Doomwatch (1970-72)

Today’s news about genetically engineered plastic eating microbes reminded me of the opening episode of the BBC’s pioneering environmental sci-fi series Doomwatch in 1970. Here’s something I wrote about the DVD reissue from 2016 in Diabolique.

The Doctors: Monsters DVD

Like many people of a certain vintage my gateway drug to the world of Horror in the 1960s was Dr Who. I can vividly remember the visceral thrill of watching the opening credits complete with the BBC Radiophonic Workshop’s theme music on a small black and white telly, round at my grandparent’s house on a…

Idle Hands by Tom Fletcher

Idle Hands is the second book in Tom Fletcher’s The Factory Trilogy, that began with Gleam back in 2014. Starting not long after the events related in Gleam we find Wild Alan alone in the Discard, the area outside the repressive closed environment of the Pyramid, searching for the fungi that will cure his son’s…

The Rizen (2017)

You could be forgiven for expecting a polite BritCom to be finishing off the Sci-Fi London film Festival, given that the cast of The Rizen features Adrian Edmonson (Bottom, The Young Ones) Sally Phillips (Smack the Pony, Miranda) and Julian Rhind-Tutt (Green Wing) however you could not be further from the truth. Matt Mitchell’s sci-fi…

Salient Minus Ten – New Poster Reveal

With Alan Austen (Letters from a Bomber Pilot, Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back) replacing Dean Sills as Adam Harper, the lead character in Emma Dark’s new Sci-Fi Horror Salient Minus Ten this new promo poster (designed by the multi-talented Emma) has just been revealed. A further development is the addition of…

The Watchers – Author Neil Spring talks Aliens UFOs and Secrets

Inspired by documented UFO sightings and once classified government documents, The Watchers, which was published by Quercus Books on 24 September, is the latest novel from Neil Spring, whose bestselling debut, The Ghost Hunters, is currently being adapted into an ITV television movie We like aliens as much as we like werewolves, vampires and ghosts…

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…

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…

Gleam review

Tom Fletcher’s The Ravenglass Eye was one of the Hothouse’s favourite literary chillers of 2013. Fletcher’s latest Gleam is quite a departure from the horrid happenings in the northern village of Ravenglass. Gleam is the first part of the Factory Trilogy. Set in a future Earth, Gleam is a huge factory Pyramid. The workers have no idea what their purpose is in…

Extraterrestrial (2014)

So, you get bombed on a night out and wake up hungover in a strange bed at an apartment you have never been to before, you are only wearing your pants and there’s this strange girl you can’t remember making coffee. While that maybe a touch embarrassing, looking out of the window to discover the streets deserted…

The Changes (1975)

Now listen up Hothouse Flowers, The Changes, which as just been re-released by the British Film Institute as part of their BFI SCI FI: Days of Fear and Wonder celebration, may have been made for the BBC children’s TV slot, but it’s a thought-provoking drama that packs a few shocks along the way. Originally broadcast…