UK Horror Scene Frightsight – Hanging With… James Webber

UK Horror Scene Frightsight – Hanging With… James Webber

Welcome to a series of video interviews as UKHS writer Tony Sands and his crew hang with talented British folk from across the horror spectrum. They will be bringing a number of interviews across 2016 that will hopefully give you an insight into the UK indie horror scene and you will hear just what it takes to get a project to fruition.

Here the UKHS Crew Hang With James Webber – James is a UK Director, Producer, Editor, Writer and much more. James talks about his career making short films and also talks about his new feature – watch to find out more!!

Twitter: @DirectorJWebber


Film links: Prey:…

Hushy Bye:

https:// directorjwebber


TONY SANDS (host/producer)

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DAVID CHAUDOIR (titles) twitter: @TheChaudoir www.badacidf|

ANDY DEEN (associate producer)
Twitter: @AndyDeen666

IVAN TROOPA (sound/producer)



IvanTroopa: play on Troopa

ANTOINE LASSALLE (camera/ producer)


SARAH D’CRUZ (make up)




Twitter: @UKHorrorScene


Everyman Cinema
Location: Fortis Green Rd, Muswell Hill, London N10 3HP

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The Prey (2015) Short Film Review

theprey1The Prey (2015)

Director: James Webber

Writer: James Webber

Stars: Rebecca Van Cleave, Sam Gittins, James Alexandrou

Runtime: 9min

Tagline: After an argument with her boyfriend whilst driving back from a party, Mel ends up alone in the wrong side of town on a dark Halloween night.

Short films are an absolute delight, a special breed of the motion picture art form. They live or die on the quality of the handful of lines and scenes contained within them. A lot of care must be taken to ensure the best story can be told, I feel is done most effectively through visual cues. This isn’t writer director James Webber’s first rodeo either, he has a career in television and film spanning back as far as 2009, there has been plenty opportunity to hone his craft and I think The Prey is a fine example of this.

theprey2Set in suburban England, Mel (Rebecca Van Cleave) is having a bit of a tiff with her boyfriend Ethan (James Alexandrou) and exits the car in a huff. As with a lot of horror films the plot may revolve around a simple hook, as the title suggests, Mel becomes the prey. With a heavy use of red, your eyes are drawn to Mel, the only colour amongst the dark and wet backdrops of the October night. Low angles and close ups, building tension. Her fate unknown as a young man spots her from across the street…

I had the pleasure of being one of the first people to view The Prey pre-release and I must say I was not disappointed. The film is simple and highly enjoyable. For anybody looking for a quick horror fix, The Prey is well worth the 7 minutes of viewing, a tasteful dark comedy of sorts, on a budget, it made the most of it.

Preying for more.


theprey3The Prey is currently heading to major domestic and international genre film festivals and will première on-line on towards the end of 2015.


The Springhead Film Company:

Mini Productions:


Twitter: #ThePreyFilm

Trailer for The Prey below!


Addict (2013) Review

addict1Addict (2013)

Review by Matty Budrewicz

Directed by Geoff Harmer

Written by Mark Brennan, Geoff Harmer and James Webber

Starring Paul Anthony, Stacy Hart, Jenny Mitchell and Andrew Coppin

Evoking the nightmarish and deeply uncomfortable ambiance of fellow monochromatic shockers Eraserhead and Rubber’s Lover, debutante feature director Geoff Harmer’s Addict tells the story of sales company boss David Pettigrew.

Beneath his genial facade, David is in fact one very disturbed individual; a man completely obsessed with his married employee Kim [Hart] and a vicious, violent sociopath with a ferocious and near insatiable appetite for kinky sex and murder.

With his “addictions” spiralling further and further out of control, David attempts to salvage what’s left of his sanity by upping his pursuit of an on-maternity-leave Kim- a decision that proves to have dire consequences for her, her exhausted husband Graham [Coppin] and office temp Sarah [Mitchell], who has a little infatuation of all of her own developing…
addict2I was pleasantly surprised by the ultra-low budget Addict, truth be told. Despite a little roughness around the technical edges, it is by and large a genuinely impressive and thoughtful movie- a bloody terrific flick, in fact, that went above and beyond my admittedly short-sighted expectations of it.

Anchored by a bold performance form lead Anthony, Addict walks a fine line between character focused, Alan Clarke-esque docu-drama and art film-like bursts of terrifying surrealism. It’s a hard film to pin down for sure and one that’s all the better for it: such a complex and compelling blend of both genre convention and subversion is something I’d certainly welcome in my low budget fare more often.

Weirdly, it’s only during the films ‘most-current-horror-trend’ aping moments does it falter slightly, what with its use of reality horror-type, straight to camera video diary pieces. Though thankfully used as a means to avoid what’d otherwise be a shedload of crass exposition (and despite some of them being laconically hilarious, with David’s bemoaning of the poor customer service standards of a prostitute he’s just offed being a chucklesome highlight), David’s to-camera addresses seem a little rushed and largely out of place; completely at odds with the rest of Harmer’s otherwise more controlled and measured approach.

Even more frustratingly, some of them reek of pseudo-“look how crazy I am!” madman babble that- although excellently delivered by Anthony- feel as though Harmer and his co-scripters Brennan and Webber didn’t have enough faith in their cracking material to eschew such a jejune plot device. Thankfully though, Addict at least steers clear of the cod philosophy and smugness that marred the similar sequences in Julian Richards’ otherwise excellent The Last Horror Movie.

addict3Still, it’s more than easy to overlook such things, especially when the rest of this Brit creeper is so good. It’s not often something gets under my skin the way Addict did. There’s moments contained within that’ll stay with me for a while, that much I’m certain of: a shocking fuck-dream sequence, the blunt near flippant murder of a council estate dwelling working girl, the ever encroaching blackness within the chiaroscuro photography, the deliciously ironic coda… It’s a stark and often oppressive work to say the least, a cut from the same cloth thematic cousin of underground iconoclasts Jörg Buttgereit and Chad Ferrin, thanks to its frank depictions of sex, violence and urban isolation.

Currently gearing up for festival screenings, I’m lucky enough to have obtained a DIY screener copy. Strangely enough, the lack of packaging and simple biro scrawl of the title onto a blank disc really adds to it, as if I’m privvy to something that I’m not supposed to be watching. Adventurous and open-minded viewers would do well to check it out- I know I’m glad I did.


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