All posts tagged Gothic

Bill Oberst Jr.

That’s right! Bill Oberst Jr. our indie King of Horror, is reaching out to horror fans worldwide to make the 13th episode of his Gothic Goodnight podcast the best one yet!

For those who don’t know, Bill has been reading gothic bedtime fiction on his podcast since March. The Gothic Goodnight, podcast has so far produced 12 captivating, spine-tingling episodes. The 13th and final episode is one he wants you all to be involved in. Following the news that the podcast is due to be packaged for, Bill had this to say;

“I owe one last episode, the 13th, and I wish to make that last episode a collective cry to the future by having lovers of horror and the macabre leave voice messages to the yet unborn. I need voice messages for this Time Capsule from your readers!

That’s right, you have a chance to be part of horror history! Your voice, along with horror fans worldwide, can be in a collection that will be heard for generations to come.

Here’s an audio clip from the show which poses the types of questions Bill is trying to get responses to:

Voice messages to the future may be left (either named or anonymously) at

The site recorder allows for messages of up to 90 seconds. Messages received will be used on the upcoming 13th episode of Gothic Goodnight, and included in the Audible edition collection of Season One.

But, you need to be quick! Bill is hoping to receive all messages by 18th October in order to add them to his final episode.

Planning on leaving a voice message for Bill Oberst Jr’s podcast? Let us know on FacebookTwitterInstagram or in the comments below and we’ll give you a shout out!

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Arrow Video Channel

The ARROW VIDEO CHANNEL gives cult movie fans the opportunity to watch a wide selection of films that the ARROW VIDEO brand has been famous for. From horror to sci-fi, thrillers to westerns, the ARROW VIDEO CHANNEL is home to cutting edge cult and undiscovered gems. Films such as Takashi Miike’s Audition and Wes Craven’s seminal masterpiece The Hills Have Eyes for instance. Or how about Romero’s contagion classic The Crazies and Edwin Brown’s slice-and-dice staple The Prey. There’s so much to choose from.

In the coming months the ARROW VIDEO CHANNEL will be adding even more cult classics. These will include Dario Argento’s Tenebrae and American made horrors such as, The Deeper You Dig, Children of the Corn and Lake Michigan Monster. In addition to crowd pleasing cult movies on the service, the ARROW VIDEO CHANNEL will continue to give you an exclusive platform to brand new genre as part of a new global strategy.

They also host a growing collection of documentaries, interviews and never-before-seen content. Not only that, but newly produced material as well. These documentaries will breathe new life on the ARROW VIDEO CHANNEL, giving movie fans an immersive look into the creation of many cult movie classics such as Donnie Darko and Hellraiser. The service will be updated regularly with new content, new curation focus and never-before-seen content.

So what did July have in store for us?

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Zombie For Sale – An infectiously funny slice of modern Korean cinema. Zombie For Sale sees an undead escapee from a pharmaceutical lab attacking the head of the misfit Park family – who promptly becomes revitalised and full of life! The family hatch a plan to exploit this unexpected fountain of youth, allowing locals to pay to be bitten too, until things go wrong…

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Horror maestros George Romero and Stephen King are together again. This time in the wildly enjoyable follow-up to their 1982 anthology hit. Featuring young hoodlums, horny teens and an uptight businesswoman getting their just desserts, in all manner of ghoulish and ghostly going-ons, revisit this classic for a nostalgic trip that you won’t forget in a hurry

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Buckle up from some B-movie mayhem from genre film luminary Nico Mastorakis. Featuring a stellar performance by legendary Tamil superstar Rajinikanth in his first English-language role. This action-packed romp is full of thrills, kick-ass one liners and venomous cobras!

Mike Hodges’ underappreciated chiller. It stars Rosanna Arquette as a clairvoyant whose visions start to predict a series of deadly events. Black Rainbow is a superbly eerie and entertaining gothic tale of suspense and the occult. It’s presented here in a stunning director-approved restoration.

David Bowie is in mesmerizingly good form in Nagisa Oshima’s 1983 Palme d’Or-nominated World War II prisoner-of-war classic,. Featuring a memorably haunting, BAFTA-winning score by Ryuichi Sakamoto, and a breakthrough role for the legendary Takeshi ‘Beat’ Kitano.

Arrow Video Channel are proving once again they’re big players in the horror game. Be sure to check out their channel and don’t miss the new releases for August! We’ll be posting another feature in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!

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Carrie Rickard, leaving an abusive relationship back in London, tries to escape her own past by throwing herself into her restoration project: Fairwood House, known to locals of Pagham-on-Sea as The Crows. Unable to resist as it whispers to her, Carrie’s obsession only grows when she discovers it was the site of a gruesome unsolved murder.

As Carrie digs deeper into the mystery surrounding the bloodless child stuffed up the kitchen chimney in the 1950s, she awakens dark and dangerous forces that threaten her own life.

Cue an introduction to her eldritch neighbour, Ricky Porter, a foul-mouthed modern-day Merlin in a hoody and a tracksuit, who claims he can see the future. But Ricky, as obsessed with The Crows as Carrie is, has an agenda and several secrets of his own, not least of which are what’s really under his hood, and what he’s got in the cellar…

…Is his offer of help sincere? Or is he the reason she’s doomed?

THE CROWS is a Gothic Paranormal novel for fans of haunted houses, eldritch monsters, and things that go bump in the night. Content Warning for psychological abuse, body horror, gore, strong language, and scenes of an unsettling nature.

What do you think? Sounds good? That was my first thought when I sat down to read The Crows. It was about 21:30 and I figured I’d read for an hour before heading to bed. FOUR HOURS LATER(!) I glanced at the clock. Never mind the content warnings in the blurb, it should warn you of the amount of time you inadvertently give to this book. I genuinely couldn’t put it down.

The story is gripping, immersive and written in a style that is easy to read and understand. Rosens writes as though she had lived through the tale herself. The convincing characters, descriptions of Pagham-on-Sea and the house itself all suggest she was writing from personal experience! Carrie is a down to earth, relatable character who, despite being thrown everything but the kitchen sink, manages to take it all in her stride.

However, it’s not just Carrie that is a well thought out protagonist. Each character is given their own individual personality and traits which either makes them loved or loathed. Their unique personalities and mannerisms often leads to hilarious outcomes/events (just thinking back now is making me smile)

The only downside I could find was the sheer number of characters mentioned. I occasionally found myself having to skim back a few pages to remind myself who certain characters were and how they were connected. However, that may have just been me reading too quick – a testament to how gripping the story really is. If you want an engrossing, unpredictable page-turner, The Crows is the book for you.

So, in conclusion; there’s humour, gore, compelling storyline, well written characters, with twists and turns along the way. What more could you want?

If you would like to check out the book yourself, you can find it here

And if you would like to find out more about C.M. Rosens, you can access her site here

Definitely an author to keep an eye on as she’s likely to keep going from strength to strength.

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The Tell Tale Heart

The Tell Tale Heart

If you were to go up to any horror fan today and ask them to reel off a list of horror influencers, who do you think would be mentioned first? King? Lovecraft? Maybe this generation of fans wouldn’t even mention literature. Perhaps the likes of Romero or Craven would precede all others?

Yet, the truth is most of the above names would probably never have been a horror icon if it wasn’t for the influencers of the 1800’s. Bram Stoker, Mary Shelley and of course Edgar Allan Poe (among many others) sowed the seeds to what is now a rainforest of Amazonian proportions. Whilst some people may forget this, relying heavily on the influences of modern day pioneers, McClain Lindquist remains true to horror’s gothic roots.

Lindquist’s adaptation of ‘The Tell Tale Heart’ brings the story to life in just over 20 minutes. Staying true to Poe’s original prose, The Tell Tale Heart depicts The Narrator taking us through the dark realms of his psyche, all the while trying to convince us (and himself) that he is in fact sane.

I was initially intrigued as to how this visual portrayal would pan out. Would Lindquist stay true to the time period Poe originally perceived? Or would he give it a modern twist? The answer came within the first 20 seconds. Darkness, with only the fleeting conversation between a Police Officer and a Detective using current language. Modern day then? I’d say so… Until the words of the Police Officer conclude the dark sequence; “I hate the way he talks – It’s like an old movie.” Thus paving the way for The Narrator.

Depicted superbly by Sonny Grimsley, The Narrator’s prose, garb and mannerisms The Tell Tale Heartwouldn’t seem out of place on any theatrical stage. Lindquist successfully amalgamates the two time periods into one as we are taken on a journey through The Narrator’s dwindling grasp of reality. Whilst fans of Poe can be satisfied the depiction pays homage to the original, fans who have never read The Tell Tale Heart can also enjoy the traditional elements of horror throughout.

The movie contains shock, gore, suspense and most importantly it immerses the audience. We don’t just observe The Narrator’s descent into madness, we’re dragged into the abyss with him!

Alongside the great acting and directing, I feel I also need to pay tribute to the great SFX appearing throughout the movie. As you know, indie horror tends to be done on a budget, and as such we’re The Tell Tale Heartoften treated to some cringe-worthy special effects.  Yet those within The Tell Tale Heart are pretty impressive. There’s a vast amount of blood, gore and visual effects, not to mention the makeup/prosthetics used in transforming James C Morris into the old man. The SFX team have excelled and definintely need some recognition alongside everyone else involved in putting together this great short movie.

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Reviewed by Phil


Before I post this review I would like to make a quick apology, not only for the delay in getting it uploaded, but for not making time to write it! I’ve got a lot of shit going on with work, home life as well as the band (which has now had to fall back to one session a fortnight due to various issues) But enough about the excuses. It’s time you read my review of Dan Kraevyn’s project Throne of Anguish! The majority of you will probably know that Dan has recently joined our team and you will be able to read his first feature shortly.

However, despite him being a member of the team, you can rest assured that I won’t be writing a biased review just because he is one of us. So when I say that his music is absolutely brilliant! Don’t judge me, just listen to an example below and you’ll understand.

I was given the task of writing a review for a few reasons. One being that I’m a fellow musician myself so can probably relate to it better. The second being that out of me, Richard and Siobhan, I probably knew the least about this guy. Once again down to me not being around much. But I took the feature willingly expecting to hear a random metal band with a hint of horror, the likes of which  we’d seen quite a few times over.

The first song I listened to was Patrem et Filium. And to be honest, as soon as it finished I HAD to play it again. You see I’m a big fan of the instrumental stuff. Soundtracks to movies and that kinda thing. So when I heard this I just thought – YES! It had suspense, a great melody throughout, the gothic synth and great choral parts. I’m easy to please it seems. But if you’re not the same as me, let me continue.

So now I was in high spirits and expected a lot from Dan the Man. So the next song I listened to was A Dead Day Will Dawn. Once again I wasn’t disappointed. This song had a more techno feel to it at the beginning until the introduction of heavy guitar half way through. It was about the same time that the vocals started. Now personally I’m not a fan of screaming/roaring, indecipherable vocals, except in certain circumstances when it seems to work well with the music. Well I’m happy to report that the distorted vox in this song DO seem to work well with the overall piece and it gets another thumbs up from yours truly.

If you’re a fan of anything melodic, dark/gothic, techno, metal or all of the above, check out Throne of Anguish. From what I’ve heard so far it sounds brilliant and has definitely made a fan out of me.