I have been following the guys at Cult Screenings UK/Dead Mouse Productions since they set out to make the documentary Leviathan: The Story of Hellraiser and Hellbound Hellraiser 2. Since then they have went on to make a documentary on Fright Night and coming soon are docs on Robocop and Stephen Kings IT. The dedication these guys put into their work shows in their superb end results. Not only are they extremely talented but they are passionate horror fans and their heart goes in to each and every project.
So how excited was I to see they were branching out into short films with their new project - Dark Ditties which is an anthology paying homage to timeless classic horror. Episode One is Dark Ditties presents....The Offer, which reunited five stars from the Hellraiser movies and an old larger than life Corrie star that we all remember well.
Nicholas Vince (Hellraiser)
Barbie Wilde (Hellraiser 2)
Simon Bamford (Hellraiser)
Oliver Smith (Hellraiser)
Kenneth Cranham (Hellraiser 2)
Bruce Jones (Coronation Street)
The Offer tells the tail of seven strangers who are invited to a deceased millionaires house to play a game that will leave one of them walking away with ten million dollars but the game is much more sinister than they expected.
From the first scene in the movie when the butler (Oliver Smith aka Frank Cotton - Hellraiser) answers the door to the mansion the tone of the movie is set and you just know that classic horror feel the guys promised was exactly what you were going to get. The cast were not only great but they had a great script to work with.
The suspense and tension held you gripped to the story throughout and the climax of the movie did not disappoint. I also have to praise Stuart Conran (Shaun of the Dead) the effects co-ordinator for his practical special effects which produced some gruesome deaths.
A special shout out to my friend Danny Stewart who did a great job as the psychotic gimp. Remind me never to piss you off Dan, lol.
Made in three days on a £15,000 budget, The Offer is the first installment in what I know will be a great anthology and I cannot wait to see the next episode.