Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Fangoria February -- Poster Magazines!



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Fangoria wasn't much for special edition magazines. They tended to stick to what they did best and that was detailed coverage for every kind of horror film. I liked this. They very could have easily done single issues that covered nothing but the latest 'Friday the 13th' or 'Nightmare on Elm Street' flick but that would have went against what Fangoria was trying to accomplish.

However on occasion they would release a special magazine that was nothing but posters. These issues are fantastic. Each filled with gigantic high quality posters to decorate your room with. I am astonished that the guy who I purchased all these old magazines from managed to keep most of them in tact, instead of ripping them all out and hanging them up. Key word here is most... over the years a couple of them have fallen out. Let's take a look at what came loose:

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The first is a really cool looking poster for the first 'Hellraiser' film. I have to give Fangoria a lot of credit, time and time again they managed to latch onto all the really neat films before they became the cult classic hits we view them as today. 'Hellraiser' is no exception. There was all kinds of coverage about this flick long before it hit theaters, everything from interviews with Clive Barker to neat looks at the films visual effects. I always viewed 'Hellraiser' as sort of the bastard stepchild of 80s horror icons. Freddy, Jason, and Michael Myers got all the love but Pinhead and his gang are truly the badass awesome ones in the group. Its a shame that he doesn't always get mentioned with the other three. Its nice to see Fangoria paying proper respect to Clive Barkers hellish creations.

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I wasn't quite able to identify what film this poster is from. My initial thought was something from 'They Live' but that movie was more robotic skull like people. It could just be some generic bloody skull poster but that doesn't quite seem like something that Fangoria would have done. It has to go to some movie, I am just not sure what one. If you recognize it, feel free to let me know down in the comment section. Otherwise this poster goes a long way to showing just how mature these early Fangoria books really were. While still being bloody and disgusting they have sort of reeled back the gore in recent years. Not in the 80s. You could flip open any page and almost be guaranteed to see some bloody limb, severed head or vomiting corpse. It really makes the older issues of Fangoria feel like something special!

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