The Duke Mitchell Film Club presents: A Night Of Halloween Horrors


Monday 26 October – Phoenix Artist Club – 7PM-11PM FREE ENTRY!

Yes good friend it’s October and you’re invited to join our evil ambassador Evrim as he takes control of your senses for a night of hand-picked horror shorts from all 4-corners of this wicked world. Join us trusty disciple as we guide you down a dark and dangerous road, a road populated by some of the most evil, demented and scary horror films you’ll ever encounter.

But that’s not the only delight we have in store for you, for Night Of The Trailers has been making a deal with the evil one himself to help locate a collection of the most foul and depraved horror trailers imaginable, ones only available from Satan’s VHS rental store itself, located at 666 Bad Tracking Boulevard.

Come along as we’ll be tempting you to sell your soul for our devilishly good giveaways on the night plus who knows what else might be lurking in the darkness ready to pounce when you’re least expecting it… Dare you miss this night?

The FrightFest Late Night Film Party 2015!


It’s nearly time for FrightFest and we’re really excited to be back hosting the 2nd Late Night Film Party, but what is a film party and what can you expect?

Well, for one night only we get to take over one of the FrightFest screens and invite along as many festival guests and friends of ours as possible to indulge in a wild night of strange clips, weird trailers, obscure footage, exclusive previews and anything else they want to show on the screen.

Yes, each guest gets a 5-minute slot to share with us something they love, something they want to share with a late night audience, something that will hopefully bring the house down!

So we’re not going to tell you anything about who’s coming along this year, but take a look at the festival guests list and you can see there’s plenty of cool cats who could turn up. But we will share some of the highlights for last year, just so you can get a feel for what you’ll be letting yourself in for.

Steve Oram joined us and showed the world’s first footage from his then just filmed AAAAAAAAH!

Adam Green let us have the first screening of his 2014 Halloween short film.

Nacho Vigalondo screened us one of his brilliant short films then proceeded to drink everything in sight

Not enough yet?

Well how about John McNaughton screening exclusive footage from his just shot documentary series?

Add onto that everything from obscure film trailers to possibly the worst music TV show of all time and you’ll get an idea of how things went.

Also this time around we’ll have giveaways through the show, audience participation plus anything else we think we can get away with!

Saturday 29th August from 10.45PM – Vue Cinema, Leicester Square – Book tickets here

The Duke’s Top 5 films to see at FrightFest 2015

It’s nearly time for FrightFest 2015 and we’ll be back taking over one of the Discovery Screens for a  double bill of film chaos including hosting The Late Night Film Party. So to get your all ready for 5-days of back-to-back films here’s our Top 5 films to watch over the weekend, each of these is 100% Duke approved!

5) Curtain: If Henenlotter ever needed an heir; Jeron Henrie-Mcrea might just be what he’s looking for. Mixing lo-fi, lo-budget charm with an impressive determination to craft a world with its very own rules, ‘Curtain’ defines the best of low-budget making. See it now and be one of the first discover a major upcoming talent whilst also getting lost in the weird esotericness that is this film.

4) Final Girl: It’s time someone took the classic girl in peril formula, gave it a good beating and then put it through the grinder: meet Final Girl, a new film from photographer turned filmmaker Tyler Shields – blessed with brilliant acting, drop dead gorgeous to look at AND completely revisionist in its approach, this short but sweet punch to the temple will both shake you and leave you gasping for more.

3) Deathgasm: Take heavy metal, Peter Jackson and a spirit of can-do and the mix you have spells ‘Deathgasm’. A throwback to the low-budget high-spirit genre comedies of yesteryear, this is one midnight film which will both make you laugh with its unique brand of silliness and blow your mind with its outrageous gore and special effects, an overall winner and the most likely to please an audience.

2) Rabid Dogs: How do you remake one of the most downbeat, sleazy and brilliant films in the history of cinema? Why, you keep the basics and turn everything else up to 20, of course. Director Eric Hannezo‘s stylish, heart-pounding take on the Bava classic is a noir/giallo ride for the modern century with a kick-ass synth soundtrack to boot which cleverly and carefully utilises the original theme to great effect. Involving several stand-out sequences including one pagan ceremony straight out of Wicker Man, this is brilliant, audacious invention of the highest kind. Simply put, you owe it to yourself to experience Rabid Dogs on the big screen.

Rabid Dogs

1) Remix, Remake, Rip-Off: It might at first seem like nepotism to put our own screening at number 1 but ‘Remix, Remake, Rip-Off’ really is one of the best documentaries you’re likely to ever see about genre cinema: imagine a country in political turmoil whose burgeoning cinema delved head-first into the crazy waters of genre films in order to satisfy a demanding audience and you’ve got the starting point for this crazy journey of film which will not only introduce you to some of the most inventive, funny and downright mad filmmakers you’re ever likely to see but also will give you an even bigger appreciation for all those classics we take for granted. Mad, bad and dangerous to know, Remix Remake Ripoff will twist your head, blow your mind and explode your expectations. A must-see!