Posts Tagged ‘horror film’

“One thing is for sure you’ll never get to the centre of the Labyrinth.” Fiction, don’t you love it? Against all odds to out thwart some kind of evil. Well that’s where Blood Hunger the film is right now. Stuck in the pages of a novel, dying to get out and see the light of day onto celluloid or digital film.
From the outset, Blood Hunger may never happen but while I’m still here blogging, writing books and making films, there’s a chance. And like any film project it’s slim but workable. Nevertheless, even with the greatest writers on board or with he greatest actors interested to play the parts, it still doesn’t mean it’ll be made.
With all film making it’s about finance, and even if you have it, and a great producer, without distribution, no one will get to see it.
I’ll keep you up dated. So while I’m working on the above it’s safe to say it’s in development, in the meantime here is the trailer to the book (below) which features clips the spin off film Terminus and the Blood Hunger photo shoot.
Enjoy…
Blood Hunger Trailer
Read Dread Central’s write up of Blood Hunger here
Exclusive to the USA, download the Terminus film here

On a weekend in 2010 I was lucky enough to watch David Paul Baker’s Mission X, being a fan of camera point of view films (POV) when they are done right in cases like Rec, Cloverfield, Dairy of the Dead and low budgeter The Zombie Diaries it was a surprise treat. It’s easy to see why Usual Suspects Kevin Pollak is quoted as saying “…this film will not disappoint.”
With exciting news that Mission X is in development to be re-made I’ve put together my thoughts and comments on filmmaker Bakers indie POV movie.
But it doesn’t  end there, director writer David Paul Baker has just shot his horror  film SCREEN in the Tulsa USA. What’s it about? 70 people died in front of the screen in the 70’s, with the 40th anniversary of the deaths nothing can stop Lola Carrie from attending and watching the Screen. Head over to the official site watch the trailer, share with friends and support 2012s most innovative driven-in horror film.
MISSION X (2010)
Scottish mercenary veteran Ryan goes on a revenge mission with a group of guns for hire and a student camera-man on tow.

Arms dealers, bad language and shoot outs, are just the playing cards Mission X first lays on the table. It’s the hand that slowly dealt by director/writer David Paul Baker that makes this film stand heads and shoulders above a flurry of camera point of view (POV) films.
The editing is sharp, bringing together footage from different cameras POV, flash forwards and flash backs. There’s a minimal soundtrack music, first-rate blood effects, a great script and characters. With fitting camera work, near on perfect acting; played authentically, not just by the leads but the supporting cast too, that puts the likes of Quarantine (2008) and the interview segments of The Fourth Kind (2009) to shame.

Bond with the characters as you follow them with Ryan and camera man Grant, who’s verbal sparring on serious and every day issues are exceptional. Mission X is a joy to watch, from abandoned buildings, to night clubs and the streets of Scotland, it’s edgy, tense, harsh, hard and confrontational. Secret meetings, anonymous phone calls.
The screenplay is absorbing to the last reel. In between the shots ringing out; get to know the unit; get caught in the gun fire; it’s the closest thing to a possible suicide mission on your homeland you can see on film.
Mission X oozes tension, it’s a naturalist piece of filming that drags in and captivates the viewer from the outset, which makes it compelling viewing.
A smart cleverly crafted must see.
Order Mission X here
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MISSION X TRAILER from david baker on Vimeo.

Anyone that has listened my interviews over the years will know that I’m a fan of Hammer Horror films, but if I may add it’s in the oddest sense, they are not the greatest productions ever made but they have a Gothic, eerie, charm of their own with some fine performances, setting, sets, theatrical scores and things that go bump in the night.
I discussed this with the outlandish Scream Queen Ingrid Pitt, it became all to clear to me, having children of my own that Universal classics like ‘Dracula’, ‘The Wolfman’ and ‘Frankenstein’ may never be seen not just by British youngsters but US and  the rest of worlds teens. That is unless they have some kind of horror influence in their lives and find stories, books , posters, of this genre of films intriguing to find out more.  Young people haven’t or don’t get the opportunity to see the older horror movies or Hammer films that inspired me and others like The Reptile (1966), The Gorgon (1964) and Plague of the Zombies (1966) to others such as From Beyond the Grave, Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors and The House That Dripped Blood. So when I heard about @cyberschizoid’s campaign (on Twitter) to bring back classic horror to BBC 2,  I had to do my bit in joining in by telling you about my fantasy horror double bill.
Now while I could tell you about an array of UK productions from The Ghoul (1933) to Vampire Lovers(1970) and likes of 1957’s The Curse of Frankenstein. Personally I’d love to see Dead People (1974) or Let’s Scare Jessica to Death (1971) on the BBC 2 but I’ve chosen titles a possibly less obvious to most and not British. I believe they would make great first viewing and have the drawing power to intrigue, inspire and capture the imagination of new comers of the genre.  So in true tradition of those BBC 2 days gone by here are my thoughts on an oldie black and white, followed by a colour film just like they were aired way back when…
BBC take note, I’d be happy to sit in a large leather chair in front of a log fire, in a drawing room and introduce these… And I’m a lot cheaper than Terry Wogan or Jonathan Ross. So turn that tuner, wait for the TV to heat up, this is my horror double bill…
Okay first up is Carnival of Souls (1962) and not a surprise to old school fans. A true horror classic Director Herk Harvey and writer John Clifford both waived their earnings in order to get the film made. Upon release in 1962 the film was a failure in the box office, thankfully its subsequent airings on late night television helped to gain it a strong cult following so Clifford and Herks work was not all in vain.
The delightful Candace Hilligoss is perfectly cast as the troubled woman that after surviving a traumatic car accident, that kills her two friends, becomes haunted by a frightening ghoul and drawn to a mysterious abandoned carnival. It’s a shame that Hilligoss only acted in two features as she gives an impressive performance as Mary Henry.
The music is very creepy and a little too intrusive in places, however, for it’s time and budget it is a well crafted film. Carnival of Souls many not be as sleek and stylish as the Haunting (1963) but it is far more eerie. The zombies are not as imposing as in Night of the Living Dead, however, they are vastly creepier and macabre.
Oozing atmosphere it’s a creative and unnerving film that concludes with a common place twist but back in ’62 it was ahead of it’s time, a true cult classic.
And onto the next…
Non si deve profanare il sonno dei morti”  (original title) I know its Spanish/ Italian production but it’s set in England and feel very Brit.A crop dusting machine from the agricultural pest-control is emitting ultra-sonic waves that are re-animating corpses… 


A lot have said this is underrated, granted it’s overlooked. It is Atmospheric with an ominous feel. It has great locations and is at times genuinely creepy. However, it’s shares more with Fulci than Romero. The acting is not aided by the bad dubbing. To its credit it has an eerie musical score by Giuliano Sorgini and a number of suspenseful sequences but it borrows many of its best sequences from Night of the Living Dead. 


I watched director Jorge Grau’s offering under the title of ‘Let Sleeping Corpse Lie’ but whichever name you see the film under don’t be mistaken or mislead, it’s a solid zombie horror movie and of its time with fine cinematography from Francisco Sempere. It’s a lot better than the low budget DTV zombie films that there’s no shortage of at the moment.

For more information about the campaign visit cyberschizoid blog

and check out fellow supporter Amanda Norman’s blog

The spin off film to my novel Blood Hunger has just been released – Directed and written by the great talent Sean Parsons.
Below is the Terminus Trailer:
You can now watch Terminus on Video On Demand click here
Sorry UK and the rest of the world, like Baby Ruth candy* it’s only available in the USA
*(citation needed)
So what is the vampire action drama Terminus about…
Ellicott City, a condemned paper mill, home of Anushka – a vampire assassin haunted by self-imposed isolation. Her vow to never feed on humans is tried when a chance meeting tests her resolve. Her first bite could be your last!
Do I believe Blood Hunger is cursed? Well it certainly has seen it’s fair share of misfortune.
I wrote Blood Hunger hot on the heels of The Breathing Dead a pulply novelette. True to form it gives the reader plenty of bite and fuel for their imagination with a narrative packed with hidden gems.

In 2009 I directed a photo shoot, which depicted a ‘glossy’ version of the characters from Blood Hunger. With a BBC make-up artist and an array of great actresses and models it turned out really well. It was great for vampire and horrors fans and good for the anticipation of the books release.

Then the ‘curse’ began, all the photo’s were accidentally compressed and the originals that were destined for enhancements were deleted, the photographer believing that they had been backed up on disc. This prevented any digital post editing being carried out on the photos due to the resolution. Nevertheless, I continued shaping Blood Hunger, writing a definitive vampire tale true to the original origins but an injecting a modern spin and twist.

Blood Hunger was due for publication by the original publisher, but a publisher that dealt specifically with horror approached me and I signed a three book deal, with the understanding that the story would not be edited. Everything was going fine and the publisher appeared happy.
The curse then struck again, there were issues with the editor wanting to change the vampires into something else. I explained “look vampires are vampires and every story will always be derivative of vampire folklore, Brams ‘Dracula’ and/or Sheridan Le Fanu’s gothic novella ‘Carmilla.’’
I should say some of the edits were useful and I took them on board. Then came more edit hits, and any ambiguity was required to be explained and ‘Americanised’. Now I don’t want to insult my readers intelligence by explaining everything, especially when all the answers were there and some ambiguity was required in any case.

Then the curse stuck hard. A sudden death, seriously. Sadly, Z. A Recht, a zombie author passed away. I corresponded with him about my own zombie book and mentioned Blood Hunger, he struck me as a fiery nice guy. So after Morningstar Saga writer died I was truly shocked.
I cracked on and I must admit I learned a lot for this editing process, as I was very old school and out of touch. However, as the editing process continued relations became strained with unnecessary changes to the story being requested and so on and I also felt there was lack of support from the publisher. Finally our agreement was terminated.
The curse gave one last blow, when the Blood Hunger master for the audiobook was corrupted. Thankfully, it was recovered and reader Sarah Leigh’s efforts were not lost.
Yeap, there’s no supernatural power, witchcraft, magic or causative force to this curse, just plain bad luck.
I had two spin off films of Blood Hunger made, ‘Terminus’ and ‘Revamped’ both filmed in the US, however, I was without a publisher. PS Publishing, Pan, Orion to name a few all showed promising interest. And while Blood Hunger has not been rejected, it hasn’t been snapped up either. Maybe it’s due to the saturated vampire market? Who knows, but one thing is for sure, Blood Hunger is very different to anything that is doing the rounds right now.

So that’s it. With a feature film in the works, curse or not in the face of adversity Blood Hunger will be released July 2010 after a years delay by Saturn. That is, unless the curse strikes again!

The Breathing Dead and Brand-B present: Bear Scary, Directed by Dan Brownlie. It’s a B no frills shock horror, with a killer bear and babysitters, what more could you want?! It’s now available in the USA (sorry UK folks, you’ll have to wait) click here to rent or buy your copy

DVD coming soon…

As well as loads of other genres of films I love B-shock horror, especially killer toys! Puppet Master, Demonic Toys and Blood Dolls spring to mind. I’ve teamed up with Brand-B Corporation and the talented director Dan Brownlie as one of the producers on Bear Scary.

Bear Scary is a terrific slew of pumping music, gore, blood, a killer Teddy and a little bit of sex appeal, it all makes for a solid b-movie horror fun.

Here’s the killer Teddy trailer of Bear Scary.


Bear-wear psycho in the shower.

Teddy and actress/model Lauren Bushby chill between takes,
and chat about the next scene.
Photos by Philip Penn.
I noticed that there’s a big divide of what people want out of a horror film…

Gore, psychological, slasher and so on. The dictionary definition of horror is an intense fear: a very strong feeling of fear, shock, or disgust. I believe this fits horror in the context of movies best.

Here’s a few of my favourite ‘horror’ films I’d like to share with you.
They are not in any order or my top horror films, just ones I feel are very interesting and ooze atmosphere, that I enjoy. Oh, and I’m not affiliated with any…

Dellamorte Dellamore a.k.a. Cemetery Man (USA)

1994’s underrated zombie horror classic based on the comic Dylan Dog by Tiziano Sclavi, it stars Rupert Everett (in his best role) and
enchanting Anna Falchi.

“Zombies, guns, and sex, OH MY!!!” was the tag line, and while it’s true it has those things Dellamorte Dellamore is so much more, macabre and violent, with atmosphere you can taste. Excellent music by Riccardo Biseo & Manuel De Sica and direction amazingly executed by Michele Soavi.

Spellbinding and arguably the strangest, most effective zombie film out there to-date.

Night of the Living Dead (1990 Remake)

Before horror remakes became popular and the the term ‘reboot’ was only used for computers Tom Savini horror effects maestro directed the remake of the black & white classic Night of the Living Dead. Originally Savini worked on Dawn of the Dead and other films directed by zombie godfather George. A .Romero, his gory effects were influenced by the real life deaths he witnessed in Vietnam.
The secluded and atmospheric location works a charm and Candyman’s Tony Todd is on top form but the film is let down by some bad performances from the supporting cast, who I wont name.
Savini proves he is a competent director, and makes the wise decision to stick close to the original material giving us a pacier update, a coloured version that comes with a few welcomed tweaks to the story line. It’s worth every zombie bite.
The Shining
What can I say about Stanley Kubrick’s ‘The Shining’ that hasn’t already been said? I watched the uncut 146 minute version which only reinforced the fact that it is one of the best, if not the greatest tension driven, psychological horror film that has been made.
Thankfully Kubrick doesn’t follow Kings ‘The Shining’ novel to the letter, or we’d have the hedged animals coming to life and an explosive ending, while grand it would have lost the reality and realism that Kubrick creates.

Jack Nicholson’s antics, Shelley Duvall’s fear, Danny Lloyd’s performance (one of the few child leads that isn’t annoying) as Danny. Veteran and voice of Hong Kong Phooey, Scatman Crothers is superb and the array of actors small but memorable parts including, Bladerunners Joe Turkel as Lloyd the Bartender and Barry Nelson as Manger, Stuart Ullman.

It’s not the novel, Kubrick’s the Shining one of the most impressive horror films ever made, and on so many levels.

Well that’s all for a minute, three is enough for anyone but as Austrian actor, now 38th Governor of California once said…

“Who is you daddy and what does he do?”

 Stacey Jackson joins the Cast of Acrylic!
 

Here are few exclusive stills of Jackson and DuBois.

From Blood Hunger: Acrylic the film… Coming soon.