Thursday, 15 September 2011

Come ye all for the midnight movie special

Anyone attending FANTASYCON this year who has not yet seen THE DEVIL’S ROCK, will get their chance on Friday September 30th in a special 'Midnight Movie' presentation (starting at 11.50pm).

I will be in attandence, and afterwards will be hosting a special Q&A session. It's going to be a late one, obviously, but hopefully that won't put folk off. It had better not do, actually, given that I've seen the bar-side action at FANTASYCON drag on until six in the morning sometimes.

The Con is to be held at the Royal Albion Hotel, Brighton, and runs from September 30th until October 2nd.

This aside, the movie, which gets its New Zealand premiere at the Roxy Cinema, Wellington, on Setpember 21st (and will then be appearing all around the country, courtesy of the READING CINEMA chain) seems to be going from strength to strength.

I've included a couple more stills to whet your appetites.

Top: Full florid occult horror, as Meyer and Grogan seek to protect themselves against the gathering forces of evil.

Left: A passage in the bunker - admit it, you wouldn't want to go down there either.

The reviews are still, largely, complimentary.


Paul Campion and his co-writers have a great deal of fun with the classic "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" scenario, which is a good thing - a feature-length movie confined to a few rooms where you can count the important characters on one-hand needs suspense more than anything else, and Campion's smart about it, cranking the tension up high to start and then finding ways to move the needle on the pressure gauge as much as he can as the movie goes on ...

So there you go. Want to see what all the fuss is about? Get your backsides down to the Royal Albion at midnight on September 30th (obviously you will need to be an official attendee at the convention to be allowed admittance).

And now for something completely different.

Here, I present for your delectation a brief gallery of some eerie images of the Lake District, that wild and mountainous corner of northwest England which is more wreathed in mystery and rural superstition than almost any other part of the UK.

Why, you may be asking, am I doing this, and what relevance does it have to the normal business of this blog? Well basically, that's for me to know and you to find out. All I will say is that, in presenting this gallery, I'm warming you all up for something exciting. So watch this space very carefully indeed. At some point soon, the news will break.

Castlerigg Stone Circle at dawn. (I don't know who the photographer is responsible for this fine shot, but if he or she wants to get in touch, I'll happily give them a credit).

Blencathra in ominous mood - does it know any other? (Photo by Adhemarius).

Claife Station, Windermere - trust me, you do NOT want to go there at night. (Photo by Stephen Dawson).

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