Hell’s Bells

With today being the first of May I came across this little gem from Wandering Tiger, featuring one of England’s quirky folk traditions. Written and directed by Luke Jeffery and produced by Charlie Coldfield (who also plays the role of  deprogrammer Howard Webb) and Jocelyn Chandler Hawkins, Hell’s Bells also features Magda Cassidy as Rosie…

Chimera (2018)

Kicking off with the self amputation of a finger writer director Maurice Haeems’ Chimera made me squirm in my seat. Fortunately that was just a sample of the horrors yet to come in this intelligent, but disturbing piece of biological science fiction. Scientist Peter Quint (Henry Ian Cusick) is working on replicating the self regenerating…

Gore Theatre (2017)

We like horror portmanteau at the Horror Hothouse, they are rather like opening a book of short stories when you just are not in the mood to pick up a novel. Just recently I have noticed a trend away from the more unified approach of films like the Ealing classic Dead of Night (1945) and…

Housesitters (2018)

Stoner chick Angie (Annie Watkins) thinks she’s landed the best job in the world when a neighbour asks her to look after his Chicago home and leaves her a list of places that deliver with a platinum credit card. Being the kind of generous friend that she is, she invites Izzy (Janice Jirak) over to…

Vampire Clay (2018)

I have just had my review of Japanese monster clay picture Vampire Clay published at Diabolique. You can read it here.

Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay

The DC Universe big screen outings have been a bit of a mixed bag so far, but we really do like these DC animated movies from Warner Brothers. Following hot on the heels of Batman: Gotham by Gaslight Amanda Waller’s crack team of super villains get an opportunity to get their sentences cut in Suicide…

Doomwatch (1970-72)

Today’s news about genetically engineered plastic eating microbes reminded me of the opening episode of the BBC’s pioneering environmental sci-fi series Doomwatch in 1970. Here’s something I wrote about the DVD reissue from 2016 in Diabolique.

The Doctors: Monsters DVD

Like many people of a certain vintage my gateway drug to the world of Horror in the 1960s was Dr Who. I can vividly remember the visceral thrill of watching the opening credits complete with the BBC Radiophonic Workshop’s theme music on a small black and white telly, round at my grandparent’s house on a…

Black Lake animated short – Indigogo Campaign

We loved liked writer/director Martin Stocks’ short horrors  The Clown Attacks (2016),  The Ex (2017) and Toll Booth (2017), but now Martin, in collaboration with producer James Wren wants to bring us something rather different with their first animated short Black Lake.     Martin told us: ‘Black Lake is about a man who wakes…

Automata – Kickstarter

Hot on the heels of our good friends at Hex Studio’s stylish noir chiller The Black Gloves comes another exciting film project Automata, from writer/director team Sarah Daly and Lawrie Brewster. Automata is  their fifth feature together and is a lavish affair alive with a vibrant colour palette reminiscent of the giallos of Dario Argento…

The Black Gloves (2017)

We really loved Hex Studio’s first two features Lord of Tears (2013) and The Unkindness of Ravens (2017) with their shared mythology of avian monsters and old school British  horror atmospherics, so we have been keenly following the development of their latest manifestation in the magnificent The Black Gloves. A prequel in effect to Lord…

Nefarious – Kickstarter

We really liked Ash Mountain’s brooding slice of folk horror Dogged last year. Now director Richard Rowntree is fronting a Kickstarter campaign to fund their latest project Nefarious. We asked Richard what Nefarious was all about: ‘Nefarious takes a different turn from the folk-horror of Dogged, Nefarious centres on a home invasion which goes horrifically…