Saturday, March 25, 2017
Vol. 1 No. 4
Editor: Forrest J Ackerman
Cover artist: Basil Gogos
Behind one of Basil Gogos' more uninspired covers of the "World's Only Space-Picture Magazine" is another great issue of Warren's SPACEMEN. Leading off is the "Shape of Wings to Come", describing what's in store for fans of science-fiction and fantasy films. a brief look at EARTH VS. THE FLYING SAUCERS, "They Came From Outer Space", a pictorial that shows the similarities between later sci-fi scenes and monsters and their earlier depiction on pulp cover art, "The Ace of Space", a feature on Buster Crabbe as the famous "Flash" Gordon, and a short story reprint by Donald A. Wollheim lauded by the father of pulp science-fiction magazines (including AMAZING STORIES), Hugo Gernsback. Also included is the second part of the coverage of Fritz Lang's FRAU IM MOND (GIRL IN THE MOON).
Not known for its in depth and insightful articles, SPACEMEN is, at the very least, an important archive of sci-fi and fantasy films, and early science-fiction history.
Friday, March 24, 2017
In the period between the late 50s and mid-70s, Europe supplied many beauties for appearance on the silver screen with portrayals as Greek goddesses, spy girls and eye-candy in giallo films. Mylene Demongeot was one of them. She played in precious few of our beloved genre films, but is nevertheless more than worthy of attention.
Perhaps her most popular role in this regard is playing Andromeda opposite Steve Reeves in the 1959 peplum film co-produced by France and Italy, THE GIANT OF METROPOLIS (La battaglia di Maratona).
Jaques Tourneur, who had directed a series of very effective horror films in the 1940s (CAT PEOPLE, etc.) bowed out in the middle of directing this film after declining a contract extension. Mario Bava, who was the cameraman, was asked to step in and finish the directorial duties. Galatea Film rewarded Bava's efforts by allowing him to develop his own project. The name of the film would be BLACK SUNDAY (1960).
In her biography, Miss Demongeot claimed that Steve Reeves was only making films to earn the money for a ranch and horses. She also said that Reeves physical appearance was "show muscle", and he barely had the strength to lift her. According to her, Tourneur seemed to be not interested in working on this film and gave most of the directorial work over to Bruno Vaïlati.
Shown below is a photo spread of the then very popular Mylene Demongeot from the October, 1965 issue of CONTINENTAL FILM REVIEW.
Thursday, March 23, 2017
After a one-year hiatus, DIABOLIQUE is returning in print with issue #26. The issue is devoted to the Japanese horror film and promises its usual, intelligently written insights accompanied by appealing visual design.
Below are the contents. More information can be found by clicking HERE.
Curse, Death and Spirits: Supernatural Folklore in the Japanese Ghost Film
Kat Ellinger tracks the evolution of the Japanese Ghost Story in cinema, from classic to contemporary and unravels its folklore origins.
As a continuation on the themes in Curse, Death and Spirits the feature concludes with a talk with legendary J-horror pioneer: Hideo Nakata.
Hours Dreadful and Things Strange: Macbeth, Japanese Theater, and Kurosawa’s Throne of Blood
Samm Deighan examines the influence of traditional Japanese theater on Akira Kurosawa’s eerie, horror-tinged 1957 Shakespeare adaptation, Throne of Blood.
The Masculinized Zone: The relationship between masculinity and psychological, physical, and political traumatism within the horrors of Korean war cinema
Rebecca Booth explores the representation of masculinity within Korean war cinema from the 1950s onwards, analyzing the visceral and emotional immediacy of the horrors onscreen in relation to the tensions between gender and national identity, societal roles, and the political landscape.
Forbidden Colours: When British Art Rock Met Japanese Art House
East meets West in the form of the cinematic/sonic dream team of Nagisa Oshima, David Bowie, Ryuichi Sakamoto and David Sylvian in Heather Drain’s article-expedition.
Korean Gothic: Refractions of national and sexual identity in The Handmaiden
Joseph Dwyer investigates aspects of sadomasochism and Gothic feminism in Park Chan-wook’s The Handmaiden, and the film’s place in an international tradition of erotic art cinema.
Nature, Nuclear and National Guilt
Kieran Fisher examines the complex mythology behind Japan’s biggest monster: Godzilla.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Below are sample pages from issue #10, due to be released next month. Information about pre-orders and a limited-time free poster can be found by clicking HERE.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Granted, it takes a Monster Kid to call a monster magazine "beautiful", but Nige Burton's CLASSIC MONSTERS OF THE MOVIES can certainly be called that. Each issue is carefully designed for classic monster eye candy and the printing is exceptional.
Information and ordering for the latest issue (#6), back issues and pre-ordering the next issue can be found by clicking HERE.
Contents of Issue #6:
- Glenn Strange – in rounding off the Universal Frankenstein series, this cowboy-turned-monster played a key role in the franchise, but what kind of legacy did he leave behind? Our in-depth article looks at his lasting contribution to the horror genre.
- Inner Sanctum – Universal’s thrillers took Lon Chaney Jr on a journey into the dark corners of the mind, and made a lasting contribution to the world of psychological horror.
- Quatermass – Hammer’s movie series took Nigel Kneale’s story into bold and horrific territory – join us in celebrating this remarkable motion picture trilogy.
- Evelyn Ankers – though popularised as a horror pin-up, this skilled star was more than just a pretty face… find out why in our biography.
- Monster Music – from sampled music to original scores, horror film soundtracks aren’t just about screaming. We explore the relationship between monsters, movies and music.
- Them! – one of the all-time big bug classics comes under the microscope with our exploration of this movie’s enduring appeal.
- Dark Eyes of London – ugly and unsettling, this Bela Lugosi shocker has much to recommend it in this issue’s Forgotten Frights feature.
- And so much more too!
Issue #6 of Classic Monsters of the Movies brings your favourite classic horror movies back to life. Lovingly written by our team of professional writers, each article is packed with information and adorned with high-quality stills. Its elegant, sleek design captures the spirit of the classic monster magazines of yesteryear, and brings it bang up to date – the perfect way to revitalise your love of classic horror.
This issue features another stunning painting by monster art supremo Daniel Horne, this time of Glenn Strange as the Frankenstein Monster. Whatever kind of monster is your particular favourite, Classic Monsters of the Movies has plenty to offer.
Sample pages from the latest issue: