The Magazine With A Sense Of Wonder
Sci-Fi, Classic Monsters, Horror Monthly Magazine from Chicago ,United States
Ceased publication

- First and last issue: 1970-2002
- Devoted to Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror films.
- Started by Fred Clarke as an amateur mimeograph version in 1967.
- Editor: Dan Persons
- 64 color pages in A4 format.

- Fred Clarke died in October 2000 and the mag was sold. The new CFQ will never be the same.
- Published by Frederick S. Clarke
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Issue 168
Vol 33 #6 2001
Smallville: Super-strength? Of course. X-ray vision? Sorta. Red and blue tights? That's so comic book. It's the youth of Superman, but hipper, edgier, and prettier (hey, what do you want? It's the WB). Frank Garcia talks to the producers.
Brotherhood Of The Wolf: Is this the next Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon? Dan Scapperotti talks to French director Christopher Gans about what it takes to blend historical intrigue, martial arts, and the occasional Iroquois into an epic fantasy.
The Time Machine: H.G. Wells's grandson takes up the mantle, and tries to go George Pal one better in this lavish remake. Dan Scapperotti gets a glimpse of twenty-first century Morlocks, articulate Eloi, and behind-the-scenes breakdowns.
The One: It ain't Nixon. Martial artists Jet Li goes where no one's gone before (except maybe Jean-Claude Van Damme... and Jackie Chan) and discovers he's his own worst enemy in this parallel universe action-adventure.
From Hell: Urban chroniclers the Hughes brothers meet British master of the graphic novel Alan Moore and take on his conspiracy-laden retelling og the Jack The Ripper legend. Andrew Osmond looks at the production, considers the original graphic novel, and examines the mass murderer's on-screen history.
Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone: Will the marketing blitz end in cinematic bliss? Every child wants to enroll in Hogwarts; every adult prays that Chris Columbus, who pleased the masses with Home Alone and Mrs. Doubtfire (oh, and was responsible for a modest groundbreaker called Gremlins), can make this first entry in the franchise palatble to that part of the audience which doesn't consider Capri Sun the perfect mid-day beverage. Andrew Osmond casts his spell over the project.
Lorf Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring: The most influential fantasy novel of the twentieth century gets a massive influx in cash and the seasoned hand of idiosyncratic New Zealand director and Tolkien fan Peter Jackson to guide it to the screen. Ross Plesset ventures to Middle-Earth and learns the pleasures and perils of envisioning a literary landmark.
Monsters, Inc.: They're big, they're scary, they've got a medical plan! Pixar returns to the screen with a look at a world where kids' screams are more precious than a barrel of crude, and the Thing in the Closet is just your average working Joe, trying to get by. Lawrence French checks out the production.
First Wave: Miwa Hirai talks with Twice Bless'd Man Sebastian Spence.
A Wrinkle In Time: It's another, much-loved young-adult fantasy novel, this time coming to the TV screen. Frank Garcia reports from the set.

Issue 167
Vol 33 #5 2001
Lord Of The Rings: A long-time fan of J.R.R. Tolkien's epic work, Christopher Lee had the honor of visiting Middle Earth as the evil wizard Saruman. The legendary actor tells Ross Plesset what the trip meant to him, and what it will mean to audiences this winter.
Set Stories: Direct from the soundstages and location shoots of The Outer Limits, Ginger Snaps, and Suspended Animation, CFQ's reporters bring you tales of the complexities and rewards of genre film production.
Jeepers Creepers: A controversial director tries his hand at a teen slasher flick, and comes back with a shocker that may well jolt the moribund horor genre back to life. Mitch Persons talks to director Victor Salva and the Creeper himself, Jonathan Breck, and finds out why you should be very, very afraid of novelty tunes on the radio.
The Chronicle: All the two-headed transplants that are fit to print? In the Sci Fi Channel series, the supermarket tabloid is a prime example of high-tech journalism, the weird is real, and the reporters are a dedicated crew pledge to taking to print what Fox Mulder never could. Dan Scapperotti digs the dirt on the people who dig the dirt.
Enterprise: Voyager had barely returned to dry-dock when UPN decided to flash back to the ultimate forebear of the most celebrated starship in the fleet. Anna L. Kaplan brings you the background, Gregory L. Norris and Laura A. Van Fleet talk to star Scott Bakula.
Star Trek: Voyager: The end has come, and none too soon, according to some fans. In the first of two parts, Anna L. Kaplan examines the efforts expended during Voyager's last two seasons, and highlights the successes and failures in her sixth season episode guide.
Ghosts Of Mars: John Carpenter gets tough on Mars, and doesn't spare us any 'tude, either. Denise Dumars takes us on location to speak to cast and crew, while John Thonen looks at Carpenter's reliance on that most hallowed of film genres, the western.
The Invisible Man: Rebuilding from the ground up the concept of the man who isn't there, the Sci Fi Channel series offers up secret government agencies and quicksilver glands. Dan Scapperotti gives us a clear view.
A.I. genesis: Joe Fordman looks into the extended gestation of the controversial Kubrick/Spielberg hybrid.
Session 9: Dan Scapperotti examines how an abandoned hospital inspired director Brad Anderson to spin a tale of subtle dread.

Issue 166
Vol 33 #4 2001
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Ghosts Of Mars: Howard Hawkes lands on Mars and John Carpenter gets back to basics in this tale of an off-world colony under siege by an implacable force of resurrected warriors. Denise Dumars gives you a preview of the carnage.
Final Fantasy: The synthespians are here. From the sunny shores of Hawaii comes a daring attempt to kick the art of computer-generated filmmaking to the next level. Biff L. Peterson was on-site, and gives us a report on the bytes that go to build this vidgame adaptation.
Spaceman: The onion's Scott Dikkers put his life in turnaround to film this quirky, low-tech examination of what happens when a human, kidnapped and trained for alien combat, falls back to earth. Paula Vitaris delivers a tale of hardship and triumph.
Cats & Dogs: It's a conjuction of the beastmasters as the Tippett Company, Rhythm and Hues, and the Henson Creature Shop join forces to make the war between felines and canines a reality. Mitch Persons sends a report from the front.
Evolution: Ivan Reitman and David Duchovny make fun of the end of the world and tell Scott Tracy Griffin and Paula Vitaris why we should all have a good, hearty chuckle at our impending doom.
Planet Of The Apes: After close to a decade of stalled attempts to revive the once-blockbuster franchise, director Tim Burton has taken the reins and whipped up a ''reimagining'' that nods to the past (Charlton Heston is a chimpanzee!) and plunges boldly onto its own path. Ross Plesset unearths the production details and looks at previous, derailed revivals; Mark Phillips and Frank Garcia look at the glories and goofs of the original series.
Jurassic Park III: Come back to Isla Nublar, where the foliage is lush, the ambiance is mysterious, and the dinos are, oh yes, hungry. Denise Dumars gets the full tour from director Joe Johnston and star Sam Neil and learns the secrets of both the live action and CG effects from the folk at Stan Winston Studios and ILM.
Atlantis: The Lost Empire: The Disney animation shop takes a big bite of adventure pie and eschews the studio's standard trappings to take audiences on a wild ride to a lost civilization. Andrew Osmond talks to the directors, designers, and animators about breaking with house style and has a special conversation with Hellboy's Mike Mignola about the framed artist's role in the revolt.
Effects for The Mummy Returns: ILM's other big summer project teems with pygmy mummies and Annubis warriors. Chuck Wagner takes us behind the scenes to explore the complexities in once again raising the dead.

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Issue 165
Vol 33 #3 2001
Rollerball: Modern media trends have caught up with the original roller-derby-for-high-stakes allegory. What do you do when reality TV trumps your original concept? Chuck Wagner talks with director John McTiernan.
Angry kid: The studio responsible for Chicken Run and the Wallece and Gromit series proves it still has the edge with these two-minute webisodes. Andrew Osmond delves into the birth and groth of one nasty little boy.
Andromeda's Lisa Ryder & Lexa Doig: The Systems Commonwealth may be in decline, but the uniforms sure are sexy. David Z.C. Hines explores the complexities of being a well-rounded character in a Gene Roddenberry universe.
Dinotopia: James Gumey spun a symbiotic paradise when he created his illustrated fantasies about a land where humans and dinosaurs live and work together. Dan Scapperotti gives us a preview of next year's mini-series.
The Bunker: Retribution awaits a corps of German soldiers who dare to seek shelter in a bunker with a dark past. Alan Jones explores the terrors that hide in shadows.
The Mummy Returns: Universal couldn't wait to put the sequel to the 1999 surprise hit on the production fast-track. Now Douglas Eby shows us how director Stephen Sommers, stars Bredan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, and Amold Vosloo - aided and abetted by a friendly little guy know as the Scorpion king - put together a filting follow-up to the first, fast-paced adventure.
Tomb Raider: Somewhere in the intersection of The Mummy and Charlie's Angels waits Lara Croft, videogame femme fatale and, in the person of Angelina Jolie, star of the summer's other hotly-awaited action-adventure romp. Alan Jones takes us on a tour of all the places we'll go with the intepid explorer.
Shrek: All Shrek wants to do is be alone. All Jeffrey Katzenberg wants to do is to prove that DreamWorks, with the help of Pacific Data Images, has the CG edge. Ross Plesset shows you how, by dashing one ogre's aspirations, one studio head may well get his.
The Birds: A director who's no stranger to enigmas created his greatest puzzle with this nature-gone-wild fantasy. Dennis Kleinman seeks to crack Hitchcock's clues.
Special Unit 2: Chicago goes Kolchak as Dan Scapperotti looks at the new UPN series.
It's tough to be a bug: Ross Plesset introduces us to the new attraction at Disney's California Adventure.

Issue 164
Vol 33 #1/2 2001
Black Scorpion: What happens when you mix the campiest of mid-eighties superhero television with the bounciest of new millennium syndicated programming? A match made in Roger Corman heaven.
Ed Gein: The Wisconsin Ghoul: Meet the inspiration for Norman Bates, Leatherface, and a host of other ghouls in a film that unveils the reality behind the legend.
Battlestar Galactica : The second coming: Richard Hatch pushes for the rebirth of the late seventies series with a test trailer that stirs the dreams of an audience of avid fans.
House Of 1000 Corpses: Rocker Rob zombie reaches back to an era when horror films were scary, and brings us this blast from a more potent past.
The Mummy Returns: Director Stephen Sommers once again takes on the classic monster for a sequel that Universal hopes will replicate the success of the 1999 predecessor.
Farscape: The Sci Fi Channel asked for an advemture in a universe that was truly alien. The Henson Company, aided and abetted by top-notch talent both behind and in front of the camera, delivered an intriguingly elaborateseries that's about more than humans hobnobbing with puppets.
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon: It took a mainstream director to meld Hong Kong action with affecting drama. The story of Ang Lee's celebrated fantasy film.
The Forsaken: New mythology, the internal combustion engine, and the American road combine in Joe Cardone's modern vampire tale.
Faust: A premature debut of Brian Yuzna's comic-book adaptation may have put a serious crimp in the director's dreams of a new, B-movie empire.
Python: Direct-to-video again treads familiar ground as Casper Van Dien, Wil Wheaton, and Robert Englund play against a computer animated snake (that isn't a python, by the way).
Gary & Mike: It's a jolly roadtrip - complete with bouncing bimbos, suicide cults, and psychotic starlets - as the creators of MAD TV and THE PJ'S team up for a raunchy, stopmotion animated comedy.
Memento: The hit of this year's Sundance was an offbeat noir thriller in which time flows backwards and the beginning offers more answers than the end (trust us, that makes more sense than you suspect).
The Wings Of Honneamise: Famed for its mix of humor, introspection, and steampunk-style alt-reality, a visionary anime classic makes its debut ob DVD.
Reviews: Unbreakable, Nonhosono, Shadow Of The Vampire, What Women Want, Strange Frequency, The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne, Bug Wars.

Issue 163
Vol 32 #6 2001
Tribute to Fred Clarke: Only one man had the courage to create a magazine dedicated to the sense of wonder in us all. A veteran contributor shares his memories.
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon: Returning to his roots, director Ang Lee offers an exquisite synthesis of Far East mythology that's been wowing aidiences worldwide.
Hannibal: Auteur Ridley Scott filmed the Thomas Harris sequel, continuing the story of Dr. Hannibal Lecter.
Osmosis Jones: A sneak peek at the Farrelly Brothers' ambitiously imaginative animation live-action tale about the human body's fight against disease.
Dario Argento: The legendary maestro of the quintessentially Italian artform - the Giallo picture - on returning to his slasher movie roots.
Dracula 2000: Roll over Bram Stoker, director Patrick Lussier, and writer/producer Joel Soisson, are bringing Dracula into the 21st century.
Marvel movies: An interview with Marvel Studios chief Avi Arad, the man responsible for recruiting the talent to get comic boos on film.
50 most powerful people in science fiction: CFQ's annual look at the artists and executives who have the clout and talent to make dreams come true.
Kirsten Dunst: The actress on filming The Crow: Salvation, the third entry in the movie series based on James O'Barr's horror comic book.
The Emperor's New Groove: Despite being of victim of the ''Troubled Production Virus,'' those involved in the film want to set the record straight.
Robocop III - Prime Directives: Director Julian Grant and screenwriter Brad Abraham and Joseph O' Brien talk about their work on the new miniseries.
Shaun Smith: The effects man responsible for the RoboWrangling discusses getting the actors in those pesky suits.
Farscape: The Sci-Fi Channel's remarkably inventive prime-time series from Down Under heads into the third season.
The Gift: Director Sam Raimi's latest, a supernatural art film that was filmed in Savannah, Georgia, starring actress Cate Blanchett.
Scary Movie: An Axploitation send-up of the latest teen slashers, this stabfest is worthy of a rental.

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