The Ex – Director Martin Stocks gets us Ex-cited

One of our favourite shorts from last year was The Clown Attacks from director Martin Stocks. Martin has a new horror comedy short called The Ex which will be making its debut on the festival circuit very soon and the trailer has gone live on You Tube today (28 April 2017) More on the new…

The Sleeping Room (2014)

When teenage prostitute Blue (Leila Mimmack) goes to meet new client Bill (Joseph Beattie) she doesn’t get what she expects. You see the Brighton flat that Bill is restoring was a notorious Victorian brothel. What’s more Bill has a mutoscope that contains images taken by the brothel owner and Blue discovers a secret ‘Sleeping Room’…

Borley Rectory: Q&A with Animator Ashley Thorpe

Borley Rectory in Essex had the reputation of being the most haunted house in Britain. The Gothic revival house, built in 1822 to house the rector of the local parish was demolished in 1944 after being badly damaged by fire in 1939, but its reputation lives on and it will shortly be the subject of a…

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,…

Indie Buzz: Sledge (2014)

Right, before we start, this is nothing to do with Santa or his reindeer, so don’t go thinking the Hothouse has started festering for the season. Now we have cleared that up, Sledge is a serial murderer whose chosen modus operandi is a wallop or several with his trusty bloody great hammer. Oh yeah, he…

Indie Buzz: Dawn of the Crescent Moon (2014)

When Penn (Johnny Walter), Lanie (Lauren Leal), Nick (Edward Hong) and Michael (Kurt Cole) are given the college assignment to get to the truth behind the Legend of Blood Lake, my immediate thought was body count chiller. Especially when primed that Blood Lake’s depths conceal gold that is protected by a Comanche Native American curse, and that of…

Indie Buzz: Motivational Growth (2013)

Ian Folivor (Adrian DiGiovanni) has not been out of his apartment for months. He only moves from his couch to go to the toilet, the place is filthy and takeaway cartons and dirty plates litter the surfaces. When his ancient TV dies he decides to end it all by cooking up some chlorine gas in the bath, only…

Indie Buzz: Mine Games (2012)

Why do they do it? Every year thousands of youngsters graduate from American colleges and set off on road trips and it seldom ends well. So, when Michael (Joseph Cross), Lyla (Briana Evigan), Guy (Ethan Peck), TJ (Alex Meraz), Rose (Rebecca Da Costa), Claire (Julianna Guill) and Lex (Rafi Gavron) swerve to avoid “some kind of local serial killer”, their minibus is wrecked and they…

Indie Buzz: Devil’s Mile (2014)

Cally (Maria Del Mar), Jacinta (Casey Hudecki) and Toby (David Hayter) have been driving for hours after taking the wrong turning. Jacinta needs to pee so they stop at a service station. While Toby makes enquiries inside, Jacinta opens up the boot to reveal a pair of kidnapped Japanese girls. “Oh dear, it’s going to be one of those rape and torture films,” I…

Indie Buzz: Daniel (2014) Review

A darkened house, a blood spattered corpse and an angry guy with a baseball bat searching for someone hidden within the shadows of the interior. Is it the old psycho house invasion? Not saying, that would spoil your fun, but this three minute short from Dream Seekers Productions Channel will confound your expectations. Take a…

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

It’s that time of the month when the guys, girls and ghouls gather in the subterranean depths of London’s Horse Hospital. Here amongst the drainage canals that once ran red with the gore of bled beasts, we crack open a beer and settle back for a movie – Yes it’s the CUT! and tonight’s feature…

The Bunnyman Massacre 2 (2014)

Right, so the big yellow school bus pulls up to collect a wee girl, only she keels over dead, a kid yells “Bunny!”, only the driver doesn’t notice the guy in the blood specked cuddly bunny suit, with the shotgun and the chainsaw. Yeah I think you can imagine what happens next. Back at the…