24th Nov2017

Interview: Sean Hogan discusses his new ‘Death Line’ book

by Stuart Wright

In his latest interview/podcast, host Stuart Wright speaks with filmmaker and author Sean Hogan about a book he’s written about one of the best British horror films ever made – Death Line (1972). Or does it have more in common with the American New Wave of horror that exploded in the 70s with the likes of Night Of The Living Dead and Last House On The Left?

Despite an increasing amount of critical support and high profile fans Gary Sherman’s  DEATH LINE remains something of an anomaly in British Horror Cinema, an ugly duckling; its face doesn’t quite fit. Made on a shoestring budget in early 1972, its initial reviews were divided, the Daily Mail called it ‘a sick and sick-making film’. Despite a successful London run, the film seemed destined to be an eccentric but mostly forgotten genre footnote (it was recut and retitled as RAW MEAT in America). And yet, it has survived and, in recent years, thrived; rediscovered and embraced by new generations of genre fans who recognise that this satirically angry critique of the English class system feels far more like a spiritual cousin to the ’70s American New Wave of Horror than the traditional Hammer gothics and cosy Amicus chills that were the norm in Britain at the time.

The book is OUT NOW. Get one of the 500 limited hardback copies at www.pspublishing.co.uk




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