Exclusive: The horror film banned from Scottish cinemas because of #indyref

White Settlers

The makers of a critically acclaimed new horror film set in Scotland have revealed cinemas have refused to show the movie until after this week’s independence referendum – in case it influences voters.

The controversial British film White Settlers is about a young English couple who buy a house in the Borders, only to be terrorised by masked locals.

But after the movie was dubbed the ‘Scottish Independence Referendum Horror Film’ by the Scotsman and Guardian newspapers earlier this year, the filmmakers have been left unable to show White Settlers in Scotland until after the polls close on September 18th. Continue reading

Review: Devil’s Tower – Grimmfest 2014

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Low budget filmmaking can result in some strange bedfellows. Budgets and availability can mean the most unlikely of pairings making up a cast. Although I can’t imagine many British horror flicks boasting quite as curious a combination as Eurovision’s Frances Ruffelle, Jo off Emmerdale and one half of Jay and Silent Bob.

It wasn’t always thus for Devil’s Tower. Director Owen Tooth, speaking at the film’s world premiere in Manchester tonight, revealed the original plan had been for Sean Bean to star in the film, playing the role of the caretaker. But just before production, Game of Thrones happened, and suddenly Sheffield United’s most famous fan went from being in consideration for a supporting role to being priced out of reach.

Instead, in came Jason Mewes, the occasionally troubled muse of Kevin Smith, to bring a touch of American swagger to a film set in a Derbyshire tower block. Continue reading