Awfully British

Awfully British

Complicated us Brits. We’re two sides of the same pound coin. Speaking the Queen’s English on telly and pronouncing “bottle of water,” “bo'ohw'o'wo'er” at home; prizing our stiff upper lips, but also knowing when to put the kettle on for a cosy chat about it. ‘Awfully British’ isn’t just a collection of classic and Cult British films, it’s a butcher’s at what it means and feels like to be made in Britain and how all those dichotomies have resulted in cinema that can be splendid, saucy, scary, socially conscious, or all of the above.

In here you’ll discover everything from lurid gothic Hammer horror to gory black comedy, from the nation that was banning video nasties one decade and making terrifying chillers and full-on bloodbaths the next. Class is always inescapable in Blighty and ‘Awfully British’ features sharp stabs at social commentary, from posh public school attitudes to council estate kitchen sink drama, but always with at least a snatch of our singular sense of humour and that certain something that on the other side of the Channel they call je ne sais quoi, but over ‘ere is just ‘Awfully British’.

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Awfully British
  • Countess Dracula

    1971 • United Kingdom • Directed by Peter Sasdy

    In 17th-century Hungary, elderly widow Countess Elisabeth Nádasdy maintains her misleading youthful appearance by bathing in the blood of virgins regularly supplied to her by faithful servant Captain Dobi.

  • Vampire Circus

    1972 • United Kingdom • Robert Young

    As the plague sweeps the countryside, a quarantined village is visited by a mysterious travelling circus. Soon, young children begin to disappear, and the locals suspect the circus troupe might be hiding a horrifying secret...

  • Distant Voices, Still Lives

    Winner of the International Critics' Prize at the 1988 Cannes Film Festival, Terence Davies' feature debut heralded one of Britain's finest filmmaking talents. Loosely based on the director's own family and upbringing, Distant Voices, Still Lives presents an evocative account of working-class lif...

  • A Serial Killer's Guide to Life

    Serial murder meets self-help in A Serial Killer's Guide to Life - a darkly satirical cross between Thelma & Louise and Sightseers from the creative team behind the award-winning short film This Way Out (Best Comedy, Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2013). Self-help addict Lou (Katie Brayben, Luthe...

  • Horror Express

    Horror royalty and Hammer alumni Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee reunite for this tale of mad monks, primitive humanoids and bloodthirsty zombies set aboard a train bound for Moscow - all aboard the Horror Express! Renowned anthropologist Saxton (Lee) boards the Trans-Siberian Express with a cr...

  • Bloody New Year

    1987 • United Kingdom • Directed by Norman J. Warren

    A group of friends take refuge in an island hotel that is decorated for New Years. The problem is, it's early summer, and soon enough, even the walls themselves are striking out against them.

  • Inseminoid

    1981 • United Kingdom • Directed by Norman J. Warren

    A crew of interplanetary archaeologists is threatened when an alien creature impregnates one of their members, causing her to turn homicidal and murder them one by one.

  • Her Private Hell

    1968 • United Kingdom • Directed by Norman J. Warren

    A young Italian girl comes to London, and is tricked into posing nude for risqué magazines.

  • The Face at the Window

    1939 • United Kingdom • Directed by George King

    In Paris in 1880, a series of murders involving a grotesque face appearing at victims' windows, is attributed to a mysterious Wolf Man. After being accused of being the perpetrator, bank clerk Lucien Cortier seeks to uncover the true identity of th...

  • Dan Curtis' Dracula

    1974 • United Kingdom • Directed by Dan Curtis

    Dracula is searching for a woman who looks like his long-dead wife.

  • The Last Movie: Stanley Kubrick and 'Eyes Wide Shut'

    1999 • United Kingdom • Directed by Paul Joyce

    A documentary chronicling the making of Kubrick's final film, 'Eyes Wide Shut', and his legacy.

  • Still Tickin': The Return of A Clockwork Orange

    2000 • United Kingdom • Directed by Paul Joyce

    Stanley Kubrick's masterful classic A Clockwork Orange and its controversy through the years are discussed by contemporary film directors (like Sam Mendes, Mary Harron and Tony Kaye), critics and lead actor Malcolm McDowell, in this fascinating docu...

  • Hell On Earth: The Desecration and Resurrection of Ken Russell's The Devils

    2002 ・ United Kingdom ・ Directed by Paul Joyce

    Hell on Earth is about Ken Russell's 1971 film, The Devils which is one of the most controversial films ever made. Included are chats with Russell as well as films stars Georgina Hale and Murray Melvin. Also included are scenes which were cut from...

  • Dark and Deadly: Fifty Years of Film Noir

    A documentary looking at the renaissance of the film noir genre, and talking to directors who are using it to reflect contemporary fears and fascinations.

  • Bloodbath at the House of Death

    1984 • United Kingdom • Directed by Ray Cameron

    Six scientists investigate a strange phenomenon at the creepy Headstone Manor, the site of a mysterious massacre years earlier that took the lives of 18 guests in one night.

  • Cradle of Fear

    2001 • United Kingdom • Directed by Alex Chandon

    A gruesome homage to the cult Amicus anthology Asylum, Cradle of Fear unfolds four screamplays all linked by the unspeakable need of an incarcerated child killer to wreak vengeance on those responsible for his imprisonment. Helped by deranged ange...

  • Black Rainbow

    Mike Hodges ('Flash Gordon', 'Get Carter') wrote and directed this supernatural chiller as a meditation on the human race's ability to destroy the world, a gothic tale of suspense and the occult, guaranteed to send shivers down your spine.

    Martha Travis (Rosanna Arquette, 'Pulp Fiction', 'Crash...

  • The Ghoul

    Chris is a homicide detective called to London to investigate a strange double murder. Both victims appear to have continued moving towards their assailant despite multiple gunshots to the face and chest. On a hunch, and with the help of an old colleague Chris decides to go undercover as a patien...