Many thanks to Grapevine Birmingham for its promotion of our forthcoming film event: “A macabre menu of dark delights from around the world will be served up on 25 March, when the Birmingham Horror Group hosts its second annual ‘Mini-Movie Marathon’.
“The event, in aid of the charity Diabetes UK, is being held at the Victoria pub on John Bright Street and has already attracted spinechilling submissions from film-makers as far afield as India, Brazil, Australia and the Russian Federation — plus a “fear few” from the West Midlands.
“‘The horror genre embraces everything from psychological thrillers and bizarre monsters to supernatural terror and twisted comedy,’ said festival organiser Steve Green, ‘and we plan to reflect that full range in those films we’ll be screening.’
“The event launches at 6pm and tickets are £3.00, bookable online via Eventbrite (https://tinyurl.com/ycqzhuxx). Further details of the event are available via the group’s website (http://www.birmingham-horror.co.uk/).”
Many thanks to Mike Sales at Midlands Movies for his coverage of this month’s Mini-Movie Marathon.
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.
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]
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)
Waiting For Gorgo (dir. Benjamin Craig, UK)
Ghostwords TV Special: Grindhouse Planet Film Festival 2016
Night of the Deranged Virgins from Hell (dir. Liam Banks, UK)
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)
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)
 David Chaudoir and Ryan Curtis recorded personal introductions for their films
 Shown with the agreement of its screenwriter, MJ Simpson
 Includes interviews with UK film-makers Marc Hamill and Liam Banks
 This faux trailer won the Grindhouse Planet Film Festival’s 48-Hour Challenge
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 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.”
Note: Unfortunately, the change of regular venue was confirmed too late to make this publication’s Xmas printing deadline. See the front page of this website for the correct details.