Industrial Animals (2017)

If there’s one thing guaranteed to get our attention it’s a bit of low budget DIY Brit filmmaking and that’s about all we knew about Sam Mason Bell’s Industrial Animals,  when he offered us a viewing.   So what’s Industrial Animals all about then? Well indie filmmaker Ellis (director, co-writer and producer Sam Mason Bell)…

Nightmares in Progress

There’s something deeply disconcerting about entering the blackroom at Islington’s The Old Red Lion Theatre and discovering that all the seats are covered in plastic sheeting and you have a black bin liner to wear as a protective apron. In my case doubly so since they had run out of bin liners by the time…

Bargain Basement of Horror Roundup January 2018

January has been a busy month down in the Hothouse dungeon so we only got to view five movies from our bumper bargain pile. First up and the pick of the bunch was Anders Bank’s Frostbite (2006 AKA Frostbitten – £1.23 Amazon). Frostbite opens on the Eastern Front during World War II where, Scandinavian Nazi…

Streamer (2016)

Funny isn’t it how the internet allows us to be in some ways more connected with people yet at the same time more isolated and lonely. This is the theme running behind Jared Bratt and Vincent Pun’s movie Streamer. Jared, who also co-directed and wrote the movie plays the role of a lonely 28-year-old hopeful…

The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970)

Some folks say that Billy Wilder’s The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, which is released on Blu-ray today (22 January), is the greatest Sherlock Holmes film ever made, even though the finished movie is only half of what Wilder intended to bring to the screen. Departing almost entirely from the canonical Conan Doyle works, Wilder’s…

Cute Little Buggers (2017)

We loved Tony Jopia’s hilarious Werewolf/Carry On/spaghetti mash-up Crying Wolf  (2015). Now Tony’s back with his unique take on cosy Brit Sci-fi with Cute Little Buggers. Here’s my review of the bunnies gone bad epic from Diabolique, not quite a batshit crazy as Crying Wolf but still bonkers funny its a 555/666 from us.  

Nightmares in Progress – 29 January Old Red Lion Theatre

Listen up London, we have more fabulous horror theatre for you at Islington’s the The Old Red Lion Theatre the home of the London Horror Festival. this time it comes from Sam, Sarah and Joseph at Danse Macabre Productions.  Nightmares in Progress is on for one performance only at  7:30pm on Monday 29 January. We…

Horror Channel Frightfest Glasgow 2018

Well my rancid blooms passes for Frightfest Glasgow are now on sale as the UK’s favourite horror fantasy event returns to the Glasgow Film Festival for its 13th year, from Thurs 1 March to Sat 3 March 2018 (£75 for the Friday and Saturday only). So what do you get for your hard earned cash?…

London Lovecraft Festival 6-11 February

Get scribbling in those diaries my stagnant blooms because come February that there London is getting an HP Lovecraft Festival all of its own. Organised by our good friends at Vulcanello Productions the London Lovecraft Festival will run from 6 to 11 February at the Etcetera Theatre in Camden Town, which is great news for…

Bargain Basement of Horror Roundup December 2017 II

Not a lot got done in the Hothouse Dungeon during the  last gasp of 2017, but we did at least get to view a few movies from the ever-growing Bargain Basement pile. Oddly enough I never got around to seeing Alex Proas’s The Crow (1994) first time around so finding it in our local British…

Gotham by Gaslight out 23 January

So how do you squeeze a whole load more Gothic into Gotham City? Well how about sending the Caped Crusader back in time to track down Jack the Ripper as out friends at DC have done in Batman: Gotham by Gaslight. We like the sound of that . Inspired by the landmark one-shot Elseworlds tale…