Nine Lives (2002)
Film / Horror

Nine Lives (2002)

Optimistically initially promoted as “Peter’s Friends meets The Others“, it was not asking too much to expect Nine Lives to at least be a serviceable, old fashioned ghost story. Instead, it’s a badly acted tale of a group of deeply unlikeable 20-somethings being possessed by a vengeful spirit in a bog-standard slasher movie setting. The … Continue reading

The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959)
Film / Horror

The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959)

Following the success of their less-than-faithful-to-the-source-material adaptations of Frankenstein and Dracula, Hammer turned their sights on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles, transforming it from a dark, spooky mystery into a full-blooded Gothic horror. Peter Bryan – a former camera operator here at the start of a writing career that later saw … Continue reading

Murder by Decree (1979)
Film / Horror

Murder by Decree (1979)

The notion that the Jack the Ripper killings of 1888 were the work of a complex conspiracy that involved the Freemasons, the British government and the royal household of Queen Victoria was popularised by Stephen Knight in his book Jack the Ripper: The Final Solution. Knight’s book, first published in 1976, suggested that the murders … Continue reading