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RUE MORGUE Issue 200 May/June 2021

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.

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6 Issues

in this issue

3 min
note from underground

I promised myself I wouldn’t get too sappy here, weirdos. A year in lockdown is enough to make anyone dissolve into tears at something as inconsequential as a video clip of a baby goat in pyjamas, but hitting 200 issues is a mighty big deal. In putting this landmark edition together, I had the idea of running a feature on the history of horror journalism. At first, Rue Morgue founder and publisher Rodrigo Gudiño was skeptical when I assigned it to him to write, so as to include his own perspective as the mad mind from which this entire magazine sprang forth. He wondered (and appropriately so) if such a story would be too “inside baseball” – does the average horror fan really care about journalism industry jibber-jabber? That’s when I…

4 min

HEY, YOUR MAGAZINE is freaking awesome. I just recently started my first round of a subscription, and I truly can’t get enough. I even had a fun time convincing my very Christian father to send me The Witch issue. However, I still can’t get him to send the Hereditary issue because the cover genuinely scares him. HAH! I need your help with that one, that was one of my favourite movies! Being incarcerated, I miss out on a lot. Rightfully so, but the realm of horror movies is one that I miss so much it hurts. So many of my favourite memories are from watching terrifying, mind-bending movies as a kid (the ending of High Tension still echoes through the back of my mind). Amazingly, the discovery of your magazine…

3 min
coroner’s report

ISSUE # 200 This past January 29, the Texas Department of Public Safety sent out three Amber Alerts seeking information on Chucky – a red-haired killer doll – that had purportedly abducted his kind-hearted “son,” Glen. The DPS later apologised, saying the alert was the result of a “test malfunction.” A few months before he was killed in a car accident, James Dean made a driver’s safety TV ad in which he said, “Drive safely; the life you save may be mine.” Horror rock pioneer Screaming Lord Sutch holds the record for contesting the most Parliamentary elections in his native England, having stood as the leader of the Official Monster Raving Loony Party for 39 elections between 1983 and 1999. The alarm sound heard on George A. Romero’s Day of the Dead is the…

2 min
a trip to area 51

AUTOPSY CASE NO. 1269351 Ask someone the first thing they think of when they hear “Area 51” and odds are they’ll say “aliens.” This secretive Air Force base in the American Southwest has become synonymous with government conspiracies and extraterrestrials in a way that has fully permeated pop culture. Movies such as Independence Day (1996) and Area 51 (2015) name it directly while Men in Black (1997) and Paul (2011) invoke its narrative spirit through shadow organizations that deliberately hide the truth about life beyond planet Earth. But what exactly is Area 51, and why is it so inextricably linked with little green men? Not surprisingly, it all starts with the Cold War circa the mid-1950s. President Eisenhower authorized Project Aquatone to develop planes that could fly high enough to avoid getting picked…

1 min
case: (missing) found

BILLY REDDEN DELIVERANCE'S "Banjo Boy" Early in 1972’s Deliverance there's a classic scene in which city slicker Drew (Ronnie Cox) engages in a banjo duel with a backwoods mountain boy before his canoe trip turns deadly. The boy was played by Billy Redden, now 56, a Georgia native who didn’t actually play the banjo for the scene (a real player’s arms were wrapped around him). The role defined him, however, and he was cast as a banjo player three more times; in Tim Burton’s Big Fish (2003), the Blue Collar TV comedy sketch show, and 2009’s Outrage: Born in Terror. Redden also appeared in Lamberto Bava’s 1984 film Blastfighter and in the 2012 documentary to mark the 40th anniversary of his breakout film, The Deliverance of Rabun County. Redden lives in Dillard,…

1 min
needful things

1 SHE CREATURE MAKEUP PALETTE $28 USD Amphibious beauties: take a dive into the divine with this cruelty-free makeup palette by Widow Witch Cosmetix! With fifteen ghoulish, swamp-toned shades (including “Gill-man,” “Milicent,” and “1954”) and a built-in mirror, you’ll be the most comely creature in the whole lagoon. Widowwitchlashes.com 2 CHILD’S PLAY FANDAGES $7.99 USD Even if you’re one of the Good Guys, cuts are bound to happen when you play with sharp objects! Keep your wounds cleaner than your mouth with these collectible “fandages,” featuring five unique designs from your favourite killer doll flick. Now available for pre-order. Entertainmentearth.com 3 CHEDDAR GOBLIN JIGSAW PUZZLE $13 USD Among the many delights on offer in Panos Cosmatos’ 2018 film Mandy, the cheddar goblin who barfs macaroni on some delighted children is our personal fave. Mondo and Legion M have collaborated on…