Before and after concept art - Chapter 1
One of my biggest frustrations being a UK Horror filmmaker is that too often our genre struggles to monetise itself fairly. With the distribution model all but broken for independent film it's absolutely critical we begin to safeguard the genre we love and work in.
The main thing that my debut film Young, High and Dead taught me was that in order to sell any viable product you need a water tight business plan. Film is business no matter how much you try and leverage the artistic and creative side to it. No sales = no work.
I know so many talented fellow filmmakers who all hustle and work as hard as me but in order for all of us to survive we need to start disrupting the industry. So how do we do it?
If you want to learn about disruption then I strongly recommend you check out this incredible podcast!
No matter what business you are in whether its making horror films, renting property to making coffee this podcast is a fountain of wisdom for anyone looking to create stability and success with their work. Rob Moore's podcast is probably the most significant and life changing business resource you will ever need, and it's entirely FREE. Click here
For anyone who has been living under a rock the past few days you might be wondering why a familiar style of artwork keeps appearing online. All of the work has a distinct look that's down to the unique techniques created by artist Jason Edmiston.
I have been a huge fan of his work for quite some time, he ranks in my top ten living artists and I have been lucky enough to bag myself a couple of his prints recently. Mondo did a hugely successful timed print run on Jason's Hateful Eight that is simply sublime.
Jason reminds us that even in an over saturated market there will always be a place for great artists to survive and thrive. His prints are highly collectible and very hard to come by. But like a true sport Jason is finally about to release his much anticipated hardcover book containing 256 pages of his mind blowing art so we can enjoy more of his art.
I just pre ordered my copy on Amazon and I strongly suggest you do too before it's sold out. The book is already a top number one pre selling book, which is no surprise when you look at the popularity of his art. It's easy to see why people call him 'pop cultures Rembrandt'!
Pizza - It's that staple diet for anyone wanting a night in watching movies. Pizza goes hand in hand with horror films like a Fred West with a shovel.
Imagine my excitement to see the two things combined on screen. Once again Crypt TV are out there sourcing the finest weird is good content for us all to consume but be warned this might put you off your dinner.
Until next time.
A month back I posted the trailer for incredibly fucked up but awesome 'Dreaming Purple Neon' by Todd Sheets, if you haven't seen it you can check it out below.
Todd is looking to collaborate with music artists on the film so if you are interested yourself or know someone check out his advert below. This is a great opportunity to have that killer soundtrack alongside a brilliant film.
Todd's Original post - "ATTENTION, musicians and bands - looking for music submissions for DREAMING PURPLE NEON. We have our awesome in house composer Toshi working hard on major compositions, but we are also looking for some background music for certain scenes and some cool 80s style synth stuff in the vein of Carpenter, we're needing some horror style rockabilly, punk and surf music plus tons of heavy stuff - I like to cram lots of music in my films.... send me info here via message or send stuff to my e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org."
The same goes for me. I am always happy to accept submissions of music and links to example work for future project consideration. - Please Note I do not accept unsolicited scripts, treatments or stories
My debut British Slasher film is now available on Amazon.co.uk
This is a limited edition batch that comes with some FREE exclusive bootleg swag! So get a copy while you can, the next batch of DVD's will be different so these are quite unique with this particular artwork by Ryan Woodhouse!
Young High and Dead has received some fantastic reviews and support from the small community of fans and supporters that have watched/bought the film. Check out some of the quotes below and see for yourself. It's a film I am extremely proud of and it stands up well against a lot of big budget horrors.
SST Publications proudly present RISE OF THE HARVESTER: BOOK ONE by Steve McGinnis
I am a huge fan of SST Publications and the caliber of their recent catalogue is impressive so if you don't possess an SST book on your shelf you need to rethink your loyalty to horror. A few months back they successfully launched the amazing Voices of the Damned by Barbie Wilde and recently Steve McGinnins' Rise of the Harvester (more info can be found here). Steve's artwork is wonderful and SST always publish high quality products. They aren't a cheap mass manufacturer, all of their products are a bit more expensive but that's because the quality is so high.
I just ordered my copy, so if you call yourself a horror fan, I suggest you click below and do the same ;) oh and it's worth noting that it's already got straight 5 star reviews on amazon.
CryptTV just unleashed this special Grindhouse tribute for July the 4th and it's fucking goretastic! Directed by Jon Kovel with some inventive seasonal kills the film brings the Ghost of Thomas Jefferson to a cheesy 70's retro summer BBQ. Needless to say Jefferson didn't fight for independence so kids could party and be rude to old people, so he unleashes hell and shows them that freedom and liberty come at a price.
I just love the straight up sfx gags that hold no punches. This is exactly how horror should be, unapologetic, unassuming and perfectly over the top. There's lot's of attention to detail in the set design and costume design, it's beautifully shot and the performances are perfectly pitched.
I hope the filmmakers had as much fun making this as I did watching it. Check it out below.
PROJECT UPDATE - 12/07/2016
Echos of the Passed successfully reached it's initial goal which means the film will be going ahead. Congratulations to Tony, Scott, Chris, Zoe and the team.
Just like any film getting the shoot secure is only just the beginning, major films and low budgets always need an injection of cash to take the project further. It's exactly the same as a presidential campaign! So rather than donating more money to lunatic egomaniacs who will take us to a nuclear war please consider donating to this fantastic British horror film.
They just added a stretch goal so it eould be great if the momentum maintains with the funding and awareness for the film.
READ BELOW FIND OUT WHAT ECHOES OF THE PASSED HAVE IN COMMON WITH ELECTRIC SIX!
There is a new UK project on the horizon and it needs your help to get things off the ground. I just backed it on indiegogo because of two main reasons
A) I love and support UK Horror
B) Tony, Scott, Chris and Andy are some of the nicest filmmakers on the scene
I know they will do a great job and Scott's track record is shaping up great, so the project is in great hands. If you have any spare dosh please consider clicking on the link below and donating to their film. Every, like, share and tweet helps so please share the horror love and support UK Horror.
Please check out the campaign video below.
Oh and what do they have in common with Electric Six? Well it's nothing to do with high voltage gay bars, both are just fucking awesome! Sorry for the clickbait 😂☠😳🤘
HUGE THMassacre news.
My wife and I are pleased to announce Beth Eloise Brady arrived 5 weeks early on Saturday 25th June at 12:48pm - (6lb 02oz). Like a true horror fan she rocked up absolutely drenched in blood. I cannot wait to teach her sfx makeup and show her how to saw the heads off barbie dolls. She's my favourite scream queen and has been worth all the drama that she has caused the past 8 months.
Now that she is here safe and sound, I look forward to delivering my other baby! It's back to business now and I am raring to get this film finished so thank you to everyone for being so patient and understanding, I have some very gory, exciting things coming up so watch this space.
Luke Slasher-Brady & Beth!
I posted a pic on Instagram of one seriously fucking cool Michael Myers pin and lot's of people messaged me about where I got it from. Well here you go..... you can thank me later.
Combined they produced one of the coolest pins I have seen in a long time and I was lucky to get some extra stickers by Style Over Substance because I purchased one of their awesome posters by 'The Dude Designs' - check it out below - 1 of 75 exclusive prints. I have to say the prints by Style over Substance are some of the best I have seen, the quality of the print and paper is second to none and dare I say it, pisses over a Mondo print! Shit that might come back to haunt me!
THE LONDON HORROR SOCIETY is exactly what it says it is. If you live near or in London or anywhere in the UK (I live outside of London but am still a member!) I strongly recommend you check out their website and join the society. It's FREE!
It's not often you find a company that genuinely just wants to support and lend their help to a community, especially the horror genre. Let's face it, us horror fans easily get ripped off by people knowing who know we will spend huge chunks of money for the love of the genre. Introducing Chris and the awesome team who run the London Horror Society. A fantastic online network that has been building for a few years now but has just recently had an impressive face lift. It's entirely free to join and it helps link fans and filmmakers who are passionate about all things horror.
Since they have started they have thrown a few FREE screenings and they have even made a horror film that's been sold and distributed! They are always looking to collaborate with writers to help create content so it's a great opportunity to get your work out to up and coming filmmakers and horror fans.
SLUT has been doing the rounds for quite some time but I re-watched her again the other day when I spotted a poster I hadn't seen before. (check out the awesome artwork below)
Any short film has to be really special to hold my attention for more than a few seconds let alone the ambitious runtime of 20 minutes! Especially if it has the stamp or markings from a film school. SLUT on the other hand is everything a short film should be and surprisingly it's still not very well known and deserves more attention.
The film is just one of the many incredibly talented projects being hosted and championed by CryptTV so make sure you give them a follow and like their facebook page as that's exactly where THMassacre will be debuting real soon!
You can watch the entire film below and check out more info here
This is a long overdue post and I apologise for the lack of updates.
THMassacre has been busy under the post production knife, our editor Neil has been busy slicing away the fat making the film leaner than a cocaine fuelled whippet. Lucie our awesome colourist has been prepping the LUT's (look up tables) to determine the style and look of the film and my sister Kate has been busy creating cinematic magic in the VFX dept.
In this modern digital era where anyone can grab a camera and shoot something you have to go to extra lengths to make your work stand out from the crowd. SFX & VFX are two things very close to my heart, as they allow me to be even more creative and make the strange world in my head become a reality. THMassacre has a lot of difficult vfx shots littered throughout and it's a slow process but hopefully you agree that it's well worth the time and effort.
Below is a quick clip showcasing one of the outside shots from the very first episode. We flipped the hill from looking down so that the audience look up a hill. We removed the telephone lines, moved and added some more trees in the background, added mist, the farm building that we shot the interiors in, moved the fence posts, added brambles and barbed wire, plus several other cool things.
I cannot wait to show you how good the rest of the film looks, especially the blood an gore shots. Stay tuned for more updates and a teaser clip is coming soon!
Think you have seen it all? Think you know about obscure dark cinema? Think again!
I'm extremely lucky to always stumble across seriously weird and wonderful projects. It never ceases to amaze me what insane projects people dedicate their time and money to. Introducing Dreaming Purple Neon the latest splatter fest by Todd Sheets
They say actions speak louder than words and in this case words cannot describe what you are about to watch but I will say two things.
1. It must have been so much fun being on this set!
2. It must have been so much fun being on this set!!!
Click below to watch the awesome and extremely insane trailer!
It's a classic day in the horror calendar, especially for fellow slasher fans like me. It's Jason Voorhees's birthday and for 36 years (born same year as me) he's been one of the biggest icons in the horror genre.
It's incredible to think that there have been twelve Friday the 13th films! OR have there....?
It seems some people out there just cannot get enough of the Voorhees family and that the franchise doesn't churn out it's films quickly enough. Introducing FRIDAY THE 13TH PART3 JASON'S REVENGE made by the exceptionally creative and hard trying dfhs studios. This is a non profit film so it's legal for me to post it although I am not sure if the film has broken any crimes against filmmaking. Production value would have been higher if they shot the film with a potato. But you have to look beyond little things like, acting, dialogue and plot.
I love trash cinema and I say this as an absolute compliment to the filmmakers. This film is so bad it's actually pretty impressive. It's accumulated 1.4 million views (me being one of of them), so consider this the 13th installment.
Good luck & enjoy the film - let me know what you think once your mind, body and soul has recovered.
Luke Slasher B
PS keep an eye out at 18'01'' for the dog in bathroom moment.
I could never run any kind of serious blog or news feed, I am pretty on the pulse when it comes to getting info just slow to relay it, the perils of being a filmmaker who is not very good at time management!
Last month Jeremy Gardner & Christian Stella (the guys who made 'The Battery') successfully raised enough funds on their kickstarter campaign that I posted about a few months back. They had a campaign with a difference and these guys seem to have all the ingredients you would expect from your typical indie filmmaker, so I wanted to share this project again. Their KS funding allowed them to release their feature film titled 'Tex Montana' worldwide with a creative commons license. I won't bore you with what a CC licence is (you can look it up) but it basically means they are giving away the film for FREE and figured out a great way to work the digital distribution landscape in their favour. I really love this kind of experimental filmmaking, people like Jeremy & Christian are out there pushing boundaries and helping to keep the Indie dream alive.
You can watch the film for FREE below and check out their fantastic zombie flick 'The Battery' online here
Luke Slasher B
Kerry Bennett who plays Beth in the #THMassacre web series for CryptTV is currently on tour with a play titled 'Invincible' Check out the trailer and synopsis below, plus more info in the link for tickets and tour dates. If you live near any of the cities or towns that the show is coming to I strongly suggest you go and check it out. Kerry is a fantastic actress so you won't want to miss it.
Invincible by Torben Betts
With the recession biting hard, Emily and Oliver have decided to downsize and shift their middle-class London lifestyle to a small town in the north of England.
One night they open their doors and invite next door neighbours, Dawn and Alan into their home. Over the course of a disastrous evening of olives, anchovies, Karl Marx and abstract art; class and culture collide where the consequences are as tragic as they are hilarious.
From one of the most exciting playwrights to emerge since Alan Ayckbourn, Torben Betts, and produced by the award-winning Original Theatre Company (Birdsong, Three Men In A Boat), comes a brand new production of the smash hit, sell-out comedy, Invincible.
‘Very well acted. Smartly directed’ British Theatre Guide
‘sharply observed bittersweet comedy… Simply superb’ ★★★★★ Stage Review
For tickets and Venue information visit http://www.originaltheatre.com/portfolio-item/invincible-2016/
Last night I was invited to a screening and Q&A for a low budget film titled 'Pandorica'. If you haven't heard or seen it (I am guessing most people haven't) I strongly recommend you do. The film is set in a post apocalyptic world and centres around a game of survival following a strong female lead called Eiren who competes with fellow members of the Varosha tribe to gain leadership.
There are plenty of reviews online and across the indie circuit but I want to draw attention to some incredible feats which I think make the film truly special.
First to note is the fact that the films writer/director/editor/colourist and a hundred other roles is only 30 years old. His name is Tom Paton and the guy is an indiefilmmaking genius.
The film was scripted in 3 weeks in May 2015 they then took the film into production in September and it's already playing in cinemas now in April 2016, which means they made an entire feature film, from concept to screen in under 12 months! It takes me ages to get a project underway or finished, my latest webseries has been in post production since December but Pandorica proves that a high production value project doesn't need to be hindered by money or time.
The budget for Pandorica was 70k which is still low in film standards but Tom and his crew quadrupled every pound they had with some brilliant problem solving. Firstly they shot the entire movie on a Sony A7 with just two lights, so the DP George Burt deserves a knighthood for what he achieved, this allowed them to get an exceptional amount of coverage. This also allowed them to shoot in incredibly low light situations and it's clear to see how well the A7 performs. equally astonishing is the huge gamble Tom took by casting not only an unknown in the lead role but someone who had never done any acting, training or filming at all. Pandorica introduces Jade Fenix-Hobday who pulls out a stunning debut performance, she looks amazing and remains solid right up to the brutal and bloody ending. This could have hugely backfired for all involved but it's a gamble that paid off handsomely. Tom also managed to bag Bentley Kalu (Edge of Tomorrow & Avengers Age of Ultron) who informed everyone that Tom Cruise's catering budget for Edge of Tomorrow was more than the entire Pandorica budget! Also joining them is the wonderful Luke D'Silva, Adam Bond & Marc Zammit (Rise of the Foot Soldier), all of the guys make for an interesting male division in the tribe and each of the guys effortlessly play out the scenes.
The Q&A unravelled tons of funny anecdotes and interesting on set stories that largely involve Marc losing stuff, getting stung on his dick by nettles or over estimating the power of a drone. It's clear to see that these guys are doing exactly what all indie filmmakers hope to achieve by creating a solid, bankable commercial product and having an absolute blast whilst doing it. I urge you to check out Pandorica and I think this is the start of a new generation of British independent film. Tom's paving the way by proving their is a huge amount of talent out there outside of the mainstream and us Brits when given the opportunity know how to deliver something unique, impressive and entertaining. One final cool thing to note was when watching the credits role I noticed the script supervisor was Gemma Chitty who 5+ years ago was the most amazing production assistant on my debut film Young, High and Dead!
At present Pandorica is in negotiations with a major distribution company but is available in UK cinema's and on VOD. Go support this great British independent film by checking out the film trailer and website below.