Mark Gatiss to Star in BLOOD ON SATAN'S CLAW from Bafflegab

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Bafflegab Productions has just announced the first day of recording has happened on a new audio production of Blood on Satan’s Claw, starring Mark Gatiss and Reece Shearsmith. The original film was released back in 1971 and starred (amongst others) Linda Hayden, who also returns for this production. The new cast also includes Alice Lowe (Sightseers, Prevenge), John Heffernan (Ripper Street, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell), Ralph Ineson (The Witch, The Office) and Philip Hill-Pearson (Shameless, Good Cop).

Although some recording has happened, Bafflegab will be launching a crowdfunding campaign with details announced on their website and Facebook pages.

Mark Gatiss is a big fan of the original, and says: “I first saw Blood on Satan’s Claw in the Friday night horror slot on Tyne Tees television, when I was a kid. I remember it vividly because it scared the life out of me. It’s so distinctly different. The pitch for the film is so strange, and it’s very much in that folk horror tradition: dark, bucolic, earthy and genuinely disquieting. It’s a fabulous tale.”

Scriptwriter Mark Morris adds: “I was first captivated by its unsettling, nightmarish atmosphere at the age of 12 or 13, since when it's been one of my favourite horror films. I leaped at the chance, therefore, to adapt and expand the original screenplay for this new audio version, and from day one this has been a real labour of love. The calibre of the cast we've been able to attract to the project is phenomenal, and a testament to the film's enduring impact. Blood on Satan's Claw is back - and I'm incredibly proud, this time around, to be a part of it.”

If you’re unfamiliar with the original, Blood on Satan’s Claw sits alongside Witchfinder General and The Wicker Man as one of the three films which make up the subgenre known as folk horror. In it, a village in 17th Century England is overcome by a Satanic plague after a hideous skull is found in the furrows of a farmer’s field. The village youth fall quickly under the devil's spell and retreat to the woodland to conduct games of sexual violence and sacrifice.

Fans of the original should rest assured this new audio adaptation is true to the film. As Linda Hayden concludes: “It’s lovely working with Reece Shearsmith and Mark Gatiss, as they’re huge fans of the film. I’m really honoured. It was always a really atmospheric piece, and the script to this new audio really captures that.”


More details can be found at bafflegab.co.uk.

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Bafflegab Productions has just announced the first day of recording has happened on a new audio production of Blood on Satan’s Claw, starring Mark Gatiss and Reece Shearsmith. The original film was released back in 1971 and starred (amongst others) Linda Hayden, who also returns for this production. The new cast also includes Alice Lowe (Sightseers, Prevenge), John Heffernan (Ripper Street, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell), Ralph Ineson (The Witch, The Office) and Philip Hill-Pearson (Shameless, Good Cop).

Although some recording has happened, Bafflegab will be launching a crowdfunding campaign with details announced on their website and Facebook pages.

Mark Gatiss is a big fan of the original, and says: “I first saw Blood on Satan’s Claw in the Friday night horror slot on Tyne Tees television, when I was a kid. I remember it vividly because it scared the life out of me. It’s so distinctly different. The pitch for the film is so strange, and it’s very much in that folk horror tradition: dark, bucolic, earthy and genuinely disquieting. It’s a fabulous tale.”

Scriptwriter Mark Morris adds: “I was first captivated by its unsettling, nightmarish atmosphere at the age of 12 or 13, since when it's been one of my favourite horror films. I leaped at the chance, therefore, to adapt and expand the original screenplay for this new audio version, and from day one this has been a real labour of love. The calibre of the cast we've been able to attract to the project is phenomenal, and a testament to the film's enduring impact. Blood on Satan's Claw is back - and I'm incredibly proud, this time around, to be a part of it.”

If you’re unfamiliar with the original, Blood on Satan’s Claw sits alongside Witchfinder General and The Wicker Man as one of the three films which make up the subgenre known as folk horror. In it, a village in 17th Century England is overcome by a Satanic plague after a hideous skull is found in the furrows of a farmer’s field. The village youth fall quickly under the devil's spell and retreat to the woodland to conduct games of sexual violence and sacrifice.

Fans of the original should rest assured this new audio adaptation is true to the film. As Linda Hayden concludes: “It’s lovely working with Reece Shearsmith and Mark Gatiss, as they’re huge fans of the film. I’m really honoured. It was always a really atmospheric piece, and the script to this new audio really captures that.”

More details can be found at bafflegab.co.uk.


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