Saturday, September 17, 2011

Fangoria Flashbacks: Fangoria #26

Fangoria #26 March, 1983: Hunger for Gore

Issue 26 has a few minor cosmetic changes.  First and foremost is the addition of a pull-out poster in the front cover, an idea Starlog did for a while as well.  In the case of Fangoria, the posters fall under the heading "Scream Greats" and ran from this issue until issue 120, unless I'm mistaken.  First poster is from...The Incredible Melting Man.  Well, it's certainly something to scream about but calling that movie great is a bit of a leap.  Evel Knievel might balk at trying to jump that distance!

The cover promises good stuff, let's check it out.

Notable Notes
  •  First off, gotta love the cover though The Hunger is definitely a case of style over substance.  Purple is also an interesting choice for the film strip, the first time outside of issue #3 that it wasn't black.  On a side note, I'm pretty sure that if you were to tally things up from the beginning to about mid-2006, you would find yellow and red to be the dominant color choices for the strip apart from black.  Red I can totally get but yellow?  Oh well, guess it blends well.
  • We kick things off with a Tanya Roberts interview, mainly focusing on her role in The Beastmaster and also touching on her role in the Charles Band production Tourist Trap.  Ir's not the deepest interview you will ever read, but than again we do get some nice shots of Tanya so it balances out.
  • Next up is a look at the f/x of The Hunger, courtesy of an interview with Dick Smith.  It's pretty neat stuff, pity the rest of the film doesn't match the effects work.
  • Continuing along the f/x route (I know, with this magazine it's a shock), we come to the second part of the Bill Munns interview from last issue.  Here, he chats about a rather obscure movie he was working on at the time called Savage Harvest.  I'd love to see it if the lion related f/x are anything to go by.  He also talks a little about Beastmaster, the underrated monster movie The Boogens (if you can track it down, I highly recommend it) and one or two other things.
  • Rounding out the f/x side of things is a piece on low budget f/x maestro Ed French.  It's a nice piece with some pretty gory photos.
  • A rare foray into horror from Cannon is up next as we take a look at the wonderfully cast but sadly underwhelming House of the Long Shadows.  Pairing up Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing and John Carradine, this should have been a fantastic throwback movie.  It is, to an extent, but like many of those old movies it's also creaky as hell and is better in concept than execution.
  • To the retro side of things, we begin with an interview with z-grade auteur Ted V. Mikels.  Ted has done several movies but what he's generally known for apart from the movies is being very eccentric.  This makes for a good interview as the man is full of great stories.
  • More retro follows in the form of a brief note about what would have been Bela Lugosi's 100th birthday, and a short Alex Gordon column that reads more like an editorial on current horror.
  • Next up is the first part of an article on horror in rock and roll and it really pisses me off to no end that I don't have the follow up issue.  On the other hand, the issue is one of the rarest and with the economy these days, blowing a ton of money on one measly back issue isn't the smartest life choice I could make.
  • To the article, it's a nice one from Johnny Legend that starts in 1959 with novelty songs and takes us right up to Bobby Pickett's "Monster Mash".
  • Next is Dr. Cyclops with an expanded column.  Now covering the customary two pages, it covers a whopping seven movies.  I'll be covering each movie in the column from now on and will drop in little notes if I've seen the film in question.
  1. The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959):  The Hammer version of the Sherlock Holmes adventure, this has Peter Cushing as the titular detective and Christopher Lee as a noble involved in the case.
  2. The Body Snatcher (1945):  A very good Boris Karloff/Bela Lugosi team-up with Karloff as...Well, look at the damn title!
  3. I Eat Your Skin (1964):  A film more famous for its title than anything that actually occurs.  I have this on a 50 movie pack I grabbed a few months ago, might check it out at some point.
  4. Dr. Jekyll's Dungeon of Death (1978):  Not sure what this thing is but I'm fairly certain it involves, Dr. Jekyll, a dungeon and some death.  Let's take a look at the review...Ah, dimly lit sets and kung-fu zombies.  Wasn't expecting that one.
  5. I Walked with a Zombie (1943):  Classic Val Lewton production that's a classic of the genre.
  6. Bride of the Monster (1955):  A classic of a different sort, this is one of the all-time great bad movies courtesy of Ed wood.  Sporting a surprisingly good late-era Bela Lugosi performance and Tor Johnson, this is Ed Wood's best movie.
  7. Two Thousand Maniacs (1964):  Gore classic from Herschell Gordon Lewis, this tells the tale of a city of rednecks who really haven't gotten over that whole Civil War thing.  Haven't seen this version but I did see the remake.
  • Back to current stuff, we get an interview with makeup artist John Caglione.  John talks about his background, focusing on the stuff he did for Amityville
  • We finish things off with another Herschell Gordon Lewis piece and one last f/x piece as Doug Beswick does an interview for the magazine.  Beswick covers his career from the highs of Gumby and Videodrome to lows such as Octaman.
  • The Monster Invasion and Books section takes us home and wraps up a thoroughly enjoyable issue.
Fangoria #26 is another winner

Coming Soon, Fangoria #29: Fulci of Gore!

    1 comment:

    1. I would've loved to finish the music article too. I have a bunch of the early issues on PDF files but sure enough there's a 10 issue gap after #26 :(


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