RUE MORGUE FESTIVAL OF FEAR 2009 – UPDATES!!

festival-of-fear-2009If you have been following this blog for a while than you already know that I will be attending the Rue Morgue Festival of Fear at the end of August. In just over a month I will be Toronto bound! I just have to make it through the next 30 days or so without my head exploding! Bloody hell I need a vacation! I received a couple of updates via Facebook last week about new additions to the line up. The below information is a cut and paste job. I will continue to post updates as they come in. You can also join the Facebook group to receive regular updates yourself or go to the Rue Morgue website by clicking on the link in my blogroll. I posted the trailer for ‘OFFSPRING’ since they’ve added, the writer, director and one of its stars to the festival lineup. Looks like it could be very gory!

JACK KETCHUM
(The Girl Next Door, Offspring)

Jack Ketchum (a.k.a. Dallas Mayr) published his first novel in 1980 titled OFF SEASON, a version of the notorious Sawney Beane story. The novel was condemned by the Village Voice as “violent pornography” and set the stage for Ketchum’s ouvre, which has become some of the most controversial material coming out of the genre. Three of his most powerful novels have recently been turned into films, including THE GIRL NEXT DOOR, THE LOST and RED starring Tom Sizemore and Robert Englund. In 1990 Ketchum published OFFSPRING, the sequel to Off Season which has recently become a full length feature film starring Art Hindle and directed by Andrew Van Den Houten. Ketchum’s other notable works include SHE WAKES, COVER, ROAD KILL, ONLY CHILD, LADIES NIGHT and TRIAGE (with fellow writers Richard Laymon and Edward Lee). 2009 marks Ketchum’s second appearance at the Rue Morgue Festival of Fear.

ART HINDLE
(Black Christmas, The Brood, Offspring)

After being inspired and touched by a Toronto Workshop Productions play, Hindle made the commitment to leave the stock market for theatre. His first big role was in a biker movie THE PROUD RIDER, spawned by the popularity of Easy Rider. To prepare for the role, Hindle actually worked with a real motorcycle gang, the Satan’s Choice. But it was a film by Bob Clark called BLACK CHRISTMAS, followed by David Cronenberg’s THE BROOD that made Hindle into a horror film star. Recently, Hindle can be seen in the new horror film OFFSPRING written by acclaimed author Jack Ketchum.

ANDREW VAN DEN HOUTEN
(Offspring, Headspace)

Andrew van den Houten began his career in front of the camera as a child actor, performing in commercials in his native New York City. He founded the production company Modernciné during his junior year of college and, after graduation, returned to New York where he produced and directed a number of award-winning short films and television commercials. In 2005, he directed HEADSPACE, an official selection of the Brussels International Fantasy Film Festival, a multiple award-winner at the New York City Horror Film Festival, and winner of the Best Monster Movie at the World Horror Convention in San Francisco. Van Den Houten also produced Jack Ketchum’s THE GIRL NEXT DOOR and recently directed OFFSPRING, also based on a novel by Jack Ketchum.

MIKE AUSTIN
(Austin Tattoos)

Mike Austin made his debut on the artscene at the Fanshawe College in London, Ontario in the mid-‘80s while still in his teens. After college, Austin was offered a job working for the Malin brothers at BLUE DRAGON TATTOO in 1987. In 1992, he opened his own studio, and since then has won countless awards and acclaim on the international tattoo scene. Austin’s undeniable talent has pushed the envelope from that day forward to eventually become a world renowned power producer of original and custom designs praised by the likes of Guy Aitchison, Bob Tyrell and Paul Booth, to name a few. Austin has
numerous other artistic and freakish endeavours on the go including drawing, pastel and painting, along with a taste for funerary antiques, horror and mythological memorabilia. Austin recently had the honour of illustrating a series of dark and brooding books on Inuit Mythology of which several prints has appeared in the prestigious artshow CIRQUE DE LA LUNE held at the Arts Project in London, Ontario. Rue Morgue is proud to present Mike Austin as the exclusive working tattoo artist of
the 2009 Festival of Fear.

VINCENT MARCONE
(MyPetSkeleton, Johnny Hollow)

BRETT KELLY
(Attack of the Giant Leeches, My Dead Girlfriend)

BILL ZEBUB
(Assmonster: The Making of a Horror Movie)

DR. KIM PAFFENROTH
(Apocalyptic, Zombie Horror)

VAGRANCY FILMS
(Canadian Grindhouse Champions)

3 Responses to “RUE MORGUE FESTIVAL OF FEAR 2009 – UPDATES!!”

  1. hagiblog Says:

    Sadly I’m only able to go on the Sunday this year because of a wedding. Seriously, who gets married on the convention weekend! HAHA!

    I assume that you’ve been to this convention before? But if you haven’t then it should be a blast. I always manage to go every year, even if it’s just for the one day this time.

    • goregirl Says:

      This is my first time actually! I have a friend who goes every year and gets the deluxe pass so I’m going to tag along. I specifically planned a vacation with the intent of fitting this in. I’ll be cottaging and then 3 solid days of festing! Woohoo!

  2. hagiblog Says:

    Planning your vacation to work the convention in is pure dedication! I wish I could go for the whole weekend but it’s probably better that I don’t. I’m pretty sure I spent about 700 bucks there last year. It’s all my guilty pleasures in one place, anime, comics and horror flicks! What more could you ask for.

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