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It's hard to believe that Canada's Rue Morgue Magazine has been around as long as it has! Their next issue marks their lucky thirteenth year of kicking ass and taking names and we have a look at what's in store for readers both old and new!
Congrats, guys! Here's to another 13!
From the Press Release
Rue Morgue Special Edition 13th Anniversary Halloween Issue
On Stands October 1st!
We All Go A Little Mad Sometimes
Fifty years ago Marion met Norman at the Bates Motel and the modern horror film was born. Rue Morgue’s panel of experts celebrates the lunatic legacy of Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece. Featuring Wes Craven, assistant director Hilton Green, and authors Stephen Rebello and David Thomson.
Plus: A look at Bernard Herrmann’s score, a new documentary on the film, sequel spotlights, and more!
- Uncle Creepy
Craig back with a new Take Three.
Today: Amanda Plummer
Take One: No film without her
There are certain characters who, when they appear on screen and begin adding their particular slant, I know I'll want to see more of. Sometimes the filmmakers oblige with this. Sometimes they don't. Personally, I'm thinking Radha Mitchell in Finding Neverland (who I looked at here), Anna Faris in Lost in Translation, Jayne Eastwood in Dawn of the Dead (2004) and the like. We all have certain types we want more from.
More often than not, they're played by great supporting/character actors, doing what they do best: stealing the film... if actually given the chance. That's how I felt about Plummer as boiler-suited cleaner Laurie in Isabel Coixet's My Life Without Me (2003). This isn't to dismiss Sarah Polley's fine central performance as Ann, but something »
- Craig Bloomfield
Tonight, ABC unleashes another would-be cult show with the dark mystery Happy Town. We’ve had the chance – with a lot of other press – to take in the first three episodes of Happy Town. I’ll admit I came into Happy Town with a lot of cynicism because the early marketing cheekily dropped the phrase “from the network that brought you Twin Peaks.” I worship Twin Peaks. When all was said and done though, Happy Town made me a believer.
The first thing you need to do before you watch Happy Town is get all of these Twin Peaks allusions out of your head. Both shows start with similar subject matter , an overarching mystery playing out in an isolated hamlet populated by typical small-town types with dark pasts, but that is where they part ways. Happy Town is far less in the realm of Théâtre de l'Absurde than Twin Peaks »
- Jon Lachonis
For many horror fans, The Exorcist is the greatest horror film of all time. Back in 1973, the film horrified audiences, and its reputation precedes it nearly 40 years later. A big part of its success lies in the character of conflicted priest Father Merrin, and credit must to go actor Max von Sydow for his portrayal. Today, von Sydow turns 81.
von Sydow's presence in genre films goes back several decades prior to The Exorcist and across the Atlantic. The Swedish born actor first made his name in Ingmar Bergman's classic The Seventh Seal, as a soldier stalked by Death himself. The director and actor cemented their importance in tandem in 1960, with The Virgin Spring, the basis for Wes Craven's Last House On The Left.
It’s that time of year again, kids. Dread Central’s 2010 Horror at the Oscars coverage. Horror was indeed present this year and in black-tie. While Roger Corman and Lauren Bacall were honored a few months back at the Governor’s Award Ceremony, it was an unexpected delight to see Corman, recipient of the lifetime achievement Oscar, enjoy a standing ovation on national television.
I was, however, very disappointed that neither of them were allowed to speak. Roger Corman’s contributions to modern cinema are too vast for him to just stand up and wave. James Cameron was one of many Corman acolytes present, and his nomination speaks to Corman’s tremendous legacy. On the Terminator DVD Cameron mentions, "I trained at the Roger Corman Film School.” Jonathan Demme, Martin Scorsese, and Francis Ford Coppola, among many others, were also former students.
The terror continued with a spoof of Paranormal Activity »
- Heather Buckley
5 items from 2010
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