Saturday, July 1, 2017
GOLDEN AGE OF SPANISH HORROR NO. 1 REVIEWED
Under an unassuming black and white photo cover and simple (very simple) title logo, lies the first issue of Mirek Lipinski's latest entry in the world of European horror films. His last publication, SHOCK MONSTERS, sold on the merit of a magazine of full-color fiends, lasted but one issue. It is my hope that his latest, GOLDEN AGE OF SPANISH HORROR, lasts for more than that. But first, Mr. Lipinski must change a few things.
First, there is no better promotional opportunity for a magazine than its front cover. The vintage still that is used would be better suited for an inside cover and a more visually arresting image used, such as the full color picture of the movie poster shown on the back cover. Next, a title with a little more design element would add additional visual appeal. As a consumer, I'm just sayin'...
Another shortfall is the issue runs a mere 32 pages, less than even a comic book. In addition to that, the price tag of $15 and change for the cover price and shipping will be too steep for many interested fans. That it is a "print on demand" publication helps the publisher from paying out for a print run in advance, but the selling price does not reflect that and seems unreasonable.
As for the contents, after a short introduction to the magazine (no contents page, but not really needed considering the page count), it jumps right in with articles on current DVD releases of Spanish horror films with a focus on CRYPT OF THE LIVING DEAD (aka HANNAH, QUEEN OF THE VAMPIRES). There is a short piece on Julian Ugarte, a popular actor in Spain who starred in a few horror films, including the US-titled FRANKENSTEIN'S BLOODY TERROR. Mr. Lipinski's upcoming book, Paul Naschy: A Life on the Screen, is previewed. Five pages are used for a short story that CRYPT OF THE LIVING DEAD was based on -- "The Tomb of Sarah", from the December 1900 issue of the Pall Mall Magazine. What I thought most interesting, however were the photos, to my knowledge largely unseen before, from various Spanish horror movies. The two-page spread of stills from Ugarte's films, in my opinion, is the highlight of the issue.
GOLDEN AGE OF SPANISH HORROR is a very nice looking magazine, and is printed on quality matte-finish paper. The images are all crisp and well-reproduced and the text content shows a true and deep interest for the genre.
As a result, there is an opportunity here for a periodical to provide its readers with a glimpse into one of the more unexplored areas of horror films, but at 32 pages and $15 it will no doubt have a difficult time getting past this first issue.
You can buy GASH by clicking HERE.