Wings of Death (1985)

UK, 1985
21m, 1893 feet
35mm film, colour
mono, English

A British horror film directed by Nicholas Bruce and Michael Coulson.

Plot Summary

In the revolting and decaying Byzantium Hotel, young heroine addict Alex relives an idyllic – and possibly apocryphal – past before slipping into a much more terrifying world. A sinister little girl wanders the corridors, cutting open her doll “to see what’s inside” while winos and junkies prowl as flesh-eating zombies…


Director: Nicholas Bruce, Michael Coulson
British Film Institute Productions
Executive Producer: Peter Sainsbury
Line Producer: Wilko Swords
Associate Producer: Paul Webster
Script: Nichola Bruce, Michael Coulson
Director of Photography: Gale Tattersall
Editor: John Wilson
Music: Muscle Films
Noise Sequences Music: Fritz Haaman, Suzanne Reddington, Jim Whelan
Sound Recordist: Marion Dain
Costume Designers: Sandy Powell, Cath Pater Lancucki
Make-up: Helen Whiting
Special Effects: Cinebuild
Art Director: Jane Bruce

Dexter Fletcher (Alex)
Kate Hardie (Looey)
Tony Haygarth (dad/landlord)
Paula Jacobs (mum/landlady)
Lynne Radford (little girl)
Adam French (dealer)
Hidden Grin Theatre Company (derelicts)



  • City Limits no.243 (29 May 1986) p.23 – review
  • City Limits no.303 (23 July 1987) p.55 – review
  • City Limits no.208 (27 September 1985) p.31 – note
  • Monthly Film Bulletin May 1986 p.159 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review (by Mark Finch)
  • Screen International no.491 (6 April 1985) p.171 – note
  • Screen International no.518 (12 October 1985) p.12 – note
  • Screen International no521 (2 November 1985) p.12 – review
  • Time Out no.788 (26 September 1985) p.59 – review
  • Time Out no.295 (7 November 1985) p.53 – note

Other Sources

  • British National Film and Video Catalogue vol.24 (1986) – credits