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10 Upcoming British Horror Films To Watch!

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The British are coming! After the financial and critical success of 28 Days Later, Shaun of the Dead and more recently The Woman in Black, British horror films have seen an increase during the last ten years. The following is a list of 10 immanent arrivals to DVD worthy of attention.

Included with each film is a trailer for your viewing stimulation.

Grabbers 

The Irish love a drink and the population of Erin Island are no exception. More still if getting pissed is what’s keeping them alive! That seems to be the premise in this Irish horror comedy that mixes madcap humour with a good old fashioned creature feature. Looks like a good bit of fun.

Hollow 

Do we really need another ‘found footage’ horror movie? Hollow is Britain’s inclusion into the genre as we follow events on camera leading up to a horrific crime. Standard stuff right?  Where Hollow does intrigue though is with the idea of a ghostly presence residing within the hollow centre of a mysterious tree and with the notion that the paranormal activity leads people to death by way of suicide.

Stitches 

If you can look past the idea of British comedian Ross Noble (of all people!) playing the title role as a sadistic clown hell-bent on revenge, then this could be a murderous treat. The set up seems like your typical revenge plot as Stitches the clown returns beyond the grave to seek revenge on those responsible for his tragic death. Clowns have always been a personal source of discomfort for me (I blame Stephen King) so naturally I am drawn to this film. There just aren’t enough killer clown films being made right?

The Fallow Field 

Independent British horror film The Fallow Field has been trying to find a release date for the past 3 to 4 years. Finally it arrives in March on DVD and I’m looking forward to its arrival. The story centres on an amnesiac prone to the odd blackout. One day, said man wakes to find he is stranded in a field with no recollection of the past few days but with a powerful sense of déjà vu. A mystery ensues as the man seeks answers which lead him into a dark set of events. A ‘Memento’ type horror? I hope so.

Tower Block

Residents of a London tower block, who were witness to a youth beaten to death, are now being picked off one by one by a revengeful sniper. It’s not a bad idea for a film.  Let’s hope it’s tense and frantic.

Community

Two student filmmakers decide to make a empathetic documentary based on living conditions in the Draymen Estate which is known for it’s brutal violence and where many have gone missing. Are they mad? Even the authorities won’t go near the place. Needless to say, the boys get more than they bargain for in a community beyond redemption.

Berberian Sound Studio

Locked away in a recording studio, British sound engineer Gilderoy is hired to create the audio for an art movie. However, he soon discovers he’s been led there under false pretenses and is actually creating sounds for horror. Bizarre set up this one yet the film has created a lot of buzz. I’m intrigued to say the least. Expect an atmospheric slow burner.

Sightseers

In this black comedy a newly formed couple take their caravan for a road trip around the British Isles to help invigorate romance and intimacy between them, whilst also unlocking their passion for a spot of violence and murder. Don’t let the ‘comedy’ aspect mislead you. Word has it this is a chilling and unsettling slice of psychopathic horror. I’m excited.

Love Bite

When a local teenager goes missing in the small coastal resort of Rainmouth-on-Sea, a werewolf hunter arrives with reason to believe there is a beastie in their midst that feeds on the flesh of virgins. This is another horror comedy which shares a similar set-up with Grabbers but with sex replacing alcohol as the required focus for survival. They could made a good double feature.

Guinea Pigs

Eight volunteers go in for drug testing at a remote medical establishment.  The drug they begin to trial starts to mess with their head space as the severity of the side effects takes hold of each individual. All the footage is caught on camera and presented to us in a documentary style for our viewing pleasure.

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      1. Joe Walker January 27, 2013 at 5:53 pm

        Guinea Pigs looks good

        • Ash
          Ash January 27, 2013 at 10:15 pm

          Yeah you’re not wrong Joe. Looks pretty dark and sinister. Unfortunately, it’s the only one on the list that hasn’t got a confirmed release date yet. Should be soon though.

      2. Kyle Styres January 27, 2013 at 6:04 pm

        i want a remake of Xtro. that movie was a favorite when i was a kid.

        • Ash
          Ash January 27, 2013 at 10:19 pm

          Ahh, is that the one with a nasty ‘human giving birth to an alien’ scene? Or something along those lines…

        • chrisbarfoot November 26, 2013 at 7:28 am

          yeah, it was great- ahead of its time… a fridge full of eggs at the end- was there a sequel?

      3. Marigen Beltran January 27, 2013 at 7:01 pm

        Of the list, I’ve only seen Hollow and I hated it.

        • Emancipator January 27, 2013 at 8:36 pm

          i hate all found footage films its just not a genre I appreciate.

        • Ash
          Ash January 27, 2013 at 10:20 pm

          Why was that Marigen? I haven’t seen it yet.

      4. Graham Cranks January 28, 2013 at 3:27 pm

        Looks good only Republic of Ireland has nothing to do with the United Kingdom. Grabbers is definitely in the wrong list here

        • Ash
          Ash January 28, 2013 at 6:48 pm

          Great spot Graham. I included it because it was a film I didn’t want to miss off the list due to the positive reviews it had received over here. Ireland is not part of the UK but it is part of the ‘British’ Isles. That’s my get out of jail card right there :) Glad you enjoyed the list.

      5. Jeff Carson January 28, 2013 at 11:05 pm

        Some of these look awesome! Why can’t US studios make some original frightening stuff instead of all the lame remakes! BTW Xtro one of my all time favorites! Is that on bluray? Hmmm..@Ash the woman gives birth to a full grown man! LOL! Great scene!

        • Ash
          Ash January 29, 2013 at 9:30 pm

          Yikes! a fully grown man you say, that would be a sight on blu-ray :) Glad you like the look of these films Jeff… which are floating your boat the most?

      6. Phil Robson January 29, 2013 at 2:50 pm

        I’m with Emancipator on “found footage” films although I did quite enjoy Cloverfield. There’s 4 that I think I would enjoy and they are “The Fallow Field” – I like a bit of mystery and intrigue; “Tower Block” – a battle for survival against a vengeful killer, that’s for me; “Sightseers” – violence doesn’t seem so horrific when it’s mixed with such humour and “Love Bite” – i’m not usually a great lover of werewolf films but this one appears to be a bit different amay be worth a watch.

        • Ash
          Ash January 29, 2013 at 9:39 pm

          I agree Phil, Cloverfield was a bit special. I still enjoy the daddy of all found footage movies, the one responsible for all the dross we’ve seen since – The Blair Witch Project, who’s with me?……. (tumbleweed)
          Back to the list, good choices Phil. Although I would say that Grabbers is grabbing me :P

      7. MJ Simpson January 31, 2013 at 8:52 am

        As has been pointed out, Grabbers is Irish (well, a UK/Irish co-production but more the latter). Stitches is an entirely Irish film, apart from the nationality of the lead actor. Calling these British is like classifying Canadian films as American because they are made in North America.

        There were 60 British horror films released last year so there’s really no need to pad out a list like this with foreign movies.

        • Ash
          Ash January 31, 2013 at 10:29 pm

          Thanks for your post MJ Simpson. I did consider devising a list of 60 British films but I thought that might be pushing it :) so I choose 10 that I wanted to recommend. The two from the ten that you mentioned (Grabbers and Stitches) are both UK/Ireland. Besides, they are both from the British Isles. Have you seen any of these movies? If so, what did you think of them?

      8. Freaky Folk Tales February 10, 2013 at 9:52 am

        I know the title is ‘horror’ so fair enough but what I get so frustrated with is that for an isle of writers that produced such inspiring tales of terror and the supernatural (MR James, Le Fanu, Dickens, Nesbit etc) we seem entirely incapable of using these seminal works as inspiration for producing contemporary ‘classics’. And when we do, the productions imho are inferior to the scripts and production of the 70s and 80s – the ’89 BBC production of Woman in Black, BBC’s Ghost stories for Christmas, or anything where Nigel Kneale or Lawrence Gordon Clark have had a hand. Shame…

        • Ash
          Ash February 11, 2013 at 9:09 pm

          I see your point. Why do you think that is? Maybe the trend will change after the success of the recent version of The Woman In Black which had very high production values. What did you think of that film? Thanks for your post.

        • Freaky Folk Tales February 12, 2013 at 7:59 pm

          Here’s a review I wrote after seeing the film:

          For me, Susan Hill’s The Woman in Black remains the finest ghost story of recent times. It has fuelled my imagination – not to mention, my writing – for three decades now and exemplifies how the ghost story genre is arguably the most effective form for exploring the human condition in all its manifestations and complexity. Like the highly celebrated works of MR James, Hill’s work evokes similar unease in the reader with a narrative full of barely-glimpsed horrors in often isolated locations.

          In 1989, I was very excited to learn that Central TV was filming an adaptation to be broadcast on Christmas Eve; a broadcast date previously celebrated by the BBC with its memorable Ghost Story at Christmas slot.

          Despite 30 plus years of watching the ghost story in all its celluloid adaptations, I have yet to find anything more skin-crawlingly terrifying. The subtle imagery of the magnificent Nigel Kneale screenplay, devastating in appearance and intensity, has never left me. Christmas 1989 reawakened my most primitive of fears: that there is something rather nasty lurking in the unexplored recesses of our mind – as if a house of locked rooms.

          Fast forward to 2012 and I am again excited by the spectacle of viewing a new screenplay for The Woman in Black. I try to squash a niggling suspicion that despite the expected quality of a Hammer Production, it will never quite match up to what I consider TV’s scariest moment.
          But with heavy heart, as the film progresses I find that this fear is realised.

          “Open your mouth Daniel Radcliffe, open your mouth!” I’m not necessarily talking words here, just anything to add to the one-dimensional, wide-eyed consternation mode that the young actor lumbers around the screen with. Even the occasional voiceless utterance would imbue the performance with a sense of Kipps’ reactions to increasingly inauspicious surrounds. If this version wishes to focus on the intense suffering of the people of Crythin Grifford, then surely some of this should be sensed by Kipps whether he chooses to interpret events as a portent to get the hell out of the village (but bloody-mindedness and job conviction convinces him to stay); or as an open invitation to help these poor souls and solve a unique mystery. Neither of these reactions appears to fuel the protagonist’s reason for staying.

          As for imagery, the clues are unimaginatively clustered and tend to overstate rather than underplay the hints of the horror to come. A number of scenes clumsily place The Woman central to her surrounds and feature an overuse of the literal. Compare the 1989 version where Pauline Moran’s brief appearances as The Woman fill the whole film with a sense of doom and terror. She’s seen in the background, almost out-of-focus, a few times. The leering, grimacing expression, white face and red eyes, on the rare occasions used, fill the screen. However, in the most recent direction, the antagonist is squarely placed in a cemetery, staring up at the house, in surroundings complete devoid of the most spectral of landscapes: the mist-smeared marshes. Thereafter, the woman makes frequent appearances but these appear designed more to encourage an audience to fear jumping out of its seats than the subtle art of leading the senses on a not so merry journey across an increasingly terrifying and inauspicious landscape.

          Even the ending is a rather inelegant cop-out and manages to completely divert the flow of the movie, far too late for it to recover.

          Spoilt by the book, the theatrical performance and the 1989 screenplay; is the 2012 version just a long line in the natural evolution of the subtle art of celluloid ghost story telling into a more hi octane mix for the younger generation? I hope not

      9. Ash February 13, 2013 at 10:53 pm

        Good review FFT. Thank you for your post. I’m now very keen to seek out 1989’s The Woman in Black adaptation. You make some interesting points. What are your favourite horror/supernatural films of say the 21st Century? Hi octane is not without it’s merits but I agree that subtle chilling stories are few and far between. I would like to see some more. One point to consider though, how old were you in 1989? I’m sure your age would have played a big part in how you interpreted what you saw and the impact it had on your young and impressionable mind. Ghoulies 2 had the same impact on me :)

      10. dream June 25, 2013 at 12:42 am

        I saw in an above comment that guinea pigs didnt have a release date it was released under the title the facility in 2012

      11. TTG July 17, 2014 at 9:15 pm

        Ash – IT IS THE BRITISH AND IRISH ISLES, republic of Ireland is no longer associated with anything British and the sea between both countries is the Irish sea. Dog Soldiers and Wicker man for me