The British horror renaissance

by Mighty_Emperor | created - 26 Aug 2012 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

Inspired by this piece from the Garudian:


Interest in homegrown horror was rekindled by Danny Boyle's film 28 Days Later in 2002 and grew with the success of Shaun of the Dead, Neil Marshall's The Descent and Christopher Smith's two films Creep and Severance.


So this list deals with the last decade (and counting) revival in the fortunes of the British horror movie (you can monitor new releases here, and there is one for short films), I'm sure the creative people were out there but it was 28 Days Later than got the purse strings loosened. Defining "British" is always going to be subjective, Hammer, for example, made a return in 2007 but some of the films they've produced have been co-productions filmed abroad (like Let Me In), but we'll include them as this this list is partly to show the strength of the British film industry when it comes to horror films. For that reason I will also include movies filmed in the UK as it all helps bolster the home-grown efforts (like World War Z).

Of course, that isn't to say that all these films are great, some of them are awful, but the level of quality is higher than I've found on most of my other lists.

Also making 2002 a cut-off is pretty arbitrary as it includes Dog Soldiers and Deathwatch that can't have benefited much from the 28 Days Later effect, and it excludes many interesting films that pre-date it, like The Bunker and Lighthouse, but it is still a good line in the sand if we want to look at recent British horror films and it does seem to be a genuine phenomena.

See also: Contagious violence, it shouldn't be a surprise, given the film that kickstarted everything that a lot of the films here also feature over there but the sub-genre (and zombie films) are easy to do with simple make-up and effects, and there is also an explosion in them in general. Also hoodie horror films feature strongly as a reflection of modern concerns. In addition there are quite a few films that fit into the backwoods horror and folk horror, both of which are undergoing a resurgence too (both of which can also be done on a limited budget). In fact, in most sub-genres I've been tracking, a big hit film has combined with improved distribution and cheaper technology to give a spike in the number of films produced.

Links: British horror revival blog from MJ Simpson, the co-founder of SFX magazine and the author of the upcoming book Urban Terrors: New British Horror Cinema 1997-2008, a guide to the 114 key films of that period. I only found it part-way through making the list but it has proved invaluable for filling in the gaps here (it also helped confirm I was on the right lines with the list name), so if you like this list follow his blog and be sure to pick up his book (if it goes well there is chance of a sequel - there are clearly going to be more films in the few years after 2008 than in the decade before). He has also provided round-ups of the releases in 2010 and 2011, noting that in 2001 there were 3 British horror films but in 2010 there were 48 (the 2010 round-up only includes 32 because he discovered more afterwards) and in 2011 there were 41 (not counting further revisions), my count below is different but the proportions are similar. There were more again in 2012, 14 of them zombie films, more than one a month and more than the annual total for most years (in fact so many I made a list for British zombie films). Which does flag up that something is going on here. Frightfest is also worth keeping an eye on, it is the UK's leading horror film festival (I have yet to attend but I will one day) with a strong focus on British movies and, even if you can't make it, because it is run in conjunction Film4, they run a week's worth of films and interviews on their TV channel (it is where I first heard about Kill List, for example).

The count: I have gone through and counted all the full length British horror films and put them into a spreadsheet and graph.

Which really does show an upwards trend, from less than one a month to one ever 3 days, just in the noughties - rapidly passing the levels of the boom period for British horror: the 60s and 70s. If you look back further you'll see that horror film production in the 90s were often down to similar levels to the early 50s when we were shaking off the effects of a world war (the chilling effect of the video nasty era? after all hardline BBFC chief James Ferman retired in 1999 and it was only then that a lot of the banned movies started to be passed uncut). A really impressive upswing , although it makes it impossible to keep up with all of them even if you wanted to. However, the number do suggest the renaissance was under way before 28DL, even if the success of films like it (Shaun of the Dead, etc.) have inspired film-makers and made financiers take British horror films seriously, helping to build momentum. I'd also flag up my comments above, as the growth in some horror sub-genres parallels what we see here, suggesting that the ease of film-making and distribution now means there will be more films but there is also clear evidence for successful films have an important effect on the types of films being made (the best example of zombie films - the first 3 Romero films created a spike in zombie movies with a lag of a year or two - I have rather a fine graph to prove my point).

I did also stumble across this piece about horror fiction and Tory governments:


A cursory glance at the points where horror fiction did enjoy periods of resurgence do tend to follow an upward graph with Tory fortunes.

...

Now, after two years of government by coalition of the Conservatives and the Lib Dems, horror is on the rise again.


So we can see a big spike in British horror films after 2010 (a jump of 50%) but there is usually a lag of a few years between inspiration and realisation, plus the Thatcher/Major years (1979-1997) saw a real dip in output between high points of the 60s/70s and the current upswing. So I'm not buying this when it comes to films, and if we are talking about fiction then... show me your numbers - I've shown you mine after all.

Caveats: There could be a recentist bias to an internet movie data base but IMDB has been going since 1990, so you'd imagine that'd be smoothed out by now and the British horror film industry isn't that large, but does attract a lot of rabid fans, so you'd imagine it'd be difficult for too many films to fall through the gaps. The opposite might also be a problem - there might be a bias against more recent movies as it can take a while for information to trickle through. However, this seems to largely apply to tagging and working out what sub-genres films fit into which are user added features and can be a bit arbitrary and subjective, while the location of production company is going to be a well-defined fact and much more likely to be properly registered here when the film is added (I have found a couple of examples so far when compiling this list, but not many). So I suspect neither is so serious to make a mockery of the numbers, as is a big enough sample that a few films won't make any difference (famous last words, I'm sure). One factor I do think might have an impact on the current year peak is that I've already seen some unreleased films shifted back to the following year or just whenever. So I expect the patter of each year is the peak will grow, as the full slate of films in production becomes clear, and then it will drop a bit as some get rescheduled or disappear into development hell, never to be seen again. Which means the current year is always going to be provisional until we reach the end and perhaps do a little tidy up too, so there might be a drop off of a dozen or so, but that might be compensated for after the inclusion of some films that might not get listed here until they're released.

Other films: There are some adult films that I'm wary of listing as they seem to cause problems for the list: Cathula 2: Vampires of Sex.

Length: Sorry it is a long list and this might be a little off-putting but you can use the filters to break it down if you don't want to browse through all the pages (even if I recommend you do it at least once). So you can, for example, rank only the feature films by quality if you were perhaps looking some of the better movies on the list to watch (even then you should do your homework, because some obscure films don't have many votes which can lead to people gaming the system).

Videos: I've tried to provide links to online videos of films where they appear to be official, if you want me to add a video or remove/swap a link then leave a note in the comments.

Comments: As I don't have a Facebook account I cannot interact with the new comments system, so have switched it off and replaced it with a thread on the message board.

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1. 28 Days Later... (2002)

R | 113 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

7.6
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73 Metascore

Four weeks after a mysterious, incurable virus spreads throughout the UK, a handful of survivors try to find sanctuary.

Director: Danny Boyle | Stars: Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Christopher Eccleston, Alex Palmer

Votes: 326,606 | Gross: $45.06M

The film that kicked everything up a notch. Not only did it help generally boost the British horror industry and really boost the profile of the fast "zombie", it is on of the first British contagious violence films (beaten to the punch by 1986's Nightmare Weekend and 2001's Dead Creatures, but it wouldn't be the last as similar British films are now in double figures.

2. Dog Soldiers (2002)

R | 105 min | Action, Horror, Thriller

6.8
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A routine military exercise turns into a nightmare in the Scotland wilderness.

Director: Neil Marshall | Stars: Sean Pertwee, Kevin McKidd, Emma Cleasby, Liam Cunningham

Votes: 48,494

3. Resident Evil (2002)

R | 100 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

6.7
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33 Metascore

A special military unit fights a powerful, out-of-control supercomputer and hundreds of scientists who have mutated into flesh-eating creatures after a laboratory accident.

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson | Stars: Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Ryan McCluskey, Oscar Pearce

Votes: 219,983 | Gross: $40.12M

Not an obvious one but it is a a British/French/American/German co-production mainly filmed in Germany, so it gets in on a technicality.

4. Deathwatch (2002)

R | 94 min | Drama, Horror, War

6.0
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In the middle of World War I, nine British soldiers caught behind enemy lines seek refuge in a complex network of German trenches. What they soon discover is that they aren't alone - and it isn't a German soldier that's hunting them down.

Director: M.J. Bassett | Stars: Jamie Bell, Rúaidhrí Conroy, Mike Downey, Laurence Fox

Votes: 9,534

5. Close Your Eyes (2002)

R | 108 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

6.2
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45 Metascore

A hypnotherapist is caught up in the pursuit of a serial killer.

Director: Nick Willing | Stars: Goran Visnjic, Paddy Considine, Shirley Henderson, Miranda Otto

Votes: 2,756 | Gross: $0.04M

6. Black Plague (2002 Video)

R | 115 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

5.4
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In 1348, with the horrors of the Black Death haunting Europe, English soldiers return home from war with a French nobleman as hostage. When people in their home village soon after begin to ... See full summary »

Director: Alberto Sciamma | Stars: Lena Headey, David La Haye, Jason Flemyng, Christopher Fairbank

Votes: 575

7. Fallen Angels (2002)

R | 97 min | Horror, Thriller

3.9
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Abandoned and filled with a mysterious past, Holy Angel School for Girls is about to reveal its secrets of betrayal, jealousy, and vengeance. Rumours of haunting, paired with the desire to ... See full summary »

Director: Ian David Diaz | Stars: Michael Ironside, Jeff Fahey, Kai Wiesinger, Esme Eliot

Votes: 255

8. Alone (2002)

R | 88 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

4.4
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Experience the fear as you're sucked into the disturbed mind of Alex. Tormented by harrowing voices of the past Alex searches for the one girl who can silence the horror of a tortured soul.... See full summary »

Director: Phil Claydon | Stars: Miriam Margolyes, John Shrapnel, Laurel Holloman, Isabel Brook

Votes: 584

9. The Barber (2002)

R | 94 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

5.8
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A weary town faces a long, dark winter.

Director: Micheal Bafaro | Stars: Malcolm McDowell, Jeremy Ratchford, Garwin Sanford, Brenda James

Votes: 1,165

10. The Fall of the Louse of Usher: A Gothic Tale for the 21st Century (2002)

83 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

5.3
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Rock star Roddy Usher's wife is murdered and Rod is sent to a lunatic asylum in this gothic-comedy-horror-musical.

Director: Ken Russell | Stars: James Johnston, Lisi Tribble, Marie Findley, Ken Russell

Votes: 265

11. The Last Great Wilderness (2002)

Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Drama

5.8
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Two men meet up, while travelling north on separate missions. Charlie wants to catch up with the man who has stolen his wife, while Vicente is trying to escape a contract castration. After ... See full summary »

Director: David Mackenzie | Stars: Alastair Mackenzie, Jonny Phillips, Ewan Stewart, David Hayman

Votes: 446

Not listed as a horror film here but there are spooky overtones and some violence - it threatens to go all Kill List on our asses but never does. Worth a watch though.

12. My Little Eye (2002)

R | 95 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

5.6
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Five people are offered one million dollars to spend six months together in an isolated mansion, with cameras watching their every move.

Director: Marc Evans | Stars: Sean Cw Johnson, Kris Lemche, Stephen O'Reilly, Laura Regan

Votes: 10,744

13. Feardotcom (2002)

R | 101 min | Crime, Horror, Thriller

3.3
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16 Metascore

A New York City detective investigates mysterious deaths occurring 48 hours after users log onto a site named feardotcom.

Director: William Malone | Stars: Stephen Dorff, Natascha McElhone, Stephen Rea, Udo Kier

Votes: 18,015 | Gross: $13.21M

14. Long Time Dead (2002)

R | 94 min | Horror, Thriller

4.9
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A young Londoner and his friends use a Ouija board to hold a seance, triggering a chain of mysterious deaths that may be caused by an otherworldly force.

Director: Marcus Adams | Stars: Joe Absolom, Tom Bell, Lara Belmont, Melanie Gutteridge

Votes: 5,150

15. Nine Lives (2002 Video)

R | 85 min | Horror, Thriller

2.3
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Nine friends are stranded in an isolated Scottish manor house when a centuries-old spirit is unleashed. Only one will survive.

Director: Andrew Green | Stars: Rosie Fellner, Vivienne Harvey, Paris Hilton, Patrick Kennedy

Votes: 3,159

16. The Forgotten Ground (2002)

50 min | Horror

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In 1878 a whole township were murdered by a neighboring town. Their bodies were buried in what's known as 'The Forgotten Ground'. Only the spilt blood of a virgin could bring them back to seek revenge on those who took their lives.

Director: Shaun Robert Smith | Stars: Daniel Dolby, Nicola Creasey, Shaun Robert Smith, Andy Monaghan

17. Nine Tenths (2002)

80 min | Horror, Thriller

7.3
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Director: Jon Gritton | Stars: Sarah Cartwright, Phil Craven, Luke Goss, Elisabeth Heaney

Votes: 18

18. Revenge of the Unhappy Campers (2002)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller

7.0
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At an anger management camp for teenagers, someone is getting rid of the counselors and campers using very sharp instruments. By nighttime only a few are left, but who can they trust when they know one of them is the killer?

Director: Shawnee Mercer | Stars: Suzanne Hart, Jill Meyers, Candice Sharp, Lynne West

Votes: 73

19. Until Death (2002)

R | 80 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

4.2
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Young artist is torn between her male best friend, who's secretly obsessed with her, and her jealous abusive ex who died in a car crash and now apparently haunts her.

Director: Charles Buchanan | Stars: Clemency Burton-Hill, Jamie Bower, Gyuri Sarossy, Margaret Tyzack

Votes: 38

The vengeful dead

20. Zombie Ferox Zero (2002)

61 min | Horror

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After escaping from the police, Doctor Fogger finds a new building belonging to the Toliman Corps and returns to bring the dead back to life.

Director: Jonathon Ash | Stars: Kimberly Kensington, Steven Ash, Jonathon Ash

21. Zombie Ferox (2002 Video)

70 min | Horror

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From deep inside Hell house, Doctor Fogger Medical Deviate has his staff on the look out for fresh corpses for his new zombie army.

Director: Jonathon Ash | Stars: Jimmy Alder, Gavin Ash, Jonathon Ash, Steven Ash

22. Sentinels of Darkness (2002 Video)

73 min | Horror

4.1
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Director: Manos Kalaitzakis | Stars: Charly Barber, Dani Biernat, Donna Chiappini, Nena Chronopoulou

Votes: 45

Anglo-Greek vampire anthology.

23. The Incredibly Strange People Show (2002 Video)

60 min | Comedy, Horror, Music

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An unrelenting, psychotronic rollercoaster ride, revolving around the sedentary existence of Max and Moritz, two oddball males in their late-20's whose lifestyle is a rabid telethon of epic proportions.

Director: Jason Delorme | Stars: Max Day, Kevin Neil, Nick Ewans, Haruka Kuroda

24. The Long Night (2002 Video)

12 min | Horror, Short

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Director: Isabelle Defaut | Stars: Naomi Martin, Bart Ruspoli, Treva Sealy, Ben Shafik

25. The Hound of the Baskervilles (2002 TV Movie)

100 min | Adventure, Drama, Mystery

6.6
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Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson investigate after an heir claims his estate is plagued by a ghostly dog.

Director: David Attwood | Stars: Richard Roxburgh, Ian Hart, Richard E. Grant, Matt Day

Votes: 2,026

26. Strange (2002– )
Episode: Pilot (2002)

60 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

7.9
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John Strange (Demon hunter and defrocked priest) and Canon Black investigate the mysterious happenings in a hospital ward.

Director: Joe Ahearne | Stars: Timmy Lang, Samuel Barnett, Ian Richardson, Peter Copley

Votes: 159

Pilot for the 2002 series.

27. Red Lines (2002)

7 min | Horror, Short

6.2
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Doug Bradley (PINHEAD from HELLRAISER) stars in a chilling horror short about a school dentention gone horribly wrong.

Director: Frazer Lee | Stars: Doug Bradley, Kirsty Levett, Leone Hanman

Votes: 88

Watch here on IMDB

28. The Visitor (II) (2002)

11 min | Drama, Short, Fantasy

6.9
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Gail has seen a ghost in her house on the same date, at the same time, in the same room, for three years in a row. She is certain it is counting down to something terrible. To ease her fears, her husband organises a midnight drinks party for the night the ghost is due to appear again. What happens is more disturbing than anyone could've imagined.

Director: Steve Hughes | Stars: Lena Rae, Madeleine Collins, Alexis Conran, Barry Cooper

Votes: 13

29. My Wrongs 8245-8249 and 117 (2002)

12 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

6.8
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Disaster after disaster, an already frail man descends into madness after his talking dog announces that he is actually his defence lawyer.

Director: Christopher Morris | Stars: Paddy Considine, Miranda Pleasence, Simon Greenall, Richard Lumsden

Votes: 1,014

Expanded from a segment on Brass Eye.

30. Pandora (I) (2002)

Unrated | 4 min | Animation, Drama, Comedy

6.7
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Director: Antonio Campos | Stars: Andrew Keegan, Stephen H. Bogart, Antonio Campos, Mario Cantone

Votes: 30

31. Overture (2002)

43 min | Short, Horror

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A woman escapes a captivity of uncertain circumstances, only to bring aspects of her ordeal into her marital life.

Director: João Paulo Simões | Stars: Elizabeth Ballinger, João Paulo Simões

32. Sleep (2002)

10 min | Drama, Horror, Short

5.6
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A businessman is on his way to a conference when he decides to stop at a service station to get some sleep rather than drive on. While drinking coffee he spots Freya, the girl whom was in ... See full summary »

Director: Ian Cottage | Stars: Josephine Butler, Danny John-Jules, Kirk D. McKinney

Votes: 12

Watch on Dailymotion and blip.tv

33. Jackanory: The Curse of Karrit Poor (2002 Video)

20 min | Short, Comedy, Horror

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Dr. Edmund Chinnery narrates the story of how he and his descendants were cursed to have any animal they touch "meet a dreadful end".

Star: Mark Gatiss

Made for the LoG Christmas Special DVD.

34. The Cicerones (2002)

13 min | Horror, Short

5.8
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A naïve tourist visits a cathedral to view it's paintings, only to find that it is a portal to a grotesque and disturbing realm of distorted time and reality.

Director: Jeremy Dyson | Stars: Mark Gatiss, Jane Bertish, Lily Power, Oliver Lavery-Farag

Votes: 122

More LoG-related oddity.

35. Magic Hour (2002 TV Short)

29 min | Drama, Short

7.8
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Director: Steve Barker | Stars: Daniela Denby-Ashe, John Simm, Mark Webb

Votes: 22

Information on this is a little thin on the ground but it seems that John Simm plays a diabetic vampire.

36. More Than Meets the Eye (2002)

11 min | Short, Horror

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Director: Andrew Hearn | Stars: Jason Barnett, Nicola de St. Croix, Conor Fox, Matthew Hearn

37. I'm Disappearing (2004)

Short, Horror

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Director: Philip Barnard | Stars: Alec Bastin, Michael Wade

38. Vacuum (2002)

10 min | Horror, Short, Sci-Fi

5.2
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Star: Barnaby Stone

Votes: 11

39. Chasm (2002)

12 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Short

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When Reuben buys a black-market cure for his unusual chest complaint, Jenny is forced to make a terrible sacrifice. Chasm is a black comedy, set in a time when trading body parts has become... See full summary »

Director: Christian D'Adda | Stars: Oliver Milburn, Daisy Beaumont, Richard Bremmer

40. Green (2002)

8 min | Short, Horror

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Lorna who is starved by her brutal husband, Frank, exacts a suitable revenge.

Director: Martyn Pick | Stars: Eira Griffiths, Tim Barlow, Jim Bywater

41. Cry (I) (2002)

8 min | Short, Horror, Mystery

7.3
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Lia is terrified. She's covered with blood and the walls aren't clean either. A mysterious voice is calling out from the other room.

Director: Steven Sheil | Stars: Micaiah Dring, Katherine Morrant

Votes: 17

42. The Last Horror Movie (2003)

R | 80 min | Horror, Thriller

5.6
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A serial killer uses a horror video rental to lure his next victim. What begins as a teen slasher transforms into a disturbing journey through the mind of Max Parry, a mild mannered wedding photographer with a taste for human flesh.

Director: Julian Richards | Stars: Kevin Howarth, Mark Stevenson, Antonia Beamish, Christabel Muir

Votes: 3,477

If this list demonstrates anything, it is how wrong the title was.

43. Penetration Angst (2003)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Horror

4.2
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In the vein of Audition and Hostel. Helen finds herself having intimacy problems with men. Her private parts are devouring all lovers and leaving her with an insatiable thirst for blood. In... See full summary »

Director: Wolfgang Büld | Stars: Paul Conway, Fiona Horsey, Philip Hayden, Jonnie Hurn

Votes: 588

44. Octane (2003)

R | 91 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

4.3
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While on a late night road trip home, a woman must save her rebellious teenage daughter who runs off with a bizarre group of blood-letting psychos.

Director: Marcus Adams | Stars: Madeleine Stowe, Norman Reedus, Bijou Phillips, Mischa Barton

Votes: 2,873

Interesting trippy start but a weak, conventional ending.

45. LD 50 Lethal Dose (2003)

R | 97 min | Horror

4.2
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Re-formed by a coded message to their web site, a group of animal rights activists set off to free an imprisoned colleague from a terrifying ordeal. Their rescue mission leads them to a ... See full summary »

Director: Simon De Selva | Stars: Katharine Towne, Melanie Brown, Tom Hardy, Ross McCall

Votes: 821

46. Devil's Harvest (2003)

R | 92 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

3.1
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It seems innocent enough. Struggling young artist Daniel King is invited by his childhood friend Natasha, back to the coastal village where they grew up. Natasha has even offered him the ... See full summary »

Director: James Shanks | Stars: Brian Blessed, Julie T. Wallace, Chris John, Lara Clancy

Votes: 131

47. The Gathering (2002)

R | 92 min | Horror, Thriller

5.7
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Amnesiac Cassie Grant has a premonition that someone or something wants the family that's helping her recover dead. She investigates the secrets of the town they live in and uncovers darkness, both human and supernatural.

Director: Brian Gilbert | Stars: Christina Ricci, Ioan Gruffudd, Stephen Dillane, Kerry Fox

Votes: 7,055

48. The Bone Snatcher (2003)

R | 90 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

4.3
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After miners disappear in the Namib Desert, scientists find their remains and seek to find what killed them.

Director: Jason Wulfsohn | Stars: Scott Bairstow, Rachel Shelley, Warrick Grier, Patrick Shai

Votes: 1,990

49. The Dark Hunter (2003)

75 min | Comedy, Horror

6.2
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A Comedy/Horror feature film about two dysfunctional filmmakers who go out to uncover the truth behind sightings of a black panther in the English countryside

Directors: Duncan Cowan, Mark Jackson | Stars: Mark Jackson, Duncan Cowan, Johnnie Oddball, Rachel Rose Reid

Votes: 20

50. The Devil's Tattoo (2003)

R | 90 min | Horror, Thriller, Drama

4.7
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Environmental activits encounter a mysterious and deadly presence.

Director: Julian Kean | Stars: Jason Simmons, Bryan Carney, Juliet Diamond, Kerry Norton

Votes: 530

51. Zombie Ferox 2 (2003)

74 min | Horror

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Director: Jonathon Ash | Stars: Jonathon Ash, Bob Note

52. Zombie Ferox 3 (2003)

77 min | Horror

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Director: Jonathon Ash | Stars: Jonathon Ash, Bob Note

53. Banshee (2003)

60 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

5.6
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A girl (Palmer) has a pigs heart flung at her chest by a mumbling old lady (Jackman) on the subway, she thinks she's been cursed. She slowly goes crazy and ends up killing someone. Was she really cursed or was she always crazy?

Director: Ben Cobb | Stars: Iris Palmer, Damien Wilson, Le Bas, Damien Le Bas

Votes: 22

54. El Chupacabra (2003 Video)

R | 89 min | Adventure, Horror

2.5
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The world seen through the eyes of two people, the inequities of society exposed and examined in depth in a most surreal manner.

Directors: Brennon Jones, Paul Wynne | Stars: Eric Alegria, Elina Madison, Anthony 'Treach' Criss, Jerry Rodriguez

Votes: 275

Despite the title, this was filmed in Aberdeen.

55. Halloween Party (2003 Video)

Horror

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Director: Rusty Apper | Stars: Daniel Bennett, George Middleton, Rusty Apper

56. Macabre (2003 Video)

46 min | Horror

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Director: Rusty Apper | Stars: Rusty Apper, Daniel Bennett, Callum Wilson

57. Night of a Thousand Screams 2 (2003 Video)

R | 89 min | Horror, Thriller

7.1
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Maggie, the only survivor from the bloodbath is found unconscious in the woods by a group of campers who innocently take her back to the house where it ALL happened!!!

Director: Shawnee Mercer | Stars: Kimberly Hillman, Marie Wilson, Reuben Rox, Norma Sherwood

Votes: 57

58. Ghosts of Albion: Legacy (2003 TV Movie)

Animation, Horror

8.1
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Director: Amber Benson | Stars: Anthony Daniels, Elliot Falk, India Fisher, Jasmine Hyde

Votes: 44

59. Strange (2002– )

60 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

7.6
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John Strange is an ex-priest who had dedicated his life to hunting down demons and the darker side of the church, a task which some of his former bosses stand in the way of.

Stars: Samantha Womack, Richard Coyle, Ian Richardson, William Tomlin

Votes: 282

60. Spine Chillers (2003– )

Comedy, Horror

7.3
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Anthology series of black comedies, which sets out to deliver excellent stories with a darkly comic twist. A second installment aired under the title, Twisted Tales.

Stars: Mackenzie Crook, Bruce Mackinnon, Emma Pierson, Tim Plester

Votes: 55

61. Jemima: Dating Is Murder (2003)

9 min | Comedy, Short, Horror

6.6
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Jemima is the story of a woman who is void of any real depth of emotions. Focusing on her relationships we join Jemima at the point of ritual that befalls any man who she thinks view her as nothing more than a sexual object...

Director: Uisdean Murray | Stars: Joy McAvoy, Alex Mariotti, Ronni Menzies-Stirling, Reshad Ramjan

Votes: 33

Watch on Vimeo, Openfilm and Film Annex

62. Dummy (2003)

8 min | Short, Horror

6.5
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A lonely man responds to magazine advert offering friendship and recieves an unexpected delivery

Director: Paul Fuller | Stars: John Andrew, Simon Andrew, Sam Bandah Jr., Mark Windows

Votes: 11

Watch here on IMDB and on Vimeo

63. The Separation (2003)

9 min | Animation, Short, Horror

7.4
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The separation of conjoined twins and its extraordinary consequences.

Director: Robert Morgan

Votes: 477

64. This Place (2003)

23 min | Short, Horror

8.2
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Trapped and alone in a world of pure terror, haunted by nightmarish visions, what has he done in 'This Place'.

Director: Shaun Robert Smith | Stars: Clayton Fussell, Simon Rippin, Shaun Robert Smith, Rachel Stringfellow

Votes: 21

65. Paw (2003)

10 min | Horror, Mystery, Short

7.0
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A man and woman discover a severed bear's paw in a park and it unearths dark thoughts and strange perversions.

Director: Duncan Nicoll | Stars: Lisa May Cooper, Christopher Liam, Neil Benedict

Votes: 8

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66. Prey (2003)

18 min | Horror, Short

5.9
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Master cake decorater and all-round family man, John (Bub) Morris, has a secret. He likes to hunt and stalk his prey. Woman.

Director: Adam Mason | Stars: Casey Clark, Nadja Brand, Marla Johansson

Votes: 29

Watch on YouTube - not the same length as listed on here

67. Pool Shark (2003)

8 min | Short, Horror

4.4
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Director: Sam Walker | Stars: Nathan Hughes, Jacob Anderson, June Bumford, Colin Coulter

Votes: 13

68. Seconds Before Dreamwake (I) (2013)

28 min | Short, Horror

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The film follows a woman who unceremoniously dumps her boyfriend in order to date another guy. In a flash of blinding light, the woman is confronted by a ghostly apparition who literally ... See full summary »

Director: Ian Weeks | Stars: Steve Cornthwaite, Samantha Sanns

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69. The Shoe Collector (2003)

3 min | Short, Horror

5.7
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Director: Justin Smith | Stars: Rhianydd Wynne, Christopher Tudor

Votes: 9

70. The Reckoning (I) (2002)

12 min | Short, Horror

4.8
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Director: Chris Barfoot | Stars: Mark Chapman, Mark Christopher Collins, Mark Hill, Susie Lumley

Votes: 25

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71. The Hairy Fairy (2003)

Short, Horror

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Director: Armando Garcia | Stars: Ian Kaye, Katy Lewis, Jonathan Nefydd, Charlotte Seymour

72. Doorstep Delivery (2003)

5 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Short

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Rogue agent Dave Kelsey can prove aliens are living on Earth and wants to go public. But someone is keen to ensure that no-one sees his photos.

Director: Jason Korsner | Stars: Madeleine Collins, Paul Conway, Vern Ellison, Patricia Grey

73. Break (2003)

8 min | Short, Drama, Horror

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From darkness an unknown man arrives at an isolated cabin. On entering he discovers a dormant old man. Leading his guest through the cabins changing structure, the old man promises to cook him a meal he will never forget.

Director: Ian Waugh | Stars: Mike Duffy, Keith Hutcheon

74. Beating the Dog (2003)

Short, Horror

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Beating the Dog, follows the attempts of DCI Bob Costigan in his relentless pursuit of the serial killer known as the Dog. As the body count grows, Costigan is forced to use increasingly ... See full summary »

Director: Lawrence Gough | Stars: Alan Ready, Tina Earl, Alan Pattison, Nichola McHugh

75. Clinic (2003 Video)

14 min | Short, Horror

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Director: Fiona O'Donnell | Stars: Rosie Alvarez, David McAllister, Kathryn Grey, Canelle Hoppe

76. Inside Out (2003)

20 min | Horror, Short

4.6
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Director: Oliver Knott | Stars: Aden Gillett, Sarah Hannah, Bob Mercer, Louiza Patikas

Votes: 10

77. This Old House (2003)

Not Rated | 10 min | Comedy, Horror, Short

4.8
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Three young friends agree to spend the night in a haunted house.

Director: Jack Lothian | Stars: Katie Brown, Lewis Macleod, Drew McCusker, Craig Steele

Votes: 11

78. Down (II) (2003)

Short, Horror

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Director: Antony Smith | Star: Marc Rhys

79. Shaun of the Dead (2004)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Horror

8.0
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76 Metascore

A man decides to turn his moribund life around by winning back his ex-girlfriend, reconciling his relationship with his mother, and dealing with an entire community that has returned from the dead to eat the living.

Director: Edgar Wright | Stars: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Kate Ashfield, Lucy Davis

Votes: 437,828 | Gross: $13.54M

Again a seriously influential film, not only make the zom-com (Hell the rom-zom-zom) popular but it'd result in dozens of British zombie films when before this we had... what? The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue (a Continental production filmed in the UK)? Hammer's Plague of the Zombies, which pre-dates Romero's NotLD that changed the game for zombie films so much. Womaneater, the first British zombie film? The Frozen Dead? I, Zombie: The Chronicles of Pain? Zombie Toxin? No real classics of the genre there, not until Shaun of the Dead.

80. Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004)

R | 94 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

6.2
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35 Metascore

Alice awakes in Raccoon City, only to find it has become infested with zombies and monsters. With the help of Jill Valentine and Carlos Olivera, Alice must find a way out of the city before it is destroyed by a nuclear missile.

Director: Alexander Witt | Stars: Milla Jovovich, Sienna Guillory, Eric Mabius, Oded Fehr

Votes: 167,456 | Gross: $51.20M

81. Creep (I) (2004)

R | 85 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

5.6
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Trapped in a London subway station, a woman who's being pursued by a potential attacker heads into the unknown labyrinth of tunnels beneath the city's streets.

Director: Christopher Smith | Stars: Franka Potente, Sean Harris, Vas Blackwood, Ken Campbell

Votes: 25,182

82. Dorian (2004)

R | 89 min | Horror, Thriller

3.8
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A modern retelling of the Oscar Wilde novel.

Director: Allan A. Goldstein | Stars: Malcolm McDowell, Ethan Erickson, Victoria Sanchez, Ron Lea

Votes: 548

83. London Voodoo (2004)

Not Rated | 99 min | Horror, Thriller

4.2
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When a young man relocates his family from New York to London his wife discovers a new sexuality and power that threatens to tear the family apart. As his wife's behaviour becomes more ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Pratten | Stars: Doug Cockle, Sara Stewart, Grace Sprott, Vonda Barnes

Votes: 377

84. Trauma (I) (2004)

R | 93 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

4.8
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Awaking from a coma to discover his wife has been killed in a car accident, Ben's world may as well have come to an end. A few weeks later, Ben's out of hospital and, attempting to start a ... See full summary »

Director: Marc Evans | Stars: Colin Firth, Naomie Harris, Dorothy Duffy, Cornelius Booth

Votes: 3,044

85. Lovesick: Sick Love (2004)

R | 94 min | Crime, Horror

4.8
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O'Ryan loves Julia. Julia loves Istvan. Istvan loves Julia. Julia falls in love with O'Ryan. Julia falls out of love and ends up hating O'Ryan. O'Ryan hates Istvan. Istvan hates O'Ryan. O'Ryan hates his mother. His mother hates everyone!

Director: Wolfgang Büld | Stars: Fiona Horsey, Paul Conway, William Rowsey, Jessica Barnes

Votes: 292

86. Incident at Loch Ness (2004)

PG-13 | 94 min | Adventure, Comedy, Horror

6.6
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62 Metascore

A documentary exploring the myth of the Loch Ness monster.

Director: Zak Penn | Stars: Werner Herzog, Kitana Baker, Gabriel Beristain, Russell Williams II

Votes: 3,470 | Gross: $0.04M

87. Hellbreeder (2004)

R | 85 min | Horror, Mystery

2.4
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Five years ago Alice saw her son murdered; now every day is consumed with the need to find his killer. In the sleepy town of Ludlow, the arrival of the mysterious stranger Alice suspects to... See full summary »

Directors: James Eaves, Johannes Roberts | Stars: Lyndie Uphill, Dominique Pinon, Darren Day, Tina Barnes

Votes: 485

88. Blessed (2004)

R | 98 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

4.2
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A fertility clinic visit becomes an unfathomable nightmare for a woman who's impregnated with the devil's DNA.

Director: Simon Fellows | Stars: Heather Graham, James Purefoy, Fionnula Flanagan, Alan McKenna

Votes: 1,955

89. Mindhunters (2004)

R | 106 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

6.4
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33 Metascore

Trainees in the FBI's psychological profiling program must put their training into practice when they discover a killer in their midst.

Director: Renny Harlin | Stars: Val Kilmer, LL Cool J, Christian Slater, Eion Bailey

Votes: 52,855 | Gross: $4.48M

90. The Eavesdropper (2004)

R | 97 min | Drama, Thriller, Sci-Fi

5.6
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The secretary Liza Raines becomes deaf after a shooting in a robbery, is evicted and later she is found by the social assistant Grant Kane living in her car. Grant brings Liza to a ... See full summary »

Director: Andrew Bakalar | Stars: Lucy Jenner, Costas Mandylor, John J. York, John de Lancie

Votes: 548

91. Ripper 2: Letter from Within (2004)

R | 89 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

3.4
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Sequel to the hugely successful Ripper:Letter from Hell.

Directors: Jonas Quastel, Lloyd A. Simandl | Stars: Erin Karpluk, Nicholas Irons, Mhairi Morrison, Jane Peachey

Votes: 337

92. Parasite (2004)

R | 93 min | Horror, Action, Sci-Fi

2.4
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An abandoned oil rig in the middle of the North Sea. Dr. Christine Hansen is charged with the task of testing an experimental cleaning fluid which could revolutionize the oil industry. ... See full summary »

Director: Andrew Prendergast | Stars: Gary Condes, Saskia Gould, Conrad Whitaker, G.W. Stevens

Votes: 454

93. Darkhunters (2004)

Not Rated | 83 min | Horror, Mystery

2.7
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They say the only thing you can depend upon in life is death. Charles Jackson is about to find out that isn't true. Dying is a tricky process and mistakes get made. How many ghost stories ... See full summary »

Director: Johannes Roberts | Stars: Dominique Pinon, Susan Paterno, Dan van Husen, Jeff Fahey

Votes: 514

94. Seed of Chucky (2004)

R | 87 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

4.9
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46 Metascore

Chucky and Tiffany are resurrected by their innocent son, Glen, and hit Hollywood, where a movie depicting the killer dolls' murder spree is underway.

Director: Don Mancini | Stars: Jennifer Tilly, Brad Dourif, John Waters, Billy Boyd

Votes: 32,320 | Gross: $17.08M

A surprise entry.

95. Romasanta (2004)

R | 90 min | Drama, Horror

5.3
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An uproar is caused when some mutilated cadavers are discovered, giving way to the legend of the "Werewolf of Allariz". A traveling vendor rolls through the forest in his old wagon. A woman... See full summary »

Director: Paco Plaza | Stars: Julian Sands, Elsa Pataky, John Sharian, Gary Piquer

Votes: 3,058

A rather good Spanish/British co-production.

96. Freak Out (2004)

Not Rated | 92 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

5.3
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Two best friends, Merv Doody (James Heathcote) and Onkey (Dan Palmer), take a hapless escaped mental patient under their wing and attempt to teach him how to become a real serial killer.

Director: Christian James | Stars: James Heathcote, Dan Palmer, Nicola Connell, Yazz Fetto

Votes: 566

Dreadful low budget film that is a great example of friends running around with a camera messing around (and perhaps nerds realising that if they become "directors" then girls will take their tops off for you). One of the few DVDs I have which I feel like burning.

97. Zombie Graveyard (2004)

90 min | Horror

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Campers run into nut-case killers and zombies, Two convicts help stranded kids fend off the Living Dead.

Director: Jonathon Ash | Stars: Jonathon Ash, Paul Fletcher, Bob Note

98. Jelly Dolly (2004)

94 min | Horror

6.6
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The story of a woman who's inability to end a relationship causes her belly button to mutate, not to mention her mind.

Director: Susannah Gent | Stars: Rachael Walton, Ashley Barnes, Stuart Laing, Litza Bixler

Votes: 31

99. Evel Cat: The Return (2004)

75 min | Horror

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Satan returns to Earth and takes a living soul with the help of a Evel cat, will the people of a small town named vanilla bay be able to stop the end of the world.

Director: Jonathon Ash | Stars: Jonathon Ash, Evel, Kimberly Kensington, Bob Note

100. The Return of James Battle (2004)

92 min | Adventure, Comedy, Horror

5.4
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James Bataille escapes from prison to find his fiancée Concia. But on his return, octopussy like aliens come to play bloody spoilsport. After lucky battle James and Concia escape to parallel world.

Directors: Didier Poiraud, Thierry Poiraud | Stars: Vanessa Paradis, Jason Flemyng, Benoît Poelvoorde, Jean-Pierre Marielle

Votes: 1,270