You know, sometimes the passion and excitement for a subject can really reinvigorate your own. When you find material by someone who really understands what makes certain fans tick, it’s impossible not to get caught up in it. Lunchmeat magazine is just such a publication. Lunchmeat is as close to perfect as it’s possible for a zine to get. Professionally designed and printed on quality stock, it commands respect and earns it with some very interesting content which you just won’t find anywhere else.
Lunchmeat is a magazine aimed at VHS collectors, especially VHS collectors with a deep love for horror movies of every era, and offers a huge amount of stuff to enjoy. There are a few typos throughout the zine, but that’s literally the only thing that isn’t perfect. The content is brilliant, with some excellent interviews (such as Ozploitation hero Brian Trenchard-Smith, Eddie Deezen, Liane Curtis and more) and some truly engrossing features.
One that will be of great interest to readers here is the fascinating look back at the legacy of Thriller Video (yeah, the ones mostly featuring the legendary Elvira – Mistress Of The Dark hosting them), which is backed up with a suggested price list for the tapes themselves on the collector market right now.
An interview with Jeffrey Obrow of The Dorm That Dripped Blood fame is a great insight into both the era the flick was made in and the making of the film itself, as well as flicks like The Power and the much-loved film The Kindred, which still kinda freaks me out to this day (the transformation scene in particular…yeesh!).
The lengthy reviews are also presented with a huge dollop of fun, bringing some nicely obscure and weird videos to light for your enjoyment or derision. There’s more than horror on offer, which adds some nice variety to the magazine, as does the awesomely titled piece “Chuck Norris Vs Communism”. Another nice feature looks as indie companies who are joining in with the renewed interest in the VHS format and putting out new VHS releases in limited quantities. Deliciously underground and extremely well-executed, Lunchmeat is up there with DeathWound and Tape Mold at the forefront of the VHS Horror collector underground.
Magazine Review: Lunchmeat – Issue 7