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**2014 Rondo Hatton Award Winner: Best Documentary**
Freaks! Mutants! A world gone mad! The title says it all!
Nudism. Esperanto. King Kong. "Sci-Fi". What do all of these things have in common? Simple: Forrest J Ackerman.
"Who is that?"
Glad you asked. Forrest J Ackerman (RIP) was an agent, a notorious, serial bit player, and an honorary lesbian. Known the world over as "Uncle Forry", "EEEE", "4SJ", "Dr. Acula", and numerous other pseudonyms (a few none too kind), Mr. Ackerman was perhaps best known as the original editor of Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine, the creator of Vampirella, and all-around mega-fan!
So what!? Well you should know that many of the things you love and the people you admire (for the most part!) think of Forry as a treasure trove of knowledge and enthusiasm! Be it horror, science fiction, fantasy, or just generally being naked, he has been there, done that, seen it done or turned away from it!!
His clients were a who's who of genre delights: Charles Beaumont, A. E. Van Vogt, William F. Nolan, Curt Siodmak, and L. Ron Hubbard to mention but a few. His friends span the chasm of the twentieth century and beyond, be they slobbering sci-fi neophytes, or the likes of Ray Harryhausen, Ray Bradbury, and John Landis. Forry is embedded in the culture of film, fantasy and science fiction! A self-made fan, he has been an institution and fixture living in various incarnations of his own personal museum, the AckerMansion in Hollyweird, Karloffornia for almost a century... Like Dracula, the Mummy and Frankenstein's Monster, he lives on...
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Posted by Jon McFaul on 18th Jan 2017
This is well worth the money for any fan of vintage horror and science-fiction . I grew up loving Famous Monsters magazine , and I would have given anything to have been able to go on a tour of Forry's house , it must have been incredible . I highly recommend it .
Posted by peter geusens on 22nd Sep 2016
the DVD arrived on time and in perfect condition
interesting documentary about one of the most famous film buffs in the world
Posted by Count Gore De Vol (The Vault) on 11th Jul 2013
Every Monster Kid in the world is familiar with "Famous Monsters of Filmland Magazine" and its creator Forrest J Ackerman. But who was this person with the unusual first name, and what was his influence on the world of horror, science fiction and fantasy? These are the things Jason V Brock set out to explore in his new documentary, "The Ackermonster Chronicles," now available on DVD.
Told through a series of interviews with Forry himself as well as many of his friends and admirers such as Ray Bradbury, William Nolan, Dan O'Bannon, John Landis, Joe Dante and...
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Posted by Aaron J. French on 4th Jul 2013
Picked up this new documentary "The AckerMonster Chronicles" while I was at WHC and it's just a terrific film, I highly recommend it; featuring some great interviews with William F. Nolan, John Landis, and the late great Richard Matheson. No time like the present to pick this DVD up and get yourself educated on some of the most interesting and influential figures in the history of genre fiction.
Posted by Robert Devereaux on 4th Jul 2013
This is a topnotch labor of love, for a brilliantly quirky, beloved, and inspirational figure in the world of fantastic storytelling, whether in book form or realized as film, Forrest J. Ackerman.
For those of us who found him through Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine--later shortened to Famous Monsters--in the late fifties, early sixties, he helped deepen and direct our already fertile imaginations. Many are interviewed or mentioned in this documentary. His inspirational power goes deep into the late twentieth century and beyond, and that reach is quite apparent both in term of cinema and fiction. Ray Bradbury and Stephen King are the most prominent examples of the latter, though many writers of my acquaintance hold a cherished spot in their hearts for this generous man.
In my early teens, I bought at the drug store and sneaked home under my jacket not Playboy but Famous Monsters, forbidden by Mom and the only time I defied her. That magazine helped seed my nascent creative urges and feeds into the fiction I have produced since.
A must-see for anyone interested in these matters!
Posted by Shirley on 22nd Apr 2013
Jason and Sunni have produced a loving, mischievous homage to the late, great Ackermonster. I'm sure he's so very gleefully enjoying all of this posthumous attention...
Fun ride for both the initiated and uninitiated into the mysteries of the man who coined the term "sci-fi" and made us all laugh with childish wonder whenever we had the great pleasure to be in the same room with him, especially during home tours. Who can ever forget that dirt floored, coffin-littered space under the mansion??!!
We will always love you, 4E!!!!!!!!
Posted by Doug M. on 27th Mar 2013
I was curious about how the producers would approach this biography of Forry Ackerman. Forry was an odd sort of man--a writer, editor, agent, would-be actor, nudist, satanist, and friend to kids of all ages.
The film covers much of this ground, with good material on Forry the agent and Forry the nudist. Satanism is passed over completely--which is fine, and his time as editor of Famous Monsters is condensed and topped with the sad tale of his battle with Ray Forry--which is also condensed.
The key to this film is that it does give the viewer a feeling of Forry--the wide-eyed, never-grown-up man who popularized Sci-Fi for much of the world. It does so with interviews with Forry and some of his friends, many of which are quite in depth and informative while one or two are rather vapid and useless.
Overall, I thought the film covered a lot of ground fairly well--I would give it a solid B for content and an A for intent.
Posted by Nik Grant on 31st Jan 2013
What a great treat to see this homage to Forry! I met Forry through Ray Bradbury, and in turn met many people through Forry.
The interviews rekindled many Forry moments for me, and now I wish there were several volumes of Forry's amazing life. He was so mild-mannered it's difficult to realize that he was a trail blazer, and this film reminds us of that.
And I'm glad Forry's interest in Lesbianism and Nudism were covered - uncovered! - here. A feast for the eyes and worth the price of admission.
Posted by Jay Duncan on 28th Jan 2013
I received THE ACKERMONSTER CHRONICLES in yesterday's mail, and just finished watching a most delightful, entertaining, informative...and *eye-opening* DVD. Kudos for having the vision and insight to conduct and assemble this 105-minute video document of historic and cultural importance.
Posted by Russell Stone on 23rd Jan 2013
I just finished watching "The AckerMonster Chronicles," which I had earlier received in the mail. It was outstanding! I learned a lot about Forry that I never knew. I loved the excellent selection of guests who were all very entertaining. It covered well all of the lesser-known areas of his life, such as Esperanto and Nudism. All of the visuals and music were pleasant and interesting. Thank you for this superior documentary about the great 4E!
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