Midi Minuit Fantastique
From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Founded by Michel Caen and Alain Le Bris, with help from Jean Boullet, Francis Lacassin and Jean-Claude Romer, the magazine was dedicated to le fantastique, horror and science fiction films of the 1960s. It had a guide to the Parisian film theatres showing those cultish genres.
In later days, when acceptance of alternative canons of cinema had grown, Midi Minuit Fantastique sometimes dealt with more mainstream subject matter with profiles on Samuel Fuller, Otto Preminger or Federico Fellini.
Precursors to Midi Minuit Fantastique were the film magazine Saint-Cinéma des Prés (1949 - 1950) and Adonis Kyrou's Le Surréalisme au cinéma (1952). Lotte H. Eisner's The Haunted Screen (1952) also deserves mention.
In 1957 there is a special issue entitled "Spécial Fantastique" in the magazine Cinéma.
As Gilles Menegaldo mentions, after Midi-Minuit cult magazines on the fantastique will proliferate. There is Horizons du fantastique, launched in June 1967 which specialized in the fantastic literature but also regularly has specials on horror cinema. A little later, magazine L’Écran fantastique is founded by Alain Schlockoff.
Issues 1 - 24 and bibliography
- MMF1- 05/1962
- MMF2- 08/1962
- On the cover: a scene from The Thief of Bagdad
- MMF3- 10/1962
- On the cover: King Kong
- MMF4-5- 01/1963
- On the cover: Dracula
- MMF6- 06/1963
- On the cover: Count Zaroff
- MMF7- 09/1963
- On the cover: The Old Dark House (Janette Scott)
- MMF8- 01/1964
- On the cover: Horrors of the Black Museum (June Cunningham)
- MMF9- 07/1964
- MMF10-11- 12/1964
- MMF12- 05/1965
- On the cover: War-Gods of the Deep
- MMF13- 11/1965
- On the cover: Planet of the Vampires (Evi Marandi)
- MMF14- 06/1966
- MMF15-16- 12/1966
- MMF17- 06/1967
- MMF18-19- 12/1967
- MMF20- 10/1968
- MMF21- 04/1970
- MMF22- 07/1970
- On the cover: Skullduggery
- MMF23- 10/1970
- On the cover: Shiver of the Vampires (Dominique)
- MMF24- 12/1970
- Bibliography: Etude analytique et sémiologique de Midi minuit fantastique, René Prédal, published by "Centre du vingtième siècle de Nice."