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


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

Watch the missing Doctor Who – Robot of Sherwood scene

BARROWMAN! *shakes fist*

You’re probably well aware of two newsy things about this week’s episode of Doctor Who.  One is that it was leaked as part of the ‘Where in time is Marcelo Camargo’ fiasco a few weeks before the season premiere.

The other is that, in the wake of the horrific murders of journalists Steven Sotloff and James Foley, and the incident in London earlier this week, the BBC had decided to edit the episode before transmission. Continue reading

It’s Grimm Up North: 2014 Grimmfest line-up revealed

Let Us Prey

The line-up for this year’s Grimmfest horror film weekend in Manchester has been announced, following the confirmation of a couple of impressive warm-ups later this month.  And there’s a distinctly Scottish flavour.  Probably quite apt given how close we are to the Big Vote. Continue reading

Collectormania Glasgow: Fear and Loathing at Braehead


Braehead Arena is an odd place.

A 6000 seat stadium slap bang in the middle of a slightly run-down shopping centre on the outskirts of Glasgow. Getting to it means schlepping out of town and trudging through an empty mall on a Sunday morning.

The only people around are security and shambling hoards of cosplayers and geeks, swigging from Irn Bru to shift their hangovers or excitedly bouncing and chattering like machine guns at their weary looking parents. Continue reading

Is Outlander worth watching? Brigadontbother

Outlander - Jamie and Claire

There’s been a remarkable amount of talk in the Scottish media of late, lamenting that Outlander – the show it has been desperately pegging as the new Game of Thrones and a much needed kick-starter project for the nation’s film industry – has yet to find a UK broadcaster.

Now, by the time you read this, that situation may well have been resolved. We can take bets on exactly where it’ll end up. Sky Living, perhaps. SyFy. Given the amount of untranslated Gaelic in it, Alba might even be a home for it, if they can find a slot between football matches and repeats of Speaking Our Language.

The latest theory doing the rounds from a press desperate to avoid performing a public reverse ferret is that broadcasters have been afraid to pick the show up while the debate over Scotland’s future is played out, with the impending referendum leaving unionist-minded companies worried about showing new Scottish-themed series lest it sway the vote and lead a braveheart revolt.

Of course, there could be a much simpler reason than politics. It could just be that the show’s unwatchably shit. Continue reading