INSIDE ISSUE #83
When Famous Monsters of Filmland hit newsstands in 1958, it united an entire generation of creature-loving children and sparked genre fan culture. No one anticipated the effect it would have on some of those “Monster Kids,” who would go on to become genre legends. This Halloween, Rue Morgue celebrates the 50th anniversary of the magazine that started it all via a conversation with founding editor Forrest J Ackerman. Featuring words with and by filmmakers John Landis and Joe Dante, rock legend Gene Simmons, legendary cover artist Basil Gogos, SFX Wizard Rob Bottin, and more. Plus! Director Tim Sullivan takes us on a guided tour of the Ackermansion in its heyday, and much more!
by Paul Corupe, Gene Simmons, Jovanka Vuckovic, Joe Moe, Tim Sullivan, Forrest J Ackerman, Dave Alexander and Rob Bottin
THE GORE-MET’S 50 ESSENTIAL GORE FILMS
A comprehensive list of vital cinematic atrocities every hardcore horror fan needs to see. Bring on the blood!
by The Gore-met
American Baroque painter Michael Hussar reveals the very personal meaning behind his perverse and morbid body of work.
by Jovanka Vuckovic
THE SIMPSONS VAULT OF TERROR
Once a year The Simpsons is taken over by The Treehouse of Horror Halloween special. Time to take stock of nearly two decades of hilariously blood-curdling cartoons.
by Philip Brown
SHOCKWAVES: A CLASSIC HORROR RADIO ROUNDUP
Gather ’round the wireless and set your transistors for terror as Rue Morgue explores the sinister chills and thrills of yesteryear’s audio plays.
by Richard Gavin
FESTIVAL OF FEAR 2008
Pics from our 5th annual horror convention.
Photos by Ashlea Wessel and Ian Goring
Gory new video game Dead Space launches the survival horror genre deep into outer space. Plus: Downfall, the animated prequel.
by Monica S. Kuebler
DEVIL’S ON OUR SIDE
The Creepshow, Canada’s horrorbilly sensation returns with an album warning you to Run for Your Life.
by Trevor Tuminski
DOUG BRADLEY’S DEADTIME STORIES
Everyone’s favourite cenobite tackles Lovecraft in a new type of audio book.
by James Grainger
NOTE FROM UNDERGROUND:
Famous Monsters of Filmland.
Toronto After Dark Film Festival continues growth for year three, Fright Channel to relaunch online, Teen filmmaker preps second horror feature.
THE CORONER’S REPORT:
Weird stats and morbid facts. Sick Top Six Instances of Torturous Transformations.
Halloween Living Dead Dolls, Thanksgiving T-shirt, Royal Mail Classic Hammer Stamps, Toilet Ink.
CineMacabre presents features on Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer, Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown and Wicked Lake. Abbreviated Terrors reviews 2007 Toronto After Dark Film Festival short film highlights. Plus! Reviews of Stuck, Death Race, Mirrors, Joy Ride 2: Dead Ahead, End of the Line, Shutter, Resurrection Mary, Rest Stop: Don’t Look Back, Dark Honeymoon, Triloquist, Steel Trap, Wide Awake and Trapped Ashes. Last Rites reviews The Raven, Kaw and Birds of Prey. Reissues presents features on Pieces, Fox Horror Classics Collection Volume 2 and Friday the 13th: The Series. Plus! Reviews of Child’s Play (1988), Barracuda (1978)/Island Fury (1989), Man of a Thousand Faces (1957), Psycho Kickboxer (1997), Swamp Thing The Series Volume 2 (1992-1993), The X-Files: Revelations (1993-1999), The Unseen (1981) and Virgin Witch (1972).
The Portrait of Dorian Gray (1945).
Spotlight: Invasion of the Blood Farmers.
BLOOD IN FOUR COLOURS:
Steve Niles on Gotham after Midnight. Plus reviews of Almighty, City of Dust #1 (of 5), The Nightmare Factory Volume 2, Zombie Tales #4.
THE NINTH CIRCLE:
Spotlight: Matthew Warner’s Horror isn’t a 4-Letter Word. Plus, reviews of A Hallowe’en Anthology: Literary and Historical Writings over the Centuries, The Alfred Hitchcock Story, The Book of Lists: Horror, Joe R. Lansdale’s Leather Maiden, Ryan Mecum’s Zombie Haiku, Ramsey Campbell’s The Grin of the Dark, and Bill Hussey’s Through A Glass Darkly.
TRAVELOGUE OF TERROR:
Halloween in Sin City.
Menu: Faces of Death.
Spotlight: Son of Sam. Plus! Reviews of Hellboy 2: The Golden Army OST, The Midnight Meat Train OST, The X-Files: I Want To Believe OST, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor OST, Shutter OST, Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Score, Midnight Syndicate, The Rotted, In a World…, Chris Alexander & Carrie Eliza, Displacer, Diemonsterdie, The Night Shift, Brother Von Doom, Ghosts Run Wild, Captain A-Hole a.k.a. Yogi, Leather Wolf, and more!
Zombies!!! 7: Send in the Clowns!, Magic: The Gathering – Planeswalker, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.