Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Their Favourite Horror Films: A 31 Films Of Halloween Special

Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Their Favourite Horror Films: A 31 Films Of Halloween Special

Ross and Phil Talk Movies The Podcasts

On this episode of the podcast, and in honour of #31filmsofhalloween, we talk about our favourite (not best) Horror Films from the past five decades.  From slasher films to found footage, we give to you the horror films that really connected with us.

Hosted by Award winning filmmaker Ross Boyask and blogger/writer/failed former filmmaker Phil Hobden.

Discussed: Invasion of The Body Snatches, Dawn of The Dead, Alien, Jaws, Day Of The Dead, Gremlins, The Thing, EviL Dead 2, Threads, The Blair Witch Project, Scream, Candyman, Zombieland: Double Tap, Breaking Bad, IT Chapter 2, Darkman, Happy Death Day, Happy Death Day 2U, Bloodline, Parasite, Piranha, The Omen, Halloween, American Werewolf In London, Friday The 13th Part 6: Jason Lives, The Fly, Chopping Mall, Event Horizon, Arrowverse, Tremors, Braindead, Nightbreed, Army Of Darkness, From Dusk ’Till Dawn, Night Of The Living Dead (1990), The Frighteners, Night Of The Living Dead, 28 Days Later, Saw, Dawn of The Dead (2004), Shaun of The Dead, Ginger Snaps, Final Destination, The Mist, Wild Things, Drag Me To Hell, Jeepers Creepers, Dog Soldiers, The Descent, Raw, Cabin In The Woods, The Babadook, Your Next, Get Out, A Quiet Place, Train To Busan, Piranha 3D, Dead Set

For more on Ross Boyask search @RossBoyask on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. Also check out @EvoFilmsUK online.

For more on Phil Hobden check out www.philhobden.co.uk , Twitter (@PhilQuickReview) and Instagram (RossAndPhilTalkMovies

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Blog: All Things Film – Nightbreed The Directors Cut Reviewed

Blog: All Things Film – Nightbreed The Directors Cut Reviewed


For years now we have been teased with the Cabal Cut of Nightbreed, an extended edition restoring previously unseen footage from VHS screeners and work workprints back into the film. Screened at festivals across the globe, itself whispered like the legend of Midian. Well after much work by those involved this is kind of that, 45 minutes of extra footage with another 20 or so taken out with the aim to make the ultimate version of Barker’s flawed 90’s horror epic. Alternate takes, less focus on Cronenberg’s demented slasher and more the monsters. Fully restored, painstakingly researched and meticulously put back together with the help and guidance of original director Barker.

So does it solve the horribly messed with critically and commercially lacking studio cut, finally elevating this film to masterpiece status that Barker devotees have always hoped it could be?

Well No. Not really.

See as much as I want this film to be the classic we always thought it could be, the fact is that sadly no amount of alternate footage, extra characters or judicious trimming can change that indisputable truth that, at it’s heart, Nightbreed’s biggest issue is that the film just isn’t that great a film. Weakly directed by Barker, with a confusing and messy script, it’s OTT and often lacking performances just don’t give the interesting mythology at the heart of the story the weight it deserves. At times it feels almost televisual as Barker’s imagination (always set free in art and in books ) is so dramatically constrained by the budget – something no amount of reworking can get around. Yes the make up is superb and the creatures some of the most original ever put onto screen but that only takes you so far.

Nightbreed has also aged badly – something the sparkling 1080p transfer highlights oh so obviously. But more so it feels old, it feels like a film that lived back in the day’s of VHS and limited run cinemas. Today, nearly 25 years on, it’s a film out of time and sadly very much of its time.

But worse of all is that this directors cut fails at times to meld the old and the new together making a film that always felt very choppy even more so. This idea of retrospective reedits can work wonders – when it’s done right you get classic like The Abyss The Extended Edition or the “Directors Cut” of Alien 3 but sadly whilst much love has gone into this it just doesn’t feel that well put together.

It’s not all bad: the focus on the love story gives the film a stronger core, removing a lot of the silly ending makes the film much less “mainstream” and the additional monster moments expand the world Barker has built nicely. Overall It feels more like a Barker film now, it feels more like it;s from the mind of the man that made Hellraiser. It’s also fun to watch. I’ve always liked Nightbreed, faults and all. The version of the film presented here certainly plays better than the shorter theatrical cut that bombed so badly almost 25 years ago.

BUT when the film itself is so flawed on a technical level, no amount of fan love and devotion can right those wrongs. At the end of the day, Nightbreed remains an interesting curiosity – a film with ideas and potential that will forever remain unrealised.

Author: Phil Hobden