Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Fangoria Flashbacks: Issue #45

Fangoria #45 June, 1985: We Axe the Questions!

Fangoria 45 continues the pattern of the previous issue with another solid lineup.  Kind of an esoteric cover though as the f/x article for the new Friday the 13th film has center stage, represented by...a bloody axe.  Well, at least they think outside of the box now and then which is more than can be said for the Friday the 13th movies.
  • Something cool in the letters section as not only do we get a letter from Stephen King himself, but also one from his wife Tabitha.
  • We kick things off with another Nightmare on Elm Street interview, this time with actress Heather Langenkamp.  Given she's at the early stage of her career, the article is rather brief but nevertheless it's still a solid piece.
  • Next up is an interview with b-movie director Jack Hill.  Hill was coming to the end of a working partnership with Roger Corman and from what the interview tells us, it was less than harmonious.  I don't want to get bogged down too much so let's just say that Corman's cheapness really became a problem for some around the eighties.  Regardless, the interview is fantastic.
  • Next is a look at one of my favorite horror movies of all time, Fright Night.  Director Tom Holland gives an interview and the entire article is simply fantastic, as is the movie.
  • Alex Gordon is next with a tribute to hammy British actor Tod Slaughter.  I have a few of his movies on one of those 50 movie packs that store occasionally will offer at a low price that screams out "Please take these off our hands, for the love of all that is good and holy!"  The article is one of his better pieces.
  • After a piece on a contest they put on, we get another Dick Miller interview.  Miller was sort of an unofficial mascot for the magazine during this phase and Miller is always a good interview.  It helps when your filmography is really, really long.
  • More horror ghost stuff as we get a nice interview with Cassandra Peterson, also known as Elvira.  Peterson has a background in improv comedy and gives a good interview here.
  • We now get the cover story with a look at the f/x of Friday the 13th Part V.  There are some decent gore shots and Bob Martin does a good job writing it...and also reminding us of how independent Fangoria is by essentially knocking the movie he's covering in an oblique manner.  I love this sort of thing as nothing is more dull and boring than simple, by the numbers journalism.  It's nice to read a piece from a writer who actually has an opinion!
  • We go to the book shelf now with an interview with Dean Koontz, maybe the only modern horror author as prolific as Stephen King.  It's a nice overview of his career but nothing special, much like most of his novels.
  • Up next is a look at the Larry Cohen epic The Stuff, reviewed here on this blog.  It's a nice look at the movie's f/x, courtesy of Steve Neill.
  • Dr. Cyclops is up next with another half-dozen horror releases.  And best of all, some of them I've actually seen this time!
  1. The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1969): Early Dario Argento movie that's supposed to be quite excellent.
  2. Godzilla (1954): The American cut of the Japanese classic with scenes of Raymond Burr cut in.  Good stuff.
  3. Dr. Terror's House of Horrors (1965): Fantastic anthology horror movie from Amicus featuring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee.
  4. House by the Cemetery (1981): One of Fulci's lesser films, a confusing mish-mash with some decent moments that are sadly few and far between.
  5. Shock Waves (1977): Zombie movie that I've always wanted to see but never have.  I hear it's pretty great.
  6. Attack of the 50 ft. Woman (1958): Camp classic about...Well, you can see the title!
  • Screenwriter Barney Cohen is next, chatting about his scripts for Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter and the upcoming Killer Party.  It's decent though nothing mind-blowing.
  • Speaking of mind-blowing, next up is an interview with Jerry Warren, one of the worst filmmakers to ever make a movie.  I covered his Wild World of Batwoman over at The Agony Booth a few years back and...hell.  Either way, it's very good interview with a very bad filmmaker.
  • Nightmare Library is next with a look at a book about Stephen King called The Art of Darkness (very good read which I recommend) and the Nightmare Invasion section takes us home.
 Wow, what an issue!  This is one of the best issues the magazine ever put out with a bunch of good articles.

Coming Soon: Fangoria #46: Space Vampires and Zombies!

    2 comments:

    1. I had this issue as a teen, and must have read it dozens of times. Thanks for sharing this. I had forgotten how powerful nostalgia can be until I ran across this post.

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