Monday, 20 March 2017

Extrasensory Perception

It is the morning of Friday 5th August 2016, and a fairly pleasant 23°C (outside of the car). I'm currently on my way to a small Independent film studios, Halliford, just a few minutes away from m'old haunt, Shepperton Studios, to catch up with some friends, and take a long-awaited trip into the great beyond.

Parking just by the main doors, by now, I know that inside one of the longstanding building's two cosy sound-stages is a dedicated production crew, currently shooting proof of concept footage for a new film project known as, Extrasensory, written by Stephen Volk. By now, you might have guessed why I was invited along.

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

We're still getting calls about that shadowy figure...

Greetings, Ghostwatchers!

Almost twenty-five years on, and it seems that Mr. Pipes still delights in tormenting his audience with further, potential hidden appearances. So much so, in fact, that one Ghostwatcher in particular - James Syrett, recently got in touch, to suggest a few new possible sightings of his very own...

Before we start, it's worth noting that Dr. Lin Pascoe's eloquently logical notion of 'Faces in the Fire', remains something of a much-loved mantra, around these parts. We know that there are definitely eight confirmed sightings of the notoriously-bashful Raymond Tunstall, one debunked, and perhaps as many as five more left to track down, in total. It's also worth a mention that although the golden figure of "Thirteen" appearances is posited during the doc, the actual final tally could well have reduced/increased, during the exhaustive edit of the original film.

Monday, 31 October 2016

National Séance 2016

Greetings, Ghostwatchers!

First, has anyone else noticed their old Teletext service has suddenly returned, or is it just me..? If this happens again, I'll be sure to let you know. Spooky, eh?

In other news, hope you can all join us later this evening, for National Séance 2016! This year marks our sixth live event, and the last before next year's big Ghostwatch Twenty-Fifth Anniversary. As always, the glorious proceedings kick off, just like the original, at 21:25, Tonight.

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Only at the BBC, loves!

Greetings, Ghostwatchers!

So, news. But first, a recap. In late 2007, when I first met writer, Stephen Volk at The Watershed, Bristol, so intermittently timorous was I in handing over my treatment for then-pie-in-the-sky documentary project, first momentarily titled, Ghostwatch: Behind the Scenes, that I very nearly walked out of the building before I even got the chance. Though, to be fair, I was just about to miss the last train home. Then, a few seconds later, I did.

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Bag Pipes

Greetings, Ghostwatchers! On Wednesday 24th August, in the heart of bustling, tram-linked city of Edinburgh, Scotland, Filmhouse (home of the city's International Film Festival), hosted the world premiere of Red Dwarf XI, set to air on Dave beginning, 22nd September. And guess who flew up to Auld Reekie to check out the proceedings. No clues, just have a guess.

Moderated by SFX Editor, Richard Edwards, the event notably featured an appearance from our very own Hallowe'en Witchboard enthusiast, Craig Charles.

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Elly's watching you...

Image courtesy of Lionsgate
Ironically, this all seems slightly unreal.

There had been some rustling in the leaves for a while surrounding upcoming Horror flick, The Woods, but earlier today, news finally broke that the upcoming film, set for release this September, is in fact a long-awaited sequel to Indie classic, The Blair Witch Project!

Made on a shoestring in 1997, the original film was later released in 1999 to enormous worldwide commercial success, and a positive critical response. The first industrial metal-fueled sequel, Book of Shadows shortly followed in 2000, and is often regarded as, well, not quite up to the lofty standards of its predecessor. Personally, I must admit to having slightly more time for its central, mass-hysteria-centric conceit than some, which feels more grounded and intriguing a concept on repeat viewings. Give it another go if you can, especially if watched alongside its short film accompaniments, Shadow of the Blair Witch and The Burkittsville 7.