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.

Since the new live show debuted at the weekend, we thought we’d share a clip from last year’s (now retired) show with you.

This clip is from ‘Fake Blood, Real Guts’ and talks a bit about selective perception and positive thinking. It also has me owning up to the fact that TrashHouse wasn’t 100% my first film…

Had a great weekend at Horror-on-Sea, a festival that we’ve supported since day one. It’s fantastic to see it going from strength to strength. Every year, there are fewer and fewer empty chairs (both in the large room where we tend to do the live shows and in the main auditorium), and the atmosphere is upbeat, buzzy and engaged.

Didn’t catch as many of the films as I’d intended to (partly due to an outbreak of chicken pox in the family suddenly throwing childcare plans into disarray), but at least this year I managed to get to my own show on time…

I really love doing shows like this. We’ve filmed this one, and hope to get it online before too long. This one features pre-recorded video contributions from an assortment of other independent horror filmmakers (and we were lucky enough to have at least couple in the audience, too, in the form of MJ Dixon and Dani Thompson)

The new show goes through an A to Z of different nightmares that might be faced by indie horror filmmakers, covering everything from dodgy small print in contracts through to appalling weather. It lasts about an hour and a half, and if you’re interested in booking the talk for a film festival, university event or children’s party (ok, probably not the children’s party) then feel free to get in touch via Jinx Media’s Facebook or my own Twitter account.

Some photos of myself and Paul Cousins in action below (courtesy of the awesome deVere Photography – check out their site and be sure to look through the portfolio for more Horror-on-Sea goodness.

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Getting all set for the first live date of 2015; my new show ‘How Not To Make a Horror Movie’.

This takes place on Saturday 24th February at the Horror-on-Sea festival in Southend – my favourite film festival of the year. This year’s line-up has got some amazing movies, including the latest from my old mate MJ Dixon “The Legacy of Thorn”, which is playing on Sunday 25th at 8pm. Click through below to check out the Mycho site.

Legacy of Thorn

The online ticket sales for Horror-on-Sea have now closed, but all remaining tickets and Festival passes will now be on sale from the Festival desk at the Horror-on-Sea Film Festival from 10am on Friday Morning and throughout the Festival. Please call this number if you require any further information – 07981 824283.

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‘How Not To Make as Horror Movie’ contains video contributions from several UK filmmakers, along with the usual hour or so of me rambling on about everything from cables getting broken through to using sausages and offal instead of plastic guts (tip: it’s not a good idea). I’m really looking forward to it.

My Horror-on-Sea show from a couple of years ago, “Werewolves, Cheerleaders & Chainsaws” is still available in full below, which probably means I should find some new anecdotes. Look forward to seeing a bunch of you there.

Retro Novelisation Covers!

Posted: January 21, 2015 in artwork, Memories
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Here at Jinx, we deeply love imagery that harks back to the horror that influenced us growing up. The final chapter of Nazi Zombie Death Tales is pretty much my love letter to rubber puppet horror movies like Ghoulies and Gremlins, and the office is covered in framed uk quad posters of genre movies of decades past.

The pulp horror novels and anthologies of the 70s and 80s hold a special place in my heart. They represent not only my own awakening to the genre, in many ways, (as an adolescent, I was permitted to read Herbert and King long before I was aloud to watch films with forbidden ratings) but also a family connection. My late uncle Tim Stout was a contributor to the Pan Book of Horror and author of a novel called The Raging; although he didn’t care for the pulpy cover the novel was given, I flat-out loved it as a kid.

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With these influences in mind, I am absolutely delighted to present a series of novelisation covers for three of our movies, designed by the brilliant Random Elements. Please go and visit their Facebook page for even more brilliant artwork. Without further ado, here they are.

Oh, who am I kidding? You already scrolled down and peeked, didn’t you?

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I’m aware that many of you guys have been waiting patiently for the Director’s Cut DVD of The Devil’s Music, which has been listed on Amazon for several months but seems to have been subject to a bit of a floating release date.

All I can do is apologise for this one. There have been some issues outside of our control which have resulted in the release date getting bumped a couple of times. This isn’t our fault, or that of our brilliant distributors Cine du Monde, it’s an outside issue which has knocked the schedule over a bit.

I keep waiting for confirmation of a new date, which I very much hope will be sooner rather than later. As you’re hopefully aware, the flick enjoyed a real resurgence of interest last year when the Director’s Cut was reviewed extremely favourably on AintItCool News and was later listed as ‘Worth Noting’ in their countdown of the best horror movies of 2014. Alongside new interviews with Pat about the movie and some other great reviews, it was a good year for the movie.

As soon as we have a concrete new release date, we’ll let you know. Once again, sorry.

In the meantime, here’s the new introduction to the film from the DVD, just to whet your appetite.