Penny Blood Magazine is an outstanding small press magazine covering the horror film industry from classics and “B’s” right up to the most current releases and everything in between. The first thing that really strikes you about Penny Blood is that these guys truly know their stuff and love horror. Penny Blood is 44 pages, with color covers and slick, glossy pages.

Issue #4 features a lengthy and entertaining interview with legendary low-budget film wizard Roger Corman. Corman, having recently reached his 80th birthday is still going strong as his production company Concorde-New Horizons continues to produce as many as ten films per year, mainly in the direct to DVD market. Corman has basically retired from directing but has served as producer or executive producer of nearly 400 films in his fifty plus year career. Corman shares his thoughts on many of his films as well as many of the actors and filmmakers who got their start working with Corman such as Jack Nicholson, Dennis Hopper, Robert DeNiro, Jonathan Demme, James Cameron, and Francis Ford Coppola. Interviewer march Schaefer also includes a selected Dorman filmography. This interview alone is worth the price of the magazine.

Other interviewees in this issue are David Cronenberg who discusses his latest film “A History of Violence” and Freddy Krueger himself, Robert Englund who reflects on the Nightmare on Elm Street series and shares with readers his admiration for Boris Karloff and Lon Chaney.

Other features include Gregory Hale’s article on Japanese horror anthology series “Three Extremes” which contains three short films, each by a different prominent Asian filmmakers, and Worm Miller’s article on the 25th anniversary celebration of Friday the 13th that took place in Los Angeles in 2005. Add to that there is a veritable tomb full of DVD reviews that run the gamut from 1965’s “Orgy of the Dead” to 2005’s “The Devil’s Rejects”. The reviews by their staff are both in-depth and informative and, thankfully, also mention any special features on the DVD, something many reviewers often overlook.

This is a magazine truly geared to the intelligent horror fan, not just those looking for 80 pages of guts and gore in color. This one is a must have!

– Tim Janson