there are two outstanding magazines that are easy to aquire pertaining to modern horror . the other you know is RUE MORGUE . when you want to read about horror , you don't turn to such otherwise excellent sources as LEONARD MALTIN'S MOVIE CRAZY or MICHAEL MEDVED'S movie minute or even ROTTENTOMATOES . you come to these folks because they know their own . my only qualm with the mag is that it's covers make it quite embarrassing to get in the mail or purchase at a bookstore . i wish they'd ship in a envelope of some sort . the text is great . the behind the scenes features are very interesting . the interviews lots of fun . i'd like more reviews (buts what's here is most often spot on) . no one is more critical of their own genre than these passionate folks . if you like modern horror and you look to folks other than FANGORIA , it's at your own peril .
Horror Fan's Bible
This is the perfect magazine for those who love horror movies. Even if it is only one particular genre of horror, this magazine will keep you up to date. We have also found many suggestions of little known horror films that are great.
Stay in the know with Fangoria!
10 issues yearly keep you up to date on the latest Horrors, Thrillers and Sci-Fi features. "Terror Teletype" tells you of productions and release dates far in advance. The "DVD Chopping List" has up-to-date info on weekly dvd horror releases. Interviews with actors/producers/directors. Also, the new "Vintage Horror" section reminds you of classic genre films from years past.
If you love horror, and want to stay informed on all happenings in the fear world, FANGORIA IS THE BEST!
Despite some changes, Fangoria still stands above the rest
Fangoria magazine is about to roll out their 200th issue next month and I have been an avid reader since 138. Despite only having issues 138-199 in my collection now, I remember the pioneering days when the magazine was a different beast entirely. My friend had a subscription (the same friend who introduced me to HALLOWEEN and started my love for the genre) which made visits to his house a pleasure. My mailbox was limited in what it saw: Redbook, Newsweek and Better Homes & Gardens. My friend's mailbox was as close as I got to having my own, and Fangoria is the sole reason I felt that way.
In those days of annual FRIDAY THE 13TH sequels, KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE and endless printed discussion about the uncertain direction of the HALLOWEEN series, Fangoria was mostly printed in two color stock. Full color was reserved for the cover features and centerfolds (I'll get to that in a minute), which left the remainder of the magazine rather strange and disorienting to browse through. Pictures were jagged and cut out by hand and if a page was done with a red background, the pictures were red (or black) too. That was how it was, but we loved it!
What FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND was so romantically referred to in Stephen King's ON WRITING as a publication that, "changed the lives of thousands of kids," Fangoria has done for the newer generation of genre fans. While FMOF is still in publication, it has always stuck by the traditional Universal monsters and teenage creature flicks of the past, all the while a new breed of horror entertainment has crept into the mainstream. Fangoria is the magazine that grasped the new horror cinema and ran with it. Their success is a testament to the brilliance in their initial theory that a new approach was needed to look at the new film trends and tides in (and outside of) Hollywood.
Consistently packed with articles covering everything from special effects to horror in literature, Fangoria stocked every issue to the page's end with gory details and exciting news. Features started popping up such as "Notes From The Underground" and specific film series retrospectives. The magazine grew in size and content, all the while pleasing readers with a perviously unseen (or read) peek behind the scenes of the films they loved.
One of the unique features that has since fallen by the wayside is the monthly tradition of including a fold out poster in the middle of each issue. My friend treasured each of these posters, adorning his bedroom walls with the images of Freddy casting an evil grin, Jason Voorhees lurking in the woods, Michael Myers peeking through a window and special effects gore galore! My friend was always willing to let me leaf through his prized Fangoria collection, but strictly forbade me to take any of the "centerfolds" down from the walls so I could examine the explanatory stories on the reverse side of each of them. They were off limits, but I didn't mind because my friend and his collection of back issues allowed me to immerse myself in the entertainment I loved. When I was thumbing through an issue of Fangoria, my imagination had no limits.
What stands out about this publication is that it has always served the fans so well. Despite the recent surge in the periodical industry of genre magazines (Rue Morgue, Wicked, and others), Fangoria has always given fans what mainstream industry magazines such as People and Entertainment Weekly (which started publication long after Fangoria) have ignored.
The horror genre has been strong for as long as cinema has been in existence and it is surprising that only a handful of magazines cover it's happenings. This is an exciting business, and I am glad Fangoria is still here for us true fans, 200 issues later.
This is a: News magazine
I'm pitiful, but I only have the old Fangoria's from the 1970's and only one that is recent. Although from what I've seen not much has changed in this magazine between then and now. Since I am only into particularily gory movies, I absolutely adore this magazine. It gets into the true grit of each movie and gives you both the good and the bad. Special sections also show certain elements that contribute to the movie, including special effects and engineering, if any was involved. The different departments are also neat to look at. A great magazine even though I have limited knowledge about it, an interesting magazine to pick up.
Decent Horror Magazine
This isn't the best horror magazine especially in terms of interesting quality reading (Rue Morgue is) but it usually has decent features on new horror movies. Again the pictures could be better quality but they aren't horrible. I buy this magazine every now and then when it features a movie I'm into.