I’m sure many of you are familiar with The Black Museum, but for those that aren’t (and should be), this ingenious undertaking, curated by Rue Morgue contributors Andrea Subissati and Paul Corupe, is a lecture series devoted to the scholarly side of scary things. Past seasons have mostly concentrated on film, with subjects ranging from zombies, to parallel realities, to Bigfoot; in its third semester The Black Museum is broadening its horrific horizons to touch on Halloween costumes, soundtracks and even video games.
According to their mission statement, the Detroit Underground Film Festival is “a celebration of cinema’s unsung vanguard.” Only in its second year, the Detroit Underground Film Festival (or DUFF) is a “three-day pressure cooker” of independent, alternative and mostly disturbing movies. Boasting an impressive past line-up including The Manson Family, Rubber’s Lover, Last House on Dead End Street and Schramm: Into the Mind of a Serial Killer, DUFF is back again this Thursday, August 22 to add a little more depravity to Detroit, with screenings of off-kilter classics including Mutilation Man and Street Trash; recent oddities such as Spidarlings and Wire Boy; and a mini-retrospective of creepy cult filmmaker Damon Packard.
I got in touch with DUFF founder Drew Boggemes, to talk about this up-and-coming festival, and why one should make their way to Michigan immediately to catch this year’s edition.
Rue Morgue‘s James Burrell contributes this interview with filmmaker Eron Sheean, the man behind ERRORS OF THE HUMAN BODY, on DVD today from MPI Home Video.
[Shawn Macomber contributes this interview with one of the twisted minds behind Would You Rather, which was featured in our CineMacabre Movie Nights series earlier this year.]
Imagine a deadlier, party game version of the Stamford Prison Experiment crossed with a sinister, Hitchcockian take on Clue and you’ll have a decent idea of the ghastly, twisted fun WOULD YOU RATHER (out this week from MPI Home Video) delivers. Here’s the set-up: A young woman struggling to pay for her brother’s cancer treatments is invited by a shadowy charitable foundation to compete in a game at a dinner party for almost limitless funds against several other downtrodden players…
[This lovely interview is brought to you by the indomitable Ron McKenzie.]
It’s not news that American Mary, the sophomore feature by Jen and Sylvia Soska, has become quite the cult phenomenon over the past year. The film, which follows the violent rise and fall of a med student turned underground “body modder,” has won both critical and popular acclaim at film festivals and screenings around the world. While the movie’s star, Katharine Isabelle, has garnered deserved acclaim for her fierce performance, one of the film’s secondary performers has also generated her fair share of attention. As Beatrice, the stripper who’s taken her love of Betty Boop to its physical extreme with plastic surgery, Tristan Risk makes her acting debut and nearly steals every scene she’s in.
So without further ado, ladies and gentlemen, please welcome to the stage… Little Miss Risk.
[Shawn Macomber ventured into Lair of the Minotaur territory and came back, well, sloshed. Read on for Shawn's interview...]
Here’s something that would probably make good fodder for the renovation-obsessed producers over at HGTV if their viewership could stand a bit of exploitation chic and a whole lot more viscera: Gore-festooned sludge thrashers Lair of the Minotaur recently added a brewery onto the infernal retreat — which means you can now enjoy the band’s ferocious tenth anniversary EP Godslayer along with a bottle (or twelve) of its signature Evil Power Imperial Pilsner.
Lair guitarist/vocalist Steve Rathbone and drummer Chris Wozniak were kind enough to discuss the Minotaur’s mead with Rue Morgue for the following Sinister Seven…
[Richard Gladman, founder of the Classic Horror Campaign and the voice of Rue Morgue UK, contributes this Sinister Seven interview with UK actress Dani Thompson. For more on the UK horror scene, be sure to check out RM#134, on stands now! Our special British horror issue features The Wicker Man, Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, A Fantastic Fear of Everything, Harold's Going Stiff, Sightseers and much more.]
Dani Thompson is a rising star in the world of British indie horror, appearing in several low-budget shorts and feature films as well as having her own column in digital horror magazine Haunted: After Dark. Her films include Three’s a Shroud (2011), Zombie Women of Satan 2 (2012) and the upcoming slasher flick Serial Kaller (2013) alongside scream queens Suzi Lorraine and Debbie Rochon. Rue Morgue recently caught up with Dani to talk about navigating the bloody waters of the horror business…
The Guillermo del Toro-produced Mama hits DVD and Blu-ray this week (May 7, to be exact), so it seems like a perfect time to share this video Sinister Seven with director/co-writer Andrés Muschietti. The interview was conducted by Fabien Delage, the voice of Rue Morgue France, at this year’s Gérardmer International Film Festival. Fabien and Andrés chatted about turning the director’s popular short into a feature film, working with del Toro, and pulling the strings on Mama‘s freaky human puppets…
[Rue Morgue’s French correspondent, Fabien Delage, recently spoke with filmmaker Alexandre Aja about a few of his high-profile genre efforts.]
Alexandre Aja first turned heads on the horror scene with his fantastically brutal 2003 slasher flick High Tension, before going on to helm gory, big-budget remakes of The Hills Have Eyes and Piranha. Aja recently took the reins on the screen adaptation of Joe Hill’s 2010 novel Horns, and served as producer and co-writer on director Franck Khalfoun’s highly anticipated remake of the grungy 1980 cult classic Maniac (out this summer from IFC Midnight).
Rue Morgue recently caught up with Aja to discuss the strange, bloody world of sequels, remakes and adaptations…
[Only a few days left to pick up the March issue of Rue Morgue, which features a cover story on horror legend Arthur Machen! To give you a primer on one of the pioneers of horror fiction, Michael Doyle talks Machen with author Laird Barron (who's featured in our April issue, on stands Monday.)]
Few writers have preserved the spirit of Arthur Machen and H.P. Lovecraft with such unerring aptitude as Alaskan-born author Laird Barron. With a critically acclaimed novel, The Croning, and two award-winning collections to his name (a third collection, The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All, will be published by Night Shade Books this April), the 42-year-old scribe has already established himself as the most exciting and powerful new voice in horror literature. Feted as the heir apparent to Machen and the other great masters of weird fiction, Barron shares his profane passion for The Laureate of Evil with Rue Morgue.