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An American Werewolf In London - See Before You Die! January 1st 22:55
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Thursday 30th Dec 2010

An American Werewolf In London PairReleased at a time when horror cinema was awash with hack n' slash shockers, An American Werewolf In London was a refreshing change from all those faceless killers that were lurking around. For the first time in ages we had a creative and creepy creature feature, the most memorable since Jaws scared us out of the water during the mid 70s.

Written and directed with passion and wit by John Landis, the movie was, and still is, one of the finest pieces of werewolf horror and though it contained some of the funniest moments committed to celluloid; it also brought some very visceral and gruesome sequences. Oh, and the small matter of the finest transformation scene ever filmed.

The story is solid with a traditional feeli... »

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Alien Vs Ninja Coming To DVD
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 30th Dec 2010

Alien Vs Ninja DVD CoverFans of bizarre, action packed thrills will need to put the date of February 7th into their diaries as Revolver Entertainment will release the festival favourite Alien Vs Ninja onto DVD.

Returning from a deadly mission, a band of legendary Iga Ninja warriors see a giant fireball blaze across the sky and crash into the distant forest. Rushing to investigate, they soon find themselves under attack from a pack of brutal and hungry aliens, and that none of their weapons, neither swords nor throwing stars, seem to have any effect on the savage predators.

Non-stop martial arts mayhem meets monster mash-up in this fantastic flick packed with fast and furious fights, great gore, hilarious action and incredible stunt work.

I saw this with the FrightFest 20... »

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I Spit On Your Grave (2010) New Teaser Trailer
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 29th Dec 2010

I Spit On Your Grave QuadAt FrightFest earlier in the year, Horror Channel sponsored the European Premier of Steven R. Monroe's remake of I Spit On Your Grave. Now the film will hit UK cinemas on January 21st and to give you a taste of this unflinching and brutal shocker we have the brand new teaser trailer for you.

Seeking some peaceful solitude in which to complete her latest novel, Jennifer Hills (brilliantly played by relative newcomer Sarah Butler), a beautiful young writer from the city, rents an isolated cabin in the southern backwoods. Her presence attracts the attention of a group of locals who, sparked by a combination of lust, jealousy and damaged pride, subject Jennifer to a gruelling nightmare of humiliation, mental torture, physical abuse and rape before ... »

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Dare you choose this?
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 27th Dec 2010

Choose DVD CoverMaking its way to DVD on January 24th is Choose, the debut shocker from Marcus Graves. The film got its UK premier at the FrightFest Halloween All-Nighter in Leicester Square earlier this year with Alan Jones stating, "Missing SAW already? Then here's the grisly, shocking and tense tonic you need..."

Choose is a suspense laden psychological horror starring Katheryn Winnick (CSI, Law & Order), Kevin Pollak (Tropic Thunder, Usual Suspects) and Richard Short (Public Enemies).

The peace and tranquillity of an idyllic, suburban city is suddenly broken. Behind a picket fence and manicured lawn, teenager Sara awakens, startled as a rush of cold air gently pushes he bedroom door open.

Across the hall her parents' bedroom doo... »

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Must See Movies This Christmas On Horror
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Friday 24th Dec 2010
Silent Night Deadly Night What better way to celebrate the holidays than with a selection of some of the best seasonal slashers rounded off with a contemporary shocker and a cult classic.

Horror Channel has it all for you this Yuletide.

Merry Christmas for all of us here at the Horror Channel.

Santa's Slay/Silent Night Deadly Night – Friday 24th December
This double bill of seasonal slaughter starts at 21:00 with the festive fright flick Santa's Slay. It stars wrestling superstar Bill Goldberg as a demon who lost a bet that consigned him to duty as Santa Claus. But that bet is over and he's about to unleash jingle bell hell! This is followed at 22:55 by the classic slasher movie Silent ... »

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Brand New - Exclusive Interview With Eli Roth
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Thursday 23rd Dec 2010

The Last Exorcism DVD Pack ShotEli Roth is one of the most talented people working in the movie industry today. He was behind the genre breaking movies Cabin Fever and Hostel, starred in Quentin Tarantnio’s Inglourious Basterds and produced the most talked about horror movie of 2010, The Last Exorcism. We had a quick chat with this very busy guy about his work on that move and what drew him to the project.

HC: Have you always been a horror movie fan and do you have a favourite movie from when you were growing up?

ER: Oh yeah, I saw The Exorcist when I was 6 and it changed my life and all I really wanted to do was make horror movies.

HC: Is it true you thought The Las... »

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The Last Exorcism - DVD Review
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Thursday 23rd Dec 2010

The Last Exorcism DVD Pack ShotThere have been plenty of possession movies over the last few decades, the most notable being The Exorcist which shocked audiences around the world in the early 1970s. Though time may have withered its impact, the subject matter is still incredibly strong. Not many films of this sub-genre have come close in capturing the raw horror that The Exorcist emitted. That is until now as director Daniel Stamm has delivered what could be the most entertaining but terrifying possession movie yet, The Last Exorcism.

After a career spent helping the devout through prayer and trickery, Reverend Cotton Marcus (Patrick Fabian) invites a film crew to document his final fraudulent days as an exorcist. Soon his faith is truly tested wh... »

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Dare you look into this? Mirrors 2 Is Coming Soon To DVD
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 22nd Dec 2010

Mirrors 2 Pack ShotMirrors was one of the horror hits of 2008 and fans of that cracking piece of celluloid terror will be pleased to know that a sequel is due to be released onto DVD on January 24th.

Directed by Victor Garcia, the man behind Return To House On Haunted Hill, Arctic Predator and the soon to be released Hellraiser: Revelations, Mirrors 2 stars Emmanuelle Vaughier (Saw II) and Nick Stahl (Terminator 3), and follows the story of Max, a recovering addict struggling to come to terms with the car crash which killed his fiancé and left him tortured with the memory of her death.

Riddled with guilt and determined to try and make a new life for himself Max takes a job as nighttime security guard in the Mayflower departmen... »

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Brand New - Exclusive Interview With Actor Lance Henriksen Part 2
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Tuesday 21st Dec 2010

Lance HenriksenLance Henriksen is one of the most respected and best loved actors working today. He has appeared in many movies, most notably Aliens, Terminator and Near Dark. The celebrated series Millennium has returned to the Horror Channel with Lance in the lead role of profiler Frank Black. This acclaimed show is quite simply stunning so we decided to catch up with this very busy man for a chat about his career so far. In this, the second part of a two part feature, Lance talks about how hard gruelling the schedule was and his hopes for the return of Frank Black.

HC: Is it true Chris Carter created the character of Frank Black specifically for you?

LH: That's what I’v... »

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The Rite - New More Sinister Trailer
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 21st Dec 2010

The Rite One Sheet PosterFollowing the trailer we brought you last week for the demonic shocker The Rite, we now present the darker and more sinister second trailer from Warner Bros. Pictures. Based on Matt Baglio's book of the same name, The Rite stars Academy Award winner and, let’s be honest here a real screen legend, Sir Anthony Hopkins as well as newcomer Colin O'Donoghue.

Inspired by true events, The Rite follows skeptical seminary student Michael Kovak (O'Donoghue), who reluctantly attends exorcism school at the Vatican. While in Rome, he meets an unorthodox priest, Father Lucas (Hopkins), who introduces him to the darker side of his faith.

Directed by Mikael Håfström (1408), The Rite is a... »

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Outcast To Hit DVD January 17th
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 20th Dec 2010

Outcast DVD CoverOutcast, the debut feature from director Colm McCarthy, is a contemporary supernatural horror film steeped in ancient Celtic occult, mythology and mysticism and will hit DVD on January 17th.

Boasting a strong cast of established British and Irish acting talent that includes James Nesbitt, Karen Gillan, James Cosmo, Kate Dickie and Christine Tremarco, along with up-and-coming newcomers Niall Bruton and Hanna Stanbridge, the film has been described as "a monster movie, a murder mystery, and a Polanski-style tale of strange emotional ties that gradually unravel in several unpleasant ways" (FearNet.com) and as "a bold, ambitious first feature... a genuinely menacing piece of horror" (Twitch).

On the run from a deadly pursuer and using an ancient form of magic to hide the... »

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The Last Exorcism - DVD and Blu-ray News
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 18th Dec 2010

The Last Exorcism DVD Pack ShotDirected by Daniel Stamm and produced by Eli Roth, The Last Exorcism was one of the big horror hits of 2010. It will be unleashed onto DVD and Blu-ray on December 27th accompanied by some startling extras.

After a career spent helping the devout through prayer and trickery, Reverend Cotton Marcus (Patrick Fabian) invites a film crew to document his final fraudulent days as an exorcist. Soon his faith is truly tested when a desperate plea from the father of a possessed girl (Ashley Bell) brings him face to face with evil itself.

This superbly dark movie relies on tension and natural, realistic settings to increase the narrative until it builds into a heart-stopping finale.

A real treat for fans of possession movies and to celeb... »

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Scream Magazine - Issue 3 Details
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 16th Dec 2010

Scream Issue 3 CoverHere's a heads up for the next issue of Scream Magazine which is due for publication on January 27th 2011.

This time the good people there take a long hard look at Sam Raimi's acclaimed Evil Dead Trilogy, The Reef director Andrew Traucki talks about sharks, controversial director Srdjan Spasojevic explains his thoughts behind his much debated shocker A Serbian Film, they have a chat with the people behind the arty/Giallo treat Amer and scream queen Monique Dupree is interviewed.

Add to this a monster pin-up, books, comics, games, competitions, news, reviews, blood, guts, gore and more!

For back issues and more information of future issues click here.

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Brand New - Exclusive Interview With Actor Lance Henriksen Part 1
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Tuesday 14th Dec 2010

Lance HenriksenLance Henriksen is one of the most respected and best loved actors working today. He has appeared in many movies, most notably Aliens, The Terminator and Near Dark. This week cult series Millennium returned to the Horror Channel with Lance in the lead role of profiler Frank Black. This acclaimed series is quite simply stunning so we decided to catch up with this very busy man for a chat about his career so far. In this the first part of a two part feature, Lance talks about how his acting career began and what his initial thoughts were about the series Millennium.

HC: Lance, thanks for taking time out to ... »

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Sucker Punch - Date Change
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 14th Dec 2010

Sucker Punch Babydoll PosterZack Snyder presents a hyper-violent spin on Alice in Wonderland for his directorial follow-up to Watchmen, Sucker Punch.

Sucker Punch is an epic action fantasy that takes the viewer into the vivid imagination of a young girl whose dream world provides the ultimate escape from her darker reality.

Unrestrained by the boundaries of time and place, she is free to go where her mind takes her, and her incredible adventures blur the lines between what's real and what is imaginary. She has been locked away against her will, but Babydoll (Emily Browning) has not lost her will to survive.

Determined to fight for her freedom, she urges four other young girls - the outspoken Rocket (Jena Malone), the ... »

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Resident Evil Arrives in 3D
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 13th Dec 2010

Resident Evil Mercenaries 3DMore 3D news and this time we have a double helping of Resident Evil goodness on the Nintendo 3DS with information and screenshots for Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D and Resident Evil: Revelations.

With re-mastered stages from Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil 5, Resident Evil The Mercenaries 3D (pictured) delivers the intense Mercenaries gameplay experience for the first time on a handheld console. Whether playing alone or teaming up in co-op mode, it’s a race against time to defeat as many enemies as possible before the countdown reaches zero.

Resident Evil stars like Chris Redfield, Hunk, and Krauser are now joined by Claire Redfield, who is making h... »

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Shock Labyrinth 3D - Trailer
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 11th Dec 2010

Shock Labyrinth Shock DVD CoverJapanese master of horror Takashi Shimizu, the writer-director and overall creative force behind the nerve-shredding and hugely successful Ju-on/The Grudge franchise, takes J-Horror into a brand new era with the spooky and mysterious Shock Labyrinth 3D, which comes to DVD containing both the 2D and 3D versions of Shimizu's latest spine chiller complete with two pairs of 3D glasses.

Based on the world's largest walk-through 'haunted house', The Haunted Hospital attraction situated at the world famous Fuji-Q Highland theme park, Shock Labyrinth 3D is the first Japanese film shot in HD Digital 3D (and J-Horror’'s first ever live action 3D movie).

When a small group of young friends spending t... »

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Angel - A Walk On The Dark Side
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Thursday 9th Dec 2010

AngelSpin-off shows rarely last longer than a few episodes. To back up my argument why not reflect on such television fare a The Lone Gunmen (The X-Files), K9 And Company (Doctor Who) and probably the most famous of the then all Joey (Friends). So when it was announced Buffy The Vampire Slayer, one of the most successful fantasy TV shows of all time would have its own offspring many fans feared this would be a pale imitation of its source. Luckily for fans, Angel was to be darker, deeper and truly entertaining television.

Set in modern day Los Angeles, Angel continued this fresh approach to modern day vampire conflict and allowed its main cast to really get to grips (could have said "Get their teeth into") with some serious subjects and ... »

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I Am Number Four - New Trailer
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 8th Dec 2010

I Am Number FourThree are dead. He is Number Four.

D.J. Caruso, the man behind Eagle Eye and Disturbia helms, I Am Number Four, an action-packed fantasy thriller about an extraordinary young man.

John Smith (Alex Pettyfer), is a fugitive on the run from ruthless enemies who have been sent to destroy him. Changing his identity, moving from town to town with his guardian Henri (Timothy Olyphant), John is always the new kid with no ties to his past.

In the small Ohio town he now calls home, John encounters unexpected, life-changing events—his first love (Dianna Agron), powerful new abilities and a connection to the others who share his incredible destiny.

Now this looks like a very polished fantasy thriller with plenty of action built in, hardly surprising as ... »

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Ingrid Pitt - A Tribute
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Tuesday 7th Dec 2010

Countess Dracula DVD CoverIngrid Pitt was one of the great horror movie legends and when she passed away just a few weeks ago the movie industry lost an irreplaceable icon. We had the pleasure of interviewing this wonderful lady in 2006 and that piece is reproduced here as a small tribute to her and the cinematic legacy she left behind. Ingrid talked about her early life, how she got to work for Hammer and gave advice for young actors wanting to break into the business.

HC: Many film fans associate you with the horror genre but few may know that you actually experienced real life horror at a very early age as you were detained in a Nazi Concentration camp. Do you think these events shaped your personality, made you a stronger person?

IP: Everything that happens in you... »

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The Rite - New Poster And Trailer
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 6th Dec 2010

The Rite One Sheet PosterInspired by true events, The Rite follows skeptical seminary student Michael Kovak (Colin O'Donoghue in his feature film debut), who reluctantly attends exorcism school at the Vatican. While in Rome, he meets an unorthodox priest, Father Lucas (Anthony Hopkins), who introduces him to the darker side of his faith.

Directed by Mikael Håfström (1408, Derailed and Drowning Ghost), The Rite is a supernatural thriller that uncovers the devil's reach to even one of the holiest places on Earth.

Apart from the aforementioned Hopkins and O'Donoghue the movie also stars, Alice Braga (Predators), Ciarán Hinds (HBO's Rome and Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows films), Toby Jones (Frost/Nixon, H... »

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December On The Horror Channel - Part 2
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Sunday 5th Dec 2010

Santas SlayWinter continues to hold the UK in an unceasing icy grasp but luckily the Horror Channel has some truly awesome features to warm you up. We have a cult shocker, the premier of a movie directed by a horror icon and a double bill starring a psycho snowman. All start at 22:55 unless otherwise stated and please check the online guide for any last minute changes.

Street Trash – Friday 17th December
The outrageous comedy horror Street Trash from J. Michael Muro gets it first airing and is a movie to savour. When a liquor store owner sells dodgy wine to local hobos, some melt messily right where they stand, while others attempt to fight the effects. Gross and hilarious this is very Frank Henelotter meets Troma in style with plenty to offer and is so over the... »

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New Trailer For iRequiem
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 5th Dec 2010

Requiem Front ScreenRapid Turtle Games has announced the release of a game-play trailer for the acclaimed iRequiem - a 2D horror themed shooter taking place in hell, which is depicted as a dark gothic medieval world. The trailer highlight core game features and demonstrates some the weapons of choice for killing - shotguns, grenade/rocket launchers. It will be launched worldwide on 16th December with the makers saying that it offers gamers a more realistic horror graphic compared to other 2D zombie/horror shooters available on the App Store.

The story begins after Evil takes the main protagonist's soul and endows him with dark powers. Here's the protagonist’s monologue at the beginning of the game:

Banished by this world and hunted by the evil, there is no place to hide for me. My days... »

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From Joe Dante Comes The Hole - Exclusive Trailer
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Friday 3rd Dec 2010

The Hole Pack ShotFrom Joe Dante, the man behind Gremlins and Splatter (which can be seen on the Horror Channel at the moment), comes a family-friendly chiller which explores the fears and secrets buried deep in the human mind.

The Hole is the story of two brothers who discover a bottomless hole in the basement of their new home. As the brothers explore the depths of the mysterious hole, they soon discover that their deepest fears and darkest nightmares are coming to life. Explore new depths of horror when The Hole opens on DVD and Blu-ray from Entertainment One on 17th January 2011.

Life couldn’t get any worse, or so thought teen brothers Dane and Lucas, when their single mother Susan uproots t... »

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Season Of The Witch - New Poster And Trailer
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 2nd Dec 2010

Season Of The Witch PosterOscar winner Nicolas Cage and Hellboy himself Ron Perlman have teamed up for the anticipated supernatural action adventure Season Of The Witch which is due to fly into UK cinemas on January 7th 2011.

The film is about a heroic Crusader and his closest friend who return home after decades of fierce fighting, only to find their world destroyed by the Plague.

The church elders, convinced that a girl accused of being a witch is responsible for the devastation, command the two to transport the strange girl to a remote monastery where monks will perform an ancient ritual to rid the land of her curse. They embark on a harrowing, action-filled journey that will test their strength and courage as they discover the girl's dark secret and find themselves batt... »

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An American Werewolf In London, The Evil Dead, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and more - The See Before You Die Season Soon On Horror.
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Tuesday 30th Nov 2010

An American Werewolf In LondonNext year, Horror Channel presents its crucial list of the top five horror movies you must see before you die. This special season kicks off on January 1st with a movie that is a favourite with horror fans around the world, An American Werewolf In London (pictured). Directed by John Landis this celebrated film contains one of the finest transformation sequences ever and is a perfect combination of comedy and horror. The perfect way to start a new year.

Dario Argento's Terror At The Opera follows on the 8th and contains much of the stunning and shocking imagery that he became renowned for. Widely regarded as Argento's most ambitious film and stars Cristina Marsillach as the petrified Betty tied ... »

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Happy Birthday To Me - An Appreciation
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Monday 29th Nov 2010

Happy Birthday To MeReleased during the slasher phenomenon witnessed during the early 1980s, Happy Birthday To Me (1981) was an inventive and controversial piece of celluloid blood-letting that dared to push the genre’s themes and what was considered acceptable on screen at the time.

Helmed by the British director J. Lee Thompson, he of Ice-Cold In Alex (1958) and Cape Fear (1962) fame, the film concerns members of an elite high school clique who become the target of a deranged killer who uses all manner of implements to cause carnage, including a shish kebab; see picture for example!

With a cast that includes Hollywood legend Glenn Ford and Little House On the Prairie star Melissa Sue Anderson, the film is a splat-tastic shocker that packs plenty of gruesome... »

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Grimm Up North - Golden Scythe Awards
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 29th Nov 2010

Grimm Up NorthOctober's Grimm Up North horror and sci-fi festival brought the best in genre cinema to the city of Manchester for a second year running and gave fans access to some exclusive movie screenings.

As part of the closing night celebrations, the winners of the festival's Golden Scythe Awards were unveiled, with some of the luck recipients in attendance to pick up their very own statuette. A panel of judges from the online blogging and podcasting community were charged with the task of coming up with the winning entries, having also spoken to festival goers and carefully monitored reactions to the films on the Grimm Up North social networking channels.

The full list of Grimm Up North Golden Scythe winners for 2010 were:

Best British Film: 13 Hrs
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The Twilight Saga: Eclipse - Volturi Clip
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Friday 26th Nov 2010

Eclipse Blu ay coverWith a box office of over £29.5 million it is the biggest single format release of 2010 so far and has exceeded both its predecessors in the series. Now The Twilight Saga: Eclipse is coming to DVD and Blu-ray on December 6th.

The third film in the Twilight saga based on Stephenie Meyer’s blockbuster book series, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse is packed with passion, action and suspense as Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger as Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the ageless struggle between vampi... »

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Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare - Standalone Release
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Friday 26th Nov 2010

Red Dead Redemption Full Release CoverFeaturing the rich, immersive single-player experience of the Undead Nightmare as well as all the vast downloadable additions to the Red Dead Redemption multiplayer world, Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare is now available in stores.

This stand-alone disc for both Xbox 360 and PlayStation3 contains the Undead Nightmare Pack, the Liars and Cheats Pack, the Legends and Killers Pack and the Outlaws to the End Co-Op Mission Pack as well as all the Multiplayer Free Roam modes released to date – and does not require a copy of the original Red Dead Redemption game disc to play.

Undead Nightmare:
Across the vast Western frontier, a... »

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Brand New - Exclusive Interview With Actress Suzi Lorraine
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Thursday 25th Nov 2010

Suzi Lorraine Side ShotSuzi Lorraine is a multi-talented lady hailing from New York. An actress, writer and model she has appeared in over 40 independent films as well a box office hits such as Music And Lyrics. Suzi's acting career has given her the opportunity to work all over the world, often in the horror genre which she adores. She has worked on movies such as Claang: The Game, Destined To Be Ingested, Won Ton Baby! and Bikini Girls On Ice which is showing at the moment on the Horror Channel. Here we chat to this charming all rounder and discover exactly why she loves horror so much. Please be aware Suzi mentions certain plotlines about Bikini Girls On Ice so if you've not seen it yet proceed with caution as you have another chance... »

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Buried - Dig It Up On February 14th
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 25th Nov 2010

Buried Blu ray coverOne of the finest movies of the year, Buried will get released onto DVD and Blu-ray on February 14th 2011. Tightly written and breathlessly acted, Buried is a triumph of inventive camerawork and gripping storytelling that will leave you gasping for air.

Directed by Rodrigo Cortes, Buried tells the terrifying ordeal of Paul Conroy (Ryan Reynolds) as he wakes up, six feet underground with no idea of who put him there or why. Life for the unassuming truck driver suddenly becomes a hellish nightmare for survival... With only a mobile phone and a lighter, Conroy's contact with the outside world and ability to piece together clues that could help him discover his location are maddeningly limited... Poor reception, a rapidly drain... »

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For the first time in the UK on DVD... Cannibal Girls!
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 25th Nov 2010

Cannibal Girls ArtworkFrom the director of Ghostbusters, Ivan Reitman, and the producer of Hangover, Daniel Goldberg comes a rare, sexy feast of a film from 1973, Cannibal Girls.

Released by Nucleus Films on February 14, 2011, this 70s cult classic can finally be appreciated in all its uncensored flesh-eating glory in a remastered and restored collector's edition packed with stunning extras and including the infamous 'Warning Bell'!

In the isolated town of Farnhamville the locals still talk of the legend of Anthea, Clarissa and Leona, three stunningly beautiful girls, who seduced men, lured them to their grisly deaths, and then ritualistically consumed their flesh in a strange rite to keep themselves young and beautiful forever. For Cliff (Eugene Levy from the »

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Scream Magazine - Issue 2 News
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 24th Nov 2010

Scream Issue 2 Final CoverIssue 2 of Scream magazine is ready to be unleashed unto the public and is packed with the same sort of gruesome goodness that made Issue 1 so much fun. First up there's a feature on the 1931 classic Frankenstein, Directors Howard and Jon Ford talk about their stunning zombie shocker The Dead, Jake West and Marc Morris speak out about video nasties plus Lucio Fulci’s stunner The Beyond gets re-examined. Add to this reviews, festival reports and competitions and its all yours for £4.50 with P&P free in the UK.

For more information click here.

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Horror Icon Ingrid Pitt Dies Aged 73
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 23rd Nov 2010

Ingrid Pitt, the enigmatic Queen of horror cinema has died, she was 73. A true icon, Ingrid starred in two of Hammer's most celebrated movies, Countess Dracula and The Vampire Lovers. She also appeared in the cult shocker The Wicker Man alongside Edward Woodward. Ingrid also had parts in Where Eagles Dare, The House That Dripped Blood and Who Dares Wins. More recently she appeared in Hammer's contemporary shocker, Beyond The Rave.

We interviewed Ingrid a few years back for this site and that piece will be reposted in tribute to her later in the week. Our thoughts go out to her family and friends.

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Takashi Miike's Deadly Outlaw: Rekka Is Out!
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 23rd Nov 2010

Deadly Outlwa Rekka CoverIf you managed to catch Takashi Miike's Audition recently on the Horror Channel then you may be interested to learn that his movie from 2002, Deadly Outlaw: Rekka, is out this week thanks to Arrow Video.

Deadly Outlaw: Rekka is packed with sex, gore, ultra-violence, psychotic Yakuza hitmen, the blackest of humour, Sonny Chiba, a pounding proto-metal soundtrack and gratuitous and inappropriate use of a tire iron and a hand-held rocket launcher! Written by Shigenori Takechi and produced by Tsuneo Seto – both real-life Yakuza before taking up careers in the movies – Takashi Miike’s Deadly Outlaw: Rekka is an expertly crafted tale of vengeance and betrayal set in Japan's vicious cri... »

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Shock Horror Magazine Issue 3 Details
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 22nd Nov 2010

Shock Horror Magazine Issue 3 coverIssue 3 of Shock Horror Magazine is a special Zombie Edition which includes an exclusive interview with cover star Rob Zombie!

This issue is also their Christmas Edition so the kind people there are giving away a stack of prizes that includes a Portable DVD player and a signed poster from SFX legend Tom Savini.

Features include a chat with Tony Moore on the acclaimed series Walking Dead, a feature on Bela Lugosi, snaps of some of the best tattoos around as well as shed loads of interviews, reviews and features making issue 3 their strongest yet!

It arrives this December and the cover price is £3.

For more information click here»

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Skyline - Cast and Crew Interview Footage
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 20th Nov 2010

Skyline OnesheetSkyline has just hit UK cinemas and to give you an idea of what it took to get it to the screen the footage below interviews some of the cast and crew. Although short in duration its an interesting glimpse on the casting process and how different actors view their characters.

Meanwhile for those of you who haven’t heard of this movie, this is what its all about:

After a late night party, a group of friends are awoken in the dead of the night by an eerie light beaming through the window. Like moths to a flame, the light source is drawing people outside before they suddenly vanish into the air. They soon discover an extraterrestrial force is swallowing the entire human population off the face of the earth. Now our band of survivors must fight for their lives as the world unravels... »

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December On The Horror Channel - Part 1
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Friday 19th Nov 2010

DemonsWinter is finally here and the Horror Channel has some real terror-filled treats that will chill your blood far quicker than any British December can. The big news is that Joss Whedon's stunning series Angel premieres this month. Co-created with David Greenwalt this acclaimed sequel to the hit series Buffy The Vampire Slayer is a dark feast for the eyes. Look out for a separate feature on this with broadcast details next week plus more information on the scary seasonal shockers that we have planned over the festive period. Meanwhile here's some choice picks for you this month. All start at 22:55 unless otherwise stated and please check the online guide for any last minute changes.

Demons – Friday 3rd December
Lamberto Bava’s grim and gory cult shocker fro... »

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Horror Hits In The Pearl & Dean Chart
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 18th Nov 2010

Pearl and Dean CoverReflecting a broad taste in film music, The Pearl & Dean survey of the nation's top 100 movie theme tunes has resulted in the top spot being secured by Ravel's Bolero as featured in the movie 10. The survey took place from July to 12th September, 2010 and music was made available for selection and voting from over 1,000 films from the 1930s to the present day.

The result of the Pearl & Dean survey will appear on a 6 CD set released by Silva Screen Records and will be available exclusively through Amazon from November the 22nd.

Horror is well represented with some well known favourites getting quite solid chart positions. Notable inclusions are Halloween (John Carpenter) # 73, Jaws (John Will... »

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The Dracula Papers - New Release From Chomu Press
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 17th Nov 2010

The Dracula Papers 1 Front CoverCan a book include high adventure, occult philosophy, whimsical and bawdy humour, the macabre and the pensive all in one arras of harmonious fabric? According to Chomu Press a book can and that book is The Dracula Papers. Here's what their PR has to say about it:

If you thought that nothing more could be done with the vampire myth, Reggie Oliver's The Dracula Papers is the book to change your mind. Bram Stoker's immortal Dracula told us about Count Dracula as an undead vampire. But how did this come to be? Who was Dracula in real life? There has always been speculation, but The Dracula Papers now offers the ultimate answer. It takes us back to the year 1576, to the wild land of T... »

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Zombie Driftwood - New Trailer
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 16th Nov 2010

Zombie Driftwood PosterZombie Driftwood is the new British comedy produced by Sundance Festival 2010 award Winner Dave Mcwhinnie and directed by Emmy-Award winning filmmaker Bob Carruthers.

It is set in the Cayman Islands and tells the story of a group of bold defenders who defend a beach bar from the oncoming forces of zombie Armageddon. Caught up in the mayhem are the members of a touring British metal band and a zombie Adolf Hitler who hopes to lead the zombies to world domination - if only he didn’t have to present a weekly talent show on Zomby TV. The result is a surreal mixture of cinematic lunacy as the zombies discover they too have rights and the besieged patrons realise that music can be a potent weapon in the fight for survival.

The movie has been made with a state of ... »

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GoreZone Magazine - Issue 62 Details
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 13th Nov 2010

GoreZone Issue 62 CoverIssue 62 of GoreZone Magazine has just hit newsstands and is packed with all the usual features and gossip from the world of horror entertainment.

The magazine talks to actress Ashley Bell, goes behind the scenes of Breath Of Hate and talks with director Sean Cain about why Jason Mewes has dipped his toes in the horror pool. The cover star this month is Dedee Pfeiffer who talks openly about the film industry Vamp, House 3 and her current project, Based On True Events starring Malcolm McDowell.

Regular columnists Emily Booth, Nigel Wingrove, Suzi Lorraine, Amber Erlandsson and Christa Campbell all contribute whilst there’s more DVD, Movie and Music reviews than you could shake a severed limb at.

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You Will Believe In Santa Claus - Rare Exports Trailer Updated
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 11th Nov 2010

Rare Exports LogoRare Exports: A Christmas Tale is the long-awaited follow-up (actually a prequel) to the two award winning and cult online hit shorts Rare Exports Inc (2003) and Rare Exports Inc – Safety Instructions (2005), which have more than 1 million downloads on YouTube, by up-and-coming talent commercial and music video director, Jalmari Helander, telling the story of how Santa Clauses are hunted down and domesticated to prepare them for export all around the world! Its visually stunning, 80's style kid-friendly horror-fantasy vibe, and contains all the ingredients to be the perfect Christmas cult-film we've all been waiting for: a perfect concept, superb visuals, great actors, and a story, tinged with black comedy, with a multi-faceted message that speaks to everyone.

It w... »

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Dream Home - A Quick Taster
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 11th Nov 2010

Dream Home PosterUncompromising, socially relevant and filled with unexpected twists, Dream Home is a bold departure into the slasher genre for Director Pang Ho-cheung. As one of Hong Kong's most acclaimed young directors and a promising filmmaker in the international circuit, Pang is known for the award-winning Isabella and Exodus. It stars talented actress and rock singer Josie Ho as the lead, as well as Hong Kong actors Eason Chan, Michelle Ye Suen and Lawrence Chou.

When she was a child, Cheng Lai-sheung (Josie Ho) could see Hong Kong's famed Victoria Harbour from her apartment. But as time passed, the old buildings in front of her home were demolished to make way for a huge residential project that now blocks her view. Increasingly disappointed and upset, she vowed to one day save up enough money... »

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iRequiem - iPod Horror Themed Shooter Coming Soon
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 9th Nov 2010

Requiem Front ScreenRapid Turtle Games have announced iRequiem – a 2D horror themed shooter taking place in hell, which is depicted as a dark gothic medieval world. The story begins after Evil takes the main protagonist's soul and endows him with dark powers. Here's the protagonist's monologue at the beginning of the game:

"Banished by this world and hunted by the evil, there is no place to hide for me. My days and nights were spent in the shadows hiding from both worlds, since I tasted the death and came back to live. The evil took my soul, but in return endowed me with a special gift – possession of dark powers. The unattractive appearance and the closeness with the evil power conspired against me, robbing me of everything valuable for this world. Bitter and alone, my desire to take vengea... »

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Shredder - New Work From Garry Charles
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 8th Nov 2010

Shredder CoverNot long ago we reported on Garry Charles and his latest e-book release Slavis.

You would think that after putting out a novel he would sit back and take a breather, but not Charles. Since then he has filled the Halloween season with his own brand of terror in the form of 14 stories split over 6 releases. And to top it off he has made them all available for free.

If you like the idea of flesh eating clown's, psychotic parents, Halloween games gone wrong and Viking zombies then you're in for a treat that will leave you unwilling to turn out the light. But Charles isn't done yet and has released yet another chiller in the form of Shredder, a tour de force of blood drenched action horror.

"Shredder the novella is only a small part of ... »

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Interview With The Horseman Director Steven Kastrissios
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Sunday 7th Nov 2010

Steven KastrissiosThe Australian movie The Horseman was a huge hit with the audience at FrightFest 2009 and will be coming to the Horror Channel on November 18th. This dramatic and powerful movie concerns a parent out for bloody and final revenge. Containing many violent and graphic scenes it's an excursion into the darkest side of human existence.

We were lucky enough to interview the director of this intense, stunning and raw movie, Steven Kastrissios last year so for those of you who may have missed it here it is again.

HC: How did you get into the movie making business?

SK: I've been making films since I was fourteen beginning with stop-motion animation with GI:Joes and later moving into to wedding and sports videos to finance my... »

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Sucker Punch - Group Shot And Trailer
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 7th Nov 2010

Sucker Punch Group ShotZack Snyder presents a hyper-violent spin on Alice in Wonderland for his directorial follow-up to Watchmen, Sucker Punch.

Sucker Punch is an epic action fantasy that takes the viewer into the vivid imagination of a young girl whose dream world provides the ultimate escape from her darker reality.

Unrestrained by the boundaries of time and place, she is free to go where her mind takes her, and her incredible adventures blur the lines between what's real and what is imaginary. She has been locked away against her will, but Babydoll (Emily Browning) has not lost her will to survive. Determined to fight for her freedom, she urges four other young girls - the outspoken Rocket (Jena Malone), the street-smart Blondie (Van... »

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freesat Twin Peaks competition information
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 4th Nov 2010

Freesat Awards Winner 2010freesat are running a competition to coincide with the start of the Horror Channel's David Lynch season. The prize is a freesat HD box, as well as a Horror Channel goodie bag including a complete DVD boxset of Twin Peaks. For more information click here

The Horror Channel scooped the prize for Best Themed Channel at this year's freesat Awards, marking the very best in channels and services available on the free-to-air digital satellite TV service. It was selected from a field including BET, B4U Music, Gala TV and Wedding TV by an expert judging panel comprising senior representatives from the bro... »

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Let Me In - Official Facebook Page
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 4th Nov 2010

Let Me In PosterHammer Films' Let Me In, an interpretation of the bestsselling Swedish novel Lat den Ratte Komma (Let The Right One In) by John Ajvide Lindqvist, and the highly-acclaimed film of the same name, will arrive at UK screens November 5th. The original film was a huge hit and as I have said before I hope Hammer can capture the main themes of loneliness and adolescent heartache in the same subtle way.

Chloe Grace Moretz stars as Abby, a secretive 12-year old girl, who moves next door to Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee). Owen is a social outcast who is viciously bullied at school and in his loneliness, forms a profound bond with his new neighbour. Owen can’t help noticing that Abby is like no one he has ever met before. As a string of grisly murders occupy the town, Owen has to confro... »

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Saw Cuts Up The Competition!
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 3rd Nov 2010
Saw 3D StillThis weekend Saw 3D sliced franchise records, opening at number one in the UK box office. Taking an estimated £3.3million (an estimated $5.3million) from 383 cinemas, the latest instalment has proved to be the most successful ever, earning a 30% higher opening weekend than any other in the franchise's history.

Saw 3D's UK figures also mark the largest opening weekend of an 18 Certificate horror movie ever, a record previously held by Scary Movie (released 2000). These figures also rank Saw 3D as the 6th highest UK opening for an 18 certificate movie in history.

The seventh instalment of the Guinness World Record breaking horror franchise opened in cinemas across the UK on Friday 29th October taking £1.2million (an estimate... »

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New Fiction From Sam Stone
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 2nd Nov 2010

Sam Stone SidewaysTelos has signed up a new collection of original horror and dark fantasy fiction from the acclaimed and award-winning author Sam Stone. Sam made an enormous impact with her trilogy of Vampire novels, collectively known as the Vampire Gene series (which are available from Murky Depths), and are confident that this debut collection is going to blow people away. There is even film interest already in some of the tales - and that's before the book has even been published. Not bad, don’t you think?

Zombies In New York And Other Bloody Jottings promises to be an eclectic and unpredictable read. Something is sapping the energy of the usually robust dancers of the Moulin Rouge … Jack the Ripper's crimes are investigated by a vampire … zombies roam ... »

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FrightFest E-Magazine Issue 3 Now Available
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 31st Oct 2010

FrightFest e-Zine Issue 3The third issue of the FrightFest E-Magazine has just been published.

The headline article feature is an interview with Andy Serkis on his role in John Landis’s first film for the cinema in 12 years, Burke & Hare. The magazine also includes a look at the unpredictable career of David Lynch and dissects the last film in the Saw franchise, Saw 3D. Dave Brown, their correspondent down-under talks to Andrew Traucki about his latest film The Reef. There’s also a feature on what must be one of the most unusual Christmas themed films of recent years, Rare Exports: A Christmas Carol. To round off this issue first time contributor Keith Williams recalls his cinema going days back in the valleys of Wales in the 1960s and Chris & P... »

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Shogun Assassin - Uncut At Last
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 30th Oct 2010

Shogun AssassinCensored, banned, bootlegged, mistreated, but ultimately unstoppable, a breathtaking high-definition special edition of Shogun Assassin from Eureka! promises to be the release fans have been waiting for.

Unquestionably the most popular samurai film in the West since the days of Akira Kurosawa, this chanbara classic was lifted from a hugely popular comic book saga and, still wet, transferred glistening to the screen.

After being framed for disloyalty to his clan lord, disgraced ronin Itto Ogami (with three-year-old son Daigoro in tow) travels medieval Japan as the most skilled samurai-for-hire bar none. But as the treachery and obstacles in his latest mission quickly pile up, Ogami is forced to handle it the only way he knows how. A re-scored, re-dubbed reassembly of the first two... »

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Scene From Saw 3d to get you in the mood!
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Friday 29th Oct 2010

Saw 3D PosterIn Saw 3D, the seventh chapter in this record-breaking franchise of fear, a deadly battle rages over Jigsaw's brutal legacy. A group of Jigsaw (Tobin Bell) survivors gathers to seek the support of self-help guru, and fellow survivor, Bobby Dagen (Sean Patrick Flanery). Soon though, the survivors really must help themselves as Dagen's dark secrets unleash a new wave of terror...

The Saw franchise once more sets an industry record by being the first theatrical feature to be shot exclusively on the cutting-edge SI-3D digital camera system. Saw 3D brings the horrifying games of Jigsaw to life like never before, psychologically testing the viewer as Jigsaw does his victims. By adding another sensory dimension to the already overwhelming experience of viewing any ... »

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Saw 2 Game Now Available
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 28th Oct 2010

Saw 2 Game Man In Head PuzzleKonami Digital Entertainment has released a sequel to its popular Saw title for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Saw 2 invites players back into Jigsaw's twisted world, and promises all-new stomach-twisting traps and puzzles, more visceral combat, and an all-new storyline that takes place between the second and third movie. As such, players can delve deeper into the horror and mystery of Jigsaw's terrified subjects.

Developed by Zombie Studios, Saw 2 puts players in the shoes of Detective Tapp’s estranged son Michael, who is trying to understand his father's death. Through a series of seemingly unconnected events, Michael finds himself facing the man responsible for his Father's demise: Jigsaw. As the... »

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November On The Horror Channel
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Thursday 28th Oct 2010

EraserheadWell the nights have drawn in and the frost is a permanent fixture outside. So there's never been a better time to chill yourself even more with the Horror Channel which has more premieres and exclusives this month than you could shake a bloodied ice-pick at.

The main news is that David Lynch comes to the Horror Channel this month and we're showing some of his most memorable and celebrated work. We're also showing a cult classic from Mario Bava, one of the finest revenge movies of recent times and the first film in a franchise that was so different from anything else around at the time it was a global hit. Here's a choice selection of what's being shown but do keep checking the online guide for any last minute changes and other tasty cinematic morsels.

Twin Peaks – Weekda... »

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GZ Issue 61 News
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 26th Oct 2010

Gorezone Issue 61GoreZone Magazine issue 61 has just hit newsstands and is once again filled with features, movie and music reviews and comment on all the latest in horror entertainment. Apart from a rather fetching cover of Bridget Marquardt (and a photo feature with her) it has a look at the ladies of Saw, interviews Patrick Fabian and Marcus Dunstan plus pictorial features of Amelia Kinkade and Victoria Summer.

It also comes with the usual free DVD with a cover price of £3.85.

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Skyline - New Poster
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 25th Oct 2010

Skyline OnesheetLast week we brought you the trailer for Skyline, the new thriller from The Brothers Strause. This week we bring you the new and rather exciting poster which is sitting just to the left of this text. Nice, don’t you think?

The film stars Eric Balfour, David Zayas, Donald Faison, Brittany Daniel Neil Hopkins and newcomers Scottie Thompson and Crystal Reed and promises to be a terrifying journey into our fear of the unknown and a high-velocity, special effects bonanza. Here's what it's all about:

After a late night party, a group of friends are awoken in the dead of the night by an eerie light beaming through the window. Like moths to a flame, the light source is drawing people outside before they suddenly vanish into the air. They soon discover an extraterrestrial force is swal... »

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We Are What We Are To Close Grimm Up North
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 24th Oct 2010
We Are What We Are CoupleThe celebrated cannibal movie We Are What We Are will be the closing flick at this year's Grimm Up North Horror And Sci-Fi Festival.

A middle-aged man dies in the street, leaving his widow and three children destitute. The devastated family is confronted not only with his loss but with a terrible challenge - how to survive. For they are cannibals. They have always existed on a diet of human flesh consumed in bloody ritual ceremonies... and the victims have always been provided by the father. Now that he is gone, who will hunt? Who will lead them? How will they sate their horrific hunger? The task falls to the eldest son, Alfredo, a teenage misfit who seems far from ready to accept the challenge... But without human meat the family will die. S... »

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A Nightmare On Elm Street - Behind The Scenes Featurette
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 23rd Oct 2010

Nightmare On Elm Street Blu ray Pack ShotFreddy Krueger (Jackie Earle Haley) returns to haunt our dreams in the DVD and Blu-ray release of A Nightmare on Elm Street, a contemporary re-imagining of Wes Craven's horror classic. The DVD and Blu-ray editions will feature a whole host of brand new extras taking you behind Freddy's mask and inside the minds of the cast and crew responsible for giving Mr Krueger a bit of a makeover.

A group of suburban teenagers share one common bond: they are all being stalked by Freddy Krueger, a horribly disfigured killer who hunts them in their dreams. As long as they stay awake, they can protect one another...but when they sleep, there is no escape.

Below is a short featurette where some of the cast, (including Hal... »

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More Information On Red Dead Redemption Undead Nightmare Pack
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 23rd Oct 2010

Red Dead Redemption Undead Nightmare LogoUnleashed upon the world of Red Dead Redemption- Undead Nightmare Pack will feature an entirely new mostly single-player campaign that follows John Marston as he tries to find a cure for the highly infectious zombie plague that has spread across the frontier.

In addition to this epic new single-player adventure, the Undead Nightmare Pack also features brand new gameplay mechanics, weapons, zombie animals, mythical creatures and even a brand new secret location. All this, plus some exciting new multiplayer details and much more will be revealed very soon.

The awesome new multiplayer video from the Undead Nightmare Pack (which you ... »

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Let The Right One In To Be Re-Released On DVD And Blu-ray October 25th
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 21st Oct 2010

Let The Right One In New CoverBased on the best-selling novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist, Let The Right One In is a visually arresting look at young love through the eyes of visionary break-through film maker Tomas Alfredson, and provided the inspiration for the new remake Let Me In from Hammer which stars Chloe Moretz from Kick-Ass fame.

Coveted winner of over 40 awards worldwide, director Tomas Alfredson pieces together the film that on its release won some of the world's top film awards. If you're eager to catch the Hollywood remake, this is your chance to remind yourself where the story started.

Twelve year old Oskar is an outsider; struggling to fit in at school and left alone to fend for himself at home whilst his mother works nights. One evening he meets... »

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Remake Of I Spit On Your Grave To Be Released In UK January 2011
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 20th Oct 2010

I Spit On Your Grave Face 2010 Face ShotIn 1978, Meir Zarchi unleashed his low-budget horror film I Spit On Your Grave (originally entitled 'Day Of The Woman') on an unsuspecting world only to see it heavily censored in America, banned outright in numerous countries and then to become one of the most controversial, disturbing and debated films of our time. Now, director Steven R. Monroe revisits Zarchi's cult exploitation classic with a remake that exceeds all expectations and, 32 years on from the original, looks likely to ignite the fires of controversy all over again.

Seeking some peaceful solitude in which to complete her latest novel, Jennifer Hills (brilliantly played by relative newcomer Sarah Butler), a beautiful young writer from the city... »

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The Reef - New Promo Trailer
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 18th Oct 2010

The ReefPremiering at the FrightFest Halloween All-Nighter is Andrew Traucki's true-life shocker The Reef.

For four old friends a week sailing on the Great Barrier Reef should have been a dream come true. But when the vessel capsizes, plunging its human cargo into the depths of the treacherous ocean, that dream turns into a nightmare. What should they do? Stay with the damaged boat that could sink at any moment? Or take their chances and swim for land they hope lies 10 miles away? Seasoned fisherman Warren, fearful of what lies beneath, decides to stay with the wreck, whilst the others take to the open water. They only to learn too late that they are being stalked by a deadly great white shark, just waiting for one member of the desperate team to fall behind.

Taking the audience on a thrilling passage into wil... »

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Grimm Up North Info
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 17th Oct 2010

Grimm Up NorthA feast of horror and sci-fi films are coming to Manchester for this year's Grimm Up North Film Festival between the 28th and 31st October over the Halloween weekend.

This year's festival will be held at Manchester's Dancehouse and Odder Bar and will feature film premieres, special guests, Q&As, seminars, an exclusive sneak peek at upcoming video game Splatterhouse, an exhibition of props and prosthetics from famous movies and the 'Breakout Room' - the place to find those rare hidden gems by up and coming talent.

Opening the festival on Thursday 28th October is a double-bill featuring cinema classic The Last Man On Earth, with live accompaniment from Animat and new Irish horror, Outcast, starring James Nesbitt, Karen Gillan, Therese Bradley and James Cosmo, fo... »

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Scream - Issue 2 Cover Exclusive
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 17th Oct 2010

Scream Issue 2 CoverIssue 2 of the brand new bi-monthly horror magazine Scream will be available to buy from 30th November so we thought we'd share the stand-out cover with you. Inside you'll find articles on Frankenstein, interviews with Puppetmaster director David Schmoeller, Jon and Howard Ford the directors behind The Dead and a report from GrimmFest.

There's also an abundance of DVD and book reviews, a look at Kingdom Of The Spiders and Werewolf Cinema.

For more information on how to buy the magazine click here.

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Holiday from Hell - And Soon The Darkness
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 16th Oct 2010

And Soon The Darkness OnesheetAmber Heard and Odette Yustman star in Anchor Bay's tense new chiller, And Soon The Darkness.

Two girls are on vacation to an exotic village in Argentina. This is a perfect 'girl's getaway' to bask in the sun, shop and flirt with the handsome locals. After a long night of bar-hopping, the girls get into an argument, and Stephanie heads out alone in the morning to cool off. But when she returns, Ellie has disappeared. Finding signs of a struggle, Stephanie fears the worst, and turns to the police for help. But the local authorities have their hands full already - with a string of unsolved kidnappings targeting young female tourists. Skeptical of the sheriff’s competency, she enlists help from Michael (Karl Urban), an American ex-pat staying at t... »

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Halloween Night on the Horror Channel
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Saturday 16th Oct 2010

Deep RedIt's the biggest horror night of the year and the Horror Channel wants you to share it with the master of the macabre, the maestro of the Giallo, the main man in horror, Dario Argento.

Starting at 21:00 we present Argento's very first directorial effort, the stunning but brutal masterpiece, The Bird With The Crystal Plumage. In this chilling murder mystery from 1970, a writer is stalked by a ruthless serial killer when he witnesses an attempt on a woman's life. A box-office hit in Italy this is a classically styled Giallo with sharp performances from Tony Mustante and Suzy Kendall.

Then at 22:55 we travel to 1975, a time when Argento delivered one of his most memorable and imitated movies, Deep Red (pictured). Starring David Hemmings it concern... »

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Skyline - New Trailer
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 14th Oct 2010

Skyline PosterFrom the Brothers Strause, the effects team behind James Cameron's Avatar, comes November's big blockbuster, Skyline courtesy of Momentum, and it looks as if its gaing to be a rather tasty piece of sci-fi cinema.

After a late night party, a group of friends are awoken in the dead of the night by an eerie light beaming through the window. Like moths to a flame, the light source is drawing people outside before they suddenly vanish into the air. They soon discover an extraterrestrial force is swallowing the entire human population off the face of the earth. Now our band of survivors must fight for their lives as the world unravels around them.

Skyline comes to UK cinemas on November 12th and to see how amazing it looks click on the trailer below just re... »

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A Sinister Sunday Of Shock In Glasgow!
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 13th Oct 2010

Herschell Gordon Lewis Doc PosterOn Sunday 24th October fear fans in Scotland will have the chance to attend an all day event of horrific fun - organised by Arrow Films, Cult Labs and High Rising Productions at the Glasgow Film Theatre.

Horror fans will be treated to four frightful features, a quartet of celebrity guests and prize giveaways! Beginning at 12.30pm, the event kicks off with the UK premiere of Frank (Basket Case) Henenlotter's new documentary Herschell Gordon Lewis: The Godfather Of Gore in which the riotous director of Blood Feast and 2000 Maniacs, dubbed the very first "splatter" movies, gives a light hearted look back at his controversial career.

Following this, Arrow Video presents Island Of Death... »

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Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide - New Trailer
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 12th Oct 2010

Video Nasties A Definitive Guide CoverPrepare to be corrupted and depraved once more as Nucleus Films is geared up to release the anticipated DVD, Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide on November 1st. This three-disc set covers one of the most extraordinary eras in the history of British film and for the first time ever on DVD, all 72 films that fell foul of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) are featured with specially filmed intros for each title. Some of the movies covered, such as Toolbox Murders and I Spit On Your Grave have been shown on the Horror Channel. The set also comes with a brand new documentary - Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship And Videotape, directed by Jake ‘Doghouse’ West.

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Scream Magazine - Issue 1 Out Now
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 12th Oct 2010

Scream Issue 1A new bi-monthly magazine dedicated to the ever changing horror entertainment industry has launched and according to its editor is selling fast. Simply entitled Scream the first issue is packed with features including a retrospective on The Wolf Man movies, interviews with Piranha 3D scriptwriter Josh Stolberg and legendary Day Of The Dead star Joe Pilato plus a report on the premiere of Adam Green's stunning old school slasher sequel Hatchet II.

The magazine also boasts The Human Centipede interview, Jaws remembered, a report from the block-busting FrightFest 2010 event, Scream Queens, Umbrage Examined, Monster Pin-Up, Horror Music Explored, Books, Competitions, Industry News, Reviews, Blood, Guts, Gore and More!

For more information »

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Lake Placid 3 - Would You Go Back There?
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 11th Oct 2010

Lake Placid 3 DVD CoverGet ready for a living, feeding nightmare when a swarm of gigantic crocodiles terrorizes a secluded country lake. Yes folks, Lake Placid 3 hits the DVD format on October 25th thanks to Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

When local wildlife is brutally mauled and campers are reduced to carcasses, biologist Nathan Bickerman (Colin Ferguson) knows a voracious predator is on the loose. So does a feisty female hunting guide (Yancy Butler) out for her next trophy. As the body count rises, the local sheriff tries to keep things quiet and keep the tourists coming. But when the horrifying, hulking truth emerges, can anyone stop these cold blooded killers before they claim their next victim?

Lake Placid 3 is billed as a pulse pounding, adrenal... »

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Will this be a dream home for you?
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 9th Oct 2010

Dream Home PosterUncompromising, socially relevant and filled with unexpected twists, Dream Home is a bold departure into the slasher genre for Director Pang Ho-cheung. As one of Hong Kong's most acclaimed young directors and a promising filmmaker in the international circuit, Pang is known for the award-winning Isabella and Exodus. It stars talented actress and rock singer Josie Ho as the lead, as well as Hong Kong actors Eason Chan, Michelle Ye Suen and Lawrence Chou.

When she was a child, Cheng Lai-sheung (Josie Ho) could see Hong Kong's famed Victoria Harbour from her apartment. But as time passed, the old buildings in front of her home were demolished to make way for a huge residential project that now blocks her view. Increasingly disappointed and upset, she vowed to one day save up enough money... »

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The Art Of Hammer - The Book!
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 7th Oct 2010

The Art Of Hammer CoverThe Art of Hammer from Titan Books is the first ever collection of rare and iconic Hammer film posters, with nearly 300 examples drawn from Hammer's own archive and private collections from around the world.

Hammer is almost as well known for the way it promoted its films as for the films themselves. The legendary British production company supported each new release with eye-catching posters that have become classics of their kind. Licensed by Coolabi, fully authorised by Hammer Film Productions Ltd and annotated by acclaimed historian Marcus Hearn, (author of the recent bestseller Hammer Glamour) The Art of Hammer is a testament to the company’s pioneering mastery of film promotion, and a celebration of movie art at its best!»

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Brand New - Interview About Censorship With Allan Bryce
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Wednesday 6th Oct 2010

Allan BryceDuring FrightFest 2010 Jake West premiered his new stunning documentary, Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship And Videotape which forms part of a 3-disc set entitled Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide. Afterwards a team of experts took to the stage to discuss the subject. One of them was Allan Bryce, a man who has written books on such a subject and was editor of Dark Side Magazine for two decades. Here he discusses the subject of video nasties as well as his opinion on censorship.

HC: Have you always been a big fan of horror cinema?

AB: Yes, I guess because when I was growing up in the 60s my imagination was stimulated by shows like The Outer Limits and The Twilight Zone and parti... »

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Saw 3D Fast Pass
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 6th Oct 2010

Saw 3D PosterTo celebrate the release of Saw 3D on October 28th Lionsgate have 1000 2 for 1 fast track passes for the nerve-shredding Saw - The Ride (the world's first horror themed rollercoaster) at Thorpe Park to give away.

Simply click on www.saw3doffer.co.uk and enter the code (940102) into the box to redeem.

In Saw 3D, the seventh chapter in this record-breaking franchise of fear, a deadly battle rages over Jigsaw's brutal legacy. A group of Jigsaw (Tobin Bell) survivors gathers to seek the support of self-help guru, and fellow survivor, Bobby Dagen (Sean Patrick Flanery). Soon though, the survivors really must help themselves as Dagen's dark secrets unleash a new wave of terror...

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A Thank You To Our Facebook Fans - Night Of The Demons
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Tuesday 5th Oct 2010

Night OfThe Demons CoverThe 1988 cult classic Night Of The Demons has been remade by Autopsy director Adam Geirasch and it stars Shannon Elizabeth, Edward Furlong and Monica Keena. It comes to DVD and Blu-ray on October 11th and we have 5 copies of this new version on DVD to giveaway to our Facebook Fans. All fans over 18 will be eligible, so join our Horror Channel Facebook Army and 5 will be chosen at random to receive a DVD. This giveaway closes on October 15th.

Maddie Curtis (Keena) and her friends Lily and Suzanne are ready for a great Halloween night. They’re going to a party thrown by their friend Angela (Elizabeth) at the notorious Broussard Mansion in New Orleans. Over eighty years ago, six people disappeared from the mansion without a trace – and t... »

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Burke & Hare - New Trailer
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 5th Oct 2010

Burke & Hare PosterBurke & Hare is a comedic take on the true story of the 1828 Edinburgh body-snatchers William Burke (Simon Pegg) and William Hare (Andy Serkis). These two Irish entrepreneurs, spurred on by a chance meeting with a gorgeous actress (Isla Fisher), discover that a dead body can fetch a hefty price when the demands of the leading medical professors Dr. Knox (Tom Wilkinson) and Dr. Monroe (Tim Curry) reach beyond that of the local supply.

Directed by John Landis (his first movie to be shot in the UK for years) and with a supporting cast that includes Jessica Hynes and Ronnie Corbett it hits screens on October 29th. Click below for the trailer.

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Splatter - Episode 2 Now Online
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Monday 4th Oct 2010

SplatterJoe Dante's blood-drenched series Splatter has hit the Horror Channel and it's a killer of an interactive event. Episode 2 is now online and here viewers get to see Fiona, the first person to be voted out of the series, being bumped off!

The series continues each Friday and Saturday with voting finishing on the following Wednesday. You are in charge of the murderous mayhem. Log on to www.horrorchannel.co.uk/splatter now, watch Episode 2 and cast your vote, you don't know whose life will depend on it!

WARNING: This video contains disturbing content and is not suitable for those with a sensitive disposition or anyone under 18 years of age.

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Night Of The Demons - 2009 Style!
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 3rd Oct 2010

Night OfThe Demons CoverThe 1988 cult classic Night Of The Demons has been remade by Autopsy director Adam Geirasch and this new version stars Shannon Elizabeth, Edward Furlong and Monica Keena.

Maddie Curtis (Keena) and her friends Lily and Suzanne are ready for a great Halloween night. They're going to a party thrown by their friend Angela (Elizabeth) at the notorious Broussard Mansion in New Orleans. Over eighty years ago, six people disappeared from the mansion without a trace - and the owner, Evangeline Broussard, hung herself. Angela, Maddie, Lily, Jason, Dex, Colin (Furlong) and Suzanne are left alone in the mansion when police bust up the party. Their cell phones don't work and the mansion gates are now mysteriously locked. The group soon discover that the Broussard Mans... »

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Day Of The Undead 2010 Event News
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 3rd Oct 2010

Day of the Undead flyerDay Of The Undead 2010 - the UK Festival of Zombie Culture comes Phoenix Square, Leicester on November 13th.

This years Day Of The Undead promises to be even bigger, better and bloodier than last years, with a celebration of Zombie Films, Book and Games from around the World. The organisers of this apocalyptic gathering, Terror4fun, are proud to announce the return of the 3 Minute Zombie Challenge, where digital undead can be slain on a cinema screen and truly spectacular prizes can be won...

The event is not just an excuse to show some regular horror films, they are showing a mixture of classic zombie, modern and rare foreign zombie films to cater to all fans of the genre. Guests include Sean Page, author of The Official Zombie Handbook an... »

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Halloween - FrightFest Style
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 2nd Oct 2010

ChooseRevenge Japanese style, American psychos, sharks, cannibal girls and a Finnish nightmare before Christmas - it can only be Film4 FrightFest's Halloween all-nighter event - taking place this year at the Empire Cinema 2, Leicester Square on Saturday October 30, 2010.

A fantastic line-up of world or UK premieres, sneak previews and a Retro Classic to scare you, dazzle you, make you jump and creep you out.

Kicking things at 6pm in spectacular fashion we have one of the best films of the year - Japan’s official Oscar contender Confessions. This twisted revenge saga, directed by Kamikaze Girls Tetsuya Nakashima will take your breath away. Not since Park Chan-Wook’s Vengeance trilogy has the psychological warfare of crime and punishment been so brilliantly or elegantly brought to stark life. ... »

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Red Dead Redemption - Undead Style!
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 2nd Oct 2010

Red Dead Redemption PosterUnleashed upon the world of Red Dead Redemption, the Undead Nightmare Pack will feature an entirely new mostly single-player campaign that follows John Marston as he tries to find a cure for the highly infectious zombie plague that has spread across the frontier.

In addition to this epic new single-player adventure, the Undead Nightmare Pack also features brand new gameplay mechanics, weapons, zombie animals, mythical creatures and even a brand new secret location. All this, plus some exciting new multiplayer details and much more will be revealed very soon.

The brilliant new Undead Nightmare teaser trailer is below and has been billed as the last DLC pack for Red Dead Redempt... »

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Splatter - Who Has Been Chosen To Die First?
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Friday 1st Oct 2010

Splatter FionaWell the votes have been counted and the results are in. The first person to meet a grisly demise in our brand new interactive series Splatter is Fiona!

Now who do you want to see come to a sticky end next, Spencer or Mortis? It's totally up to you so tune in on Friday or Saturday at 22:55 and watch Episode 2, then cast your vote by clicking here.

You can also use the link above to watch Episode 1 but be warned this video contains disturbing content and is not suitable for those with a sensitive disposition or anyone under 18 years of age.

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Resident Evil Now In 3 Dimensions!
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 29th Sep 2010

Resident Evil The Mercenaries 3DSet in the Resident Evil universe, Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D promises to deliver relentless action with players competing against the clock to defeat as many enemies as possible in a fixed time. Featuring Mercenaries missions from Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil 5, now fully realised in stunning 3D, Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D will add brand new modes and well known characters from the series to enrich and extend the Mercenaries experience. Furthermore, the title will take advantage of the Nintendo 3DS' WiFi Connectivity, allowing players from around the world to join forces in co-op gameplay, regardless of location.

More news as and when we get it and keep checking this ... »

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A Nightmare On Elm Street 2010 Comes to the Digital Formats
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 29th Sep 2010

Nightmare On Elm Street Blu ray Pack ShotFreddy Krueger (Jackie Earle Haley) returns to haunt our dreams in the DVD and Blu-ray release of A Nightmare on Elm Street, a contemporary re-imagining of Wes Craven's horror classic. The DVD and Blu-ray editions will feature a whole host of brand new extras taking you behind Freddy's mask and inside the minds of the cast and crew responsible for giving Mr Krueger a bit of a makeover.

A group of suburban teenagers share one common bond: they are all being stalked by Freddy Krueger, a horribly disfigured killer who hunts them in their dreams. As long as they stay awake, they can protect one another...but when they sleep, there is no escape.

A Nightmare On Elm Street hits D... »

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Let Me In - New Poster
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 28th Sep 2010

Let Me In QuadHammer Films' interpretation of the bestsselling Swedish novel Lat den Ratte Komma (Let The Right One In) by John Ajvide Lindqvist, and the highly-acclaimed film of the same name, will arrive at UK screens November 5th. The original film was a huge hit and I have said before I hope Hammer can capture the main themes of loneliness and adolescent heartache in the same subtle way.

Chloe Grace Moretz stars as Abby, a secretive 12-year old girl, who moves next door to Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee). Owen is a social outcast who is viciously bullied at school and in his loneliness, forms a profound bond with his new neighbour. Owen can’t help noticing that Abby is like no one he has ever met before. As a string of grisly murders occupy the town, Owen has to confront the reality that this seemingly innocent girl ... »

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Classic Audio Titles In Time For Halloween
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 27th Sep 2010

The Price Of Fear CoverThe nights are drawing in and with Halloween just around the corner AudioGO have a little treat for lovers of classic horror. They are releasing three Classic Radio Horror titles; Appointment With Fear, Dracula and The Price Of Fear onto CD and to download with each drawing on the wealth of fantastic horror dramas and anthologies in the BBC Radio archives.

Appointment With Fear ran for a total of ten series between 1943 and 1955, with Valentine Dyall – The Man in Black – introducing nine of them. The four episodes on this CD are the only ones which survive in the BBC archive: The Pit and the Pendulum by Edgar Allen Poe, The Speaking Clock by John Dickson Carr, The Clock Strikes Eight by John Dickson Carr, and The Deep Shud... »

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Splatter - Episode 1 Now Online!
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 27th Sep 2010

SplatterJoe Dante's blood-drenched series Splatter has hit the Horror Channel and its a killer of an interactive event. And now you can view the very first episode online! Each episode has multiple endings giving the audience the chance to vote via the Horror Channel website on who they want to see killed next. You are in charge of the murderous mayhem. Starring cult favourite Corey Feldman alongside Tony Todd and produced by the legendary Roger Corman, Splatter is an intelligent new avenue of horror entertainment that really does involve the audience.

Splatter will be showing each Friday and Saturday with voting finishing on the following Wednesday.

Log on to »

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Journalist Alan Jones Chats About Dario Argento
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Sunday 26th Sep 2010

Alan Jones by Steven HurstAlan Jones is one of the most respected journalists around today. His work has appeared in far too many magazines to list here, he is also one of the four organisers of the legendary FrightFest movies events and is a leading authority on the work of Dario Argento. Alan will be on the Horror Channel introducing the movies in our Dario Argento season during October so we decided to chat with Alan as to why Argento's work is so important and why he loves the work of this Italian director. (photo of Alan Jones by Steven Hurst)


HC: When were you first exposed to Argento's work?

AJ: I'm very lucky in that I’ve seen every Argento film in sequence and in the cinema. Being a horror fan ever ... »

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You Decide Who Dies - Splatter on The Horror Channel
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Sunday 26th Sep 2010

SplatterJoe Dante's blood-drenched series Splatter has hit the Horror Channel and its a killer of an interactive event. Each episode has multiple endings giving the audience the chance to vote via the Horror Channel website on who they want to see killed next. You are in charge of the murderous mayhem. Starring cult favourite Corey Feldman alongside Tony Todd and produced by the legendary Roger Corman, Splatter is an intelligent new avenue of horror entertainment that really does involve the audience.

Splatter will be showing each Friday and Saturday with voting finishing on the following Wednesday. So tune in then log on to www.horrorchannel.co.uk/splatter<... »

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Monsters Delayed Until December 3rd
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 25th Sep 2010

Monsters Quad PosterOne of the biggest hits of this years at FrightFest was Gareth Edwards' Monsters. This road movie/creature feature made an impact on the audience but its release date has been pushed back until December 3rd.

Six years ago NASA discovered the possibility of alien life within our solar system. A probe was launched to collect samples, but crashed upon re-entry over Central America. Soon after, new life forms began to appear there and half of Mexico was quarantined as an INFECTED ZONE. Today, the American and Mexican military still struggle to contain 'the creatures'... Our story begins when a US journalist agrees to escort a shaken American tourist through the infected zone in Mexico to the safety of the US border.

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Boobs, Blood and the Undead - Big T*ts Zombie DVD News
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 23rd Sep 2010

Big Tit Zombie 3D CoverZombie Strippers meets The Evil Dead Japanese style in Big Tits Zombie, an insane horror/comedy that delivers everything the title promises and much, much and all in eye-popping old school 3D! Written and directed by Takao Nakano, Big Tits Zombie is based on Rei Mikamoto's infamous manga, 'Kyonyu Dragon', and stars Japanese porn idols Sola Aoi and Risa Kasumi, the hugely popular pin-up model, Mari Sakurai, and controversial comedian, Minoru Torihada.

Recently returned to Japan from a stint in Mexico, exotic dancer Lena Jodo (Aoi) gets what she hopes will be a temporary gig dancing at a run-down hot springs resort in a deserted suburban town. Her fellow strippers – Ginko (Kasumi), Maria (Sakuri), Nene (Tamayo) and Dana (Io... »

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I Spit On Your Grave (1978) Release Banned In Ireland
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 22nd Sep 2010

I Spit On Your Grave Combi PackThe Irish Film Classification Office (IFCO) has banned the DVD re-release of the highly controversial 1978 horror film I Spit On Your Grave. UK fans of the infamous cult film, originally released under the name Day of the Woman in 1978 and later re-titled to I Spit on Your Grave, will be able to purchase the ultimate collector's edition on DVD and Blu-ray as of this week. However Irish fans of the cult video nasty will be prohibited from purchasing locally.

The decision to ban the DVD re-release of the cult film was due to the film depicting "acts of gross violence and cruelty (including mutilation and torture) towards humans." The film has gained a reputation as an extremely graphic and violent film as well... »

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GoreZone International Film Festival - Update
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 22nd Sep 2010

GZ Logo SmallThe third annual Gorezone International Film Festival hits London on October 2nd and 3rd at the prestigious Prince Charles Cinema on Leicester Square. The festival contains 13 film premieres over 2 days as well as live acts. The event will be hosted by the Horror Channel’s Emily Booth and Scream Queen Christa Campbell, star of such movies as 2001 Maniacs: Field Of Screams and Day Of The Dead (2008). This year will also feature GZ's first live awards ceremony with the results, as voted by GZ readers, for such titles as:-

Best Horror Film of 2010
Best British Horror of 2010
Best Thriller of 2010
Best Horror Director of 2010
Best Horror Soundtrack of 2010
Best Distribution Company of 2010
Best G... »

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Panic Button - Production Shots
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 21st Sep 2010

Panic Button KnifePanic Button is shooting now in Wales with director Chris Crow at the helm. Crow made his feature debut with horror/thriller Devil's Bridge in 2009 and reunites with DOP Simon Poulter for this new Brit-shocker. John Shackleton and David Shillitoe are producing for Movie Mogul Films, with support from Film Agency Wales. The screenplay has been written by writer/director Frazer Lee (On Edge, Red Lines and Simone) and in the editor's chair is Mark Talbot-Butler (Exam).

Panic Button Chair Scream

Four young people wi... »

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Slavis - New Free Download From Garry Charles
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 21st Sep 2010

Slavis CoverLast year we reported that UK horror writer Garry Charles was giving away his novel, Death Tide as free a download. It seems the generous offer worked as it has been picked up by US indie press Skullvines Press for a print release alongside another tale of terror entitled Tranquillity.

But do not fear as Charles has replaced Death Tide with a new title designed to scare you senseless. Slavis tells the tale of a demon resurrection upon the site of an archaeological dig and a Police Officer's quest to find the people behind the death of his estranged family. As usual expect plenty of the red stuff dripping from the pages and the action level to equal that of the gore as Charles proves yet again why he is quickly becoming the UK's Horror Supremo.

For more information... »

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Dario Argento On The Horror Channel This October
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Monday 20th Sep 2010

The Bird With The Crystal PlumageIt's nearly October, the time of pumpkins, ghosts and Dario Argento! Yes folks, the Horror Channel is celebrating this Halloween in blood-splattered style with a season of Dario Argento's finest work. All start at 22:55 but do keep checking the online guide for any last minute changes.

October 1st - The Bird With The Crystal Plumage
Harking back to 1970 this was Argento's directorial debut and signalled exactly where his work would take him. In this chilling murder mystery a writer is stalked by a ruthless serial killer when he witnesses an attempt on a woman's life. A box-office hit in Italy this is a classically styled Giallo with sharp performances from Tony Mustante and Suzy Kendall.

October 8t... »

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Army Of The Dead - Facebook Giveaway
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Saturday 18th Sep 2010

Army Of The DeadDescribed as a fantastic mix of Indiana Jones movies, Mars Attacks and Jason And The Argonauts, Army Of The Dead has just arrived on DVD and in it you'll discover that you should never trust a skeleton with a machine gun!

In 1590, a powerful Conquistador, Coronado, ordered a thousand of his most fearsome soldiers to find the legendary El Dorado - the lost city of gold. These men were never to return. Now, 400 years later, an adventurous archeology professor and his students are exploring Mexico’s Baja Peninsula and unwittingly wake a long dormant curse. Confronted by Coronado's long lost army - now a militia of skeleton warriors - the group find themselves in a life or death battle. But, how do you kill an army that is already dead?

We have 3 copies ... »

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Predators Gets Action-Packed Blu-ray Release
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 18th Sep 2010

Predators Blu-ray coverPredators is coming to DVD and Blu-ray November 1st. The High-definition BD release is armed with all-new special features laser targeted to bring viewers deeper into the Predator universe. Leading the pack is a series of new and exclusive prequel motion comics that go beyond the movie and deliver a truly one-of-a kind Predators experience. In addition this Blu-ray harnesses the power of BD Live to take you deeper into the killer franchise with exclusive Predators content and interactive entertainment.

Starring Adrien Brody as Royce and Alice Braga, with Danny Trejo, Laurence Fishburne and Topher Grace, Robert Rodriguez's reboot of the classic Predator franchise gained much praise from fans of this cinematic favourite. If focuses on a team of elite k... »

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Frozen - Ready To Chill You From September 24th
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Friday 17th Sep 2010

Frozen The Movie Hand ImageAdam Green's Frozen is coming to UK cinema screens on September 24th. Starring Shawn Ashmore, Kevin Zegers and Emma Bell as a trio of twenty-somethings the film has been hailed as one of the finest chillers of the year.

Best friends Joe Lynch (Ashmore) and Dan Walker (Zegers), plus Dan's girlfriend Parker O'Neil (Bell) are hoping to spend some quality time skiing and snowboarding in the picturesque resort of Mount Holliston. But a typical day on the slopes turns into a chilling nightmare when they find themselves unexpectedly stranded on a chairlift shortly after the ski resort closes for the week. Unknowingly left dangling high above the ground and with no apparent safe way down as night begins to set in, with increasing panic they soon realize... »

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Saw 3D - New Poster And Trailer
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 16th Sep 2010

Saw 3D PosterSaw 3D, the seventh chapter in this record-breaking franchise of fear, a deadly battle rages over Jigsaw's brutal legacy. A group of Jigsaw (Tobin Bell) survivors gathers to seek the support of self-help guru, and fellow survivor, Bobby Dagen (Sean Patrick Flanery). Soon though, the survivors really must help themselves as Dagen's dark secrets unleash a new wave of terror...

The Saw franchise; once more sets an industry record by being the first theatrical feature to be shot exclusively on the cutting-edge SI-3D digital camera system. Saw 3D brings the horrifying games of Jigsaw to life like never before, psychologically testing the viewer as Jigsaw does his victims. By adding another sensory dimension to the already overwhelming experience of viewing any S... »

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Director's Night Interview - Paul Davis
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Wednesday 15th Sep 2010

Paul Davis HeadshotWe first met Paul Davis last year when his acclaimed documentary Beware The Moon: Remembering An American Werewolf In London was shown at FrightFest. This month he’s introducing three movies as part of Horror Channel’s Directors Night strand. We caught up with this very busy guy to talk about his perfect documentary and his plans for the future.

HC: Were you surprised by the incredibly positive reaction from the crowd when your documentary played at FrightFest?

PD: Absolutely. It being my first film I really had no comprehension as to what to expect. I knew we at the right place for it to be unveiled and thankfully everyone seemed to really dig it and more importantly got that we were genuine in our intentions to mak... »

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More Blu-ray news - The Evil Dead Due in October!
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 14th Sep 2010

The Evil Dead Blu-ray CoverFeaturing digitally re-mastered high definition picture and sound, plus hours of innovative new bonus features, The Evil Dead finally makes it to Blu-ray on October 11th.. According to the PR people this is the ultimate way for fans old and new; good and evil; alive and un-dead to experience this groundbreaking horror favourite!

Before conquering the global box office with his smash hit Spider-Man series, director Sam Raimi changed the face of horror with this spine-tingling tale of a group of college students facing off against forces of evil at an isolated cabin. At the time of its release, legendary horror author Stephen King called The Evil Dead "the most ferociously original horror film of the year.."

Five M... »

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Eclipse To Hit DVD and Blu-ray December 6th
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 14th Sep 2010

Twilight Saga Eclispse 3D Blu-ray PackshotWith a box office of over £29.5 million it is the biggest single format release of 2010 so far and has exceeded both its predecessors in the series. Now The Twilight Saga: Eclipse is coming to DVD and Blu-ray on December 6th 2010.

The third film in the series based on Stephenie Meyer's blockbuster book series, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse contains passion, action and suspense as Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger as Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob knowing that her decision has the potenti... »

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Horror Channel FrightFest 2010 Video Reports
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Frightfest, Saturday 11th Sep 2010

FrightFest 2010 Brochure Cover
As you know Horror Channel was at FrightFest 2010 and each day we brought you exclusive Blogs and Video Reports which captured the buzz and excitement of this suprb event.

Below are the five Video Reports that Emily Booth and the team produced. So look out for Tobe Hooper, the cast of 13HRS, Monsters director Gareth Edwards, Twilight's Xavier Samuel, Kane Hodder, Tony Toddd and many more. Let us know what you think and if you didn't make it tell us which movies you're looking forward to seeing over the next few months which were premiered at FrightFest 2010.

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Let Me In - New Trailer and Release Date
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 11th Sep 2010

Let Me In PosterLet Me In, Hammer Films' interpretation of the bestsselling Swedish novel Lat den Ratte Komma (Let The Right One In) by John Ajvide Lindqvist, and the highly-acclaimed film of the same name, will arrive at UK screens November 5th. The original film was a huge hit and I have said before I hope Hammer can capture the main themes of loneliness and adolescent heartache in the same subtle way.

Chloe Grace Moretz stars as Abby, a secretive 12-year old girl, who moves next door to Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee). Owen is a social outcast who is viciously bullied at school and in his loneliness, forms a profound bond with his new neighbour. Owen can’t help noticing that Abby is like no one he has ever met before. As a string of grisly murders occupy the town, Owen has to confront the... »

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GoreZone Issue 60 Details
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 11th Sep 2010

GoreZone Cover Issue 60The new issue of GoreZone Magazine has just hit the stands. It features pictorials on Riley Steele and Jesse Metcalfe, as well as features on Night of the Demons (2010), XII, and Groupie, plus columns by Morrigan Hel, Suzi Lorraine, Horror Channel's Emily Booth, Nigel Wingrove, Christa Campbell, and the usual collection of DVD and Games reviews. It also comes with another free Movie Massacre DVD on its cover.

Price is £3.85.

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Dead Rising 2: Case Zero Breaks Records
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 9th Sep 2010

Dead Rising 2 LogoCapcom has announced that its recently released downloadable title, Dead Rising 2: Case Zero, has broken all records on Xbox LIVE with the best week one unit sales in the history of all content distributed through Xbox LIVE Arcade.

This prologue to the highly--anticipated Dead Rising 2, Dead Rising 2: Case Zero, launched last week as a unique piece of downloadable content exclusively for Xbox LIVE Arcade. A standalone title that helps bridge the gap between the original Dead Rising and the soon-to-be-released Dead Rising 2, it allows fans a taste of the new Dead Rising world on Xbox 360. The unique prologue experience gives gamers a glimpse of what's to come in Dead Rising 2... »

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Shock Horror Magazine Unveils Issue 2 Cover!
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 8th Sep 2010

Shock Horror Issue 2UK Horror magazine Shock Horror recently unveiled their cover for the Halloween Edition on sale early October. Issue 2 includes:

Interview with Tim Sullivan on 2001 Maniacs: Field of Screams/Scream Queens, Interview with Ashlynn Yennie on The Human Centipede, a retrospective on Horror Icon Christopher Lee, UK Indie, Arrow Video article, video nasties, DVD reviews and much much more!

Shock Horror Magazine Issue 1 is on sale now via www.shockhorrormagazine.com

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Will These Vampires Suck?
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 7th Sep 2010

Vampires Suck One SheetIf you feel that the Twilight Saga, True Blood, The Vampire Diaries etc are starting to lack bite then 20th Century Fox think that they may have the perfect antidote for you, Vampires Suck. As you may have guessed this is a spoof of the recent coffin-load of vampire-themed movies delivered in the same style as the recent spoof films Date Movie, Epic Movie and Meet The Spartans. Hardly surprising as it’s directed by the team behind those box-office hits.

Vampires Suck finds teenager Becca torn between two boys. As she and her friends wrestle with a number of different dramas, everything comes to a head at their prom.

With such an obvious title will it score with horror fans? Fin... »

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Buried - Final Poster And Trailer
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 6th Sep 2010

Buried One SheetBuried, the critically acclaimed new shocker from Lions Gate comes to UK cinemas on September 29th. The final full-length trailer is below but first, here's what it's all about:

Paul Conroy is not ready to die. But when he wakes up 6 feet underground with no idea of who put him there or why, life for the truck driver and family man instantly becomes a hellish struggle for survival. Buried with only a cell phone and a lighter, his contact with the outside world and ability to piece together clues that could help him discover his location are maddeningly limited. Poor reception, a rapidly draining battery and a dwindling oxygen supply become his worst enemies in a tightly confined race against time - fighting panic, despair and delirium, Paul has only 90 minutes to be rescued.

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Brand New - Exclusive Interview With Director Simon Rumley
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Monday 6th Sep 2010

Frightfest Simon RumleySimon Rumley came to prominence in 2006 when his sinister chiller The Living And The Dead played at FrightFest. Raw and truly original it captivated the audience with its sombre tone and top drawer cast. He returned to FrightFest this year with his latest movie, another hard-hitting dramatic piece called Red, White & Blue so we decided to chat to him about his work and where the idea for the movie came from.

HC: You were last at FrightFest with your film The Living And The Dead, do you think you've changed as a director since then?

SR: Well that's an interesting question since although people seem to think I'm quite prolific, I didn't direct anything during this period. I did a lot of trave... »

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I Spit On Your Grave - Original To Get Re-Released
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 4th Sep 2010

I Spit On Your Grave Combi PackYou may recall the UK premiere of the remake of I Spit On Your Grave was sponsored by the Horror Channel at this year's FrightFest and was met with an incredible reception. Well the original version of this raw and uncompromising cult shocker is being released onto DVD and a special DVD and Blu-ray Combi Pack on September 20th. This ultimate revenge film is being packaged with a load of extras including a copy of the classic poster, director's commentary and a booklet full of film articles. More importantly this edition contains footage never before seen in the UK.

Originally titled Day of the Woman, I Spit On Your Grave has gained a reputation as an extremely graphic and violent film, as wel... »

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FrightFest 2010 - The Ultimate Round Up
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Friday 3rd Sep 2010
FrightFest 2010 Brochure CoverWell FrightFest 2010 has been and gone but the many, many happy memories of films filled with chills and the unique camaraderie will linger on. Here are the choicest cuts:

It kicked of in great style, the World Premiere of Adam Green's Hatchet II, a wild and energetic sequel to one of the most perfectly formed slasher movies made. Green is an intelligent director who uses his inner horror fanboy out every now and again to deliver some deliciously over-the-top set pieces. Hatchet II was everything we wanted and more and didn't disappoint the FrighFest crowd and neither did the members of the cast who had travelled with him. Danielle Harris, Tony Todd and Kane Hodder seemed over whelmed by the warm welcome they... »

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Brand New - Exclusive Interview With Jon And Howard Ford Directors Of The Dead
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Thursday 2nd Sep 2010

FrightFest Jon And Howard FordHoward and Jon Ford brought their movie The Dead to FrightFest 2010 and it played to a very appreciative crowd. Its an intelligent and apocalyptic zombie movie, taking this well plundered genre to new heights. Horror Channel had the chance to speak to these rising stars about their movie and what inspired them to make it.

HC: Did you and your brother always want to work in the film industry?

Jon: Interesting question. The very term film industry implies a sausages factory mentality which I think is the problem with most movies. The Dead has been made from the heart rather than the pocket, a very rare thing these days. So in answe... »

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A thank you to our Facebook Fans
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 2nd Sep 2010

Hunter Prey CoverIf you like your horror movies to have a sci-fi edge to them then look out for Hunter Prey which hits shelves on September 6th. We have 3 copies of this action-packed DVD to give away for our Facebook fans.

All fans over 18 will be eligible so join our Horror Channel Facebook Army and 3 fans will be chosen at random to receive a DVD. This giveaway closes on September 10th.

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CUT Competition 2010 - And The Winner Is...
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 2nd Sep 2010
CUT Competition 2010 Winner Paul Shrimpton This year, the Horror Channel Short Movie Competition CUT! received an amazing amount of entries all of which proved that Britain boasts the most inventive horror movie makers in the world. Horror movie making is a cut-throat business and the Horror Channel is proud to be championing new talent.

We had so many different genres covered, from comedy horror to urban terror, from woodland chases to terrifying torture. So many in fact that the judges had an incredibly difficult time in deciding on the winner, but there can only be one. All of them decided that Paul Shrimpton's piece Teleportal was the strongest in both execution and story. Paul, a postman from North Yorkshire has now don... »

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After.Life - Trailer
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 1st Sep 2010

After LifeAfter.Life promises to be a unique psychological thriller set in a funeral parlor where nothing is as it seems. Featuring Christina Ricci, Liam Neeson and Justin Long its out to on DVD and Blu-ray 6 September from Anchor Bay.

After a horrific car accident, Anna (Christina Ricci) wakes up to find the local funeral director Eliot Deacon (Liam Neeson) preparing her body for her funeral. Confused, terrified and feeling still very much alive, Anna doesn’t believe she’s dead, despite the funeral director’s reassurances that she is merely in transition to the afterlife. Eliot convinces her he has the ability to communicate with the dead and is the only one who can help her. Trapped inside the funeral home, with nobody to turn to except Eliot, Anna is forced to face her deepest fears and accept her own deat... »

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Horror Channel At FrightFest Video Report - Day 5
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Tuesday 31st Aug 2010

Emily Booth brings you the finest pieces from FrightFest Day 5 including chats with The Dead directors Jon Ford and Howard J Ford and stars of the movie Prince David Osei and Rob Freeman plus director Daniel Stamm, producer Eli Roth and actress Ashley Bell from the movie The Last Exorcism.

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The Last Picture Show
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Tuesday 31st Aug 2010

FrightFest The Last Exorcism PosterSimon Rumley's Red, White & Blue achieved some acclaim from FrightFest goers. Retaining his uncanny eye for realism and character depth the film and is fronted by two stunning central performances from Noah Taylor and Amanda Fuller. Raw and at times very real its a story of lost dreams, brutal emotions and lost people.

As you can imagine the Empire cinema was buzzing with anticipation waiting to see the number one movie in America at the moment, the Eli Roth produced possession flick, The Last Exorcism. This "not as bloody as you'd think it would be" movie entertained and enthralled and used suggestion and imigary to unease the audience with its much hyped Blair Witch style camera... »

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Horror Channel At Frightfest Video Report - Day 4
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Monday 30th Aug 2010

Emily BoothHorror Channel's very own Emily Booth delivers another video report from FrightFest 2010. Here she chats to Andy Nyman, the cast of The Loved Ones and director of A Serbian Film, Srdjan Spasojevic.

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From fields of fear to streets of danger
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Monday 30th Aug 2010

FrightFest The Last Exorcism BedBedevilled continued the festival's theme of strong women characters with a convincing performance from Seo Young-hee playing a girl who has suffered at the hands of the locals of the island. A bit slow to start off with the film eventually entered a strong and emotional final 45-minutes that mixed the traditional revenge movie "pay offs" with an anger and pain that wasn't exploited too much.

Director Jang Cheol-soo uses the stunning location to emphasise the plight and the claustrophobia the main character is experiencing and helps ground it in a brutal reality. A movie I didn't expect to enjoy but really pleased I caught it.

Well the Empire is buzzing with excitement for the arrival of The Last Exorcism (... »

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Yet more shambling!
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Monday 30th Aug 2010

FrightFest BedevilledJust sat through a preview of a new horror series coming from 20th Century Fox, The Walking Dead. Based on the comic book of the same name it's being brought to life (if you pardon the pun) by acclaimed director Frank Darabont it looks very raw and real and doesn’t seem as if it will shirk from showing the red stuff. It comes to the UK this November.

South Korea is our next destination and Jang Cheol-soo’s Bedevilled. It concerns two different women whose lives merge into a bloody tale of friendship and revenge. Not heard much about this yet so going to see if its as god as people say it is.

By the way have you seen our video reports y... »

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Shambling out of Africa
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Monday 30th Aug 2010

Fright Fest10 The DeadJake West's superb documentary Video Nasties: Moral Panic and Censorship played to a very appreciative audience. This well balanced and incredibly detailed account of the video nasty era interviewed people from both sides of the argument. The debate which followed also provided some decent food for thought.

To read an interview with Jake click here.

Directors Howard J. Ford and Jon Ford have brought their startling zombie movie The Dead to FrightFest. This incredibly bleak but stunning movie takes the zombie genre into a new and very real place and the African location looks simply stunning. I can’t wait... »

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Brand New - Exclusive Interview With Director Jake West
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Monday 30th Aug 2010

Danny Dyer and Jake West - Doghouse setJake West is one the most talked about directors in the UK today. His movies Doghouse and Evil Aliens are fan favourites and this man of many talents also finds time to run a DVD label named Nucleous. At FrightFest 2010 Jake brought with him his documentary, Video Nasties: Moral Panic and Censorship which charts the era in the UK that saw the birth of the video nasty. We chatted to Jake about this and his memories of the time.

HC: Can you recall the first "video nasty" that you saw?

JW: Yes the first nasty I saw was The Evil Dead. It was a big deal as a teenager because everybody was talking about how amazing it was.

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Do you remember this era?
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Monday 30th Aug 2010

Video Nasties A Definitive Guide CoverDay 5 of FrightFest promises to be a day of anticipation and reflection.. We have an in-depth documentary, the undead in Africa, South Korean shocks, three lives bound by blood and satanic possession.

First up is the World premiere of Jake West’s documentary Video Nasties: Moral Panic and Censorship. This covers one of the most talked periods of home video history, namely that of the censorship measures drafted in to classify home video viewing. This will then be included on the 3 Disc DVD set Video Nasties – The Definitive Guide which is released on Oct 11th from Nucleus films. Following the doc there will be a celebrity panel discussion about this subject.

An intervi... »
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Wow! That was loud!
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Monday 30th Aug 2010

FrightFest Dead By Dawn PosterWell the announcement from Adam Green and Joe Lynch was that they are working on an anthology movie called Chillarama with directors Tim Sullivan and Adam Rifkin. Set in the classic style American movie drive-in it sounds like and amazing piece. Adam's segment, The Diary Of Anne Frankenstein was due to be shown but due to technical fault it didn't. Luckily it played after the "surprise movie" and was an amazing experience. Think of 1940s Universal monster mash meets biting satire and you get the message.

Anyway, Damned By Dawn an Australian shocker that has traditional horror movie roots and harks back to the classic fright flicks of the early 80s and was a great experience. A girl takes her new boyfri... »

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Horror Channel At Frightfest Video Report - Day 3
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Sunday 29th Aug 2010

Emily Booth BladesHorror Channel's delicious Diva Emily Booth delivers the finest pieces from FrightFest Day 3 in this exclusive video report.

(Picture of Emily www.beckphotographic.com)

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Somos lo que somos con un poco de dejar el correcto entrar
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Sunday 29th Aug 2010

FrightFest We Are What We AreThere's been a lot of strong female characters at FrightFest 2010 none more so than the mother in Jorge Michel Grau's We Are What We Are (Somos lo que hay). This kitchen sink cannibal movie from Mexico centers on a family of longpig eaters and how they cope when their father, leader of their family dies. A fight for control ensues as to who should now find their food. The two brothers and sister try to obey their mother but the boys battle to prove themselves.

Not as straight forward as it seems it adds subtle plotlines dissecting sexuality and family hierarchy. The dominant mother is determined their blood rituals must continue and her obsession leads to some for the more poignant moments. Effects wise the... »

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Give us a clue?
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Sunday 29th Aug 2010
Andy Nyman 1

Andy Nyman is one of the nicest and talented guys in show business. He can act, direct, write, perform stunning magic tricks, in fact he has so many strings to his bow its takes two people to lift it!

Anyway...

Andy was here with his Quiz From Hell and it was a smart, funny and brain scratching segment that caused many discussions in the cinema foyer. Seriously did anyone get them all correct?

This was followed by a compendium of short movies which are being shown to highlight some of the freshest talent out there at the moment. These were hand picked by Paul McEvoy from hundreds so they really are the cream of the crop.

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What on earth?
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Sunday 29th Aug 2010

FrightFest La MeuteFrench horror The Pack (La Meutte) was a movie that reminded me of many films such as Zombi, Night Of The Living Dead and the TV series The League Of Gentlemen! Not a bad mix I grant you and this not so overly gory tale of monsters from the earth claiming back a different kind of nutrition played very well. The cast which included a smashing and considered performance from Yolande Moreau work well from a script that starts off being littered with dark humour and then is swallowed in just darkness.

The ending was bleak but satisfying and just right though I do have a few questions I’d like to ask director Franck Richard. Effects were also crowd pleasing with a rather nice take on how a creature can open a door when ... »

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Let Me In - New Poster
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 29th Aug 2010

Let Me In PosterLet Me In, Hammer Films' interpretation of the best-selling Swedish novel Lat den Ratte Komma (Let The Right One In) by John Ajvide Lindqvist, and the highly-acclaimed film of the same name, will arrive at UK screens November 2010. The original film was a huge hit and hopefully Hammer can capture the main themes of loneliness and adolescent heartache in the same subtle way.

Chloe Grace Moretz stars as Abby, a secretive 12-year old girl, who moves next door to Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee). Owen is a social outcast who is viciously bullied at school and in his loneliness, forms a profound bond with his new neighbour. Owen can’t help noticing that Abby is like no one he has ever met before. As a string of grisly murders occupy the town, Owen has to confront the reality that... »

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What day is it?
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Sunday 29th Aug 2010

FrightFest The Loved Ones CoupleThe thing with movie festivals is that you lose track of time. It came a bit of a shock to learn that it's Sunday! But if it's Sunday it means its Day 4 of FrightFest 2010.

Today's programme promises plenty of surprises including Mother Nature's revenge, a quiz from hell, a short movie showcase, a cannibal family, blood-soaked fury and some Ozploitation.

There's also another surprise, as A Serbian Movie was removed from the festival the guys have lined up a replacement for us to enjoy. But what can it be? We'll bring the news as soon as we know.

Don't forget Emily Booth's ... »

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Horror Channel At Frightfest Video Report - Day 2
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Sunday 29th Aug 2010

Emily Booth Face ShotHorror Channel's Diva of the Darkside Emily Booth takes us through the juciest moments from FrightFest day 2. (Picture of Emily www.beckphotographic.com)

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Stay out of the woods.
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Saturday 28th Aug 2010

Monsters Teaser PosterI Spit On Your Grave played to a packed Empire cinema earlier this evening. This screening, the European premiere was sponsored by the Horror Channel, and is an unflinching look at one woman's revenge against a gang of men who physically and mentally assault her in the most brutal and harrowing way. Escaping the scene we follow Jennifer's swift and inventive revenge on the men, taking the audience along with her on a bloody and violent journey. This remake takes the initial idea and runs with it cranking the violence up a notch and is not for the faint hearted.

In total contrast Monsters (pictured) is now playing, a road movie that is set around an alien infestation. More on this a tad later.

Look out for our exclus... »

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Didn't Expect That!
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Saturday 28th Aug 2010

I Spit On Your Grave Poster V2One of the best things about FrightFest is the abundance of surprises the guys have lined up for fans. We've just had a double whammy that really grabbed the crowd.

First up The Human Centipede [First Sequence] director Tom Six hit the stage and gave us a sneaky look behind the scenes of his much anticipated sequel The Human Centipede II [Full Sequence]. These snapshots from the shoot, which is still going on in London, didn't give too much away but were a tantalising glimpse of what to expect.

Next was almost five minutes of footage from Stake Land the new movie from the director of Zombie Virus On Mulberry Street, a movie which can be seen... »

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Young, Free and trapped in a loft!
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Saturday 28th Aug 2010

FrightFest 13HRSA gang of young adults find themselves at the mercy of a strange beast in 13 HRS, the new movie from Jonathan Glendening. The man himself is on stage as I type doing a quick Q+A with a couple of members of the cast. The film itself is a traditional "monster on the lose" sort of a thing but with some nice contemporary twists and some sibling friction. The cast bond well and the creature itself looks pretty cool even though this isn't the biggest budgeted movie around. What it has is strong special effects done in the old school way. There's some great moments of tension, a good chunk of the movie is played in the cramped space of a loft where the characters battle not only the evil down below but each others inner demons, and working out just who is next for the chop is good fun!

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Urban shocks and premiere revenge
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Saturday 28th Aug 2010

FrightFest The TorturedA few years back Paul Andrew Williams came to FrightFest with a reel from his soon to be released horror/comedy The Cottage. Well here we are in 2010 and Paul has come complete with his new movie, an urban horror named Cherry Tree Lane.

Claustrophobic and vocally brutal the film highlights urban terror at its most extreme for a gang invade a suburban home all in the name of vengeance. Strong themes are explored with some of the worst events happening off screen adding much to the darkness of the movie. By using just a few sets and a small but talented ensemble, Williams has created a film that doesn't flinch from searching social issues.

We stick with the revenge theme with the next movie, the UK premiere of Robert Lieberman's »

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Brand New - Exclusive Interview With Director Johannes Roberts
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Saturday 28th Aug 2010

FrightFest F
Johannes Roberts is a favourite with the Horror Channel. A few years back we showed his cult classic Forest Of The Damned and he was behind When Evil Calls, the world's first horror movie designed to be viewed on mobile phones. Here he talks about his new movie, F (pictured), which got its World Premiere at FrightFest 2010.

HC: How did you get started in the film industry?

JR: When I left university I made a film with a fellow student. We used the equipment from the university and funded it with credit cards and used Uri Geller as the lead actor. The film sold around the world (it was released here as Sanitarium) and started me off...

HC: You were involved in the world's first ever horror series desig... »

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Don't need sunscreen
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Saturday 28th Aug 2010
FrightFest Cherry Tree Lane

It's Saturday and the sun is beating down on Leicester Square. Not that we care what the weather is doing as we're heading into the Empire cinema for Day 3 of FrightFest 2010.

Another mixed programme of movies is waiting for us including a Brit horror, vigilante parents, a world premiere, a new interpretation of a notorious shocker, a monster invasion and Hong Kong horror.

As usual there will be surprises on the way for attendees and for those possessing full weekend passes, today's the day they get their legendary goodie bags!

Over in the Discovery Screen there's another eclectix mix of movies including Christopher Roth, Fanboys, After.Life, Finale and Burning Bright.

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Festival of many shades
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Saturday 28th Aug 2010

FrightFest Alien Vs Ninja

The real attraction of FrightFest (personally speaking) is the mixture of horror genres that the event presents. Take tonight for example, we had a violent tale of bloody revenge and an outrageous sci-fi shocker packed with over-the-top splatter and gore. Both appealed but in totally different ways.

In Red Hill a young cop named Shane has to stop an escaped convict from slaughtering the population of the small town he has just moved to. Tense, violent and played totally straight the film allowed the audience to attach themselves to the players and be swept along with the speedy direction of Patrick Hughes. Though the ending may have come as no surprise it did impress with some memorable imagery and a traditional Western style sound... »

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Horror Channel At FrightFest Video Report - Day 1
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Friday 27th Aug 2010

Emily BoothEmily Booth takes us on a chilling and thrilling journey through all the main events of FrightFest Day 1.

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The Road To FrightFest 2010 - Part 1
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Friday 27th Aug 2010
FrightFest F Tobe Hooper didn't disappoint with his appearance at FrightFest and created what surely must be one of the longest queues ever for a director's autograph. There was a river of fans that snaked around the Empire foyer and back into the main screen. Posters from all over the world were clutched in hands and one person even had a sledgehammer for him to sign!

Its become a bit of a tradition that directors Adam Green and Joe Lynch create a season of shorts for us all to enjoy entitled The Road To FrightFest. Well this year is no different and the guys are using The Blair Witch Project as their inspiration. Hilarious and rude these small segments are always eagerly anticipated by FrightFest attendees. You guys are legends! Come on everyone, "Let the Midnight Special…"

Now its time for J... »

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Tobe's Gems
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Friday 27th Aug 2010

FrightFest EggshellsWell, what can I say? Eggshells was as trippy and spaced out as you'd want from a movie that dates back to 1969. This Tobe Hooper debut indicted the direction his work would take, highlighting some trademark camera angles and shots that would be seen in his later work. From the searing heat to the dark humour this was not only a fantasy but a slice of social commentary made at a time when America was starting to look in on itself.

In contrast, the pure horror of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre can still unnerve and unsettle the viewer. On the big screen the uneasy atmosphere is amplified and the movie looked stunning. Though I've seen it many times I'd never viewed it in a cinema and it still ranks as one the finest horror movies made. Tobe ... »

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Lost fantasy and classic cannibalism
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Friday 27th Aug 2010

FrightFest The Texas Chain Saw Massacre PosterToday at FrightFest there's a spaced fantasy, an icon, some chainsaw madness, a battle for survival, a school from hell, a horror set in the west and ninjas fighting aliens! A mixed bag I'm sure you’ll agree but I'm getting ahead of myself.

First up the festival is paying tribute to Tobe Hooper, one of the most celebrated genre directors around. His debut feature Eggshells (long thought lost) from 1969 is showing at 11:00 with his classic shocker The Texas Chain Saw Massacre following. Now I've never seen this on the big screen and can't wait to watch Leatherface strut his stuff on the huge empire screen. Tobe is doing a 45-minute Q+A so I'll be there hoping to ... »

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Saw 3D - Teaser Trailer
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Friday 27th Aug 2010

Saw 3D StillThis Halloween the most successful horror franchise in the world unleashes a new entry into its box-office dominating run of movies, Saw 3D.

In Saw 3D, the seventh chapter in this blood-splattered but inventive series, a deadly battle rages over Jigsaw's brutal legacy. A group of Jigsaw (Tobin Bell) survivors gathers to seek the support of self-help guru, and fellow survivor, Bobby Dagen (Horror Channel favourite Sean Patrick Flanery). Soon though, the survivors really must help themselves as Dagen’s dark secrets unleash a new wave of terror...

We've been lucky enough to catch the first 8 minutes of this and can report that the 3D photography looks amazing and that this could be the strongest Saw yet.

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Blood-sucking Beastenders
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Friday 27th Aug 2010
FrightFest Dead Cert Vamp

The premise seems straight forward enough: tough, potty-mouthed London gangsters do a deal with a bunch of Slavic businessmen and lose their nightclub, The Inferno. OK, so far so normal but add to that the aforementioned Slavic businessmen are vampires led by a guy named Dante Livienko and you have Steve Lawson's very original blood-sucking shocker Dead Cert. Filmed in a style reminiscent of late Hammer Dracula movies such as Dracula: AD 1972 and The Satanic Rites Of Dracula, this is a witty and bloody updating of the vampire genre.

Craig Fairbrass leads a cast that reads like a who's who of Southern acting talent including Danny Dyer, Billy Murray and Dexter Fletcher. Standing in the Van Helsing kind-of-a-role is stage legend Steven Berkoff.... »

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And We're Back In the Swamp!
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Thursday 26th Aug 2010

FrightFest Hatchet II Rev ZombieFrightFest 2010 has officially begun with what surely must be one of the most anticipated sequels in years, Adam Green's Hatchet II. Following directly on from the first installment its a solid mixture of shocks, slaughtering and big laughs. Yes, you read that correctly, Hatchet II has a wicked sense of humour running all the way through it. But back to the horror and from the pulse pounding start to the blood-splattered ending, the film grabs the audience by the neck and refuses to let go. The set-ups are imaginative using traditional effects rather then relying on CGI which makes it feel like old school horror but with the added bonus of a decent sized budget.

Adam is here and has brought actors ... »

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Nearly Time!
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Thursday 26th Aug 2010

FrightFest I Spit On Your Grave Shears

Well, the Horror Channel crew have set up camp and are readying themselves for five days of blogging and reporting from FrightFest 2010, filled with excitement as to which movies will provide the stand-out moments of the year.

Will Hatchet II live up to the original? Could the remake of I Spit On Your Grave, which is being sponsored by the Horror Channel, be as controversial as the original? Will the much talked about Monsters be as solid as the media is promoting it to be? One thing is for sure, it's shaping up to be one of the best ever. Keep checking this blog for all the gossip as well as video reports from <... »

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FrightFest 2010 Is Almost Here!
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Thursday 26th Aug 2010

FrightFest 2010 Brochure CoverFrightFest is almost here and boasts a coffin load of world and European premieres as well appearances from countless guests from the world of horror cinema. The Horror Channel will be covering this amazing five-day fear-filled celebration of all things horror, bringing you all the news and gossip via our FrightFest Blog as well as exclusive Video Reports from our own Siren of Sinema, Emily Booth.

Horror Channel is also sponsoring the European premiere of one of the most talked about movies of the event, Steven R. Monroe's remake of I Spit On Your Grave.

Keep checking the Horror Channel website, »

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The Horde - Exclusive UK Trailer
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 24th Aug 2010

The Horde Cover ShotIf blood-splattered action-packed horror is your thing then check out The Horde when Momentum Pictures unleashes it onto DVD on September 20th.

When a high-ranking and well-respected police detective is found murdered by a gang of homicidal mobsters, a small group of his closest colleagues on the force take it upon themselves to avenge his death vigilante-style. They manage to infiltrate the upper floors of the suburban high-rise apartment block that serves as the criminals' hideout. But during the raid things go wrong and the cops find themselves overcome by the gang, who take them prisoner and begin to torture them.

Meanwhile, the gang’s lookout men become aware of a strange disturbance in the streets immediately surrounding the building, with the sounds of explos... »

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Buried - Release Date, Trailer And New Poster
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 24th Aug 2010
Buried Final Poster Imagine you're in a closed space beneath 2500 pounds of soil. You have 90 minutes of oxygen left to breathe. Your only connection to the outside world is a mysterious cell phone with limited reception and battery life. And each second is a second closer to death...

This is the premise for, Buried the critically acclaimed new shocker from Lions Gate which comes to UK cinemas on September 29th. The full plot goes like this:

Paul Conroy is not ready to die. But when he wakes up 6 feet underground with no idea of who put him there or why, life for the truck driver and family man instantly becomes a hellish struggle for survival. Buried with only a cell phone and a lighter, his contact with the outside world and ability to piece together clues that could help him di... »

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The Dead - Brand New Trailer
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 23rd Aug 2010

Fright Fest10 The DeadJon and Howard Ford's stunning zombie movie The Dead is getting its world premiere at FrightFest on Monday the 30th. The film is set in the very near future where most of the world has succumbed to a living dead virus. We follow plane crash survivor Lt. Brian Murphy as he battles for survival across inhospitable parched terrain in search of a way to get back to his beloved family in America. Saved by local military man Sgt. Daniel Dembele, who is also searching for his son, both men join forces to fight the ever-present flesh-eating threat stalking the bush.

The movie boasts two intense lead actors, Prince David Osei and Rob Freeman who bring the drama to life in the most realistic way possible. It also captures the stark but beautiful African scenery whilst delivering ... »

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FrightFest 2010 - What Are You Looking Forward To?
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, News, Monday 23rd Aug 2010

FrightFest 2010 Brochure CoverFrightFest is only a matter of days away so its time to look at some of the movie highlights this celebration of shock cinema has to offer. Apart from the obvious stand out titles such as Hatchet II, the Horror Channel sponsored screening of the new I Spit On Your Grave and The Last Exorcism other movies that have caught our eye are Johannes Robert's urban chiller F, the wonderfully titled Alien Vs Ninja, Sean Byrne's The Loved Ones and Jang Cheol-soo’s Bedevilled.

Then there’s the special events, a screening of Tobe Hooper’s Eggshells and »

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Buried Alive - The Horror Booth Intro!
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Sunday 22nd Aug 2010

Horror Booth LogoIf you missed any of Emily's wonderful movie premiere intros from The Horror Booth over the last few months then here's your chance to catch up with some of the best.

Over the next few weeks we'll be putting these wonderfully naughty and funny pieces up a day or two before the featured movie is shown, this week its the turn of the Tobin Bell chil... »

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Victor Crowley Lives! Hatchet 2 Trailer
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 21st Aug 2010

Hatchet II Shower

Victor Crowley lives and to prove it we have the trailer for Adam Green's Hatchet II for you to enjoy! Premiering at FrightFest 2010 this is one of the most anticipated slasher movies of all time.

Picking up right where the original ended, Marybeth escapes the clutches of the deformed, swamp-dwelling killer Victor Crowley. After learning the truth about her family’s connection to the hatchet-wielding madman, Marybeth returns to the Louisiana swamps along with an army of hunters to recover the bodies of her family and exact the bloodiest revenge against the bayou butcher. Hatchet II boasts a body count that is over double that of the original and once more providing ground-breaking work in Old School practical cinema special effects to deliver unres... »

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Joss Whedon's Angel Returns To Dark Horse 2011
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Friday 20th Aug 2010

Buffy MontageDark Horse Comics has announced that Joss Whedon's Angel will return to the Dark Horse stable in 2011. Dark Horse's Angel will bring the beloved characters from Whedon's longest-running shows under one roof, allowing for new and exciting explorations of the Buffyverse featuring favorites from the casts of both series. The full Press Release states:

"I've always regretted letting Angel go in the first place," Dark Horse senior managing editor Scott Allie said. "So we're really excited about getting him back, as well as all his supporting cast. It's necessary for how Joss wants to handle season nine, details of which will start spilling out in the months to come. Right now, we've got to wrap up season eight, and IDW still has a good long run of books before season nine starts.”

IDW Publi... »

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After.Life Coming To DVD And Blu-ray
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 19th Aug 2010

After LifePremiering at FrightFest is the stylish and sophisticated new movie from Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo, After.Life. Billed as a unique psychological thriller it stars Christina Ricci, Liam Neeson and Justin Long.

After a horrific car accident, Anna (Ricci) wakes up to find the local funeral director Eliot Deacon (Neeson) preparing her body for her funeral. Confused, terrified and feeling still very much alive, Anna doesn’t believe she’s dead, despite the funeral director’s reassurances that she is merely in transition to the afterlife. Eliot convinces her he has the ability to communicate with the dead and is the only one who can help her. Trapped inside the funeral home, with nobody to turn to except Eliot, Anna is forced to face her deepest fears and accept her own death. But Anna’s grief-stricken... »

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Horror Channel Facebook Fans - I Spit On Your Grave News!
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 18th Aug 2010

I Spit On Your Grave Poster V2

The Horror Channel is sponsoring the European premiere of I Spit On Your Grave at 6:30pm on Saturday 28th August at the Empire Cinema, Leicester Square as part of FrightFest 2010.

As a thank you to the fans of our Facebook page the Horror Channel will be picking 5 lucky members to receive a pair of tickets for this exclusive screening of a movie which is shaping up to be one of the most controversial horror films of the year.

All Fans of the Horror Channel Facebook page will be eligible, so spread the word and tell all your friends to JOIN US, you never know if they're selected they may take you!

To attend the screening you must be over 18 years of age and winners will ha... »

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Meat Grinder - Uncut For UK
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 17th Aug 2010

Meat Grinder DVD CoverThe BBFC have passed the much hyped gore-fest Meat Grinder as an 18 certificate completely uncut and it will be splatting its way onto DVD on 23rd August 2010 thanks to 4Digital Media.

Destined for cult status, this over-the-top gorefest stars Mai as a deranged woman who runs a noodle stall and is hearing voices in her head all the time. When she finds a dying man in her stall one night, she gets the idea to chop him up, and grind the body parts into meatballs as ingredients for her noodle soup. It turns out to be a popular dish, and as the stall gets more and more business, she must find a steady supply of fresh human meat to feed her customers.

Look out for a competition to win a copy of Meat Grinder on DVD on this site very soon and ... »

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Exclusive Interview With FrightFest Man Ian Rattray
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Monday 16th Aug 2010

Ian RattrayWith FrightFest 2010 only a matter of days away our series of FrightFest interviews draws to a close with a chat to the fourth member of the FrightFest gang, Ian Rattray. Here the ever friendly Scotsman chats about his encounter with The Exorcist, his favourite FrightFest moment and the plans he has for the future.

HC: Can you recall when your interest in horror/cult cinema begin?

IR: Very clearly. It was back in 1974. As a teenager I was on my very first trip to London, I think it was for some course to do with my job at the time, and I went to see The Exorcist. The film hadn’t played back in my hometown, so full of bravado, I pitched up to a West End cinema, it was the old ABC Swiss Centre, which isn’t even there any more, to see the film. To say it made an impre... »

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September on the Horror Channel
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Monday 16th Aug 2010

City of the Living Dead Bleeding EyesIt's another busy month on the Horror Channel with highlights that include a double bill from a Grandmaster of Gore, the premiere of a critically applauded shocker and a couple of contemporary chillers. Here's my top titles for this month and all start at 22:55 but do keep checking the online guide for any last minute changes.

Wednesday 1st – Pontypool
Bruce McDonald’s acclaimed horror kicks off the month in fine style. Based on the book Pontypool Changes Everything by Tony Burgess it concerns a virus that turns people into ultra-violent maniacs. When it's discovered the condition is transmitted by language, will a shock jock shut up and hide, or spread the word? Tense, claustrophobic and ... »

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The Last Exorcism - New American Poster
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 14th Aug 2010
The Last Exorcism American FinalThe closing movie of FrightFest 2010 is the UK premiere of Daniel Stamm’s acclaimed shocker The Last Exorcism. Produced by Eli Roth the movie has gained considerable critical praise thanks to its 'Blair Witch' style cinematography and what promises to be the most realistic depiction of possession ever shot on film.

After a career spent helping the devout through prayer and trickery, Reverend Cotton Marcus (Patrick Fabian) invites a film crew to document his final fraudulent days as an exorcist. Soon his faith is truly tested when a desperate plea from the father of a possessed girl (Ashley Bell) brings him face to face with evil itself.

The Last Exorcism is released in cinemas natio... »

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Exclusive Interview With Journalist And FrightFest Man Alan Jones
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Thursday 12th Aug 2010

Alan Jones by Steven HurstAlan Jones is one of the most respected journalists working today. He has reported from some of the most legendary movie sets ever and written for such magazines as Radio Times, GQ, FHM, Fangoria, in fact the list goes on and on. More importantly he is one of the four members of the FrightFest gang. Alan took time out to tell us about the last 11 years of FrightFest and the plans he and the team have for its future. (Photo by Steven Hurst)

HC: So Alan, here we are once again with FrightFest. Does it feel like 11 years since it all started?

AJ: Yes, and no... It's all been such a blur. I didn't expect FrightFest to take over my life in the way it has really. Back in 2000, when Paul McEvoy and Ian Rattray came to me with the idea to recreate my... »

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Dead Rising 2 - Release Date Brought Forward
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 12th Aug 2010

Dead Rising 2 PlayboyCapcom has announced that the release date for Dead Rising 2 has been brought forward for the European and Australian markets. From Friday September 24th Xbox 360 and PS3 gamers in these territories will be the first in the world to slice, smash, burn, shoot, kick, stab, chop, throw, explode, run down and ridicule the thousands of zombies that have infested Fortune City. The PC version of Dead Rising 2 is scheduled for release on September 28th. Capcom have also announced a European Zombrex edition will also hit stands on the same dates. Made in the style of the in-game drug, the Zombrex edition includes syringe pen and a making of Dead Rising 2 DVD. This edition will be available on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC formats.»

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The Tortured To Hit DVD In October
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 11th Aug 2010

The Torured DVD CoverDirected by Robert Lieberman and starring Erika Christensen, Jesse Metcalfe and horror genre favourite Bill Moseley, (recently seen on the Horror Channel in The Devil's Rejects) The Tortured is a disturbing and gruesome vigilante horror movie from Oren Koules and Mark Burg, producers of the hugely successful Saw series of films.

Devastated by the kidnap and murder of their young son, Elise (Christensen) and her husband Craig (Metcalfe) are further distressed when the man accused of the crime is set free prematurely. Deciding the criminal justice system has failed them by not adequately punishing the monster responsible for all their pain, they seize on a chance to wreak the ultimate revenge by kidnapping the killer and holding him hostage... »

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Exclusive Interview With Director Adam Green - Part 2
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Wednesday 11th Aug 2010

Adam Green On Set Of Hatchet IIAdam Green is one of the most celebrated directors of recent times. His movies Hatchet, Spiral and Frozen (in UK cinemas September 24th) have had movie goers salivating for more and critics clambering over themselves to heap praise on them. With Hatchet II getting its world premiere at FrightFest 2010 we decided to chat to this talented guy and in this, the second part of a two part interview, Adam discusses why he's brought Hatchet II to FrightFest, his work with fellow director Joe Lynch and his plans for the future.

HC: Was it important to you to premiere Hatchet II at FrightFest?

AG: It was so important to me that it was brought up before I signed my co... »

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The Dead - Behind The Scenes Featurette
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 10th Aug 2010

Fright Fest10 The DeadThe Dead is a brand new zombie movie from Howard and John Ford. In this exclusive short feature from the set of this movie, (which is getting its World Premiere at this years FrightFest event) Producer/Director Howard Ford struggles to hold together the shoot in Africa with the added challenges of police corruption, sacrificial killings and the distinct possibility the production itself may have been cursed!

Howard says "It's hard to explain how tough it was trying to keep the production going and keep spirits up when everything that could have gone wrong does, and everyone around you seems to be either sick or in danger of disease or death - some of the things we had to go through to bring this film to audiences I hope never has to be repeated by any living soul… We ... »

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GZ Magazine - Issue 59 Details
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 10th Aug 2010

GZ Issue 59 CoverWith a stunning cover shot of Charisma Carpenter, issue 59 of GoreZone Magazine is packed with the latest news and views from the world of horror entertainment.

Articles include the zombie shocker [REC] 2 and an insightful chat with stunning star Alana Curry. Regular columnists Suzi Lorraine and Horror Channel's Emily Booth are joined by the controversial founder of Redemption Films Nigel Wingrove. Plus the magazine is bursting with movie and DVD reviews. Also, attached to the cover you’ll find another free Movie Massacre DVD starring Emily Booth.

Cover price is £3.85.

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Horror Channel - Where To Find Us
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Monday 9th Aug 2010

Horror Channel LogoYou can view the award winning Horror Channel on Sky 319, Virgin 149 and Freesat 138 every day from noon until 6am. Horror fans have a second chance to watch Horror Channel programmes one hour after their initial transmission with our '+1' channels on Sky channel 320 or Freesat channel 139 from 1pm till 7am.

Horror Channel is the UK's number one destination for horror movies, supernatural series and programmes about the people who make them. Tune in for classic shockers, contemporary chillers and gore drenched hack ‘n slash splatterfests!

Make sure you follow all the latest news from the Horror Channel online at Facebook and »

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Graham Masterton's The Djinn Back In Print
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 8th Aug 2010

Djinn CoverGraham Masterton's terrifying 1977 novel, The Djinn is to be republished in September by Telos in a brand new edition, complete with an exclusive introduction by the author.

Anna is mysterious and beautiful, so much so that clairvoyant, Harry Erskine, breaks propriety and asks her out to lunch at his Godfather's wake. When his Godmother, Marjorie Greaves, reveals the strange behaviour of her recently deceased husband, Max, Harry and Anna offer to investigate the strange jar that has been locked away in the turret. Harry soon learns that Anna is not all that she seems, and little can prepare him for the power of the Forty Thieves, the most potent genie in the history of Persia. Racing against time, Harry, Anna and Professor Qualt must work together to prevent an unexpected enemy from opening the jar and... »

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Exclusive Interview With FrightFest Man Greg Day
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Saturday 7th Aug 2010

Greg Day by Steven HurstPublicity Director, one-time thespian and all round nice guy, Greg Day is one of the four members of the FrightFest gang. Here, in an exclusive interview, Greg chats about his time before FrightFest and what the future may hold for the brand. (Photo by Steven Hurst)

HC: Is it true you used to be an actor?

GD: Yes. The height of my short-lived fame came in Grange Hill, where, as Geoff, an ex-pupil turned bike thief, I got caught nicking and ‘bundled’ by the whole school.

HC: How did you get started in the world of PR?

GD: I’d formed a theatre production company as an excuse to put on my own plays. This resulted in a massive overdraft. I took on a job as a runner for Columbia Pictures to pay off the de... »

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Exclusive Interview With Director Adam Green - Part 1
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Thursday 5th Aug 2010

Adam Green On Set Of Hatchet IIAdam Green is one of the most celebrated directors of recent times. His movies Hatchet, Spiral and Frozen (due in UK cinemas September 24th) have had movie goers salivating for more and critics clambering over themselves to heap praise on them. With Hatchet II getting its world premiere at FrightFest 2010 we decided to chat to this talented guy and in this, the first part of a two part interview, Adam discusses the reason for bringing Victor Crowley back to the big screen, casting the movie and even reveals his middle name!

HC: We first met back in 2006 when you brought Hatchet to FrightFest; how do you think you've developed as a director since then?

AG: I've had f... »

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Buried - UK Release Date And Trailer
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 5th Aug 2010

Buried UK Teaser Poster

Imagine you're in a closed space beneath 2500 pounds of soil. You have 90 minutes of oxygen left to breathe. Your only connection to the outside world is a mysterious cell phone with limited reception and battery life. And each second is a second closer to death...

This is the premise for, Buried the critically acclaimed new shocker from Lions Gate which comes to UK cinemas on September 29th. The full plot goes like this:

Paul Conroy is not ready to die. But when he wakes up 6 feet underground with no idea of who put him there or why, life for the truck driver and family man instantly becomes a hellish struggle for survival. Buried with only a cell phone and a lighter, his contact with the outside world and ability to piece together clues that ... »

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Nazi Dawn - DVD And Competition News
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 4th Aug 2010

Nazi Dawn DVD CoverA dark and ghostly wartime secret is about to be uncovered when a battle between good and evil breaks out aboard a WWII-era battleship in Nazi Dawn, set for release through Revolver Entertainment on DVD on August 30th.

When the SS Lane Victory, reactivated and deployed in the Persian Gulf for black-op interrogations, falls radio silent, an elite Marine task force are sent to apprehend the terrorists. Led by Col. John Willets (Lance Henriksen), the team find one survivor, John's son Colin (Gary Stretch). But as the soldiers search for the men responsible for the bloody butchery of the ship’s crew, they soon discover a more devious enemy than any of them had ever imagined and all hell breaks loose as they become locked in brutal battle to the death...

Look out for the ch... »

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DEAD RISING 2 - ZOMBREX EDITION
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 4th Aug 2010

Dead Rising 2 Pack ShotCapcom have announced a European Zombrex edition of their zombie gore-fest game Dead Rising 2. Made in the style of the in-game drug, the Zombrex edition includes syringe pen and a making of Dead Rising 2 DVD. This edition will be available on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC formats from October 1st.

Ahead of the full game, Capcom will release original downloadable content exclusively on Xbox Live with Dead Rising 2: CASE ZERO. This prologue which entirely consists of content not available in the full retail release of Dead Rising 2 will introduce new protagonist Chuck Greene and provide a link between the original game and the events that await players in the gambling paradise of Fortun... »

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Horror Channel Festival Season
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 3rd Aug 2010

Horror Channel LogoOver the next few weeks the Horror Channel is showing a season of movies that all have one thing in common, they have all been shown at one of the past FrightFest events. We have the cream of the crop to thrill you with titles such as Audition, Behind The Mask of Leslie Vernon, Colin, Deadgirl, Heartstopper, Red Mist (Aka Freakdog), Shuttle, Teeth, Devil's Rejects, Hillside Strangler, The Lighthouse, The Tripper, Toolbox Murders, Trailer Park Of Terror, I Spit On Your Grave and Walled In.

Keep checking the online guide for transmission dates.

Don't forget Horror Channel is sponsoring the UK premiere of the unrated... »

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The Last Exorcism - New Poster
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Monday 2nd Aug 2010

Last Exorcism - final UK quadThe closing movie of FrightFest 2010 is the UK premiere of Daniel Stamm’s acclaimed shocker The Last Exorcism. Produced by Eli Roth the movie has gained considerable critical praise thanks to its 'Blair Witch' style cinematography and what promises to be the most realistic depiction of possession ever shot on film.

After a career spent helping the devout through prayer and trickery, Reverend Cotton Marcus (Patrick Fabian) invites a film crew to document his final fraudulent days as an exorcist. Soon his faith is truly tested when a desperate plea from the father of a possessed girl (Ashley Bell) brings him face to face with evil itself.

The Last Exorcism is released in cinemas nationwide on... »

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Shelter Details
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 29th Jul 2010

Shelter DVD coverIcon Home Entertainment will release Shelter the harrowing supernatural thriller from the producer of The Ring and the writers of Identity on DVD and Blu-ray on Monday August 2nd.

Dr. Cara Jessup (Julianne Moore) is a forensic psychiatrist who has made a career out of defying the notion of multiple personality disorders. In the courtroom, her views and testimonies as an expert witness against multiple personality disorders have resulted in the death sentence of more than half a dozen murderers. Cara is devoted to science, but even her husband's horrific murder did not cause Cara to lose her faith in God. Not so for her young daughter Samantha, a committed unbeliever. After a troubling court case, Cara's father Dr. Harding introduces her to his new patient Adam. The... »

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SAW 3D - First Pieces Of Information Released
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 28th Jul 2010

Lionsgate LogoThis Halloween the most twisted, gruesome and successful horror franchise in the world unleashes a new game. Following a genre-dominating six-film strong legacy comes an all new eye popping experience... Saw 3D.

In Saw 3D, the seventh chapter, a deadly battle rages over Jigsaw's brutal legacy. A group of Jigsaw (Tobin Bell) survivors gathers to seek the support of self-help guru, and fellow survivor, Bobby Dagen (Sean Patrick Flanery). Soon though, the survivors really must help themselves as Dagen’s dark secrets unleash a new wave of terror...

The Saw franchise; once more sets an industry record by being the first theatrical feature to be shot exclusively on the cutting-edge SI-3D digital camera system. Saw 3D brings the h... »

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From The People Who Brought You Teeth Comes Burning Bright
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 27th Jul 2010

Burning Bright CoverFrom the studio that delivered Stephen King's The Mist and Teeth (recently seen on the Horror Channel) comes a new thriller, Burning Bright.

When 20 year old Kelly (Briana Evigan) wakes late at night during a hurricane, she finds a hungry tiger stalking her through her home. With every door and window boarded up from the outside and her stepfather nowhere to be found, Kelly fights frantically to stay one step ahead of the killer beast. Torn between protecting her autistic brother Tom and saving herself from a brutal mauling, Kelly's situation becomes more complicated and desperate at every terrifying turn.

Briana Evigan leads a strong young cast supported by newcomer Charlie Tahan as her vulnerable disabled brother, Garre... »

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Monsters - Teaser Poster And Brand New Trailer
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Monday 26th Jul 2010

Monsters Teaser PosterIf you're lucky enough to be attending FrightFest this year you'll get the chance to preview one of the most talked about alien movies since District 9, Gareth Edwards' sensational debut, Monsters. The movie received great praise from Cannes festival earlier on in the year and many have made comparisons between Edwards and small budget extraordinaire Neill Blomkamp.

Six years ago NASA discovered the possibility of alien life within our solar system. A probe was launched to collect samples, but crashed upon re-entry over Central America. Soon after, new life forms began to appear there and half of Mexico was quarantined as an INFECTED ZONE. Today, the American and Mexican military still struggle to contain 'the creatures'... Our story begins when a US journalist... »

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Dare You Face The Horde?
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 26th Jul 2010

The Horde Cover ShotIf blood-splattered action-packed horror is your thing then check out The Horde when Momentum Pictures unleashes it onto DVD on September 20th.

When a high-ranking and well-respected police detective is found murdered by a gang of homicidal mobsters, a small group of his closest colleagues on the force take it upon themselves to avenge his death vigilante-style. They manage to infiltrate the upper floors of the suburban high-rise apartment block that serves as the criminals' hideout. But during the raid things go wrong and the cops find themselves overcome by the gang, who take them prisoner and begin to torture them.

Meanwhile, the gang’s lookout men become aware of a strange disturbance in the streets immediately surrounding the building, with the sounds of ex... »

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GZ Magazine International Film Festival Update
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 25th Jul 2010

GZ LOGOThis year's GoreZone Magazine International Film Festival 2010 runs for two days starting on October 2nd and will be presented by Horror Channel's Emily Booth and American Scream Queen Christa Campbell.

The event, which is being held at the Prince Charles Cinema in London will include 15 UK movie premiers, celebrity guest signings, Q&As, GoreZone Magazine Awards 2010 and more.

Films confirmed so far are:

Blood Night, Dhamer Vs Gacy, Air terjun pengantin, Hyenas, Pearlblossom, Breath of Hate, Cyrus, New Terminal Hotel, Darfur and Devil's Playground

For ticket details and up to the minute film information click here.

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Exclusive Interview Marc Price Director Of Colin
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Saturday 24th Jul 2010

Marc Price - Colin photo credit Damon WebsterMarc Price shot to fame last year when his low budget zombie movie Colin generated so much public interest that news of its release made headlines. The Horror Channel is giving everyone the chance to see this stunning movie on August 7th so we thought we'd have a chat with Marc to see how difficult it was creating a piece of cinema that cost little but gained huge kudos.

HC: Did you know from an early age that you wanted to be in the film industry?

MP: I think so... I remember wanting to be an actor. I loved the idea of 'playing' and that being a job. When I hit fifteen I realised I was a terrible actor and was naive enough to think directing i... »

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DVD Delirium Volume 4 Due Late August
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Friday 23rd Jul 2010

DVD Delirium Cover 4FAB Press has announced the latest ALL NEW edition of their on-going series of DVD Delirium books!

DVD Delirium Volume 4 complements the previous three volumes, covering a brand new selection of the world's greatest cult movies on DVD and Blu-ray. This edition of the ultimate guide to DVD and Blu-ray stands alone as an essential book for all film fanatics, and also features a comprehensive index covering this book, together with a full listing of all the films reviewed in DVD Delirium Volume 1 Redux, DVD Delirium Volume 2 and DVD Delirium Volume 3 as well, thus enabling readers to have instant access to almost 2500 DVD and Blu-ray reviews! DVD Delirium Volume 4 is exclusively available to pre-order ... »

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Buried - Brand New Trailer Updated
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 22nd Jul 2010

Buried PosterComing later in the year is Buried, a new movie from Lions Gate Entertainment that's going to have you gasping for air. The new trailer is below and if that doesn't give too much away I've posted the plot too.

Paul Conroy is not ready to die. But when he wakes up 6 feet underground with no idea of who put him there or why, life for the truck driver and family man instantly becomes a hellish struggle for survival. Buried with only a cell phone and a lighter, his contact with the outside world and ability to piece together clues that could help him discover his location are maddeningly limited. Poor reception, a rapidly draining battery, and a dwindling oxygen supply become his worst enemies in a tightly confined race against time-fighting panic, despair and delirium, Paul has only 90 minutes to be... »

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Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide - Coming To DVD
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 21st Jul 2010

Video Nasties A Definitive Guide CoverPrepare to be corrupted and depraved once more as Nucleus Films is geared up to release the anticipated DVD, Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide in October. This three-disc set covers one of the most extraordinary eras in the history of British film and for the first time ever on DVD, all 72 films that fell foul of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) are featured with specially filmed intros for each title. Some of the movies covered, such as Toolbox Murders and I Spit On Your Grave have been shown on the Horror Channel. The set also comes with a brand new documentary - Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship And Videotape, directed by Jake ‘Doghouse’ West.

Pro... »

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First Look - 2001 Maniacs: Field Of Screams
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Tuesday 20th Jul 2010

2001 Maniacs Field Of Screams DVD CoverMore Blood! More Laughs! More Nakedness! So screams the PR for one of the most talked about sequels in recent years, Tim Sullivan's 2001 Maniacs: Field Of Screams.

Now sequels are a strange breed, some simply regurgitate what has gone before whilst others drift so far from the original premise they are only sequels in name. 2001 Maniacs - Field Of Screams is none of these as it's a sumptuous riot of gore and guffaws that surpasses the very high standard set by the first entry into this series, 2001 Maniacs.

When this year's round of unsuspecting Northerners fail to show up for their annual Guts N' Glory Jamboree, the residents of Pleasant Valley take their cann... »

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Exclusive Interview With FrightFest Man Paul McEvoy
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Tuesday 20th Jul 2010

Paul McEvoyPaul McEvoy is a man of many talents. Not only is he part of the crew who deliver FrightFest every year, was part of the team behind The Cinema Store chain and is one of the newest additions to the team here at the Horror Channel. With FrightFest 2010 only a matter of weeks away, we decided to chat to this enigmatic chap.


HC: Can you recall when your interest in cinema and particularly horror cinema began?

PM: It would have been very early on. The key turning point film, following years of watching and loving TV fare such as Doctor Who, The Tomorrow People and Children Of The Stones, was watching Don’t Look Now. The film and especially its shock to the system ending scared me so much I had to sleep in my parent’s bed that ... »

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Shock Horror - New Magazine Coming Soon
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 20th Jul 2010

Shock Horror Cover Issue 1A new horror magazine is set to worm its way into horror fans hearts later next month. Shock Horror magazine is a bi-monthly paid for horror magazine with a focus on UK and Indie Horror as well as classic film titles and icons. The first issue will be available to purchase worldwide August 11th 2010 from the official Shock Horror website.

Issue 1 will have a print run of 1000 copies, which the creators will be looking to increase as the success of the magazine continues to grow. Contents for issue 1 include: Horror Icon - Vincent Price, Horror Tattoo’s – Feature on London’s Haunted Tattoo Studio, DVD, Game, Comic, Music, Events Reviews, Interview with John ‘Feast’ Gulager, Horror Collectables and much more.

The magazine ... »

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Splice - Brand New Clip
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 19th Jul 2010

Splice Quad PosterWhat would you get if you crossed the genes of a human, a fish and a bird? You would probably get something like the strangely beautiful Dren. Splice is the new movie from Vincenzo 'Cube' Natali's Splice and we have a sneak preview below. But first, here's what Splice is all about:

Clive and Elsa are young, brilliant and ambitious. The new animal species they engineered have made them rebel superstars of the scientific world. In secret, they introduce human DNA into the experiment. The result is something that is greater than the sum of its parts: a female animal-human hybrid that may be a step up on the evolutionary ladder.

The clip below features Elsa (Sarah Polley) as she helps the interspecies organism Dren learn how to speak using fam... »

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The Human Centipede Crawls Into Cinemas August 20th
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 18th Jul 2010

The Human Centipede LgogNearly a year since it premiered at FrightFest, Tom Six's bizarre biological horror The Human Centipede [First Sequence] will crawl its way on to UK screens on August 20th. Probably one of the most talked about movies of 2010 it has been described as everything from a post-Cronenberg body-horror to the most horrific film ever made. To add to that the makers claim that it is 100% medically accurate!

Two pretty American girls on a road trip across Europe end up alone in the woods at night when their car breaks down in rural Germany. As they search for help they find an isolated house. Offering to call them a taxi, the house's owner Dr. Heiter, a retired surgeon, invites the girls inside with the promise of a drink and dry place to wait until help arrives. However th... »

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Predators - The Game
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 17th Jul 2010

Predators iPod GameThe movie may be splitting audience opinion right down the middle but a new officially licensed game based on Robert Rodriguez's Predators designed for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch has had plenty raving about it. Sites such as IGN, Gizmodo and TouchArcade have all praised the gameplay and attention to detail.

Hone your tracking skills and killing techniques to lethal precision as you collect the most prized trophies - heads of human prey. Unlock new weapons and leverage your stealth abilities to hide from enemies. Be wary of human fighters' attempts to band together to defeat you. Teach them that resistance is futile as you eliminate them one-by-one.

For more information and cost click here... »

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Vampires Suck To Be The New Scary Movie?
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 15th Jul 2010

Vampires Suck

If you feel that the Twilight Saga, True Blood, The Vampire Diaries etc are starting to lack bite then 20th Century Fox think that they may have the perfect antidote for you, Vampires Suck. As you may have guessed this is a spoof of the recent coffin-load of vampire-themed movies delivered in the same style as the recent spoof films Date Movie, Epic Movie and Meet The Spartans. Hardly surprising as it’s directed by the team behind those box-office hits.

In Vampires Suck a teenager named Becca (Jenn Proske) is torn between two boys. As she and her friends wrestle with a number of different dramas, everything comes to a head at their prom.

If this sounds like you cup of comedy horror check it out whe... »

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FrightFest E-Zine Goes Live This Friday
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Wednesday 14th Jul 2010

FrightFest Magazine Issue 1Going live from the 16th July, FrightFest launches its bi-monthly E-zine with an in-depth interview (video and text) with the director of A Serbian Film - possibly the most controversial film of the year. Srdjan Spasojevic reveals the real reasons he made the film so divisive. There are also candid interviews with scare-meister Eli Roth and the Ghost Stories fear-team Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson. Plus there's more including trailers, podcasts, gossip and reviews.

Editor Ian Rattray commented, "After celebrating 10 years as the nation's No.1 Horror and Fantasy festival we felt it was the right time to launch such a venture. I'm very proud of what we've all achieved so far. May it long continue"

For more in... »

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Christmas In July On Horror
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 12th Jul 2010

Blackout DVD CoverIf you fancy getting into the Christmas spirit slightly early then tune in on Saturday night at 2:50 when we're showing the seasonal slasher Santa's Slay. And if horror movies set in the winter months is your thing then you should note the release date of the chilling shocker The Blackout which hits DVD on August 30th.

The Blackout is set in Los Angeles, Christmas Eve where a series of power outages, minor earth tremors and other strange events threaten to ruin the holidays. But when the residents of a suburban apartment block experience a sudden total blackout, they are determined to investigate. Deep in the cavernous basement they make a shocking discovery - what is seemingly the breeding ground of a new race of blood-thirsty cr... »

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Will Meat Grinder Be The Goriest Movie of 2010?
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 11th Jul 2010

Meat Grinder DVD CoverMeat Grinder splats its way onto DVD on August 23rd thanks to 4Digital Media. The movie promises to be a sumptuous feast of murder, dismemberment, and cannibalism and proud to become a member of the "torture porn" sub-genre.

This over-the-top gorefest stars Mai as a deranged woman who runs a noodle stall and is hearing voices in her head all the time. When she finds a dying man in her stall one night, she gets the idea to chop him up, and grind the body parts into meatballs as ingredients for her noodle soup. It turns out to be a popular dish, and as the stall gets more and more business, she must find a steady supply of fresh human meat to feed her customers...

Sounds like a movie for serious gorehounds and if gore is your thing catch then don't »

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Have You Been To The Horror Booth?
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Thursday 8th Jul 2010

Most Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays you can catch our Diva of the Dark Side, Emily Booth introducing move premieres from her very own Horror Booth. These small introductions really get you in the mood for the move that's to follow as they are fun, informative and star everyone's favourite presenter. Below is a taster of what you can expect, it's from the first showing of The Terminators so tune in on each of those nights at 22:55 to see what terrifying treats Emily has in store for you in The Horror Booth.

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Twilight Eclipses The Competition
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 7th Jul 2010

Eclispe Quad PosterTeenage horror flick Twilight: Eclipse has broken the box office record for a midnight opening in the US, and is sure to break a few more when it opens in the UK this Friday.

In Eclipse (the third installment of the Twilight saga), Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger as Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob - knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the struggle between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella is confronted with the most important decision of her life.


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Have You Been To The Horror Booth?
By James Whittington
Posted in: , Wednesday 7th Jul 2010

Horror Booth LogoMost Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays you can catch our Diva of the Dark Side, Emily Booth introducing move premieres from her very own Horror Booth.

These small introductions really get you in the mood for the move that's to follow. Below is a taster of what you can expect, its from the first showing of Teeth, and tune in on each of those nights at 22:55 to see what terrifying treats Emily has in store for you in The Horror Booth.

Tonight in The Horror Booth catch the premiere of Alone In The Dark 2 at 22:55

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Dead Cert - Premiere Information
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Tuesday 6th Jul 2010

Dead Cert DVD CoverDead Cert is the second feature from British director Steve Lawson (Just For The Record) and is a vampires-meet-gangsters shocker that is billed as affectionately evoking the spirit of the contemporary-set movies of Amicus and Hammer - particularly the latter's Dracula A.D. 1972 and The Satanic Rites Of Dracula. A hybrid of the vampire and Cockney gangster movie genres that comes complete with all the standard ingredients of both - creepy monsters, beautiful, scantily-clad women, tough-talking wise guys, guns, stakes, gratuitous bloodshed and a seemingly crazy vampire hunter.

Small-time gangster Freddie 'Dead Cert' Frankham (Craig Fairbrass) is unexpectedly given the chance to make a tentative leap into the big leagues with the opening of his new night... »

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Psychosis Comes To DVD
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 5th Jul 2010

Psychosis 3D PackshotBuffy The Vampire Slayer and Angel actress Charisma Carpenter, who was seen recently on the Horror Channel in the movie Voodoo Moon, stars alongside British model Paul Sculfor in Psychosis, the acclaimed new movie from Reg Traviss.

When Susan, a successful horror novelist relocates from California to the rural English countryside in search of peace, the newly-wed finds it in an idyllic, remote sanctuary. But soon after settling in Susan is unnerved by disturbances in her picturesque manor house and unsettling encounters with her creepy neighbours. Before long her dream of tranquillity unfolds into a nightmare as reality and delusion transcend into one and Susan is pushed to the point of madness.

A modern twist on the cul... »

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Let The Right One In - Hammer Style
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 4th Jul 2010

Let Me in Girl at WindowBased on the best-selling Swedish novel Lat den Ratte Komma (Let The Right One In) by John Ajvide Lindqvist, and the highly-acclaimed film of the same name, Let Me In promises to be a haunting and provocative thriller written and directed by filmmaker Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) and produced by legendary British horror brand Hammer Films. Let Me In concerns the relationship between a young girl and an alienated young boy and is unlike any other you have seen:

Chloe Moretz stars as Abby, a secretive 12-year old girl, who moves next door to Owen. Owen is a social outcast who is viciously bullied at school and in his loneliness, forms a profound bond with his new neighbour. Owen can't help noticing that Abby is like ... »

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FrightFest 2010 - Full Main Screen Listing
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Saturday 3rd Jul 2010

I Spit On Your Grave Poster V2Get ready to get excited as the full line up for this year's FrightFest has been revealed. The gang have culled together some of the finest new movies from the freshest talent around as well as paying respect to one of the masters of horror cinema and a Horror Channel favourite, Tobe Hooper.

Horror Channel is proud to be sponsoring the European Premiere of the unrated remake of I Spit On Your Grave which has been directed by Steven R.Monroe and stars Sarah Butler. More details to follow on which stars will be turning up as well as the full listing of what's showing on the acclaimed Discovery Screen but for now here's what you can expect to see on the Main Screen.



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Horror Channel Named Best Themed Channel At Annual Freesat Awards
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Friday 2nd Jul 2010

Freesat Awards Winner 2010The Horror Channel has scooped the prize for Best Themed Channel at this year's Freesat Awards, marking the very best in channels and services available on the free-to-air digital satellite TV service.

It was selected from a field including BET, B4U Music, Gala TV and Wedding TV by an expert judging panel comprising senior representatives from the broadcast industry. The announcement was made at a ceremony hosted by comedian Ed Byrne at London’s Delfina Galleries.

The judges commended the Horror Channel for the following reasons:

"The Horror Channel won for a number of reasons. It has a great on-air look and feel, good British hosts and a lot of outreach in terms of its partnership with FrightFest, ... »

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Frozen - Finally Heading To UK Cinemas Updated!
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 30th Jun 2010

Frozen The Movie Hand ImageAdam "Hatchet" Green's critically acclaimed chiller, Frozen will hit UK screens on September 24th.

The movie concerns a trio of twenty-somethings - best friends Joe Lynch and Dan Walker, plus Dan's girlfriend Parker O'Neil - hoping to spend some quality time skiing and snowboarding in the picturesque resort of Mount Holliston. But a typical day on the slopes turns into a chilling nightmare when they find themselves unexpectedly stranded on a chairlift shortly after the ski resort closes for the week. Unknowingly left dangling high above the ground and with no apparent safe way down as night begins to set in, with increasing panic they soon realize that the threats of frostbite and hypothermia are the least of their worries.

Forced to ta... »

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Tim Sullivan On Horror Channel And New DVD News
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 29th Jun 2010

2001 Maniacs Field Of Screams DVD CoverFrom director Tim Sullivan and starring Bill Moseley (Devil's Rejects), comes the eagerly anticipated second instalment of the gore soaked horror/comedy franchise, 2001 Maniacs: Field Of Screams onto DVD and Blu-ray on July 26th.

When this year's round of unsuspecting Northerners fail to show up for their annual Guts N' Glory Jamboree, the residents of Pleasant Valley take their cannibalistic carnival on the road, and head to Iowa where they encounter spoiled heiresses Rome & Tina Sheraton and the cast and crew of their "Road Rascals" reality show.

Tim Sullivan himself will be on the Horror Channel on July 22nd to introduce three films as our Director’s Night season continues. The movies are... »

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Have You Visited The Horror Booth?
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 28th Jun 2010

Horror Booth LogoYou can catch Emily Booth every week on the Horror Channel introducing some of the scariest and most gruesome movies ever made from her very own Horror Booth. Keep checking the online guide to see which delicious treats she has lined up for you.

Click here for an interview with Emily.

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Splice - New Quad Poster
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 27th Jun 2010

Splice Quad Poster

What would you get if you crossed the genes of a human, a fish and a bird? You would probably get something like the strangely beautiful Dren who comes to the shadowy forefront in the brand new UK quad poster for Vincenzo 'Cube' Natali's Splice

Clive and Elsa are young, brilliant and ambitious. The new animal species they engineered have made them rebel superstars of the scientific world. In secret, they introduce human DNA into the experiment. The result is something that is greater than the sum of its parts: a female animal-human hybrid that may be a step up on the evolutionary ladder.

The movie hits UK cinemas on July 23rd and people should note that the Executive Producer for Splice is the one and only Guillermo del Toro.

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Dare You Visit Emily In Her Horror Booth?
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Friday 25th Jun 2010

Emily Booth

Each week Emily Booth can be seen on the Horror Channel introducing movie premieres in the wonderfully titled feature named Horror Booth. So, we decided to chat to our very own Mistress of the Dark and discover where she gets her ideas from and how "hands on" she is with the making of Horror Booth!

HC: Where did the idea for Horror Booth come from?

EB: Damn it - wish I could say that was mine! But initially it was our superb boss at Horror Channel who suggested I introduce the film premieres on the channel to establish me as the face of the Horror Channel. I’m not sure which wise cracking media type came up with utilizing my name 'Booth' to double up as being the strange little space I occupy ... »

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Predators - Brand New Trailer
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Friday 25th Jun 2010

Predators Group ShotPredators promises to be a bold new chapter in the Predator universe, shot under the creative auspices of Robert Rodriguez. The movie stars Adrien Brody as Royce, a mercenary who reluctantly leads a group of elite warriors who come to realise they've been brought together on an alien planet...as prey. With the notable exception of a disgraced physician, they are... »

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From The People That Gave Us Mega Shark Vs Giant Octopus...
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 21st Jun 2010

Mega Piranha 2D packshotIf you enjoyed the recent showing of the outrageous movie Mega Shark Vs Giant Octopus on the Horror Channel you'll no doubt be intrigued to learn that the people behind that are ready to unleash another cracking creature feature. Mega Piranha is shot in the same extreme style and stars 80s singing sensation Tiffany!

Special Agent Finch (Paul Logan) and Professor Sarah Monroe (Tiffany) are tracking a mutant strain of giant ferocious piranha which has escaped from the Amazon and busy eating their way toward Florida... Will the entire population of Florida be saved from complete annihilation? Battleships will be destroyed, humanity will be threatened, a continent will reach the edge of disaster, a group of heroes will risk i... »

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Zombie Women Of Satan Are Rising!
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 20th Jun 2010

Zombie Women Of Satan CoverBrought to you by the twisted mind of Warren Speed, Zombie Women Of Satan combines everything you would want in a classic B-Movie picture with plenty of semi-clad zombie girls, belly laughs galore and bucket loads of blood and guts.

When a group of nightclub performers - including Pervo the Clown (Warren Speed), a flatulent dwarf, and Skye, a feisty rock chick - arrive on a remote farm for a cable TV interview, they soon discover the dark secret of the sinister family who live there - they have been kidnapping and torturing gorgeous young women as part of a perverted cult. However, the family's experiments have now gone wrong, and the stocking-clad women have now become ravenous ZOMBIES! Now trapped, our ragtag group of visitors must unite in a desperate ... »

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FrightFest: E-zine Coming Soon
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Saturday 19th Jun 2010

FrightFEst Magazine issue 1FrightFest has announced the next exciting development in the 11 year history of the UK's biggest fantasy and horror film festival. On the 16th of July, the first issue of a brand new free bi-monthly magazine or E-zine will be published.

The team promise an array of exclusives - one of those being an access all areas chat between Alan Jones and horror maestro Eli Roth. Many more of these exclusives will be announced closer to the day of launch. The FrightFest E-zine will be heaving with reviews and articles all in the flavour that you have come to expect from the famous fantasy and horror film festival.

For more information click here»

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I See What The Killer Sees - Millennium On The Horror Channel
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Friday 18th Jun 2010

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In 1996 some of the population was preparing for the world to end. Turn of the century tensions were slowly increasing and a panic about a world holocaust was creeping into people’s conscience. Chris Carter, creator of the global hit The X-Files, picked up on this and society’s ever-increasing fear of the evil that lurked in the shadows on every street. He created Millennium, a series that brought high gloss production values as well as true to life horror to TV screens across the world. It was controversial, hard-hitting and violent, but it was also intelligent, mature and compulsive viewing.

Millennium concerns Frank Black (Lance Henriksen), an ex-FBI Agent who has become part of a team named as The Millennium Group, a specialist section who create accurate profiles of ser... »

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Back To Frank Black Celebrate Lara Means
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 17th Jun 2010

Lara Means WeekFrom June 14th to June 20th www.BacktoFrankBlack.com, the ongoing campaign to bring back the critically acclaimed show, Millennium, has a week devoted to Lara Means, one of the main characters from the show's second season.

The week is a celebration from fans, journalists, writers and Millennium crew. The site promises a fantastic video tribute from Joselyn Rojas of X-FilesNews.com; articles by paranormal author M.R. Sellars and horror journalist, Alison Nastasi; music from Steve Katzenmoyer, a video tribute from Popculturenetwork.com contributor DiRT; a snippet from Millennium/Space Above Beyond Writer James Wong and an exclusive brand new interview with Lara Means herself, Kristen Cloke.

Click here for more infor... »

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The Collector - Exclusive Clip
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 16th Jun 2010

The Collector One SheetFrom Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton, the twisted minds behind Saw IV, V and VI, The Collector hits UK screens on June 25th. Billed as a real-time game of cat-and-mouse, melding primal horror with suspense thriller, it looks as if it will be one of the years most intense pieces of horror cinema.

For handyman and ex-con, Arkin, a quiet home and a family on vacation is an "opportunity". For inside the house lies a jeweler's safe, and inside the safe is a rare gem - his only hope for repaying his ex-wife's debt and keeping what's left of his family intact. Unfortunately for Arkin, inside the house is also a box containing the latest specimen in a collection catalogued in blood, bone and tears - a human specimen packaged as “bait”. Whil... »

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Dead Rising 2 Meets Playboy!
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 13th Jun 2010

Dead Rising 2 PlayboyCapcom has confirmed that it has partnered with Playboy magazine to have content from the iconic publication featured in its forthcoming title Dead Rising 2, scheduled for release later this year for the Xbox 360, PlayStation3 and PC platforms.

Players that discover the Playboy magazine in the game will receive a unique and special upgrade for Chuck Greene, the main character in Dead Rising 2. Furthermore. players will come across Playboy ads and billboards that will feature specially selected issues from the magazine’s 57-year history. The new magazine system for Dead Rising 2, which will feature Playboy along with various other publications, is an evolution of the popular book system from the original Dead Rising game... »

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FrightFest 2010: Opening And Closing Films Announced
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Friday 11th Jun 2010

Victor Kills Adam GreenAdam Green’s Hatchet II will receive its world premiere when it opens this year’s Film4 FrightFest on Thursday August 26. Hatchet-man Green, plus leading iconic cast including Kane Hodder, Danielle Harris and Tony Todd will be gracing London's Empire Cinema on Thursday August 26th to kick-off what is expected to be the festival's busiest and most fan-friendly event to date.

Hatchet II resurrects the villainous Victor Crowley, who terrorised the bayou in the ground-breaking international hit Hatchet. The movie promises even more gut-wrenching gore, pitch-black humour and blood-spilling fun. Green said today, “Having the World Premiere of Hatchet II as the opening night of FrightFest is really ... »

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Bubba Come To Blu-Ray
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 10th Jun 2010

Bubba Ho Tep Bluray CoverDon Coscarelli's stunning and original movie Bubba Ho-Tep, comes to Blu-ray for the first time anywhere in the world, courtesy of Anchor Bay Entertainment, in an edition packed with extra features.

Something very strange is going on at the Shady Rest Retirement Home in Mud Creek, Texas. It is the present day, and the King of Rock 'n' Roll (Bruce Campbell) is quietly living out his twilight years in the company of fellow resident, former US president John F. Kennedy (Ossie Davis). Contrary to popular belief, JFK managed to dodge the assassin's bullet but in the aftermath had his skin dyed black and his head messed with by "Them" at the White House. But that's not half of it. According to the former president, there's a malevolent Egyptian mummy on the loose in t... »

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GoreZone Revamp Uncovered
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 8th Jun 2010

Gorezone Cover 57Fans of GoreZone Magazine will notice a bit of a difference in the latest issue (number 57 for those who like to know such things) as its had a bit of a revamp. With a bold new insignia and more reviews than you could shake a rotting corpse at the magazine is retaining its £3.85 cover price. But that's not all, apart from an outstanding image of horror favourite Danielle Harris, the magazine comes with a free DVD which features Horror Channel's Emily Booth.

Also, this issue contains features on The Human Centipede, the I Spit On Your Grave remake, opinion from actress Suzi Lorraine, SFX Lab hints and tips and the movie Machete which stars Lindsay Lohan.

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Horror Channel Salutes The Asylum
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Tuesday 8th Jun 2010

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Formed in 1997, motion picture company The Asylum was the brainchild of David Michael Latt, David Rimawi and Sherri Strain. Over a short space of time their low budget films (soon to labelled "mockbusters" by some critics as their movie titles were similar to major studio releases) grabbed the attention of film lovers who liked their fantasy and horror movies to have that little bit extra in the way of entertainment.

Usually outrageous in tone with a quick duration time, Asylum movies appeal to many because they are made primarily to entertain their audience and seem not to be focused on generating merchandising sales. No, to grab an audience the Asylum give their movies the most outrageous titles going and the most original plots t... »

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The Wolfman Is On His Way
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 5th Jun 2010

The Wolfman CoverUniversal Pictures Home Entertainment will release the hit horror The Wolfman onto DVD, Blu-ray and Digital Download on June 7th. This new Director's Cut features 16 minutes of new footage as well as the Theatrical version. The Blu-ray edition will contain 4 alternative endings as well a coffin load of interactive features.

This gothic remake of the classic 1942 movie of the same name has a strong cast including Sir Anthony Hopkins, Benicio Del Toro and Emily Blunt. Horror fans should also note that the legendary SFX creator Rick Baker (he’s won 6 Oscars!) designed the lead character.

Lawrence Talbot (Toro), a haunted nobleman is lured back to his family estate after his brother vanishes, and his brother’s fiancée Gwen (Blunt) tracks him down to help her find her missing ... »

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[REC]2 Competition News - Update
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 3rd Jun 2010

Rec 2 Poster[REC] 2 looks set to be the stand out horror movie of the year when it hits UK screens on May 28th. So to celebrate its cinematic release, Horror Channel has teamed up with E1 Entertainment to bring you an amazing competition. One lucky person will win their own private screening of this gruesome shocker (at an agreed location) with up to 30 friends being able to attend. 10 runners up win Goodie Bags that contain a T-shirt, Mouse Mat and Mug. The competition closes on June 6th.

Click here to enter.

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Viewers' Choice: Freesat Channel Of The Year Award - Vote Horror!
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 1st Jun 2010

Horror Channel LogoFreesat viewers have been invited to vote for their Channel of the Year and Horror Channel is in the running. By registering your vote in this esteemed category you will be entered into a prize draw to win a Panasonic Home Cinema System, plus LEA Homeplug Adapters.

Click here to register your vote.

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The Last Exorcism - New Trailer
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 31st May 2010

The Last Exorcism PosterFollowing on from our look at the brand new poster for anticipated shocker, The Last Exorcism we now bring you the brand new trailer. Click on the link after this short resume and prepare to be scared.

When he arrives on the rural Louisiana farm of Louis Sweetzer, the Reverend Cotton Marcus expects to perform just another routine 'exorcism' on a disturbed religious fanatic. An earnest fundamentalist, Sweetzer has contacted the charismatic preacher as a last resort, certain his teenage daughter Nell is possessed by a demon who must be exorcized before their terrifying ordeal ends in unimaginable tragedy. Buckling under the weight of his conscience after years of parting desperate believers with their money, Cotton and his crew plan to fil... »

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Exclusive Interview With Director Jeff Burr - Part 3
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Monday 31st May 2010

Jeff BurrWriter, producer, director Jeff Burr has been behind some of the most inventive horror movies from the last twenty years. He gained notoriety in 1990 when he unleashed (well tried to anyway) Leatherface, the third instalment in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre series. Recently on Horror you may have caught his movies Werewolf Reborn and Devil's Den. Jeff has also made memorable contributions to the long running Puppet Master franchise and produced some pretty cool kids TV shows so we thought it was time we tracked this man from Georgia down to see exactly what inspires him to make such a diverse range of movies. In this, the third and final part of an exclusive interview, Jeff talks about his TV work and his plans for the future.

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Predators - Release Date Changed
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 30th May 2010

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Anticipated genre movie Predators has had its release date moved forward, it now hits UK screens on July 8th.

Predators promises to be a bold new movie chapter in the Predator universe. Shot under the creative auspices of Robert Rodriguez, this anticipated film stars Adrien Brody as Royce, a mercenary who reluctantly leads a group of elite warriors who come to realise they’ve been brought together on an alien planet... as prey. With the notable exception of a disgraced physician, they are all cold-blooded killers – mercenaries, Yakuza, convicts, death squad members – human “predators” that are now being systemically hunted and eliminated by a new breed of alien predators.

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Get [REC]'d Zombie Tool!
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 27th May 2010

d PosterPaco Plaza and Jaume Balaguero, the team behind [REC] will deliver [REC]2 on May 28th and to coincide with the release a rather gruesome tool has been launched. Click on this link and upload your photo to the site. Here you can transform your image so you resemble a zombie from [REC]2.

The film is set only minutes since authorities have lost contact with people who are trapped inside a virus-stricken apartment block. It is now completely sealed off from the outside world. Chaos reigns outside and a SWAT team, equipped with video cameras, has been sent in to try and control the situation. However, no one is prepared for the evil that awaits them and, once again, they must keep recording…no matter what!

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The Collector - Coming Soon
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 26th May 2010

The Collector PosterFrom Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton, the minds behind Saw IV, Saw V and Saw VI comes The Collector (in cinemas from June 25th) a real-time game of cat-and-mouse, melding primal horror with suspense thriller.

For handyman and ex-con, Arkin (Josh Stewart), a quiet home and a family on vacation is an "opportunity". For inside the house lies a jeweller's safe, and inside the safe is a rare gem - his only hope for repaying his ex-wife's debt and keeping what's left of his family intact. Unfortunately for Arkin, inside the house is also a box containing the latest specimen in a collection catalogued in blood, bone and tears - a human specimen packaged as "bait". While the trap may have already sprung shut on parents Michael and Victoria – cutting sho... »

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Exclusive Interview With Director Jeff Burr - Part 2
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Monday 24th May 2010

Jeff BurrWriter, producer, director Jeff Burr has been behind some of the most inventive horror movies from the last twenty years. He gained notoriety in 1990 when he unleashed (well tried to anyway) Leatherface, the third instalment in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre series. Recently on Horror you may have caught his movies Werewolf Reborn and Devil's Den. Jeff has also made memorable contributions to the long running Puppet Master franchise and produced some pretty cool kids TV shows so we thought it was time we tracked this man from Georgia down to see exactly what inspires him to make such a diverse range of movies. In this, the second part of an exclusive interview, Jeff talks about his first real directing job and the controversy surrounding Leatherface.

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Coming Soon - Ghost Trick Phantom Detective
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 23rd May 2010

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Capcom has announced information for Ghost Trick Phantom Detective, their latest puzzle adventure for the Nintendo DS which is due later this later year.

Brought to you by Shu Takumi, creator of the Ace Attorney series, Ghost Trick Phantom Detective transports players into the spirit world of Sissel, a murder victim who has lost his memory and returned as a ghost to unravel the mystery of his suspicious demise. It's over to players to solve the crime but be warned, Sissel only has until dawn before his time runs out and he has to leave the supernatural world for good. What part does she play in Sissel’s death? Does Sissel know the lady or her daughter? What treasure is Sissel searching for in the lady’s apartment? There are many paths for Sissel to ... »

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Homecoming Finally Arrives On DVD
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 18th May 2010

Mischa Barton HomecomingHomecoming is a new horror/suspense movie starring TV's Mischa Barton and tells the story of a psycho ex-girlfriend who truly believes love lasts forever...till death us do part!

Mike (Matt Long) was the star quarterback in a blue-collar small town where football is everything. After receiving a scholarship to North-Western University, he returns home over Christmas break and everyone is surprised to see him with a new girlfriend, Elizabeth (Jessica Stroup), a pretty rich girl from Chicago. No one is more shocked than Mike’s Homecoming Queen ex-girlfriend, Shelby (Barton), who desperately wants Elizabeth out of the picture. After a freak car accident leaves Elizabeth at the mercy of Shelby, all hell breaks loose as Shelby does everything it takes to get Mike bac... »

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City Of The Living Dead - Restored And Uncut
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 16th May 2010

City Of The Living Dead Bluray coverOne of the most revered zombie films of all time amongst horror fans, Lucio Fulci's classic City Of The Living Dead gets the full Arrow Video treatment on DVD and Blu-ray on May 24th. The movie is being presented fully restored and uncut, complete with a host of unique and exclusive extras and featurettes specially commissioned for this must-have release.

Directed by Lucio Fulci and starring Christopher George, Catriona MacColl, Carlo De Mejo, Giovanni Lombardo and Michele Soavi, City Of The Living Dead begins with the suicide of a priest in a church cemetery in the small town of Dunwich, New England. A sacrilegious act, the priest’s death mysteriously results in the opening of the gates of hell and, ... »

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Exclusive Interview With Director Jeff Burr - Part 1
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Sunday 16th May 2010

Jeff BurrWriter, producer, director Jeff Burr has been behind some of the most inventive horror movies from the last twenty years. He gained notoriety in 1990 when he unleashed (well tried to anyway) Leatherface, the third instalment in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre series. Recently on Horror you may have caught his movies Werewolf Reborn and Devil's Den. Jeff has also made memorable contributions to the long running Puppet Master franchise and produced some pretty cool kids TV shows so we thought it was time we tracked this man from Georgia down to see exactly what inspires him to make such a diverse range of movies. In this, the first part of an exclusive interview, Jeff talks about his early career and his time with Vincent Price.

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The Last Exorcism - Teaser Poster
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 13th May 2010

The Last Exorcism PosterThe Last Exorcism is a movie that's starting to generate quite a name for itself thanks to some amazing imagery such as this rather amazing teaser poster.

When he arrives on the rural Louisiana farm of Louis Sweetzer, the Reverend Cotton Marcus expects to perform just another routine "exorcism" on a disturbed religious fanatic. An earnest fundamentalist, Sweetzer has contacted the charismatic preacher as a last resort, certain his teenage daughter Nell is possessed by a demon who must be exorcized before their terrifying ordeal ends in unimaginable tragedy.

Buckling under the weight of his conscience after years of parting desperate believers with their money, Cotton and his crew plan to film a confessionary documentary of this, his last exorcism. But upo... »

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Bootleg Of The Dead
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 10th May 2010

Bootleg Of The Living DeadFans of George A. Romero will no doubt want to catch one of his finest movies, Bruiser which is on Horror on Thursday May 13th at 22:55. Also fans should note that, in advance of its Special Edition DVD bow on July 27th the groundbreaking Night Of The Living Dead: Reanimated will first be "released" in a no-frills, not-so-special bootleg edition in the US in May. The full blurb from the PR is below:

"Not everyone who wants to see the latest films can afford to, especially these days," explains Wild Eye Releasing founder and principal, Rob Hauschild. "So we’re doing our part to ease the cost of entertainment for the average moviegoer."

In an unprecedented move, Wild Eye will be distributing low-end, cheaply... »

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Who Needs Jason? Friday The 13th - The Series On Horror
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Monday 10th May 2010
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During the original run of the hit slasher series Friday The 13th, a television show bearing its name was unleashed onto an unsuspecting public. Cleverly entitled Friday The 13th - The Series, it was designed to be an anthology show that would be able to stand by itself and not be connected or confused with the movies that shared its name. A mad idea you might think, but when you sit down and watch the series, you forget any movie connection anyway as it’s a smart and rather unique show which has obviously helped and maybe even inspire programs such as The X-Files and Warehouse 13.

Originally broadcast in 1987 it premiered between the cinematic releases of Friday The 13th Part VI: Jason Lives and Friday The 13th Part VII: The New Blood »

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I Spit On Your Grave - Remake News
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 9th May 2010

i_spit_on_your_graveOne of the most controversial movies ever made, I Spit On Your Grave (which can be seen on Horror on Monday 10th May at 00:45 and pictured left) is at this moment being remade for release later in the year. The picture is being directed by Steven R. Monroe with relative newcomer Sarah Butler in the lead of tragic figure Jennifer. It looks set to follow the rape and revenge plot of the original, a movie which is still unavailable uncut in this country. We'll bring you more news and a confirmed release date when we have them.

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Will You Survive [REC]2 ?
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 6th May 2010

Rec 2 PosterPaco Plaza and Jaume Balaguero, the team behind [REC] will deliver [REC]2 on May 28th.

The movie is set only minutes after contact has been lost with a group of people who are caught inside a building that has been contaminated by a mind altering virus. As you'd expect chaos reigns and a SWAT team, equipped with video cameras, has been assigned to try and control the situation inside. No matter what happens, no matter how brutal, the crew keep filming and the footage promises to be some of the most nerve shredding ever seen.

Coming soon from Horror an amazing [REC]2 competition. Stay tuned…

We have the trailer for you below with but be warned, the footage in this trailer is very strong and n... »

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Freddy's Face Finally Revealed
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 3rd May 2010

Reveal Of FreddyFans waiting for the new version of A Nightmare On Elm Street will no doubt be impressed by this snap shot of the new Freddy Krueger. In this contemporary re-imagining Krueger is played by Watchman star Jackie Earle Haley.

A group of suburban teenagers share one common bond: they are all being stalked by Freddy Krueger, a horribly disfigured killer who hunts them in their dreams. As long as they stay awake, they can protect one another...but when they sleep, there is no escape.

A Nightmare On Elm Street opens in UK cinemas on May 7th.

Freddy's Nightmares - A Nightmare On Elm Street: The Series  starring Robert Englund begins Monday May 18th at 20:00 on Horror»

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Buried - Poster And Teaser Trailer
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 2nd May 2010

Buried PosterComing later in the year is Buried, a new movie from Lions Gate Entertainment and one that's certainly going to have you gasping for air. Here's what Buried is all about:

Paul Conroy is not ready to die.

But when he wakes up 6 feet underground with no idea of who put him there or why, life for the truck driver and family man instantly becomes a hellish struggle for survival. Buried with only a cell phone and a lighter, his contact with the outside world and ability to piece together clues that could help him discover his location are maddeningly limited. Poor reception, a rapidly draining battery, and a dwindling oxygen supply become his worst enemies in a tightly confined race against time-fighting panic, despair and delirium, Paul has only 90 minutes to be resc... »

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Who's There? Stephen King's The Tommyknockers Comes To Horror Channel
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Saturday 1st May 2010

The TommyknockersOriginally written in 1987, The Tommyknockers was Stephen King’s first real mixing of the horror and science fiction genres. Considering this followed the gritty realism of Misery, The Tommyknockers is a bit of a romp with an easy to digest premise that encroaches on a primal fear, that of not knowing who to trust. The book is set in Maine (where else?) where a long buried UFO is disturbed and emits a gas that infects the population of a local village. They are slowly transformed into creatures similar to those that had lived inside the spacecraft. Unfortunately those creatures had nasty habits and soon the townsfolk are killing each other.

Widely known as a subtle allegory of a period of Stephen King’s life (he was dabbling in substance abuse ... »

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Twilight Saga: Eclipse - New Trailer
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 27th Apr 2010

Eclipse Quad PosterThe much anticipated trailer for hot horror movie Twilight Saga: Eclispe has just been released. The movie stars Robert Pattinson as vampire with a conscience Edward Cullen, Taylor Lautner as part human part werewolf Jacob Black, and winner of the BAFTA rising star award Kristen Stewart as their mortal love interest Bella.

In Eclipse, Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger as Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob — knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the struggle between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation quickly approaching, ... »

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S.N.U.B. is coming to DVD
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 26th Apr 2010

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S.N.U.B. is billed as a survival horror movie and is being released by ISIS Ltd on May 24th.

A junior minister of the British Government discovers a terrorist plot to detonate a nuclear device in London. Putting self-preservation first he flees with a young American political advisor to a re-commissioned Secret Nuclear Underground Bunker – S.N.U.B. They find themselves entombed in the bunker with a disperate group of individuals caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. The terrorist bomb is found but attempts by bomb disposal experts fail to prevent it exploding destroying central London and the fallout contaminating the surrounding countryside.

As a result of the blast a group of dangerous convicts breakout from a local high security prison, but are contaminated wit... »

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This Psychic Life - Stephen King's The Dead Zone On Horror Channel
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Sunday 25th Apr 2010

Stephen Kings The Dead ZoneMovies and TV shows based on the work of Stephen King rarely work, there are a few exceptions such as It and The Stand but on the whole few capture the true feeling of the source text. One of the very best though is The Dead Zone which is based on the King novel from 1979. David Cronenebrg directed a movie in 1983 which was also based on the book, but it is the TV series that ran for six seasons from 2002 to 2007 which truly brought the spirit and characters of the book very much to life.

The series centres on a teacher named Johnny Smith (Anthony Michael Hall) who is involved in near-fatal car crash and spends 6 years in a coma. He awakens to discover life has changed. Not only have his friends and family either moved on or ... »

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Aliens: Fast Track To Heaven
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 25th Apr 2010

Aliens Fast Track To Heaven CoverFrom Liam Sharp, the artist/writer who brought us adventures with Judge Dredd, The Incredible Hulk and Gears Of War comes Aliens: Fast Track To Heaven, an all-new deluxe-format hardcover graphic novella.

Deep beneath the ice of Jupiter's moon Europa, life teems in the depths of dark oceans fed by belching chemical-rich volcanic vents. But more spectacular discoveries of life elsewhere in the cosmos have left Europa little more than another commercial stopover with an orbital station and a decaying space elevator ferrying cargo and personnel to and from the moon. But when one of the massive elevators stops midway with no communication from the crew aboard, a rescue team soon discovers that the stranded... »

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A Nightmare On Elm Street (2010) New Poster
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 25th Apr 2010

Never Sleep Again PosterFollowing our news last week about the new A Nightmare On Elm Street movie (due in cinemas May 7th) we thought you'd might like to see this new poster for the film which is cleverly called Never Sleep Again. Nice, don't you think?

For those of you who didn't know, Jack Earle Hayley is taking over the role of Freddy Krueger. Fingers crossed he has the ability to capture the horror audience in the same was Robert Englund did way back in 1984.

For a reminder of how good Robert Englund was as Freddy tune into Horror Channel on May 18th at 20:00 to catch the first episode of the cult TV series Freddy's Nightmares. This ghoulish prequel to the iconic film, A Nightmare on Elm Street, sees Krueger haunt... »

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Harpoon: The Reykjavik Whale Watching Massacre
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 21st Apr 2010

Harpoon CoverThe Icelandic film industry’s first ever bona fide foray into in-your-face exploitation horror movie territory, Harpoon: The Reykjavik Whale Watching Massacre is a blackly comic and supremely gory affair which recently got a rapturous reception by a rabid audience of appreciative horror fans attending a sold out screening at the Glasgow Film Festival’s Annual Frightfest.

When a freak accident leaves the captain of their boat mortally wounded and the first mate jumps ship following his attempted rape of a passenger, a small group of tourists are forced to seek refuge on a passing former whaling vessel manned by a family of ‘Fishbillies’ with a psychotic score to settle. With whaling no longer on the agenda, the tourists become the helpless prey aboard a ship that is soon to be ... »

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Predators - International Featurette
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 20th Apr 2010

Predators LogoPredators, a bold new chapter in the Predator universe, shot under the creative auspices of Robert Rodriguez, stars Adrien Brody as Royce, a mercenary who reluctantly leads a group of elite warriors who come to realise they’ve been brought together on an alien planet... as prey. With the notable exception of a disgraced physician, they are all cold-blooded killers – mercenaries, Yakuza, convicts, death squad members – human “predators” that are now being systemically hunted and eliminated by a new breed of alien predators.

Click here for an interview with producer Robert Rodriguez and director ... »

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More Undead Fun With Lenore
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 19th Apr 2010

Lenore Wedgies CoverLenore, the cute little dead girl, is back for another dose of maniacal fiendish fun in a remastered, newly-coloured edition of goth classic Lenore: Wedgies thanks to Titan Books. 
 
From the wonderfully twisted mind of Roman Dirge, Lenore is one of the funniest, darkest, cutest, creepiest characters around, and a huge hit around the globe. Take a trip into the dark, surreal world of the ‘cute little dead girl’ as she sets out to catch the ‘Toof Fairy’, rid the world of gnomes, battles the thing from the poopy chair and kills Mr Gosh…again.
 
For fans this is a must-have collectible and a solid introduction for the as-yet uninitiated, this hardback collection has been painstakingly remastered by Dirg... »

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Daybreakers gets Gored Up for Blu-ray
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 18th Apr 2010

Daybreakers CoverThe Blu-ray edition of the hit vampire flick Daybreakers will be a stronger cut than that seen in cinemas. Starring Willem Defoe and Sam Neil the movie is set in 2019 where a mysterious plague has swept over Earth, transforming the majority of the world's population into vampires. Humans are now an endangered, second-class species – forced into hiding by the civilised vampires, they are hunted and farmed for consumption almost to the brink of extinction. It’s all up to Edward Dalton (Ethan Hawke) a vampire researcher who refuses to feed on human blood, to perfect a blood substitute that might sustain vampires and spare the few remaining humans. But time and hope are running out – until Ed meets Audrey, a human survivor who leads him to a startling medical breakthrou... »

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Phobia - Trailer And Cover Artwork
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 15th Apr 2010

Phobia 3D CoverFour of Thailand’s hottest new directors and masters of the macabre – Paween Purikitpanya (Body), Yongyoot Thongkongtoon (Best Of Times) and the co-directing team responsible for Shutter, Banjong Pisanthanakun and Parkpoom Wongpoom (Shutter) – come together to serve up a fresh feast of fear in the horror anthology, Phobia, coming to DVD in May 2010.

Yongyoot Thongkongtoon kicks things off with Happiness, a dialogue-free instalment featuring a teenage girl, housebound due to injuries received in a taxi accident, whose only connection to the outside world is via her mobile phone. Another boring evening starts to look promising when she begins receiving friendly text messages from a mysterious boy. Things take a turn f... »

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Feeding The Masses - 4 Movie Set From Shock-O-Rama
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 14th Apr 2010

Feeding The Masses CoverThose of you with DVD machines that can play discs from around the world will be interested to learn that Shock-O-Rama Cinema are to release a four movie collection entitled Feeding The Masses. Movies included are:

Feeding The Masses - In a nation dominated by mass media manipulation, rampant consumerism and a brainwashing government, a zombie epidemic known as the Lazarus Virus is bringing the recently deceased back to life.

Creature From the Hillbilly Lagoon - Following a toxic spill, science students are set upon by insane and inbred locals.  Little do they know their greatest threat is a hulking humanoid borne of radioactive mutation ascending from the inky blackness of the lagoon!

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Exclusive Interview With Day Of The Dead Star Joe Pilato
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Monday 12th Apr 2010

Joe-Pilato-1George A. Romero’s masterpiece Day Of The Dead hit Blu-ray on March 29th thanks to Arrow Video. One of the films most memorable characters is that of Captain Rhodes played to scene stealing perfection by Joe Pilato. Joe took some time out to tell us about his acting career and how he came to be play one of horror’s most iconic creations.

HC: When did you realise you wanted to become an actor?
 
JP: Great question. First of all, hello to all my UK fans. I didn’t think I realized that I wanted to be an actor. When I was a kid I noticed that I would critique how other kids played. We would play ‘World War II army’ and you would shoot an invisible machine gun or broom handle and I’d look and I... »
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A New Nightmare For Elm Street
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 10th Apr 2010