The Last Horror Movie Actor: Kevin Howarth

The Last Horror Movie

audio Ahead of the release of his new film The Seasoning House, Alex Fitch talks to actor Kevin Howarth about his career so far, from his memorable lead role in The Last Horror Movie (2003) to his forthcoming zombie action movie GallowWalkers with Wesley Snipes. Howarth talks about resisting his typecasting as a horror film actor, working as a voice artist on video games and the experiences of working with make-up artist Paul Hyett on various projects before the latter turned director on The Seasoning House. (Originally broadcast 21 June 2013 on Resonance 104.4 FM)

The Seasoning House is released on 21 June 2013 in UK cities by Kaleidoscope Entertainment.

For more info and formats to stream/download, visit

Podcast produced by Alex Fitch

Mirage Men: UFOs, myth-making and the US government

Mirage Men

audio Author and Strange Attractor publisher Mark Pilkington, author and filmmaker Roland Denning and artist Kypros Kyprianou talk about their fascinating documentary Mirage Men (co-directed by John Lundberg). A companion to Mark Pilkington’s book of the same title, the film offers an extraordinary insight into the American government’s manipulation of beliefs about UFOs to create a myth that would serve their counterintelligence strategy.

For more information on the film please go to the Mirage Men website.

First broadcast on Resonance 104.4 FM on Friday 28 July 2013.

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Free month of films on MUBI for Electric Sheep readers

Deep Red

Electric Sheep have teamed up with MUBI to bring you a free month of films. Get 30 days of access to MUBI’s hand-picked selection of the best films from around the world, with a new film added every day.

Films available include Dario Argento’s Deep Red and The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, Roman Polanski’s Cul de sac, Abel Ferrara’s King of New York, Kim Ki-young’s The Housemaid, Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Still Walking, Claude Chabrol’s La rupture and Johnnie To’s PTU,.

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Electric Sheep presents Tombs of the Blind Dead at EEFF

Masonic Temple at Andaz Hotel Liverpool Street

Tombs of the Blind Dead

Screening date: Saturday 29 June 2013

Time: 8:45pm

Venue: Masonic Temple, Andaz Hotel Liverpool Street, London

Part of the East End Film Festival, 25 June – 10 July 2013
Director: Amando de Ossorio

Writers: Jes&#250s Navarro Carri&#243n, Amando de Ossorio

Original title: La noche del terror ciego

Cast: Lone Fleming, C&#233sar Burner, Mar&#237a Elena Ar&#243n

Spain 1972

86 mins

East End Film Festival website

Evil Knights Templar rising from their graves, riding skeletal horses in pursuit of tourists gone astray, ruined monasteries and deserted villages: Amando de Ossorio’s creepy, atmospheric Tombs of the Blind Dead has some of the most memorable imagery of the Spanish horror boom of the 1970s. Influenced by George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead, de Ossorio nevertheless makes the returning dead his own: having had their eyes pecked out by crows after being hanged for their wicked ways, the Knights rely on sounds to hunt their preys. Released in the final years of Franco’s dictatorship, Tombs of the Blind Dead is not only a terrific eerie chiller, but also a subversive allegory for corrupt military and religious power oppressing and persecuting ordinary people. Tombs of the Blind Dead was followed by another three films on the blood-sucking Knights, all directed by the prolific de Ossorio.

Electric Sheep and Strange Attractor are proud to present a rare screening of Tombs of the Bind Dead at the Masonic Temple, Andaz Hotel Liverpool Street, London, on Saturday 29 June, as part of the East End Film Festival. Jim Harper, author of ‘The New Regime: Spanish horror in the 1970s and the end of the dictatorship’, published in The End: An Electric Sheep Anthology (Strange Attractor Press), will introduce the screening.

The screening ends a whole day of cult classics around the theme of secret societies at the Masonic Temple starting from 2pm: Sherlock Holmes hunts Jack the Ripper in British classic Murder By Decree, introduced by critic and novelist Kim Newman; a woman begins seeing strange apparitions in 1970’s giallo The Perfume of the Lady in Black; Jodorowsky’s Mexican circus grotesque Santa Sangre is introduced by its composer Simon Boswell; and finally, we descend into the Tombs of the Blind Dead.


2.00pm | Murder By Decree | Dir. Bob Clark
4:30pm | The Perfume of the Lady in Black | Dir. Francesco Barilli
6:15pm | Santa Sangre | Dir. Alejandro Jodorowsky
8:45pm | Tombs of the Blind Dead | Dir. Amando de Ossorio

In association with Titan Books, Cigarette Burns Cinema, Electric Sheep Magazine and Strange Attractor Press.

£3.50 per film | £10 for the day

Tickets available from See Tickets.

In May 2011, Electric Sheep took part in the East End Film Festival’s first celebration of Secret Societies at the Masonic Temple. Read our feature on the Freemasons and their connection to Jack the Ripper and listen to a podcast of our radio show on Jack the Ripper, the Freemasons in cinema and the links between crime and the occult with guests Strange Attractor Press publisher Mark Pilkington and Electric Sheep and Strange Attractor contributor Richard Bancroft. You can also listen to a podcast of a panel discussion on Jack the Ripper, witches’ covens and religious cults in film recorded at the Masonic Lodge. Speakers include Electric Sheep editor Virginie S&#233lavy, assistant editor Alex Fitch, Nollywood scholar Nicola Woodham, filmmaker and horror specialist Jennifer Eiss, and Jim Harper, author of Flowers From Hell: The Modern Japanese Horror Film. Includes clips from Murder by Decree, Season of the Witch, The Wicker Man and Rosemary’s Baby.

Kristinia Buozyte on Vanishing Waves

Vanishing Waves
Vanishing Waves

audio In an interview recorded at Sci-Fi-London earlier this month, Lithuanian director Kristina Buozyte talks to Virginie S&#233lavy about her film Vanishing Waves, a hypnotic, sensual sci-fi experience in which a scientist connects with the brain of a comatose patient with whom he has increasingly intense neural encounters, which gradually reveal what happened to her.

For more information on Vanishing Waves, please visit the Facebook page.

First broadcast on Resonance 104.4 FM on Friday 17 May 2013.

Kier-La Janisse on House of Psychotic Women

Hardback cover of House of Psychotic Women

audio Montreal-based writer Kier-La Janisse, who is also programmer for the SF Indie Film Festival, director of the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies and web director of Fangoria Magazine, talks to Virginie S&#233lavy about her latest book, House of Psychotic Women (FAB Press), an autobiographical study of female madness in horror and exploitation films.

First broadcast on Resonance 104.4 FM on Friday 19 April 2013.

Electric Sheep presents Mondomanila at Flatpack Festival


Format: Cinema

Screening date: Friday 29 March 2013

Time: 22:45pm

Venue: Custard Factory, Birmingham

Director: Khavn de la Cruz

Writers: Khavn de la Cruz, Norman Wilwayco

Based on the novel How I Fixed My Hair after a Rather Long Journey by: Norman Wilwayco

Cast: Timothy Mabalot, Marife Necesito, Palito

Philippines/Germany 2012

75 mins

Flatpack website

Electric Sheep are proud to present a screening of Khavn de la Cruz’s Mondomanila at the Flatpack Festival in Birmingham on Friday 29 March.

A joyfully outrageous slice of life in the slums set to a punky soundtrack, Mondomanila is a slap in the face of Western expectations of politely miserabilist depictions of the downtrodden. A hyper kinetic, super stylised wild carnival of the destitute, it follows a midget, a one-armed rapper, a ‘day-glo fairy’, a disabled pimp and their friends as they try to get as much sex and drugs as they can and tackle a racist white paedophile. A toothless showman opens this exuberant bad taste spectacle, promising something horrible and creepy, but the Mondo-style shockumentary aspect is underpinned by the crude reality of life in Manila, making the film vital and energising.

Although Filipino director Khavn de la Cruz has made 33 feature films and 100 shorts, British festivals have tended to ignore his prolific output, and the Flatpack screening provides a rare opportunity to discover his provocative work.

Read our interview with Khavn de la Cruz at the Edinburgh Film Festival in June 2012.

The Sleep Paralysis Project

The Sleep Paralysis Project

audio Carla MacKinnon, film festival producer (Branchage, London Short Film Festival, East End Film Festival) and organiser of film and thought events Rich Pickings, talks to Virginie Sélavy about her latest venture, The Sleep Paralysis Project, a cross-platform investigation of a common parasomniac phenomenon and its cultural and scientific background through film, live events and online. The project was launched at the London Short Film Festival in January with an evening of film and talk. A short documentary is currently in production.

To find out more about the Sleep Paralysis Project visit

First broadcast on Resonance 104.4 FM on Friday 15 March 2013.

The Keep and Nazisploitation

The Keep

I’M READY FOR MY CLOSE-UP, Friday 15 February, 5-5:30pm, Resonance 104.4 FM

Writer and comic artist Mark Stafford talks to Virginie Sélavy about Michael Mann’s dark, atmospheric 1983 movie, in which German soldiers stationed in an old Romanian castle during WWII are faced with an ancient evil, and the use of Nazis in exploitation and horror films.

Cigarette Burns and Electric Sheep are proud to present a very special and rare 35mm screening of Michael Mann’s 1983 lost classic The Keep, never released on DVD, making it nearly as mythical as Molasar himself, on Thursday 21 February, Prince Charles, London.

American Mary: A feminist horror film?

American Mary

audio Writer and director Jennifer Eiss, and freelance journalist and co-founder of The Duke Mitchell Film Club Evrim Ersoy, talk to Virginie Sélavy about Jen and Sylvia Soska’s provocative, gruesome and stylish American Mary, discussing among other things the Soska twins’ description of their film as ‘feminist horror’, the hype surrounding them, and Katharine Isabelle’s performance as the disenchanted psychotic surgeon at the centre of the film.

First broadcast on Resonance 104.4 FM on Friday 18 January 2013.