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UK cult filmmaker Pete Walker comes to Miskatonic La

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Miskatonic is proud to present an evening in conversation with the great British horror and sexploitation director Pete Walker. Starting out in softcore sex shorts in the 1960s before turning to features in 1968 with films like The Big Switch, School Of Sex and his breakthrough, Cool It Carol! in 1969, Walker then self-financed a decade of brilliant horror and terror films including Die Screaming Marianne (1971), The Flesh And Blood Show (1972), House…
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The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies’ New Advisory Board Includes Barbara Crampton, Larry Fessenden, and Mick Garris

The Miskatonic Institute began forming an advisory board back in 2018 as the next step in the growth of the organization. Now, a number of creatives in the sci-fi and horror genre have been named official members, including Mick Garris, Barbara Crampton, Larry Fessenden, Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, and many others. Continue reading for more details on the advisory board as well as a look at the spring/summer list of classes.

"Founded in 2010 and named for the fictional university in H.P. Lovecraft’s literary mythos, the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies is an international organization that offers university-level classes in horror history, theory and production, with branches in New York, London and Los Angeles, as well as hosting special events worldwide. Miskatonic is an endeavor through which established writers, directors, scholars and programmers/curators celebrate horror history and culture with a unique blend of enthusiasm and critical perspective, guided by a
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The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies Announces Spring 2019 Schedule for New York City, Los Angeles, and London

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Undoubtedly one of the most fascinating live events Daily Dead attended in 2018 was Heather Buckley's career-spanning conversation with Michael Ironside, which was co-presented by The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies and Spectacular Optical, so we're already marking our calendars for next year now that The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies has announced its spring 2019 global schedule that's once again brimming with insightful classes on a wide range of horror-related figures and subjects, including Clive Barker, H.P. Lovecraft, splatterpunk, and made-for-tv horror movies.

Below, we have the official press release with full details on The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies' 2019 schedule, and be sure to visit their website for additional information.

Press Release: The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies, the world’s longest-running educational organization devoted to the study of horror history, theory and production, is pleased to announce its Spring 2019 lineup of classes, led by some of the genre world’s most renowned critical,
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Afm: Sean Harris to lead Fyzz Facility horror 'Possum'

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Afm: Sean Harris to lead Fyzz Facility horror 'Possum'
Exclusive: Bankside boards sales on UK horror film backed by Ingenious, Creative England.

‘71 and Prometheus star Sean Harris is to lead the cast in UK horror Possum, which Bankside is to launch at the Afm.

The film marks the directorial debut of British actor and writer-director Matthew Holness, who is best known for co-creating the Channel 4 comedy series Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace.

Shooting will kick off on November 28 in Norfolk with additional cast members yet to be announced.

Producers are James Harris, Mark Lane, Robert Jones and Wayne Marc Godfrey of The Fyzz Facility with production finance from Ingenious and The Fyzz Facility.

Creative England and Bankside Films development of the screenplay.

The story is about a disgraced children’s puppeteer who returns to his childhood home and is forced to confront his wicked stepfather and the secrets that have tortured him his entire life.

Holness said: “Possum is a supernatural horror combining the stark psycho-drama
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Blu-ray Review: Pete Walker’s For Men Only and School For Sex

Shock takes a peek at a pair of early non-horror Pete Walker flicks. British filmmaker Pete Walker has long been saddled with the weight of being called an “exploitation” director and, certainly, an argument can be made for that. But Walker’s brand of trash is far more refined than the bulk of his peers. Seventies…

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Gruesome Galleries: Pete Walker’s 1975 Masterpiece House Of Whipcord

Shock beats some lurid images from British exploitation classic House Of Whipcord into your brain. With work falling somewhere between the elegance of Hammer horror and the lurid down-market thrills of Norman J. Warren, UK exploitation overlord Pete Walker is one of the genuine masters of British horror. Although often dismissed as a leering hack…

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200 Greatest Horror Films (190-181)

Special Mention: Gojira (Godzilla)

Written and directed by Ishirô Honda

Japan, 1954

Ishiro Honda’s grim, black-and-white post-Hiroshima nightmare stands the test of time. This allegory for the devastation wrought on Japan by the atomic bomb is quite simply a powerful statement about mankind’s insistence to continue to destroy everyone and everything the surrounds us. With just one shot (a single pan across the ruins of Tokyo), Honda manages to express the devastation that Godzilla represents. Since its debut, Godzilla has become a worldwide cultural icon, but very little is said about actor Takashi Shimura, who adds great depth as Dr. Yamane; his performance is stunning. Special effects director Eiji Tsuburaya originally wanted to use classic stop-motion animation to portray Godzilla, but time and budget limitations forced him to dress actors up in monster suits. Despite this minor setback, Tsuburaya’s scale sets of Tokyo are crafted with such great attention to detail,
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12 Classic British Horror Films You Need To See

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When it comes to British horror films, you’ve hopefully already seen the likes of 28 Days Later, The Descent and Mum & Dad. Maybe you’ve watched The Zombie Diaries, Eden Lake and Panic Button (if you haven’t, you should address that immediately).

As anyone of a certain vintage will inform you, Britain has a rich horror heritage, and there’s much more to the genre than Dracula and Frankenstein. There’s Witchfinder General, with Vincent Price as Matthew Hopkins, a real-life prosecutor of witches, plus The Blood On Satan’s Claw, about 17th Century devil worshippers. And that’s just for starters.

Even if we eschewed Hammer and restricted ourselves to the “old school” horror actors (Price, Christopher Lee, Donald Pleasance), the list would include Madhouse, Death Line, Theatre Of Blood and House Of The Long Shadows, among others. Again, not too shabby.

There are, of course,
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DVD Review – School For Sex (1969)

School For Sex, 1969.

Directed by Pete Walker.

Starring Derek Aylward, Rose Alba, Bob Andrews, Edgar K. Bruce, Vic Wise, Hugh Latimer, Nosher Powell, Cathy Howard.

Synopsis:

A crooked aristocrat opens a finishing school to teach girls how to extort money from rich men.

School For Sex followed For Men Only in director Pete Walker’s output and is a considerable improvement over that short film, mainly because it actually had a plot you could follow and it pushed the nudity a little more. It also pointed the way for the director in laying down some of the themes he would go on to employ in his later exploitation/horror work, most notably in the criminally underrated House of Whipcord in 1974, which saw Walker hit his stride and fully develop his style.

But before that School For Sex sketched out those basic themes of an institution being something else behind closed
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Round-Up: House of the Long Shadows Blu-ray, Wind Walkers Trailer & Release Details, Dominion Season 2 Composer

Boasting a legendary cast comprising Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, John Carradine and more, Pete Walker's House of the Long Shadows will be released on Blu-ray by Kino Lorber in time for Halloween. Our latest round-up also includes the trailer and release details for Russell Friedenberg's Everglades-set horror film, Wind Walkers, and news on who will score the sophomore season of Syfy's Dominion.

House of the Long Shadows Blu-ray: According to Blu-ray.com, Kino Lorber will release House of the Long Shadows on Blu-ray this September.

Synopsis: "An American writer goes to a remote Welsh manor on a $20,000 bet: can he write a classic novel like "Wuthering Heights" in twenty-four hours? Upon his arrival, however, the writer discovers that the manor, thought empty, actually has several, rather odd, inhabitants."

Directed by Pete Walker from a screenplay by Michael Armstrong (which, in turn, is based on the novel,
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DVD Review – For Men Only (1968)

For Men Only, 1968.

Directed by Pete Walker.

Starring David Kernan, Andrea Allan, Derek Aylward, Tom Gill, Mai Bacon, Apple Brook, Neville Whiting, Britt Hampshire.

Synopsis:

A London fashion journalist promises his girlfriend he won’t work with sexy young women anymore and takes a job with a magazine group keen on moral reform, unaware that the chief executive is also publishing a ‘men only’ magazine.

In the 1970s, British director Pete Walker became something of a cult favourite by helming such notable exploitation classics as House of Whipcord and Frightmare, as well as ending his directorial career with the Cushing/Lee/Price/Carradine ensemble piece House of the Long Shadows in 1983, and in the process became the closest thing we Brits had to a John Carpenter or a Wes Craven. But before that period of his career Walker made a string of sex comedies, the first of which was the 1968 short film For Men Only.
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Mark of the Devil | Blu-Ray Review

The vintage nastiness of the exploitative cult classic Mark of the Devil gets a pristine revamp from Arrow Video, a favored title from a golden era of new wave British horror that hasn’t had held quite the same reverence as some of the more notable titles of the era, such as Ken Russell’s The Devils, Robin Hardy’s The Wicker Man or Michael ReevesWitchfinder General. The project was inspired by Reeves’ film, who died of an accidental overdose at the age of 25. In hindsight, perhaps, as directed by Michael Armstrong (the film’s screenwriter who often wrote under the pseudonym Sergio Casstner), the title is a bit too familiar in to Reeves, and often feels like the slutty little cousin to the sleazy themes touched upon in the earlier film. Bizarre performances and an unnaturally evocative ambience help overcome the film’s desperate aim to shock with
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Trailers from Hell Enters the 'House of Whipcord'

Trailers from Hell Enters the 'House of Whipcord'
This week on Trailers from Hell, David DeCoteau talks lurid 1974 cult film "House of Whipcord" -- set in a women's prison. "House of Whipcord," director Pete Walker's S&M take on women in prison films, could be considered a template for present-day horrors such as "Saw" and "Hostel" and though most of the violence in Whipcord is offscreen, Walker manages to sustain a queasy atmosphere that packs a contemporary punch. The story of a senile judge and his sadistic lady friend who officiate over a private "prison" for wayward girls, this 1974 film is notable for its strong performances and politically charged subtext assailing the English courts.
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House of Whipcord

House of Whipcord, director Pete Walker's S&M take on women in prison films, could be considered a template for present-day horrors such as Saw and Hostel and though most of the violence in Whipcord is offscreen, Walker manages to sustain a queasy atmosphere that packs a contemporary punch. The story of a senile judge and his sadistic lady friend who officiate over a private "prison" for wayward girls, this 1974 film is notable for its strong performances and politically charged subtext assailing the English courts.

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House of the Long Shadows (1983) Review

Reviewed by Kevin Scott, MoreHorror.com

House of the Long Shadows (1983)

Directed by Pete Walker

Written by Michael Armstrong, Earl Derr Biggers (novel), George M. Cohan (play)

Cast: Desi Arnaz Jr. (Kenneth Magee), Vincent Price (Lionel Grisbane), Peter Cushing (Sebastian Grisbane), John Carradine (Lord Elijah Grisbane), Christopher Lee (Corrigan), Sheila Keith (Victoria Grisbane), Julie Peasgood (Mary Norton), Richard Todd (Sam Allyson), Louise English (Diane Caulder), Richard Hunter (Andrew Caulder)

I like to think of “House of the Long Shadows” as kind of the super group of horror films. What I mean is that typically that term is reserved for the music field for example, Damn Yankees, Asia, Velvet Revolver, Audioslave. Hopefully, you get the point. It’s professionals who have already made their own fame and fortune alone or with another group, but band together for a second helping of notoriety. I don’t know if anyone in this film
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Brian Comport obituary

Screenwriter of British horror feature films such as The Asphyx and Mumsy, Nanny, Sonny and Girly

Brian Comport, who has died aged 74, was the screenwriter for the cult films Mumsy, Nanny, Sonny and Girly (1970), The Fiend (1972) and The Asphyx (1973). Like so many others working in the British film industry during the last half century, he had ups and downs, but the horror feature films he wrote are widely regarded as classics of the genre.

His break into films came in 1967 when he was introduced to Norman Cohen, a film editor on his way to becoming a very successful director, who had acquired the film rights to Geoffrey Fletcher's delightful 1962 book The London Nobody Knows.

Cohen had secured James Mason to narrate the commentary, and Brian was engaged to provide the words. It was Brian's idea to have Mason walk and talk directly to the camera, making the film a
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10 Classic Britsploitation Horror Films

In the 1970s/early 1980s, Britain actually had quite a decent exploitation and horror movie industry. The main man on the scene was Pete Walker – a man who cut his teeth on sexploitation, but increasingly focused his attention on the Horror movie industry giving us such classics as House of Whipcord.

British exploitation has been largely ignored by film fans and film writers in favour of more bombastic film industries such as Italian exploitation, Spanish exploitation, French exploitation and even American and Japanese exploitation.

Brits have been overlooked in comparison to these industries, which is a pity, because Britsploitation is actually quite an interesting area of cinema, with some great films.

I have outlined some of these films below for your perusal. Please add your own entries below

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9 Ultimate Bad Taste Movies

Yes, I am pandering to the lowest common denominator again – this time bad taste movies. There is something that satisfies my brain when I watch something revolting and obscene. I may hate the image, but I get a perverse sense of satisfaction from having watched it.

Some bad taste movies are just plain weird and disturbing as you shall see in my list. Some of them are wet yourself hilarious. And some of them give you food for thought – they are provocative in their poor taste.

As disgusting as some of these movies are, they deserve to be celebrated as bad taste movies – a particular niche that many of us enjoy for our own perverse reasons…

9. House Of Whipcord (1974)

Sort of made as a flagrant f**k you to people like Mary Whitehouse who were then extremely active in busying themselves with saving the nation’s morals from filmic filth,

Digital Fury: DVD Essentials for February and March

Here's a Planet Fury-approved selection of notable genre DVD releases for the months of February and March 2013.

The Blob (1958) Criterion Collection Blu-ray & DVD Available Now

This entertaining low-budget favorite gets some well-deserved respect from the folks at Criterion. A gelatinous creature from outer space begins to devour the inhabitants of a small town. Each time it consumes a new body, it grows bigger. A couple of teens (including the wooden Steve McQueen) attempt to warn the town and save the population from certain blech! Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr. directs the mayhem with a sure hand while Bart Sloane's great special effects still pack a punch. Followed by the bizarre comedy sequel, Son of Blob, in the early ’70s (directed by Larry Hagman!) and a great, underrated remake in 1988 by Chuck Russell.

Special Features:

* New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack

* Two audio commentaries: one by producer Jack H. Harris
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Review: Director Andy Milligan's "Nightbirds" (1970), BFI Flipside Release

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By Adrian Smith

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BFI Flipside Dual Format Edition

(Note: this review pertains to the UK Region 2 release.)

New York underground filmmaker and avante-garde theatre director Andy Milligan is perhaps best known for his sleazy exploitation movies that ran in 42nd St theatres for years throughout the 1970s. Memorable titles include The Rats Are Coming! The Werewolves Are Here! (1972) and The Ghastly Ones (1968), the latter banned in the UK during the 1980s as a “video nasty.” A meeting in 1968 in New York with Leslie Elliot, a British distributor, lead to several of his films being distributed in the UK. Even better for Milligan was the opportunity to shoot five new films under Elliot's production arm Cinemedia Films. Finding himself a flat in Soho and becoming acquainted with the British by hanging out with male prostitutes on Piccadilly Circus, Milligan developed a study of poverty,
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