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Hex Media, the masterminds behind indie horror gems Lord of Tears and The Unkindness of Ravens, have been making waves in recent years with their films, but now they’re establishing their own studio as well.
Based out of an old Gothic church in Fife, Hex Studios will develop and produce original genre fare as well as nurture future talents of the business. The studio is the brainchild of Hex Media founder Lawrie Brewster, his partner Sarah Daly, and co-founders Richard Pate, Nick Ford and Bill Eikost.
The plan is to usher in a new golden age of British horror. According to Brewster, “Hex Studios is inspired by the glory days of Hammer Horror at Bray Studios. It’s more than just a physical production space or a studio company, it’s a grass-roots movement that seeks to pursue a revolutionary approach to the art and business of filmmaking.”
Daly added: “We want to foster a resurgence in the great British tradition of horror filmmaking, as well as providing opportunities for aspiring writers, actors and filmmakers in Scotland and all over the world.”
Given that the current incarnation of Hammer has been quiet of late, there’s a void in British horror waiting to be filled. I’m excited for this — especially knowing that Brewster, Daly, and co. are passionate about originality. That much is evident in every frame of their films.
The legendary Roger Corman is also excited about the Hex Studios, saying: ““Hex Studios is an ambitious new project which aims to rekindle the spirit of classic horror cinema, and gives me hope for the future of original, independent filmmaking.”
The company’s first production will be the demonic horror anthology film For We Are Many, which features segments from an array of talented filmmakers including Brewster (The Black Gloves), Nicholas Vince (Hellraiser) and Brad Watson (Hallows Eve). The film also stars Eileen Dietz (The Exorcist) and Laurence Harvey (The Human Centipede II).
We’ve been singing the praises of Hex Media for months here at TNC. They make quality, original horror movies and they’re quite mischievous as well — as you can see from this spooky prank video — so naturally, we approve of this.
Until now, Fife has been an idyllic county known for its seagulls and tranquillity. At least that’s how I like to imagine Fife and its people having passed through the region many times in the past. Not once, though, did I ever imagine Fife of all places would boast its own horror studio — at least not until I realized Brewster, Daly, and co. were from Fife and delivering movies brimming with ambition, boldness, and imagination. This is just the next step in a journey that’s been going from strength to strength with each new venture.
This type of ambition makes the Hex brand one of the most exciting in all of cinema at the moment. Be sure to keep this project on your radar, because chances are they’ll be responsible for the next wave of great British genre flicks.