Before leaving his father's attic and coming to Germany to do something truly horrifying (getting married), this elusive man-child of the night lived in New York, where he frequently haunted the gold coast ruins of Long Island. Mr. Lawrence enjoys moon lit nights, evading officials whilst ghost hunting restricted areas, and believes that 'Keep Out' signs posted on chain-link fences are terrific for that "extra boost!" When he's not out doing things we will have to disavow all knowledge of later, Moaner resides near Cologne, where he grows pumpkins, and uses his spare time to investigate all things 'spooky and cooky' in the name of Rue Morgue Magazine.
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Today, Pseudopod, the world’s largest horror podcast, will be celebrating it’s 400th episode. To commemorate this momentous occasion they’ll be gracing us with a special reading of the Nebula Award winning short story, “The Screwfly Solution.” The story, set in a world where women are being mass-murdered in the name of bringing men closer to God, was written by renowned Science Fiction Hall of Fame inductee, Alice Hastings Bradley who wrote under the pseudonym James Tiptree, Jr.. A contemporary of Harlan Ellison and John W. Campbell, Bradley’s life in and of itself is a testament to modern day feminism: In her time, not only had Bradley’s narrative managed to fool most of her fellow writers and critics into believing she was a man, but she was also a Phd, an air force major, and even worked for a few years with the CIA.
Withholding the fact that, 35 years ago, director Ridley Scott provided the benchmark for all future science-fiction horror films with 1978′s Alien, the audience was left with questions. The biggest of these was the corpse of an alien space pilot that failed to safely transport its cargo, setting the stage for the catastrophes that ensued… and not just the studio version of Alien 3. For over 30 years, we’ve learned all about Ellen Ripley, The Weyland Corporation, Xenomorphs, their hive, and their queen, but who was this other being that set everything in motion? Where was it going? What were these eggs for? Apparently Scott was asking himself these very same questions, which ultimately inspired a new trilogy of films revolving around the answers to those questions. The role of the engineer in Prometheus (2012) demanded big shoes to fill it, both literally and figuratively. Standing at seven foot one, Ian Whyte was no stranger to portraying larger-than-life characters. The Welsh actor has portrayed predators in both Alien Vs. Predator films, was a double for Maxime Olympe in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, as well as a white walker and Ser Gregor Clegane in HBO’s Game of Thrones. Whyte was kind enough to discuss his experiences in Prometheus with Rue Morgue at the Weekend of Horrors convention at the Turbinenhalle in Oberhausen, Germany.
Delivery, starring Laurel Vail and Danny Barclay, is a game changer to the found-footage subgenre. Concealed under the premise of a giddy, daytime television series exploring the adventures of a pregnant couple, we are instead mercilessly detoured down the path of a pregnancy gone demonically awry. Currently hailed as a modern rendition of Rosemary’s Baby, Delivery (out from Anchor Bay) was recently screened at Rue Morgue’s Cinemacabre Movie Nights.
Writer/Director Brian Netto and Producer/Co-Writer Adam Schindler join us to discuss how they pulled off their diabolical film.
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.
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.
Recently, veteran host Alasdair Stuart of Pseudopod (RMs #72 & #134) announced that Escape Artists, Inc. is currently in “serious financial trouble,” warning listeners that Pseudopod and its sister podcasts, Podcastle and Escape Pod, will shut down at the end of 2013 unless they receive the funds necessary to continue. Since its establishment in 2006, Pseudopod has published hundreds of horror-fiction podcasts, featuring authors such as Scott Sigler, AC Wise, Eugie Foster, and David Barr Kirtley. It also won a Parsec Award in 2009 for Best Speculative Fiction or Anthology Podcast. People who want to help can go to pseudopod.org and either click “Feed the Pod” to make a one-time donation, subscribe, or purchase archive discs (DVDs containing high-quality mp3 versions of the stories on the site.) New Subscribers, Subscribers, and anyone making a one-time donation of $50, before November 30th, will receive premium content flash stories in December.
Midnight Syndicate frontman Edward Douglas has just announced the duo’s intentions to “bring your nightmares to life” with a new Kickstarter project called MIDNIGHT SYNDICATE LIVE. According to the campaign page, the composers hope to raise $40,000 to produce “a unique horror-themed multimedia concert experience that blends live music, original films, music videos, and theatre.” To that end, they’ve enlisted legendary FX artist Robert Kurtzman and a host of industry pros. The fundraising campaign lasts until Sunday, November 10; check it out here.
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