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Cinestate’s asset acquisition of Fangoria set to resurrect the most prominent horror magazine to its glory days as a print publication.

DALLAS, TX (February 15, 2018) –– Fangoria Magazine is returning from its digital grave and back into print where it belongs. Thanks to a new investment, a new Editor-in-Chief, and a new Publisher, the world’s highest-profile horror movie magazine is reemerging as a collectible quarterly with the first issue set to drop this fall in time for Halloween. 

Cinestate, the Texas-based entertainment company, completed the deal to acquire all the assets and trademarks of the Fangoria brand, including the magazine, from The Brooklyn Company. Cinestate CEO Dallas Sonnier diligently courted the previous publisher Thomas DeFeo for several months, with the two signing an agreement that turned over the rights to Sonnier & Cinestate.

Sonnier’s first move as the new Publisher was to hire his favorite film writer Phil Nobile Jr. as the Editor-in-Chief of Fangoria Magazine. Nobile comes to Fangoria from his role as Editor-At-Large for the website Birth.Movies.Death., and as a writer/producer for Stage 3 Productions in Philadelphia, where he created a feature-length documentary on John Carpenter’s HALLOWEEN. Nobile will also act as the Creative Director for the entire Fangoria brand.

“There needs to be a Fangoria,” says Nobile. “The magazine was a constant presence in the genre since 1979 – and then one day it was gone. That felt, to us, tragically incorrect. Fango was, for multiple generations, a privileged window into the world of horror. It gave us access to filmmakers’ processes and secrets, opened our eyes to movies we might have otherwise missed, and nurtured a wave of talent that’s out there driving the genre today. I’m proud and excited to be part of the team that’s bringing this institution back.”

As part of the arrangement, Cinestate controls all material from over 300 issues of Fangoria Magazine, including articles, photos, and exclusive interviews, spanning the past 39 years. The contents of the now-infamous Fangoria storage unit in New York, a veritable treasure trove of horror history collected over decades by former staff, has arrived at the Cinestate offices to be sorted and cataloged. 

Nobile and Sonnier quickly approached and landed deals with popular Fangoria legends Tony Timpone and Michael Gingold to return to the magazine with their own columns, and to consult for the company. Additionally, the publication already has excited commitments from contributors including frequent Cinestate collaborator S. Craig Zahler (BRAWL IN CELL BLOCK 99), Ashlee Blackwell (Graveyard Shift Sisters), Samuel Zimmerman (Curator, Shudder), Grady Hendrix (PAPERBACKS FROM HELL), Meredith Borders (former Editorial Director of Birth.Movies.Death.), Rebekah McKendry (academic and horror historian), and Preston Fassel (whose project OUR LADY OF THE INFERNO is currently in development at Cinestate). Nobile shall further curate a diverse roster of voices for the new iteration of the legendary publication. 

“We are fully committed to restoring faith in Fangoria with the horror fan community, so many of whom bought subscriptions, but never received their magazines. We have also been reaching out to previous Fangoria contributors to introduce ourselves and invite them back into the tent for future collaborations. This is a process, but we are confident in our ability to earn back trust and be good partners in a brand that personally means so much to so many awesome people,” states Sonnier.

Sonnier was able to complete the Fangoria asset acquisition and fuel growth in Cinestate by raising over $5 million of investment for his company. The primary investor in Cinestate is a member of a prominent Texas family that wishes to remain anonymous. As part of the deal, Cinestate also acquired the assets and trademarks to out-of-print publications Starlog and Gorezone. 

A full staff is in place and operating from the Cinestate offices in Dallas, TX. Zack Parker, formerly of Shudder, joins Fangoria as the Director of Brand Management, along with Jessica Safavimehr as Associate Publisher and Ashley Detmering as Art Director. Nobile will be based out of New Jersey. The team is dedicated to putting Fangoria back where it belongs – in print. 

“When I read Fangoria as a kid, it was a special ritual. I had to save up for it, and then I had to find it. And bringing it home ten times a year became a kind of sacrament, poring over every photograph on every page, reading that whole thing front to back, then doing it again,” Nobile says. “We want to restore that analog thrill to readers. We want to duplicate the excitement that I remember bubbling up around a new issue of Fango, put that excitement in an envelope and mail it to our subscribers. Fangoria is not something that competes with online blogs. Fangoria is not an algorithm. Fangoria is something you hold in your hands, something you spend a bit of time with in the real world. That’s what it was for decades, and that’s what we’re going to make it again.”

Cinestate will further develop Fangoria into a brand for producing movies and podcasts, as well as publishing horror novels. Cinestate VP Amanda Presmyk will head up production on a slate of Fangoria-presented horror movies that Sonnier will bring to the table for Cinestate’s new label. 

Cinestate is currently in post on a gonzo reimagining of the PUPPET MASTER franchise, as well as Zahler’s next movie DRAGGED ACROSS CONCRETE for Lionsgate starring Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn. Cinestate also published its first novel in January – Zahler’s HUG CHICKENPENNY: THE PANEGYRIC OF AN ANOMALOUS CHILD, which is being developed into a feature by Zahler, Cinestate and the Jim Henson Company.






Cinestate is a Dallas-based entertainment company founded by movie producer Dallas Sonnier (BONE TOMAHAWK, BRAWL IN CELL BLOCK 99) that seeks to improve upon the status quo in three key ways: cultivating mutually beneficial relationships with visionary creators who want to see their projects made faithfully and distributed widely; eliminating the arbitrary separation between the mediums of books and film; and minimizing unnecessary production costs while fiercely protecting our creators’ work.

For more information, check out Cinestate on social media – @cinestatement


At the height of its popularity, Fangoria Magazine was the most renowned horror publication in the world. Fangoria rose to prominence by running exclusive interviews with horror filmmakers and offering behind-the-scenes photos and stories that were otherwise unavailable to fans in the era before the internet. The brand would eventually rise to become a force itself in the horror world, hosting its own awards show, sponsoring and hosting numerous horror conventions, producing films, and printing its own line of comics. While the past decade has not been kind to the brand, Fangoria continues to remain an important part of the lives of filmmakers such as Quentin Tarantino, James Gunn, Eli Roth and many others, who look back on the “golden years” of Fangoria with admiration and reverence.

Codename: Diablo/The Lost Empire Review

I had a really great time attending the November 11, 2017 New York City Red Carpet Premiere of the action packed spy comedy caper Codename: Diablo.

First of all, it gave me another chance to get together with my pal Hector Sanchez in New York City.  After having a nice dinner, we went to the Helen Mills Theater, which is a very intimate venue on 26th between 6th and 7th Avenue.

Codename: Diablo New York City Red Carpet Premiere Photo Terry Wickham

Before the show started, those in attendance were treated to Red Carpet festivities with Raven De La Croix, one of the stars from The Last Empire and three Buxom beauties from Codename: Diablo.  It was quite pleasurable meeting with the actresses and Writer/Producer of Codename: Diablo Dre Ys, who was also present.   I have to mention that I truly enjoyed speaking to some people who like me, appreciated what these movies had to offer.

Codename: Diablo ladies make a grand entrance at the Red Carpet Premiere  Photo Terry Wickham
The three big-bust ladies from Codename: Diablo Lilly 6K (use to be 4K when she shot the film), Mary Madison Love and Dolly Fox made quite a magnificent entrance with their supercharged curves and matching attire. You couldn’t help but be  impressed by what these bosom babes brought to the special event.  It’s not everyday you see huge-bust queens like these three.
Watching Codename: Diablo was a gas.  It was a funny film that combined not only Russ Meyer-like well-endowed women, but implemented James Bond antics, mixed with Benny Hill humor set against modern day technology environment.
Lilly 6K grabs your attention in Codename: Diablo
From the get-go I was totally entertained. Lilly 6K (who changed her name after increasing since shooting the movie) makes an unforgettable impression in the first scene with her extraordinary look.
Just when you think Lilly 6K has no escape in Codename: Diablo, the stunning brunette works her magic
What appears to to be a dire situation, she’s trapped on a yacht with a group of gun wielding frogman, is quickly reversed as the top-heavy star uses her considerable assets to pull the rug from under their feet and turn the table.
Martina Big in Codename: Diablo
Martina Big, who was not in attendance, joins her co-star to getting into the action-packed amusement. The stacked German model adds humor to the proceedings, probably unintentionally with her heavy German accented voice.
Mary Madison Love has a handle in Codename: Diablo
Hungarian model Mary Madison Love was not to be outdone.  She brought her striking European exoticness to the shenanigans and made the whole experience much more pleasurable.
Publicist Supreme Shade Rupe with Codename: Diablo Writer/Producer Dre Ys  Photo Terry Wickham

I had a great conversation with Writer/Producer Dre Ys (Andre) after the show.  I asked him how he came up with the all the noteworthy elements that made up his film.  He told me that he just wanted to make a movie with things that he’s passionate about.

The Three Bustekteers in Codename: Diablo

Mega breasted women utilized as the leads with Benny Hill comedy set amongst James Bond-like action, with many layers of multi-national accented speaking roles who were all mostly in tight body fitting latex costumes were his essential components.

I could not help but admire Dre Ys’s approach because it made Codename: Diablo distinctly his.  He doesn’t play by the rules commonly used by Hollywood, which whitewashes pictures  based on today’s homogenized political correct standards.  I find his approach courageous and I love that he’s not afraid to admit what interests him.  The fact is hardly anyone is making movies with actresses with super-sized boobs and Dre Ys is helping fill that void with the immeasurable cleavage seen in this movie.
With Lilly 6K Photo Terry Wickham
I took delight in meeting Lilly 6K afterwards. I found out the brunette atomic bombshell was from general area of the country I grew up.  I told her that whenever she was on the screen she definitely commanded it, not only because of her astonishing look, but her voice was the easiest to understand and to follow.
Lilly 6K ROCKS Codename: Diablo with a knockout 1-2 punch
As a filmmaker myself, I worked with big-bust superstar SaRenna Lee and some other chesty actresses in my career so far, but Lilly 6K takes the cake as the largest breasted model/actress I’ve ever seen in person.
With Mary Madison Love Photo Terry Wickham
Mary Madison Love is not only a head turner but she has a demure quality.  I’m not sure comes from this being her first movie, her grasp of the English language or just reserved personality in front of a crowd of people.  One cannot help to notice that her waist compared to rest of her body is remarkable.
With Dolly Fox Photo Terry  Wickham
Dolly Fox, who actually was not in this movie, but will be in the next installment of Codename: Diablo, is a vivacious blonde who most definitely has a great energy about her.  I’ve been around enough actors in all the years as a journalist/filmmaker to recognize when someone has it.  She’s got glow about her that the camera picks up.
We have much to look forward with Dolly Fox being written into the sequel to Codename: Diablo Photo Terry Wickham
Her smile and outgoing warm personality lights up the room. In the Q & A, we learned that Lilly 6K recruited her from a convention earlier in the year and I think that bodes incredibly well for the next sequel for Codename: Diablo.
The beautiful ladies of Codename: Diablo take the stage Photo Terry R. Wickham
Altogether Codename: Diablo is exactly as advertised.  It is an entertaining romp that will make you crack up pretty much non-stop, stimulate your action senses while delivering eye candy to the ultimate degree.  I am so happy to have got to experience the 35-minute movie on the big screen with some of the principals in attendance.

Believe it or not this was the first chance I ever got to see the 1983 originally released The Last Empire. I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the film.

For some reason, I thought it was a prehistoric dinosaur movie with a bunch of scantily clad women running around, but it actually wasn’t.  Instead it’s a Sci-fi fantasy film with crime elements and laughs to boot.
The story is about  three beautiful women, who are members of a lost tribe, that must battle with an evil diabolical genius who has plans to destroy their “Lost Empire.” If they can some how win and find the sacred jewels that were stolen in the movie’s opening scene, they can can control their own destiny.
What really shocked me after was seeing The Lost Empire was that it was shot by Jacques Haitkin, the same Director of Photography that filmed Wes Craven’s legendary classic A Nightmare in Elm Street one year later.
Another surprise  was noticing that the Special Animation Effects we’re done by Ernest D. Farino, who 12 months later handled the Graphic Animation Effects on James Cameron’s landmark The Terminator.
Plus there is a cool music score performed by Alan Howarth, John Carpenter’s co-composer at the time.  His soundtrack for The Last Empire really echoed Escape from New York, so you gotta love that.  Raven De La Croix was the person who suggested to pursue Howarth because she felt he might be available between projects with John Carpenter.  Very smart move on her part.
Raven De La  Croix was definitely a stunning woman in her prime.  She has a very easy-going likeable quality to go along with her natural busty look.  In person now, she’s changed quite about in the 34 years since The Last Empire was released (she’s now 70 years old), but she’s a truly caring woman who is nurturing and doing what she can to create healthy peace for all she meets.
Mary Madison Love with Raven Da Le Croix Photo Terry Wickham
De La Croix spoke after the movie about how she was cast originally cast in Russ Meyer’s movie Up, when she was noticed as a waitress in a restaurant. This led to her working with Russ Meyer and the other film work that’s been her career over 40 years since.
Raven Da La Croix with Lilly 6K Photo Terry Wickham
She’s actually quite terrific in the movie. Not only because of the way she looked, but how she projected such a likeable humoristic personality.
The rest of the movie is populated with some TV actors and some semi-famous thespians like Angus Scrimm from the Phantasm series, who plays the evil diabolical genius.
One of the pretty ladies I couldn’t help but notice was Linda Shayne, who played “MIss Salmon” in Humanoids from the Deep and the comedy Screwballs.  It was really great seeing her again in a movie.  Since steeping away from acting in 1994, she’s become a prolific writer/director for feature films and television.
All in all, I had got a kick out of watching the film, which has a love-story/comedy slant to go along with the science fiction action.  Combine it with seeing Codename: Diablo that preceded it and it was just a blast.
Raven Da La Croix with Dolly Fox Photo Terry Wickham
After The Last Empire finished there was a question-and-answer session where Raven Da La Croix answered all the questions from the audience, then she signed merchandise.
Then we were able to meet with each of the three shapely actresses representing Codename: Diablo, which was not only nice on the eyes, but it was a real joy speaking to each one of the ultra-stacked ladies.
I would highly recommend you see both films. Codename: Diablo is aiming to come on Blu-ray in December and you should track down The Last Empire on Blu-ray as well. You’ll have a laugh riot experiencing their harmless entertainment.

Look for my review of Codename: Diablo Red Carpet Premiere – Sunday November 12th

Just found out tonight I will be attending the Red Carpet Premiere of Codename: Diablo! to review the film. CODENAME DIABLO! is an American Russ Meyeresque, Girls with Guns, Action Comedy movie with a 60s spy spoof and Charlie’s Angels twist. Looking forward to seeing it with my pal Hector Sanchez. Tickets for Saturday November 11th Red Carpet and Los Angeles November 18th Red Carpet Premiere are still available