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- 04/15/13--00:30: _Derby festival pres...
- 04/23/13--12:03: _Kim Newman on Briti...
- 04/23/13--12:24: _Rue Morgue 'British...
- 05/14/13--10:56: _British horror titl...
- 05/14/13--13:01: _First trailer for T...
- 06/05/13--12:42: _Richard Driscoll co...
- 06/06/13--11:34: _More on Richard Dri...
- 06/13/13--23:59: _Fangoria reviews Ur...
- 06/18/13--12:22: _Cute Little Buggers...
- 06/19/13--14:37: _Seasoning House in ...
- 06/21/13--11:25: _Al Ronald in short ...
- 06/24/13--13:53: _Little Deaths comin...
- 07/01/13--10:45: _Richard Driscoll se...
- 07/04/13--15:30: _British slasher 'Th...
- 07/16/13--14:47: _New zombie short: A...
- 07/21/13--03:24: _Win 'The Dead 2' pr...
- 07/25/13--15:28: _Borley Rectory - fo...
- 08/13/13--00:35: _Wasteland screening...
- 08/23/13--14:10: _Navin Dev directs '...
- 08/25/13--01:22: _'The Shadow of Deat...
- 04/15/13--00:30: Derby festival presents four top British horror directors
- Jake West directed Razor Blade Smile, Evil Aliens and Doghouse (as well as Club Death, Pumpkinhead 3 and one segment of The ABCs of Death)
- Johannes Roberts directed F and Storage 24 (as well as Forest of the Damned, Darkhunters and When Evil Calls, and co-directed Sanitarium and Hellbreeder)
- Paul Andrew Williams directed The Cottage and Cherry Tree Lane (and wrote the original script of The Children)
- Dominic Burns directed Cut, Airborne and UFO (and, as an actor, appeared in The Reverend, Kill Keith, Strippers vs Werewolves, Cockneys vs Zombies - and is producing The Devil's Tower)
- 04/23/13--12:03: Kim Newman on British horror
- 04/23/13--12:24: Rue Morgue 'British horror' special
- 05/14/13--10:56: British horror titles on The Horror Show VOD services
- 05/14/13--13:01: First trailer for The Dead 2!
- 06/05/13--12:42: Richard Driscoll convicted of fraud, awaiting sentence
- Re-released Evil Calls in 3D as The Legend of Harrow Woods
- Re-released Kannibal in 3D as Headhunter
- Sent abusive emails to my webhost and ISP forcing the temporary removal of my reviews of his films
- Announced a DVD release for Eldorado
- Shot some scenes for, and announced a DVD of, Grindhouse 2wo
- Launched the eldorado3d.com website
- Re-released Cold Light of Day
- Released a trailer for Eldorado and announced a fictitious London premiere
- Shot some green-screen footage for Death Ship: The Real Pirates of the Caribbean
- Announced a screening and after-show party in Bournemouth featuring performers who rigorously denied they would be there
- Falsely laimed the BBFC had rejected Eldorado as too strong for an 18 certificate
- Finally released Eldorado!
- Put Higher Nanpean Farm up for sale
- Re-edited and re-released Eldorado as Highway to Hell
- Announced a 'new' film, The Devil Rides Out (aka When the Devil Rides Out) which was actually the still unreleased Devil's Disciple.
- They think Eldorado was David Carradine's last film (to be fair, that's in the HMRC press release)
- They think it was never released (apparently because US rights holders Fantastic Films International said they never received the film)
- They think, for some bizarre reason, that US actress Kerry Washington is in it(?).
- 06/06/13--11:34: More on Richard Driscoll and Eldorado
- 06/13/13--23:59: Fangoria reviews Urban Terrors
- 06/18/13--12:22: Cute Little Buggers - a British Critters?
- 06/19/13--14:37: Seasoning House in cinemas this Friday
- Apollo Piccadilly
- Ritzy Brixton
- Picturehouse Hackney
- Showcase Newham
- Showcase Leeds
- Showcase Paisley
- 06/21/13--11:25: Al Ronald in short horror-comedy
- 06/24/13--13:53: Little Deaths coming to UK DVD in August
- 07/01/13--10:45: Richard Driscoll sentenced to three years
- 07/04/13--15:30: British slasher 'The Clown' on YouTube
- 07/16/13--14:47: New zombie short: Attack of the Unliving
- 07/21/13--03:24: Win 'The Dead 2' prizes including props, premiere party tickets etc
- 07/25/13--15:28: Borley Rectory - forthcoming short from Ashley Thorpe
- 08/13/13--00:35: Wasteland screening needs zombies
- 08/23/13--14:10: Navin Dev directs 'The Judas Curse'
- 08/25/13--01:22: 'The Shadow of Death' on YouTube
Derby Quad is staging a new film festival next month called iD Fest ("celebrating identity through film") and among the programme is a discussion panel with four leading lights of the British Horror Revival. It is being billed as 'Directing Independent British Features' but all four panelists have solid horror cred (though some have done non-horror too).
Here's an interesting interview with Kim Newman, ostensibly about old British horror films but with some discussion of the British Horror Revival too.
BHR titles which he mentions include Eden Lake, Harold's Going Stiff, Long Time Dead, Nine Lives, Mum and Dad, Cockneys vs Zombies and The Devil's Business.
Rue Morgue magazine is a subtly branded British Horror Special. And while most of the contents is predictably about old horror topics, including The Wicker Man and Peter Cushing, there is evidently some BHR coverage in there including Harold's Going Stiff, Sightseers and, slightly bizarrely, Simon Pegg-starring flop A Fantastic Fear of Everything.
The irony is that Rue Morgue generally hates British horror.
When I was researching and writing Urban Terrors: New British Horror Cinema, most of the reviews I found in Rue Morgue were extraordinarily negative. According to the mag's warped view of modern British horror, apparently, Dog Soldiers "plays dead with the best of them", Doctor Sleep has a "pedestrian idea of scariness", The Zombie Diaries is "inconsistent", Evil Aliens is "an abortion of piss-poor CGI, outlandish 'acting' and imaginative yet crappy effects", Nature Morte is a "formulaic police procedural" and a "lame-ass murder mystery", The Devil's Chair is "straight-to-video calibre nonsense", The Devil's Tattoo is "a shipwreck of a movie" (to be fair, it is) and - most point-missingly of all - 28 Days Later is "a colossal wankfest from start to finish, easily one of the biggest disappointments of the calendar year"!
Rue Morgue, which is generally an okay magazine, despite their antipathy towards British films, is available in the UK from the fine folk at Hemlock Books. This issue is published on 1st May.
The Horror Show, a UK-based VOD service "created for, and curated by horror fans", officially launches next month and they already have a few titles online including three interesting BHR titles.
There's David Bryant and friends' Dead Wood, which I reviewed back in August 2007: "The characters are likeable, the acting naturalistic, the horror subtle at first then increasingly dreadful. ... Thoroughly enjoyable, decidedly spooky and heartily recommended."
There is also Ozgur Uyanik's absolutely brilliant Resurrecting 'The Street Walker', one of my favourite films of recent years: "an imaginative, original, clever, gripping film ... the most realistic portrayal of a British feature film production company that I have ever seen."
The Ford Bothers' The Dead is, in my judgement, the best British zombie film ever made. So you can imagine how excited I am to see the new trailer for The Dead II: India, which transposes the action to a new continent.
So hot it's not even listed on the IMDB yet, The Dead II stars Joseph Milson, making his fourth foray into the British Horror Revival after Dead of the Nite, SNUB and Devil's Bridge with Indian actress Meenu (Love Aaj Kal) as his pregnant girlfriend.
According to this HMRC press release, Driscoll was arrested in June 2011 for fraudulent activities which took place between January 2009 and September 2011. Bear in mind that between then and his first appearance at Southwark Crown Court, shortly before Easter 2013, he:
The story is starting to appear on news sites although most of them are getting basic facts wrong, notably:
Driscoll will be sentenced on 1st July. Three men charged with him have been found not guilty. I'll post more details in the coming days. For now, here's some media coverage, which I'll update as it spreads:
This piece in the Daily Star has a bit more detail than most:
Interestingly, and slightly disappointingly, all the papers have seen this as an isolated case, based around Eldorado, the unmade Watchmen of Hellgate (which the press are universally referring to as Watchmen Hellgate) and Back2Hell which was of course actually produced back in about 2005. None of the papers have done even the slightest bit of digging into Driscoll's background or reputation. I actually sent a press release to all the major dailies yesterday with some backlground info on Driscoll (and a plug for my book!) but have had no response.
To veer off topic for a moment, this is the nature of modern journalism: you just take a press release, stick a headline and a picture on it and you're done (it's called 'churnalism'). No-one is interested in looking behind the story to find out the bigger picture.
Maybe Empire or Total Film or SFX will pick up on this and do a proper exposé of Driscoll.
The BBC, who gave Driscoll's work such a hefty plug, remain remarkably silent on the matter, although they may be waiting for the sentencing.
One particularly bizarre bit of misinformation which is being dutifully repeated by all the papers is that the list of Hollywood actors in the film includes Kerry Washington (most recently seen in Django Unchained). I really have no idea where this has come from. She's not in Eldorado, her name has never been linked with Eldorado, she's not in anything with a title like Eldorado and there's no-one in Eldorado with a name like Kerry Washington.
The story is also in:
"What emerges," writes Ashley, "is an illuminating account of contemporary Britain, a country reinventing its terrors of old to reflect and reinvent hell for the next generation. It's a read as original, provocative, perverse and diverse as the culture that spawned it - a bloody good show."
Critters/Gremlins, which should be good:
Here's a fun little horror-comedy directed by a stills photographer and starring a cinematographer. Debbie Attwell produced Al Ronald's segments of Bordello Death Tales and Nazi Zombie Death Tales and his awesome feature Jesus vs the Messiah; Al previously came out from behind the camera in The Devil's Music.
Sweet 6teen, Debbie's directorial debut, was made for the 666 Short Cuts to Hell competition.
Venus Drowning) and Simon Rumley (Strong Language, The Living and the Dead).
In “HOUSE AND HOME”, Sean Hogan’s opening segment, a ‘good Samaritan’ couple invite a pretty young homeless girl into their house for a meal and a bath. But when they reveal their perverted motive behind the charitable act, they soon discover that they are not the only ones with a dark hidden agenda for the night’s events.
Andrew Parkinson’s sci-fi horror segment “MUTANT TOOL” takes experimental drugs treatment to a whole new level. When a former prostitute visits a shady doctor and is given some tablets, she suffers headaches and nightmares. She soon learns that the unorthodox ‘treatment’ is preparing her for a sinister new role in a nightmare-ish medical experiment.
Simon Rumley’s “BITCH” completes the unholy trilogy. When a young woman’s kinky sex games and abusive character push her submissive boyfriend too far, she finds herself the victim of her worst fears – her phobia of dogs – and the sick revenge that her boyfriend has planned for her.
three years at Her Majesty's Pleasure.
Sentencing Driscoll, Judge Pegden said: "In my opinion this was professionally planned. You used your filming expertise for the content of bogus and false invoices."
If you wait long enough, everything turns up somewhere. To my surprise and delight, Dominic Holmes' unreleased 2007 slasher The Clown has appeared on YouTube. Expect a review soon - or you can watch it for yourself...
Micro-budget zombie shorts are ten-a-penny of course but there's something special about this one that I can't quite put my finger on...
Alongside the grand prize, there are also lots of ongoing smaller prizes, including signed copies of Howard Ford’s 'making of' book Surviving the Dead: "a harrowing and at times hilarious blow-by-blow account of the trials and tribulations involved in the production of the Ford Brothers previous feature, The Dead."
They will also be offering select, one-of-a-kind props from The Dead and The Dead 2 as prizes. These actual props were used on-set in Africa and India and can be seen in both films. Beyond being just mere memorabilia, these props are genuine artifacts of zombie film history and will be coveted by fans of the zombie film genre.
The film is being produced by Tony Earnshaw (currently putting the finishing touches to the first Fantastiq festival) with narration by Julian Sands (Warlock, Tale of a Vampire) and music by Steve Severin (London Voodoo, Nature Morte).
There is an Indiegogo page for Ashley's project here.
More details here.
Wasteland is written by Tommy Draper and directed by Tom Wadlow
Scott Miller, a man carving his life out of a world torn apart by an 'infection' that has almost totally wiped out the human race. His days are spent finding water, food and avoiding the dangers that lurk outside while he waits for the return of Beth, the love of his life.
WASTELAND, a story of man's journey as he fights to survive, to find hope, to find purpose within this new world.
What is there left when all hope is gone?
What kind of life is there?
Will Scott give up or will he look for something bigger, will he look for a meaning, will he look for hope?
Navin Dev, director of the marvellous Red Kingdom Rising, is working on a new feature.
“When a renegade father dies investigating an ancient myth, he leaves behind a mystery that only his son will be able to unlock. But some secrets are best left buried as Chris Trelawney discovers when he comes to a remote Greek island to collect his late father’s belongings.
"Meeting a beautiful and mysterious woman, Stavroula, he slowly learns to accept that there are stranger things in heaven and earth than he ever dreamed possible. It is not long before he is forced to question everything he holds to be true as one by one the remaining villagers take their own lives, in violent, horrifying ways.
"But will simply unlocking the secret be enough to save the village, Stavroula, and his own son as a dark force 2,000 years old stalks the island, growing stronger with every suicide until there is only one way out. Death. But when under the Judas Curse, death is the easy option.”
The Shadow of Death, directed by Gav Chuckie Steel, is the latest BHR title to be posted in its entirety on YouTube. Gav posted it online back in June but I've only just become aware.
Set in an English woodland countryside, Debra and her best friends Jamie and Nancy pick up Dan, Nancy's ex, to go out to the woods to score some weed. Unknown to them a killer who resembles death is cleansing the countryside. With a wannabe policeman and an assortment of the public out for some fresh air, the woods are no place to go down today.