Category Archives: Ghosts

Banshee on the Loose: Damned by Dawn

Damned By Dawn (Australia-2009; dir. Brett Anstey) Banshees have been seriously underused in ghost cinema, the few that have appeared being only marginally related to the legend — or best forgotten. Banshees have an unique and evocative presence in folklore … Continue reading

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Pretty Normal Activity

With the success of the ultra-low-budget ghost flick, Paranormal Activity (US-2007; dir. Oren Peli), it’s perhaps only to be expected that others would attempt to leap on the bandwagon. Infamous bandwagon leapers, The Asylum — known for producing cheap “spin-offs” … Continue reading

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Yokai Scroll Discovered

eBay is becoming something of an archeological treasure ground for film memorabilia relating to such cultural artefacts as the unmade 1994 US Godzilla film, War Eagles (the lost film of Willis O’Brien) and other giant monster remains. Now Boing Boing … Continue reading

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New: Haunting of Winchester House

The Asylum’s latest film doesn’t so much make exploitative reference to an upcoming blockbuster, but to a “terrifying true story”. It is the story of a mansion in California, once the residence of Sarah Winchester, widow of gun magnate William … Continue reading

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Bollywood’s First “Creature” Film

Bollywood auteur Vikram Bhatt describes the impetus behind his filmmaking: Every filmmaker has a genre he’s comfortable with and every filmmaker is a peddler. Karan Johar peddles emotions. Yashraj peddles romance. Priyadrshan and David Dhawan peddle comedy. I peddle fear! … Continue reading

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The Conquered: Curse of the Shaman

This is how director Benjamin Cooper (The Brink, The Omega Diary) describes his new film The Conquered: Curse of the Shaman: In this horror story, a Shaman’s daughter reanimates the mummified corpse of an ancient Indian brave to punish those … Continue reading

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A History of Monsters

Pete Von Sholly — who is responsible for storyboards and design work on over 100 feature films including Mars Attacks!, James and the Giant Peach, Darkman, The Mask, The Shawshank Redemption, The Blob, Nightmare on Elm Street III and IV, … Continue reading

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Weekend Zombie Flick: Bitten

Bitten (UK-2009; short [15 min.]; dir. Mark Fieldhouse and Andrew Cairns) offers viewers the last moments of a man bitten by a zombie. It’s not action, or even horror as such, and is basically one character in a room — … Continue reading

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Kaaron Warren Has Us In Her Slights

I first stumbled upon Kaaron Warren via her story “Bone Dog”, which she had submitted to my partner Cat Sparks for possible inclusion in the second Agog! anthology, Agog! Terrific Tales (Agog! Press, 2003). It was a perverse, nasty tale … Continue reading

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Heeding the Banshee’s Call

An Interview with Brett Anstey Damned by Dawn (Aust-2009, directed by Brett Anstey) Brett Anstey has worked with film and television editor Dave Redman among others as a longtime collaborator on the production of short films. He is currently completing … Continue reading

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