Saturday, 24 July 2021

BBC Themed Nights - with Jon Riley & Gerard Barry

Greetings, Ghostwatchers!

Recently, I was recommended to reach out to Jon Riley & Gerard Barry, two Industry stalwarts who contributed in notable capacities to a number of fondly-recalled BBC themed evenings, including, Weird Night [1994], the first [Craig Charles-hosted] Star Trek Night [1996], Kung Fu Night [1997], Monster Night [1998], and Politically Incorrect Night [1998]. 

Thursday, 29 April 2021

I don't know how many of these to take with a pinch of salt...

Greetings, Ghostwatchers.

Fandom naturally engenders a protective atmosphere. Even fair-minded criticism can be instinctively resisted, and often-times repelled by fans of their particular, chosen following. Far too often, opinions are misconstrued as personal attacks, testing the cotton-swaddled bonds of joy & emotional connectivity through uncaring logic. In my experience, topics often ripe for heartless joy-shredding include spaghetti hoop continuity, blisteringly outdated political commentary, or the media in question otherwise not standing-up to the test of time [i.e. the crushing realisation that your favourite show was actually always a bit shit].

Tuesday, 27 April 2021

"Horsehair" [Duncan Nicoll, 1998]

Greetings, Ghostwatchers!

In 1999, it was hard not to be excited by the oncoming arrival of instant, Indie classic, The Blair Witch Project; least of all given its groundbreaking marketing campaign. As a production, it was daring, it was creative, and it was bloody scary. For those reasons and more, it has long-remained a firm favourite of mine.

Ironically, I didn't get the chance to see the film in cinemas. Nevertheless, I was determined to finally check it out on VHS as soon as it landed at the now long-lost 321 Video rental store, up the road.

Monday, 1 February 2021

"There's probably going to be some bastard dressed as Pipes the Ghost, behind me." - The Last Leg - 29/1/21

Greetings, Ghostwatchers!

During a previous episode of popular Channel 4 show, The Last Leg, co-host, Josh Widdicombe dared fellow co-host Adam Hills to find a copy of Ghostwatch.

Given the nature of most topical satire magazine shows, you'd be forgiven for assuming the following week's instalment might - just might - feature a fairly insignificant follow-up to that altogether encouraging recommendation.

Well, who'd have thought the ectoplasm would well-and-truly hit the fan?