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By Newgate Productions, Oct 31 2016 05:00PM

Happy Halloween! The Monster Hunters have finally returned for a brand new 6 part series. Sit back with your favourite scotch, set the lights to the appropriate level (you can decide this, we're not your mother) and enjoy...


Roy Steel: Matthew Woodcock

Lorrimer Chesterfield: Peter Davis

Sir Maxwell House: Simon Kane

Jimmy Chevron: Rob Cummings

Irene Gander: Claire Suarez

Marty/The Bursar: Phillip North


Music: Simon Magus

Written and directed by Peter Davis and Matthew Woodcock.


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By Newgate Productions, Oct 28 2016 08:50AM

The Halloween weekend is upon us and we’re sure you’ve got plans but if not, here are some ideas from us…


STAY IN. LOCK THE DOORS…


There’s a plethora of classic horror films to feast your eyes on but at this time of year, naturally we always turn to the British horror pictures that inspired us. You could certainly do no worse than firing up Dracula: AD 1972. The penultimate of Hammer’s cycle of Dracula films, this sees the action move to the contemporary world of swinging London and its hip and happening nightlife as depicted by people who, respectfully, probably didn’t spend that much time in nightclubs. It might not be the best Dracula film in the world but it’s far from the worst and as is always the case, any film with Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee in is usually better than a film without them.


The classic Cushing/Lee partnership can also be seen in The Curse of Frankenstein, the first of Hammer’s Frankenstein films and the film that cemented the company’s relationship with gothic horror. Christopher Lee’s Creature is horrific but also sympathetic, impressive when encased in all that makeup and only your eyes to work with.


For more from Christopher Lee, The Wicker Man is good choice. It might be an obvious classic now, but that wasn’t the case on release and it’s a film with a production history almost as interesting as the finished product. It’s eerie, beautiful to look at and the score is something special with its mix of funky guitars and folk music.


Finally, there’s Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors. It’s the first of Amicus’s portmanteau horror films and is made up of five short stories depicting the potential lives of the five men who share Dr. Terror’s train compartment. Our favourite has to be the disembodied hand that pursues Christopher Lee’s arrogant art critic, but the film should also be watched for Roy Castle’s adventures in Jazz…


GO OUT AFTER DARK…


If you don’t want to stay in, you could always venture out in onto the streets. If you’re in the capital, the London Horror Festival reaches its climax on 30th October. Now in its sixth year and a staple on the London fringe theatre scene, this is the place the Monster Hunters started back in 2011. Our original live production staged adventures which we then adapted back in series 1 and we went back with a second show in 2012, so we have a big soft spot for it. The festival is now based at the Old Red Lion Theatre and this weekend it plays host to Dandy Darkly, The Vienna Experiment and Philipp Oberlohr’s acclaimed show Séance. Tickets and information can be found here.


London, York and Edinburgh are also home to the Ghost Bus Tours. Board their spooky black routemasters for a chilling and funny tour of the horrific past of these cities. You might even see a familiar face from The Monster Hunters!


…LISTEN TO THE MONSTER HUNTERS


In preparation for our return, why not listen to all 22 episodes of The Monster Hunters? Binge watching is quite the thing these days, so why not binge listening? It has the advantage that you don’t have to stay in one place and you could always carry cue cards with simple bits of conversation on them (‘I’m fine, how is you sister?’ or ‘Can it, I’m listening to The Monster Hunters’, that sort of thing) if you absolutely have to see other people. If you prefer it with pictures, print out pictures of Roy and Lorrimer’s faces, make your friends wear them whilst you listen. It’s like actually being there!


We’ll see you very soon for episode 1 of the brand new series!


By Newgate Productions, Oct 23 2016 06:55PM

Series three of The Monster Hunters opens with The Parliament of Wolves! Join us soon as we em-bark on this thrilling adventure. And return here for more exciting Monster Hunters news very soon!

By Newgate Productions, Oct 16 2016 01:35PM

There's exciting news for fans of The Monster Hunters...the long wait is over! Roy Steel and Lorrimer Chesterfield are on their way back for a brand new adventure and with it comes some good news and bad news. The bad news first: there won't be stand alone Halloween and Christmas specials. But here's the good news: instead, we're bringing you an entire third series!


Monster Hunters series three has been a long time in planning as we've been very busy but we're now in a position to bring you six brand new monthly adventures starting this month. The boys are back to face some old enemies and new foes. They'll take on the worst that London has to offer them. They'll travel abroad to such far flung places as Tibet and Cambridge. And meanwhile something back home is brooding, waiting to emerge like a deadly flower.


We're really pleased we can finally start bringing you some new tales and we're very grateful to our lovely fans for sticking with us all this time. And now we want your help. If you love The Monster Hunters, tell your friends. Make them tell their friends. Tell someone you don't know and start a wonderful new friendship. That way we can convert more to our cause as if we were some kind of hilarious cold and they were a healthy nose crying out to be infected by horror based jokes. You can also review and rate us on iTunes!


Stay tuned as we'll have more Monster Hunters news over the next few weeks.

By Newgate Productions, Jan 2 2016 09:14AM

Don't take down your decorations yet - The Monster Hunters are back for a brand new Christmas adventure!


When Roy Steel buys Lorrimer Chesterfield the world's ugliest mirror, he has no idea what he brought home with it. As The Monster Hunters wake up to it's full horror, Lorrimer must assemble a team of experts at London University to investigate just what lurks inside the mirror.


There's a rapping on the glass, a locked room and a Roy Steel with nothing to punch. Prepare yourselves for The Rapping on the Mirror.


Written and directed by Peter Davis and Matthew Woodcock.


With Matthew Woodcock (Roy Steel), Peter Davis (Lorrimer Chesterfield), Kelly Quick (Lauren Asher), William McGeough (Guy Devlin), Laura Marshall (Mrs. Mann) and Simon Kane (Sir Maxwell House)


Music by Simon Magus. For more information, see https://villa9.bandcamp.com/




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