Cure (AKA Kyua 1997)

We became interested in Japanese director Kiyoshi Kurosawa with the exquisitely sad ghost story Kishibe no Tabe (AKA Journey to the Shore 2015) and then the far more disturbing Creepy (2016), so we were very excited when we discovered that our good friends at Eureka were about to release his breakthrough supernatural thriller Kyua or…

Unburied at The Vault Festival

We have a bit of previous with Carrie Marx of Hermetic Arts, but in a good way because we absolutely loved her one woman show BADD (Bothered About Dungeons and Dragons) at the 2017 London Horror Festival. So when we were invited to the opening night of her new show Unburied at London’s Vault Festival…

Anno Dracula 1895: Seven Days in Mayhem collection

Just in time for the festering season our good friends at Titan Comics have collected together all five issues of Kim Newman and Paul McCaffrey’s Anno Dracula 1895: Seven Days in Mayhem comics in one edition. Packed with characters selected from literature, film, TV and popular culture just waiting to be teased out by the…

Dark Circus London Premiere

OK I have to fess up, that as the movie’s Twitter ringmaster, I had more than just a casual interest Julia Ostertag’s occult urban fantasy Dark Circus so I was really excited when Julia brought the movie from Berlin to London. I was even more delighted that the venue she chose for the film’s London…

Father of Lies at the London Horror Festival

The final show we took in at this year’s London Horror Festival was Father Of Lies from writer performers Sasha Roberts and Tom Worsley of Bete Noir Productions, and I think we may have serendipitously saved the best for last (although to be fair this year’s shows have been of such a high standard making…

BADD at the London Horror Festival

No BADD is nothing to do with Michael Jackson, but it does take us back to the 1980s when America found itself gripped by the Satanic panic as US youth became obsessed with heavy metal and role-playing games. As we take our seats in the Old Red Lion’s blackroom we meet Pam, our hostess for…

House of Nostril at the London Horror Festival

About half way into 2017’s London Horror Festival and so far all of the shows that I have seen have been of a very high standard. Last night’s performance of House of Nostril by comedy troupe Casual Violence, stars of BBC Radio 4’s Sketchorama was happily no exception. Taking a traditional Old Dark House scenario…

The Men who Made Frankenstein at the London Horror Festival

Having laughed ourself stupid at deranged slapstick humour of Last Chance Saloon’s Curse of the Mummy and then the knockabout lunacy of The Twins Macabre our final show at the London Horror festival on Saturday was The Men Who Made Frankenstein from Second Self. Written and directed by Simon Christopher the play asks the question…

The Twins Macabre – Slay at the London Horror Festival

Following on from our hilarious Saturday afternoon experience of the Curse of the Mummy at the London Horror Festival, an excellent meal at the German Donar Kebab restaurant in Upper Street and a drink at the Pearl and Feather (just down St John’s Street from the venue) we were back at the Old Red Lion…

The Service at the London Horror Festival 2017

Blimey Faceplant Theatre made us sign a disclaimer when we got to the top of the stairs at Islington’s  Old Red Lion Theatre and then snapped a selfie of everyone for the record. You see The Service is no ordinary show. Once in our seats the house lights went up and Sister Mary introduced us…