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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.

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.

Horror-on-Sea

‘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.

It’s here! It’s free! It’s NSFW (strong language, gore & nudity)! Full-length video about low budget horror filmmaking! Full of useful information for budding filmmakers about every step of the process, plus rare clips from Jinx movies (including behind-the-scenes stuff). Filmed live at Horror-on-Sea in January 2013.

Pat at Werewolves, Cheerleaders & Chainsaws

Well, that was damn cool.

The Horror-on-Sea festival dominated my weekend. As the first year of the only horror festival to run in my home town, I’ve been rooting for this weekend to be a huge success ever since I was told about it around last June. I was delighted that the organisers selected Nazi Zombie Death Tales
 to play in one of the high-profile evening slots and then even happier when we agreed that my new lecture/talk/live show thing Werewolves, Cheerleaders & Chainsaws: Filming Horror for No Bloody Money (as pictured above) would launch at the festival.

The arrival of the long-threatened snow occurred, with depressing inevitability, at exactly the worst time possible as far as the festival was concerned. Adverse travel conditions are always going to put people off venturing outside their front doors, and as I saw the snow start falling and just not stop as the weekend kicked off I began to worry that sub-zero temperatures might cause the fledgling festival some serious problems.

Luckily, I was underestimating the enthusiasm and determination of the wonderful crowd of filmmakers, film fans and cinema enthusiasts that this festival was destined to attract. It may have been bloody freezing outside, but in terms of atmosphere and mood I think this was the warmest festival I’ve ever attended in my life. There were brilliant filmmakers like Alex Chandon and MJ Dixon around for pretty much the whole festival. There were attendees throwing themselves into the spirit dressed as everything from Resident Evil zombies to Juliet from Lollipop Chainsaw

Then, there was the line-up itself. Brilliantly put together by Paul Cotgrove from The White Bus, it featured loads of brand new indie horrors from all over the world and some smart nods to the pioneers (such as Darren Buxton’s excellent event about Michael J Murphy‘s career; don’t let that sparse IMDB resume fool you… The gent has shot countless movies, and this talk featured hard-to-find clips from loads of them).

I had a fantastic time and really hope that the festival returns next year.

As for Werewolves, Chainsaws & Cheerleaders itself, the event was great fun. We filmed it, and it’s currently being edited. Hopefully we’ll have it up online before too long, so those of you who either got foiled by the snow or just weren’t able to make it to Southend this time around will have the chance to check it out.

Here’s to Horror-on-Sea, my new favourite festival.

 

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We’re into the final week before Werewolves Cheerleaders and Chainsaws at the Horror-on-Sea festival. As I write these words there are still a handful of tickets left, which can be snatched up by just clicking the logo above. It’s a 90 min live event about low budget horror filmmaking, including all sorts of clips, anecdotes and advice. Should be a hell of a lot of fun and I’m really looking forward to it; hope to see you there!

Grab ’em at THIS LINK to enjoy the brand new 90 minute show on Saturday January 19th at the Horror on Sea festival!

Small room! Limited tickets!

Battlefield Death Tales has been shooting in a slightly stop-start fashion for the last few weeks, depending on the availability of actors. It’s been a fantastic shoot thus far, and great fun. Rubber monsters, nazis, explosions (yes, proper big-assed explosions! Not CGI ones!) and more. My own chapter, Devils of the Blitz has only got one day’s shooting left, and we’re aiming to make delivery of the completed movie (rather terrifyingly) in about 5 weeks time.

The first photo from my chapter (as seen above, featuring the wonderful Jess-Luisa Flynn) was first seen over at
HorrorTalk. An exclusive image of the Devil Spiders from my chapter (brought to life by the combined genius of Russ Leach and monster-maker Chris Garrard) is featured in this month’s SFX magazine (page 88, issue-skimmers). That issue also refers to me as “The Tarantino of budget gore flicks for style and dialogue”, which is a quote that I imagine will be cropping up on posters and DVDs for my stuff for a while. It’s in the wonderful Penny Dreadful’s column; don’t forget to follow her on Twitter. Oh, and follow me too while you’re at it.

It’s been a busy month. You know that thing about one of our back catalogue I mentioned? The flick in question is KillerKiller, and the good news is that a UK release will finally be happening this year (the flick’s been caught up in red tape for the UK since 2007). We’re putting together new extras and stuff, plus giving the movie a little polish, so it should be a great package. Really looking forward to it.

My Fake Blood on the Lens live show will be back over the summer. We’re planning to get one of them properly filmed, and then we’ll look at getting it digitally distributed somehow. It’s 90 minutes of filmmaking advice, anecdotes, clips and arsing around. Way back in the late ’90s I spent a few years as a stand-up, and I think that’s one of the reasons I love the live shows so much. They give me the buzz of doing a show without the pressure of having to get a laugh every 10 seconds. Anyway, I’ll try and make sure that the one that gets filmed is a good one. There’ll be a whole load of new stuff in it, so even if you’ve seen the show before it’ll hopefully be worth a return ticket. Details to follow as soon as we’ve sorted out the dates.

Oh, and the script for Chainsaw Fairytale is revving towards completion. It’s one of the best things I’ve ever written.

Rock on,
Pat