Indie Buzz – Black Sand

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Black Sand is a short British film by Aaron Jolly, made with a bunch of pals on a nano budget of about £100. We like that sort of budget at Horror Hothouse. The film shows what happens when a group of friends take a trip to a seaside town, where the locals are part of a lunar cult.
The short will be premiered later this year, but take a look at the trailer.

Aaron told the Hothouse a little bit more about the movie and its influences.
Black Sand is an experimental short horror film that I made in Hastings with the Help of Angel Rose (she’s worth a google, she has some nice work) and a small group of friends. I tried not to conform too much to the tropes of the horror genre and the film is more influenced by movies like The Wicker Man, Suspiria

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The Nightcomers

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When The Nightcomers was first released back in 1971, I remember Michael Winner’s chiller caused a bit of a media storm because of for what was then graphic and violent sex scenes between Marlon Brando and Stefhanie Beacham. Being 13 years old at the time and a mass of raging hormones it was little wonder that I can still remember the moaning of people like that dreadful guardian of the countries morals Mary Whitehouse in the newspapers, especially when accompanied by photos of Stefhanie Beacham’s heaving bosom. She didn’t like Dr Who or Alice Cooper much either.

Looking just a touch too young to blag my way past the commissionaire at the local Odeon I never did get to see the movie at the cinema and as it’s not a film that has been shown on TV that often I was delighted to hear that Network were going to reissue…

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Dracula’s Widow (1988) – The Bargain Basement of Horror

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You know Raymond Everett (Lenny von Dolen) really should have been more careful when he signed for that delivery of coffin sized boxes from Romania. Intent on getting his Dracula display up and running at his Hollywood waxwork museum the extra box was the last thing on his mind until Dracula’s widow Vanessa (Sylvia Kristel) emerges and starts putting the bite on LA. Fortunately hard-boiled cop Hap Lannon (Josef Summer) is on the case and with a little direction from antique shop owner Helsing (Stefan Schnabel) is out on the beat with his gaberdene mac’s pockets full of stakes.

Despite her shoulder padded 80s power suit Vanessa is surprised to discover that Dracula got staked back in the 1890s, I know Romania under Ceausescu had tight control of the media, but even a crackpot dictator like him couldn’t keep a lid on that surely?. Kristel’s performance is interesting, that is…

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Bram Stoker’s Legend of the Mummy 2 (2000) – Bargain Basement of Horror

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About the kindest thing I can say about this movie is that the British Heart Foundation made £1.99 out of my impulse buy. It goes without saying that this is a sequel of sorts to Bram Stoker’s Legend of the Mummy, which is based upon Stoker’s other great book The Jewel of the Seven Stars (1903) which revolves around an Egyptian Princess reincarnated into the body of an archeologist’s daughter on the discovery of her tomb. This has notably been filmed as Blood From the Mummy’s Tomb (1971) by Hammer and an especially dull Charlton Heston vehicle The Awakening (1980).

This movie has absolutely no connection to The Jewel of the Seven Stars or Bram Stoker whatsoever. What we have is our typical group of American students including popular girl, stupid jock, nerdy boy, nerdy girl with spex and two disposable meatheads who are helping their professor get an…

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The Haunted Airman – From the Bargain Basement of Horror

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It’s hard to credit that despite selling over 60 million books in his lifetime and gaining a reputation for being a master of the macabre only two of author Dennis Wheatley’s occult chillers ever made it onto the big screen: The Devil Rides Out in 1968 and To the Devil -A Daughter in 1975.  Although he liked what Hammer did with The Devil Rides Out Wheatley hated Hammer’s treatment of another of his books, the lost world epic Uncharted Seas which was filmed as The Lost Continent (1968) and withheld further film rights from, them. Having seen The Lost Continent I can understand why it’s a complete car crash of a movie.

Wheatley passed the film rights to his occult movies on to Christopher Lee, the pair having become pals during the filming of The Devil Rides Out and in 1975 Lee, having failed to raise the cash to produce

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Indie Buzz – Crying Wolf (2015)

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Ever wondered what would happen if a werewolf pack was duped into taking a camping holiday in the Cotswolds by a pair of revenge seeking tooled up werewolf hunters?

No I can’t say it’s a scenario that ever occurred to me either, but Tony Jopia’s horror comedy Crying Wolf hooked me in from the opening as Gary Martin’s hard-boiled private dick investigates the strange goings on in the village of Deddinghton. A mysterious book that antique shop owner Caroline Munro (Dracula AD1972, Captain Kronos, Vampire Hunter) is reluctant to part with, reveals how a very British set of lycans get themselves caught in a trap.

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This dysfunctional saloon bar pack, complete with the prematurely aged pipe smoking bore, a middle-aged Lothario, squabbling couple and forgetful pensioner who thinks the international operator is his Russian girlfriend, are soon on a bus out to the wilds (or as…

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Indie Buzz – Frederico Greco’s Angelika wins TOFF Award

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LocandinaCongratulations to Italian director Frederico Greco for winning the Online Film Festival’s Best Short Narrative Film with Angelika.

In around 20 minutes Angelika (Crisula Stafida) discovers that her sister has been sold to unscrupulous organ dealers, tracks them down and dishes out justice. Hard, brutal, and short, her inventive use of a cigar cutter will make you wince.  Like Greco’s previous shorts Day for Night and E.N.D. this is an extremely well made stylish film, but the only humour concealed within movie is the appropriateness of the transplant surgeons fate.

Angelika scores a 666/666

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