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Concluding our Dawn of the Dead 35th anniversary interview series is Scott Reiniger who played the part of Roger. This interview was conducted during the Weekend of Horrors convention at the Turbinenhalle in Oberhausen, Germany.
How did you get the part of Roger?
SR: I was an actor in New York, and it was the first film I ever did. Before, I had done some commercials and classical stage work. One day I received a call from George Romero’s then girlfriend, Christine: “You know George Romero?” I said, “Sure I know him from Night of the Living Dead,” and she said, “Well, he’s auditioning for this new film called Dawn of the Dead, and would you like to come in and audition?”
Joining us for the third installment of our Dawn of the Dead 35th anniversary celebration is Leonard Lies, who played “machete zombie.” The following interview was conducted during the Weekend of Horrors convention at the Turbinenhalle in Oberhausen, Germany.
Joining us for our second interview celebrating the 35th anniversary of Dawn of the Dead is Joe Pilato. (We kicked off our DotD interview series a few days ago with actor Jim Krut.) Although Joe is better known for his work as Captain Rhodes in 1985′s Day of the Dead, he began his career in Dawn of the Dead playing a police officer raiding a dock.
The following interview was conducted during the Weekend of Horrors convention at the Turbinenhalle in Oberhausen, Germany.
Thirty-five years before the world went Gonk-ers, director George A. Romero released Dawn of the Dead, a film about four people taking shelter in a mall while attempting to evade an undead onslaught. The world spirals out of control around them, with looters, renegade police, and politicians so busy disagreeing about what’s causing the problem, that no solution is ever reached.
In spite of being banned in some countries and heavily censored in others, the film received roaring praise, most notably from the late Roger Ebert who said, “Nobody ever said art had to be in good taste!” Today, Dawn of the Dead is still acclaimed as one of the best cult movies of all time, having launched the careers of special effects maestros Tom Savini (Friday the 13th, Creepshow) and Greg Nicotero (The Walking Dead), as well as having inspired the “zombie apocalypse” trends we see today.
December is nearly upon us, and the reason for the season is Pazuzu. Rue Morgue #140, on stands this week, pays tribute to 40 years of The Exorcist with an exclusive new interview with director William Friedkin. Also: Wes Craven on The Serpent and the Rainbow; legendary screenwriter Brian Clemens on Thriller; horror fanzines; Berberian Sound Studio and more! And how about that beautiful cover by Jason Edmiston? ON STANDS DECEMBER 1! Also available for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android, PC and Mac for only $4.99 an issue.
Well gang, another Halloween has passed, and with it has come another spectacular Weekend of Horrors: Europe’s largest assembly of actors, amateur filmmakers, and horror memorabilia. This year’s organizer, Mr. Thomas Hartz, literally brought fanfare to a whole new level by moving the venue to the massive Turbinenhalle (pictured above and below) in Oberhausen, Germany. The area is located on former mining territory, adding an extra layer of grit and flair to the already industrial atmosphere.
German autumns don’t indicate Halloween. It’s possible you’ll spot a witch cutout or encounter a lonely, uncarved pumpkin on someone’s porch, but you’re more likely to see tree ornaments, gingerbread cookies or Santa Claus. Here in Germany, October serves as more of a reminder that Christmas is coming. In spite of this, there exist those who refuse to let the Halloween season slip by uncelebrated. One such group are the men and women who organize, promote and support the annual Weekend of Horrors convention at the Salbaau Hall in Bottrop, Germany.
It’s about to become even easier for Stateside movie buffs to get their monthly fix of Rue Morgue. Here’s a chunk of our latest press release:
“Starting this November, Rue Morgue … will begin regular distribution in over 800 Blockbuster stores across the United States. The initiative sees the leading genre brand find a new home in one of the country’s most reputable home video chains.
“ ‘We are thrilled to be welcomed into the Blockbuster family of magazines and we hope to find new readers there,’ commented Rue Morgue president Rodrigo Gudiño.”
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…
You know how creepy stuff has a way of going global? We’ve seen it time and time again: something scary goes down in a farmhouse in Pennsylvania or an apartment building in Barcelona and before you can say “They’re coming for you, Barbara!” the horror has spread to every corner of the world and you just can’t get away from it.
Well, it’s kind of like that with Rue Morgue. The Rue Crew spends way too much time sequestered in dark corners of the House of Horror in Toronto, but that hasn’t stopped us from stretching our shadowy tendrils across borders – and oceans. It is with great pleasure that we introduce our United Kingdom Facebook page, Rue Morgue UK. If you live in the United Kingdom or even if you’re just a fan of UK horror, head on over there and “like” the new page – you’ll get updates on all manner of creepy UK culture, and you might even win a spiffy digital subscription to Rue Morgue.
And, since horror is a multi-lingual affair, you can keep tabs on us en français on our new French-language Facebook page, Rue Morgue France. L’horreur!