Friday, October 28, 2011

Fangoria Flashbacks: Fangoria #42

Fangoria #42: The Company of Wolves

We leap again to issue 42, the first of 1985.  '85 was another good year for the genre with some real winners such as Day of the Dead and Fright Night, and some losers like Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning.  The issue itself is a jam packed edition.  Let's see how things stack up.
  • We hit the ground running with an interview with Stephen King and Peter Straub concerning their novel The Talisman.  As one would expect, it's a good piece and the only gripe I have is that I don't have issue 43 which contains the conclusion to the interview.
  • Speaking of conclusions, up next is the second part of an interview with Christopher Lee.  As one would expect, Lee is full of great stories and has no problem whatsoever spilling his guts...so to speak.
  • The collection gap problem strikes again as we get the first part of a retrospective on Italian horror master Mario Bava.  I'm rather ashamed to say, as a horror fan, that I've only recently started to get into his work.  The article is good, as one would expect from Tim Lucas of Video Watchdog fame.
  • Dr. Cyclops is up next with another six features.
  1.  Sisters (1973): Pretty decent Brian DePalma shocker starring Margot Kidder as twins, one of whom is slightly less mentally stable than one would generally prefer.
  2. Devil Doll (1964): British psychological thriller that has the old killer ventriloquist dummy routine.  Roasted to perfection by MST3K during season 8.
  3. Spider Baby (1965): Classic dark horror comedy from Corman vet Jack Hill that stars Lon Chaney Jr. and Sid Haig in a tale of a demented family.
  4. The Philadelphia Experiment (1984): Decent sci-fi thriller about WWII and time travel.
  5. East Side Kids/The Lost City: Double feature of two b-movies, neither of which sound all that god.
  6. Before I Hang (1940): Another 40's Boris Karloff movie that, like so many of his films, is worth seeing only for Karloff.
  • Chris Tucker is back (don't worry, it;'s the f/x guy) to talk about his really great work on The Company of Wolves, Neil Jordan's arty werewolf movie.   It's worth seeing for the f/x alone.
  • Brian DePalma is up next, talking his new movie Body Double as well as his past work.  It's a good piece that allows the often controversial director to explain himself.
  • Low budget f/x are back as we get another interview with John Carl Buechler.  This time, he talks the upcoming Empire productions Troll and Ghoulies as well as his directing aspirations.  He's always a good interview ans this time is no disappointment.
  • Alex Gordon is up next with a piece on the rather cheesy remake of She that came out around this time and it's followed by a piece on the Larry Cohen oddity The Stuff.  I've written about the movie elsewhere on the blog and this article does a good job of previewing it.
  • We next get a look at the works of Grade Z auteur Ray Dennis Steckler.  I've only seen one of his movies (The Incredibly Strange Creatures who Stopped Living and Became Mixed Up Zombies) and I can safely say watching it was akin to seeing someone have a total mental breakdown while tripping on acid.  It's a nice overview of a very strange filmmaker.
  • A look at the business side of things is up next with a piece on film distributor Alexander Beck.  I love when Fango does this sort of thing as it lets the reader see there is more to horror cinema than simply setting your camera up, telling an actress to lose the shirt and tossing some fake blood at her.  They've done a few other pieces like this and never fail to deliver quality.
  • Sandwiched in between the book column and Nightmare Invasion section is the last article of the issue, a nice preview of the fantastic debut for the Coen Brothers, Blood Simple.  It goes without saying the article is good, and I recommend anyone who loves films should see the movie.
Issue 42 is a real winner with good stuff all the way through.

Coming soon Fangoria #44: Jason is back!...Sort of

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