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FIVE FILMS FROM...1970

The Dunwich Horror (Directed by Daniel Haller) Cinema has a difficult relationship with the works of H.P. Lovecraft, with Stuart Gordon only making something of a credible movie impact with his adaptations (“Reanimator”, “From Beyond”). And whilst it’s not entirely successful (mostly due to a lack of budget and not imagination), this ambitious re-telling of the author’s creepy short story deserves some attention. Director Haller had previously made another Lovecraft film in 1965, with his “Die, Monster, Die” being based on “The Colour out of Space”. Produced by Roger Corman, and co-written by Curtis Hanson (“L.A. Confidential”), this one was originally intended to have Peter Fonda in the lea

FIVE FILMS FROM...1969

The Haunted House of Horror (Directed by Michael Armstrong) Sometimes called “Horror House” or “The Dark”, this does-what-it-says-on-the-tin film is often overlooked in the annals of psycho and slasher movies. Whilst it isn’t exactly the best offering from a fairly lean year in horror, it deserves to be recognised and noted for a number of valid reasons. It rather bizarrely stars former teen idol Frankie Avalon, best known at the time for the 60’s “Beach Party” films, and marked Armstrong’s first foray into genre before he helmed the infamous “Mark of the Devil”. An American-British project that combined Tigon studios with AIP, it underwent many re-writes, rumours of drug-taking, and last mi

FIVE FILMS FROM...1968

Witchfinder General (Directed by Michael Reeves) This extraordinary film is also known as “The Conqueror Worm” in the US, to erroneously connect it with the previous Vincent Price-Roger Corman-Edgar Allan Poe collaborations. The movie was made for less than £100,000 and is based on a novel by Ronald Bassett. It weaves a wholly fictitious story of a Roundhead soldier’s obsessive and violent revenge against the real-life figure of Matthew Hopkins (Price), who manipulated the wholesale trials and executions of so-called “Witches” in 17th Century England. Director Reeves famously clashed with Price, and had wanted Donald Pleasence for the title role before the American distributors pressurised h

MY FAVOURITE HORROR MOVIE: GUILLERMO AMOEDO

GUILLERMO AMOEDO IS A URUGUAYAN WRITER AND DIRECTOR WHO IS BEST KNOWN FOR HIS COLLABRATIONS WITH ELI ROTH & NICOLAS LOPEZ ON FILMS SUCH AS AFTERSHOCK, THE GREEN INFERNO AND THE STRANGER. HERE HE TALKS ABOUT HIS FAVOURITE HORROR OF ALL TIME, DAVID LYNCH'S LOST HIGHWAY. I know that it isn't exactly a horror movie, but, in my opinion, David Lynch's "Lost Highway" has some of the most scary scenes I've seen in cinema history and the best part of it is that these scenes don't involve any kind of violence or blood in it. They just scare and haunt you in some weird psychological level that is pretty hard to explain. From the very beginning, "Lost Highway" drags you into this surreal world ver

HORROR FILMS WE CAN'T WAIT TO SEE IN 2019

Escape Room (Dir: Adam Robitel) 4th January Six strangers find themselves in circumstances beyond their control, and must use their wits to survive. Although Director Adam Robitel's 'Insidious 4' was ok, we're hoping he recaptures the magic of The Taking of Deborah Logan in his newest genre feature. Escape Rooms are all the rage too now apparently so it could be a match made in heaven. Happy Death Day 2U (Dir: Christopher Landon) 14th February Tree Gelbman discovers that dying over and over was surprisingly easier than the dangers that lie ahead. The first film was one of the surprise hits of last year. Polished, self-aware and pretty hilarious in places, it was a real crowd pleaser – so w

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