Wednesday, 5 March 2014
Space Monsters 3 is out now and it's a good 'un. The brainchild of editor, Richard Gladman, Space Monsters, just to make the point obvious, is designed to celebrate monsters from outer space (or with a definite sci-fi slant!) Hence, issue 3 focuses on Frankenstein on film, with a strong Hammer contingent.
Read the full review here.
Sunday, 9 February 2014
In this month's issue of Digital Film Maker Magazine, I talk to Robert Nevitt, director and programmer of Sheffield's Celluloid Screams. Now in its fifth year, and going from strength to strength, Rob talks us through the festival's history, from how he set it up initially as a one-off special event, to his building it as a major annual UK horror fest.
I had the pleasure of attending this year's Celluloid Screams and had a blast. You can read about my adventures here.
Digital Film Maker is available at all WH Smiths. You can order it direct from the publisher here. Or in its digital version here.
Saturday, 25 January 2014
Friday, 17 January 2014
My book, Subversive Horror Cinema: Countercultural Messages of Films from Frankenstein to The Present (McFarland & Company) is out in July and now available to preorder!
Monday, 14 October 2013
Sunday, 13 October 2013
"Somebody slap me in the face with the Devil's nutsack!" If you thought it was impossible for exorcism movies to get any worse than The Devil Inside, then ye have little faith. The Cloth is rapidly shaping up in terms of public opinion (check the movie forums) as not just the worst exorcism movie ever made, but perhaps the worst film ever made per se.
To read my review go here.
Sunday, 6 October 2013
Friday, 27 September 2013
Rotting never felt this good! So says the publicity for this jaw-dropping (literally) body horror feature debut from French-Canadian director Eric Felardeau. Reminiscent of New French Extremity films like Inside and In My Skin, Thanatomorphose takes its title from the French term for 'the visible signs of an organism's decomposition caused by death'. That pretty much sums up the plot: alienated young sculptress, Laura (Kayden Rose) moves into a Montreal apartment where she spends her time suffering in an abusive relationship with her boyfriend, Antoine (Davyd Tousignant), and feeling equally rejected by the artistic establishment who refuse her an arts grant. She is dying inside (literally). One morning she wakes up to find her body slowly and inexorably starting to decay...
Read the full review here.
Wednesday, 25 September 2013
The amazing Cyberschizoid AKA Richard Gladman has just sent me news that issue two of his fanzine Space Monsters is now available to preorder. Das is good, ja? I loved the first issue and issue two, with its theme of Space Vampires, looks every bit as scrummylicious (especially as Emily Booth and Billy Chainsaw have both joined an already stellar writing team).
To preorder Space Monsters go here
To read my review of issue one go here
Sunday, 22 September 2013
New and emerging film makers may want to check out the new issue of Digital Filmmaker Magazine. It has lots of hints and tips on everything from screenwriting software, to shooting in RAW.
And if you're an independent horror director you might want to check out my article, WHY FILMMAKERS LOVE TO SHOOT HORROR, with contributions from the filmmakers themselves.
You can buy/ subscribe to Digital FilmMaker Magazine here. You can buy the digital version here. Or buy it in person at your local W. H. SMITHS.