toil and trouble

 

Darrell's past work/achievement includes:

Recipient of the SOFFIA (Society of Fantastic Films International Award), 2017

Runner-up, Best Book, at the Rondo Awards 2020 (as co-editor of 'Into The Velvet Darkness: A Celebration Of Vincent Price')

Nominee, Best Non-Fiction Book, at the British Fantasy Society Awards, 2011 (as editor of 'The Shrieking Sixties: British Horror Films 1960-1969')

Nominee, Book of the Year, at the Rondo Awards, 2017 (as co-editor of 'Unsung Horrors')

Nominee, Book of the Year, at the Rondo Awards, 2021 (as co-editor of 'Spotlight On Horror')

Screenplay for the feature film OUIJAGEIST (2018), co-written with Steve Hardy

Screenplay for THE CORIOLIS EFFECT, a short film co-written with Steve Hardy - originally intended as a segment of the anthology feature film EMOJIS OF HORROR, the footage eventually found its way into the 2020 movie 5G ZOMBIES.

 

Editor of the book The Shrieking Sixties: British Horror Films 1960-1969

Editor of the book Dead Or Alive: British Horror Films 1980-1989

Co-editor of the book Unsung Horrors (with Eric McNaughton)

Co-editor of the book Son Of Unsung Horrors (with Eric McNaughton)

Co-editor of the book A Century Of Horror (with Eric McNaughton)

Co-editor of the book Into The Velvet Darkness: A Celebration Of Vincent Price (with Eric McNaughton and Peter Fuller)

Co-editor of the book Spotlight On Horror (with Eric McNaughton)

Editor of the book 'From Gothic Chills To Cult TV Thrills: The Baker And Berman Story' by Andrew Llewellyn

Editor of 'The Third BHF Book of Horror Stories'

Editor of 'The Fourth BHF Book of Horror Stories'

Editor of 'The Fifth BHF Book of Horror Stories'

Author of the book 'Chopped Meat; British Horror of the 1970s'

Co-creator (and uncredited contributing author/editor) of the book 'Wally: Did You No Wrong' (with Ron Evans and Steve Hardy)

Author of the monograph 'Short Sharp Shocks'

Author of extensive programme notes for the Roald Dahl Centenary in 2016, covering YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE, 36 HOURS, THE NIGHT DIGGER, FOUR ROOMS, ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS, and TALES OF THE UNEXPECTED (commissioned by Chapter, Cardiff)

Author of extensive programme notes for the ANIM18 animation festival, covering WHEN THE WIND BLOWS, WATERSHIP DOWN, WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT, THE BREADWINNER, THE SECRET ADVENTURES OF TOM THUMB, ANIMAL FARM, ISLE OF DOGS, WALLACE & GROMIT: CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT, YELLOW SUBMARINE, The GPO Film Unit 1933-1940, and Ray Harryhausen (commissioned by Chapter, Cardiff)

http://www.anim18.co.uk/resources/

Tutor of evening class courses and day events (open to members of the public) at Derby QUAD on a variety of popular culture themes and topics. Course subjects have included a history of horror films, a history of science fiction films, pop and rock music in film, Martin Scorsese, The Coen Brothers, Quentin Tarantino, 'New Hollywood' (American cinema 1965-1985), video nasties, zombie movies, psychos in film, punk rock movies, David Bowie, 'extreme cinema', 'The Video Store Generation' (contemporary American directors including Paul Thomas Anderson, Wes Anderson, Alexander Payne, George Clooney, Jason Reitman, Noah Baumbach), European Horror Cinema, Laurel & Hardy, Stephen King, Alejandro Jodorowsky

Contributor to the book 70s Monster Memories

Contributor to the book Offbeat: British Cinema's Curiosities, Obscurities & Forgotten Gems

Contributor to the book Creeping Flesh, vol. 1

Contributor to the book "Monsters? We're British Y'Know!" - A Celebration Of Peter Cushing

Contributor to The Spinning Image review website

Contributor to Concatenation website

Contributor to Hysteria Lives! website

Administrator and creator of the Pass The Marmalade website, a valuable resource cataloguing British horror movies

https://darrellpbuxton.wixsite.com/passthemarmalade

Administrator of the British Horror Films website www.britishhorrorfilms.co.uk

Writer and presenter of an illustrated lecture on 10 RILLINGTON PLACE (April 2016, commissioned by the Garrick Theatre, Lichfield)

Presenter of an evening of rare British horror movies at The Cube Cinema, Bristol, February 2011, featuring SLEEPWALKER and THE ORCHARD END MURDER

Major speaker at the 'Throw The Switches' James Whale tribute weekend in Birmingham, August 2011, giving a talk on Whale and introducing screenings of FRANKENSTEIN, BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN and THE INVISIBLE MAN in a warehouse/gallery space setting, alongside live performance art and exhibited artwork/sculpture by fellow participants (commissioned by 'TROVE')

Participating lecturer in the UK Ghost Story Weekend event at Derby QUAD, November 2019, presenting the two-hour illustrated talk 'Projected Spectres', on ghost story adaptations in cinema.

Host and compiler of illustrated presentations on Johnny Cash, Nick Cave, Rodney Bingenheimer, The League Of Gentlemen, 'The Men In Black' (an evening dedicated to and comparing Johnny Cash and Bill Hicks), The Rolling Stones on Film - all commissioned by Metro Cinema, Derby

 

Presenter and compiler of a day-long tribute to John Peel (Metro Cinema, Derby, November 2006) featuring live bands (of Arrowe Hill, Lardpony), films (ROUGH CUT & READY DUBBED, THE STORY OF THE UNDERTONES: TEENAGE KICKS), guests (Dom Shaw & Hasan Shah) and clips of Peel favourites

Host of the monthly Fright Club horror film nights at Derby QUAD arts centre, 2009-2019

Occasional host of the Midweek Treat weekly matinee film screenings at Derby QUAD

Member of the organising team behind the annual FANTASTIQ festival at Derby QUAD, 2013-2017

Member of the organising committee for the PARACINEMA festival at Derby QUAD, 2018-

Member of the organising committee for 'The Slaughters' (horror film awards)

Participating lecturer in the 'This Film Will Change Your Life' project - a 2012 collaboration between Derby QUAD, Leicester Phoenix, and Nottingham Broadway to educate school-age teenagers on the history of cinema. Darrell's lecture topics were A History of British Cinema and a History of Horror.

Guest interviewer at QUAD (Derby), Festival of Fantastic Films (Manchester), HorrorCon UK (Sheffield), Misty Moon (London), and other venues and events

Actors, directors, and film personalities Darrell has interviewed in front of live audiences include: Toyah Willcox, Mike Figgis, Jack O'Connell, Corey Feldman, Dario Argento, Robin Hardy, Dee Wallace, Zach Galligan, Edith Scob, Sid Haig, Kane Hodder, Ian McCulloch, Linda Hayden, Robin Askwith, Nicholas Ball, Ruggero Deodato, Camille Keaton, Saxon Logan, Francoise Pascal, Jennifer Lim, Martin Stephens/Barbara Shelley/cast of VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED, Jörg Buttgereit, Dom Shaw & Hasan Shah, Alex Chandon & Duncan Jarman, Janina Faye, Pauline Peart, Stephen Longhurst, Peter Graham Scott, Lamberto Bava, Harry Kumel, Simeon Halligan, Susan Jacobson, Dominic Burns, Jack Taylor, Bert I. Gordon & Susan Gordon, Carlotta Morelli, Richard Gordon, Derren Nesbitt, Michael Armstrong, Reneé Glynne, David Hyman, Johnny Mains, Lewis Jackson, Pablo Raybould, Nick Whitfield, Spence Wright, Steve Read, Jason Impey, Paul Sutton, Michael Cumming, Ray Brady, Dez Skinn, Carlos Gallardo, Mark Strange, Chee Keong Cheung.

Written work  - reviews, set reports, feature articles, interviews, essays etc.  - has appeared in: Samhain, Shivers, The Dark Side, Infinity, Giallo Pages, We Belong Dead, Hell Fire, Fantasynopsis, From Beyond, Anything Goes, The Spinning Image (web), British Horror Films (web), etc.

Contributor to the DVD release of Shane Meadows' film THIS IS ENGLAND

Darrell was largely responsible for the rediscovery and promotion of 'lost' British horror movie SLEEPWALKER, arranging special screenings across the U.K., eventually leading to the film's revival and a prestigious Blu-ray release on the British Film Institute's 'Flipside​' label

Story outline for the short film THE OPENING (2007) 

 

Darrell can be seen on screen in the 1997 movie I ZOMBIE: THE CHRONICLES OF PAIN

Contributed the foreword to the published book version of Michael Armstrong's unfilmed screenplay 'Ouija-Board'

 

Proofreader for 'More Than A Psycho: The Complete Films Of Anthony Perkins', a book by Dawn Dabell & Jonathon Dabell

Proofreader for 'Ultimate Warrior: The Complete Films Of Yul Brynner', a book by Dawn Dabell & Jonathan Dabell

Compiler of the online Julian Cope/The Teardrop Explodes discography 'The In-Psychlopaedia'

Editor of fanzine 'The Imagination Explosion' (six issues between 1986 and 1990)

Regular compiler and host of the Movie Quiz nights staged at Derby QUAD

Creator and host of the 'Horror Tour of Derby' - an occasional walking tour of Derby city centre, pointing out the 'birthplace of Dracula', the site of Tod Slaughter's death, and other notable landmarks. 

Author of the unfilmed screenplays 'Horror Of The Witches' (feature length), 'Compendium of Shudders' (feature length, co-written with Steve Hardy), 'Gottle Of Geer'(short), 'Treed' (short, co-written with Adam J. Marsh), 'How Long' (short, co-written with Steve Hardy) 

 

Occasional guest speaker at the Manchester and Salford Film Society, Altrincham.

Member of the judging panel for the Halloween Monster Movie Challenge in Birmingham and the Delta Awards in Manchester

Regular contributor to the monthly Cine-Lit podcast for Derby QUAD

 

Darrell introduced the monthly 'Fright Club' screenings at Derby QUAD arts centre until November 2019 and was also assistant programmer for this popular strand. Transcripts of these detailed and informative introductions appear regularly online. Films Darrell has introduced include:

LET THE RIGHT ONE IN 

MANIAC (2012)

V/H/S 

THEATRE OF BLOOD  

THE SKIN I LIVE IN 

THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2

THE SHOUT 

THE SHINING 

THE QUEEN OF SPADES

THE RAVEN (1963) 

THE LOST BOYS 

THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE (FIRST SEQUENCE)

HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2 (FULL SEQUENCE) 

HUMAN CENTIPEDE 3 (FINAL SEQUENCE) 

DRACULA (1958)

WITCHFINDER GENERAL

FRIDAY THE 13TH PART VI: JASON LIVES 

FROZEN (Adam Green 2010)

INFERNO 

KILL LIST

PEEPING TOM 

RED STATE

PSYCHO

AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON

ANTICHRIST

BABYCALL

ARMY OF DARKNESS

THE THING (1982)

THE WARD

THE AWAKENING (2011)

THE CABIN IN THE WOODS

THE BROOD

SCANNERS

SUSPIRIA

SPLICE

HELLRAISER

MARTYRS 

THE LIVING DEAD AT THE MANCHESTER MORGUE

EMBODIMENT OF EVIL

DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK (2010)

WE ARE WHAT WE ARE (2010) 

TROLL HUNTER 

RE-ANIMATOR 

FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 3 3D

LET'S SCARE JESSICA TO DEATH 

FEAR(S) OF THE DARK 

CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD

DAWN OF THE DEAD (1978)

DAY OF THE DEAD (1985)

BAY OF BLOOD 

DEEP RED 

NIGHT OF THE DEMONS (2009) 

PIT AND THE PENDULUM (1961)

POLTERGEIST (1982)

DREAM HOME

MUM & DAD

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LA CASA MUDA/THE SILENT HOUSE

THE ABCs OF DEATH

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968)

RUBBER

SWITCHBLADE ROMANCE

SILENT NIGHT DEADLY NIGHT

THE LAST HORROR MOVIE

THE BABADOOK

TOMBS OF THE BLIND DEAD

CHRISTMAS EVIL

THE EXORCIST

FASCINATION

SALO

IT FOLLOWS

SCREAM

RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD

A LIZARD IN A WOMAN'S SKIN

I START COUNTING

HELLBOUND: HELLRAISER II

KILL, GRANNY, KILL!

YOUR VICE IS A LOCKED ROOM AND ONLY I HAVE THE KEY

WILLOW CREEK

CAT PEOPLE (1982)

THEY LIVE

ROAD GAMES

HOUSEBOUND

NEKROMANTIK

THE HOWLING

CELIA

VALERIE AND HER WEEK OF WONDERS

MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE

GHOST TOWN

PET SEMATARY

KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE

DUDE BRO PARTY MASSACRE III

FRIDAY THE 13TH: THE FINAL CHAPTER

FRIDAY THE 13TH PART V

FREAKS

THE DEVIL DOLL

EXAM

A CLOCKWORK ORANGE

REPULSION

MODEL HUNGER

SPRING

PLANET OF THE VAMPIRES,

THE CRAFT

BASKIN

THE MONSTER SQUAD 

UNDER THE SHADOW  

THE CROW

WE ARE THE FLESH

CHRISTINE 

THE LOVE WITCH

DARKMAN

RAW 

BODY DOUBLE

DRESSED TO KILL 

FROM BEYOND 

CRITTERS

CREEPSHOW

IT COMES AT NIGHT 

THE BELKO EXPERIMENT

HOUNDS OF LOVE

THE DARK HALF

IT

FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 2

FRIDAY THE 13TH PART VIII: JASON TAKES MANHATTAN

THE FUNHOUSE

DON'T TORTURE A DUCKLING

TO ALL A GOODNIGHT

TERRORVISION

THE BURNING

THE FINAL GIRLS

EVENT HORIZON

THE INVISIBLE MAN

THE INVISIBLE MAN RETURNS

HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES

BLESSED ARE THE CHILDREN

BLACK MAGIC RITES

CANDYMAN 2: FAREWELL TO THE FLESH

JACK FROST

BLADE

TRIGGERED

EVIL DEAD II

LORDS OF CHAOS

AUDITION

PUPPET MASTER: THE LITTLEST REICH

FROM DUSK TILL DAWN

SPECIAL EFFECTS

FRAMED

IT CHAPTER 2

THE EVIL DEAD

Additional introductions at Derby QUAD and other local cinemas have included:

ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND

MEAN STREETS

GONZO

GRAND THEFT PARSONS

LEONARD COHEN - I'M YOUR MAN

CONTROL 

THE WALKER

LUNACY

ERASERHEAD

ELVIS: THAT'S THE WAY IT IS 

INLAND EMPIRE 

THE VIRGIN SPRING

PIERROT LE FOU

SCOTT WALKER: 30 CENTURY MAN 

THIS IS ENGLAND 

ANOTHER EARTH 

INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS

MESRINE: PUBLIC ENEMY NUMBER ONE 

SEX AND DRUGS AND ROCK AND ROLL

THE BED SITTING ROOM 

BRONCO BULLFROG

YOU'RE DARN TOOTIN'

TRUE GRIT (2010)

ANIMAL KINGDOM

TAXI DRIVER 

A DANGEROUS METHOD

DANGER: DIABOLIK 

WAKE IN FRIGHT

THE OFFENCE 

I AM DIVINE 

POLYESTER

NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD 

BLUE VELVET 

THE HATEFUL EIGHT 

BEN-HUR (1959) 

HEAVY METAL

THE RIGHT STUFF 

CAPTAIN FANTASTIC

HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE

HELL OR HIGH WATER 

TONI ERDMANN 

SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT

LOGAN LUCKY

DETROIT

AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL: TRUTH TO POWER

WILD STRAWBERRIES

SMILES OF A SUMMER NIGHT

THE MAGIC FLUTE

EDIE

NOTHING LIKE A DAME

AMAZING GRACE

ROCKETMAN

POOR GREG DROWNING

ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS

Performed themed DJ sets at Derby QUAD arts centre: David Bowie, David Lynch, Italian horror soundtracks

Author of the books Hey You! Horror Face!, Soaked In Blood But Always Good, and Spiders Know These Things, and the online PDF Throw The Bones And The Poison Dice (collected writings including movie introduction transcripts, and reprints of reviews and features previously published elsewhere, plus original unpublished material)