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RUE MORGUE #3: Weird Stats & Morbid Facts

Launched in 1997 by Rodrigo Gudiño, RUE MORGUE is the world’s leading horror in culture and entertainment brand, spearheaded by its multiple award-winning magazine, RUE MORGUE and RUE MORGUE DIGITAL; RUE MORGUE TV specialty horror channel; RUE MORGUE LIBRARY book series; RUE MORGUE PRESENTS FRIGHTMARE IN THE FALLS horror expo and RUE MORGUE PRESENTS CINEMACABRE MOVIE NIGHTS monthly film series.

Country:
Canada
Language:
English
Publisher:
MARRS Media Inc.
Frequency:
Bimonthly
£4.84
£21.79
6 Issues

in this issue

3 min
introduction

BORN BEFORE THE INTERNET AGE, I GREW UP DURING A TIME WHEN horror trivia could only be gleaned from the pages of books and magazines and via interview segments on entertainment programs. Despite this, I somehow (seemingly miraculously) acquired an almost encyclopedic knowledge of Jamie Lee Curtis (my Scream Queen hero at the time), John Carpenter’s Halloween, and the Alien movies, which at that point only equalled two installments. Horror facts and figures seemed so important back then, as if each morsel of info brought me closer to the celebrity or film or book I loved. I was absolutely ravenous for it – all of it. Looking back, there was definitely something magical about that time, perhaps because in the 1980s – and the decades that came before – one really…

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2 min
by any other name

1. AN ALTERNATE TITLE FOR GEORGE A. ROMERO’S 1973 VIRUS OUTBREAK FILM THE CRAZIES IS CODE NAME: TRIXIE. 2. THE MECHANICAL SHARK USED IN JAWS, KNOWN TO THE CREW AS “BRUCE,” SHARED ITS NAME WITH STEVEN SPIELBERG’S LAWYER. 3. THE ALTERNATIVE ROCK BAND EVE 6 TOOK ITS NAME FROM A CHARACTER IN A FIRST-SEASON EPISODE OF TV’S THE X-FILES. 4. NOSFERATU ACTOR MAX SCHRECK HAD THE RIGHT NAME FOR THE HORROR BIZ. IN GERMAN (HIS NATIVE TONGUE), THE WORD “SCHRECK” MEANS “FRIGHT.” 5. RAY DENNIS STECKLER’S INCREDIBLY STRANGE CREATURE: OR WHY I STOPPED LIVING AND BECAME A MIXED UP ZOMBIE (1964) WAS RENAMED AFTER A LAWSUIT WAS FILED BY COLUMBIA PICTURES DUE TO THE TITLE’S SIMILARITY TO STANLEY KUBRICK’S DR. STRANGELOVE OR: HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB, WHICH WAS…

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2 min
inspiration and expiration

1. AN EARLY DESIGN FOR THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON WAS BASED ON THE OSCAR STATUETTE. 2. PRODUCTION DESIGNERS ON NIGHT OF THE DEMON (1957) USED MEDIEVAL WOODCUTS OF SATAN AS INSPIRATION FOR THE DEMON’S APPEARANCE IN THE FILM. 3. PLAGUE! THE MUSICAL – A BLACK COMEDY LOOSELY BASED ON THE GREAT PLAGUE OF LONDON – TOURED THE UK FRINGE FESTIVAL CIRCUIT IN 2008, WINNING AN AWARD FOR ITS SOLD-OUT PERFORMANCES. 4. FOR SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (1991), ANTHONY HOPKINS BASED HANNIBAL LECTER’S VOICE AND SPEECH PATTERNS ON AUTHOR TRUMAN CAPOTE AND ACTRESS KATHARINE HEPBURN. 5. JACQUES TOURNEUR’S FILM I WALKED WITH A ZOMBIE (1943) WAS LOOSELY BASED ON THE LITERARY CLASSIC JANE EYRE. 6. DIRECTOR WILLIAM LUSTIG BROUGHT SERIAL KILLER FRANK ZITO TO LIFE IN 1980’S MANIAC BY COMBINING TRAITS FROM REAL-LIFE MASS…

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2 min
bloodlines

1.CAMILLE KEATON, LEAD ACTRESS IN 1978’S I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE, IS THE GRANDNIECE OF SILENT FILM SUPERSTAR BUSTER KEATON. 2. JACK VAN EVERA, WHO PLAYS THE BARTENDER IN THE ORIGINAL MY BLOODY VALENTINE (1981), IS THE BROTHER OF THE HILARIOUS HOUSE OF FRIGHTENSTEIN’S BILLY VAN. 3. DIRECTOR JOHN CARPENTER (HALLOWEEN, THE THING) IS NOT THE ONLY ONE IN HIS FAMILY TO ACHIEVE FAME; HIS GREAT-GREAT-GREAT UNCLE INVENTED THE ELEVATOR. 4. AFTER HE WAS ORPHANED AS A CHILD, BORIS KARLOFF WAS RAISED BY HIS SIBLINGS. 5. NOVELIST RAY BRADBURY WAS THE GREAT-GREATGREAT GRANDSON OF MARY BRADBURY, A WOMAN WHO WAS TRIED AND CONVICTED OF WITCHCRAFT DURING THE SALEM WITCH TRIALS IN 1692, BUT ESCAPED EXECUTION. 6. COMPOSER RICHARD BAND (RE-ANIMATOR, FROM BEYOND, GHOULIES) IS THE BROTHER OF FULL MOON PICTURES’ PRODUCER/DIRECTOR CHARLES BAND (PUPPET MASTER,…

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2 min
bits and parts

1. HOLLYWOOD LEGEND HAS IT THAT FUTURE STARS ALAN LADD, RANDOLPH SCOTT AND BUSTER CRABBE EACH PLAYED UNBILLED “MAN-BEASTS” IN THE 1932 FILM ISLAND OF LOST SOULS. 2. FILMMAKER ROGER CORMAN HAS MADE BRIEF APPEARANCES IN MOVIES (ASIDE FROM HIS OWN) SPANNING SEVERAL GENRES; HIS HORROR CAMEOS INCLUDE THE HOWLING, SCREAM 3 AND THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS. 3. ACTRESS CAROLINE MUNRO (MANIAC, KRONOS) PLAYS AN UNCREDITED PART AS THE DECEASED VICTORIA PHIBES IN THE ABOMINABLE DR. PHIBES (1971) – SHE ONLY APPEARED IN THE FILM AS A CORPSE AND IN SNAPSHOTS. 4. ADRIENNE BARBEAU (THE FOG) PROVIDED THE UNCREDITED VOICE OF THE COMPUTER IN JOHN CARPENTER’S THE THING (1982). 5. ONE OF THE LESSER-KNOWN MOVIE STARS ON THE ALBUM COVER OF THE BEATLES’ SGT. PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND IS JULIE ADAMS, HEROINE…

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2 min
famous frights

1. GENE SIMMONS, WHO OFTEN SPITS FAKE BLOOD ONSTAGE WITH HIS BAND KISS, CAN’T STAND THE SIGHT OF REAL BLOOD. 2. VETERAN BRITISH ACTOR DAVID WARNER, FAMOUSLY DECAPITATED IN 1976’S THE OMEN, WAS SO CREEPED OUT BY HIS DEMISE IN THE FILM THAT HE REFUSED TO EVEN LOOK AT THE DUMMY HEAD USED IN THE SHOT. 3. DUE TO CHRISTOPHER LEE’S ARACHNOPHOBIA (FEAR OF SPIDERS), THE TARANTULA SCENE IN THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES (1959) HAD TO BE FILMED WITH THE SPIDER CRAWLING UP A STUNTMAN’S ARM. 4. ACTOR BRAD PITT (WORLD WAR Z) SUFFERS FROM SELACHOPHOBIA (A FEAR OF SHARKS). 5. ALFRED HITCHCOCK SUFFERED FROM OVOPHOBIA, THE FEAR OF EGGS. 6. FAIRY TALE WRITER HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN WAS SO CONCERNED ABOUT BEING BURIED ALIVE HE INSISTED THAT ONE OF HIS MAJOR ARTERIES BE SEVERED…

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