Supernal Dreams

Veteran CFQ journalist Lawrence French takes you deep into the dark and dreamy world of horror, fantasy, and science fiction films.

PETER CUSHING: A Tribute to Christopher Lee

PETER CUSHING: A Tribute to Christopher Lee

The ninth issue of Cinefantastique featured a career article devoted to Christopher Lee, way back in the fall of 1973. Peter Cushing wrote this heartfelt introduction for his good friend, although they were only to make three more films together. Luckily Ted Newsome brought them together one last time for his documentary on Hammer films, [...]

The Brave New World of INSURGENT

The Brave New World of INSURGENT

Insurgent, the second chapter in Summit Entertainment’s Divergent series, arrives over a year after the first film, but takes place only three days after the climatic battle that ended Divergent, where the heroine, Tris seemed to be heading with her boyfriend Tobias Eaton or “Four” towards the walled “outlands” of a [...]

Bringing back the dead in THE LAZARUS EFFECT

Bringing back the dead in THE LAZARUS EFFECT

THE LAZARUS EFFECT is quite an effective little horror chiller, that benefits greatly by treating it’s subject–a group of scientists exploring the possibility of bringing the dead back to life–with deadly seriousness. The movie follows two romantically involved researchers, Frank (Mark Duplass) and his fiancée Zoe (Olivia Wilde), who are operating with a grant from [...]

George Lucas on STAR WARS, EPISODE 1: THE PHANTOM MENACE

George Lucas on STAR WARS, EPISODE 1: THE PHANTOM MENACE

With STAR WARS EPISODE I: THE PHANTOM MENACE returning to theatres in a new 3-D version, we flashback to May, 1999 for my preview report that appeared in Cinefantastique’s cover story on the film.
A long time ago in a Galaxy far, far away…
Turmoil has engulfed the Galactic Republic. The taxation of trade routes to outlying [...]

Academy gives honorary Oscars to Dick Smith and James Earl Jones; J. J. Abrahms sites “Cinefantastique Magazine” in his tribute to “The Godfather of Make-up Artists”

This weeks CFQ Ultra-Lounge podcast features a talk on Dick Smith getting his honorary Oscar for the groundbreaking work he did as one of the greatest  make-up artists in the history of the cinema.  Cinefantastique Magazine helped paved the way for this award, by devoting a retrospective cover story to Mr. Smith and his (then) [...]

A CFQ Retrospective: Celebrating Pixar’s 25th Anniversary

This year marks Pixar Animation Studios 25th Anniversary, although the core group that went on to form Pixar actually dates back before 1986.  Cinefantastique was on the scene to celebrate Pixar’s  first major success, TOY STORY  in 1995, along with their early triumphs in computer graphics for effects work.  As CARS 2 is about to [...]

Memories of Vincent Price for his Centennial Celebration

Memories of Vincent Price for his Centennial Celebration

To celebrate the lasting legacy of  Vincent Price in his centennial year, here is a collection of  fond memories and  a few letters  from a selection of his many friends and co-workers.

CHRISTOPHER LEE

HOUSE OF THE LONG SHADOWS was my last film with Vincent.  It was the first time Vincent, Peter Cushing, John [...]

Roger Corman celebrates Vincent Price’s 100th Birthday in St. Louis

In 1960 when Roger Corman cast Vincent Price in The House of Usher he never had any thoughts about  making a whole series of Poe films, but box-office success quickly changed his mind. As a result, between 1960 and 1965, Corman and Vincent Price went on to make eight films together, which most people [...]

At the Mountains of Madness: H. P. Lovecraft and Hollywood

At the Mountains of Madness: H. P. Lovecraft and Hollywood

While Universal’s planned version of AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS was being put on hold, I began looking as some of the dates when Lovecraft came up with his classic terror stories.  I was rather startled to see that Lovecraft’s work was mostly done in close harmony with the classic era of Hollywood horror in the twenties [...]

Supernal Dreams: Sir Christopher Lee receives the BAFTA Fellowship award in London

Supernal Dreams: Sir Christopher Lee receives the BAFTA Fellowship award in London

In the history of Cinefantastique Magazine,  Sir Cristopher Lee has appeared on our cover three times, surpassed only by Ray Harryhausen.   Interestingly enough, all three of the CFQ covers on Lee (Dracula,  The Man With The Golden Gun and The Wicker Man), were also the movies that were given the most play in the [...]