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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Congratulations to my friends at SCREAM

Issue 38 of SCREAM MAGAZINE dropped through my door this week. As usual, it’s packed with loads of great stuff from new movies like Fede Alvarez’s DON’T BREATHE through to a feature on the kind of classy VHS flicks I watched in my formative years such as CREEPOZOIDS, FROGS and RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD.

Cover38bannerBut 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.

To get your hands on a copy, visit www.screamhorrormag.com. You can also pick up the magazine in the UK from any branch of HMVForbidden Planet, or any of the newsagents listed here. SCREAM is available digitally as iSCREAM and you can follow the mag on Facebook and Twitter @ScreamHorrorMag.