Small Bedsheet-size Cinema Magazine printed on glossy paper; saddle-stapled. 46 issues from 1978 to 1985. Published in the USA by Blake Publications Corporation. Editor: Irving Karchmer. Publication schedule was nominally bimonthly, but issues appeared on a somewhat irregular basis.
One of the numerous sf film publications which appeared in the wake of the success of Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) and Star Wars (1977). Fantastic Films proved to be a magazine of good quality which compared well to Starlog. There were long interviews with both actors and those behind the scenes of Cinema and Television productions. Nearly all the important films and television series of the day were covered, as well as older material, including occasional episode guides to such series as The Outer Limits (1963-1965) and The Twilight Zone (1959-1964). One older film per issue was generally examined in depth, examples being The Day the Earth Stood Still (1950) and Just Imagine (1930). New and occasionally vintage Horror films were also covered. All issues used photographs from films of the era as covers instead of artwork, perhaps as a cost-saving measure. Early issues featured bound-in posters which tend to be missing from most surviving copies. [GSt]
see also: Incredible Science Fiction; Media Magazines.
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