Horror Favourites – Nicholas Vince

Nicholas Vince is most famous for playing The Chatterer Cenobite in Clive Barker’s Hellraiser & Hellbound: Hellraiser II and Kinski in Barker’s Nightbreed. A performer, director, writer and artist among other things Nicholas seems to always be busy and this year is no exception with his latest horror, They’re Outside, set to receive its World Premiere at this years FrightFest.

Other than They’re Outside he stars in the independent feature films, Hollower (dir. MJ Dixon) and The Offer (dir. Chris Griffiths & Gary Smart), with others from the Hellraiser films; and features in Borley Rectory (dir. Ashley Thorpe), For We Are Many (dir. various), The Black Gloves (dir. Lawrie Brewster), Book of Monsters (dir. Stewart Sparke), Can’t Kill This (dir. Federico Scargiali). He’s also worked on numerous short films including the award winning Mindless (dir. Katie Bonham).

In 2016 he was awarded the London Horror Society Award for Outstanding Contribution to UK Independent Horror and in 2018 a Lifetime of Torment Award at Texas Frightmare, plus a Dedication to Horror award from the Liverpool Horror Club.

He’s written and directed three short films. The Night Whispered and Your Appraisal which screened in the UK, USA and France. His third film, Necessary Evils will be included as a DVD extra on For We Are Many from Hex Media. In addition he’s created two music videos, plus a short film for the Soska Sisters Blood Drive.

At the end of last year he performed his autobiographical one man show, I AM MONSTERS! at the Pleasance Theatre, London as part of the London Horror Festival, and to a sell out audience in Las Vegas. During lockdown he’s been working on some Life of a Dog cartoons and Hellraiser art which are available on Redbubble.

His two collections of short stories, What Monsters Do and Other People’s Darkness are both available on Amazon sites; and his short story ‘Prayers of Desire’, a new origin story for The Chatterer was recently published as part of Hellraiser: Anthology – Volume 2 published by Seraphim Inc.

Below Nicholas talks about his favourite horror film:

“My favourite horror film is Roger Corman’s, ‘The Masque of the Red Death’, starring Vincent Price and based on two short stories by Edgar Allen Poe.

I first saw it when I was a teenager, along with the other Corman Poe price films. This is my favourite as it deals with the big questions of life, death and if God is good, why does he allow pestilence? Vincent Price plays Prince Prospero who when he discovers one of the villages surrounding his castle is infected by the red death, invites all his rich friends into the castle for a huge party, leaving the others outside to die from the pestilence. However, he does take the innocent Francesca, her father and her fiance into the castle.

The film is really made up of a series of meditations on the meaning of terror, good and evil, the futility of love and faith in God, along with some gruesome deaths and a psychedelic nightmare sequence. I remember being blown away when I first saw this as here was a horror film that wasn’t simply out to horrify or shock you, it was examining some pretty major questions of philosophy which as a teenager, naturally interested me.

Incidentally, it’s only just struck me how ironic a choice this is considering the current crisis. I know films dealing with pandemics, such as Contagion, have become very popular in the last few months. Perhaps it’s time to rewatch ‘The Masque of the Red Death’.”

Check out www.nicholasvince.com for all you need to know and more on Nicholas Vince and find his books on the Amazon links below:
http://smarturl.it/WhatMonstersDo

http://smarturl.it/OtherPeoplesDarkness
Finally watch Nicholas Vince in They’re Outside which receives its world premiere at FrightFest 2020 August 29, 2020, 7:00 – 9:00 PM. Get your tickets HERE

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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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