Bone Harvest by James Brogden

It's our opinion that James Brogden is the greatest living writer of folk horror in the UK. We loved his previous books Hekla's Children, The Hollow Tree and The Plague Stones, but we think his latest novel Bone Harvest is the best yet. Dennie lives on the outskirts of a Staffordshire town with Viggo her... Continue Reading →

Stephen King’s Sleepwalkers (1992, USA)

Simon's Horrible Hothouse of Horror

Hot on the heels of Eureka Classics 976 – Evil reissue is Stephen King’s Sleepwalker’s, which is out on UK Blu-ray 26 October.

Opening up in the California resort town of Bodega Bay we find two cops investigating a house where a domestic cat massacre has taken place (that probably accounts for Bodega Bay’s problem with birds then!). Inside the house they find the dried husk of a child, but no sign of the perps. Moving on to Castle County Indiana (well it was written by Stephen King so where would else would you expect to be?) we find mother and son team Mary (Alice Krige) and Charles (Brian Krause) Brady have moved into a big new house, where they have the same problem with cats. You see Mary and Charles are shapeshifting creatures who feed off the energy of the virtuous, but are highly susceptible to cat scratch fever.

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976 – Evil (1988, USA)

Marking the directorial debut of Nightmare of Elm Street star Robert Englund, 976 - Evil has just been released on UK Blu-ray by our good friends at Eureka Classics.   High school underdog Hoax (Stephen Geoffreys) fills up his idle hours in his seedy little hometown fending off the gang of school bullies (who given that... Continue Reading →

Grimmfest 2020 Awards

This year, Grimmfest, Manchester's Festival of Horror, Cult and Fantastic Film, celebrated its twelfth anniversary in rather different circumstances. After the ongoing Pandemic situation necessitated a move online, the festival staged a successful five-day invasion of homes across the UK and Northern Ireland (7-11 Oct), reaching a wider audience than ever before, while offering a... Continue Reading →

Aliens Phalanx by Scott Sigler

We at the Hothouse are big fans of James Bushe's short filmPredator: Dark Ages which pitches a medieval Templar knight against the same beast that made mincemeat out of Arnie's mates in Predator (1987). This of course set us wondering what would happen if Alien Xenomorphs came up against armored medieval warriors. Well now we... Continue Reading →

Vikings: Season 6, Volume 1

Vikings: Season 6, Volume 1 has just been released on Blu-ray and DVD in the UK. Harold Finehair So where are we in the story so far? Well Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig) has won the battle between the brothers and liberated Kattegat from Ivar the Boneless (Alex Hogh Anderson). He has hardly been on the throne... Continue Reading →

Night Bugs (2020, USA)

This is so cool! Father and daughter team Eric and Michelle Moyer have created this short movie Night Bugs during the pandemic. Shot on an i-Phone for $50 the film also features Allison Doran and Winnie and Cooper. Eric directed while both of them created the centipede Foley effects. Michelle who is only 10 years... Continue Reading →

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