We continue our pictorial lead up to Halloween with a bit of the beastly. In the Mythology & Fairy Tale – Monsters & Devils folder you will find 93 images. Below we offer, like so many virgins on a satanic alter table, a sampling. Please enjoy the smooth electro stylings of the Electric Hellfire Club while you peruse them.
We have over 700 film stills spread throughout 37 “Film – Stills” subcategories in the Picture Collection. These folders are sub-categorized alphabetically, but there are also a hand-full of films that have their own folders: Alien (1979), The Birds (1963), Black Hole (1979), Blade Runner (1982), Clash of the Titans (1981), Conan the Barbarian (1982-), Eraserhead (1977), Forbidden Planet (1956), Salem’s Lot (1979), Star Trek (1979-), Star Wars (1977-), Superman (1978-), The Thing (1951 & 1982), Wizard of Oz (1939). etc. Inside these folders you will find production stills, still-frames from the film, behind-the-scenes photographs, interviews with crew members, and segments from articles which once appeared in such acclaimed publications as Cinefantastique. Below are a few scary film stills, just in time for Halloween.
Samantha Eggar in The Brood, 1979
The Thing, 1982
Ghost Story, 1981
Ghost Story, 1981
The Funhouse, 1981
Tippi Hedren in The Birds, 1963
The Birds, 1963
Creature From the Black Lagoon, 1954
No source material
Christopher Walken in The Dead Zone, 1984
Scenes from Dawn of the Dead, an incredibly gory reprise of Romero’s Night of the Living Dead, made by Tom Savini.
Middle: Romero directs actor David Bartholomew (right) who got to be a ghoul for a day.
Photography: Jody Caravaglia
From the official Cinefantastique website:
“During a decade when many mainstream critics were dismissing THE EXORICST as sadistic pornography, and when Forest J Ackerman was filling Famous Monsters with puny puns (e.g., “A Clockwork Lemon,” referring to a malfunctioning robot in FUTURE WORLD), publisher-editor Frederick S. Clarke created a little magazine with a big ambition: to cover the genre better than anybody, and to do it with all the seriousness of Cashier du Cinema, American Film, or Film Comment.”
For anyone fascinated by sci-fi, fantasty, or horror films riding on big dreams and a tiny budget, Cinefantastique is a goldmine. The writers do not simply dismiss their subjects as many critics are apt to do with genre films, nor do they shower their subjects with praise as in a fanzine. Cinefantastique was composed with both the genuine passion of a devoted fan and the thoughtful insight of a critic, resulting in an engaging editorial. Interviews, critiques, and in-depth explorations of special effects and prosthesis are complimented by film stills and behind-the-scenes shots on every page. There are also fantastic full-color spreads throughout, framed by well-designed layouts and text. Feature articles are prodigiously in-depth and as such have left behind invaluable sources for research and admiration relating to dozens of seminal genre films. There are very few advertisements and most are beautifully painted film posters regardless, making the magazine all the more enjoyable to read.
In 2000, Frederick Clarke, publisher since 1970, committed suicide. Mindfire Entertainment bought the magazine, renamed it “CFQ” and entirely remodeled its approach and aesthetic in an attempt to meet the demands of today’s consumer. In 2006 the last issue of CFQ was printed, and has been exclusively published online ever since.
In the periodicals section you will find 15 volumes of Cinefantastique beginning with the 4th volume, published in 1975, up until the final 2006 issue.