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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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Booth's Blog: Ding Dong you're Dead! '80s VHS classic comes to Horror!
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Thursday 17th Nov 2016
Emily with chopperYou have no idea how much of a fan-girl I became when Horror HQ told me they were giving House its network premiere this weekend. Released in 1986, I was ripe pickings for this kind of lurid VHS as an incredibly underage, wide-eyed nipper in the back of my local video store, drooling over the salacious, sensational, and indeed saucy video sleeves. This one hooked me in right away, and my brother and I rented it out again and again (the Video Recordings Act was introduced in 1984, and I'm not sure my local video store had caught up; regardless, they had no problems with me and my brother renting the likes of Porkies, House, Phenomena (Creepers at the time), Evil Dead, Nightmare on Elm Street etc, when clearly we ... »
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Booth's Blog: The hills are alive!
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Thursday 10th Nov 2016
Emily Booth Seat SmallThank heavens for the '70s, eh? Flower power, feminism and flares were in abundance, while the film industry cracked off some of the most memorable albeit nasty slices of celluloid in movie-making history. Everything was about being bold, gritty, and pushing those boundaries. One such chap at the helm of American indie horror was of course Wes Craven (who sadly passed away last year). After making the previously banned (in the UK) video nasty Last House on the Left(1972), he actually attempted to veer away from horror, however this was not to be. With a small budget offered to him to make another nasty, he was quite simply very good at scaring people, and thus carved out a meaty career leaving behind the enviable legacy of 'Horror Legend'.

This Saturday comes the network premiere of Craven'... »

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Booth's Blog - Antiviral
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Saturday 5th Nov 2016
Emily with meat cleaverIt seems Andy Warhol hit the nail on the head with his prophetic quote 'everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes'. Craving fame has long been a growing concern, but now seems to have reached fever pitch. What with reality TV and social media, dreams of fame are becoming totally achievable. From celebrity-obsessed magazines, to people posting their entire lives on social media to be scored and validated by the rest of us, it seems we are all aiming for perfection and popularity on a grand scale. And are we surprised?! As we're bombarded with images of, for example, Kim Kardashian and her extreme wealth, her fortunate life achieved by simply having her own reality TV show, of course other people with nothing will wish they had the same.

Of course people become addicted to tapping into... »

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Booth's Blog: Unmissable premieres this Halloween Weekend!
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Friday 28th Oct 2016
Emily with chopperThat unholy union between Horror Channel and FrightFest opens its jaws once again for an epic Halloween FrightFest Weekend Special featuring a whopping sixteen movies including four eye-popping, jaw-dropping premieres. Read all about it!

We're all busy chaps so I'm just going to jump right in there with the big ones. This Friday we have the network premiere of Frankenstein's Army; an imaginarium of World War 2-come-steampunk Nazi nastiness. A battalion of Russian soldiers lost in German territory stumbles upon an old church where below ground unthinkable experiments are taking place by a mad descendant of Dr Frankenstein! Raising an army of unstoppable soldiers, flesh meshes with machine as Nazi cyber warriors pimped up with an array of disturbing weaponry ar... »

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Booth's Blog: We are living a lie...! (According to John Carpenter)
By James Whittington
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Thursday 20th Oct 2016
Emily-Booth-Green-Top-Image-1This week my blog gets controversial and political as I discuss the amazing eye-opening depths of our network film premiere on Saturday; John Carpenter's They Live. Like The Matrix, this film will have you thinking outside the box, and totally questioning the reality you are living right now. You will see that we are living in an artificially-induced state of consciousness, and that, in effect, we are asleep!

Made in 1988 by self-proclaimed activist and horror legend John Carpenter, They Live was in its own time a fictional expose on the divisive economic policies known as 'Reaganomics'. However, 28 years later the film has taken on a life of its own, and is perhaps even more relevant now than it was in '88. The film h... »

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