Dear GoreZone Magazine,
Firstly well done for have a glossy and fairly nice looking magazine that has managed to stay afloat during in a climate almost designed to make just that very difficult. It is definitely an achievement that a niche magazine has kept on keeping on, and I salute that.
I first bought GoreZone about a year, maybe a year and a half, ago when the mag was still in its relative infancy and I was thoroughly disappointed. So I decided I would stick to Fango. But then yesterday, I saw the mag in a shop in Manchester and spotted a review of Enzo Castellari’s Bronx Warriors movies. So I figured I would give it another whirl.
Now, I am not one of these guys who gets all heated about grammar and spelling but come on, this is just ridiculous. I’m assuming that none of your articles get proofread at all as the level of grammar and spelling really is atrocious. Which is something that needs to be rectified if you are going to continue calling yourself “The world’s most upmarket horror entertainment magazine”. Basic spelling and grammar are an absolute must for any professional looking publication, and when you skip on it it makes you look like a bunch of amateurs. And if some Mary Whitehouse type were to pick up the magazine as fodder for her latest crusade against people having bloody fun then she would probably think the horror community is a bunch of uneducated degenerates fixated on big boobs.
And so in lies my main problem with GoreZone: I don’t like that you assume that all horror fans want to see bikinied up girls flaunting it around. I’m a red-blooded male gorehound who loves the ladies, but when I pick up a horror magazine I want to read about what gory flicks are coming soon and about classic genre flicks that get our jugulars pumping. If I am honest the reviews are well written for the most part, and the features go into some level of depth which is good. Now just sort out the content.
Females are maligned in this genre we love as pure eye candy, or examples of pure evil. This is the most progressive genre in the world, the genre that showed up women can be heroes with films like the Night Of The Living Dead remake but even though people are striving to make something more of the genre, other people (such as yourselves) are dragging it back down. For example in your Christa Campbell VS Joe Bloggs piece, the question “Are big breasts accessory or necessity?” is thoroughly unnecessary, and Christa’s answer pretty much set the women’s movement back god knows how far “The bigger the better no? You have to get their attention somehow…”
It just really seems like “the world’s most upmarket horror entertainment magazine” is Nuts for horror fans (or even the celebrity obsessed Heat), as opposed to “Vogue for horror fans” as you have printed on your cover.
Now I’m no prude, I love the movies of Fred Olen Ray, Jess Franco, Russ Meyer and Jean Rollin but with Women In Horror Recognition Month on the horizon, lets just try and remember that there is more to women than lumps of fat on their chests. Be as progressive as the genre allows and focus more on the horror that all your readers love, as opposed to the scantily clad ladies (which I assume appeals to at least a percentage of your readers). Imagine what could be accomplished by a truly “upmarket” horror publication from the UK, that focussed on movies and the genre rather than the interchangeable commodity that are actors, that would truly be an achievement!
So GoreZone please: more horror, less half naked girls.
Here is my point illustrated:
Cover stories Fangoria: Daybreakers, Legion, Dread, The Graves, Lake Mungo & The Crazies.
Cover stories GoreZone: Natasha Lyonne, Edi Gathegi, Cameron Diaz, Danielle Harris & Bobbi Sue Luther.