Return of the Living Dead

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen that I’ve had a little trouble working recently. We lost our family cat, Tom, early on in lockdown, and our new kitten arrived this week. Lovely as he is, when everyone else went out and I was left cat-sitting, young Milo prevented me from doing anything constructive other than catching up with the latest issue of SCREAM MAGAZINE (which happens to contain a fantastic 5-star review of THE BLEED: RUPTURE – thanks Scream team).

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).

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Too cool for school! Moody gets starstruck!

You’ll like this… Today I took the afternoon off writing to watch one of my daughters being presented with an excellence in English award at school. I don’t need to tell you how proud I am, not just because she’s shaping up to be an incredibly talented writer, but also because her coursework is regularly littered with zombies and other horror references. That’s my girl!

But just when I thought the day couldn’t get any cooler, look who presented her award. It’s only bloody Kate Ashfield – Liz from the classic Shaun of the Dead! I was incredibly cheeky and asked for a photo…

David Moody and Kate Ashfield (Liz from Shaun of the Dead)

In all seriousness, congratulations to Becca for being awesome, and thanks to Kate for being so accommodating. It must be daunting when you’re at your old school and a six foot plus, angry-looking old bald man goes all fanboy on you. Still, I gave her a signed copy of HATER for her troubles!

And to the members of Moody’s Survivors who read this – before you start, yes, that is me smiling (again).