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Interview with the Vampire – Reverend interview feature

Posted in neil jones, the reverend, Uncategorized on 08/06/2012 by vincentstark

This guy’s sharper than Blade, and cuts deeper in this new spin on a tried and tested formula. It’s out now on DVD and shows what can be done with a genre that is already bursting at the seams.

Over the years we’ve had countless permutations on the vampire myth, but just when it looked as if the vamps had lost their bite, largely thanks to all that Twlight bollocks, up pops a vamp in, of all places, modern day Wales and kicks arse, big style.

OK before I talk about the film and to the stars, it’s cards on the table time. The director, Neil Jones is a friend of mine and I actually appear in the movie, but that doesn’t mean I have to gush praise. However I genuinely think this is a good movie and I’m proud to be a part of it. I’m not saying it’s the best vampire film ever but it is a fucking good movie with a top knotch cast and made by people who genuinely love their craft. These guys don’t go for the safe option and instead try and push the envelope…and believe me, I know that.


Stuart Brennan, the Reverend of the title, was attracted to the project by the story which came from long time collaborator, Neil Jones.

“: The story first and foremost, it’s a great take on the vampire genre and I find vigilante films very appealing, especially in the current climate. This film has a great mixture of modern issues, vampires and biblical undertones. It’s the sort of story that can easily stand the test of time as the time and place are very nondescript, making it feel almost timeless, yet still has a poignant immediate relevance. Working with Neil Jones was the next big draw for the project, we have a very close working relationship and a shorthand between us that makes the work fast, fun and very rewarding.
The other cast members were really exciting to work with as well. Tamer Hassan’s work I knew well and I’m a big fan of The Football Factory, so couldn’t wait to work with him. Doug Bradley is a horror legend in his own right, as is Geovanni Lombardo Radice. Shane Richie is such a great positive energy to be around I was excited to work with him again. We also had lots of great new young actors like Marcia Do Vales, Mads Koudal, Emily Booth and Edmund Kingsley. I love Blade Runner – love it. So Rutger Hauer…. man, to work with him was a dream come true.”

Co-star, the Marcia Do Vales was also taken by the story and was eager to work with Neil Jones.

“Neil Jones  is a great director and I was excited at the opportunity to work with him. And then the story… and my role specifically, “The Girl”.  I think it was a very interesting role to play. She is mysterious, dangerous and even compassionate.”

The story sees a new reverend arriving in a new parish in a troubled town. Soon our everyman priest find himself the victim of great evil kicked off  by Satan himself, played by Rutger Hauer in an effective cameo appearance. That’s the one oddity about the way this film is being marketed with the movie poster suggesting Hauer is an integral part of the movie when he isn’t really, but his appearance does add gravitas to proceedings.  Though it may have been better if money was saved on Hauer’s fee and added elsewhere to the budget, still his casting will probably make sense in that it should attract viewers.

Our young reverend, now a vampire,  decides to sate his new bloodlust on the scum that terrorize the  neighborhood. Think Death Wish with fangs or a Batman that bites, and you’ll have the gist of things. However it really is deeper than that and  the movie is heavily imbued with religious symbolism, the Book of Job being particularly important.  I asked the director, who studied theology, about this.

“The Biblical book of Job really interested me, it’s like no other book in the Bible, it’s really dark. I just thought that would make a great film. I wanted to make it, but obviously I’m not at the level where I can work with huge budgets, so I decided to take the concept and try and work it into a modern day setting with a commercial driving force, hence Vampire film!”


The film riffs on the vampire mythos – I asked both Stuart and Marcia what it is about these creatures that so fascinates movie fans?

STUART: The vampire is one of the first real superheroes, they’re the bad boys of literature. With a dark and terrible streak. It makes them seriously cool.
I think we all secretly want to be a vampire. Live forever, kill those you hate, let those you like live forever too. It’s fantasy at its best.
Vampires allow us to enjoy the dark side of our imagination, as we know they’re bad, we know they’re wrong and unreal – but they’re also sexy and cool.

MARCIA: Obviously the story of Dracula has continued to appeal to generations of horror fans because it is such a wonderful and tragic story. For me though, Vampires have a sexual appeal whereas no other “monster” does.
Directly following filming on The Reverend, Marcia was back on set again under the direction of Neil Jones on the horror movie, Deranged. I wondered if she was worried about being seen as a scream queen?
Marcia “Better to be a Queen of something than not to be a Queen of anything… How could being a “Queen” be a bad thing? Jajaja. No, I’m not worried as it suggests the movies will have some success and I would be very happy about that indeed. Horror movies in general are a lot of fun to work on but I do have future projects in the works now that are not horror films. My next big character will be in a Thriller/Action movie and I get to kick a lot of ass! That film shoots between Brazil and Spain. I also just finished a 3 year directing course so I hope to get the chance to direct a movie myself soon.”
Stuart’s previous movie was the Bafta winning, Risen, and these movies are on the surface far apart, so is it important to for the actor to prove himself versatile?
Stuart “It’s something I take quite seriously. I never want to be type cast. I love creating characters. I think there are quite a few similarities between The Reverend and Howard Winstone (Risen), as they’re both quite quiet characters, with a hidden power and confidence. The next few roles I have lined up are all very, very different. That’s not to say I would turn something down if it was similar to something I had already done, it’s always a project by project assessment.
I’d love to play a vampire again.”
My bit
Watching the movie now reminded me somewhat of the classic UK horrors from the likes of Amicus and Hammer, which is refreshing given the spate of unoriginal slasher movies that seem to have dominated the horror genre in recent years. Hammer are back in the swing of things with the studio seeing huge success with, The Woman in Black. I asked Neil if we were seeing a new golden age for the genre.
NEIL: “The Reverend is a little akin to the older horror films I think, as already touched upon it was important to me that we understand the characters’ motivation throughout the film. I wanted to make it as gritty and realistic as possible. Yes it’s a Vampire film, but I wanted it to be realistic in the setting. Obviously we can’t relate to being a Vampire but we can relate to a journey everyone takes. I don’t like the torture porn genre, I never wanted The Reverend to be just about the gore, I suppose as a film-maker I’m striving to tell stories we can all on some level understand what’s at stake (no pun intended) for the characters’ and hopefully that will engage the audience more. It depends what you mean as a resurgence, there is definitely a lot of horror features being made in the UK now, HD camera’s are so accessible these days that more people can attempt to make a film, however I think with that comes a lot of  poorly planned films. Personally I’m all for going out and making a film. People generally class RISEN as my first feature, and in a way it was my first feature I had a budget for. Before that however, I had done two features with no budget with mainly friends helping out. We shot on MiniDV and while the films are not great, they definitely taught me a lot and  helped me improve. Yes a lot gets made these days and with that a lot of films are not great, but it’s the route I took and I totally encourage it.”
The Reverend is out on DVD today and with the weight of distribution company, Metrodome behind it, it should do well. Indeed it  has the potential to do great things. This is cutting edge indie cinema from a great director with an excellent cast. Shaun Ritchie for instance, familiar  from Eastenders, is absolutely superb in his role as a pimp and his performance will have fans over the Alfie Moon.
Both Stuart and Marcia understand the horror genre and so I asked them both if they had any fave chilling movies.
MARCIA: Shining, Sixth Sense, The others, Julia´s eyes.
STUART: Night Watch – that’s spectacular.
Stakeland – very similar in tone and feel to The Reverend.
The Others, The Shining, Wolf Creek and The Orphanage – all really chilling.
For me there needs to be a great story. Gore and sex for the sake of it are a turn off for me. If I don’t buy into the characters and the story I’m not interested.
I love the horror genre though!

Reverend Rises

Posted in burnhand films, neil jones, the reverend on 08/02/2012 by vincentstark

The indie horror thriller  starts a limited theatrical release tomorrow and will be available on DVD 6th August – we’ve got an in-depth review coming up as well as an interview with director Neil Jones and stars Marcia Do Vales and Stuart Brennan.

“A phenomenal new take on the vampire film” SCREAM Magazine

Fresh from seminary school a new Reverend embarks on his first parish. A small, low maintenance Chapel based in the quiet idyllic setting of a quiet country village. While on the surface the village seems to be a peaceful parish, with perfect residents, soon it becomes apparent that something more sinister lurks beneath the façade of a local businessman. On a wet, cold night a mysterious girl visits The Reverend at the chapel. Cold and upset she is welcomed in warmly, soon it becomes apparent that her visit is not for sanctuary but to deliver a message, a message in the form of a deep, bloody bite… Awoken with an unknown, uncontrollable thirst a confused Reverend can find no evidence of the girl from the night before, with nothing but the thirst and memory of the bite, The Reverend embarks on his mandate, to clean up the village and the neighbouring estate, by preaching or feasting… Burn Hand Film Productions
Check out the latest trailer here –

Neil Jones’ Deranged – babes with weapons….nice.

Posted in deranged, indie horror, neil jones, the reverend on 06/03/2012 by vincentstark

Deranged is a Spanish movie which was written by Oscar Carrion and directed by Neil Jones, whom regular readers  will know as the man who is working on the early stages of bringing my novel, The Tarnished Star to the screen as the all action western LawMaster. Can’t wait for that to happen.

Neil’s been a busy man and directly following shooting on the horror movie, The Reverend he was off to Spain to shoot Deranged. He’s back in good old Blighty now and about to start shooting another movie. As always I’ve blagged a part in this so expect news when I’m able to post it. I’m looking forward to this and very much enjoyed being a part of Neil’s previous indie horror, The Reverend – there’s a little news on that below.

Deranged centers on four girls who go on a bachelorette party weekend to a country house, in rural Spain, and in grand horror movie tradition things start to go wrong.

Deranged stars Craig Fairbrass, Marcia Do Vales, Natalia Celino, Victoria Broom, Tabby Quitman and Pablo Olewski.

I spoke to Neil last week and he informed that that his indie horror hit, The Reverend will be available on DVD soon so expect a review in these bloodstained pages. You can view a trailer of Deranged HERE.


I Gimp

Posted in burnhand films, neil jones, the reverend on 09/29/2011 by vincentstark


Regular readers will know that Neil Jones is the man who will be responsible for directing LawMaster, which is the movie adaptation of my novel Tarnished Star. You know, I actually dig the title LawMaster more and more each time I use it. Neil’s recently completed a new movie, The Reverend.  I’m looking forward to seeing this movie when I attend the premiere in Leicester Square later this year. Not only do I count the director among my personal friends but I’m a big fan of his work – and of course there’s the fact that I’m in the movie after nagging Neil constantly for a small part.

Well Neil was obliging with the offer of a part which was… well not exactly what I had in mind. I was told I’d be playing the part of a character, described in the script as The Gimp and that I would be…well, put it this way mistreated somewhat.

A few months ago  I did the shoot and had a great time. Burnhand Films always assemble a great crew and the night shoot I was involved in, 11pm to 7am, went smoothly and without any lasting ill effects. It’s the first horror film I’ve ever worked on, at least as an actor rather than an extra, and from what I could see it’s going to be a cracker – it certainly offers a new slant on the vampire mythos. There will also be a graphic novel version of the film released and expect news of that here  soon. The cast includes horror icons Rutger Hauer, Doug Bradley,  Tamer Hassen and stars Stuart Brennan.

Fresh from seminary school a new Reverend embarks on his first parish. A small, low maintenance Chapel based in the quiet idyllic setting of a quiet country village. While on the surface the village seems to be a peaceful parish, with perfect residents, soon it becomes apparent that something more sinister lurks beneath the façade of a local businessman. On a wet, cold night a mysterious girl visits The Reverend at the chapel. Cold and upset she is welcomed in warmly, soon it becomes apparent that her visit is not for sanctuary but to deliver a message, a message in the form of a deep, bloody bite… Awoken with an unknown, uncontrollable thirst a confused Reverend can find no evidence of the girl from the night before, with nothing but the thirst and memory of the bite, The Reverend embarks on his mandate, to clean up the village and the neighbouring estate, by preaching or feasting. With striking visuals from one of Britain’s rising directors…

The Reverend

Posted in HORROR MOVIES, neil jones, the reverend on 08/28/2011 by vincentstark

I’m looking forward to this movie – director Neil Jones tell us – “We open theatrically in the UK on October 14th, our big launch will be at the British Horror Film Festival at the Empire in Leicester Square, I’m really excited for the release date, I really believe The Reverend brings something fresh to the genre and I believe the novel will be released at a similar time. We’re working on a US release date now as soon as we have that I’ll let you know! For tickets for horror festival please visit”


As I say I’m eager to see this one – and not only because Neil’s a good friend and I’m in the movie and get seriously gored up, but also because when I read the script I was bowled over – seriously, you wouldn’t think it was possible for someone to come up with an original slant on the vampire mythos but Neil has done just this, describing the film in an interview HERE as, Death Wish with bites.


The cast here are awesome – not only do we have the great Rutger Hauer but also Bafta winning, Stuart Brennan and a certain Doug (Pinhead) Bradley. Of course the fact that a certain Gary Dobbs otherwise known as Jack Martin and Vincent Stark also appears briefly will cut no ice with you lot, but believe me my involvement with the film was great fun and gruesomely gory.


I Gimp

Posted in neil jones, the reverend on 06/23/2011 by vincentstark

Well it’s something new to add to my resume – today a friend brought the IMDB entry for Neil Jones’s eagerly awaited horror movie, The Reverend to my attention. Seems I can now add Gimp to my CV right next to flower arranging and helping little old ladies cross the street.

Rutger Hauer Withstander
Tamer Hassan Harold Hicks
Doug Bradley Reverend Andrews
Simon Phillips Detective
Emily Booth Tracy
Shane Richie Prince
Edmund Kingsley Thug
Dominic Burns Big Bazza
Giovanni Lombardo Radice Almighty
Stuart Brennan The Reverend
Mads Koudal Viking
Helen Griffin Mrs. Jenkins
Marcia Do Vales Girl
Dave Sommer Brute
Rachel Walsh Hooker
Kirsten Jones Lady
Rebekka Raynor Dominatrix
Lyndon Baldock Barman
Billy Rumbol Ryan
Gareth King Drug Dealer
Gary Dobbs Gimp
Tabby Quitman Woman thrown out of pub
Kevin Hayde Postman
Mattie Thomas Danish Goon
Richie Woodhall Inspector Rodin
Andy Taylor Hicks man 1
Les Allen Hicks Man 2
Kelly Williams Waitress
Earl Palmer Danish Goon 2
Rachel-Helena Walsh Prostitute
Paul Hill Security Guard 2
Trevor Lumley Security Guard 1
Scott Ormrod Scott Ormrod

The new face of horror

Posted in HORROR MOVIES, the reverend on 06/09/2011 by vincentstark

I spent a few hours this afternoon with director, Neil Jones of Burn Hand Films, looking over the progress of the script for the movie, LawMaster which of course is based on my western, The Tarnished Star. While there I got a sneak peek at the editing of the forthcoming horror movie, The Reverend and it’s looking good, if a little gory – of course I was more interested in seeing the scene in which I was mutilated and…well, it brought tears to me eyes.

Reverend features the great Doug Bradley among a stellar cast, which includes the great Rutger Hauer. Keep reading for more exclusive Reverend news and, I’ve been promised, some exclusive pictures.


In the meantime here are the only two images released thus far.


More soon.