James Whale

God of Monsters

Retrospectively seen to be saturated with queer subtext, James Whale’s films celebrate ‘the outsider’ figure that would characterise the horror movie genre for decades to come. Ygraine Hackett-Cantabrana explores the man and his monsters…

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Neither the Sea Nor the Sand (1972)

In this in-depth essay, Paul Lewis examines Tigon Productions' penultimate film, Fred Burnley's 1972 'coastal gothic', Neither the Sea Nor the Sand...
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The Horror Films of Charlie Steeds

Horrified catches up with Charlie Steeds, the man behind Dark Temple Productions, for an exclusive interview with the wunderkind of neo-retro British horror...
The Appointment (1982)

Of Dogs, Dreams and Doom: The Appointment (1981)

Ray Newman examines Lindsey C. Vickers' obscure 1981 British horror, The Appointment. With a recently announced BFI Blu-ray coming in 2022, the film is notable for being Vickers' one and…
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Folk Horror Foundations in Hot Fuzz

Devin McGrath-Conwell explores the sophomore effort in Edgar Wright's 'Three Flavours Cornetto' trilogy with 2007's Hot Fuzz and finds the film nestling comfortably within the folk horror canon...

An interview with filmmaker Lucy Rose

Ellis Reed reviews She Lives Alone, a rural gothic short from emerging filmmaker, Lucy Rose. He also discusses the film with Lucy for Horrified...
The Last Horror Movie 2003

The Last Horror Movie (2003)

Rebecca McCallum tackles the controversy of violence and audience complicity through an exploration of the bold and brutal The Last Horror Movie... ​
The Descent (2015)

Duality in The Descent (2005)

Blurring the line between hero and villain, monster and human. Emma Louise Platt examines the gendered duality of 2005's The Descent….
The Thames- Uncertain Depths in Horror Cinema

The Thames: Uncertain Depths in Horror Cinema

Lauren Jane Barnett explores how the Thames of horror films is given agency, acting on the narrative aiding both good and evil in films from Hitchcock’s 1927 silent, The Lodger,…
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Eye of the Devil (1966)

Jane Nightshade revisits Eye of the Devil: an early, often overlooked example of folk horror cinema…
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Top 50 British horror films

Readers of Horrified have come together to choose their favourite British horror films, so here is the ultimate top 50 list of British horror films, as chosen by you.... 
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Night of the Eagle (1962)

K B Morris explores Night of the Eagle where a college professor vies with his wife who has turned to witchcraft to further his career. The article examines rationality versus…
Night of the Demon (1957)

Night of the Demon (1957)

Jenny Davies recalls fond memories of 1957 classic Night of the Demon and how trouble behind the scenes have not detracted from a piece of perfectly crafted storytelling...​
XTRO (1982)

Xtro (1982): An exercise in sadness

Often, somewhat justifiably, derided as a low-rent video nasty, Xtro is a piece of British horror that looks unflinchingly at grief and trauma...
The Innocents (1961)

The Innocents (1961)

Jane Nightshade looks back at possibly the best cinematic ghost story ever made, Jack Clayton's 1961 masterpiece, The Innocents...​
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Stephen Weeks’ Ghost Story (1974)

Paul Lewis' absorbing essay on Ghost Story (1974), takes an in-depth look at Stephen Weeks' independent haunted house film and its profound sense of Englishness...
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Séance On A Wet Afternoon (1964)

Johnny Restall revisits drab, wet London for Séance On A Wet Afternoon, a 1964 psychological thriller with supernatural undertones...

The Spectre of Freud in Peeping Tom (1960)

The mild-mannered serial killer who is obsessed with his parents is such a prevalent horror trope it's easy to overlook how it came into being. Here, Hollie Starling looks at…
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The Borderlands (2013) Revisited

Ellis Reed returns to the 2013 British horror classic The Borderlands, a found footage film bringing fresh ideas (and scares) to the sub-genre...

Psychomania (1973)

Emily McQuade celebrates the absurd delights of the cultish, kitsch and unique Psychomania (1973)...
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The online horror of Host (2020)

HOST was the horror phenomenon of 2020, not least because it reflected our own status quo. Here are Andy Roberts' thoughts on the brilliant British horror...

The Inspirational Dr Phibes

Filmmaker Alex Secker discusses how Vincent Price and Robert Fuest’s early 70s cult classics continue to influence the horror genre...
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Inspiring Rewilding (2023)

As the folk horror anthology Rewilding lands on Prime Video, its director Ric Rawlins discusses ten of its key inspirations – from Moomins to M.R James…
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Baby On Board: A Production Diary

Andrew David Barker shares this ongoing production diary charting the making of the short film Baby On Board, written by Stephen Volk and directed by Andrew...
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Revisiting The Little Stranger (2018)

Nick Bartlett looks back at the 2018 adaptation of Sarah Waters’ gothic novel, The Little Stranger, and posits a theory of who (or what) is haunting Hundreds Hall...
Dead of Night (1945)

Dead of Night (1945)

Nick Bartlett returns to one of the great British horror anthologies, 1945's Dead Of Night, in this article for Horrified...​
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An interview with Norman J. Warren

In a previously unpublished interview from 2018, Martin Parsons spoke with legendary director Norman J. Warren about the 70s horror industry, dog-faced aliens and women in peril...
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Urban Ghost Story (1998)

Paul Lewis dives deeply into Urban Ghost Story, an undeservedly obscure film set in Glasgow...
The Wicker Man at 50 : Soundtrack to Summerisle.

The Wicker Man at 50: Soundtrack to Summerisle

To celebrate The Wicker Man at 50, English Bob reflects on the soundtrack and the sounds that inspired Paul Giovanni, accompanied by a two-hour radio show ‘Soundtrack to Summerisle’...
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God Rest Ye, Bloody Gentlemen

With the festive season upon us, what better way to celebrate than with MJ Simpson's curated selection of British Christmas horror? There's one each for the 12 days of Christmas,…
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The Making of To the Devil…a Daughter (1979)

The final of three essays by K B Morris on occult writer Dennis Wheatley explores Hammer Productions’ final '70s horror film, To the Devil... a Daughter, loosely adapted from Wheatley's…

Creeping through the countryside

At once sublime and horrifying, the English countryside is increasingly the backdrop in horror that explores a growing unease about our place in the world. Melissa Elborn digs deeper into…
Bernard Cribbins

Bernard Cribbins: The Lost Interview

A never before published interview with the late Bernard Cribbins, originally conducted almost 30 years ago by Adam Jezard, in which the actor discusses his work in the genres of…
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Freddie Francis: There and Back Again

Freddie Francis' cinematographic brilliance is undisputed but his sojourns into directing produced some British horror favourites among fans. Jane Nightshade selects 10 of his best...
Peter Strickland

Subverting Genre: Peter Strickland In Film

Peter Strickland has forged a career from a desire to reconfigure whichever genre he works in. In this essay, Graham Williamson discusses the British director's work...​

The Darling Buds of Slay

The most celebrated of ‘serious’ British directors have taken detours into horror over the years, often producing some of the most thoughtful, nuanced and impactful genre highlights committed to celluloid.…
Theatre of Blood (1973)

Theatre of Blood (1973)

Paul Lewis revisits Vincent Price's vengeful thespian in Douglas Hickox's blackly comic 1973 horror, Theatre of Blood...
James Whale

James Whale: God of Monsters

James Whale is a megalith of early horror cinema. An out gay man, he direct some of the greatest gothic horror films Universal Pictures would ever produce. Retrospectively seen to…
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Amicus Productions rises from the grave

After decades in the shadows, the legendary Amicus Productions is set for a grand revival thanks to the team at Hex Studios. Their upcoming film, 'In the Grip of Terror',…
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Celebrating The Invisible Man (1933)

Celebrating the British influence in Universal's Classic Monster stable, Johnny Restall explores James Whale's 1933 adaptation of H.G. Wells' The Invisible Man...