Ok, so when last we chatted I was floating my idea for Hellbride II.

It’s clearly not the only potential property that we’ve got sitting in the Jinx Media vault, however. We could revisit the KillerKiller universe, for  example. I’ve got a treatment for that knocking around somewhere, too. We could, if the other guys were willing, potentially resurrect the ever-popular Death Tales franchise with a third installment. We could revisit Lucy Sweet for another retro bloodbath.

And I’ve ever toyed with the idea of combining movies.

So, just for fun (but so we’ve got an idea what our small but enthusiastic audience are looking for, too), let’s have a poll.

This poll will be open for two weeks. Just to make it interesting: whichever movie wins, we’ll release something (previously unseen) connected with that flick. Maybe a behind-the-scenes clip, a couple of photos, a deleted scene. Something like that.

So, which sequel should we spend our time on? What does the world want to see?

Click below and let us know!

Our movie Hellbride has been seen by more people than any other Jinx movie, (with the possible exception of TrashHouse, which was torrented insanely upon DVD release in 2006, but figures for that are really hard to accurately find). It was released on DVD on both sides of the Atlantic, with the UK release getting piled high and sold cheap in HMVs across the UK for at least one Halloween special promotion. It was, at one stage, uploaded to YouTube as part of a side deal by a company we’d licenced it to, and racked up in excess of 180,000 views before their licence ran out and we politely asked them to take it down (which they did). On Amazon streaming, it’s been consistently performing ever since it went up last summer. Even the version on Vimeo has outsold our other movies.

Lots and lots of people have seen Hellbride.

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That doesn’t, of course, mean we’ve made money from it. Hellbride is unlikely to ever make it into the black as far as cash goes: as far as budget is concerned, it cost ten times as much as The Devil’s Music did. As far as income is concerned, we never saw a single penny of our investment back (for all the usual depressing reasons) right up until the point we got the rights back last summer and stuck it up onto Amazon ourselves. Since then, our decade-old movie has brought in a reliable trickle of cash (but certainly nowhere near the amount we spent making it in the first place)

Regardless, I’m still aware of the fact that a sequel might be a different proposition as far as being a worthwhile investment goes. The way the industry works has moved on a great deal from when we signed Hellbride with a distributor around the beginning of 2008. Indies have got an awful lot more control over their movies and their are an awful lot more revenue streams that are accessible without going through a third party middleman. If, say, half of the people who’ve watched Hellbride in one format or another over the last few years would return to watch a sequel via legitimate channels we could access directly ourselves (Amazon streaming, Vimeo, etc.), then a sequel could make its money back pretty easily without leaving us to remortgage our homes.

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I started pondering options for a sequel back when the film first hit the shelves (and before, of course, we realised that we weren’t actually going to see any revenue whatsoever from it for the best part of a decade). Back then, I scribbled together a treatment for a movie called Hellbride 1985 , which was a retro prequel focusing on the cursed ring’s previous appearance in everyone’s favourite decade. Of course, the 80s are pretty damn hot right now, partly as a result of magnificent shows like Stranger Things. But since the idea resurfaced in my brain last summer, (at the point that Hellbride finally broke the ‘zero’ in the Jinx Media incoming funds column), I started thinking about the sequel rather differently. This was partly due to the one-off audio epilogue called The Ring of Josephine Stewart  that we’d recorded with Cy Henty a couple of years previously. I started thinking about a straight sequel rather than a retro prequel.

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And then I wrote a treatment about two kids called Danny and Bronwyn, who were getting married. Nice kids. You’ll like them.

Well, one of them.

I started thinking about how we could learn from the mistakes we made with Hellbride and make something leaner, bloodier and funnier. I started to warm to the idea quite a lot. I pondered whether it might be feasible to run a Kickstarter for the eventual (inevitable) wedding massacre where, as a perk, people could turn up as a guest on the final day of filming. Get killed onscreen and stick around for a wrap party that evening with all the cast and crew. Run that final day almost like an actual wedding, with guest footage from cameraphones and whatnot getting edited into the final movie.

And I came up with a killer of a final scene, which I ended up writing out in full before I’d written another word of the script.

Thing is, we’re at a point where we have a lot of projects floating around right now. We’ve got bigger budget scripts that I work on for third parties, and a couple of smaller scale ones that we’re perilously close to getting decent funding for. I’ve no idea whether Hellbride II (or Curse of the Hellbride as I sometimes cheerfully call it) will make it in front of the cameras.

But I can’t quite stop thinking about it.

Go and watch Hellbride a few more times, and maybe that’ll twist my arm.

 

Today, March 9th 2017, we’re having a 24 hour FLASH SALE on our amazing horror documentary The Devil’s Music!

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For those who need no further persuading, head straight over to the VOD page and use the code devilsmarch to get 50% off your rental or purchase. You’ll be happy, I’m sure.

For those who need any more persuading, here are some reasons why you should grab the flash deal. And why you should tell everyone else about it. AND why you should go and phone someone you love who you haven’t spoken to in a while. But we’ll get to that later.

The Devil’s Music is a (whisper it) fake horror documentary about an extreme rock and roll singer called Erika Spawn. She horrifies the tabloids with her blood-drenched stage shows and lyrics, getting loads of tabloid coverage and shifting loads of CDs. Her touring band include awesomely sarcastic bassist Adele, stoned drummer ZC and a mysterious extra guitarist in a gas mask. All goes well, until Erika’s music starts getting blamed for real-life atrocities, and then her world and mental state both start to collapse. She becomes obsessed with a squeaky-clean boy band singer called Robin Harris, believing that he’s got a darker secret than anything in Erika’s gory stage shows. And she might just be right.

When we shot The Devil’s Music back in 2007, we were trying to do some fairly big things on almost no money. We relied on the efforts of our wonderful cast and crew to pull off something cool, and I’m incredibly grateful to all of them and always will be. The movie got the best reviews we’ve ever gotten.

The mighty AintItCoolNews saying “The buildup of tension and horror that takes place in here is outstanding and Higgins makes the entire thing feel like the real thing. Highly recommended”

In his fantastic book Urban Terrors: New British Horror Cinema 1997-2008, MJ Simpson called the film “Magnificent”

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Want more? OK, then.

Horror Cult Films called the movie “One of the best indie pictures I’ve seen in ages, The Devil’s Music is a unique and disturbing experience that will haunt you for weeks.”

HorrorTalk  (which, for my money, is still one of the best horror destinations on the whole damn internet) described The Devil’s Music as “A master class in engrossing story telling.. keeps the viewer not just engaged, but completely riveted”

And we won the Best Independent Feature award at the Festival of Fantastic Films, going up against movies with many, many times our budget.

I should probably mention the flash sale again at this point, shouldn’t I? 50% off! With the code devilsmarch but ONLY TODAY!!!!

But here’s the real reason that I recommend you go and buy the movie today. We worked our asses off on a bunch of incredibly cool special features for the movie, including the most bizarre director’s commentary I’ve ever been involved with. We put all this stuff together for a DVD release on the movie that we built up for (in fact, it’s STILL listed on Amazon as a pre-order) but never happened due to circumstances beyond our control.

All of these special features (including the commentary, deleted scenes, astonishingly embarrassing easter egg and more) can ONLY be obtained with the version of the movie that I keep linking to. So if you’re interested AT ALL in our odd little slice of cult horror history, this is the only place you’ll get to see the complete story.

Better do the damn link again, hadn’t I? Flash Sale Today Only!! Use the code devilsmarch

So. That’s our movie. It’s dark and smart and odd. A little rough around the ages, but I’m still fiercely proud of it a decade later. It is NOT your run-of-the-mill horror movie. It’s something different. If you don’t like different, stay away.

If you liked the movie, or if you support indie horror in general, please forward this page to everyone you can. We’d love to keep making movies like The Devil’s Music. Movies that are weird and quirky and take risks. Because they’re the kinds of movies we enjoy watching, and we hope you do to.

Oh, and what was that bit at the beginning about phoning someone you love but haven’t spoken to in a while? Well, that’s a great idea too. Sometimes it takes a stranger to tell you to do it. Let us be that stranger. Go phone someone. Restore connection. Rekindle friendships.

And you don’t even have to plug The Devil’s Music while you do it.

 

 

 

Horror-on-Sea – Awesome as Usual

Posted: January 24, 2017 in Festivals

We love Horror on Sea around these parts.

It’s a genuinely independent film festival, showcasing some really unusual movies that other fests might overlook. Of course, I’m slightly biased, seeing as H-o-S has been kind enough to host my talks on various aspects of filmmaking since the first festival five years ago.

This year’s big festival weekend was no different. We got to hang out with terrific independent filmmakers and catch awesome movies like the world premiere of MJ Dixon’s Slasher House II – a movie which represents a jaw-dropping achievement on a very, very small budget.

My talk this year was called ‘Horror Stories’ and was rather more focused on the screenwriting side of things than the talks I’ve done before. It was great fun, and I extend my heartfelt thanks to all those who came along (and especially those who contributed their own ideas to the mix!)

Next week, the festival continues with a second (slightly smaller, but no less excellent) weekend of unusual features and fascinating shorts. You can still grab tickets and we wholeheartedly recommend that you do.

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Pat’s first live show of 2017 takes place this Saturday at the amazing and brilliant Horror-on-Sea festival in Southend. This annual festival is a huge highlight of the year (every year!) for the crew at Jinx Media. There are countless premieres and special events, including the World Premiere of Slasher House II from our wonderful friends at Mycho Entertainment.

Pat’s show will feature a whole load of stuff about structuring horror movies, together with uncensored anecdotes and clips from his journey through horror cinema. Don’t miss it! Tickets are only a fiver and can be bought by clicking the logo below…

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Well, the year’s nearly done.

It’s been stupidly eventful, stupidly exciting and, at some points, just flat out stupid.

I started the year by hosting a new live show before premiering my new movie (Jinx Media’s first full feature since 2007) and then destroying the master copy (and back-up) live on stage. Which was a busy way to kick things off.

Ever since that eventful January, people have been asking about House on the Witchpit and where it’s going from here. People have also asked over and over again whether I really destroyed the master copy, to which the answer is yes. The film that screened at Horror on Sea no longer exists in that form. The footage still exists, of course, and will resurface in a radically different format in 2017. Tickets will be going onsale soon.

Witchpit hasn’t been the only major development at Jinx in 2016, of course. We launched our new VOD site and managed to get our whole back catalogue of features up on VOD. The death of physical media as a viable means of distribution has continued at terrifying speed, but happily coincided with us getting the rights back to a lot of our older movies (for which we’d signed 10 or 7 year distribution contracts).

Some of these were straightforward, some of them were (cough) a little bit less so. Either way, all four of our original features are now available online in one form or another. Here’s the way it breaks down:

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TRASHHOUSE is now available via Amazon Prime in the original cut. This was our first movie, and it’s nice to get it back out into the world. It’s possibly fair to say that time hasn’t been kind to the visuals, but in terms of delivering a slightly mad midnight movie on a tiny budget, I reckon it holds up pretty well. TrashHouse was originally released on DVD in the UK (once in 2006 and once in 2007), but the US release was somewhat torpedoed after the movie got pirated on a scale that was somewhat ridiculous for such a modest flick. I always thought that TrashHouse might end up being the only film I’d ever get to direct, so I crammed an awful lot of things that I thought were cool into it. Except mole people. I’ve never found a way to fit them in. But they’re cool, aren’t they?

HELLBRIDE is also available on Amazon Prime. At least, it usually is. Amazon pulled it last weekend (along with THE DEVIL’S MUSIC) because of HELLBRIDE POSTER FINAL ssome undefined issue with the artwork. It’ll hopefully be back up by now, but it can also be purchased via Vimeo if you’d prefer (or if the Amazon listing disappears again). Hellbride remains a romantic comedy at heart, but one that just happens to have a fair amount of splatter and supernatural mayhem along the way. It was originally released on DVD in the UK and the US, and we were pleased to have the rights revert to us. Hellbride was actually the second movie that we shot, although it was the third to be released (KillerKiller beat it to release by the best part of a year). It was also the most fun I’ve ever had on a movie set. Still.

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KILLERKILLER is NOT yet available on Amazon Prime, due a pesky certification issue which we hope we’ll be able to sort out before too long. Nonetheless, it’s available in the lovely, shiny 2014 Director’s Cut via our lovely friends at Vimeo, together with a bonus ‘look back’ video. This movie was our third to go in front of the camera, back during the long crazy summer of 2006. We shot chunks of it in a haunted asylum , which was fun, and it got released all over the world on DVD (EXCEPT in the UK) before coming back home to us. I’ve got a whole shelf full of DVD releases of KillerKiller. My favourite is the Russian dub, where the same dude does all the voices (including the women).

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Like Hellbride, THE DEVIL’S MUSIC should be available from Amazon Prime (free to subscribers) but has experienced the same issues as Hellbride regarding the listing disappearing due to unknown issues with the artwork. Fingers crossed, you should be able to watch it right here, but if not then boogie on over to the Vimeo version  which includes hours of bonus features, including the somewhat notorious ‘Director’s Breakdown’ commentary. Nine years on from filming it, I’m still pretty damn proud of The Devil’s Music. It’s a horror rock documentary, and there aren’t many of them around. This version, like KillerKiller, is a 2014 Director’s Cut. It’s been tightened up a little and has a few never-before-seen moments when compared to the original release. God, we had a nightmare getting TDM out to the public after the rights returned to us from the initial US DVD release. Everything from VATmoss to BBFC certification initially seemed to stand in our way, and various costs torpedoed the planned DVD release by the wonderful Cine du Monde (who are currently dark, but will hopefully return stronger than ever!)

So, that’s the back catalogue. Saved from the confines of shiny disks, and ready to watch whenever you choose. Why not go check one of them out? We worked hard on them.

In terms of live projects, the year has had its share of frustrations. Killer Apps (aka Evil Apps) ping-ponged between on again and off again, but remains very much a possibility for next year. A third Death Tales got a little bit closer to being a thing. Two things happened that were stupidly exciting but I can’t talk about yet. It was all enough to keep us very busy indeed.

In the bigger world, outside of the confines of independent horror, a lot of things happened this year that absolutely sucked. Even before we lost Leonard Cohen, 2016 had more than its fair share of awful stuff. Looking for diamonds in amongst the crap hasn’t always been easy.

We need to keep looking, though.

I hope 2017 has an enormous amount of wonderful surprises for all of us.

My name is Pat Higgins, and my conscience is clear.

 

 

The Devil’s Music hits VOD

Posted: October 29, 2016 in Uncategorized

Our award-winning horror mockumentary THE DEVIL’S MUSIC has arrived on VOD and Amazon Prime just in time for Halloween! The Amazon version is free to subscribers, whereas the version on Vimeo is packed with extras, including the notorious ‘director’s breakdown’s commentary. 

At last, the tale of Erika Spawn can be told.