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The Candy Witch

There’s something about urban legends that tends to resonate with the masses. Whether this be the mystery, intrigue or the peril they usually portray, many of these chilling tales of folklore have been around for generations. Some have regional variations, whilst others are a mosaic of legends; bits and pieces of different stories brought together to show a terrifying new image. The Candy Witch seems to fall into this category.

With a tagline of ‘Sweet dreams… forever!’ The synopsis states;

Two ghost hunters are called upon by a distressed family who claim they are being tormented by an evil spirit known in their local town as The Candy Witch. But as the mystery of her curse is uncovered, surprising and sinister turns are discovered around The Candy Witch’s identity. Their hardest case yet, can they solve this evil curse before more people are killed by the demonic spirit?

The Candy Witch

Now before we go into the review let’s address the elephant in the room. Yes, there are a number of similarities with Candyman, the biggest being the Candy Witch’s hook-like weapon of choice; a sharpened candy cane (ingenious right?) And also a few other themes from popular culture (turning lights on/off which conceals/reveals the spirit for example) However, as mentioned previously, some of the best urban legends are a mishmash of horror tales. Whilst The Candy Witch adopts a number of these traits, it doesn’t lose its individuality in terms of storyline, location and unique delivery.

The movie itself starts out strongly. There’s a brief introduction to the turmoil of the O’Neil family, followed by a bit of a prelude which introduces ghost hunters Reece (Jon Callaway) and Kat (Abi Casson Thompson). The prelude in particular provides us with some great visual effects which sets the standard for the rest of the movie.

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In terms of acting, The Candy Witch is comprised of a stellar cast who all bring a unique aspect to the movie. Admittedly, there are a few shaky performances here and there, but overall it was very good. Whilst Callaway plays a decent part he doesn’t really dominate the screen in a lead role, but he is supported by a convincing performance from Thompson. However, the accolade for acting performance has to go to The Candy Witch herself (Kate Lush). Whilst there isn’t a great deal of speech on her part, Lush brings the character to life through expression, mannerisms and good old fashioned jump scares (helped tremendously by the amazing cinematography)

The only critique I have is the number of Americanisms adopted throughout the movie. I get that the director is trying to appeal to the US market, but it feels to have sacrificed a level of authenticity in doing so, with the majority of the movie being set in Surrey, England. If some of these were dropped (as well as the questionable American accents that popped up every now and then…) I feel the movie would sell just as good, if not better. However, saying that, I completely understand the reasoning behind the ‘Candy’ Witch as the ‘Sweet’ Witch (as most Brits would call it) doesn’t have the same effect!

The Candy Witch

Overall though The Candy Witch is a fun, compelling splatterfest filled with inventive confectionary-related kills. I thought it was a great film and a great premise for an antagonist. I feel if there was extra work done to give the Candy Witch more of an initial, impactive scare, it could easily pave the way for a new horror icon.

From writer-director Rebecca J.Matthews (Pet Graveyard), and starring Kate Lush, Abi Casson Thompson, Heather Jackson and Richard D Myers, The Candy Witch serves up sweet death June 9 on DVD and Digital from Uncork’d Entertainment. Check out the trailer below!

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Worship Me. The spine-chilling, gut-wrenching debut demon horror novel from Craig Stewart!

Something is listening to the prayers of St. Paul’s United Church, but it’s not the god they asked for; it’s something much, much older.

A quiet Sunday service turns into a living hell when this ancient entity descends upon the house of worship and claims the congregation for its own. The terrified churchgoers must now prove their loyalty to their new god by giving it one of their children or in two days time it will return and destroy them all.

As fear rips the congregation apart, it becomes clear that if they’re to survive this untold horror, the faithful must become the faithless and enter into a battle against God itself. But as time runs out, they discover that true monsters come not from heaven or hell…
…they come from within.

Pretty deep, right? That’s the synopsis of ‘Worship Me’, the debut novel of Craig Stewart, and WHAT a debut it is!

The book delves deep into human morality and portrays traits and attitudes which I think are synonymous with the current climate we’re living in. Quarantine, lockdown and fear has brought out the worst in some people, showing human nature for what it potentially can be. Given that ‘Worship Me’ was released prior to the pandemic, Stewart has knowingly portrayed these traits in his characters which in itself is an applaudable feat.

As I’m sure you’ve worked out from the above synopsis, the book centres around demonology, with The Behemoth as the demonic antagonist. Whilst the congregation are faced with an agonising choice, it’s not long before they start to turn on each other. As the story progressed I just started to read faster and faster; desperate to know how it all panned out.

The book itself is written in a way that totally immerses the reader making you feel like you’re actually part of the congregation. It’s detailed, with well-written characters and a great storyline. Blood and gore flow profusely through the pages, with Stewart not afraid to describe the splatterfest in great detail.

The only aspect of the book I wasn’t fond of was the beginning. It took a while to get going, but once it did there was no stopping. This isn’t necessarily a criticism – after all, the best rollercoasters in the world start with a slow, tension-building ascent before you’re plunged into an abyss of fear, excitement and shock. ‘Worship Me’ does just that.

Check out the book on Amazon here

Alternatively, if you want to read more about Craig Stewart and what he’s up to these days, check out his website here

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We have a REAL exclusive for you this time guys, and it comes in the form of Bill Oberst Jr.’s new project Lord Bateman!

We are the ONLY site based in the UK that has been granted this access – So as you can imagine, we feel extremely privileged! We, like so many of Bill’s ever-growing fan-base, believe this guy is one of the top indie horror actors out there. His talent far exceeds many of Hollywood’s big paid stars and it’s an injustice that he hasn’t yet received the worldwide recognition he deserves. With this in mind, we hope to promote and highlight his career in any way we can. And from that picture above you can see why! It’s enough to make your skin crawl.

Fans of Bill Oberst Jr. will be well aware of his ability to portray the creepy, obsessive, psychopath (as seen in Take This Lollipop) but these test shots just show that his portrayal of horror characteristics knows no bounds!

I mean look at this guy!

Now think back to the horror movies that have come out on the big screen in the past 12 months – Do any of them even come close to the potential of this movie? I think not – Lord Bateman is not a sequel, it’s not a remake and it’s not cashing in on any pre-established horror icons…

Anyway we’ve given you a few of the exclusive pictures, here’s the exclusive press release:

“Erebus Horror has been granted a UK exclusive from Los Angeles, including test shots which depict actor Bill Oberst Jr. as the demonic Lord Bateman for his in-development film project of the same name. The shots, showing Oberst as a bile-drooling creature with charred red skin and horns, are a sneak preview of a much larger photo set to be released on Halloween.
Oberst, whose performance in the horror-themed Facebook application ‘Take This Lollipop‘ won a Daytime Emmy Award in June, told Erebus Horror that while the pics here are “just a tease,” they represent the tone of the entire Lord Bateman photo set to come on Halloween. “I wanted to run a make-up test anyway, so we got two gorgeous models, Anna Christina Pullig and Alice Orozco, to interact with the demon. The shots that came out of the session are truly skin-crawling. The release of the full photo set with the female models on October 31 will also mark the roll-out of our feature film proposal to investors.”
The Lord Bateman project sprang from Oberst’s interest in depictions of demonic beings by medieval artists and from his often-expressed desire to play a classic cinematic monster. “Frankly, my sympathies have always been with the monster,” he says, “and I’m tired of seeing demons who look like pretty people with FX contact lenses. Maybe it’s time for the return of the red devil.”
Oberst says the current screenplay outline places the action in 16th century Europe. “Lord Bateman is a man of royal lineage who is plagued by visions of himself as a demon. He comes to believe that he actually is a demon, cursed to live a human existence as punishment for some infraction down below. The question is whether he is right…or delusional. Of course, to his victims it matters little.” The actor says Lord Bateman will have both a hellishly brutal side and a gentle, sophisticated side evoking classic dark literary characters like Robert Louis Stevenson’s Henry Jekyll and Edgar Allan Poe’s Roderick Usher. “I’m a big fan of classic Hammer horror,” says Oberst, “and we’re adding a little hellfire to that vibe.” The Lord Bateman concept is based on original ideas from Oberst’s ‘Anatomy Of Fear’ and the novella ‘Cipher In The Sun’ by Ed Thomas, who shot the session with fellow photographer Spencer Filichia.
Lord Bateman is currently in the early script stage and is in active pre-development in association with Dismal Productions. Erebus Horror readers will get the full Lord Bateman photo set a little earlier than anyone else in the U.K., says Oberst “I’m a big supporter of what Erebus Horror is trying to do for the genre…and being named Erebus’ King Of Horror earlier this year was a big boost to my career. I’m proud to support the site.”

Erebus Horror has been around for nearly two years now, and in that time we have established a growing number of followers with the same blood-thirsty interests as ourselves. So I’m sure the majority of you will be making a note of this movie and will show your support to make the investor’s decision a little easier (although let’s face it – If you had the cash you’d invest too right?)  And why wouldn’t you? This project looks great! And yet how do we know that the next 12 months will see another wave of terrible ‘horror’ movies on the big screen.

I fail to see why the industry overlooks projects such as Lord Bateman… If only they would take a chance on them… just once… They would realise how awesome these flicks are. More people would back them, and our horror genre would be saved from circling the drain.

It’s a great dream right? Well my friends its possible! All we have to do is support great projects like these. Share a link on your Facebook/ Twitter pages. Give your own reviews. Tell your friends, family or strangers in the street (y’know if you don’t mind the terrified stares…) If every horror fan shows their support for these projects, movie producers will eventually take notice. I know they must be the dumbest fucks in the world, but even a blind man could see that the horror genre is in decline. The solution? Take a chance on the underdogs.

I urge you all to help us. Let’s get the word out. Lord Bateman is going to rock! It would be a shame for so many to miss out just because they never heard about it. Educate your peers. You heard it here first!

We’ll bring you another exclusive real soon.