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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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Booth's Blog: "If you can hear it, you have been chosen..."
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Wednesday 1st Feb 2017
Emily Booth April PremieresThis month on Horror the ground-breaking Sci-Fear Season takes over your screens every Saturday night with boundary pushing, thought provoking films that really get your grey matter buzzing. Personally, I love this particular branch of the genre where Horror meets Science Fiction; deep space merges with inner space, identity and origin thrown into question and reality becomes blurred with fantasy. This is cerebral cinema at its best and this Saturday comes a genuine 'must-see' a film that is endlessly surprising, visually stunning with a climax guaranteed to have your jaw on the floor.

The Signal released in 2014 is becoming a true cult gem. The film constantly keeps you on your toes morphing from indie road trip to governm... »
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Booth's Blog: Possession never looked so convincing...
By Horror Channel
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Friday 27th Jan 2017
Emily-Booth-Green-Top-Image-1Type in The Exorcist and you'll find it topping many a 'best horrors of all time' list. Cited as one of the most daring, controversial, and memorable films ever made, there are arguably no other possession films that have been able to top it. The Exorcist is the definitive possession film, having already marked its territory with every trick of the trade; the saliva-frothing, potty-mouthed, head-spinning, green puking little 12 year old eclipsed any other possession antics out there! Bar the 1974 Italian film The Antichrist, we didn't see any good spins on the sub-genre until The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005), which was based on a disturbing true story and took the different route of courtroom drama. Indeed, with The Exorcist's monopoly of ... »
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Booth's Blog: The rise of the 'One Room Horror'
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Tuesday 17th Jan 2017
Emily Booth Seat SmallWe all know location, location, location is of paramount importance in Horror. The location of a film often dictates the story and the atmosphere, sometimes even becoming a character in itself (Overlook Hotel, anyone?!) But where do directors look to when every single location from house to windmill to lighthouse has already been done to death? They give themselves an even bigger challenge; contain the horror all inside one room, or one location. Strip away the layers of grand Guignol, impressive sets, and creepy traditional buildings, and place the emphasis of the terror on good script, acting, and tension; the raw ingredients of good horror. I imagine it also helps to cut the budget, too! The 'one room horror' has seen all manner of seemingly mundane locations become tools of terror, such as Elevato... »
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Why Friday the 13th ain't so bad after all...!
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Wednesday 11th Jan 2017
Emily Booth Red JacketIs anyone truly superstitious these days? I do still catch myself walking around ladders rather than under them, and feel a bit twitchy when my child opens up an umbrella indoors (gasp!) As for the number 13, I've always rather liked it; 13 being the house number me and various family members often seem to move into, and my daughter being born (of course) on the 13th. But then I've always veered towards pagan sensibilities... Another reason to love poor old unlucky 13, especially when landing on a Friday is this week's UK TV premiere of 13 Sins. How very apt...

13 Sins (2014) follows Elliot Brindle (Mark Webber), a man at the end of his tether with a pregnant girlfriend and a disabled brother to support, and he's just been fired. After the worst da... »

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Booth's Blog: Opening The Ninth Gate
By James Whittington
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Thursday 5th Jan 2017
Emily Booth Seat SmallRoman Polanski is one of those rare auteurs, with his seminal films countlessly making the critics' 'must-see' lists, including ChinaTown, Rosemary's Baby, Repulsion, The Pianist, and his slightly more adventurous The Ninth Gate - which receives its network premiere on Horror this Saturday at 9pm. While I could just write about the film itself, I think the really interesting story here is how Polanski's personal life, fuelled by tragedy and controversy, seems to reflect the films he makes (and sometimes vice versa!), creating a fascination and lore unto itself that stems from his films into the fan psyche.

Let's start with a brief history. Born French/Polish, Polanski survived the Holocaust but not without war wounds, inc... »

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Booth's Blog: 'Tis the Season to be Scary...
By James Whittington
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Thursday 22nd Dec 2016
Emily Booth Christmas 2016 Image 1Christmas time; whether it fills you with a warm fuzzy festive glow, or fills you with nothing but family-fuelled dread, there is one thing that everyone loves (and needs after nativity plays, family catch-ups, and endless washing up), and that's the Christmas movie. I'm already looking forward to crashing on the sofa with my own form of Christmas escapism; a good horror. No Mary Poppins in my household. But what purpose does the Christmas horror serve? I see it partly as a much needed antidote to the arguably fake, predictable, consumerist machine that is Christmas. And let's face it, Christmas for most of us may be a time of present ripping, food gorging, drink slurping indulgence, but for many others it's a horrible, difficult time of year. Christm... »
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Booth's Blog: 50 Shades of Blade!
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Wednesday 14th Dec 2016
Emily Booth Seat SmallNo stranger to sci-fi and superheroes, Wesley Snipes has certainly been around the Hollywood block, what with his iconic characterisation of Blade in the immensely popular Marvel series, playing a tormented half-human half-vampire out to avenge his mother's death.

It was a role that clearly put him in pole position for the lead in Gallowwalkers, in which a cursed gunman stalks the desert plains of the Wild West, forever hunting down the men responsible for the murder of his sweetheart. But as we're about to discover, in the Wild Wild West, the dead don't stay dead for long!

This hybrid of a film - which gets its UK TV premiere on Horror Channel this Friday at 9pm - is best described as a Western with a supernatural twist, which is part ... »

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Booth's Blog: The female of the species is more deadlier than the male!
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Thursday 1st Dec 2016
Emily Booth Red JacketThe role of women in horror is a hot topic and potentially riddled with controversy - but think about it, folks; horror would be nothing without we scream queens. From slasher victims to monstrous mothers or sexy demons, our roles are prolific and ever evolving. Thankfully, with the horror genre creating strong three-dimensional female roles such as Ripley in Alien, or Amelia in The Babadook, we are no longer simply damsels in distress. But the fact remains that girls continue to have a hard time of it in the real world. The gender imbalance and sexual violence are still rife, and this has provided a real hotbed of strong emotions driving some exceptional, provocative filmmaking; some of which is more nasty than others. I Spit on Your Grave caused shockwaves back in 1978, splitt... »
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Booth's Blog: Nazi Zombies rock with Dead Snow 2: Red Vs. Dead UK TV premiere TONIGHT!
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Friday 25th Nov 2016
Emily Booth Green Top Image 1Zombies are pretty darn fine villains on their own considering their insanely popular ubiquitous nature, but mash them up with one of the greatest evils in the history of humanity, the Nazi, and you've got some truly nasty muthas on your hands...

The Nazi Zombie resonates deeply within our consciousness, and has enjoyed several incarnations since WWII itself. I was rather surprised to find Nazi Zombies pop up in a film as early as 1943; normally it takes a good decade or so before real life villains make it into the movies, so it doesn't seem in bad taste! Yet back in 1943, still 2 years to go before the end of those nasty Nazis, and we have Revenge of the Zombies, about a secret Nazi doctor plotting to raise an undead army to serve Hitler! Clearly they were not too sca... »

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