Chandu the Magician
(1932) Starring Bela Lugosi.
"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.
(1932) The shocking film of its day
"...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."
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.
The Sphinx (1933) Atwill film once thought lost
"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
Enigmatic Max Biography
of Max Schreck
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