Danse Macabre Presents The 2019 London Horror Festival Playwriting Competition

Our favourite time of the year is fast approaching and the London Horror Festival will once again be supporting emerging talent with their annual playwriting competition. As avid supporters of both the London Horror Festival and LGBTQIA+ horror creatives we are delighted that Danse Macabre Productions are working in close collaboration with the festival to…

Walking Against the Rain – Kickstarter

Walking Against the Rain will be the debut feature film from director Scott Lyus and producer Chris Nials. Eight years in preproduction Walking Against the Rain is set in a world ravaged by a biblical plague. Two strangers, who are desperate to meet up, have to navigate through the devastated barren landscape with only a…

Last Hurrah for Chivalry (1976) Hand of Death (1976)

We like a bit of Kung Fu action at the Hothouse and action movies don’t come much hotter than John Woo’s. Woo cut his directorial in Hong Kong long before Hollywood beckoned and now Eureka Entertainment have released a pair of Woo’s early Kung Fu classics taken from 2K restorations as a two disc Blu-ray…

Arrow Video Frightfest 2019

This year the Arrow Video Frightfest 2019, the UK’s biggest and boldest horror and fantasy film festival is celebrating its 20th bloody year. Since 2000 it has made its indelible mark, not only on the ever-burgeoning horror community but also on the UK genre landscape as a whole. The internationally renowned event leads the way…

When a Stranger Calls (1979)/ When a Stranger Calls Back (1993)

Following on from last year’s limited edition release of this very tasty package of a brand new scan and restoration of Fred Walton’s original psychological chiller When a Stranger Calls (that inspired Wes Craven’s Scream)and its made for TV sequel When a Stranger Calls Back, it has just been released in the UK as a…

Hallowdene by George Mann

Hallowdene by George Mann had been sitting in my to read pile for far too long, so it got stuffed into my suitcase for a poolside read during our recent trip to Italy and I’m jolly glad I took it along with me. It’s the second book in Mann’s Wychwood series featuring the investigative team…

The Plague Stones by James Brogden

Australian born, but UK resident author James Brogden has become a firm favourite at the Hothouse. We really enjoyed the interdimensional folk horror of Hekla’s Children, which was followed by The Hollow Tree which literally put a whole new dimension on  an amputee’s phantom limb syndrome, by mashing it up with the Black Country legend…

Death Trench (AKA Trench 11 – 2017)

There don’t seem to be many horror films set during World War One. In fact the only one I could think of was Michael J Bassett’s Deathwatch (2002) with Jamie Bell, Laurence Fox and Andy Serkis, but here comes another all the way from Canada. Deathwatch is set in the closing days of the war…

The Holy Mountain (1926)

Originally released in 1926 Dr. Arnold Fanck’s The Holy Mountain (Der heilige Berg) is generally acknowledged to be the greatest epic of the German ‘Bergfilm (Mountain Film)’ genre, it also marked the big screen debut of Hitler’s favourite film director Leni Riefenstahl. Restred in 2K from original prints, it has just been released on Blu-ray for…

Frightfest 20th Anniversary Poster Reveal

We are big fans of the artwork of Horror master illustrator Graham Humphreys at the Hothouse, so we are delighted to share Graham’s stunning new poster marking the 20th ArrowFrightFest. Inspired by the classic Aurora Monster kits with their glow in the dark heads, the poster celebrates the annual Bank Holiday event, the UK’s largest…