Another shorter than I would prefer article but after this one there will be a few full runs. First, we have to get past 1993. We're looking at seven issues today and one of them is very, very special to me.
Other goodies include a nice long piece on The Creature from the Black Lagoon; a look at one my personal favorites-the comedy Freaked (with a different title), more Dracula coverage courtesy of interviews with Gary Oldman and Winona Ryder and a little on horror comics. Issue 120 is a little on the sparse side in terms of quantity of articles but it makes up for it in terms of quality.
Plus, one slight correction from the last installment, I believe this issue is the last one with a gold out poster. It's a shot from Dawn of the Dead, an excellent way to end the feature.
First off is a huge piece that covers the entire history of bugs in cinema. Yep, everything from giant insect flicks to stuff like The Fly this alone would make the issue a classic. But wait, there's more!
We get a retro article on the 70's flick Squirm; British paperback horror novels, the new Joe Dante film Matinee, plus new stuff with Stuart Gordon's sci-fi flick Fortress and the obligatory Stephen King coverage. This is just the tip of the iceberg as issue 123 is an easy choice for best of the year. I've only mentioned half the articles in this one, it's really jam-packed.
In addition to covering the big hit of the summer, we also get an interview with star of the original The Thing Kenneth Tobey; a look at Dario Argento's latest film Trauma (with f/x from Tom Savini), a bit on Robocop 3 (Hey, they covered the first two, why the hell not), a look at the Roger Corman produced Carnosaur plus a few other goodies. It's a very good issue.
Of course, the huge closeup from Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday got my attention and the coverage of the movie is, as you would expect, quite good. Other highlights are a nice piece on the career and techniques of Lon Chaney (Sr., not Jr.); more on Jurassic Park, a nice look at the new Stephen King adaptation Needful Things, plus a few other tasty treats.
Issue 125 may not be the best issue ever, but it's still pretty damn good. Hell, it was good enough that I've been reading the damn magazine for almost twenty years.
Issue 128 is decent enough but late 1993 was pretty damn thin in terms of films worth writing about.
To fill things out,we get coverage of the second Addams Family film (they covered the first as well); a piece on Spanish horror icon Coffin Joe and a great interview with Lance Henriksen. The Tony Tenser interview concludes in this issue as well, making this a very good edition.
1993 was an interesting year for the genre and the magazine. The genre found itself being relegated to backup status again with a few high-profile outings like Jurassic Park standing out. Due to this, Fangoria had to struggle a little to fill out their issues but they did a pretty damn good job of it. 1994 will be more or less the same with a few differences.
Coming Soon: Fangoria 1994