Friday, September 2, 2011

Fangoria Flashbacks: Fangoria #17

Fangoria 17 February, 1982:  Independent Grue

We finally get a little continuity around here with issue 17, another solid issue that kicks off 1982 quite nicely for Fango.  The main cover is given to  advertising art for the slasher movie Pranks, also known as The Dorm that Dripped Blood.  This is both a nice sign that Fango isn't a slave to the studios and a hint that the early part of the year is generally rather sluggish for the genre.

Notable Notes
  • After the editorial; and letters section (nothing much to talk about, pretty standard), we kick off with Alex Gordon's column.  This month it's b-movie gorillas.  Pretty much what I would expect from the man: Well written with a personal touch.
  • Onto newer fare, we begin with a chat with Alan Ormsby, writer of the Cat People remake.  Ormsby has an interesting b-movie pedigree with a few collaborations with Bob Clark.  The interview is decent but we'll get into Cat People a little more next issue.
  • The late Sam Fuller puts in an appearance next, talking about his new movie White DogWhite Dog is rather obscure movie that was met with controversy during its brief run.
  • Following that is a chat with Wes Craven just in time for Swamp Thing, one of my favorite movies as a kid.  It's still pretty entertaining today, though the camp factor is strong enough to knock you back a few feet if you're not ready for it.  It's really more of a career overview than anything else but it's still a good piece and Wes drops a little info on his next film, something about dreams and a killer that can infiltrate them.  I know, who the hell would buy that one, huh?
  • Up next is the cover story, previews of three independent horror flicks:  Pranks (Also known as The Dorm that Dripped Blood), The Deadly Spawn and Bloody Pulp.  I've heard of the first two but the third one has yet to show up on my radar.  It's an interesting article though since the films hadn't been released at the time (not sure Bloody Pulp ever made it), it seems a little sparse.
  • Herschell Gordon Lewis makes a return to the magazine as we get a full blown interview with the man.  It's a nicely expansive piece that's well worth the effort.
  • Up next is a rather odd article in the form of a rather long letter sent to the magazine by a member of the Animal Rights Coalition.  Evidently with the spate of werewolf movies out at the time, there were some who were under the impression that it was an accurate portrayal of wolf behavior.  I just...I don't know.  It's not a bad letter and it's certainly well thought out and intelligently written but it just comes across as odd.  Good, but odd nonetheless.
  • Following this interlude is a brief update on Basket Case and an interview with Halloween II director Rick Rosenthal.  We also get a good article on Dark Shadows, the only time soap operas have ever been remotely interesting to an age group not dominated by middle aged housewives.
  • We wrap up the article side of things with an interview with actress Fiona Lewis and the conclusion of the previous issue's Dick Smith Interview.
  • Monster Invasion is up next and notable films mentioned are Creepshow, another bit on Videodrome, blurbs on The Thing and Beastmaster.
 Overall this is a solid if somewhat unexceptional issue.

    1 comment:

    1. Speaking of Deadly Spawn, an article on 21st Century Film Productions would be great. I've heard they were one of the shadier distributors of the time and really screwed over the makers of that movie (and others I'm sure).


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