Taking inspiration from 1940/50s creature features, Attack of the Cat People is an entertaining tribute to black and white horror schlock; a 45-minute labour of love following a scientific expedition to an unusual meteorite with mysterious inhabitants: anthropomorphic cat-like creatures!
Pat Cardi has kindly spoken with Attack from Planet B to discuss his acting career, his experience with Universal Studios – including working on William Castle’s Let’s Kill Uncle (1966) – and the independent cult classic Horror High (1973).
“For me as an actor, it made practical sense to leave acting because the money wasn’t there and it would have taken years for me to make it work… Horror High made plenty of money for the distributor we signed with, but we never got paid.”
Attack from Planet B had the opportunity to interview the creators of Chastity Bites, John and Lotti Knowles, about their feature film and their various other film projects past and present.
“[Stuart Gordon] was an absolute delight to work with, and I cried when he left the set after filming his scene – I was just so overwhelmed with emotion.”
A culturally significant part of the 70s and 80s was the rise of the independent VHS store. The story of the owners, clients, movie stars and producers that shaped the VHS era is captured perfectly by director and writer Mark Williams.
“We actually cover a lot of ground in just over 90 minutes which is quite a feat to achieve!”
The Portsmouth based Trash Arts is becoming a prolific producer of low-budget, yet high quality films of the supernatural and horror genres. Low-key, intense and relying on skilled acting and filmmaking techniques rather than jump scares, the team of Sam Mason-Bell and Jessica Hunt give us subtle movies which true horror fans will cherish.
“As I got more into horror, I started to get more interested in films that could push social boundaries and truly disturb an audience…”
If you are looking for a movie to watch, which combines the best of the golden days of exploitation with modern sensibilities, may I suggest Ravage? First time director, Teddy Grennan takes a common horror theme and elevates it to the sublime, with the assistance of a first-class cast and superior photography.
“When we pitched the story around, we were always asked about tone and it was always: it’s God’s green earth smashed up against man’s ill will.”
With explosive set-pieces and a horde of rampaging wild animals, former wildlife photographer MJ Basset delivers a killer slice of action cinema, with a shrewd critique of poaching and the black-market animal trade. To celebrate the release of Rogue, director MJ Basset tells us her top five action movie influences.
“There’s no point blowing stuff up if the characters around the explosion aren’t of consequence.”
If you are looking for a scary movie to watch All Hallows’ Eve, may I suggest The Dare? You may, however, want to look away during the inventive torture sequences that Director Giles Alderson and co-writer Jonny Grant have concocted! The Dare succeeds in shocking its audience with grisly, grotesque imagery.
“There’s a video… and I look frazzled! Proper done in. Nightmares for weeks. But it was worth it! Just.”
The Dare succeeds in shocking its audience with grisly, grotesque imagery exploiting humanity’s most irrational fears; succeeding in its simplicity to leave you traumatised! Co-writing this blood-soaked horror, screenwriter Jonny Grant breathes new life into the art of splatter – The Dare is definitely not for the squeamish!
“I really didn’t want to go down the route of violence for violence sake. I wanted our villain to be conducting these acts because they resonated deeply with him; the violence was personal to him and his past.”
In anticipation of Skylin3s‘ world premiere closing FrightFest Halloween Digital Edition 2020 on the 25th October, Attack from Planet B discussed with Liam O’Donnell his desire to create an Aliens-esque “international team of badasses” space movie.
“If we are going to do this, I’m going to lean all the way in, you know?”
Unleashed in time for Halloween, The Dare is now available on Digital Download and DVD from Lionsgate UK, so what better time for Director Giles Alderson to give us a run-down of his top five horror movie influences.
“[Se7en] got so under my skin that the first time I attempted to watch it I had to walk out of the cinema I felt so sick!”
Continuing from our previous interview, Attack from Planet B talked with Michael Fausti regarding his first feature film EXIT, and the various influences that have helped shape him as a filmmaker.