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Rue Morgue #117 November 2011

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INSIDE ISSUE #117

OVERTURE OF FEAR
The story behind 1925’s The Phantom of the Opera is as ugly and elusive as the character himself. The man behind the film’s latest incarnation delves into its legacy. PLUS: Carla Laemmle, the last surviving cast member of the original Phantom, recalls the making of a masterpiece, and composer Gabriel Thibaudeau looks back on more than twenty years of performing his acclaimed live score.
by James Burrell and Trevor Tuminski

THE GOLDEN AGE OF TV TERROR
Rue Morgue tunes into an era when high-quality, original horror movies were a staple of prime-time television. PLUS: Ten unlikely shows that have flirted with the dark side.
by Kier-la Janisse and Dan Murphy

DIRTY DOZEN
We link up with the director and star of The Human Centipede 2 to discuss raising the stakes on the disturbing pop culture phenomenon.
by Stuart F. Andrews

ARCHITECTURE OF THE DEAD
Empire of Death invites readers to visit the bone churches of the world and learn their secrets.
by Claire Horsnell

ABOMINABLE AFTER ALL THESE YEARS
After four decades, Dr. Phibes returns in a new novel by his creator, William Goldstein.
by James Burrell


NOTE FROM UNDERGROUND
Faces, phantoms and freak shows.

DREADLINES
Canadian horror producer John Dunning dead at 84; Scream queen Barbara Crampton returns; The Exorcist adapted for stage.

THE CORONER’S REPORT
Weird stats and morbid facts. Sick Top Six: Rat Attacks.

NEEDFUL THINGS
Friday the 13th DVD Collection, Skeletal Aprons, Batmosphere Necklace, and Skeleton Espresso Cups.

MEMENTO MORGUE
Guillermo del Toro at CineMacabre, KillerCon 3, Encyclopedia Gothica book launch, and more!

CINEMACABRE
CineMacabre features 2011 Toronto International Film Festival wrap-up, plus reviews of Red State, Contagion, Apollo 18, Super Hybrid, The Clinic, 51, Deadgirl. Higanjima: Escape from Vampire Island, Truth or Dare: A Critical Madness, Sportkill, and Hidden. Reissues features makeup effects artist Mark Shostrom on Evil Dead II. Also, reviews of Halloween II (1981), Blue Sunshine (1978), The Pyx (1973), The Exterminator (1980), The Devil Within Her (1975), Dressed to Kill (1980) and The Face of the Screaming Werewolf (1964).

CINEMARQUEE
Kuroneko (1932).

BOWEN’S BASEMENT
Orca (1977).

BLOOD IN FOUR COLOURS
Features Severed, plus reviews of Battle for the Planet of the Living Dead #1, Kult #1 of 4, B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth Russia #1 of 5, John Saul’s The Blackstone Chronicles, The Living Corpse: Exhumed #1

THE NINTH CIRCLE
Spotlight: Weird fiction publisher Chomu Press. Library of the Damned has the True Blood blues. Plus, reviews of Monsters in America: Our Historical Obsession with the Hideous and the Haunting, How to Draw Chiller Monsters, Werewolves, Vampires, and Zombies, Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga’s The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor, Ronald Malfi’s Floating Staircase, John Hornor Jacob’s Southern Gods, Death Casket: Art of Unkle Pigors, The Ghost Handbook: An Essential Guide to Ghosts, Spirits, and Spectres, and Kenneth Hite’s Cliffourd the Big Red God.

TRAVELOGUE OF TERROR
Fiesta de las Natitas – La Paz, Bolivia.

THE GORE-MET
A hankering for Henenlotter.

AUDIO DROME
Featuring the return of Anthrax. The Blood Spattered Guide on Sopor Aeternus. Plus, reviews of Super 8 OST, Final Destination 5 OST, Koffin Kats/12 Step Rebels, The Phantom Creeps, Fantomas, Zombie Inc., Mr. Death, The House of Capricorn, and Blood Red Throne.

PLAY DEAD
Reviews Dead Island, The Binding of Isaac, Bloodrayne: Betrayal, Cthulhu Gloom: The Game of Unspeakable Incidents and Squamous Consequences, and Zombie Smarts: Clear Your Mind.

CLASSIC CUT
S.T. Joshi’s The Weird Tale (1990).

GIVEAWAYS THIS ISSUE
15 new subscribers will win a Tales from Beyond the Pale season one box set courtesy of Glass Eye Pix!

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