us on Facebook!
Here’s a magic trick that doesn’t involve sawing anyone in half (sorry): We’ve added more guests to the Festival of Fear’s already bursting-at-the-screams lineup! We’re proud to announce that Canadian television producer Mitch Markowitz (The Hilarious House of Frightenstein) and Troma’s Lloyd Kaufman (The Toxic Avenger, Poultrygeist) will also be joining us in August.
Mitch and Uncle Lloyd join a lineup of guests that includes Guest of Honour Robert Englund, legendary purveyor of refinement and good taste John Waters, the unsinkable Elvira, John Astin of TV’s The Addams Family, guru of gore Tom Savini, and Hellraiser heavy Doug Bradley. For the full 2011 lineup, go to the official Festival of Fear website and don’t forget to “Like” us on Facebook!
We’re not done yet! We’re very pleased to reveal that Oscar-winning actor MARTIN LANDAU (Ed Wood, The Twilight Zone, Sleepy Hollow) and genre darling DANIELLE HARRIS (Halloween 4-5, Devil’s Night, Stake Land, Rob Zombie’s Halloween II) will be joining the already stunning line-up for this year’s Festival of Fear (August 25 – 28). And there’s still more announcements to come! Stay tuned…
For the full list of guests – including Guest of Honour Robert Englund, legendary cult filmmaker John Waters, double DD-iva Elvira, John Astin of TV’s Addams Family, special FX deity Tom Savini, perforated painbringer Doug Bradley (Hellraiser series), and many more – go to the official Festival of Fear website and don’t forget to “Like” us on Facebook!