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 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.”