TVTA has been busy preparing for this year’s Halloween. Costumes are ready, the pumpkin tools have been sharpened, the scanning room has been dimly lit, and Wooof has been busily reading his new pop-up book: Hey cats, how to turn into bats and back again in five easy steps!
Five. Fine. Let’s use that number to begin our Halloween countdown as TVTA presents five spooky posts oozing scare-tastic scans of the frightful and fiendish all the way up to October 31!
We begin our creepy countdown with scans from a 1982 issue of UK magazine Starburst which paid homage to zombies in cinema and TV.
Starburst 48, 1982. Cover. This special issue was devoted to screen zombies, and featured interviews with George A Romero, Lucio Fulci and Jean Rollin.
Starburst 48, 1982. Le lac des morts vivants (Zombie Lake). Jean Rollin pictured top right.
Thank you for walking with us! Look out for countdown number 4 coming soon…
Two big screen adieus and a small screen hello, as TVTA learns that movie director George A. Romero has died aged 77. Romero is famous for bringing zombies to cinema. His celebrated budget zombie films like Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead are classics of their genre. I like Romero’s films for their simplicity, comedy, humanity and social commentary. RIP George A. Romero.
Martin Landau – one of my childhood heroes in his lead role as Commander Koenig in Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s Space 1999 TV series, has died aged 89. Landau received due recognition with a best supprting actor Oscar for his role as horror legend Bela Lugosi in the 1994 Tim Burton film Ed Wood. RIP Martin Landau.
And welcome to British actress Jodie Whittaker who has just received the key to the Tardis in her new role as the 13th Doctor in Doctor Who. Whittaker shined in the acclaimed BBC series Broadchurch. I can’t wait to see what she will offer as the latest incarnation of the Doctor. Welcome Jodie Whittaker.