There’s a really interesting new documentary being released next week about Video Nasties. For those of you who aren’t in the UK or are too young to remember, hundreds of horror movies were banned here in the 1980’s as a result of an over-zealous attempt to introduce censorship legislation to deal with the rapidly expanding (at the time) home video market. Back in the day, as I recall, the blame for pretty much everything deemed to be wrong with society was laid firmly on the shoulders of those sick and twisted individuals who produced and/or watched horror movies.
I mention Video Nasties to illustrate how we horror fans often get a lot of bad press, and it’s not fair! Just because we watch / film / write about the living dead, vampires, werewolves, serial killers, alien invasions etc., doesn’t mean we’re necessarily bad people! And here’s a little proof for you… two die-hard horror fans who are doing it all for charity.
Carl Whiteley is the driving force behind Zombie-Aid – an organisation which puts together a number of zombie walks throughout the UK each year. The Christmas number 1 is always a big deal over here, but this year Zombie-Aid is aiming for the first Halloween number 1 by launching a charity single (it’s already number 1 in the pre-order charts). Please click this link and spend a couple of minutes and £1.25 ordering the download. Not only is it for a good cause, but with enough supporters they’ve got a great chance of hitting number 1 on 31st October, and generating masses of publicity for future Zombie-Aid events. (By the way, the Manchester Zombie Walk takes place during the Grimm Up North Festival. For a full festival programme, click here.)
Lyle Perez-Tinics is best known around these parts as the brains behind the Undead in the Head book review site. Lyle has turned editor for his charity effort, a new zombie anthology book: The Undead That Saved Christmas. As well as an introduction from SG Browne (Breathers), it includes a stack of original zombie tales and comics. All profit will be used to provide Christmas presents for foster kids at the Hugs Foster Family Agency.
Please support both Carl and Lyle’s projects. As horror fans, we may well have black, cold hearts, but these two are showing that they’re in the right place!