The Missing Link ISSUE 1 Spring 1994

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Conrad Veidt as The Man Who Laughs (1928) Issue 1
Golem poster Issue 1 back

Chandu the Magician (1932) Starring Bela Lugosi.
Frankenstein (1909) The first cinema version
The Importance of Being Ernest...
Biography of Ernest Thesiger
The Undying Monster (1942) An ignored werewolf film
Paul Leni, the Forgotten Master Biography
Faust (1926) Epitomy of Expressionism
Shot in the Dark (1933) A British "quota quickie" at its awful best
The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1936)
Barnstorming Tod Slaughter
The Dinosaur and the Missing Link (1915)
O'Brien's early stop motion
Night Comes Too Soon (1947) Interesting ghost film
Mysterious Island (1929) Early sound adventure

What Was Said...

     "Although slightly offbase in his belief that noone else is actively covering pre-50's horror, Kip-Xool's enthusiasm for the dustier archive material does seperate The Missing Link from the fold slightly and anyone intrigued by the genre's roots would be well advised to check-it-out, not least for the terrific stills and admats he has unearthed."...Darkside

     "If as a consumer, one was limited solely to buying film magazines from W.H. Smith, or any other high street newsagent, one could be forgiven for thinking there was only one type of film magazine available, the current release review publication, slick, inane with minimum interest in film history, essentially, additional advertising for the American film industry. So it is with great pleasure to be able to give some exposure to The Missing Link, a magazine devoted to vintage horror cinema.
     Here is a true cinephiles publication. The first issue is priced at 1 and includes in its 25 pages an in-depth review section of some real obscurities such as Chandu the Magician (1932) and The Ghost of Rashmon Hall (1947), and a valuable film biography of Ernest Thesiger. I was particularly taken by the A to Z Listing of obscure and neglected Horror and Fantasy films up to 1950. Enthusiasts of vintage horror need look no further than this publication to satisfy their morbid tastes."
...Flickers 1994



The Missing LinkISSUE 2 Autumn 1994

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The Golem Issue 2
Lugosi and Karloff on the set of The Raven Issue 2 back


Kongo (1932) The shocking film of its day
The Night Has Eyes (1942)
One of Pathe's only chillers of the decade
Le Sang d'un Poete (1930) Cocteau's first feature film
Condemned to Live (1935) A Universal styled shocker
He Who Gets Slapped (1924) Chaney's greatest performance?
Laurel and Hardy in the Comedy of Terrors
The comic duo's horror encounters
Paul Wegener, Man or Monster?
An early pioneer of German cinema
Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933) A detailed appreciation
Book Reviews:
Scream Queens by Calvin Thomas Beck
The Illustrated Dinosaur Movie Guide by Stephen Jones
Vintage Monster Movies by Robert Marrero
Missing Believed Lost by Allan Kyles & David Meeker
Conrad Veidt Retrospective by Shirley Conway

What Was Said...

     "...Kip-Xool's tribute to vintage horror stands alone in covering the genre's first generation, including classics of the silent era; of particular note in this issue are essays on the scarier Laurel and Hardy shorts and German actor Paul Wegener, star of 1920's Der Golem. Watch out too for next issue's Tod Browning feature."

     "Without doubt the fanzine newcomer of the year. Whilst there's a number of zines concentrating on the classic movies of the 50's and 60's, Kip takes us back to the vintage horrors of the 20's, 30's and 40's. And what a rich seam of "new" material there is to be found in the work of Ernest Thesiger, Paul Wegener and Paul Leni whilst the gloomy horrors of movies like Condemned to Live and Kongo contain enough shudders to satisfy modern tastes.
     Give The Missing Link a try and I guarantee you'll soon be scanning those post-midnight television schedules for more pre-50's horrors."...Ed Russell



The Missing LinkISSUE 3 Spring 1995

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Freaks (1932) Issue 3
Freaks poster Issue2 back
Contents     "Freaks Special"

The Sphinx (1933) Atwill film once thought lost
The Mysterious Dr. Fu Manchu (1929) The first sound version
The Phantom Light (1934) A Michael Powell "quota quickie"
The Hidden Hand (1941) Old-dark-house thriller of the '40's
Freaks (1932) Detailed overview of cinema's most controversial film
Freaks of Nature Biographies of the stars of Freaks
The Ringmaster Biography of Tod Browning
Book Reviews:
Forgotten Horrors by George E. Turner & Michael H. Price
The Making of King Kong by Orville Goldner & George E. Turner
The Illustrated Frankenstein Movie Guide by Stephen Jones
The Monster Show by David J. Skal
James Whale by James Curtis

What Was Said...

     "Tod Browning's exploitation classic Freaks dominates the latest issue of Kip-Xool's celebration of vintage horror, with a plotted history of its twisted route to the screen, cast biographies and a Browning filmography; a worthy tribute to a film banned in the UK for four decades and which still divides critics whenever it is screened."...Darkside






The Missing LinkISSUE 4 Autumn 1995

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Dwight Frye Issue 4
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1932) Issue4 back

Enigmatic Max Biography of Max Schreck
The Terror (1938) British mystery melodrama
A la Conquete du Pole (1912)
Early sci-fi from pioneer Georges Melies
The Ghost Ship (1943) Horror and film noir
Haxan (1922) Infamous Ben Christiansen film
The Prisoner Biography of Dwight Frye
Double Feature Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde on film 1879-1941
Book Reviews:
A Blind Bargain by Philip J. Riley
Willis O' Brien Special Effects Genius by Steve Archer
Dracula, The Ultimate Illustrated... by David J. Skal
Sixty Three Years a Movie Fan by Norman Olden
George Sanders, An Exhausted Life by Richard Vanderbeets

What Was Said...

     "Kip-Xool's The Missing Link is one magazine where you would be hard-pressed to find coverage of 1940's Universal classics or 1950's sf chillers: both sub-genres would be dismissed as way too modern.
     Xool's particular groove is early cinema, turning over much of his fourth edition to actor Dwight Iliff Fry, but still finding room for news of a recent vintage poster auction (his reporter picked up a copy of the Argentine poster for 1933's The Vampire Bat for 220. Lucky sod), a tribute to the German actor Max Schreck and an astoundingly info-dense guide to early versions of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
     Sadly, this issue reports the death of Paul Durkan's Crimson Heroes which similarly offered belated analysis of vintage horror; support The Missing Link now while you have the chance."...Darkside