HorrorConUK is set to host its third convention in as many years on 13th and 14th May with over 4000 people expected to attend and a host of special horror guests.
Guests announced include John Jarrett from the Wolf Creek film and TV franchise; Sid Haig – best known for his role as killer clown Captain Spaulding in The Devils Rejects; Cassandra Peterson – AKA Elvira Mistress of the Dark; Thom Mathews from Friday the 13th Part VI ; Linda Hayden of Blood on Satan’s Claw as well as genre illustrator Graham Humphreys Continue reading
By Jay Kay (Host of Horror Happens)
2016 was an incredible year for short form filmmaking. Many filmmakers offered unique, complex, homage filled and clever projects that took the viewers at film festivals on journeys into the dark corners of horror. It was truly astonishing to witness so many levels of filmmaking from diverse storytelling to crafted cinematography to heart racing scores to old school practical FX to themes and troupes molded into twisted new visions. Take some time and witness this filmmaking magic and visit film festivals to see the next generation of filmmakers who take the challenge of short form filmmaking and turn them into some of the best moments of your year! Thanks to INDIE MAC USER for posting this list of my ten favorites!
1. THE STYLIST – Jill “Sixx” Gevargizian / USA (Etheria Film Night, Fantastic Fest, AxWound Film Festival & Ithaca Fantastik) Continue reading
Review by Jay Kay
AND THEY WATCHED (2015) is Written and Directed by Vivian Lin.
We move through this world observing amazing and terrible things. We see sights that make us wonder, make us cope as well as struggle with the notion of good and evil. In the short film AND THEY WATCHED by Vivian Lin; we find that even in the service of those in pain, we learn that our ignorance can come back to haunt us. Inspired by the reinstatement of the electric chair in the state of Tennessee and an incredible part of the 2016 ETHERIA FILM NIGHT selections; we follow a janitor played by John Cianciolo completing his duties in a dark and dreadful hallway leading down to an execution chamber. This section of a prison is a grizzly reminder of the finality with this weapon of death just beyond the glass. As the janitor cleans the window, straightens up the rooms and takes meticulous care to clean the electric chair after the latest execution, through incredible use of light, tense score and eerie visual effects, we understand that something did not fully leave the chamber or this earth. With a production design mirroring the most effective and insidious ideas guiding the frights of a haunted house, we learn that a spirit has returned to re-create the injustice and terror with the one person who happens to be there not for any other reason than he was paid and he watched. Continue reading
James Moran ifs a film and TV writer with a penchant for Horror! His credits include Severance, Tower Block, Doctor Who, Torchwood & Cockneys Vs. Zombies. James has also written for Big Finish.
Here is an extra-special interview with James thanks to Horror Channel!
Review by Jay Kay
RAPT (2016) is Written by Jerry Janda, Russell Hackett and Directed by Tom Ryan. Continue reading
Written by Lewis Mainwaring
Wolf Creek is a 2016 Australian drama horror thriller web television series.
It is a spin-off of the movies Wolf Creek and Wolf Creek 2 – and gets its UK television debut tonight (30th August – 10PM) on FOX.
John Jarratt, who portrayed Mick Taylor in the films, reprises his role for the series.
Interview by Jay Kay (Host of Horror Happens radio show).
With the latest incarnation of HORROR CHANNEL’S FRIGHTFEST ready to consume and infect on London August 25th through 29th , the DISCOVERY STAGE will showcase a variety of genre features that continue to rule the film festival circuit! A part of that group of selected films and filmmakers is Kansas City madman Patrick Rea! Known for his short film work around the world including PILLOW FIGHT, A HOWL OF A GOOD TIME, COUNTER PARTS as well as the 2013 thriller NAILBITER; Rea will be presenting his latest feature called ENCLOSURE. This tense and supernatural tale of isolation focuses on a married couple and the choices that they must make as their camping trip falls under siege by a variation of what could be called monsters. We grabbed Rea in between film projects to talk about ENCLOSURE, micro filmmaking, connecting casting and of course playing at FRIGHTFEST!
“I think the ‘container’ horror film really gets my creative juices flowing, because we have to really work hard to keep things interesting for the audience. It’s not easy making a film like this, despite not having many locations. It actually becomes way more challenging to find ways to keep the audience engaged while being in primarily one place.”
Review by Jay Kay
Boxer is Written and Directed by Toy Lei
“Boxer” is a short but anything but a sweet tale by one of the truly remarkable woman filmmakers in Toy Lei”
Written by Lewis Mainwaring (Horror fan, writer & LGBT activist)
Forbidden passion and dark, dangerous desires are often central themes in classic Gothic stories which has gone on to form the groundwork of popular Gothic/Horror cinema.
Therefore it doesn’t take much reasoning to discover why many of the LGBT community, who are often taught that their sexuality is wrong and does not fit society’s view – connect to gothic cinema often on an emotional level; relating and sympathising with the ‘monster’ who has been shunned from society. Whilst harbouring the necessity of secrecy, the persistence of a forbidden passion, and the fear of discovery. Continue reading
Event Reporters – Ben Gummery & Lewis Mainwaring
Held at the Magna Science Adventure Centre, Rotherham on the 9th & 10th of July 2016.
Guests that attended this weekends event included:-
- Doug Bradley (Hellraiser)
- Kane Hodder (Friday the 13th Franchise)
- David Naughton (An American Werewolf In London)
- Linnea Quigley (Return of the Living Dead)
- Fennella Fielding (Carry on Screaming)