Raw (2016)

Bring a sick bucket the tabloids yell about Julia Ducournau’s Raw, don’t they just love it, a movie featuring cannibalism set in a veterinary college and it’s in French too so no worries about Mail or Express readers ever going to watch this film. Which would be a shame, because yes Raw has its gruesome…

English Gothic by Jonathan Rigby – Book Review

Jonathan Rigby’s English Gothic was described by SFX as “Essential” they went onto say “Don’t even try to discuss British horror films until you’ve read it” when it was first published back in 2000. I’d have to agree with them and as the owner of a much battered old paperback edition I was delighted to…

Horror Brought to Life: Greatful Dead (2013) at the Final CUT!

When Nick Romano said “Live fast, die young and have a good-looking corpse!”* he could have been talking about The Cut!, London’s best underground cinema club, sadly after four and half years Bizarre magazine’s demise has pulled the plug on The Cut!’s life support. But it went out with a bloody big bang. Japanese horror…

Taryn Barker: Demon Hunter: Q&A with filmaker Zoe Kavanagh

Currently in post-production Taryn Barker: Demon Hunter is a new monster hunting indie flick from Irish filmaker Zoe Kavanagh. Well you all know how much we like a bit of punk film making so we tracked Zoe down to her secret lair and over a packet of virtual Hobnobs (dark chocolate naturally since it’s my virtual world) talked things through. So without further ado lets…

Horror Brought to Life: Phobia (2014) at the CUT!

Twas the last CUT! before Christmas when all through London’s Horse Hospital, not a creature  was stirring… Except when something really scary happened! Yes the final CUT! presentation before Christmas, Phobia was a bit of a roller coaster, with shocks coming thick and fast. MacKinlay (Michael Jefferson) is an agoraphobic who hasn’t left his apartment in a dark New York…

Devils in Disguise: Q&A with Filmmaker Guillaume Campanacci

If there is one thing we like at the Hothouse, it’s film folks with a ‘can-do’ attitude. French filmmaker Guillaume Campanacci certainly fits that bill having knocked out Devils in Disguise, his debut movie as director in just 11 days. In Devils in Disguise, Guillaume has brought a very Gallic twist to what is a taut psychological thriller concerning friendship, love,…

Unearthly Stranger (1963)

Well, you wait for ages for some Cold War era Brit Sci-fi flicks and then two of them come along together! Hot on the heels of 1965’s Invasion from our friends at Network comes Unearthly Stranger. Unearthly Stranger’s paranoia comes in at a more subtle tack to that of Invasion. Scientists at Britain’s  Royal Institute of Space Research are close to…

Invasion (1965)

Drinking and driving is a bad idea, especially when the army radar is picking up mysterious flying objects that are too small to be the old British Air Ferries transporters on the way back from Le Tourquet. That’s what Lawrence Blackburn (Anthony Sharp) discovered back in 1965 when a rubber suited man (Eric Young) staggered out…

Legacy of Thorn (2014)

So, we’ve had Halloween, we’ve had Friday the 13th… and come to think of it, the Ides of March didn’t end too well either. Now it’s the turn of February 29th, which thankfully only comes around every four years. You see every February 29th Thorn, a machete wielding masked serial killer, manifests himself and goes…

After Midnight (2014)

Catherine Annette plays Constance, a local TV newsreader in Los Angeles. Breaking news that night is the gunning down of her wayward sister Duffy outside the Candy Cat pole-dancing club where she worked. Haunted by the image of he dead sister with a bullet in her head, Constance takes a break from work to go…

Timeslip / The Atomic Man (1955)

The police drag the near lifeless body of a man from the Thames, a bullet lodged in his back. On the operating table his heart stops, to all intents and purposes the man is dead for seven seconds before the adrenaline shot kicks in and his heart starts beating again. Investigative reporter Mike Delaney (Gene…