Wednesday, 2 January 2019

Coming Soon in THE DARK SIDE MAGAZINE


A sneaky peak at a piece coming soon in THE DARK SIDE. James Whale battles with Hollywood Censor Joseph Breen over  THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN...

Friday, 7 December 2018

50 Years of Zombies (and Cenobites) - in SCREAM #52


In SCREAM #52 I take a look at the many meanings that critics have read into NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD over the years; go behind the scenes of HELLBOUND: HELLRAISER II; and chronicle George A. Romero's struggles with distributors, the MPAA and the British censor (the BBFC's James Ferman actually re-edited the film) over his zombie epic, DAWN OF THE DEAD!

Blood, Guts, Gore and More!

In shops December 20th.

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

In The Dark Side #196 - THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME



In The Dark Side #196 I take a look at THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME (1932), a fascinating example of how studios in the pre-Code era were able to sneak graphic screen content into their movies...

Why not treat yourself to a copy for Halloween?

SCREAM #51 - out now!


How cool is this cover???

In SCREAM #51 I write about DAWN OF THE DEAD and THE REDEEMER: SON OF SATAN!

Pick up your copy for Halloween - while stocks last!!!

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

My love letter to Night of The Living Dead for the BFI.


'Premiering 50 years ago, on 1 October 1968, George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead is often spoken of as a manifesto for the modern horror film. 

Taking its inspiration from the racial and political strife of late-60s America, it created, as a BFI programme booklet put it in 2004, "a verite nightmare which overturned the conventions of fantastical horror".

Romero took the genre out of its gothic castles and swept away the cobwebs. Night of the Living Dead marked a transition in horror cinema: from the classic to the modern. Less remarked upon, though, is how Romero effects this transition within the film itself, it its opening scenes.'

To read the rest of my BFI article on Night of the Living Dead, go here

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

I'm introducing HALLOWEEN at City Screen, York!


In 10th October, I'm introducing a fortieth anniversary screening of the digitally restored and remastered HALLOWEEN at City Screen Picturehouse, York. There's also a pre-recorded introduction by John Carpenter!

For tickets and information visit the City Screen Picturehouse website

Saturday, 1 September 2018

SCREAM 50! Out Now!



Inside the latest SCREAM I take a close look at Polanski's ROSEMARY'S BABY...



Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Peter Bogdanovich's TARGETS is fifty years old this week.



Fifty years ago this week Peter Bogdanovich released his outstanding debut feature, TARGETS. In The Quietus I take a look back at TARGETS and its commentary on U.S. firearms culture.

Follow the link here.