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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Assorted Bits & Pieces: Another Award, Genre Magazines & Other Random Ramblin'

That fun lovin' connoisseur of tasty morsels and cinematic tastelessness, J. Astro passed along this award to me a couple days ago. It requires I state 10 things that bring me joy and then that I pass the award along to ten others. So hear goes in random order, ten things that bring me joy are...

1. Nostalgia
2. A steak and cheese sub with a side order of stuffed (cheese) Jalapenos (aka stuffed poppers)
3. Making new friends who share similar interests
4. Shaw Brothers kung fu movies
5. My girlfriend (most of the time, haha)
6. Music of the 1970's
7. Warner Brothers cartoons
8. New York City
9. Cooking
10. My collection of junk: DVD's, books, magazines, posters, lobby card sets...

Now ten deserving SOB's for this award are...

Carl Manes of I Like Horror Movies
Shaun Anderson of The Celluloid Highway
Francisco Gonzalez of The Film Connoisseur
Richard Schmidt of Cinema Somnambulist
Melissa Helwig of Little Miss Zombie
Skeme Richards of Anything Goes W/ DJ Skeme Richards
Nigel Maskell of Italian Film Review
Aaron of The Death Rattle
The Vicar from Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Movies
The guys from Tower Farm Reviews

I recently picked up a slew of movie magazines and as usual, have had little time to actually sit down and read even one of them from cover to cover. I hadn't bought any in so long so I made the trek to the Borders Books in a nearby city. In my small town, we had a Waldenbooks which, unfortunately, closed down some years back.

Fangoria was always a huge love of mine when I was a kid. Sadly, due to the graphic content, my mother kept it out of my reach, although I would occasionally flip through a copy when the opportunity arose. Now, the magazine is, in my opinion, a shell of its former self. Maybe it's the nostalgia (one of the things that brings me joy!)? Anyway, this was the first Fango I've bought in quite some time. Mainly bought it for the REC 2 article, but I did get some humor from the 2001 MANIACS interview with Tim Sullivan where he states they couldn't afford Robert Englund. I think he was wise to have declined.

Rue Morgue gained a lot of momentum for me as a cheaper alternative to the increasingly expensive Fangoria. The Morgue has a lot of creativity and contains articles of variance compared with other horror magazines today. Purchasing it has been sporadic lately, but there's been a few times I bought it instead of Fangoria. The new issue has a friggin' awesome PIRANHA (1978) original poster artwork on the cover.

Horrorhound has really become quite the horror rag juggernaut in a short timespan. A really kick ass publication and may ultimately usurp Fangoria as the dominant horror magazine if Rue Morgue doesn't beat them to it.

This is the first Gorezone I have ever purchased. However, I do own every issue of Fangoria's now defunct sister publication also titled Gorezone Magazine. This new one is a British publication and, aside from being expensive (I assume the price tag includes the cost to import it, but it is cheaper than Dark Side Magazine, another Brit import; are they even still around?), it's a well rounded horror rag. Probably the best way to describe it would be a cross between Fangoria and Maxim.

Cinema Retro is one of the best film magazines out there on great and grand old cinema of various genres. While it's terribly expensive, this UK magazine delivers the goods with this special on the DOLLARS trilogy. This is a must own for any spaghetti western, or Eastwood fan. The price tag is well worth the purchase considering the absolute wealth of never before seen photos. There's tons of them.

Little Shoppe Of Horrors has been around since the 70's and it's the best ongoing journal of British horror cinema. With a primary focus on Hammer Films, above and below are the three most recent issues. These and others can be ordered at the link below...


Also, I finally broke down and bought RED DEAD REDEMPTION for the PS3 last night. So I might be taking a bit of a hiatus for a while. I've not made up my mind yet since I got too much stuff half finished (including a few reviews and three different articles) and also I got another new column in the works, this one on random episodes of various Sci Fi television shows. That new feature will showcase episodes from the likes of the original (and best!) STAR TREK, the original (and best!) THE TWILIGHT ZONE, THE WILD, WILD WEST, the PLANET OF THE APES live action TV show, THE OUTER LIMITS and BUCK ROGERS to name a few.



Richard of DM said...

Whoa! Thanks a mil for the shoutout, duder! And I need to check out that Little Shop of Horrors mag.

Shaun Anderson [The Celluloid Highway] said...

THE DOLLARS TRILOGY Cinema Retro special issue is very good, I too picked up a copy recently and the same for the latest issue of LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS. The last issue of THE DARK SIDE that was published was 140, which I believe was the Aug/Sep 2009 edition. It looks as thought that might be it for this publication. Controversy surrounding plagiarism in recent years might have taken its toll...thanks for including my blog in your ten choices...much appreciated - take care buddy!

Rusty James said...

OH nice! I'm a Fango subscriber so I don't go to the fucking newstand as much anymore.

But thanks for the heads-up. HorrorHound is a cool mag that no doubt has lottsa love for 80's Slashers - and I know they be good people.

And damn right I'll be picking-up the Cinema Retro issue.

venoms5 said...

@ Richard: You're welcome, my friend! Those LSOH journals are excellent. The first one I ever bought was the issue that featured the making of three Chris Lee Dracula's, RISEN FROM THE GRAVE, TASTE THE BLOOD and SCARS. The mags were thicker then apparently, but now they've got much glossier pages. They did an incredible double issue devoted strictly to Amicus not long ago.

@ Shaun: You're quite welcome! I have a lot of the Dark Side issues. They had incredible covers, imo. A shame about the plagiarism. Apparently it's true as they ripped reviews wholesale from several websites as well. That Cinema Retro issue is amazing. I've not read it, just skimmed through it. Take care, Shaun.

@ Motorcycle Boy: I flirted with being a subscriber many times, but never bothered with it. I used to buy every issue, but the last few years it's been only a few I've picked up. There were other horror mags that tried and failed to hang in there. You remember Horror Fan, Slaughterhouse Magazine and Toxic Horror? They all lasted around 5 issues each.

The Vicar of VHS said...

Many thanks! I've posted my list here:

venoms5 said...

Nice one, Vicar!

Franco Macabro said...

Thanks for the award bro! Ill post it up on my page! I actually checked out all those mags you posted, lots of interesting stuff on them, HORRORHOUND had that thing where they went through each Friday the 13th movie and through all the merchandise made for each one of them, pretty cool stuff.

Aaron said...

Thanks for yet another award! As I said before, it's an honor coming from someone such as yourself. By the way, I tagged you in a Meme that's going around...

I Like Horror Movies said...

Dude we got some sweet ass covers going on here in the Little Shoppe of Horrors! Very nice!

I flipped through the most recent Fango at Blockbuster and remembered why I canceled my subscription.

Appreciate the recognition man, Im just a simple man writing silly reviews about the Horror I love, but I'm always so glad to have all you guys around to keep me company! I've sorta ditched adding anything but reviews on the site, but you know the support is always well appreciated!

I Like Horror Movies said...

And w00t for 1970's music!

venoms5 said...

@ Fran: Horrorhound is a major up and coming magazine. They've managed to stay in the game this long and even have their own horror conventions.

@ Aaron: Cool! I hadn't really been keeping up with the 'meme' thing going around till today. I already got an idea for one, but will be a day or two before I can get it posted. Been real busy lately tryin' to play RED DEAD REDEMPTION, do things around the house and keep the gf happy.

venoms5 said...

@ Carl: Keep up the great work, my friend!

Also, I picked up the new Fango last night. It had an article on the upcoming PIRANHA 3D and also an interview with Corman regarding the original movie and HUMANOIDS FROM THE DEEP. So naturally I had to pick it up!

To my surprise they also had an interview with Tony Anthony regarding his proposed re-release of the 3D spaghetti western, COMIN' AT YA! (1981). I wish him luck on this, but despite his thinking this movie was the only successful 3D film of the 80's craze(!!!) is a bit brazen. Does anyone even remember COMIN' AT YA! these days aside from a small few people? And this new process called 'Noir 3D' looks like they've done a SIN CITY on the picture. But I digress...

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