London Horror Movie Club
By London Horror Movie Club
London Horror Movie ClubOct 26, 2023
Behind the Film: Interviewing the team behind "The Foreboding"
Join us this month for an interview with the team that produced, wrote, directed, filmed (and even acted in) the upcoming indie horror short "The Foreboding" - a twist on the classic teens-in-the-woods slasher. We sit done with Peter Tilley, Alex Staunton-Hill, and Kemal Yildirim to talk about their inspirations, the struggles and stories of making an indie film in six months, and the horror films that inspire them.
Interview with Director Tom Lee Rutter
Get ready to roll up your sleeves and have a good ol' chinwag with the indie horror director/writer and actor, Tom Lee Rutter. In this episode, we're diving headfirst into Tom's quaint and creepy world of filmmaking, career ups and downs, his all-time favorite flicks (prepare for some original choices), what tickles his creative side about horror, and, of course, his latest brainchild, "The Pocket Film of Superstitions."
If you're a fan of indie flicks, horror that's more chuckle than chiller, or just fancy a laugh with a bloke who's got a knack for making weird and wild movies, this is the chat for you. Grab a pint, put your feet up, and join the fun with Tom, courtesy of us at the London Horror Movie Club.
Staging Fear: Interview with the team behind "Shock Horror"
Dive into the world of immersive theatre with Alex and Ryan, the innovative minds behind "Shock Horror." Discover their unique fusion of film and immersive theatre that conjures a spine-tingling ghost story right before your eyes. In this interview, we explore their creative process for crafting scares on stage, their mission to lure a younger audience to the theatre, the films that ignited their imaginations, their personal fears, and what makes horror an enchanting, irresistible genre. Join us as we uncover the secrets of bringing fear to life in a captivating theatrical experience on "The London Horror Movie Club."
Interviewing Radical Director James Edward Newton
Step into the provocative world of indie horror filmmaking with James Edward Newton. Dive into indie cinema's gritty, passionate heart, explore guilty pleasures that fuel creativity, and embrace the rock and punk-inspired aura of his thrilling horror films. Uncover the unsettling and unconventional brilliance behind his latest creation, 'Katernica.' Join us on 'The London Horror Movie Club' for a conversation that will redefine your understanding of artistic horror and the audacious spirit of indie cinema.
Through the Lens of Horror: Interview with Andy Boothby
Join us for a captivating interview with indie Director of Photography, Andy Boothby, whose lens has captured the essence of chilling tales in films like "Black Lizard Tales" and segments for "Horrorscopes." Together, we unravel the magic that makes horror films so special and discover what fuels Andy's passion for his craft. Prepare for spine-tingling stories from the set, including the harrowing and sometimes humorous moments that come with his job. Including the shoot where Andy came face to face with maggots – it's a tale you'll want to hear to believe. If you're a fan of horror, filmmaking, or simply intrigued by the behind-the-scenes of cinema, this interview is a must-listen. Discover the art and passion that breathe life into the most spine-tingling stories, only on "The London Horror Movie Club".
Pat Higgins interview with The London Horror Movie Club
Don't miss this captivating podcast interview with acclaimed writer, producer, and director Pat Higgins. Dive into his fascinating career, explore his film influences, and get an exclusive sneak peek into his upcoming film "Powertool Cheerleaders VS the Boyband of the Screeching Dead". Tune in now for an amusing conversation that will leave you inspired, laughing and eagerly anticipating Higgins' new horror musical.
Watching Horrors of the Black Museum
Tune in as Chris and Lauren dive into the shocking world of the 1959 horror classic, "Horrors of the Black Museum." We look at the creative murders, the unusual plot, and discuss whether a remake is in order (with obvious changes). Even if you haven't seen it - don't miss out on what the brother-sister team have been watching because Chris has FINALLY seen "The Wicker Man", just in time for it's 50 year anniversary
LHMC Interviews SFX artist Jay Lowe
This month The London Horror Movie Club got to step into the fascinating world of special effects with indie SFX artist Jay Lowe. In this captivating podcast interview, we got to meet some of his incredible creations, from animated skulls to surreal creatures, and learn what inspired them. As a lifelong horror fan, Jay also shares his top recommendations of hidden gem movies you won't want to miss and some of the effects that blew his mind. Tune in for an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the magic of special effects artistry.
Be aware of strong language and visual effects that some may find disturbing.
LHMC Interviews Dani Thompson
This month we have on with us British Scream Queen Dani Thompson. She has starred in more than 50 horror movies - including Bad Moon Rising, I Scream on the Beach, Carnivore: Werewolf of London - and has written and produced film and television and has out her own album.
Join Chris, Lauren, and Dani as they about her remarkable career, favourite horror films, ghost hunting, and a surreal experience that inspired one of her films!
In honour of the 4th of July Chris selected an American movie that would be a first watch for Lauren. And he picked one that suits her, because it's all about a horror writer who has gone a bit bonkers. That's right it is the 2004 Stephen King adaptation, Secret Window. Starring Johnny Depp and John Turturro, supported by Timothy Hutton and Maria Bello, it was also written and directed by David Koepp, and includes a musical score by Philip Glass and Geoff Zanelli. In other words, it is as star-studded and talent-filled as a horror movie can get. The film follows Mort, a horror writer who is getting divorced and caught in writer's block wallowing away in a cabin Upstate until a Missouri man names John Shooter shows up to his cabin and insists that Mort stole a story from him. Eerie and Creepy in turn, there is a lot to like about the psychological twists and turns of this film, and it is also quintessentially American, right down to the adorable town with a friendly sheriff.
LHMC Interviews: Alex Churchyard
For July Chris and I interviewed indie horror director Alex Churchyard, best known for his award-winning summer slasher "I Scream On the Beach". We talk about everything we can, his recent appearance on the BBC, the best upcoming indie horrors, how to terrify your neighbors, and his amazing array of films including "Videoshop Tales of Terror" with Dani Thompson and "Mosaic" with Simon Bamford.
The London Horror Movie Club pick for this month is the 1982 gory-surreal-science-fiction horror "Xtro". One word to describe it: For Chris "Bananaland" and for Lauren "Bonkers". This British cult classic was written and directed by Harry Bromley Davenport and inspired several sequels thanks to it's trippy atmosphere, special effects and eerie premise. The small cast includes Philip Sayer ("The Hunger") and Bond Girl Maryam d'Abo ("The Living Daylights"; "Dorian Gray").
LHMC Interviews Director Dan Brownlie
*Be aware - strong language throughout* We sat down with Indie horror director Dan Brownlie to talk about a decade of making horror films, including "The Tombs" (set in the London Tombs attraction) and the recent documentary "UK Haunters" about the horror attractions of Britain. Be ready for a lot of unusual films, inside stories, and an inside look at his next film.
The Limehouse Golem
This month Chris and I watch the 2017 gothic "The Limehouse Golem" in which Inspector John Kildare's investigation of a serial killer in Linehouse leads him to the trail of Lizzie Cree, an actress accused of poisoning her husband. The film had a high budget with a stellar cast including Olivia Cooke, Bill Nighy and Douglas Booth, but did it impress or can this film - like the golem - slip away unseen?
We also begin with a round-up of what else we have been watching - including the buzzy new Dracula film Renfield starring Nicholas Hoult, Nicolas Cage, Ben Schwartz, and Awkwafina. As usual, we finish the episode off with a teaser of the next epsiode and what we are excited to watch next month. Enjoy!
The Abominable Dr Phibes
Drama, The Wrath of God, and Brussels Sprout liquour. This month we watch the psychedelic Vincent Price masterpiece The Abominable Dr. Phibes. As doctors and nurses are dying all over London in recreations of the Biblica plagues, the answer seems to lie in the graves of the recently deceased Dr. Anton Phibes and his wife. When it came out in 1971, the film was a hit, showing off stars like Price, Terry Thomas, and Hugh Griffith alongside a mechanised band, a technicolor set, and some of the most creative kills in horror cinema. Join Chris and Lauren as they talk through the film from its best moments, to how it holds up today and the inspiration you can still see in other horror movies.
American Werewolf in London
London Horror Movie Club watches "American Werewolf In London" - the classic comedy horror directed by John Landis and beloved by horror fans and directors.
A clever, modern werewolf film starring David Naughton, Griffin Dunne, and Jenny Agutter, this is a classic everyone should consider watching once. Chirs and I explore our favourite moments, imagine a recasting today, and, of course, consider the huge role London has in the film. And there's even mention of a were-Loch Ness Monster.... :-p
Cockneys vs Zombies
This month's movie is the 2012 "Cockneys vs Zombies" an East End/Shaun of the Dead/Bank Heist comedy mashup starring Alan Ford, Matthias Hoene, Rasmus Hardiker. With some of the craziest kill scenes of any zombie movie, lots of heart, and a dash of social commentary, we had great fun watching this one! Join us to hear the best bits, the funniest lines, and if it taught us anything about how to survive (or not) a zombie apocalypse.
Alfred Hitchock's Frenzy
Frenzy is the story of Dick Blaney (Jon Finch), a grumpy barman who has a very bad week, leading to him becoming the chief - and only - suspect in the Necktie serial killings. With the help of his girlfriend Babs (Anna Massey) and his friend Bob (Barry Foster) he tries to avoid being hanged for the murder of several women, including his ex-wife.
This was famously Hitchock's most violent film, and styled as his triumphant return to London after twenty years of filmmaking; but was it enough to grab our attention and become a London Horror classic? Or has it put Chris off ever watching another Hitchcock? Listen to find out.
Horror Chat With Tony Mardon
Happy Friday the 13th! To kick off 2023 Chris and I interviewed the fantastically fun Tony Mardon. An actor and horror director, he has worked with horror legends like Ian McCulloch (It!), Pauline Peart (The Satanic Rites of Dracula), and Linzi Drew (American Werewolf in London).
Join us as we ask Tony everything from directing tips, horror starter movies, and stories and insight on his latest works - Libra, Don't Sit On His Face and Witches of the Sands. The rating is "explicit" for sexual content in the film/plot context.
Tony's latest shorts will be premiering at the Horror-on-Sea Film Festival and you can follow film updates on Instagram @the_witches_of_the_sands.
Night of the Demon
This month I take Chris out of his usual horror groove with one of the best British Horror Films of the 1950s: "Night of the Demon". A favourite of Martin Scorsese, and starring Dana Andrews, Peggy Cummins and Niall MacGinnis, this occult horror film is a forerunner to the more well known Folk Horrors of the next decade. With a satanic cult, druidic runes, curses and the full range of dark and light magic, we have a lot to sink our teeth into with this gripping and unique horror film... including the potential for a remake
Intro/Outro sound design by Cucurbit.
Chris is back as our permanent co-host and to welcome him we are talking about a favourite of his, the Hughes Brothers' 2001 Jack the Ripper horror From Hell, starring Johnny Depp and Heather Graham and a stellar supporting cast including Ian Holm and Robbie Coltrane. The film is part of a long history of Ripper-inspired horror films going back to Hitchcok's 1927 The Lodger, and it is also based on Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell's graphic novel of the same name. With a stellar cast and an intricate plot, it's a film that is steeped in legend and wears it well, like a shadowy figure in the London night.
Intro/Outro sound design by Curcurbit.
Day of the Triffids
Day of the Triffids is a 1962 alien-invasion/ apocalypse horror, staring the incomparable Howard Keel and smouldering Nicole Maurey. After a meteor shower blinds most of the world, the few left with their sight intact struggle to survive the takeover of Earth by cannibalistic Triffid plants. Naval officer Bill Masen and student Susan leave desolated London in search of survivors, while biologists on an offshore lighthouse try to find the Triffids’ weakness.
Based on the novel by John Wyndham, this sci-fi horror has a long-lasting imprint on horror cinema, and many interesting parallels with Danny Boyle's 28 Days Later. In this episode, we look at this unique film as an adaptation including the many changes, that famous scene of empty London, what worked and what didn't, and finally why this underdog film made it into horror history.
This season is all about London horror films adapted from books, beginning with the 1977 "Full Circle" starring Mia Farrow and Keir Dullea (known for 2001: A Space Odyssey). This is a beautiful adaptation of Peter Straub's haunting story "Julia". After the death of her daughter, Julia Lofting moves into a new home, which is haunted by the ghost of a little girl. Julia is torn between the girl’s violent history while alive and her motherly instincts.
Halloween Special: "Shaun of the Dead" w/ Chris
To kick off season three I have a very special guest joining me from America, my brother Chris! We talk about Edgar Wright's remarkable and hilarious "Shaun of the Dead", the Cornetto Trilogy, "American Werewolf in London", London Horror, and why there has yet to be a truly brilliant Jack The Ripper movie. Sit back, relax (maybe get a pint at the Winchester) and join us for this special episode crammed full of the best London horror cinema has to offer.
Intro/Outro sound design by Curcurbit.
S2E10: Trapped on the Underground
For the final episode of Season 2 we look at a handful of other films where people are trapped in the underground; even if that isn't a main feature of the film. This includes Godzilla-inspired horror Gorgo, Hammer classic Quatermass and the Pitt, Tobe Hooper's space-vampire film Lifeforce, and the recent haunted horror Woman In Black II. All these films draw on the very real-life threat of being trapped on the underground by evoking imagery and the experience of World War II.
S2E9: 28 Days Later
We go into the deleted scene archive this episode for Danny Boyle's 2001 "28 Days Later", an icon of London Horror Cinema. Starring Cillian Murphy (Peaky Blinders) and Naomi Harris (Skyfall, Spectre) as survivors in a post-apocalyptic, Rage-infected London. The film has been talked about in many ways, but rarely considering how Boyle uses the 'safe space' of the underground. I will dive in to consider what it adds to the film - with and without the deleted scene - and share in the abandoned eerieness of this uncanny world.
S2E8: Tale of the Mummy
For this episode, we go to Old Street Station in the 1998 horror Tale of the Mummy. With a surprisingly star-studded cast (including Christopher Lee, Shelley Duvall, Gerard Butler, Sean Pertwee, Honor Blackman, and Michael Learner) this under-the-radar mummy movie is a wild and crazy ride. Archeologists discover the cursed tomb of the Egyptian ruler Talos precariously suspended over a pit of death. They bring Talos' cursed remains for display at the British Museum, only for Talos' spirit to awaken in the form of cursed mummy wrappings, which proceed to go on a murder spree throughout London. With a complex plot and a lot of nineties moxie, the film is jumbled but charming.
S2E7: The Deaths of Ian Stone
A deep cut of London Horror, "The Deaths of Ian Stone" is a hidden gem for those who loved other popular films of the time like "Constantine" or "Gabriel" but sought a less-religious and more dangerous angel. Starring Mike Vogel (American Horror Story), Christina Cole (Jane Eyre, Poirot ), and Jamie Murray (Castlevania), the strong cast shines in this slow-burn fantasy in which average man Ian wakes up in the middle of a new life every time he dies, and no one seems to notice.
S2E6: American Werewolf in London
In horror a character on the underground can be like a rat in a maze: lost, confounded, and inevitably trapped. We've seen it in other episodes, but perhaps the most intensely shot example is in John Landis' American Werewolf in London. This 1981 comedy horror is a classic. It won an academy award for Best Makeup and took home Saturn Awards for Best Horror Film and Best Makeup and it has even been adapted into a radio programme on BBC 1 Radio. Heck, Edgar Wright has sighted it as a major influence on Shaun of the Dead. You probably have seen this movie before, but I encourage you to watch it again, not just because it's an amazing film but because it created one of the most claustrophobic chase scenes in cinematic history where a lone passenger on Tottenham Court Road station tries to outrun the werewolf, and the underground doesn't seem to be on his side.
S2 E5: Reign of Fire
When does the underground become more than just a way to transport people in a city? In this week's post-apocalyptic monster movie Reign of Fire (2002), the underground bookends the film as a symbolic space where young Quinn is forced to reckon with his past in the form of a dragon. Starring Christian Bale and Matthew McConaughey, this is an unusual horror film in some ways but is also a callback to the monster movies of the 1930s and 40s with killer special effects.
S2E4: 28 Weeks Later
Going deeper into the Underground, we go deeper into ourselves. That is the psychological highlight of Episode 4 where we dig deep into the climactic underground scene in Juan Carlos Fresnadillo's 28 Weeks Later. A sequel to the Danny Boyle film, 28 Days Later, Fresnadillo's film used pioneering camera techniques and a robust cast (including Robert Carlyle, Imogen Poots, Jeremy Renner, and Rose Byrne) winding their way through London hoping to escape a new outbreak of the Rage virus. For all the thrills in this action-heavy horror, its most intense and horrific moment happens on the platform of Charing Cross Underground.
A lot can happen in just one night. Especially if that night is spent in the closed London Underground. And that is the premise of this episode's horror film, Christopher Smith's 2004 Creep. Trapped in a closed tube station, Franka Potente (best known for the Borne films) tries to escape while being pursued by a human science experiment living in the depths of the Underground. A tense thriller gone gory, the film is also a socialist challenge to capitalism, a psychological test of humanity, and a vivid nightmare.
S2E2: Death Line
This month brings Death Line, the twisted tale of cannibals on the London Underground that feed off wayward commuters. But the film does more than pit a monsterous underground dweller against London's students, as writer/director Gary Sherman exposes the monsters that live above as well as below. Shot in the Old Aldwych Tube station and including horror giants Christopher Lee and Donald Pleasance, this month's horror pick is a cult classic on the London Underground.
S2E1: Quatermass and the Pit
Season 2: Terror on the Tube
In Episode 1 Lauren takes us into Hobb's End where a Martian vessel is discovered just off the station platform in Quatermass and the Pit. The 1967 Hammer film stars Andrew Keir and Barbara Shelley. Mixing aliens, ghosts, and World War II, this film launched the Tube network into horror cinema history.
S1E10: 2010s - Attack the Block
For the final episode of Season One, we watch the 2011 comedy-horror Attack the Block starring Jodie Whittaker and a pre-Star Wars John Boyega. In the film, a group of kids in a council block defend London from nearly-invisible aliens, who arrive hidden by the fireworks of Guy Fawkes night. This film is as much about aliens as it is about London, from the complex social realities of London Council Estates, the lovable and funny characters, and the remarkable shots around Vauxhall and Oval.
S1E9: 2000s - The Last Horror Movie
From the director of "Shiver". A serial killer stalking victims all over London, but why is he showing you his crimes? A creepy twist on found footage, The Last Horror Movie is a time capsule of what horror was and how it was changing in the early 2000s. It's also pure nostalgia for those of us who grew up renting horror movies.
S1E8: 1990s - "Bram Stoker's Dracula"
Winner of three Academy Awards and starring Gary Oldman as Dracula, this is one of the truly underrated Vampire films of our time. And the best of Francis Ford Coppola's horror films. The film captures Bram Stoker's London - from Bedlam Asylum to the Lumiere Brothers on Regents Street - while adding a romantic twist to Stoker's famous vampire. Cast also includes Keanu Reeves, Wynona Rider, and Anthony Hopkins.
S1E7: 1980s - "Lifeforce"
From the director of "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and "Poltergeist" comes the truly unique and visually spectacular London horror "Lifeforce": a tale of spirit-sucking space vampires! Starring an all-star cast including Patrick Stewart, Matilda May, Steve Railsback, and Peter Firth.
S1E6: 1970s - "The Medusa Touch"
S1E5: 1960s - "Peeping Tom"
"Peeping Tom", for good reasons, is Martin Scorsese's favourite film. Produced in the same year as "Psycho", "Peeping Tom" was a horror film as psychologically disturbing and more controversial, with its scathing comments on film culture and curiosity about what it means to be afraid.
S1E4: 1950s - "Horrors of the Black Museum"
Visit London at its most murderous through 1950s classic "Horrors of the Black Museum", in which a series of murderous devices from Scotland Yard's famous Black Museum seem to escape onto the streets. Starring the amazing Michael Gough, best known today for his role as Alfred in the 1980-90s Batman movies.
S1E3: 1940s - "The Lodger"
Jack the Ripper has been haunting horror films for decades and inspired "The Lodger", a remake of the first horror film Alfred Hitchcock directed (also called "The Lodger").
S1E2: 1930s - Werewolf of London
Dive into 1930s London with the 1935 classic monster movie "Werewolf of London". The first of the romantic werewolf films that many of us know and love today, it also stars Valarie Hobson from "Bride of Frankenstein".