Archive for October, 2011

Day in the Life of a Dead Chick

October 15, 2011 - 5:41 pm No Comments








What an amazing day I had last Saturday 8th October being all dead and everything. It isn’t often a girl gets to say that, but to be clear I was involved in a Zombie film shoot with Plastered in fake blood and gore courtesy of Jennny Jackson make up artist, shambling along aimlessly (what’s new?!), I am privileged to have been a zombie extra for this event, which will result as a 25 minute zombie film featuring Jasper Bark, Wayne and David Moody.





The film shoot also included a talk by the three authors and a chance to ask questions and get books signed. I of course turned up with my pink (signature colour) shopping trolley to carry my supplies for the day including a battered copy of Hater to be signed and Way of the Barefoot Zombie (I already have my signed Wayne Simmons collection). Director Vincent Holland Keen was so enamoured by the trolley case in a Shaun of the Dead way that it will in fact feature in the film.






So what was it like being ‘dead’ for the day? Actually, pretty effing cool! Jenny on make up herded us all in one at a time, applying the latex dripping/ripped skin textures to faces and painting blood spatters on the evil child zombies whilst the latex was drying. In between that? Well truthfully, a lot of the time was spent lounging about in costume chatting, eating lunch and generally annoying the authors with questions whilst the initial shots were being set up. During filming there were chances to grab retakes as necessary and the zombies trooped up and down the streets of sedate Leicester spending more time walking and waiting than biting necks and tearing victims apart. But even with the lulls between shots with actors co-ordinated by Adele Wearing of Un:Bound, it was still immense fun, just being able to declare “Behold! For am I am Legend!” Sort of.





The author spotlight talk, which lasted about thirty minutes was also a particularly insightful panel and featured questions on the best way to survive an apocalypse and the panel’s favourite way to kill someone (literary murder of course). For David Moody, surviving the apocalypse means avoiding other human beings at all costs. For an in depth view of what it’s like to be a zombie extra, check out SFX author Ian Berriman’s piece in the new SFX Zombie Special. If you like your zombies it’s an absolute corker of a special.







Failing that, enjoy these pictures from the shoot and my day in the life of a dead chick . . . 





And if you want to win some Zombie Goodness courtesy of SFX?

Rabbit with a chanisaw. Kewl 







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 Theresa Derwin




Happy Halloween Film Number Ten

October 9, 2011 - 11:29 pm No Comments








Welcome to my first entry in the Halloween Top Ten film list, listing my personal favourite scary books of all time. You may not agree with my choices which will appear between now and 31st October, but give them a try. And note, I didn’t say horror, I said scary.

So peeps coming in at number ten is Jaws. Yep, “I think we’re gonna need a bigger boat!”

Based on Peter Benchley’s novel of the same name directed by Spielberg, Jaws is a roller-coaster of a scary film that features a giant white shark reeking death and havoc at the fictional summer resort iof Amity Island.

“After several attacks, the police chief enlists the help of a marine biologist and a professional shark hunter. Roy Scheider stars as police chief Martin Brody, Richard Dreyfuss as oceanographer Matt Hooper, Robert Shaw as shark hunter Quint.”

Visceral, funny, quirky and tense filled, this film made millions of cinema goers afraid to go back in the water.

It’s Jaws. 1976. There ain’t nothing more to say.

Happy Halloween Book Number Ten

October 9, 2011 - 11:01 pm No Comments

Welcome to my first entry in the Halloween Top Ten book list, listing my personal favourite scary books of all time. You may not agree with my choices which will appear between now and 31st October, but give them a try. And note, I didn’t say horror, I said scary.

So peeps coming in at number ten is Mirror by Graham Masterton. This novel was bought for me as a special birthday present when I was youngster by three of my closest friends so still retains a special place in my heart. However, regardless of the affection I hold for that memory, this novel still retains an important place in the history of horror and literature. The synopsis on Graham Masterton – The Official Site: Bibliography website reads, “A screenwriter becomes obsessed with a Hollywood child star murdered in the 1930s. Fifty years after his death he has the idea of making a movie that will bring him back to life. But the mirror he buys from his idol’s house is possessed and those who tamper with it risk unleashing a terrible evil that threatens to overwhelm everything in its path…

A fascinating tale, full of decadence, obsession and grotesque imagery. Alongside several well staged scenes of horror, there’s an intriguing examination of what it might be like to step inside your own mirror-image. An engaging twist on Lewis Carroll’s Through The Looking Glass.”

Now, I love my niece, nephews and Godchildren, but I have always been rather afraid of and inept with kids. I suspect Masterton’s novel, read at such an impressionable age is the reason why. Either way, it’s a thoroughly engaging read and their isn’t anything scarier than an evil kid; The Exorcist, Children of the Damned, The Innocents and that’s just for starters.

Try it and be converted at Mirror.

Happy Halloween Top Ten

October 6, 2011 - 10:35 pm No Comments

Happy Halloween! This October at I’ll be reviewing my own top ten scary films and books.






Note I don’t say ‘horror’. A film or book does not strictly speaking have to fall into the horror genre to be scary. In fact, there are some piss poor horror films and books out there. So this month, prepare to meet some scary examples of film and book, both old and new. I do hope you like my choices.

And to keep it interesting, I will only reveal number one in both categories on 31st October. In the meantime, I’ll tell you about my choices in reverse order (10 to 1). Enjoy. Oh, and if you think you know what number one is or even number ten, drop me a line and share it with my readers. Mwahahaha.