Monday, 29 March 2010

Erm? Really?

This seems to have completely slipped by my radar, but apparently Claudia Winkelman has been announced as the new presenter for Film 2010. Kooky old Claudia? Really?
I know this hasn't got much to do with BHFs (although one assumes that whoever gets the job will be reviewing the occasional one), but thought I'd mention it. After all, anyone who can annoy Mark Kermode by getting the job has to go up in anyone's estimation, right?
And here's a picture of me with Claudia herself...
I'm the one with the bangs and the black suit jacket on, she's the lanky get in the middle. The bloke in the too-tight strides is one Shaun Hutson, you may have heard of him...

Vampyres - now officially a blue movie

See what I did there? You see, Vampyres is coming out on Blue-Ray (region one only, apparently... boo), and... oh well, please yourselves.
There's a running joke where I work that I spend my evenings watching vampire lesbian films, which whilst not exactly untrue, isn't exactly true either. Although I would like someone to explain why female vampires are, in nine out of ten cases, lesbians. I have yet to see Lesbian Vampire Killers, mainly because of an aversion to anything James Corden has had his greasy mitts on (Gavin and Stacey excepted, although if ever there was a programme with diminishing returns, it was that one), and by all accounts it is absolute crap. Vampyres, on the other hand, is NOT crap, although it is incredibly saucy. Made in 1974 by Euro-sleaze cheeky chappie Jose Larraz, it basically acts as a blueprint for the antics of every young goth girl who's ever wandered around a foggy graveyard in a big coat (which happens a lot) and then entices sweaty old blokes back to their castle to slice 'em up and drink their blood (which hopefully doesn't). I haven't got round to reviewing it yet, because although I've seen it a dozen times I never seem to have a hand free to make any notes (ahem).
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaanyway, I'm sure being on blue-ray (blueray? blue ray? whatever) will add a HUGE amount to your viewing pleasure, it being made in 1974 and all that. Perhaps it's important you see all that dry humping in excessive detail. Perhaps it will reveal starlets Anulke and Marianne Morris to be a right pair of mingers (although I doubt it). Who knows?
It is a great film, though... saucy, scary and beautifully shot. Go grab a classic big-boobs-and-hairy-pie gorefest.

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Danny Dyer gets devilish on the swings (and cocks about on the witches hat, no doubt)

Fangoria's web blog thingy is reporting that a promo for the Devil's Playground, a new film featuring Brit horror alumnuses Danny "you've got to love him, Chris does" Dyer and (yay) Craig "Beyond Bedlam, Darklands" Fairbrass has been leaked onto the net.
The film's producer is none other than Jonathan Sothcott, who used to post on the Brit horror forum on my very own site until he got scared off by some horrid bullies. Jonathan tells Fangoria: "“This market weel leaking out has been incwedibly iwwitating. The Internet has nine million people who love kicking everything new, and they’ve just been given unnecessawy ammunition."
Does that mean it's shit? It sounds like he means it's shit. Hopefully it's not shit. If only because it's about time Dyer got a Bafta for "services to playing a cheerful dope with a drug problem in a British film".

Aanyway, I thought it would be funny to post the clip on the blog, but couldn't find it. So here's the promo from recent Dyer / Noel Clarke / some bird called Emily Booth laugh-and-shit-your-pants-fest Doghouse:

Monday, 22 March 2010

Chris Lee sued

Guess who's got a Christopher Lee Google alert set up? Aaanyway, enough trade secrets...
Miserable old not-appearing-in-this-Hobbit-film all round legend Christopher Lee is in the news AGAIN, after losing out to an artist who claimed royalties for a DVD cover.

For those who don't know, a few years ago, Lee stopped banging on about how The Wicker Man was his favourite film-that-he-was-in and started giving it verbal about the apparently quite boring historical epic Jinnah. It's a good job he did, cos no-one else has even seen it.

Don't get me wrong, I love Mr Lee and all his work, apart from everything he's doing now, but that's not his fault and more the fault of all the absolute DICKS who are making films these days. But I have to say - £640,000 for one picture? Get in, mate.

Here's the details:

The Lord of the Rings star, 87, and his associates must pay £640,000 to artist Gerardo Moreno for work he did on a DVD cover, a Spanish court ruled.
Mr Moreno claims he was not properly paid for the art work on the DVD of Jinnah, a 1998 movie starring Lee about the life of the founding father of Pakistan, Muhammed Ali Jinnah.

And here's where I nicked this story from:

Corror movie?

The Salford Star reports that the young 'uns in Coronation Street will be settling down to watch a home-grown horror films this week. Don't watch Correr any more to be honest, but this does sound interesting for any fans of Brit horror (are there any? No bugger ever seems to post replies on this blog... sniff).

Splintered has been made by Salford based production company Not A Number, and is featured on this Friday.

Characters, Sian, Sophie, Ryan and Lee are shown watching the scary movie on DVD and discussing its details as the tension cranks up in the room (I have no idea why this is happening, sorry).

Here's some details of the film itself:

"I'm really chuffed Splintered plays a key role in Friday's episode of Coronation Street" says director Simeon Halligan "And what's ironic is that the background to the story in Splintered is very much about coming to terms with your own sexuality. This nicely echoes Corrie's Sophie Webster as she begins to realise her own sexual identity.

"It's also interesting that the lead character in Splintered is also called Sophie - and of course, having worked at Granada TV for many years myself and actually on Corrie itself back in the nineties - it seems fitting Splintered gets a nod on The Street before its UK release in July."

Sunday, 21 March 2010

Top Trumps... look familiar?

Somehow, I'd blocked out that I ever owned these, but my mum (bless her) turned up at our house the other day with a battered plastic box and asked if I wanted them. No idea if they're worth any money, or even where they came from... they seem vaguely familiar so they are definitely mine. I think they were probably bought in that peculiar time when you're starting to have a bit more money and you buy stuff you were perfectly entitled to like a year or so ago but now seems a bit childish, but you buy it anyway and then put it in a drawer and forget about it. For girls this is about 8 years old, for boys, more like about 14! (when I foolishly gave away all my Action Men and Star Wars toys).
The reason why I'm bringing them to the attention of the blog is that these hastily-scribbled illustrations (even more hasty and ill-conceived than my own) have obviously been copied ad hoc from posters and photos from real films, then "adapted" to avoid paying copyright. These are the ones with a Brit horror connection (apart from the last couple) - can you spot 'em?

Saturday, 20 March 2010

Hammer "re-imaginings" on the cards...

The website Bloody Disgusting is busy telling everyone that Hammer films are:
1. Already successful (hmmm)
And 2. Thinking about "re-imagining" some old Hammer classics, namely Quatermass, Captain Kronos and Doctor Jekyll and Sister Hyde.
Before everyone gets on their high horses about the word "re-imagining" (is it a word?), I ought to point out that throughout Hammer's golden age from 1957 to the mid 70s, they were constantly "re-imagining" everything they could get their paws on, before it was even a word (if it is a word) - Frankenstein, Dracula, The Mummy, Phantom Of The Opera, etc etc. And I for one would love to see a new version of Captain Kronos, but I have to say that they probably need to sack everyone responsible for Beyond The Rave before they start...

Anyhoo, the link to their interview with Hammer CEO Simon Oakes is below...

BD Horror News - Three Hammer Horror FIlms Getting Remade, Errr Modern Retelling

Videas - new website

Ultra low budget Brit film makers Videas have set up a new website - you can trawl their wares here:

Simon Pegg is Burke, Lee still has some Hare (not bad for his age)

Once again, this isn't exactly news, but Simon "Shaun Of The Dead" Pegg is currently filming John Landis's version of the old Burke and Hare story in its actual setting of Edinburgh.
And although I have a serious problem with any newspaper that reports someone's Twittering as "news" (step forward the Belfast Telegraph - finding stories was a tad tougher in my day) as yes, I too can follow Mr Pegg's ramblings, just as anyone can, here's what he just said about his acting colleague, one CHRISTOPHER LEE.

"Just shot scenes with Sir Christopher Lee - 89 years old and insisted on sticking around for off camera lines, what an absolute gentleman."
Let's hope it's better than this version of the oft-filmed grave robbing story:

And potentially, it would be nice if it was at least as good as this absolute classic version:

Well, we can hope.
The new film also stars Andy Serkis, Isla Fisher, Jessica Hynes, Tom Wilkinson, Hugh Bonneville and Tim Curry.

Drip Drip Drip Little April Nutcases at the BFI

The BFI is celebrating the 50th anniversary of (Brit director) Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (somehow you'd think it was older than that) with an entire season of nutters-on-the-rampage films, including a couple of classic Brit Horrors. There will also be talks which will bring together film programmers, mental health specialists (so words like "nutters" will probably be frowned on, ah well) and service users, that explore the representation of mental illness by filmmakers or discuss films in a Psychoanalytical context (blimey).
From our point of view highlights include Michael Powell's career-busting Peeping Tom (pictured above) and Roman Polanski's anti-washing-up odyssey Repulsion (pictured below).

You can find out more here. This is a London-based season and takes place throughout April.

Thursday, 18 March 2010

Christopher Lee on new metal concept album

Being reported firmly as a "you couldn't make this up" story by the nation's press, but in fact a perfectly reasonable career choice as far as I can see (the old bugger's tried his hand at pretty much everything else during his 80-odd years), Christopher Lee lends his grouchy vocals to a heavy metal concept album due to be released three days ago (what do you mean this is supposed to be a news blog?).
The album is all about Charlemagne, who Lee claims to be related to (and who am I to doubt him? Look what he did to Edward Woodward, rest in peace).
Here's some quotes, courtesy of a New Zealand news website:

"It's very poetic, it can be, it's enormously powerful," says Lee of the genre, "and of course it's fantasy, a great deal of it, if you can understand the words and certainly in this album you will understand every word because we're very careful about things like that. It's a unique form of music and I suddenly found that in terms of 'symphonic metal' I could do it."
"We had this proposition, we're going to do this album with you as Charlemagne and all the other singers: the young Charlemagne as opposed to the old Charlemagne, and women and other people like the Pope and so on, my brother," 
 "It's interesting because it starts really with me on my death bed and then in a way I'm in limbo looking back over my life. And he was a very remarkable man, I think he was 72 when he died and he was very tall like me and very strong, very firm ruler, and a tremendous believer in Christianity and he also, like any ruler in battle did some horrifying things - at the famous Battle of Verden he decapitated 4,500 of the Saxon chiefs, not personally, but it boggles the mind when you think about it."
 "The Heraldic Colleges and the archaeologists say they have indubitable proof that my family goes back to the 1st Century on my mother's side which is Italian - which means Romans - and also that we are descended from Charlemagne. Well, a lot of people claim to be descended from Charlemagne, he must have been very busy. But that may or may not be true I don't know but I believe it probably is, because the Emperor Barbarossa who came afterwards, quite a bit afterwards, gave my family, the Carandini family, they probably had a slightly different name then in Latin, the right to bear the coat of arms of the Holy Roman Empire, and that's on this ring which belonged to my great-grandfather."
"The impact according to what I've been told is phenomenal, apparently number 1 in the metal charts in this country and number 5 in the world in the metal charts and they haven't even heard it. I was told that when the information first came out the first clips came out 17,000 newspapers and magazines and periodicals and things all over the world wanted more information - literally all over the world, China, Japan, everywhere. Also the other day there were 10 million hits from people. Well that's a figure I simply can't associate with, I don't imagine you can either. 10 million, heavens. On the other hand it's a bit difficult to believe that 4,500 men lost their heads as prisoners, I mean how long do you suppose that took? But it's there: 'I shed the blood of the Saxon men.'"
 You can buy the thing here:

Download it here:

And check out more of his musical genius here:

Blood On Satan's Claw - new DVD release

Just noticed this on Amazon - for anyone who needs their mediaeval horror just that little bit more pristine-looking, there's an new, digitally remastered version of Blood On Satan's Claw released later this month. Linda Hayden's jubblies ahoy!

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Hellbride... coming to a DVD player near you (if you buy it) later this month!

Once again, not a film I've seen, but ultra-low budget shocker Hellbride gets a shiny DVD release at the end of the month. See if the trailer whets your thingy. By the way, as it's about a wedding, do you think the idea is that it's supposed to look like a wedding video? No? Oh, just me, then.


A cursed engagement ring brings out the worse in a beautiful young bride in writer/producer/director Pat Higgins' darkly comic romantic shocker. Nicole Meadows has a great job, an adoring boyfriend, and a doting father. When Nicole's boyfriend proposes marriage, she eagerly accepts. But as her wedding day draws near, Nicole struggles to contain a dark secret. Her engagement ring once belonged to a woman named Josephine Stewart, who went insane after being betrayed by her fiancée. When the wedding bells start to ring, there will be blood. Fortunately, for the guests who survive, there will be cake as well.

Monday, 15 March 2010

Website revamp teaser 2

Okidoo, here's a sample of some of the artwork I'm currently doing for the 10th anniversary of the site... it's going to be one big party featuring a few familiar (well, as familiar as I can get 'em with my limited talents) faces.

Triangle man hates person man

Not seen this yet, but it's out on DVD as of March so will soon. Triangle is NOT a feature length version of everyone's favourite soap opera on a boat starring Kate O'Mara, but it IS the latest offering from Christopher Smith, whose previous films were Creep (just slightly too disgusting for my tastes) and Severance (brilliant when funny, so-so when scary, but I do like Danny Dyer, for some inexplicable reason, so very watchable). Triangle is a weird, time travelly, backwards and then forwards, forwards and then backwards, horror film about a boat. So perhaps it IS a feature length version of everyone's favourite soap opera on a boat starring Larry Lamb...

Looped — Dub! Dub! My Darling!

Apparently, there's a new play on Broadway with a Brit horror connection, according to this review. Looped is about the actress Tallulah Bankead, who starred in the Hammer film Die! Die! My Darling! (review pending, I have watched it recently and it's not THAT bad). One wonders which line they're talking about, Bankhead is on 11 throughout.
Anyhoo, here's the link:
PLAYBILL ON OPENING NIGHT: Looped — Dub! Dub! My Darling! - "It catches Tallulah on what would be her last day of film work, at a Los Angeles recording studio trying to approximate an impossibly contorted line of expositional dialogue for a 1965 penny-dreadful British horror flick titled, Tallulah-like, 'Die! Die! My Darling!'"

Per il vostro diletto ... il Furfangs!

Hello, as there appears to be a dearth of Brit horror related news today, here's a short film. It's not British, but the director did get in touch with me directly, so it seems only fair to big him up a tad. Cos it's a very accomplished work, and apparently it's all him (one man, one camera, etc.)
The guy's name is Andrea Ricca and he said: "We would like to submit to your attention: "THE FURFANGS", five minutes horror-sci-fi short movie, with 3D special effects, low budget. 10.000 contact in a month on You Tube and good reviews on movie web sites."
It's a great little film, too... very Gremlins. Those crazy Italians, eh?
You can find out more about the man and his work here:

Sunday, 14 March 2010

Tweets of doom

As of tonight I am now officially a tweeter (or whatever the fuck they're called). I have no idea how this thing works, apart from it appears to be something along the lines of the status updates on Facebook. Anyway, it's not really me that'll be tweeting, more the BHF site itself. So if you want to keep up-to-date with the site etc, you can find it here:
Why not follow me and make me as popular as Stephen Fry?

Friday, 12 March 2010

Bradford horror flick weekend coming closer

"Blimey", all the young ones among you are saying, "that's NOT that old bird from Celebrity Big Brother, is it?"
Yes, it is. And shame on you for not knowing that the lovely Ms Beacham once starred in the raunchy Mick Winner-helmed prequel to Henry James' boring wordathon The Turn Of The Screw, which was called The Nightcomers.
You can read the review here:
But that's not why I'm posting. I'm posting because The Nightcomers (the actual film is in no way as interesting as the above picture makes out, I'm sad to say) is just one film mentioned in the official launch of this year's Fantastic Films Weekend line-up. The whole shebang takes place in Bradford in June, and if you're not there, you'll probably be somewhere else.
Here's some details, more when I've got 'em...
2010 dates confirmed!
It's official! The 9th Fantastic Films Weekend will take place Friday 4 - Sunday 6 June 2010.
Early plans
FFW 2010 promises another rich and eclectic line-up of the very best of fantasy cinema and television, from the days of silent movies to the very latest digital shockers.

Early plans include double-bills of The Nightcomers and The Innocents, and 28 Days Later... and 28 Weeks Later. We are planning a tribute to Michael Reeves (1943-1969), screenings of Manhunter and The Silence of the Lambs, 70mm presentations of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, The Dark Crystal and Willow - and some very special guests.

Finally, back by popular demand is Pánico en el Transiberiano, otherwise known as Horror Express, a superior chiller starring Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Telly Savalas and a frozen fossil from beyond the stars that turns everyone into white-eyed zombies. We love it.

Thursday, 11 March 2010

Alien in 3d, lord 'elp us

It all seems a tad vague in a "well someone vaguely connected to Ridley Scott has mentioned they think it possibly could be a good idea so we'll report it as fact" kind of way, but apparently the next Alien film, which everyone reckons Ridley Scott is going to direct (hmm), will be in 3d. Just thought I'd mention it.
You can find out more here:

Website revamp teaser

As usual, it doesn't take much prompting for me to put a picture of an attractive lady on this blog... on this occasion, there's slightly more of a reason than usual. That being that Emily Booth, yes she of several Brit horrors (including Cradle Of Fear, Evil Aliens and Pervirella, all soon to be reviewed on the site) has agreed to be the first in (hopefully) a long line of people sharing their views about Brit horror in special interviews.
The thing about Ms Booth is, not only is she a looker, but she actually LIKES these films, in fact, she's a proper fan with views that stretch further than "Well I quite like that film with the man made out of wicker in it... what was that called again?"
Her interview will form the centrepiece of the re-launch of the BHF website, which itself will tie in with the site's 10th anniversary this spring. Keep an eye on this blog for more details.

Four Lions

I know I bust the definition of what could be classified as "horror" sometimes, and, well, I'm going to do it again. Because, well, let's face it, "Four Lions" is going to be a work of genius, isn't it? The creation of Chris Morris, the man who brought us The Day Today, Brass Eye and the vaguely horrific Jam, a comedy film about jihadist terrorists. It's going to be fab, and here's a clip. Or a trailer.
It is British, by the way...

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Absolute genius - a meeting of two 70s icons!

Sometimes something comes along that makes you think two things:

There are a lot of clever people out there;
They have too much time on their hands.

This is one of those things... a meeting of two of the finest products of the 70s - the wonderful Muppet Show, and the equally wonderful British horror film, The Wicker Man. Fantastic, although the sight of Miss Piggy with Britt Ekland's tits is a bit unnerving...

BBC iPlayer - Saturday Play: Vincent Price and The Horror of The English Blood Beast

Those of you in Blighty might want to check this little play out, originally broadcast on Radio 4 last weekend...

BBC iPlayer - Saturday Play: Vincent Price and The Horror of The English Blood Beast

Further to the Asphyx re-release...

It has just been pointed out to me that I'm quoted on the front of the DVD box of the new Asphyx release. How chuffed am I? That's two now! (Killer's Moon was the first).

Monday, 8 March 2010

Hammer Glamour book

Okay, so I don't need an excuse to publish yet another photo of my favourite film woman of all time, the simply wonderful Maddie Smith. SO, here's yet another picture of the simply wonderful Maddie Smith, boobs fairly heaving to be free from that frankly equally superb dress. 
This top-notch pic adorns the cover of a new(ish, bear with me, I've got a hefty backlog of "news" to deal with here) book about the women who graced Hammer's films in the 60s ad 70s. Frankly, I'd be happy with a book about Ms Smith alone, but seeing as she only made a couple of films for the company, it would be quite a slim tome. Anyhoo, here's some more pics from the book to whet your appetite... I think a review would probably be superfluous, especially considering I haven't read the thing.
Okay, here's a review of what I think it's probably like:
"Blimey. You don't get many of those to the pound! Phwooarr! Look at that! Strewth, etc"

BHF contributor's new book

Paul A Freeman, erstwhile contributor to the soon-to-have-a-third-one-out-honest BHF Books Of Horror, has only gone and got his own novel published! Details below, in Paul's own words...

Well, my horror book's finally out in paperback. The awesomely titled 'Robin Hood and Friar Tuck: Zombie Killers - A Canterbury Tale by Paul A. Freeman' is available from Amazon, see below:

This link to Coscom Entertainment should have further details:

Although the story was originally 'The Monk's Second Tale', myself and the publisher decided that a less mundane and academic sounding title for a Chaucerian horror escapade was needed. This was especially so when I discovered that a new Robin Hood film, with Russell Crowe, is scheduled for release early next year.

Vampyres soundtrack

The soundtrack for Brit lesbo-vamp gore fest Vampyres has been available for a while now, but thought I'd give it a bit of a plug. If your thing is attractive women in big velvet coats wandering around foggy graveyards, or having your throat ripped out by naked popsies, then you could do worse than tracking down the DVD. If you'd prefer to be serenaded by the music from the film whilst driving around dreaming of attractive women in big velvet coats wandering around foggy graveyards, or having your throat ripped out by naked popsies, then why not buy the CD?

CDSML 8464
James Clarke
The Wildcats of St. Trinian’s (1980) & Vampyres (1974)
Original Film Soundtracks

This Vocalion release contains the first ever commercial issue of James Clarke’s scores for the films ‘The Wildcats of St. Trinian’s’ (1980) and ‘Vampyres’ (1974). Both soundtracks blend funk and jazz with orchestral scoring and feature the talents of many of Britain’s leading session musicians of the 1970s, including Alan Parker (guitar), Les Hurdle and Frank Clarke (bass guitar), Harold Fisher and Chris Karan (drums), John Taylor and Alan Hawkshaw (keyboards) plus the musical direction of Frank Barber (‘Wildcats’) and Syd Dale (‘Vampyres’). Highlights from the ‘Wildcats’ score include the sophisticated, Fender Rhodes led disco-funk of Girls’ Disco, the easy listening grooves of Swimming Sequence, the cheeky charm of Harry’s Strut (Flash Harry) and Work Apace, the latter an absolutely gorgeous reworking of Malcolm Arnold’s St. Trinian’s School Song. 1974’s ‘Vampyres’ is probably best described as ‘erotic horror’, a torrid tale of two modern-day bisexual female vampires whose bloodlust is matched only by their voracious sexual appetite. James Clarke’s score evokes an atmosphere of unease, menace and dark, sexual tension, perfectly in keeping with the film itself. These qualities are particularly in evidence in Main Titles, blending driving rhythms with Alan Parker’s horrific ‘fuzz’ guitar, and The Legend of the House and The Big Woodland, each of which feature, in parts, intimate harmonies tinged with a sense of foreboding. Stalking is in the best tradition of horror movie music, opening with a ‘stab’ chord and punctuated throughout by the razor-sharp sound of Alan Parker’s ‘fuzz’ guitar, ominous timpani rolls and creepy, tremulando strings. Bisexual female vampires and their prey have never been better depicted in music! The accompanying booklet contains insightful liner notes written by James Clarke and Oliver Lomax, plus rare film stills and original film poster artwork. Remastered from the original analogue stereo tapes. First time on CD.
 You can buy the CD direct from:

The Vampires Of Bloody Island

Oops, another late heads-up, but you might want to check out this new indie Brit flick, available on DVD right now...
Not my words, but below is some blurb.

So what is this independent British vampire film, starring a bunch of unknown actors, that's been stirring up such feeling amongst the public, while still as yet largely under the radar of the industry press?

'The Vampires of Bloody Island' is a comedy horror story which harks back to the style and nostalgia of the British Hammer vampire movies of the 1970's. Filled to it's rotting rafters with creepy comical characters and plenty of exploding vampires, it's a laugh-packed send up of every vampire film you've ever loved.
"We've really taken the whole nostalgic Hammer Studios style of vampire film, with that charmingly English creepy feel, and piled on lashes of humour and special effects." Describes Allin. "The result is a really funny film filled with creepy characters and stunning locations that people want to watch again and again!"
The Scream Magazine calls it "A real cult classic", Dark Nights Magazine calls it "Genuinely hilarious and tremendous fun" while British Film magazine says the film is "set to tantalise fans of horror and comedy alike."
The NTSC DVD will be available on Feb 1st. Join the mailing list to be amongst the first to get it, and at a discount!
You can see the trailer for 'The Vampires of Bloody Island', buy the DVD right now on multi-region PAL, and join the thousands of people receiving newsletters, all from the Weird World of Wibbell website at

Dark Hollow concept art

A selection of concept art for the upcoming feature film adaptation of horror writer Brian Keene's novel Dark Hollow ( has been posted on Brian's website:

"After two miscarriages, writer Adam Shay's marriage is on the rocks.  On a walk through local woods rumored to be haunted, Adam come across a strange sight: a statue of a half-man, half-goat creature, a satyr from ancient legends, that comes to life before his eyes.

Soon, all the women in town begin disappearing, summoned to the woods by the satyr's hypnotic piping. When Adam gathers the menfolk to hunt down the satyr and save the women, what they uncover is an unholy evil bent on protecting itself and spreading its seed..."

Paul Campion (, an award winning short filmmaker and former visual effects artist on film such as Lord of the Rings and the Chronicles of Narnia,  will direct from a script by writer Paul Finch Finch (, with Elisabeth Pinto (Eel Girl, Rare Books and Manuscripts) producing.

Shane Rangi (Chronicles of Narnia, Lord of the Rings attached to play the role of the evil satyr Hylinus, with Andrea Clarke (Dog Soldiers) attached as Casting Director.

The production is aiming for a spring/early summer shoot, 2010, taking place in Bromley & Kent, England, with Richard Bluck (Black Sheep, Lord of the Rings) attached as Director of Photography.

And exhibit "A" is... "Exhibit A"

Just going back through my e-mails I found one about this bleak-sounding film...

Exhibit A – Now available on DVD

Sometimes it’s not the bumps in the night or the zombies that are the scariest things on film or in life.
Sometimes the scariest thing is other people.
Exhibit A, Best UK Feature winner at the Raindance Film Festival and 3x British Independent Film Award nominee (Best Achievement in Production, Most Promising Newcomer (Bradley Cole), The Raindance Award), is now available to buy on Collector's Edition DVD from
Exhibit A tells the timely story of a normal family disintegrating under financial pressure, eventually driven to the unimaginable. All is not as it seems as the King family go about their day-to-day lives oblivious of the horror to come. Dad Andy (Bradley Cole) is nursing a secret that ultimately leads to terrible consequences for them all. We witness these chilling events unfold through daughter Judith’s (Brittany Ashworth) video camera, which subsequently becomes Exhibit A. The film is inspired by the many men in real life who are known to their neighbours as devoted husbands and fathers, but for unknowable reasons suddenly decide to take drastic action to protect their loved ones.
In Exhibit A we learn that "true horror" is other people… So dim the lights, bolt your door and get ready for an experience that won't leave you the same person.
Written and directed by Dom Rotheroe (My Brother Tom, A Sarajevo Diary) and produced by Darren Bender (The Hamburg Cell), the film is a co-production between Bigger Pictures and Warp Films (Dead Man’s Shoes, This is England) and has left a trail of stunned audiences at festivals all over the world.
The film received support from the Screen Yorkshire and Screen East Production Fund.
Sounds like a laugh-a-minute, eh?

Valhalla Rising - sneak peak

Blimey. For anyone who ever wanted to watch Scottish men beating the shit out of each other but didn't fancy hanging around outside a Glasgae chipshop on a Freedee Neet, here's Valhalla Rising, which will let you do it in the comfort of a nice chair in a dark room... to say this trailer is brutal would be an understatement by some degree. You have been warned...

Here's a synopsis:

For years, One-Eye, a mute warrior of supernatural strenght, has been held prisoner by the chieftain Barde. Aided by a boy, Are, he kills his captor and together they escape, beginning a journey into the heart of darkness. On their flight, One-Eye and Are board a Viking vessel but the ship is soon engulfed by an endless fog that first disintegrates as they sight an unknown land. As the new land reveals its secrets and the Vikings meet a ghastly fate, One-Eye discovers his true self.

Sorry, Neil

Seeing as I called Neil Marshall a slaphead the other day and didn't really give him the credit he deserves for making two cracking Brit horrors (I haven't actually SEEN Doomsday either, so it's a bit off of me to call it, although a friend of mine did say he didn't like it...), here's the synopsis of the soon-to-be-released latest filum from the man himself... once again, not horror, but may be borderline...


Written and directed by Neil Marshall (THE DESCENT) CENTURION stars Michael Fassbender (INGLORIOUS BASTERDS, HUNGER), Dominic West (300, THE WIRE) and Olga Kurylenko (QUANTUM OF SOLACE, HITMAN).

A relentless, action-packed thriller in the tradition of APOCALYPTO, LAST OF THE MOHICANS and DELIVERANCE, CENTURION is set against a background of conquest and invasion and is the gripping story of a fight for survival…

AD 117. The Roman Empire stretches from Egypt to Spain, and East as far as the Black Sea. But in northern Britain, the relentless onslaught of conquest has ground to a halt in face of the guerrilla tactics of an elusive enemy: the savage and terrifying Picts.

Quintus Dias (Fassbender), sole survivor of a Pictish raid on a Roman frontier fort, marches north with General Virilus’ (West) legendary Ninth Legion, under orders to wipe the Picts from the face of the earth and destroy their leader Gorlacon.

But when the legion is ambushed on unfamiliar ground, and Virilus taken captive, Quintus faces a desperate struggle to keep his small platoon alive behind enemy lines.  Enduring the harsh terrain and evading their remorseless Pict pursuers led by revenge-hungry Pict Warrior Etain (Kurylenko), the band of soldiers race to rescue their General and to reach the safety of the Roman frontier.

CENTURION also features an exciting supporting cast including JJ Field (TELSTAR), Liam Cunningham (THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY, HUNGER), Noel Clarke (ADULTHOOD), Riz Ahmed (SHIFTY), David Morrissey (NOWHERE BOY) Imogen Poots (28 WEEKS LATER) and Dimitri Leonidas (TORMENTED).

Produced by Academy Award® Winner Christian Colson (SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE) and Robert Jones, CENTURION reunites Marshall with his key collaborators from THE DESCENT: Production Designer Simon Bowles and Director of Photography Sam McCurdy. The film was shot on location in Aviemore, Scotland and Farnham in Surrey.

CENTURION is a Pathé Productions presentation, in association with the UK Film Council, of a Celador Films Production, of A Film by Neil Marshall. CENTURION will be released for Pathé Productions Ltd. by Warner Bros. Pictures UK on 23rd April 2010.

Boogie Woogie... holy mackerel is that Heather Graham?

Not horror, but I've just been told about this rather... (ahem) interesting looking Brit film which is on its way to a cinema screen near you. And it stars genre stalwart Christopher Lee, along with genre near-stalwarts Joanna Lumley and Jaime Winstone.
This sneak peak is really rather enjoyable, I have to say. Especially if you like Ms Winstone (and let's face it, who doesn't?)

Sunday, 7 March 2010

Countdown is progressing... enjoy this trip... etc

You may have noticed a flurry of activity on this blog recently (okay, today). That's cos I'm working towards a big relaunch of the British Horror Films website to mark its 10th anniversary in April, and this blog will become far more involved with the site at that point. So stick with us folks, and sorry it's been a bit shit for the past year.

Marshall talks horror again

Slapheaded some-time auteur and occasional wrong-turning dunderhead Neil "Dog Soldiers" Marshall has told Empire magazine he's set to do another horror film. Good job too, seeing as he's not altogether great at doing anything else (Doomsday, anyone? No?).
In an interview he says of the film, called Slaughterford: "it's not intended to be tongue-in-cheek. It's very much in the tradition of classic British horror, from Dennis Wheatley to Hammer via Amicus. There's humour, certainly, as well as romance, horror and tragedy. But mostly it'll be scary as hell."

You can read the interview (well, part of it) here:

The Asphyx on DVD

The 1972 horror / photography epic The Asphyx has apparently just been re-released as a shiny DVD all cleaned up for a 21st century audience. I haven't seen it for yonks, but I wasn't particularly impressed when I did...

Perhaps having an eye-searing good print of it might change my view.
You can read more about the DVD here...

Lloyd on film

Hellooo. And before you ask, this is not just an excuse to show a picture of a young lady in her smalls. Okay, it is. Anyhoo, tangerine-tastic, shops-in-her-jimjams scouse princess Danielle Lloyd (above) apparently appears in the new Brit horror "Cut", which was "filmed in one continuous take" and thus sounds probably a bit shite to me. But in case I'm wrong, it's out on DVD for you to take a gander. (Thanks to the Liverpool Echo for this one).


Ah Brookside. Never watched it myself, but I'm told it was great, what with all them lesbian kisses under the patio and stuff. Anyway, there's a new Brit horror film on the way this month called Salvage, and it was apparently filmed on the now-defunct set of the now-defunct soap. From the trailer it looks like a laugh a minute (much like the show itself) and also satisfyingly squelchy and gory. Check it out... it's playing in selected cinemas on the 19th and then coming out on DVD almost immediately on the 22nd (Disney eat your heart out, that's what I call a quick turnaround).