December/January 2009

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Harry Redmond Jr.
Last Survivor of Skull Island
Mark F. Berry interviews the last surviving member of the original KING KONG's special effects unit, who also has tales to tell about his special effects pioneer father and how they devised the cinematic illusions for SHE, THE LAST DAYS OF POMPEII, LOST HORIZON and many other classics!

DVD Spotlight
Best Buy Exclusives
      Kim Newman reviews three Double Feature discs first sold as Best Buy exclusives: MOON ZERO TWO / WHEN DINOSAURS RULED THE EARTH, WORLD WITHOUT END / SATELLITE IN THE SKY and BATTLE BENEATH THE EARTH / THE ULTIMATE WARRIOR!!
Minira, Prince of the Monsters, becomes the confidant of an imaginative latchkey kid in ALL MONSTERS ATTACK aka GODZILLA'S REVENGE... the Big G's metallic alter ego returns in TERROR OF MECHAGODZILLA... VW gets its second shot at presenting reviews of BRAND UPON THE BRAIN! and CHALLENGE OF THE MASTERS... CLASSIC BRITISH THRILLERS, a new three-disc set including two early Michael Powell films... Steve Miner remakes George Romero's DAY OF THE DEAD pretty much in name only... a lovesick documentarist turns his camera on his lesbian ex-wife in EXTREME PRIVATE EROS LOVE SONG 1974... Conrad Veidt inherits THE HANDS OF ORLAC... Chuck Connors is told by Enzo G. Castellari to KILL THEM ALL AND COME BACK ALONE... James Cagney (with the help of Bud Westmore's crew) becomes Lon Chaney, the MAN OF A THOUSAND FACES... rock video director Chris Boger tries his hand at THE MARQUIS DE SADE’S JUSTINE... Boris Karloff at his best in the original THE MUMMY, now available in an expanded two-disc edition... Guillermo del Toro produces another Spanish horror gem with THE ORPHANAGE... Ida Lupino sizzles in the film noir classic ROAD HOUSE... a terrifying prehistoric plot hatches in RODAN... Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson takes aim with his bow and arrow in THE SCORPION KING, and his origin story is told in THE SCORPION KING 2: RISE OF A WARRIOR... guitarist extraordinaire lends his soloing skills to experimental shorts and classic horror imagery in "SOUNDS OF THE SURREAL" AND "MONSTERS FROM THE ID"... Jet Li and Michelle Yeoh combine formidable forces in TAI CHI MASTER... green and brown giants run amok through Japan in the delirious WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS... and Crispin Glover's remake somehow fails to improve on the original THE WIZARD OF GORE!

IMPORT REVIEWS of the indescribable UK TV cult experience GARTH MARENGHI’S DARKPLACE... and the diminutive Nelson de la Rosa goes for the cheese in RATMAN!


Ramsey Campbell on Powell & Pressburger's THE SMALL BACK ROOM!

Anthony Ambrogio
reviews the ultimate book on

Douglas E. Winter
reviews the latest CD soundtrack releases, including

And Tim Lucas bids farewell to FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND's founding father, Forrest J Ackerman!

All this and much, much MORE!

Other contributors featured in this issue:

Michael Barrett, John Charles, Bill Cooke, Shane M. Dallmann, Sheldon Inkol, David Kalat  and Eric Somer.