Ginger Nuts of Horror
Over the years, reviewing and interviewing here at Film Gutter has enabled me to do some very exciting things. I've had the chance to natter over email, and occasionally in person, to some fantastic actors and directors. This year one of the most thrilling opportunities yet came my way when Starburst Film Festival called to ask if I'd be interested in putting one some extreme horror screenings for the event.
That was a question that took about two seconds of thought to answer, of course, and one of the things that came up soon after was the question of special guests. I had a few ideas, but top of my list was one of the most fascinating directors to have ever worked in the field – Jorg Buttgereit. His work in the late eighties and early nineties was wonderful, genuinely boundary-pushing and largely receiving the dubious honour or being 'video nasties'. And he was also a name fresh on my mind having recently watched German Angst, an anthology film from three German directors taking in Jorg, Andreas Marschall and Michal Kosakowski. That's well worth a look, by the way, if you haven't seen it as yet, and Jorg's opening installment was a cracker.
So, a few Facebook messages later (and I have to say Facebook has been a godsend for all things Film Gutter!) and Jorg and I are in touch and throwing around the idea of doing something at Starburst – and I can confirm that not only will Jorg be here in the UK for the full weekend of Starburst Film Festival in Manchester, but will also be stopping off in my very own hometown of Derby as part of QUAD's Fright Club screenings! Suffice to say I'm really excited to have the chance to welcome such a great director here to the UK, and really excited for some great screenings and Q+As.
Jorg will be at QUAD in Derby on Thursday 24th August, introducing 1991's Nekromantik 2. While the movie follows on from the first in some respects, it also stands alone as a disturbing exploration of one woman's dark obsession with a fresh corpse she digs up from the graveyard – whilst also trying to maintain a relationship with her living, breathing boyfriend. Jorg will be chatting with QUAD's resident cult cinema expert Darrell Buxton before the film, with the event starting at 8pm. You can check out all the info and booking at
Jorg will then be headed to Manchester for the full weekend of Starburst Film Festival, which runs from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th August and already has a huge array of films confirmed – and I'll be talking more about the extreme horror offerings there shortly. I'll be interviewing Jorg about his extreme cult classic Nekromantik before an evening screening, which will be a great addition to a weekend schedule that is shaping up to be absolutely fantastic! You can find out everything you could hope to know about the Festival at http://www.starburstmagazine.com/filmfestival/, and check out an in-depth bio of Jorg at
I hope we'll see lots of our Film Gutter readers and UK extreme horror fans at these events – rest assured I'm buzzing for it myself! And if you want to get in touch with any questions at all, feel free to drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org