Since covering ten issues in one piece would be, to me at least, slightly over the top, this will be divided into two halves, as will all other instances where I have the full year's worth of issues.
That's about it in terms of the retrospective stuff as 1988 ended up being one of the most jam-packed years for the genre. From low budget stuff like Empire Pictures' Cellar Dweller (directed by John Carl Buechler and starring Jeffrey Combs) to more mainstream fare like Poltergeist III and Wes Craven's awesome The Serpent and the Rainbow, this issue really has it all. There's even a nice interview with low budget auteur Fred Olen Ray.
The highlight though is the return of Bob Martin as he presents the first of a two part interview with Frank Henenlotter. Frank has a new movie out called Brain Damage (I've seen it and thought it was pretty decent) and Martin wrote the novelization for it. As tends to be the case with Bob Martin pieces, it's excellent with lots of details and good stories from the interviewee. Issue #71 really gets the year off to a great start.
A look at Beetlejuice and the first part of an interview with Hammer producer Anthony Hinds wraps things up and the end result is a very good issue.
Coming Soon: The stunning conclusion to 1988!