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Twins of Evil (1971) - The B Movie Cast

Saturday, August 11th, 2012

Last weekend I made another appearance on the B Movie Cast, discussing the Hammer classic Twins of Evil. Click here or on the picture, or find it on iTunes.

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Hammer Has Risen From the Grave!

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

Last weekend I attended this amazing Hammer films event hosted by the De Montfort University in Leicester. You can read my full report and see a couple of my photos over at Cinema Retro!

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Cinema Retro Issue 17 out now!

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Just a quick plug for the latest edition of Cinema Retro. My interview with Hammer and Carry On star Valerie Leon got on the front page, and takes up about 8 pages inside! It’s her most indepth interview to date and features loads of fabulous pictures. You can order the mag from the Cinema Retro […]

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Beyond the Rave (2008)

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

This review is going to be riddled with SPOILERS. You have been warned.
Late one Saturday night in September 2007 I found myself dancing in silence next to a fire-breather in an abandoned warehouse somewhere in London. I was surrounded by dozens of other people similarly dancing in silence. This wasn’t some sort of slightly pointless […]

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Long lost Hammer Films on DVD!

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

Six Hammers films are being put out on DVD in April by Sony in a very exciting (and hopefully reasonably priced) boxset. None of these films have been on available on R1 DVD before, and most aren’t available at all. They include Never Take Candy from a Stranger (the UK release title was Never Take […]

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Dracula 1972 A.D. (1972)

Saturday, November 14th, 2009

I can scarcely believe that it has taken me thirty three years to get around to watching Dracula 1972 A.D. It’s a film which is often referred to and frequently mocked, even within Hammer circles.┬áIt’s taken to be the epitome of how low Hammer stooped, scraping the bottom of the barrel as they attempted to […]

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I was lucky enough to attend the private view of the new Hammer exhibition in Shoreditch. Click on the picture to read my article on the Cinema Retro website!

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Two years ago I danced in a dusty old London warehouse with hundreds of other ravers, before we got murdered by gas mask-wearing vampires. Fortunately it was only for a movie. This one. It was the first production venture of the new Hammer, and was made initially for It’s now available in episodic form […]

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Moon Zero Two (1969)

Friday, May 1st, 2009

I watched a documentary recently on prog rock, and Roger Dean, cover artist for bands like Yes, said how disappointed they would have been back then, if from the sixties they could see what the future (and our present) would really look like. They had great hopes of what the future might hold, and it […]

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The Stranglers of Bombay (1959)

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

I have been a Hammer fan for just about as long as I can remember. I have early memories of watching Dracula - Prince of Darkness, and seeing Chris Lee scrabble about on the broken ice as if his life depended on it (which of course, it did). I don’t know why my Mum so […]

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