Moaner T. Lawrence

Moaner T. Lawrence 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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Sinister Seven

Sinister Seven: Delivery’s Brian Netto & Adam Schindler

on February 25, 2014 | Leave a comment

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.

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Sinister Seven: Dawn of the Dead’s Scott Reiniger

on February 3, 2014 | Leave a comment

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?”

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Sinister Seven: Dawn of the Dead’s Leonard Lies

on January 17, 2014 | 1 Comment

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.

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Sinister Seven: Dawn of the Dead’s Joe Pilato

on January 3, 2014 | 1 Comment

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.

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Sinister Seven: Dawn of the Dead’s Jim Krut

on December 29, 2013 | Leave a comment

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.

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Germany’s Weekend of Horrors 2013

on November 17, 2013 | Leave a comment

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.

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Pseudopod Asks Listeners to ‘Save the Pod’

on October 25, 2013 | 1 Comment

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.

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Midnight Syndicate launches Kickstarter project

on October 7, 2013 | Leave a comment

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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Sinister Seven: Midnight Syndicate’s Edward Douglas

on March 2, 2013 | 3 Comments

There’s already a Midnight Syndicate Sinister Seven with Edward Douglas from 2011 done by the talented Sean Plummer. So why do another one?

The last interview covered Midnight Syndicate’s movie The Dead Matter as well as their collaboration with Destini’s Beard on the album A Time Forgotten. This time around, we’re going to delve into the duo’s origins. Who cares? You should, if you like Halloween and horror themed music…

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Sinister Seven: Phantasm’s Angus Scrimm

on December 30, 2012 | 3 Comments

Writer, director and producer Don Coscarelli was well ahead of his time when fathoming Phantasm back in 1974. It was a film that tackled multiple phobias, not the least of which included abandonment, bereavement and separation anxiety. Above all, we, the audience, were reminded that “death” was not a slasher, but a stalker – a stalker that we will all inevitably meet. Of course, death’s personification – the Tall Man – demanded some theatricality: A mortician who bled yellow, commanded a fleet of flying, razor-wielding, silver spheres, whose agenda was to abduct the dead and turn them into his personal army of zombie-dwarves – and the same fate awaited any living person who happened to get in his way!

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