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[Rue Morgue France's Fabien Delage takes a few minutes away from his haunted photography show to catch us up on L’Étrange Festival, coming up this week in Paris.]
Paris’ L’Étrange Festival has been called “the most exciting cultural event of the Fall” and “the only festival where you can run across the father of midnight movies and the father of slasher horror.”
Those are accurate description for the annual event, which will kick off its nineteenth edition on Thursday, September 5 and run through Sunday, September 15. Since the festival was founded by music producer, journalist and film enthusiast Frédéric Temps in 1993, it has come into its own as a showcase for independent, experimental and genre cinema from around the world, featuring everything from cutting-edge documentaries and live performances to classic Hollywood B-movies, Eurosleaze and Asian exploitation films.
[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…
[Fabien Delage, the voice of Rue Morgue France, has some news and a special giveaway for any readers lucky enough to be heading to Nice next weekend for La Samain du Cinéma Fantastique.]
For a French horror fan like me, the same question comes up every October: What am I going to do for Halloween? France is a very traditional and conservative country when it comes to horror entertainment and foreign celebrations. Year after year, there is less and less “trick or treat” in the streets of Paris, and the spirit of Halloween is dying. I used to leave France every Halloween to escape the boredom; Anglo-Saxon countries are dream destinations for those who love Halloween parties. But this year, I don’t need to fly to Transylvania or to Scotland to enjoy the Samhain festival. The hottest French destination for the Halloween period is in the city of Nice in the South of France – the site of La Samain du Cinéma Fantastique.
The eighteenth edition of L’Étrange Festival, a unique event bringing filmgoers a fascinating roster of provocative films, will wind down Sunday in Paris.
The 2012 line-up continues the tradition of highlighting emerging talent and paying homage to independent filmmakers. The event features a diverse program that includes cutting-edge work, outlandish genre movies, lost masterpieces and innovative shorts. L’Étrange Festival has been called the “most exciting cultural event of the Fall season in France” and is attended by more than 17,000 rabid moviegoers each year.
This year’s Festival of Fear came and with it brought the petrifying presences of John Carpenter (check out his Q & A with Dave Alexander), Tony Todd, James Marsters, Juliet Landau, Rose McGowan, Chris Sarandon, and the list goes on and on, but there is so much more to a convention than just the featured guests. The following photo round-up gives a glimpse into some other great artists, filmmakers, exhibitors and fans who haunted the convention and may have been missed even by some who attended the festival.
[Fabien Delage, our resident expert on all things gruesome and Gallic, was recently lured onto the set of the upcoming horror flick Fever. We're assuming he made it out alive, since he filed this report on his set visit...]
In April I was given the chance to visit the set of Fever (Fièvre), the first feature film from Romain Basset, the new name in French fantastic cinema. After making several short films, including Bloody Current Exchange with Gaspar Noé regular Philippe Nahon, Basset served as first assistant director on “Mother of Toads,” Richard Stanley’s segment for the horror anthology film The Theatre Bizarre. Two years later, Basset tackled a project he’d had in mind for a long time: a horrific film – and definitely a baroque one – in which family plots and horrifying, nightmarish visions intermingle in a dreamlike and disturbing atmosphere. It’s a film that should appeal to fans who are dissatisfied with the current state of “French fantastic”; in Fever, you can expect to see a revival of French cinéma de genre.
[Fabien Delage, the voice of Rue Morgue France, checks in with a new Sinister Seven.]
France recently carved yet another notch into its genre film festival belt with the first edition of the Paris International Fantastic Film Festival (PIFFF), which took place November 23 – 27 in the heart of the City of Light. The festival boasted a number of special guests, two juried competitions, and an impressive line-up of both feature-length and short films, including a number of French premieres. We managed to catch up with PIFFF artistic director and film programmer Fausto Fasulo during the festival and cajoled him into answering seven questions about the inaugural event…
[Fabien Delage, our man on the ground in France, spent the Halloween season visiting some of Europe’s most notorious haunted houses. Though he’s been catching some uneasy sleeps in a few places with genuinely unsettling histories, his ghost tour included a stop at Le Manoir de Paris, France’s first North American-style haunted attraction. Fabien’s Sinister Seven with the house’s founder got a bit buried in the holiday frenzy, but, hey, it’s only 355 days until Halloween – maybe this will help get you in the spirit. With apologies to Fabien and Adil, here's their talk.]
The haunted house is a time-honoured Halloween tradition in North America, but it’s a relatively new concept in France. If you were anywhere near Paris for the Halloween season, though, Le Manoir de Paris was the place to be. During September and October, the country’s premiere haunted attraction brought thirteen macabre French legends to life, offering guests a terrifying look at the dark underbelly of the City of Lights. More than twenty actors went through an intensive training regimen to be able to play their character and chase unsuspecting guests through a nightmarish world of phantoms, hunchbacks, gargoyles, murderers and other legendary French fiends.