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Sir Christopher Lee – R.I.P.

Sir-Christopher-LeeSad news just in, one of my all time movie star heroes, for as long as I can remember, Sir Christopher Lee, has died at the age of 93 after being hospitalised for respiratory problems and heart failure.

The veteran actor, best known for a variety of films from Dracula to The Wicker Man through to the Lord of the Rings trilogy, passed away on Sunday morning at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London, according to sources.

The decision to release the news days after was based on his wife’s desire to inform family members first. The couple had been married for over 50 years.

His film career started in 1947 with a role in gothic romance Corridor of Mirrors but it wasn’t until the late 50s, when Lee worked with Hammer, that he started gaining fame. His first role with the studio was The Curse of Frankenstein and it was the first of 20 films that he made with fellow legend, Peter Cushing.

Lee’s most famous role for Hammer was playing Dracula, a role which became one of his most widely recognised although the actor wasn’t pleased with how the character was treated. “They gave me nothing to do!” he told Total Film Magazine in 2005. “I pleaded with Hammer to let me use some of the lines that Bram Stoker had written. Occasionally, I sneaked one in. Eventually I told them that I wasn’t going to play Dracula any more. All hell broke loose.”

In the 70s, Lee continued to gain fame in the horror genre with a role in The Wicker Man, a film which he considered to be his best… he’s right.

He was knighted in 2009 for services to drama and charity and was awarded the Bafta fellowship in 2011. Lee still has one film yet to be released, the fantasy film Angels in Notting Hill.


Legend – UK Trailer

Here’s the UK teaser for Legend, starring Tom Hardy as both of the infamously ruthless Kray twins Ronnie and Reggie who dominated London’s criminal underworld in the 1950s and ’60s. Written and directed by Brian Helgeland, the movie also stars Emily Browning, David Thewlis, Christopher Eccleston, Chazz Palminteri, Tara Fitzgerald and Taron Egerton.


The Birds – By Benedict Woodhead

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The Outer Darkness – Part 1

The Outer Darkness is Part 1 of a terrifying new web series from the creators of popular horror show Bloody Cuts. Check out the official website HERE and the official facebook page HERE

“On Friday evenings in Lynnsmouth Community Centre, meets a group led by Father Jonathan Crowe. Together they share their stories – tales of strange occurrences, horrific events and bizarre encounters that have scarred their lives. Tonight, a young tormented woman called Jenny will share a story of her experience with a game of chance that sealed the fate of her family…”


Redacted – Short Film

Redacted is an exploration of the darker side of human nature when confronted with something strange and otherworldly.

While on an afternoon hike, an unimposing Man stumbles upon a humanoid creature with alluring female qualities. Fearful and in apparent need of assistance, The Creature oozes sexuality and danger but it is unclear where the danger really lies…

Redacted is the final, and most ambitious, short film project from award-winning Glaswegian film-maker Andy Stewart (Dysmorphia, Split, Ink) and Shining Example Films. A brief move away from body horror and into sci-fi horror, Redacted has best been described as “Species meets Nell…with a sprinkle of something else”.

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Billie Whitelaw R.I.P.

The-Omen_Mrs-Baylock_Billie-WhitelawAcclaimed actress Billie Whitelaw, famous for her roles in films including The Omen, has died at the age of 82.

During her career, she won a British Academy Award for best newcomer for her role in Hell is a City. There were also Baftas for her performance opposite Albert Finney in Charlie Bubbles and for her role as the mother of Hayley Mills in the psychological thriller, Twisted Nerve in 1969.

Whitelaw won much acclaim, and an international audience, for her portrayal of Mrs Baylock, the guardian of the demon child Damien in The Omen. Many critics felt she gave the best performance in the film and it won her an Evening Standard Award for Best Actress.

She also won praise for her role as the domineering mother of the Kray twins in the 1990 film, The Krays and more recently appeared in comedy Hot Fuzz.

The Coventry-born star, who was made a CBE in 1991, worked in close collaboration with playwright Samuel Beckett, who described her as a perfect actress. But in her autobiography, Billie Whitelaw . . . Who He? she said it was her work with Beckett that generated most interest. Without their association, she wrote, “nobody would have been remotely interested in my autobiography.”

Omen-Bille-Whitelaw-Gregory-Peck-1976By this time she had given up theatre performances, partly because of Beckett’s death and also because of her failure to conquer her stage fright. “Death’s not one of those things that frighten the life out of me,” she once said. “Getting up on stage with the curtain going up frightens me more.”

She did continue to act in films, she appeared in more than 50 during her career, and on television. Billie Whitelaw was the most natural of performers, who made a speciality of playing independent, and sometimes dominant women.

But she didn’t take her profession that seriously seeing it, as she put it, something which paid the parking tickets, which she habitually collected. “I’m not really interested in acting anymore,” she said in a 1996 interview. “It’s not the centre of my life. I always thought it was a bit of a flibbertigibbety occupation.”


2 Short Films… In A Zombie Apocalypse

First 2 in a series of short Zombie films directed by Matt Devine for Boost Mobile and The Monkeys agency…

Shopping in a Zombie Apocalypse. from Mattdevine on Vimeo.

Getting gas in Zombie apocalypse. from Mattdevine on Vimeo.