Last week, we wrapped principal photography on our new movie, The House on The Witchpit. I’d love to show you images or a trailer. I’d love to talk about the plot. I’m not going to, however. We won’t be releasing a synopsis, images, cast list or clips. We have no plans to list details on the IMDB. The only visual that we plan to release at this point is the teaser poster that you’ve already seen.

Our current plan is to show the completed movie to 36 people this year, and then never screen that version to anyone ever again.

We’ll then screen a different version at the 2016 Horror-on-Sea festival. Once the film has screened at the festival, that version will also be scrapped and not screened again.

We’re not planning to release any version on DVD, Blu-ray or VOD. No DVD copies will be sent to critics, no password-protected Vimeo links sent out. Any festival wishing to programme the movie will have to take a leap of faith. The only people to watch any version of this movie for the foreseeable future will do so in a room with me in it.

The cast and crew who worked throughout the main shoot have not been provided with the entirety of the script or story, although when watching a test grading of one day’s rushes our lead actress commented “I’m not sure I’m going to be able to watch this movie”.

We made this film to tell a great story and to scare the living shit out of those few who watch it.

My name is Pat Higgins and my conscience is clear.

We’re delighted to confirm that Jinx Media’s fifth feature film, The House on the Witchpit, is currently filming.

We aren’t going to be releasing a cast list, plot synopsis, trailer or any stills. The poster below will be the only official imagery connected to the film.

No release is planned for any home media formats.

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We can’t tell you what’s happening. But something’s happening.

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It’s here! The full-length video of this year’s appearance at Horror-on-Sea!

Join Pat Higgins (described by SFX magazine as ‘The Tarantino of budget gore flicks for style and dialogue’ and by Empire magazine as the ‘Essex Auteur’) on another romp through the highs and lows of low-budget horror filmmaking. Assisted by the awesome Paul Cousins, he lifts the lid on the horror industry.

Pat has built a career on making zero-budget but fiercely original horror movies such as ‘The Devil’s Music’ and ‘KillerKiller’. He’s also the original writer/creator of ‘Strippers vs Werewolves’ (although he takes no responsibility for the resulting film) and co-creator of the successful ‘Death Tales’ series of films (the latest of which, ‘Nazi Zombie Death Tales’, was released in the States as ‘Angry Nazi Zombies’). His career has taken him and his movies all over the world, from his home town of Southend in the UK all the way to Hollywood and the Cannes Film Festival.

In this feature-length live show, Pat discusses everything that can go wrong an a low-budget horror shoot. Complete with video contributions from cult horror filmmakers like Keith Wright (‘Harold’s Going Stiff’), Dani Thompson (‘Serial Kaller’, ‘Axe to Grind’), MJ Dixon (‘Slasher House’, ‘Legacy of Thorn’), James Eaves (‘Bane’, ‘The Witches Hammer’), Al Ronald (‘Jesus vs the Messiah’), Jonathan Glendening (’13 Hrs’) and Jason Impey (‘Home Made’, ‘Snuff Film’), who all share their worst experiences from the trenches of horror filmmaking.

Packed with with never-before-seen behind the scenes clips and a healthy sense of humour, the show is a must-see for horror fans, aspiring filmmakers and anyone who has ever just grabbed a camera and tried it for themselves.

NOTE: The show contains strong language, and clips featuring bloody violence

Another chunk from the 2014 live show “Fake Blood, Real Guts” from Horror-on-Sea. This is a four minute breakdown of how and why I made the choices that I did, starting with our low-fi cult flick TrashHouse and ending up fading out discreetly at around the point I wrote Strippers vs Werewolves. I’m speaking on behalf of nobody but myself, I’m not representing the views of Jinx Media, etc. etc.

I got thinking about horror aimed at kids over the last week or so, partly due to a discussion I was having of Facebook regarding the original rating of Poltergeist. It prompted me to write this article for Huffington Post, which recycles a paragraph from a blog post I wrote for this site a couple of years back but is otherwise new stuff.

The first draft of the blog post also had a bit about Joe Dante’s The Hole, which is another fascinating kid-orientated horror; very much a descendent of The Gate which, shit, I really would have written about too if I’d thought of it.

Basically, the piece would have ended up book length given half a chance. Go check it out.

Our awesome short from last year never had a trailer.

Until now.