Horror Channel Articles
Booth's Blog: A movie with real bite(s)
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Thursday 22nd Jun 2017

Summer is definitely here, and with it comes hordes of desperate, pale Brits bee-lining to the seaside where they can tentatively dip their toes in the big blue. Sheer bliss. But if, like me, you get 'the fear' as soon as you sense the enormity of the ocean (along with everything lurking in it!) and swim back to the shore as fast as you can, chances are you too were scarred (pleasurably!) by a screening of the one and only Jaws. I watched this seminal horror at a very young age and it cemented 'the fear' in my mind ever since. Jaws is an incredible film; it contributed to the horror movie rule book and broke records as a summer block buster.

Pretty much every 'nature gone berserk' horror since Jaws has copied its winning... »

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Booth's Blog: There's something in the water in this toxic town!
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Tuesday 13th Jun 2017
Political and military unrest have always concerned a certain George A. Romero. Now famous for pretty much inventing the zombie film and lacing it with compelling social commentary, Romero single-handedly gave the zombie its metaphorical quality, one that can change depending on how you interpret the dribbling dead. But opposing the doomed zombie army is a more ominous force, one that is entirely human: the military. Romero's films often delve into this fear of martial law, none more so than his 1973 film, The Crazies, which isn't exactly a zombie film, but nevertheless shares many qualities with his subsequent film, Dawn of the Dead, in 1978. This weekend, we're showing the popular remake of Romero's The Crazies»
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Booth's Blog: Enter a whole new domain of pain!
By James Whittington
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Wednesday 7th Jun 2017

From Demon Seed in 1977 to Videodrome in 1983, to Ringu in 1998, with every passing decade comes another step in technological evolution and with it a new wave of anxiety as the human race contends with a society run not by themselves but by computers, machines, and the elusive nature of A.I.

It's interesting to witness and live through these changes. I remember the 'dawning' of the internet! It only came into domestic use in the very late '90s and was at the time a hot topic for debate at my University; What impact will the World Wide Web have on us?! We weren't quite living it then - social networking was yet to be invented - but we still knew it would forever change us. The World Wide Web will always be ... »

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Booth's Blog: "Burn her!!! There be Witches!"
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Thursday 1st Jun 2017
One of the most brutal and corrupt periods in English history forms the backdrop to our network premiere this weekend as the true story of the infamous witch hunter Matthew Hopkins is laid bare. Made in 1968 by British company Tigon, Witchfinder General was directed by the up-and-coming 25-year-old Michael Reeves and stars the one and only Vincent Price in an incredibly chilling performance; one that the actor says is the finest of his career. But more on that later.

First, a bit of history for you... It's 1645, and civil war tears Britain apart as the Royalists battle the Roundheads for control. In these superstitious times, the bloodshed was not only on the battlefield, but in the Church too. Hundreds of people ... »

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Booth's Blog: The pint-sized, potty-mouthed killer doll is back!
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Wednesday 24th May 2017
But did you know he was based on a true story? Yes the lore surrounding Chucky is actually pretty extensive. He burst on to the scene back in 1988 in the first Child's Play movie gaining notoriety and success for its unusual blend of shocking horror and tongue in cheek entertainment. Well it's not often you see a child-like doll shouting strings of colourful obscenities. Touching on various taboos such as the contamination of an innocent, the film's plotline and backstory was theatrical to say the least. A serial killer and practitioner of voodoo called Charles Lee Ray manages to transfer his soul to that of a 'Good Guy' doll as he lays dying in a toy shop. That very same doll winds up in the hands of six-year-old Andy and so begins an unhe... »
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Booth's Blog: No One Lives this weekend on Horror!
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Wednesday 17th May 2017
With such a great film title I don't need to call my blog anything else, for this says it all. This is a bold punch-in-the-face thriller that delivers twist upon twist and doesn't let up till the final scene. A typical thriller or horror usually involves one psycho killer and a bunch of victims, but in this film you're never quite sure who you should be gunning for as roles are reversed and slick surprises are served to the audience totally derailing them from their usual genre movie experience. Meet 'Driver'; a strange name for a strange man. He and his lover are on a road trip when they're tormented by a ruthless criminal gang who think they've struck gold by targeting these soft, rich tourists. Trapped and tortured, it looks like it's all over for Driver and his belle,... »
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Booth's Blog: Hell hath no fury....
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Tuesday 9th May 2017
Yup, we all know the saying but in our UK TV premiere on Saturday this is not just a woman who's been merely scorned but abducted, imprisoned, chained up and abused. She's got a lot to be angry about. The female revenge thriller is arguably a very contentious genre, one that's riddled with issues concerning the definition of feminism, voyeurism, and what is and isn't acceptable to be considered 'entertainment'.

It all started in 1978 with the film I Spit on Your Grave, which soon earned itself the coveted title of 'official video nasty' seeing it banned from British video stores under the 1984 Video Recordings Act. The film featured a long drawn out and painful to watch gang rape scene, and instantly became one of the most controversial horrors coining t... »

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Booth's Blog: Beware the Daybreakers!
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Thursday 4th May 2017

The vampire film. Since its dawning way back in 1922 with the German expressionist film Nosferatu, this transgressive creature has enjoyed various mutations and metaphors, from Hammer Horror romanticism to gritty realism in films such as Abel Ferrara's The Addiction (1995) and Midnight Son (2011) where the vampire formed a metaphor for drug addiction. The vampire found new (very sparkly) light in the guise of the Twilight franchise which began in 2008 and opened up a whole new PG-friendly market; the teenage girl.

Suddenly everyone wanted an intensely good looking undead 'Edward Cullen' for a boyfriend and the franchise was insanely successful, but the horror audience shunned the films for obvious reasons. It was all rather fro... »

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Booth's Blog: Make a beeline for your wasp spray!
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Monday 24th Apr 2017
Ah, the 1950's creature features, from atomic bugs to swamp monsters, it pretty much all began in the '50s as fears of nuclear bomb testing and the notion of outer space began to pervade the public consciousness, giving rise to a slew of creepy crawly horror movies. There are so many, but notably Them (1954), Tarantula (1955) and Wasp Woman (1959) with their exciting special effects were no doubt part of the inspiration for this week's Horror Channel premiere.

In the middle of hot and humid rural America, a gathering of wealthy privileged white Americans including the town's mayor (Lance Henriksen) come together for a rich old lady's annual summer party. But as the festivities get going, a nest of nasty ... »

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Booth's Blog: If only The Apprentice was this brutal!
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Wednesday 19th Apr 2017

The job market is fierce, brutal and unfair to say the least in these uncertain socioeconomic times, which is a feeling that's been picked up in various horror films echoing a certain social commentary.

The Hong Kong flick Dream Home tells of a girl who'll kill just to get on the property ladder and become 'mobile! Things are so competitive people bare all on national TV to land that lucrative business opportunity, though in this week's Horror Channel premiere there is no wise-cracking, pint-sized mogul blurting out 'You're Fired' when the going gets tough.

The 'one room horror' reminiscent of Cube and The Killing Room forces a group of (usually) strangers into one space, where clashing personality types must ... »

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Booth's Blog - Deadly girls
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Thursday 13th Apr 2017
Girlworld is a frightening place at the best of times, even for a seasoned gal like me, so a concentrated microcosm of 'girlworld hell' where you need popularity, princess good looks and sexual voracity just to become a member is even more eye-poppingly terrifying! This week's slasher season premiere sees an exclusive sisterhood of bitchy back-stabbing babes caught up in a tragedy that refuses to stay dead and buried in the 2009 slasher Sorority Row.

The Sorority or Fraternity House (where students live in strict, single sex, sometimes exclusive accommodation) is something we in the UK are of course familiar with (thanks to American teen comedies), but which nevertheless remains a bit of a mystery. It's nothing we'll ... »

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Booth's Blog: Slasher Season rips onto your screens on Friday!
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Thursday 6th Apr 2017
You better start running and earning those scream queen (or king) stripes because Slasher Season is upon us starting this Friday and continuing every Friday in April, featuring a cutting edge collection of contemporary slashers. While there is some debate here, it all began with Alfred Hitchcock's incomparable and ground breaking thriller Psycho back in 1960. It was that shower scene that firmly cemented the 'slasher' in the public consciousness as a genre with the potential to really mess with your mind!

When it comes to the slasher that we all know and love today, what some refer to as the old school American slasher actually began life with Mario Bava's Bay of Blood, an Italian film in 1971. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, al... »

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