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By James Whittington, Tuesday 19th January 2010 GoreZone Magazine has been on sale now for over five years and at the helm since issue one has been Editor Bryn Hammond (pictured). We decided to ask Bryn a few questions about how the magazine got started, his inspirations and what the future holds for GoreZone.
ZH: Have you been a lifelong fan of horror movies? BH: I have been yes. Well I’m a huge lover of all movie genres but horror I took a shine too. I think some of the best ever horror movies were made in the 80’s, Return Of The Living Dead, Night Of The Demons. I also love Don't Bother To Knock a 1952 movie starring icon Marilyn Monroe; oh I also love Niagara(1953) that was very Hitchcock. It was directed by Henry Hathaway who went on to direct White Witch Doctor. I’m actually currently reading a book on 20th Century Fox who made these films and its so interesting how studios functioned way back them and how they used to treat there talent by injecting them with what they called “Hot Shots” to make sure they got to set and worked all day. I’d also like to recommend the author Jim Marrs he’s a fantastic writer as is Matt Sanborn. ZH: How difficult was it to getting backing to launch GoreZone? BH: Listen, backers can be a******s. They have a percentage in all the stakes so that was a path I choose not to take. I didn’t even look into it. Who the hell would? You bust your balls 24hrs a day and they take a nice slice of the cake. They also get a say in how you run the business. I’m not saying backers are a bad thing, God no! For me it wasn’t something I was looking to do and I have a great business mind (Mark Bennett) at the side of me who owns more than one business so with his mind and my mind we make an unstoppable team. I will say since GoreZone magazine became a worldwide brand name we have had a lot of investors approach us. Sadly we have declined their generous offers. ZH: The magazine boasts a fine selection of Scream Queens as part of its writing team including Zone Horror’s Emily Booth and Suzi Lorraine. Is this something you’re proud of? BH: Of course, I love working with such talented actress’s you have also missed off Night Of The Demons (remake) scream queen Bobbi Sue Luther who also has her own column as does Day Of The Dead (remake) Christa Campbell who is a close friend. I’m very proud of all our writers and what they go on to achieve. Each of them has very important parts to play in the magazine and I think it also gives the readers an inside Hollywood feel, bar Emily and Suzi. Emily UK based and Suzi New York based. One scream queen I’d like to write for us in Susan Ward (In-Crowd), I’m currently getting my PR to work on it; she’s a truly stunning actress. We just did a shoot in LA for our recent cover which looks amazing, they worked the day before New Years Eve I must say they worked there butts off to make our deadlines, the images are truly sexy. Evan Lane is a truly talented artist and Janet Montgomery (Wrong Turn 3) was a real trooper. Janet is about to star in The Rapture, she a brilliant actress. (Picture: Bryn and Emily Booth shooting Terror Toons 3) ZH: 2009 saw a number of genre magazines fade from newsagent shelves, why do you think GoreZone has weathered the storm? BH: Good question. Maybe because we are a peoples magazine! We are made by the fans for the fans. I love to listen to the readers and I really take their comments on board. Each issue we develop a new section or build on an old section. If any reader ever wants to give me feedback they can drop me an email, I personally read all my emails and do respond, many editors don’t as I found when I was a reader. I think it’s the most important thing to keep in touch with the readers. To put it simpler a reader is not a machine, but publishers treat us like a machine. A money machine. But publishers forget you’re only as good as your last issue. I keep that in my mindset and grow monthly. I never take the reader for granted and I hope that shows in print and when I meet the readers. ZH: Like Zone Horror, the magazine showcases new talent in the horror industry, is there any person or movie in particular you think you championed before others? BH: Gosh, loads. Everything we push and promote goes onto doing really, really well I’m proud to say. God that sounds arrogant! I pushed Asian horror first and wow it became a hit again, call it coincidence but its happened more than once. We have a great readership and I’m glad they trust in us. I select movies I want to see and I think that shows I do try to balance mainstream with Indie splitting the content 50/50. By the way one of the movies you have playing on Zone Horror, Trailer Park Of Terror, we said was going to go on to do big things and did, it did really well on DVD and the director sought me out and said a huge thank you. I must admit I love a good female villain, Ameilia Kinkade is awesome in Night Of The Demons and Mindy Clarke is great in Return Of The Living Dead 3. Those two movies are, in fact two of my all time fave flicks. As well as Pet Semetary II I don’t know why so many people have beef with that movie I think Mary Lambert back then was a really Hollywood power player and she had great visuals, shame Hollywood keep giving her so much shit to direct, God I bought Urban Legend 3 because I loved Mary’s body of work and it was dire. She hasn’t been given great material since The In-Crowd flopped but I really liked that movie. ZH: The winner of Zone Horror’s annual short film competition CUT! will be announced later this month. Do you often get readers sending in ideas for films hoping GoreZone will be able to put them in touch with industry contacts? BH: Yes all the time and you no what we help them as much as we can, with either advise or try and point them in the right direction, I remember I was were they were when I made The Summer Of The Massacre and without help or guidance or advise it can be hard and there’s a lot of people out there awaiting to set up a dodgy deal to make bucks off you and leave you out in the cold. If it wasn’t for all these new up and coming directors we wouldn’t have a magazine, so keep ya ideas coming in and we will keep helping you. ZH: And whom do you think we should look out for in the next few years? BH: One director that I think everyone should check out is Yuthlert Sippapak, he’s one of the most talented directors I have seen in a long time. I really admire his eye for colours and set up’s. Rahtree Reborn 3.1 and Rahtree: Flower Of The Night is truly magical. Rahtree: Flower Of The Night balanced both horror and comedy and did it really well and some of the scenes were truly horrific. It forced me to actually learn Japanese. It’s such a beautiful language. I would really like to work with that director at some point. I’d also like to cameo in a Tom Shankland movie he’s just fantastic did you see The Children? Another director I’d like to work with is Joshua Grannell. He has an amazing mind he’s going to be the next John Waters and I reckon when All About Evil is released he’s going be huge. So if they are reading and they have any small roles for me get in touch! ZH: This year sees a cover mount DVD series featuring our very own Emily Booth, can you tell us more about these? BH: Sure. Basically it’s a FREE DVD to all of our readers as a huge thank you for supporting us. We decided we wanted to give something back. While other magazines bump up their cover price we haven’t its still just £3.85. This project will defiantly be loved by the readers and we have loads more off shots we are planning documentaries, movies and EXCLUSIVE one off TV shows. This is all being handled by our new department, GZ Media. The DVD’s will be jammed with extras, Universal in fact have supplied a behind the scenes of The Wolfman for DVD which makes for great viewing so I’m really happy with how everything has come together. What other goodies will the magazine be delivering across the next 12 months? First off a trainer range, they are really slick and sexy I had a hand in creating them. A T-Shirt range, which I’m very excited about these, will be of over favourite covers over the last year. An SFX make-up range, which will be on sale shortly. The SFX range has been developed by Mike Peel and I. All products will come with a description on how best to apply it to get the best from the appliance. We have so much in the oven and it’s all cooking for 2010. I’m really excited for the next year as I also cameo in the remake of The Driller Killer and will be appearing in a couple of terrestrial TV shows. (Picture: Issue 52 of GoreZone Magazine) ZH Tell us about the GoreZone GoreFest which is being held later in the year. BH: Well Dean whose in charge of marketing, who is also my right hand man, is managing the event, we will have live bands and it will be decorated like the boiler room from Hellraiser III: Hell On Earth. Its really going to be an amazing night, Mike Peel, a close friend and fellow team member will be creating the set pieces. You can ask anyone that attends our GoreZone Magazine International Film Festival we don’t do anything by halves. What’s the point? We have Die So Fluid, The Defiled, Romeo Must Die, Nemhain and Zombina and the Skeletones playing. ZH: So, five years into publication, what lessons have you learned about running your own magazine? BH: I learn things everyday, isn’t life one big learning curve? Since doing the magazine I learned to listen more and to accept criticism. I’ve also learned that I need a good group of people around me who are positive and focused and all on the same wavelength and path. It’s important to have people around you that are all after the same goal in life. I can honestly say at this moment in time I do have a great group of honest reliable people I can truly trust and turn too. ZH: Bryn Hammond, thank you very much.
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