Horror On Sea 2018

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Horror On Sea is one of my favourite yearly events, organised by the wonderful Paul Cotgrove and set in Southend On Sea, the festival at the Park Inn hotel pulls in film makers and avid fans of the genre from up and down the country and is a great platform for indie horror films to premiere.

I’ve been lucky enough to have films screen there for the past four years running. In 2015, ‘Serial Kaller’ and ‘Axe To Grind’, in 2016, ‘Banjo, in 2017, ‘Zombie Women Of Satan II’ and this year, Sunday 21st January 2018 saw the premiere of ‘Pumpkins’

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Written and Directed by Maria Lee Metheringham, and edited, VFX’d and scored in lightening speed by a very talented bunch, principal photography only wrapped in October and the festivals submission cut off is in November, this was the first time most of the cast and crew had seen the finished article.

We shot mainly up in various locations in Yorkshire so for most that are based near there it was quite a distance from Southend but that considered there was an amazing turn out, one of the actors I think even had a 500 mile round trip.

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The hotel bar next to the function room is always a great place to meet like minded horror freaks and catch up with friends you’ve made over the years, like team Mycho whose film ‘Mask Of Thorn’ screened on the Saturday so I’m yet to see it and Mark Rathbone and the main reason I come to the festival every year (other than that I’ve had films screening each year) Marks ferrets! Their little faces though, too cute!!!

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Team Pumpkins – some of the cast/crew

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Jelly the ferret

I also missed Eileen Daly whose film ‘Witches Brew’ screened on the Saturday.

Every year I say that the next year I’ll do the full weekend but then January seems to come out of nowhere and I’ve ended up working but next year for sure, I’m going to do the full weekend!

Even though I was only there for the one evening, I still left feeling inspired, my friend John, also in the industry came along with me and we bounced a few ideas around in the car home so maybe we’ll have something to screen at the festival next year . . .

 

 

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The Museum Of Witchcraft

The first time I went to The Last Tuesday Society it was for an evening of Absinthe tasting whilst getting up close and personal with all kinds of wonderful scaly beasts, I think at one point I had a snake cuddling my neck, a bearded dragon balanced on my chest and a chameleon perched on my finger, that night the Victor Wynd museum of curiosities that lurks beneath the quirky cocktail bar was closed so I jumped at the chance to go back for the launch night of the temporary exhibit from Cornwall’s Museum Of Witchcraft and to finally see the permanent collection in the basement.

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The Museum Of Witchcraft was founded by Cecil Williamson and opened in 1951 in Castletown, Isle Of Man and was moved to is’s current location in Boscastle, Cornwall in 1960 and through various gifts and acquisitions over the years the collection has grown to be the largest of its type in the world.

The exhibition in London features photographs and a mix of magical objects including a witch mirror, like something straight from the evil queens lair in Snow White, a wax poppet, spells, charms, a fortune telling tea cup and items from a black magicians alter, scary!

After a couple of complementary Hendrik’s gin & tonics from Victor Wynd himself I descended the spiral staircase to feast my eyes upon the wonders that lay below.

Wow, what a collection, erotica, taxidermy, fairies, shrunken heads, a mummified penis and apparently Kylie’s poo although I’m pretty sure that can’t be real, I mean, Kylie doesn’t poo right?

The Museum Of Witchcraft exhibition is running until the end of February so don’t worry if you’re too busy with Christmassy stuff this month, there’s still a time to catch it in the new year.

 

 

Shocktoberfest 2017 Launch

Being born in Australia, I’m convinced I’m not cut out for England’s cold Winter climate, having said that, most of my favourite calendar events (bar my birthday which is in August) happen during the Winter, Bonfire Night, Christmas and of course, the most important one of all, Halloween!

Of all the Halloween attractions I’ve been to, Tulley’s Shocktoberfest is the best. Set in the middle of nowhere in Crawley (about an hour and a half drive from where I live in East London) on a farm, with lots of various haunted attractions to work your way around.

I went along to the launch night with friends and had a great time, even bumping in to my friend and favourite horror hostess Miss Bunny Galore who was there on the black carpet!

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Having been before, I knew what to expect and was pushed to the front of my group of friends to lead them around for most of the attractions, my favourites being Twisted Clowns 3D where dimension is a state of mind and The Colony where you get to walk through a maze of corn among a breed of feral survivors.

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The whole Scream Park is so well put together and each attractions set so well designed, it’s a must visit for the Halloween season.

Book online at http://www.tulleysshock.co.uk – I’d recommend getting a fast track pass as the queues can be long and you don’t want to run out of time to visit the Halloween store!

 

 

 

 

Pumpkins

Being a horror actress, Halloween is my absolute favourite event of the year, granted I’m definitely a little pink and sparkly and ‘I love unicorns’ for a horror actress but nevertheless, as soon as Autumn hits and those pumpkin spiced soya latte’s are advertised in all the coffee shops, I can’t help but get a tingle of excitement.

So imagine the excitement when fellow actress/directress Maria Lee Metheringham asked me to  join the cast of her Halloween themed eightiesesque horror film, Pumpkins!

What’s better than your every day horror film? A horror film set around Halloween!

OK, so it’s not Autumn yet here in England, in fact it’s meant to be Spring but it’s been raining so much, I think someone forgot to remind the weather gods! Anyway, last week I made a little road trip to ‘not so sunny’ Skegness for filming.

We shot over night in a very ‘Country’ pub, such an old building that as soon as you walked through the door you literally couldn’t get any phone signal, 4G or even 3G through the old walls.

In between filming we lived in caravans – because that’s what Skegness is famous for, I shared a room with Marcella Edgecombe-Craig (Panda), we hadn’t actually met in person before, but after a couple of days as roomies, accidentally keeping everyone else in our caravan up all night with our giggling, we’re literally friends for life!

Even our drives to set were eventful, with rainbows, bunnies and a group of very friendly cows, I do love the English countryside.

It was lots of fun filming, a great cast and crew and I’m looking forward to another days filming to finish off later this year.

For updates, please go to http://www.facebook.com/featurefilmgame

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I Scream on the Beach

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I filmed a little cameo role in a Southend based horror film.

It was only a few pages of dialogue but I had to try and pull off an American accent.
Learning an accent is something I’ve been meaning to do for a while but never seem to find the time so hopefully I pulled it off, I went for something slightly LA, I think watching so many episodes of Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills has definitely helped!

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