Half Light (2006) DVD Review

halflightHalf Light (2006) DVD Review

Written & Directed by Craig Rosenberg

Starring Demi Moore, Henry Ian Cusick, Hans Matheson

Run Time 106 minutes

UK DVD release May 4th 2015 from Fabulous Films

Rachel Carlson (Demi Moore) is a focused novelist, her multi million pound success has caused a rift between her and her aspiring writer husband, Brian (Henry IanCusick). This rift of jealousy and resent quickly escalates when the accidental death of their son looks to be caused by her negligence.

In an attempt to escape the feeling of guilt and impending possibility of a divorce, Rachel escapes to a small Scottish coastal village with the hope that working on a new book will occupy her thoughts. Grief ridden Rachel cannot escape her own guilt and her mind begins to play tricks on her, seeing her dead son at every turn proves to be too much of a distraction so she ventures out in to her surroundings to clear her head. She finds comfort in reclusive lighthouse keeper (Hans Matheson) who seems far too perfect to be true and once again Rachel has to question what’s real and what is just her imagination.

What starts a straight forward drama soon takes a turn towards the supernatural in this journey filled with deceiving twists and turns that will excite fans of films such as Robert Zemeckis’ What Lies Beneath (2000) and reminiscent of the films by M. Night Shyamalan.

halflight1At around the 40 minute mark I thought I had worked out what was happening and how things were going to progress however what unravelled was a much more compelling mystery than I had expected and I was gripped by writer Director Craig Rosenberg as he shows he has narrative control over this film and much like his more recent screenplays for The Uninvited (2009) and The Quiet Ones (2014) he proves he has a knack for the Hitchcockian style.

Half Light has a certain timeless quality about it allowing this to strike well with fans of all age groups, it could quite easily have been set 100 years in the past with little to no change to the script, at almost ten years since it’s theatrical release it will be interesting to see how well this film holds up in the years to come. I will definitely be eagerly awaiting the next project from Rosenberg.

This thriller is extremely well shot and has elegantly captured the mystery, beauty and loneliness of both Rachel and her surroundings. Although set in Scotland, filming took place on location in Anglesey North Wales as it was too cold to film in the planned locations in Canada, bizarrely extreme cold weather and gale force winds hit Wales and almost destroyed the sets only a week in to filming.

halflight2Despite the cold (although you can see her shivering quite a lot), Demi Moore gives a faultless performance proving she can do this kind of role effortlessly and is well supported by the British cast. Overall this film was extremely well thought out and well executed, at almost 2 hours in duration its pace never slowed and kept me gripped from beginning to end.

I score this film 7 out of 10, marking it down solely on the fact it doesn’t show Demi’s full acting capability, this was an easy role for her, perhaps too easy.

Half Light is available from Fabulous Films on DVD now – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Half-Light-DVD-Demi-Moore/dp/B00V6KCUMO/


An Interview with Blaze of Gory writer Blaize-Alix Szanto by Dean Sills

An Interview with Blaze of Gory writer Blaize-Alix Szanto by Dean Sills

bog3UKHS – Hello Blaize. First of all, let me start by saying a huge thank you for chatting with us at UK Horror Scene. Can you tell us a little about yourself and when did your first start writing gory horror stories?

Blaize – Well, I’m 17 soon to be 18 and I’m super excited about it! I’m quite an outgoing person once you get to know me but other than that I like to keep myself to myself although the bright hair doesn’t really allow for that! I got into writing from a really young age (8/9) from writing in school etc. But I got into the horror scene during secondary school, there wasn’t really any reason behind it I just really enjoy being able to sicken people with something that isn’t real!


UKHS – I believe it was your mum who put you in touch with the film’s producer, David V G Davies after you wrote the first story. How excited are you that David decided to turn your stories into a movie?

Blaize – I am totally overwhelmed that this has happened all from a few stories that I wrote! I think what makes it even more amazing for me is the fact that I enjoy writing and I didn’t write my stories for anyone else so when Dave asked for them I was really dubious about it. Even now, when the project has been going for nearly 2 years I’m still overwhelmed by it all.


bog1UKHS – Which story did you enjoy writing the most and did you base any of the characters on real life people?

Blaize – I have to say that I can’t choose a favourite story if I’m honest, the one I enjoyed writing the most was If You Were Here because it was the story I got most engrossed in. None of the characters are based on real life people, it’s all made up.

UKHS – Congratulations on directing one of the segments ‘Beer Cellar’. Was it a nerve-racking experience directing one of your own stories or did you feel relaxed and totally at home?

Blaize – Being as I had never directed before, I was nervous at first but all the cast and crew were amazing and they made me feel so at home that I lost the nerves soon after we started filming. Dave was a massive help and he guided me through everything which made it all a little easier. As well as that I am so grateful to have been able to direct the segment as I made some life long friends and experiences that will stay with me forever.


bog5UKHS – What’s your favourite Horror movie and why?

Blaize – I couldn’t chose a favourite! There’s far too many that I enjoy. Although a film that I could watch over and over without getting bored is the French film Martyrs, its an amazing film and will always be an all time favourite. I don’t really scare much at films and I’m not squeamish but A Serbian Film made me physically throw up!


UKHS – What advice would you give aspiring writers?

Blaize – The only advice I feel is best is that what you write will never be good to anyone else unless you believe in it yourself. Write for yourself, not for others and don’t write for the sake of it, you need to really enjoy it to produce good work.


bog2UKHS – If you were stranded on a desert island which three items would you want to have with you?

Blaize – I have conversations about this with my friends all the time! Its quite a hard one, but it goes without saying that I’d have a pen and paper, none of these computers, I like the good old fashioned way. That counts as two things though! Damn! I would also choose to have myiPod because I literally can’t write without music, it helps me concentrate.


UKHS – Finally, do you have any plans to continue writing and if so will it be something that isn’t horror-oriented or do you enjoy the gore too much?

Blaize – I will always write because its something that I love to do, it’s a good way to vent and chill out. I think I will always write horror/thriller type stuff because I love how descriptive you can be etc. I aspire to write a book and have it published before I die!


bog6UKHS – Blaize, thank you for your time and all the best for the future.




Images courtesy: C Matthews

An Interview with Lord Zion by Dean Sills

zion1An Interview with Lord Zion by Dean Sills

UKHS – Hello Zion, thank you for your time and welcome to UK Horror Scene.

You are best known as the lead singer and co-founder of UK rock band, ‘Spit Like This’, which you formed back in 2002. Can you tell us about your band and how you got started?

Z – The band has done OK for itself and we have a pretty decent cult following. Under our belts are 4 EPs, a compilation CD and two albums. We’re not exactly prolific but like to think that, when we do release something, it is worthwhile it being out there. We’ve been lucky enough to play some great festivals and play in a bunch of different countries. Done a slew of videos and generally had a great time! We have achieved more than 99.9% of bands that ever form, so that’s pretty cool. Shame we’re not as big as Metallica though 😉

We had a rather unusual beginning as we were funded by the sale of Vikki’s used panties on eBay. We had less than zero cash and cottoned on to that as a way to generate something fast. A nice salacious way to kick things off! From the funds made, we started a slightly more legitimate business, smellyourmum.com, designing and producing our own range of sweary slogan T-shirts.

Little did we know that would take off like it did! That site is in the top 1% most visited on the planet! Shame they don’t all fkn buy something though. I think they all come to look and be outraged. Anyway, it kept us liquid and all profits went into getting the band off the ground proper and keeping it ticking over.



zion2UKHS – OK, let’s talk about your filmmaking career. When did you first discover your passion for filmmaking, acting and writing and will your production company ‘Fuel My 928 Film Productions’ just focus on the horror genre?

Z – Well, as a published songwriter, I have obviously always written in some form. I’ve also kept a handwritten diary for the past 24 years so that has kept my creative hand operational. Always, at the back of my mind, was the notion that I would one day write and make films but I didn’t expect it to happen quite when it did. A series of events collided for the opportunity to arise…

First off, we (the band) were asked to appear in Zombie Women Of Satan 2. Whilst on the set of that, I was looking around, thinking how much fun it was and how much I would like to do more stuff like that. Then me and Vikki got asked to act in the “Snow” segment of “Blaze Of Gory”. More on that later! I knew a couple of other directors through various channels and all took an interest when I mentioned that I was thinking of writing a film.

Believing that, if I wrote something not-shit, one of these new friends would help me make it, I set about writing a sci-fi thriller. A two hour long epic. I didn’t even think about a budget! Until I finished, of course, and realised that it would take some serious cash to get that ball rolling. Shame, as I spent six months on it.

So to Plan B: write something quick, cheap and easy to shoot. That was when I came up with “Meet The Cadavers”. Wrote it in 10 days, showed it to David VG Davies (from “Blaze Of Gory”) who said, and I quote: “This HAS to be made”. So I took him up on that and, within a couple of months, we were shooting.


zion3UKHS – You have worked on two of the segments for ‘Blaze of Gory’, which is a great achievement, well done! In the segment ‘Snow’ you play a character called Vir. What can you tell us about your character and the challenges you faced filming in Norway?

Z – Thank you. I wish I could take more credit for the achievement but, in all honesty, all I did was say “Yes” twice then worked out how the fuck I was going to do it! Thankfully, on the acting front, the character in “Snow” was rather similar to myself. Or rather my old, drunken self. So that was very easy to slip in to. Also, my role wasn’t that large so I didn’t need to worry too much about me cocking everything up. A nice introduction to acting.

Filming in Norway was epic. Getting to the location was a story unto itself! It was all going so well until we tried to climb a gentle gradient in a car without snow tyres. We span a bit and got stuck. For five hours. In the middle of nowhere. At night. In minus 25 degree weather. At first, it was all jolly-good fun, until we realised that we were actually FUCKING STUCK. Eventually, we did get out and, next day, made it to the filming location. It was beautiful. A lodge by a frozen lake 30 minutes from the nearest civilisation. We had no light, no heat, no electricity, no running water and the loo was outside.

I am glad I had the experience but I am not sure I would want to repeat it. Having said that, I did love it. Weird.


UKHS – You have just directed the ‘Blaze of Gory’ segment ‘Spawn of the Devil’. Did you enjoy the experience and do you find directing more enjoyable than acting?

Z – I absolutely loved it. I don’t consider myself an actor much – I think my range is comedy or evil. But, that’s OK as my aspirations lie with writing and directing. Naturally bossy, telling people what to do with an air of authority comes quite naturally to me. I think in visual terms so, the more I am exposed to directing opportunities, the better I will get and I will find my own visual language. Truth be told, I have hit the ground running first with “Cadavers” and then with “Spawn” but it is the best way to learn. No fucking around, just do it. The only bit I don’t like is the early mornings. I’ve been on rock n roll time too damn long! I am loving filling my head with new information though and absorbing everything I possibly can about making films. I think life is for learning so am glad to be trying out something new and different that not many people get to have a go at.


zion4UKHS – Last year you shot ‘Meet The Cadavers’ which you wrote, starred in, produced and co-directed with David V.G. Davies. Where did the inspiration for a Zombie family come from and how will this compare to other Zombie movies?

Z – Yeah, I did throw myself in at the deep end, rather. Why did I take on so much? I think it is for a singularity of vision. “Meet The Cadavers” is not a typical film, in any sense, and I really needed to be involved everywhere to make people understand what the hell it was supposed to be. A lot of people, even on set, didn’t “get” it. I would be asked questions all the time as I am breaking a lot of Zombie “rules” but, eventually, everyone got it and fell in love with the Cadaver family and the story.

Initially, when David first got involved, he was going to direct it. I asked though if I could go direct and he very kindly agreed to give me that chance. He would gradually let me do more and more as my understanding of the medium grew. Hey, I must have done something right or I am guessing he wouldn’t have asked me to do “Spawn”!

The inspiration from the family came pretty fast. I tend to like quirky takes on tried and tested themes so my mind just started melding a Zombie movie (fast to make, popular, relatively cheap to produce) with a Carry On Film (recurring cast, differing situations).

Next thing I knew, I had the Cadavers. Like a modern take on The Addams Family or The Munsters. It’s a comedy horror, the humour being quite modern and reactive (rather than joke lead). When the horror starts though, it is really horrible and the humour stops. It’s not a Zombie movie though. They just happen to be Zombies. Make sense?!


zion5UKHS – Your real-life partner Vikki Spit plays Kelly Cadaver in ‘Meet The Cadavers’. How much of your real-life relationship comes across in this movie and on a scale of 1 to 10 (with 10 being the highest), how good is Vikki as an actress?

Z – I guess when I wrote it I had both our voices in my head. I’ve been with Vikki 13 years now so I obviously know that some stuff just wouldn’t work coming out of her mouth. I also know what she will tolerate (she is the victim of a rather gruesome sight gag), so that helped. Neither of us are parents in real life so, suddenly giving ourselves offspring was a bit weird, especially as Vikki is too young in real life to have an 18 year old. So we made her older in the film. That was funny, actually, the first time she met Jack (who plays our son, Sidney Cadaver). He is very tall and Vikki is very short. She took one look at him and said “How the hell did you come out of my vagina?”. The poor boy nearly died.

To specifically answer your question, I am going to say an 8. The Cadavers are a loving, caring family, with an edge of taking-the-piss. I deliberately avoided the tiresome East Enders style SHOUT A LOT family. The only real differences are the lack of children and the lack of being dead.

zion6UKHS – What would you consider to be the three main ingredients that you need to make a classic horror flick?

Z – I think character is very important and something sadly lacking a lot of these days. A lot of films cannot wait to get to the gory stuff so gloss over the people involved. So you watch as a voyeur rather than as someone that has a vested interest. The thing is, if you care about the characters and what is happening, it will have a much greater effect on you. Case in point: with “Spawn”, I worked hard (in the limited time constraints) to give as much life to the lead character as possible. As such, when events happened, we were all on set disturbed by them. Ingredient one then, definitely character.

Tone I think is important. I decided that I wanted my segment of “Blaze Of Gory” to have a 70s vibe and look. So the shots were wider, sometimes obscure, often unnatural. It will be colour-treated to give it that 70s look and we shot with a slower shutter speed to avoid the modern choppy look. Setting out with that in mind will give the film a unique vibe.

The third ingredient would be inventiveness. Try and give the audience something they haven’t seen before. Or, at least, a new take on an old theme. That was certainly the case with “Cadavers” and also the next project I am working on.


UKHS – Lauren Harris is your leading lady in your ‘Blaze of Gory’ segment “Spawn Of The Devil”. She is not only an actress but also a musician who also happens to be the daughter of Iron Maiden’s Steve Harris. Your band ‘Spit Like This’ have had the pleasure of sharing the stage with her over the years, which is really cool. If you could perform on stage with any three artists (living or dead), who would you choose and why?

Z – Lauren was amazing. We had an ad on Star Now and, when she applied and I saw her name my first thought was “surely not THAT Lauren Harris?”. I clicked through and it was. It was a blessing, I think, as we kind of knew each other so, instantly, there is an amount of trust from both sides. Good job, as we put her through some trying times!

We were trying to work out where we had played together – pretty certain it was at the 1st and 3rd Hard Rock Hell festivals. And, although nowhere near Lauren’s own adventures with Iron Maiden, my band has actually played on the same bill as them; Wacken (Germany) in 2010. Quite funny, actually. After filming “Spawn”, Lauren popped in our house where there is a BIG poster from Wacken. Of course, Iron Maiden are right at the top. I promised her I’d not planted it there! And I should mention, she is a FANTASTIC actress.

Who would I like to play with… Hmmm. Tough one as I have played on the same bill as some of my favourite live bands (Motley Crue, Twisted Sister, Alice Cooper). Would be cool to play with Queen from the 70s, just to see if I could out-camp Freddie. That’s about it, really. One band I never saw but wished I had.


zion7UKHS – Can you tell UKHS something you’ve never told anyone else in an interview?

Z – Certainly. I used to frequently expose myself to the babysitter when I was a small child.


UKHS – Finally, Can you tell us about your movie ‘Sleep’ and any other projects you are planning to shoot in the near future?

Z –  “Sleep” is a psychological horror. The story explores the psychosis that occurs due to prolonged bouts of insomnia. Those that have read it have compared it to “My Little Eye” and “The Cabin In The Woods”. Lauren is attached to that as the lead female. The whole thing is written, I am just trying to put it together. Daily though, developments happen that could achieve that. I think it could be a winner. Low budget, simple story, neatly interwoven with some fantastic twists.

Other than that, I have two other screenplays I am writing. One is a Nazi comedy, the other is another horror. I would love to get my first screenplay into development but, like I said, big budgets..! I am also in contact with a couple of other filmmakers whose projects I might be working on in one capacity or another. Ultimately though, my future definitely lies in writing, producing and directing my own ideas.

zion8UKHS – Good luck with all those projects. Keep up the great work and thanks again for your time.















Image courtesy: ‘Snow’ segment photo by Duff.

Others: Lord Zion, Meet The Cadavers, Spit Like This and Vikki Spit.

An Interview with David V.G. Davies by Dean Sills

dvg2An Interview with David V.G. Davies by Dean Sills

Hello David, welcome to UK Horror Scene. Before we begin I would just like to thank you for taking time out of your very busy schedule to chat with us. It’s thanks to filmmakers like you for making the UK Horror industry what it is. Well done!


UKHS – When did you know that filmmaking was your true calling and why did you decide to focus on the horror genre?

David – From a very early age I showed an interest in film and would dissect everything I could. I was lucky enough to have been a child when Cinema was at a high point, the original Star Wars Trilogy and films like Labyrinth and Dark Crystal captured my interest and showed me Fantasy SciFi at its best, a genre I one day would like to partake in. As I grew up visits to my local video store as well as a mobile VHS rental van allowed me to watch a load of the video nasties when they were at their peak. That along with being forbidden to watch the Jason or Freddy films only made me more eager to see then.

I remember when Friday the 13th the Final Chapter came out and I really wanted the poster. Horror films such as The Evil Dead, Christine, IT, Galaxy of Terror and the Omen Trilogy allowed me to see graphic horror and I soon spent my time working out how they were done. Visionaries such as director David Cronenberg and FX genius Stan Winston soon became early inspirations for me. When I first had the chance to make a film at college it was for Art and the brief was to explore colours and textures, naturally I chose to explore these through horror. It was 1995 and I loved the experience. The film was titled Ritual: an artistic journey into colour, texture and ultimate horror. My tutor felt disturbed and failed me.


dvg4UKHS – Can you tell us a little about your previous work including ‘Animal Soup’ ?

David – After College my early film career consisted mainly of corporate videos and live event coverage as well as a couple of short horrors I made for fun, it wasn’t until a script was sent to me for proof reading that I stepped in to feature films, that script was ‘Animal Soup’. The script blew me away and I was brought on board by the writer JAK to shoot and edit the film, I ended up working side by side with him, co directing and aiding in all aspects of the film. The crew consisted of he and I, each of us doing numerous roles on set.

Despite not ever having made a feature film before, we planned the film out perfectly before we began filming, sadly unforseen balls ups resulted in cast members dropping out, rewrites and a shooting schedule that spanned over a year. ‘Animal Soup’ took us 26 days and 44 hours of footage, the first edit came in at 83 minutes and after several reviews and a short run of sales, we decided to do a re edit, this one came in at 67 minutes and was a superior edit.

The film was picked up by a company who screwed us on a few things and an agreement was made that they could sell copies online to the US and I could sell copies to whoever. The film still has quite a following and still shocks people. It isn’t perfect in anyway but it stands as a starting point for me as I learned so much during its production, it was ‘Animal Soup’ that got me noticed by a horror magazine with whom I worked with for 14 months.

After the underground success of ‘Animal Soup’, JAK and I began work on a sequel, its working title was Tinned Fruit which then became Cold Harbour, we quickly put the project to rest as we believed that Horror Sequels only really work if the first film is a huge success, so we changed a few things and the sequel element fell away and ‘Monitor’ was created, this film I tackled without JAK due to his work comitments, but it allowed me to learn more about film, I hired a crew and concentrated more on the direction, I ended up having to direct the film when I couldn’t find someone to take it on board, this allowed me to learn After Effects. The film is more thriller than horror but I love how it shows I have grown as a filmmaker.

I then worked on ‘Forest of the Damned 2’ and a few other independent low budget movies.


dvg5UKHS – The horror anthology film, ‘Three’s A Shroud’ won the British Horror Award at the British Horror Film Festival 2012, congratulations on this fantastic achievement. You directed the segment ‘Over Developed’. Can you tell UKHS a little about your segment and some of the influences that inspired you to make this?

David – I really enjoyed making ‘Over Developed’ and I thoroughly loved making it. However, the anthology titled ‘Threes a Shroud’, I refuse to comment on as certain parameters were very unprofessional resulting in mine and one of the other directors feeling very let down by the third guy.

I have a final cut of my ‘Over Developed’ which is different to the cut included in the anthology and its available for people to watch if they wish but I no longer associate myself with the piece as a whole.



UKHS – OK, let’s talk about ‘Blaze of Gory’. You are behind the whole project which is written by Blaize Alix Szanto. It all started when you read a short story given to you by a seemingly innocent 12 year old girl. After reading the first story from Blaize how long did it take you to decide you were going to turn her stories into a movie?


David – Yes it all started when I had mentioned that myself and a producer friend were thinking of setting up a website and were looking for short horror content. Blaize’s mum convinced her to send me a story. I read it that week and it instantly lept off the page at me, I contacted Blaize and asked if she had any more stories as I felt this one was strong enough to be a film and if she had others I said we could pitch it on the website. After speaking to Blaize and the knowledge that the website wasn’t going to be ready for at least a year, I though I would pre-produce a series of shorts ready to launch on the site. Blaize had given me the first story in June 2012 and I was ready to shoot the first film that November. I put the project on hold for a short time and then relaunch it in 2013 having hired 9 other directors to undertake the project.


dvg7UKHS – You also directed one of the segments ‘Snow’. What was it like filming in Norway and did you encounter any physical challenges whilst filming in the Norwegian snow ?

David – Norway was a gamble, I originally thought I should have the film made by a Norwegian cast and crew with English subtitles. It proved quite difficult to have a crew out there without my involvement so I looked at heading over there to direct it myself with an interpreter. `The more I thought about it, the more I felt it wouldn’t work as it would be too difficult for me to direct in a foreign language. I hired a cast from the UK and USA and flew them out to Oslo, my Norwegian crew cancelled on me at last minute so I ended up getting the cast to aide in the production as well, it was a very tight shoot but we managed it. The location was amazing when we eventually got there, (we got stranded in a car in the cold for 4 hours). The cabin had no plumbing, an outside hole in the ground and its solar power generator had managed to store 5 minutes of power. So shooting a film in a cabin in minus 30 degree temperatures was a challenge, but we all survived and we have a great segment done.

The cast were amazing and without us all pitching together I’m sure one of us would’ve died (probably me for getting them all involved).


UKHS – Finally, are you currently working on any other projects which you can tell UKHS about ?

David – Along with keeping control on the 10 shorts that make up the ‘Blaze of Gory’ project I have ‘A Killer Conversation’, a dark comedy ready to be released and a Zombie comedy called ‘Meet the Cadavers’ that I have just finished principal photography on. Both films are comedies but from different sides of the scope, Killer is a very dark film I directed over 2 long days in Wales last year, it was written 20 years ago by Micheal Haberfelner and then Cadavers is a film written by one of the cast members of Snow, it was written 4 months ago and we shot the film over 10 days. ‘Blaze of Gory’ has proved to be the project I’ve been meaning to be part of for years. I was always looking fro a project to bring together like minded people to join forces and through the project I am now going to be working with one of the directors on a film called ‘Six Hot Chicks in a Warehouse’ and I am looking to team up with one of the other directors to be part of their company for a few projects over the next year.


dvg10UKHS – Good luck with all those projects. Keep up the great work and thank you for your time.

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An Interview with Jason Wright by Dean Sills

jw1An Interview with Jason Wright by Dean Sills


Hello Jason and welcome to UK Horror Scene. Before we begin thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to talk to us.

UKHS Can you please tell us a little about yourself and your company Silent Studios?


JW – My name is Jason Wright and I am the CEO / Creative Director for Silent Studios. We are the only horror and gore company in the UK that covers all aspects of the horror industry from PR, Promotional, Photographic and Production.




UKHS – You specialise in extreme horror and gore, how and when did your love for Horror begin and what’s your favourite Horror movie?

JW – I have loved horror and gore from a very young age in fact I watched the ‘Evil Dead’ when I was 13. Recently I have watched the remake and although it is very good it doesn’t have the same feel as the original.



jw2UKHS – You have worked in the photography industry now for over 16 years, plus you have also become a movie director, actor, special effects artist and much more. What is your biggest achievement so far?


JW – As a company we have a lot of talented people that have joined us from around the world as well as myself. In the last two years we have been gifted to work with Resident Evil 6, Dead Island Riptide, Dead Rising 3, as well as many films and other events like our Zombie Weekend. So we are already getting a lot of exposure and we are working on so many horror related projects with big companies we just have no time to relax but at the end of the day the whole team love the excitement so we are all living the dream.




UKHS – I recently watched your short film ‘Sweet6teen‘ and really enjoyed it, well done! How did the project come about and did you enjoy directing this?

JW – ‘Sweet6teen’ was a creation from Silent Studios and yes I loved directing this amazing short and again showing that we can deliver a short on such a tight time frame as we had 6 hours to shoot it and only knew about the competition a week before it was to be submitted. We ended up coming somewhere in the top 10 so we were very happy and it was shown on the Horror channel all through October this year so again a great experience.



jw4UKHS – How did you get involved with ‘Blaze of Gory’ and did you enjoy directing your segment ‘Wraparound‘ and working with Emily Booth?

JW – The ‘Blaze of Gory’ segment ‘Wraparound’ was a great thing to direct and I was talking to David V.G. Davies who is behind the whole project about being involved and with other directors that we are friends with it seemed the perfect project to be involved in. Directing Emily Booth was a great experience and a pleasure. As well as being a good friend she is a great actress and we believe we have got a completely difference performance out of her then she has done before. We are all very excited about the full movie coming out in 2014.



UKHS What would you consider to be the three main ingredients that you need to make a classic horror flick?

JW – This would depend on the director but with Silent Studios we believe that if you can make the audience generally scared watching the movie you have done your job. So definitely cinematics, gore and great acting are three great ingredients but there are more.



jw3UKHSFinally, are you currently working on any other projects which you can tell UKHS about?

JW – At the moment we are working on a lot of projects but I can tell you about a few.


  1. TORTURE – full length feature film which is scheduled for release in 2014 and is definitely upping the gore level like never before so watch out for the essence trailer due out before Christmas.
  2. Zombie Weekend 3 – A zombie survival experience with a difference as we have a music festival combined with zombie survival in May 2014.
  3. Zombie Playground – first episode to be shot and released first quarter 2014 so all children zombies again doing something different.
  4. Contamination is out as our first novel on amazon in 2013 and we are doing a teaser film trailer for that in 2014 plus releasing our second novel which is still under wraps.


So if anyone would like to know more about us or hire our services please contact kirsty.richardson@silent-studios.co.uk



UKHS – Thank you Jason. Good luck with all those and keep up the great work.


jw5Image courtesy:Silent Studios