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I was invited to be a guest on The B Movie Cast, a popular weekly film podcast hosted from South Carolina by Vince Rotolo. We talked about Norman J. Warren’s first movie, Her Private Hell. I’ve made a couple of appearances on the show in the last twelve months, and it’s always fun. Click on […]

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Her Private Hell available on blu ray!

Monday, February 6th, 2012

Cult horror film director Norman J. Warren’s first feature film Her Private Hell is being released by the BFI as part of their Flipside range and is available to pre-order at Amazon and elsewhere. I wrote some of the booklet notes for this release, so am obviously rather keen to promote it! It’s a great slice […]

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Dinoshark (2010) #FridayHorror

Sunday, July 10th, 2011

I’ve got a bit behind on blogging my #FridayHorror efforts. I’ve watched some great movies along the way. I even managed to persuade my good lady wife to watch a Hammer film, Blood From the Mummy’s Tomb (1971). I’m not going to attempt to try and catch up, so I’ll just dive straight in with […]

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The following is from a paper I presented at Cine Excess V last week. I post it here for your amusement.
In the mid-1960’s the British Board of Film Censors were an independent body, free from Government intervention and funded by the film industry. The BBFC felt their main responsibility was to ensure that filmmakers were […]

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Total Garbage No. 1

Monday, April 4th, 2011

This is a new mini-strand to my blog, where I will share my thoughts on some of the worst films I have ever subjected myself to. I have been inspired to write this by watching the Brazilian Women In Prison film Bare Behind Bars (1980). This is without a doubt one of the worst films […]

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I have totally neglected my blog over the last several months. In an attempt to get it back on track I shall be blogging my new venture, tagged #FridayHorror. You can follow me doing this on twitter as well should you wish @retroramblings. Going back to the good old days of horror films on Friday […]

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Anneke Wills on set 
This interview with Anneke Wills has been printed in Issue #22 of Cinema Retro, dated January 2012. I’ve taken it down from this blog. Please pick up a copy of the magazine if you want to read it!

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The Entity (1981)

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

As a child I used to spend a lot of time in my local video rental store. back in the 1980s they didn’t really care about such things as age ratings, and I would often borrow movies clearly unsuitable for a ten-year old. I mused on this at some length during my Braindead review. One […]

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Freaks (1932)

Friday, January 15th, 2010

We are so fortunate in this modern era that you can see almost any film you want to, whenever you want. You can buy the DVD, Sky + or even download it (legally or otherwise). Up until the late 1970s you could only catch movies either on a theatrical release or re-release, or hope to […]

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Cherry 2000 (1987)

Saturday, December 26th, 2009

Have you ever wished that someone would combine all your favourite 80s movies into one? Well, if you have Mad Max 2, Romancing the Stone and Mannaquin on that list, you’re in luck. 
I don’t know how I’d managed to go through most of my life never having heard of this film. Now I’ve finally caught it I discover […]

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