Booth's Blog: Heroes
By Emily Booth, Sunday 17th January 2016
Emily with chopperMy last blog entry honoured the late great (I’m still so sad about this) David Bowie, and only 4 days after the news of his death was announced (Monday 10th January) we all woke up to discover Alan Rickman had also passed away, the same age from the same disease. Add to that the very recent losses of Motörhead front man Lemmy (December 28th) and Phantasm actor Angus Scrimm (January 9th) and it really has felt that only two weeks into 2016 and it’s been an onslaught of sad news on the loss of our few remaining legends.

This got me thinking, are true legends of film and music even made anymore? Are people who are truly avant garde, zeitgeist and underground given the same opportunities and warm welcome in the mainstream? Would Kate Bush for example or indeed David Bowie even become mainstream or popular if they broke out in today’s music industry? Perhaps I’m feeling a little cynical sad and jaded about the state of modern culture – I just don’t really see how, especially in the music industry, total ‘legends’ (and I mean the true meaning of the word legend) are being created now. Who, from today’s crop of ‘talent’ will we be talking about in forty years time? What movies will we be talking about in 40 years time?

I sometimes attend memorabilia, Sci-Fi and Horror conventions as a guest and I find the whole scene fascinating if a little bizarre. In these large halls full of the most random selection of people possible you will discover the intense love that people have for ‘cult’ movies and music. It is I suppose a love of history and times gone by albeit in a cultural context. I guess I am a bit of a luddite sometimes (being brought up by antique dealers probably molded that) and I fear that in a world where popular culture; music, films and books are largely digital, we are losing the very essence of how nostalgia and memories are made! By holding something in your hands, smelling the sleeve, reading the lyrics, opening the case, or in the case of films – holding in your hands some true memorabilia that actually featured in the film – or a genuine still photograph from the film set. Don’t get me wrong – there were many things in the past that were pretty rubbish (VHS was not very good technically speaking – but we got through it and many of us horror fans remember those bootleg days fondly!) And of course I know there’s the ‘green’ issue of less packaging and plastic being used in producing CD’s and DVD’s.

I do digress here, but my train of thought is just making me feel that we are perhaps losing our sense of the past now. In the genuine legends that we are losing to the products of popular culture reduced to a quick online purchase. It feels like everything is just a series of zeros and ones, and while I know technology changes to make life quicker and easier, I wonder if our sense of the past will get smaller and more irrelevant in the fast pace of life and gratification today. Perhaps the impact anything or anyone can have is more diluted now that twitter has daily trends that come and go and YouTube can create endless stars out of pretty much anyone who’s either talented, funny or just down right annoying.
However this is perhaps a fairer and more democratic platform for finding and making todays stars…. But I hardly think it’s going to create legends. And in the case of news and information I do of course believe wholeheartedly in the power and benefits of the internet.

But there is a bit of a backlash occurring, especially in the film world, that recognizes the need for the tangible, the ‘old school.’ The filmmakers behind Star Wars VII (JJ Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy) made a conscious decision to embrace ‘in camera’ techniques, props and sets instead of CGI in the wake of audience’s frustration with the slew of over the top digital wizardry in current action films that deny physics to the extent that the film just does not look real or believable. In the music industry also - musicians now have to do more live performances and tours to make money seeing as everyone downloads music for free these days which is also no bad thing.

But, to our beloved stars of music and movies we have lost so recently, I wonder if they can, in today’s world ever be truly replaced?

With that in mind, Horror Channel is here to honour one of Britain’s most sorely missed creatives, a legend in all manner of the word with a special screening of one of Bowie’s most memorable films, Nicholas Roeg’s The Man Who Fell To Earth, both the film and the star evoking that tragic beauty only Bowie could achieve with style and humility.

The Man Who Fell To Earth with a special introduction from my good self is on tonight at 12.35am. Watch it and weep.

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Brain Dead is coming to Blu-ray
Posted in News, Thursday 13th August 2020

101 Films will release Adam Simon's Brain Dead on 28th September, a mind-bending nightmare based on a story from The Twilight Zone writer Charles Beaumont, released on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK on the 101 Films Black Label. Extras include a new documentary on the film, a new interview with director Adam Simon in which he discusses Brain Dead and working with Roger Corman, and a booklet with new writing on the film. The initial run with booklet and slipcase is limited to 3000 units.

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Poster art revealed for Howard J Ford's latest feature, The Lockdown Hauntings
Posted in News, Thursday 13th August 2020
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Howard J Ford's latest feature film is The Lockdown Hauntings, a supernatural serial killer movie. The award-winning director behind The Dead, The Dead 2: India, and Never Let Go, revealed that plans are underway to release the film, which was shot entirely in lockdown without a crew, exactly one year after the UK lockdown was called (March 16) which is the very same day the film's story starts.

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David Lynch's Eraserhead to get the Criterion treatment
Posted in News, Thursday 13th August 2020
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Sony Pictures are releasing Criterion Collection's Eraserhead on 19th October, in new 4K digital resolution on Blu-ray complete with a host of David Lynch approved features.

David Lynch's 1977 debut feature, Eraserhead, is both a lasting cult sensation and a work of extraordinary craft and beauty. With its mesmerizing black-and-white photography by Frederick Elmes, evocative sound design, and unforgettably enigmatic performance by Jack Nance, this visionary nocturnal odyssey remains one of American cinema's darkest dreams.

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Interview with Andy Nyman about his role in the classic TV version of The Woman in Black
Posted in Interviews, Sunday 9th August 2020
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Andy 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 his role in this legendary piece.

HC: Let's chat about this TV version of The Woman in Black, was it one of your first ever roles very first TV role?

AN: That was my very first TV role, I was 23, the same age my son is now. It is a shock, isn't it? I was like, when I saw it ...

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Posted in News, Saturday 8th August 2020
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I Spit on Your Grave franchise to get box-set treatment
Posted in News, Saturday 8th August 2020
I Spit on Your Grave Box SetKaleidoscope Home Entertainment has announced I Spit on Your Grave: The Complete Collection - the shocking, controversial and ground-breaking film series, presented on Blu-ray and DVD for the very first time, arriving 5th October.

When the original 1978 film was banned in the UK upon release, this notorious revenge movie helped launch the "video nasty" craze of the 1980's and inspired a generation of genre directors through its provocative, no-holds-barred filmmaking. 32 years later, a bold and shocking remake reignited the franchise and spawned a series of sequels which pushed the envelope even further.

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Arrow Video FrightFest announces August 2020 Short Film Programme
Posted in Frightfest, Saturday 8th August 2020
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Interview with Airell Hayles writer and co-director of They're Outside
Posted in Frightfest, Interviews, Saturday 1st August 2020
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FrightFest 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 idea for They're Outside came from a couple of things. I remember as a kid hearing that my uncle suffered mild agoraphobia, and when I learned what it was, I was fascinated by this idea of some people being kind of scared to leave their homes. Of course, the recent Covid-19 events h...

Interview with Fionn and Toby Watts, directors of Playhouse
Posted in Frightfest, Interviews, Saturday 1st August 2020
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HC: Was there one film or person who influenced or inspired you to become film makers?

FW: As a young boy I remember being absolutely blown away by the image of The Terminator's exo-skeleton rising from the flames. Around the same time I saw Candyman at a sleepover (rented by my friend's 'older' brother...) and it was such an i...

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Posted in News, Thursday 30th July 2020

All hell is about to break loose as Shatner takes on Satan, when 4Digital unleashes The Tomb: Devil's Revenge, on digital platforms from 14th September.

The Descent meets The Exorcist, with a dash of Raiders of the Lost Ark thrown in for good measure, in what promises to be a suspenseful thrill-ride starring iconic Star Trek legend William Shatner, Jeri Ryan (Star Trek: Voyager), Jason Brooks (Star Trek, 2009), Jackie Dallas (Stranger Things) and Michael Yahn (Daredevil).

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Arrow Video FrightFest announces August Digital Edition line-up and Horror Channel sponsors talent-seeking First Blood strand
Posted in Features, Frightfest, Tuesday 28th July 2020
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Passes and tickets will go on sale Saturday 1 August and details on how to access the event and choose which films to watch are on the FrightFest website. All film screenings will be geo-locked to UK audiences and only accessible from within the United Kingdom.

The men...

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This exciting sequel to Joe Dante's original Piranha also stars Lance Henriksen and is the...

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