Cinefantastique was a horror, fantasy, and science fiction film
The magazine originally started as a mimeographed fanzine in 1967,
then relaunched as a glossy, offset printed quarterly in 1970 by
publisher/editor Frederick S. Clarke. Intended as a serious
critical/review journal of the genres, the magazine immediately set
itself apart from such competitors as
Famous Monsters of Filmland
Famous Monsters of Filmland and
The Monster Times due to its slick paper stock and use of full color
interior film stills. Cinefantastique's articles and reviews
emphasized an intelligent, near-scholarly approach, a then-unusual
slant for such a genre-specific magazine. Advertisements were few,
with most of them being only ads for other titles and materials by the
publisher. This lack of "page padding" assured the reader a high
proportion of original editorial content.
The magazine quickly came to be known for its lengthy,
information-filled "retrospective" articles devoted to the full
production details of such classic films as 1951's The Day The Earth
Stood Still, George Pal's War of the Worlds, The Incredible Shrinking
Man, and Planet of the Apes. Based on the popularity of these
Cinefantastique began producing huge double-issues centering
on comprehensive "Making-Of" looks at such movies as Disney's 20,000
Leagues Under The Sea, Forbidden Planet, Star Wars, Close Encounters
of the Third Kind, Blade Runner, and The Thing. The magazine also
devoted several issues to
Star Trek films and Star Trek: The Next
Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Many of the articles have
since become accepted as the definitive source of production
information regarding these and other genre titles.
The magazine was responsible for introducing the work of several
writers who have continued to produce important work in the film
field, including Don Shay, Bill Warren, Tim Lucas, Mick Garris,
Stephen Rebello, Steven Rubin, Dan Scapperotti, Dale Winogura, Jeffrey
Frentzen, Paul M. Sammon (who authored the
Blade Runner double issue
and later turned it into an extensive book called Future Noir), Dan
Fiebiger, and Alan Jones.
On October 17, 2000, due to complications from long-time, clinical
depression, Clarke committed suicide at the age of 51.
Editorship was briefly assumed by long-time contributor Dan Persons,
until rights to the continuing publication of
acquired by Mark A. Altman's Mindfire Entertainment, who formally
renamed the magazine CFQ.
In November 2006, CFQ editor Jeff Bond announced that the magazine
would be "going on hiatus into 2007", promising that in the near
future it would return "on an irregular basis for in-depth spotlights
& special issues". The magazine was succeeded by Geek Monthly,
with Bond at the helm.
Cinefantastique relaunched as a webzine in August 2007, called
Cinefantastique Online, under the supervision of the magazine's former
West Coast Editor, Steve Biodrowski.
Cinefantastique was purchased by and became a wholly owned
trademark of Fourth Castle Micromedia, a New York-based company owned
by genre marketing veteran Joe Sena. Fourth Castle is known for their
EMCE Toys brand, whose first lines of "Retro Cloth" 8" action figures
were reproductions of classic MEGO toys.
Fourth Castle produced a one-shot,
Cinefantastique Presents The
Ultimate Guide To Zombies in 2012. The magazine was slated for
relaunch in 2015, and Biodrowski continued to run Cinefantastique
Online while Dan Persons produced podcasts for the publication.
^ a b "Frederick S. Clarke, 51, of Cinefantastique". The New York
Times. 9 November 2000. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
^ Jones, Alan (November 20, 2000). "Frederick Clarke". The Guardian.
Retrieved May 1, 2017.
^ Biodrowski, Steve (29 April 2010). "Godzillathon in San Francisco".
Cinefantastique Online. Retrieved 7 March 2012.