A monthly film club introducing the brilliant, bizarre, and beloved of London's horror films. Hosted by Lauren, a horror author and the leader of London’s first horror film walks.
S1E10: 2010s - Attack the Block
For the final episode of Season One, we watch the 2011 comedy-horror Attack the Block starring Jodie Whittaker and a pre-Star Wars John Boyega. In the film, a group of kids in a council block defend London from nearly-invisible aliens, who arrive hidden by the fireworks of Guy Fawkes night. This film is as much about aliens as it is about London, from the complex social realities of London Council Estates, the lovable and funny characters, and the remarkable shots around Vauxhall and Oval.
S1E9: 2000s - The Last Horror Movie
From the director of "Shiver". A serial killer stalking victims all over London, but why is he showing you his crimes? A creepy twist on found footage, The Last Horror Movie is a time capsule of what horror was and how it was changing in the early 2000s. It's also pure nostalgia for those of us who grew up renting horror movies.
S1E8: 1990s - "Bram Stoker's Dracula"
Winner of three Academy Awards and starring Gary Oldman as Dracula, this is one of the truly underrated Vampire films of our time. And the best of Francis Ford Coppola's horror films. The film captures Bram Stoker's London - from Bedlam Asylum to the Lumiere Brothers on Regents Street - while adding a romantic twist to Stoker's famous vampire. Cast also includes Keanu Reeves, Wynona Rider, and Anthony Hopkins.
S1E7: 1980s - "Lifeforce"
From the director of "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and "Poltergeist" comes the truly unique and visually spectacular London horror "Lifeforce": a tale of spirit-sucking space vampires! Starring an all-star cast including Patrick Stewart, Matilda May, Steve Railsback, and Peter Firth.
S1E6: 1970s - "The Medusa Touch"
Starring Richard Burton and Lee Remick, "The Medusa Touch" is a hidden gem in 1970s horror, protesting nuclear power, environmental destruction, war, and drawing on a very real history of psychic experimentation across the globe. Can a psychic change the world, and would we want him to?
S1E5: 1960s - "Peeping Tom"
"Peeping Tom", for good reasons, is Martin Scorsese's favourite film. Produced in the same year as "Psycho", "Peeping Tom" was a horror film as psychologically disturbing and more controversial, with its scathing comments on film culture and curiosity about what it means to be afraid.