Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Watch Masterpiece online for free

Andrew C Tanner has decided that, in the spirit of the season, he will give everyone a gift: his second feature film, Masterpiece. It's an extremely well made, brilliantly acted, wrist-slashingly bleak psychodrama. But it's still better than having the relatives over for Christmas, isn't it?

You can watch the fill 103 minutes of grim Welsh obsessive self-destruction on Vimeo.

Sunday, 20 November 2011

My other blog is a blog

Not content with managing this blog, I have created a second one over at where I can report on doings among current/recent/forthcoming British horror pictures and also document progress on my book.

There is even one of those Twitter things @BritHorrorRev.

New review: Alien Undead

Australian sci-fi actioner Alien Undead aka The Dark Lurking was released on UK DVD earlier this month by Left Films and my review of the movie is now online.

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

New Devil's Porridge: Finding Bela

My latest Devil's Porridge blog over at Hemlock Books is a look at how film historians, biographers and researchers have explored the life and work of Bela Lugosi over the years - and how I added one more small, previously unknown snippet to the pool of information on Lugosi's filmography.

Memory Lane - supernatural thriller available for free download this weekend

This press release from an enterprising young film-maker turned up in my inbox this week. Good luck to him!

First-Time Filmmaker Shoots Film for Under $300, Gives it Away Online Free for One Weekend Only Beginning 11/11/11

First-time filmmaker Shawn Holmes joins the ranks of such forward-thinking filmmakers as Kevin Smith and The Polish Brothers. His debut film 'Memory Lane' is a rare truly independent film shot for only $300 and given away online free.

'Memory Lane' is a rare, truly independent thriller shot for only $300 about a war-veteran who travels between our world and the afterlife in search of his fiance's killer... by stopping and starting his own heart. At midnight on 11/11/11 at, Shawn Holmes, the youngest nominee in the history of the West Virginia Filmmaker of the Year Award, will release 'Memory Lane' online for free for one weekend only.

Writer, director, and producer Shawn Holmes stated, "Innovation is paramount to our success. I'm giving it away because you just don't do that."

As film festival entries cost as much as his entire movie, he chose to skip the festival route early in the film's release and give it away for one weekend on his website "We may have a festival run, we may not. We're living in this crazy time where traditional gatekeepers can be circumvented altogether. The VCR, DVD players, in-home 3D and internet; history has proven that movies aren't limited to thriving on the silver screen and that with advances in technology come advances in how we watch them. Alfred Hitchcock said that television was like the invention of indoor plumbing. That it didn't change people's habits, it just kept them inside. Had the internet existed in his lifetime as it does in ours, he could have easily made the same realization that we have," claims Shawn.

In less than a week, the trailer received over 17,000 views on YouTube. He has an active Facebook presence with over 4,400 fans at 'Memory Lane' will be released in its entirety at on Friday, 11/11/11 at midnight and will stay up until Sunday, 11/13/11. A limited number of autographed DVDs are available for purchase at

Thursday, 3 November 2011

New interview: Richard Gordon

I'm not one for obituaries, except when I knew someone personally. Richard Gordon was a friend of mine who I saw every year when he came over to Manchester. And when Mrs S and I visited New York he insisted on taking us out for dinner. Richard passed away on Monday, aged 85. So I've dug out an interview that I did with him in 2001 about his memories of working with Bela Lugosi. RIP Richard.

New review: Black Pond

Black Pond is a little different to most of the films I review in that it's a quirky black comedy. Features the return of Chris Langham.