A little while back, writer/director Cortlandt Hull (Aurora Monsters – The Model Craze That Gripped The World; RM #105) released a great new DVD documentary detailing the literary, stage and screen history of that masterpiece of gothic horror, The Phantom of the Opera. Here’s my review of it.
Our pals at Full Moon Streaming unleashed Gingerdead Man vs. Evil Bong this week. If you’re so inclined, you can opt to watch an interactive version of the film called the “Ganja Version,” which includes bonus scenes, Easter eggs, trivia, and even a virtual treasure hunt. Hit the jump for more info, courtesy of a recent press release.
Rue Morgue contributors Jessa Sobczuk and Charlotte Stear wrap up our Toronto After Dark coverage with a pair of reviews.
Big Bad Wolves (Israel)
Dir: Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado
Toronto After Dark finished off with a bang, closing this year’s festival with the explicitly violent Israeli crime-thriller Big Bad Wolves. From Rabies directors Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado, the film tells the story of three men – a corrupt police officer investigating a gruesome string of child murders, the father of one of the murdered children, and a teacher suspected to be the killer – as their paths cross in violent acts of torture and vigilante justice.
Rue Morgue contributors Jessa Sobczuk and Vanessa Furtado check in with a pair of reviews from this year’s Toronto After Dark Film Festival.
The Last Days on Mars (UK/Ireland)
Dir: Ruairi Robinson
Director Ruairi Robinson (BlinkyTM) walks the line between claustrophobic science fiction and white-knuckle horror in The Last Days on Mars, a slick, low-budget UK-Ireland co-production that packs a talented cast including Scream‘s Liev Schreiber and Shutter Island‘s Elias Koteas.
On the last day of the first manned mission to Mars, an international team of astronauts uncover a virulent strain of bacteria. The ground-breaking discovery soon turns deadly as two teammates are infected with the virus and mutate into violent, shambling zombies. The crew is infected one by one and the remaining astronauts must survive the night before their relief team finally arrives.
Rue Morgue contributors Mike Beardsall and Jessa Sobczuk check in with a pair of reviews from the Toronto After Dark Film Festival.
Silent Retreat (Canada)
Dir: Tricia Lee
The locally-shot Silent Retreat celebrated its world premiere at the Toronto After Dark Film Festival Sunday afternoon. The plot centres around Janey (Chelsea Jenish), a young woman who has recently gotten into some trouble with the law and is sent away to a meditation camp to be rehabilitated. Janey, along with her fellow campers (all teenage girls), must remain completely silent for the duration of their stay, or else incur the wrath of the camp doctor and his two sons. Escape is impossible as they’re miles from anywhere, surrounded by forest, and watched constantly by a hungry nocturnal beast that walks among the trees.
Rue Morgue contributor Charlotte Stear weighs in on the Zombie Appreciation Night selections at this year’s Toronto After Dark Film Festival.
Dir: Christian James
If you think you’ve seen everything a zombie comedy can offer, let me introduce to you Stalled, a British film about a man locked in a bathroom stall during a zombie outbreak. For an entry in a subgenre that has already seen so much, Stalled is a unique, engrossing movie that boasts one of the most interesting zombie concepts in years.
Once again, Rue Morgue is teaming up with Netflix Canada to curate a list of horror titles on the service that l’il old me, the Editor-in-Chief, has chosen (note: these are on the Canadian Netflix). I’ll be doing interviews about the films, horror movies in general and Rue Morgue in the weeks leading up to Halloween. Hit the jump for the list; I went with titles that represent a mix of old, new, mainstream and more obscure. Among the titles below, The Loved Ones, The Walking Dead, The Omen, The Blair Witch Project, Pumpkinhead, Pan’s Labyrinth and The Fly have appeared on the cover of Rue Morgue. As always, I’m excited to talk about some under-the-radar titles, some classics that deserve another look and even a few fave mainstream picks. Here’s the list; hope you find something on there worth a look.
Rue Morgue contributors Mike Beardsall and Jessa Sobczuk check in with reviews of Toronto After Dark’s Friday-night selections.
BIG ASS SPIDER! (USA)
Dir: Mike Mendez
Just in case the title alone doesn’t explain enough of the story, Big Ass Spider! is centred around a genetically altered arachnid capable of growing to gigantic proportions in a matter of hours. It’s up to a blue collar exterminator and his security guard sidekick to stop the beast before it reproduces and consumes all of Los Angeles.
We Are What We Are (USA)
Dir: Jim Mickle
Toronto After Dark kicked off last night with Jim Mickle’s latest, the highly anticipated We Are What We Are, a re-imagining of Jorge Michel Grau’s Mexican film of the same name. The plot follows a reclusive, poor, rural family that partakes in an unusual tradition: cannibalism. After a brutal storm results in a family tragedy, eldest daughter Iris (Ambyr Childers) finds herself responsible for the yearly ritual. But as the investigation of a number of missing people in the area brings the local authorities to their property, the lives of the family members begin to unravel.
We’re giving away double passes to special advance screenings of MACHETE KILLS in cities across Canada on Wednesday, October 9 and Thursday, October 10! We’ve got ten double passes for Wednesday’s Toronto screening at Scotiabank Theatre, and five double passes for each of the other screenings.
To enter, just send your full name and mailing address to firstname.lastname@example.org (Please put “Machete Kills tickets” in the subject line.) ***BE SURE TO TELL US WHICH SCREENING YOU’D LIKE TO ATTEND!*** Good luck!