Deadtime – UK, 2012



‘Heads will rock & roll’

Deadtime is a 2012 British slasher horror film directed by Tony Jopia (Crying Wolf) from a screenplay by Stephen Bishop.

The BBFC removed 12 seconds of “a scene of sexual and sexualised violence, in this case a blade being traced between a woman’s breasts and subsequent sight of a woman being stabbed between the legs with a blade. Cuts made in accordance with BBFC Guidelines and policy.”



Laurence Saunders, Carl Coleman, Elisabeth Shahlavi, Alex Marieka Hanly, Leslie Grantham, Terry Christian (from 1990s TV show The Word), Joe Egan (Crying Wolf), Julian Boote, Stephen Spencer, Matt Gibbons, Louis Murrall, Elle Wood, Emily Welch, Adam Carrington, Ian Donnelly (Crying Wolf), Stephen Bishop, Ian Hill, John R. Walker.


A Birmingham-based rock band are ordered by their unhappy record company to an old warehouse; the goal being to re-start their ailing careers with a kick-ass new promo video. Unfortunately the band and their entourage find themselves targets of a mysterious knife-wielding maniac, haunted by the voice of Satan, and out for revenge…

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Deadtime is the rare instance where the cover is the extent of the movie’s creativity. The cover shows a guitar where the neck has been replaced with a disembodied/bloody arm (or perhaps just wrapped in the skin of one), which sells the movie’s concept quite nicely, but is wasted on a dull, cliché-ridden time-waster that seemingly went off a checklist of what NOT to do in a slasher movie.” Horror Movie a Day


“While the CGI looked silly in some scenes, a few of the deaths were actually really damn cool […] The dialogue was often dumb, some of the references they make if you can catch where they were from was sort of fun. I also have to mention that I am a fan of men and their girly screams, there is a possible classic one in Deadtime. The gore is never in abundance but there is just enough to satisfy (also just enough bare skin for the fellas to wet the appetite as well).”


“When the killer is finally revealed the film still plods along for another torturous half an hour so we get to endure even more terrible performances and lame death sequences. The latter is particularly disappointing with Jopia favouring utterly unconvincing CGI over practical effects.” Letterboxd