Mallet Productions

So, new year, new project(s)...

I mentioned this back in October, but Mallet Productions is back from the dead.

"Who?" some of you may well be asking, but those of a certain age will no doubt remember Mallet Studios for their classic movies, or maybe the cult television show Mansion Of Madness.


Mansion of Madness promotional poster restored by Andi Ewington


Founded in 1935 by Jonathan Williams, Mallet Productions (later known as Mallet Studios) was a small British film company based in London that became home to some of the most critically acclaimed films to ever come out of the United Kingdom. Initially concentrating on challenging social dramas, such as The Glass (1937), the story of pub landlord who’s determined to give his daughter a better start in life than he ever had, and The Factory (1936), a gritty tale of class war in a munitions factory in the Midlands, Mallet branched out into war films, detective mysteries and even comedy (1939’s All Aboard! was one of the most successful British films of that year).

However, it was the release of The Girl In The Room (1941) that Mallet finally tapped into a rich vein of unsettling, psychological horror that would come to define their output over the next several years. Building on the critical and financial success of such outstanding movies as 23 Holborn Terrace (1951), Mallet eventually began to turn their attention to more mainstream horror and, before long, science fiction. With classics such as The Horror Of Ward 13 (1953) and The Silent Planet (1955), Mallet’s position in the cinematic landscape of the UK became assured.

In the 1970’s Mallet branched into TV, with their acclaimed anthology series Mansion of Madness. While the series only ran for five of its six episodes (ITV received a record number of complaints following the airing of the still disturbing The Devil’s Run and, as such, decided not to air the final episode of the series), Mallet used its success to branch into publishing with their comic series of the same name.

Mallet's seemingly unstoppable reign finally ground a halt in the 1970's as they turned to more mainstream - and some would say blander - monster fare for the big screen. Although they still produced such classics as 1971's The Nine Brides Of Satan, a series of lukewarm receptions at the box office saw the studio left on precarious financial footing, until the ill-fated production The Mummy Takes Manhattan and its numerous behind the scenes problems forced Mallet to close its doors for good.

Now, however, Mallet has been reborn under it's original name, Mallet Productions, and is looking to the future with new and exciting projects.

First among them is, of course, is the brand new, digital edition of Mansion Of Madness, which was launched in October 2018, with a truly stellar array of creators involved, including Andi Ewington, Maura McHugh, Alfie Gallagher, Clay McLeod Chapman, Alex Paterson, Jasper Bark and Ruth Frances Long:


Mansion Of Madness is available from Comixology, priced $3.99.

And what's next I hear you ask...? Well, the second Mallet release is already being processed and should be available soon. So, be sure and check back soon...