Features | Written by STARBURST 16/11/2020

[ENDED] Win a Copy of SHORT SHARP SHOCKS on Blu-ray!

We've teamed up with BFI Flipside to bring you a chance of winning one of five Blu-ray copies of their latest release – the short horror film collection Short Sharp Shocks.

To be in with a chance of winning a copy, simply answer the following question:

Which American writer authored the short story The Tell-Tale Heart?


A) Ray Bradbury

B) Stephen King

C) Edgar Allan Poe

Email your answer to comp@starburstmagazine.com with the header ‘FLIPSIDE’ by 11:59pm on Sunday, November 29th, 2020.



The latest in the critically acclaimed BFI Flipside series - continuing its ongoing mission to curate an alternative Brit-screen history of overlooked rarities in deluxe home-entertainment editions – Short Sharp Shocks is a compelling compendium of strange, striking, thrilling, horrific, eerie and eccentric short subjects from the heyday of the British cinematic supporting programme.

This carefully-curated collection - the first of its kind anywhere - includes a plethora of sought-after titles, some newly remastered in HD for the very first time - and showcases an eclectic range of delights spanning the second half of the 20th century from the 1940s right through to the 1980s.

A lavish double-disc limited edition set, it comes complete with over two hours of newly recorded interviews and an illustrated booklet with full credits and new contextual writing on the films by devotees of the field. Expect strange, spooky stories, odd twists in the tale, imaginative low-budget weirdness and oodles of atmosphere in these juicy bite-size morsels of cult film delight from decades gone by.

Featuring the following films:

  • Lock Your Door (Anthony Gilkison, 1949)
  • The Reformation of St Jules (Anthony Gilkison, 1949)
  • The Tell-Tale Heart (J B Williams, 1953)
  • Death Was a Passenger (Theodore Zichy, 1958)
  • Portrait of a Matador (Theodore Zichy, 1958)
  • Twenty Nine (Brian Cummins, 1969)
  • The Sex Victims (Derek Robbins, 1973)
  • The Lake (Lindsey C Vickers, 1978)
  • The Errand (Nigel Finch, 1980)

Short Sharp Shocks is released on BFI Blu-ray on Monday November 23rd and can be ordered now via the BFI Shop https://bit.ly/35mTXgG

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