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The Doc of The Dead Coming To DVD And On Demand
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 23rd Dec 2014

Doc of the DeadWhy have zombies had such a huge impact on film, TV and popular culture? Find out in Altitude Film Distribution’s highly entertaining Doc Of The Dead. From the makers of The People Vs. George Lucas, Alexandre Phillipe’s film features a wide array of zombie legends to keep fans and newbies satiated including George Romero, Simon Pegg, Bruce Campbell, Robert Kirkmann and Tom Savini. Doc Of The Dead can be devoured on DVD and On Demand from 23 February.

Origins of the undead, real-world flesh-eaters, fifties sci-fi flicks, zombie porn and modern zombie screen treatments from George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead, through to Shaun of the Dead and The Walking Dead are all lovingly dissected under a compelling microscope.

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Cronenberg’s The Fly Continues With All-New Comic Book Sequel From IDW
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 17th Dec 2014

The FlyThe story that began in David Cronenberg's film update of The Fly continues here with a five-issue miniseries The Fly: Outbreak written by Brandon Seifert (Hellraiser, Witch Doctor) with painted interior and cover art by menton3 (Silent Hill, Monocyte). Issue one will hit in March and will boast variant covers by Jason Edmiston and Lukas Ketner.

Years ago, a scientist had a horrific accident when he tried to use his newly invented teleportation device and became a human/fly hybrid. Now his almost-human son continues to search for a cure for the mutated genes. But a breakthrough turns into a breakout, and anyone exposed risks turning into a monster as well...

"To be totally honest, The Fly is one of the most disturbing things I've ever seen!" ... »

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Grace: The Possession - Coming Soon
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 17th Dec 2014

GraceThe producer of Sinister and executive producer of Insidious brings a chilling twist to the classic horror story when the terrifying Grace: The Possession arrives on Digital HD January 5 and on DVD January 19 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Alexia Fast (Jack Reacher) plays the title role of Grace, an 18-year-old Catholic girl who moves away to college, never having sipped alcohol, done drugs, or had sex.

But something dark comes over her, and her purity is taken as she becomes possessed by demonic forces.

The film offers audiences a unique first-person perspective of the possessed like never seen before. The cast also features Lin Shaye (Insidious franchise), Alan Dale (Lost), Alexis Knapp (Pitch Perfect) and Joel David Moore (Avatar).

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Watch Out For Jessabelle
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 17th Dec 2014

JessabelleFrom the mastermind producer behind Insidious and The Purge comes the ghostly tale of Jessabelle. The haunting, supernatural thriller, directed by Kevin Greutert (Saw VI, Saw 3D: The Final Chapter), written by Robert Ben Garant (Hell Baby, Night at the Museum) and starring Sarah Snook, Mark Webber and Joelle Carter.

Returning to her childhood home in Louisiana to recuperate from a horrific car accident, Jessabelle comes face to face with a long-tormented spirit that has been seeking her return -- and has no intention of letting her escape.

Jessabelle hits Digital Download on 19th January and DVD and On Demand from 2nd February.

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Katharine Isabelle Stars In Home Invasion Shocker, Torment
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 16th Dec 2014

TormentAltitude Film Distribution has announced the DVD release of Jordan Barker’s creepy, violent horror movie Torment , is set to invade homes on 26 January. The film stars Katharine Isabelle (Ginger Snaps) and Robin Dunne (Sanctuary) and is a must see chiller is a must for all genre fans.

Newlyweds Cory (Dunne) and Sarah (Isabelle) take Cory’s son Liam to the former’s country retreat for some much needed family bonding. When it appears that Liam has run away, psychological suspense switches to all out horror as Cory and Sarah are forced to confront a deadly mask-wearing family headed by Mr Mouse who have been hiding in the abode all along with special plans for Liam…

A genre-twisting psychological horror, Torment promises to have you at the edge of your s... »

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Not Exactly A Date Movie - Honeymoon Coming Soon To DD, DVD and Blu-ray
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 15th Dec 2014

HoneymoonHoneymoon is the new visceral horror film from Arrow Films starring two of Britain's best young talents; the critically acclaimed Game Of Thrones actress Rose Leslie and Penny Dreadful's Harry Treadaway. Featuring the directorial debut from Leigh Janiak, Honeymoon was one of the most talked about films of 2014 and is coming to Digital Download 12th January and Blu-ray and DVD on January 26th.

Young newlyweds Paul (Treadaway) and Bea (Rose Leslie) travel to remote lake country for their honeymoon, where the promise of private romance awaits them. Shortly after arriving, Paul finds Bea wandering and disoriented in the middle of the night. As she becomes more distant and her behavior increasingly peculiar, Paul begins to suspect something more sinister than sleepwalk... »

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Dead Snow 2: Red Vs Dead - New Trailer
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 15th Dec 2014

DS 2General Herzog and his horde of undead fascists are back and more blood-thirsty than ever in one of the best horror sequels ever made. If you liked Dead Snow when it was shown on Horror then you’ll love Dead Snow 2: Red Vs Dead which comes to DVD and Blu-ray January 12th.

Having crashed his car after fleeing the ski lodge where his friends were brutally murdered by General Herzog and his squadron of Nazi zombies, Martin wakes up in hospital attempting to convince the local authorities that he is not responsible for their deaths.

Little do they know the undead fascists are very much still ‘living’ and marching on the town and what’s worse, they have a tank! With time running out it’s up to Martin and his new American allies to save the town from total annihilatio... »

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Get Ready For A Horror Injection Like No Other With Nurse
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 10th Dec 2014

Nurse 3DPaz de la Huerta (TVs Boardwalk Empire) turns up the temperature in the wickedly sexy story of a fatal attraction which will set your pulse racing, Nurse.

By day, nurse Abby Russell (de la Huerta) lovingly attends to the patients at All Saints Memorial Hospital; by night, Abby prowls nightclubs, luring unfaithful men into dangerous liaisons. After Danni – a young, sensitive nurse – joins the hospital staff, Abby pursues her friendship. But when the friendship turns to obsession, Danni spurns Abby, unleashing Abby’s fury and a rampage of terror.

Nurse hits EST on 22nd December and DVD, 3D Blu-ray and VOD on 5th January 2015

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The Ninjas Are Back And This Time Monsters Should Beware!
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 1st Dec 2014

NINJAS_VS_MONSTERS_BD_3DThe wise-cracking ass-kicking small town Ninjas are back with an action-packed horror film to be released by Left Films on DVD and Bluray in the UK on 26th January 2015. This time it’s Ninjas Vs Monsters, as they take on an army of traditional horror movie fiends in order to save mankind.

Dracula has called upon Frankenstein’s monster, The Mummy, Werewolf, and a coven of Witches to wipe out the Ninjas, but our pizza-loving heroes – tougher and wiser after their battles in the 2011 film Ninjas Vs Vampires - now have their own supernatural powers as well as awesome kung fu skills to counter the threat. What follows is non-stop combat with plenty of laughs and gore along the way in director Justin Timpane’s latest horror adventure, which is Executi... »

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Booth's Blog: Make Iggy Pops Dream Come True. Working With Dario Argento
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Features, Saturday 29th Nov 2014
For most horror fans Dario Argento is cited as one of their favourite directors for creating some of the most unique ‘dreamscape’ films of all time. His career has spanned an epic 5 decades, his style is incomparable, and he is one of the few directors attributed to the Italian Giallo. There won’t be anyone like him after he’s gone but at the age of 74 he’s about to make another movie. But he needs our help!

The Sandman is the first project for Argento whereby the script has been written for him as an ode to all of his films. Argento is obviously on board as the director and the star of the film is none other than punk legend Iggy Pop who is a massive fan of the Italian Maestro.

The Canadian/German team behind this insanely cool project are utilizing the empowering and democratic crowd funding process courtesy of Indiegogo. Now I used Kickstarter to produce my first short film Selkie and I truly believe it is an immensely worthy tool for creating unique projects as funding... »

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Could This Be The Must Have Present this Christmas?
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 26th Nov 2014

EAP Box SetFrom the Merchant of Menace, Vincent Price, and the King of the B’s, Roger Corman, come six Gothic tales inspired by the pen of Edgar Allan Poe. Arrow Video is thrilled to announce the limited edition release of this Six Gothic Tales box set. Limited to a run of just 2000 copies, this much-anticipated release will include Blu-ray editions of The Fall Of The House Of Usher, Tales Of Terror, The Pit And The Pendulum, The Raven, The Haunted Palace and The Tomb Of Ligeia.

In keeping with Arrow Video tradition, this limited edition box-set will host a wealth of new bonus features sure to please Price, Corman and Poe fans alike. The set will include various new featurettes such as Kim Newman on Edgar Allan Poe, in which the novelist and critic looks ... »

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Dead Snow 2: Red Vs Dead Coming To DVD And Blu-ray
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 25th Nov 2014

DS 2General Herzog and his horde of undead fascists are back and more blood-thirsty than ever in one of the best horror sequels ever made. If you liked Dead Snow when it was shown on Horror then you’ll love Dead Snow 2: Red Vs Dead which comes to DVD and Blu-ray January 12th.

Having crashed his car after fleeing the ski lodge where his friends were brutally murdered by General Herzog and his squadron of Nazi zombies, Martin wakes up in hospital attempting to convince the local authorities that he is not responsible for their deaths.

Little do they know the undead fascists are very much still ‘living’ and marching on the town and what’s worse, they have a tank! With time running out it’s up to Martin and his new American allies to save the town from total annihilatio... »

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Deliver Us From Evil To Get DVD And Blu-ray Release January 5th
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 23rd Nov 2014

DELIVER US FROM EVIL SBRC1462UV_2D O-RINGStarring Eric Bana (The Time Traveller’s Wife, Munich, Troy), Édgar Ramirez (Zero Dark Thirty, The Bourne Ultimatum) and Olivia Munn (TV’s “The Newsroom”, Magic Mike) Deliver US From Evil will be released onto DVD and Blu-ray on January 5th thanks to Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

In Deliver Us From Evil, New York police officer Ralph Sarchie (Bana), struggling with his own personal issues, begins investigating a series of disturbing and inexplicable crimes. He joins forces with an unconventional priest (Ramírez), schooled in the rituals of exorcism, to combat the frightening and demonic possessions that are terr... »

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Lestat Is Back In New Book From Anne Rice
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 23rd Nov 2014

Prince LestatThe Queen of the Undead is back, with her first Vampire Chronicle in over a decade – marking the return of one of the most popular vampires of all time: Lestat de Lioncourt.

Anne Rice transformed the vampire genre, paving the way for the current vampire craze that has swept both the entertainment and publishing industries. Rice’s first book in The Vampire Chronicles series, Interview With The Vampire, was published almost 40 years ago and made into the Oscar-nominated film of the same name, starring Tom Cruise and Brat Pitt, with a screenplay by Rice.

The vampire world is in crisis – their kind has been proliferating out of control and, thanks to technologies undreamed of in previous centuries, they can communicate as never before. Roused from their earth-bound slumber, ancient o... »

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Booth's Blog: The Most Famous “Folk Horror” Returns For Another Sacrifice!
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Features, Thursday 20th Nov 2014

BB 2Never mind 28 Days Later we’ve been waiting a mere 38 years for the bonny British follow up to one of the most anticipated sequels in horror history! Yes The Wicker Man directed by Robin Hardy back in 1973 has become a huge cult classic acquiring sing-a-long cinema status a la Rocky Horror Picture Show and finally in 2013 Hardy gave us the ‘sequel’ The Wicker Tree, and you can see it in all it’s fleshy glory Saturday 22nd at 9pm when it gets it’s big UK TV Premiere!

But does it have the same bottom spankingly good eroticism of the original? Can any actress ever out – sex the buxom loveliness of Britt Ekland? I am a true fan of The Wicker Man, I have lost count of the times I have watched it as they show it every year in Hastings during our very own pagan Green Man Festival s... »

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Hatchet 3 To Get UK Television Premiere This December On Horror
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Wednesday 19th Nov 2014

Hatchet 3 Image 2Adam Green said today: “I am thrilled to see the Horror Channel broadcasting the UK television premiere of Hatchet 3 on December 20th. For those of us behind the gory scenes, this trilogy was a decade long journey that never would have happened without the extremely passionate fans that cheered us on while we slashed, laughed, and blew up everything in our path”

He went on to praise the UK horror fans in particular: "I’ve always said that Hatchet’s UK FrightFest premiere was really Victor Crowley’s birth into the genre stratosphere as that was the first time that the film specifically played for the very audience that we made it for. So it’s great to see Victor back on UK TV screens, courtesy of one of FrightFest’s biggest supporters”.

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Booth's Blog: Behind The Scenes On A Horror Channel Shoot
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Features, Saturday 15th Nov 2014

BB 1I’ve been presenting the continuity links for Horror Channel for years now and is a duty I take seriously and thoroughly enjoy, so for this weeks blog, as we have a whole new sexy and exciting new look, I thought I’d share some behind the scenes snaps of the brand new studio as well as divulge exactly what’s involved on my Horror Channel shoots.

So each month I get all the schedules for what’s on the channel and get advised as to what to promote each night in my links. I then research and write the scripts making sure the timing is incredibly accurate for each link. I love writing for Horror as I get to be my usual cheeky self as well get people excited about the incredible film premieres we have on each month.

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What We Do In The Shadows - Full Trailer
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 12th Nov 2014

WWDITS PosterFrom the creator of The Flight Of The Conchords comes, what has been hailed as one of the finest vampire comedy movies, ever, What We Do In The Shadows.

To tell you the truth. Looks like one of the finest comedies in ages, never mind the horror element!

Viago, Deacon, and Vladislav are three vampires living together and trying to cope with modern life; from paying rent, doing housework, and trying to get into nightclubs, they’re perfectly normal – except for their immortality, fangs, and thirst for human blood. When their 8000 year-old housemate, Petyr, turns 20-something Nick into a vampire, the guys must guide him through his newfound eternal life. In return, they are forced to learn a thing or two about modern life.

What We Do in The Shadows»

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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre - 40th Anniversary Edition
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 10th Nov 2014

TTCSMThe Texas Chain Saw Massacre not only changed the face of horror in 1974 but still remains one of the most shocking, powerful and terrifying films ever made. Now to celebrate its 40th Anniversary, a brand new restored version comes to Blu-ray courtesy of Second Sight.

Widely banned on release, its notoriety has not diminished and this harrowing tale of a depraved Texan clan and its chain-saw-wielding icon of horror Leatherface continues to stun and disturb audiences like no other film.

Supervised by director Tobe Hooper, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre has received a stunning 4K restoration and 7.1 audio mix, looking and sounding like never before. The film will be released as a two-disc limited edition Steelbook Blu-ray with brand new artwork created by Doaly and stacked with brand new... »

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Scottish Maniac Cop Is Back On The Beat In GoodCopBadCop
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 5th Nov 2014

GCBC Cover 2GoodCopBadCop: Casebook#2 is the grisly follow-up to the award-winning graphic novel about a Scottish maniac cop is being launched at Thought Bubble Comic Art Festival in Leeds which runs from November 9th till 16th.

Rough Cut Comics’ pulp horror thriller GoodCopBadCop won the True Believers Award for Best British Comic-book at the industry’s very own Oscar ceremony in May. Creator Jim Alexander was presented with the trophy by Anthony Head in the presence of the London ceremony’s guest of honour Stan Lee.

The story is a modern-day twist on Jekyll and Hyde which chronicles the investigations of Detective Inspector Brian Fisher while he tries – unsuccessfully – to supress his monstrous, hulk-like ‘hidden’ personality. The premise and style has been a huge hit... »

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Booth's Blog: Horror Up North!
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Features, Wednesday 5th Nov 2014
For my friends north of London, or anyone who can get their fangs up there I highly recommend the 28th Leeds International Film Festival running from 5th to the 20th November. The festival has its own “Horror” strand; Fanomenon for which I was a guest some years back and had a real scream!

From old school graphic novelist Alan Moore live on stage to a more 21st century approach to interviews via Skype you can expect Indie poster boy Kevin Smith to be on live link up discussing his quirky body horror Tusk. This is about a writer who calls upon an old man for some interesting stories unaware said old man plans to turn him into a walrus! Bizarre? You bet and I cannot wait for that one – seems the Horns theme is really in the air at the moment but this Kevin Smith approach may be more palatable to none Radcliffe fans! Not that I’m knocking the boy wizard, at least he’s consciously choosing leftfield roles.

Tusk is part of Day Of The Dead 8... »

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Before Dawn Soundtrack Now Available To Buy
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 5th Nov 2014

Before Dawn SoundtrackDominic Brunt’s superb gut-muncher Before Dawn (which you can see on the Horror Channel) was accompanied by an equally superb score from Thomas Ragsdale.

Now the soundtrack is being released for the first time and its in specially designed packaging. The CD comes with a card wallet wrapped in blood soak bandage whilst the album credits and check in cards have been retrieved from the charred remains of the guesthouse in the film!

Thomas said: “I'm a massive horror fan and jumped at the chance to work on this with Dom and the gang. I play in lots of electronica bands and make a lot of techno, so this was a project I was excited about in getting back to my guitar, string and piano playing roots. I got really attached to the project towards the end and absolut... »

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Interview With TARDIS Speaker Designer Karl Grimsey
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Tuesday 4th Nov 2014
Karl GrimseyLast year, WhoSounds released their acclaimed TARDIS Speaker system, the world’s first ever TARDIS shaped speaker which produces amazing sound from an exact model of the Doctor’s time travelling machine.

With Horror Channel showing re-mastered Doctor Who adventures we decided to speak to one of the directors of WhoSounds, Karl Grimsey about this cracking piece of premium kit and how he got started in the speaker business.

To try and win a TARDIS Speaker click here and for more information about the speaker itself click here.

HC: How did you get started in the speaker... »

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London Film Convention Celebrates 80 Years of Hammer
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 3rd Nov 2014

LFC PosterThis year’s London Film Convention on November 8th will contain a special event concerning one of the world’s longest running film production companies, Hammer.

Founded by William Hindes and James Carerras in November 1934, Hammer dominated the world market from the 1950s to the 1970s with a wide variety of film genres but are best remembered for their horror movie output.

Now, very much back in production with several successful films over the past few years, Hammer is once again churning out must-see shockers which includes a sequel to their film version of the play Woman In Black due for release in 2015. Woman In Black: Angel Of Death looks just as chilling as the original.

The convention is also a celebration of the British film industry, of its past and present creative film making in Lo... »

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Horror Classics Now On iTunes Thanks to ITV Studios
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Friday 31st Oct 2014

Dead Ringers ImageITV Studios Global Entertainment have announced the release of some classic horror movies onto iTunes for the very first time.

As the dark night draw in it could be a way of digitally filling the gaps in you collection by downloading a number of classic ITV Horror titles, some have been remastered into High Definition.

Dead Ringers, Vampire Circus HD, The Ghoul HD, Twins of Evil HD, The Monster Club, The Medusa Touch, The Man Who Changed His Mind HD, The Uncanny, Hands on the Ripper HD, The Company of Wolves HD and The Stepfather 1 & 2

All of these can now be downloaded now from iTunes for a limited time price of £2.49.

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Booth's Blog: Ghouls on Film!
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Features, Thursday 30th Oct 2014
The horror industry is witnessing an exciting albeit overdue shift, not just in the kinds of films and characters on screen, but the kinds of people behind the scenes too. I’m talking about the refreshing insurgence of female film makers. I’m not saying we’ve never seen good female directors before; Kathryrn Bigelow, Jane Campion, Sofia Coppola etc but it was this year’s FrightFest that saw the highest number of female directed horror with 25% of the short films (including my own!) being directed by women. And the films themselves? Well let’s just say they’re making front page news.

The Babadook, the debut from Australian Jennifer Kent is such a film being heralded as one of the most exciting films of 2014 and is definitely my Halloween top pick. Controversially about a less than healthy mother/son relationship this is film that blends horror, drama and emotion and makes for one of the most powerful lead performances in a horror since The Shining, in fact the film has been compared to the Kubrick... »

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Emily Booth To Appear At MCM London Comic Con This Saturday!
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Friday 24th Oct 2014

Emily Booth headshotStop Press! Horror Channel's Emily Booth will be attending MCM London Comic Con tomorrow.

Yes, our very own Mistress of the Macabre will be signing so pop along and say hello.

For full details of the event click here.

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Booth's Blog: Are Controversial Halloween Costumes Your Thing?
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Features, Wednesday 22nd Oct 2014
We’re hotting up to Halloween and over the next two weeks many of us will be digging around online for an edgy Halloween costume to wear. Gone are the days of turning up as a sexy witch unless you’ve just scooted down to the local supermarket for a last minute costume (I always loved that scene in Mean Girls where Lohan discovers to her horror the Valley girls use Halloween to look like whores, not freaks!)

No these days, like anything it seems Halloween has been turned in to a clever mass marketing scheme to make a quick buck creating cheap and now controversial costumes!

Have you heard about the Ebola Halloween costume?! Now I am not one to pass judgment but this phenomenon has been brought to my attention and people just don’t know whether this is sick in a good or bad way – what do you think?

Yes, it seems Ebola has gone almost global in more ways than one with costume companies catching the disease ridden whiff that people are now dressing up in biohazard suits in order to ride the curr... »

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The Wicker Tree To Get Its UK TV Premiere In November On Horror
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Monday 20th Oct 2014

TheWickerTreeThe Wicker Tree, which reunites director Robin Hardy with legendary actor Christopher Lee for a horror fantasy in the style of the 1973 landmark cult classic The Wicker Man, gets its UK TV premiere on Horror Channel and will screen on Saturday 22 November at 9pm.

Based on director Robin Hardy's own novel Cowboys For Christ, a Texas gospel singer Beth (Brittania Nichols) and her boyfriend Steve (Henry Garrett) both devout evangelical Christians, are sent to Scotland on a mission to spread the word of God. After a concert in Glasgow Cathedral the pair are invited by Sir Lachlan Morrison (Graham McTavish) to preach in his remote border village, but soon the horrifying reality dawns on the couple as they learn the true significance of the Celtic pagan rites.

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Brand New Interview With Frazer Hines
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Sunday 19th Oct 2014

DW TTDOf all the companions the good Doctor has travelled with, very few had as many adventures with him as Jamie McCrimmon did. This brave Highlander journeyed with the Second Doctor and battled with countless baddies throughout the universe.

As newly re-mastered episodes of Doctor Who are showing on Horror Channel we decided to chat with Frazer Hines, the man who brought Jamie to life and become one of the show’s finest and much loved companions.

HC: Did you have to audition for the role of Jamie?

FH: As far as I remember there wasn’t an audition. I was called in to meet Innes Lloyd (the Producer) who said that Shaun Sutton (who I had worked for many times) had recommended me for the part of Jamie and the rest is history.

HC: How much of yourself did... »

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Book Of The Dead - Revised And Updated
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 13th Oct 2014

Book-of-the-deadJamie Russell is an author, screenwriter, and journalist and his latest title, Book Of The Dead: The Complete History Of Zombie Cinema is a superb update of what was already an exceptional book.

The zombie is cinema’s most enduring horror icon, having terrified audiences for decades. Book Of The Dead charts the history of the walking dead from the monster’s origins in Haitian voodoo, through its cinematic debut in 1932’s White Zombie up to blockbuster World War Z and beyond.

Covering hundreds of movies from America, Europe, Asia and even the Middle East, Jamie Russell examines zombies’ on-screen evolution from Caribbean bogeymen to flesh-eating corpses and apocalyptic plague carriers. With an exhaustive filmography covering the history of the ... »

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Booth's Blog: SCTH2 Winner Announced!
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Features, Thursday 9th Oct 2014

Lloyd Stas - Winner of SCTH2 competition-1So last night, in a dark underground members club, my latest Horror Channel duty as ambassador for the channel was to host the Shortcuts To Hell 2 party where the winner of this prestigious film competition was to be announced.

Bleary eyed and tired after an exciting albeit tense evening I’m slowly recovering and hoping the winners are still pinching themselves – they certainly were on the night! We had three lovely and well deserving final films; Geoffrey’s Heart, a film I was championing as you can see from my selfie with the director Stanislava Buevich, Hubert’s Ghost and All Inclusive.

After public voting on ... »
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Shortcuts To Hell Horror Feature Film Competition Announces Winner‏
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, News, Thursday 9th Oct 2014

Lloyd Stas - Winner of SCTH2 competition-1Horror Channel, FrightFest, Movie Mogul and Wildseed Studios today announced the winner of their nationwide search for a talented filmmaker, primed and ready to make their first horror feature film. Chosen by a public vote from a professional jury-selected shortlist of three finalists, the winner is Joe and Lloyd Staszkiewicz who won for their short film Hubert’s Ghost.

Joe and Lloyd Staszkiewicz, will have their film produced by Movie Mogul and Wildseed Studios, entering production early 2015, with a minimum cash production fund of £20,000, offered by Horror Channel and Wildseed Studios equally. It is hoped to expand the budget with other funds and sponsorship that the partners and team can ... »

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Brand New Trailer For Out Of this World Shocker Extraterrestrial
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 7th Oct 2014

EXTRATERRESTRIAL_UK_QUADOne of the finest Sci-Fi movies in ages will be beaming down to UK cinema screens October 29th. From Signature Entertainment comes Extraterrestrial a pulse-pounding, nerve-shredding shocker from The Vicious Brothers which contains a group of aliens that have not come in peace but want to leave us in pieces!

Still reeling from her parents’ divorce, April (Brittany Allen, Defiance, Dead Before Dawn) is dragged back to the vacation cabin she spent fond summers at as a child accompanied by a group of friends. Her trip down memory lane takes a dramatic and terrifying turn when a fireball descends from the sky and explodes in the nearby woods. Lead by her boyfriend (Freddie Stroma, Harry Potter And The Half Blood Prince, Pitch Perfect<... »

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The Art Of Jim Burns: Hyperluminal From Titan Books
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 6th Oct 2014

jim BurnsExploding luminous, fantastical scenes onto the page, Jim Burns’ startling otherworldly visions have adorned the book covers of countless renowned SF authors, including George R R Martin, Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, Peter F Hamilton, Anne McCaffrey, Robert Silverberg, Joe Haldeman and many more. He also produced early concept ideas for movies such as Blade Runner.

The Art of Jim Burns: Hyperluminal from Titan Books is a brand-new collection, spanning 40 years of his life. It contains a carefully chosen selection of his most iconic pieces and commentary from the man himself, legendary artist Jim Burns’ unique work is instantly recognizable for its arresting thematic style, daring use of colour and often faintly sensual undertones. His diverse paintings breathe life into every dream-like corner of scien... »

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The Exorcist Celebrates 40th Anniversary
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 6th Oct 2014

The ExorcistWhen The Exorcist was first released in 1974, viewers were frightened out of their wits - and literally out of their seats. Now Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Academy Award® winning director William Friedkin’s suspense masterpiece that haunted and intrigued the world, with a new Blu-ray release featuring the Extended Director’s Cut and Theatrical Version with new special features and premiums. Available October 20th, just ahead of Halloween, this 40th Anniversary Edition will include two new featurettes: Beyond Comprehension: William Peter Blatty's The Exorcist and Talk of the Devil, as well as an excerpt from Friedkin’s book The Friedkin Connection: A Memoir.

A true cinema landmark, thise theological thrill... »

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Booth's Blog: Back in Time For Short Cut To Hell 2
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Sunday 5th Oct 2014
Well after a three month horror hiatus Booth is back!

To those of you who didn’t know I took a break to give birth to my (now 3 month old) son Finn, and while I do relish the early days of sleep deprived confusion answering the door to the postman with a nappy on my head etc, it’s good to be back in the land of the living dead and here’s my latest news. My short film had its World Premiere at the prestigious FrightFest, and while it was my first year not presenting for Horror Channel in 7 years, it felt so good to be there in an artistic capacity. Look out for clips of my short film Selkie on the Horror in the Women in Horror filler item!

So now that I’ve written and produced my own short film I feel better placed to be judging and supporting the three finalists from our Short Cuts To Hell 2 competition.

Three brilliant and very different movies all have the potential to grow from embryonic status to full blown big boy feature, but n... »

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Film4 FrightFest Announces Line-Up For Halloween All-Nighter
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, News, Sunday 5th Oct 2014

The Pact2The FrightFest All-Nighter 14 returns to its spiritual home, The Prince Charles Cinema, on Saturday October 25th, with five killer titles, including the world premiere of Anthony DiBlasi’s Last Shift.

It kicks off with a special preview of The Vicious Brothers Extraterrestrial, a fine blend of Close Encounters and Communion with some of the most extraordinary special effects and camerawork you’ll see in 2015. Next up, The ABCs Of Death 2, needs no introduction. The first was a huge draw at FrightFest Glasgow and now we can scream along to 26 more deaths by 26 handpicked filmmakers. This is followed by the world premiere of Anthony DiBlasi’s demonic horror Last Shift, which had to be dropped from the August ... »

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Short Cuts To Hell 2 Finalist Interview: Joe And Lloyd Staszkiewicz - Hubert's Ghost
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Interviews, Saturday 4th Oct 2014

s GhostThis year’s ShortCuts To Hell competition saw some incredibly inventive entries.

Here we speak to finalists Joe and Lloyd Staszkiewicz who are behind the paranormal short Hubert’s Ghost.

To vote for Hubert’s Ghost click here.

HC: Where did the idea for Hubert’s Ghost come from?

JLS: Despite it being a new idea we’d often talked about a way to expand the core concept behind Hubert’s Ghost for years. We've always been very fascinated with the origins and folklore behind Halloween. On that one night, the veil between the living and the dead is apparently at it's weakest, so in ye olden days people started d... »

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Short Cuts To Hell 2 Finalist Interview: Michael Down - All Inclusive
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Interviews, Saturday 4th Oct 2014

All InclusiveThis year’s Short Cuts To Hell competition saw some incredibly inventive entries.

Here we speak to one of the finalists, Michael Down who is behind the surreal and disturbing short All Inclusive.

To vote for All Inclusive click here.

HC: Where did the idea for All Inclusive come from?

MD: The idea is based on a true story. My brother and I went to Tenerife on a last minute all inclusive break a couple of years ago. The hotel we were in already had a threatening atmosphere but on the second night when out at a local bar, we had our drinks spiked, were attacked on the way home and woke up to find our apartment had been clean... »

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Short Cuts To Hell 2 Finalist Interview: Stanislava Buevich - Geoffrey's Heart
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Interviews, Saturday 4th Oct 2014

s HeartThis year’s Short Cuts To Hell competition saw some incredibly inventive entries.

Here we speak to one of the finalists, Stanislava Buevich who is behind the atmospheric tale Geoffrey’s Heart.

To vote for Geoffrey’s Heart click here.

HC: Where did the idea for Geoffrey’s Heart come from?

SB: You know I always come up with ideas in my dreams. Always. I have a dream and then I try to interpret it and make sense of it, and that's how my films come about. This was no exception. Of course dreams are never a coincidence and they are always about something deep routed in your psyche. And Geoffrey's Heart, I think ... »

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Watch Out, Bad Milo Is A Pain In The A***!
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 27th Sep 2014

BAD MILOFor over a century, Hollywood has been scaring audiences around the world with its terrifying monsters…but none as terrifyingly funny as Bad Milo!, available on DVD on 20th October from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Ken Marino and Gillian Jacobs star in this shockingly original horror comedy about a man named Duncan (Marino) who discovers he has an actual pint-sized demon living inside him. In order to keep it from popping out and murdering anyone who angers him - including his sweet but pressuring wife (Jacobs) - Duncan must learn to embrace his inner demon and control its killer appetite!

Duncan's (Marino) life is a real pain in the ass. Tormented by a manipulative, crooked boss, a nagging mother, a deadbeat new age dad, and a sweet, yet pressuring, wife (Jacobs), his mounting stress starts to trigger ... »

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Signature Entertainment Scares Up A Storm This Halloween
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 22nd Sep 2014

Open GraveHorror comes home this Halloween as Signature Entertainment releases a triple threat of terror on DVD and digital platforms just in time for the scariest night of the year.

B-movie icons Danny Trejo and Vinnie Jones star in this inventive slasher Reaper. It follows a death row inmate who survives execution and returns as a supernatural force known as Reaper. Descending on an isolated hotel which happens to be the meeting place of some very dangerous players, the Reaper’s thirst for blood is only matched by one wily girl’s thirst for survival.

From the director who brought you The Zombie Diaries comes Treehouse, another journey into the dark heart of horror. Local kids are going missing and animals are turning up mutilated. When Killian and Crawford short cu... »

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From Dusk Till Dawn - Season 1 Exclusive Clip
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 21st Sep 2014

DtilD CoverCult-classic From Dusk Till Dawn comes to the small screen on 22nd September in a TV series that has more action, more gore and an expanded look at the film's characters as they embark on a frightening journey into the depths of the Titty Twister.

From Dusk Till Dawn Season One is concentrates on bank robber, Seth Gecko (D.J. Cotrona) and his violent, unpredictable brother, Richard “Richie” Gecko (Zane Holtz), who are wanted by the FBI and Texas Rangers Earl McGraw (Don Johnson) with his deputy Freddie Gonzalez (Jesse Garcia) after a bank heist leaves several people dead.

While on the run to Mexico, Seth and Richie encounter former pastor Jacob Fuller (Patrick) and his family, whom they take hostage. Using the family RV to cross the border, chaos ensues when the... »

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Horror Channel Goes Under The Bed For October Premieres
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Friday 19th Sep 2014

Lovely MollyHorror Channel’s film highlights for October include the UK TV premieres of three outstanding supernatural thrillers: Under The Bed, Steven C. Millar’s nightmare of all nightmares, The Gathering, starring Christina Ricci, and the haunting Lovely Molly (pictured), from Blair Witch co-director Eduardo Sánchez.

We also have news of three cult TV movies that are receiving their Network Premieres!

Friday 3rd - The Gathering
Directed by Brian Gilbert (Wilde), this supernatural thriller stars Christina Ricci as Cassie Grant, an American traveller who suffers amnesia when hit by a car. After accepting sanctuary from the family of the car that hit her, Cassie starts hallucinating that... »

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Exclusive Interview With The Ford Brothers, Co-Directors Of The Dead
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Friday 19th Sep 2014

The Ford Brothers at FF-1Horror Channel’s film highlights for September include the UK TV premiere of the acclaimed The Dead, the smash-hit African-set zombie film by The Ford Brothers on the 27th.

We’ve been lucky enough to chat to this talented duo about this incredible film, its superb sequel and what movies they’re working on at the moment.

HC: How do you two write? For example, does one pace the floor whilst the other types?

FB: Ha, that's funny! You hit the nail on the head! Normally you will find Howard frantically writing away while Jon paces the room acting out the scenarios and shouting the lines like some demented theatre actor on steroids. The writing stage is one phase of the project where we work together very well... »

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Bring Out Your Dead! New Issue of Starburst Info
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 18th Sep 2014

Newstand-405Starburst celebrates the return of The Walking Dead to the telebox with a host of features with a decidedly undead feel. Inside you can learn about (almost) everything about the upcoming Season Five of AMC/FOX’s smash hit series, as well as looking back at the history of zombies with the mammoth Z-List, a Top 50 countdown of best zombie films from the history of cinema, as voted for by the Starburst writers.

They also look at the history of zombies in comic books, as well as looking ahead to what rotten corpses are due to shamble across our screens.

Game Of Thrones scribe George R.R. Martin fills readers in on his long and varied career and Alexandre Aja talks the upcoming film Horns.

To celebrate the Blu-ray release of Killer Klowns From Outer Space, there's a... »

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Doctor Who - Ghost Light Coming To Vinyl
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 18th Sep 2014

GL CoverMark Ayres’ dark and mysterious synth score to Doctor Who: Ghost Light, Marc Platt’s 3-part TV series with Sylvester McCoy as the Seventh Doctor, will be released on 180g DLP vinyl for the first time thanks to Silva Screen Records on October 13th.

Mark said, “This newly-remastered release presents the score in story order and is compiled from new transfers of the original analogue stereo master tapes. Consecutive cues have been combined into longer tracks. It is a particular delight to hear this music on vinyl. It was some of the last work I mixed to analogue 1/4” tape before digital took over, and suits the medium well. It also allows me to dedicate a side to each episode, keeping the cliff-hangers and reprises intact…plus the original demo version of Episode 1 on side 4.”

For... »

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Day Of The Mummy - Coming To DVD This October
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 16th Sep 2014

DAY_OF_THE_MUMMY_3D_DVDEgypt: the land of the Pharaohs, a place steeped in history and legend. But those who come in search of riches beware, something lurks among those tombs, something that cracks bones and spills blood, something that will stop at nothing to guard what belongs to them.

Jack Wells arrives in Egypt in search of famed diamond, The Codex Stone. His journey leads him to a team of archeologists who are exploring the recently discovered tomb of the cursed King Neferu. With his centuries old slumber disturbed by timeless human greed, the King rises from the dead with a blood-lust that cannot be staunched and a raging fury that will shred flesh from bone, bringing terrible, tormented death to all who dare witness Day of the Mummy.

Enter the tomb of the Mummy at your own peril.
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The Hypnotist - Exclusive Infographic
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 15th Sep 2014

The Hypnotist coverFrom celebrated director Lasse Hallström (What’s Eating Gilbert Grape; Chocolat; Salmon Fishing In The Yemen) comes The Hypnotist, a new tense and brutal crime thriller based on the best-selling novel by Lars Kepler. A must-see for fans of The Killing and Scandinavian book-to-film adaptations by authors such as Jo Nesbø (Headhunters) and Stieg Larsson (The Millenium Trilogy).

In the middle of a dark December night, psychiatrist Erik Maria Bark (Mikael Persbrandt) is woken by a telephone call from a hospital in Stockholm. Detective Inspector Joona Linna (Tobias Zilliacus) asks for his immediate help in treating an unconscious patient suffering from acute trauma. He hopes that Erik will be able to communicate with the youn... »

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A Horror Icon Is Reborn In Leprechaun: Origins
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 14th Sep 2014

LeprechaunWWE Superstar Dylan “Hornswoggle” Postl stars in Leprechaun: Origins, a brand new take on the horror franchise Leprechaun, reinventing the cult favorite and terrifying a new generation. The film will be available on DVD and Digital Download on October 6th. Also starring Stephanie Bennett (Grave Encounters 2), Andrew Dunbar (Alien Trespass), Melissa Roxburgh and Brendan Fletcher (Freddy vs Jason), Leprechaun: Origins was written by Harris Wilkinson and directed by Zach Lipovsky.

Backpacking through the lush Irish countryside, two unsuspecting young couples discover a town's chilling secret. Ben (Dunbar), Sophie (Bennet), David (Fletcher) and Jeni (Roxburgh) quickly discover the idyllic land is not what it appears to be when the town's residents offer the hikers an o... »

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Second Sight Unveil New Artwork For 'The Texas Chain Saw Massacre 40th Anniversary Edition
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 14th Sep 2014

TCSM 40Second Sight has released their specially commissioned new artwork for The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.
This was created by Doaly for the 40th anniversary release of the stunning newly restored edition on Blu-ray.

The film not only changed the face of horror in 1974 but still remains one of the most shocking, powerful and terrifying films ever made.

It will be released as a two-disc limited edition Steelbook Blu-ray, stacked with brand new bonus features and a standard two-disc Blu-ray on 17th November 2014.

Full details to follow soon.

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American Horror Story: Coven Coming To DVD And Blu-ray
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 11th Sep 2014

AHS CAmerican Horror Story, the award-winning anthology from the twisted imagination of Ryan Murphy returns with American Horror Story: Coven, released on Blu-ray and DVD on 20th October and a complete Season 1-3 Box set just in time for Halloween.

An all-star cast reigns supreme in this series, including 2014 Emmy winner for Best Actress and two-time OSCAR® winner Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates (Misery), Angela Bassett (Malcolm X) and Gabourey Sidibe (Precious).

Over three hundred years have passed since the turbulent days of Salem, and those who managed to escape are now facing extinction. Mysterious attacks have been escalating against their kind and young girls are being sent away to a special school in New Orleans to learn how to protect themselves.

The... »

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The Walking Dead - All Out War AP Edition
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 8th Sep 2014

TWD New EditionIn October, fans of Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead will see the New York Times best-selling comic as never before with the publication of The Walking Dead: All Out War Artist Proof Edition. In this 248-page hardcover from Image Comics/Skybound, artist Charlie Adlard’s raw pencils for the twelve-issue arc are reproduced, uninked and unaltered from how they appear on his artboard.

The All Out War story arc marks a major turning point in The Walking Dead, as Rick Grimes unites several communities to fight the villainous Negan and his “Saviors,” while around them the dead continue to roam. The future of the Survivors, Hilltop, and Kingdom communities depends precariously on Negan’s right-hand man, who has turned against him — and not e... »

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First Time On UK TV: Re-Mastered Episodes Of Doctor Who On Horror Channel This Autumn
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, News, Monday 8th Sep 2014

Doctor Who Image 1Following the success of the Who On Horror season, that saw 30 classic Doctor Who stories broadcast on Horror Channel, BBC Worldwide and Horror Channel have agreed to an additional set of 17 re-mastered episodes, starting on Monday 13th October.

For the first time on UK television, Horror Channel viewers will be able to watch re-mastered episodes that were only released on DVD by BBC Worldwide last year. There will be more from the Tom Baker and Jon Pertwee eras with additional stories featuring Peter Davison, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy.

The iconic adventures continue with the Doctor Who and The Silurians serial, starring Jon Pertwee as the Doctor and his roadster, Bessie. The series then leads into weekday ... »

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Cult Classic The Medusa Touch Coming To Blu-ray
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 6th Sep 2014

TMTDirected by Jack Gold from a script by Oscar-winner John Briley (Ghandi, Cry Feedom), The Medusa Touch is a star-studded, fast-paced thriller with a spectacular, spine-chilling climax. Starring Richard Burton in what author and critic Kim Newman calls his "best screen work of the 1970s”, The Medusa Touch will be available to own on Blu-ray for the first time from 15th September courtesy of Network Distributing’s ‘The British Film’ collection.

John Morlar, a well-known novelist, is savagely attacked in his London flat. Barely alive, he is taken to hospital, and Brunel, a French detective currently based in the capital, is assigned to the case. His investigations lead him to Morlar’s psychiatrist, who discloses that her patient is obsessed: Morlar feels he bears an awesome... »

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Grimmfest 2014 - Films Announced
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 4th Sep 2014

Grimmfest 2014The full listing for Grimmfest 2014 has been announced and it looks set to be the best yet. Grimmfest Festival Director Simeon Halligan said, “We always try to make each Grimmfest bigger than the last and I think this year has been really strong for independent horror and genre titles, I’m really excited by what we’re going to screen at Grimmfest, I’m convinced it’s our best line up yet!”

Grimmfest kicks off with a very special opening Gala night starting with the world premiere of Melanie Light’s ‘Vegan Feminist Horror’ short film The Herd. This will be followed by the English premiere of Brian O’Malley’s Irish/Scottish intense horror Let Us Prey, which will be attended by the director and the amazing cast featuring Liam Cunningham (Game o... »

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Countess Dracula Coming To Blu-ray
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 1st Sep 2014

Countess Dracula CoverHot on the heels of the news that Network is to release Hammer’s Twins of Evil we’ve learned they will also present Countess Dracula onto the hi-def format on 8th September.

One of Hammer's most enduringly popular films and a benchmark for 1970s horror, Countess Dracula stars Ingrid Pitt (The Wicker Man) in an iconic, career-defining role as the aged countess who must regularly bathe in virgins' blood to regain her fading youth.

Genre stalwart Peter Sasdy (Hands of the Ripper) directs arguably his best Hammer film, from a script by award-winning writer Jeremy Paul and showcasing a rousing score from composer Harry Robinson.

In medieval Hungary, Countess Elisabeth Nádasdy, an embittered, ageing ... »

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The Dead To Receive UK TV Premiere On Horror Channel
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Monday 1st Sep 2014

The DeadHorror Channel’s film highlights for September include the UK TV premiere of the acclaimed The Dead, the smash-hit African-set zombie film by The Ford Brothers.

The Ford Brothers burst onto the scare scene as a fresh force in the horror fantasy arena with this original take on the zombie holocaust genre. The Dead features stunningly shot landscapes, brilliant visual effects and terrific dust devil zombies. The film is set in the near future when most of the world has succumbed to a living dead virus. After crashing off the coast of Africa, Lt. Brian Murphy (Rob Freeman) battles for survival across inhospitable parched terrain in search of a way to get back to his beloved family in America. Saved by local military man Sgt. Daniel Dembele (Prince David Osei) who is a... »

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FrightFest 2014 - The Ultimate Round Up
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Saturday 30th Aug 2014

FrightFest2014-poster-LR-Final MediumFrightFest 2014 is just a distant memory even though it only ended a few days ago and only now am I adjusting to being in daylight!

The five days brought us over 60 features and several shorts which combined to make this year’s programme one of the most varied for a long time. The new venue gave the festival a new feeling and a main screen running order that took a bit of time to adjust to. This actually helped with congestion problems of the past and made the simple things such as using the toilets and grabbing a bite to eat much easier.

The event started off with the crowd pleasing UK premiere of Adam Wingard’s The Guest but for me the most fun was in the last film of the first night, the way over the top »

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Twins Of Evil Coming To Blu-ray
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 30th Aug 2014

Twins of EvilDirected with characteristic style and energy by cult filmmaker John Hough (The Legend Of Hell House, The Watcher In The Woods) and starring horror legend Peter Cushing (Horror Of Dracula, The Curse Of Frankenstein), Twins of Evil combines the signature Hammer elements of supernatural horror, black humour and fabulously lurid sensuality and will be released on Blu-ray by Network Distributing on 8th September.

Featuring an all-time classic score by Harry Robinson, Twins Of Evil also stars Kathleen Byron (Black Narcissus), Isobel Black (The Kiss of the Vampire) and Dennis Price (Kind Hearts and Coronets), with Playboy Playmates Mary and Madeleine Collinson as the twins.

Glamorous identical orphaned twi... »

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This Winter, It's Going To Get Really Dark - New Horror Channel Sizzle Reel
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Frightfest, Friday 29th Aug 2014

HC Poster

Those lucky enough to attend FrightFest this year were treated to Horror Channel's latest Sizzle Reel highlighting the amazing and very varied selection of movies we’ve got lined up over the coming months.

Got to say it’s pretty awesome with classic movies mixing with some of the strongest pictures from the finest in new talent.

F, The Dead, 2001 Maniacs: Field Of Screams and The Wicker Tree lead the latest titles whilst Scanners, Tales From The Crypt, Magic and Re-Animator represent some of the classics we’ll have on offer.

Which ones are you looking forward to the most?

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And That Was That
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Tuesday 26th Aug 2014

FrightFest2014-poster-LR-Final MediumFrightFest 2014 has come to an end but what a festival this one has turned out to be. The mixed bag of films and genres helped everyone adjust to the new way the main screen films were shown.

The FrightFest team (as usual) made sure everyone had the same access to talent as well as bringing them some of the hottest movies yet to be released.

Highlights? Too many to mention but I’ll have a full report on the festival in my annual Ultimate Round-Up which I’ll post on here tomorrow where they’ll also be a list of what not to miss in the coming months PLUS the Horror Channel Sizzle Reel which was shown at the event which gives you a taster of what’s coming on the Horror Channel over the next few months.»

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Only Two More To Go
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Monday 25th Aug 2014

The SignalFrightFest 2014 is coming to an end but there’s still two major moves for fans to enjoy.

First up is the anthology movie V/H/S: Viral which is the third in this violent series. This one is geared around some fame-obsessed teens who all unwittingly become stars of the next internet sensation. The tales this time are: ‘Vicious Circles’, ‘Bonestorm’, ‘Parallel Monsters’, Gorgeous Vortex’ and ‘Dante the Great’ from directors Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimes, Open Window), Marcel Sarmiento (‘D is for Dogfight’ in The ABCs Of Death, Deadgirl), Gregg Bishop (Dance Of The Dead) and Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead (Resolution).

After this is another movie that’s had the crowd buzzing, the much talked about chiller from Wi... »

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FrightFest: Interview With Shaun Dooley Star Of Blood Moon
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Monday 25th Aug 2014

Shaun DooleyShaun Dooley is one of the UK's most talented character actors. Already well know to horror fans for his appearances in The Woman In Black and Eden Lake his latest film Blood Moon is showing at FrightFest today.

Here he chats about this werewolf in the west shocker and the rest of his career.

HC: First of all, have to ask, what was it like working on the hit horror The Woman In Black? Are you a Hammer fan?

SD: Hi... Yeah have very fond memories of watching them all with my mum who was a huge fan. All the classic Dracula/Frankenstein/Werewolf/Mummy films plus. The Devil Rides Out was my favourite. I recently played Frankenstein’s Monster on a BBC radio adaptation. What a heart-breaking p... »

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FrightFest: Interview With for Kristina Klebe Star Of Nymph
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Monday 25th Aug 2014

Nymph PosterNymph is a rather original movie that's being shown today on the main screens at FrightFest. Here we chat to one of the stars of the movie Kristina Klebe about the movie and her other film plans.

HC: How did you get your big break into acting?

KK: I started acting at a very young age. I was always doing theater since I can remember. I used to do a lot of musical theater. I played Jack in Into The Woods when I was 14. I loved that part… especially singing about giants in the sky! I feel like every single step in my career has been part of a winding staircase and there have been many little breaks (OK, Halloween was a bigger one!); but all those breaks are a result of all the hard work I've put in over the years.

HC: What did you thin... »

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Watch Out, Here Comes Jessica!
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Monday 25th Aug 2014

Jessica CameronThe Discovery Screens at FrightFest have given us some incredible cinematic moments over the last few days and today’s line-up contains an even more incredible mix of shade and light with a day packed with UK and world premieres.

One movie that has got everyone talking is Truth Or Dare which is getting its UK premiere today.

Six college kids find Internet stardom when they make a ‘Truth or Dare’ reality video with a violent twist. After their ‘fatal shooting’ broadcast goes viral, they reveal on a talk show the filming was a complete hoax. Basking in their 15 minutes of fame, none of the Truth or Daredevils takes the waspish comments of a particularly impassioned audience member that seriously. So excited in fact is their biggest fan Derik to be close to his treasured cel... »

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FrightFest: Interview With Jeremy Wooding Director Of Blood Moon
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Monday 25th Aug 2014

jeremy_woodingMore creature feature horror today at FrightFest with the world premiere of Jeremy Wooding's Blood Moon.

We chatted to this talented guy about this fright flick and what else he has planned.

HC: You made your name directing many of today’s most popular TV shows, how did these prepare you for Blood Moon?

JW: I think in terms of my TV work the highest profile programmes have been Peep Show and Derren Brown, both of which I helped create. They were risky, innovative and stylish shows. Childrens’ TV was really an extension of my TV comedy work. Blood Moon has an arch sense of humour and having done both slapstick and black comedy on TV (and in my football feature The Magnificent Eleven) I think I’ve ... »

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This House Is a Devilishly Good Bargain
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Monday 25th Aug 2014

HomeI like possession movies and this subject has led to some of the most celebrated horror movies of all time. At FrightFest we’ve been treated to the UK premiere of the new movie from The Pact director Nicolas McCarthy, the truly disturbing shocker Home.

Beautifully shot with a soundtrack that has you jumping out of your seats, Home takes the demonic idea and gives it an extra paranormal touch that packs quite a punch.

When real estate agent Leigh goes to asses a new property in the highly sought after Greenville area for her portfolio, little does she know the appalling impact it will have on her entire existence. For the house was once connected to a series of mysterious incidents in 1987 involving teenage runaway Hannah White. But it's not just Leigh who is affected by the fal... »

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Variety Is The Blood Of FrightFest
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Monday 25th Aug 2014

AlleluiaThe last day of FrightFest has crept up on us but let’s not be sad as some of the best is yet to come for pass holders.

The mains screens are showing an eclectic mix of movies including a serial killer shocker in Fabrice du Welz’s Alleluia (pictured), a possible beast lose in remote terrain in X Moor and a killer mermaid is after innocent men in Nymph.

This sort of programming is what keeps FrightFest alive and kicking with horror fans, where else would you get a triple bill like that, well apart from the Horror Channel that is!

All three movies take the horror genre to different areas, especially Nymph which takes a well -known piece of folklore and gives it a creepy and intelligent big screen realisation.

Now ... »

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Interview With Barry Keating Co-Writer Of Nymph
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Monday 25th Aug 2014

Barry Keatng HeadshotThere's a strong creature feature theme at FrightFest this year with plenty of beasts clambering out of the darkness to frighten the wits out of us.

One of the more original movie is Nymph which is showing today on the main screens so we decided to chat to its co-writer Barry Keating.

HC: We know you as a writer for comic books and video games so how did you make the leap to screenplay writer?

BK: Well, I’ve always wanted to write films, but went about it in a ridiculously roundabout way. I started out as a journalist, and then moved into comic books and video games. I had originally worked with my co-writer, Milan Konjevic, and the director, Milan Todorovic, on the sequel to Zone Of The Dead (Apocalypse of the Dead»

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A Gleeful Slasher
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Monday 25th Aug 2014

Stage FrightI’ve mentioned many times in my blogs that FrightFest is at its very best when introducing a wide palette of horror entertainment. This year’s event really is touching all bases and one film that had everyone talking was Jerome Sable’s Stage Fright.

This wonderful amalgam of musical and slasher movie balanced the two genres perfectly with a keen eye on how to keep the audience entertained.

Kylie Swanson (Minnie Driver) is brutally murdered after her star-making performance in the Broadway-bound musical The Haunting of the Opera. Ten years later, her producer Roger McCall (Meat Loaf) is running a musical theatre summer camp where Kylie's twins, Camilla and Buddy help out. When Roger decides to revive The Haunting of the Opera kabuki style for the end of term entertai... »

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Interview With Ben Loyd-Holmes Writer, Producer And Star of Extinction
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Sunday 24th Aug 2014

expedition-p3There aren’t many found footage movies at FrightFest this year, one that is showing is the creature feature Extinction. Here its star and director Ben Loyd-Holmes chats about this creature feature.

HC: What inspired you to write Extinction?

BLH: All around the world there are these elements of nature that are still unexplored and unaffected by modern society and I love the idea that there could be something still hiding out there. Of course it may not be dinosaurs, but the idea that undiscovered creatures or differently evolved creatures exist is one that is commonly held. Having that as a starting point is really exciting and of course there’s a lot we can utilise and play on, the superstitions of locals, the affects of logging and deforestation driving... »

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Zavvi FrightFest Offer
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, News, Sunday 24th Aug 2014

If you can’t make it to FrightFest this year to see the classic movies The Shining and A Nightmare On Elm Street on the big screen then don’t panic. Zavvi is offering 10% off these and other classic horror movies on Blu-ray.

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Sharp Shocks - German Style
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Sunday 24th Aug 2014
The SamuraiWe’re sitting waiting to interview Till Kleinert, Pit Bukowski and Michel Diercks from The Samurai, one of the most talked about movies of the festival. It’s strange when you’re going to be chatting to someone about something you’ve not seen yet but the buzz this movie is generating makes it even more exciting.

A package arrives at the home of young police officer Jakob (Diercks) addressed to Lone Wolf. The phone rings, it's a guy asking if his package is there, and could it be delivered immediately. Intrigued more than put out Jakob goes to a lonely house in the woods and finds a man wearing a dress waiting for the ancient samurai sword hidden in the parcel so he can cut a bloody swathe through the local village population. Who is this debauched maniac and what does he want?

The FrightFest t... »

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Interview With Natalie Burn Star Of Nymph
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Sunday 24th Aug 2014

Natalie BurnOne of the more inventive and original creature features to play at FrightFest this year is Nymph, a movie that gives mermaids a darker, murderous side. We chatted to one of its stars, Natalie Burn about this and the plans she has for the future.

HC: How did you get your first big break into the world of acting?

NB: From an honest opinion, I don't think I've gotten my big break yet. I consider my first movie where I was noticed in is In the Name of the King 2 opposite Dolph Lundgren. Overall I'm very attracted to play characters that are complex, versatile and unique in its own way. I'm looking for something that appeals to my inner emotions, showcases my talents and shows the multifaceted nature to my roles in which I have yet to be noticed and admired for.»

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FrightFest: Interview With Riley Stearns Director Of Faults
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Sunday 24th Aug 2014

FaultsOne of the stand out movies for me this year has been Faults. This superb movie comes from Riley Stearns so we had a quick chat to this incredibly talented man.

HC: Did you know from a young age that you wanted to work in the movie industry?

RS: I was actually late to the party when it comes to film. When I was younger it was music. I played bass and was convinced I’d be a musician when I grew up. It wasn’t until I met my wife, Mary, in high school that I really began to fall in love with film. I’d always had a respect for the art but visiting her on set I got to see the craft that went into making a movie. I’d always enjoyed writing so the logical thing for me was to try screenwriting. Mary and I are up in Vancouver right now where she did Final Destination 3 almost ten ye... »

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Everyday Is Not Like Sunday
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Sunday 24th Aug 2014

FaultsAs we enter Day 4 of FrightFest its strange to think how much has gone but how much is still to happen. These next two days promise much in the way of horror with an incredible range of horror genres for fans to enjoy.

On the main screen one of the stand-out movies is Faults. This incredibly original movie is what keeps FrightFest fresh. Not directly a horror movie in the traditional sense it mixes psychological horror with a sharp script that consistently delivers emotional scenes on a difficulty and slightly controversial subject.

After a rough divorce that has left him without any money, foremost cult expert Ansel (Leland Orser) is on tour giving seminars about such brainwashing. Approached by distraught parents, he agrees to help them, and their daughter’s de-programming seems to run smoothly enough. H... »

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Interview With Milan Todorovic Director Of Nymph
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Sunday 24th Aug 2014

Milan TodorovicThere's a strong creature feature theme at FrightFest this year with plenty of beasts clambering out of the darkness to frighten the wits out of us.

One of the more original movie is Nymph which is showing tomorrow on the main screens. We've had a quick chat with the film's director Milan Todorovic to talk about this much talked about movie and his plans for the future film making.

HC: There’s a bit of a gap between your first feature Apocalypse Of The Dead and Nymph, why was that?

MT: It’s always hard to make an independent movie. But when you live in Serbia it’s like 100 times harder. No one believes in genre films, funds or state does not support it, and for a newcomer directors – it’s hard as hell, even if you are maki... »

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Alan Moore + Mitch Jenkins = Must See Cinema
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Saturday 23rd Aug 2014

Show PiecesOne of the most interesting and thought-provoking movies this year comes from the pen of the legendary writer Alan Moore and director Mitch Jenkins. Show Pieces is an original multi-story movie which contains three superbly acted intertwined plots that flow between each without losing site of the original story arc.

The stories are as follows: ‘Act of Faith’ finds a young woman looking for the next step in sexual excitement and unfortunately finding it. ‘Jimmy’s End’ tails a serial philanderer down a dark alley into a very unusual club where the top-billed attraction is The Bare Brides and their Danse Macabre and ‘His Heavy Heart’ reveals the horrifying price paid for his adultery.

The whole piece is awash with striking imagery and a script so sharp it has you gasping for air at ... »

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Interview With Guy Pigden Director Of I Survived A Zombie Holocaust
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Saturday 23rd Aug 2014

Guy Pigden director of ISAZHZombies are in short supply this FrightFest, luckily one movie, I Survived A Zombie Holocaust has enough of the shambling dead to fill a number of movies.

We've been lucky enough to chat to the director of this blood-splattered shocker, Guy Pigden.

HC: Is it true that I Survived A Zombie Holocaust is your first full length feature?

GP: That is true, in the past I've done a few low budget shorts and a lot of Web content. I've written for other producers and tried to get few TV shows off the ground, but this is my first feature.

HC: Where did the idea for the movie come from?

GP: The idea came from two things. Obviously I'm a huge fan of zombie films since I started pla... »

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A Zombie For Every Genre!
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Saturday 23rd Aug 2014

ISAZHIt’s Zombie night at FrightFest and there’s two very different undead shockers for people to enjoy, I Survived A Zombie Holocaust (pictured) and Life After Beth.

I Survived A Zombie Holocaust is an all-out splatter-fest that nails its colours to the mast from the start. It’s a wild ride that takes a swipe at the egos of the film industry mixed with some insanely bizarre gut-munching effects. The script is tight with its rotting tongue firmly placed in its cheek.

The other one is Life After Beth a far more serious piece of work which adds a lot of emotion to the genre. A guy called Zach is devastated by the death of his girlfriend but when she miraculously comes back to life….

These films show the diversity that the zom... »

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FrightFest: Interview With Emily Booth Writer And Star Of Selkie
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Saturday 23rd Aug 2014

Selkie_cover_image1The Short Film Showcase at FrightFest always highlights the best of new horror making talent out there. Someone who is stepping into film making for the first time is our very own Emily Booth whose short film Selkie is showing today.

Here she chats about this project and her hopes for the future.

HC: Where did the idea for Selkie come from?

EB: Selkie is the amalgamation of my love for the sea and particularly my hometown of Hastings – it has some superb locations and both my brother and I have always wanted to make a film set here, so I wanted ‘the sea’ to be a theme. I’ve always been attracted to the female creature or monster in mythology, I love all the old stories of mermaids, med... »

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The Creature Comes Out Of Where?
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Saturday 23rd Aug 2014

Bad Milo!Another full programme across the screens of FrightFest today with a strong and eclectic selection of movies to choose from on the main screen selections.

Over on Discovery screens though things are getting really weird, apart from the superb White Settlers you can catch the bizarre and way over the top shocker Bad Milo! Its too early in the day to explain what this is about but put it this way, it’s like Gremlins and Critters but the beast lives inside someone and has an unusual way of getting in and out of its male owner! This is best viewed with a like-minded crowd and an empty stomach!

Also on Discovery screen is The Sleeping Room, a rather smart chiller that takes Victorian values and hypocrisy and brings it (cleverly) into the 21st century... »

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FrightFest: Interview With White Settlers Director Simeon Halligan
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Saturday 23rd Aug 2014

SIM PORTRAITSimeon Halligan’s latest feature, White Settlers is to get its world premiere at FrightFest today.

This superb movie crosses genre boundaries mixing house invasion terror with some social comment. Add to this one of the most exciting ensemble casts I’ve seen in a long time, the film is a nerve shredding, tension filled experience that needs to be experienced on the big screen.

We’ve had the chance to chat with Simeon about this movie which people are calling the “Scottish referendum horror movie”!

HC: How did you come to direct White Settlers?

SH: The original screenplay was written a few years ago. Rachel the producer and I had read it and were keen to make the film, it was a brilliantly written ‘edge of your seat’ piece. It... »

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Bloody Good Snow
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Saturday 23rd Aug 2014

Dead Snow 2One of the hardest things to do is to make a follow up to a movie that was so inventive and at times highly original that the task would seem impossible. Dead Snow (the popular gore-drenched zombie-fest recently shown on Horror Channel) is one such movie, but last night at FrightFest we were treated to the even bloodier sequel from original director Tommy Wirkola, Dead Snow 2: Red Vs Dead.

Picking up directly from the first, sole survivor Martin crashes his getaway car in the mountains after fighting SS officer Herzog for control of the vehicle. Waking up in hospital Martin discovers he's blamed by police for all his friends' murders, he's had Herzog's severed arm attached to his shoulder by mistake and he now has the zombie creating power. Something he needs when Herzog's de... »

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Interview With Leo Fafard Star Of WolfCop
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Friday 22nd Aug 2014

Wolf Cop Image 2FrightFest is at its best when its at its most outrageous and one movie that really hits that mark is WolfCop. Its a wild, hilarious and gore-drenched movie about, well, a cop that's a werewolf!

Best seen with a crown of like-minded horror fans this is sure to be the next big midnight movie masterpiece. Here we chat with the WolfCop himself Leo Fafard.

HC: How did you come to hear about WolfCop and did you have to audition for the role of Lou?

LF: Lowell approached me long before the script was written and told me about the project. I believe he wrote the role specifically for me.

HC: What did you think of the script when you first read it?

LF: I loved the script. I thought it ... »

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Kiwi Splat-Fest
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Friday 22nd Aug 2014

HouseboundNew Zealand is fast becoming a hot bed of horror talent and the latest pic from there, Housebound just strengthens this augment.

Kylie Bucknell has been forced to return to the family house when the court places her on home detention. Her punishment for a botched ATM raid is made all the more intolerable by the fact she has to live with her over-bearing motor-mouth mother Miriam who's convinced the house is haunted. But after dismissing Miriam's superstitions, rebellious Kylie too starts hearing unsettling whispers in the dark, creaking floorboards and strange bumps in the night. Has she inherited her mother’s overactive imagination or is there indeed evil afoot between the windows and doors?

What starts off a crime movie, turns into a ghost story and ends in an entirely different place, »

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Interview With Lowell Dean Director Of WolfCop
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Friday 22nd Aug 2014

Wolf Cop 1FrightFest is at its best when its at its most outrageous and one movie that really hits that mark is WolfCop. Its a wild, hilarious and gore-drenched movie about, well, a cop that's a werewolf!

Best seen with a crown of like-minded horror fans this is sure to be the next big midnight movie masterpiece. I've had the pleasure of chatting to the film's director Lowell Dean.

HC: How did the WolfCop project come together?

LD: After having the idea for WolfCop I partnered with Saskatchewan production company Echolands Creative, and we shot a concept trailer to raise money for the feature. As we were researching ways to finance it, we found the CineCoup Accelerator online. CineCoup was a first of its kind platform, a social media competi... »

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Robert Englund - Legend
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Friday 22nd Aug 2014

TLS Image 2They say you should never meet you heroes, just in case you’re disappointed! Nothing could be further from the truth when it comes to Robert Englund.

We chatted to this legend of the silver screen this afternoon about his latest movie, The Last Showing and of course his career defining role in A Nightmare On Elm Street.

Robert talked at length about both of these as well of his early years, you’ll be able to catch this amazing interview in the near future on the Horror Channel.

The Last Showing concerns Martin and Allie who are on a date to the cinema. Veteran cinema projectionist Stuart Lloyd (Englund) has other nerve-jangling ideas. Fired that very afternoon from his beloved job, Stua... »

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Interview With Ivan Kavanagh Director Of The Canal
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Friday 22nd Aug 2014

Ivan KavanaghInfluenced by Don’t Look Now and Suspiria, Ivan Kavanagh’s The Canal is a disturbing, psychological thriller that contains some incredible moments of horrific bleakness. Starring Rupert Evans the film charts a descent into madness that becomes more and more extreme as the film goes on.

We chatted to director Ivan Kavanagh ahead of its English premiere at FrightFest about this movie and what else he has planned.

HC: Where did the idea for The Canal come from?

IK: I've always loved horror films and some of my most vivid memories are of watching and being terrified by horror films as a child. Also, horror films allow you to push cinema to it's very limits, both in terms of sound and picture, almost to breaking point if you want t... »

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Keeping The Wolf From The Door
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Friday 22nd Aug 2014

Late PhasesThere seems to be a strong theme of creature features at this year’s FrightFest and one of the better titles is Late Phases which is getting its UK Premiere today.

When blind, cranky war veteran Ambrose McKinley (an incredible performance from Nick Damici) moves into a retirement community, the residents are put off by his abrasive personality, especially when his guide dog is mortally wounded on his very first night. But it’s his grizzled take-no-prisoners attitude that’s needed to survive the sinister secret the secluded tight-knit neighbourhood is harbouring. For beasts that are neither animal nor man roam every full moon and with the local priest in complete denial over what is truly going on, Ambrose cannot wait until dark before the howling begins.

Tightly written with a ... »

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Interview With Oliver Frampton Director Of The Forgotten
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Friday 22nd Aug 2014

The forgottenStarring Shaun Dingwall and Clem Tibber, The Forgotten is showing today on Discovery Screen 1 at FrightFest.

This superb and eerie film contains a slow burning narrative that builds into a gripping pay off. We've been lucky enough to chat to the film's co-writer and director Oliver Frampton about this cracking film and his plans for the future.

HC: What inspired you to write The Forgotten?

OF: I co-wrote The Forgotten with James Hall. In a nutshell it’s like Fish Tank meets The Shining. Gritty, character-based social realism meets supernatural horror. So influences were on one hand Ken Loach and Andrea Arnold and on the other hand Hideo Nakata and Stanley Kubrick. James and I are both huge horror fans a... »

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Order...Order!
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Friday 22nd Aug 2014

The Last ShowingSo, the first full day of FrightFest is here and it brings with it a horror legend, Robert Englund. Robert is here to chat about his latest film, The Last Showing which is getting its world premiere at FrightFest as well as the 30th anniversary of the classic shocker A Nightmare On Elm Street which is also being shown on the big screen.

The day has many more world and UK premieres for ticket holders to enjoy, creature features Late Phases and Wolf Cop are being shown today as well as the superior shocker Housebound and the space chiller Shockwave Darkside 3D.

As there are 3 screens at FrightFest showing the main programme, all in a different... »

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Beavers Need More Than Wood!
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Thursday 21st Aug 2014

Zombeavers-posterThe thing that always draws me to FrightFest is the eclectic mix of movies they show. From blood-splattered revenge to psychological mind twisters, the festival always delivers on diversity.

This is never more evident with tonight’s line-up where the independent thriller The Guest rubs shoulders with the Hollywood shine of Sin City 2 which is followed by the totally bizarre but none the less just as much fun gut-muncher, Zombeavers!

The plot is incredibly straight forward; college kids stay at a riverside cabin in the woods for a weekend of debauchery. Little do they know they are right next door to a lodge of beavers mutated by toxic waste into rabid zombie critters.

A massive hit at Tribeca, the movies packs in a shedload of gruesome gags as well... »

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Would You Be Their Guest?
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Thursday 21st Aug 2014

TheGuest-1FrightFest 2014 kicks off tonight with the much anticipated latest movie from You’re Next director Adam Wingard, The Guest.

The movie stars Dan Stevens (from Downtown Abbey) as David, a soldier arriving on the bereaved Peterson family’s doorstep, claiming to be the best friend of their son who died in action. Inviting him to stay, at first the charming veteran seems the perfect guest, always happy to help out. But then the random killing starts and when suspicious daughter Anna investigates army records she learns that no one called David even existed. What's going on and can the family stop the cold-blooded lethal weapon in their home committing even worse atrocities?

This tension filled thriller is bound to set the festival up nicely with its mix of 1980s action slasher ho... »

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Almost There
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Thursday 21st Aug 2014

FrightFest2014-poster-LR-Final MediumWell the countdown to FrightFest 2014 has well and truly begun and fans are gathering with the smell of anticipation in the air.

This year’s festival has an even more varied programme than usual with nearly every sub-genre covered that horror has to offer. But what will the big winners this year? Which movies will everyone be chatting about when the event closes?

Well I’ve been lucky enough to taste what’s on offer and got to say the standard is incredibly high with some superb shockers lined up. I’m not giving too much away but I’m sure the ticket holders are going to think of this as a vintage year.

The Horror Channel crew and myself will be around all weekend so if you see us do say hello, and for those o... »

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Interview With John Shackleton co-writer and Director of the Sleeping Room
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Wednesday 20th Aug 2014

John Shackleton

From the producers of the FrightFest 2011 favourite Panic Button comes The Sleeping Room, a supernatural tale of ghostly Victorian revenge.

Here we chat to its director and co-writer John Shackleton about the movie ahead of its world premiere at FrightFest 2014.

HC: Where did the idea for The Sleeping Room come from?

JS: Brighton based writer Ross Jameson, lived in a Regency house by the seafront and learned that it used to be a brothel in Victorian times upon the discovery of a hidden room. With further research he found out that many of the brothels had secret rooms known as sleeping rooms built in, so that the girls could rest between assignations. This underbelly of Brighton’s past, combined with its faded grandeur and atmo... »

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Do You Know The 6 Stages Of Exorcism? Deliver Us From Evil Exclusive Infographic
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Wednesday 20th Aug 2014
dufe_posterIn cinemas today is the much anticipated shocker Deliver Us From Evil. This supernatural thriller brings together the dynamic talents of director Scott Derrickson, whose most recent film was the smash hit Sinister, and producer Jerry Bruckheimer, responsible for some of the biggest blockbusters in motion picture history. The screenplay is by Scott Derrickson and Paul Harris Boardman, based upon the book by Ralph Sarchie and Lisa Collier Cool.

Below is a rather cool Infographic about Exorcism, before that here's what Deliver Us From Evil is all about:

Sergeant Ralph Sarchie (Eric Bana) of the NYPD has seen his share of darkness on the mean streets of the South Bronx. Assigned to the 46th Precinct in one of the toughest neighbourhoods of the country, Sarchie has witnessed behaviour on the out... »

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Nearly Time!
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Frightfest, Wednesday 20th Aug 2014

FrightFest2014-poster-LR-Final MediumWell, FrightFest 2014 is almost upon and as usual Horror Channel will be blogging live from the event delivering all the gossip and happenings at this, the biggest and best horror entertainment event in the world.

As there’s over 60 movies to choose from as well as some stunning shorts it’s a tough choice but here’s a selection of some of the ones that jump out from the line up.

Looking at the British talent there's plenty to choose from; Luke Hyams’ unusual X Moor, Phil Hawkins’ The Last Showing, featuring horror icon Robert Englund in what is being described as his best starring role in years, Adam Spinks’ creature feature Extinction, John Shackleton’s supernatural horror The Slee... »

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Shortcuts to Hell 2 Film Competition Announces Finalists to Face Public Vote
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Frightfest, Tuesday 19th Aug 2014

ShortCutsToHell-BANNERShortcuts To Hell 2, launched by Horror Channel, FrightFest, Movie Mogul and Wildseed Studios has revealed the three filmmakers who will face the public vote to decide who has their short film financed, produced and shot as a full-length feature.

The winner’s film will be produced by Horror Channel, Movie Mogul and Wildseed Studios, entering production early 2015. The completed feature will receive UK digital distribution, its world premiere at Film4 FrightFest 2015, and a broadcast premiere on Horror Channel.

Chosen from an ultimate shortlist of thirteen entries by a panel of judges, the three finalists are:

All Inclusive - Directed by Michael Down
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Before The Conjuring, There Was Annabelle! - New Trailer
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 12th Aug 2014

Annabelle Poster

Anyone waiting for The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist which is due late next year might want to check out this cracking looking horror which reveals the origins of Annabelle, the scary doll from The Conjuring.

The teaser poster is to the left and below is the wonderfully creepy new trailer. I wonder if it can retain the intensity of The Conjuring?

Annabelle will be released in cinemas October 10th thanks to Warner Bros. and stars Annabelle Wallis, Alfre Woodard, Ward Horton, Tony Amendola, Eric Ladin and Brian Howe.

The film has been directed by John Leonette and produced by Peter Safran, Joan Mao and James Wan. »

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Interview With Director Axelle Carolyn
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Monday 11th Aug 2014

SoulmateMulti-talented Axelle Carolyn is one of the most talked about people in the horror industry today. She’s a writer, director and actress and her directorial feature film debut, Soulmate has just been released onto DVD. Here she chats about this fantastic film and her plans for the future.

HC: Where did the idea for Soulmate come from?

AC: The idea came about 5 years ago; at the time I’d been living in London for a few years but I wasn’t very familiar with the British countryside. I got lost one foggy day on my way back from the Cotswolds and ended up in a strange little village which seemed entirely deserted. It brought back images of Gothic tales and ghost stories I’d read as a teenager,
and I thought I’d love to help bring back the genre ... »

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Soulmate
By James Whittington
Posted in: Reviews, Sunday 10th Aug 2014

SoulmateSoulmate - DVD Review

SODA Pictures

Certificate 15

Extras: Commentary by Axelle Carolyn and Neil Marshall, FrightFest interviews with Axelle Carolyn, Neil Marshall and Anna Walton, Two short films by Axelle Carolyn, The Last Post and The Halloween Kid

This debut movie from the multi-talented Axelle Carolyn has to be one of the most inspired first features I’ve seen in the last few years. A ghost story with heart, the film is a strong contender for the most atmospheric movie of the year.

After suffering a personal tragedy, Audrey (Anna Walton) retreats to an isolated country cottage to hide from the world. But as terrifying visions begin to haunt every corner, she soon finds out that she is not alone. As Audrey seeks to unlock the mystery surrounding the home... »

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New Horror Bites Column From Emily Booth At Scream Magazine Online
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 9th Aug 2014

Scream Issue 25Emily Booth’s latest Horror Bites column for Scream has just gone live at their website with the Scream Queen chatting about FrightFest 2014 and her own short, Selkie.

Also, Scream Magazine has been added to many more newsagents. Stores vary from Dublin and Belfast to Glasgow and Edinburgh, from Cornwall and Devon to London and the West Midlands.

Check out their website for more information.

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New From The Creator Of London Horror Comic Comes Graveyard Orbit
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 6th Aug 2014

Graveyard Orbit Issue 1The UK creator of the critically acclaimed London Horror Comic series will premiere a new ongoing title this summer.

Graveyard Orbit will launch the second title from London-based comic book creator, John-Paul Kamath, and cover genres as diverse as romance, science fiction, drama and comedy in comics form.

Each issue of the comic will tell one complete story but will change genres, characters and subject matter with subsequent issues.

The creative influence behind the Graveyard Orbit comic stems from popular UK television and radio formats like A Play for Today, The Afternoon Drama and Armchair Theatre – self-contained long-form dramas that look at contempor... »

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New Online Magazine - The Digital Dead
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 30th Jul 2014

The Digital DeadThe Digital Dead is a new and unique online magazine for horror fans that not only covers everything from films, books, games, events and festivals the magazine boasts so awesome features like interactive movie trailers.

Issue 1 contains interviews with the Ford Brothers about their acclaimed sequel The Dead 2, Before Dawn interview with Dominic Brunt and they also chat to Mike Mundy from AMC’s The Walking Dead.

All this for 99p.

For more information click here.

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Shortcuts To Hell - Top 26 Announced
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Frightfest, News, Wednesday 30th Jul 2014

ShortCutsToHell-BANNEROn July 28th the judges of Shortcuts To Hell 2014 announced their final 26. This nationwide search for new filmmaking talent produced some incredible pieces.

The winning filmmaker will have their film produced by Movie Mogul and Wildseed Studios, entering production early 2015, with a minimum cash production fund of £20,000. The completed feature film will receive UK digital distribution, its world premiere at Film4 FrightFest 2015, and a broadcast premiere on Horror Channel.

The final 26 are (in no particular order):

Zombie Hunter - Mike Tack
Dealmaker - Tom Lox
The Uneasy Sun - James Dunne
Sweet 6teen 2 - Oliver Nice
Dead City - Andrew Abrahamson
Geoffrey’s... »

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Horror Legend Robert Englund To Attend FrightFest 2014
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, News, Tuesday 29th Jul 2014

The Last Showing Robert EnglundThis year’s Film4 FrightFest guest list brings together the great, the grand and the gifted as over 100 filmmakers, performers, writers and producers from all over the world make their way to the Vue West End for the 15th Film4 FrightFest event which runs from Thursday 21st – Monday 25th August.

He lit up the 1980s and 90s genre landscape with one of the classic horror performances of all time as Freddy Krueger in A Nightmare On Elm Street. Cue rounds of ecstatic applause for the one and only Robert Englund who will be attending the festival to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of that Wes Craven classic (screening on Sunday August 24th) and to launch the latest production in which he stars, The Last Showing, which screen... »

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Latest Issue Of Starburst Now On Sale
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 21st Jul 2014

Newsstand_CoverThe latest issue of Starburst magazine has just hit stores and has plenty for lovers of Sci-Fi, fantasy and horror to enjoy.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman joins franchise stars old and new to helps pay tribute to the Heroes in a Half Shell in their anniversary year! Revisit the highs and lows of 30 years’ worth of ‘TurtleMania’ in Comics, Movies, TV and more!

Writer/director Greg Mclean and star John Jarratt spill their guts about reviving Aussie serial killer Mick Taylor in the upcoming Wolf Creek 2 plus get the skinny on what action-fans have in store in our preview of The Expendables 3.

The Starburst team also interrogate filmmaker Lowell Dean on Wolfcop, the low budget lycanthropic cop flick that’s taking the ... »

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UK TV Premieres This August On Horror
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Sunday 20th Jul 2014

CyrusHorror Channel has some incredible UK TV premieres this August: Dear My Gacy, based on Jason Moss's memoir about prolific serial killer John Wayne Gacy, giallo-inspired thriller Amer and Mark Vadik’s reality-based Cyrus: Mind Of A Serial Killer (pictured).

Here’s all the info you need:

August 9th - Dear Mr Gacy
The movie Dear Mr. Gacy, a true story based on the book The Last Victim, explores the experiences of 18-year-old college student Jason Moss (played by Jesse Moss) and his relationship with notorious serial killer John Wayne Gacy (played by William Forsythe). What follows is a twisted psychological game of cat and mouse between two master manipulators, in which Jaso... »

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Horror Channel to celebrate FrightFest in August
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Frightfest, Saturday 19th Jul 2014
Midnight Son-WEB-4Horror Channel’s film highlights for August are to include a celebration of the annual FrightFest event, the UK’s leading horror and fantasy film festival.

In the week that FrightFest celebrates its 15th year, Horror Channel presenter Emily Booth chooses her favourite movies from festivals past, which she’ll also introduce during August.

Among them are Guillermo Eel Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth, Ti West’s House Of The Devil, Eli Roth’s Cabin Fever and The Victim, in which cult actor Michael Biehn makes his directorial debut. This will be the film’s UK TV Premiere.

Monday 18th - Dread
Adapted by writer/director An... »

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TARDIS Speaker Sounds Out of This World!
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 17th Jul 2014

TARDIS Speaker MediumNow here’s a cool piece of merchandise which was released to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who. This TARDIS speaker from WhoSounds is an exact scaled down replica of the original that’s been featured on screen recently. It has 30W of power and works via Bluetooth or AUX for ease of use.

When you turn on the TARDIS the lamp at the top lights up in white, when you pair to your smartphone or tablet the lamp will turn blue and once you have connection you will hear the iconic TARDIS landing sound!

We’ve heard one of these in action and it’s an amazing piece of kit with a dynamic sound range complete with just right amount of adjustable bass. The smart sized remote control is a handy extra that’s styled in the same colours as the speaker.

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Haunter - Available Now On DVD And Blu-ray
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 16th Jul 2014

Haunter - Blu-rayHaunter is a chilling paranormal horror shocker with a creepy twist starring Abigail Breslin and has just been released onto Blu-ray and DVD thanks to Studiocanal.

Teenager Lisa Johnson (Breslin) and her family died in 1986 under sinister circumstances but remain trapped in their house. Unable to move on and tormented by their killer, they must live out their last living day over and over again. Lisa soon discovers that she is trapped in limbo and must fight to free her family from their prison. Over a period of six ‘days’, Lisa must reach out from beyond the grave to help her present-day living counterpart, Olivia, avoid the same fate Lisa and her family have suffered.

Haunter also stars Stephen McHattie (Watchmen, 300), Peter Outerbridge (Saw VI<... »

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Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide 2 - Draconian Days 1984-1999
By James Whittington
Posted in: Reviews, Monday 14th Jul 2014

VNDDVideo Nasties: The Definitive Guide 2 - Draconian Days 1984-1999 - DVD Review

Nucleus Films

Certificate 18

3-Disc Special Edition

Any horror fan of my age or older will know of the Video Recordings Act of 1984. Pushed through Parliament by Graham Bright, it was one of the Government’s biggest ever knee-jerk reactions to something they just didn’t understand. Films on video, specifically horror ones, were being blamed for what was happening on the streets of the UK and they needed something to blame it on and in 1984 it was Video Nasties.

This superb follow-up to Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship And Videotape from Jake West charts this time where the BBFC began to classify videos and the mass hysteria that came with it. The new bill meant all titles on video, old and new, f... »

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Film4 FrightFest announces Short Film showcase including world premieres from Alan Moore & Mitch Jenkins, Federico Zampaglione and Emily Booth
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, News, Friday 11th Jul 2014

Selkie-WEB-5Film4 FrightFest will be screening a record twenty short films, twelve of them world premieres, at this year’s August event at the Vue West End, Leicester Sq.

Spearheading this year’s selection is the world premiere of Show Pieces, three tales of terror written by Alan Moore, the genius 2000 AD writer behind Watchmen, The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen, From Hell, Constantine and V For Vendetta. Moore has never previously written specifically for the screen, until now. Directed by his close friend and internationally acclaimed photographer Mitch Jenkins, this interconnected trilogy kicks off with Act of Faith in which a young woman looking for the next step in sexual excitement unfortunately fin... »

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Grimm Up North Presents John Carpenter’s The Thing
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 10th Jul 2014

grimm-carpenter poster WEBGrimm Up North have announced their final film in their acclaimed John Carpenter season, the 1982 classic, The Thing which will be screening on the 17th July at The Dancehouse, Manchester. To make is even more unmissable they have a video introduction for the film from the man himself, John Carpenter!

The Thing follows a group of scientists at an arctic research station who discover an alien spacecraft under the thick ice, and thaw out the alien body found aboard. What they don’t know is that the alien can assume any human form, and before long the scientists can’t tell who’s real and who’s a deadly alien threat.

Kurt Russell leads the battle against the terrifying intruder, and the... »

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50 Things Every Doctor Who Fan Should Know
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Tuesday 8th Jul 2014

Doctor Who is a TV legend and been on our screens for over 50 years. Horror Channel is proudly showing classic adventures featuring the first Seven Doctors so here's a handy guide for those who are new to this classic Sci-Fi drama.

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Horror Blog: Catching Zombie Fever
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Monday 7th Jul 2014

DIARYOFTHEDEADAccording to Haitian folklore, zombies were first believed to be soulless beings who did the evil biddings of Voodoo sorcerers. But boy, have times changed! Today, they are just fictional beings with a never-ending appetite for human flesh. And lately, these nasty creatures have been taking over the big screen and even television, from Marc Foster’s World War Z to the hit series, The Walking Dead.

The Horror Channel has been feeding into the frenzy by featuring a couple films from George A. Romero’s ‘Dead’ series…and who can resist zombies.

As night turns into day, the dead rise again in Romero’s 1985 classic, Day Of The Dead. A viral infection sweeps across Fort Myers, Florida and the military is brought in to investigate. Captain Henry... »

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Starburst Issue 402 Info
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 6th Jul 2014

Collectors_Front_Cover_402_smallThose damn dirty apes are back, and to celebrate Starburst takes an in-depth look at the entire Planet Of The Apes franchise, from its literary origins in 1963’s La Planète Des Singes, through all seven movies and their various multi-media spin-offs. The team are also be rattling the cage of 20th Century Fox’s upcoming sequel to bring you everything you need to know about Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, with input from director Matt Reeves and star Andy Serkis. Plus: 12 More Monkeys Not to Mess With, the Starburst guide to cinema’s most prickly primates!

With True Blood’s fast approaching seventh season its last, Starburts says s’long to Sookie and her bloodsucking buds in our series overview.

There's guide to M... »

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Coming Soon From IDW - Silent Hill Downpour: Anne’s Story
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 1st Jul 2014

Silent Hill CoverThe nightmare-inducing series based on the hit video game series Silent Hill by Konami Digital Entertainment returns to IDW this summer with a brand new chapter, Silent Hill Downpour: Anne’s Story. Featuring the dark origins of Downpour’s enigmatic antagonist, this new comic book series will delve deeper into the history of prison guard Anne Marie Cunningham… as well as further explore the fog-shrouded haunted town that is caught between realities.

Introduced in Silent Hill Downpour, officer Anne Cunningham set out on a bloody quest for revenge. The mystery surrounding her journey to Silent Hill, and the terrors she faced upon her arrival will finally be revealed, giving readers an entirely new perspective on the accla... »

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Horror Blog: The Blurred Lines Between Horror, Sci-Fi, and Fantasy
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Sunday 29th Jun 2014

TOM BAKER ATTENDS LAUNCH FOR THE HORROR CHANNEL SEASON OF DOCTORThe 3 types of terror: The Gross-out: the sight of a severed head tumbling down a flight of stairs, it's when the lights go out and something green and slimy splatters against your arm. The Horror: the unnatural, spiders the size of bears, the dead waking up and walking around, it's when the lights go out and something with claws grabs you by the arm. And the last and worse one: Terror, when you come home and notice everything you own had been taken away and replaced by an exact substitute. It's when the lights go out and you feel something behind you, you hear it, you feel its breath against your ear, but when you turn around, there's nothing there...” ―Stephen King

For all the Science F... »

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Terminator 2 Soundtrack Soon On Vinyl
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 28th Jun 2014

T2VinylOne of the finest action movie soundtracks ever written, Brad Fiedel’s iconic Terminator 2 soundtrack will be released on vinyl for the first time.

The claustrophobic layering of electronic sounds and orchestral instruments create a tense sonic landscape which has become synonymous with the film’s theme of the battle between man and machine.

This cool release will be unleashed September 8th thanks to Silva Screen Records.

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Film4 FrightFest 2014, returning for its 15th year, unveils its biggest line-up ever.
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, News, Friday 27th Jun 2014

FrightFest2014-poster-LR-Final MediumFilm4 FrightFest 2014, returning for its 15th year, unveils its biggest line-up ever. From Thursday 21st August to Monday 25th August, the UK’s leading event for genre fans will be at the Vue West End, Leicester Square, to present sixty-four films plus twenty shorts across five screens. There are sixteen countries representing five continents with a record-breaking thirty-eight UK or European premieres and eleven world premieres.

From the opening night turbo-driven thrill-ride The Guest to the UK premiere of the closing night mesmeric sci-fi fantasy The Signal, FrightFest has netted the latest works from genre big-hitters such as Eli Roth (The Green Inferno), Alan Moore and Mitch Jenkins (Show Pieces... »

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New From Big Finish - The Night Of The Triffids
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 25th Jun 2014

TriffidsThe Night of the Triffids is a new full cast audio drama based on Simon Clark’s 2001 novel, and adapted for audio by the author. The Night of the Triffids is the official sequel to John Wyndham’s The Day of the Triffids, first published in 1951, and is fully approved by the John Wyndham estate.

In the orignal The Day of the Triffids the Earth has been overwhelmed by killer plants and the majority of the world’s population have been struck blind. As the novel ends, Wyndham’s narrator scientist Bill Masen is escaping, with his wife and four-year-old son, to the Isle of Wight where a small colony of survivors is holding out. Simon Clark’s sequel picks up the story twenty-five years on...

One morning Bill Masen’s son, David, now grown up, wakes to a w... »

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Horror Blog: Transgressing From the Classic Damsel of Distress
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Sunday 22nd Jun 2014
Sexy Killer_edited-3Hello, fellow horror fans! The days are longer, the nights are hotter and we all know what that means…SUMMER. And who would ever say, “no” to turning off the lights and catching up on some thrillers on the telly?

This July, Horror Channel is featuring a long series of films, from Miguel Marti’s Spanish dark comedy, Sexy Killer to John Fawcett’s famous cult film, Ginger Snaps, which would surely satisfy your craving for screams and thrills. While tuning into most if not all of these flics, you might catch on as to who is causing you to shriek and sit on the edge of your seat--- us girls.

After seeing about every classic horror films from The House of 1000 Dolls to Friday the 13th, I could not help but noti... »

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Film4 FrightFest 2014 welcomes The Guest to open its 15th year
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, News, Friday 20th Jun 2014

TheGuest-1This year’s Film4 FrightFest gets off to a nerve-shredding start with the UK premiere of Adam Wingard’s killer thriller The Guest, starring Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) and rising star Maika Monroe (The Bling Ring, It Follows).

Wingard said today: "FrightFest movie goers are some of the most diehard genre enthusiasts in the world. Naturally i am delighted that The Guest will be opening this year’s festival".

Alan Jones, co-director of FrightFest added: "Film4FrightFest has a grand tradition of always opening its banner August event with a forward-looking and directional attraction. So we couldn't be more delighted to showcase Adam Wingard's dazzling horror thriller The Guest to put the stamp of approval on our mov... »

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Tense Horror Scar Tissue Is Coming To Cinemas Soon
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 17th Jun 2014

Scar TissueIn cinemas 25th July and on DVD and On Demand 4th August comes Scar Tissue.

Detective Sam Cross (Charity Wakefield) never got the chance for revenge. Twenty years ago, her sister became the last victim of serial child killer Edward Jansen, moments before he was shot dead by a police SWAT team.

But now, decades later, he's back…

Luke Denham (Danny Horn) is a normal guy living a normal life until he wakes up one morning to find a mutilated corpse in his bathroom. When the police find Jansen’s DNA all over the crime scene, Luke and Sam are thrown together on a mission to uncover the truth and stop the long-dead psychopath who stalks and taunts them. Scar Tissue is a shocking, gripping and stylish thriller from the producer of The Seasoning House that ... »

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Horror Channel To Show Network TV Premiere Of Hard Candy As Part Of ‘Xtreme Teens’ Season
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Monday 16th Jun 2014

Xtreme Teens SeasonHorror Channel plans to screen a selection of provocative revenge and hormonal horror movies in its ‘Xtreme Teens’ season, will play Saturdays at 10.50pm from 5th July and end on 26th July with the Network TV premiere of David Slade’s award-winning, controversial vigilante thriller Hard Candy. The other titles are: All The Boys Love Mandy Lane, The Loved Ones and Ginger Snaps (pictured).

Plus Horror Channel will be showing the long overdue UK TV premiere of Sexy Killer, Miguel Marti’s brilliant Spanish black comedy horror and the network premieres of Brett Simmons Husk, a 2011 remake... »

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Booth's Blog: It’s all about the ‘Scared Selfie’ on Horror!
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Features, Friday 13th Jun 2014

emily-selfieTwo questions: Do you like Doctor Who? Do you want your face on TV? And can you shoot a Selfie? Ok that’s three – but there are probably some luddites out there who are not sure about the what’s, how’s and possibly why’s behind the Selfie movement!

Basically to celebrate the brilliant booming fandom of the unstoppable Classic Doctor Who now showing on Horror we thought we’d invite you to shoot a photo of yourself using your mobile phone (the ubiquitous ‘selfie!’) whilst watching an episode of Doctor Who, then upload it via Twitter or Facebook for your chance to appear on TV. We are picking the best, most horrified faces to be shown in between episodes of Doctor Who so you can give yoursel... »

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Poster For Emily Booth's New Short Film Selkie Revealed
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 11th Jun 2014

A2_Selkie Poster--MR-FINALThis is a first look at the poster artwork for the dark fairytale Selkie, Emily Booth’s debut short film, in which the Horror Channel presenter takes on the producer, writer and lead actress roles.

When a fisherman (Joseph Rye) finds a treasured Selkie's skin on the beach a mysterious woman (Emily Booth) is summoned to his house, but after a lifetime of enslavement she determines to reclaim her true mythical identity. A haunting adult fairytale based on Celtic myth.

Emily assembled her own team for the project including concept artist Danny McMahon (who came up with the original drawings of the Selkie creature) and SFX artist Robbie Drake (Nightbreed, The Seasoning House). It is directed by her brother, Simon Booth... »

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Simon Rumley Joins Judging Panel For National Film Competition Shortcuts To Hell 2
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Frightfest, Monday 9th Jun 2014

Simon RumleySimon Rumley, who has just completed post production on his first ‘Hollywood’ movie The Last Word, will be one of the judges for the film competition, Shortcuts To Hell 2, which is run by FrightFest, Horror Channel, Movie Mogul and Wildseed Studios.

He said today: “'As an arena to experiment, innovate and, ultimately, learn a craft, short film making always will be the lifeblood of film-making. It's great, therefore, to have a competition such as this to give aspiring film-makers an added incentive to try to realise their goal. This is a unique and mind-blowing opportunity”'

He will join Rosie Fletcher, acting editor of Total Film, Horror Channel’s Emily Booth, FrightFest director, Paul McEvoy, Wildseed Studio’s Creative Director, Jesse Cleverly and Movi... »

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#WHOonHorror Scared Selfies On TV!
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Thursday 5th Jun 2014

Scare_Your_Selfie_V4Did you post us one of your Scared Selfies?

If so you’ll want to tune in for Doctor Who starting 16th June where we’ll be showing the very best ones during the breaks!

Don’t miss an episode and make sure you keep sending us your Scared Selfies.

Click here for the link to the Facebook page!

Good luck.

#WHOonHorror

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Coming Soon From Devil's Advocates - Halloween
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 3rd Jun 2014

Halloween largeThe next title in the celebrated book series Devil’s Advocates has been announced and its one that will have fans salivating, John Carpenter’s Halloween.

Despite enjoying the status as October’s equivalent of It’s a Wonderful Life, John Carpenter’s Halloween is most often thought about as the originator and paradigmatic example of the slasher film. But Halloween can only be discussed as a slasher film in hindsight, and few slasher films are as restrained, or as stylish and atmospheric.

This Devil’s Advocate does not focus primarily on Halloween’s relationship to the slasher film, nor on its sequels and the remakes. Rather, it treats the film as an entity unto itself,... »

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The Legendary Fabio Frizzi To Return To The Barbican This Halloween
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 1st Jun 2014

FF ImageWhen Fabio Frizzi took to the stage at London’s Union Chapel on October 31st, 2013 to present Frizzi 2 Fulci it marked a significant moment in the Italian composer’s distinguished career. There he was, at the age of 62, performing in the Capital for the very first time, thus cementing a lifelong love affair with the country’s musical landscape that began for Frizzi with The Beatles. It was a thrilling moment for the composer as he took to the stage in front of an absolutely heaving Union Chapel. What followed was one of the most rousing and incredible spectacles seen in London throughout all of 2013. A live recording of the show is currently being mastered at Abbey Road Studios for a future vinyl, CD & download release.

Since that triumphant evening, Frizzi has continued playing live dates in his native Italy and in Euro... »

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Monster Mag The Original Horror Films Poster Magazine Is Back!
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 31st May 2014

Monster Mag 2 cover RGBMonster Mag, the original horror films poster mag is back. Even better still it’s relaunching with a limited edition of the most scarce film magazine in the entire world, Monster Mag #2. This is presented as a digitally remastered limited edition – a faithful printing of the original, differing only in credits on the editorial page and the Quality cover symbol replacing the 1973 Warner Bros one.

For those of you too young to recall, was launched in 1973 by prolific Doctor Who scripter Roger Noel Cook and ran for 14 issues. Following a short absence it was revived by Dez Skinn in 1976 for a further three issues before morphing into The House of Hammer.

Outside of its high profile for gory content making it highl... »

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Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide Part 2 Gets Release Date
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 26th May 2014

Layout 1 (Page 1)Prepare to be corrupted and depraved once more as Nucleus Films releases the sequel to a Horror Channel favourite.Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide Part 2, a three-disc collector’s edition box set, is being released on DVD on July 14th 2014, to tie in with the 30th Anniversary of the Video Recordings Act 1984

For the first time ever on DVD, all 82 films that fell foul of the Director of Public Prosecutions “Section 3” list are trailer-featured with specially filmed intros for each title, alongside a brand new documentary - Video Nasties: Draconian Days, directed by Jake West.

To celebrate the release, Film4 FrightFest is hosting a special event - the world exclusive London Premiere of the finalised unseen extended 97 minute cut of »

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Livid And Deadheads Get UK TV Premieres On Horror Channel
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Monday 26th May 2014

Livid-1-MRHorror Channel gets some gaellic-flavoured supernatural chills this June with the UK TV premiere of Livid, the highly-rated and unusually twisted gothic nightmare from Inside directors Julien Mauray and Alexandre Bustillo. It will be aired on Saturday June 14, 10.50pm. This really is one to watch.

Lucie (Chloe Coulloud) is facing her first day as a trainee in-house caregiver. She visits Mrs Jessel (Beatrice Dalle), an old woman who lies in a cerebral coma in her large desolate house. Chloe discovers that the disabled former dance teacher supposedly has a treasure hidden somewhere in her foreboding home, Lucy and her friends, William and Ben, decide to search the creepy mansion in the hope of finding it. But their hunt will lead them into a horrifying supernatural series of events that wi... »

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Booth's Blog: The UK’s Biggest Horror Comp ‘Shortcuts To Hell’ Is Back
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Frightfest, News, Thursday 22nd May 2014

Emily Booth BladesI am genuinely excited to announce the news that our Shortcuts To Hell film competition is back and on the manhunt for some seriously hot new horror talent. And this time the competition is a lot more focused and driven on YOUR BIG DEBUT HORROR FILM. For those of you who don’t know we launched the competition last year in association with FrightFFest and Movie Mogul which saw 157 submissions all vying for the amazing prize. I, along with the other judges chose our 6 finalists of whom NFTS student Weronika Tofilska was announced as the overall winner claiming her prize of £6,666 and a development opportunity with Movie Mogul.

The result of this devilish competition has seen the event billed as ‘The UK’s answer to the ABC’s of Death’ with the best 26 short films making it... »

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From The Producer Of Paranormal Activity & The Director Of The Last Exorcism Comes 13 Sins
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 20th May 2014

13 SinsFrom the director of The Last Exorcism and executive producer Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity; Insidious) comes the deeply twisted and terrifying 13 Sins - coming to DVD 30th June through Entertainment One.

Starring Ron Perlman (Hellboy, Drive, Pacific Rim), 13 Sins takes no prisoners with a game show of sinister proportions where you don’t play the game; it plays you.

Out of a job, drowning in his debts and soon to marry his pregnant fiancé, Elliot Brindle (Mark Webber - Scott Pilgrim vs The World) unexpectedly receives a lifeline in the form of a phone call from a hidden camera game show offering him the chance to win a staggering $6 million cash prize.

All he has to do is complete 13 challenges as instru... »

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Booth's Blog: How To Go From FrightFest To Hollywood In 1 Movie!
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Wednesday 14th May 2014
The man of the moment is definitely Gareth Edwards. He is living proof that dreams really can come true and sometimes all it can take is one fat cat to see your movie at a film festival, love it, and make that one life changing phone call that takes you to Hollywood stardom.

Gareth has been very busy since 2010 which saw the unassuming UK director shaking with nerves at the world premiere of Monsters at horror festival FrightFest. I don’t know exactly when or where but roughly one week before the official UK release of the superb Monsters (check it out if you’ve not seen it) he got a call from someone at Legendary Pictures (the company behind The Dark Knight) requesting a meeting in California. Nice. Said Fat Cats gave him an offer he couldn’t refuse, based on that one terrific $400 000 budget movie Monsters they offered him a budget of $160 million to remake the epic Godzilla.

Monsters was Edwards’ debut film in which he was writer, director, cinematograp... »

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National Film Competition Shortcuts To Hell Returns And Will Put Winning Film Into Production
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, News, Tuesday 13th May 2014

ShortCutsToHell-BANNERHorror Channel, FrightFest and Movie Mogul have teamed up again, with new partner Wildseed Studios, to create Shortcuts To Hell 2, a nationwide search for new filmmaking talent who are primed and ready to make their first horror feature film.

The winning filmmaker will have their film produced by Movie Mogul and Wildseed Studios, entering production early 2015, with a minimum cash production fund of £20,000. The completed feature film will receive UK digital distribution, its world premiere at Film4 FrightFest 2015, and a broadcast premiere on Horror Channel.

Launching today, the jury panel (to be announced shortly) will be looking for a highly driven individual with a burning desire to make their first feature film. All entries will ... »

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Soon From Simeon Halligan, White Settlers
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 8th May 2014

WHITE SETTLERS - International sales poster 2Manchester based film director Simeon Halligan is jetting off to Cannes film festival next week to promote his latest home grown Manchester made feature film White Settlers.

The film, directed by GRIMMFEST (Manchester’s annual film festival) head honcho Simeon Halligan is a tense, nightmarish tale of a couple who escape from fast-paced city life to live in a remote cottage in Scotland only to find they are far from welcome.

Simeon says: ‘The film was financed and produced entirely in the Northwest and was only completed a few weeks ago. We screened the finished film to a number of international sales companies, many of whom wanted to represent the film at Cannes, but we felt Metrodome Intern... »

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Booth's Blog: Game of Thrones meets Clive Barker!
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Features, Thursday 8th May 2014
Hello horror hounds, news recently in that might just have you drooling, frothing, salivating and generally quivering in unadulterated pleasure. Fantasy favourite Game of Thrones which seems to have eclipsed everything else on our screens right now is about to join forces with one of the most genius minds in horror history: Clive Barker. Ok I have built this up rather, but beautiful Thrones actress Lena Headey has just been cast in the brand new Clive Barker horror movie Jacqueline Ess: Her Will and Testament, production on the film starts later this year and the news comes fresh in from Variety.

Clive Barker’s Seraphim Films will be producing and speaking of his choice for the lead role Barker said, “Lena Headey is a marvellous performer with an incredible presence. As far as I’m concerned, there is no better choice of actress for the role of Jacqueline. Her beauty and authority will carry the day.” Lena Heady will also be co-producing the film. Lena’s certainly having a good day.

This fi... »

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Film4 Frightfest Finds New Home For 15th Year London Event
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, News, Thursday 1st May 2014

FF 2014Film4 FrightFest 2014 has moved to the prestigious Vue West End for its annual five-day horror extravaganza, allowing it to showcase even more films and special events whilst still retaining its famed communal spirit in the heart of London

Alan Jones, FrightFest co-director, said today: “Re-locating to Vue Leicester Square for this year’s event will allow us to be even more creative and ambitious, whilst still retaining our unique blend of inclusiveness and great value for money. The beauty of the horror fantasy genre is it consistently reinvents itself to stay a fresh and vital part of the cinema-going experience. Event festivals like ours that are now an acknowledged part of the global genre fabric must lead by example to stay relevant and ahead of the game”.

Joanne Webb, Marketing & Sales Director at Vue Entert... »

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Interview With Acting Legend Shane Briant
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Thursday 1st May 2014

Shane Briant 2Early last week and to celebrate the release of Frankenstein And The Monster From Hell onto 2-disc DVD and single disc Blu-ray double play we asked you for questions for Hammer film legend Shane Briant and those chosen would receive an exclusive set of lobby cards. Well the lucky five were selected and we asked Shane their questions. Read below what he had to say.

This special event was created in association with the longest running Peter Cushing society page on Facebook - The Peter Cushing Appreciation Society UK www.facebook.com/petercushingblog

HC: How does it feel to be part of the Hammer family? There's no denying that Hammer is an institution that has left a real mark on the history of British film. [Clifford Green]

SB: It’s an honour ... »

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Booth's Blog: Horror Channel Gets Trapped And Tortured!
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Features, Wednesday 30th Apr 2014
Torture porn is a phrase or sub-genre of Horror that was coined after the release of Eli Roth’s Hostel, and it has since been used to reference films that revel in set pieces involving human torture, like Horror’s version of a money shot, but instead of – well you know, you get a squishy visceral close up of an eye plucked out while the victim screams in pain, and you can kind of get off on it!

In my opinion the term Torture porn is no longer really used in a flattering light! Only a defamatory one since this more gruesome end of the horror spectrum has come under fire in various moral panic type documentaries (I myself was guest speaker on Colin Murray’s Radio One show all about the ‘boom’ in torture porn – obviously I was there to defend the little nasties!)

So it’s a nasty little phrase really, but to be fair it does help sum up the type of film you’re talking about. OK there are some films that perhaps go too far, but to be honest it’s not the level of gore shown that has the potential... »

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Halloween Man Is Coming To ComiXology and Monsterverse
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 28th Apr 2014

Halloween ManAfter thirteen strong years as a cult-favourite webcomic, Halloween Man is rolling into comiXology and Monsterverse with a new ongoing series.

After a decade of smashing the troupes of Gothic Horror and Weird Science, the half-dead hero is taking on High Fantasy! Sailing through outer space in a Viking warship and arriving on ape-back, the dwarf king has come to burn Solar City to the ground. It's the undead vs. the under-sized as Earth's Weirdest Superhero rushes to save the day.

This offbeat, action-packed story is brought to you by series writer/creator Drew Edward, artist/graphic designer Sergio Calvet (Magic of Myths, The Dark of the Forest), and editor Russell Hillman (Fast & Frightening -- A Comic About Roller Derby).

This title also features ba... »

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Mother's Day Heads Up The Trapped And Tortured Season On Horror
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Sunday 27th Apr 2014

Mothers DayHorror Channel’s film highlights for May include the UK TV premiere of Darren Lynn Bousman’s 2010 hostage horror Mother’s Day starring Rebecca De Mornay. This heads up a Trapped And Tortured Season – a collection of hostage horror films, which also include the network premieres of Roland Joffe’s Captivity, and Sean Bryne’s The Loved Ones. Other titles in the season are Wolf Creek and Inhuman Resourses. Plus there is a UK TV network premiere for Antoine Thomas’ creepy Hidden (AKA Hidden 3D).

Here’s the info you need!

With a screenplay by Larry Cohen, Captivity on the 3rd is a New York... »

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Booth's Blog: SCI-FI-LONDON 2014 - A truly impressive film fest.
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Features, Tuesday 22nd Apr 2014
Horror Channel may well be devoted to the one and only horror festival FrightFest (August bank holiday weekend) as one of their key sponsors and contributors – but we like to celebrate other brilliant genre festivals out there too, so this week I would like to illuminate you with the spectacular Sci-Fi-London 2014.

This annual event may not be strictly Horror but there has always been a crossover between the two genres – the Alien movies being perfect examples, and with Horror Channel pre 9pm favourites such as Doctor Who and Star Trek – we definitely bat for the other side from time to time!

Kicking off Thursday 24th April this 14th edition of the festival offers five world premieres, 20 UK premieres, 50 shorts and three all-nighters over 11 days that promises ‘space opera, parallel worlds, time travel, cloning, robots and of course, a giant floating tumour that can only be beaten by six slightly dis... »

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Doctor Who: Exclusive Interview With Effects Master And Writer Mike Tucker
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Monday 21st Apr 2014

Mike TuckerMike Tucker is one of the heroes of Doctor Who and during the pogramme’s classic and recent runs has helped bring to life some of the show’s most special effects. Here he talks about his work on the series, his writing career and about his company, The Model Unit.

HC: Did you know from a young age that you wanted to work in effects?

MT: Actually, I originally wanted to build models for the Natural History and Science Museums in London – I was fascinated as a child by the forced perspective dioramas. Then I discovered this amazing industry called special effects and the focus of that interest in models changed.

HC: Did anyone’s work influence you?

MT: If you’re around my age and into miniature effects then there’s no ... »

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Scream - Issue 25 Details
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 21st Apr 2014

Cover 25Scream Magazine has just revealed their June issue cover.

In this issue the full colour horror glossy goes behind the scenes of The Walking Dead TV show, chats to Madeline Smith about her role in Hammer Films The Vampire Lovers and Frankenstein And The Monster From Hell, Laurence R Harvey talks about his roles in the 2nd and 3rd Human Centipede films, director Stuart Gordon speaks out about the 80s horror classic Re-Animator, Warwick Davis chats about the Leprechaun film franchise and the upcoming Vamprechaun, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones director/writer Christopher Landon talks witches and of course there is plenty of coverage, reviews, features on horror comics, books, gams, events, festivals, dark photography and much, much...»

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Booth's Blog: When Booth Met Baker
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Tuesday 15th Apr 2014

TOM BAKER ATTENDS LAUNCH FOR THE HORROR CHANNEL SEASON OF DOCTORIn case you didn’t already know Social Media and online press have been buzzing with the news that Doctor Who is coming to Horror!

This titan of British TV crashed through the cosmos on the BBC back in 1963 and after a slight hiatus is still wowing audiences young and old! But its been a very long time since any channel screened back-to-back episodes of the most revered classic adventures from 1963-89 over one weekend!

Horror Channel put on an amazing launch event on Monday 14th at the prestigious Ivy Club in London filled with original costumes, Daleks and Cybermen brought all the way down from Cardiff by the good folk at the Beeb bu... »

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Doctor Who: The Best Place To Start Is At The Beginning
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Sunday 13th Apr 2014

DW Trailer ImageDoctor Who is an iconic series and we are proud and excited to welcome this giant of British television to our channel. The line-up includes some of the most loved and well known programmes from seven classic Doctors – stories that terrified, thrilled and captured the imagination of children and adults through the decades!

Launching on Friday 18th April (Good Friday) with the very first story An Unearthly Child, starring William Hartnell as the Doctor, horror channel will broadcast 30 stories featuring the first seven Doctors, from the First Doctor (Hartnell) to the Seventh Doctor (Sylvester McCoy), in daytime and evening slots.

Below is the incredble trailer the Horror Channel team has created for this special season.

#WHOonH... »

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Exclusive Interview With Pan's Labyrinth Actor Doug Jones
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Sunday 13th Apr 2014

s LabyrinthHorror Channel is proudly showing Guillermo del Toro’s superb masterpiece Pan’s Labyrinth on April 19th.

One of its main actors is Doug Jones, a man who takes the roles of two very different but equally important characters, the Faun and the Pale Man (pictured) so we decided to chat to this very talented man about this very special film and what his acting plans are for the future.

HC: Did you know from a young age what you wanted to do in life?

DJ: I did. As an awkward, tall, skinny child, I had to develop a sense of humour for survival. The TV gave me an escape from the cruel world, and it was characters from I Love Lucy, The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Carol Burnett Show, Gomer Pyle, Gilligan’s Island,... »

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Booth's Blog - The Hideously Beautiful Pan's Labyrinth
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Features, Saturday 12th Apr 2014
As you may already be aware Horror Channel is proud to announce its network premiere of Pan’s Labyrinth on Saturday 19th April at 9pm and while most horror fans and film fans in general will have already seen this (if not what the devil have you been doing?!) I wanted to take this opportunity to give you my take on this hideously beautiful film and bring del Torro fans up to speed with the director’s exciting movie news for 2015. Read on!

Pan’s Labyrinth is one of those rare films that not only tops the ‘Best Horrors of all Time’ lists but also the 'Best Films of all Time’ lists! A strange hybrid of childhood fantasy and adult horror its unusual for a film like this to even exist – you can count similar films on one hand; The Company of Wolves, The Orphanage, Spirited Away, the French film Innocence The Dark Crystal?!! So this exceptional film makes for repeat viewings, it is a must see and a must... »

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Top 10 WHO Horror Moments
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Friday 11th Apr 2014

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10. The Daleks: Episode 1 - The Dead Planet. During the final moments Barbara is trapped and confronted by an off-screen menace. All viewers see is a sucker arm. What could she have been screaming at? The next episode it’s revealed to be the arm of a Dalek.

9. The Brain Of Morbius: Episode 1 – Sarah Jane discovers the headless body of the creature. A pure Frankenstein-esque moment and one Hammer would have been proud of.

8. Planet Of The Spiders: Episode 6 – The moment a giant spider appears on the back of Sarah Jane is considered by many a classic horror moment.

7. The Daemons: Episode  4 - The cliff-hanger contains the Master summoning the creature Azal which appears a... »

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Companion Biographies
By Horror Channel
Posted in: Features, Friday 11th Apr 2014

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Sarah Jane Smith

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Name: Sarah Jane Smith

Played By: Elisabeth Sladen

Planet: Earth

Job: Investigative Journalist

Doctor(s): Third and Fourth

Quote: “We’re talking about the Daleks. The most evil creatures ever invented. You must destroy them. You must complete your mission for the Time Lords”.

TARDIS Trivia: Met the Tenth Doctor in the re-launched series and then again in her own series, The Sarah Jane Adventures where she also met the Eleventh Doctor.


Susan

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Doctor Biographies
By Horror Channel
Posted in: Features, Friday 11th Apr 2014

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First Doctor

Played By: William Hartnell

Era: 1963-1966

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Characteristics: An irascible, unpredictable traveller who likes adventure and dislikes fuss.

Memorable Moments: His heartfelt talk with Susan when he leaves her during Flashpoint, the final episode of The Daleks Invasion Of Earth (1964)

Quotes: “One day, I shall come back. Yes, I shall come back. Until then, there must be no regrets, no tears, no anxieties. Just go forward in all your beliefs and prove to me that I am not mistaken in m... »

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Doctor Who: Monster Biographies
By Horror Channel
Posted in: Features, Friday 11th Apr 2014

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Doctor Who is responsible for some of the most iconic monsters and villains, after all:

You can judge a man by the quality of his enemies”
–The Doctor

Daleks

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Name: Daleks

Planet: Skaro

Famous For: Hating everything that’s not a Dalek

First Appeared: The Daleks (episode: The Dead Planet) 21st December 1963 (well one of their sucker arms did)

Memorable Moments: They have battled every incarnation of the Doctor but their appearance ... »

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Booth's Blog: Wonder Woman: A World War 2 Feminist Icon!
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Features, Monday 7th Apr 2014
As our most faithful horror hounds already know, its not all psychos and slashing on the channel. Although we do love our blood and gore dearly, the pre 9pm slots see big name cult TV shows take the reigns such as Star Trek, but the one which we are LOVING at the moment (as are you so it seems!) is Wonder Woman.

So I thought I’d take this opportunity to explore this powerhouse of fanciful female flesh and was surprised to learn of her origins, as well as her future with a huge movie project recently announced!

Were you aware she was created during the throws of World War 2 making her first appearance in All Star Comics back in 1941? That’s one fit 73 year old.

Developed by American psychologist and writer William Moulton Marston she was a conscious representation of the eras unconventional and liberated woman, and came to be a superheroine that ultimately won her battles through equality and love rather than violence. I like this William Marston, ultimatel... »

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Movie Icon Caroline Munro Joins Space Monsters Magazine
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 5th Apr 2014

Caroline MunroCult movie icon Caroline Munro has joined classic sci-fi, horror and fantasy film magazine Space Monsters as a regular columnist.

Munro, famous for her roles in Hammer Films’ Dracula AD 1972 and Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter (which was shown recently on the Horror Channel), Bond movie The Spy Who Loved Me, Ray Harryhausen monster epic The Golden Voyage of Sinbad and notorious slasher flick Maniac will be sharing her movie memories as well as keeping fans up to date with her latest film, television and convention appearances.

Space Monsters issue four is also celebrating the release of Hollywood’s upcoming Godzilla reboot by looking at a variety of classic giant mon... »

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A Masterpiece, A Cult Favourite And A Time Lord - April On Horror
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Monday 31st Mar 2014

s LabyrinthHorror Channel’s highlights for April include the Network Premier of Guillermo del Toro’s superlative companion piece to The Devil’s Backbone, Pan’s Labyrinth, the UK TV premiere for Michael J. Gallagher’s Smiley and Network premieres for George Bowen’s The Hearse and Tommy Lee Wallace’s Halloween III: Season Of The Witch. Plus we have a special season of classic adventures from a certain Time Lord.

Here’s everything you need to know:

The Hearse on the 5th concerns Jane Hardy (Trish Van Devere) who decides to stay the summer in the house her aunt left her when she died, to try and recoup from a bad divorce. Little does she know, her aunt practiced... »

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Coming This Autumn - The October Faction
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 31st Mar 2014

The October FactionIt is said that no two families are alike, but never has that been more true than in the case of the Allan family, the subject of Steve Niles and Damien Worm’s new IDW ongoing series, The October Faction.

"The lead character is Fredrick Allan, a retired monster hunter who is now teaching Monsters & Mythology while he hides from 30 years of enemies. His heyday was in the 70's, so October Faction will flashback to those 70's monster hunting days,” said series writer Niles, “The main thread is about this man who is trying to get to know his family for the first time ever. Unfortunately, while he has neglected his wife she's become a pill-popping thrill-killer. His two children, just turned 19 and 20, are starting to piece together who their father is and also w... »

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Original Robocop On The Big Screen
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 26th Mar 2014

robocop-gorilla WEBGrimm Up North, in collaboration with Gorilla in Manchester present a special screening of the original ultra-violent cult classic Robocop March 28th at 7pm.

When a good cop (Peter Weller) gets blown away by ruthless thugs, innovative scientists and doctors piece him back together as an unstoppable crime-fighting cyborg called Robocop.

But while cleaning up the streets of violence-ravaged Detroit, Robocop is tormented by memories of his former life, and now he’s out for more than justice…he wants revenge!

For more information on this 18 years of age or over event click here.

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Ravenswing - The New Novel From 13HRS Director Jonathan Glendening
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 26th Mar 2014

Ravenswing CoverRavenswing is a visceral, heart-pumping, genre-twisting, suspense, horror, action novel from Jonathan Glendening, the director of the acclaimed horror movie 13HRS which was shown recently on the Horror Channel.

Courier, Michael Phillips, has to deliver a package to an isolated village. Lost in the dark and winding country roads he's in a car crash. The other car is totalled and he thinks he's killed the driver, but the little girl in the back seat is alive. Unfortunately, the driver did survive and he's the girl's psychopathic stepfather. He pursues Michael and the girl, leaving in his wake a trail of murder and blood which is found by a lone police officer. Michael becomes his only suspect.

It's Halloween, there's a full moon and Micha... »

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Booth's Blog: The Slasher’s Back With Hatchet 2!
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Doctor Who, Features, Monday 24th Mar 2014
The Slasher film is arguably the most popular, resistant and reinventive horror genre out there. We just keep on coming back to it, whether it’s to relish in the clichés, stereotypes and cheap thrills that gave birth to the whole ‘Rules of horror’ in the first place, or to explore and play with it in the post modern Slashers as defined by Scream, I Know What You Did Last Summer and even the comedy horror franchise Scary Movie.

The reason the Slasher will always work (if done well!) is because it is a formula that taps into very basic core and primal fears. If you want to, you can get deeply psychological with the Slasher film and explore human fears of sex, death, gender, voyeurism - you name it. There are countless books that make ‘academic’ our simple love of watching teens getting hacked and slashed! Carol Clover's Men Women and Chainsaws is a brilliant example of a feminist film theorists take on the genre and I believe she even coined the now de rigueur term Final Girl»

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Tom Baker Welcomes Doctor Who on Horror Channel
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, News, Thursday 20th Mar 2014

Tom BakerTom Baker says he’s thrilled that the classic Doctor Who series is to be screened on the Horror Channel.

“Horror is my very favourite genre,” he said today, “so I am thrilled the classic Doctor Who series have been picked up by the Horror Channel. There was clearly a darker edge to my storylines, which I think brought a new dimension to the series. I remember hearing of the series scaring children – I wonder how the audience will react to the series today, all grown up. He added: “The Horror of Fang Rock is one of my favourite stories so I’m looking forward to that one!"

Horror Channel has completed a deal with BBC Worldwide to broadcast 30 stories from the Classic series which ran 1963 to 1989 ... »

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5/5 Rating on iTunes for our New App: Night Terror
By Horror Channel
Posted in: News, Monday 17th Mar 2014

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Our Award Winning iPhone App: Night Terror has now received a 5/5 rating on iTunes!


If you haven’t Downloaded or tried  it yet then WHY NOT it’s 100% free to download with none of those annoying in-app purchases.


The Night Terror App is breaking new boundaries for your entertainment pleasure. Night Terror means to give you dreams. Bad dreams. Nightmares...


The last thing you experience before falling asleep can have a profound effect on the nature of your... »

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Time To Get Back Behind The Sofa! Doctor Who Materialises On Horror Channel
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Thursday 13th Mar 2014

Three Doctors

Fans of Doctor Who are set to find the TARDIS materialising at a new location this Easter as a selection of the Time Lord’s classic adventures in space and time start screening on Horror Channel. The UK’s prime home for fans of horror, fantasy and sci-fi has completed a deal with BBC Worldwide to broadcast 30 adventures from the Classic series which ran 1963 to 1989 featuring the first seven Doctors, starting with William Hartnell and concluding with Sylvester McCoy.

This specially curated season give fans old and new a chance to get re-acquainted with favourite companions Jamie McCrimmon, Jo Grant and Sarah Jane Smith, rogue Time Lords such as The Master, Omega and The Rani and all those iconic monsters including Daleks, Cybermen, Sea Devils and Ice Warriors.»

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Why's Night Terror currently only available for iPhone?
By Horror Channel
Posted in: Features, News, Tuesday 11th Mar 2014

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With our award winning Night Terror App (watch the Video) receiving a whole heap of downloads, a 4.5/5 rating on iTunes, not to mentioned a MoTD (Mobile of the Day) award from the FWA, it’s understandable that ‘non-Apple’ users are annoyed that they are currently unable to download our nightmare inducing app.


But Android has more users!

Android is big, huge in fact, commanding a massive wedge of the smart phone market according to Gertner over 78% of Market Share compared to 15.6% of Apple’s iOS, Windows 3%... »

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Night Terror: An App That’ll Literally Give You Nightmares
By Horror Channel
Posted in: Features, News, Monday 10th Mar 2014

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Horror Channels first mobile app Night Terror is a twist on traditional sleep applications.  The app harnesses mobile sleep monitoring technology to induce a real nightmare when users are most susceptible to suggestion in their dreams.

How does it work?

You place the phone next to your pillow and listen to a short horror story as you fall asleep. As soon as the phone detects a REM dream phase, subtle story-related sound effects kick in to influence the subconscious and the nightmare begins.

In the morning, or when the users are awoken by their nightmare, you can check the results – are you a Big Sissy or the Master of Terror? The individual graph reveals your chicken level and the results can be shared via social media with space for de... »

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Frankenstein And The Monster From Hell - Coming To Blu-ray
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 6th Mar 2014

FatMfH CoverStarring the inimitable Peter Cushing and the final feature film directed by the legendary Terence Fisher, Frankenstein And The Monster From Hell is coming to DVD and Blu-ray on April 28th.

Convicted of bodysnatching and using the body parts of his ill-gotten cadavers for research, Dr. Simon Helder is sentenced to five years in an insane asylum. On arrival, he recognises the penitentiary’s resident surgeon as none other than the infamous Baron Victor Frankenstein, who has been hiding out there and continuing his research into the reanimation of corpses under the pseudonym of Dr. Carl Victor. Recognising Helder’s surgical skills, Frankenstein enlists the young doctor as his assistant under the pretext of their tending to the medical needs of their fellow inmates. But the reality of the situation... »

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Night Terror Night With Emily Booth This Friday From 9pm.
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Wednesday 5th Mar 2014

NT Emily PicJoin Emily Booth this Friday for Night Terror Night, an evening of terrifying movies designed to give you nightmares along with our Night Terrors iPhone App.

A visionary new horror experience: Night Terror is a fantastic free App that breaks new boundaries for entertainment pleasure. This App means to give you dreams. Bad dreams. Nightmares. To download click here but be warned you must be 17 years of age or over.

Movies showing on Night Terror Night include the supernatural shocker Grave Encounters at 9pm followed by Lucio Fulci’s gore-drenched classic The House By The Cemetery at 10.50pm. Celebrate Black Christmas»

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Booth's Blog: Abandoned hotels, houses and hospitals! Why do we love them so much..?
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Features, Tuesday 4th Mar 2014
As a child I was (without my knowing it) an avid urban explorer. I got the biggest thrill from breaking into huge Victorian derelict houses, of which there were tons in Hastings back in the 80s. I’d even spend the night in them for a cheap thrill with my mates. Luckily nothing remotely nasty ever happened like in the movies. Damn!

But now it’s become a huge scene with ‘urban explorers’ effectively breaking the law as they break into fascinating places that have fallen into disrepair and facing demolition, then posting amazingly creepy photos online of the echoes of life once seen there.

This has, as all horror fans know, become a fertile theme for horror films. Chernobyl Diaries for example sees tourists head to the abandoned doomed town only to discover it’s not as abandoned as they thought! And here on Horror Channel we regularly show After following hardcore urban explorers take to the abandoned metro lines in Moscow! Then there’s Closed For The Season set in ... »

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Let The Right One In Transfers To West End March 26th
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 2nd Mar 2014

LET THE RIGHT ONE IN  - Original CastThe critically-acclaimed South Bank Sky Arts award-winning production of Let The Right One In will transfer to London’s West End on 26th March for a strictly limited season.

Based on the Swedish novel and cult-hit film by John Ajvide Lindqvist, Let The Right One In will be the first show to play the recently refurbished and re-opened Apollo Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue.

Oskar is a lonely boy from a broken home.He’s bullied at school and is longing for friendship. Eli is a troubled girl who’s just moved in next door. She never goes to school and is compelled to fill an eternal emptiness. When a series of brutal killings plagues the neighbourhood, these two young misfits make a deep connecti... »

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Cabin Fever 3 Is Coming Soon To DVD
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 26th Feb 2014

Cabin Fever 3Patient Zero is the first of two prequels to the Cabin Fever series which was shown recently on the Horror Channel and is coming to DVD soon. The much talked about prequel stars Sean Astin (Lord Of The Rings), Currie Graham (Hitchcock) and Ryan Donowho (Altitude) who are also joined by Mitch Ryan, Brano Eaton, Jillian Murray and Lydia Hearst.

Directed by Kaare Andrews (The ABCs of Death) and written by Jake Wade Wall (The Hitcher), the film which explains the unleashing of the deadly virus that was first introduced in Eli Roth’s 2002 horror film reaches new heights of disgusting gore and bloodshed.

Cabin Fever 3 - Patient Zero comes to DVD on March 17th thanks to Signature Entertainment... »

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Horror Channel's Night Terror App
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Features, Monday 24th Feb 2014
NT Emily PicHello my readers. This week I want to talk to you about Nightmares…

Why?

Because this week I am taking part in a Horror Channel experiment of sorts by testing out their brand new App, Night Terror!

Horror Channel has released as app designed to actually give you nightmares.  I couldn’t wait to have a go at this!

Like all journalists with an ounce of integrity I got my pen and paper by my bed ready to record the events of the night as I allowed the App to play out a scary story before I slept followed by strange frightening noises that play randomly throughout the night to initiate strange dreams.

Here is what I wrote down.

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Grimm Up North - Events News
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 23rd Feb 2014

TenebraeGrimm Up North is to present Two Days Of Terror this February.

First up on the 27th they are screening cult classic An American Werewolf In London at The Dancehouse, Manchester giving people the opportunity to see this classic on the big screen again or catch it in all its glory for the first time!

Then on the 28th, in association with Arrow Video, Grimm present the world’s first public screening of the newly-remastered high definition cut of Dario Argento’s Tenebre at Gorilla hot on the heels of Claudio Simonetti's Goblin performing on the 26th at the same venue.

Grimm Up North has also announced that submissions are now open for Grimmfest 2014 which is being held this October, and this year Grimm Up North, in partnership with esteemed g... »

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Interview With Shian Denovan From Sawney: Flesh Of Man
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Thursday 20th Feb 2014

Shian DenovanHorror Channel is proudly showing the acclaimed shocker Sawney: Flesh Of Man on Friday at 10.55pm. One of its stars, Shian Denovan took time out to talk about this celebrated, grisly gore-fest as well as her future movie plans.

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

SD: Yeah, I’ve always loved performing and I think I was about 9 years old when I realised that acting was what I wanted to do with my life. It was a bit of an epiphany actually, I was on holiday at my Grandpa’s when I suddenly just had this realisation and I’ve never looked back since.

HC: How did you get your big break?

SD: Ha, well it’s still coming I hope…! No, I wouldn’t say there’s been a big bre... »

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Booth’s 1st Bloody Oscars!
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Features, Tuesday 18th Feb 2014

eboothHorror Channel has asked me to blog for them and I’m feeling the creative twitches coming thick and fast now I have this outlet to express myself! People who know me, know that I am incredibly honest, love to get a bit deep and meaningful, and love my horror (obviously) and the culture that surrounds it. You can expect this horror blog to be a bit like a peek into Emily Booth’s diary splattered with horror news, views and opinion from the depths of the dark universe.

Right now, you can’t have missed the world is hotting-up to awards season! The BAFTAs (Sunday 16th Feb) for once actually proved to be quite a glamorous affair with Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt in tow alongside Leonardo Di Caprio and Bradley Cooper. While 12 Years a Slave (directed by the British Steve McQueen) got Best Fil... »

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Horror Channel's Emily Booth Joins Scream Magazine
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Friday 14th Feb 2014

EB Scream BannerHorror Channel's very own Emily Booth has officially joined Scream, Britain's biggest horror entertainment magazine.

Starting from the end of February, Emily will be writing her own monthly online column for Scream’s official website.

Every month she will give fans of the magazine and Horror Channel viewers the lowdown on what’s coming up on the channel along with plenty of news, gossip and fun from the horror world.

Click here for more.

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More Hammer Double-Bills In March
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Friday 14th Feb 2014

Dr Jekyll and Sister HydeHorror Channel’s Hammer Double-Feature Season continues throughout March bringing you more classic shockers from the studio that dripped blood running from Saturday 1st till 29th at 9.00pm.

Here's the full line-up:

March 1st - The Plague Of The Zombies/Captain Kronos – Vampire Hunter
Directed by John Gilling, The Plague Of The Zombies was Hammer’s sole foray into the Zombie genre and centres on a mad Cornish squire who solves a labour crisis in his tin mines by turning local villagers into voodoo-controlled zombies. Dr. Thompson (Brook Williams) and his daughter Alice (Jacqueline Pearce) soon discover the unpleasant nocturnal habits of the shambling undead slaves, and Sir ... »

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Outpost III: Rise Of The Spetsnaz - Coming To DVD
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 13th Feb 2014

Outpost 3The mutated return of the hit Nazi horror franchise, Outpost III: Rise of the Spetsnaz is the most violent and gut-spilling instalment yet! From teeth-shattering scares to relentless blood-spewing combat, this is the terrifying new hybrid of horror warfare.

Sergeant Dolokhov leads his team of fearless Russian Spetsnaz through the Eastern Front of Europe. After a ferocious raid on a Nazi convoy, Dolokhov unearths details of the shocking research being taken out by the Nazis that could have a serious impact on the outcome of World War II.

Before they’re able to report on this vital discovery, the Spetsnaz are savagely captured by the Nazis and detained at a nearby underground facility. It’s revealed that the Nazis are scientifically developing an invincible army of undead soldiers to unleash upon t... »

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Coming This Year From Image Comics - Madame Frankenstein
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 12th Feb 2014

Madame FrankensteinSure to send a shiver down any reader’s spine, Image Comics’ new series Madame Frankenstein is an all-new vintage-style horror drama series from Jamie S. Rich (You Have Killed Me) and newcomer Megan Levens. In 1932, Vincent Krall sets out to create his perfect woman by reanimating the corpse of his recently deceased lover. But he soon begins to realize that perhaps man was not meant to peer beyond the veil between life and death.

“I have always been fascinated by the Frankenstein legend and the deeper mythological meanings in Shelley's original novel, so when Megan came to me with her concept for a My Fair Lady-style appropriation of the concept, it took me all of two seconds to say yes,” said Rich. “There seemed to be so much potential there, both in terms o... »

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Full Details Of London Horror Comic #6
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 10th Feb 2014

LHC Issue 6 coverThe award-winning UK horror anthology London Horror Comic has released its sixth issue, marking its sixth year in print publication.

The book, published by writer John-Paul Kamath, is the UK’s longest-running independent colour horror comic and has notched up the Best Horror Comic Anthology Award, as well as praise from writers such as Garth Ennis and Stewart Lee.

“The new issue is a massive 56 pages, our biggest yet, with no ads and contains complete short stories to kill a long journey home,” said John-Paul Kamath. Issue 6 also marks the return of artists Lee Ferguson and Dean Kotz and features a deadly retro 80’s cover by pin-up king Matt Dixon.

This issue continues the dark tone seen on issue 5 and is packed with nightmare making imagery and unforgettable... »

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Just When You Thought It Was Safe To Go Back In The Water Here Comes Nymph!
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 6th Feb 2014

Nymph Poster

Mysterious. Irresistible. Deadly.

In post-production at the moment is the anticipated shocker Nymph, the latest fright-flick from Milan Todorovic the director of Zone Of The Dead.

Written by Barry Keating and Milan Konjevic the movie was shot on location in Montenegro last September through to October and looks set to be a cracking creature feature.

Two young women go on a Mediterranean vacation and uncover the watery lair of a killer mermaid hidden beneath an abandoned military fortress.

Will any of them survive to tell this (fishy) tale?

We don’t have a release date for it so keep checking back for more information on this very interesting project and an exclusive interview with one of the writers.

Click below for the ra... »

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Will This Be Vampirella's Last Stand?
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 5th Feb 2014

Vampi38-cov-NevesComing soon from Dynamite is what they are calling the final issue of Vampirella!

Lock the doors and close the curtains, loyal readers. The time has come for The Last Vampirella Story. Who's telling it? Who's listening to it? And who saw it coming before anyone else? What will become of our beloved Vampirella, and her vast array of friends, foes, and family members?

It's the end of the world as we know it...for now.

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New From Christopher Kent - The Golem
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 3rd Feb 2014

Golem CoverLaunched as part of the 17th Edinburgh Radical Book Fair 2013, The Golem is the latest piece of work from writer and artist Christopher Kent.

It is 1897. Alfred Larchmont is a hard-working magician in a run down theatre.

A supporting artiste, with a family and too many debts, struggling to survive. One winter evening a visitor brings him a gift and the hope of a new life. And just when things are looking up for Alfred there is a terrible 'accident'. The Golem is the story of a man who has everything taken away from him, his livelihood, his family, his self respect.

Who can he turn to when all seems lost? A Gothic tale of jealousy and revenge.

Already gaining acclaim for its dark, atmospheric style The Golem, published by Graphite Fiction, is for peop... »

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Dominic Brunt's Shell Shocked - The Full Version
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 2nd Feb 2014

Shell Shocked -Short Film-1FrightFest 2013 gave us some incredible horror movie shorts. A real stand-out was Shell Shocked which was written by Joanne Mitchell and directed by Dominic Brunt, the team behind the superb zombie movie Before Dawn which was shown recently on the Horror Channel.

Two soldiers from opposing sides seek temporary salvation from the battle field. A tense, life or death stand off at gun point ensues with a growing realisation...they were safer where they were...

Starring Anthony Streeter, Geoffrey Newland, Ian Jowett and with an atmospheric score by Ghosting Season, »

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We Are What We Are - Cinema Release And DVD Details
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 29th Jan 2014

We Are What We AreWe Are What We Are, the critically acclaimed film from Jim Mickle, the director of Stake Land will be released in selected UK cinemas on 28th February 2014. This uniquely disturbing film brings a tense, heartbreakingly brutal and truly terrifying story to life and is destined to be many people's horror film of the year.

With breakout performances from Bill Sage (Boardwalk Empire) and newcomers Julia Garner (Martha Marcy May Marlene) and Ambyr Childers (The Master), We Are What We Are is an undeniably stylised piece of cinema. Also starring Kelly McGillis (Top Gun) and Michael Parks (Argo).

The Parkers are a seemingly wholesome family but patriarch Frank rules over them with a rigorous fervour. W... »

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Banshee Chapter - Exclusive Clip
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 29th Jan 2014

Banshee Chapter CoverBanshee Chapter, the chilling, jump-out-of-your-seat horror from Executive Producer Zachary Quinto’s (Star Trek) Before the Door pictures has just been released onto DVD and VOD through 101 Films & Intense Distribution.

To celebrate this they have given us an exclusive clip for you all to enjoy which can be seen below.

A young journalist (Katia Winter) with an appetite for controversy, follows the trail of a strange government research chemical that might have caused the disappearance of her close friend (Michael McMillian). After tracing the substance to the desert ranch of an infamous retired novelist (Ted Levine), she's drawn into an experience of terror and frightening entities that she cannot escape.

The labyrinthine trail of evidence lea... »

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Film4 FrightFest Glasgow 2014 - Films Announced
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 21st Jan 2014

Glasgow-14-poster-Version-4From Thursday February 27th to Sunday March 2nd, the UK’s favourite horror fantasy festival returns to its second home at the Glasgow Film Festival for the 9th year with an impressive slate of the hottest new horror films.

Welcome to a long weekend of wonderful weirdness as Film4 FrightFest Glasgow enters a world of, gritty serial killers, stark staring horror, comic book thrills and spills, favourite maniacs, sci-fi delirium, doc shock and mind-bending mystery.

Some of FrightFest’s favourite filmmakers take centre-stage this year, including Ti West, who has teamed up with producer Eli Roth for the cult of the damned shocker The Sacrament. As well as screening the film, FrightFest’s Alan Jones will be talking to Ti at a special presentatio... »

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V-Wars - Coming Soon
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 19th Jan 2014

VWars CoverHot off the success of the shared-world vampire prose anthology, V-Wars, IDW and New York Times best-selling and multiple Bram Stoker award-winning horror author, Jonathan Maberry conspire once again to continue the battle that rages between humans and vampires in the all-new ongoing comic book series coming this May.

V-Wars is set in a world transformed by a global pandemic caused by a millennial-old virus that, once triggered, affects individuals differently depending on their DNA. The result is vampires as unique as their cultures and a response from those unaffected humans like never seen before.

“The vampires people used to believe in weren’t charming romantic antiheroes. They were monsters,” says writer Maberry. “Each culture had their own legends, and ea... »

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Brand New Freesat App Has Launched
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Friday 17th Jan 2014

Freesat ImageThe new Freesat App has launched and is available for download from the App Store so you’ll never miss another episode of your favourite CBS Drama soap or CBS Action movie or CBS Reality expose or Horror Channel must-see-shocker!

The App is a free TV guide for anyone watching TV for free.

It allows users to plan ahead and get great recommendations of what to watch on TV and On Demand with Showcase.

If users have a Freetime box they can remote record, launch On Demand on their tel... »

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The Woman in Black: Angel of Death - Book And Digital Audible Coming Soon
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 15th Jan 2014

The Woman In Black Audiobook coverThe Woman in Black: Angel of Death by Martyn Waites is the fully authorised chilling sequel to Susan Hill's bestselling ghost-story, The Woman in Black which was released in 2012 as a film featuring Daniel Radcliffe. This is the book the follow-up film starring Jeremy Irvine (War Horse) and Phoebe Fox will be based on.

Autumn 1940, World War Two. Bombs are raining down, destroying the cities of Britain.

The evacuations begin, and soon children are being taken to the country for safety. Teacher Eve Parkins is in charge of one such group. The children are scared and Eve does her best to calm them, but the truth is that she too is haunted by a personal tragedy she cannot put behind her.

Their destination... »

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Bournemouth Horror Event - Cinema Surgery!
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 15th Jan 2014

cinema surgery poster bournemouth jan 19thSpace Monsters Magazine would like to invite you to join them and many others at a cool horror event in Bournemouth on Sunday 19th January - Cinema Surgery!

From 10am to 4pm there will be a movie and TV Memorabilia Fair with stands selling videos, DVDs, books, magazines, posters, stills, clothing and much more - entry just £3.00!!

There will also be special guests Caroline Munro (Dracula AD 1972, The Spy Who Loved Me, Golden Voyage of Sinbad, Maniac), Horror Channel's Emily Booth (Evil Aliens, Doghouse, Inbred), Damien Thomas (Twins of Evil, Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger, Blakes 7) and Space M... »

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Horror Channel Revives Hammer Double-Bills For Saturday Nights
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Wednesday 15th Jan 2014

Dracula Prince Of DarknessVampire vixens, creepy castles, mouldy mummies, satanic sadists and Lee and Cushing on top show. Yes, its Hammer heaven as the UK’s number one TV destination for all things Horror presents a Hammer Double-Feature Season, which broadcasts from Saturday February 1st till February 22nd from 9.00pm.

Here's the full line-up:

February 1st – Dracula: Prince Of Darkness/Scars Of Dracula
Dracula: Prince Of Darkness is the sequel to the 1958 Dracula and sees the supposedly dead Count back in bloody business once his trusty servant Klove entices the English Charles (Francis Matthews), brother Alan (Charles Tingwell), and their wives, Diana (Suzan Farmer) and Helen (Barbara Shelley)... »

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Coming Soon From Titan Books: Alien – Out Of The Shadows
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 13th Jan 2014

Alien Book CoverAlien – Out Of The Shadows by Tim Lebbon, the New York Times bestselling author of the movie novelization of 30 Days Of Night, will be released by Titan Books on January 31st.

This is the first novel in the all-new trilogy, bringing fresh, bone-chilling levels of suspense to the world famous franchise, full of dramatic twists and never-before-revealed secrets…

The massively acclaimed Alien franchise is one of the most successful of all time, beginning with the first film in 1979. In a dramatic twist, this novel will return us to that time, to Ellen Ripley, and to never-before-revealed secrets of the Weyland-Yutani Corporations ... secrets that lead into the events of the second film, Aliens... and beyond!

Sounds pretty good to us. Expect a r... »

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The Conjuring – Blu-ray Review
By James Whittington
Posted in: Reviews, Sunday 12th Jan 2014

The Conjuring Blu-ray CoverThe Conjuring – Blu-ray Review

Warner Home Video

Certificate 15

Extras: The Conjuring: Face To Face With Terror, A Life In Demonology, Scaring the “@$*%” Out Of You featurettes.

Of all the horror movies to hit the big screen in 2013 one really did deliver on all levels. James Wan’s The Conjuring is a smart, inventive and traditional feeling horror movie that relied not on blood and guts to shock audiences, but smart editing and a sinister soundscape.

Before there was Amityville, there was Harrisville. Based on a true story, The Conjuring tells the horrifying tale of how renowned paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren were called ... »

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History Of The Slasher Movie (In Lego) Thanks To You’re Next!
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 12th Jan 2014

Youre Next Bluray CoverThe superb slasher movie You're Next hits DVD and Blu-ray on Monday, so the PR behind the movie had custom Lego figures of iconic horror characters made which includes Freddy Krueger, Norman Bates and Ghostface! See the image below.

You’re Next was one of the most talked about horror films of 2013 from the new and critically acclaimed horror talent behind VHS, VHS2 and A Horrible Way to Die. Directed by Adam Wingard and written by Simon Barrett the DVD and Blu-ray comes with a whole host of fantastic extras including the making of documentary – No Ordinary Home Invasion.

Starring Sharni Vinson in her most kick-ass role to date, and one of the best horror performances in recent ... »

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Wytches - New From Image Comics
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Friday 10th Jan 2014

WytchesScott Snyder (Batman, Superman Unchained, Severed) and Jock (Batman, Wolverine, Snapshot) will team up for a new, ongoing horror series called Wytches. Everything you thought you knew about witches is wrong. They are much darker, and they are much more horrifying.

Wytches takes the mythology of witches to a far creepier, bone-chilling place than readers have dared venture before. “I like taking classic monsters and reimagining them in a fresh, contemporary, and much scarier way,” said Snyder.

Snyder and Jock have worked together previously on the Batman story The Black Mirror in the pages of Detective Comics and Snyder knew from the get-go that he wanted Jock on board.

“It’s great to finally ... »

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IDW To Publish Horror Anthology In The Dark
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 9th Jan 2014

In The Dark coverThe terror tome that has all the horror hounds frothing, In The Dark, is poised to make its debut this April! Featuring top writers and artists from the comic-book industry, In The Dark contains over 20 all-new, original horror stories that you’ll want to read with the lights on.

In The Dark launched as a Kickstarter project put together by Anathema scribe Rachel Deering last year, and successfully doubled the intended target goal for the project. Assembled and edited by Deering, In The Dark dives into a myriad of sinister horror stories from writers including Justin Jordan, Cullen Bunn, Steve Niles, Duane Swierczynski, Tom Taylor, Tim Seeley, Brian Keene, F. Paul Wilson, Ed Brisson, Marguerite Bennett, Va... »

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Scream Magazine - Issue 23 Details
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 8th Jan 2014

Scream Issue 23Scream Magazine has just revealed their upcoming March front cover art!

This issue sees the full colour bi-monthly UK horror glossy interview chat to Adam Green about his latest gorefest Hatchet 3, take a look back at Hammer's 1958 Dracula, interview George A Romero and Dario Argento from the London BFI, speak with Leigh Whannel about the Insidious movie franchise, go on set for the upcoming Brit Zombie comedy Ibiza Undead, explore the Elm Street films, go behind the scenes of 2014's Lord Of Tears as well as the usual DVDs/Blu-rays, Comics, Books, Games, Festivals, Retrospectives, Dark Photography and much more!

Scream Magazine is available to buy in all UK HMV stores or ... »

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Space Monsters Magazine - Issue 3 Info
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 7th Jan 2014

Space Monsters 3 alternate cover smaller imageSpace Monsters Magazine issue 3 is now on sale and comes with two, yes two covers! But unlike some other magazines, readers do not have to buy two copies to enjoy both covers. Woody Welch's beautiful "Bride of Frankenstein in Outer Space" painting is on the front then just flip the magazine over and find the alternative "Frankenstein on Film" painting on the back!

Issue 3 is a real treat for classic horror and classic sci-fi fans alike with an extensive look at Hammer Films’ science-fiction and monster movies as well as the first part of A History of Frankenstein on Film! Horror Channel’s Emily Booth looks at Frankenstein Meets The Space Monster! and is joined by U.S. Scream Que... »

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Interview With Award-Winning Author And Playwright James Goss
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Sunday 5th Jan 2014

James GossRespected author, playwright and producer James Goss has written some of the best pieces of fiction of recent times, including official tie-ins for Doctor Who and Torchwood. His latest work for the stage, The Gentlemen Of Horror is a play based on the relationship between Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee which can be seen at the Etcetera Theatre, Camden on January 13th.

Here he chats about this acclaimed play and his plans for the future.

HC: Have you always been a horror fan?

JG: Well, sort of. But the horror I like is very much the Hammer and Amicus variety rather than “Oh God! Don't do that with the eyeballs!” kind.

HC: Where did the idea for The Gentlemen Of Horror come from?

JG: One eve... »

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Film4 FrightFest And 4Digital Media To Co-Host The UK Premiere Of Iron Sky: Dictator's Cut
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, News, Sunday 5th Jan 2014

Iron SKY DCFilm 4 FrightFest and 4Digital Media are delighted to announce the UK premiere of Iron Sky: Dictator's Cut.

Iron Sky: Dictator's Cut - featuring an additional twenty minutes of never seen before footage, will screen with Director Timo Vuorensola and Producer Tero Kaukomaa in attendance at a special one off event at the Prince Charles Cinema, Leicester Square on Saturday 1st February 2014 at 6.00pm.

Director Timo Vuorensola said, "This is the cut that I always wanted for the film - I can't wait for everyone to see this version, it's crazier,bigger and more fantastical than the first!"

On behalf of Film4 FrightFest co-director Ian Rattray added "FrightFest are very pleased to be co-hosting this event with 4Digital Media. We know our fans will love this event a... »

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Paranormal Xperience 3D - Coming Soon
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 5th Jan 2014

Paranormal Xperience 3D CoverParanormal Xperience 3D is the new brutal, gory and visceral horror from the Producers of The Orphanage and Julia’s Eyes and comes to DVD and 3D Blu-ray on 24th February.

Directed by Sergi Vizcaino the film follows a group of friends, led by the gorgeous Angela, as they investigate the existence of the paranormal by venturing to a dangerous and deserted old mining town.

Here a sadistic paranormal power is unleashed and a portal to the afterlife is opened.

Who will start believing and who will survive?

Starring Amaia Salamanca, Maxi Iglesias and Lucho Fernández, Paranormal Xperience 3D is being released by Kaleidoscope Entertainment.

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