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Pat Higgins’ live show from the 2013 Horror-on-Sea festival is still FREE to watch online for a limited time only. This hour long, NSFW special features clips, tricks, advice and guidance for how YOU can make your own micro-budget horror classic. Empire called Pat the ‘Essex Auteur’, Fangoria called him one of the ‘most promising British horror directors’ and Total Film simply called him a ‘funny guy’. The director of four internationally released feature films and the creator of Strippers vs Werewolves, there’s loads of useful stuff here. Just don’t ask about his attic…

Horror-On-Sea Tickets!

Posted: January 6, 2014 in Uncategorized

Horror on Sea Tickets

Horror on Sea Tickets

Attention fans of the macabre and the horrific! Southend’s very own Horror-on-Sea Film Festival returns this year, bringing chaos and disorder to the big screen at the Park Inn Palace Hotel. Whether it’s nerve-shredding blood and gore, monsters on the loose or something eerie and creepy that you crave, Horror-on-Sea is the place to be!
There are 18 films, with supporting shorts, over the three days of mayhem. Excellent value Day Passes will save you money, but the ‘Big News’ is the Weekend Passes, which will save you a massive £40 off the total ticket price. These are on sale now. But hurry: there are only 100 available!
The full programme (including Pat Higgins’ Masterclass) and ticket details can be found at http://www.horror-on-sea.com/
Look if you dare, and we’ll see you in January!

Fake Blood, Real Guts!

Posted: November 6, 2013 in Uncategorized

Hey folks

Sorry for the extended period of radio silence since our movie The Devil’s Music hit VOD (if you haven’t seen it yet, what the hell are you waiting for? Check it out RIGHT HERE). We’ve been plotting and scheming our next wave of cool stuff for you all. Still, if you’re suffering withdrawal from my ramblings about various stuff besides horror, you can check out my articles for Huffington Post.

A couple of announcements, both relating to the Horror-on-Sea festival in my hometown of Southend-on-Sea in January. First of all, this will be the venue for the first performance of my 2014 live show/masterclass/thing where I talk about making horror movies, which is called Fake Blood, Real Guts! It’s at 3pm on Saturday 18th January.

Fake Blood, Real Guts

Elsewhere on the packed festival programme, you can catch the first ever screening of the Special Edition of KillerKiller, our twist on the slasher movie. The movie has been long unavailable in the UK for long and boring reasons, and this will be the first festival screening of the flick since 2007. It’s also the VERY FIRST SCREENING ANYWHERE of the new version, with dozens of little alterations along the way. That’s happening on the Sunday.

KillerKiller Special Edition

It’s going to be a brilliant festival, and I really hope to meet you there.

Incidentally, if you didn’t see LAST year’s live show, you can still check it out for free (although it probably won’t be free forever) by checking out the player at the foot of this post.

Rock on,

Pat

 

Pat @ Huffington Post

Posted: May 28, 2013 in Uncategorized

I’ve started regularly blogging for Huffington Post.

You can check out my stuff via the profile page and please be sure to Fan/Follow/Like so you’ll get the updates.

New blog entries are likely to hit on Mondays/Tuesdays. I’ll be covering a wider range of topics than I do here, but it’s largely gonna be Entertainment and Media stuff, so you’ll hopefully find something of interest.

Since the Evil Apps campaign closed, we’ve been planning some awesome new Jinx stuff for the rest of 2013.

Stay tuned…

I bloody loved Veronica Mars.

Veronica Mars

A smart, beautifully written show which was fresh and engaging, it was a little bit undermined by a final season which was clearly filmed under the shadow of the ax; it lacked the confidence to play out storylines across the whole series and seemingly went for abbreviated mini-arcs in case it got cancelled mid-season. Unfortunately, when it survived to the end of the season it then threw caution to the wind and turned to finale into a set-up for another season which never came. It became the by-word for a show that lacked closure.

Well, as you might have heard, that’s about to change. as reported over here on The Wrap. A campaign on Kickstarter raised $2 million in under a day, which will pay the production costs for a movie. Warner Bros have apparently given the go-ahead, and the project is very much real.

This is some fairly amazing stuff, and says a huge amount about how the industry is changing. As I mentioned when I wrote about the illegal download thing, everything’s very much in flux in terms of finding production and distribution models that work. We’ve been intending to try the crowd-funding model at some point very soon, allowing us the freedom the make exactly the kind of movies we want to make and our followers want to watch. It’s an exciting new horizon and maybe, just maybe, it might prove a good fit for a certain movie we’ve been drip-feeding information about all year.

On a totally unconnected note, here’s the teaser artwork for Evil Apps, which premiered over on our Facebook page earlier this week.

 

EVIL APPS

 

Totally unconnected to our eventual crowd-sourcing plans, honestly.

(Cough)

Anyway, back to Veronica Mars. I love the idea of a show simply refusing to die because the fan base don’t want it to. When Joss Whedon’s massively enjoyable Firefly was prematurely cancelled, the show was given another roll of the dice in the form of cracking big-screen spin-off Serenity. Unfortunately, the box-office takings of the spin-off made further journeys unlikely, regardless of the fact that Serenity is a critically well-regarded flick that is widely loved by the target audience.

But that was then. That was 2005. That was a different business model.

The box-office (or video-on-demand, or DVD sales) of the Veronica Mars spin-off aren’t the be-all and end-all of the show’s fortunes in the way that Serenity’s were, because the new business model means that the movie can be more or less in the black the the first point someone buys a copy (unless there’s a huge marketing spend outside of the Kickstarter budget, which is doubtful). It’s sure to prove a fantastically liberating way of making stuff, and it potentially means that shows can continue as long as people want to see them, rather than being dependent on the whims of the networks.

Given that this week Vimeo have also launched Vimeo on Demand, the future is looking very interesting as far as both funding models and distribution platforms go.

For the companies that can whether the storm, I think there’s some potentially wonderful opportunities just around the corner.

PS. Incidentally, I talk about distribution deals in my hour-long live show about zero-budget horror filmmaking “Werewolves, Cheerleaders & Chainsaws” which we’re distributing absolutely free. You can watch the sucker on the link below. It’s NSFW with some gore, swearing and nudity. Hope you enjoy it.

One Day to Go..

Posted: February 21, 2013 in Uncategorized

We promised you cool stuff for our tenth anniversary, and tomorrow is when we start making good on that promise.

The full-length video of our latest live show, Werewolves, Cheerleaders and Chainsaws, will be hitting this site as a freebie tomorrow.

Yup, the whole show will be here for your viewing pleasure. An hour of anecdotes and advice from the trenches of low-budget filmmaking.

Just one day to go.

See you tomorrow.

 

The Lost Tales of Erika Spawn

Posted: January 9, 2013 in Uncategorized

The long-awaited release of the Director’s Cut of The Devil’s Music via the folks at Cine Du Monde is almost upon us. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be giving you some glimpses of exciting new stuff. New artwork. New material.

So what better time than to take a look back at some of the background of the story? The tale of Erika Spawn is a dark and complicated one that still arouses strong feelings all these years later. Regardless of how you feel about the woman herself and her legacy, this tale of music, madness and mass murder is hard to ignore. Although the story may have faded from the headlines, it still burns brightly in the memories of those who were involved in some way.

Including, inevitably, those of us at Jinx Media.


The Horror-on-Sea festival is shaping up to be a really terrific event for lovers of the genre. Alongside my live show/talk/thing there are screenings of fantastic, brand-new horror flicks from all over the world (including our own Nazi Zombie Death Tales) and other special events.

I’ll be chatting about what people might expect on Southend Radio tomorrow morning on Sunday Live (around 11-ish). We’re going to be making an announcement about our big 2013 project at the festival, so I’ll probably be dropping a few details on the radio show tomorrow.

Hope you all had a fantastic Christmas, and here’s to an amazing 2013.