And now we come to a run of full years. The next three editions of this series will cover the full run of issues Fangoria put out. 1994 was a bit of a slow burner in terms of good horror films. There was a little in the first half and things pick up the last quarter but for the most part, it was a another slow year for the genre. Lots of low budget stuff is covered along with a little more in the way of television coverage.
As far as the magazine goes, there was a bit of downsizing as 1994 saw the last of the Bloody Best... and Horror Spectacular special issues. They still did the occasional special movie magazine but for the most part, it's just Fango all by its lonesome from here on out. I may get into a little of the special stuff at some later date.
Other good articles are another retrospective piece on The Exorcist, an interview with Danny Elfman and a look at Spanish horror flick Accion Mutante. Overall, a decent start to the year.
Highlights are an interview with Brazilian horror icon Coffin Joe; low budget flicks such as Skeeter and Body Melt, the aforementioned first look at Wolf, an article on Leprechaun 2 and a retrospective of an early Tom Savini outing called Deranged, based on the real life story of Ed Gein. We also get the debut of a new column on horror video games. Essentially a video game-centric version of the Dr. Cyclops section, the debut reviews a few Dracula tie-in games as well as the second in the Splatterhouse series.
Issue 131 is a good template for how the rest of the year will go. More of a focus on smaller films as the big studios are taking a bit of a breather; a wide variety of articles covering the entire width of the genre and an overall polished feel that really makes for a great issue.
The issue is another winner as besides the aforementioned articles, we also get some international goodies such as an interview with legendary composer Ennio Morricone; pieces on New Zealand and Australian horror and some other goodies.
We get first news on Frankenstein here along with more on In the Mouth of Madness; a first look at God's Army (retitled The Prophecy), news on a fourth Texas Chainsaw Massacre film, a chat with character actor Richard Lynch and a major highlight in the form of an interview with the legendary Jack Nicholson. It goes without saying but this is easily the best issue of the year. Hell, I haven't even mentioned the X-Files coverage that also turned up last issue. Simply a fantastic issue of Fangoria.
1994 was a very, very good year for the magazine as the genre had a bit of a rest for most of the year. Longer articles, more variety, this is a great year of Fangoria.
Coming Soon: Fangoria 1995