Saturday, March 8, 2014

Delirium #1: A head start


Don't lie. You love the Puppet Master franchise. So do I. The man behind those films and so many others that we love, Charles Band, has teamed up with (possibly the busiest man in the horror industry) Chris Alexander to bring us "Delirium," a magazine devoted to all things Empire, Full Moon and Wizard.

Issue #1, as you can see from the cover, is heavy on Re-Animator material, including a great interview with Barbara Crampton (Meg). Director Stuart Gordon appears in an interview with Alexander and later as a columnist discussing his early theater days in Chicago. This coverage is warranted as Re-Animator is the cream of the crop of all Band-related films. In addition to the amazing cover, the mag offers a full-page reproduction of the U.S. poster and a two-page reproduction of the Japanese poster. We also have a musical offering as Alexander speaks with Richard Band about the Psycho-homage score to Re-Animator.

Alexander, a musician himself, shines in the interview with Richard Band and in his opening remarks about first being introduced to the work of Charles Band and then to the man himself. Alexander dominates the magazine in many ways. Not only is he the most bylined writer in this first issue, but is also the magazine's editor, a role he serves in for Fangoria and the recently resurrected GoreZone. Three magazines, composing music for other films and directing two features of his own in the last few years has kept Alexander busy (I happen to know he still has time for his family because he's a Facebook friend) and that is where I stumble.

The layout of Delirium, the font styles and the general tone of the written material make Delirium feel more like a supplement of Fangoria than a magazine designed to stand on its own. Yes, much of the readership is the same, but that's part of the problem. While the focus of Delirium is more specific than Fangoria, there is not much else that distinguishes it as a separate product.

What IS different, however, is amazing. The Gordon column recounting how he and his Chicago theater cronies created their own version of Marvel comics heroes for the stage is brilliant. I'm looking forward to his continued presence in the magazine as he supplies something of a career retrospective. Also, the full-page poster reproductions are almost worth the $10 cover price. (The Velvet Vampire poster might get cut out and taped up on my office wall.)

Yes, each issue is $10 (fairly standard for most horror mags these days), but you won't be able to pop into Barnes & Noble and randomly pick up a copy of the bi-monthly publication. You can order single issues or subscribe (with a $5 discount) at www.fullmoonstreaming.com. Of course, if you are thinking about subscribing, you're probably interesting in subscribing to Full Moon's streaming service. If these are the films you love, why not spend $35 (U.S.) for six months-worth of access? As of right now (March 8, 2014), a six-month subscription to the stream will also get you three free DVDs or Blu-rays. What I want to watch is the Ganja Edition of Gingerdead Man vs. Evil Bong. I don't blaze up but that sounds hilarious.

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