Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Fangoria For Dummies: Issue #10 - Do Not Put Metal or Your Cranium in The Microwave

Classic Fangoria cover without a doubt for a classic Cronenberg shot. Yes, the infamous telephatically induced head explosions is featured on the cover of Fangoria #10. After seeing Zombie ane Motel Hell featured, we're finally stearing clear of Mr. Spock although not sci-fi altogether. And Certainly not Fantasy (soon my preciouses). You'll never get rid of science fiction in horror. It doesn't make sense to the Doctor either, but of course I'll rage on my little soap box for early Fango to stay away from Gene Rodenberry because the world doesn't need another Starlog. You know my vendetta. You don't care. Let's stop judging this magazine by its cover and get down to some apendage explosions.

According to the advertisement for Future Life magazine, "You MUST subscribe!". Did people subscribe? I don't seem to recall this mag, but I was a just a baby doctor at the time (or in utero doctor at best). I suppose the advert has to do with the crossover of managing editor Bob Woods to the Future Life team. Shameless plug for ol' Bob Woods. I weap for the future (life). So Bob Woods is gone after just nine issues. And then of course there's this moron (Galen Peoples I hope you liked Hostel.):

Goremongers... please respond to Gene Siskel at the previous mentioned address in the previous Fango restrospective where we mentioned just how much we fucking care about that dead motherfucker (no, we do not have any shame). Also, find Galen Peoples on Facebook and post the goriest video you can find with the header "What Gore Means To Me... By (your name here).

Or maybe Jeff Barkley will shut Mr. Peoples right the fuck up.

Let's move on shall we. Somebody just gave me a hit of adrenachrome and I'm feeling like going a little Prowler on a gore-hater's ass. Fan-GORE-ia.

The feature article in Fango 10 is Scanners. I find it strange that the featured movie in any particular Fangoria gets minimal face time. I think that's changed. Typically the maga devotes more than a couple articles to the "hook" movie. In the early days the spend as much time with a movie like Scanners as they do with their Postal Zone. That's a whole lotta fan opinions. So Cronenberg goes over his budgetary issues and the stress of making scanners. I didn't know David "King of Body Horror" Cronenberg was a self taught filmmaker. Gives the rest of us hope right? So some behind the scenes pics. Some words with Davey C.

Mother's Day. With Charles Kaufman (Lloyd's bro). This movie helps cement Troma in a few years. Between distributing this and Bloodsucking Freaks you really nail down what you can expect from a Troma presentation. When you really look at Mother's Day, you're seeing the evolution of Hillbilly Horror. I'd say it starts somewhere around Spider Baby and 2000 Maniacs, reaches into the deep pockets of Deliverance. Shakes hands with Leatherface and shows up in a slasher, exploitation style flick with a resounding holiday theme ala Halloween and Friday the 13th. Can you tell it's the 80's yet? After a history of where Mr. Kaufman (Charles not Lloyd ) came from he gets up on his little guy, independent filmmaker soaps box. Battling the MPAA no less. We're with you Charles! Mother's Day was shot in good ol' Newton, NJ. That's 20 minutes from my house, ghoulies. I might go up there next week. See just how creepy it is sans rednecks.

We have a brief encounter with Dick Smith's special effects work in Altered States and how his physical effects combined with opticals gave such an eerie, reality bending look. Kudos Dick.

This gives way to a group interview/introspection on what makes up true horror. What makes a horror picutre terrorize its audience. Notables are John Carpenter, Avco Embassy Pictures, Sean Cunningham, Richard Rubinstein, Don Coscarelli, New World Pictures and the Jerry Gross Organization. This is before Wes Craven made Nightmare on Elm Street so everyone's just tickled pink with Sean Cunningham and Carpenter. Add a little Angus Scrimm for flavor. This particular article reads like the town drunk recanting his past after he's gotten into a bottle of Old Granddad.

Beyond that we have a retrospective on the career of Theodore Sturgeon (writer of television sci-fi). I'll tell you that Gene Rodenberry's name gets mentioned in this article. Sturgeon wrote for Tales of Tomorrow, Land of the Lost, The Invaders, Star... Fuck. It's the author talking about his experiences with some very famous people. Not being overl familar with Tales of Tomorrow and not a huge of Land of the Lost or the Invaders this article is lost on me. Might be good for you. Enjoy.

There's a eulogy to Tex Avery (animator for Warner Bros during the formative years). His innovations spurred animation to new heights. I'll take that as his work influence the movie Cool World and we can start a dialogue on cartoon characters we'd like to fuck. Notice I moved directly past Jessica Rabbit (the whore). Judy Jetson has got to be legal by now right? I've heard she's got her lhabia pierced. Far out. We done yet? Do we understand why this is not my favorite article and is clearly filler? Double Plus Good. (note... Daphne from Scooby Doo... Brazilian wax.... it's on).

A couple of issues ago we were discussing Apes. Fitting that Exhumed Films has their Go Ape festival coming up (see the Facebook page for details, kiddies). But back to Fangoria, this is an entry about Fangoria. Might Joe Young is featured in the follow up to King Kong and Son of Kong. The article features a detailed history of its production and a little bit about the effects mastery. There's been some Bloodsprayer articles that handle the situation with more depth, but it's a nice pictorial review of the film. When you say Harryhausen, you say quality.

Fangoria circa 1980 focused on Hammer Horror much the way that magazines like HorrorHound focus on early 80's slasher films and the VHS revolution. This issue is no different featuring an amazing article on Jimmy Sangster, writer, produce and director for some Hammer pictures. He contributed to any number of Hammer favorites in someway not limited to but including The Curse of Frankenstein and The Horror of Dracula as well as The Nanny and Lust for a Vampire (originally slated for Terence Fisher). Definitely worth the read. Make sure to pick this issue up off the back issue table solely for this article. There are article in new monster magazines with years of research behind them that aren't nearly this thorough.

More Outer Limits with Leslive Stevens (article contineus from last issue). Some classic images. Stevens will talk about television in the early 60's. Some favorite episodes. The usual. We're not going to dedicate a whole lotta time to the Outer Limits because we're going to talk about the CBS television program...

FAERIES. This belongs in a horror magazine? Oh that's right, Fangoria isn't a horror magazine yet. It's still seems to think it's a Fantasy mag or a Science Fiction Mag. Brother!

Then a Count Fangor strip.

Then a Starlog watch advert.

When all hope is lost there's a little blurb about The Monster Club starring Vincent Price. It's nice to know that the author of the blurb took the time reference a bunch of the musical numbers such as "Monsters Rule, O.K.", by the Viewers. "Sucker For Your Love" by B.A. Robertson. "The Monster Club" by The Pretty Things and "The Stripper" by Night

Just a little taste of the musical numbers in this one:

The Monster Invasion section also references Contamination, Zombie, New Year's Evil and, of course, Shogun Assassin. Interesting little quote here in the New Year's Evil blurb: "What's next, asked reader David Campion, Groundhog Day?"... Only one explanation. He's psychic. It is an issue that "features" Scanners after all. Of course The Great Muppet Caper makes it into this issue of Fango as do the X-Men.

Guys this issue was kinda blah, right? The Hammer article really stuck out and it's nice to be reminded as to how much we love Cronenberg, but not much going on here. Next issue... coming soon... a George Romero interview. Tom Savini. Dan O'Bannon talkin' about Dead and Buried. Tobe Hooper's Funhouse (f to the u to the c to the k... yeah!). Even some PJ Soles. Bring it on.

-Dr. Terror vs. Count Fangor for the title. Middleweight Gore Nut Division

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