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RUE MORGUE FESTIVAL OF FEAR 2009 – The Dungeon Review!

Posted in horror, movies with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 2, 2009 by goregirl

Hey! Hey! I’m back! It is so good to be home! Before I get into my Festival of Fear experience I had to share this hilarious freaky wicker man I caught a glimpse of on the way to the cottage. From my family’s home to the cottage it is a three hour drive. It was the perfect way to start my vacation. My frighteningly white body got nicely BBQ’d, and my skin is still peeling as I type this. Revenge of the lizard woman! Ontario has its share of tourist attractions and one such attraction is
the ‘DWIGHT TRADING POST’. In front of this is a monstrous man made of twigs. Much like the ‘Wicker Man’ anyone who is caught shoplifting is put inside of the structure which is then set on fire as the population of Dwight dance around it feverishly. Below is a picture of the beast. Unfortunately, I could not catch a picture of the actual ritual itself.
wicker man dwight

This was the first time I have ever attended an event like this. My friend has been to this Rue Morgue Festival of Fear every year since it started and got us “Deluxe passes”. The best thing about this pass was that it got us in two hours early on the Friday. Lot’s of roaming room, and having experienced the nightmare hordes on the Saturday, it was definitely worth the price. I was expecting to see a million and one things I would need to buy, but in fact there was very little. The Festival of Fear was combined with comics, anime, gaming and sci-fi and the horror was only a small part of it all. Anchor Bay, one of the better horror labels had a booth but didn’t have any DVD’s for sale. Instead they had a lovely glossy booklet that showed there upcoming features and the DVD’s you could purchase to have autographed by this years guests, but rerouted you to the Cinema One booth. I understand as a distributor that they wouldn’t want to step on the toes of the rue morgue boothcompanies buying their product. I guess I was just not expecting chain stores to be at this thing. I wanted to see coffin bath mats and skull ice cube trays and the like, but there was next to nothing like that. There were a shitload of booths selling movie maniacs, which you can get at just about any comic book store. Snore! There were, however, some freebies from the few horror labels that were present. I did score some groovy stickers, a couple posters and a set of magnets. Long and short, I was disappointed in the marketplace aspect of the festival. The price the guests were asking for autographs were steep. $35.00 for Udo Kier’s autograph!? Honestly! I think Udo is great but I am not paying that kind of coin for his signature! One of the better deals was Barbara Steele who at least sold you a copy of The ‘Nightmare Castle’ DVD autographed for the same $35.00. Like I said, this is my first time going to something like this, so I was a little shocked. It was cool catching a glimpse of some of the great icons of horror like the aforementioned and Roger Corman and Tobin Bell but I just couldn’t justify spending the cash.

laid to rest picI was hoping to have all sorts of pictures to post here, but the pictures I took sucked ass. The zoom on my camera made everyone blurry. Unfortunately I have very few pics of the fest. This is starting to sound like a big old whine fest, but it did have its highlights. One of my favorite moments came in the form of a sneak peak for the film ‘Stan Helsing’. They showed a trailer, a making of featurette and scenes from the film. The panel, made up of director/writer Bo Zenga, three of the cast members, Diora Baird, Desi Lydic and Leslie Nielsen. The guy who did the music was also present (sorry buddy! I can’t find your name!). It was extremely entertaining! Most of the audience had questions for Nielsen that were unrelated to the film, but his answers were amusing none the less. Highlight two, was a Q and A with Bruce Campbell. We were way back and I couldn’t see him that well, but I could hear him just fine. Campbell was hysterical. He definitely seems to have a love/hate relationship with his role in horror cult cinema. Highlight number three was a free showing of ‘Laid To Rest’. The film had been on my “to see” list for a while. The film has actually been available to rent for some time. Anchor Bay had the director Robert Hall and two cast members, Thomas Dekker who plays Tommy and Nick Principe who plays Chrome Skull at the booth before the showing. Even though I had not seen the film I got in the line up so I could take some close up pictures for the blog. These guys were so freaking nice! They were just psyched to be there and have a chance to promote there great little film. They also did a Q & A after the film. Hall is a horror fan himself and in his own words, made a film for people who love the genre. Tomorrow I will have a full review of the film. I definitely had fun at the ‘Festival of Fear’, and I really dug hanging out with someone who loves horror as much as I do. I would, however, be unlikely to attend this function again. I think I’ll be sticking strictly to film festivals. It is all about the films for me, and I love hearing about the process from the people who make the art. The Vancouver International Film Festival is coming up soon, and I hope to catch all the horror films on the schedule this year.
chrome skull laid to rest


Posted in horror, Trailer with tags , , , , on July 13, 2009 by goregirl

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!

(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.

(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.

(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.

(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.

(MyPetSkeleton, Johnny Hollow)

(Attack of the Giant Leeches, My Dead Girlfriend)

(Assmonster: The Making of a Horror Movie)

(Apocalyptic, Zombie Horror)

(Canadian Grindhouse Champions)


Posted in horror, movies with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 14, 2009 by goregirl

festival of fear 2009
Seriously!! That is one fantastic promo poster!! Well, here it is, the Guest Line up for the Rue Morgue Festival of Fear. I will definitely have to meet Roger Corman and Tom Savini! This is a cut and paste job. To check out the original document go to

The RUE MORGUE FESTIVAL OF FEAR is the country’s largest horror expo, attracting an average of 40,000+ fans to the heart of downtown Toronto over three days in August. This powerhouse event is an extravaganza of celebrity guests, autograph signings, parties, Q&A sessions, seminars and workshops, and a colossal selection of movies and movie memorabilia, including books, comic books, toys, video games, trading cards, posters, anime, manga, and tons more.

Check out the line up Below!!!

(The Evil Dead trilogy, Bubba Ho-Tep)

Bruce Campbell began his lustrous film career making Super-8 movies with legendary director Sam Raimi back in 1975. Three years later, the pair would create a Super-8 short film called “Within the Woods” which would later be made into the full-length film called THE EVIL DEAD, an instant cult classic praised at the Cannes Film Festival by Stephen King. Campbell and Raimi’s creative union was crystallized with the two classic sequels to the Evil Dead: EVIL DEAD II and ARMY OF DARKNESS.
Additional Campbell/Raimi collaborations include DARKMAN, CRIMEWAVE and the SPIDERMAN films. A cult film staple, Campbell has also been seen in other notable genre films, including Don Coscarelli’s BUBBA HO-TEP, John Carpenter’s ESCAPE FROM L.A., MANIAC COP, INTRUDER, and many more. His extensive television career includes roles on XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS and HERCULES: THE LEGENDARY JOURNEYS. Bruce is also the author of the book IF CHINS COULD KILL: CONFESSIONS OF A ‘B’ MOVIE ACTOR and writer/director of the recent films MAN WITH THE SCREAMING BRAIN and MY NAME IS BRUCE. Rue Morgue is proud to present Bruce Campbell as ‘Guest of Honour’ to the 2009 Festival of Fear.

(The Masque of the Red Death, The Tomb of Ligeia and A Bucket of Blood)

Roger Corman’s amazing influence on modern American cinema is as incalculable as it is legendary. Corman began his involvement in cinema in 1953 as a producer/screenwriter, making his debut as director in 1955 and turning out five films in just one year. In 1957, Corman directed the horror-cult classic A BUCKET OF BLOOD; in 1960 he gave the world the original THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS. Through the 1960s Corman made a series of now classic adaptations of Edgar Allan Poe stories starring Vincent Price. These included THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM, co-starring horror icon Barbara Steele, HOUSE OF USHER, THE HAUNTED PALACE, THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH, THE TOMB OF LIGEIA and THE RAVEN co-starring Peter Lorre and Boris Karloff. The prolific director also boasts one of the most extensive resumes as producer, having realized classic films like NOT OF THIS EARTH, THE DUNWICH HORROR, DEATH RACE 2000, PIRANHA, HUMANOIDS FROM THE DEEP, GALAXY OF TERROR, and many, many more. In 1990
Corman retired from directing to concentrate on production and distribution through his company New World/Concorde Pictures,
making exploitation films and using profits to distribute distinguished art films. Among the world-class names who were employed by him in the early days are Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, James Cameron, Joe Dante, Robert DeNiro, William Shatner, and many others. Rue Morgue is proud to present a rare public appearance by Roger Corman to the 2009 Festival of Fear.

(Andy Warhol’s Frankenstein, Rob Zombie’s Halloween and Mark of the Devil)

Udo Kier was born in Cologne, Germany, during World War II. While learning English in the UK he took acting courses and was eventually offered a role by director Michael Sarne in the film ROAD TO ST. TROPEZ in 1966. His first hit film was in 1970 with the banned horror classic MARK OF THE DEVIL. Kier then met director Paul Morrissey who offered him the lead role in the film FLESH FOR FRANKENSTEIN, a film that solidified Kier as a cult icon. Kier later took the lead role in Morrissey’s masterpiece BLOOD FOR DRACULA; both films were so beloved by Andy Warhol that he attached his name to them. In the 1970s Kier’s work included THE STORY OF O and Dario Argento’s SUSPIRIA. As he gained more visibility in America his breakthrough role was in MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO in 1991. The remainder of the 90’s included roles in the cult favorite BARB WIRE, Lars Von Trier’s BREAKING THE WAVES, and the action vampire flick BLADE. Kier can be seen more recently in ROB ZOMBIE’S HALLOWEEN, Quentin Tarantino’s GRINDHOUSE and John Carpenter’s MASTERS OF HORROR episode. Rue Morgue is proud to present a very rare public appearance by Udo Kier to the 2009 Festival of Fear.

(Black Sunday, Pit and the Pendulum and Dark Shadows)

Barbara Steele was born in Cheshire, England and is loved for her dark mysterious beauty. She is considered the most beautiful star of the greatest horror masterpiece of Italian film, Mario Bava’s La Maschera Del Demonio (1960), also known as BLACK SUNDAY. After the film’s success, Steele was brought to America to star in Roger Corman’s PIT AND THE PENDULUM alongside Vincent Price. By now Steele was a horror film superstar and in 1962, she answered an open-casting call and won a role in Federico Fellini’s groundbreaking 8 1/2. In 1963 she started work on her next horror movie, THE HORRIBLE DR. HITCHCOCK. Many more horror films followed including THE SPECTRE, CASTLE OF BLOOD, ANGEL FOR SATAN and others. Her horror fans were delighted when she showed up on TV in Rod Serling’s NIGHT GALLERY and the new episodes of DARK SHADOWS. Steele has developed a relative fondness about her horror queen status which was evident in her appearance in the Clive Barker documentary A-Z of HORROR. Some of her additional films include CEMETARY OF THE LIVING DEAD, CAGED HEAT and SILENT SCREAM. Rue Morgue is proud to present a very rare appearance by Barbara Steele at the 2009 Festival of Fear.

(Planet Terror, Day of the Dead and Creepshow)

Over the decades Tom Savini has established himself as the Beethoven of Special FX. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Savini was always fascinated with movie magic and was notably attracted to another horror film pioneer: Lon Chaney. Savini’s wartime experience in Vietnam spurred his move into special effects where he worked closely with George Romero throughout the latter’s career. First came MARTIN in 1977; a year later he was working with Romero again on DAWN OF THE DEAD and then DAY OF THE DEAD in 1985. In 1990, Savini directed a striking re-make of Romero’s original NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. Savini has also worked alongside such horror gods as Dario Argento, Tobe Hooper, Quentin Tarantino, and Robert Rodriguez. Some of his other well known projects include special effects, acting, and/or stunt work in the films FRIDAY THE 13TH, CREEPSHOW, THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2, MONKEY SHINES, FROM DUSK TILL DAWN, LAND OF THE DEAD, and recently LOST BOYS: THE TRIBE.

(Donnie Darko, May and Doom Generation)

James Duval is an American actor and heart-throb most famous for his roles in the Gregg Araki trilogy, TOTALLY FUCKED UP, THE DOOM GENERATION, and NOWHERE, in addition to being the man in the eerie bunny rabbit suit in Richard Kelly’s DONNIE DARKO, Blank in Lucky McGee’s MAY, and Singh in the film GO. Duvall’s other notable horror work includes MAD COWGIRL, THE CLOWN AT MIDNIGHT, and recently EVERYTHING WILL HAPPEN BEFORE YOU DIE. James also plays guitar in his music group Antoneus Maximus & The Nuthouze Band.

(World War Z and The Zombie Survival Guide)

Max Brooks is an Emmy Award winning television writer, author, and actor who also happens to be the son of film legends Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft. Max attended film school at American University in Washington, DC, and went on to write acclaimed sketch comedy for SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, and create the best selling satire book THE ZOMBIE SURVIVAL GUIDE. Most recently, Paramount Pictures have acquired the screen rights for Max’s WORLD WAR Z: AN ORAL HISTORY OF THE ZOMBIE WAR, the follow-up to ZSG which will be a major motion picture slated for release in 2010.

(Children of the Corn and The Terminator)

Linda Hamilton is a multiple Emmy and Golden Award nominated actress is best known for her unforgettable role of Sarah Connor from THE TERMINATOR feature films. She is also beloved for her portrayal of Catherine Chandler in the BEAUTY AND THE BEAST television series from the late 1980s opposite Ron Perlman. Some of her other television appearances include FRASIER and HILLSTREET BLUES. Primarily a film actress, Hamilton starred in a string of successful movies including CHILDREN OF THE CORN, BLACK MOON RISING, KING KONG LIVES, and DANTE’S PEAK. Hamilton has also lent her talents to voice over work in animation where she provided the voice of many well known animated characters in projects such as BATMAN BEYOND.

(The Toxic Avenger and Poultrygeist)

Lloyd Kaufman is the certifiable granddaddy of low-budget, lowbrow splatter comedies stretching back to the early ’80s. He is a director, producer, actor as well as the president of Troma, which has done much to influence independent filmmakers the world over, including Peter Jackson, Quentin Tarantino, Kevin Smith, and Trey Parker and Matt Stone. Kaufman achieved new levels of success with his 1984 breakthrough movie THE TOXIC AVENGER, which spawned three sequels, an animated series for kids and even a cereal. He has also directed the Troma faves TROMEO & JULIET, TERROR FIRMER, POULTRYGEIST and many more.

(co-creator Swamp Thing and Wolverine)

Len Wein is an American comic book writer and editor best known for co-creating DC Comics’ SWAMP THING and Marvel Comics’ WOLVERINE character, and for helping revive the Marvel superhero team the X-Men including the co-creation of NIGHTCRAWLER, STORM, and COLOSSUS. Additionally, he was the editor for writer Alan Moore and illustrator Dave Gibbons’ influential DC miniseries WATCHMEN. Len Wein was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2008.

(author – Bitten and The Summoning)

Kelley Armstrong has been telling stories since before she could write. If asked for a story about girls and dolls, hers would invariably feature undead girls and evil dolls, much to her teachers’ dismay. Today, she continues to spin tales of ghosts and demons and werewolves, while safely locked away in her basement writing dungeon. She’s the author of the NYT-best selling WOMEN OF THE OTHERWORLD paranormal suspense series, BITTEN, and the DARKEST POWERS to name a few. Kelley’s current books and short stories include THE SUMMONING, ZEN AND THE ART OF VAMPIRISM, and LIVING WITH THE DEAD.

(After Dark, My Sweet)

Joshua Hoffine is a world renowned horror photographer whose work frequently deals with childhood fears. Hoffine stages his photographs like small movies, with sets, elaborate props, fog machines and special effects make-up with the help of his family and friends. His photographs have been featured in dozens of publications around the world, including Rue Morgue, The London Times, and Russian Playboy. Joshua is based out of Kansas City, where he lives and works with his four young daughters.

(Horror Rawkillbilly)

Possibly New Jersey’s most dangerous band, Psycho Charger is a witches brew of psychobilly fire, cold industrial steel and distortion surf punk served up with horror movie sound bites. Spewing hymns from their very own dark gospel of murder, zombies and rednecks, PSYCHO CHARGER will damn your soul in a cyclone of vocal distortion and menacing guitar twang. PSYCHO CHARGER makes their Canadian premiere with an exclusive live performance at the official party of the 2009 Festival of Fear on Saturday, August 29 in celebration of their new record MARK OF THE PSYCHO released in June 2009.

(Canada’s Vampire Expert)

Elizabeth Miller is recognized internationally for her expertise on Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel Dracula – its origins in folklore, literature and history, and its influence on the culture over the centuries. She has lectured throughout Canada as well as in the United States, England, Ireland, Germany, Poland and Romania. Dr. Miller has been interviewed by major media including the BBC, CBC, the New York Times, the Globe & Mail, the Los Angeles Times, and the Wall Street Journal. Her
publications on Dracula include dozens of articles and six books, including REFLECTIONS ON DRACULA, DRACULA: THE SHADE AND

(multi-media artist Marilyn Manson and Floria Sigismondi)

Antonella Sigismondi is an alumni of the Ontario College of Art and Design and has worked on, consulted, appeared in, and created art for many music videos for such artists as MARILYN MANSON, DAVID BOWIE, AMON TOBIN, THE HEADSTONES, THE TEA PARTY, and DANIEL LANOIS to name a few. Her sister Floria Sigismondi has been a life long collaborator with Antonella on many creative projects. On the stage, Sigismondi recently performed the daring character Joan in DOMESTIC SCIENCE DUB. Sigismondi is also acclaimed for her use of metal and glass in creating original art.

(Wizard of Gore)

Suicide Girls are part alternative cult community, and part pin-up girl showcase for close to one thousand fantastic tattooed and pierced bad girls, from Finland to Columbia and beyond. They are a throwback to the glamorous days of retro poster vixens when models were beautifully imperfect but stunningly hypnotic. Suicide Girls are artistically bent emo, goth, and punk rocker women, and an international sensation. A selection of the SG damsels can be seen in Jeremy Kasten’s remake of the H. G. Lewis horror classic THE WIZARD OF GORE.


Posted in horror, movies with tags , , on April 10, 2009 by goregirl

This summer I will be attending Rue Morgue’s Festival of Fear! This will be the 6th year of the festival. They promise it will have the most diverse collection of horror icons thus far. The official guest list will be announced on May 14th. If you are on facebook you can join the Rue Morgue group. Or just go to their website Some of last years guests were Wes Craven, Tobe Hooper, Linnea Quigley, John Saxon, Shawnee Smith, Bruce Macdonald and Brad Dourif. There is also film premieres, Q & A’s, autograph sessions and a huge freaking marketplace. I will be going with a friend who has been a regular attendee. It will be great to hang out with someone who actually loves horror as much as I do! I am not one to go ga-ga over actors and actresses. I am a bit starstruck by directors though. I really admire the ones that do their job well. I will post the guest list and of course after it is all over there will be loads of pictures, reviews etc.
If you are unfamiliar with Rue Morgue magazine and you love horror, go get a copy right now! Rue is the best damn horror rag around…period. The main focus of the magazine is on film but they also review horror related television, books, music, toys and video games. Rue Morgue is actually what it advertises: “Horror in Culture and Entertainment”. I am not employed by or affiliated with the magazine at all. Just like everything else in this blog I’m just yacking about crap I dig. It’s got to be tough for magazines these days. Don’t give up on print! But keep reading this blog too!