Film Threat

Film Threat is an online publication, and earlier, a national magazine that focused primarily on independent film, although it also reviewed videos and DVDs of mainstream films, as well as Hollywood movies in theaters. It first appeared as a photocopied zine in 1985, created by Wayne State University students Chris Gore and André Seewood. In 1997, Film Threat was converted to a solely online resource.

Film Threat
Film Threat homepage
Type of site
Film criticism
Available inEnglish
OwnerChris Gore
EditorChris Gore
Mark Bell
Alexa rankPositive decrease 258,469 (April 2014)[1]
Launched1985 (magazine)
1997 (website)
Current statusActive


The initial issues of Film Threat combined pseudopolitical ranting by Seewood and cinematic material and parody of mainstream film by Gore. In Gore’s own words, "I thought, wouldn’t it be great to start a punk rock-attitude movie magazine—and then, the people from this magazine would eventually go off and make films. Wouldn’t it be great?"[2]

In issue 9, Film Threat became a printed magazine, and also around this time, Seewood left the project to pursue independent filmmaking and to write seriously about the cinema. This second life of Film Threat included such classic moments as Gore and “Square Dance Instructor” Paul Zimmerman getting kicked out of the 1988 Toronto Festival of Festivals,[3] only to return the following year under fake names representing a fake publication, Film Forum.[4] In issue 18, San Francisco State student David E. Williams wrote in, sparking a friendship with Gore that led to both of them relocating to Los Angeles in summer 1989 to work on the growing magazine.

Larry Flynt Publications

During the early 1990s, Film Threat was transformed as Gore attempted to find a more mainstream release for the magazine, while its new offshoot Film Threat Video Guide, edited by Williams, continued to focus on the underground films and filmmakers that the magazine had featured in its early days. Film Threat eventually found a new home with Larry Flynt Publications (LFP), relaunching in November, 1991 as Volume 2, Issue 1. "I darted to the newsstand to grab the first glossy edition of what promised to be the turning of the tide for 'Let’s-Blow-and-Stroke-the-Interviewee' type film journalism. And whose face did I see? Macaulay Culkin’s," stated filmmaker Kevin Smith of the first issue of Film Threat’s new edition.[5]

In 1993, the magazine—then published bimonthly—had a circulation of 125,000, and was competing with such titles as Premiere.[6] Paul Zimmerman became executive editor in 1994, and the magazine continued to grow, but Film Threat's tenure with Larry Flynt Publications ended after 28 issues in June 1996.

Gore managed to buy back the rights from LFP, and launched the magazine, for a third time, in December 1996. He printed only two issues, however, before retiring the magazine in 1997.[7]


Gore launched Film Threat as a website in 1996. At first a sparse collection of film news, grew, covering both the indie and mainstream equally. Over the first 14 years of its online life, continued in the tradition of its print counterpart, courting controversy—such as when editor Ron Wells wrote a scathing criticism of Harry Knowles.[8]

Chris Gore was succeeded as editor of the website by Ron Wells (1997–2003), who was then followed by Eric Campos (2003–6) and then Mark Bell (2006–8). Over the course of 2009, the site was edited by Don R. Lewis and Matthew Sorrento, before a brief hiatus where the site went offline in December 2009. On January 25, 2010, during the Sundance Film Festival, Gore sold the website and rights to the magazine to former editor Bell,[9] who then relocated Film Threat to New Jersey[10] and relaunched the website on February 23, 2010.[11]

On May 11, 2011, Film Threat announced that it planned to produce a quarterly print and e-book edition beginning in September 2011, relying upon crowdfunding for the resources.[12] The campaign to return Film Threat to print raised only $5,111 of its $60,000 crowd-funding goal (based on two coinciding $30000 campaigns, one of which was cancelled on June 11), and were unsuccessful in its attempt to raise the necessary monies by the conclusion of the crowdfunding campaign.[13][14]

In 2011, Film Threat instituted a for-profit "unsolicited submission" service charging independent filmmakers a fee who wish to have their work reviewed by the site.[15] However, Film Threat still reviewed select films that are part of the site's regular coverage for free.[16]

In 2015, Chris Gore reacquired Film Threat and took the site offline, seeking to reboot the Film Threat brand with a "Save Film Threat…" crowd-funding attempt at Kickstarter, which ran from March 19 to April 22; the attempt failed, with pledges totaling $63,725 falling short of the goal of $125,000.[17] In late August 2016, Chris Gore started another Kickstarter campaign to save/revamp the website with a more modest goal of $37,500. The campaign brought in $56,199 (against the stretch goal of $50,000, enabling the production of a documentary about Film Threat.)

Film Threat website relaunch

On February 6, 2017, the Film Threat website was relaunched.[18]

A relaunch party celebrating the website's return was held in Los Angeles on January 14, 2017, at The Berrics.[19]

Staff (partial listing, online and print)

  • Chris Gore - founder, CEO, publisher
  • Dean Lamanna - co-executive editor (1992–93, LFP Vol. 2, Issues 5-11)
  • David E. Williams - co-executive editor (1992–93, LFP Vol. 2, Issues 5-11)
  • Matthew Sorrento - contributing editor
  • Jon Schnepp - film critic
  • Chase Whale - film critic
  • Dennis Przywara - film critic
  • David E. Williams - film critic
  • Dave Parker - film critic
  • Paul Zimmerman - film critic
  • Rick Morris - film critic
  • Amy R. Handler - film critic
  • Theo Schear - film critic, host


  1. ^ " Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-04-01.
  2. ^ "Ten-Year Threat". Film Threat. LFP Inc. 2 (21): 40–51. 1995. ISSN 0896-6389.
  3. ^ Chris Gore and Paul Zimmerman (1989). "'We Just Want to Drink!' or How We Crashed the Toronto Film Festival". Film Threat. 1 (18): 24–33. ISSN 0896-6389.
  4. ^ Chris Gore, Paul Zimmerman and Rich Feren (1989). "Hook, Line & Sinker or How We Crashed the Toronto Film Festival... Again!". Film Threat. 1 (21): 46–59. ISSN 0896-6389.
  5. ^ "Ten-Year Threat". Film Threat. 2 (21): 40–51. 1995. ISSN 0896-6389.
  6. ^ Fox, David J. (November 14, 1993). "Movie Mags: Film Threat vs. Premiere – What War?". Los Angeles Times.
  7. ^ Hernandez, Eugene (June 24, 1997). "Film Threat Magazine On Hiatus; Gore Pondering Future". Indiewire.
  8. ^ Ron Wells (June 8, 2000). "Deconstructing Harry: Ain't It Unethical? (part one)". Film Threat.
  9. ^ Erin Maxwell (January 28, 2010). "Film Threat sold at Sundance". Variety.
  10. ^ Molly Eichel (February 17, 2010). "Film Threat moves to South Jerz". Philadelphia City Paper.
  11. ^ Mark Bell (February 23, 2010). "Film Threat Returns!". Film Threat.
  12. ^ The Return of Film Threat Magazine!, Film Threat.
  13. ^ The Return of Film Threat Magazine, IndieGoGo.
  14. ^ "The Return of Film Threat Magazine". Kickstarter. 2011.
  15. ^ "Film Threat - Unsolicited Films Submission for Review".
  16. ^ "Film Threat - Unsolicited Films Submission for Review Frequently Asked Questions".
  17. ^ "Film Threat homepage". 2015. Archived from the original on 1996-12-29. Retrieved 2015-04-20.
  18. ^ "The Film Threat website relaunch is only 3 days away. 2-6-2017". Film Threat. Facebook. February 3, 2017.
  19. ^ "Launch Party For "Film Threat" Online". Getty Images. January 14, 2017.

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