Horror Channel Articles
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, ... »

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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 perso... »

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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 noth... »

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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 Tex... »

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Booth's Blog: Learn to love the demon within...!
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Thursday 30th Mar 2017
We all must learn to love our little monsters, but for one man, birth, bonding and blood get a little too close for comfort in our very black comedy this Friday night. In this very 21st century horror, Bad Milo! (2013) toys with the stresses of modern life and a male identity crisis. The film opens with a young couple attending an ultrasound with their faces looking hopefully on, until the camera pulls out and reveals it ain't wifey in the chair getting the internal - it's hubby!

Meet Duncan, a lovely man with a lovely wife who's beginning to feel the pressures of modern life manifesting into some kind of irritable bowel syndrome. The ultrasound reveals he has a 'polyp' stuck up there, or, as the doctor so delicately puts... »

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Booth's Blog: Wrong Turn is the Right Way on Horror!
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Wednesday 22nd Mar 2017

Emily Booth Red JacketOne of the most talked about films to enter the 2017 horror radar is and will be Raw; the French/Belgian cannibal film directed by first timer Julia Ducournau, scooping out more awards than her leading lady scoops out eyeballs.

Raw is currently getting the critics' tongues wagging and the audiences' stomachs reeling. Reports are coming in that people have been vomiting during screenings; not something you hear much in this disaffected age. I feel there's an emerging wave of arthouse horror taking its cue from current society's ills, splashing it across the celluloid dripping with not just blood, but oodles of style. 2012's Antiviral (the disease of celebrity culture), It Follows (sexual disease) and The Babadook (motherhood) in 2014, and The Neon... »

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Booth's Blog: A real stench is coming to Horror...!
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Friday 17th Mar 2017

Emily Booth Seat SmallHorror is one of the most ubiquitous, hell if not THE most ubiquitous genre out there, it has countless sub genres, parodies, sequels, franchises, horror icons, rules and lore - making it incredibly hard to create an original movie these days. The Slasher film either goes for the supernatural angle, the more believable 'serial killer' angle, or following Wes Craven's 1996 Scream, will have a more 'meta' element to it. But one things for sure, each new entry is looking to become the next big thing, to spawn a sequel and hopefully a franchise and to do this you need some kind of unique gimmick or horror icon to drive those fans batsh*t crazy!

According to Forbes, of the more contemporary franchises SAW did it the most successfully, financially (beaten only by Alien whic... »

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Booth's Blog: Murder, madness and mushrooms!
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Thursday 9th Mar 2017
Emily Booth BarnWell if that hasn't poked your curiosity cat, I don't know what will. This week my inspiration comes from Friday night's network premiere Shrooms (great name, great poster); a film that takes us deep down the rabbit hole courtesy of the humble magic mushroom, only there's no wonderland to be found here...

In this Irish horror, director Paddy Breathnach delivers genuine shocks amongst the (sometimes) hilarious hallucinations, taking full advantage of the gothic Irish woodland setting and a creepy campfire backstory to set the tone. A mostly American cast of attractive young 'uns heads to the deep dark woods in search of a head trip they'll never forget, but when one girl takes a particularly potent 'shroom, proceedings take a dark turn as she begins having premonitions of all her fr... »

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Booth's Blog: "You're not welcome round these parts!"
By James Whittington
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Wednesday 1st Mar 2017
Emily with chopperAll is not well down on the farm in a spooky, eccentric, and very British horror this Friday night...

One thing's for certain; if you ever hear anyone saying 'Strangers don't fare well in these parts..." it's time to start running if you know anything about how these scenarios tend to work out. So why is it that as soon as we go off grid and embark on any kind of rural adventure, things go disastrously wrong? Why are rural folks so, well... frightening?! It is probably one of the main themes that links horror films from across the globe! In America, you head out to the hills and get eaten by cannibals, in Britain, you get disemboweled by a demented farmer, and this Friday they do not get more demented than this!

The Cottage is a 2008 independent horror that stars th... »

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Booth's Blog: Welcome to the jungle
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Thursday 23rd Feb 2017

Emily Booth Seat SmallIt may be a tenuous one, but what is the link between Amber Heard and Chicago's Natural History museum? Come on, I know there must be some uber brainy quiz-loving horror nerds out there! Okay, so Amber Heard starred in the remake of And Soon the Darkness (2010), set in the depths of South America, and Chicago's Natural History Museum plays host to a mythological monster of Brazilian origin in the superb creature feature The Relic (1997). So of course the link is South America! Ta daa! This leads me very conveniently into my appraisal of this weekend's movie premieres, all with a South American kick.

First up, the Network Premiere of The Relic this Friday at 9pm. Fans of proper creature FX and animatronics will be in 7... »

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Genre legend Jamie Lee Curtis rocks in Horror's Sci-Fear season!
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Thursday 16th Feb 2017
Emily Booth Red JacketEver since Jamie Lee Curtis invented and cemented the now familiar trope 'final girl' in her feature film debut Halloween in 1978, fans have literally fallen over themselves to get a load of this original scream queen. Surely deserving of a 'lifelong contribution to horror award', this legend has not stopped, from Halloween, The Fog (1980) and Prom Night (1980) to action girl roles in Blue Steel (1990), True Lies (1994), and this week's excellent Sci-Fear Season network premiere Virus (1999). Curtis's Scream Queen status has recently come full circle, with her taking on a very meta role in the TV series Scream Queens as the tough talking Queen Bee of an exclusive University. Combining beauty, brains, ... »
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Booth's Blog: Deep space terror of Pandorum
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Thursday 9th Feb 2017
Emily Booth Red JacketIt is not very often a film like Pandorum comes along. You can pretty much count them on your fingers; 2001: A Space Odyssey, Alien, Event Horizon, Prometheus, Solaris, Moon... Deep space sci-fi horrors that work on a cerebral level engaging the audience in grand themes of identity, origin and creation. Sci-Fear Season every Saturday night in February brings together some of these key films that really work your grey matter, and this week comes the network premiere of the dark sci-fi fantasy Pandorum (2009), directed by Christian Alvart (Antibodies, Case 39) and starring Dennis Quaid and Ben Foster.

The film's title refers to a fictional psychosis triggered by ... »

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