The Week with Carl Jones, 13 January 2017

The 13 January edition of Made In Birmingham TV’s business magazine The Week with Carl Jones featured an item on the Birmingham Horror Group’s first movie marathon. After watching film of Steve Green interviewing Birmingham-based director Carl Timms (pictured below) about his zombie comedy Still, Carl and local solicitor Phillip Barnsley discussed the recent growth in film-making in the West Midlands.

BBC Radio WM, 4 February 2019

Birmingham Horror Group organiser Steve Green was interviewed by BBC Radio WM presenter Mollie Green (no relation) about that evening’s guest appearance at the Two Towers Brewery by author Adam Nevill and plans for the first Birmingham FearFest in May.

Many thanks to Chrissie Harper for extracting this audio file.

Best-selling author Adam Nevill put Under a Watchful Eye

The Birmingham Horror Group’s special guest in February was best-selling Birmingham-born author Adam Nevill, who discussed his early influences, writing career, new novel Under a Watchful Eye and – announced just two days earlier – the forthcoming movie adaptation of his earlier work The Ritual.

After the meeting, which was held in the adjoining Two Towers Brewery and filmed for coverage on regional station Made In Birmingham, many of the members moved back into the Gunmakers Arms to continue the conversation with Adam.


Above (from left): Steve Green, Justin Langley, AmyLeanne Langley, Adam Nevill, Chrissie Harper, Ray Holloway.
[Photo by Dave Shakes]

Update 6/2/17:

Birmingham Horror Group hosts first movie marathon


To mark its relocation to the Gunmakers Arms, the Birmingham Horror Group showcased 15 short movies by film-makers based in the UK, USA, Canada and South America. In addition, local director Carl Timms (above, right) was on hand to discuss his comedy Still, shot in the city’s Jewellery Quarter.

Cannibals & Carpet Fitters (dir. James Bushe, UK)
Encosto (dir. Joel Caetano, Brazil)
Bad Acid (dir. David Chaudoir, UK)[1]
Waiting For Gorgo (dir. Benjamin Craig, UK)[2]
Ghostwords TV Special: Grindhouse Planet Film Festival 2016[3]
Night of the Deranged Virgins from Hell (dir. Liam Banks, UK)[4]
Trailers: The Love Witch, House of Screaming Death, Crucible of the Vampire
Latch (dir. Christopher Bright, UK)
Still (dir. Carl Timms, UK)
Seize the Night (dir. Emma Dark, UK)
Homeowner (dir. Ryan Curtis, Canada)[1]
Hyde & Seek (dir. Amy Coop, UK)
Margaret (dir. BJ Colangelo, USA)
Paralysis (dir. R Shanea Williams, USA)
Mr Creak (dir. Liam Banks, UK)
Adonis & Aphrodite (dir. David Chaudoir, UK)*
The Latcher (dir. Christopher Bright & Mark Dutton, UK)

[1] David Chaudoir and Ryan Curtis recorded personal introductions for their films
[2] Shown with the agreement of its screenwriter, MJ Simpson
[3] Includes interviews with UK film-makers Marc Hamill and Liam Banks
[4] This faux trailer won the Grindhouse Planet Film Festival’s 48-Hour Challenge

Birmingham FearFest announces first GoH: horror director Norman J Warren

It is immense pleasure that the Birmingham Horror Group announces the guest of honour at its first Birmingham FearFest will be Norman J Warren, director of such British horror films as Satan’s Slave, Terror, Prey and Inseminoid. Further details about the event, including additional guests, will follow shortly.

Steve Green interviewed Norman in October 2016, at Manchester’s 27th Festival of Fantastic Films. You can see the video here:

Update 19/1: We’re delighted to confirm horror actress/director Eileen Daly, vampire assassin Lilith Silver in Razor Blade Smile, will be attending on the Saturday to introduce one of her films and meet fans.

Birmingham FearFest: launching May 2017

The dates for our first Birmingham FearFest were today confirmed as 27-28 May 2017. The venue will be the Gunmakers Arms, Bath Street, a short walk from the city centre.

With a programme spread over both days and running late into Saturday evening, the convention will include guest appearances by writers, film-makers and artists, reflecting the full spectrum of the horror genre. In addition, there will be screenings, panels, workshops and dealers’ tables. Further details will be announced shortly, as soon as the event’s website is up and running.

Logo designed by Chrissie Harper

Birmingham Mail Online, 6 January 2017

Birmingham Mail feature writer Graham Young pulled out all the stops on Friday to promote the Birmingham Horror Group’s first film event, following up a plug whilst guesting on Paul Franks’ BBC Radio WM show with an extensive article on the newspaper’s website.

He wrote: “Horror fans are invited to enjoy a get together at one of Birmingham’s oldest pubs – where the star attractions will include ‘Cannibals and Carpet Fitters’.

“Meeting kindred spirits at the ‘stake house’ could be the order of the day for genre film fans… as well as drinking real ales brewed on site by new owners Two Towers Brewery.

“Running to five hours, the Mini-Movie Marathon organised by the Birmingham Horror Group will be held at the Grade II listed Gunmakers Arms on Bath Street.

“The near 200-year-old pub was built in 1820, long before the advent of the movies, with or without gunfire sound effects.

“Now a special night of ‘cellarloid’ screenings is promising ‘thrillers and chillers… but no fillers.’

“Organiser Steve Green says: ‘The Birmingham Horror Group offers a relaxed forum for all fans of the genre to meet and discuss their favourite writers, artists and film-makers.

“‘Are you interested in the dark fantasy fiction of such writers as MR James, Shirley Jackson and Stephen King?

“‘Or perhaps the horror films of George Romero, Sam Raimi and Guillermo del Toro? From The Bride of Frankenstein to It Follows, The Haunting of Hill House to The Books of Blood, The Twilight Zone to Ash vs Evil Dead.

“‘The films we’re showing aren’t all gore or splatter. The aim is to reflect the wide spectrum of the whole genre.

“‘And if anyone has a film they’d like us to consider screening at this or a future event, they simply need to get in touch with me on Twitter via @SteveGhostWords.’

“Perhaps fans will ask to see The Snarling featuring a cameo from former Midlands Today newsreader Ashley Blake… as a newsreader.

“The Snarling was filmed by actor-director Pablo Raybould around Alcester and has been appreciated by all who have so far seen it, including audiences at Bromsgrove Artrix and Digbeth’s Mockingbird Cinema.”