The Globe and Mail, Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Famous Monster is a cheerful, engaging tribute to the eccentric Forrest J Ackerman, a key figure in the development of science fiction and famous fan of horror movies. This elderly gent, known as Forry, is credited with coining the term “sci-fi,” to the chagrin of many serious authors of science fiction. Mainly he’s known for editing the magazine Famous Monsters of Filmland, a journal that nourished the interests of such figures as Stephen Spielberg. He was also a literary agent and represented Ray Bradbury and Isaac Asimov.

            Such was Forry’s interest in sci-fi that he began collecting everything to do with the movies he admired. He collected tens of thousands of still photos and acquired the props used in movies. He took the genre seriously before it was popular or profitable and his interest was never that of a hobbyist. …

Scary filmmakers pay tribute to ‘uber-fan’
Television Top horror, sci-fi names in documentary on magazine founder


They are responsible for some of the goriest and most frightening films yet made, but Mike MacDonald says horror-film directors and producers are some of the nicest people around.

“I was surprised at just how kind and gentle these people are,” he said. “There is not a nasty bone in their bodies.”

MacDonald, the owner of Halifax-based Roadhouse Films, recently interviewed some of horror and sci-fi’s biggest names for a documentary on Forrest J. Ackerman, the genre’s greatest fan.

Called Famous Monster, the documentary chronicles Ackerman’s life as the founder of Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine, one of the largest collectors of sci-fi and monster flick memorabilia and an influence on generations of film fans.

‘First fan’

MacDonald found out about Ackerman through documentary co-creator Ian Johnston – The Daily News’s …

FAMOUS MONSTER: FORREST J ACKERMAN, a one-hour Canadian TV documentary on sci-fi and horror’s greatest fan, will screen as part of a star-studded Ackerman tribute March 8th in Hollywood.

“It’s a real thrill and more than a little appropriate,” says Famous Monster producer/director Michael MacDonald of the Halifax-based Roadhouse Films. 

“Forry was a legend who spent his whole life living and working in Hollywood. To be asked to screen our doc for his friends and fans is a great honour.”

The TV documentary – a collaboration between MacDonald and former Halifax writer Ian Johnston (TV’s Liography, The Business) – was shot in Hollywood and Toronto. It aired originally in Canada on Space and City-TV.

Famous Monster focuses on 90 years in the life of editor/agent/collector Ackerman, who once possessed the world’s large collection of fantasy film memorabilia. Known as Uncle Forry to his fans, Ackerman is credited with coining the word “sci-fi” and inspiring writers like Stephen King and …