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Cinefantastique is a horror, fantasy, and science fiction film magazine started 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 and 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. Horror can mean several things: Horror (emotion) Horror fiction Horror film This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... For other definitions of fantasy, see fantasy (psychology). ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... A genre is any of the traditional divisions of art forms from a single field of activity into various kinds according to criteria particular to that form. ... Famous Monsters of Filmland was a genre-specific film fan magazine magazine started in 1958 by publisher James Warren and editor Forrest J Ackerman. ...


The magazine quickly came to be known for its lengthy, information-filled "tribute" articles devoted to the full production details of such classic films as The Incredible Shrinking Man and Planet of the Apes. Based on the popularity of these articles, Cinefantastique began producing huge double-issues centering on comprehensive Making-Of looks at such movies as Star Wars, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Blade Runner, and The Thing, many of which have since become accepted as the definitive source of production information regarding these and other genre titles. The Incredible Shrinking Man is a 1957 science fiction film based upon the novel The Shrinking Man by Richard Matheson, and adapted for the screen by Matheson. ... Planet of the Apes is a novel by Pierre Boulle, originally published in French as La Planète des Singes. ... Star Wars creator George Lucas had originally written the summaries for fifteen stories that would make up his entire Star Wars saga. ... Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) is a science-fiction movie about UFOs, written and directed by Steven Spielberg. ... Blade Runner is a science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott and released in 1982; it depicts a dark, dystopic vision of Los Angeles in November 2019. ... The Thing DVD. Cover art by Drew Struzan The Thing is a 1982 science fiction film directed by John Carpenter. ...


On October 17, 2000, Clarke died, apparently a suicide. Rights to the continuing publication of Cinefantastique were acquired by Mark A. Altman's Mindfire Entertainment, who re-named the magazine "CFQ".


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Mindfire Entertainment Acquires Cinefantastique (370 words)
Cinefantastique -- known by readers and fans as CFQ -- was founded by publisher and editor Frederick S. Clarke, who passed away in October 2000.
"Cinefantastique was one of the publications that initially sparked my interest in entertainment journalism, and the thorough, no-stone-left-unturned editorial style established by Fred Clarke remains the standard by which all other magazines in this field are still compared," said Williams.
In addition to CFQ, Mindfire has acquired its sister publication, Femme Fatales, which was established by Clarke's company in 1992 and will be updated as a "sci-fi Maxim," Altman explains.
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