Today, Alexandre O. Philippe’s MEMORY: THE ORIGINS OF ALIEN hits select theaters and VOD, offering an in-depth exploration of an all-time horror classic. And the filmmaker is already serving up another documentary about a ’70s genre landmark: LEAP OF FAITH: WILLIAM FRIEDKIN ON “THE EXORCIST,” currently making the festival rounds. RUE MORGUE got some exclusive words from Philippe about the project.
The in-depth documentary about Ridley Scott’s classic sees release next month, and the latest poster has been unleashed. See it after the jump.
Alexandre O. Philippe follows up his PSYCHO study 78/52 to explore the creation of another horror classic in MEMORY: THE ORIGINS OF ALIEN, coming this fall. Jump past the jump to see the new trailer.
A visual work of cinema scholarship that has a lot to offer for both casual viewers and rabid devotees of ALIEN.
The backstory and influence of one of horror and science fiction’s all-time classics are explored in depth in MEMORY: THE ORIGINS OF ALIEN, which has its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival this month. The poster has been revealed tonight, and you can see it after the jump.
The award-winning, women-led fantasy/horror hybrid DARKEN opens across Canada this Friday, June 29, and we’ve got an exclusive clip to share that emphasizes its disturbing side.
Indie filmmaker Eric Stanze, who has won praise and controversy for screen shockers like SCRAPBOOK, DEADWOOD PARK, ICE FROM THE SUN and RATLINE, is back with a new movie called IN MEMORY OF. We got a batch of exclusive pics to share, along with the poster and trailer.
Travel to The Further with Jillian Kristina in this week's PIERCING THE VEIL, as she explores astral projection, fear, and becoming our own lights in the dark.
With his genre comeback CRIMES OF THE FUTURE poised for its Cannes premiere and June release, the legendary filmmaker has his next project lined up.
Archival Horror is a new monthly column by film scholar Michael Brown that explores how lost tomes and forgotten recordings up the fright quotient in horror media. In this first installment, we look back at the tapes of SESSION 9.
“Blow it out your ass pinhead”
Now retired in New Hampshire, where he runs a film society that screens international films regularly, Backus granted Rue Morgue this interview to look back on the making of DEATHDREAM.
Welcome to March, Rue Morgue readers! This month, check out new releases like ARROW’s "Knocking" or older titles that are also available this month, such as Shudder’s selection of New French Extremity films.
An ambulance becomes the only shelter in a horror film releasing next week.
From traumatized kids to crazy fans and typecasting, the actor reflects on making "Dirty Harry" and how the villainous role influenced his life and career.
WOODLAND GREY is slow and weird for weirdness sake, in a way that is neither thoughtful nor rewarding.
In this exhibition of paintings produced between 2015 and 2016, the artist confronts his native England's often difficult - and contentious history with witchcraft.
Director Adam Stilwell crafts a lush and mysterious psychological horror film that draws the audience in with its stylish atmosphere before delivering a knockout punch in the final act.
The author and chief chronicler of the Zodiac case takes readers on a cinematic dark tour through the making of David Fincher’s 2007 film in his new tome.
This sci-fi shocker explores the potential moral quandaries of nanotechnology, as bloodthirsty AI recruits an unwitting host.
In Mike Flanagan’s 2013 film OCULUS, a sinister mirror known as the Lasser Glass weaponizes reflected reality. It preys on the Russell family, distorting their vision and driving them to madness.
The writers/directors talk about their creative partnership, how they sought to build upon the first film, and what they make of the social media uproar surrounding its impending release.
Final wave of Fantasia 2021 titles includes the latest from Takashi Miike, “THE NIGHT HOUSE” and many more
The Fantasia International Film Festival has revealed the final round of features for its 25th edition, and it’s more great stuff.
Hollywood's biggest composer talks puzzles, muscle cars, and masked killers.
We examine Michele Martin's contemporary retelling of the classic tale by looking at its roots.
The follow-up to the 2019 hit from Columbia Pictures premieres this week.
THEY, more than most mid-tier genre outings of the early '00s, is considerably more profound, empathetic, and affecting than you may remember...
The third film from the director of the acclaimed DEAREST SISTER takes a new and engrossing approach to the time-travel genre.
The third in the film series begins showing signs of franchise fatigue.
In Hulu’s new true crime docu-series SASQUATCH, marijuana, murder, mystery and monsters meet head-on in the hills of Mendocino, California. At times quirky and deadly serious at others, this balance of mood and atmosphere provided a truly distinctive musical opportunity. Intrigued by this idea and the project’s interesting premise, it was composer H. Scott Salinas who stepped up to the metaphorical plate.
The actress tells us about her multi-generational martial arts heritage and what it's like to be a part of the Snyder cinematic family.
Peter Daskaloff's film is all gore, no guts.
The long-running Montreal-based genre showcase has a slew of exciting movies coming in its 25th edition.
The director of HIGH TENSION, the HILLS HAVE EYES remake and CRAWL here ventures into different but no less intense territory.
The apocalyptic horror comedy is equal parts "Bridget Jones's Diary" and "Shaun of the Dead."
Arvi Ragu explores the complexities of the human brain with this ambitious but confusing Sci-Fi Thriller.
"Clarice" shines as a compassionate depiction of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and an authentic look at the process of recovering from trauma.
There is nothing enjoyable or fun about the events unfolding on-screen in MARTYRS. It is not a romp, but an ordeal, a protracted exploration of trauma and guilt. It is gutting, and it is absolutely brilliant.
Liz just wants to host the perfect dinner party but an unexpected guest sends the evening into chaos, with potentially apocalyptic consequences.
From Hellbound Books, Patrick Querney's thriller is a fresh, extreme take on a well-worn genre.
Spooky gaming collective HAUNTED PS1 return with another showcase of the latest and greatest talent from the indie horror scene.
The horror/comedy underwent some alterations on the way to the screen.
Panic Fest kicks off two weeks of genre packed programming as the ninth annual festival begins April 8, 2021, virtually and in person at Screenland Armour in Kansas City, MO.
South African director Jaco Bouwer plants his own flag on environmental horror.
Exclusive Interview: Director Simon McQuoid and producer Todd Garner usher in a new era of “MORTAL KOMBAT”
Prepare for Kombat with an exclusive clip and in-depth discussion from the minds behind this new adaptation of the legendary fighting game franchise.
We preview Hulu's upcoming Duplass Brothers-produced docu-series.
And he reveals his own experience with the scary subject matter.
The cinematographer talks practical effects and stolen casserole dishes.
The confinement chiller will begin streaming in May.
The rock shock doc from the makers of "Room 237" and "Leap of Faith: William Friedkin on the Exorcist" is an early contender for best physical media documentary release of the year.
PARALLEL MINDS is a journey in which mysticism and technology merge to give way to a detective thriller, where the most monstrous thoughts materialize to stalk us to death.
No relation to the Bill Moseley zombie movie of the same title, the supernatural chiller sees release next month.
The Shudder Original is now on VOD, Digital and DVD.
Chris Regan's quasi-slasher fails to deliver on its title.
Justin Dix's viciously entertaining Nazi vampire flick is the best way to start your new year!
Check out the list of all of the new releases scheduled for this month on the short horror streaming service.
FINAL GIRLS BERLIN Film Festival to present a virtual component February 4-7 2021, and a physical edition planned for Halloween weekend.
With the help of a “beautifying” facial cream made from a mysterious flower, the evil residing in the hearts of Hollywood’s top studio execs finds its way to the outside in Chris W. Freeman and Spain Willingham's monster comedy.
The gothic atmospherics of Mario Bava's erotic mystery can't make up for its more problematic elements.
The Norwegian folk group's frontman previewed his latest mythology-inspired opus during an exclusive online event.
Now available on Amazon in the U.S., UK and Japan, it’s a dark psychological voyage through the Japanese city.
The composer reflects on "Troll," "Ghoulies," and "TerrorVision."
On the anniversary of the release of Stuart Gordon's most underrated Lovecraft adaptation, we take a look at its literary origins.
We get to know the author behind the excellent new collection of horror essays.
Get to know the emerging filmmakers behind 20th Digital Studio's series of Halloween horror shorts.
Having already received acclaim at London’s FrightFest and Los Angeles’ Screamfest, the film is headed for wider release.
Spooky season may be winding down, but there's plenty for fright fans to look forward to next month!
Joachim Hedén's swift and unrelenting thriller is a tense reminder of the limits of the human body and the fierce determination required to surpass them.
With editing and visuals seemingly inspired by experimental art, HONEYDEW is a fever dream that twists your perception of time.
On their Halloween release, the trio literally revisit their thrash/death-metal roots.
Justin G. Dyck's film features two of the most endearingly villainous characters in recent memory.
Nightstream ’20 Review: “Rose Plays Julie” Is An Unsettling Reminder of the Horror of Feeling Powerless
A young woman goes in search of her birth mother in an emotionally and physically dangerous exploration of the past.
The in-depth examination of the all-time horror classic now has a general release date.
SAW series mainstay Darren Lynn Bousman ably helms this well-cast, sun-drenched occult mystery.
Brandon Cronenberg's second feature brings both brainy thrills and bodily damage.
Check out the list of all of the new releases scheduled for this month on the short horror streaming service.
Get to know the mind behind this spooky season's must-read novel, "Clown In A Cornfield."
This week on the Sematary: MORTUARY is an entertaining trip to the more insane corners of the 80's slasher genre that our readers can't miss.
Hundreds of hours of remote programming and guest of honor Joe Dante announced!
The UK’s biggest horror and fantasy film festival gets physical and celebrates its 21st year with a return to the Cineworld Leicester Square, London.
The Northern U.K. provides the perfect backdrop for Fionn and Toby Watts' debut feature!
With his new SAW adventure SPIRAL delayed till 2021, the director will be represented this year by a horrific mystery.
We previously told you about the WELCOME TO THE BLUMHOUSE series of horror features coming to Amazon Prime Video, and now we’ve got more info and images.
Blumhouse Television has joined forces with Amazon Prime Video for a slate of eight fright films, debuting in time for Halloween as a pair of double features.
Exclusive Interview: Denial of God Frontman Ustumallagam On His New Book “The Reel Ghoul: The Diary of a Cinephile”
THE REEL GHOUL: THE DIARY OF A CINEPHILE features 700+ reviews written by Denial of God frontman Ustumallagam.
A much-awaited sequel is moving a little further down the track, and a horror/Western and a survival shocker have fresh promo materials.
This week in the Sematary: New releases week concludes with Joko Anwar's IMPETIGORE, a masterfully crafted folk horror flick that stands as one of the best things Shudder has ever released.
The alien terror is coming to Earth next month.
This sequel to the revered 2013 title is the perfect example as to why first impressions aren't always correct.
After taking best-feature prizes at Shriekfest, the Atlanta Horror Film Festival and the Austin Film Festival, the survival shocker is ready for wider exposure.
This week in the Sematary: "ALL CHEERLEADERS DIE" is a campy good time that will give you PLENTY to think about after the credits roll.
After making its way around the festival circuit, the independent horror feature will be luring more viewers in general release next month.
The Canadian filmmaker takes us behind the making of his excellent new docu-series!
Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of John Carpenter's misty classic under government-mandated quarantine seems eerily appropriate.
A selection for this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, the saga of a dangerous space creature is now headed for release later this year.
Stuck in quarantine and looking for something new to watch? Check out the first entry of our new STREAMING SEMATARY column, with a look at Shudder's REPLACE.
Exclusive Interview: “DISAPPEARANCE AT CLIFTON HILL’s” Albert Shin on directing David Cronenberg and more
The filmmaker chats about his twisty, somewhat autobiographical mood piece.
Ireland may be known for its whiskey and leprechauns, but a new guard of fiction writers are changing that narrative and rewriting herstory
Written and directed by the scriptwriter of I SAW THE DEVIL, the blood-spattered fantasy/thriller will arrive in America in March; read on for the details, art and trailer.
Reveals the breadth of thought and craft that went into translating William Peter Blatty’s book and script to the screen.
Our next Little Terrors event is coming up next week, on Friday, January 31st, 9pm, Eyesore Cinema!
The Haitian voodoo past isn’t dead in Bertrand Bonello’s hybrid triumph; it’s alive and well at a French boarding school.
A film that hits some of the right notes without coming together as a fully realized piece.
Most recently, "The Lighthouse" made use of vulvas as a monstrous element of the film, but it is by far not the first...
If you’ve ever given a moments thought to the idea that the Roswell alien crash was real or that the world is run by reptilian shape-shifters, then you’ll probably love MAJIC, which grabs onto the most easily debunkable UFO conspiracy and takes off running in a thousand different directions.
Unorthodox and ambitious, this collaborative novel from two rising dark fiction talents is a cut above—in more ways than one.
The polarizing 1980s adaptation of V.C. Andrews' classic novel arrives November 12th!
I was expecting a low budget mash up of THE KENTUCKY FRIED MOVIE and TROMEO + JULIET. I didn't get it.
The 1957 Lon Chaney biopic gets the HD treatment
So many of its thrill tactics are as outdated as a landline.
Beverley Street Séance's Jaymes White gives the Rue Crew the scare of their lives.
Say goodbye to the last of your sanity with this essential bundling of Frictional Games' acclaimed survival-horror series.
It is not only one of the most entertaining zombie films ever made, it’s among the most humorously observant movies about movies in cinema history.
We chat with the director and lead actor about the new film and its upcoming special release!
Though ultimately satisfying, it doesn’t get at the deep-seated creeps its predecessor did.
The ersatz Kruegers continue with a "Hippie Boogeyman"
Philadelphia's own Horror Host, DR. SHOCK, clowned on TV for a decade!
Rue Morgue sits down with Gigi Saul Guerrero to talk about making the transition to feature directing, working with Blumhouse, and what scared her as a kid.
LEZZIE BORDEN reflects on the current state of LGBTQ representations in horror: it’s hits, it’s misses and it’s future.
Returning for one more event of season 8, Little Terrors is presenting a line-up full of twisted genre premieres this Friday, June 7th, 9pm, Eyesore Cinema.
I can’t remember a film in recent memory that has crafted an entire feature around a more unlikable character, but HOSTILE has now taken that mantle.
Exclusive comments/details, plus art & trailer: Leif Jonker’s “DARKNESS” restored on Blu-ray by Arrow Video
Leif Jonker’s underground vampire-gore favorite DARKNESS is getting a major hi-def makeover from Arrow Video, and we’ve got exclusive words and info from the filmmaker, as well as a look at the new artwork and a promo trailer.
Tribeca ’19 Movie Review: “SOMETHING ELSE,” something different, something great (now titled “AFTER MIDNIGHT”)
For about 90 percent of its running time, this isn’t horror, it’s…something else. But that 10 percent does contain one of the biggest scares I’ve had in a theater in recent memory.
Windy City Horrorama ‘19 Review: In “FREAKS” Paranoia doesn’t mean you’re crazy if The Threat Is Real
Visually stunning and emotionally honest, FREAKS is a fascinating take on paranoia and what makes people special.
Celebrate Alien Day with a Short Cuts full of facehuggers, chestbursters, and xenomorphs. Oh my!
ROBOT NINJA finally meets the 21st century in a deluxe 2-disc package that, much like the film itself, must be seen to be believed.
Exclusive photos/comments, plus trailer & poster: Student stage remake turns deadly in “MIMESIS: NOSFERATU”
While those New Jersey high-schoolers are being celebrated for their stage production of ALIEN, another group of teens find their own live reboot of a horror classic invaded by true terror in MIMESIS: NOSFERATU. We’ve got exclusive pics and words from director Douglas Schulze, along with the trailer and poster.
An all-cylinders scarefest done with all the panache Peele displayed in his previous movie, and one in which the metaphors are submerged much deeper.
A mild-mannered music teacher faces off against drug-dealing droogs in this grimy trashploitation thriller.
We sit down with Lena Burmenko, director and star of the upcoming horror short "Exorcism."
In this article I will highlight a woman in horror who's work allowed me to face my monsters and eventually write about them here.
Good faces off against evil. Again.
Ravenous EFX is giving you a chance to own a little piece of Art (the clown, that is) with their 1/3 scale ART THE CLOWN FAN ART STATUE sculpted by Travis Shewchuk!
RETROSPECTIVE: ATTEND THE TALE… THE STAGE HORROR-MUSICAL OF “SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET” (1982)
Throats are slit, bodies pile up, the mob demands more flesh... in the stage version of this horror-musical classic
Organized by the Fantasia International Film Festival, the Frontières Finance & Packaging Forum unites genre filmmakers with backers, distributors et al. The 12 projects for this year’s third edition, including some from top producers in the horror field, have been revealed, along with a special guest.
Horror fave Debbie Rochon plays one of the spectres haunting the captive heroine of DOOM ROOM. See her in an exclusive excerpt from the soon-to-release chiller after the jump.
Get trapped in the DOOM ROOM with the next feature coming from busy fright filmmaker Jon Keeyes. We’ve got the release info and an exclusive first look at the trailer and poster after the jump.
This month's Cut Short interview features Rob Savage, director of the super-tense short SALT
The supernatural just won’t leave Nicolas Cage alone, and his latest travails can be seen in BETWEEN WORLDS, coming next month. Check out the details, trailer and poster after the jump.
Take a look at these new horror projects and toss them some coin if you can!
From minute one, the scenario is stark, compelling and disjointed, like a memory of a Technicolor horror flick you caught on TV as a kid.
THE RANGER is a fun ’80s-throwback slasher flick where motto becomes misguided mission, and rules are held more sacred than human life.
This is less a review than a public service announcement for genre fans who might be lured by THE LITTLE STRANGER’s haunting-centric marketing campaign and the R rating for “disturbing bloody images.”
Yann Gonzalez’s Cannes fever-dream sensation KNIFE + HEART to open, North American Premiere of THE RUSALKA to close, 35th Anniversary screening of SLEEPAWAY CAMP, new HEAD TRIP feature program and more!
Did you know "THE BLOB" was actually inspired by real encounters of pulsating, purple jelly organisms falling from the sky? Yep. It's happened.
You're never going to look at the words "Bae" or "LOLZ" the same.
On Friday, July 13, the Bingemans team shared their new concepts for SCREAMPARK, Canada’s scariest haunted attraction, now in its 13th season.
Exclusive Interview: Director Aislinn Clarke discusses “The Devil’s Doorway” and shooting in Northern Ireland
Go inside the latest release from IFC Midnight!
Jess Peacock conducts a limited digital ethnography of horror fandom to find out what impact – if any - the genre has had on those who claim it as their own...
A ’70s-tinged narrative that morphs from naturalistic to surrealistic to nightmarish with surprising ease.
Rue Morgue exclusively announces a forthcoming collection of writings exploring the cultural history of religion in horror cinema. Scared Sacred: Idolatry, Religion and Worship in the Horror Film is edited by Rebecca Booth (author of the forthcoming The Devil Rides Out [Devil’s Advocates]) and Erin Thompson ([formerly Miskell] owner and editor of The Backseat Driver Reviews), due for release early in 2019 from House of Leaves Publishing.
CAT SICK BLUES is that sort of rare bird of a horror film that only appears every now and then. On the one hand, it is cheap and nasty and clearly the sum of all its influences, but on the other, it transcends all those factors, masterfully synthesizing them into something altogether different, refreshing for horror aficionados and surely shocking and revolting for the less discerning.
ISLAND ZERO is a traditionally told sci-fi/horror film (early on, a scientist looks out across the ocean and intones, “Something’s happening out there”) with a certain down-home charm to it.
Ultimately, with a lot of exposition and rules-sussing to wade through, TRUTH OR DARE isn’t thrilling or scary enough.
In appreciation of one of the best slasher throwbacks, remembered today for re-invigorating genre cinema in the early 2000s.
A variation on the postapocalyptic-terror genre that is as frightening as it is moving—and that’s plenty.
At the Boston Underground Film Festival last weekend, RUE MORGUE spoke with Rory Abel, whose short HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BRENDA (pictured) played as part of the Trigger Warning block. The filmmaker, who also helmed 2014’s PHOBIA, gave us the scoop on his next feature, a grisly shocker called THE HOLLOW.
Natasha Kermani’s new film tells the story of two identical women — one an adult-film star, the other a newborn alien clone of said adult-film star, a feat that could only be accomplished by an actor of unique and versatile talent.
A short list of movies that might help you encourage an unhealthy interest in the genre among friends and family!
Alex Garland’s adaptation of Jeff VanderMeer’s novel calls to mind ALIEN, in that it applies superlative craftsmanship to what is essentially a basic science-fiction story.
Get to know the artists behind our favorite handcrafted collectibles in this new monthly interview series!
RADIUS (debuting today on VOD) has a killer hook, one that could have been the basis of a big loud conspiracy/sci-fi action flick. Instead, writer/directors Caroline Labrèche and Steeve Léonard have teased it out into a mystery/thriller that incorporates some pretty chilling moments.
A man discovers that his mere presence causes people to die in RADIUS, a science fiction thriller debuting next week. We’ve got an exclusive clip in which he discovers the horrific aftermath of his “power.”
We talk to Tilo Wolff about Lacrimosa’s newest album, Testimonium.
Exclusive Interview: “78/52” Director Alexandre O. Philippe on Dissecting “PSYCHO’s” Shower Scene, Part One
Now in select theaters and on VOD from IFC Films under the IFC Midnight banner, 78/52 is a penetrating documentary that delves into Alfred Hitchcock’s horror classic PSYCHO, and specifically the iconic shower murder of Marion Crane, in unprecedented detail. RUE MORGUE got an exclusive chat with director Alexandre O. Philippe about this fascinating film study.
Written by Master of Horror Tom Holland and co-authored with Dustin Warburton, HOW TO SCARE A MONSTER! invites you to join little Leonard on a spooky journey as he confronts and befriends a monster living in his closet.
INSIDE ISSUE #177 Features EVIL THROUGH THE LOOKING-GLASS Following the tragic passing of filmmaker Andrew Getty, the cast and crew of The Evil Within raise his soon-to-be cult classic from the dead. Plus: The sordid story of the Getty family, The Evil Within reviewed, and confessions from a veteran contributor. By John W. Bowen and ...
INSIDE ISSUE #36 THEY CAME FROM DOWN UNDER! Aussie directors Peter and Michael Spierig, and FX man Steven Boyle talk about Undead, their new film that pays tribute to three decades of zombie flicks. Plus: 2003: The Year of the Zombie; The Zombie Survival Guide; Zombie Pin-ups, and more! by Jen Vuckovic, Chris Alexander, Sam ...
The 21st edition of Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival has just concluded, and award-winners from among its amazing lineup of genre movies from all over the world have been announced.The many prize categories reflect the great diversity of features and shorts that played Fantasia this year, from the latest work by established masters to the first films by exciting newcomers. The fest attracted nearly 100,000 viewers and over 700 international guests, including more than 400 industry
“There’s a new sheriff in town, and he is f**king gorgeous.”Old Man Heart (Sean Cameron Michael) smells something majestic in the seventh installment of BLOOD DRIVE (premiering new episodes on Syfy Wednesday nights). It is a scent that surmounts dignity, eclipses entertainment—it’s the sweet smell of success for Heart Enterprises. Old Man Heart recognizes that the Blood Drive is the pinnacle of human achievement, but it needs new blood.
The filmmaker receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award at Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival describes his early renegade filmmaking years.
A vehicle for ingenue Rebecca Forsythe that provides a delightfully cold-blooded role for genre favorite Barbara Crampton.