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With Hammer Studios once again making a huge impact on the world of horror with a combination of brand new theatrical releases like The Woman in Black and Let Me In and high profile Blu-ray releases of some of their classic horrors, The Darkside magazine devotes a hefty chunk of their latest issue to all things Hammer!

The Darkside is the UK’s longest-running horror movie magazine with its first issue published way back in 1990 and after a brief hiatus recently relaunched itself back onto the market with much critical acclaim and commercial success. Included in this special Hammer tribute issue are features by Hammer historian supreme Denis Meikle of Hemlock Books. First of all Denis charts the history of Britain’s most famous genre studio from the early years through to upcoming release The Quiet One. Next up is his article on Hammer’s female monsters and villains and finally a fascinating feature focusing on all the bits the censors chopped out over the years!

Issue 148 of The Darkside also includes an interview with everyone’s favourite Hammer heroine Caroline Munro, an unusual interview with Christopher Lee and a look back at Hammer classic The Gorgon alongside some specially commissioned artwork by regular Darkside artist Rick Melton! Add to all this a whole clutch of in-depth dvd reviews, a chat to hammer supremo Simon Oakes and part two of a Norman J Warren interview and you have a petrifying package that no classic horror fan could do without!

If this issue is a hit with new and regular readers alike, editor Allan Bryce is poised to produce some special tribute issues devoted to Amicus and Tigon too! So make sure you email the mag and let Allan know what you think!

Useful links:

The Darkside Magazine


Cyberschizoid’s A-Z Guide To Horror Movie Magazines

Hemlock Books


As the Classic Horror Campaign prepares to launch the UKs newest and most exciting horror event The Frighten Brighton Classic Horror Film Festival taking place this summer we thought we’d bring you some interesting factoids about the event and its organisers!


  1. After days of organisers Cyberschizoid and Scare Sarah wracking their brains trying to think of the perfect name for their Brighton-based horror events and screenings the name Frighten Brighton was eventually thought up by musical theatre director Mr Niall Bailey – in a cosy Brighton seaside pub of course!!
  2. The very first Frighten Brighton event was actually held at the Brighton Komedia in August 2011 as part of the Classic Horror Campaign’s UK tour. It consisted of the Vincent Price ’50s classic House on Haunted Hill (1959) followed by the much-loved Amicus  film Asylum (1972) and was a huge success!
  3. Frighten Brighton organiser and horror hostess Scare Sarah (aka Sarah James) also runs her own business Brighton Crock, a collection of hand drawn illustrations on plates and other crockery. Each item is unique and the illustrations are inspired by living in Brighton and Sarah’s love of all things odd and pretty as well as her passion for classic horror films!
  4. How many degrees of separation? Frighten Brighton organiser Cyberschizoid (aka Richard Gladman) was once interviewed for BBC Television’s Points of View show about the horror campaign at Brighton’s Duke of York’s cinema – The Duke of York’s is part of the Picture House cinema chain – which is now building three movie screens at the Brighton Komedia – which is the venue for this year’s Frighten Brighton Classic Horror Film Festival – which is co-hosted by Cyberschizoid!
  5. Frighten Brighton’s special guest is scream queen and Horror Channel presenter Emily Booth. Emily has been a supporter of the Classic Horror Campaign and Frighten Brighton right from the start. She loves horror films old and new, her great-grandad built one of the very first cinemas in England (in Cornwall) and she once sang on the Channel Four TV show Eurotrash!


You can buy your all-day passes for Frighten Brighton from the Komedia website.

The Frighten Brighton launch party takes place on Saturday June 9th at the Caroline of Brunswick pub in Brighton.

Frighten Brighton Cinematheque is hosting a special cult film night on Tuesday 19th June at The Globe public house in Brighton.

The Classic Horror Campaign’s next London double bill is on Saturday 7th July – buy tickets from WeGotTickets!


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