Imagine if you will that the BFI had a disreputable cousin, a Northern Grindhouse with tastes a little darker and stranger. With staff who love their movies with a passion that borders on religious zeal, who know you by name and welcome you in as they throw the doors open at midnight... whose programming runs the gamut of worldwide genre film making, praising the strange, the unusual, the weird and forgotten.
Then step inside the ELECTRIC DREAMHOUSE! A new cinema imprint from PS Publishing and Editor Neil Snowdon (We Are The Martians: The Legacy Of Nigel Kneale).
Launching this year at FantasyCon By The Sea with 'Midnight Movie Monographs' - an ongoing series dedicated to outstanding genre titles that just don't get the attention elsewhere.
Written by genre authors, film makers and some of the finest critical voices on the scene, bringing a unique perspective to films they love, these are not dry academic texts. They are passionate, in depth celebrations that go deep, from writers who know and love the genre inside out. Expert - indeed award winning! - practitioners in their field.
Who are these practitioners? Take a look and see...
'Midnight Movie Monographs':
THEATRE OF BLOOD by John Llewellyn Probert (author Wicked Delights, The Hammer Of Dr. Valentine and more, critic at House Of Mortal Cinema)
MARTIN by Jez Winship (Writer, broadcaster,critic, photographer, storyteller. Contributor to We Are The Martians, The Folklore Tapes 'Calendar Customs' series, broadcaster on Phonic FM Exeter. Live storyteller at Folklore Tapes events)
EYES WITHOUT A FACE by Michael Brooke (critic for Sight & Sound, dvd and Bluray producer for Arrow Video and BFI including Jan Svankmajer, Walerian Borowczyk, Roger Corman collections)
THE BROOD by Stephen R. Bissette (comics artist and writer, Swamp Thing, Tyrant, film critic Video Watchdog, Gorezone, Fangoria)
DEATHLINE by Sean Hogan (screenwriter and director for film and theatre, films include The Devil's Business, Lie Still, Little Deaths and Future Shock!; theatre includes The Ghost Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore)
MARTYRS by Stacie Ponder (writer/director/critic/comics artist - writer for Rue Morgue Magazine and the HUGELY popular Final Girl blog, writer/director of Ludlow)
SINISTER by Mark Morris
(Author Toady, The Black, The Immaculate, The Wolves Of London, Albion Fay. Editor The Spectral Book Of Horror Stories. Scriptwriter for Doctor Who and Hammer Audio Drama)
LET'S SCARE JESSICA TO DEATH by Lynda E. Rucker (Author of The Moon Will Look Strange, Columnist for Black Static Magazine)
THE KARNSTEIN TRILOGY by Angela Slatter (World Fantasy Award Winning author of Sourdough & and Other Tales, The Bitterwood Bible, Of Sorrow And Such, Vigil)
THE TENANT by Kevin Jackson (writer, broadcaster, film maker, pataphysician; author of BFI monographs on Nosferatu, Withnail & I, and Lawrence Of Arabia)
TWIN PEAKS FIRE WALK WITH ME by Maura McHugh (writer of prose, comics and film; Twisted Fairy Tales, Witchfinder
FRANKENSTEIN MUST BE DESTROYED by Dennis Cozzalio (film critic for Trailers From Hell, and Sergio Leone & The Infield Fly Rule)
FREAKS by Johnny Mains (Author of Plugged Into The Mains, and A Little Light Screaming. Editor of Dead Funny, Best British Horror, Aickman A Centenary Celebration. Liner notes for Arrow Video Bluray restorations of Happiness Of The Katakuris and La Grande Bouffe.)
THE FURY by Howard S. Berger & Kevin Marr (Film makers and critics. Director of Original Sins, and A Life In The Death Of Joe Meek. Writers of Destructible Man blog. Plus various appearances on extras for Arrow Video)
THE STONE TAPE by Fiona Watson (Screenwriter of Twisted Tales, and Let Us Prey. Writer for online film journal Senses Of Cinema... NB poss bring this forward to tie in with Kneale book is Tomato Cain isn't happening?)
VALERIE AND HER WEEK OF WONDERS by Jez Winship (see above)
ISLAND OF LOST SOULS by Jonathan Rigby (Author, actor, broadcaster. Author of English Gothic, American Gothic, Euro Gothic. Consultant on A History Of Horror presented by Mark Gatiss. Jonathan can regularly be found on the commentaries for classic horror movies, Hammer in particular).
THE HILLS HAVE EYES by Richard Harland Smith (writer/critic, Video Watchdog, Movie Morlocks-TCM online, commentaries for Deranged, Panic In The Year Zero, Burnt Offerings, Donovan's Brain, and more)
BLOOD ON SATAN'S CLAW by Kimberly Lindbergs (Writer and critic at Movie Morlocks and Cine Beats)
ERASERHEAD by Anton Bitel (film critic Sight & Sound - where he specialises in Cult and outre titles - and occasional tutor in Ancient Greek and Latin at Oxford University)
MESSIAH OF EVIL by Maitland McDonagh (film critic and author of Broken Mirrors, Broken Minds, the first book length study of the films of Dario Argento. Maitland has written for Video Watchdog, Fangoria, Dark Side and numerous other film magazines. She also contributes liner notes to releases by Criterion and Arrow Video).
CARNIVAL OF SOULS by Stephen R. Bissette (See above)
BLACK SUNDAY by Angela Slatter (see above)
FACE OF FIRE by Stephen Laws (author of Spectre, The Wyrm, Chasm, Ferocity and more. Interviewer for Festival Of Fantastic Film. Expert in all things genre)
PHASE IV by Neil Mitchell (film critic at Sight & Sound, Total Film, Electric Sheep and more, author of monograph on Carrie, film programmer for Australia and New Zealand Festival of Literature and Arts)
MANHUNTER by Philip Simpson( Making Murder: The Fiction Of Thomas Harris, Psycho Paths: Tracking The Serial Killer Through Contemporary American Film And Fiction) & Scott Bradley (The Book Of Lists: Horror, The Dark - with Pete Giglio, and numerous journals and magazines).
FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE by John Llewellyn Probert (see above)
THE DEVIL RIDES OUT by Maura McHugh (see above).
[And that's not all. Any such cinema would surely runs dedicated seasons and special events... to that end we'll have other books too. PS have done fantastic film books in the past with Mark Morris' CINEMA MACABRE and CINEMA FUTURA, and Johnny Mains book on THE SORCERORS. Now such titles will have a dedicated home.
After difficulties with it's original publisher, WE ARE THE MARTIANS: The Legacy Of Nigel Kneale has found a new home with PS and it's a perfect fit for ELECTRIC DREAMHOUSE. A career length celebration of, not only one of the greatest screenwriters that the world has ever seen, but one of the finest writers of speculative fiction that the UK has ever produced, with contributions from Mark Gatiss, Kim Newman, Stephen Volk, Mark Morris, Jonathan Rigby, Tim Lucas, Stephen Bissette, Joe Dante and more.
Special Guests? Actors, Directors, Screenwriters, Producers and Composers talking about their work in the very genres we love? We've got that too...
From 1990 to 2009, Horror Author Stephen Laws could also be seen on stage at the Festival Of Fantastic Films in Manchester interviewing many of their guests. Everyone from Ray Harryhausen to Andrew Kier, Val Guest to Barbara Shelley, Jorge Grau to Ingrid Pit, Roy Ward Baker to James Bernard, Roger Corman to Gerry Anderson, John Landis to Brian Clemens, Jean Rollin, Lamberto Bava, Tony Tenser, Hazel Court, Ken Foree, David Warbeck, Paul Naschy, Antonio Margaretti, Jimmy Sangster, Robert Fuest and more... some of whom went on to become close personal friends.
Now Stephen is opening up the vaults...
THE LAWS OF HORROR will present the best of these interviews interspersed with personal anecdotes from Steve about the people he shared the stage with, and his life long love of Horror.
An extraordinary roll call of the people who made the very films that we all fell in love with. Whose films are the subject of the 'Midnight Movie Monograph' series. ]
ELECTRIC DREAMHOUSE... Projections from the heart of genre cinema.
As of September 1st, 2016, submissions are now OPEN for the Triple Six Film Festival in Manchester, UK!
The event is the brainchild of Andy Deen (owner of UK Horror Scene) and Chris Barnes (owner of The Slaughtered Bird), who decided there was a need and a passion for a new horror film festival in Northern England.
After months of planning they have partnered up with the AMC Cinema in Manchester and their debut festival will be on May 27th & 28th, 2017, over the bank holiday weekend!
Set in the iconic Great Northern Warehouse in Manchester, AMC is a 16-screen, state of the art cinema complex and 2 of the leading UK horror sites will be taking over 1 of the screens for 2 days to showcase the best in independent horror on the big screen!
Triple Six aims to highlight the amazing talent across the horror genre and will be showing 9 feature films and 9 short films. On top of that there will be special guests, Q&As, an after-festival party and much more.
Submissions are open exclusively through FilmFreeway and this will run until March 1st, 2017. There will be awards for Best Short Film, Best Feature Director, Best Feature Film and Audience Choice Best Feature Film!
Filmmakers can submit here - https://filmfreeway.com/festival/TripleSix
Andy and Chris want to make Triple Six an interactive experience where fans and filmmakers mix in a relaxed and vibrant atmosphere. They also aim to make the event affordable and accessible to all - there will be no early bird tickets, just permanently cheap weekend, day and individual film prices!
Tickets will go on sale on April 1st, 2017, via the festival website http://www.TripleSixFest.com.
Triple Six Horror Film Festival is an event BY horror fans FOR horror fans!
Official site: www.TripleSixFest.com
Triple Six’s FilmFreeway page: https://filmfreeway.com/festival/TripleSix
The Hills Have Eyes meets The Running Man as cult horror icon and hard rocker Rob Zombie returns with an ultra-violent grindhouse-infused slasher, directed with his inimitable, no holds barred style, with an all-star cast headed up by the legendary Malcolm McDowell.
Rob Zombie (Director, House of 1000 Corpses, Devil’s Rejects, House of Salem, Halloween)
Malcolm McDowell (Clockwork Orange, Caligula, If, Halloween, Cat People)
Sheri Moon Zombie (Devil’s Rejects, House of Salem, Halloween)
Judy Geeson (Lords of Salem, Doomwatch, 10 Rillington Place, Inseminoid)
Meg Foster (Pretty Little Liars, Twin Peaks, They Live, The Osterman Weekend)
Richard Brake (Hannibal Rising, Batman Begins, Outpost)
Daniel Roebuck (Dudes, Project X, River’s Edge, Lost, The Fugitive)
A camper van of carnival workers are kidnapped in the middle of nowhere by a trio of debauched decadents. Set loose in a derelict factory compound full of creepy passages containing nasty traps, the abductors, led by the maliciously murderous Father Murder, place bets on who will survive the longest in a 12-hour period of pain and maim against an array of sadistic clowns with such charmingly clear-cut nicknames as Psycho-Head, Sick-Head, Death-Head and Sex-Head. You have been warned!
We like it because:
“What say we hunt these freaks down and cut their throats?” So says Sheri Moon Zombie as the hunted turns hunter in horror mastermind Rob Zombie’s latest gore-soaked killer thriller 31, a demented trip through the most terrifying funhouse you’ve ever visited.
Mixing Tobe Hooper-esque Seventies grindhouse scares with the nerve-shredding thrills of The Running Man, Zombie has fashioned a crowd-pleasing horror shocker that received a riotous reception at its UK premier at the Horror Channel FrightFest in London in August.
As usual, Zombie has put together a fantastic cast, including cinema icon Malcolm MacDowell (Alex in Clockwork Orange), channelling his infamous lead role in Caligula here, as the sinister organiser of the 31 game; veteran Brit horror icon Judy Geeson (Inseminoid, Fear in the Night); Daniel Roebuck (Dudes, Project X, River’s Edge, Lost, The Fugitive); adult star Ginger Lynn; and the great Tracey Walter (Conan, Batman, The Silence of the Lambs).
Sure to be devoured by Zombie’s legion of fans, eager to sink their teeth into his latest trademark offering, 31 is a sick, slick blood-drenched rock ‘n’ roll rollercoaster ride of terror. So sit back, strap yourself in, and break out the popcorn. In hell, everybody loves popcorn.
Actress Alison Wandzura will be lighting up the screen in the highly anticipated TV series Van Helsing. From the Producers of Emmy winning Fargo and Hell on Wheels, Van Helsing features Alison Wandzura as a key character in an apocalyptic vampire world. The new series premieres on September 23, 2016 at 10/9c on the SyFy network.
Van Helsing is described as “a twist on the classic vampire adventure tale”. In Van Helsing, Alison’s character was originally written only into the pilot episode but was expanded over the first season. Alison plays the recurring character Nicole alongside Kelly Overton (True Blood), Jonathan Scarfe (Hell on Wheels), Christopher Heyerdahl (True Blood), David Cubitt (Medium, Ray Donovan), and Aleks Paunovic (Continuum). Vanessa Helsing, distant relative of famous vampire hunter Abraham Van Helsing, is resurrected only to find that vampires have taken over the world. She is humanity’s last hope to lead an offensive to take back what has been lost.
“I fell in love with the Van Helsing characters and their journeys”, says Alison. “The show is gritty and unpredictable, and the stakes (pardon the pun) are always high. As an actor, you’re entering a world where your life is constantly in danger, with vampires gnashing at the gates, and you have to make that authentic to you, so it’s authentic to the audience.”
“It’s a gift to be part of the Van Helsing family, as it is the best crew and cast I’ve worked with,” reflects Alison. “Kelly Overton, our leading lady, is incredibly down-to-earth and gracious,” Alison continues. “The vibe on any set trickles down from the top, so when the star of the show is as warm a person as Kelly, that spirit is contagious.”
Alison is currently working on the movie Story of a Girl, which is Kyra Sedgwick’s directorial debut, and part of Lifetime network’s “Broad Focus” initiative to promote female directors, writers, and producers. Alison plays a well-to-do former colleague of the character played by Jon Tenny(Scandal, The Closer). Alison will also be appearing on The Magicians (SyFy) and Rogue (DirecTV), both airing in 2017. Other credits include The X Files, iZombie, Mistresses, Age of Adaline and Once Upon A Time.
This year Alison co-produced and co-starred in Singer Sisters, a comedic short film that won a $10,000 grant from Telus Storyhive. In the film she plays Sarah, an actress who’s being pressured to go under the knife in order to land a role on a TV show. This film specifically created opportunities for women, as the producers, writer, director and many of the crew were female.
Alison grew up in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Early signs of a future in acting began around the age of six when Alison started improvising shampoo commercials in her bathtub. As a kid she loved putting on puppet shows for whoever would watch. The turning point came in University while she was majoring in Business and minoring in Drama. She began performing in stage plays, which she considers to be the best training ground for an actor. “In a two-hour stage performance, you have to give a lot of yourself, and the stamina required for a three-week run with nightly performances is huge,” says Alison.
In her personal life, Alison has a 2-year-old Chihuahua named Cheetah, which she adopted through a group called “Big and Small Rescue”. She encourages people to save an animal’s life by adopting. Alison sticks to a regular workout regimen to stay in shape, often doing push-ups with her 10-pound Chihuahua on her back for a fun and further challenge.
Alison continues to pursue her acting career with the goal of telling thought-provoking stories, particular those with strong, empowering portrayals of women.
Ah, Hallowe'en. For us horror fans it's a magical time of year, with so much great horror on our airwaves and hitting cinemas, movie allnighters being pulled up and down the country and any amount of fun being had in creating and wearing those Hallowe'en costumes.
And this year, Film Gutter is getting ready to add even more excitement to spooky season with its 31 DAYS OF HALLOWE'EN offer! As always, our reviews will be going up every Thursday on Ginger Nuts of Horror throughout October, but four movies somehow seems insufficient for the most nightmarish of months...
But with 31 DAYS OF HALLOWE'EN, you'll be able to join in with our most exciting Film Gutter offer yet. You'll get a daily review delivered straight to you inbox, plus a special expanded edition on the 31st October with 10 reviews for your reading pleasure! Yes, that's an incredible FORTY reviews coming direct to you and plenty to set you up for some fantastic Hallowe'en viewing and, as always, some interesting – if slightly alarming – reading. On top of that, you'll get a weekly Film Gutter article, exclusive competitions and much more!
And what's even better, you get all of this for just £3! And you know that's cheap without me having to make awful comparisons to the price of a cup of coffee...
So, whether you're looking out for the most disturbing movies to watch this Hallowe'en, or just curious to find our just where the boundaries of horror lay, come join us throughout October for 31 DAYS OF HALLOWE'EN!
For more information, or to sign up, visit https://filmgutter.wordpress.com/31-days-of-halloween/
Hell yes, sign me up! I want the full 31 day experience and I’m not scared of nothing!
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I’m not hardcore enough for a full month of The Gutter. Can you sign me up for the bumper Hallowe’en review special?
Go on then, I suppose. Click here for our bumper Hallowe’en bulletin at £1:
This has always been a topic that has fascinated me, and we at Ginger Nuts of Horror are very excited by this project. Please consider supporting the filmmakers either by donating to their crowd funding campaign, or even by just sharing this post with your friends and fellow horror / metal heads.
There have been documentaries on horror and there have been documentaries on heavy metal. But there has never been one that brings them both together and explores why they both go hand in hand.
The History of Metal and Horror is a documentary which explores the evolution of both heavy metal and horror and how the two genres have merged over time. It is common for fans of metal to be fans of horror, and vice versa.
This documentary contains the following:
A wave of terrifying paranormal phenomena has swept the UK. A virulent plague known as the Red Death has decimated the population. Law and order has broken down.
The Crisis Powers Government, operating from the fortified heart of London, is attempting to regain control, whilst a shadowy terrorist organisation is rumoured to be harnessing the power of darkness for its own ends.
To escape a riot-torn inner city, a group of survivors must band together, but their flight will force a harrowing confrontation with the demonic forces at the heart of society’s collapse.
Murder, suicide, mutilation and madness. Slaughter in the streets. Anything goes.
When the village of Beacon Fell is hit by an epidemic of violence, Jed Kittridge is one of the few people immune to the bloodlust that has turned his friends and neighbours into killers and rapists. Insanity fills the air. Friends become enemies. And in the aftermath of such death and destruction, all that matters is survival...because the world will never be the same again.
DEATHCRAWL is a fast-paced, violent thriller that takes inspiration from the extreme end of the horror spectrum.
Launching at Fantasy Con by the Sea is a brand new series from Hersham Horror featuring some of the finest writers of horror working in the UK. Ginger Nuts of Horror will be reviewing these books in the week leading up to the convention, but in the meantime check out the books on offer and treat yourself by purchasing the books by clicking on the images below.
Who are the toymaker, the child-killer, and the magician?
When a young girl is kidnapped from her home, suspicion falls upon one of her neighbours, Leonard Miller, whom the police discover has a cloudy past. In an effort to clear his own name, Miller must investigate the girl's disappearance. It's a journey that will take him from the teeming crowded dosshouses of Blackfold to a crumbling mansion nestling in the remote foggy marshes.
There he will encounter a house full of the horrifically insane and the terrible answers to the child’s disappearance.
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Richard leads a simple, uncomplicated life in the suburbs of London where anonymity is a virtue. His life has a routine. His cleaner visits twice a week. He works out in his basement, where he occasionally he kills people.
Everything is as Richard wants it until David enters his life. What happens next changes his existence in its entirety and the lives of those around him. Is he able to trust anything to be true? And will he be able to escape David or will David take over Richard’s life completely?
A Novella from Hersham Horror Books
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Twenty years ago at college, Martin, Paul, Jane, and Gwen were members of the GLUE Club - the Gaffney Legendary Urban Explorers - run by the charismatic Tom. Now, following his mysterious death, they agree to meet up again and undertake one final exploration to honour his name.
Aside from Paul who never left, none of them have been back to Gaffney since and the reunion is awkward, re-opening old wounds. As they begin to explore the long-abandoned Pocock Factory, it seems they might be intruding on something better left alone. As they succumb to the spirits in the darkness, it quickly becomes a battle to see who will survive the night...
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In a Nottingham cemetery, hidden away from the grandiose tombs of the city’s rich, are the old paupers’ graves. Katherine and her team have been ordered to create an exhibit based around the lives of those unfortunates buried beneath. But the paupers represent part of the city’s history that Katherine prefers to avoid thinking about… as well as part of her own.
But the dead, having had nothing in life, are enraged that even the truth of how they lived is being taken from them. Buried up to twenty under one stone, they whisper in the dark. Maybe they can show Katherine and her colleagues what their history was really like… and how cheap life was considered.
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A little boy is captivated by a storyteller in the local library, but finds the tale has teeth; a psychiatrist tries to help a patient terrified of change, only to discover that was the least of her worries; a young couple find themselves stranded in a remote monastery in a tale of witchcraft and murder; a young journalist is attacked in a deserted underground station, only to be rescued by a mysterious stranger; something dark waits in a haunted playground, calling for someone to play with… Ghosts, witches, and all-too-human monsters wait within these pages. .
Hersham Horror Books brings you Marie O’Regan’s second short story collection, where you’ll find a clutch of stories that will stick with you long after reading..
Introduction by bestselling author Sarah Pinborough (13 Minutes, Behind Her Eyes)
Afterword by .Johnny Mains (Dead Funny, Best British Horror)
Cover art by Edward Miller
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1983. Troubled teens from New York and Los Angeles are taken to a summer camp facility
to be trained as counsellors and mix safely with other people their own age.
Little do they know they are being watched by an audience hungry for sex & violence.
They are the designated victims for a bizarre contest of murder and mayhem –
WELCOME TO SLASHERMANIA!
Masked maniacs from across the USA, Canada, Italy & the UK compete in various categories:
Best Male Solo Death! Best Female Solo Death! Coitus Interruptus! Sin Punishment!
Most Creative Kill! Biggest Multiple Death! The coveted Slasher of the Year award!
“And the slashie goes to...”
Written by Russell Hillman. Pencils by Ron Joseph and CJ Camba.
Inks by Ron Joseph, Jake Isenberg and CJ Camba. Colours by Harry Saxon. Letters by Sergio Calvet.
Slashermania is an original graphic novel in the tradition of films such as Scream, Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon, The Final Girls and Cabin in the Woods. Functioning both as a tribute to, and an examination of, the eighties slasher movie phenomenon, it’s mostly played straight but with an undercurrent of post-modern self-awareness and some appropriately inappropriate laughs along the way - carefully designed not to undercut the scares.
It should appeal to readers of titles such as Tim Seeley’s Hack/Slash, Williamson/Henderson’s Nailbiter and Alex de Campi’s Grindhouse miniseries.
The Kickstarter campaign runs from 13th August – 13th September. You can support it by
You can follow Freaktown Comics on Twitter for a daily art tease and a slasher-themed poll, download a preview here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzHgNtYoy0TpZy1MRFRCOXVZM1E/view?usp=sharing, watch the trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQYSoKAqbj8 and listen to the soundtrack playlist https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLijemJLZk8wL2IT3g-uGQRwdkREAZEDwq on YouTube.