An Interview with Ghostline Director Dean Whitney by Dean Sills

dwhit1An Interview with Ghostline Director Dean Whitney by Dean Sills

UKHS Dean, thank you for your time and welcome to UK Horror Scene. You were in the music business for thirty years, how did you get into Indie filmmaking and set up your own production company Undaunted Films?

DW – With the music biz basically winding down for me, I was forced to make some hard decisions on what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. The word “retire” isn’t part of my vocabulary. Sticking with my creative side, I wrote & self-published a baseball novel entitled “Pinch Hitter” in 2008. While working on a second novel a year later, I decided that the story might work better as a screenplay and began doing research on writing scripts and eventually hired a veteran Los Angeles writer to show me the ropes. Three or four screenplays later, I landed a Beverly Hills manager (also a script consultant) and wrote under her tutelage for two years.

After seeing how difficult it was for unknown screenwriters to sell scripts, I figured the only way I was ever going to see any of … Continue reading

Lurking Fear (1994) DVD Review

LF DVDLurking Fear (1994)
Wri./Dir. C. Courtney Joyner
Exec. Prod. Charles Band
Starring Ashley Laurence, Blake Adams, Jeffrey Combs, Jon Finch
Out NOW in the UK from 88 Films

Often lost amidst the studios usual killer doll and assorted other mini-beast output, 1994’s Lurking Fear is perhaps the most overlooked film in the entire Full Moon canon. Saddled with a poor reputation both critically and amongst horror fans, this actually quite charming and quirky shocker hits UK DVD this week courtesy of 88 Films; the first time it’s been available upon these shores since its incredibly hard to find rental tape release back in 1996.

Though at a list price of £12.99 it’s a touch on the costly side for what is essentially a budget release (right down to its awful new artwork, thankfully reversible), the disc is a poor but welcome reissue. Whilst the inclusion of the films original VideoZone – Full Moon’s now iconic mini-making of series – is a lovely touch, this far from special edition should be picked up for the … Continue reading

The UKHS Ecstasy & Agony Showcase #10 – The Shining (1980) by Stuart Smith

The UKHS Ecstasy & Agony Showcase #10:

The Agony of The Shining(1980)

shiningposter In perhaps the most shocking piece of our Ecstasy & Agony series, UKHS’ resident heretic Stuart Smith dares question Stanley Kubrick’s monumental terror opus The Shining.  We begged, we pleaded, but Stu was having none of it.  May Mad Jack have mercy on us all… 

As I write this I can almost hear the collective groans and see the gobsmacked faces. The very idea that I could hate a film as respected and celebrated as The Shining is quite unfathomable to some, and I suspect there will be those who think I am simply trying to be controversial for the sake of it. To be entirely fair I probably am as I like a little controversy, and there are films out there that are genuinely loathsome and far more deserving of my disdain than The Shining. However, there has been something I needed to get off my chest about The Shining for years and now seems as good a time as any to do so!

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Demon Legacy aka See How They Run (2014) DVD Review

 

DEMON 001DEMON LEGACY aka SEE HOW THEY RUN (2014) DVD

Review by: Dave Wain

Stars: Matthew Currie Holmes, AnnaMaria Demara, Eileen Dietz, Nancy McCrumb

Written by: Tracy Morse

UK Certification: 15

UK RRP: £9.99

UK DVD Region: 2

Runtime: 93 minutes

Directed by: Rand Vossler

UK Release Date: 19th May 2014

Distributor: 101 Films

A customer of mine came to see me in work last night to check out this week’s horror releases. I happened to mention that Demon Legacy was out today but I hadn’t seen it yet, although when I do there will be a review going up on UKHorrorScene.com. He said “don’t sweat it Dave, I bought it from the supermarket this morning – it looked really good”. After the growing scandal in the UK home entertainment biz in the last few weeks I felt compelled to ask him why he was drawn to a title making its DVD debut with little advertising and no real buzz. “Well, the cover quote sold it to me, … Continue reading

The UKHS Ecstasy & Agony Showcase #9 – La Jetee (1962) by Stuart Anderson

The UKHS Ecstasy & Agony Showcase #9:
The Ecstasy of LA JETEE (1962)

lj1And on the ninth day of our Ecstasy & Agony extravaganza, Stuart Anderson injects some class into proceedings with his glowing appraisal of a short French sci-fi classic…

When I received an email from Matt at the marvellous www.ukhorrorscene.com , first suggesting the Agony and the Ecstasy season, in which each writer talks about their movie love or hate, I thought that this would be easy peasy. If nothing else, writing a blog goes some way to satisfying my own particular self-indulgent and narcissistic need to bleat on about just how much I love/dislike this movie or that book (or most bloody remakes). The fact that some people seem to quite like my blathering is something of a bonus, and not an unwelcome one at that. And do you know what? The task of coming up with my own love and hate was indeed easy peasy.

My own example of an absolute love of film is not meant to be overly high-browed or pretentious in … Continue reading

The Beast Within (1982) Arrow BluRay review

beastwithin1The Beast Within (1982) 
Review by: Charlie Boucher
Stars: Paul Clemens, Ronny Cox, Bibi Besch
Written by: Tom Holland
UK Certification: 18
Runtime: 72 minutes
Directed by: Philippe Mora
UK Release Date: 12th May 2014
Distributor: Arrow Films

The Beast Within is the story of Michael MacCleary and his parents. Seventeen year old Michael (Clemens) becomes inexplicably ill and the key to his health may lie in finding the identity of his real father – a hideous rapist who conceived him. His mother and father – Eli (Ronny Cox) and Caroline (Bibi Besch) – journey back to Nioba, a small town in the heart of Dixie, where Caroline was attacked on her wedding night after a wrong turn led to them being stuck in the woods.

In their quest to discover Michael’s real father they uncover a number of suspicious characters and an apparently un-connected murder, but the fun doesn’t really start until Michael runs away from hospital and drives to Nioba to find a strange house and a concealed cellar that have been appearing in his dreams.

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Forest of The Living Dead aka The Forest (2011) DVD Review

 

FOREST 001FOREST OF THE LIVING DEAD aka THE FOREST (2011) DVD

Review by: Dave Wain

Stars: Aidan Bristow, Johnny Young, Michael Madsen, Kyle Lardner, Lisa Cullen

Written by: Shan Serafin

UK Certification: 15

UK RRP: £12.99

UK DVD Region: 2

Runtime: 94 minutes

Directed by: Shan Serafin

UK Release Date: 19th May 2014

Distributor: Point Blank

I used to play a “who’s buying the next round” game called The Michael Madsen. It would typically involve a few friends out for a number of beers, then whenever there was query over who was going to get the next round in we’d do this thing where everyone had to guess how many projects MM had in development over at IMDb. This typically could range from 10 to 40, and the person furthest away would have to stump up their cash. Oh yes – we knew how to have fun! Its 16 (currently) if you’re interested, besides it’s been replaced now by The Eric Roberts (currently 72 – yep, I’m serious). … Continue reading

The UKHS Ecstasy & Agony Showcase #8 – Avia Vampire Hunter (2005) by Andy Deen

The UKHS Ecstasy & Agony Showcase #8:

The Agony of AVIA – VAMPIRE HUNTER (2005)

avia1It’s Boss-zilla Andy Deen’s turn to drop a vom-bomb over a movie he hates. Step up Leon Hunter’s blood sucking howler Avia: you’re in for a roasting…

When I was first approached about doing this Ecstasy & Agony thing, I did think about ranting about a few films I abhor such as… No, let’s not go there. Anyway, I mulled over all the films I hate and decided I’d go with the worst film I have ever seen. The key word is ‘Agony’ after all, so ladies and gentlemen I give you Avia – Vampire Hunter (2005).

I first came across Avia through an online group where we discussed the joys of low budget horror. A few of the members used to screen films online too which meant we could all watch along at the same time and comment whilst viewing. We had the joys of rubbish like Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966), HobGoblins (1988) , Zombeak (2006) and many more. The film that really … Continue reading

MEET ME THERE: An Interview with Screenwriter Brandon Stroud by Matty Budrewicz

MEET ME THERE: An Interview with Screenwriter Brandon Stroud

meetmethere1New US indie Meet Me There has quickly become a real favourite here at UKHS towers.

The story of a young couple whose problems between the sheets leads them on a harrowing voyage of self-discovery through a weird little backwater town, Meet Me There blew both myself and Dave Wain away after we were privy to director Lex Lybrand’s early festival cut (you can read our thoughts on it HERE and HERE). Smart, scary and totally unique, it’s one of the absolute highlights of this year.

Continuing our coverage of this terrific flick, I recently caught up with Meet Me There’s scripter Brandon Stroud for a quick chinwag…

UKHS: So where did the movie come from? When I talked to Lex back in January he said you formed the screenplay from “a lifetime of stories”.

Brandon: I did. Destiny Talley gets our “based on stories by” credit because almost everything in the film is based on something horrible from her life. She grew up in a town … Continue reading

An Interview with the Zombies from The Eschatrilogy: Book of the Dead by Dean Sills

An Interview with the Zombies from The Eschatrilogy: Book of the Dead by Dean Sills

This interview is extra special in so many ways. First of all it’s my 50th interview at UKHS, it’s also actually two years this weekend since I first worked on a feature film. This honour goes to the stunning Zombie flick,
‘The Eschatrilogy: Book of the Dead’, the film is out on DVD in the USA next week . I am delighted to bring 12 of the zombies to UKHS for a chat. Please welcome Louise Beaumont, David Alexander, Michael Boyce, Kelly Buckley, Tony Cartwright, Tony Crookes, Beverley Jacques, Paul Sutton, Andy Troth,Victoria Vardy,Sarah Tatkat Wilson and Jayne Wylie.

UKHS – Louise, before we begin I just want to say a huge thank you because you are the person who first contacted me from Safehouse Pictures UK regarding the work as a Zombie extra. I was truly bitten by the acting bug working on this thanks to Damian Morter, Nicola Morter and all the cast and crew.

I love the scene where you are eating the cat. I know you are a cat owner and animal lover so how difficult was it filming this … Continue reading