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…

Your Servants and Your People: The Walkin’ Trilogy (Book Two) review

Your Servants and your People is part two of a zombie story, but it’s a zombie story with a difference. In Your Brother’s Blood, (Book One of the Walkin’ trilogy) author David Towsey established a future post apocalyptic world where humanity appeared to have regressed to a point similar to that of the American Old…

The Wolves of London: Obsidian Heart Book One review

When the teenage Alex Locke did his bird for armed robbery, hard man Benny Magee took him under his protection. Prison worked for Alex, he worked hard, came out with an academic degree and walked into a job at a college. Now with his older daughter threatened by a gang of drug dealers, Alex needs…

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…

Ladybird and The Monster Hunters: LIVE at London Horror Festival review

One of the great things about the London Horror Festival is the sheer diversity of shows on offer. Last night I took in two very different shows at Camden Town’s Etcetera Theatre, one knockabout funny and the other was rather more disturbing. First up was The Monster Hunters: LIVE! A Knife at the Museum, a homage…

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…

Shakespeare in Hell at London Horror Festival review

My second London Horror Festival show was to be a very different experience to Frankenstein: Unbolted. Once again drinks in hand, we climbed the stairs to the Etcetera Theatre above Camden’s The Oxford Arms. On the stage, a cowled figure stood staff in hand. This was The Tempest’s Prince Prospero, the first of 18 characters from the…

Horror Brought to Life: Bad Milo (2013) at the CUT!

Conversations hushed as the room darkened and a lone figure took to the stage. Yes, it was Mr Billy Chainsaw and we were downstairs at Horse Hospital waiting for the 50th film to be shown at London’s greatest cult cinema club. “Tonight’s film is about this demon who lives up a bloke’s arse”. There wasn’t any…