Friday, February 17, 2012

Fangoria February - Hocus Pocus!

Fangoria February is a month long celebration dedicated to the grooviest horror movie magazine ever created... FANGORIA!
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Every now and then you'll run into articles that don't quite seem to fit the Fangoria mold. 'Hocus Pocus', for example, doesn't really seem like the kind of film you would find coverage for in a book that routinely shows graphic photographs of zombies eating brains and things of that nature. Then again this specific issue is from 1993 and you can tell that Fangoria was having a bit of an identity crisis.

The horror genera, like anything else, tends to go in cycles. The 70s and 80s were a really big boom period for horror films, but by the late 80s and early 90s even the most hardcore Freddy and Jason fans were starting to grow tired of seeing the same old same stuff being presented up on the silver screen. By 1993 the genera had sort of crashed and in order to stay with the times you can see a shift in Fangoria's presentation. Pages became a little more colorful, stories were a little less serious, and you seen much more coverage for films in other genres. Such as one issue that was almost entirely dedicated to 'Jurassic Park'.

Hocus Pocus is a great film and one of the many that I try to catch at least once every Halloween season but I really have to wonder if the Fangoria from the early 1980's would even think about running a story for a Disney film. Of course whoever wrote the article seems to realize this and spends a good portion of it reminding everyone just how dark some of the earlier Disney stories (such as Snow White) really are and how 'Hocus Pocus' is attempting to bring that darker tone back to film. They also have to make mention that this flick is being produced by one of the guys who did the original 'Child's Play' films.

As I said I quite enjoy the film and I like the way Fangoria has always sort of been able to look at what they do, look at what is popular and somehow create a blend of each... all the while staying true to what makes Fangoria so good in the first place. Coverage of 'Hocus Pocus' is a prime example of that.

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