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    Richard Driscoll, widely acknowledged as the worst film-maker in Britain (and consequently someone whose films I thoroughly urge you to buy and watch) was sentenced to three years in prison for fraud on 1st July 2013. If you would like to be reminded of the details of the case, you can’t do better than this fantastic article in the Telegraph.

    Presumably he was released early for good behaviour as he is back online and back in the film-making business. Or, if he is still inside, then he has an accomplice on the outside handling his website and social media. Tricky Dicky’s ‘next’ ‘production’ is an absolutely shameless rip-off of Blade Runner entitled Blade Hunter, which you can read all about at http://bhmovie.club– here’s the synopsis:

    The year is 2069, the place is San Angeles. A city made up of Los Angeles and San Francisco. Brought together after the nuclear explosion of 2021 where a nuclear reactor belonging to the Tenebre Corporation exploded after the death of its founder Dr Christopher Tenebre. After an investigation it was found out that the explosion was the work of synthetics, better known as Androids out to destroy North America and position themselves as the true leaders of the New World and distance themselves from the Off World colonies. With the city in ruin and the whole west coast covered in a dystopian red mist a group of ex-police officers are formed to hunt down these synthetics and eradicate them. These officers are called Blade Hunters. Enforcers for the Tenebre Corporation. McMillan is one of those men. A rough tough officer originally from Chicago who has been assigned to track down a group of these synthetics who have formed a modern day cult similar to the Golden Dawn of the 19 hundreds, once run by the occultist Aleister Crowley.

    Lying in bed after a serious accident is the writer of the graphic novel, that is Blade Hunter. Over the next few days the images and thoughts of Carney delve deeper into his Blade Hunter world that he has created as he lies on the edge of death.

    You don’t need me to tell you that this rips off Blade Runner in numerous ways (apart from at the end when it all gets a bit bizarre!), or that the logo on the poster is literally the Blade Runner logo – the famous silhouette of Harrison Ford – with a couple of letters changed. That fabulous film poster is a Blade Runner-inspired digital painting by a brilliant artist named Chris Ostrowski. I wonder whether he has been paid for its use as a film poster design, or is even aware that it’s being used in this way. [Edit. I checked with Chris Ostrowski and no, he knew nothing about this. - MJS]

    So who is going to star in this blockbuster? The credit block in the poster lists Michael Madsen, Steven Craine (Driscoll’s acting name), Bai Ling, Lysette Anthony, Patrick Bergin, Oliver Tobias, Dudley Sutton, Sylvester McCoy, Robin Askwith with Daryl Hannah and David Carradine. Driscoll has worked with, or claimed to be working with, all of these actors in the past. It may be that they know they’re attached to Blade Hunter, it may be that Driscoll is planning to use stock footage of them from previous projects, or he may just be fantasising again.
    The alert among you will have noticed that David Carradine is dead.  This was not a problem for Driscoll when he made Eldorado as he simply lifted footage of Carradine from someone else’s film (and told the taxman he had paid the star £400,000 for 13 days’ work – two weeks after his death). A tweet on the Blade Hunter Twitter account reveals how Driscoll plans to get around Carradine’s noncorporeality this time, although realistically it’s more likely he’ll just lift some old footage and tweak it in post.
    There is one other name in the credit block, editor Richard Colton. He doesn’t appear to have worked with Driscoll before but he has edited several recent British films including Kill Keith, Strippers vs Werewolves, UFO and Paul Tanter’s White Collar Hooligan trilogy. Interestingly, the credit block on the lobby-card-style images of the actors (example below) includes another name, DOP Mike Muschamp. He is currently working in Malaysia but has been linked in the past with unmade Driscoll titles including When the Devil Rides Out and Grindhouse 2wo.

    Now interestingly, this is not the first time that Richard Driscoll has tried to make this particular film. Here's a product listing from the Hollywood Reporter's special issue for the American Film Market in February 2002:
    ('Voss Anderson is of course a typo for Vass Anderson.) In the noughties Driscoll had a 'studio' just outside Brighton and certainly began production on Blade Hunter, as well as a number of other projects. One of my correspondents told me:

    "We basically lived together near Brighton for over nearly four months with the aim to build a studio. Richard hired a big industrial compound with a little adjacent forest with space for one biggish and two small studios and we had post production facilities on the site. Everything was obviously very improvised, but geared to produce a slate of cheap low budget crappy films. At any time between 15-30 people worked on building the studio or preparing the production. We already were very much into the prep of a science fiction film, which had uncanny resemblence with Bladerunner. There were detailed plans and models for the set, which wasn't small."

    Here's a few techncal matters, just for the record. The domain bhmovie.club was registered on 14th October through a domain registration company in Middlesex. The registrant name is ‘gideon quin’, one of Driscoll’s common aliases, and the address is Higher Nanpean Farm in Cornwall. Driscoll doesn’t live there any more – he sold the place in 2012. Presumably he hasn’t updated his contact details on his account with the domain registration company. He also registered rylett.info with them on 26th July.

    The @BHmovie15 Twitter account launched on 28th October, since which time he has tweeted 52 times, almost all of which were basically this. A few have been favourited or retweeted by individuals. The account has 583 followers and follows 2,286 other twitter users.

    There is also a Facebook page which has had 30 likes. Most of the posts are simply sharing other movie, actor or sci-fi pages, including (because Driscoll’s not coy about acknowledging his ‘inspirations’) the pages for ‘Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?’, ‘Blade Runner 2: The Edge of Human’ (an absolutely awful official sequel to the PKD book which I reviewed for SFX many years ago), ‘Blade Runner sequel’, ‘Blade Runner fans’, ‘KippleZone; (a Blade Runner fan fiction site), ‘Blade Runner 2: Do Androids Dream’, ‘Blade Runner Lovers’ (a clothing site) and of course ‘Blade Runner’ itself. The Facebook page gives a putative release date of ‘August 2016’ (yeah, right) and a contact email of BHmovie2015@gmail.com

    More to come, including the promised Indiegogo campaign for Blade Hunter and whether you should invest in it.

    It's good to have Richard Driscoll back on the film-making scene. It's not been the same without him.

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    As part of his sentence in 2013, Richard Driscoll was banned from being a company director (but sadly, not from being a film director). So how has he been able to set up his new company ‘DRagon’ (sic)?

    The crafty devil has simply relocated to the Republic of Ireland. The company address of ‘Dragon Film Limited’ is Unit 3, South Court, Wexford Road Business Park, Carlow. It was set up on 25th September 2014 (when I’m pretty sure Driscoll was still in prison), presumably by his new business partner.

    This is a sprightly septuagenarian with the magnificent name of Ronald Sinclair Bassett-Cross who lives in Kent and whose previous company directorships include something called ‘Megabucks Corporation Ltd’(!). Is he a trustworthy individual? Well, here’s a story about him, originally from the Mail on Sunday. Let me quote you the opening sentence:

    Ronald Bassett-Cross answering the door.
    A financial adviser who stole money from his wealthy clients and their children  – first reported by the Mail on Sunday in 2009 – has been sentenced to 24 months in prison. Ronald Bassett-Cross, 70, from Bromley in Kent, was sentenced on May 17 at the Old Bailey.  He had pled guilty to six charges of theft and three of fraud concerning four family trusts where he was the sole trustee.

    You know what’s interesting? That was in May 2013, just a few weeks before Richard Driscoll himself was sent down. Which raises the very real possibility that these two crooks met each other in prison...

    It just gets better and better.

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    Here's a third selection of the cool on-set pictures from Doghousethat Jake West kindly sent me. This time, here are some snap of the fellas. See more at Doghouse Photos Part 1Doghouse Photos Part 2Doghouse photos Part 4

    Mikey (Noel,Clarke), Patrick (Keith-Lee Castle), Neil (Danny Dyer), Graham (Emil Marwa) and Vince (Stephen Graham).

    Sgt Wright (Terry Stone) meets Mikey in the boutique.

    Neil finds himself the centre of female attention. I don;t know the name of the actress playing this particular zom-bird. Anyone?

    The sixth member of the gang, Matt (Lee Ingleby) at the mercy of 'The Witch (Nicola Jane Reading).

    The Magnificent Seven.

    The final shot of the film, as the assembled zom-birds chase our heroes out of town.

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    Many thanks to the always-cool Jake West for sending me these great on-set photos from Doghouse. See previous selections here: Doghouse Photos Part 1, Doghouse Photos Part 2, Doghouse Photos Part 3

    Here's Neil (Danny Dyer) living out his fantasy. Sorry, I don't know these actresses' names.

    A close-up from that scene. She's a keeper!

    Here's Joanne Marie Cutts as 'The Butcher', Lorry O'Toole as 'Foxy' and Emily Booth as 'The Snipper'.

    Alison Carroll as 'The Teen' and Joelle Simpson as 'Zimmer Granny'.

    I love this amazingly atmospheric shot of Bouff as 'The Snipper'!

    And finally, here's Jake West himself, talking with scriptwriter Dan Schaffer.

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    Unfortunately I had to miss the Festival of Zombie Culture at Leicester Phoenix this year (I was acting in a little film that day darling, dontcha know?). Which meant I missed the screening of Darkest Day and the Q&A afterwards with director Dan Rickard and producer Simon Drake.

    Not to worry, because someone videoed it and it's now on YouTube. The picture quality is lousy but there's nothing really to see: it's just three geezers sitting on a stage talking. The sound's alright and that's what matters.


    I'll be adding my own interview with Dan to my main website soon.

    Also, I just came across this - the sleeve for the Spanish DVD, Invasion de los Malditos!



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    Yesterday, Richard Driscoll's Blade Hunter website at www.bhmovie.club disappeared. No 404 error; just a plain white screen.

    Speculation began as to whether the legal gorillas at Warner Brothers had issued him with a cease and desist notice (as they most assuredly will). But if that was the case, why were his Facebook page and Twitter account still active.

    But no, it seems that Driscoll's site has been hacked by some evil sorts. Here is the message that currently appears there. A quick google has turned up a few other sites with similar messages.

    Language: English
    If you want to decrypt files in your server, you should pay us $50 with BitCoin. You have 7 days. When we receive money, we will public in pastebin.com program, key and instruction to decrypt files.
    Just will search in pastebin.com by url of your site
    Thanks :)
    Our BitCoin wallet is 13PNyVryLDizBgAf1nFkWtUawkVkxRL1Hy
    P.S. If your site will stay encrypted in long period, Google and other Search Engines will ban it.
    P.P.S. Just pay us and be happy :)
    (c)Saint777

    This is priceless. It couldn't happen to a nicer fellow. I wonder what he'll do.

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    The trailer and poster have both been released for The Other Side of the Door, the awesome-looking new film from Johannes Roberts (F, Storage 24). Co-written with Ernest Riera, who worked on some of Jo’s early pictures like Forest of the Damned (and also co-wrote his upcoming underwater thriller 47 Metres Down), the pictures was shot in India. It was produced by no less than Alexander Aja, of Switchblade Romance, Hills Have Eyes remake, Horns etc.

    The film stars Sarah Wayne Callies (The Walking Dead), Jermy Sisto (Six Feet Under, Law and Order), Javier Botet ([Rec] and sequels) and Suchitra Pillai-Malik (from the Indian version of 24). Dan Martin (Aaaaaaaah!, Nina Forever, The Stomachetc) designed the make-up effects.

    Synopsis: Grieving over the loss of her son, a mother struggles with her feelings for her daughter and her husband. She seeks out a ritual that allows her say goodbye to her dead child, opening the veil between the world of the dead and the living. Her daughter becomes the focus of terror. She must now protect against the evil that was once her beloved son.

    As well as the trailer below and the poster above, you can see a selection of cool photos on the USA Today site.

    The Other Side of the Door is scheduled for theatrical release in the States on 11th March next year and in the UK a week later. Can’t wait!


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    Here’s one I came across recently, that looks very promising. It’s a new supernatural horror (with social horror themes) from Mumtaz Yildirimlar, director of Quanna, Crossland and Cold Blood, starring Holly Jacobson.

    Holly’s a local star, best known to horror fans for Ben Tillett’s 2012 short Suckablood. A couple of years ago my son Thomas was in a short with her, and she was great as the psychotic school bully in Kenton Hall’s comedy A Dozen Summers. In My Guardian Angel she plays twins, one of whom is dead…

    Synopsis: When Hannah’s parents took her to a new school, they said it was to give her a new start. However, Hannah is 11, autistic, and due to her condition, unable to speak. She had a twin called Angel, but when Angel died, Hannah was forbidden to grieve by her abusive parents and punished when she sought comfort from her sister’s things. So now Hannah lives locked inside a silent life of despair, which she fears, will soon end at the hands of her parents. However when a knife keeps appearing under her pillow, and a voice that she thinks is inside her head, won’t leave her alone, Hannah begins to realize that just maybe, she may have an ally not of this world, but fear paralyzes. Could it be Angel who, from the ‘other side’, has come to seek justice for all the abuse she has suffered? And can Hannah overcome her fear, enough to let her in?

    Maria Figgins (Paul Knight’s Dead Wood) and Adrian Annis (Art of Darkness, Survivors) play the girls’ parents, and the other cast include Petra Bryant (The Disappearance of Lenka Wood), Tova Leigh (Once Upon a Time on Earth) and Silvana Maimone (Red Kingdom Rising).

    Find out more at http://myproduction.co.uk




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    On 4th December, Richard Driscoll will launch an Indiegogo campaign to raise funding for his film Blade Hunter. Actually, let me qualify that. Richard Driscoll says he’s going to launch an Indiegogo campaign on 4th December. But as he has a long track record of saying he’s going to do things that he then doesn’t (or in some cases, claiming he’s done things that he certainly hasn’t, his grip on reality being somewhat tenuous), any announcement like this must be taken with a grain of salt.

    The Man Himself, rocking the baseball cap look.
    In fact this is what it says on the film’s website:

    The Blade Hunter crowd funding campaign will start Friday 4th December 2015 on Indiegogo Where you will get the opportunity to become involved with this exciting project. Become a member of the “Secret world of Blade Hunter” and receive a weekly update of all that is new with the film. Receive free gifts and get your chance to meet the stars and buy exclusive merchandise that will not be available in any store.

    Now let’s assume for a moment that he does indeed launch his Indiegogo campaign next month. The question is: should you contribute? Let’s consider the pros and cons.

    • PRO: There is a chance we might get to see a new Richard Driscoll film, and they are never less than hugely entertaining. It’s been too long since Eldorado.
    • CON: There is a chance we might get to see a new Richard Driscoll film, and they are never less than completely, jaw-droppingly, astoundingly awful.
    • CON: Richard Driscoll and his business partner, Ronald Bassett-Cross, are both convicted fraudsters recently released from prison. They have set up their company in Ireland because they are banned from holding company directorships in the UK. Do you really want to give them money? Danger, danger, Will Robinson.
    • PRO: To be fair, Driscoll and Bassett-Cross have paid their debt to society (though not, I think, their debt to the taxman) and received due punishment. Should they not now be given another chance? Perhaps one or other of them has turned his life around. To forgive these two men their past sins and support them in their enterprise would be the Christian thing to do.
    • CON: The artwork on the Blade Hunter poster has been used without the artist’s permission. That doesn’t bode well for a Damascene conversion…
    • PRO: For a very small investment, you’ll be able to get a ‘thank you’ in the end credits of Blade Hunter (and potentially the IMDB credit that goes with it). For a bigger investment you could get an official sounding credit like ‘Associate Producer, ‘Co-producer’ or even ‘Executive Producer’.
    • CON: You could potentially end up with a Richard Driscoll film on your IMDB page, bringing shame and disgrace on your family name and causing film fans across the globe to openly mock you.
    • CON: There is absolutely no guarantee that Driscoll and Bassett-Cross will honour their side of the bargain and include your name on the film.
    • CON: Richard Driscoll has a long history of spelling people’s names wrong so even if you get in the credits, there is no guarantee your name will be spelled correctly.
    • PRO: You will “receive a weekly update of all that is new with the film”.
    • CON: There is every chance that there won’t be anything new with the film. Or no weekly update.
    • PRO: You will “Receive free gifts and get your chance to meet the stars and buy exclusive merchandise that will not be available in any store.”
    • CON: Bull. Shit.
    • PRO: A very small investment is surely worth it for the fun of seeing how long this pretense can continue.
    • CON: If the film does actually get made, you will be facilitating the employment of naïve film school graduates by Richard Driscoll, and historically that has often not gone well.
    • CON: Blade Hunter has been in and out of ‘production’ for at least 13 years. What reason does anyone have to suspect that it might get made now?
    • CON: As and when the rights holders to Blade Runner get wind of this, they will most likely slap it with a cease and desist order faster than you can say ‘Voight-Kampff Machine’. 
    • CON: If the rights holders take legal action, anyone with an official sounding credit like ‘Associate Producer, ‘Co-producer’ or even ‘Executive Producer’ runs a risk of being named in the lawsuit.
    • CON: Although Ireland is a friendly country with attractive tax schemes that encourage film-making, they do nevertheless have actual laws against things like not paying your employees, not returning borrowed equipment, and claiming you have paid money to a dead actor.
    I would say the CONs have it. Much as I would love to see another Richard Driscoll movie, Blade Hunter is never, ever going to get made so save your money.

    On the other hand, there are lots and lots of great little movie projects on Indiegogo and Kickstarter that you could invest in, which will get made, aren't based on ripping off the copyright of major Hollywood Studios and aren't produced by convicted fraudsters.

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    Mark Duffield’s Victorian gothic horror Demon was shot in 2010 and screened at the Festival of Fantastic Films in 2012, followed by couple of festivals in the States in November 2012 and February 2013. Since when it has been missing in action.

    Imagine my surprise to discover that in June this year Mark self-released (through his Demon House Pictures company) a limited edition DVD of the film, available now from Amazon. Only 1,000 discs were pressed so get it while you can. It’s an all-regions PAL disc including a commentary and interviews.

    Synopsis: Set in Victorian London, DEMON is a dark Gothic horror love story of a young man named Lorcan, who visits the London Hospital for treatment of a blood disorder. At the hospital Lorcan meets Amy, a young nurse and they have an instant attraction to each other and fall in love. 

    However, Lorcan soon discovers that he is cursed from birth, a curse that should he love or be loved, he will transform into a demon. Soon, the Demon appears and causes bloody havoc. It is only Amy who can restore Lorcan and destroy the Demon.


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    Barely had I recovered from my surprise that Demon had been released after three years in limbo, than I found an even bigger shock. Daniel Grant's feature Dark Night was first shown way back in 2006, when it had a few screenings and then... it disappeared.

    In July this year, after nearly a decade in limbo, Grant was finally able to make Dark Night available... via BitTorrent. I don't fully understand what that means, but it's further evidence, if any were needed, that 'cinema' as we know it is a dinosaur and that every distribution channel is as valid as any other.

    Apparently it costs $5.00/£3.20 and you get 'extras' including character artwork and a poster.

    Synopsis: Thrills and chills galore in this stylish shlock horror. Shot on a shoestring budget and with echoes of 'The Evil Dead' series and others from the genre, this is a true blood and guts experience! The group of teenagers get more than they bargained for at the abandoned house, pitting their wits against monsters, the undead and each other This is a British B-movie with big bite, definitely not for the faint of heart nor the weak of stomach! Will you survive the dark night?

    It just goes to show that everything turns up eventually if you wait long enough.

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    Here is the sleeve for the German DVD of Zombie Resurrection, scheduled for release by Edel Germany GmbH in January. It has been retitled Zombie Church but uses the same artwork as the UK sleeve. The page on Amazon.de lists the two directors as Jake Hawkins and Andy Phelps, which is correct.

    But look again at this sleeve. What’s that underneath the ‘ie’ of ‘Zombie’?

    “Ein film von Damian Morter”

    What? No. This is ein film von Jake Hawkins und Andy Phelps. Damian Morter is the director of a completely different (but also very enjoyable) British zombie film, Book of the Dead aka The Eschatrilogy. Plus a short called Zombie Run. But he didn’t have anything to do with Zombie Resurrection (as far as I know). He certainly didn't direct it!

    Occasionally artwork used for one film in one territory is used for a different one elsewhere (as happened with The Borderlands) but I’m pretty sure that this release is Zombie Resurrection. Everything else on that Amazon.de page checks out, including the cast and the synopsis.

    I’ve seen some sleeve cock-ups in my time but: wow. Just wow.

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    Wyndham Price's new horror feature Crow premieres tonight at the Cardiff Cineworld, according to a story which I spotted today on the Cardiff University website.

    Synopsis: Beginning life among a tribe of outcast travellers Crow is uprooted first by a police raid and then by gangsters. Crow has lived in the wood ever since the Crow tribe were brutally moved on from the farmstead nearby by ruthless developer, Tucker. Now Tucker wants the wood too and will stop at nothing to get it. 

    Crow sees the protagonist defend the wood with his life.  Battle ensues between Tucker and Crow, but Tucker doesn’t realise that he is contenting with a man who has the power of nature behind him. Tucker and his men learn the real meaning of terror in this original supernatural thriller.

    The script has been adapted by Tim Rhys , Lecturer in Creative Writing at Cardiff Uni, from his stage play Stone the Crows. The cast includes Andrew Howard (Agents of SHIELD, The Devil's Chair), Nick Moran (Lock Stock, Harry Potter), Emily Bevan (In the Flesh) and - holy cow! - Terence freaking Stamp!

    Filmed in autumn 2014, Crow should have a proper release next year.






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    It wouldn't be Christmas without a film about a psycho in a Santa outfit attacking hot women in an isolated cabin, would it? So it's a joy to report that new indie British horror Christmas Slay is now available for your viewing pleasure on Amazon Prime.

    The debut feature from writer-director Steve Davis, the film stars Dani Thompson (Three's a Shroud, Serial Kaller, Cute Little Buggers), Jessica Ann Brownlie (Devil's Tower, Serial Kaller, Conjuring the Dead) and Frank Jakeman (Brazil! Lifeforce! The Bride! Morons from Outer Space!).

    Synopsis: The story of CHRISTMAS SLAY begins on a wintery Christmas Eve in the picturesque Kentish countryside, the horrific murder of a loving family, and the capture of a Santa Claus obsessed blood thirsty killer.
    As Christmas dawns closer the following year, a group of collage girlfriends decide to get away from it all and relax and party over the Christmas holiday, they decide to escape to the idyllic Mistletoe Lodge nestled within the beautiful snowy mountains of the Scottish Highlands, but what starts off as the perfect festive getaway of fun in the snow and a glass of eggnog or two, suddenly descends in to gruesome blood bath of terror, and a fight for survival.

    No sign of a DVD yet. This is the 74th British horror film released this year. Crikey!

    You can find out more at www.facebook.com/christmasslaymovie

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    Geek Undead (dir. Jason Jackson)

    Synopsis: “Chris is an IT Support tech by day, by night he is a fearless zombie slayer, well in his dreams he is. In reality, he is a shy and secluded guy who spends his spare time watching zombie movies and playing video games He's seen and played everything zombie, but when the zombie apocalypse begins in his home town, is he as prepared as he thinks he is? Will his knowledge of the undead from movies and games be enough to help him defeat the hordes of the undead about to unleash their devastating plague upon the earth? Armed with unlimited knowledge of zombies and sledgehammer sarcasm, he and a small group of his friends may be the last line of defence against the end of the world. Who will survive and what will be left of them?”

    What do we know? This was shot between July and September 2013 and no-one in the cast seems to have ever made anything else. Which is fine and all. But the Twitter feed dried up in October 2013 and since then, not a thing. No video, no images. Is this lost forever?

    Will we see it in 2016? No chance

    Ibiza Undead (dir.Andy Edwards)

    Synopsis: “The story follows a group of friends on their first holiday away from their parents on the island of Ibiza in the Mediterranean. After one drunken evening, a zombie outbreak quickly spreads amongst the revelers. The group begins a desperate scramble to get off the island.” (NB. This basic premise is not dissimilar to the Indian film Goa Goa Gone, though I’m sure the films will be very different.)

    What do we know? Shot in October 2013 on the titular island (with pick-ups in London in January 2015). Edwards directed some of the House Party of the Dead shorts as well as segments of Three’s a Shroud and Blaze of Gory. Producer Elisar Cabrera has a film history that goes right back to Demonsoul. The cast includes Matt King from Peep Show, Emily Atack from The Inbetweeners and Cara Theobold from Downton. In October 2015, composer Chris J Nairn tweeted “Tackling @IbizaUndead over the last couple of days. I like to think the sound is contemporary with plenty of disgusting #NewGenre”

    Keep up to date at:www.facebook.com/IbizaUndead

    Will we see it in 2016? Probably

    Invasion of the Not Quite Dead (dir. AD Lane)

    Synopsis: “In 1978 the Welsh Mountains are infected by an alien bacteria. 28 years later a small community must face the threat of an alien invasion of the NOT QUITE dead variety in this spoof of Zom B-MOVIES.”

    What do we know? Anthony Lane has been working on this for the best part of a decade, having launched his ‘Indywood Project’ on 1st January 2007. This was one of the first ever attempts at crowdfunding a film: neither Indiegogo nor Kickstarter existed at this point and in fact even the term ‘crowdfunding’ had only been coined a few months earlier. The first footage was shot in 2011 and sporadic bits of filming have continued since then. Props to Lane for his dedication and I hope he can get this finished one day. JR Bookwalter and Lane’s mentor Ken Russell are among the credited executive producers.

    Keep up to date at:www.facebook.com/invasionofthenotquitedead

    Will we see it in 2016? Unlikely

    Meet the Cadavers (dir. David VG Davies and ‘Lord Zion’)

    Synopsis: “Meet The Cadavers - An ordinary family just like yours or mine. Except they're Zombies. Meet The Cadavers is the first in a series of The Cadavers movies. This is an up-to-date version of The Addams Family or The Munsters.  In this first movie, their nemesis is a slasher. In subsequent films, there will be different foes. The humour is very current and rude. The two lead boys have an Inbetweeners style relationship; the humour reflects that.”

    What do we know? Shot over ten non-consecutive days in October-December 2013, the last word from this horror-comedy was in February 2015 when it was announced that the first edit of the film was on the verge of completion. It’s been quiet as the grave since then. David VG Davies is a well-known British horror name from Animal Soup, Monitor, A Killer Conversation etc but this is primarily the baby of the fellow who calls himself ‘Lord Zion’ (who also stars as the family patriarch).

    Keep up to date at:www.facebook.com/meetthecadavers

    Will we see it in 2016? Possibly

    Night Fall (dir. Brel Offkel)

    Synopsis: “Shortly after a mysterious object crashes to Earth, people start to evolve into frenzied monsters with a hunger for human flesh. Hordes of zombies run the streets during daylight, making nightfall the only safe time to leave the house.”

    What do we know? In February 2014 it was reported that “Director Brel Offkel has already started production on his second feature film, Night Fall, an extra-terrestrial zombie terror.” The film stars British horror regular Nathan Head who has a collection of stills and behind-the-scenes photos on his website Director Brel Ofkel’s other feature Apparition of Evil was released in October 2014 but this one seems to have vanished and it’s debatable whether it was ever completed.

    Will we see it in 2016? Highly unlikely

    Night of the Living 3D Dead (d.Samuel Victor)

    Synopsis: Does what it says on the tin: a 3D remake of NOTLD.

    What do we know? Starring Gemma Atkinson from Casualty and Emmerdale. Not to be confused with Jeff Broadstreet’s Night of the Livng Dead 3D or Zebediah De Soto’s Night of the Living Dead Origins 3D (or indeed James Plumb’s 2D British film Night of the Living Dead: Resurrection). Bizarrely, the last thing that happened with this one was that the film-makers released a stand-alone feature-length Making Of documentary, Raising the Dead, on DVD. Of the actual film, there is no sign at all.

    Will we see it in 2016? No chance

    She Who Brings Gifts (dir. Colm McCarthy)

    Synopsis: “She Who Brings Gifts is a post-apocalyptic sci-fi zombie thriller. The eagerly-anticipated feature takes place a generation after the world has ended. Four adults and a unique child will decide the fate of humanity. The leading character Melanie (played by Sennia Nanua) is a seemingly normal, intelligent girl who lives with other children in an underground army bunker. With a fungus having infected the earth, the children are experimented on by scientists.”

    What do we know? Check out this photo. Paddy Considine? Gemma Arterton? Glenn Close??? Crikey, that’s a cast and no mistake. This decently budgeted feature (adapted by MR Carey from his own novel The Girl with All Gifts) was filmed in Birmingham, Dudley and Stoke-on-Trent in May-June 2015 Director Colm McCarthy previously helmed borderline werewolf feature Outcast plus episodes of Doctor Who, Sherlock and Ripper Street.

    Will we see it in 2016? Hopefully.

    The Snarling (dir. Pablo Raybould)

    Synopsis: “When a cursed new horror film is being made in their village, locals Les, Mike and Bob see their chance to cash in and get famous. As the local Detective Inspector and his hapless sergeant Haskins eventually trace a link in recent bloody mutilations to the film, the race is on to stop the killings before our local heroes get caught up in the real blood and guts.”

    What do we know? A comedy-horror about a monster attacking the cast and crew of a zombie film isn’t strictly a zombie film but effectively, yes, it’s a zombie film. Scheduled to premiere at Horror-on-Sea in January 2016. Mind you, that doesn't necessarily lead anywhere. Director Pablo Raybould was in the cast of Evil Bread which played at the 2014 HoS and promptly disappeared again.

    Keep up to date at:www.facebook.com/TheSnarling

    Will we see it in 2016? Only in Southend

    Welcome to Essex (dir. Ryan J Fleming)

    Synopsis: “Overnight, the United Kingdom was consumed by an epidemic of terrifying proportions. The majority of the population were killed in a matter of hours as millions of recently-killed people returned to life and began to attack and kill the living. The disaster spread so rapidly that the government had no time to control the situation. The order to evacuate England was given. But it was too late. Now, the following day, a small group of mismatched survivors find themselves trapped in the famous town of Brentwood, hunted by large hordes of fast-moving corpses. They must learn to work together and reach the last-known point of rescue, Southend-on-Sea, or face certain death. Or worse.”

    What do we know? This was mostly filmed in 2013: apparently a thousand zombie extras rampaged down Brentwood High Street in September of that year. The last Facebook post, in August 2015, reported that post was continuing and “the film is still on course for a late-2015 release”. Well, they’ve got three weeks left.

    Keep up to date at: www.facebook.com/WelcomeToEssex

    Will we see it in 2016? Can't see why not

    Zombie Women of Satan 2 (dir. Chris Greenwood)

    Synopsis: “Following the release of Zombie Women of Satan, the movie about the events of the first film, Pervo's career hasn't quite gone to plan. Shunned and unwanted, he's a fading star. But not to be defeated, he returns to this sequel with a new manager, a trusty bodyguard and the beautiful actress Dahlia Von Rose as they tour the country promoting their new movie. With things looking bleak though, it seems Pervo's fifteen minutes of fame are just about over. However, a chance encounter with a mystery millionaire could turn all their fortunes around. But is it a chance encounter? Or a diabolical revenge plot? Lured to a party at an enormous mansion, all is going well until those zombie women escape and end up running wild.”

    What do we know? Say what you like, I thought Zombie Women of Satan was great and I am really stoked to see this sequel. Even if it was originally promised in 2013.

    Keep up to date at:www.facebook.com/ZombieWomenOfSatan

    Will we see it in 2016: I bloody hope so!

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    The latest feature from indefatigable Northern Irish film-maker George Clarke gets a DVD release next month through the always reliable Left Films. The Blood Harvest is Clarke's seventh film since his 2008 debut Battle of the Bone. It recently picked up awards for Best Actor and Best Effects at the Freak Show Horror Film Festival in Orlando.

    Synopsis: When a spate of horrific murders take place in and around Belfast, Detective Chaplin believes it may not be a serial killer but the work of something supernatural. He is fired from the investigation, but, not one to give up easily, Chaplin works secretly, with his old partner Detective Hatcher, to try to bring an end to the killing, one way or another. But the closer Chaplin gets, the more he realises that something unexpected and very sinister is going on...

    You can find out more about George Clarke's work at http://yellowfeverproductions.com

    I have this week received a screener from Helen at Left Films. I will be adding reviews of both Battle of the Bone and The Blood Harvest to my main site shortly.


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    With Howl out on DVD in the UK (and next month in the States), Paul Hyett has lost no time in getting straight back into the director’s chair with gothic horror Heretiks (sic).

    Synopsis: During the 17th Century a young woman is saved from execution and led to a priory to repent her sins but discovers a greater evil lies within.

    The cast includes The Seasoning House’s Rosie Day (of course) plus Clare Higgins (Hellraiser 1 and 2, now High Priestess of the Sisterhood of Karn on Doctor Who), Petra Bryant (also in My Guardian Angel, see previous news story), Carl Wharton (Wrath of the Crows), Sian Breckin (Donkey Punch) and Hannah Arterton from Atlantis. Plus, although he’s not on the IMDB page yet, the legend that is Michael Ironside. Total Recall, seaQuest, Starship Troopers– Ironside has been in everything and been brilliant in it all. One of my favourite actors.

    The script by Paul and regular co-writer Conal Palmer is based on a story by American actor Gregory Blair (who was in Charlie Band’s Ooga Booga and was associate producer on Creep Creepersin’s Dracula). Michael Riley (Scar Tissue, The Seasoning House, Vampire Diary) and Marcia Do Vales (Deranged) are the producers. Jaquie Fowler (The Living and the Dead, The Cottage, The Descent etc) is the make-up designer. Soul Searcher director Neil Oseman is the DP and has a few non-spoiler behind-the-scene shots on his website (plus some detail for the camera-tech nerds among you).

    Originally announced in August 2013 for 2014 production, Heretiks started principal photography last month in the Brecon Beacons and should be ready next year. If it’s not at Frightfest I’ll be very surprised.

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    It seems you can't move for werewolf pictures in this country nowadays. Tony Jopia's horror comedy Crying Wolf is now available on Amazon Video, with a US DVD release lined up for 5th January.

    Synopsis: They're Hungry, Hairy and ready to hunt you down! The comedy horror Crying Wolf tells the story of strange and weird goings on in a little English village called Deddington. The gruesome death of local girl Charlotte by a rabid monster causes alarm and revulsion - before desperate reporters, crazy detectives and revenge seeking hunters descend on the scene! Crying wolf is a fast paced British comedy horror that will keep you howling for more!

    The film stars the legendary Caroline Muno alongside Joe Egan and Gary Martin. Jopia previously doirected rock'n'roll horror feature Deadtime plus the shorts Cry Wolf (an early version of the feature) and Zombie Harvest. His 'British Critters' sci-fi-horror-comedy Cute Little Buggers is still in post.

    Find out more at www.facebook.com/cryingwolfthemovie


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    It's a week later than promised but the Indiegogo campaign for Richard Driscoll's "new dystopian sci-fi/horror film in the style of BLADE RUNNER" is now live, Here it is.

    I won't go into any detail - you can read it for yourself. And be sure to watch the video (don't worry - there's no clips of Driscoll himself in it).

    He's hoping to raise $150,000 in 30 days. Good luck on that, Dick! And although Indiegogo does have a bit that says "Do you think this campaign contains prohibited content? Let us know." I have no intention of reporting his empty promises, untrue claims and violations of copyright. I'm having fun watching how far this thing goes.

    If you want to pony up five grand to be an executive producer - or just 12 bucks to get a free download of the film - be sure you're fully aware of what you're getting into first.

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    The Carrier is the second feature from Anthony Woodley, who previously brought us Arctic military scifi-horror Outpost 11 (not to be confused with the unrelated Nazi zombie-ghost Outpost trilogy). The film hits DVD in the UK on 25th January through Altitude Film Distribution.

    Synopsis: Despite all the warnings about the overuse of antibiotics and efforts by the pharmaceutical companies to keep pace, an antibiotic resistant pandemic decimates the planet. Eight survivors escape on a dilapidated 747. Little is known about the effect of the outbreak, just that it is safer to be in the air than on the ground. What lengths are the passengers and crew prepared to go to in order to survive? Are they safe to land, and what will they find when they do? Can they outrun the pandemic, where every minute counts? Think 'Contagion', meets 'The Road', set on a 747...

    Shot in 2013 as Artificial Horizon, the movie was test screened in June 2014 and premiered at Raindance in September 2015. If you’ve read this story you’ll see that this is suddenly absolutely bang on topical (in a slightly terrifying way).

    The cast includes Edmund Kingsley (Allies, The Reverend), Joe Dixon (The Mummy Returns), Karen Bryson (Shameless) and Jack Gordon (Truth or Dare, Panic Button, The Devil’s Business).

    Speaking of Panic Button (on which Woodley was assistant art director), the DVD sleeve for The Carrier is curiously familiar...

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