WORST FEARS Tales Of The Un­der­funded

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Direc­tor Keith Clax­ton Cast Fenella Field­ing, Vic­tor spinetti, re­becca san­tos, anna Wing There’s an ac­knowl­edged

debt to clas­sic Ami­cus movies in this cheer­fully bloody port­man­teau of hor­ror shorts.

Pro­duced by screen­writer and jour­nal­ist David McGil­livray, who links the seven tales in the guise of a mu­sic hall master of cer­e­monies, it mixes out­right black com­edy – mid­dle-class witches dis­patch a sea­side town’s in­hab­i­tants in grue­some fash­ion – with Dahl-style mur­der fa­bles.

It’s low-rent stuff but am­bi­tious: In The Place Of The Dead, the most as­sured en­try, is shot on lo­ca­tion in Mar­rakesh, the cam­corder aes­thet­ics giv­ing a real im­me­di­acy to the lo­ca­tion. A fi­nal, sa­tanic shocker is filmed in the south of France, its tone re­call­ing McGil­livray’s work as Sleaze­mas­ter Gen­eral on such ’70s fare as House Of Whip­cord.

It’s all clearly made on the fly for a pit­tance, but there’s a verve to the sto­ry­telling and a wicked, wink­ing rel­ish for an old-school shud­der that keeps you en­ter­tained.

Ex­tras “Hor­ror Icon”, a caus­tic mock­u­men­tary about McGil­livray’s ca­reer (with deleted scenes, blooper reel and an in­tro); “Fac­ing His Fears”, in which McGil­livray talks us through the film’s cre­ation; gallery; trailer; book­let. Nick Setch­field

Story six, Af­ter Im­age, is writ­ten by An­drew Cart­mel, script edi­tor of Doc­tor Who in the Sylvester McCoy era.

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