Horror Favourites – Nigel Barber

Out now The Host is a suspense filled thriller and after our exclusive interviews with Mike Buckingham and Ruby Turner another one of the films stars Nigel Barber spoke to us about his favourite horror film.

In a bid to escape his tame 9-5 life, Robert Atkinson (Mike Beckingham) takes the plunge and tries to gamble his way into success, but when luck deserts him Robert finds himself at the mercy of a powerful Chinese cartel who ask him to transport a mysterious briefcase to scenic Amsterdam. Without a choice, Robert embarks on a trip filled with twists, deception and danger, diving deeper into the seedy underbelly of crime, just to try and escape it.

The film also stars Ruby Turner MBE (once a back-up singer to Mick Jagger and Bryan Ferry, she recently released her 20th studio album Love Was Here), Dougie Poynter (Of Pop band Mcfly), Nigel Barber (veteran US actor has featured in such franchise hits as Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation and Spectre) and Togo Igawa (The Japanese screen legend has appeared in blockbuster films such as The Gentleman, Mamma Mia and Star Wars: The Last Jedi)

Nigel Barber is an American actor based in London, and has worked in Film, Theatre, Television and Radio, as well as a Commercial Print, and more. Nigel’s feature film roles include ‘Chairman’ in Mission Impossible-Rogue Nation (2015), the ‘Head of Nation’ in Spectre, ‘Dr. Bloom’ in Mad to be Normal, and ‘Killian Grun’ in Sniper: Ghost Shooter.

Available on Amazon Prime and VoD now THE HOST is a beautifully crafted, suspense driven film with incredible twists, that explores the darkest corners of the human psyche and the ongoing consequences of making the wrong decisions.

Below star of The Host Nigel Barber talks about his favourite horror film:

“I’ve chosen a film that goes back to 1983, it was directed by Tony Scott, starring Catherine Deneuve, David Bowie, Susan Sarandon, cinematography by Stephen Goldblatt and it was called The Hunger. It came out 37 years ago and it still resonates in my soul, it was one of the most beautifully shot, well-crafted, perfectly edited horror stories. Catherine Deneuve plays Miriam Blaylock, she’s a vampire that’s been around for millennium. They start off in flashbacks when she was in Egypt during the Pharaohs times and her relationships with people. She chose a human being, promising them eternal life and turns them into a vampire as she is and then we cut to the present. We see that she has chosen her companion John, played by David Bowie, and he begins to suffer insomnia, ageing very quickly in a few days and isn’t quite sure what’s going on. Catherine Deneuve contacts a specialist, Sarah Roberts, played by Susan Sarandon, who specializes in ageing disorders. That’s where it starts and it’s just amazing.

Unfortunately, David Bowie’s character just continues to diminish and he realizes that yes he’s been promised everlasting life, but not everlasting youth and he just gets older and older. There were some wonderful scenes and music. There was a beautiful love scene between Sarandon and Deneuve which I still think is very powerful. That for me is probably one of the best out there. I’ve seen so many in my time. I remember going into the cinema on a rainy afternoon by myself in Westwood Village in Los Angeles to watch the original Exorcist. I don’t know why I did that, but I did! They are classics, Poltergeist, The Omen – I’m sort of pushed towards these religious angles, that almost seem quite possible that this would happen. But for me I suggest people revisit The Hunger, it’s beautifully shot, seductive and very powerful.”

You can read Mike Buckingham and Ruby Turner Horror Favourites by clicking on their names. THE HOST is out now on iTunes, Amazon Prime, Google Play, Sky Store, Apple TV, Microsoft Movies and TV and Fandango Now. http://www.thehost.movie/
iTunes hyperlink: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/movie/the-host/id1493955861
Amazon Prime: https://amzn.to/2Vl7MaC
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/movies/details/The_Host?id=6-JlBnJp8Bw.P
Sky Store: https://bit.ly/SkyTheHost


Alex Humphrey

Alex studied film at the University of Kent and went on to work for Universal Pictures in their Post Room gaining an inside look at the movie industry from the very bottom. Constantly writing reviews in everything from local magazines to Hip Hop sites Alex honed his critical skills even spending a brief period as a restaurant critic. Read more

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