One of the things I love most about SCREAM is the fact it spends as much time looking back as it does forward: as well as up-to-date news and reviews, the mag always also features articles on classic (and sometimes no so classic) horror movies. This issue has an excellent retrospective article on THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD. So, stuck with the new cat, and with little prospect of getting any writing done, I decided a re-watch of RETURN was in order. And as I realised I’d never properly written about it for this site, I decided to put that right too.
When foreman Frank (James Karen) shows new employee Freddy (Thom Mathews) a secret military experiment in a supply warehouse, the two klutzes accidentally release a gas that reanimates corpses into flesh-eating zombies. As the epidemic spreads throughout Louisville, and the creatures satisfy their hunger in gory and outlandish ways, Frank and Freddy fight to survive with the help of their boss (Clu Gulager) and a mysterious mortician (Don Calfa).
The team behind SCREAM have been long-time supporters of my work, and it’s an absolute pleasure to be able to return the favour and promote each and every new issue of this great horror mag. It gets better and better each month. Maybe it’s just me, but SCREAM seems to regularly prey upon many of my horror weaknesses and it’s become compulsive reading. It manages to feel fresh and contemporary, whilst retaining the look and feel of the horror mags I remember from my youth.
The new issue is out now, and it’s an absolute peach. Packed with plenty of news, reviews and interviews, I particularly enjoyed the interviews with David Morrissey (THE WALKING DEAD), and Jennifer Rubin (NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 3 – an early horror crush from my younger days!). With features on Italian zombie movies, the new Australian zombie film WYRMWOOD, and THE WOMAN IN BLACK: ANGEL OF DEATH, I’d recommend getting your hands on a copy asap.
The new issue of SCREAM is out, and it’s another belter. Seriously… where else could you get interviews with Robert Englund, REC co-director and writer Jaume Balaguero, HORNS director Alexandre Aja, Rob Zombie, and Linda Hayden – star of the classic BLOOD ON SATAN’S CLAW, all in one place?
Seriously, as I say every issue, SCREAM is a great mag – recommended reading for the discerning horror fan.
Visit www.screamhorrormag.com, or pick up a copy from You can get hold of a copy from any branch of HMV, Forbidden Planet, or from any of the newsagents listed here. SCREAM is also now available digitally with the launch of the cunningly titled iSCREAM!.
Tobe Hooper’s unforgettable 1985 horror/science-fiction movie LIFEFORCE has been in the news a lot recently. Based on the 1976 novel SPACE VAMPIRES by Colin Wilson, the film recently received a stunning blu-ray release through Arrow Video in the UK and Scream in the US (more about that in a moment), but it also hit the headlines when it was announced that a new TV series is in development based on the original Wilson novel. Sadly, mere days after the TV deal was announced, Colin Wilson passed away at the age of 82.
For those of you unfamiliar with the movie, check out the brief synopsis, watch the trailer, then click the link below for my thoughts.
A mission to investigate Halley’s Comet discovers an alien spacecraft. After a deadly confrontation, the aliens travel to Earth, where their seductive leader begins a terrifying campaign to drain the life force of everyone she encounters. Her victims, in turn, continue the cycle, and soon the entire planet is in mortal danger.
Hello all. I was hoping to tease you with announcements about a couple of new projects this week, but for various reasons I’m holding off a short while longer. As it stands I hope to be able to tell you about new stories/books next week, and I hope you’ll be pleased. I’m very excited. In the meantime, I thought I’d use this opportunity to pimp the new issues of two of my favourite genre magazines.
Issue 10 of SCREAM is now out. I post about this mag every time they release an issue and I stand by my assertion that it’s a publication made by real horror fans, for horror fans. This issue’s highlights include interviews with Howard J Ford, one of the brothers behind THE DEAD (which I wrote about here), special effects genius Alec Gillis, and legendary 2000 A.D. co-creator Pat Mills. Also, magazine subscribers can enter to win one of five signed copies of HATER. Click here for more details.
I posted about my love for STARBURST back in February, and this week issue 376 dropped through my letter box. It’s great to see it back on the shelves and in such good shape, and this month I geeked myself out by achieving my long-held ambition of actually appearing in the mag. I wish I could hop back in time thirty-odd years and show this issue to the nerdy, snotty-nosed, overweight, ten year-old me. See, Dave, I’d tell myself, ignore all the kids who take the piss. Stick with your STAR WARS and horror film addictions – you’ll do okay in the end.
Right. Have a good weekend. Be back here next week if you want to hear about a couple of new releases.