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Terrifying tales, mutant beasts and Hammer vamps - January on the Horror Channel
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Thursday 29th Dec 2011

InseminoidHorror Channel is starting 2012 with a blood-splattered bang with a list of premieres that are guaranteed to thrill as well as chill you.

We have more classics from the Hammer studios, a grizzly creature feature and one of the most controversial science fiction movies ever made. Keep checking the online guide for broadcast times.

January 4th – And Now The Screaming Starts
Peter Cushing, Herbert Lom, Patrick Magee and Stephanie Beacham lead the all-star cast of Roy Ward Baker’s 1973 classic And Now The Screaming Starts. Newlyweds Charles and Catherine move into his family's castle where Catherine falls prey to a horrifying curse that sees her terrorised by ... »

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London Horror Comic Issue 4 Details
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 29th Dec 2011

London Horror Comic Issue 4 CoverUsing an incredibly talented team London Horror Comic set a new benchmark for anthology storytelling over its first three issues. Now after a hiatus of almost two years the comic is back, better than ever

The much anticipated Issue 4 has been richly rendered by the talents of Lee Ferguson (Black Canary Wedding Planner) Dean Kotz, Matt Dixon, Marc Deering (Miranda Mercury) Matty Ryan (New X-Men), Hi-Fi Design (American Virgin) and John-Paul Kamath.

Stories in the new issue (on sale in January) include; a traveller who takes a paranoid train journey on London's Underground, a super villain has to deal with life in the real world when he becomes a trainee in a local coffee shop and the terrors ... »

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Red State - January 23rd
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 28th Dec 2011

Red State DVD CoverRed State is billed as an explosive, edge of your seat action-horror film, which will draw you down a harrowing path where 'sinners' face their judgment day at the hands of a dangerous religious sect. This gripping and exhilarating film from Kevin Smith is released on DVD and Blu-ray through Entertainment One on January 23rd.

The movie follows three horny friends who turn to the Internet to find a woman willing to fulfill their teenage urges. They think they have hit the jackpot when they find Sara (Melissa Leo) - an older lady who wants to have a foursome, however what should have been the greatest night of their life turns in to a nightmare when the boys are drugged and taken into captivity by the infamous Five Point Church - a local religious cult who operate their own brand ... »

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Human Centipede Director Tom Six Answers Your Questions
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Tuesday 27th Dec 2011

Tom SixWe asked you via the Horror Channel Facebook feed for questions for Tom Six, director of the most talked about movie of 2011, The Human Centipede II [Full Sequence].

We weren't disappointed and if you go over to our Facebook page you can view Tom alongside THCII star Laurence Harvey being answering your questions with our very own Paul McEvoy.

Click the links below to view and to jump to some exclusive online interviews with some of the cast plus don't miss Tom Six on the Horror Channel this Thursday introducing three of his favourite movies in another of our exclusive Director's Nights events.

Tom ... »

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Merry Christmas From the Horror Channel
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Saturday 24th Dec 2011

Silent Night Deadly NightAll of us here at the Horror Channel would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas.

Don't miss our Hammer Glamour season which starts tonight at 11.10pm with Dr Jekyll And Sister Hyde, seasonal slaying tomorrow at 10.55pm in the original hack n' slash classic Black Christmas and then on Boxing Day at the same time there's more stalking shocks in Silent Night, Deadly... »

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Argento's Four Flies To Be Unleashed In January
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 21st Dec 2011

Four Flies On Grey Velvet CoverForty years after its release and twenty years after the film disappeared from the public eye, Shameless Screen Entertainment is releasing the first ever worldwide Blu-ray of Dario Argento's lost masterpiece, Four Flies On Grey Velvet and, also for the first time ever, in the original version in which it was made. This special 40th Anniversary Edition has been fully remastered in HD from the original negative and includes four inserts of previously missing footage known amongst Argento fans as the legendary "missing forty seconds". Additionally, the original pristine English audio has been remastered exclusively for this Shameless release from the original magnetic soundtrack and is being made available for the first time since the film’s initial th... »

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Wrath Of The Titans - Teaser Trailer
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 21st Dec 2011
Wrath Of The TitansIf you're looking forward to our premiere of Hawk The Slayer tonight at 9pm then you may be interested in this, the teaser trailer for Wrath Of The Titans which hits UK cinemas in March.

A decade after his heroic defeat of the monstrous Kraken, Perseus is attempting to live a quieter life as a village fisherman and the sole parent to his 10-year-old son, Helius. Meanwhile, a struggle for supremacy rages between the gods and the Titans. Dangerously weakened by humanity's lack of devotion, the gods are losing control of the imprisoned Titans and their ferocious leader, Kronos, father of the long-ruling brothers Zeus, Hades and Poseidon. The triumvirate had overthrown their... »

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Brand New - Exclusive Interview With Human Centipede 2 Actress Emma Lock
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Wednesday 14th Dec 2011

Emma LockHorror Channel recently celebrated the controversial side of cinema with Season Of The Banned, a selection of movies that tested the BBFC to the limit. So we thought it would be cool to chat to the cast of The Human Centipede 2 which was banned in the UK earlier this year and has only been released after a selection of cuts were made. Here we ask actress Emma Lock about her role in the movie and her plans for the future.

HC: Are you a big fan of horror cinema?

EL: I am a huge fan. Growing up in the far East you can imagine some of the horrors I was exposed to pretty early. My favourite horrors involve the dead, like Ju-on.

HC: Had you seen the original movie? If so, what were you initial thoughts aft... »

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Tomie: Unlimited - January 23rd
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 14th Dec 2011

Tomie CoverDirector Noboru Iguchi (The Machine Girl, RoboGeisha) is back with Tomie: Unlimited, his entry in to the ongoing Tomie horror film series based on a popular Manga by Junji Ito.

Tsukiko (Moe Arai), who belongs to a photography club at high school, always feels inferior to her elder sister, Tomie (Miu Nakamura). Tomie is breathtakingly beautiful and popular among the male students, including Toshio, whom Tsukiko is secretly in love with.

One day an awful accident kills Tomie right in front of her younger sister. Since then Tsukiko suffers from a nightmare night after night. A year later Tsukiko and her parents are surrounding a birthday cake to celebrate dead Tomie's 18th birthday. Suddenly they hear an eerie knock at the door. Unbelievably, it is Tomie. She's back. The father a... »

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Rogue River To Flow Into Stores From January 2012
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 13th Dec 2011

Rogue RiverFollowing its European Premiere at Frightfest 2011, Rogue River finally comes to DVD and Blu-ray on the 16th January.

Wanting to scatter her father’s ashes at a significant place, Mara (Michelle Page) drives to a remote part of the beautiful Rogue River in Southern Oregon. When Mara's car is towed away by over-zealous police she accepts the offer of a ride into town by a kindly passerby. First they must stop by his place though in order Jon (horror cinema legend Bill Moseley) can tell his wife Lucinda what he's up to.

So begins Mara's nightmare descent into utter horror and disgust. For Jon and Lucinda aren't what they seem and as they hold Mara hostage inside their house the shock twists and creepy turns begin. Your nerves will be stripped as bare as Jon and Lucinda dare when their clothes ... »

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Brand New - Exclusive Interview With Journalist Billy Chainsaw
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Sunday 11th Dec 2011

Billy ChainsawDuring November Horror Channel showed a series of movies that pushed the boundaries of taste and what was deemed as acceptable under the title of Season Of The Banned. We chatted to those who grew up during this time and here we chat to respected journalist Billy Chainsaw about what he recalls of the Video Nasties era and what he’s working on at the moment.

HC: Can you remember the first horror you saw?

BC: It was James Whale's 1931 classic Frankenstein - on TV.

HC: Was this the movie that made you a fan of the horror genre?

BC: Film-wise, yes. However, it was my mom (RIP) who was really responsible for infecting me with the horror bug: unbeknownst to my dad, she'd let me stay up late and watch old h... »

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Dead Heads - Coming January 2012
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 11th Dec 2011

Dead Heads DVD CoverAfter a hugely successful UK premiere at this year's Frightfest, Dead Heads comes to DVD and Blu-ray 2nd January with a whole host of extras.

Directed by brothers Brett and Drew T. Pierce, sons of The Evil Dead special effects photographer Bart Pierce, the film wears its influences gloriously on its blood splattered sleeve and sees a return to 1980's style comedy adventure movies like Back To The Future and The Goonies.

The Pierce Brothers' winning combo of gory horror action, smart humour and heartfelt emotion follows zombie slackers Mike (McKiddy) and Brent (Kidder) as they travel across country to find the former’s old girlfriend and love of his life. But will those nasty bounty-hunting agents with a secret agenda catch them before they... »

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The Dead - Soundtrack Available Soon
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 8th Dec 2011

The Dead SoundtrackBy popular demand, the producers of the much admired zombie survival flick The Dead are releasing the film's soundtrack, which features a haunting original score from film composer Imran Ahmad, with vocals from top Eritrean singer Saba Tewelde and kora from Gambian virtuoso Jally Kebba Susso.

The soundtrack is available to download from iTunes and Amazon from 12th December.

Howard Ford, the film's producer and co-director, commented, "We were absolutely blown away by Imran's unique and moving score for The Dead. We simply had to release it because of the sheer number of people asking where they could get their hands on the soundtrack. Also with the US DVD/Blu-ray release coming up on 14th February the demand is likely to grow, so I hope people a... »

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More December Delights from The Horror Channel
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Wednesday 7th Dec 2011

Black ChristmasWe've already highlighted the devilishly good Hammer movies we're showing throughout December, but that' only a small selection of premieres we have this month. Below you'’ll find a cornucopia of classic and contemporary shockers including one that's credited for kicking off the golden age of hack and slash horror, Black Christmas (pictured). Keep checking the online guide for broadcast times.

December 7th - Killer Fish
Experience marine mayhem in the premiere of Killer Fish. Starring the Six Million Dollar Man himself Lee Majors it concerns an expert thief who stashes priceless emeralds in the depths of a reservoir where a horde of flesh-eating piranhas hungrily wait.

December 9th -... »

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Haunted Magazine - A Fresh Look At The Paranormal
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 5th Dec 2011
Haunted Issue 11Haunted Magazine is a bi-monthly publication and is full of things scary and spooky and looks at every aspect of the paranormal. Launched in 2009 by ANON Publications, Albert Nonn and Paul Stevenson looked at creating a different kind of magazine that just didn't say "here's a ghost, look here's another one, and oooh, guess what?" They realised that they had to crawl before they could walk and then walk before they could run. With two years and 11 issues of hard work under their belts, they know feel that they have got the balance of paranormal and horror spot on and are ready to take the magazine to a bigger and wider audience.

Haunted is one of the fastest growing UK paranormal / horror print magazine in the UK. It takes you on a roller coaster ride of emotions taking ... »

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Robert Englund And William Forsythe - Together At Last
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 30th Nov 2011
Inkubus DVD sleeveMurder, gore and mayhem ensue as two giants of the horror genre, Robert Englund and William Forsythe team up for the first time in supernatural horror thriller, Inkubus, which will be released by Trintiy X on DVD in the UK, February 6th, 2012.

Shot in just 15 days the directot Glenn Ciano has gone on record as saying he wanted the film to be a "nuts and guts" throw-back to the 80s genre film.

Englund, who is known for working with new-blood directors such as Adam Green, Tim Sullivan and Scott Glosserman explains why he took the role, "I deliberately now look first at scripts from newcomers and Glenn Ciano's Inkubus was such an intriguing project. People like him have shone a new light on the genre and provided it with a new and viable business model... »

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Silent Night Of The Living Dead - To Enter Pre-Production 2012
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 29th Nov 2011

Silent Night Of The Living Dead promo posterSlated to go into pre-production Spring 2012 is the long awaited feature from Beware The Moon director Paul Davis.

Silent Night Of The Living Dead, which has been written by James Moran, the man behind Severance and the soon to be released Cockneys Vs Zombies will start shooting towards the end of next year.

Davis said, "I'm absolutely delighted to have both Tom (Savini) and AJ (Bowen) working on my first picture. I've been a fan of Tom since I first saw Dawn Of The Dead and subsequently picked up my first copy of Fangoria. He's wonderful in front of the camera and lights up any scene he's in. He's had such a prolific career both in special effects an... »

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Explore The Hammer Vault This December
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 27th Nov 2011
The Hammer Vault CoverIf you're enjoying our Hammer seasons on Horror then you might want to check out this new book from Hammer expert Marcus Hearn. The Hammer Vault is a brand new hardback packed with sensational, never-before-seen material and is an entertaining romp through the archives of Britain’s most famous film studio.

Designed for both die-hard fans and those new to Hammer's cinematic legacy this 176 page tome is treasure trove of unseen treasures and steeped in history.

Beginning with the company's incorporation documents from 1934, moving through the many unforgettable horror classics which cemented their reputation and made worldwide stars of Christopher Lee and Peter ... »

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Kill List - Release Date Set
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 26th Nov 2011

Kill List DVD CoverOne of the most talked about and acclaimed movies at FrightFest 2011 was Ben Wheatley's Kill List. Thanks to StudioCanal its coming to Blu-ray and DVD on December 26th.

Eight months after a disastrous job in Kiev left him physically and mentally scarred, ex-soldier turned contract killer, Jay (Neil Maskell: Rise Of The Footsoldier), is pressured by his partner, Gal (Michael Smiley: Down Terrace), and wife Shel (Myanna Buring: The Descent), into taking a new assignment. As they descend into the dark and disturbing world of the contract, Jay beings to unravel once again – his fear and paranoia sending him deep into the heart of darkness.

Extras include: Commentary with Director Ben Wheatley and Writer Amy Jump, Commentary with Actors Neil Maske... »

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Dream House - New Clip
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 24th Nov 2011

Dream HouseOnce upon a time, there were two little girls who lived in a house.

Daniel Craig, Naomi Watts and Rachel Weisz star in Dream House, a suspense thriller about a family that unknowingly moves into a home where grisly murders were committed... only to uncover even darker mysteries within its walls.

Successful publisher Will Atenton (Craig) quit a high-power job in Manhattan to relocate his wife, Libby (Weisz), and two girls to a quaint New England town. But as they settle into their new life, they discover their perfect home was the murder scene of a mother and her children. And the entire city believes it was at the hands of the husband who survived. When Will investigates, he's not sure if he's starting to see ghosts or if the tragic story is just hitting too close to home. His only clues come... »

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Have A Devil Of A December With The Horror Channel and Hammer
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Thursday 24th Nov 2011

Hammer Devil SeasonYou may have read about Horror Channel's Hammer Glamour season this December, but that’s not the only Hammer treat we have lined up for you.

We also have a pair of devilish titles to chill your blood near the festive period that star legendary actor Christopher Lee and are based on top selling titles from acclaimed author Dennis Wheatly. All films start at 10.55pm.

December 16th – The Devil Rides Out
Directed by Terence Fisher, The Devil Rides Out (or The Devil's Bride as it was known in America) stars Christopher Lee, ... »

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You're Gonna Need A Bigger Beach - Sand Sharks Land Early 2012
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 23rd Nov 2011

Sand SharksIt might be safe to go back in the water, but first you have to get across the beach, which in Sand Sharks is not as easy as it sounds given that nature's perfect killing machine is no longer confined to the ocean.

Directed by Mark Atkins and starring Corin Nemec, Brooke Hogan, Gina Holden, Julie Berman, Nick Hogan and Vanessa Lee Evigan, Sand Sharks is a gory and playful creature feature with its tongue buried firmly in its cheek. Shamelessly borrowing the best elements from Jaws, Blood Beach, Piranha and Tremors and throwing them into a cinematic blender, Atkins and scriptwriters Cameron Larson and Joe Benkis have concocted a killer comedy cocktail of monster mayhem that is hard to resist.

When the decapitated head of a dune biker is found near the beach on... »

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Season Of The Banned - Interview with Human Centipede 2 Actress Katherine Templar
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Monday 21st Nov 2011

Katherine TemplarHorror Channel is celebrating the controversial side of cinema with Season Of The Banned, a selection of movies that tested the BBFC to the limit. So we thought it would be cool to chat to the cast of The Human Centipede 2 which was banned in the UK earlier this year and has only been released after a selection of cuts were made. Here we talk to rising star Katherine Templar about her role in the movie and her plans for the future.

HC: Are you a big fan of horror cinema?

KT: When I was a child I simply couldn't watch horror. I had a worryingly overactive imagination. In fact I still do! It was only later that I started watching horror and was inst... »

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The Horror Channel plays with dead things at 2.8 Hours Later.
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Sunday 20th Nov 2011

Mall ZombieHorror Channel's Stewart Bridle decided to take on the undead with the ultimate zombie-chase game, 2.8 Hours Later. Here he tells us of his experience. (Photo by James Koch)

When it comes to a zombie apocalypse I’m pretty much prepared. I've done my research, studied the Romero's, The Fulci's and even sat through Uwe Boll's House Of The Dead. Like any other genre fan I've thought about my survival plan and always keep one eye and ear on rolling 24-hour news channels for the first sign of any undead outbreak. But what happened when I was actually thrown into the situation 'for real', running for my life through the streets of London with slavering zombies hot on my heels as I prayed I’d reach my next safe-house...?

This isn't the set of a movie but »

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The Martians are back, for a new generation
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 20th Nov 2011

The War Of The Worlds The Next Generatiion PosterOne of the most successful stage shows of recent times, Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds, returns to UK Arenas with a new star and another technological leap forward.

On November 18th The New Generation of Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of The Worlds launched in conjunction with Sony Music, Live Nation and SJM Concerts, featuring a new interpretation of the classic recording which will be released June 2012 followed by a major international arena tour commencing November 2012.

Internationally acclaimed actor Liam Neeson will be seen in 3D holography as the story's narrator and leading a new cast. Neeson will be seen i... »

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Hammer Glamour Coming To the Horror Channel
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, News, Thursday 17th Nov 2011

Hammer GlamourThe Horror Channel continues its celebration of Hammer cinema with a seasonal menu of blood and barely restrained cleavage in a celebration of those glorious 70s supernatural sirens.

Over four weeks, starting December 24th, you can share the Christmas season with Ingrid Pitt, Yutte Stensgaard, Martine Beswick and real-life twins Mary and Madeleine Collinson in a crop of 1971 Hammer favourites. All movies start at 11.10pm.

December 24th - Dr. Jekyll & Sister Hyde
Starring Ralph Bates, Martine Beswick and Gerald Sim, Dr. Jekyll & Sister Hyde is a sexy take on the famous Jekyll and Hyde story. Dr. Jekyll makes a formula that turns him into a beautiful, yet evil, woman. However, he needs female hormones f... »

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Rabies - Tonight At The Peckham Plex
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 17th Nov 2011

RabiesThe creepy confines of the woods provide the perfect setting for Rabies, Israel's first ever horror film. The movie is showing tonight at Peckham Plex 8.30pm as part of the UK Jewish Film Festival.

Co-directors Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado met when they were tutor and student at Tel Aviv University, and Rabies was born of their shared desire to bring something edgy and new to Israeli cinema.

That it is their first foray into feature filmmaking, as well as their country's first step into the genre, would never be obvious from the assuredness on display in this story of a game of murder engulfing a young couple, a pair of disaffected cops and a group of tennis players who stumble into the traps of a vicious killer.

Frightening, funny, moving and often pessimistic, l... »

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Final Destination 5 - DVD and Blu-ray release date
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 16th Nov 2011
Final Destination 5 Bluray CoverIn Final Destination 5, Death is just as omnipresent as ever, and is unleashed after one man's premonition saves a group of co-workers from a terrifying suspension bridge collapse. But this group of unsuspecting souls was never supposed to survive, and, in a terrifying race against time, the ill-fated group frantically tries to discover a way to escape Death's sinister agenda.

The second of the Final Destination films to be shot in 3D, Final Destination 5 is directed by Steven Quale, marking his major feature film directorial debut. The film brings together an ensemble cast led by Emma Bell and Nicholas D'Agosto, along with Miles Fisher, Arlen Escarpeta, Jacqueline MacInnes-Wood, P.J. Byrne and Elle... »

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Society: Party Animal Re-Print News
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 15th Nov 2011

Society Party Animal Cover British genre publishers Rough Cut Comics will celebrate their tenth anniversary at the Thought Bubble Sequential Arts Festival in Leeds on November 19th and 20th with a re-release of their official Society comic-books.

The company acquired the comic-book rights to Brian Yuzna's cult horror satire in 2002 and produced stories which combined to be an official sequel to the 1989 film. The film itself has been shown on Horror Channel.

They will re-print Society: Party Animal, a 64-page two-issue chiller re-establishing readers with the gruesome exploits of the race of super-beings which manipulate and devour the lower classes.

It utilises many of the original film's characters … hero Billy Whitney... »

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Hostel - Part 3 Due January 2012
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 15th Nov 2011

Sony LogoGet ready for the next disturbing chapter in the terrifying Hostel franchise when Hostel: Part III debuts on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download on January 23 thanks to Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

The film promises to contain even more disturbing and shocking moments than its predecessors, bringing the underground world of the notorious Elite Hunting Club to "Sin City", where human torture has been turned into a high stakes gambling opportunity. The cast includes Thomas Kretschmann, Brian Hallisay, Kip Pardue, John Hensley, Chris Coy, Skyler Stone and Sarah Habel. Bonus materials include commentary with Director Scott Spiegel and actor Kip Pardue.

High stakes gambling takes on a sinister new meaning in this third chapter of the terrifying Hostel series. While attending a bachelor party... »

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Season Of The Banned - Interview With Craig Lapper A Senior Examiner At The BBFC
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Sunday 13th Nov 2011

BBFC LogoThe British Board of Film Classification was established in 1912 and at that time it was known as the British Board of Film Censors. Their role – as their mission statement says - is it classify and empower the public into making informed viewing choice and protect the public and especially children from content which might raise harm risks. As we're having a season which contains some movies that were originally banned we thought we should chat to Craig Lapper, a Senior Examiner at the BBFC about his role and the BBFC as a whole.

HC: What sort of background do you need to become an Examiner for the BBFC?

CL: There is no specific background or set of qualifications required in order to be an examiner and we have examiners from a wide range of backgrounds. However experience of a working env... »

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THE DARK SIDE MAGAZINE CELEBRATES 21ST BIRTHDAY WITH DIGITAL GIVEAWAY SPONSORED BY NETWORK DVD
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 12th Nov 2011

The Dark Side Issue 1 CoverThe UK's number one specialist horror genre magazine The Dark Side has just turned 21 years old and to celebrate this momentous anniversary in style, along with the help and support of sponsors Network DVD, The Dark Side is offering all its readers, both old and new, the chance to enjoy the magazine's first four rare collectors' editions totally free of charge. No longer available to buy as back issues, these archive volumes have been recreated as brand new digital editions allowing readers to take a chilling journey down the dark alleyways of horror history.

All dedicated fans of the macabre and fantastic need to do is visit the magazine's official website, where they can read fou... »

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Exclusive Interview With Dick Mass Director Of Saint
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Thursday 10th Nov 2011
Dick MassThe season slasher movie Saint has just been released onto DVD in the UK. This smart, funny and blood-drenched picture is a smart take on the hack n' slash genre so we had a quick chat with its director, Dick Mass to see where the idea came from.

HC: We know you mainly in the UK for Amsterdamned and more recently Killer Babes but your output very varied. Is there one genre you like working in the most?

DM: I like to work in different genres. I started with a horror movie called The Lift. I made action movies like Amsterdamned and Do Not Disturb (aka The Shaft) and I did comedies, The Flodder trilogy, Killer Babes. Saint again is a horror/action movie and currently I'm editi... »

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First Night at Rookford - New Clip From The Awakening
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 8th Nov 2011

The Awakening PosterThe Awakening is a new and very much anticipated supernatural thriller from Nick Murphy who also penned the script alongside Stephen Volk.

Starring Dominic West (The Wire, 300), Rebecca Hall (The Town) and Oscar-nominee Imelda Staunton (Vera Drake) this chiller is set for release on November the 11th.

In post-World War I England in 1921, an author and paranormal sceptic (Hall) is invited to a countryside boarding school by the head master (West) to investigate rumours of an apparent haunting.

But just when she thinks she has debunked the ghost theory, she has a chilling encounter which makes her question all her rational beliefs.

We think this looks like a winner so check out this brand new clip below entitled F... »

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Strippers Vs Werewolves - New Trailer
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 8th Nov 2011

Strippers Vs Werewolves BodyStrippers Vs Werewolves, the new movie from director Jonathan Glendenning, the man behind the creature feature 13hrs last year, is due for release sometime next year. If you were lucky enough to have attended FrightFest 2011 you'll have seen a sneaky and rather fun preview of this movie.

Well now we have the brand new trailer for you to enjoy.

Centred around Vixens, a London strip-club, Strippers Vs Werewolves stars Adele Silva, Barbara Nedeljakova, Ali Bastian, Coralie Rose, Billy Murray, Alan Ford, Sarah Douglas and Nick Nevern. Plus making his British film debut is Robert Englund.

The Producers of Strippers Vs Werewolves are Jonathan Sothcott and Simon Phi... »

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Season Of The Banned - Interview With Director Jake West
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Friday 4th Nov 2011

Jake West Marc MorrisJake West (pictured left) is one of the UKs most talented directors. The man behind the hits Razor Blade Smile, Evil Aliens and Doghouse also runs the DVD label Nucleus with writer Marc Morris which specialises in releasing polished editions of cult movies. Jake, along with Marc will be here every Friday throughout November to introduce the movies in our Season Of The Banned celebration. To kick off the season Horror Channel is having a world TV premiere showing of their stunning documentary Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship And Videotape on November 4th at 10.55pm. Her... »

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Chronicle - New Trailer
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 30th Oct 2011

Chronicle One SheetFancy a chiller that's just that little bit different?

Then put a date in your diaries for March 2nd 2012 when Josh Trank's debut feature film Chronicle is released thanks to 20th Century Fox.

Three high school students make an incredible discovery, leading to their developing uncanny powers beyond their understanding.

As they learn to control their abilities and use them to their advantage, their lives start to spin out of control, and their darker sides begin to take over.

Starring Dane Dehaan, Alex Russell, Michael B. Jordan and Michael Kelly acting from a script from Max Landis (son of legendary director John Landis) this looks like a smart and thrilling movie that has more to offer than you originally think.

The rather cool traile... »

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Da Ravenna: The task di Alex Orwell
By Horror Channel
Posted in: , Sunday 30th Oct 2011

MV5BNzUzMDExMDUzNV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNDMzNjM1NA@@._V1._SY317_Qualcuno si è lamentato del fatto che il Grande Fratello è noioso? Partecipereste solo per vincere un bel po' di soldi?
Vi assicuro che partecipare a "The Task" sarebbe molto ma molto più movimentato!

Mi aspetto critiche discordi per questo film che sono certo qualcuno definirà "lento" e sceneggiato in modo non magistrale.
Qui a Ravenna il pubblico ha applaudito alla fine della proiezione ed è un segno del fatto che lo spettacolo sia piaciuto.

Sei ragazzi, uno più diverso dell'altro, ognuno con la sua peculiarità (come da copione di ogni buon reality show) devono passare una notte in una prigione infestata dallo spirito (anche se sembra molto poco spirituale) di un direttore decisamente cattivo.

Ognuno sceg... »

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Scream Magazine - Best Of Details
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 26th Oct 2011

Scream Annual 2011 CoverScream Magazine is releasing its first ever full colour bumper Best Of Book this December. Running at over 130 pages the first 10,000 print run of the book will be available throughout the UK from December 19th with 1000 additional copies sold exclusively through their website.

Contents of the book include the best of the celebrity and filmmaker interviews in their entirety from the past 12 months issues of Scream Magazine PLUS new interviews, scores of previously unpublished and never before scene images, film retrospectives and much, much more!

For more information click here.

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Auteur Publishing announces new series of books - Devil's Advocates
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 25th Oct 2011

Auteur Publishing has announced a new series of books – Devil's Advocates – devoted to classics of horror cinema. The first two titles are Witchfinder General from freelance writer Ian Cooper and Let The Right One In from film critic and journalist Anne Billson. Each one is 112 pages in length and retails at £9.99.

Witchfinder General Book CoverWitchfinder General, directed by Michael Reeves, occupies a unique place in British cinema, praised and vilified in equal measure. This 1968 production tells a fictionalised version of the exploits of Matthew Hopkins, a prolific, real-life 'witch hunter' during the English Civil War. For critic Mark Kermode it is 'the single most significant horror film produced in the U... »

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Director's Night Thursday 27th October - Jason Eisener
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Monday 24th Oct 2011

Hobo With A Shotgun PosterDirector's Night with Hobo With A Shotgun director Jason Eisener airs this Thursday from 9pm on the Horror Channel. He's chosen a terrifying trio of terror treats for you to enjoy and will be on hand to introduce them all.

Bruce McDonald's acclaimed horror Pontypool kicks off the event 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 truly frightening this is horror at its most pure and is memorable for all the r... »

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FASTER, MADDER, BLOODIER - Grindhouse Trailer Classics 3 Updated
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 24th Oct 2011

Grindhouse Trailer Classics 2Following the successful and critically-acclaimed release of Grindhouse Trailer Classics 1 and 2 (volume 1 was recently shown on the Horror Channel), Nucleus Films will take you on another two hour trip back to the "gory days" of cult and exploitation cinema with their latest unseen compilation of audacious theatrical trailers from the sleazy cinematic sub-genre known as "grindhouse".

A female Tarzan, Swedish fly girls, Pam Grier in chains and canine bank robbers... sit back and take a twisted trip back to the glory days of the sleazy 60s and 70s for a roaring rampage through some of the most insane examples of trailer trash ever to slash and burn their way through a Grindhouse cinema projector.

There are 55 trailers to enjoy from... »

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Emily The Strange - Nintendo Adventure
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 22nd Oct 2011

Emily The Strange BoxEmily the Strange came to life in the early 1990's and quickly became a beloved counterculture icon all around the world. In her earliest years, she was a quiet but sharp-witted stranger, slinging philosophy and cultural observations in a series of hand-screened t-shirts and stickers. As her presence grew and became a standard in the cultural underground, Emily's own story began to emerge in a series of gift books, then comic-books and graphic novels, and now a novel series for young adults.

Today, Emily continues to be a voice for individualism and self-awareness, and her appeal is especially strong among alternative-minded young women and girls who identify with her signature singularity. Her presence in the worlds of art, pop culture, literature, and fashion celebrates ... »

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The Woman In Black - New Trailer
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 18th Oct 2011

The Woman In BlackBased on the classic ghost story, The Woman In Black from tells the tale of Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe), a lawyer who is forced to leave his young son and travel to a remote village to attend to the affairs of the recently deceased owner of Eel Marsh House.

Working alone in the old mansion, Kipps begins to uncover the town's tragic and tortured secrets and his fears escalate when he discovers that local children have been disappearing under mysterious circumstances. When those closest to him become threatened by the vengeful woman in black, Kipps must find a way to break the cycle of terror.

The Woman In Black also stars Ciaran Hinds (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy) and Janet McTeer (Tumbleweeds), was adapted from Susan Hill's ... »

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The Awakening - New Poster
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 16th Oct 2011

The Awakening PosterIt's been a very good year for paranormal shockers with Insidious being one of the most memorable. Now comes The Awakening a new supernatural thriller from Nick Murphy who also penned the script alongside Stephen Volk.

Starring Dominic West (The Wire, 300), Rebecca Hall (The Town) and Oscar-nominee Imelda Staunton (Vera Drake) this chiller is set for release on November the 11th.

In post-World War I England in 1921, an author and paranormal sceptic (Hall) is invited to a countryside boarding school by the head master (West) to investigate rumours of an apparent haunting.

But just when she thinks she has debunked the ghost theory, she has a chilling encounter which makes her question all her rational beliefs.

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Brand new exclusive interview with Matthew Parkhill, director of The Caller
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Sunday 16th Oct 2011

Matthew ParkhillThe Caller, the latest movie from director Matthew Parkhill is out on Blu-ray and DVD from 24th October. It's a tense, psychological shocker so we decided to have a chat with Matthew about this movie, his thoughts on censorship and his plans for the future.

HC: It's been a while since your first feature, was this a deliberate choice of yours?

MP: Not really. I was attached to a couple of feature films which fell apart, which happens more than you'd think. In the meantime I worked on a couple of films for TV and some commercials. I also write for other directors, so that's been keeping me busy. Hopefully it won’t be that long again before my next feature.

HC: Are you a fan of the horror genre?

MP: I am. I'm more ... »

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Rare Exports To Arrive In November
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 12th Oct 2011

Rare ExportsFinnish director Jalmari Helander's critically acclaimed debut feature, Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale, is coming to DVD and Blu-ray on 7th November.

Driven by his curiosity regarding a supposed archeological excavation located on a mountain near his remote rural home, young and adventurous Pietari stumbles upon the shocking, ugly truth about the being known the world over as Santa Claus.

Local legend suggests the jolly old man in the red suit was in reality a supernatural creature that, rather than rewarding children for being good, severely punished those who were naughty. When a large herd of reindeer on which Pietari's father depends for his livelihood is found slaughtered, the townsfolk suspect it is the work of hungry wolves that have crossed into the area from the nearby slo... »

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Mother's Day - Brand New Trailer
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 9th Oct 2011

s Day DVD CoverLoosely based on Charles Kaufman's 1980 Troma classic, Mother's Day (which has been shown on the Horror Channel) sees Rebecca De Mornay heading a killer cast in a role that makes her psychotic character from The Hand That Rocks The Cradle look like Mother Theresa.

In this highly-anticipated psychological thriller from renowned director Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, III, and IV) and producer Brett Ratner, two mothers (Rebecca De Mornay and Jaime King) will give the holiday terrifying new meaning as they battle to protect what is dearest to them. After a bank robbery gone wrong, three brothers head for home, hoping their Mother (Rebecca De Mornay) can provide them with a getaway. The youngest brother, Johnny (Matt O'Leary), has be... »

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The 5th UK Festival of Zombie Culture comes to Leicester this November
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 9th Oct 2011

Festival 2010 ZombiesThis year sees the 5th Day Of The Undead festival and its taking place on November 19th at Phoenix Square, Leicester. It's a celebration of Zombie films, book and games from around the world.

There will be a mixture of classic zombie, modern and rare foreign zombie films to cater to all fans of the genre. Alongside the films there will be make-up artists to turn you into the living dead, zombie authors signing books, horror traders and, of course, an all day bar, lucky bags for the first 200 guests and the loads of prizes including the coveted Best Dressed Zombie Awards and the return of the 3 Minute Zombie Killing Challenge on the XBOX 360.

Films Being shown are:
City of the Living Dead - Lucio Fulci. (1980)
Classic Italiian Zombie film from one of ... »

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Frightfest To Screen UK Premiere Of The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence)
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Friday 7th Oct 2011

THC2Tom Six' controversial sequel to The Human Centipede which was initially banned by the BBFC, will fill the midnight slot at Film4 FrightFest's Halloween all-nighter at the Vue Cinema in London's Leicester Square on Saturday October 29th.

Tom Six said today: "I am insanely happy I can now show my beautiful deformed baby to the FrightFest audience".

Tom and producer Ilona Six will be attending, as will some of the cast.

Alan Jones, FrightFest co-director, commented: "We're delighted to be hosting the UK premiere of The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence). FrightFest world premiered the original film also directed by Tom Six, and this sequel is exactly the sort of genre movie FrightFest is world famous for championing: it's surprising, shocking, satirical, sobering and sensational. Horror movies rarel... »

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Season of The Banned - November on The Horror Channel
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Thursday 6th Oct 2011

Season Of The BannedPrepare to be corrupted and depraved during November as Horror Channel will broadcast a selection of shockers that defined the Video Nasties phenomenon. Season Of The Banned will unleash the most brutal movies into your home and only the bravest should tune in!

Headlining this ground-breaking season is the world TV premiere of Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship And Videotape, which will be broadcast on November 4th at 10.55pm.

Directed by renowned filmmaker Jake West and produced by respected author and Video Nasties expert Marc Morris, this era-defining documentary features reflective interviews with filmmakers Neil Marshall and Christopher Smith as well as charting the heroic stand taken by journalist/author Martin Barker, who ... »

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The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence) Granted UK Certificate
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 6th Oct 2011

The Human Centipede 2 LogoEureka Entertainment has announced the forthcoming release of the controversial horror film The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence).

Ian Sadler, Sales Director for Eureka Entertainment, Bounty Films' UK distributor said: "We are really pleased that after nearly 4 months of detailed discussion and debate, we have been able to reach an agreement with the BBFC and to produce a very viable cut of the film which will both excite and challenge its fans. Naturally we have a slight disappointment that we have had to make cuts, but we feel that the storyline has not been compromised and the level of horror has been sustained."

Further details for the UK theatrical and DVD release will be announced early next week.

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B.F.I. Film Festival News
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 4th Oct 2011

Last ScreeningThe 55th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express runs from 12th - 27th October 2011 and there's some notable genre flicks showing.

The Awakening is the directorial feature debut from BAFTA-winning director Nick Murphy and features in the Film On The Square strand of the festival. Set in 1920s London, the plot revolves around the suspected haunting of a boys' boarding school in which a child has recently died. With panic amongst the students and parents, schoolmaster Robert Mallory calls in scientist and realist, Florence Cathcart to investigate. Unnervingly chilling and with plenty of surprises, this supernatural story is a key British horror film at the London Film Festival.

Last Screening (pictured) is an unsettling, ... »

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Brand New Exclusive Interview With Cristian Solimeno Director Of The Glass Man
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Monday 3rd Oct 2011
The Glass Man posterOne of the most original movies at this year's FrightFest event was Cristian Solimeno's The Glass Man. Beautiful, emotional and raw film it's a film that left a lasting impression on me, not only because the script and direction by Cristian are so solid but because the cast give superb performances, in particular FrightFest favourite Andy Nyman. I decided to chat with Cristian about this cracking movie and also the plans this multi-talented guy has for the future.

HC: How did you get your big break into the industry?

CS: It's hard to say if I have had a big break yet! It certainly doesn't feel that way. Doing Footballer's Wives was something that gave me some visibility and a bit of cache but not in a way that was I was able to... »

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FrightFest All-Nighter - Full Details
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Monday 3rd Oct 2011

FrightFest All-NighterFor the first time Film4 FrightFest, the UK's biggest, best and most beloved horror fantasy festival, is bringing its critically acclaimed Halloween event to the Vue West End. It's going to be shock around the clock on October 29th from 6pm to dawn with five must-see genre movies of the moment and a fabulous midnight movie which will be announced separately.

The event kicks off with the world premiere of Bad Meat, director Lulu Jarmen's splatter sensation - so under-the-radar it doesn't even have an IMDb listing. A Boot Camp for troubled teens becomes a nightmarish charnel house when spoiled meat transforms the staff from sadistic fascists into something much, much worse… Get ready for spilt blood, vomit, faeces and bile – and not only on screen -... »

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Craven's Deadly Blessing Hits DVD This November
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 2nd Oct 2011

Deadly Blessing CoverStarring a stunningly youthful and beautiful Sharon Stone in her first ever speaking role, alongside Ernest Borgnine, Michael Berryman and Maren Jensen, Deadly Blessing sees director Wes Craven moving away from the uncompromising ferocity of his first two features (The Last House On The Left and The Hills Have Eyes) and instead focusing on a far more brooding and atmospheric kind of terror.

In an attempt to distance himself from the strict religious Hittite community in which he was raised – one that rejects all the trappings of modern life – Jim Schmidt (Douglas Barr) has married a headstrong city girl, Martha (Maren Jensen), and left the sect. When Jim is involved in a tragic and highly mysterious accident, the close-knit community shuns Martha leav... »

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Scream: The Horror Magazine Issue 8 Details.
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 2nd Oct 2011

Scream Issue 8Details for the next issue of Scream Magazine have just been released as well as the cracking cover.

Contents Include:

Jaws 2: Cast and Crew Memories

John Landis Exclusive Interview talking about his new book Monsters In The Movies and An American Werewolf in London.

Kane Hodder talks horror stunts and acting!

Japan's queen of scream: Eihi Shiina exclusively gives Scream magazine her very first British magazine interview! She discusses Tokyo Gore Police, Audition, Helldriver and much gore!

Martin Kemp and Billy Murray talk about their latest horror - Stalker

Stephen Volk talks about writing The Awakening.

Scream issue 8 will be available the f... »

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I vincitori del concorso "Vinci l'Horror"!
By Horror Channel
Posted in: , Thursday 29th Sep 2011

Cari amici di Horror Channel,
vi siete dati da fare e molti di voi hanno dato la risposta esatta!

Si trattava di "Strippers vs Werewolves", il film prodotto in Inghilterra che vede sul set il mitico Robert Englund, indimenticabile interprete di Nightmare ed ormai consacrato come icona del genere Horror.

Ma veniamo al dunque! Ecco la schermata dell'estrazione dei quattro vincitori:
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Ricapitolando, si aggiudicano il Dizionario dei Film Horror di Rudy Salvagnini Roberto Todini e Valeria De Remigis; si aggiudicano la felpa autografata da Federico Zampaglione... »

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Bursting To Read This - Alien Vault
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 28th Sep 2011
Alien Vault Cover For more than thirty years, audiences have been simultaneously captivated and appalled as the spaceship Nostromo is invaded and its crew stalked by a terrifying parasitic creature. From the gore of the infant alien bursting from Kane's chest to the mounting claustrophobia as Ripley discovers the monster has followed her into the escape shuttle, Alien is a chilling masterpiece.

Now, Ian Nathan's stunning book, Alien Vault opens a portal into the making of this legendary film, tracing its path from embryonic concept to fully-fledged box office phenomenon.

Featured herein are director Ridley Scott's own annotated storyboards, Polaroids and script pages; the elegant but disturbing concept artwork of H.R. Giger; sketches and construction blueprints for the Nostromo; costume de... »

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Hidden To Hit Blu-ray In 3D This October
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 27th Sep 2011

Hidden 3D CoverShot in Italy and Canada for $8 million, Hidden is billed as a chilling new-feature from G2 Pictures starring Sean Clement (Fringe) and Simonetta Solder (Amanda Knox: Murder On Trial In Italy)

The story begins when Brian Karter's mother dies, he is surprised to learn that he has inherited The Sanctuary, home to her controversial experimental addiction treatment center. During a tour of the decrepit building with his friends and a mysterious associate of his mother, it becomes clear that something sinister lies beneath the surface.

Despite their misgivings, the group follows a secret passageway underground and comes to a terrible realization:Brian's mother built a revolutionary machine that cured people of their addictions but, as a side effect, caused those addict... »

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Brand New Interview With Journalist, Author And Hammer Film Fan Kim Newman
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Monday 26th Sep 2011

Kim NewmanDuring October the Horror Channel is showing a season of classic horror movies from the legendary Hammer studios. Each movie will be introduced by acclaimed journalist and author Kim Newman so we decide to chat to Kim about Hammer and which of the five movies being shown is his favourite

HC: Can you recall the first Hammer movie you saw?

KN: It was probably She – a 16mm screening at a camp-site while on holiday in the late 1960s. It's still a film I like, and it's typically Hammer in that it has Cushing and Lee and ends with a disintegration scene. The first Hammer horror film I remember seeing on television was The Abominable Snowman, which had a prime-time slot on BBC1 sometime around 1970-71.

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New Horror Audio Titles In Time For Halloween
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 25th Sep 2011

Ghostly Terror CoverFor audio experiences that will chill your blood there are two horror titles coming soon from AudioGO that will have you sleeping with the lights on.

Ghostly Terror is a terrifying collection of classic ghost stories from masters of the genre, by various authors and readers. Amongst the stories are The Beast With Five Fingers by WF Harvey, read by Stephen Pacey, and Canon Alberic's Scrapbook by MR James, read by Andrew Sachs.

Vampire Horror, a blood-curdling collection of short stories with a vampire theme, from classic authors including MR James and Arthur Conan Doyle, will also appeal to sci-fi and fantasy fans as well as devotees of classic literature.

The titles will be available on CD and download from October... »

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Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark - New Poster
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 25th Sep 2011

Dont Be Afraid Of The Dark UK QuadThe Guillermo del Toro produced creature creeper Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark hits UK cinemas on October 7th.

Starring Katie Holmes, Guy Pearce and directed by comic book artist Troy Nixey it's based on the classic US TV movie of the same name.

After moving into her new home with her father Alex (Pearce) and his girlfriend, Kim (Holmes), Sally (Bailee Madison) is pursued by ruthless creatures who want to claim her as one of their own...

I was one of the lucky ones to catch this at FrightFest 2011 and was blown away by the experience.

It's a stunning supernatural shocker with a cracking central performance from Bailee Madison. This movie will have you emotionally engaged from the first reel and... »

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Interview With Martin Kemp - Director Of Stalker
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Thursday 22nd Sep 2011

Martin Kemp Directs Anna BreconBlack And Blue Films is quickly becoming one of the UK's leading independent producers of genre related movies. In this the second of two interviews highlighting their diverse range of horror films we chat to Martin Kemp. Martin first found fame as the bassist in recently reformed 80s supergroup Spandau Ballet. As an actor he won worldwide acclaim for his compelling star turn in iconic gangster movie The Krays and after a string of Hollywood movies again as suave club boss Steve Owen in UK soap EastEnders. Martin's 'golden handcuffs' deal with UK broadcaster ITV made him one of Britain's most popular actors and he now works behind the camera too... Here's what Martin had to say about his directorial debut, Stalker w... »

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Dream House - Release Date And Trailer
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 21st Sep 2011

Dream HouseOnce upon a time, there were two little girls who lived in a house.

Daniel Craig, Naomi Watts and Rachel Weisz star in Dream House, a suspense thriller about a family that unknowingly moves into a home where grisly murders were committed... only to uncover even darker mysteries within its walls.

Successful publisher Will Atenton (Craig) quit a high-power job in Manhattan to relocate his wife, Libby (Weisz), and two girls to a quaint New England town. But as they settle into their new life, they discover their perfect home was the murder scene of a mother and her children. And the entire city believes it was at the hands of the husband who survived. When Will investigates, he's not sure if he's starting to see ghosts or if the tragic story is just hitting too close to home. His only clues come... »

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Interview with Adele Silva - Star Of Strippers Vs Werewolves
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Wednesday 21st Sep 2011

Adele SilvaBlack And Blue Films is quickly becoming one of the UK's leading independent producers of genre related movies. In this the first of two interviews highlighting their diverse range of horror films we chat to stunning actress Adele Silva who has a starring role in their wonderfully titled Strippers Vs Werewolves which is due for release soon.

Adele is better known as super bitch Kelly in ITV's Emmerdale so we chatted to her about what we can expect from the movie (though the title is a bit of a giveaway!) and what it was like to work alongside horror legend Robert Englund.

HC: What's the premise of the film, other than the obvious?

AS: It's 'Girl Power' in an unexpected way. It's a great combination of action, h... »

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Mimic - New Cut From Guillermo Del Toro
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 20th Sep 2011

Face from MimicScience fiction and horror combine in time for Halloween as Mimic: Special Edition, from superstar director Guillermo Del Toro, is released on Blu-ray for the first time on October 31st, courtesy of Studiocanal.

Originally released in 1997, this effectively creepy sci-fi horror was Del Toro's first foray into American cinema and provided English-speaking audiences with an early glimpse of the genius that was to follow in modern classics as diverse as Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy and Blade II. This brand new version, re-cut by Guillermo Del Toro himself, is a revelation!

Cockroaches are spreading a deadly disease around Manhattan, claiming the lives of the city's children. Entomologist Susan Tyler (Mira Sorvino) and her husband Peter Mann (Jeremy Northam) use ... »

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Metamorphosis Coming Soon To DVD
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 20th Sep 2011
Metamorphosis DVD CoverNetwork asks what lurks on the other side of mortality, as they prepare for the DVD release of vampire horror film Metamorphosis on October 3rd.

Cult favourite actor Christopher Lambert (Highlander, Subway) takes centre stage in this mesmerising thriller from award-winning Hungarian director Jenö Hodi.

Some people have a fascination with horror and the paranormal, while others have a passion for love – this film offers something to whet anyone’s appetite... even a vampire's!

While exploring the wild Carpathian Mountains, three carefree young Americans pick up Elizabeth, an attractive stranger. Keith, the group's leader, is a novelist researching the legend of the Blood Countess, a seventeenth-century noblewoman accused of drinking... »

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Vinci l'Horror! Primo concorso di Horror Channel!
By Horror Channel
Posted in: , Tuesday 20th Sep 2011

Dizionario dei Film HorrorCari Horror fans, siamo in onda da meno di due settimane e siamo già tantissimi! Per rigraziare tutti gli amici di Horror Channel e dare il benvenuto ai nuovi arriva un concorso... da brivido!

Dalla mezzanotte di stasera, 18 settembre (e fino al 25 settembre) sulla nostra pagina Facebook potrete partecipare e vincere uno di questi premi da veri Horror fans!

  • 2 copie del mitico "Dizionario dei Film Horror" di Rudy Salvagnini
  • 2 felpe Horror Channel autografate da Federico Zampaglione

Basta cliccare su "Vinci l'Horror" sulla sinistra e rispondere alla domanda da veri Horrorofili.
Il regolamento completo è riportato sotto il modulo di partecipazione.

Che aspettate? Tirate fuori il vostro spirito di cultori dell'Horror!

--Ed

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The Hammer House Of Horror Comes To The Horror Channel This October
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Monday 19th Sep 2011

Peter Cushing from The Hammer House of HorrorThe Horror Channel is proud to announce that double-bills of the cult television series, Hammer House Of Horror will be showing on the channel starting October 1st.

All thirteen spine-chilling episodes of mystery, suspense and the occult from the classic Hammer House Of Horror series, which made a huge impact on the public when first broadcast on British television in 1980 will be shown and includes such memorable episodes as; The Thirteenth Reunion, Rude Awakening and The Silent... »

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New Trailer For The Awakening
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 18th Sep 2011

Awakening TeaserIt's been a very good year for paranormal shockers with Insidious being one of the most memorable. Now comes The Awakening a new supernatural thriller from Nick Murphy who also penned the script alongside Stephen Volk.

Starring Dominic West (The Wire, 300), Rebecca Hall (The Town) and Oscar-nominee Imelda Staunton (Vera Drake) this chiller is set for release on November the 11th.

In post-World War I England in 1921, an author and paranormal sceptic (Hall) is invited to a countryside boarding school by the head master (West) to investigate rumours of an apparent haunting.

But just when she thinks she has debunked the ghost theory, she has a chilling encounter which makes her question all her rational beliefs.

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Brand New Interview With Guy Adams, Author Of Kronos.
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Sunday 18th Sep 2011

Guy Adams Photo Credit Peter ColebornGuy Adams is one of the most original writers around. His books The World House and its sequel Restoration gained huge acclaim upon their release. He also penned bestselling humour titles based on TV show Life On Mars and original Torchwood novels.

More recently Guy has written one of the first titles to be released under the Hammer banner, Kronos. Guy took time out of his busy schedule to chat with us and if you fancy trying to win a copy of Kronos as well as two other Hammer titles click here. (Guy Adams photo by Peter Cole... »

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The Caller - New Trailer
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 17th Sep 2011

The Caller Blu-ray CoverFrom British director Matthew Parkhill comes The Caller, a disturbing tale starring Twilight's Rachelle Lefevre and True Blood's Stephen Moyer.

Lefevre is divorcee Mary Kee who is being harassed by both her ex-husband Steven (Ed Quinn), and a mysterious female caller with the alarming claim that she is ringing from Mary's own past. This atmospheric, eerie chiller will leave audiences jumping each time their phone rings - when it arrives on Blu-ray and DVD in time for Halloween.

Following her divorce Mary moves into a new apartment and is keen to get on with the rest of her life including building a budding new relationship with the charismatic John Guidi (Stephen Moyer). When she begins to receive phone calls from a mysterious woman she... »

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The Dead Will Arrive October 10th
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 15th Sep 2011

The Dead Blu-ray coverOne of the finest zombie movies of recent years, The Dead finally comes to DVD and Blu-ray on October 10th thanks to Anchor Bay.

Shot on locations across Burkina Faso and Ghana, West Africa on 35mm including many never before committed to celluloid locations, The Dead is unlike anything horror audiences have ever experienced - an apocalyptic, savage journey to the heart of Africa.

The story is centered around the journey of American Air Force engineer Lieutenant Brian Murphy (Rob Freeman), the sole survivor of a plane crash, who has to run the gauntlet across Africa, battling with the living dead.

He joins forces with local military man Sergeant Daniel Dembele (Prince David Osei) who is desperately searching for his missing son... »

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The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 - New Trailer
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 15th Sep 2011

Breaking Dawn Teaser PosterThey met in Twilight, parted in New Moon and fought together in Eclipse. Now, in the penultimate film in the epic saga, Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) will finally vow to be together forever as they become husband and wife.

In The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1, Bella is awkwardly adapting to life as Edward's fiancée. As Alice, the Cullens and even Renee happily get swept up in preparations for the wedding of the century, the 18-year old Bella contemplates life as an immortal and the realisation of leaving behind her friends and family.

During an idyllic honeymoon, the happy couple finally succumb to passion but the unexpected happens as Bella discovers she’s carrying a baby and... »

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Mother's Day Release Date Announced
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 14th Sep 2011

s Day DVD CoverLoosely based on Charles Kaufman's 1980 Troma classic, Mother's Day (which has been shown on the Horror Channel) sees Rebecca De Mornay heading a killer cast in a role that makes her psychotic character from The Hand That Rocks The Cradle look like Mother Theresa.

In this highly-anticipated psychological thriller from renowned director Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, III, and IV) and producer Brett Ratner, two mothers (Rebecca De Mornay and Jaime King) will give the holiday terrifying new meaning as they battle to protect what is dearest to them. After a bank robbery gone wrong, three brothers head for home, hoping their Mother (Rebecca De Mornay) can provide them with a getaway. The youngest brother, Johnny (Matt O'Leary), has be... »

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Emily Booth Writes For Bizarre Magazine!
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 13th Sep 2011

Emily Booth BladesEmily Booth, Horror Channel's Diva of the Dark Side has been signed by Bizarre Magazine to be their new Queen of Horror! Yes, Emily will write a monthly film column that will keep readers up to date with all the latest horror movie gossip and info for this, the best selling magazine of the strange, weird and wonderful.

For more news check out the official Bizarre Magazine site and catch Emily in The Horror Booth this Friday where she’ll be introducing the premiere of cult classic Fright at 10.55pm.

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Hammer comes to the Horror Channel this October.
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Saturday 10th Sep 2011

Scars Of Dracula 2The name Hammer is synonymous with quality, bloody and very British horror and during October the Horror Channel is celebrating its legacy with a season of its finest movies all with exclusive introductions from Kim Newman.

You'll find Dracula, Baron Frankenstein, a Mummy, the walking dead and a sinister curse.

All movies start at 11.10pm and keep checking the site as there's more to come from the house of Hammer here on the Horror Channel.

Scars Of Dracula - October 1st
The blood-sucking Hammer horror from 1970, Scars Of Dracula kicks off our season in style. Starring Christop... »

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Brand New Exclusive Interview With Actor Zak Kilberg
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Thursday 8th Sep 2011

Zak KilbergMidnight Son is a gem of a vampire move that I was lucky enough to see at this year's FrightFest event. The lead character of Jacob is played by Zak Kilberg, a talented actor who gives a stunning performance of a young man who is desperately trying to come to terms with the fact that he's a little bit different to everyone else. We spoke to Zak about this and his plans for the future.

HC: Did you know from a young age that you wanted to be an actor?

ZK: Oh yes! Took my first acting class at 7 years old and fell in love with it.

HC: Where did you get your first big break?

ZK: Still waiting on that. Maybe Midnight Son! I've acted in 12 Indie films over the past 6 years but Midnight Son is by far my favourite. T... »

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Hammer Books Due In October
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 8th Sep 2011

Kronos Book CoverHammer has begun to publish books in the form of film tie-ins and backlist classics that have been re-imagined to bring them to a whole new market with a modern and sophisticated twist. Three of the latest releases are detailed below and tune into Horror during October for a special season of classic Hammer movies.

Wake Wood - K. A. John
Still grieving after the death of their young daughter Alice in a frenzied dog attack, Patrick and Louise Daley leave the city to try and find some peace in the Irish countryside, and the village of Wake Wood seems like the perfect place to start again. But the residents are guarding a terrifying secret: they can resurrect the dead. However, the rules are strict, they will bring Alice... »

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Quatermass Coming To Blu-ray
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 6th Sep 2011

Quatermass And The Pit CoverDigitally restored and with brand new extras Hammer's Quatermass And The Pit will hit the Double Play format (meaning it comes on DVD and Blu-ray) on October 10th thanks to Studio Canal.

The third in the trilogy of films based on Nigel Kneale's seminal Quatermass series, Quatermass And The Pit was made by Hammer Studios in 1967, directed by stalwart Roy Ward Baker and starring Andrew Keir as the titular scientist, battling evil alien forces that threaten to take over the world, and also stars James Donald, Barbara Shelley and Julian Glover. Nigel Kneale's Quatermass series has been said to have influenced everyone from John Carpenter to Doctor Who.

The brand new extras include: New UK exclusi... »

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Brand New Exclusive Interview With Andy Nyman Star of The Glass Man
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Tuesday 6th Sep 2011

Andy Nyman 1Andy Nyman is one of our finest character actors. He's also an accomplished magician, voice-over artist, director, in fact the list just goes on. At FrightFest 2011 he gave a career best performance in Cristian Slomineo's stunning feature The Glass Man. We chatted to Andy about this beautiful film and his plans for the future.

HC: You're a FrightFest regular, what do you think it is about this festival that makes it so special?

AN: I've been attending FrightFest since its very first year; I always look forward to it. The first thing that makes it so special is the fact that Alan, Paul, Ian and Greg all adore the movies that they show. It is so born out of passion it is impossibly infectious. The second really notable thing a... »

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The Roommate Arrives September 12th
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 5th Sep 2011

The Room Mate Blu-ray CoverThe Roommate will debut on Blu-ray and DVD on September 12th thanks to Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Leighton Meester leads a hot young cast that includes Minka Kelly, Cam Gigandet and Aly Michalka, in a spine-tingling tale of a co-ed who becomes the deadly obsession of her new roommate. Directed by Christian E. Christiansen, The Roommate is billed as a taut thriller full of nail-biting suspense and shocking twists that will have audiences on the edge of their seats.

She's cute. She's loyal. She's psychotic. And, unfortunately for college freshman Sara (Kelly), she's her new roommate. When Sara arrives at school, she finds new romance with Stephen (Gigandet) and forms a fast friendship with her roommate Rebecca (Meester). Wh... »

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FrightFest 2011 - The Ultimate Round Up
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Thursday 1st Sep 2011

FrightFest 2011 Small PosterWell FrightFest 2011 turned out to be one of the very best yet. Its programme was one of the most varied with plenty of horror genres touched upon and loads of special guests popping in to mingle with the attendees.

The event kicked off in style with the very polished shocks of Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark. This UK premiere got everyone in the mood for five days of fear, frights and full-on fun. From here on in it was a wild ride of slacker zombies, found footage frights and multi-story scares.

There were many notable movies such as Troll Hunter which does exactly what it says on the tin. One of the noisiest films of the festival its mix of creature feature and found footage genres really came together well. Saint was also an u... »

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Brand New Interview With Actress Maya Parish
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Wednesday 31st Aug 2011

Maya ParishThe urban vampire movie Midnight Son was one of my favourites of FrightFest 2011. A realistic blend of human emotions and pure horror it proved that the vampire genre was far from dead thanks to a very intelligent script and a superb cast. Maya Parish plays the female lead Mary and we’ve been luck enough to talk to her to bring you this exclusive interview.

HC: Did you know from a young age that you wanted to be an actress?

MP: I did, yes. I started doing theatre at five years old and I've always felt at home on the stage. Both acting and dance have been very important in my life from childhood on. They are the forms of expression that I've found that bring me the most freedom, stillness, and ability to be completely present from one moment t... »

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Horror Horreur! - Extreme French Cinema Hits Horror In September
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Wednesday 31st Aug 2011

Switchblade RomanceHorror Channel will be adding a touch of Gallic spice to its schedules during September with the premieres of three of the most important French genre releases of recent years under the title Horror Horreur! This is a vintage decade for French horror cinema - as a new wave of filmmakers such as Gasper Hoe, Alexandre Aja, Xavier Gens and Pascal Laugier hit upon a blend of 'cynicism, menace, and grotesquerie'. In terms of controversy, urban grit and raw brutality, these Gallic masters of horror cannot be outshone. Each film is introduced by Jamie Graham from Total Film.

Switchblade Romance – September 10th
The season kicks off with Swi... »

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Catching Up On Real Life
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Tuesday 30th Aug 2011

FrightFest 2011 Small PosterWell that was FrightFest 2011 and I think all who attended will agree that is truly was one of the best yet. The programme was an eclectic mix from all horror genres and from all around the world.

That's the beauty of FrightFest, you get to experience films one the big screen that you wouldn't normally have the chance to. Titles such as Tucker & Dale Vs Evil, Chillerama and Saint looked amazing up on Screen 1. But what about the wonderful pieces on the Discovery Screen? There was the superb Stormhouse, Midnight Son and The Devil's Business.

I have to highlight Cristian Solimeno's stunning piece The Glass Man, it left me speechless. If Andy Nyman doesn't pick up every Best Ac... »

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Ee by, ee by gum!
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Monday 29th Aug 2011

A Lonely Place To Die PosterJust sat through the World Premiere of Alex Chandon's Inbred. The Empire was packed and it seemed like most of the cast and crew had turned up too. This bloody but fun splatterfest had the audience not only laughing along to the ever more elaborate death sequences but to the rather catchy song the yokels sing.

The festival finishes tonight with another much talked about movie and like a lot of the movies of FrightFest its another UK premiere. This one is a tense thriller directed by Julian Gilbey entitled A Lonely Place To Die.

Five mountaineers are climbing in the Scottish Highlands when they stumble across an air pipe sticking out of the forest ground emitting panicked cries from a small girl speakin... »

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Brand New Exclusive Interview With Alex Chandon Director Of Inbred
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Monday 29th Aug 2011

Alex ChandonAlex Chandon is a writer and director of numerous award winning short movies, and SFX wizard and director of cult titles Pervirella and Cradle Of Fear. At FrightFest 2011 he brought his latest movie Inbred with him to give it its World Premiere. Alex took time out to speak to us about his varied career and his plans for the future.

HC: Have you always been a horror fan and if so what was the first horror movie to really grab your attention?

AC: Hi. Yes, ever since I was very young. I still call Jaws a horror film and I was taken to see that on its first release, aged 6. It freaked me out, gave me nightmares, and kick started my obsession with movies. My cool mum then let me watch the first half of BBC 2's horror do... »

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Brand New Exclusive Interview With Michael Steiner Director Of Sennentuntschi: Curse Of The Alps
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Monday 29th Aug 2011

Michael SteinerWinner of the most interesting title of the whole of FrightFest Michael Steiner's Sennentuntschi: Curse Of The Alps is a winning combination of traditional themed horror and contemporary shocks. Michael took time out to give us this exclusive interview.

HC: Have you always been a fan of the horror genre?

MS: Yes, I grew up with it, especially with the Italian horror-movies of the 80s. The success of VHS brought all these movies to Switzerland, because we have a large number of Italian immigrants here. So our Italian schoolmates showed us their "hard stuff" and we were grouping in front of the TV - glued to it out of fear. Because the VHS-format was so new, there were hardly any restrictions regarding violence and explicit content. Later on the video... »

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Road Trip Of The Living Dead
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Monday 29th Aug 2011

Deadheads PosterComedy and horror go hand in hand but only few directors can get the balance right. Deadheads made sure it kept the gore and guffaws in equal measure which made for an entertaining experience. It did feel like an 80s horror with nicely realised effects but what makes it really fun is you can tell the actors had a ball with this.

The film follows zombie slackers Mike and Brent as they travel across country to find the former’s old girlfriend and love of his life. But will those nasty bounty-hunting agents with a secret agenda catch them before they do?

Though this is a movie about zombies it has a steady beating heart throughout with more emotional moments than you’d first expect.

The cast get to grips with the bizarre situation and play it totally straight which adds... »

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Brand New Exclusive Interview With Nicholas Thompson Co-Director Of Flesh Art
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Monday 29th Aug 2011
Nicholas ThompsonThis FrightFest, Horror Channel is proudly sponsoring The International Short Film Showcase, a collection of 10 of the most exciting and interesting short movies from around the world.

Flesh Art from Nicholas Thompson and Christopher Goodman is a bleak, apocalyptic vision with state-of-the-art effects and a disturbing storyline. We chatted to Nicholas about this gory piece and what advice he would give to people wanting to ake their own horror short.

HC: So are you a big fan of the horror genre?

NT: Of course I love Horror always have! but Horror like any other genre is most effective when it is done right! The aspect of Horror I really enjoy is creeping menace. When someone has established a lot of tensi... »

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The Final Countdown - Updated
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Monday 29th Aug 2011

DeadheadsWell the final day of FrightFest 2011 dawns and many will be starting to feel a tad tired from 4 days of fear-filled film viewing. So the FrighFest boys have designed a day stuffed with top quality films each very different to keep the audience upright, alert and entertained.

There's two very anticipated World Premieres today on the main screen; Richard Parry's A Night In The Woods and Alex Chandon's Inbred. Then there's three UK premieres, Deadheads (pictured) from Bret Pierce, Michael Steiner's Sennentuntschi Curse Of The Alps and A Lonely Place To Die from Julian Gilbey.

Over in the Discovery Screen you have the option to watch four other movies; Matthew Parkhill's The Call... »

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This has cult written all over it!
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Monday 29th Aug 2011

DetentionAfter the claustrophobic and slightly surreal beauty of Kill List (probably one of the most attended movies of the whole festival) the crowd were exposed to one of the most original of the whole programme, Joseph Kahn's Detention.

High school outcast Riley Jones has a secret crush on cool kid Clapton Davis but can't stand the angst anymore so decides to commit suicide. Suddenly a serial killer dressed as the horror movie icon 'Cinderhella' arrives to help her along... and that's when aliens start appearing in the night skies, a stuffed grizzly bear becomes a time machine and the head jock turns into human fly.

I really can't hang a label on this piece from one of the world's most renowned music promo directors. It has splashings of horror, self awareness, time travel, sharp ... »

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Sinner rather than Saint
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Monday 29th Aug 2011

SaintI love horror movies set across the Holiday season, stuff such as Silent Night, Deadly Night and Santa's Slay. Saint (or to give it its proper name Sint) is just such a movie but with enough new spin on it to make it original enough.

It's December 5th: time for the Saint Nicolas festivities to commence in earnest. Student Frank and friends prepare to party, dressed up as the legendary Saint and his little helpers, the Black Peters. But the real centuries' old Saint Nick was a sadistic killer, a rogue bishop-turned-pirate, burnt to death by vigilantes, who returns from Hell for vengeful slaughter whenever there's a full moon. And the Black Peters were really charcoal-encrusted zombies. No one believes the fable, of course. But then a medieval schooner is spotted sailing towards Amsterdam harbou... »

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Quantity and quality
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Sunday 28th Aug 2011

Love Bug 1This FrightFest, Horror Channel is proudly sponsoring The International Short Film Showcase, a collection of 10 of the most exciting and interesting short movies from around the world.

These little and perfectly formed pieces of cinema are from some of the most talented people around and show just how diverse the horror genre can be. If the directors name is in red then it links to an exclusive interview.

Alistair (Australia) Director: Aaron Cartwright
Two ruthless killers on the loose choose the wrong home to invade. Waiting is an evil presence beyond their comprehension…and it's hungry. Surreal and dark this piece proves that home invasion stories can have original ... »

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Brainbusters!
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Sunday 28th Aug 2011

Andy Nymans Quiz From HellAndy Nyman's Quiz From Hell 2 was a brain-aching challenge that tested the horror movie knowledge of even the most dedicated horror fan. This fun and very competitive occurrence is quickly becoming one of the must attend events at FrightFest, not only thanks to the rather quirky questions but also to the fabulous host. Andy is a really talented guy and on stage he has the crowd in his hands. He's a FrightFest regular and one of the nicest people you could ever wish to meet.

And now…The Horror Channel Presents The International Short Film Showcase!

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Divided they fall
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Sunday 28th Aug 2011

The DivideAfter the late night excess of Chillerama (and boy wasn't it fabulous?) we staggered bleary eyed into the first movie of the day, Xavier Gens much anticipated movie The Divide.

New York City has been decimated in the holocaust, pandemonium breaks out and a random collection of people make a chaotic sprint into the basement of their apartment building. As the survivors sit in the makeshift fallout shelter, eating from a dwindling supply of canned food, they start asking the uncomfortable questions.

Bleak, raw but with lashings of intelligence it covers old topics such a paranoia and trust but with a smart edge that is joyously gripping. The cast give stunning three dimensional performances; think of Day Of The Dead with an even more of an apocalyptic tone (yes, t... »

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Brand New Exclusive Interview With Ben Kent Director Of Love Bug
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Sunday 28th Aug 2011

Ben KentThe Horror Channel is proudly sponsoring the FrightFest International Short Film Showcase this year. It's an eclectic and incredibly exciting mix of worldwide cutting edge short films with themes such as werewolves, bats, bugs, nasty orphans, zombies, homicidal blind dates and bananas that have gone bananas.

Love Bug from Ben Kent is an in-your-face full-on splatter-fest with an intelligent plot, great effects and some laugh-out loud moments. We chatted to Director Ben Kent about this short and what he'll be working on next.

HC: So are you a life long horror fan?

BK: Jaws has been my favourite film as long as I can remember. At about eight I was thrilled when the babysitter let my brother and I stay up and... »

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Short But Not Sweet
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Sunday 28th Aug 2011

Andy Nymans Quiz From HellAnother busy day at FrightFest 2011. It's packed with some real special events the stand-out being The Horror Channel Presents The Short Film Showcase. This stunning collection of horror movie shorts demonstrates just a varied genre horror can be. We have mutant sea monsters, paranormal terror, animated vampires and deranged artists. Check it out and see the best in up and coming talent. Also go to the Articles section of this site and catch exclusive interviews with some of the directors

This is followed by the return of a favourite from last year, Andy Nyman's Quiz From Hell. This fun but damn difficult quiz of genre knowledge really does test your memory an... »

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The Woman - An Original Nightmare
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Saturday 27th Aug 2011

The Woman PosterOne of the more controversial movies of the festival is The Woman from director Lucky McKee. Written by McKee and Jack Ketchum this is the one that will test the audience the most. Packed with stark and disturbing imagery the film is a gritty and raw piece of cinema with a payoff that is as brutal as it is necessary.

When Chris Cleek discovers a primitive woman in the wilderness on a hunting trip, he traps and locks her up in a cellar to domesticate her into a civilised human being. Assigning other Cleek family members to her care, the treatment of the woman shifts from compassionate to vicious; from sexual to violent. McKee tests the limits of viewers' tolerance with genuine shocks and scares that don’t need sharp weapons to make a disturbing statement.

Though it may sound as ... »

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Man this looks so cool
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Saturday 27th Aug 2011

Fright Night PosterAnother surprise before Fright Night 3D was a trailer and a clip from Joe Lynch's anticipated movie, Knights Of Badassdom. Wild, hilarious and gory in equal measure this looks as if Joe has got a huge hit on his hands. Saying that, Joe is a great guy and everyone here knows what a talented and very creative director he is.

Right onto Fright Night. I hold reservation on this one till I see as it's a remake of one of my favourite movies from the 1980s. Fingers crossed they can pull it off.

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A trio of tasty treats
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Saturday 27th Aug 2011

Strippers Vs Werewolves PosterBefore Fright Night 3D hit the screen we were treated to a trio of tasty treats from some truly original movies.

First up was a short montage of clips from Elfie Hopkins, the new movie from Ryan Andrews. Looking incredibly surreal and downright bizarre with a beautiful haunting tone it stars Rupert Evans, Kate Magowan plus Jaime and Ray Winstone in a twisted tale of cannibalism set in a British rural hunting village.

Next came a bloody snippet from Stalker which is the directorial debut from Martin Kemp. Though it was hard to tell how this movie will feel in tone, the garrotting sequence we saw was brutal and had me wanting to see more. It hits DVD on October 17th.

Then we were t... »

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Don't push their buttons
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Saturday 27th Aug 2011
Panic ButtonWhen I read about Panic Button I read it to be similar to the Saw movies, where a faceless protagonist forces not so innocent individuals to perform gruesome and nasty procedures onto each other. Well, in a way, it sort of is like that but it has enough original spin to make it an incredibly effective thriller.

A group of people who use a social networking site come together to claim a prize they have won; an all expenses trip to New York. All seems well and agree to hand in their mobile phones as part of the terms and conditions. Then things take a sinister turn. You see, they are forced to play an online game whilst 30,000 feet in the air that means their friends and families will die if they don’t do as they are told.

Serving as a warning to those of us who post too much informat... »

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In The Hall Of The Mountain King
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Saturday 27th Aug 2011

The Wicker Man PosterOne of the movies I have been most looking forward to is The Troll Hunter, mainly because its very different to everything else around at the moment.

This smart updating of the "found footage" genre finds a group of documentary filmmakers attempting to expose an infamous bearskin poacher - who actually turns out to be Norway's only living troll hunter. Culling the rock-scarfing, Christian-blood-chugging ogres has become a necessity because they are the real reason behind such natural concerns as global warming; hiding in dense forests and underneath snowy mountain ranges. And some trolls are massive, Godzilla-sized!

By perfectly blending comedy and creature feature genres the movie is a satisfying experience with some real moments of pathos such as the scene where... »

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Brand New Exclusive Interview with Jason Arnopp Writer Of Stormhouse
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Saturday 27th Aug 2011

Jason ArnoppStormhouse is an intelligent and clever paranormal piece from the creative pen of Jason Arnopp. This talented guy has created an atmospheric and downright cracking shocker that will have horror fans sleeping with the lights on for weeks. FrightFest attendees had a chance to see this movie last night so we had a quick chat with Jason about his varied career so far and how Stormhouse came about.

HC: Are you a big fan of the horror genre?

JA: Oh God yes. Always have been. Doctor Who injected the razor-edge joy of being scared into my veins when I was four years old. I grew up during the Tom Baker era of Doctor Who which has often been referred to as "gothic", because it was so often paying 'homage', s... »

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DVD Of The Month - Hatchet 2
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Saturday 27th Aug 2011

Hatchet 2 DVD CoverWhen Adam Green unleashed Hatchet at FrightFest 2006, I wager he couldn't have dreamt of the amazing reception the movie got from the audience. This old-school horror was just what hack n' slash movie fans had been waiting for and Victor Crowley, the psycho of the piece become an overnight anti-hero.

Green brought Crowley back to FrightFest last year with the anticipated sequel promising more gore and more thrills. To say he delivers on this promise is an understatement, Hatchet 2 is a wild ride of a movie that perfectly combines humour and horror with lashings of sex and blood-splattered shocks.

Following directly on from the first instalment it's a solid mixture of shocks, slaughtering and big laughs. Yes, you read that corre... »

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It's the little things that matter
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Saturday 27th Aug 2011

Troll HunterFrightFest has built up a reputation of showing exclusive previews, trailers and snippets from movies that have yet to be released or even completed. Last night we got the first taste of the zombie shocker Outpost: Black Sun. It seems to take up the story exactly where the first instalment finished and looks pretty cool with a hoard of nasty Nazi zombies stomping around present day.

Also Marc Morris gave us a sample of his anticipated third instalment of Grindhouse Trailer Classics which is due out soon. You may have caught Volume 1 of this acclaimed series on the Horror Channel recently. If not catch it on Tuesday night at 12... »

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The Glass Man - Clearly Brilliant
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Friday 26th Aug 2011

The Glass Man Andy NymanFrightFest is an emotional roller-coaster of an event. One minute you're laughing at some wild over-the-top grisly slasher, the next you're gripped with tension and fear as some psycho with a plan evokes mayhem and torture on an innocent. It can also move you intently and over the years films such as Pan's Labyrinth and Let The Right One In have had me fighting back the tears of emotion. This year the award for almost making my blub was the World Premiere of The Glass Man, a superior look at one man's fight against life itself.

Andy Nyman and James Cosmo deliver stunning performances here in a story that twists and turns and sinks into a hell pit of human emotion and internal struggle. Very different and very rewarding Cristian S... »

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Brand New Exclusive Interview with Scott Leberecht Director of Midnight Son
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Friday 26th Aug 2011

Scott LeberechtDirector Scott Leberecht has fashioned a vampire tale with a fresh independent spirit and its showing here on the Discovery Screen at FrightFest 2011, its name is Midnight Son.

When a strange skin disease forces security guard Jacob to avoid sunlight and crave blood, he struggles to control increasingly violent impulses to move from black market donor packs to sucking on living victims. Then the local police start targeting him as a suspect in a series of grisly murder.

Leberecht makes telling points about basic humanity to fashion a minor masterpiece brimming with vibrant performances and creepy unpredictability. It's an incredibly powerful piece and we've been lucky enough to chat to Scott.

HC: Where did the idea... »

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Going Underground
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Friday 26th Aug 2011
Urban ExplorersUrban Explorers turned out to be more than just people lost underground and menaced by some crazed lunatic. Instead it was a tense and beautifully shot piece with just the right amount of blood letting and torture.

All eyes have now turned to one of the most anticipated movies of the whole festival, Cristian Solimeno's The Glass Man which stars one of the UK's most talented people, Andy Nyman.

Martin Pyrite has lost his job. But instead of telling his wife he continues his work routine and gets into enormous monetary difficulties. Then late one night, a sinister debt collector bangs on his door with an offer – if Martin helps him carry out an important task he’ll wipe the financial slate clean. What that assignment is and what it entails takes Martin on a ... »

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If You Go Down To The Woods Today...
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Friday 26th Aug 2011

The HoldingThe Holding got its world premiere this afternoon. This brutal rural horror wasn't as straight forward as you'd expect it to be. Set in the beautiful English countryside it concerns Cassie whose husband has mysteriously disappeared and left her to run their farm with her two girls. Then a man named Aden, a guy who knows all of Cassie's secrets, arrives and all hell breaks loose. But how far would you go to protect what you value most?

Now this may read like a sort of Emmerdale but with guns and bloody violence but this piece from Susan Jacobson is a well studied dissection of madness and dark, dark family secrets. She manages to cull some solid performances from the small ensemble who deliver every kind of emotion you could think of. The injection of subtle effect sub-plots holds it above simi... »

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Variety Is The Spice Of FrightFest
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Friday 26th Aug 2011
The Glass Man BedThe real beauty of FrightFest is the diversity of films that are shown. Today for example we have psycho woodland action (Rogue River), chilling suspense (The Holding and The Glass Man, pictured), a celebration of an underrated filmmaker (Larry Fessenden) and a cheeky tribute to classic slashers (Tucker & Dale Vs Evil).

Hard to choose a stand out amongst these so will just have to try them all out!

One item that went really well last year was the discussion on censorship and this year we have American Horror: A Panel Discussion where the aforementioned Fessenden will be joined on stage by Ti West, Lucky McKee, Adam Green, Joe Lynch and Andrew van den Houten to discuss the state of American horror. That should be a real highlight as the... »

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Discovery Screen Opens Its Doors
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Friday 26th Aug 2011

RabiesThe FrightFest Discovery Screen opens its doors today and is once again packed with some real genre gems. It kicks off with a documentary that's really getting horror fans excited, The Man Who Saw Frankenstein Cry. This tribute to Spanish actor Paul Naschy has contributions from Mick Garris, John Landis, Joe Dante and Caroline Munro.

Also today you can catch one of the most intelligent vampire movies of recent times, Scott Leberecht's, Midnight Son. When a strange skin disease forces security guard Jacob to avoid sunlight and crave blood, he struggles to control increasingly violent impulses to move from black market donor packs to sucking on living victims. One nightly bar crawl he meets Mary but their budding romance soon suffers from Jacob's worsening condition. Then the local police start targeting him a... »

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Brand New Interview With Buddy Giovinazzo One Of The Directors From The Theatre Bizarre
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Friday 26th Aug 2011

Buddy GiovinazzoBuddy Giovinazzo is a well known favourite with genre fans. His debut movie Combat Shock made a huge impression on fans of the genre but he had to wait a decade to make his next picture.

Buddy is at FrightFest 2011 for he's directed a segment in the anticipated anthology movie The Theatre Bizarre so we chatted to him about his career and how he became involved with this project.

HC: You made quite an impact with your debut feature Combat Shock, what was it like to get such a reaction for your first movie?

BG: A shock, no pun intended. CS was not successful on its initial release. In fact it took years before the film achieved the acclaim that it eventually received. It all started with Steve Bissette and Chas ... »

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Richard Briers With A Machine Gun!
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Thursday 25th Aug 2011

Final Destination 5-2Before we had the UK premiere of Final Destination 5 we were treated to a few scenes from up and coming Brit horror flick Cockney's Vs Zombies. With a cast that includes Michelle Ryan, Honor Blackman, Alan Ford and Richard Briers (yes, him from The Good Life) this looks like and truly awesome piece of undead cinema, packed with gore drenched humour and blood-splattered set-pieces. Writer James Moran assured us his zombies shamble and stagger with none of this running nonsense we've seen some cinematic zombies do. Fingers crossed the FrightFest team are able to show it at Glasgow FrightFest early next year.

After a brief filmed introduction from Tony Todd, Final Destination 5 - 3D... »

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Escape From London!
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Thursday 25th Aug 2011

DontBeAfraidOfTheDark-KatieHolmes1FrightFest 2011 kicked off in fine style with a stunning and affectionate homage to John Carpenter and Kurt Russell, Jakes West's Escape From London. This spot on homage to cult character Snake Plisskin and the movies Escape From New York and Escape From L.A. was just what the crowd has come to expect from FrightFest and really got us in the mood for the event.

Next came a filmed introduction from Guillermo del Toro explaining why he couldn't be with us this year presenting the latest film he’s written, Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark. This stylish and beautifully shot chocker may be devoid of real gore but has plenty of "jumpy moments" to keep horror fans hap... »

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FrightFest 2011 - What to look out for
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Thursday 25th Aug 2011

Theatre Bizarre - Poster ArtworkFrightFest 2011 starts to day 6.30pm with the premiere of the much anticipated paranormal shocker Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark. But what other gems are waiting for horror fans over the next five days?

There's so many to choose from across both the Main Screen and Discover Screen that its hard to pick out must see movies.

Apart from Hollywood titles such as Fright Night 3D and Final Destination 5 (also in 3D) titles getting people talking are the monster mash movie Troll Hunter, controversial piece The Woman, seasonal slasher Saint, urban vampire tale Midnight Son and anticipated story compendium features The Theatre Bizarre and Chillerama.

If you're atten... »

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Brand New Exclusive interview with David Munoz and Adrian Cardona Directors of Brutal Relax
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Wednesday 24th Aug 2011

Adrian Cardona and David MunozThe Horror Channel is proudly sponsoring the FrightFest International Short Film Showcase this year. It's an eclectic and incredibly exciting mix of worldwide cutting edge short films with themes such as werewolves, bats, bugs, nasty orphans, zombies, homicidal blind dates and bananas that have gone bananas.

One of the shorts showing is Brutal Relax from David Muñoz, Adrian Cardona and Rafa Dengra which boasts probably the highest body count of the entire festival. It's also one of the funniest shorts of the Showcase so we chatted to David and Adrian about Brutal Relax and if there'll be more adventures of Mr Olivares.

HC: Are you and the other two directors' big horror movie fans?»

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Frightfest 2011 is almost here!
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Wednesday 24th Aug 2011

FrightFest 2011 Small PosterFrightFest 2011 is only a matter of hours away and once again boasts an eclectic and exciting mix of fear-filled movies from all over the world, many of them either UK or World premieres. There'll also be plenty of special guests and surprises in store with the Horror Channel on hand recording all the best bits from this five day festival of fear.

The Horror Channel is sponsoring The International Short Film Showcase and to find out what terrifying treats are in store check out the interviews with the directors in our FrightFest thread in the Articles section.

Don't forget to keep checking the Ho... »

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5 Creepy Yet True Final Destination Facts!
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Monday 22nd Aug 2011

Final Destination 5 New PosterFinal Destination 5 will be getting its UK premiere at FrightFest 2011. In Final Destination 5, Death is just as omnipresent as ever, and is unleashed after one man's premonition saves a group of co-workers from a terrifying suspension bridge collapse. But this group of unsuspecting souls was never supposed to survive, and, in a terrifying race against time, the ill-fated group frantically tries to discover a way to escape Death's sinister agenda.

This is the second of the Final Destination films to be shot in 3D, and is directed by Steven Quale who is marking his major feature film directorial debut.

The film brings together an ensemble cast led by Emma Bell, and Nicholas D'Agosto, alo... »

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Hatchet 2 - Due on DVD and Blu-ray Next Week
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 22nd Aug 2011

Hatchet 2 DVD CoverIncreasing the body count, the gore levels and the homicidal ingenuity of his cult horror hit Hatchet, writer-director Adam Green throws his splatter generator into overdrive and somehow manages to out-slash every other slasher movie ever made with Hatchet 2, coming to DVD and Blu-ray on 29th August.

Starring Danielle Harris, Tony Todd, Kane Hodder and Tom Holland, and featuring fan-pleasing cameos by Frozen stars Shawn Ashmore and Emma Bell amongst others, the film sees vengeful supernatural killing machine Victor Crowley coming up with ever more inventive ways of dispatching anyone who dares trespass on his little patch of the Louisiana swamplands.

More a “continuation” than a sequel, Hatchet 2 picks up at the very moment... »

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Brand New Exclusive Interview With Joao Alves Director Of Bats In The Belfry
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Sunday 21st Aug 2011
Joao AlvesThe Horror Channel is sponsoring the FrightFest International Short Film Showcase this year. It's an eclectic and incredibly exciting mix of worldwide cutting edge short films with themes such as werewolves, bats, bugs, nasty orphans, zombies, homicidal blind dates and bananas that have gone bananas.

One of the shorts showing is Bats In The Belfry from João Alves which is an inventive and fun animated piece about vampires in the Wild West who come up against a no nonsense anti-hero named Deadeye Jack. We spoke to João about Bats In The Belfry and the exciting plans he has for the future.

HC: Are you a big fan of horror movies?

JA: It's my favourite genre. One of my first movie memories is hiding behind the living r... »

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Brand New Exclusive Interview With Aaron Cartwright Director Of Alistair
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Saturday 20th Aug 2011

Aaron CartwrightThe Horror Channel is sponsoring the FrightFest International Short Film Showcase this year. It's an eclectic and incredibly exciting mix of worldwide cutting edge short films with themes such as werewolves, bats, bugs, nasty orphans, zombies, homicidal blind dates and bananas that have gone bananas.

One of the shorts showing is Alistair from Aaron Cartwright which is a full on paranormal shocker that packs quite a hefty punch. We spoke to this impressive director about Alistair and where the idea came from.

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

AC: Yes I have been a huge fan of Horror films since I was a child. I grew up on Hammer Films, TV shows like Night Gallery, ... »

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The Twilight Zone - Series 4 Coming Soon
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 18th Aug 2011

Twilight Zone Season 4 ImageSeason 4 of the original series of The Twilight Zone hits the shelves on September 19th. This timeless classic is available for the first time ever in high-definition Blu-ray, as well as digitally remastered DVD formats.

Season 4 of this iconic series moved from half-hour episodes to eighteen hour-length TV episodes and included appearances by Dennis Hopper (He's Alive) and Robert Duvall (Miniature).

Created by the legendary Rod Serling, the multi-Emmy award-winning The Twilight Zone is a true landmark show in television history. It made an indelible mark on popular culture and remains, to this day, one of the most innovative and influential series of all time.

The series also launch the caree... »

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Cannibal Holocaust - Release Date September 26th
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 18th Aug 2011

Cannibal HolocaustRuggero Deodato's Cannibal Holocaust remains one of the most shocking and controversial films of all time. Now, for the first time ever and in association with Shameless Screen Entertainment, Deodato has revisited his classic of horror cinema to produce a brand new Director's Edit of the film especially for its High Definition debut on Blu-ray.

This new Director's Edit, which removes or partially hides several instances of real-life animal slaughter, will be released as a special Blu-ray and as two-disc DVD edition that includes both the new version and the original full version of Cannibal Holocaust, along with a host of extras specially commissioned for this release.

In a statement explaining the artistic decision to re-edit the film, Deodato say... »

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The Woman In Black - New Trailer
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 18th Aug 2011

The Woman In Black LogoBased on the classic ghost story, The Woman In Black tells the tale of Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe), a lawyer who is forced to leave his young son and travel to a remote village to attend to the affairs of the recently deceased owner of Eel Marsh House.

Working alone in the old mansion, Kipps begins to uncover the town's tragic and tortured secrets and his fears escalate when he discovers that local children have been disappearing under mysterious circumstances. When those closest to him become threatened by the vengeful woman in black, Kipps must find a way to break the cycle of terror.

The Woman In Black also stars Ciaran Hinds (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy) and Janet McTeer (Tumbleweeds), was adapted from Susan... »

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Brand New Exclusive Interview With Clive Ford Director Of Cold Call
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Wednesday 17th Aug 2011

Clive FordWerewolves, bats, bugs, nasty orphans, zombies, homicidal blind dates and bananas that have gone bananas – yes, it's the FrightFest International Short Film Showcase, an eclectic mix of worldwide cutting edge short films, this year presented by Horror Channel.

One of the shorts showing is Cold Call from Clive Ford which is an unpredictable and atmospheric chiller. Here he chats about where the story came from and the next project he's working on.

HC: Are you a big fan of horror movies?

CF: I'm a huge fan of horror movies. Being bought up in the 80s when cinema was on it's knees, local fleapit cinemas used to let anyone over about 12 in to see any film, no questions asked. I grew up on supernatural horror films ... »

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Scream Issue 7 Details
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 16th Aug 2011

Scream Issue 7 coverDetails for Issue 7 of Scream have been revealed as well as the new cover. Inside you'll find an exclusive interview with Robert Englund who chats about the Nightmare On Elm Street films and Strippers Vs Werewolves, Rutger Hauer speaks about his latest movies The Reverend and Dracula 3D, Corey Feldman exclusively talks about 2012s Six Degrees of Hell, Giovanni Lombardo Radice talks a life of horror films and also there's a piece with Hammer's CEO Simon Oaks.

There's also a FrightFest 2011 Festival Report, DVD and Blu-ray reviews, film previews, books, comics, games and much more!

For more information click here.

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Brand new exclusive interview with Axelle Carolyn Director of The Last Post
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Monday 15th Aug 2011

Axelle Carolyn Last PostWerewolves, bats, bugs, nasty orphans, zombies, homicidal blind dates and bananas that have gone bananas – yes, it's the FrightFest International Short Film Showcase, an eclectic mix of worldwide cutting edge short films, this year presented by Horror Channel.

One of the shorts showing is The Last Post, the directorial debut of writer, columnist, actress and model Axelle Carolyn. This multi-talented lady found time to chat to us about her anticipated paranormal piece.

HC: You're a FrightFest regular, what is it about the festival that sees you returning year after year?

AC: Well, first of all, I'm a Londoner, so it's on my doorstep. But mostly, it's one of the very first horror festivals I ever ... »

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Interview With Chillerama and 2001 Maniacs Director Tim Sullivan
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Sunday 14th Aug 2011

Tim SullivanFrightFest 2011 is just over a week away and this site will once again be blogging live from the event giving you the very latest news and gossip from the world's most distinguished celebration of horror cinema. To get you in the mood here's an interview with a favourite of the Horror Channel, writer/director Tim Sullivan, whose cracking shocker 2001 Maniacs has been showing on the channel. Tim is part of the directing team of Chillerama, an anticipated anthology movie that is getting its UK Premiere at FrightFest so we decided to have a chat with this talented chap.

HC: So are you a fan of the old anthology movies of the 50s and 60s?

TS: I am a HUGE fan of the anthologies of the 7... »

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Horror Channel Celebrates Frightfest With A Special Season - The Best Of The Fest
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Frightfest, Saturday 6th Aug 2011

FrightFest 2011 Small PosterTo celebrate this year's FrightFest event, Horror Channel is screening a selection of some of the best movies from previous years.

Every night at 10.55pm from August 15th to August 31st (apart from our Director's Night on the 25th) you can see such gruesome masterpieces as Rob Zombie's House Of 1000 Corpses, Pontypool, Miike Takashi's shocking Audition and the UK TV premieres of Jamie Blanks' yuppies-in-peril thriller »

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Midnight Finally Comes to DVD
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 4th Aug 2011

Midnight DVD CoverAffectionately described as "a greasy, grimy, and frequently unpleasant little nugget" by DVD Talk, writer-director John A. Russo's sordid tale of young runaways, lecherous stepfathers and inbred Satanists, Midnight, comes to DVD for the first time in the UK, completely uncut.

Adapted by Russo (co-writer of Night Of The Living Dead) from his own novel, Midnight stars John Amplas (Day Of The Dead, Martin), Melanie Verlin (Monkey Shines) and Lawrence Tierney (Reservoir Dogs).

Alone on the road trying to hitch a ride to California to start a new life away from the unwelcome attention of her sleazy stepfather, Nancy hooks up with a pair of good natured petty crooks on a road trip to nowhere special. Things t... »

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The Original Twilight Zone On Blu-ray and DVD
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 3rd Aug 2011

The Twilight Zone Season 1One of the most iconic and celebrated TV shows of all time, The Twilight Zone is now being made available on DVD and, for the first time ever in the UK, on Blu-ray.

For all releases, every effort has been made to maintain the highest standards of quality in bringing this classic series to DVD and Blu-ray.

Presented for the first time in the UK, the Blu-ray edition is in pristine high-definition, digitally remastered from new 1080p film transfers using the original camera negatives and magnetic soundtracks. As well as all the features on the DVD editions, the Blu-ray editions will also include a host of extras, available for the first time in the UK. Season 1 alone includes an unofficial pilot written by Rod Serling, 19 new audio commentari... »

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Shock Horror Magazine Issue 6 Details
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 2nd Aug 2011

Shock Horror Issue 6 CoverShock Horror Magazine issue 6 is here and to celebrate a full year entertaining the UK Horror scene Shock Horror set up an exclusive shoot in LA with none other than Bill Moseley.

Inside the cover star spills the beans on his career so far and upcoming movies, including the new Texas Chainsaw Massacre movie!

This issue also includes Bela Lugosi, How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse special, UK Indie 'Don't Let Him In' feature as well as the usual comics, games, DVD and music reviews - so much and only £3!

For more information click here

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Fright Night (2011) - New Trailer
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Monday 1st Aug 2011

Fright Night PosterBased on Tom Holland's cult favourite from 1985, Fright Night is shaping up to be a remake worth talking about. It's getting a special preview at FrightFest 2011 on Saturday August 27th before it goes on general release in September.

Senior Charlie Brewster (Anton Yelchin) finally has it all - he's running with the popular crowd and dating the hottest girl in high school. In fact, he’s so cool he's even dissing his best friend Ed (Christopher Mintz-Plasse). But trouble arrives when an intriguing stranger Jerry (Colin Farrell) moves in next door. He seems like a great guy at first, but there’s something not quite right - and everyone, including Charlie's mom (Toni Collette), doesn't notic... »

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World Premiere of camping horror A NIGHT IN THE WOODS replaces GUINEA PIGS
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Sunday 31st Jul 2011

A Night In The WoodsFrightFest have been advised by Vertigo Films that Guinea Pigs will now not be ready in time to show due to various post-production complexities.

A future screening, either at their Halloween event at the Vue Cinema in Leicester Square or at the Glasgow FrightFest event in 2012, is being discussed so let's keep our fingers crossed for that.

In its slot instead – 10.45am Monday August 29th – the festival will be hosting the world premiere of Vertigo Films' A Night In The Woods, currently testing through the roof at secret previews.

Starring Scoot McNairy (Monsters), Anna Skellern (The Descent 2) and Andrew Hawley, the Richard Parry directed shocker details what happens on a camping trip in Dartm... »

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High School Of The Dead: The Complete Series Collection
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 28th Jul 2011

High School Of The Dead Blu-ray coverBased on the hit manga series written by Daisuke Sato and illustrated by Shoji Sato, the zombie apocalypse saga High School Of The Dead is brought to the screen as "an overly-sexualised and wonderfully violent" anime series that more than earns its 15 certificate with its very strong language, gratuitous nudity and graphic violence.

Produced by Madman and directed by Tetsuro Araki (Death Note, Black Lagoon) the series was perfectly summed up by Wired magazine in a review that claimed, "Had a sexually-tense George A. Romero set 'Dawn Of The Dead' in a Japanese school, it would probably resemble High School Of The Dead."

A seemingly ordinary day at Fujimi High School ... »

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Easter Bunny Kill Kill - Release Date
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 27th Jul 2011

Easter Bunny Kill Kill DVD CoverRaw, very controversial and uncompromising, Easter Bunny Kill Kill will hit the DVD format on August 22nd thanks to new label Cine Du Monde.

Remington, a murderous grifter cons his way into a mother's heart, putting on a fatherly facade to her cherished son, Nicholas. But the second she leaves for work, a torrent of abuse rains upon the gentle boy.

Remington heads out for some hookers and invites his dilettante-child molester-drug-dealer buddy over to abuse Nicholas. In the meantime, the only comfort the boy gets is in confiding with his new pet bunny.

Debauchery is at hand but Nicholas is nowhere to be found but someone wearing the mask of the beloved holiday hopper shows up ready to deliver a blood-splattered night of un... »

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Anchor Bay's new artwork for The Dead ahead of its UK theatrical release on September 2nd
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 26th Jul 2011

The Dead UK PosterMuch anticipated zombie survival flick The Dead is set to invade cinemas across the UK from September 2nd, ahead of its US theatrical debut in October.

Directed by The Ford Brothers and shot on previously unseen locations across Burkina Faso and Ghana, West Africa, The Dead is unlike anything horror audiences have ever experienced - an apocalyptic, savage journey to the heart of Africa – where life and death is far from black and white.

It has been widely reported that filming the epic road movie took its toll. As producer/director Howard J. Ford reveals: “We encountered real death on a daily basis and were held up at gun point several times, met real canni... »

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Grindhouse thrills, manic kills and paranormal chills - August on the Horror Channel
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Tuesday 26th Jul 2011

Emily Booth Green DressThe year is hotting up so the Horror Channel is preparing a list of movie premieres to chill your blood all introduced by Emily Booth. Yes, Emily is back in The Horror Booth with a block-bursting run of fast, funny and fear-filled intros.

The month is overflowing with Grindhouse promos, a torture classic and blood-splashed comedy, here's a quick look at the movies she'll be introducing: (Please check online guide for individual starting times)

Hatchet For The Honeymoon – Saturday 6th August
Hatchet For The Honeymoon is a 1970 spine-chilling Giallo from mas... »

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UNIQUE ZOMBIE FRANCHISE FROM BREAKTHROUGH WRITER/DIRECTOR
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 25th Jul 2011

Zombie Apocalypse LogoCarlos Gallardo, producer of the acclaimed El Mariachi, Desperado and Once Upon A Time In Mexico trilogy, and Kevin Eastman, co-creator of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the owner of Heavy Metal Publishing, have announced their involvement as executive producers on Zombie Apocalypse (working title), a forthcoming movie to be directed by hot new writer/director discovery, Chee Keong Cheung.

Zombie Apocalypse is a unique combination of the action, zombie horror and war genres with the added element of mixed martial arts and will be produced by UK based Intense Productions. The first ever Zombie film to feature mixed martial arts, based on an original screenplay written by Chee Keong Cheung, and lined up as t... »

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Brand New Interview With The Silent House Director Gustav Hernandez
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Sunday 24th Jul 2011

Gustavo HernandezAudaciously filmed as one continuous tracking shot, The Silent House is at once a love letter to cult horrors from the annals of cinema history and a daring experiment that delivers its scares in a truly unique way. It's coming to DVD on August 1st so we chatted to director Gustav Hernandez about the inspiration for the movie and his plans for the future.

HC: Have you always been a fan of horror movies?

GH: No, although I have watched horror films at different stages in my life. I must say that in my childhood (and even as a teenager) I had a really hard time watching horror films. When I grew older and became a bit braver, I started enjoying the genre.

HC: Where did the idea from The Silent House come from? Is it real... »

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Short But Not Sweet - Horror Channel Sponsoring The FrightFest International Short Film Showcase
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Friday 22nd Jul 2011

Love Bug 1Werewolves, bats, bugs, nasty orphans, zombies, homicidal blind dates and bananas that have gone bananas – yes, it's the FrightFest International Short Film Showcase, an eclectic mix of worldwide cutting edge short films, this year presented by Horror Channel.

Among the prime cuts are the sinister Little Munchkin, from the director of forthcoming Jaime Winstone flick Elfie Hopkins, Axelle Carolyn's directorial debut, The Last Post, starring Jean Marsh, and the demented Banana Motherf**ker from the team behind the brilliant Papa Wrestling.

They may be short – but they're not sweet!

Horror Channel, part of the CBS Chello Zone portfoli... »

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The Infection Is Growing - Quarantine 2 Is Coming To DVD
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 21st Jul 2011

Quarantine 2 sleeveThe deadly virus has escaped the infected building and is now on board a late night flight. No one is safe when Quarantine 2: Terminal hits DVD on August 15th from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

The sequel to the film Quarantine takes up where the previous installment left off:

Earlier tonight, a bizarre disease was unleashed in a run-down Los Angeles tenement ... and no one got out alive. Yet something escaped. Now, aboard Flight 318, the first symptoms begin to show. As the infection begins to take root, innocent passengers suddenly transform into terrifying, bloodthirsty killers.

Forced to land at an isolated terminal, and surrounded by armed government agents, the crew and passengers grow increasingly desperate.

The only question now i... »

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Brand New - Interview With Twilight Zone Expert Tom Elliot
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Tuesday 19th Jul 2011

The Twilight ZoneTom Elliot started his horror career as the co-host of The Gentlemen's Grindhouse podcast, as well as being the horror reviewer at GeekPlanetOnline.com. He's currently writing for Scream: The Horror Magazine where he's interviewed some of horror's greats, including Doug Bradley, Kane Hodder and Joe Pilato. When he's not up to his neck in blood and guts he hosts the official Twilight Zone forum at Cult-Labs, and writes the official Twilight Zone Blog. If that wasn't enough Twilight Zone for you, Tom is also the host of The Twilight Zone Podcast. Seeing as though the Horror Channel is showing »

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Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes - New TV Spot
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 18th Jul 2011

Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes Quad PosterI'm a sucker for the Planet Of The Apes series of movies and the latest addition, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes acts a sort of prequel to the original run. It stars James Franco, Andy Serkis and Freida Pinto.

Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes combines fantastic storytelling with the next leap in Visual Effects for an emotional and action-packed motion picture experience unlike any other.

Man's arrogance sets off a chain of events that leads to intelligence in apes and a challenge to our place as the dominant species on the planet. Caesar, the first intelligent ape, is betrayed by humans and rises up to lead his species’ spectacular race to freedom and the ultimate sho... »

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Dark Side Magazine New Issue Details
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 16th Jul 2011

DarkSide Issue 142 CoverIssue 142 of Dark Side Magazine has just been unleashed and is packed with all the usual features and reviews including:

Alan Jones talks with Jason Eisener, director of the gory Grindhouse hit, Hobo With A Shotgun and Julia's Eyes director Guillem Morales, The Twilight Zone is revisited, Calum Waddell chats to Walter Hill and Tom DeSimone, erstwhile Leatherface actor Gunnar Hansen speaks to Dark Side about the trials and tribulations of sawing his way into screen history and Allan Bryce attempts to find out exactly what makes a Scream Queen.

Cover price is £3.99 and for more information and some exclusive content click here.

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Chillerama - Comic Con Poster Art
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 16th Jul 2011

Chillerama Teaser PosterEarlier in the week we brought you news of Chillerama, a new anthology movie from Tim Sullivan, Adam Rifkin, Adam Green And Joe Lynch.

Click here for that info and look to your left for the teaser poster used at Comic Con designed by Detroit Rock City Artist Phil Roberts.

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Interview With Hobo With A Shotgun Star Rutger Hauer
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Wednesday 13th Jul 2011

Rutger HauerIt began as an award winning "fake" Grindhouse trailer that embodied the genre and became an internet sensation via YouTube. Now, Hobo With A Shotgun, director Jason Eisener's affectionate and remarkably authentic tribute to the exploitation movies of the 1970s and 80s, is a full-on, no-holds-barred, kick-ass movie and due in selected UK cinemas on July 15th. Here Hollywood legend Rutger Hauer talks about his role in this, one of the most talked about movies of the year so far.

The reaction to Hobo With A Shotgun has been nothing short of phenomenal – and rightly so.

Rutger Hauer: I'm pleasantly shocked at how well the film's been received, because I really didn't see that coming. I knew that there was quite a following, but the fact that part of ... »

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Hatchet 2 - DVD and Blu-ray release date
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 13th Jul 2011

Hatchet 2 DVD CoverIncreasing the body count, the gore levels and the homicidal ingenuity of his cult horror hit Hatchet, writer-director Adam Green throws his splatter generator into overdrive and somehow manages to out-slash every other slasher movie ever made with Hatchet 2, coming to DVD and Blu-ray on 29th August.

Starring Danielle Harris, Tony Todd, Kane Hodder and Tom Holland, and featuring fan-pleasing cameos by Frozen stars Shawn Ashmore and Emma Bell amongst others, the film sees vengeful supernatural killing machine Victor Crowley coming up with ever more inventive ways of dispatching anyone who dares trespass on his little patch of the Louisiana swamplands.

More a “continuation” than a sequel, Hatchet 2 picks up at the very moment the firs... »

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Chillerama - News Update
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 12th Jul 2011

Chillerama artImage Entertainment, Inc. has acquired all distribution rights to the horror anthology film Chillerama, which is being billed as the ultimate midnight movie. The announcement was made by Image Entertainment's Chief Acquisition Officer, Bill Bromiley.

"This title is a nightmare come true for anyone who loves horror films, twisted humor, and skilled film making," said Bromiley. "Chillerama, and its foursome of fierce film makers, presents a bloody-good cinematic love letter to fans."

"The four directors of Chillerama are as much fans of horror film as they are filmmakers," said Mark Ward, Vice President of Acquisitions, Image Entertainment. "I'm thrilled that Image is partnered with them to bring this very special film to audiences eve... »

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Bane - Coming To DVD in July
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 11th Jul 2011

Bane DVD CoverBlending psychological horror with full-on gore, British horror movie Bane, finally comes to DVD after a successful festival season that saw it win Best Horror Feature at Shriekfest in Los Angeles.

Katherine awakes in an underground cell with three other women – all have complete amnesia. The women soon discover they are part of a gruesome experiment with no obvious purpose.

That night one of the other girls witnesses the first visit to their cell by the terrifying figure of the blood splattered Surgeon. One by one the Surgeon cuts a four digit number into each woman’s skin – the exact time he will return to kill them. Is there any way to escape?

What is the purpose of the experiment? And who or what is screaming every time the lights go out?

With a cover that ... »

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Don't Open The Box - New Trailer For Scream Of The Banshee
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 10th Jul 2011

Scream Of The Banshee Blu-ray CoverScream Of The Banshee is the latest chilling-feature from the After Dark Originals brand, coming to DVD and Blu-ray 25 July.

The film stars Lauren Holly (NCIS, Dumb And Dumber) and Lance Henriksen (Aliens, The Terminator) and is directed by Steven C. Miller who was also behind Automation Transfusion.

When a college Professor opens up a strange, ornate box, discovered in the basement of a university, she and he students hear a horrifying scream belonging to that of a bloodthirsty banshee. They think nothing of it, until that scream begins to haunt all that heard it in strange and surreal ways.

According to Irish lore, if you hear a Banshee scream, you will die – which is... »

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Rose Black: Demon Seed - Release Date
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 9th Jul 2011

Rose Black Demon Seed CoverThe most ambitious installment of the Rose Black comic-book saga will be released this summer by Rough Cut Comics.

The 100-page full-color volume Rose Black: Demon Seed develops the series' "re-imagining" of vampire mythology through its titular heroine – the angelic super-being who discovers her 600-year-old reputation as 'an evil bloodsucker' has been manufactured by a sinister cabal housed within Vatican City.

The saga, which will stretch to a three-book series next year, has been pitched as a crossbreed of Blade and The Da Vinci Code with nods to Marvel's Black Widow and 2000AD's Durham Red.

Creators Ed Murphy and Tom Campbell, the Publisher/Writer team behind the popular... »

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Exclusive Interview With Jen And Sylvia Soska, Directors of Dead Hooker In A Trunk
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Friday 8th Jul 2011

Dead Hooker In A Trunk Soska SistersJen and Sylvia Soska are twins who enjoy the darker side of cinema and their first movie, the wonderfully titled Dead Hooker In A Trunk is getting its UK TV premiere on Horror on July 29th. It's so cool Eli Roth called it "F***ing awesome" so we decided to have a quick chat with this talented pair.

HC: Would you consider yourselves to have had a normal childhood?

Jen: I would say so, but what do I know? It was my childhood and it's all I've ever known. To me, it was very normal. People ask me all the time what it is like to have a twin and it's kind of funny. I couldn't possibly know what it's like to not ... »

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The Skin I Live In - New Teaser Trailer
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 6th Jul 2011

The Skin I Live In PosterWe're suckers for mad scientist movies and this one looks like a cross between classic Vincent Price intensity with added Giallo.

The Skin I Live In from award from winning director Pedro Almodóvar stars Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya, Blanca Suarez and Marisa Paredes. The story is based on Thierry Jonquet's novel Tarantula and gets a UK release on 26th August.

Ever since his wife was burned in a car crash, Dr. Robert Ledgard, an eminent plastic surgeon, has been interested in creating a new skin with which he could have saved her. After twelve years, he manages to cultivate a skin that is a real shield against every assault.

In addition to years of study and experimentation, Robert needed a further three things: no scruples, an accomp... »

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Nasty Nazis Invade The Horror Channel In July
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Wednesday 6th Jul 2011

Nasty Nazis GraphicThe Horror Channel is invaded by those archetypal screen baddies - the nasty Nazis in July with two titles receiving their UK TV premieres.

Puppet Master: Axis Of Evil – Friday 15th
Puppet Master: Axis Of Evil is wartime installment of the long-running and much loved horror series that started way back 1989. Made in 2010 it concerns a man who is desperate to join the war effort but uncovers a Nazi plot and takes up arms in the shape of deadly living puppets to fight the Axis forces. This is the tenth movie in the popular franchise and proves that the marionette's of mayhem have lost none of their inventive murdering ways.

Nazi D... »

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Insidious - DVD and Blu-ray Date Announced
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 6th Jul 2011

Insidious DVD CoverA global box office smash thanks in no small part to unprecedented critical acclaim and overwhelmingly positive word-of-mouth from cinemagoers who delighted in being scared witless by its supernatural shocks, the year's scariest movie, Insidious, comes to DVD and Blu-Ray on 12th September thanks to Momentum Pictures, giving thrill-seeking horror fans the opportunity to take the terror home.

Directed by James Wan, written by Leigh Whannell (together, the co-creators of the Saw movies) and produced by Oren Peli, Steven Schneider, Jason Blum (the team responsible for Paranormal Activity), Insidious stars Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne.

Eschewing the gross-out, "how much can you endure?" torture porn principles of many recent horror... »

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FrightFest 2011 - Full Discovery Screen Listing
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Sunday 3rd Jul 2011

Rabies 1The FrightFest Discovery Screen is back and has a line up of cinematic gems that are just waiting to be, well, discovered! This year attendees will have the chance to watch a documentary on a Euro horror legend, road trip terror, vampiric shocks, a slasher movie from Israel and a haunted house chiller. And that's just the first day! Also look out for a special presentation of one of the finest zombie movies of recent times, The Dead. Directors Jon and Howard Ford will be giving a live commentary divulging all the anecdotes that make this one of the most satisfying horror movies made.

Over the next few weeks we'll be looking at these movies more fully so keep checking back.

Friday 26th August
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FrightFest 2011 - Full Main Screen Listing
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Saturday 2nd Jul 2011

A Lonely Place To Die Melissa George1Yesterday we brought you news of the films that are showing at this year's awesome FrightFest event. Below you’ll find the screening dates and times for all the movies showing on Screen 1. Tomorrow we’ll be posting all the movies that are showing on the Discovery Screen.

Horror Channel is very proud to be sponsoring The Short Film Showcase on Sunday 27th August, we’ll bring you more details of which movies that are being shown during this anticipated section very soon. What we can say is that this year returning talents will play along with the next wave of genre film-makers in what will be an exciting afternoon of terrifying treats!

We'd just like to say "Hello", to all... »

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Final Destination 5 - New Poster
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Friday 1st Jul 2011

Final Destination 5 New PosterIt's the horror movie franchise that just won't die! Yes folks, Final Destination 5 will arrive in cinemas from August 26th in both 3D and 2D versions.

In Final Destination 5, Death is just as omnipresent as ever, and is unleashed after one man's premonition saves a group of co-workers from a terrifying suspension bridge collapse. But this group of unsuspecting souls was never supposed to survive, and, in a terrifying race against time, the ill-fated group frantically tries to discover a way to escape Death's sinister agenda.

This is the second of the Final Destination films to be shot in 3D, and is directed by Steven Quale who is marking his major feature film directorial debut. The fil... »

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Film4 FrightFest - Full Line Up Announced
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Friday 1st Jul 2011

Chillerama ZombmovieThe full line up for Film4 FrightFest 2011 has been announced with a record ten British titles plus first-time horrors from Israel and Switzerland. That's not to mention Hebrew horror, killer Santas, carrot-wielding maniacs, demented descents, a Werewolf musical, the end of the world and Troll Hunters – oh yes, this is THE horror event of the year. Here is the full PR:

From Thursday 25 August to Monday 29 August the UK's premiere event for horror fans will be at the Empire Cinema in London's Leicester Square to present 37 films in two screens. Empire 1 will house the main event while the Discovery strand will play in Empire 4. There are eleven countries represented, with seven world premieres and a record-equalling twenty UK or European premieres.

This ye... »

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Who Needs Jason? Friday The 13th - The Series On Horror
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Wednesday 29th Jun 2011

friday_the_13thDuring 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»

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New Stills From Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Wednesday 29th Jun 2011

t Be Afraid Of The Dark One sheetWith the line up for FrightFest 2011 only a matter of days away I thought you’d might like to see some snaps from the movie that will open this years event, The Guillermo del Toro produced creature creeper Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark.

Starring Katie Holmes, Guy Pearce and directed by comic book artist Troy Nixey, this will be the film's UK premiere ahead of a planned nationwide release in September, courtesy of Optimum Releasing.

Based on the 1973 US TV movie and bearing del Toro's distinctive touch of class, first-time director Nixey explores a demonic tooth fairy myth in a tense flight of terrifying fantasy orchestrated with stylish verve and stunning sound design that will rock the Empire cinema to its rafte... »

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Fright Night - New Character Posters
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 28th Jun 2011

David Tennant Fright Night PosterOpening in UK cinemas on September 2nd is Fright Night, a remake of the 1985 classic.

We've been lucky enough to see the new character posters and if you look to your left you'll see one of the first and it's David Tennant as Peter Vincent. Look out for more later in the week.

Meanwhile here's what the movie is all about:

Senior Charlie Brewster (Anton Yelchin) finally has it all—he’s running with the popular crowd and dating the hottest girl in high school. In fact, he’s so cool he’s even dissing his best friend Ed (Christopher Mintz-Plasse).

But trouble arrives when an intriguing stranger Jerry (Colin Farrell) moves in next door. He seems like a great guy at first, but there’s something not... »

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Ruggero Deodato Book From Fab Press Updated
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 27th Jun 2011

Cannibal Holocaust and The Savage Cinema Of Ruggero DeodatoCannibal Holocaust And the Savage Cinema of Ruggero Deodato from FAB Press is a critically acclaimed look at one of cinema's true renegades.

Cannibal Holocaust is widely acclaimed as being one of the greatest horror movies of all time; indeed this hugely influential film is so devastatingly effective that it is often wrongly accused of being a Snuff movie.

This book is the fully authorised guide to the amazing films of Ruggero Deodato, whose notorious masterpiece Cannibal Holocaust is analysed in depth along with all his other movies, which include House On The Edge Of The Park, Waves Of Lust, Cut And Run, »

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Interview With The Director Of The Resident Antti Jokinen
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Monday 27th Jun 2011

The Resident PosterThe Resident, a new chiller from Hammer FIlms has just been released into UK cinemas. It boasts a cast that includes Academy Award winner Hillary Swank and Hollywood legend Christopher Lee. Notable for Lee's return to Hammer for the first time in over 30 years, it has been directed by newcomer Antti Jokinen and we caught up him to discover how he came to direct one of Hammer's most famous actors.

HC: You hail from Finland, are Hammer films well known over there?

AJ: Well, I don’t think that Hammer Films are that well known in Finland, but I think that they are well known within the film industry and among film fans and horror film fans, and I think those are the people that will always know Hammer Films well. But obviously I don’t think that we [as a... »

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Sucker Punch To Hit Stores August 8th
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 25th Jun 2011

Sucker Punch Blu Ray CoverBorn from the creative vision of master filmmaker Zack Snyder, Sucker Punch features an ensemble cast of young stars, including Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens and Jamie Chung. Thanks to Warner Home Video its hitting DVD and Blu-ray Triple Play on August 8th.

She has been locked away against her will, but Babydoll (Browning) has not lost her will to survive. Determined to fight for her freedom, she urges four other young girls – the reluctant Sweet Pea (Cornish), the outspoken Rocket (Malone), the street-smart Blondie (Hudgens) and the fiercely loyal Amber (Chung) – to band together and try to escape a terrible fate at the hands of their captors, Blue (Isaac) and Madam Gorski (Gugino), before the mysterious High Roller (Hamm) ... »

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Dead Island - Coming Soon
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Friday 24th Jun 2011

Dead Island Image 1Dead Island, the upcoming gruesome zombie action game with RPG elements by renowned developer Techland, will be released September 9th on PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system, the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and Windows PC.

It combines first-person action with a heavy focus on melee combat, character development and customisation of a vast array of weapons. All of these gameplay features are presented in a dark story inspired by classic zombie movies with a gritty and engrossing campaign that can be played with up to four players in co-op mode.

Set in an open world tropical island, hordes of different festering zombies await players around every corner while they embark on a variety of thrilling missions through the holiday resort. ... »

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Hobo With A Shotgun - Stunning Retro Poster
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 23rd Jun 2011
Hobo With A Shotgun PosterIt began as an award winning "fake" Grindhouse trailer and became an internet sensation via YouTube. Now, Hobo With A Shotgun, director Jason Eisener's affectionate and remarkably authentic tribute to the exploitation movies of the 1970s and 80s, is a full-on, no-holds-barred, kick-ass movie that will hit selected cinemas from July15th thanks to Momentum Pictures. And for all you lovely people here’s the brand new poster designed by Tom Hodge.

Tom Hodge, aka The Dude Designs, is one of several British artists (others include Graham Humphreys and Rick Melton) at the forefront of what appears to be a welcome revival in the lost art of creating original painted, illustrated and hand-crafted images for movie posters and DVD sleeves instead of following the someti... »

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F. E. A. R. 3 - In Stores Soon
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 23rd Jun 2011

Alma FEAR 3 ImageSet to release on the Xbox 360, PS3, and Windows PC June 24, F.E.A.R. 3 is a heart-pounding paranormal first person shooter unleashing intense combat, compelling narrative and co-op play that evolves the franchise. Horror masterminds, John Carpenter and Steve Niles helped craft the story and scares for F.E.A.R. 3 so already this sounds like an unmissable release.

Alma returns in this new instalment but this time her sons Point Man and Paxton Fettel are characters available to play in divergent co-op, giving players distinctly different abilities affecting their own play as well as the experience of their co-op partner. Gamers participate in single player or co-op modes as Point Man or as Paxton Fettel, his conniving brother whose incredible telekine... »

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Strippers Vs Werewolves - New Poster
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 23rd Jun 2011

Strippers Vs Werewolves PosterCheck out this brand new poster art work for UK comedy horror flick Strippers Vs Werewolves, which has just wrapped after a five week shoot in Croydon.

Who is the sexy Ali Bastian (who plays stripper Danni) pointing her shotgun at? Why none other than Martin Kemp of course – who plays strip-club punter Mickey - who just happens to be a werewolf.

Centered around Vixens, a London strip-club, Strippers Vs Werewolves has quite an interesting cast including Adele Silva, Billy Murray, Barbara Nedeljekova, Ali Bastian, Lucy Pinder, Martin Compston, Robert Englund, Sarah Douglas and Alan Ford.

Director is Jonathan (13 Hrs) Glendenning and producers are Jonathan Sothcott and Simon Phillips.

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New Game - Plants vs Zombies!
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 22nd Jun 2011

Plants Vs Zombies - The GameMastertronic Group has released PopCap's Plants vs. Zombies on the Nintendo DS.

This runaway success from PopCap Games has already been successfully released across multiple platforms.

Mastertronic's Product Director Neil McKenna said: "Plants vs. Zombies is the fastest-selling iPhone/iPod strategy game of all time, selling 300,000 copies in the first nine days it was available on the App store. With such a proven track record on a portable platform, we’re delighted to bring Plants vs. Zombies to the world’s most popular handheld gaming device, the Nintendo DS."

In Plants vs. Zombies a mob of brain-hungry zombies is unleashed on your home and your only defe... »

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New York Ripper - Most Complete UK Edition Yet
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 21st Jun 2011

New York Ripper Shameless CoverNew York Ripper, director Lucio Fulci (The Beyond. City Of The Living Dead)'s most notorious shocker, comes to Blu-ray on 27th June rebuilt with previously missing scenes that make it the longest and most complete version of the film ever seen in the UK. And, another first, the disc comes not in your usual run-of-the-mill Blu-ray case but in an eye-catching, Shameless Screen Entertainment exclusive, bright lemon "Yell-o-ray" case!

Famously banned outright in 1984 by the then Secretary of the British Board of Classification, James Ferman (who ordered all prints of the film to be escorted by police to the airport and removed from the country without ever being screened), the film, today, is every bit as vile and shocking as the stories surroundi... »

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Brand New: Exclusive Interview With Adam Mason, Director Of Blood River
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Monday 20th Jun 2011

Adam MasonWriter/director Adam Mason is one of the rising talents of the movie industry. His films Broken and The Devil's Chair pushed the horror genre into very raw and dark places, earning him a reputation of an artist who doesn't shirk from dissecting the dark side of the human soul. One of his latest movies, the acclaimed Blood River is showing on the Horror Channel in July so we decided to chat to this very honest man about his career so far.

HC: We first spoke some years back at FrightFest when you showed Broken, can you recall the reception that movie got?

AM: I think that was 2006. What I remember more than anything was that I'd just got back from LA the day before - where I... »

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FrightFest 2011 - New Poster
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Friday 17th Jun 2011

FrightFest 2011 Small PosterThe new poster for FrightFest 2011 has been unveiled. The FrightFest team think top graphic designer and long-standing Frightfester Graham Humphreys has surpassed even his usual incredibly high standards this year. What do you think?

This from their arch illustrator:

"As it is the 12th year - my idea was a demonic creature crawling out of Big Ben (midnight, of course). It's also a sly nod to Shock Around The Clock and there’s a sneaky reference to Quatermass And The Pit as well.

This year's mega movie line-up (which is boasting over 40 titles) will be announced on 1st July. If you missed the news from last week the opening and closing movies have already been announced.

The Guillermo del Toro produced creature creeper »

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Still Time: Viewers' Choice: Freesat Channel Of The Year Award 2011 - Vote Horror!
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 16th Jun 2011

Horror Channel LogoFreesat viewers have been invited to vote for their Channel Of The Year and Horror Channel is once again in the running. By registering your vote in this esteemed category you will be entered into a prize draw to win a Spa Day for you and a friend as well as a stunning new Echostar freesat+ box.

At last year's ceremony Horror Channel won the prestigious award for Best Themed Channel with the judges commenting, "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, making mobile phone content and holding the 'CUT'! short film competition, all of which allow the audience to really live its pa... »

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Beasts, Nazis And Dead Hookers - July On The Horror Channel
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Wednesday 15th Jun 2011

Emily Booth Green DressJuly is an incredibly busy month here at the Horror Channel and we have a shed-load of premieres for you, all with one thing in common, Emily Booth is introducing them! Yes folks Emily will be in The Horror Booth for a block-bursting run of fast, funny and fear-filled intros. The month is overflowing with movie legends, buckets of blood and lashings of gore, here's a quick look at the movies she'll be introducing:

The Blood Beast Terror – Friday 1st July
A true classic of its era, Vernon Sewell's The Blood Beast Terror boasts a cast which includes Peter Cushing, Robert Flemyng and the beautiful Wanda Ventham. ... »

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Brand New - Exclusive Interview With Kim Newman
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Monday 13th Jun 2011

Kim NewmanRespected journalist, author and all-round nice guy Kim Newman is best known for his vast knowledge of movies of the fantastical variety, faultless article writing and enlightening reviews. His brilliant and critically acclaimed novel Anno Dracula has just been re-released by Titan in a special updated edition so I thought it was time to chat to one the finest writers around.

HC: Do you recall the first movie that really caught your imagination?

KN: The first film I was taken to see at the cinema was The First Men In The Moon, the Ray Harryhausen-Nigel Kneale-HG Wells picture. I was four or five. I don't think I've ever got over it. My younger sister had a screaming fit a few minutes into the film and we had to leave the cinema, so I nagged my ... »

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Siren - New Trailer
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 11th Jun 2011

Siren DVD CoverDead Calm meets The Hunger in the independent British horror flick, Siren, the debut directorial feature of former Art Director, the late Andrew Hull. Described as "lean, dirty and surprising" by DVD Verdict, the film features Eoin Macken, Anna Skellern, Tereza Srbova and Anthony Jabre, and boasts a hypnotic musical theme based around hotly-tipped, LA-based all-girl group Warpaint's song, Elephants.

Hoping to escape their busy city lives for a weekend of sailing off Tunisia's Mediterranean coast, Ken (Macken), his girlfriend Rachel (Skellern) and her old college friend Marco (Jabre) see their plans hit a snag when they go to the aid of a castaway. Raving incoherently and bleeding from his ears, the man dies on board the boat prompting the three friends, f... »

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The Resident - DVD and Blu-ray News
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 11th Jun 2011

The Resident Blu-ray CoverIcon Home Entertainment has announced the Monday July 4th Blu-ray and DVD release of the psychological thriller, The Resident, starring two-time Academy Award winner Hilary Swank and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. The film also marks Christopher Lee-s return to the Hammer franchise after a 34 year absence.

The story of The Resident was inspired by the fact that every year, very many single women move into apartments for the first time. They do not know who lived in the apartment before them; they do not know their landlords, and they don’t bother to change the locks. This is the story of one such woman...

Hilary Swank plays Dr. Juliet Devereau, a young, newly-single Emergency Room surgeon. After separating from her long t... »

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Del Toro And Melissa George Back To Headline Frightfest
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, News, Friday 10th Jun 2011

The Guillermo del Toro produced creature creeper Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark is set to open this year's Film4 FrightFest. Starring Katie Holmes, Guy Pearce and directed by comic book artist Troy Nixey, this will be the film’s UK premiere ahead of a planned nationwide release in September, courtesy of Optimum Releasing.

Based on the 1973 US TV movie and bearing del Toro's distinctive touch of class, first-time director Nixey explores a demonic tooth fairy myth in a tense flight of terrifying fantasy orchestrated with stylish verve and stunning sound design that will rock the Empire cinema to its rafters.

Film4 FrightFest will close with the European premiere of the harrowing and nerve-jangling British survival shocker A Lonely Place To Die, directed by Julian Gilbey and starring Melissa George (pictured right). Set in the Scottish Highlands, a group of mountaineers discover a young Serbian girl buried alive in the wilderness. In their attempt to get the girl t... »

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The Human Cenitpede 2: (Full Sequence) - Update
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 9th Jun 2011

As you have no doubt heard the anticipated sequel The Human Cenitpede 2: (Full Sequence) has been denied a certificate by the BBFC here in the UK.

We have a full statement from the PR for this movie:

"In the light of the decision of the BBFC (British Board of Film Classification) not to grant The Human Centipede 2: (Full Sequence) a classification certificate, Bounty Films (Australia), in conjunction with its UK distribution partner Eureka Entertainment Ltd. intends to appeal the decision."

Bounty MD Tony Romeo said:

“In Australia the film has been granted a certificate with no cuts. We are extremely surprised therefore by the BBFC’s decision.”

“At this time we do not wish to comment further.”

We'll let you know of any further developments.

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Scream Magazine Invades Strippers Vs Werewolves Set!
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 5th Jun 2011

Strippers Vs Werewolves Scream Set ReportHorror magazine Scream recently spent the day on set of the new British horror Strippers Vs Werewolves. This shocker is being directed by Jonathan Glendening, he of 13HRS fame and stars Robert Englund, Steven Berkoff, Billy Murray, Sarah Douglas and Martin Kemp. For more details click here.

The next issue of Scream The Horror Magazine is due in July.

Inside you'll find interviews and features including a chat with Hobo With A Shotgun director Jason Eisner, James Wan and Leigh Wannell who talk about the stunning Insidious, a look at the life and films of Jason... »

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The Pack - New Trailer
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 5th Jun 2011

The Pack DVD CoverOne of the stand-out films (personally speaking) from last year's FrightFest was the French language horror movie The Pack (La Meute).

Intelligent, witty and gruesome the film mixes smart storytelling with superb direction. It stars Omilie Dequenne (Brotherhood Of The Wolf) and Yolande Moreau (Amélie, Gainsbourg), and is set for release on 4th July on DVD and Blu-ray from Icon Home Entertainment.

Charlotte (Dequenne) stops at the side of an isolated side to pick up a hitchhiker, Max (Benjamin Biolay). But when the pair pulls into a truck-stop restaurant a few miles later, Max goes to the bathroom – and disappears. Puzzled, Charlotte returns to the restaurant that night to look for him, only to become ensnared by ‘La ... »

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Mother's Day - Advance Screening Ticket Give Away
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 1st Jun 2011

Mothers Day PosterStarring Rebecca De Mornay, Jaime King, Patrick Flueger, Warren Kole, Deborah Ann Woll, Briana Evigan, Shawn Ashmore, Frank Grillo, Lisa Marcos, and Matt O'Leary Mother's Day will hit UK cinemas from June 10th.

In this highly-anticipated psychological thriller from renowned director Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, III, and IV) and producer Brett Ratner, two mothers (Rebecca De Mornay and Jaime King) will give the holiday terrifying new meaning as they battle to protect what is dearest to them. After a bank robbery gone wrong, three brothers head for home, hoping their Mother (Rebecca De Mornay) can provide them with a getaway. The youngest brother, Johnny (Matt O'Leary), has been shot and their back-stabbing former partner has gotten away with all the cash. ... »

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Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark - New Trailer Updated With New Poster
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 1st Jun 2011

t Be Afraid Of The Dark One sheetGuillermo del Toro presents Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark, a rather smart looking horror film starring Katie Holmes, Guy Pearce and Bailee Madison which has been directed by Troy Nixey. Del Toro is also on writing duties here alongside Matthew Robbins.

Based on the 1973 telefilm that del Toro believes is the scariest TV production ever made, the story follows Sally (Madison), a young girl who moves to Rhode Island to live with her father (Pearce) and his new girlfriend (Holmes) in the 19th-century mansion they are restoring. While exploring the house, Sally starts to hear voices coming from creatures in the basement whose hidden agenda is to claim her as one of their own.

Akin to del Toro's masterpiece Pan's Labyrin... »

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Prey Is On Its Way
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 31st May 2011

Prey DVD CoverVenture deep into the woods and prepare to be terrorised as Prey comes to DVD on 6th June thanks to those lovely people at Entertainment One. The blurb says it guarantees to have you on the edge of your seat, and is a terrifying debut film from director Antoine Blossier who shows you how human nature can be scarier than the darkest of woods, as a hunt for killer boars takes a deadly twist.

Nathan (Grégoire Colin; Before the Rain, The Dreamlife Of Angels) and Claire (Bérénice Bejo; A Knight's Tale, OSS 117) are over the moon as they’re about to announce to her family that she is pregnant. However, the joyous occasion doesn't go according to plan. Not only is the family's pharmaceutical business in trouble, Claire's father is also myste... »

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NOT BAD FOR A HUMAN: THE LIFE AND FILMS OF LANCE HENRIKSEN
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 30th May 2011

Not Bad for a HumanLegendary actor Lance Henriksen has released his anticipated biography, Not Bad For A Human. The iconic actor has been working with writer Joseph Maddrey for more than a year to make the project a reality. "This thing has taken on a life of its own," Henriksen says. "It started with me and Joe talking in my living room, and it's become a labour of love by a community of amazing artists."

The book has been published in a limited edition by Steve Niles and Alex Lodermeier's Bloody Pulp Books, and in paperback by Nashville’s Alexander Henriksen Publishing via Ingram Book Company, with distribution through major retailers such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

It will feature original artwork by Bernie Wrightson, Eric Powell, Tim Bradstreet, Mike Mignola, B... »

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Dare You Enter The Silent House?
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 30th May 2011

The Silent HouseThe horror is quite literally nonstop as ground-breaking chiller The Silent House is released on DVD and Blu-ray on 1st August, courtesy of Optimum Home Entertainment.

Audaciously filmed as one continuous tracking shot, The Silent House is at once a love letter to cult horrors from the annals of cinema history and a daring experiment that delivers its scares in a truly unique way.

The story follows Laura and her father as they begin work on renovating a sleepy country cottage that is due to be sold off by its owner. Everything seems to be going smoothly until Laura hears a sound from upstairs that gradually gets louder and louder. Her father goes up to see what is going on while she remains downstairs on her own waiting for him to return – and the tru... »

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The Survivor Comes To DVD
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 29th May 2011

The Survivor CoverActor David Hemmings (Blow Up, Deep Red) steps behind the camera to direct this atmospheric version of James Herbert's famed novel, The Survivor, with an all-star cast including Robert Powell (Harlequin, Tommy), Jenny Agutter (An American Werewolf In London, Walkabout, Logan's Run) and Joseph Cotton (The Abominable Dr Phibes).

Moments after take-off, a passenger plane plummets to the ground, killing everyone on board - except the pilot, Keller (Powell). Unable to remember anything about the crash, Keller finds himself tortured with feelings of guilt, and sets out on a journey of discovery to find out the truth about who was responsible for the crash, and how he was able to survive.

Foreshadowing films like ... »

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Sexy Killers Season - Exclusive Interview With Victoria Hopkins, Star Of Zombie Women Of Satan
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Thursday 26th May 2011

Zombie Women OF Satan Victoria HopkinsFans of our Sexy Killers season can’t have failed to have noticed that Emily Booth has been joined by two actresses to help introduce each movie, Victoria Broom and Victoria Hopkins who both star in Zombie Women Of Satan. We’ve already had a chat Victoria Broom see we decided to catch up with Victoria Hopkins and chat about her varied career and what she can recall about making the movie.

HC: Are you a big fan of the horror genre?

VH: Yes absolutely love Horr... »

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Stake Land - Anti Twilight Viral
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 25th May 2011

Stake Land PosterFans of Zombie Virus On Mulberry Street (which was shown recently on the Horror Channel) will be interested to know that director Jim Mickles has a new movie due in cinemas June 17th, Stake Land. To celebrate we have a treat for you. Below is an exclusive Anti Twlight Viral which is an awesome treat for any vampire lover. Beware it, is a bit grisly and if you're a Twilight fan then don't watch!

A young boy (Connor Paolo) is about to learn how cruel the world can become. Martin was a normal teenager before the country collapsed in an empty pit of disaster, and a vampire epidemic swept across the nation’s abandoned towns and cities. It’s up to Mister, a death dealing, rogue vampire hunter, to get Martin t... »

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The Flicker Club To Host A Special Event Celebrating Edgar Allan Poe - The Undisputed Master Of The Macabre
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 25th May 2011

The Masque Of The Red Death New PosterThe Flicker Club, the boutique film experience dedicated to rediscovering cinematic treasures through its popular monthly screening events, has organised, in association with the Stoke Newington Literary Festival, a day of celebrations to honour American writer Edgar Allan Poe to be held Saturday June 4th.

Highlights include a specially commissioned bust of Edgar Allan Poe being unveiled by Stephen Berkoff. The permanent statue of the undisputed master of the horror story will be on the site of Manor House School on Stoke Newington Church Street which he attended from 1818 to 1820 from the age of nine. The specially commissioned bust is by artist Ralph Perrott.

Plus there’s a rare screening of Roger Corm... »

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Brand New - Exclusive Interview With Julia's Eyes Director Guillem Morales
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Thursday 19th May 2011

Julias Eyes PosterA few weeks ago we brought you news of the anticipated movie Julia's Eyes (Los Ojos de Julia), the Spanish thriller which is directed by Guillem Morales and produced by Guillermo del Toro. It hits UK cinemas on 20th May. We decided we should chat to this exciting director so here he chats about the film and how the film came together.

HC: Are you a big horror fan?

GM: Yes, from silent films to current films, I find horror films the most interesting because they show a fascinating side to human nature.

HC: Julia's Eyes is your second full length feature, were you nervous before shooting started?

GM: No, luckily – otherwise I couldn’t do my work! Other things make me nervous though like h... »

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Will You Be Celebrating When Mother's Day Arrives?
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 18th May 2011

Mothers DayIn Mother's Day, the highly-anticipated psychological thriller from renowned director Darren Lynn Bousman (director of Saw II, III, and IV) and producer Brett Ratner, two mothers (Rebecca De Mornay and Jaime King) will give the holiday a terrifying new meaning as they battle to protect what is dearest to them.

After a bank robbery gone wrong, three brothers head for home, hoping their Mother (Rebecca De Mornay) can provide them with a getaway. The youngest brother, Jognny (Matt O'Leary), has been shot and their back-stabbing former partner has gotten away with all the cash.

But when the brothers get home, they find that all their stuff is gone and Mother is nowhere to be found: she lost the house months ago in a foreclosure. The new owners, Beth and Daniel Sohapi (Jai... »

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Eurotica: Exclusive Interview With Cult Movie Expert Stephen Thrower
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Wednesday 18th May 2011

Stephen ThrowerDuring June Horror Channel is celebrating the work of Jesus Franco with a special season of his movies showing under the banner of Eurotica. Each movie is introduced by Stephen Thrower who is an expert on all things Franco so we decided to have a chat with this interesting guy about his knowledge of the genre, Franco's cinematic legacy and why Franco was a true original.

HC: When did you first become aware of the Eurotica genre?

ST: It was back in 1981, when the so-called "video nasty" era started. Suddenly the cinema of the whole world was there on the shelves of your local video emporium. Horror films from Italy and Spain in particular which were far more sexually provocative than most British and American titles, they mi... »

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Will You Succumb To Hunger?
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 17th May 2011

Hunger CoverThe shocking, cannibalistic Hunger will be released on DVD 27th June, and centres on a twisted experiment to see how far five people would go in order to survive...

Five strangers face the unthinkable when they wake up and find themselves trapped in an underground dungeon. With no idea how they got there the group frantically try to figure out how to escape.

The disoriented group quickly realise the truth about their situation when they discover another room containing enough water to survive for 30 days...and a razor sharp surgical knife.

The intention becomes quite clear. Whoever put them in this place wants to see just how long it will take before the hunger makes them commit unspeakable acts and cross a very deadly line.

Saw meets The Hole in this gritt... »

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Horror Icon Robert Englund To Make British film debut in Strippers Vs Werewolves
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 14th May 2011

Robert EnglundHollywood legend Robert Englund is starring in his first British feature film as Tapper, a sinister werewolf pack leader, in indie comedy Strippers Vs Werewolves, which begins filming on Monday May 16th in locations around London.

Jonathan Sothcott, who is producing the film with Simon Phillips, commented, "Robert is the ultimate horror movie star - and we are honoured to have him on board and proud of ourselves for being the first British producers to secure him for a movie here. Robert has a dignity and gravitas as an actor that lifts any film he’s in. He's the cherry on our cake."

The 35 year movie veteran, who played razor-fingered killer Freddy Krueger in the blockbuster Nightmare On Elm Street movie franchise and acclaimed TV series has also starred in... »

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Horror Channel Celebrates The Best Of Jess Franco With Eurotica Season In June
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Saturday 14th May 2011

The Bloody JudgeScreen legend Christopher Lee stars in The Bloody Judge (left) and Eugenie: The Story Of Her Journey Into Perversion which are showing as part of the Eurotica Season coming to the Horror Channel in June.

Jesus Franco, now a physically frail Octogenarian living in Spain, is regarded as one of the world's best exploitation auteur directors and the Horror Channel is dedicating the month of June to showing four of the higher-budgeted Franco films made in 1969 and 1970, the period when British producer Harry Alan Towers was at the helm and Christopher Lee, who made five Franco films in all, was nearing the Vampiristic peak of his popularity.

The season i... »

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Julia's Eyes - A Sneaky Look
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 14th May 2011

Julias Eyes PosterA few weeks ago we brought you the stunning trailer for anticipated movie Julia's Eyes (Los Ojos de Julia), the Spanish thriller directed by Guillem Morales and produced by Guillermo del Toro which hits UK cinemas on 20th May.

Well this week we have a scene for you to view to get you in the mood and can be found just below this quick piece of blurb:

Julia (Belen Rueda), a woman suffering from degenerative sight disease, finds her twin sister Sara, who has already gone blind as a result of the same disease, hanged in the basement of her house.

In spite of the fact that everything points to suicide, Julia decides to investigate what she intuitively feels is a murder case, entering a dark world that seems to hide a mysterious presence.

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Sexy Killers Season Continues Tonight With Zombie Women Of Satan
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Saturday 14th May 2011

Zombie Women Of SatanEmily Booth is back on Horror tonight to introduce Zombie Women Of Satan another movie in our Sexy Shockers season. She is joined by Victoria Broom and Victoria Hopkins, two of the stars of tonight's movie.

In the blood-soaked British horror/comedy Zombie Women Of Satan is chock full or guts, guns and girls! A group of nightclub performers fall foul of a sinister rural family's misdeeds when tortured half-naked women are turned into zombies. When you have a character named Pervo... »

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Horror Channel Broadcast Nomination
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 12th May 2011

Broadcast Digital Awards Finalist 2011 LogoHorror Channel, the UK's first TV channel dedicated to the dark side of cinema and television has been shortlisted for Best Specialist Channel at the prestigious Broadcast Digital Awards 2011. According to Broadcast, "The calibre of entries this year really was exceptional, making the shortlisting process very tough, so to be a finalist this year is a great achievement". Obviously we are very proud to have been shortlisted. The winners of the awards will be announced on 15th June, at London's Hilton Hotel, Park Lane.

Last year Horror was named Best Themed Channel at the Freesat Awards 2010 and we are pleased to say that we have been ... »

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Final Destination 5 - New Trailer Updated
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 11th May 2011

Final Destination 5 PosterIt's the horror movie franchise that just won't die! Yes folks, Final Destination 5 will arrive in cinemas from August 26th in both 3D and 2D versions.

In Final Destination 5, Death is just as omnipresent as ever, and is unleashed after one man's premonition saves a group of co-workers from a terrifying suspension bridge collapse. But this group of unsuspecting souls was never supposed to survive, and, in a terrifying race against time, the ill-fated group frantically tries to discover a way to escape Death's sinister agenda.

This is the second of the Final Destination films to be shot in 3D, and is directed by Steven Quale who is marking his major feature film directorial debut. The film brings tog... »

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Sexy Killers Season - Exclusive Interview With Victoria Broom, Star of Zombie Women Of Satan
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Tuesday 10th May 2011

Victoria BroomThings are hotting up on Horror during May with a short season of shockers showing under the banner of Sexy Killers. Each of these steamy fright flicks (three of which are premieres) will be introduced by our Diva of the Dark Side Emily Booth who is joined by two of the stars from Zombie Women Of Satan, Victoria Broom and Victoria Hopkins. Here Victoria Broom chats about her career so far and her time on the set of Zombie Women Of Satan.

HC: Did you know from a young age that you wanted to be an actress?

VB: I knew from when I was three, that all I ever wanted to do was perform, it was ... »

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Updated Details For Scream Issue 5
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 10th May 2011

Scream May 2011Final details of the May issue of Scream Magazine (number 5 for those counting) have just been released. Inside you’ll find an exclusive interview with Doug Bradley on life after Pinhead, a full review and Producer interview from the new movie Neighbor, author Sam Stone interviewed, cult director Frank Henenlotter chats about Basket Case and Frankenhooker, a monster pinup of Freddy Krueger, horror D.O.P. Tony Richmond interview and so is Shadow director Federico Zampaglione.

Also there's stacks of DVD and Blu-ray reviews, comics, competitions and news. For more information and how to buy Scream click here and the cover price is £4.50.

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Would You Dare Visit The Resident?
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 8th May 2011

The Resident Blu-ray CoverIcon Home Entertainment has announced the Monday July 4th Blu-ray and DVD release of the psychological thriller, The Resident, starring two-time Academy Award winner Hilary Swank and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. The film also marks Christopher Lee-s return to the Hammer franchise after a 34 year absence.

The story of The Resident was inspired by the fact that every year, very many single women move into apartments for the first time. They do not know who lived in the apartment before them; they do not know their landlords, and they don’t bother to change the locks. This is the story of one such woman...

Hilary Swank plays Dr. Juliet Devereau, a young, newly-single Emergency Room surgeon. After separating from her long t... »

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Sexy Killers Season On Horror
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Friday 6th May 2011

Life BloodThings are hotting up on Horror during May with a short season of shockers that will have you hot under the collar whilst chilling your blood. Each of these steamy fright flicks (three of which are premieres) will be introduced by our Diva of the Dark Side Emily Booth who is joined by two of the stars from Zombie Women Of Satan, Victoria Broom and Victoria Hopkins. All movies start at 22:55.

Bad Biology – Saturday 7th May
Frank Henenlotter's outrageous sexual shocker Bad Biology comes to Horror this month. A woman with an insatiable desire for sex and a man with a drug-addicted member ... »

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Model Lucy Pinder Sinks Her Teeth Into First Movie Role
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 5th May 2011

Lucy PinderTop model Lucy Pinder will make her feature film debut in the British comedy film Strippers Vs Werewolves, playing a sexy vampire bride who terrorises a vampire hunter.

Lucy said, "I'm delighted to be making my feature film debut for Black & Blue Films in Strippers Vs Werewolves - it's a really funny part and a hilarious script and I can't wait to start."

Jonathan Sothcott, producer, added, "We are thrilled to have Lucy, undoubtedly the UK's top glamour model, making her first film with us. Strippers Vs Werewolves is a film that will deliver on its title and we know that with Lucy on board the boys won't be disappointed!"

Set to begin shooting on May 16th, the film is billed as an hilariously gory romp and is centred around a London st... »

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Viewers' Choice: Freesat Channel Of The Year Award 2011 - Vote Horror!
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, News, Wednesday 4th May 2011

Horror Channel LogoFreesat viewers have been invited to vote for their Channel Of The Year and Horror Channel is once again in the running. By registering your vote in this esteemed category you will be entered into a prize draw to win a Spa Day for you and a friend as well as a stunning new Echostar freesat+ box.

At last years ceremony Horror Channel won the prestigious award for Best Themed Channel with the judges commenting, "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, making mobile phone content and holding the 'CUT'! short film competition, all of which allow the audience to really live its pas... »

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Hobo With A Shotgun - Release Date
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 4th May 2011

Hobo With A Shotgun Rutger HauerIt began as an award winning "fake" Grindhouse trailer and became an internet sensation via YouTube. Now, Hobo With A Shotgun, director Jason Eisener's affectionate and remarkably authentic tribute to the exploitation movies of the 1970s and 80s, is a full-on, no-holds-barred, kick-ass movie that will hit selected cinemas from July15th thanks to Momentum Pictures.

Starring Rutger Hauer in the title role and inspired by exploitation classics such as Street Trash and The Exterminator amongst others, Hobo With A Shotgun apparently goes one better than recent homages to the genre such as Machete and Drive Angry.

When an ageing Hobo (Hauer) jumps from a freight car in a new c... »

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Prepare Yourself For Dinoshark!
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 4th May 2011

Dinoshark CoverProduced by legendary B-movie producer Roger Corman directed by Kevin O'Neill and starring Eric Balfour and Iva Hasperger, Dinoshark is heading to DVD thanks to Anchor Bay Entertainment this week.

It was frozen in glacial ice over 150 million years ago. Now, global warming has just hatched it in the Arctic and it has travelled to Puerto Vallarta to thrive in the resort's warm waters and to feast on the locals. On the menu is a massive Mexican buffet of sailors, swimmers, lifeguards, jet skiers, horny tourists, bikini babes and more. Bullets will not pierce its prehistoric armour and it can leap out of the ocean to devour both parasailers and police helicopters alike.

When they discover their mutual best friend has been served up as an hors d'oeuvre, a rogue fishing boat captain and... »

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Cruel Britannia Continues Tonight With The Living And The Dead
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Friday 29th Apr 2011

The Living And The DeadCruel Britannia continues tonight at 22:55 on the Horror Channel with The Living And The Dead. This season celebrates the best of contemporary British horror and this special season contains 4 UK TV premieres which showcase some of the finest home-grown directorial talent around.

You'll find sadistic killers, destroyed families, violent paranoia and self-destruction. Each movie is accompanied by a filmed introduction with the directors and keep tuning in as the season is being promoted on-air with some specially shot sequences presented by femme fatale Emily Booth.

Simon Rumley's critically-acclaimed »

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Whisper With Lysette Anthony
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 28th Apr 2011

Lysette Anthony Byl AlanOllyBlack & Blue Films has teamed up with actress Lysette Anthony to co-produce supernatural thriller Whisper, the first picture from her new company PerfectFeatures.

Whisper, which goes into production in September 2011 on locations in the UK, explores the nature of grief and the terrifying consequences of experimenting with Electronic Voice Phenomena to talk to the dead.

It will be helmed by Terence Gross, the award-winning director of Hotel Splendide. The cast will be announced shortly.

Jonathan Sothcott, Black & Blue's MD said today, "We are delighted to be partnering with Lysette and her business partner Rachel Chatterjee for Whisper. They have identified and sec... »

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The Frankenstein Experiment - Unleashed Soon
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 27th Apr 2011

The Frankenstein ExperimentTiffany Shepis (Nightmare Man, Night Of The Demons), Louis Mandylor (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) and Ed Lauter (The Number 23) team up for an update of a classic.

Based on the gothic chiller from Mary Shelley, The Frankenstein Experiment has been described as, "A classic monster re-animated… this stem-cell shocker serves up some great gore..." by Dark Side.

A beautiful young stem-cell researcher (Tiffany Shepis) joins a secret research group attempting to develop a stem-cell based universal healing serum. Despite opposition from the project leaders, she quickly develops a serum that can bring the dead back to life - but with horrific results. Distraught, Elizabeth tries to leave the project, but the project's fi... »

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Julia's Eyes - Brand New Trailer
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 27th Apr 2011

Julias Eyes PosterTo celebrate this wonderful 3 day week we have something special for you, the UK trailer for Julia's Eyes (Los Ojos de Julia), the Spanish thriller directed by Guillem Morales and produced by Guillermo del Toro which hits UK cinemas on 20th May.

Julia (Belen Rueda), a woman suffering from degenerative sight disease, finds her twin sister Sara, who has already gone blind as a result of the same disease, hanged in the basement of her house.

In spite of the fact that everything points to suicide, Julia decides to investigate what she intuitively feels is a murder case, entering a dark world that seems to hide a mysterious presence.

The brand new trailer is below and look out for more information on this stunning looking movie on this site over... »

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Cine-Excess V Details
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 25th Apr 2011

Franco NeroCine-Excess, the annual International Conference on Global Cult Film returns to London at the end of May with Cine-Excess V – Subverting the Senses: The Politics and Aesthetics of Excess. The event will take place at the Odeon Covent Garden from Thursday, 26th to Saturday, 28th May and will be attended by Guests of Honour, Italian acting legend Franco Nero (Django; Keoma; Die Hard 2) and controversial cult director Ruggero Deodato (Cannibal Holocaust; The House On The Edge Of The Park).

Organised by Brunel University in London, Cine-Excess brings together global cult film icons with international scholars in an event that features international filmmaker discussions, a three-day academic conference and UK theatrical premieres and e... »

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Deadly Spring Delights - May On the Horror Channel
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Monday 25th Apr 2011

Bad BiologyWe've already mentioned that respected journalist Alan Jones is back on the Horror Channel introducing more of Dario Argento's finest pieces of cinema during May. "But what else do you have for us fright fans?" I hear you ask. Well let me tell you, we have brutal relationship disintegration, messy orgasmic terror, beautiful burlesque undead, deadly charming chills and lashings of ghostly gruesomeness.

All movies start at 22:55 unless otherwise stated.

Blood River - Friday 6th May
If you like your horror to be of the nerve-shredding psychological variety then you won’t want to miss ... »

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Cruel Britannia Continues Tonight With Salvage
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Friday 22nd Apr 2011

SalvageCruel Britannia continues tonight at 22:55 on the Horror Channel. This season celebrates the best of contemporary British horror and this special season contains 4 UK TV premieres which showcase some of the finest home-grown directorial talent around.

You'll find sadistic killers, destroyed families, violent paranoia and self-destruction. Each movie is accompanied by a filmed introduction with the directors and keep tuning in as the season is being promoted on-air with some specially shot sequences presented by femme fatale Emily Booth.

Starring Neve McIntosh and Shaun Dooley, Lawrence Gough's Salvage has been hailed as an "instant British horror classic" and focuses on the residents of a quiet English cul-de-sac wh... »

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Insidious - " It's Not The House That's Haunted " Clip
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Friday 22nd Apr 2011

Insidious Quad PosterInsidious is set to terrify audiences across the UK from April 29th and is an intelligent and electrifying piece of horror cinema. I should know I've been lucky enough to have seen it.

Director James Wan and writer Leigh Whannell have created an effective and very chilling piece of cinema that has more shocks and scares than any recent horror movie. Set in a very real suburban household the film perfectly and with speed sets itself up and for the duration has you on the edge of your seat. One of the horror movies of the year and an unforgetable cinematic experience.

Just click on the link below for an atmospheric clip entitled "It's Not The House That's Haunted".

The film concerns Josh and Renai, a happily married couple with three young ... »

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Cruel Britannia - Exclusive Interview With Simon Rumley, Director Of The Living And The Dead
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Wednesday 20th Apr 2011

Frightfest Simon RumleyDuring April the Horror Channel celebrates the best of contemporary British horror with a special season of UK TV premieres under the banner Cruel Britannia which showcases some of the finest home-grown directorial talent around. You'll find sadistic killers, destroyed families, violent paranoia and self-destruction. Each movie is accompanied by a filmed introduction with the directors and keep tuning in as the season is being promoted on-air with some specially shot sequences presented by femme fatale Emily Booth.

The season continues on April 29th with Simon Rumley's critically acclaimed chiller The Living And The Dead. Here he chats about how the f... »

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Season Of The Witch Hits Digital Formats On June 27th.
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 17th Apr 2011

Season Of The Witch DVD CoverFrom the distributor that brought you the box-office-breaking The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo comes Season Of The Witch a supernatural action adventure starring Nicolas Cage as the knight charged with fighting the greatest evil known to man. It will hit Blu-ray and DVD on June 27th.

After years of brutal warfare in God’s name, a heroic knight (Nicolas Cage) and his closest aide (Ron Perlman) return from the Crusades drained of their taste for bloodshed and disillusioned by the Church. The knight arrives to find his homeland shattered by the Black Death, and having returned from fighting prematurely, both men are apprehended and forced to embark upon a dangerous mission to avoid prison for desertion.

The knight is instructed to ta... »

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Cruel Britannia Continues Tonight With Tony: London Serial Killer
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Friday 15th Apr 2011

Tony London Serial KillerCruel Britannia continues tonight at 22:55 on the Horror Channel. It celebrates the best of contemporary British horror and this special season contains 4 UK TV premieres which showcase some of the finest home-grown directorial talent around.

You'll find sadistic killers, destroyed families, violent paranoia and self-destruction. Each movie is accompanied by a filmed introduction with the directors and keep tuning in as the season is being promoted on-air with some specially shot sequences presented by femme fatale Emily Booth.

Gerard Johnson's, Tony: London Serial Killer is a dark, brutal and bleakly amusing shocker t... »

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Alan Jones To Host Second Argento Season On The Horror Channel
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Thursday 14th Apr 2011

Alan Jones by Steven HurstWhen renowned horror journalist, author and broadcaster Alan Jones met Dario Argento for the first time in 1982 on Tenebrae he had no idea he would become a permanent fixture in Dario's life, visiting all his subsequent film sets and writing the best-selling book Profondo Argento about his career and the enigma he still presents to the world.

As Alan says, "I promised Dario on the day we met that I would always make sure his fans were kept reliably informed on his movies and future plans. It's a duty I have solidly adhered to and one I know his legion of fans have appreciated. Hosting the Argento Season on the Horror Channel is yet another part of that commitment I made to bring his unique work to ... »

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The Dark Side Magazine Returns April 21st
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 13th Apr 2011

DarkSide Issue 141After a slight absence, The Dark Side Magazine returns to the newsstands on April 21st.

The Dark Side was first published in 1990 and quickly became the UK's Premier horror and fantasy magazine. It remained in that hallowed position for some 20 years until the failing health of the previous publisher forced it to take a hiatus. Now Dark Side is back with a new publisher, more pages, a glossier look and a complete redesign to bring it into the digital age.

The new look Dark Side will retain all of the cult features that caused it to be voted Best Horror Magazine five years running, but it will also incorporate up-to-date news, reviews and interviews, many completely exclusive to the title. There will also be a digital download editio... »

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Federico Zampaglione Announces New Movie Project
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 12th Apr 2011

Federico ZampaglioneThe director of Shadow, Federico Zampaglione, has announced that shooting on his new film will begin shortly.

Entitled Tulpa, it will be, according to Zampaglione, "a very bloody and tense Italian thriller with some supernatural elements". Tulpa is written by the legendary screenwriter Dardano Sacchetti (pictured right with Zampaglione), who has worked with all the great Italian horror masters including Fulci, Bava and Argento.

Federico explains the title, "Tulpa is a term which comes from Tibetan Buddhism. It's a kind of projection of your metaphysical part, which, through meditation, can become real. But sometimes tulpa goes the wrong way and turns unto an evil presence...which then wants to kill its creator. It's ... »

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Insidious - Director And Writer to Attend Advanced Screening Tour
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 10th Apr 2011

Insidious Quad PosterInsidious is set to terrify audiences across the UK with special advanced screenings in Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow, Dublin and London prior to the film's release in cinemas Nationwide on April 29.

Each screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Director James Wan and Writer/Actor Leigh Whannell, the dark minds behind the phenomenally successful Saw franchise.

Insidious Q&As will be held at the following cinemas at 7pm and to get you in the mood, the trailer is below.

Monday 11th April – Birmingham Broad St. Cineworld
Tuesday 12th April – ... »

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Cruel Britannia - Exclusive Interview With Lawrence Gough, Director Of Salvage
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Sunday 10th Apr 2011

Lawrence GoughDuring April the Horror Channel celebrates the best of contemporary British horror with a special season of UK TV premieres under the banner Cruel Britannia which showcases some of the finest home-grown directorial talent around. You'll find sadistic killers, destroyed families, violent paranoia and self-destruction. Each movie is accompanied by a filmed introduction with the directors and keep tuning in as the season is being promoted on-air with some specially shot sequences presented by femme fatale Emily Booth.

The season continues on April 22nd with Lawrence Gough's urban shocker Salvage. Here he chats about how Salvage came abo... »

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The Woman In Black Due February 2012 - Updated With Teaser Trailer
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 10th Apr 2011

The Woman In Black LogoMomentum Pictures, an Alliance Films company, have announced that the highly anticipated big screen adaptation of The Woman In Black will be released in UK cinemas on 10 February 2012.

Based on the classic ghost story, The Woman In Black tells the tale of Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe), a lawyer who is forced to leave his young son and travel to a remote village to attend to the affairs of the recently deceased owner of Eel Marsh House.

Working alone in the old mansion, Kipps begins to uncover the town’s tragic and tortured secrets and his fears escalate when he discovers that local children have been dying under mysterious circumstances. When those closest to him become threatened by the vengeful woman in black, Kipps must find a ... »

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Cruel Britannia Begins Tonight
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Friday 8th Apr 2011

Cruel Britannia Picture 2Cruel Britannia begins tonight at 22:55 on the Horror Channel. It celebrates the best of contemporary British horror and this special season contains 4 UK TV premieres which showcase some of the finest home-grown directorial talent around.

You'll find sadistic killers, destroyed families, violent paranoia and self-destruction. Each movie is accompanied by a filmed introduction with the directors and keep tuning in as the season is being promoted on-air with some specially shot sequences presented by femme fatale Emily Booth.

Steven Sheil's debut feature Mum & Dad kicks off the season and has been described as "one of the defining British horrors of its ge... »

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Sweatshop Is Coming
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 6th Apr 2011

Sweatshop DVD CoverDirected by Stacy Davidson (Domain Of The Damned), the techno-goth themed terror flick Sweatshop has been described as "a relentless, entertaining and downright fun horror film that defies expectations" and has been hailed as "the Sid Vicious of horror films: nasty, dirty, unrestrained, hysterical - and bloody as all hell."

Charlie (Ashley Kay) has earned herself a reputation as the promoter of the hippest and edgiest Dark Wave parties in town and the plans for her latest event are her most extreme yet. In an enormous vacant warehouse situated on the edge of the city, she and her friends have just over an hour to set up for an explosive rave without attracting any unwanted attention. But someone, or something, is already watching…

As Charlie's over-sexed frien... »

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Insidious - New Poster
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 5th Apr 2011

Insidious Quad PosterThe writer-director team behind Saw and the filmmakers of Paranormal Activity redefine the haunted house genre in Insidious.

Due in UK cinemas on April 29th Insidious is the terrifying story of a family who shortly after moving discover that dark spirits have possessed their home and that their son has inexplicably fallen into a coma. Trying to escape the haunting and save their son, they move again only to discover that it was not their house that was haunted.

Insidious comes from the director-writer team of James Wan and Leigh Whannell (Saw), and is produced by the masterminds behind Paranormal Activity: Oren Peli, Jason Blum and Steven Schneider.

The film stars Pat... »

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FrightFest Wants You!
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 5th Apr 2011

FrightFest 2010 Brochure CoverFrightFest is asking filmmakers from every continent to submit their work for possible inclusion into their main August event.

If you have a short film or feature you think has that X-Factor and is something special, different or unique, the team would love to take a look at it. You never know, you could end up on stage at the prestigious Empire Cinema in London's Leicester Square introducing it to the world at large.

FrightFest has an enviable reputation for discovering and bringing bold new talent to the fore. The event has launched everything from The Human Centipede, The Dead and F to the genre careers of Simon Rumley, Tom Shankland, Christopher Smith and Federico Zampaglione.

Don't forget, ... »

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Ink Splashes Onto DVD In April
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 4th Apr 2011

Ink DVD PackshotMade for $250,000 and already boasting 1.6 million hits on YouTube, indie fantasy thriller Ink makes its debut outside of the US, being released on DVD and Blu-ray in the UK on 25th April.

Shot in Denver by director Jamin Winans, the film premiered at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, and has (according to the PR people) now become one of the most anticipated releases of 2011.

As the light fades and the city goes to sleep, two forces emerge. They are invisible except for the power they exert over us in our sleep, battling for our souls through dreams. One force delivers hope and strength through good dreams; the other infuses the subconscious with desperation through nightmares. John and Emma, Father and Daughter are wrenched into this fantastical dream world battl... »

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Stunning Shocker Shadow Hits UK Cinemas
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 3rd Apr 2011
Shadow Mortis The ButcherFederico Zampaglione's stunning and unnerving horror Shadow will hit UK cinemas from April 29th and then DVD and Blu-ray on May 23rd thanks to FRIGHTFEST FEATURES in association with Wild Bunch.

Federico Zampaglione, with his band Tiromancino, is one of the most successful singers and musicians in Italy. Their blend of pop rock has won them platinum selling albums, awards and all manner of critical praise. But life-long horror fan Zampaglione wanted another string to his artistic bow and embarked on a further exciting and talented career. After making his feature-directing debut with the black comedy Nero Bifamiliare in 2006, Zampaglione decided to finally indulge his darker passions for a follow-up movie.

Shadow tells the strange... »

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Attack The Block - New Trailer
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 3rd Apr 2011

Attack The Block PosterAttack The Block is billed as a fast, funny, frightening action adventure movie that pits a teen gang against an invasion of savage alien monsters. It turns a London housing estate into a sci-fi playground. A tower block into a fortress under siege. And teenage street kids into heroes. It's inner city versus outer space.

Trainee nurse Sam is walking home to her flat in a scary South London tower block when she's robbed by a gang of masked, hooded youths. She's saved when the gang are distracted by a bright meteorite, which falls from the sky and hits a nearby parked car. Sam flees, just before the gang are attacked by a small alien creature that leaps from the wreckage. The gang chase the creature and kill it, dragging its ghoulish carcass to the top of the block, wh... »

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Frightfest E-Magazine Issue 5 Details
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Friday 1st Apr 2011

FrightFest Issue 5The fifth issue of FrightFest, the online horror eMagazine is available now.

As well as the normal collection of interesting and informative articles, cinema, DVD, book and games reviews, this issue contains three brand new regular features.

First, Peter Martin is reporting on what's happening in the USA with On The Other Side Of The Pond. In this issue, he gives us the lowdown from the recent SXSW Midnight Features strand, SXFantastic.

Second, anime comes to FrightFest, with David Axbey reviewing all the latest releases. Don't worry if you don't know one end of an anime film from another – in this issue he runs us through the genre with a guide to everything you’ll need to know to get started.

Finally, in so... »

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Xena: Warrior Princess - Coming To Horror
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Thursday 31st Mar 2011

Xena Warrior PrincessThe small screen's most enduring female super hero is back! Smash hit comedy fantasy adventure series, Xena: Warrior Princess will be returning to British TV screens and will begin airing on the Horror Channel on weekdays from Monday 25th April.

On our screens for the first time since 2008, the show is a spin-off from cult favourite series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, and stars Lucy Lawless as a powerful female warrior, supported by her trusty sidekick Gabrielle (played by Renee O'Connor). The ever-popular series follows the exploits of Xena as she travels her ancient world, atoning for the crimes of her warrior past.

The series also stars horror legend Bruce Campbell as... »

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Tobe Hooper's Director's Night - Tonight
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 31st Mar 2011

Salems LotThe Horror Channel celebrates the films of iconic director Tobe Hooper with an exclusive interview plus screenings of some of his most famous cinematic work; The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Eaten Alive and The Toolbox Murders. Horror Channel is also showing his critically acclaimed TV series Salem's Lot (pictured) and the Freddy's Nightmares - No More Mr. ... »

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Horror Channel's Cruel Britannia Comes To Shock Horror Magazine
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 30th Mar 2011

Shock Horror Issue 5Here's Emily Booth adorning the next issue of Shock Horror Magazine, celebrating our up and coming Cruel Britannia season.

Also inside you'll find interviews and features with Frank Henenlotter and Emily Booth, a debut article from Suzi Lorraine on serial killers, UK Indie Monitor, FX, Tattoos, interviews and more!

Cover price is £3, will be on sale mid April and for more information click here.

Keep checking the Horror Channel site for the chance to win a subscription to Shock Horror.

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Insidious - Release Date Change
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 29th Mar 2011

Insidious One SheetThe writer-director team behind SAW and the filmmakers of Paranormal Activity redefine the haunted house genre in Insidious.

Originally slated to be released on April the 1st, this has been moved back until April 29th.

This horror film is the terrifying story of a family who shortly after moving discover that dark spirits have possessed their home and that their son has inexplicably fallen into a coma. Trying to escape the haunting and save their son, they move again only to discover that it was not their house that was haunted.

Insidious comes from the director-writer team of James Wan and Leigh Whannell (SAW), and is produced by the masterminds behind Paranormal Activity: Oren Peli, Jason Blum and... »

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Cruel Britannia - Exclusive Interview With Gerard Johnson, Director Of Tony: London Serial Killer
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Monday 28th Mar 2011

Gerard JohnsonDuring April the Horror Channel celebrates the best of contemporary British horror with a special season of UK TV premieres which showcases some of the finest home-grown directorial talent around. You'll find sadistic killers, destroyed families, violent paranoia and self-destruction.

The season continues on April 15th with Gerard Johnson's, Tony: London Serial Killer. This dark, brutal and bleakly amusing shocker has drawn favourable comparisons to John McNaughton's seminal Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer and features a star-making lead performance from Peter Ferdinando - probably the most alarming cinematic anti-hero since Taxi Driver's Travis Bickle. We chatted to Gerard recently an... »

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Fantastic Factory Box Set News
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 28th Mar 2011

Fantastic Factory PresentsFrom Arrow Video comes a collection of four of the biggest hit features from the Fantastic Factory, the specialist horror, sci-fi and fantasy genre label created by cult writer, director and producer Brian Yuzna (Beneath Still Waters, Bride Of Re-Animator, Society) and Spanish producer Julio Fernandez (Rec, Perfume, The Machinist).

This exclusive four-disc box set includes Brian Yuzna's Beyond Re-Animator and Faust: Love Of The Damned, along with Arachnid, directed by Jack Sholder and Romasanta: The Werewolf Hunt, directed by Paco Plaza. Each disc comes with its own collectors' booklet and a host of extra features interviews, commentaries, deleted scenes and more! So, get ready to enter the Fant... »

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Scream Magazine - Issue 5 Details
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 27th Mar 2011

Scream Magazine Issue 5Details of the May issue of Scream Magazine (number 5 for those counting) have just been released. Inside you’ll find an exclusive interview with Doug Bradley on life after Pinhead, a full review and Producer interview from the new movie Neighbor, author Sam Stone interviewed, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre: The Evolution of Leatherface feature, a monster pinup of Freddy Krueger, horror D.P. Tony Richmond interview and so is B.C. Furtney.

Also there's stacks of DVD and Blu-ray reviews, comics, competitions and news. For more information and how to buy Scream click here and the cover price is £4.50.

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Victor Crowley Lives! Hatchet 2 Coming To Cinemas In April
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Friday 25th Mar 2011

Hatchet 2 PosterAdam Green's anticipated slasher Hatchet 2 will splat onto Empire Leicester Square and selected Cineworld, Showcase and Vue Cinemas nationwide from April 1st.

Hatchet 2 picks up at the exact moment that 2006's Hatchet ends, wherein the quiet but hot-tempered Marybeth (Danielle Harris, Rob Zombie's Halloween I and Halloween II) is in a small boat in the Louisiana swamps, screaming for her life as she tries to free herself from the clutches of the deformed, swamp-dwelling killer Victor Crowley (Kane Hodder, Friday The 13th).

Crowley has murdered Marybeth's family and other fellow vacationers who had come together on tourist excursion in the swamplands outside of New Orleans. Marybeth escapes from Crowley and manages to ... »

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Real Fear In Real Time - The Silent House Trailer
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 23rd Mar 2011

The Silent HouseBased on a true story that happened in the late 40's in a small village in Uruguay. Filmed in one single continuous shot of seventy eight minutes, La Casa Muda (The Silent House) focuses on Laura, who, second by second intends to leave a house which hides an obscure secret, unharmed.

As the PR states, "The Silent House is a different independent film in its genre, filmed with a digital camera in one single shot, without any cuts and in real time. It's the first horror film in the world that discovers fear without tricks in one sequence of 78 minutes. It's also the first feature film that was completely filmed with the digital camera Canon Mark II. This camera offers extraordinary possibilities as it can shoot in high definition real ful... »

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Dare You Visit 5150 Elm's Way?
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 22nd Mar 2011

5150 Elms WayDirected by Éric Tessier and based on the disturbingly intense best-selling novel by Patrick Senécal (7 Days), the award-winning horror, 5150 Elm's Way slashes its way onto DVD on 30 May from Entertainment One.

Rising star Marc-André Grondin plays Yannick who has just moved off to college to pursue his love of film. He is out one afternoon exploring his new town with his trusted video camera when he accidentally falls off his bike, wrecking it in the process.

Yannick proceeds to the front door of 5150 Elm's Way, a house located at the end of a quiet street in a small town. He is met by Jacques Beaulieu who offers to call him a taxi whilst he cleans himself up. What Yannick doesn’t realise is that he has just walked into a house he couldn’t have dreamt of in his worst nig... »

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Red Riding Hood - New Poster
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 22nd Mar 2011

Red Riding Hood PosterRed Riding Hood, the new film from Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke stars Amanda Seyfried and Gary Oldman and is released on April 15th.

In this romantic fantasy thriller, Valerie (Amanda Seyfried) is a beautiful young woman torn between two men. She is in love with a brooding outsider Peter (Shiloh Fernandez), but her parents have arranged for her to marry the wealthy Henry (Max Irons). Unwilling to lose each other, Valerie and Peter are planning to run away together when they learn that Valerie's older sister has been killed by the werewolf that prowls the dark forest surrounding their village.

For years, the people have maintained an uneasy truce with the beast, offering the creature a monthly animal sacrifice. But under a blood red moon, the w... »

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Cruel Britannia - Exclusive Interview With Steven Sheil, Director of Mum & Dad
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Saturday 19th Mar 2011

Steven Sheil HeadshotDuring April the Horror Channel celebrates the best of contemporary British horror with a special season of UK TV premieres which showcases some of the finest home-grown directorial talent around. You'll find sadistic killers, destroyed families, violent paranoia and self-destruction. Each movie is accompanied by a filmed introduction with the directors and keep tuning in as the season is being promoted on-air with some specially shot sequences presented by femme fatale Emily Booth.

We start the season on April 8th with Steven Sheil’s twisted tale of terror, Mum & Dad. Here he talks about how he started in the movie industry and his honest thoughts on the state ... »

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Don't Look Now - Blu-ray Release Date
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Friday 18th Mar 2011

t Look Now Promo PictureFrom the director of Walkabout, The Man Who Fell To Earth and Bad Timing, Don't Look Now will be released on Blu-ray for the very first time on June 27th remastered from the original materials.

Don't Look Now stars Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie in Nic Roeg's brilliantly atmospheric adaptation of the novel by Daphne du Maurier. Following the death of their daughter, John and Laura Baxter travel to Venice where he is to oversee the restoration of an old church. Here they encounter a pair of elderly sisters: one of them a blind psychic who claims to have been in communication with the couple’s dead child. Whilst Laura is intrigued John resists the idea, despite the possibility that he is having his own vi... »

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Bloody Women - Interview With Horror Fan Rachel Allen
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Friday 18th Mar 2011

Rachel Allen PicRachel Allen is a thirty-six year old who lives with her Bengal cat, Hobbs. A huge horror fan (Rachel, not Hobbs) she is also AA Home Cook Of The Year and writes for her own blog. As part of our connection with the recent Bloody Women event at the Birds Eye View 2011 Film Festival we chat to her about how horror has played such an important role in her life and her honest opinion of women in horror cinema.

HC: Do you recall the first horror movie you saw and was it this one that stirred your interest in the genre?

RA: The first horror movie I rented out (underage and in secret) was Killer Klowns From Outer Space I was thirteen and it was a demented comedy horror complete with humans bei... »

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Sucker Punch - Animated Short
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 17th Mar 2011

Sucker Punch One SheetZack 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 (Vanessa ... »

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Bloody Women Panel Debate - Live Stream At 7pm Tonight Includes Emily Booth
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 16th Mar 2011

Birds Eye ViewRunning until 17th March the Birds Eye View 2011 Film Festival is taking place at BFI Southbank, ICA & Southbank Centre. Part of this celebrated event includes a special horror retrospective entitled Bloody Women which looks at women's contribution to horror, from gothic origins to modern vampires. Horror Channel is proud to be associated with this event.

Tonight at 7pm our very own Emily Booth will be taking part in a panel discussion about the role of women in horror today. To watch a live stream of this discussion click here at that time.

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Husk - New From After Dark Originals
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 15th Mar 2011

Husk CoverNew scarecrow based shocker Husk comes to DVD and Blu-ray on 21st March, thanks to After Dark Originals after screening at the first ever UK After Dark Original: Horrorfest Weekend earlier this month.

Starring Wes Chatham (W.) and C.J Thomason (Harper's Island), and directed by Brett Simmons who has adapted the film from his own 2005 short, Husk promises to a gruesome tale and a real throwback to true 1960s creepiness.

When a murder of crows smashes into their car windshield, a group of young friends are forced to abandon the vehicle, leaving them stranded beside a desolate cornfield.

Hidden deep within the cornfield they find a crumbling farmhouse – but they soon discover that instead of a sanctuary, the ho... »

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Italian shocker Shadow set for UK release through FrightFest Features
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 14th Mar 2011

Shadow Gaffa TapeFederico Zampaglione's twisted tale of terror and torment, Shadow is set for a UK theatrical release nationwide on Friday 29th April, followed by a DVD an- Blu-ray release on the 23rd May.

Shadow is the first title to be released through FrightFest Features, the recently created joint venture between Wild Bunch and FrightFest which will, through eOne, distribute movies within the horror genre in the UK.

Returning from a devastating tour of duty in Iran, David (Jake Muxworthy) decides to go on a mountain-biking adventure in the Alps to put his horrific memories of war behind him. High in the Alpine forest he meets pretty young Angeline (Karina Testa) and together they explore their idyllic surroundings. They discover a local legend about a lost Nazi ... »

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Bloody Women - Interview With Doctor Karen Oughton
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Sunday 13th Mar 2011

Doctor Karen OughtonDoctor Karen Oughton is a multi talented woman. A film journalist, lecturer, broadcaster, researcher and PR advisor she is also a lifelong horror fan. Here she talks about her passion for horror and how talking the terrifying with seasoned scream fans and friends new to the fray, has changed her career.

HC: Can you recall the first horror movie you saw?

KO: I think it was The Watcher In The Woods. There are some terrifically spooky scenes and a giant church bell falls on another girl called Karen. I was terrified - and haven't gone near a bell since!

HC: Why do you think horror movies captured your attention so much?

KO: Because I'm interested in extremes of emotion, from excitement to fear and the process of catharsis... »