Question: what do Steptoe and Son (1962-74), Porridge (1974-77) and The Onedin Line (1971-80) all have in common? If you answered "they all featured work from Production Designer David Chandler" then congratulations on being Andrew Pixley. If however you answered "they all started life as a one-off in an anthology series" then you might have … Continue reading Foreign Countries #10: Drama Playhouse: The Incredible Robert Baldick: Never Come Night (1972)
Another post where I highlight writing I've done for other blogs. Once again it's a piece for Howard Ingham's Room 207 blog. Howard's crowdfunding to get his essays on Folk Horror published. I hope you consider supporting We Don't Go Back: a Watcher's Guide to Folk Horror. Full disclosure: hopefully I'll have a couple of … Continue reading The Man from Another Place #2: Duel (1971)
Another in the series of podcasts where Howard Ingham and I discuss films we'd not previously seen. This time it's Gonzalo López-Gallego's first english language film, Apollo 18 (2011), a found footage account of the doomed, 'final' Apollo mission. There are spoilers both in the podcast and in the intro below. You can stream or … Continue reading M4 Death Trip #2: Apollo 18 (2011)
Howard Ingham and I often discuss films and TV. A couple of months ago I suggested (after a chat with my friend Mark Wickstead) that we start a podcast looking at films neither of had seen with a (in its broadest sense) folk horror feel. Here's out first offering, a look at David Keating's 2009 … Continue reading M4 Death Trip #1: Wake Wood (2009)
Many people with an interest in such matters will have no doubt purchased Stephen Brotherstone and Dave Lawrence's recently published Scarred For Life Volume One, examining just how dark and macabre pop culture could be in the 1970s. And that includes a hell of a lot of kid's stuff. If you ever saw Building Sites … Continue reading Foreign Countries #6: Music Scene: Mr Humphreys and His Inheritance (1976)
An occasional series where I highlight writing I've done for other blogs, starting here, with an contribution to the folk horror strand of writer Howard Ingham's excellent Room 207 Press. My review of Elliot Goldner's 2013 found footage British horror The Borderlands. Click here to read it.
Ghosts don't exist, Brian Cox said so. Well he said the Large Hadron Collider said so anyway. As ghosts aren't made of matter they must be made be made of energy and would therefore dissipate as they succumbed to the second law of thermodynamics. So you don't all stop reading at this point, here's a … Continue reading Foreign Countries #5: Shades of Darkness: Afterward (1983)