Pat Higgins
A former stand-up comedian, Pat founded his company Jinx Media in 2003 with the aim of producing horror movies with cool scripts and low budgets for the international market. The first of these, TrashHouse, was released on DVD in 2006 and received positive reviews in many UK magazines, including Empire. Three more features followed soon after; KillerKiller, Hellbride and cult mockumentary The Devil's Music (which won 'Best Independent Feature' at the Festival of Fantastic Films and was described as "magnificent" in MJ Simpson's recent book Urban Terrors: New British Horror Cinema 1997-2008)

Pat was the original writer and creator of Strippers vs Werewolves (although he takes no responsibility for the eventual film) and represents one third of the creative team behind the Death Tales series of anthology horror features.

He's been called the 'Essex Auteur' in Empire, one of the ‘most promising British horror directors’ in Fangoria and 'the Tarantino of budget gore flicks for style and dialogue' in SFX. He lectures in screenwriting and has seen Gremlins over 80 times.
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Entries by Pat Higgins

Filmmaking Has Got Too Easy. Maybe We Need More Obstacles.

(0) Comments | Posted 20 February 2015 | (12:44)

In early 2004, I made my first independent horror film, TrashHouse.

I edited it on a home PC with a 20GB hard drive, (which at the time was considered a ridiculously huge amount of storage space and cost me a whole load of money). Doing that was stupidly...

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Samsung TV Listens to Users. We Have Lost the War

(0) Comments | Posted 10 February 2015 | (09:44)

The war against the machines was so much more dramatic in Terminator 2. There was stuff blowing up, cool blue lighting, mechanical feet crushing the skulls of the defeated human race (for which the accompanying sound effect was actually the slowed-down sound of a nut being crushed, fact...

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"Horror For Kids" and the Poltergeist Remake

(1) Comments | Posted 29 January 2015 | (12:35)

There were concerned murmurs in certain parts of the horror community a few days ago, when Sam Rockwell described the upcoming Poltergeist remake (in which he stars) as "more of a kids' movie". This got me thinking about a few things; specifically whether or not the...

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I Demand Less Choice!

(0) Comments | Posted 10 December 2014 | (14:53)

Nearly 15 years ago, I used to do stand-up.

I had a routine about trying to buy condoms in an American supermarket, and being confronted by so much choice that it became impossible to actually make a selection. Having to consider every possible colour, size, shape, flavour and texture,...

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'Sex' Advice and Paddington Bear

(0) Comments | Posted 18 November 2014 | (20:32)

My favourite headline of the year hit the BBC website this evening.

"BBFC changes Paddington 'sex' advice" rumbled the abbreviated version on the Entertainment page, expanding to the slightly more illuminating but still somewhat alarming "Paddington film: BBFC changes advice about 'sex references'" once you clicked through...

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The Case of the Incredible Disappearing Princess

(0) Comments | Posted 13 May 2014 | (14:24)

I watched a trailer for a movie I didn't recognise at the weekend.

It was for an animated movie about a daring, unstoppable thief having a series of misadventures. Right at the end of the trailer, we glimpsed the female character who would presumably be his love interest.


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'Star Wars Episode VII' is Going to be Terrible - Or Awesome

(0) Comments | Posted 30 April 2014 | (00:00)

So Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill are in London shooting Star Wars Episode VII?

And Ford's role is reportedly 'gigantic'?

Pardon me while I split into two separate entities in order to examine my feelings about this.

Pat A: This is, obviously, absolutely brilliant news. As...

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How Not to Suck at Auditions

(0) Comments | Posted 14 April 2014 | (10:28)

We've got a movie going in front of the cameras later in the year, so my thoughts are beginning to turn towards casting.

Auditions aren't my favourite part of the film business. There's a built-in imbalance to the process, and it's easy for either side to lose sight of what...

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Stop the BBFC Killing Independent Film

(0) Comments | Posted 20 March 2014 | (17:10)

The BBFC don't always get things right.

They've got an astonishingly tough job, and have to juggle the conflicting whims of politicians and the public whilst coping with regular bashings from the right wing press for being too lenient and the left wing press for being too...

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(Don't Watch) The Most Terrifying Scene in Cinema History

(4) Comments | Posted 6 March 2014 | (12:01)

I love truly great scare scenes. I think there are only a handful of genuinely fantastic ones in the history of horror cinema; the ones that pin you to the back of your seat like a deer in the headlights whilst your brain scrambles to process the images are being...

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Our Superheroes Are Getting Too Dark

(3) Comments | Posted 21 February 2014 | (23:00)

Please Note: This blog post contains spoilers for Man of Steel, and for the current run of Spider-Man comics in both US and UK (including recently publicised announcements about forthcoming issues). I point this out because I complained about spoilers in a post a while ago,...

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Goodbye, Blockbuster

(2) Comments | Posted 12 December 2013 | (15:18)

Back in the early 90s, I was a person who wanted to make movies. People who wanted to make movies tended to go and work in video stores whilst waiting for that elusive big break to come. Not one to buck the trend, I worked in Blockbuster.

The chain had...

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Life is Not a Video Game - Stop Keeping Score

(0) Comments | Posted 3 December 2013 | (15:01)

Over a decade ago, I read a book called 'Life: The Movie'.

The thrust of the book was that our desire to create narratives and our obsession with the media have led us to experience our lives as a form of entertainment. I found it an interesting...

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Doctor Who's 50th Anniversary Show Should Ignore the Fans

(21) Comments | Posted 25 September 2013 | (00:00)

Ever since the BBC finally announced their plans for the Doctor Who 50th anniversary, all kinds of rumours have been flying. Classic Doctors have been seen apparently protesting their lack of involvement, whilst elsewhere Peter Davison has apparently confirmed that he might be involved...

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Childhood Fears of a Horror Writer

(0) Comments | Posted 31 August 2013 | (00:00)

I've been writing screenplays for horror movies and splashing around in the shallow end of the film industry for a decade now. Horror has become my comfort zone, albeit with a hefty splash of comedy to help the dark stuff go down.

It wasn't always that way.

I was...

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Sharknado vs Strippers vs Werewolves: The Power of Dumb

(6) Comments | Posted 9 August 2013 | (00:00)

Last night, a movie called Sharknado screened on the SyFy channel in the UK. I know this because it trended on Twitter. I found out too late to watch, but it's showing again this week so I'll check it out then.

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Blocked! Pornography, The Filter and Me

(24) Comments | Posted 2 August 2013 | (00:00)

I was behind a web filter last week.

I shouldn't have been aware that I was behind a web filter, of course. If the stuff about filtering of adult content is to be taken remotely seriously, surely I should have been able to spend a couple of hours working industriously...

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The Bands Who Were Erased From History

(1) Comments | Posted 22 July 2013 | (16:48)

Carter USM, Senseless Things, The Wonder Stuff & PWEI on vinyl

Last month, the BBC ran a chart of every Glastonbury Pyramid Stage headliner since the festival started (I'd link to it, but it seems to have disappeared). Over to the right of the chart,...

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Blu Ray Is Dead

(21) Comments | Posted 12 July 2013 | (00:00)

Formats die all the time. It's sad but it's inevitable.

The exact point that any given format dies is usually hard to pinpoint, since manufacturers will often try and prop them up Weekend at Bernie's style after their natural expiration date. They try all manner of tricks to...

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The Movie Violence Debate: Jim Carrey Slams Kick-Ass 2

(0) Comments | Posted 24 June 2013 | (12:51)

News broke yesterday that Jim Carrey has withdrawn his support for Kick-Ass 2, saying that in the wake of the horrifying Sandy Hook elementary school shooting he "cannot support that level of violence". Given his pretty hardcore mocking of gun culture earlier in the year, Carrey's...

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