Down the Tube [3]

The extended version of my report from the recent Grindhouse Planet Film Festival in Leicester is now available online via Ghostwords TV’s YouTube channel. Running more than eight minutes, it includes an extended chat with organiser Marc Hamill and an additional interview with Liam Banks, winner of the event’s 48-hour movie challenge.

Strip Teaser

Didn’t pick up the November issue of Britain’s longest-running horror magazine, The Dark Side? In that case, you’ll have missed the first instalment of what could become a regular comic strip if we can just persuade editor Allan Bryce he has room.

The artwork’s by my regular collaborator Chrissie Harper (you can see more recent illustrations at her own website, Chez Chrissie, where you can also support Chrissie’s webcomics via her Patreon page). The idea is to lampoon a different horror or science fiction movie each time, and we’ll be concentrating on older films because too many of the more recent releases are already laughable without any input from us.

Anyway, if you like this debut effort, particularly if you’re a regular Dark Side reader, please let Allan know via

Blu-ray / DVD reviews: Howling II (1985), The Devil’s Woods (2015)

[Published in The Dark Side #180. December 2016.]

Down the Tube [2]

Rose of Eibon’s YouTube channel has been further updated to include my first three appearances on Made In Birmingham TV, successor to Big Centre TV. These comprise interviews with actress Edith Scob (12 November), movie director Norman J Warren (3 December) and film-maker turned festival organiser Marc Hamill (10 December). An extended version of the last of these is currently in the works.

Down the Tube

[On-set photographs courtesy of Chrissie Harper]

Rose of Eibon’s YouTube channel has been extensively updated recently, and now includes all five of my appearances on Big Centre TV’s The Big Picture: my debut on 22 July, in conversation with presenter Carl Jones; my and Chrissie Harper’s reports for the show, filmed at Birmingham’s Mockingbird Theatre (27 September), Blue Orange Theatre (18 October), Flatpack Film Festival (11 October) and, down at London’s Bleeding Heart Tavern, an extract from my lengthy chat with FrightFest organiser Alan Jones (31 October).

Life’s a grind(house) [2]

A couple of images from Sunday’s interviews at Leicester’s Grindhouse Planet Film Festival, featuring organiser Marc Hamill and award-winner Liam Banks. Meanwhile, Marc announced today that he’s already taking submissions for the 2017 event. Great to hear it was such a success.

Update: The interview with Marc aired on 10 December as part of both Birmingham News Weekend Magazine and The Birmingham Lowdown: Best Bits.

Life’s a grind(house)

Just returned from a brief but rewarding 90-mile round-trip to Leicester’s Shed Venue, where I talked to Roasted Films‘ Marc Hamill about organising the first Grindhouse Planet Film Festival, as well as Superfreak Media’s Liam Banks, fresh from winning the event’s 48-Hour Movie Challenge with his faux trailer for Night of the Demented Virgins from Hell.

Centre-stage again… [4]

Further to my attending last month’s Festival of Fantastic Films in Manchester to conduct Dagmar Lassander’s guest interview, I’ve now been approached by Pan Macmillan to interview Adam Nevill at a Waterstones promotion for his forthcoming novel, Under a Watchful Eye. If all goes according to plan, the event will be held in the centre of Birmingham, Adam’s former home city.

Update 21/11: Unfortunately, it appears Adam’s schedule is rather over-loaded, so the event has been cancelled.