Bob Martin gives a detailed account of just what it takes to get a movie into Fangoria. He discusses the scrutiny with which Fango chooses its victims, the questions that he asks as an editor and some of the perils that have hindered his coverage in the past fourteen issues. Seems Brian DePalma's agent is a pain in the ass. We would have loved more on Dressed to Kill, but alas, no dice... at least not yet. What I found especially fascinating was Martin's desire to not offer too many opinions on movies. Seems he would actually make an effort to NOT see certain movies prior to covering them and would simply be offering a more objective view of the movies. The story of the movies. The making of... This is excellent journalism and it's one of the reason that early Fango can be considered far superior to newer Fangoria. Today Fango insists on seeing everything. Covering everything for better or for worse and giving opinions on it all. The audience has no say. Even further, because the coverage is so broad, how is the reader supposed to truly know the shit from the sunshine? I don't pretend that Bob Martin maintained the highest moral standards at all points during his career as editor, but from what I've read in the first fifteen thus far, Bob covered movies well and he didn't both with every piece o' crap (though Saturn 3 is highly debatable).
This issue sees the beginning of a set visit for Wes Craven, pre-Nightmare on Elm Street, Swamp Thing. I never realized that Bernie Wrightson was responsible for the creation of Swamp Thing in the early 70's. I knew that House of Mystery and House of Secrets existed but was not aware that my favorite horror artist had created him or that there were striking similarities to The Heap from the 40's. There are some shots of Durrock getting his makeup applied look tedious and claustrophobic. Adrienne Barbeau will be featured in the next installment. My sperm donation cup runneth over (no disrespect). Also, Avco Embassy has a new head in Frank Capra, Jr. if you care. We do love their logo and their releases.
|From My Bloody Valentine|
The second part of the Hitchcock TV show retrospective continues which continues the episode guide. Then the fourth installment of horror in comics continues to completely bore me. I love comic books. The era that Ron Goulart has chosen to expose is not interesting from a story or artistic perspective Maybe I need to go read about The Heap?
|Nice Fucking Dog. Let's eat it (Better yet, let the dog eat YOU)|
The monthly installment of the Pit and the Pen column by Alex Gordon features a discussion of ventriloquists in horror starting with the Great Gabbo and Dead of Night and working up through to Devil Doll, the Twilight Zone episode "The Dummy" and Magic. It's a fine history of this terrifying subgenre.
The Harryhausen interview continues with more stills of his creations. He goes through the trials and tribulations of creating effects dependent pictures. It's good for the effects dorks and the stills are purty. The Shock Treatment interview with Richard O'Brien makes it clear that you shouldn't expect Rocky Horror II and that Richard has no regrets for the production of the transition from stage to movie.Most of the cast of Rocky Horror shows up for Shock Treatment and of course Jessica Harper. Not my favorite flick, but has a couple groovy tunes and remember kiddies, don't do anything that damages you.
You be the judge.
King Cobra, Ultraman, The Thing and American Werewolf in London are the movies people are talking about in the news. Personal favorite The Beastmaster as well. Also the Fangoria reader's poll is in and includes everything you'd expect from these years. Take a gander. Bloodsucking Freaks is getting a re-release under that name rather than it's original name The Incredible Torture Show (TITS). The Grim Reaper is in production starring Tisa Farrow post-Zombie. 3-D is threatening to revive itself and attack you with all its terrifying dimensions. Poltergeist is in production under great secrecy. Oooo... Spielberg!
Coming up next issue will be a feature on Ghost Story (one of my personal favorites), The Elephant mna, Quest for Fire, Altered States and screenwriter Lawrence Cohen (ooooooo). We'll be bringingin you a new Fango for Dummies two weeks from Tuesday.
Until then Buy Back Issues... they're like history books for horror fans.
-Dr. TERROR Ate Count Fangor's Dirty Underwear
Note: Who the fuck is Death Studios and where are my Don Post masks?
We are not amused.