Monday, June 27, 2011

Fangoria Flashbacks: Issue #5

Fangoria #5 April, 1980:  Let Fango be Fango!

 Here is the last issue of Fangoria to have an undue amount of Starlog material in it.  Well, the last one I have at any rate.  #6 managed to elude me sadly.  Issue #5 is a dead giveaway that things are goping badly as instead of 64 pages, we get a measly 42 with a 16 page poster book from some obscure fantasy film called Faeries.  I don't have said poster book...And that's okay with me, really.

The cover is also indicative of the apparent internal problems with The Fog, a flat-out horror film if there ever was one, relegated to the film strip while the main photo is given to the rather terrible Saturn 3.  Though to be fair, it is basically a slasher movie...with only a few characters...menaced by a killer robot.

In terms of overall content, we do get a nice little piece on The Fog as well as a good interview with Village of the Damned director Wolf Rilla.   I'm also fond of the John Carl Buechler interview even though it has nothing to do with horror.  The guy is just really fun to read about.  The second part of the animated ape series is also good.

Notable Notes:

  •  Some amusing things pop up in the letters section.  First off is a letter asking for there to be no more gory photos.  I can only imagine what the fellow thought a few issues after this.  Another bit of strangeness comes from two letters about the name of the magazine.  Odd, though understandable.
  • The article on The Fog is quite good (no shock since editor Bob Martin is a very good writer) and on a personal note, I just have to say that it's one of my favorite horror films of all time, right up there with Phantasm which I also love.  Good acting, solid story, nice creepy atmosphere, just an excellent movie.
  • There's a preview of the little known Bert I. Gordon film The Coming, one of the few films he did that didn't involve huge creatures/actors.
  • Serving as a nice little companion piece to the Village of the Damned retrospective is an article on the classic giant ants running wild flick Them!
  • One article that is glaringly out of place is the piece on the Cylons from Battlestar Galactica.  While it is true that the Galactica: 1980 spin off was a horror, that doesn't mean it fits into the horror genre.
At the end of the day, this is a very underwhelming issue of Fangoria, though there are some things worth reading in it as with all issues.  Change would be coming quickly though, very quickly.

Coming Soon:  Issue #7, Witness the rebirth of fear!

1 comment:

  1. LOL. I agree about the Faeries insert. My assumption (not confirmed anywhere, but I suspect I'm correct) is that it was produced to be a standalone posterbook, which Starlog/Future published a lot of back then. But for whatever reason (again, I assume) the publishers ditched that plan and shoved it into the middle of Fango #5.

    As much as I am at heart a science fiction fan, I too am looking forward to Fango #7, where the horror takes over and Spock and the Cylons are no more. :)

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