December 21, 2012

Filthy Review - 'Fangoria #319'

Fangoria #319

Review by Jude Felton

Fangoria is the one magazine I subscribe to. I’ve been reading it since the 80s’ (issue 73 to be precise), but it’s only the last couple of years that I have eagerly awaited its arrival in my mailbox. So, I get a little antsy when I see the latest issue in the stores before my copy arrives, although I can live with this knowing that the magazine’s head offices were getting battered by Hurricane Sandy during the creation of #319. Hey, I’m just eager to get stuck into the bloody thing!

The first thing that strikes me about #319, as with every issue, is Editor Chris Alexander’s First Rites. You thought I’d mention Django Unchained being on the cover, didn’t you? Well, with regards to that, I expect to see the unexpected on the cover, such is Chris’s impact on the mag. Anyway, back to First Rites, and it is so easy to see the passion and love for all things horror that he puts into the magazine and, like myself, makes no apologies for singing the praises of the films he loves; even when others might not share this love.

On to the meat of the mag and we get treated to the usual mixed assortment of new and old movies being covered. The new Texas Chainsaw 3D is something that I was neither here nor there on, but after reading the article here I actually want to see the damned thing. It really is a good article. Indies such as Crawlspace, from Australia, Sweden’s Wither and the homegrown The Black Dahlia Haunting are all given space here too, as well as the original Silent Night, Deadly Night and Steven C. Miller’s reimagining, Silent Night. Good times, good times my friend.

Staying firmly in the present there is a great interview with Traci Lords, who talks about her career and her role in the excellent Excision (see this movie!), and we get the lowdown from Paranormal Activity’s Oren Peli, who gives me a new appreciation for the PA films, and I am already a fan of them.

The cover story, Django Unchained, is given plenty of page space with an interview with writer/director Quentin Tarantino, as well as a chat with the EFX crew. Hell, QT himself also contributes a piece on violent Westerns!

Other interviews include Jeffrey DeMunn, Clive Barker and Paul Koslo, but without doubt my favorite was the piece on Damien Echols; truly a great read.

I could go on about every movie and movie persona covered in this latest issue, but why should I? It’s a great issue and continues the trend over the last few years of including some of the unexpected, whilst also staying on top on what is just around the corner. Not many things in life are constant, but Fangoria was, and still is, one that is. I still get excited when the new issue drops, and this one was no exception.

If I had one negative thing to say, and it’s not really a negative, it would be that I would like to see more regular columns, outside of the reviews etc. There have been some of late, such as Dead Format, but they appear to be absent in this issue. Still, I can’t really fault the magazine and devoured this one in a couple of days (whilst I should have been working!).

Fangoria #319 is in stores now.

1 comment:

jervaise brooke hamster said...

Merry Christmas Jude, have a great time my old mate.