Midnight Special

Monday, April 18th 2016

Yes, it’s Starman, Close Encounters, ET, Firestarter and a lot of other great movies from the past mashed up and blended together – but that’s what made it so good, in my opinion – it took the best elements of all of those and turned them into s great sci-fi road movie.
To hear Adam Driver utter the words ‘Red Sabre’ before he even knew he’d go on to play Kylo Ren, to see Michael Shannon being asked what Kryptonite is – ‘The only thing that can kill Superman’ – having failed to do so in his own attempts to bring the Man of Steel to his knees in recent movies – it was all good.…

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Soulmate – Written & Directed by Alex Carolyn – Horror/Ghost DVD review

Sunday, April 17th 2016

Written and directed by Alex Carolyn
Distributed by Soda Pictures
In a bit of a departure from reading, I’ve started watching more movies again (partly to fuel my own writing work, so anything with a supernatural twist is right up my street at present).
This week, I picked up a copy of Soulmate from Fopp – having heard good things about its Director, Alex Carolyn, and her work.
I wasn’t disappointed, but I was  little surprised by what I got.
This is a classic horror / ghost teal with a central character moving away to be alone following a tragedy, and venturing into a small village with just a violin for company.…

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Halloween Horror Movie Double-bill in #Croydon #ChristopherLee

Friday, October 23rd 2015

Stuck for something to do the night before Halloween?
Near Croydon?
Well, this is a great double-bill of a couple of quite unusual horror movies right here, showing at The David Lean Cinema at Croydon Clocktower.
Go on, don’t be scared !!!!…

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Christopher Lee’s voice to grace Edgar Allan Poe anthology Extraordinary Tales

Wednesday, June 17th 2015

Very pleased to read of this in The Guardian online edition today – it’s a hell of a line-up:
Here’s the LINK.…

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#StarWarsDay at London’s @BFI – British Film Institute

Monday, December 29th 2014

Despite not actually being able to attend the screenings of episodes IV, V & VI, which were shown back to back a few weeks ago at the British Film Institute, due to my son taking part in the excellent Saturday Film-makers club and then us having tickets to see 2001, we still got into the spirit of things there.…

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Peter Cushing – A Life in Film – by David Miller

Monday, May 27th 2013

Published by Titan Books
From Dracula to Star Wars and beyond, Peter Cushing was an unforgettable presence in cult cinema of the fifties, sixties and seventies. He remains, 100 years after his birth, one of Britains best-loved film stars. Drawing upon conversations with Cushings friends and colleagues, and previously unpublished correspondence with Cushing himself, this is the definitive guide to his career.
May is a very busy month for fans of horror movies and its stars – today is the 91st birthday of Christopher Lee and would have been the 102nd birthday of Vincent Price but, with yesterday being the centenary of Peter Cushing’s birth, all focus has been on the much-loved british actor and gentleman.…

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The Great Gatsby, ‘Old sport!’

Wednesday, May 22nd 2013

On Monday, I had a rare (and yet familiar) treat. One that gave me a pleasant flashback to my film reviewing days of old pre-internet times!
As tie-in promotion to the Picador movie-jacketed edition of the classic novel, and with thanks to Picador and to Warner Bros, I had the opportunity of viewing the new movie adaptation by Baz Luhrmann in the wonderful and luxurious surroundings of the preview screening room at Warner Bros London offices.
I’m always a little dubious of 3D movies (of which this was one) and rarely choose that option if a 2D version is available. With a running time of over two and half hours I was concerned about sitting that long and coping with the potential headache that many a 3D viewing seem to give me.…

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Ray Harryhausen – Gentleman of Monsters

Tuesday, May 7th 2013

Over the weekend I took the family to Whitstable  – it’s nearly the Centenary of Peter Cushing’s birth – and I was moved by the clear affection the town clearly has for their former resident and gentleman of the Hammer Horror movies (amongst his numerous other classic roles).
I’d just started to group the photographs taken there with a view to posting them with a blog piece this evening when I received the sad news that another of my monster movie heroes and another true gentleman of the business had passed away.
Ray Harryhausen’s influence on the movie world and beyond cannot be for a moment be considered anything other than spectacular.…

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