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Horror Brought to Life: Bad Milo (2013) at the CUT!

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Conversations hushed as the room darkened and a lone figure took to the stage. Yes, it was Mr Billy Chainsaw and we were downstairs at Horse Hospital waiting for the 50th film to be shown at London’s greatest cult cinema club.

“Tonight’s film is about this demon who lives up a bloke’s arse”. There wasn’t any need for Billy to say anymore. How could there possibly be?

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Duncan (Ken Marino) is having stomach problems so he goes to see a doctor. An ultrasound reveals an anomaly that the doctor puts down to a stress related disorder and recommends that Duncan should take it easy. Easier said than done, at work Duncan’s arrogant boss places him in charge of redundancies and puts him in an office that is a converted toilet. What’s more, he has to share it with the most annoying person in the…

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Fearie Tales: Exclusive Interview with Writer Stephen Jones

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Back in the early 1800s, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm collected a bunch of European folk tales and published them as Kinder und Hausmarchen (Children’s and Household Tales). We know them as Grimm’s Fairy Tales, and before Uncle Walt got his sugar-coated hands on them, they were not always thought to be that suitable for the rug rats.

Now 200 years later, award-winning anthologist Stephen Jones has asked some of the world’s greatest horror and fantasy writers to have a bash at reimagining some of these tales with an even darker spin. The Horror Hothouse‘s Simon Ball was lucky enough to catch Steve at Kim Newman’s An English Ghost Story launch, and ask him a few questions.

As they say in all the good stories, let’s begin at the very beginning. So, Steve, what was it was that made you want to revisit the world of…

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Shakespeare in Hell at London Horror Festival review

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My second London Horror Festival show was to be a very different experience to Frankenstein: Unbolted. Once again drinks in hand, we climbed the stairs to the Etcetera Theatre above Camden’s The Oxford Arms.

On the stage, a cowled figure stood staff in hand. This was The Tempest’s Prince Prospero, the first of 18 characters from the works of William Shakespeare who would be joining us in a journey through Dante’s Nine Circles of Hell. Our guide through this mash-up was to be the spirit Ariel who kicks off the show with a spot of revenge on his old master.

The thing about the Bard’s plays is that they are chock full of bloody happenings and some of the greatest villains and most tragic heroines in English literature. What the four members of the all-female Brite Theatre Company do is pair up a selection of the…

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Lucky’s Girl review

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Kenny McCord’s life has just turned to shit. His wife dead from cancer and his teen daughter gang raped, Kenny packs in his job and packs up his kids and gear to leave Houston and head back to sleepy old Elton Township where he grew up all those years ago.

Kenny’s former best friend, Lucky is also on his way back to Elton. Hardly a rural paradise all Elton has is a run down bar, a church and the local jailhouse. That was all aside from Elton Lake, but Elton Lake is now dry, the river that fed it having been dammed so archaeologists could investigate a Menominee Indian site on Grove Island. Back in his teens Lucky used to visit Grove Island where he discovered the thing that the Menominee had built Elton Lake to contain. Lucky’s awakening of the ancient evil led to a…

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Chimères (2013)

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When professional photographer Alex (Yannick Rosset) accompanies his girlfriend Livia (Jasna Kahoutova) back to Romania, he gets a nasty little present. You see, after a night on the local palinka, Alex gets hit by a car (believe me, we tried this stuff in Budapest and you really don’t need to be hit by a car to feel as if you have) and is rushed to the hospital, where he receives some local blood.

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Back home in the Swiss city of  Neuchâtel, Alex is starting to feel a bit grim. The sight of Livia chopping up garlic makes him queasy, solid food makes him throw up and he can longer bear sunlight. Selfies and the bathroom mirror reveal Alex’s gradual transformation, but only to Alex. This clever introversion of the traditional vampire movie trope of casting no…

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The Greatest Hallowe’en Signing of All Time at Forbidden Planet

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Image supplied by Simon Ball

Listen up my Hothouse Flowers, if you are in London on Saturday 25 October, head down to Forbidden Planet (179 Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2A 8JR). And get there in plenty of time, too. You see, from 1pm you have got just one hour to get around 25 of the UK’s top horror writers in what must be the The Greatest Hallowe’en Signing of All Time.

Naturally, there will be tons of terror inducing tomes to get signed so bring plenty of cash.

The featured books, authors and artists are:

AN ENGLISH GHOST STORY (Titan Books)

Kim Newman.

QUATERMASS AND THE PIT (Palgrave-Macmillan/BFI Film Classics)

Kim Newman.

FEARIE TALES: STORIES OF THE GRIMM AND GRUESOME (Jo Fletcher Books)

Stephen Jones, Ramsey Campbell, Peter Crowther, Christopher Fowler, Reggie Oliver, Robert Shearman.

THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF BEST NEW HORROR #25 (Robinson Publishing)

Stephen Jones, Ramsey Campbell, Michael Chislett, Kim Newman, Thana Niveau, Reggie Oliver, Lynda E. Rucker, Robert Shearman, Lavie Tidhar, Stephen Volk.

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Indie Buzz: Sledge (2014)

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Right, before we start, this is nothing to do with Santa or his reindeer, so don’t go thinking the Hothouse has started festering for the season.

Now we have cleared that up, Sledge is a serial murderer whose chosen modus operandi is a wallop or several with his trusty bloody great hammer. Oh yeah, he likes to keep the faces of his victims in jars too.

Sledge is also a movie within a movie. The literally named Couch Girl (Rachel Cornell) settles down on her sofa to watch Assly’s True American Horror. Now Assly is a cartoon werewolf horror host, a bit like a cuddly Elvira, although I know which of them I rather cuddle up with. The film of course is Sledge.

And so we are off with a group of American teen campers into the wilderness, two couples Michelle (Desiree Holmes) and Shawn (Travis Henson)…

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