Film Threat Magazine On Hiatus; Gore Pondering Future
by Eugene Hernandez
Chris Gore, founder and publisher of Film Threat magazine, has revealed
that the publication is on hiatus and that he is considering folding the
magazine. Citing difficulties in securing investments to support his
recently formed publishing company, Gore decided to halt publication
with the April/May 1997 issue. However, in a telephone conversation
yesterday he stated that a final decision on the fate of the magazine
lies in the hands of the readers and in his ability to raise funding.
Gore admitted that after buying the magazine back from Larry Flynt
Publications last Spring with his own funds, he had hoped to continue
fulfillment with $500,000 raised through investments. He explained that
his approach was not unlike that of an independent filmmaker who begins
production on a film prior to having all the funding in place.
Yesterday, Gore posted a message to readers on the Film Threat website
explaining the situation and seeking input on how to proceed — wait for
funding or suspend publication altogether.
Founded in 1985, Film Threat began as a fanzine in Detroit, Michigan and
grew into a popular publication for underground and independent film. In
1991 Gore sold the magazine to LFP, who owned the publication until he
bought it back in April of 1996. Explaining the current situation, Gore
stated that the magazine’s financial difficulties will not affect his
company’s popular Film Threat Video, which is set to distribute and sell
10 movies this fall or Film Threat Online and the Film Threat Weekly
email service. In addition, Gore revealed that he has signed a two-book
deal with St. Martin’s Press for a series of FT books.
Gore admits that he is not sure how to proceed, confirming, “How readers
and subscribers respond is really going to dictate the decision.” While
he openly questions whether Film Threat, the print magazine, is really
necessary, he remains hopeful that, if it’s what his readers want, he
can secure investments to keep the publication alive, “I am looking for
funding and answers.”
Film Threat is accessible on the Internet @