Interacting with horror: ‘I Saw Black Clouds’
Film / Horror

Interacting with horror: ‘I Saw Black Clouds’

The idea of ‘interacting’ with a horror film isn’t new – famous examples include the ‘punishment poll’ in William Castle’s Mr Sardonicus (1961) and the ‘werewolf break’ in The Beast Must Die (1974). But these days, things are much, much more sophisticated, as the forthcoming British horror I Saw Black Clouds shows. This latest offering … Continue reading

Over the forest and into adventure – Annalium goes online
Comedy / Film / Horror / Romance / Science fiction / Writing

Over the forest and into adventure – Annalium goes online

An intriguing series of short, dialogue-free screenplays, has now gone online. Annalium is the work of Cardiff-based writer (and my pal) Robert Lancey, who has created a website to showcase the screenplays and their potential to be realised on screen. Each opens with a flight over a forest, and then a descent through the treetops … Continue reading

Arrr! Long John Silver and Dracula’s innkeeper went to my old school
Comedy / Drama / Film / Horror / Television

Arrr! Long John Silver and Dracula’s innkeeper went to my old school

I was delighted to discover recently that two great West Country actors went to my old school. Robert Newton, who played the archetypal Long John Silver (and arguably originated the ‘pirate accent’) and George Woodbridge, the classic Hammer horror innkeeper and comedy policeman, were both students of Exeter School in Devon. Newton, born in Dorset … Continue reading

Under fire – three dragon films you may have missed
Documentary / Film / Horror / Science fiction

Under fire – three dragon films you may have missed

Dragons are perhaps the most feared, and almost certainly the most spectacular, of mythical creatures. So it’s no surprise they’ve often featured in movies. Recent incarnations include the awe-inspiring dragons in TV’s Game of Thrones and cinema’s Hobbit films, and Starburst listed 10 of the best in this 2019 feature. Impressive as those blockbusters are, … Continue reading

How Talking Pictures found the perfect nostalgic formula
Comedy / Film / Horror / Romance / Science fiction / Television

How Talking Pictures found the perfect nostalgic formula

The idea of a channel devoted to classic films isn’t new, but in the UK Talking Pictures TV has found what seems to be the perfect nostalgic formula. While TCM (Turner Classic Movies) has been around since the 1990s and more recently Sony Movies has launched a dedicated ‘Classic’ channel, these and others tend to … Continue reading