The Shining and Room 237

Watershed are treating to me to all kinds of horror goodness next month. In addition to the Film4 FrightFest Allnighter on 3-4 Nov (see my earlier blogpost), they are screening the new documentary Room 237 and a restored and extended version of Kubrick’s The Shining. I am totally turning this into a double-bill! UK horror fans in or near Bristol should definitely check this place out.

For more info, please see the Watershed web site:

Check out the Shockfest Film Festival

Matt from the Shockfest Film Festival passed along some info about his rad sounding event. Check out the press release below and be sure to stop by the website!

Shockfest is a horror filmfestival/mini convention/haunted house all wrapped up in a neat little package.  Durring the day we are a comedy/comic festival titled Mockfest, where we honor all things comedy and graphic novella.  But during the nighttime  our festival becomes something much more frightening.  Mockfest and Shockfest take place on November 16th through 18th.  This will be our 7th year and we are hosting the event at Raleigh Studios (in Hollywood) for the 3rd year.  We are hosting a Zombie Walk on Saturday night, which doubles as a Charity. On opening night, we will be focusing on creating a Silver Screen/Golden Age Horror Hollywood theme.  This will include magicians entertaining our guests, gothic and haunting ambiance and a classy red carpet.  We are known in the past for our grungy and 80’s indie drive-through environment and Saturday we will be going back to this familiar theme, with monsters and butchers walking around the outside of our festival.  We have tables and booths for vendors, authors, actors and film makers to sell their wares and/or autographs to the public.  Saturday we will have a Haunted Attraction at our venue.  Last year this Haunted Attraction brought the house down and I am glad to say it is not only being revived, but remodeled.

As the month of October goes on, we will be adding more horror icons to our guest list.  Currently, we have Ed Gale (Child’s Play, Phantasm, Polar Express and Spaceballs) and Brinke Stevens (The Slumber Party Massacre, Sorority Babes at the Slime Bowl-O-Rama, Jack-O) and Many more coming before the Halloween month is out.  Check in at for updates.

Film4 FrightFest Allnighter 2012

In celebration of Halloween, for the second year running my favourite little cinema in Bristol is running a horror allnighter. This will take place on Saturday 3 November, starting at 9pm.

After the revolting success of last year’s inaugural event, Film4 FrightFest, the UK’s best horror and fantasy film festival, returns, bringing its critically acclaimed midnight madness to Watershed for Halloween. Featuring five terrifying films and sick shorts (including the world premiere of a scary short made in Bristol) over one intense all nighter (21:00 – 07:00), this is horror as the gods of cinema intended: as a multiple bill, in a dark room surrounded by other enthusiastic film fans.

Last year was such a blast, I will definitely be attending again this year. Here is a rundown of the movies being screened throughout the night:


Bait 3D

The Tall Man

Zombie Flesheaters (aka Zombi 2)

The Helpers

Can you survive the whole night? For more information, check out the Watershed web site.

If you would like to read my review of last year’s event, please visit the blog post.

The Murder of Genoa Abbot

From a 1992 story in The Marblehead Messenger

On March 23rd, 1942, in Marblehead, Massachusetts, the body of 28 year old newlywed Genoa Abbot was discovered in the home of her co-worker and close friend, Mary Crosswell. Arriving home around 10:30pm, Ms. Crosswell found Mrs. Abbot decapitated and hanging upside down from a chandelier in her foyer. Upon arriving at the scene investigators noticed several strange things. First, though Genoa Abbot had been hanging, headless, upside down for at least two hours, there was not a single drop of blood on the foyer floor. An examination of the body showed that she had not been drained and that there was a “normal” amount of blood still residing within her. Additionally, when doctors examined the neck wound, they found that it had been cut haphazardly with a rough instrument and there were no signs of cauterization. In the decades that followed, professional and amateur sleuths have put forth a number of theories to explain the gravity defying mystery but most people believe that the original documents were altered somehow, possibly during an alleged break in at the Marblehead Police Department in 1956 in which a number of photographs of Genoa Abbot’s body were stolen.

Only two photos of Genoa Abbot’s death are known to still exist. The first is a closeup of her left hand in which her ring finger has been cut off at the knuckle. Additionally, her middle finger has been cut off and removed completely. An exhaustive search of the property came up empty and the fingers were never found. Curiously, her wedding ring was not taken and had been forced onto her thumb causing it to grotesquely swell .

The second photo is a wide shot from shortly after police brought her down from the chandelier. Most of her body is blocked by police officers other than her feet and part of her right arm. The photo was considered uneventful until 1998 when an amateur investigator blew up the photo on his computer and came to believe that there was an image of a man, hidden in shadows, in the reflection of the second floor mirror that overlooked the foyer. Conspiracy theorists have posited that this may indeed be Genoa Abbot’s killer while others claim it to be nothing more than a trick of the light or simply a police officer searching for evidence.

To this day, the strange circumstances of Genoa Abbot’s death have stumped the Marblehead authorities who have been unable to answer even the most basic question of how Genoa Abbot was hung from the chandelier, which was 20 feet high, in the first place. In 1972, the Marblehead Police department officially closed the case due to lack of evidence.

Genoa Abbot’s death had a lasting impact on Mary Crosswell. A suspect early on, she was exonerated when it was proven that she was at a late night negotiation with an anonymous person over selling the rights to her land and textile business. After spending a short while institutionalized, Mary sold her holdings, moved away from Marblehead, and died during childbirth 8 years later.