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- Reviewed by: Anton CancreReviewed by: Dave Gammon
With this issue, The Dark Side hits its 25th year, which is pretty good going for a magazine which was once on the scrapheap and eventually rose like a chilling phoenix fashioned from the bones and entrails of the fallen issues in order to become something very special again.
It overcame some controversy, fought its way back to the shelves of … Continue reading
Ahh, the delights of the Dark Side hitting UK shelves every two months continue, and once again the question must be raised as to why it isn’t monthly. Mind you, having to wait for new issues generates excitement rather than impatience, and harkens back to an era when you could be hyped up about a film for a long, long time … Continue reading
Crank up your VCR, slip in your favourite VHS tape as background and kick back with the long-awaited 8th issue of LUNCHMEAT, the brilliant magazine from the Lunchmeat VHS website. A zine which leaves most major publications in the dust, it’s a labour of love for Josh and the gang and also an extremely well written, well produced piece of film culture.
With a … Continue reading
Oh hell yes. After a couple of issues that I felt didn’t quite hit the mark, issue 161 of the UK’s longest running horror culture magazine is an almost perfect example of cult cinema journalism. This issue follows he recent trend for the magazine to carry a main theme each time, and this issue covers the infamous Video Nasties films and … Continue reading
I donâ€™t know about you, fellow horror reader, but as soon as I finished reading issue 4 of Jack Bantryâ€™s Splatterpunk zine, I immediately began my impatient wait for issue number 5 to come off the presses. My impatience wasnâ€™t due to any kind of lag between issues (actually, the next one came out pretty quick), but rather because that issue was so good, so full of great writing and visceral images, that it … Continue reading
Retro thrills (but not many current chills) abound once again in the latest issue of The Dark Side, which continues to offer a wealth of old and new behind a gorgeously painted cover.
This issue contains a Quatermass special feature as its central offering, and as per usual the feature is a beautifully written and exhaustively researched look into the films … Continue reading
After finding the previous issue a little frustrating and unsatisfying, it’s with great pleasure that I can say The Dark Side is well and truly back on track with its latest edition. This issue the balance of brilliant retro features and more contemporary scene based material is spot on, making for a much kore balanced read. Behind the customarily gorgeous cover … Continue reading
The central theme for this latest issue of the DARK SIDE is once again a chunky retro feature on scares of yesteryear, this time beginning a semi-regular look at a particular year in the annals of horror. This issue’s feature takes a look at 1960 and all that it brought the genre.
Before you get to that though there is a … Continue reading
The recent spate of themed issues has certainly paid off for The Dark Side, with the magazine seeing a significant rise in circulation and interest across the UK and overseas. Thus it’s hard to begrudge them another Hammer themed issue, this time focussing on the work of writer Tony Hinds, also known under his pseudonym of John Elder.
That feature is … Continue reading
After the slightly disjointed issue 155, the greatest UK horror magazine in history is back to firing on all cylinders with a spectacular feast of features for horrorvores everywhere. In fact, there was so much content that they couldn’t fit it all in, and thus a feature or two will follow next time. This issue is a joy from start to … Continue reading
The Dark Side’s lengthy series of enormous features on elements of classic UK horror continues with an issue largely devoted to the classic TV horror double bills that were so influential to a lot of fans.
It’s billed as the biggest issue of the magazine ever, which isn’t strictly true as the extra chunk of pages in the middle of … Continue reading
The Dark Side continues to provide excellent value for money, and while it’s a UK magazine, it’s worth tracking down a copy no matter where you are on the world. The magazine has a definite skew towards the classic and retro end of the horror genre, but their coverage of the current crop of fright flicks is just as strong as … Continue reading
Allan Bryce and the writers on the Dark Side team continue to make my job here very difficult. I mean, a review is supposed to weigh up the good and bad and present it to the readers so that they may form their own opinions of whether something is worth the cover price. However, when it comes to each … Continue reading
You know, sometimes the passion and excitement for a subject can really reinvigorate your own. When you find material by someone who really understands what makes certain fans tick, it’s impossible not to get caught up in it. Lunchmeat magazine is just such a publication. Lunchmeat is as close to perfect as it’s possible for a zine to … Continue reading
Each successive issue of The Dark Side is seeing the magazine go from strength to strength. The title is showing up in more retailers than ever in its history, and that’s a testament both to the hard work of editor Allan Bryce and the extremely high standard of the content. Continuing the magazine’s run of themed issues, issue 152 … Continue reading
Giving appropriate tribute to a great but not forgotten classic, the new issue of “Creepy Images Magazine” features “that” glaring image of the “girl possessed” from the film “The Evil Dead“. Yep, you guessed it…more exploitation memorabilia to gaze upon from this unique (and compact) little horror mag. Romero’s impact must seem never-ending to fans of this generation. Creepy Images seems to present with each issue another foreign title that stems from this very … Continue reading
Number #7 must be a lucky number, as a brand new “Creepy Images” arrives in its usual and horrifying display of tantalizing retro imagery. This round unleashes a smattering of “Hammer’s The Gorgon” imagery with a German name so long I’m not going to bother trying to copy it correctly. Though with it comes a collection of images under the guises of Columbia-Bavaria which took their advertising camping in different directions than some of … Continue reading
At long last, another fine issue of “Creepy Images” has emerged from the dark abyss to present its wonderfully color pages with full bloody gory. Speaking of blood, you must know I’m referring to the intro section that feature not 1, but 16 bloody lobby card stills form the film “The Melting Man”. The formal title here is “Der Planet Saturn Lasst Schon Grussen”, but you can see why I prefer the simpler Melting … Continue reading
It was always going to be a tough job for The Dark Side to follow up issues like their spectacular Hammer and Amicus specials, but while issue 151 isn’t quite the classic that other recent issues have been, it’s still brilliant. This one is centred on the Scream Queens phenomenon, and thus it’ll be an issue which divides opinion somewhat.
I really enjoyed it, as ever, but there are some glaring omissions … Continue reading
The series of ‘Special’ issues that The Dark Side is currently going through, with each issue largely dedicated to one major subject, is paying dividends for both the reader and the magazine itself. This latest issue is an AMICUS special, and is every bit as in-depth as the previous specials (and works very well as a follow-up to their … Continue reading
I’m sure the question you’ve been asking yourself as of late is…why isn’t there more “Walking Dead” swag to indulge upon? Well that question is quickly changing into ..why so much DEAD!”. Good reason……cause it’s what the fans want. On that note, we say a warm welcome to the official “The Walking Dead” Magazine as it debuts on its first issue.
With season 3 now underway, I’m sure you’re curious about what’s coming down … Continue reading