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AWESOME-tober-fest 2014: Fangoria #67 – Clive Barker’s Hellraiser (1987)

Posted in Fangoria, Genres, Halloween, holiday, horror, magazine, monsters, movies, pop culture with tags , , , , , , , , on October 8, 2014 by Paxton

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Today I’m going to show you one of the more “colorful” Fangoria covers.  Check out Fangoria #67 featuring Clive Barker’s Hellraiser.  I actually just watched Hellraiser for the first time this year.  It was originally going to be one of my Fangoria Movie Fridays but I decided on another movie.  It was definitely an interesting watch, especially because Pinhead doesn’t have as big a part in it than I expected.

As always, click to see it on Flickr, BIGGER.

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Also in this issue, was a pretty gruesome picture gallery celebrating the release of Lightning Pictures’ underground gorefest hit, Street Trash.  While I decided not to pick Hellraiser as one of my Fangoria Movie Fridays, I did pick Street Trash.  And I’m going to review it on Friday.

So enjoy this gallery of crazy melting hobos.

Street Trash Gallery


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AWESOME-tober-fest 2014: Don Post Halloween 3 masks (1983)

Posted in Fangoria, Genres, Halloween, holiday, horror, magazine, movies, nostalgia, pop culture with tags , , , , , , on October 6, 2014 by Paxton

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Welcome back to week 2 of AWESOME-tober-fest 2014. This month I’m celebrating the bloody best of Fangoria magazine.

Let’s start this week off with a mask ad. Ads for prop masks were not rare inside Fangoria. As a matter of fact, each issue had at least two or three ads for masks every month. By different companies. As a matter of fact I showed you a few Fangoria mask ads during last year’s AWESOME-tober-fest.

Here’s an awesome color ad for some Don Post masks.  But not just any masks, they are the three Silver Shamrock masks from the infamous Halloween III: Season of the Witch.  This ad was found in Fangoria #25 (1983).

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AWESOME-tober-fest 2014: Rampaging with Rawhead Rex (1987)

Posted in Fangoria, Genres, Halloween, holiday, horror, magazine, monsters, movies, pop culture with tags , , , , , , , , on October 2, 2014 by Paxton

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Yesterday I showed you the cover to Fangoria #61 with the feature on Clive Barker’s Rawhead Rex.  I mentioned that I’d been fascinated with this article since 8th grade as well as the movie.  I always wondered if it was any good.  However, due to never actually finding the movie to rent anywhere, I have never watched it. That changes tomorrow.  For Fangoria Movie Friday tomorrow I’m going to review the movie Rawhead Rex and see if it lives up to what I have been fantasizing about for the past 27 years (oh, and HOLY S**T IT’S BEEN 27 YEARS!?).  So check back tomorrow for this historic review.

Today, I leave you with the Rawhead Rex feature article from Fangoria #61.  It was called Rampaging with Rawhead Rex.  You can click any of the images to make them BIGGER.

A few tidbits to note.  This article mentions that Rawhead Rex was a cannibal king, but, in actuality, he’s supposed to be an ancient fertility god who also happens to be a cannibal.  I think some of the fertility stuff was cut out of the movie for obvious reasons.  I think I even read somewhere that Rex was supposed to look like a giant anamorphic penis.  That would have been an interesting movie.

Also, it seems the studio as well as the director, George Pavlou, had very high hopes for this movie.  The director starts talking about incorporating ancient Gaelic texts into the story and character driven horror as well as pulling back on gore in a Hitchcockian way of upping the suspense.  That’s a lot of big talk.  We’ll see tomorrow if that pays off.

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AWESOME-tober-fest 2014: Fangoria #61 – Rawhead Rex (1987)

Posted in Fangoria, Genres, Halloween, holiday, horror, magazine, monsters, movies, pop culture with tags , , , , , , , , on October 1, 2014 by Paxton

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Here’s the cover to Fangoria #61 from 1987. It features a cover story about Clive Barker’s Rawhead Rex. I have been fascinated by this cover ever since I bought this magazine in the 8th grade. I drew pictures of the Rawhead Rex images inside for art class (try explaining that to your art teacher) and generally wondered what kind of horror movie it was. Was it any good?  But for some reason, probably due to never actually finding the movie to rent anywhere, I have never watched it.

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AWESOME-tober-fest 2014: Fangoria #1 – 25 years of Godzilla (1979)

Posted in Fangoria, Genres, Halloween, holiday, horror, magazine, monsters, movies, nostalgia, pop culture with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 29, 2014 by Paxton

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AWESOME-tober-fest 2014 begins!

Let’s begin this year’s AWESOME-tober-fest Fangoria celebration with a quick look at the cover to the very first issue of Fangoria from 1979.

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As you can see, there was a feature about the history of Godzilla movies up to that point (25 YEARS!).  I scanned in that article, so if you want to read it, here is page 1 on my Flickr stream.  Just click to the right to continue through the article’s 8 pages.

There were two pretty awesome Godzilla pin-ups that came with the article. The first is an awesome painting featuring Godzilla battling Megalon on the top of the Twin Towers which I thought has to be an homage to the 1976 King Kong remake with Jeff Bridges and Charles Grodin which featured a poster with Kong astride the same Twin Towers.  However, if you read the article, the below poster was designed for the 1973 Godzilla vs Megalon movie.  And it features a scene that never appeared in said movie.  I love this poster.

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This second pin-up is a better look at the Godzilla painting that was used on the cover.

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See you guys tomorrow for more, gory goodness from my favorite issues of Fangoria magazine.


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AWESOME-tober-fest begins on Monday!

Posted in Fangoria, Halloween, holiday, magazine with tags , , , , , on September 26, 2014 by Paxton

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This is it. My month long Halloween celebration, AWESOME-tober-fest, begins on Monday. I’ve taken down the “normal” header and colors and put up the spooky Halloween decorations. On Monday I’ll begin talking about all things Fangoria magazine. Expect to see covers, Scream Greats posters, articles, pictures and ads.  All the things that made Fangoria the best in horror entertainment.

Plus, every Friday in October I’m going to review a cult horror B-movie of the type that you could typically find inside the pages of the magazine.  And, honestly, considering the 5 movies I’ve picked, calling them “B movies” is probably a bit generous.  But they are all chock full of ridiculous fun and a plethora of all your favorite cult movie stars.  And I’ve picked movies I’ve never watched before.  It’s going to be a blast.

See you back here on Monday.

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AWESOME-tober-fest 2014 is coming!

Posted in Halloween, magazine, nostalgia, pop culture with tags , , , , , , , on September 4, 2014 by Paxton

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It’s the first week in September!  Which means we are now officially 1 month from October 1st, which is the beginning of my annual AWESOME-tober-fest Halloween celebration.  Needless to say I am hip deep in preparations for this year’s festivities.

Technically, this is my EIGHTH year doing a Halloween celebration as I started in 2007 with a few posts during the month of October.  However, the daily AWESOME-tober-fest as you’ve come to know it wasn’t really born until 2009 when I did Frankenstein.  Which means this is my sixth year of doing the full blown AWESOME-tober-fest celebration.

Since Frankenstein in 2009 I’ve covered; wolf men, vampires, movie maniacs and then zombies.  My original plan was to do ghosts as my theme this year, but you know what, I thought it was high time I paid special attention to one thing that really had an effect on me in my high school days.  And it crosses all these boundaries.  This year I want to focus on Fangoria magazine.

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I’ve used scans from old Fangoria magazines throughout each year of AWESOME-tober-fest, but this year I’m going to be doing an entire month of only Fangoria goodness featuring covers, articles, ads, pictures, Scream Greats movie posters, the Video Eye of Dr Cyclops and the Nightmare Library.

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I’ve got a stack of magazines and I’m going to comb through them all and bring you some of my favorite content from all of my favorite issues of horror’s greatest magazine.

And, as a bonus, every Friday in October is going to be Fangoria Movie Friday.  So it’s not just all scanned magazine content I’m going to review old B-horror movies that were featured in 5 of my favorite issues of Fangoria.  These won’t be the A-listers like a Nightmare on Elm Street or a Friday the 13th.  I’m talking something more along the lines of The Reanimator (which I reviewed last year).  I’m looking forward to those reviews because I’ve picked 5 movies (one for each Friday in October) that I’ve never seen before but have always wanted to watch.  And the movie will definitely have been featured in some way in an issue of Fangoria.  It should be a lot of fun.

So gird your loins, ladies and gents, and head back here on Oct 1 and, you know what, that’s a Wednesday, I’m making an executive decision, AWESOME-tober-fest 2014 will start two days earlier on Monday Sep 29.  Holy crap, I’m starting AWESOME-tober-fest in September!  I hope I don’t get cited by the Halloween police.  The staff here at the blog just looked at me with murder in their eyes.  Oh well, hopefully I’ll see you back here at the end of the month!

And, as always, I’ll be a part of the giant Countdown to Halloween celebration as well.
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