Monday 5 January 2015

Recent, unreleased British horror films Part 2

Continuing our run through all the British horror films which premiered during 2013 or 2014 but have not yet been released.

Crying Wolf (directed by Tony Jopia)

Crying Wolf starts its tale in the small village of Deddington where prankster Andy is bitten by a werewolf that kills his friend Charlotte. Andy tries to warn his friends, but winds up turning them into a pack of werewolves. Enter a pair of hapless journalists doomed to a grizzly end, then add a pair of hard boiled vigilantes hot on the heels of the werewolf pack and before you know it, everyone’s ‘Crying Wolf!’”

Caroline Munro and Joe Egan lends name value to this comedy horror, shot in the Oxfordshire village of Deddington in July 2012 and screened to locals in June 2014. Director Tony Jopia, who previously made rock’n’roll horror feature Deadtime and also has Cute Little Buggers in post, describes Crying Wolf as “a very wacky, crazy comedy very much in the style of Hammer Horror, Benny Hill and the old Ealing comedies.” More at

In the meantime, there's lots of footage, including monster shots, in this video for the theme tune, a terrific blues-y number performed by an old mate of mine from the SFX days, voice legend Gary Martin.

Dark Vision (directed by Darren Flaxstone)

“Mind-full host Spencer Knights puts his crew in peril whilst trying to win his own series as part of the paranormal competition Dark Vision. Find out what manifestations lay in wait for his team inside Baylock's Folly - a place with a dark history and possibly a darker present. Who is it's mysterious caretaker Clem and what are the twisted motivations of the producers at the ‘Dark Vision Hub’? Step into the darkness and find the answers in this new wave gothic horror from Stray Spark productions."

Shot in 2013, Dark Vision had a preview screening in Bristol in October that year ahead of its official premiere at the Coventry Film Festival in June 2014, the same month that I reviewed it on my main site. Since then it has played several more festivals. More at

Dead End (directed by Rich Davis)

“The world is dead. A year has passed since the first victims died, and came back.  The cause unknown but the effect felt worldwide. Within a few months it was clear, that no one would be safe again. Six survivors, their numbers reduced over time, continue looking for that place which could be the sanctuary they so desire. One of the group decides to document the lives of his new family hoping that if they don't survive then maybe someone, somewhere will know they existed. After all, surely everyone can't be dead.”

Filmed in stops and starts around Yorkshire over 2010-2012, on a budget of about £1,500. this found-footage zombie feature (yes, yet another one) had a cast and crew screening at the Hyde Park Picture House, Leeds in July 2013. More at (Not to be confused with Nicholas David Lean’s film Dead End aka Hard Shoulder, released in 2013.)
[Update: Dead End was made available online via Indiereign a couple of weeks after I posted this. - MJS]

Death Do Us Apart (directed by Shaub Miah)

“When a group of friends decide to take their sheltered friends Jake out to a strip club for a night he would always remember, they find themselves having a night that none of them would be able to forget. As the alcohol and money begins to flow quickly the boys begin to realise that they're about to get more than they paid for - and not in the good way. Funny, sexy and gory, Death Do Us Apart is a zombie movie unlike any you have seen before.”

All you need to know about this horror comedy is that the sole screening so far - at the Empire, Leicester Square in July 2014 - was sponsored by noted journal of record the Daily Sport and followed by a party at classy gentleman’s establishment Platinum Lace. More at

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