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The Banishing – Ghost Stories & Religion in Horror with Director

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The Banishing – Harrison talks Ghost Stories and Religion in Horror with Director Christopher Smith!!!

If you could Direct a remake of any classic Horror – which film would you choose and why?

I’ve often thought about doing a remake of Nosferatu. I’ve always loved the design of the Count in that film. Even when it was remade with Klaus Kinski or used in Salem’s Lot, there is something inherently scary about the Nosferatu vampire. I think Nosferatu would be the perfect way to reboot the vampire genre.

Have you or anyone close to you ever had a paranormal experience and if so what happened?

No. Sorry for the boring answer but to me all supernatural events are actually events that are happening within the mind of the person. That’s why I love The Shining so much. The hotel is Jack Torrence’s mind. If someone tells me they’re haunted I take it to mean they’re not well.

I always find ghost stories far scarier to watch than slasher movies. Do you agree with this and if so what do you think it is about ghost stories that makes them so scary?

I actually find slasher movies more scary but I find ghost stories more interesting.  Ghosts are essentially you being tormented by your own past. Something of the past is invading the present, just like bad memories, though in their scariest manifestation.

Why do you think religion is regularly used to enhance the scare factor of so many horror movies?

I think religion is in human DNA,  whether your are a believer or not. Anything that successfully taps into that deeply ingrained belief, unsettles something within us and makes us uncomfortable. There’s also something inherently filmic about rituals of any kind. 

The ending of The Banishing makes it feel very open to a sequel. Are there any plans to develop the story further?

I certainly would like to explore  Harry Reed more, as I believe Shaun Harris created a really interesting character. For me the end is very much about the awakening of violence both within the characters and the world as a whole. The idea that prejudice can all too easily be dug up and harnessed within people  to revolting ends.

The Pandemic has given people extra time to be creative. Has the extra time been useful to you and do you think the quality in the films made over the coming years will be better due to Filmmakers having more time to develop their ideas?

Only time will tell. I imagine there will be a spate of twisted films, although you never can tell, perhaps people are so tired of feeling miserable that swathe of comedies are about to flood the market!

Christopher Smith’s  THE BANISHING HITS UK CINEMAS AND DIGITAL PLATFORMS MARCH 26THReview CLICK HERE!!!!

Break – Harrison talks to the stars at the World Premiere

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Break – Harrison talks to the stars at the World Premiere!!!

Harrison with the stars on the ‘Green’ Carpet!!!

Sam Gittins!!! (Spencer Pryde)

Sophie Stevens!!! (Shelley)

Terri Dwyer!!! (Cathy/Break Producer)

Adam Deacon!!! (Weasel)

Anna Danshina!!! (Alena)

Scott Peden!!! (Ginger)

Charlie Wernham!!! (Wallis)

Daniel O’Leary!!! (Jimbo)

Dylan Heath!!! (Young Spencer)

Micheal Elkin!!! (Break Writer/Director)

Dean Fisher!!! (Producer)

Break review by Harrison CLICK HERE!!!

‘Break’ Screening at Drive-In Cinemas around the UK This Summer!!!

Calm With Horses

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Calm With Horses review by Harrison

Available on Digital Download 27/4/20 (15) 4 Stars

Youth #Gottit View:

This is such an incredible movie with some very compelling and hard hitting moments.  Highly Recommended!!!

Reborn – Harrison Discusses Horror Legend Barbara Crampton, Casting the Right Person for a Role and The X-Men with Director Julian Richards

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Reborn – Harrison Discusses Horror Legend Barbara Crampton, Casting the Right Person for a Role and The X-Men with Director Julian Richards!!!

What was the first scene written and what was the first scene you filmed and why were they first?

Julian Richards – Michael Mahin wrote the script and I assume that the first scene written would be the first scene in the film, when Ken Stern (Chaz Bono) is working in the hospital morgue during an electrical storm and discovers that a stillborn girl has been brought back to life by a lightning strike. However, I did add a few scenes when I wrote the directors pass and the first scene I wrote was the Carrie homage scene at the end, which is not only a dream within a film, but also a film within a film. I made this change to the script in order to focus the point of view of the story onto the mother rather than the daughter. In the original script equal time was spent between these two characters, so it was difficult to indentify who the protagonist was and therefore whose story were were following. It could have been the daughter, but I chose the mother, as I think in a horror film its better to keep the so called “monster” in the shadows and keep it mysterious.

The first scene I filmed was the meeting between Lena O Neill (Barbara Crampton) and her therapist Dr Hecht (Monte Markham). It was a simple two hander, so a good opportunity for the cast and crew to break the ice and ease their way into the production. The first two days of a shoot are always the hardest, as cast and crew get to know each other, so it’s always a good idea to shoot something simple.

Generally, I like to shoot in script order so that changes can be made to the script during the shoot. Often, problems in the script only become apparent when you are shooting them, so ideally you need the opportunity to adjust and change on a day to day basis. If you shoot out of order, such as shooting the end scene first, you can lock yourself into the script and lose the ability to work organically. That said, shooting in script order is a luxury that you can rarely afford, because a production schedule is based on the availability of key actors, key locations and minimizing the amount of moves between one location and the next. So for Reborn we shot all the hospital, therapist and police station scenes in one location (LA Film School on Sunset Boulevard) in the first week of the schedule, all the Ken Stern house scenes (Crenshaw) in the second week of the schedule and all the Lena O Neill house scenes (Hollywood Hills) in the third week of the schedule, but still, where possible, we tried to shoot in script order.

Reborn really feels like a dark X-Men film. Would you want to direct an X-men movie and are there any other Comic Book characters you’d like to direct on film?

Julian Richards – My inspiration for REBORN came from classic horror films of the 30’s such as Frankenstein, and 70’s/80’s paranormal horror films such as Carrie, Scanners, The Fury and Firestarter. I did read a few marvel comics as a kid,  but they didn’t have the same impact on me as classic monster movies like King Kong, etc. If I was to adapt a comic book character to film it would probably be 2000AD’s SLAINE, the mythical celtic warrior and his war against the Romans. I grew up in South Wales near a Roman Barracks called Caerleon which has its own amphitheatre rumoured to have been built over Camelot where the Knights of The Round Table resided. So, being of Celtic ancestry, SLAINE would be a good fit. But I also have a prison set horror script called THE MONKEY FARM which is loosely inspired by Arkham Asylum.

Julian Richards on the set of Reborn. Picture: Julian Richards.

Barbara Crampton is Horror movie legend. Did you have a fan-boy moment during the making of Reborn and what is your favourite story or moment with Barbara while filming?

Julian Richards – When I first met Barbara Crampton I didn’t realise how significant her career had been in horror. It was only when I looked her up on IMDB that I realised which of her films I had previously seen. I got to know Barbara because I was involved in the distribution of two of her more recent films BEYOND THE GATES and REPLACE, and I had also seen her on the festival circuit promoting those films. So, I was very much a late-comer to the Barbara Crampton fan club. When I read the screenplay for REBORN, she was the first actress to come to mind and I was really pleased that she agreed to be in the film. Actually, we had already started shooting REBORN with a different actress playing the mother and after 5 days of shooting I realised it was not working out, so over the weekend I sent the script to Barbara and asked her if she would like to take over the part, and start shooting on Monday. Barbara read the script and agreed to be in REBORN, but she only had a couple of days to prepare before we resumed shooting. So my favourite moment with Barbara was our first day of shooting, because she was like the cavalry coming to the rescue. She must have been under enormous pressure (as I was), but she didn’t let it show, she just breezed in and played the part as if she had had weeks to prepare. But I did have a huge fan-boy moment whilst shooting REBORN and that was the hour I spent shooting the scene with Peter Bogdanovich. I’m a big fan of American films of the 70’s, films like The Last Picture Show, so to be able to say that I have directed Peter Bogdanovich means a lot to me.

Artist Spotlight on Julian Richards (Reborn) — HORRIBLE IMAGININGS ...

Kayleigh Gilbert really looks like she could be Barbara’s teenage daughter in the movie. What scene during filming did you know you had definitely cast the right person for the role or Lena’s daughter?

Julian Richards – Casting director Valerie McCaffrey assembled 10 contenders for the part of Tess Stern and after an audition I whittled them down to two very talented actresses. Initially I thought that Kayleigh might be too tall and too extraordinary looking, so was leaning towards the other actress who was more of a girl next door type, but I was still torn about the decision and so asked the opinion of several collaborators and they all voted for Kayleigh. It turned out to be the right decision for many different reasons. Kayleigh is a very focused and saensitive actress and she brought a great deal of empathy to the part. She also has a very striking appearance and in the film, she often reminds me of a young Elsa Lanchester (Bride Of Frankenstein) or female version of Edward Scissorhands. Despite the fact that Kayleigh is taller than Barbara, and she is dark whilst Barbara is blond, the common ingredient that sells them being mother and daughter is their eyes which are windows to the soul.

I realised I had made the right casting decision whilst shooting the scene in Lena’s acting class where Lena and Tess perform a scene together. Writer Michael Mahin had constructed a very strong, emotionally charged scene and both actresses rose to the challenge 100%. It’s one of the strongest scenes in the film because it is so full of emotional sub-text.

Tess has electricity for powers in Reborn – if you could have any element as a power what would it be and how would you use the powers?

Julian Richards – Probably to be invisible, which is a subtle power that wouldn’t attract too much adverse attention, but could be used to my advantage in so many ways. The possibilities are endless.

Available on Digital Download 4/5/20 and DVD 11/5/20 (15) Review CLICK HERE!!!

Just Mercy

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Just Mercy review by Harrison

Available On Digital Download 6/4/20 and DVD, Blu-Ray and 4K 25/5/20

Youth #Gottit View:

Incredibly powerful true story with some stunning performances. Highly Recommended!!!

Reborn

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Reborn review by Harrison

Available on Digital Download 4/5/20 and DVD 11/5/20 (15) 4.5 Stars

Youth #Gottit View:

Classic 80’s Teen Horror meets Murder Mystery meets X-Men movie. This was a massive hit with Harrison and will be with any young Comic Book/Horror fan – Highly Recommended!!!

The Host

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The Host review by Harrison

Available on Video on Demand 17/4/20 (15) 3 Stars

Youth #Gottit View:

Its a modern take on the classic Psycho film with a few fresh twists. There’s lots to be enjoyed and quite a few moments to watch behind your hands. A strong title for young horror fans!!!

Blue Story

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Blue Story review by Harrison

Available on Digital Download 13/4/20 and DVD, Blu-Ray 20/4/20 (15) 5 Stars

Youth #Gottit View:
This movie will be a real eyeopener for many people removed from the realities of life as a youngster on the streets of London in certain areas. Writer/Director Rapman’s story telling and understanding of pain and tragedy is quite exceptional and there is a real essence of both Shakespeare and Park Chan-Wook in his style. This is not just a film for fans of urban hits such as Kidulthood – its for all movie fans. All of Rapman’s short’s are so stylistic and compulsory viewing – we may have found the UK’s answer to Tarantino – Highly Recommended!!!

Youth #Gottit – Harrison at the Blue Story World Premiere CLICK HERE!!!

Harrison at the Blue Story World Premiere

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Harrison asks the stars of the Blue Story ‘Blue Carpet’ about their Fears for Young People, Music’s influence, Drill Music and What they would change to stop Gang Violence if they were Prime Minister!!!

Youth #Gottit – Harrison at the Blue Story World Premiere!!!

Harrison with Rapman (Blue Story Writer/Director)!!!

Stephen Odubola (Timmy)!!!

Michael Ward (Marco)!!!

Damian Jones (Producer)!!!

Karla-Simone Spence (Leah)!!!

Eric Kofi-Abrefa (Switcher)!!!

Junior Afolabi Salokun (Madder)!!!

Khali Best (Killy)!!!

Sean Sugar!!!

Michael Dapaah AKA Big Shaq!!!

Ambush Buzzworl!!!

Michael Griffiths!!!

Harrison with ‘Blue’ Carpet host Hakeem Onibudo!!!

The Brilliant Blue Story available on Digital Download 13/4/20, DVD, Blu-Ray and 4K 20/4/20!!!