The title of this post is lifted from Darkside magazine's fanzine column in the early 90's (I'm sure Darkside won't mind me indulging in a little plagiarism
Fanzines were like my school textbooks for mondo movie cinema - I didn't collect a lot of fanzines, (because organising postal orders to the UK was a major mission for me when I was a teenager) but what I have I cherish. I'm just gonna rattle off a few names here - some of my favourites - IN THE FLESH, SAMHAIN, SHOCK XPRESS, MONSTROID, VIDEOOZE, INVASION OF THE SAD MAN-EATING MUSHROOMS, HEADPRESS, COLD SWEAT....they were all great mags and introduced me to the likes of Jorg Buttgereit, Jess Franco, Asian action cinema (or "Heroic Bloodshed" as everyone called it back then). Fanzines were a great way of discovering obscure movies - IN THE FLESH introduced me to the likes of Deodato's LIVE LIKE A COP, DIE LIKE A MAN, or thru MONSTROID I read about the weirdo porn epic THUNDERCRACK! (which I still haven't seen!) and the amazing homo experimental film PINK NARCISSUS...I devoured the classified pages of SAMHAIN which for guys like me who had just missed the pre-cert era, were a treasure trove of hard-to-find cinema.
One of my favourite fanzines was the SHOCK XPRESS. I still dig out my old issues from time to time just to read editor and head-honcho Stefan Jaworzyn brilliant editorials on life, movies and the Butthole Surfers. Nowadays Stefan Jaworzyn appears in my record collection, as he was also involved in the UK Industrial / Noise rock playing in bands like Pure and the mighty Skullflower. I think the essay on the Scala cinema which appears in the second SHOCK XPRESS book is my favourite piece of cult film writing.
I could go on an on....I'd love to hear some fanzine memories from the mondo movie heads out there...