With Halloween fast approaching and our petition growing every day we have lots to be excited about here at Classic Horror Campaign Headquarters! We were even more excited when we received a copy of this wonderful letter that classic horror supporter April Chaplin  has sent to the Radio Times mentioning our campaign and trying to persuade the BBC and other free-to-air channels to start screening fantasy films from the Ghoulden Age once again. We have re-printed April’s letter below and urge you all to follow her lead and write to the Radio Times and the BBC today!

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You can email the Radio Times at

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I’m really pleased to see the BBC revisiting the horror genre this autumn, albeit briefly (Horror Europa with Mark Gatiss, BBC4, October 2012).  It’s very clear that the free-to-view channels have fallen out of love with classic horror over the years.  If we want to see the likes of Karloff, Cat People, or Carnival of Souls we have to pay extra.
The BBC2 horror double bills of the 1970s and 1980s are a distant, happy memory.  Many classic horror films are now deemed suitable for family viewing, most are ripping yarns and have inspired other film-makers, artists, authors and generally enriched the our lives.
Now there’s a younger audience on the horizon with three blockbuster films being released this year (Paranorman, Frankenweenie and Hotel Transylvania) and a growing number of supporters of the Classic Horror Campaign*, isn’t it time the small screen caught up?
So, come on BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5, cut down on our stodgy diet of reality TV drudgery and give us some films and programmes with a bit of bite!
Classic Horror is for life, not just for Halloween!

April Chaplin


* There’s an online petition with 2,550 signatures so far:


Classic horror fan April Chaplin enjoying a Classic Horror Champagne cocktail!

Last Saturday I had the pleasure of meeting some of the movie world’s most glamorous actresses at the London Film Memorabilia Convention at Westminster during a James Bond Goldfinger event. Of special appeal to classic horror fans was a trio of sexy stunners who between them have appeared in a  plethora of petrifying motion pictures!

First up, but in no particular order, is Yvonne Romain, beautiful star of Corridors Of Blood (1958), Circus Of Horrors (1960) and Devil Doll (1964) as well as Hammer Films’ Curse Of The Werewolf (1961) and Captain Clegg (1962). Yvonne chatted  to fans about her genre career, signed autographs and was more than happy to add her support to the classic horror campaign.

is another Hammer Horror girl, having appeared in The Evil Of Frankenstein (1964) and Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969) as well as cult monster spoof Queen Kong (1976). Ex Bond girl Gardner is also an accomplished singer and enjoyed hearing about our efforts to bring classic horror films back to the BBC.

Finally, I spent some time with the delightful Margaret Nolan, bubbly star of numerous Carry On films as well as seminal horror classic Witchfinder General (1968), Jekyll and Hyde (1967) and a part in Hitchcock’s Frenzy (1972) that was deleted from the finished film. Margaret said she enjoyed talking to fans about her career, loves attending film events and memorabilia conventions and was also glad to lend her support to the classic horror campaign.

And that’s not all folks! We have also been talking to Hammer Horror star (Dracula Has Risen From The Grave, Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed and Horror Of Frankenstein) on Twitter and she has been wholeheartedly supporting us and encouraging fans to sign our petition! With friends like this, the Classic Horror Campaign can only go from strength to strength!

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