Monday 29 December 2014

Dark Signal marks the return of Ed Evers-Swindell

Way back in 2005, Ed Evers-Swindell directed one of the first British zombie features, Infestation. This had a UK DVD release in December 2007 which I only found out about after Urban Terrors was published.

There was also an Italian release, possibly a Japanese one too. The disc pops up occasionally on eBay and it's on my list of films I really should watch at some point.

The UK cover boasted the quote "Awesome!", ascribed to Neil Marshall (Ed is credited with "additional crawler sound effects" on The Descent).

Now EES is back, ten years on, with his second feature, a ghost story called Dark Signal, which wrapped in September and is currently in post. This stars former Torchwood agent (and sometime Doctor Watson) Gareth David-Lloyd, plus Eleanor Gecks (Talitha in Young Dracula) and James Cosmo (Jeor Mormont in Game of Thrones). The make-up is by Nikki Pope who also did make-up for my film Waiting for Gorgo!

Neil Marshall is executive-producing Dark Signal, which should hopefully be available to view next year. You can find out more at

And, although he's not credited as an actor on the IMDB, Neil can be spotted in the trailer for Infestation toting an M-16 and saying "Nice plan."! [Except it turn out it's not him - MJS]

Sunday 28 December 2014

2015 first quarter shopping list

Here are all the new British horror films that and have available for pre-order. Release dates are of course liable to change:

UK releases

  • Exorcism 12/1/15
  • Scar Tissue 12/1/15
  • Book of the Dead 2/2/15 (aka The Eschatrilogy)
  • Bloodlust 9/2/15
  • The Rendlesham UFO Incident 9/2/15
  • Blackwood 23/2/15
  • World War Dead: The Rise of the Fallen 2/3/15
  • The Coven 16/3/15
  • Zombie Resurrection 23/3/15
  • The Last House on Cemetery Lane 23/3/15
  • Lord of Tears 20/4/15
USA releases

  • Valley of the Witch 13/1/15
  • Horror Freak Fest 13/1/15 (60-film box set includes Idol of Evil, Tales of the Dead and Tuck Bushman and the Legend of Piddledown Dale)
  • A Date with Ghosts 20/1/15
  • Torture Factory: Depraved Female Hostages 20/1/15 (includes Scream Queen Killer, House of Sin + 1 non-British film)
  • Dead Walkers: Rise of the 4th Reich 10/2/15
  • The Casebook of Eddie Brewer 17/2/15
  • A Killer Conversation 17/2/15
  • Altar 17/2/15 (aka The Haunting of Radcliffe House)
  • Final Prayer 24/2/15 (aka The Borderlands)