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Actress, writer and producer Joanne Mitchell answers 10 scary questions!
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Monday 16th Jan 2017
Joanne Mitchell Image 5 SmallAdult Babies gets an exclusive reveal at FrightFest Glasgow 2017. The film's creator, actress/producer Joanne Mitchell, star of Before Dawn and Bait answers 10 scary questions.

HC: When did your fascination for horror films begin?

JM: I've been interested in horror since being a young kid. I liked to be frightened, whether it be reading a scary book, or watching one of the Hammer House of Horrors. But it wasn't until my 30's that I really became fascinated with the whole genre after making Before Dawn and watching back to back movies at FrightFest!! The fans are so loyal and open minded and really know their stuff.

HC: What was the first horror film you saw... »

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Horror Icon Barbara Crampton chats about her role in We Are Still Here.
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Monday 9th Jan 2017
Barbara CramptonAhead of Horror Channel's UK premiere broadcast of We Are Still Here on Saturday January 14th, legendry actress Barbara Crampton talks exclusively on the revival of her career, her approach to challenging roles and why she loves the genre, but not the over-used label 'Scream Queen'!

HC: Suddenly you are back in the genre spotlight after many people thinking you had retired. What happened between your 80s heyday in movies like Re-Animator and From Beyond and the more recent You're Next?

BC: I had retired. But it wasn't really intentional. I was in my late 30's and hadn't been offered anything significant in quite a while. Roles in my age bracket for women were slim. Around the same time I met my husband B... »

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Interview With Writer Of Cockneys Vs Zombies James Moran
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Saturday 29th Oct 2016
James Moran on set of Cockneys Vs Zombies-2Horror Channel is a big fan of James Moran. This multi-talented chap has been behind a number of stand out titles of recent years not just on the big screen but on TV too. Next week his superb shocker Cockneys Vs Zombies comes to Horror so we decided to chat too him about this and his other projects.

HC: What movie did you see growing that inspired you to become a writer?

JM: It all started with Doctor Who, which I've been watching since before I can remember - I used to sit and watch the entire end credits to see what all the names and jobs were, and made up my own stories to fit into the show. Later, I watched a lot of "making of" shows, that ... »

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Interview With Adam Rifkin Director Of Director's Cut
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Monday 29th Aug 2016

Adam-RIfkin-Photo-Credit-Jim-Newberry-300x208One of the best from this year's FrightFest is Adam Rifkin's meta-movie chiller Director's Cut. This smart, funny, dark and very satisfying movie was written and stars Penn Jillette proving that this guy knows what horror movie lovers enjoy and in the hands of Adam Rifkin it pure gold. Here Adam chats about this superb movie. (Adam RIfkin - Photo Credit Jim Newberry)

HC: How did the project for Director's Cut come together?

AR: Penn Jillette had actually started writing the script about 10 years ago but it wasn't until he saw a film I made called Look that he decided to put Director's Cut on the front burner. Look is a d... »

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Interview With Jaron Henrie-McCrea Writer And Director Of Curtain
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Monday 29th Aug 2016

Jaron-Henrie-McCreaHorror Channel's FrightFest Season continues tonight with the UK TV premiere of Curtain. This original and surreal piece of cinema is very unpredictable but huge fun. Here director Jaron Henrie-McCrea chats about this movie.

HC: Curtain isn't a straight forward movie in fact it's very original, where did the idea come from?

JM: In the shower. Most if my ideas come when I'm in the shower. Not sure why. I was trying to think of a really great idea for a movie but had nothing. So I aimlessly stared at the shower curtain and thought, "what if that shower curtain suddenly disappeared?"

HC: It could have easily just been a comedy considering the set up but it does have dark, Twilight Zoney touches to it, did it change mu... »

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Interview With Chris Scheuerman Writer And Director Of Lost Solace
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Monday 29th Aug 2016

Chris-Scheuerman-writer-and-director-of-Lost-Solace-281x300One of the more surreal and deep films of FrightFest 2016 has been the rather stunning picture from Chris Scheuerman, Lost Solace. Here he chats about this very original movie.

HC: Did you know from a young age that you wanted to work in the film industry?

CS: I was 4 years old when I told my mom I was going to make movies. She was a librarian, and raised us on all kinds of stories, whether it was books, movies, or music. I had a very hyperactive imagination (which remains a blessing and curse!!). I was always writing or creating. I lived in my own worlds. I had a few teachers who expressed concern to my parents about that. We got ... »

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Interview With Simon Rumley Director Of Johnny Frank Garrett's Last Word
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Sunday 28th Aug 2016

Simon-Rumley-300x189Today sees the European premier of Simon Rumley's latest movie Johnny Frank Garrett's Last Word. Simon is a regular at FrightFest and his work is always very creative and guaranteed to have the audiences debating their content. This makes him one of the most exciting directors working at the moment. Here he chats about this latest project.

HC: Is this the first movie you've directed that's not been written by yourself and if so did you find it restrictive in any way?

SR: I actually directed a short called The Handyman with Greta Scaachi. The script had won a screenwriting competition so was really great. Subsequently I also directed Crowhurst which wasn't initially written by me but I worked with the producer to come up with a s... »

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Interview With Carson D. Mell Writer And Director Of Another Evil
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Saturday 27th Aug 2016

Another-Evil-2-300x168As usual the Discovery Screens are packed with some of the freshest talent around and one movie has really stuck out for me this year. Another Evil is a sharp, smart and thoughtful movie that is not what it seems at first so I decided to chat with the writer and director of this movie, Carson D. Mell.

HC: Where did the idea for Another Evil come from?

CM: I wanted to make an exorcism movie that more realistically reflected what I think an exorcism is actually like, and motivated by.

HC: Did the script change much from first to final draft and did you have a cast in mind?

CM: No, I didn't do too many drafts of the script. I am very much about budgeting enthusiasm, especially for something indie, ... »

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Interview With Stewart Sparke Director Of The Creature Below
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Saturday 27th Aug 2016

The-Ceature-Below-300x135I'm a sucker for creature features and any that did into the genre are brave souls. The Creature Below is coming to FrightFest today so we chatted to its director, Stewart Sparke.

HC: How did you get started in the movie industry?

SS: Straight after studying directing at film school I got a few jobs in the UK TV industry, working as an intern with the BBC and then as a Camera Assistant on the 2012 Olympics in London. In my spare time I was also making a few short films with my collaborator Paul Butler and whilst the TV work was fantastic experience I found that my true passion was in making my own films. This lead to myself and Paul setting up a production company in the north of England called Dark Rift Films and through this we have... »

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Interview With Abner Pastoll Director Of Road Games
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Friday 26th Aug 2016

Director Abner Pastoll photoA hit with the FrightFest 2015 audience, Abner Pastol's Road Games is a nerve shredding thriller that keep you on edge. Pastol is delivering a live commentary on the movie at FrightFest today so we had a quick chat beforehand about this killer of a thriller.

HC: It's been a year since Road Games played at FrightFest, what can you recall of that experience?

AP: Not much, it's all a blur. I'm kidding of course. It was a blast. I love FrightFest - the festival and the guys behind it. They are the best. It was a brilliant and unforgettable experience.

HC: Road Games has played across the globe since then, what's the reaction been and do you still get nervous before it plays?

AP: I've been overwhelmed by th... »

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Interview With Andy Edwards Writer And Director Of Ibiza Undead
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Friday 26th Aug 2016

Ibiza Undead-1Many are heading towards Discovery Screen 1 today for the world premiere of Ibizi Undead, the first feature from Andy Edwards. We chatted to Andy about this much talked about gut-muncher and what plans he has for the future.

HC: Are you a zombie movie fan?

AE: Totally! I think the first zombie movie I saw was the original Dawn of the Dead late night on TV as a kid and I've been hooked ever since.

HC: Did Ibiza Undead take long to write and what inspired you to write it?

AE: I'd made a series of short films called Houseparty of the Dead which dealt with the zombie apocalypse in London from various angles. They were super low budget and mainly shot in the various flats I lived in, but the unifying th... »

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Interview With Doug Jones Star Of Pan's Labyrinth
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Tuesday 23rd Aug 2016

s LabyrinthThe first FrightFest I ever worked on for Horror Channel was back in 2006 when the event was still in the Odeon on Leicester Square. The film crew and I were housed in the top floor trying to conduct our interviews away from the hustle and bustle of the bar area below. It was in this small room we had the pleasure of chatting to Guillermo del Toro before he introduced what would be soon hailed as a masterpiece, Pan's Labyrinth. Myself and the whole crew sat open mouthed as the film played to an audience, in awe of what we were seeing on screen. Scary, dark, fantastical and moving, the film cemented Guillermo del Toro's reputation as a true visionary. The film stars Doug Jones in the pivotal roles of El Fauno and the Pale Man, two incredibly different characters that bring the... »

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