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Interview with Shane Ward, star of The Ascent
Posted on Thursday 22nd October 2020
SHAYNE WARD NEW PROMO HEADSHOT 2020-6A special ops team on a mission in a war-torn country find themselves trapped on a never-ending staircase that they must climb - or they die! This is the premise for Tom Paton's superb, action-packed horror The Ascent which is having its UK TV premiere at 9pm on October 23rd. Here its star, Shayne Ward tells all about his career to date and how he became involved...

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Interview with Ryan Kruger, writer and director of Fried Barry
Posted on Sunday 11th October 2020
Fried BarryAnyone who as been to Grimmfest will know that the team behind the event try their very best to bring to their audience films that challenge and push as many envelopes as possible. Fried Barry from director Ryan Kruger is such a movie. Packed with mind-bending imagery and and emotional punch, this polarizing movie has to be seen just for its creativity and strong storytelling. Here, Ryan chats ab...

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Interview with Deiondre Teagle, star of Death Ranch
Posted on Sunday 11th October 2020
thumbnail_Brandon BloodGrimmfest 2020 is packed with new talent and one actor that stands out is Deiondre Teagle who styars in Charlie Steeds' grindhouse homage, Death Ranch. Here Deiondre explains his role and what it was like being part of such a bold movie. HC: Did you know from a young age that you wanted to be an actor? DT: I've definitely known my whole life I've wanted to be an actor. One of my favou...

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Interview with Faith Monique, star of Death Ranch
Posted on Sunday 11th October 2020
FAITH MONIQUE INTERVIEW PHOTOGrimmfest 2020 is packed with world premieres and none so bold as Charlie Steed's Death Ranch. We chatted to one of its main stars, Faith Monique about her role in this brutal and brilliant movie. HC: Was there one person you saw at a young age who inspired you to want to become an actress? FM: Funny fact, I grew up without a TV! So, at a young age, I never had an actor th...

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Interview with Charlie Steeds, writer and director of Death Ranch
Posted on Saturday 10th October 2020
CHARLIE STEEDS EDITED-23Horror movies and controversy always go hand in hand but when they tackle serious issues by using extreme violence to hammer home a point they can be very worthy. Death Ranch from Charlie Steeds is having its world premiere at Grimmfest so we chatted to him about this very strong movie. HC: What inspired you to write Death Ranch? CS: I'd always wanted to try making a movie with a 70...

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Interview with Nicholas Santos, writer and director of It Cuts Deep
Posted on Saturday 10th October 2020
It Cuts Deep Image 2At Grimmfest we're used to comedy horror but none as well written as It Cuts Deep from writer/director Nicholas Santos. Here he chats about this true dissection of a romance going terribly wrong. HC: Have you always been a big horror fan? NS: I've been a big horror fan since I was a little kid. Some of my favourite childhood memories are seeing Event Horizon with my dad when I was in second...

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Interview with Robert Woods, director of An Ideal Host
Posted on Saturday 10th October 2020
Robert WoodsEver had the dinner party from Hell with people you don't really relate to and seem alien? Well this is the premise of the the hilarious horror comedy An Ideal Host from director Robert Woods. Here he tells Horror about this cracking movie. HC: What did you think of the script when you first read it and what made you decide that this would be your first project as a director? RW: Tyler and I had been writ...

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Interview with Chad Ferrin, writer and director of The Deep Ones
Posted on Friday 9th October 2020
Jeff Billings and Chad The Deep OnesH.P. Lovecraft's influence on horror cinema is immeasurable and continues to this very day. In fact, today at Grimmfest a movie called The Deep Ones is showing so we asked its writer and director Chad Ferrin and how the great man himself has influenced his work. HC: When was the first time you heard or read anything by or about HP Lovecraft? CF: My parents w...

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Interview with Cody Calahan, director of The Oak Room
Posted on Friday 9th October 2020
The Oak Room - Director Headshot (Calahan, Cody) (Photo Credit - Miz Monday)If you like your horror to have a "Twilight Zone" style twist then The Oak Room is for you. Showing today at Grimmfest we chatted to its director, Cody Calahan. HC: We show your movie, Let Her Out on the Horror Channel here in the UK, what was the best thing you remember from making that movi...

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Interview with actress Mary Madaline Roe, star of They Reach
Posted on Thursday 8th October 2020
Mary Madaline RoeGrimmfest continues to champion new talent in front and and behind the camera. Mary Madaline Roe is the star on the superb retro chiller, They Reach and here she chats to Horror about this festival favourite. HC: For someone so young you've built up an impressive resume, can you recall how you felt when you first walked out onto a movie set? MMR: When I first walked onto the film set, I was very...

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Interview with Brea Grant, the writer and director of 12 Hour Shift
Posted on Wednesday 7th October 2020
Brea Grant BW35-02012 Hour Shift is one of the best from Grimmfest 2020. The movie stars Angela Bettis, David Arquette, Chloe Farnworth and Mick Fole and is a grim, funny, dark and hugely entreating piece which has been written and directed by Brea Grant. Here she chats about this superb movie. HC: Did you know from an early age that you wanted to be in show business? G: Not really. I grew up in a small town ...

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Interview with John C. Lyons and Dorota Swies the co-directors of Unearth
Posted on Wednesday 7th October 2020
UNEARTHGrimmfest gets underway today and as usual has a superb collection of genre movies for all to enjoy and this time, due to global circumstances is online. One movie that stands out is the very original, Unearth which is a deep and effective movie with a message for us all. Here it's directors John C. Lyons and Dorota Swies talk about this powerful piece. HC: Did you know from a young age that you wanted to work i...

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Interview with Toby Poser, co-director, co-writer and co-star of The Deeper You Dig
Posted on Friday 2nd October 2020
TheDeeperYouDig-Ivy_and_candleThemes of family, loss and survival intersect on the thin line that separates the living from the dead in The Deeper You Dig, the latest feature written, directed by and starring filmmaking family the Adams Family. Here, co-director, co-writer and co-star Toby Poser tells all about this superior chiller. HC: Where did the idea for The Deeper You Dig come from? TP: Horror...

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Interview with the legendary actress Lin Shaye about being part of The Horror Crowd
Posted on Wednesday 9th September 2020
Lin Shaye and Ruben PlaLin Shaye is an actress that need no introduction. Her screen work over the last few decades has seen her appear in countless movies such as Nightmare on Elm Street, Critters or more recently the Insidious series of movies. Here she chats about her career and her why she appeared in Ruben Pla's superb doc, The Horror Crowd. HC: Did you know from a young age that you wanted to be an actress? LS: No, ...

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Interview with Steve Villeneuve, director of Hail to the Deadites
Posted on Thursday 3rd September 2020
HailToTheDeadites-1FrightFest 2020 delivered some incredibly entertaining and informative documentaries. Hail to the Deadites from Steve Villeneuve is a celebration of the the Evil Dead series of movies and truly gets under the skin of what the franchise means to those who created it and those who are mega fans! Here Steve talks about this amazing doc. HC: Can you recall the first time you saw an Evil Dead movie a...

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Interview with our very own Emily Booth who stars in UK TV premiere of Shed of the Dead this Friday on Horror
Posted on Wednesday 2nd September 2020
Emily_June2018_0361_retouch-7The UK TV premiere of outlandish Brit Zom Com Shed of the Dead takes place Friday 4th September at 9pm. The movie stars Ewen MacIntosh, Lauren Socha, Kane Hodder, Bill Moseley, Michael Berryman, Brian Blessed and our very own Emily Booth. Here, Emily chats about this movie and what it was like to work with the legendary Michael Berryman. HC: Are you a big zombie movie fan? ...

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Interview with Guillaume Lubrano, director of Dark Stories
Posted on Monday 31st August 2020
Guillaume Lubrano image 1There's been a number of anthology movies at FrightFest 2020 but one of the strongest is Dark Stories from director Guillaume Lubrano. Here he chats about this fun piece. HC: Have you always been a fan of horror movies? GL: I'd say I've always been a fan of genre titles, being it horror, science fiction, fantasy, every subgenre that plays with the ability to push our imagination ...

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Interview with Michael Lee Joplin, star of Blinders
Posted on Monday 31st August 2020
Blinders3We've already heard from the director of Blinders, Tyler Savage and one of its stars, Vincent Van Horn so we thought it would be cool to chat with its other star, Michael Lee Joplin. HC: Was there one person who inspired you to become an actor? MJ: I started acting in middle school really, but I had a wonderful theatre teacher in high school in Austin Texas, a Brit from Manchester, named Beryl Knifton. She insti...

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Interview with Vincent Van Horn, star of Blinders
Posted on Monday 31st August 2020
Blinders4The tense psychological movie Blinders is showing on the Horror Channel Screen at FrightFest today so we chatted to one of its stars, Vincent Van Horn about the movie and his character, Andy. HC: Was there one person who inspired you to become an actor? VH: I can't say there was one person in particular but more of a love for movies in general as a kid. Charlie Chaplin and Peter Sellers were definitely early inf...

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Interview with Tyler Savage, director and co-writer of Blinders
Posted on Monday 31st August 2020
Psychological horror is always well represented at FrightFest and this year is no exception and one of the stand out pieces is Blinders from director Tyler Savage. Here he chats about this emotional and atmospheric movie. HC: Where did the idea for the movie come from? TS: The original idea for the movie came from an unsettling rideshare ride I took. Something about the driver made me uncomfortable, and I hated the ...

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Interview with Adam Stovall, director of A Ghost Waits
Posted on Sunday 30th August 2020
AGhostWaits-posterOne of the big hits of Glasgow FrightFest was Adam Stovall's A Ghost Waits. This acclaimed movie is back and has been through an edit so we chatted to Adam about this paranormal piece of work. HC: Where did the idea for A Ghost Waits come from? AS: The two main inspirations were a video game and a web comic. "P.T." was a first-person haunted house puzzle game designed by Guillermo Del Toro and ...

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Interview with Justin McConnell, director of Clapboard Jungle
Posted on Sunday 30th August 2020
ClapboardJungle-PosterA couple of years back, at FrightFest 2018 a movie named Lifechanger played. This deep, engaging and original movie was a thought provoking and intelligent piece of work. Its director, Justin McConnell is back at FrightFest but this time with a rather different piece of work, looking at how the industry works and showing people just how hard the film making business can be. We chatted to hi...

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Interview with Kapel Furman, co-director and SFX master on Skull: The Mask
Posted on Sunday 30th August 2020
Kapel Furman Image 1FrightFest always tries to show the very best from around the globe and one of the stand out titles for 2020 is Skull: The Mask from directors Armando Fonseca and Kapel Furman. Here, Kapel chats about the movie and his stunning SFX work. HC: Is there a strong horror movie following in Brazil? KF: Brazilian cinema, in general, comes and goes every ten years or so. Because our so called "fil...

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Interview with Majhid Heath, producer of Dark Place
Posted on Saturday 29th August 2020
DarkPlace-poster-thumbHC: Where did the idea for Dark Place come from? MH: Dark Place came from an initiative through Screen Australian and ABC Television to find the next generation of Aboriginal auteurs, asking them to tell their stories in the horror genre. After a number of workshops with Colin and Cameron Cairnes (EPs), Hayley and Majhid jumped on to shape the scripts and draw out themes as diverse as the...

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Interview with Phillip G. Carroll Jr. writer and director of The Honeymoon Phase
Posted on Saturday 29th August 2020
Honeymoon Phase-posterMore new talent comes to FrightFest 2020, this time its a husband and wife team Phillip G. Carroll Jr and Chloe Carroll. Here, Phillip describes how this intense and emotional, psychological movie came about. HC: Where did the idea for The Honeymoon Phase come from? PC: My wife, actress Chloe Carroll (Eve), and I got married in March 2016. We wanted our first feature film to be a marriag...

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Interview with Alastair Orr, director of Triggered
Posted on Friday 28th August 2020
Alastair OrrOne of our favourite movies showing on Horror at the moment is Alastair Orr's superb shocker From a House on Willow Street. For FrightFest 2020 he has a new film for us all to enjoy, Triggered. Here he chats about both movies. HC: Did you know from a young age that you wanted to work in the film industry? AO: I always loved films but it wasn't until my teens when I realised I could actually do it as a jo...

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Interview with Logan Thomas, director and co-writer of There's No Such Thing as Vampires
Posted on Friday 28th August 2020
Director Logan ThomasThere's a number of world premieres to catch at FrightFest 2020 and one of the best is There's No Such Thing as Vampires. We chatted to director and co-writer Logan Thomas about this cracking chiller. HC: Where did the idea for the movie come from? LT: Aric and I had written a number of scripts together and produced and directed the Gothic, slow burn feature film "The Yellow Wallpaper". ...

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Interview with Ruben Pla, director of The Horror Crowd
Posted on Wednesday 26th August 2020
Ruben PlaFrigthFest, whether it be a digital edition or the physical event is all about one thing, sharing the love for the horror genre, sharing stories about the first movie you saw, the worst movie you saw and ideas you have to create your own horror movie. It also gives you the chance to chat to the people behind the movies being shown, how they became horror fans and how their ideas made it to the big screen. So, it se...

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Interview with Jordan Barker, director of Witches In The Woods
Posted on Tuesday 25th August 2020
Jordan BarkerAhead of Horror Channel's UK TV premiere of Witches In The Woods, director Jordan Barker reflects on the challenges of filming in sub-zero temperatures and the time-bending ambitions of his next film... HC: Why did you respond so strongly to Christopher Borell's script (originally titled Stranded) - because it mixed an age-old witch hunt tale with up-to-the-minute contemporary issues of sexual harassment...

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Interview with Julian Richards director of Reborn
Posted on Saturday 22nd August 2020
Julian Richards 1Julian Richards has been in the movie industry for a long time and is a multi-talented and multi-skilled creative. His films are raw, chilling and directed with heart and care. One of his latest movies, Reborn starring Barbara Crampton is having its UK TV premiere on Horror on 22nd August so we chatted to him about this electrifying movie. Be warned, this interview does contain some spoilers. HC: H...

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Interview with acting legend Barbara Crampton about her role in Reborn
Posted on Wednesday 19th August 2020
Barbara Crampton Red DressAhead of Horror Channel's UK TV premiere of Julian Richards' Reborn, on Saturday 22 August, actress, producer and genre icon Barbara Crampton reflects on how You're Next changed the direction of her career, the joy of discovering new talent and the possibility of directing one day... HC: Talk about art imitating real life! Reborn is about a B-Movie actress trying to get back in the game af...

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Interview with Andy Nyman about his role in the classic TV version of The Woman in Black
Posted on Sunday 9th August 2020
The Woman in Black Network packshotAndy Nyman is one of the most popular and hardworking actors working today. From thrillers to chillers, from comedy to drama, Andy can turn his hand to any genre. Thanks to Network Releasing we are able to appreciate his first ever TV appearance as they release a remastered version of the acclaimed television adaptation of The Woman in Black. We chatted to Andy about...

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Interview with Airell Hayles writer and co-director of They're Outside
Posted on Saturday 1st August 2020
Airell HaylesFrightFest is once again on the horizon but this time, due to global events the event has become a virtual experience with all films being accessed online. Horror is once again sponsoring the First Blood strand of the event. Here we chat to Airell Hayles whose movie They're Outside mixes found footage and pagan horror genres to great effect. HC: Where did the idea for They're Outside come from? AH: This ...

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Interview with Fionn and Toby Watts, directors of Playhouse
Posted on Saturday 1st August 2020
Toby and Fionn Clapper 1FrightFest is once again on the horizon but this time, due to global events the event has become a virtual experience with all films being accessed online. Horror is once again sponsoring the First Blood strand of the event. Here we chat to talented brothers Fionn and Toby Watts who have delivered a gothic, creepy piece named Playhouse. HC: Was there one film or person who influenced o...

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Interview with Tony and Ryan Smith co-writers of Volition.
Posted on Tuesday 7th July 2020
VolitionFrightFest 2019 delivered some amazing movies and one of the best was Volition from the talented brothers Tony and Ryan Smith. Now that the movie has been unleashed onto Apple TV, Prime Video and other Digital Platforms we chatted to them about this acclaimed movie and their plans for the future. HC: You both hail from South Africa, what's the movie industry like in that country at the moment? TDS: I bel...

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Interview with Adam Green, director of Victor Crowley
Posted on Wednesday 13th May 2020
Ahead of Horror Channel's UK TV premiere of Adam Green's Victor Crowley, the great director shares his personal tragedies, George Romero's inspirational words, the importance of genre comedy and hints that the Bayou Butcher may rise again... HC: Adam, you're back on Horror Channel with your latest Hatchet instalment, Victor Crowley. Excited? AG: I'm always thrilled to hear that another one of my films will be playing...

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Interview with Lukas Feigelfeld, director of Hagazussa
Posted on Friday 17th April 2020
The themes of witchcraft and the occult are making a bit of a come back at the moment. Movies such as The Witch and Midsommer have brought the genre back into focus and now Hagazussa from writer/director Lukas Feigelfeld takes the genre to another, even darker level. Here he chats about this incredibly atmospheric movie which is being released on May 11th thanks to Arrow Video. HC: Where did the ide...

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Interview with actor Nicholas Vince star of Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II
Posted on Monday 30th March 2020
Fridays in April on Horror will deliver to you three of the most viscous and acclaimed horror movies ever made, Hellraiser, Hellraiser II: Hellbound and Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth. One of the stars of the first two movies was Nicholas Vince who brought so much to the character of "Chatterer". Here he, err, chats to Horror about how he become involved in such memorable movies and his plans for the future. (P...

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Interview with Jen and Sylvia Soska, directors of Vendetta
Posted on Thursday 19th March 2020
Vengeance Season on Horror contains the UK TV premiere of Vendetta, the superb all-male maelstrom of mayhem from Jen and Sylvia Soska. We chatted to these incredible talented creatives about this action-packed thriller and what they have planned for the future. HC: Have you always been wrestling fans and if so, when growing up, who were your faves? Sylvia: We got introduced to wrestling during the epic Kane brother...

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Interview with Julien Seri, director of Anderson Falls
Posted on Tuesday 18th February 2020
Ahead of the UK premiere of serial killer thriller Anderson Falls at Arrow Video FrightFest Glasgow 2020, director Julien Seri reflects on this, his first 'American' experience, challenging fight scenes and the importance of personal vision. It has been five years since we premiered Night Fare at FrightFest London, what have you been up to since then? JS: I worked on two, very singular, projects as a produce...

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Interview with Adam Stovall, director of A Ghost Waits
Posted on Sunday 9th February 2020
Ahead of the World premiere of A Ghost Waits at Arrow Video FrightFest Glasgow 2020, director Adam Stovall reflects on getting through depression, creating paranormal romance and the influence of Tom Waits... You have an interesting CV - from comedy theatre and film journalism to writing for The Hollywood Reporter and second assistant directing. Was all this a game plan to becoming a fully-fl...

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Interview with Simeon Halligan, director of Habit
Posted on Sunday 9th February 2020
Simeon Halligan is one of the busiest people working in the industry today. Writer, director, producer, director of celebrated film festival Grimmfest, in fact the list goes on. His latest film is the neon tinged, blood-splattered masterpiece Habit which is showing on Horror February 14th so we thought we should get the story on how he brought this shocker to the big screen. HC: When did you first become ...

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Interview with Jackson Stewart, director of Beyond The Gates
Posted on Wednesday 22nd January 2020
Jack Stewart's sublime retro horror Beyond the Gates was recently shown on Horror. Jackson is one of the strongest creatives around at the moment but he took time out of his busy schedule to talk to us about this contemporary classic and his future movie plans. HC: Was there one film that you saw growing up which gave you the idea that you wanted to work in the film industry? JS: There were definitely a...

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