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

The Perils of Automatic Subtitling

(0) Comments | Posted 16 May 2016 | (12:27)

My production company Jinx Media is a tiny independent. We never have enough money or time. Somehow we've survived for thirteen wonderful years of making low-budget horror movies, but it's never been easy.

In order to make sure our movies get seen, we're always on the look-out for new...

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When the Video You Wanted to Rent was 'Out'

(0) Comments | Posted 29 April 2016 | (22:47)

When the video you wanted to rent was 'out', you passed through a series of emotions. The first, much as with the stages of grief, was usually denial.

"Maybe someone's dropped it back," you'd tell yourself. "Maybe it's behind the counter, or in the drop box, and the woman behind...

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War and Peace and Penis

(0) Comments | Posted 1 February 2016 | (23:00)

There was a penis on War and Peace this week, and apparently this was a big deal.

Before you faint in horror and disgust, let me stress that the penis was neither 'ready to rock & roll' nor in a setting where it looked likely...

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Why You Can't Watch my New Horror Movie

(0) Comments | Posted 3 December 2015 | (15:13)

As I type these words, a team of very talented and cool people are putting the finishing touches on my new movie. It's called 'The House on the Witchpit'.

You won't find much about it on the internet. You won't find a cast list, synopsis* or trailer. At the moment,...

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Death to the 12A Rating

(8) Comments | Posted 6 November 2015 | (23:00)

As an adolescent growing up in the 80s, the 12A certificate was my greatest wish.

An endless succession of movies which I desperately wanted to watch, and I knew were basically okay for me, came and went at the cinema. Each had a 15 certificate which forbade me to...

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My Kid Bought a £50 Horror Game Whilst Watching Cartoons

(6) Comments | Posted 13 September 2015 | (21:29)

Yesterday, my four-year-old bought 'Until Dawn', the new PS4 survival horror game starring Hayden Panettiere. It cost me £50. She did this whilst I stood next to her, watching the same screen that she was watching, and I still had no idea it had happened until...

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Wes Craven 1939-2015: Memories of Movies

(0) Comments | Posted 31 August 2015 | (11:56)

I remember being 10 years old, and standing in the hallway at my best friend's house. His mum arrived back from a day's work at the Romford Odeon. It had been a memorable shift. Apparently, there was a new film that was so scary that people had been screaming and...

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Don't Feed the Professional A**holes

(0) Comments | Posted 29 April 2015 | (00:00)

Some people get paid to be assholes.

Whether we pay them by the mouse-click, pay them by the purchase of a newspaper or pay them by the phone votes on a TV talent show, we pay them nonetheless. In return for this payment, they perform for us. Whether they're providing...

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The Cast of 'Twin Peaks' Restore My Faith in Humanity

(6) Comments | Posted 17 April 2015 | (00:00)

The announced return of Twin Peaks to TV was always going to feel a bit too good to be true.

It wasn't just that a show was coming back after 25 years, because quite a few shows do that nowadays. We live in an age where TV...

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Everyone's a Critic, but Critics Aren't Everyone

(1) Comments | Posted 1 April 2015 | (16:28)

Last week, my Mum found a little book whilst clearing out her loft.

It was a collection of tiny film reviews I wrote when I was about 12. Carefully hand-written with each film's year of production and a mark out of five (plus a special 'Bulls Eye' option for...

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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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