The Last Horror Movie

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The Last Horror Movie
Directed byJulian Richards
Produced byZorana Piggott, Julian Richards
Written byJames Handel
StarringKevin Howarth
Mark Stevenson
Music bySimon Lambros
CinematographyChris St. John-Smith
Edited byClaus Wehlisch
Release date
  • 24 August 2003 (2003-08-24) (London FrightFest Film Festival)
Running time
80 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

The Last Horror Movie is a 2003 British found footage horror film directed by Julian Richards. On 24 August 2003 it premiered at the London FrightFest Film Festival and stars Kevin Howarth and Mark Stevenson. The Last Horror Movie was released onto DVD through Fangoria's Gore Zone label on 7 December 2004.[1]


The film follows Max Parry (Kevin Howarth), a disturbed wedding video cameraman, and his unnamed assistant (Mark Stevenson) as they perform several murders that they have videotaped. The two have used a video store tape in order to record the proceedings, breaking the fourth wall and insinuating that the copy of the film being watched is the only existing version of the tape. Throughout the film Max uses meta-references in order to show off his gruesome activities as a serial killer. The film raises questions surrounding visceral pleasure, this can be seen in one scene in particular during which the audience cannot see the victims (two at once) being murdered, Max Parry then asks the audience "I bet you wanted to see that, and if you didn't, why are you still watching?"

At the end of the film the audience is left to believe that since they are watching the only copy of the film, that they will potentially become one of Max's victims.


  • Kevin Howarth as Max
  • Mark Stevenson as The Assistant
  • Antonia Beamish as Petra
  • Christabel Muir as Sam
  • Jonathan Coote as John
  • Rita Davies as Grandma
  • Joe Hurley as Ben (as Joe Morley)
  • Jamie Langthorne as Nico
  • John Berlyne as Phil
  • Mandy Gordon as Sarah
  • Jim Bywater as Bill
  • Lisa Renée as Waitress
  • Christopher Adamson as Killer (as Chris Adamson)
  • Adrian Johnson as Kelly
  • John MacCrossan as Groom


Richards stated that he was inspired to create The Last Horror Movie after reading Stephen King's Danse Macabre.[2] Richards was also inspired by "the idea of using horror fiction to help people explore their anxieties about difficult issues", as he has the main character of Max Parry using it as a way to "justify his crimes to the world".[2] The movie was filmed with a small crew on a limited budget, with most of the film's issues stemming from the prosthetic make-up effects, as they "had to work real time whilst remaining hidden from the camera".[2]


Hart Sharp Video released the DVD Director's Cut and normal cut versions of the film on 7 December 2004. Arts Alliance America also released the film on DVD that same day. Hart Sharp Video has re-released the film several times since their original releases of the film as a part of several multi-disk sets on 4 October 2005 and 2 October 2007. The film was last released on DVD by Jinga Films on 26 August 2014.[3]


On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 56% based on 9 reviews, with a weighted average rating of 5.9/10.[4] ReelFilm criticized the movie as being "repetitive" and that the film would have worked better as a short.[5] Peter Bradshaw from The Guardian awarded the film 1/5 stars, calling it "smug and drearily nasty".[6]

In contrast, Dread Central gave a more positive review and stated that "It's a movie that makes you think, and that's far too rare nowadays."[7] Marc Savlov from Austin Chronicle gave the film 2.5 out of 5 stars, writing, " Despite the film’s horrific verisimilitude... and a genuinely smart screenplay by Richards and James Handel that simultaneously rubs our noses in the horror while allowing us to savor the flavor – and thereby become complicit in Max’s onscreen theatrics"[8]



Richards first expressed interest about creating a sequel in 2003, where he remarked that if it was created, the film would either remain in the found footage video diary format of its predecessor or be a "more conventional slasher movie".[2] In 2012 Richards confirmed that he is actively developing a sequel and that it would be set several years after the events of the first film.[9] The sequel would have Max living in Los Angeles and showing an obsession with social networking sites, which he uses to select his victims.[9]


  1. ^ "Review: THE LAST HORROR MOVIE (2004)". Retrieved 20 September 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d "INT: JULIAN RICHARDS". Retrieved 20 September 2013.
  3. ^ "The Last Horror Movie (2003) - Julian Richards". AllMovie. Retrieved 24 September 2015.
  4. ^ "The Last Horror Movie (2004) - Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Flixer. Retrieved 30 June 2018.
  5. ^ "MiniReviews: The Last Horror Movie (October 8/05)". ReelFilm. Retrieved 20 September 2013.
  6. ^ Bradshaw, Peter. "The Last Horror Movie". The Peter Bradshaw. Retrieved 30 June 2018.
  7. ^ Butane, Johnny. "Review: Last Horror Movie". Dread Central. Retrieved 20 September 2013.
  8. ^ Savlov, Marc. "The Last Horror Movie - Film Calendar - The Austin Chronicle". Austin Marc Savlov. Retrieved 30 June 2018.
  9. ^ a b Turek, Ryan. "Julian Richards to Make Sequel to The Last Horror Movie". Shock Till You Drop. Retrieved 20 September 2013.

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