If 1989 was more of the same, 1990 was the year that Fangoria had to diversify just to fill out an issue. We get more crossover material with Starlog, a trend that will continue into 1991 and the end result is an interesting if somewhat bland run of issues. 1990 was a mild year for the genre as the big boom of the 80's fizzled out the previous year. Let's take a look...
There is also a nice interview with low budget filmmaker S.F. Brownrigg who made Don't Look in the Basement along with a few others. The thing about Fangoria I've always loved is that they more or less equal attention to the low budget stuff as well as the big studio productions. Another nice piece is an interview with actress Hazel Court who did a bunch of films with Vincent Price in the 60's.
All in all a solid issue.
One oddity is a brief article on a Lon Chaney Jr. appearance on live TV in an adaptation of Frankenstein from the 50's. Written by the makeup artist who worked on Chaney, it's an interesting look at the perils of live television in the early days...Though less than flattering towards Chaney.
Not a bad issue overall.
In addition, we get a Rick Baker interview about his Gremlins 2 work and a look at the Sam Raimi superhero flick Darkman.
We also get another first person account of show business as Blood Salvage director Ken Sanders reports of his battles with the MPAA. Around this time there were generally quite a few articles like this in the magazine and this one is pretty good though his description of the tactics he used do sort of make one realize why he had such a hard time.
Issue 95 ends up being one of the best of the year.
Issue 96 is another winner.
It's not a bad issue, just sort of there.
We also get a good Linda Blair interview and a little taste of things to come next month with a look at the TV miniseries version of Stephen King's It. An interview with f/x whiz Kevin Yagher is the cherry on top of this very good issue.
The rest of the issue is basically leftovers on Predator 2, Child's Play 2 and Jacob';s Ladder but the end result is a great issue.
1990 was a bit of an odd year for the genre and Fangoria in general which necessitated a change in tone, a trend that will continue for the next few years as we see more studio films covered and a set formula for the layout of articles.
Coming Soon: Fangoria 1991