The Wicker Man

‘Midsommar’ And The Rise Of Folk Horror

It must be frustrating for Adam Scovell. Having written a fascinating and insightful volume called ‘Folk Horror: Hours Dreadful and Things Strange’, along has come the mother of all films folk-horrorish. Folk horror has always existed in some form or another, from spots where runic symbols are carved to rural areas of supposed mystical significance. […]

The Supernatural On Film Part 2

Films can shape writers as much as books. My love of the supernatural stems from the earliest films I saw, although none were from Hollywood except ‘The Haunting’. On Sundays we always had double cinema bills of old – sometimes very old – films. It was a great cheap way of catching up with what […]

Remake It? Please Don’t!

The biggest mistake directors commit when they remake classic films is misunderstanding the intent of the original. The last few years have seen one weak reboot after another, the most recent being Disney’s decision to remake its animation films as live action features. Originality is born out of time and place; Hollywood’s great screwball comedies, […]

Christopher Lee: No More Back From The Dead

They may have to bang a stake into this one to keep him down. As you age you get to watch your band of heroes dwindle. Lee was never a hero as such – he adopted rather too much of a (baritone) one-note in his performances – but he was certainly a powerful part of […]

More Versions Of ‘Willow’…

Further to ‘Theft Or Genius?’ (below) Willow’s Song from ‘The Wicker Man’ keeps arriving in other versions (this one suggested by Porl Cooper)…I think someone should sample it with ‘I’m not a witch’ from monty Python & The Holy Grail’.

Theft Or Genius?

It’s late and I’ve worked fourteen hours straight so I’m losing complicated thoughts, but I was pondering on copies and versions of creative works this evening, in the light of the lovely Pogo mixes posted elsewhere here, which sample tracks from films. One thing that strikes me as odd is that, if you write a […]