But the big news from SCREAM this month is that, after 6 years, they’ve secured a great distribution deal in the US. US readers can now pick up the mag from Barnes & Noble stores. I couldn’t be happier for Rich and the team.
Once again SCREAM magazine continues to float my horror boat. I mentioned previously about my ongoing mission to school my kids in the history of horror movies – one of the films I forced them to watch watched with them recently was the original OMEN movie from 1976. It’s stood the test of time reasonably well, and is far better viewing than the sequels, the remake, or the short lived TV series. There’s a great feature about the making of the film in the new issue of SCREAM, alongside an interview with Robert Picardo, star of THE HOWLING.
But the piece which really caught my eye this issue was an article about PALACE HORROR. I doubt many people remember this label and its distinctive-looking day-glo VHS covers, but they were a pivotal part of my horror education. Once the UK had managed to get over the video nasty debacle of the 1980’s, collecting horror on VHS was a hobby that many of my friends and I indulged in. Palace released some great movies at the time, and I clearly remember hunting down each new release at the Virgin megastore or HMV back in the day.
Apologies to the SCREAM team for being late, but here’s my regular plug for the new issue of the magazine. I’ve not come across a magazine before that speaks to the inner horror geek in me quite like SCREAM does. This month’s highlights include an in-depth interview with LISA WILCOX, star of NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 4 and 5, and a conversation with PETE WALKER, director of such classics as HOUSE OF WHIPCORD. Great stuff!
And while I’m posting, I also wanted to let you know that the new issue of SCREAM MAGAZINE is now available. As usual, it’s chockfull of features and interviews about both brand new and classic horror. THE FOREST, Hammer’s FRANKENSTEIN AND THE MONSTER FROM HELL, and much, much more.
Hope you’ve all had a good Christmas and are looking forward to New Year. I am. I’ve a lot of stuff in the pipeline for 2016, and it’s been too quiet around here for too long.
One of the great things about the holidays, I find, is that I get chance to catch up on a few of the films I’ve missed or that I’ve been meaning to watch again. My pile of as yet unwatched Blu-ray discs (which, I’m ashamed to admit, still includes a few of the gifts I received last Christmas) has substantially increased in size. I’m particularly looking forward to re-watching the final QUATERMASS series from 1979, and to working my way through the entire NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET series in HD.
I’m particularly looking forward to watching the NIGHTMARE films again. Coincidentally, this morning the latest issue of SCREAM MAGAZINE dropped through my letterbox, which includes a fascinating interview with Mark Patton, the star of the second ELM STREET movie. As usual, there’s plenty of other stuff in the mag, including a look back at the Hammer cult classic VAMPIRE CIRCUS, and features on Turkish horror, CHILDREN OF THE CORN, and much more. As always, SCREAM comes with the Moody seal of approval.
As usual the latest issue of SCREAM MAGAZINE strikes an excellent balance between looking back at horror classics and looking forward to what’s new in the genre. This month there are retrospective looks at Coppola’s DRACULA and Hitchcock’s PSYCHO, as well as features on new movies including BITE, THE HALLOW, TREMORS 5, and VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN.
I owe my friends at SCREAM MAGAZINE an apology. I’ve been meaning to post for a while to let you know that issue 32 is out, but various things have conspired to get in the way and I’ve not had chance to put anything together until now.
As usual, this month’s issue is filled with great articles including a feature on the classic Hammer horror films THE VAMPIRE LOVERS, LUST FOR A VAMPIRE and TWINS OF EVIL – known collectively as The Karnstein Trilogy. There’s something timeless and unique about Hammer movies. This box set is one of my prized horror possessions, and I’d recommend it without hesitation to anyone with even a passing interest in the horror genre. Required viewing.
Back to the mag and, as always, the team behind SCREAM have proved their horror credentials. Where else could you find an interview with Mike Christopher aka Hare Krishna zombie in George Romero‘s 1978 original DAWN OF THE DEAD.
From the earlier days of the zombie sub-genre to the bang up to date. SCREAM 32 includes a piece on FEAR THE WALKING DEAD which features interviews with Robert Kirkman and others. I recently watched the first episode of FEAR and was completely underwhelmed. if you’ve been watching, answer me this: should I stick with it?
There are some films you can watch over and over and never get bored of. They’re timeless classics – as close to perfection as you can get. They’re the kind of films that make you recoil in terror whenever anyone dares mention remakes, because there’s absolutely no point. AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON is one of those films.
I’m taking the opportunity to write about it now because a). it’s one of my absolute favourite movies and b). it’s heavily featured in the latest edition of SCREAM magazine. I’m sure you’ve already seen it (if not, why not?), but here’s a quick summary courtesy of IMDB and a trailer (which was produced for the bluray release a few years back, and which completely fails to capture the atmosphere of this most atmospheric film). Click the link below for my thoughts.
Two American college students are on a walking tour of Britain and are attacked by a werewolf. One is killed, the other is mauled. The werewolf is killed but reverts to its human form, and the local townspeople are unwilling to acknowledge its existence. The surviving student begins to have nightmares of hunting on four feet at first but then finds that his friend and other recent victims appear to him, demanding that he commit suicide to release them from their curse, being trapped between worlds because of their unnatural deaths.
This month’s SCREAM MAGAZINE had me sold before I’d even got past the front cover with the promise of interviews with Angus Scrimm (the Tall Man from Don Coscarelli‘s magnificently bonkers PHANTASM movies) and Joe Alves, the man who designed Spielberg’s JAWS. Add to that the first part of a feature on lost 21 century horror movies, a look back at the Hammer classic THE DEVIL RIDES OUT, an interview with Sid Haig and loads more, and you’ve got yourself another cracking issue of my favourite horror mag. I’ve said it many times before and I’ll say it again now – I make no apologies for promoting SCREAM every time a new issue hits the shelves. This is the kind of magazine which fed my adolescent horror addiction in those dark pre-Internet, pre-DVD days. Long may it continue!
There are a number of upcoming movies I’ve got my eyes on, and several of them are featured in this month’s issue of SCREAM magazine. MONSTERS: DARK CONTINENT is an unnecessary (but intriguing) sequel to Gareth Edwards’ superb 2010 MONSTERS, and IT FOLLOWS just sounds phenomenal. The directors of both movies are interviewed in an issue which also includes features on Eli Roth’s CLOWN, the history of Italian zombie movies, and a retrospective piece on Robin Hardy’s seminal THE WICKER MAN.