Road Rash Reviews

The Haunted Studio Review***--

Cert TBC (Streaming18) | 90 mins | 2024

3 Star

Horror Old-School Style.

Serial horror fan, writer, director now actor Chris Shane Sanders (Nest of Vampires, Werewolf Cabal) brings us his latest independent comedy-horror, a throwback to the classic age of British horror (1950s-70s). In this when things go wrong, occult caper., it’s time to ham it up. This time he uses the talents of Jon-Paul Gates (London Bridge is Falling Down: Build it up!, Red Army Hooligans), Hans Hernke (Hidden Agenda, Todd), the effervescent Bai Ling (The Crow, Crank 2: High Voltage) and playing the straight Crystal J. Huang (Tommyknockers, American Comedy).

Peter Haversham (Hans Hernke) has made the trip to London from LA USA, he is looking to visit his former classmate Catherine Tobin (Amber Doig-Thorne, Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey, The Seven) who is living with her uncle Gerald Tobin (Jon-Paul Gates), who along with his fiancĂ© Mila Dragonovitch (Amanda Himsworth, Ripper Revealed, Bring Me a Skin for Dancing In) run Black Park Studio’s. Gerald is, as usual, trying to raise funds for his new horror film.

Home life for the Tobin’s is going so good, and when Peter turns up, OCD sufferer Gerald isn’t too pleased to see him. They seem pre-occupied with strange noises coming from upstairs. Peter was planning a stay with Catherine, but Gerald says that he should leave by ten pm that night, even Catherine warns him to leave. We keep hearing strange, unearthly noises from above.

We don’t have a clue what is going on until we see the read-through of Mila’s script, when Cornelia (Bai Ling) really gets into her role.

Peter is determined to prove to Catherine that there is nothing strange going on upstairs. What will he find?

The haunted studio is a fine romp into the style of the Great British horror films of yesteryear. A great way to spend ninety minutes on a stormy night.

The Haunted Studio is available on streaming sites.

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DirectorChris Shane Sanders
GenreComedy, Horror
StarringBai Ling, Amber Doig-Thorne, Jon-Paul Gates, Natasha Tosini, Hans Hernke