Friday, 22 August 2014

The House of Walker

Great news for fans of 1970s British horror cinema: London's Barbican is screening a season of Pete Walker's movies this November in an event curated by Cigarette Burns Cinema. Here's a chance to see classics like Frightmare, House of Mortal Sin and House of Whipchord on the big screen with introductions from the likes of Kim Newman, David McGillivray, Jonathan Rigby and Matthew Sweet, and Walker himself is in conversation with Jonathan Rigby on 22nd November. As an added bonus the films are screened in 35mm where possible.

Here's the line up:-

Sat 1st Nov
The Comeback + intro by Kim Newman

Sat 8th Nov
House of Mortal Sin + intro by David McGillivray and Kim Newman

Sat 15th Nov
Cool It Carol + intro by Matthew Sweet

Sat 22nd Nov
House of Whipchord + Screentalk with Pete Walker and Jonathan Rigby

Sat 29th Nov
Frightmare + intro by Jonathan Rigby

For tickets, visit the Barbican.

For more on Walker I highly recommend Steve Chibnall's definitive Making Mischief. There's also a chapter on Pete Walker in my own book Subversive Horror Cinema.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Dark Delicacies

I'm just back from a trip to LA where, as well as enjoying the sunshine, I signed copies of my book at Dark Delicacies, a great horror bookstore in Burbank. Dark Delicacies is run by Del and Sue Howison. If you're ever in LA I'd recommend you look it up. I was just one of four Horror in Entertainment authors signing there on August 16th, 2014. The others were Alain Silver and James Ursini writers of numerous horror movie books including their latest The Zombie Film: from White Zombie to World War Z; Joseph Maddrey signing his new book, Beyond Fear: Reflections on Stephen King, Wes Craven and George Romero's Living Dead; and Justin Humphreys signing Interviews Too Shocking To Print! Also dropping in were the directors Tom McLoughlin and Victor Salva, and the iconic Lance Henrickson.


Monday, 28 July 2014

Shock and Gore 2014

I had a blast at this year's Shock and Gore Festival where I introduced a screening of George Franju's 1959 classic Eyes Without a Face in a brand new 35mm print courtesy of the British Film Institute.


Monday, 16 June 2014

Digital FilmMaker #15

In this month's Digital FilmMaker Magazine I interview Larry Fessenden, the writer-producer-director-actor I describe in Subversive Horror Cinema as having done "more than anyone to promote independent horror production in the last ten years", and who has a "genuine sense of the subversive potential of the genre". I also review the new Romero doc Birth of the Living Dead, which Fessenden executive produced.

Pick up a copy from your local WH SMITHS or TESCO (!) or order online direct from Select Publishing Services. Also available for iPhone and iPad.

You can also read the interview at Larry's website Glasseye pix

Saturday, 31 May 2014

Jon Towlson on Jeff Lieberman's BLUE SUNSHINE

Introducing BLUE SUNSHINE at the ICA this week was a blast. It was great to see the film in 35mm. The audience really enjoyed it, and so did I. You can read my introduction to the film over on the ICA blog.

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Join me and Cigarette Burns Cinema for BLUE SUNSHINE at the ICA, May 29

Jeff Lieberman's cult classic BLUE SUNSHINE (1978) gets a rare screening on May 29 at London's Institute of Contemporary Arts. The film is presented by the wonderful Cigarette Burns Cinema in 35mm, with an introduction by myself. Afterwards, I'll be signing copies of my book, Subversive Horror Cinema.

The screening starts at 8.40pm, Thursday, May 29, and tickets are now available from the ICA.

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Interview with Me at Behind The Couch

Very honoured to be interviewed about my book by James Gracey over at Behind The Couch. Why not pop over to take a look? And while you're there please vote for James at this year's Rondo Awards. He's been nominated for Best Article for his excellent piece in Diabolique #183, From Alpha to Omega: Richard Matheson's I Am Legend and its Cinematic Incarnations.

Friday, 28 March 2014

Subversive Horror Cinema giveaway at Goodreads

"Attention all shoppers - get a copy of
Subversive Horror Cinema free!"
To mark the publication of Subversive Horror Cinema, I'm giving away a copy at Goodreads between Mar 28 - Apr 28, 2014.
To enter you need to request a copy on the Goodreads website before midnight April 28, 2014 by following the link here.
Winners are picked randomly by Goodreads at the end of the giveaway.
I'll send out a signed copy to the winner.
The giveaway is available to readers in the USA, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom.

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

The Borderlands

Producer Jen Handorf is riding high a moment, and with good reason. The Borderlands is a funny and gripping thriller that reinvigorates the found-footage genre. I met Jen at the Mayhem Film Festival last October, and I knew that she would be great person to interview for Digital Film Maker Magazine. Her approach shows true independent film-making spirit and a genuine love of the horror genre. You can read my interview with Jen Handorf in this month's Digital Film Maker Magazine, available throughout the UK at WH Smiths, or direct from the publisher

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Sylvia Soska honours Subversive Horror Cinema

Sylvia Soska posted this message on her Facebook timeline yesterday: Sylvia, the honour is all mine!