Sadly living in the UK means there aren't that many magazines dedicated to the horror genre that are readily available to not only us fans, but the passing general public. The majority of the magazines that are available to us are either esoteric in their dedication to being very much the same with each issue, never daring to step out of their comfort zones in terms of either articles or the fiction that they feature. Or they require a level of treasure hunting that would even put Indiana Jones to the test just to find their subscription page.
The fact that Scream Magazine continues to be a highly entertaining read, issue after issue and that it has managed to find its way onto the high street via HMV is testament to both the quality and the popularity of the magazine. The latest issue of this fine magazine is no exception...
Where Scream has always stood head and shoulders above its competitors has been in the quality of its features. For example, MJ Simpson's detailed and at times highly cutting 21ST Century Frights is a comprehensive look back at the British Horror films from 2009
"BASED ON A TRUE STORY", but sadly not based on a good film making class
Is one of my favourite review comments of the article, concise and cutting it perfectly sums up the travesty of the film it is being used to describe.
Those of you who are around my age will remember with affection the glory days of video rentals and the early days of the horror film boom. At the risk of sounding like every parent who has gone before me kids these days just don't know who easy they have it. We had to actually go out and rent a a physical copy of the films we wanted to watch, and pray that the video store clerk believed that we were over 18. Andrew Hawnt's VHS Ate My Brain is a charming and loved filled look back at some the films that defined the glorious era. His comment about getting all of the film posters once the video rental shop had finished with them particularly struck home. I had a bedroom that was plastered with them. My particular favourite was the poster for Frankenhooker.
However my favourite feature and highlight of the whole magazine is Kat Ellinger's revisit of Hammer's Vampire Circus. Kat's comprehensive, and insightful revisit of one Hammer's lost gems is exactly what a retrospective review should be. Highly detailed, well written with a style that draws you with Kat's naturalistic writing, the article allows Kat to express her feelings for the film without the, ever overshadowing the film itself. Kat is an exceptional writer and her series of articles have always been a firm favourite of mine.
Scream has always been a great place for interviews and this issue is no exception. With detailed interviews with Mark Patton, Eli Roth and a host of others, it is perhaps the interview with "Isaac" from 1984's Children of the Corn that was my favourite of this issue. I have always been fascinated with actors who have only ever had one major acting role, and this interview is captivating look inside the mind of an actor.
With each new issue, Scream Magazine cements its reputation as the magazine dedicated to horror that you must read. It's consistently high standards of editorial content and fascinating subject matters ensure that this is the best magazine dedicated to horror on the market today.
Pick up a copy from your local HMV or why not have a copy delivered to your door by subscribing here