Wednesday, October 5, 2011

MIDNIGHT MARQUEE #78 ships by Halloween

We may not produce the most issues per year, but with MIDNIGHT MARQUEE #78 we are entering our 48th year of publication.  The latest issue, once again full size and full color, will be shipping around Halloween.  The 40-page issue plus covers will once again contain two feature articles and our regular editorial, book reviews and DVD/Blu-ray disc reviews.

The first feature article will be ALIEN:  IN SPACE NO ONE CAN HEAR YOUR PRIMAL SCREAM by Anthony Ambrogio.  This article began its genesis as an orally presented essay at a conference back in the 1980s, but the full essay has never seen publication.  As is Anthony’s style, the critical analysis looks at the relationship between the sexual predator alien, the victimized crew and Mother and demonstrates all the levels of psychological dependency, sexual tension and conflict that exist between the children (the crew) and their Mother (the ship’s onboard computer).  The analysis, while quite unique and serious, contains just enough of a sense of tongue-in-cheek humor that the piece never becomes too academic.  People have read numerous critiques on Ridley Scott’s horror classic over the decades, but I guarantee no one has read the insightful and unique interpretation that Ambrogio gives ALIEN in this fresh analysis.

Next up we feature Steven West’s THE HISTORY OF THE HORROR FILM PORTMANTEAU.  The so-called anthology horror films have been around since the Golden Age of Horror.  Going back as far as Germany’s 1919 EERIE TALES, FLESH AND FANTASY and DEAD OF NIGHT from the 1940s, TALES OF TERROR and BLACK SABBATH from the 1960s, not to forget the entire string of anthology movies produced by Amicus during the 1960s and 1970s (DR. TERROR’S HOUSE OF HORRORS, TORTURE GARDEN, THE HOUSE THAT DRIPPED BLOOD, TALES FROM THE CRYPT, ASYLUM, etc.), finally arriving to investigate films such as CREEPSHOW, TALES FROM THE HOOD, SNOOP DOGG’S HOOD OF HORROR to finish with TRICK ’r TREAT of a few years ago.  Of course these titles only scratch the surface, as many more portmanteau titles are included in West’s research.  Most of the above movies are very familiar, but how many people know CRADLE OF FEAR, TRAPPED ASHES, THE THREE FACES OF FEAR, TERROR TRACT, BANGKOK HAUNTED, movies also covered in the West’s article.

Both feature articles are profusely illustrated with full color posters, photos and advertising that pops from the page. 

As mentioned we editorialize and review the latest in genre books and DVDs.

The 40-page full-color magazine (printed on special thick white paper that was formulated for superior color reproduction) sells for $10 plus $1 for shipping.  If priority mail shipping is preferred, add $6 for shipping.

Again, the issue will be shipping by Halloween (or a little before).  We accept all credit cards, PayPal and money orders/checks.  Check out our website at:

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