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Booth's Blog: 2016 Is Going To Be A Scream
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Sunday 27th Dec 2015
Emily with knifeNobody looks forward to January. Its cold, boring, presents and partying are over and for some reason people choose this already depressing time to cut back on indulgence?! Madness! Well, everyone who tunes in to Horror in January can kiss goodbye to the blues as we bring you our brand new Xtreme Season; a collection of insane, boundary - pushing shocking celluloid guaranteed to have your jaw to the floor. Literally in some cases.

Yes, it’s time to pin your eyelids open as we blitz your frazzled brain with our collection of avant garde movies to really kick start your new year.

I always love a Horror that goes all out for originality, unafraid of where it goes…. the kind of film that gets you excited way before you’ve even seen the trailer. Cue ... »

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Deathgasm - Coming Soon To DVD And Blu-ray
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 17th Dec 2015

Deathgasm CoverA hilarious and outrageous blood soaked adventure, Deathgasm is a perfect crossover for horror film and heavy metal music fans. Featuring an amazing original soundtrack of fist-banging metal and practical effects by Main Reactor (Evil Dead remake), this brutal and bad-ass debut from Jason Lei Howden will gush bodily fluids, rain limbs and tickle your funny bone, before tearing it out and giving you a stiff beating with it!

Metal-thrashing Brodie is an outcast in a sea of jocks and cheerleaders until he meets a kindred spirit in fellow metalhead Zakk. After starting their own band, Brodie and Zakk’s resentment of the suburban wasteland leads them to a mysterious piece of sheet music said to grant Ultimate Power to whoever plays it. But the music also summons an ancient evil entit... »

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Paul Hyett Begins Shooting New Movie Heretiks
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 15th Dec 2015

HeretiksPaul Hyett (director of Howl and The Seasoning House) has begun principal photography on the chilling supernatural horror film Heretiks.

Set during the 17th Century, a young woman is saved from execution and led to a priory to repent her sins but discovers a greater evil lies within. Michael Ironside (Total Recall, Starship Troopers, Scanners, etc), three-time Olivier winner Clare Higgins (Hellraiser, Hellbound, The Golden Compass) and Hannah Arterton (Walking On Sunshine) star in this atmospheric horror/chiller currently shooting in Wales.

Director and co-writer Paul Hyett: “Being a lover of classic British horror for years I’ve been wanting to give a classic period tale a modern, harder, stylish edge. Her... »

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Horror Channel Goes ‘Xtreme’ In January With Controversial Season
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Tuesday 15th Dec 2015

Xtreme SeasonHorror Channel ushers in 2016 with the Xtreme Season, a series of hard-hitting, controversial premieres on Saturday nights from 2nd to 30th of January. Included will be the UK TV premiere of The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence), as well as the Network premiere of The Human Centipede (First Sequence).

The notorious Dutch director Tom Six, who made his name with the controversial franchise, said today: “I am really thrilled that the Horror Channel will connect its passionate and perverted viewers to my Human Centipedes!”

Other premieres in the season include the network premiere of Eli Roth’s brutal sequel Hostel Part II and the UK TV premiere of Scott Spiegel’s equally terror-filled <... »

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Booth's Blog: Slashing Through The Snow!
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Tuesday 15th Dec 2015
Emily with chopperYes, it’s that time of year again when us horror fiends swap Santa for Satan, dashing for slashing and singing for screaming in a bid to escape the myriad of Xmas clichés enforced upon us every single year! Horror Channel of course is always there to provide an antidote film wise and so this week I’ve decided to take a look at some of Horror Channel’s best Xmas Slashers past and present.

These snow tipped slashers began in the 70’s, the most famous and probably most chilling being Black Christmas (1974) which until recently was a regular popular staple on the channel. Starring Margot Kidder the film follows a sorority house tormented by obscene phone calls on Christmas Eve, and was one of the first films to adopt the ‘killers’ ... »

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More Titles Added To FrightFest Label
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, News, Monday 7th Dec 2015

FrightFest Presents logo-1Following the successful launch of the horror label in October this year, the second wave of titles to be released under the FrightFest Presents banner are now officially confirmed.

From February 29th terror once again comes home with the release of six eclectic titles, all hand picked by the expert FrightFest team. This all-new selection showcases some of the very best genre films being made today by the most exciting filmmakers emerging onto the horror scene, and is guaranteed to deliver true shocks and scares straight into your home. The complete line-up includes:

Available from February 29th, 2016: The Lesson, Last Girl Standing
Available from March 7th, 2016: Landmine Goes Click... »

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There Won't Be Any Silent Nights This December On Horror!
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Tuesday 24th Nov 2015

Silent Night SmallFriday nights on Horror Channel are getting darker as the UK’s only dedicated TV destination for horror fans, ushers in four UK TV premieres for December, including a Christmas Day offering of Steven C. Miller’s demented Santa slasher Silent Night, which stars Malcolm McDowell and Jaime King.

The other knuckle-whitening premieres are Kaare Andrew’s Cabin Fever 3: Patient Zero, Todd Levin’s home-invasion chiller Static and John Geddes much admired Zombie film Exit Humanity, with Brian Cox and Bill Mosely. Plus, the Boxing Day film is the Network Premiere of Steven Spielberg’s heart-pounding road-chase thriller Duel.

Here's everything you need ... »

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John Carpenter Announces Two Live Shows For Halloween 2016
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Friday 20th Nov 2015

Release The Bats John CapenterAll Tomorrow’s Parties’ Halloween extravaganza Release The Bats is back – and it’s set to be ATP’s most terrifying yet! The Horror Master himself will be headlining the event, which will take place in both London and Manchester.

Next Halloween, John Carpenter will perform – live and in person – a musical retrospective of his horror soundtrack work, his debut studio album Lost Themes, plus brand new compositions. Release The Bats will be held first at The Albert Hall in Manchester on Saturday 29th October 2016, and then at London’s The Troxy on Monday 31st October 2016. Both venues will be transformed Halloween style, and attendees are encouraged to dress up for the spooky spectacular.

Tickets to Release The Bats at The Al... »

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Sinister 2 - Comign To Digital HD and Disc
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Friday 20th Nov 2015

Sinister 2 CoverFeaturing deleted scenes, extended kill films, a 'Making Of' documentary and more, Sinister 2 is unleashed on Digital HD 14th December and DVD and Blu-ray 28th December.

Courtney (Shannyn Sossamon) and her twin boys, Zach and Dylan, have moved into a seemingly idyllic secluded old house in an attempt to start a new life. But the building has a secret: it is the scene of a gruesome ritualistic murder which bears a striking resemblance to a series of family slayings that have taken place over the past fifty years. A private detective (James Ransone) investigating the recent massacre of a famous author and his family is led to Courtney and her children, whom he believes will be the next victims. As he pieces together the mystery behind the murders he uncovers an ancient myth that means the... »

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New Featurette For Victor Frankenstein
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 16th Nov 2015

Victor Frankenstein PosterJames McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe star in what promises to be a dynamic and thrilling twist on a legendary tale in Victor Frankenstein which is due in UK cinemas on December 3rd.

Radical scientist Victor Frankenstein (James McAvoy) and his equally brilliant protégé Igor Strausman (Daniel Radcliffe) share a noble vision of aiding humanity through their groundbreaking research into immortality.

But Victor’s experiments go too far, and his obsession has horrifying consequences. Only Igor can bring his friend back from the brink of madness and save him from his monstrous creation.

This fresh take on Mary Shelley's classic story is brought to life by director Paul McGuigan (Gangster #1, Push, Sherlock) and is writ... »

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Booth's Blog: A Serious Look At A Controversial Movie Series
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Friday 13th Nov 2015

BB 1Let the spitting begin!

OK, not the renowned video nasty from 1978 but the 2010 remake of I Spit On Your Grave which surprisingly has been touted by genre fans as one of the best ever horror remakes some even citing it as better than the original (or did I just say something blasphemous there?!)

I remember when news of this bold remake came out helmed by director Steven Monroe; everyone, including me were up in arms about it ranting ‘what’s the point of remaking such an infamous title, one that’s brilliant purely for it’s gritty grindhouse feel – it won’t work without that video nasty aesthetic ….’

But then came the premiere at Frightfest 2010 and… hmmmm nearly all fans did a bit of a u-turn coming out of the screening pleasantly surprised. Of course a film that coins the sub genre ‘ra... »

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Horror Channel Unleashes UK TV Premieres For I Spit On Your Grave Remakes
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Wednesday 4th Nov 2015

I Spit On Your GraveThe films the other TV channels didn’t dare to show…

Horror Channel will be presenting the UK TV premieres of two highly controversial films: the 2010 remake of I Spit On Your Grave and its sequel I Spit On Your Grave 2, both directed by Steven R. Monroe.

Stewart Bridle, Channel Manager for Horror Channel, said today: "We welcome the opportunity to bring our viewers the UK TV Premieres of I Spit On Your Grave and its sequel. Both movies are controversial, disturbing and not for the faint-hearted, but as the UK television home for the Horror genre we won't shy away from the dark places that it can take us."

Friday 13th - I Spit On Your Grave (2010) UK TV... »

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Eli Roth Presents The Stranger
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 3rd Nov 2015

THE_STRANGER_DVD_SLV_V0dFrom established producer Eli Roth (Cabin Fever, The Green Inferno, Knock Knock) and acclaimed new director Guillermo Amoedo (Aftershock, The Green Inferno) comes a new strain of fear...

In The Stranger, a mysterious man named Martin arrives at a small town at the end of nowhere. He is there to eradicate a highly contagious and dangerous disease that makes sufferers addicted to human blood. His plan is to kill his wife Ana who suffers from the disease but he soon discovers Ana has been dead for a couple of years. He decides to commit suicide to eradicate the disease once and for all but is brutally attacked by three local thugs led by Caleb, the son of a corrupt police lieutenant - and the incident starts a series of e... »

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Unmissable Horror Titles From Network
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 31st Oct 2015

monsterclub BD 2D bigSo, what takes your fancy, horror movie wise? Vampires? Zombies? Ghosts? Or perhaps a murderer running around with a terrifying weapon?

Here’s six top Network titles to help keep the Halloween spirit living within you all run round!

The House in Nightmare Park – something a bit light-hearted to start the list and ease you in. Comedy legend Frankie Howerd (Carry On…) stars as Foster Twelvetress in this British horror spoof alongside Oscar-winner Ray Milland (The Lost Weekend). Watch Foster be the victim on sinister shenanigans when he’s invited to give a dramatic reading at a country house.

The Ghoul – see where it all began with the first ever British film to be called ‘horrific’, and the first Bri... »

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Horror Channel Revives Hammer Double-Bills In November
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Tuesday 27th Oct 2015

Curse of The WerewolfNovember on Horror Channel sees a premiere edition of a Hammer Double-Bill Season where eight unmissable film classics will be screened on Saturday nights from November 7th to November 28th at 9pm.

Five have been directed by Terence Fisher, one of the most productive horror directors of the 20th Century and the first to bring gothic horror alive in full colour.

Here’s the full line-up:

November 7th - The Curse Of The Werewolf/The Gorgon
The Curse Of The Werewolf was Oliver Reed’s first big screen lead and he excels as Leon Corledo, a young man raised in the home of Don Alfredo Corledo (Clifford Evans), his kind and loving adopted father. When he leaves to find work, ... »

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Booth's Blog: More Haunted Halloween This Week!
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Tuesday 27th Oct 2015

The PossessionWith only days till Halloween grips us by her claws there’s still 5 spooky movies in our Haunted Halloween Season to get you in the mood for all things dark ‘n’ nasty!

Yes, every night at 9pm this week we celebrate ghosts, hauntings, and possessions – hell even tattoos that come to life – so expect a lot of tricks and treats this week on Horror.

The following night comes The Tattooist. If ever there was a bizarre plot to write up, it’s this one! A tattoo artist begins exploring the ancient art of Tatau, the Samoan tradition of tribal tattooing, but when he steals a wooden inking tool he unwittingly releases a curse whereby everyone he ‘marks’ dies in strange macabre ways depicted in the tattoo art itself. Yup, it’s death by tattoo. Tonight ... »

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Booth's Blog: On Set Report From Shed Of The Dead!
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Sunday 25th Oct 2015

Shed Of The DeadI’m currently sitting on my hotel bed trying to type my blog wearing these ferocious fake pink nails and they’re driving me nuts! How girls do even the most basic of things in these stupid long nails is beyond me. Of course shocking pink is not my usual palate of choice this is for my character Harriet whom I play in the new zombie comedy film from Drew Cullingham; Shed Of The Dead. She kind of has three tiers to her character which makes it fun.

There’s basic Harriet; bit dippy works in a beauty salon, obsessed with her appearance. Then there’s escort dominatrix Harriet who engages in shall we say ‘horseplay’ with a VERY famous horror icon, I won’t give away who yet – it could be Kane Hodder, Michael Berryman or Bill Mosley, and then there’s my fantasy alter ego Mora... »

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John Carpenter's The Fog Soundtrack To Get New Coloured Vinyl Release
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 22nd Oct 2015

The Fog Album CoverJohn Carpenter’s The Fog was his 1980 follow-up film to his smash hit Halloween featured ghost sailors terrorizing a Californian coastal community as a dense fog descends on their homes. The multi-talented filmmaker’s atmospheric synthesiser score has long been a soundtrack favourite and this amazing double album features a 20 track LP of the entire score, drawn from the original tapes, remastered by long-time Carpenter collaborator Alan Howarth on the A/B sides and the original album which featured 20 minutes of newly released music on the C/D sides.

“I went back to Sound Arts Studio in central Los Angeles and quickly began composing and recording new tracks. Dan Wyman, my creative consultant on Assault On Precinct 13 and Halloween was at my ... »

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The FrightFest Team Have Revealed Lazer Team As Surprise Selection For Halloween 2015 Event.
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, News, Wednesday 14th Oct 2015

The Lazer TeamThe FrightFest gang have revealed Lazer Team as surprise selection for their Halloween 2015 event. Fans of Turbo Kid are sure to love the Rooster Teeth collective’s first feature which is a cocktail homage to blockbuster sci-fi nostalgia, weird creatures, crude humour and hilarious romance. Directed by Matt Hullum, FrightFest will be hosting the European Premiere.

In the 1970s a message comes from outer space. Aliens are challenging humanity to a duel and information is on its way to explain everything. However that mysterious package still hasn’t arrived in 2015 despite the US government remaining on full alert and Earth’s ‘One True Warrior’ constantly training. When the delivery ends up in the hands of a ragtag band of idiots, complete global destruction looks inevitable... »

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Dare You Witness The Lazarus Effect?
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 14th Oct 2015

Lazarus_effect_dvd2dThe Lazarus Effect follows a group of researchers led by Frank (Mark Duplass; Safety Not Guaranteed) and his fiancée Zoe (Olivia Wilde; Tron: Legacy), who've achieved the unimaginable – bringing the dead back to life. After a successful, yet unsanctioned, trial on a newly deceased animal, the team is ready to unveil their breakthrough to the world. When the university learns of their underground experiments, their project is unexpectedly shut down.

Frank, Zoe and their team (Donald Glover; Community, Sarah Bolger; The Spiderwick Chronicles and Evan Peters; X-Men: Days of Future Past, American Horror Story) take matters into their own hands, launching a rogue attempt to recreate their experiment, during which things go terribly wrong and one of their own, Zoe, is horrifica... »

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Blood Moon - DVD Review
By James Whittington
Posted in: Reviews, Tuesday 13th Oct 2015

Blood MoonBlood Moon - DVD Review

Studiocanal

Certificate 15

There seems to be a bit of a rush of werewolf movies at the moment which is a good thing as I like these creature features no matter how predictable they can be. But what’s this? A werewolf movie set in the Wild West but shot in the UK? Surely this can’t work… can it?

Colorado – 1887. A stagecoach full of passengers is held hostage by two outlaws on the run from the law. But events take an unexpected turn when the group fall prey to a mythical creature known to locals as a skin walker to others a werewolf. They must settle their differences and combine their strengths if they’re going survive the night of a blood red moon.

Brimming with invention and smart direction from Jeremy Wooding, Blood Moon»

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Pride And Prejudice And Zombies - Brand New Teaser Trailer And Teaser Poster
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 11th Oct 2015

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies TeaserAlready causing quite a storm, Pride And Prejudice And Zombies will reach cinemas early next year.

The cast includes Lily James, Sam Riley, Jack Huston, Bella Heathcote, Douglas Booth, Suki Waterhouse, Matt Smith and Charles Dance.

A mysterious plague has fallen upon 19th century England, the land is overrun with the undead and feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is a master of martial arts and weaponry.

Casting aside personal and social prejudices, Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy must unite on the blood-soaked battlefield to rid the country of the zombie menace and discover their true love for one another.

Pride And Prejudice And Zombies shuffles into theatres 12th February 2016 tha... »

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Tales Of Halloween - New Trailer
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 10th Oct 2015
Tales Of HalloweenNamed “the best horror anthology since Trick 'r Treat” by Fangoria and “among the best Halloween-themed horror movies ever made” by DailyDead, Tales Of Halloween is the new, critically acclaimed film that weaves together ten chilling tales from horror's top directors. Ghosts, ghouls, monsters, and the devil delight in terrorizing unsuspecting residents of a suburban neighborhood on Halloween night.

The all-star directorial lineup includes Neil Marshall (Game of Thrones, The Descent), Darren Lynn Bousman (SAW 2,3,4), Lucky McKee (The Woman, All Cheerleaders Must Die), and Mike Mendez (Gravedancers, Big Ass Spider!). Cameos by horror heavyweights such as Barry Bostwick (The Rocky ... »

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Booth' Blog: Horror's Haunted Halloween Season Is Coming...
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Saturday 10th Oct 2015

EB Image 1I know us Horror fiends need no reminding, Halloween will be upon us by the end of the month, a festival that gets bigger every year, with the costumes getting more political and the parties even more inventive! Horror Channel is no different with a special two week long film season showing spooky celluloid of the spectral kind every night at 9pm in the run up to Samhain. There’s so much on offer here I’m going to concentrate on the first week of Haunted Halloween to get you all in the mood for a good scare!

The season includes five film premieres and kicks off with An American Haunting on Saturday 17th. The movie is based on the real life court case of The Bell Witch – the only time in U.S history a ghost was acknowledged as a murderer! Back in 1818 Tenn... »

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Doctor Who: The Underwater Menace Finally Coming To DVD
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 8th Oct 2015

UK Underwater DVD 2D RGBFeaturing the imitable Patrick Troughton as the Second Doctor and packed with a small but perfectly formed selection of extras, Doctor Who: The Underwater Menace will be available on DVD from 26th October.

The Underwater Menace is the fifth serial of the fourth season, which was first broadcast in four weekly parts from 14 January 1967 to 4 February 1967. The story introduces Jamie McCrimmon's (Frazer Hines) on his first journey with the Doctor as a travelling companion. This special release will contain the two re-mastered existing episodes, with the two missing episodes represented with restored audio and surviving stills, as well as over an hour of extras.

Extras

Commentary - For episode 1, Interview with actor Michael... »

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Hellraiser: The Scarlet Box - This Year's Must Have Blu-ray Release
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 5th Oct 2015

Hellraiser Box SetArrow Video has announced the release of Hellraiser: The Scarlet Box, a limited edition run of 5,000 deluxe box-sets featuring Clive Barker’s iconic and seminal horror classic Hellraiser. Arriving in time for Halloween on 26th October 2015, this exclusive box set will include the first three films in the Hellraiser saga alongside an abundance of bonus materials and never-before-seen footage.

These terrifying and original films will boast brand new 2k restorations along with hours of archival content and newly produced extras including audio commentaries and interviews with Clive Barker, Doug Bradley and Sean Chapman in his first interview on the Hellraiser films in decades.

The 4-disc set will also include the newly edi... »

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FrightFest Announces Line-Up For Halloween 2015 Event
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, News, Sunday 4th Oct 2015

Belly of the BulldogA totally shocking threequel, a haunted house of horrors, demonic possession, claustrophobic tank terror, a head-spinning brutal thriller and a surprise movie…it can only be the Film4 FrightFest Halloween event, which is back at the Prince Charles Cinema on Saturday 24th October with six brand new movies, including two World premieres, a European and two UK premieres.

This year’s Shockathon kicks off at 11am with the surprise movies which guarantees a sci-fi cocktail of weird creatures, crude humour and hilarious action. Next up is the UK Premiere of The Vatican Tapes, a dynamic, unusual and thrilling exorcism shocker by Crank director Mark Neveldine. This is followed by the World Premiere of The Unspoken, a chill-orientated sinister ghost story... »

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Lovarzi's Official Doctor Who Range Celebrates The Past
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 4th Oct 2015

DW Scarf ReplicaAfter the success of the Seventh Doctor Jumper and Paisley Silk Scarf, Lovarzi continues to cater for cosplaying Sylvester McCoy fans (and snappy dressers!) with the Seventh Doctor Hanky, digitally-printed in Italy.

Designed by Ken Trew, the BBC purchased about 20 red hankies to wrap around the Time Lord's panama hat, and Sylvester McCoy stepped out in his now-iconic costume in Time And The Rani (1987). This intricate hanky, also presented in a gift box, adds a touch of finesse for fans battling Daleks, the Kandy Man, and the Gods of Ragnarok; scheming against Fenric and his Haemovore hordes... or even attending conventions!

Lovarzi's original screen-accurate replica of the Fourth Doctor Scarf remains a bestseller, but many keep that solely for cosplaying. That's why the company has made a short... »

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Let's Do The Time Warp Again!
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 30th Sep 2015

TRHPS 40th AnniversaryGet ready to do the time warp again as The Rocky Horror Picture Show 40th Anniversary – the ultimate midnight movie – comes home on Blu-ray on 5th October from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Featuring an all-star cast, including: Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick and Meat Loaf, The Rocky Horror Picture Show quickly became a pop cultural phenomenon passed down from generation to generation. Now, after four decades, it’s back!

A Lou Adler/Michael White Production directed by Jim Sharman, this cinematic classic follows sweethearts Brad (Barry Bostwick) and Janet (Susan Sarandon) as they are stuck with a flat tire during a storm and discover the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry), a sweet transvestit... »

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Dare You Download? V/H/S Viral Arrives In October
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 28th Sep 2015

VHS VIRAL 2DGet ready for multi story scares this October as V/H/S Viral comes to DVD and VOD.

V/H/S Viral is the explosive third and final installment in the celebrated American horror anthology trilogy. This time the writers and directors promise to take us to some crazed, dark places:

Vicious Circles - Fame-obsessed teens hell-bent on filming high-speed car chases to capture the next viral video discover they are the stars of a lethal sensation...
Dante The Great - An untalented illusionist discovers a cloak that grants him the power to perform real magic. He quickly becomes famous but learns the cloak requires sacrifices to work...
Parallel Monsters - A successfully created inter-dimensional portal leads to demonic parallel version... »

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Booth's Blog: Update On My New Horror Movie!
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Sunday 27th Sep 2015
I’m in a new Horror film!

Yes, now and then I need to stretch my vocal cords to earn my ‘British Scream Queen’ stripes and was recently cast in a new comedy horror called Shed Of The Dead which has just been green lit! Clearly a comedy horror (given the title) this is of course is a zombie flick in the vein of Shaun the replacement Shed referring to the man cave a particular RPG nerd occupies when he needs ‘alone man time’ – or rather indulging his alter ego the battle mage Casimir The Destroyer.

I read the script and instantly thought it was really funny, it’s not often a script makes you laugh out loud so I agreed to take on the role of supporting character Harriet, who is, shall we say a little bit vacant! But I also have an alter ego of sorts (one the men dream up!) called Morana so I get to indulge my own inner Xena and wear a fantastic bit of leather and bones!!

The team have brought together some real horror names (genre fans will of cour... »

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FrightFest Presents Titles Announced
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, News, Tuesday 22nd Sep 2015

FrightFest Presents logo-1Discover true terror on October 19th as Icon Film Distribution and FrightFest, the UK's leading genre film festival, team up to launch FrightFest Presents, an all-new expert driven social community-building label ready to deliver true shocks and scares straight into your home just in time for Halloween and beyond...FrightFest Presents will bring you the most unsettling feature films from the festival; a series of movies that wowed and earned critical accliam hand-picked by FrightFest directors Alan Jones and Paul McEvoy.

You’ll even have Alan and Paul on hand to guide you through each film thanks to specially filmed introductions in the spirit of the much-loved Moviedrome. No need to wait for the next fest - this is year-round FrightFest in your home!

Paul McEvoy... »

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Have A Haunted Halloween With Horror Channel This October
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Tuesday 22nd Sep 2015

The PossessionAll treats and no tricks… Horror Channel celebrates Halloween with a special Haunted Halloween Season, a spectral selection of movies which will take possession of the nation’s TVs every night for two weeks in October - from Saturday 17th to Saturday 31st all starting at 9pm.

Here is the full line-up:

In the Network Premiere of An American Haunting on October 17th the wind whispers ominous warnings of death before a malevolent entity arrives to claim the life of a young girl as director/writer Courtney Solomon brings author Brent Monahan's chilling, fact-based story of supernatural murder to the screen in this tale of terror starring Donald Sutherland, Sissy Spacek and James D’Arcy. There's a UK TV Premiere on the 18th where we witness a »

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Its The Most Frightening Time Of The Year!
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 19th Sep 2015

A Christmas Horror StoryChristmas: a time of joy, peace and goodwill...unless you live in Bailey Downs. For some folks in this small town Christmas Eve isn't about getting together with loved ones and exchanging presents - it's a desperate fight for survival.

A perfect horror for fans of both contemporary and classic horror, it's little wonder why A Christmas Horror Story was specially selected as a star attraction at FrightFest 2015. It follows in the tradition of festive horrors Silent Night, Deadly Night and Black Christmas, and with its interwoven stories puts a unique seasonal spin on the portmanteau style of horror made popular by films such as Creepshow and Asylum.

William Shatner is typically brilliant as the narrator and leads a cast... »

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Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! Coming To VOD And DVD
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 19th Sep 2015

Sharknado 3Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! will be unleashed onto Digital Download and VOD on November 9th and DVD November 23rd.

When Fin (Ian Ziering) and April (Tara Reid) head to Florida, they are quickly warned of trouble ahead as the Sunshine State is overcome with strong winds and a dangerous tumult of rain. Suddenly, the pair find themselves in the midst of a terrifying and ruthless Sharknado, but it’s just the beginning...

As the sharks tear up the coast and head towards Washington D.C. Fin and April realise time is running out for them to warn the capital, stop the Sharknado for the third time and save the President of the United States from a brutal fate!
As ever, tongue is wedged firmly in cheek, giving writer Thunder Levin (Sharknado, Sharknado 2) and director An... »

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Knock Knock Its Keanu Reeves!
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 16th Sep 2015

Knock KnockKeanu Reeves stars in Eli Roth's acclaimed shocker Knock Knock which is coming to DVD and Blu-ray in October.

Evan Webber (Reeves) is a happily married architect who appears to have everything a man could ever dream of – a loving and successful wife, two beautiful children and an expensive home.

During a weekend alone, his peaceful existence is interrupted by the sudden arrival of two lost and seemingly innocent young girls.

After naively inviting them in while they wait for a taxi, the night takes a sudden and disturbing turn when a debaucherous mistake evolves into a living nightmare.

Knock Knock will be released by Entertainment in Video on DVD and Blu-Ray on October 19th.

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Interview With Adam Mason Director Of Hangman
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Wednesday 16th Sep 2015

ADAM MASON PICFrightFest is but a distant memory but tonight at 9pm we take a look at this amazing event in a 30 minute special. One of my favourite movies from FrightFest 2015 was Hangman from Adam Mason. We chatted to Adam about Hangman and where the initial concept for this unnerving movie came from.

HC: Last time we spoke we chatted about the superb Blood River, what have you been up to since then?

AM: The short version is that I got married and had two kids. The longer version would be that I moved to Los Angeles off the back of The Devils Chair in early 2007, made Blood River and have been here ever since. I didn't really intend to stay, but sort of fell in love with the place and have an American wife and two kids now. ... »

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New Doctor Who Partworks In Shops Now!
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 15th Sep 2015

DWCH_Issue 2Written by the experts behind Doctor Who Magazine, Doctor Who – The Complete History is a unique book collection that goes behind the TV cameras to document the making of the world’s longest running science fiction series from 1963 to the present day.

Scripts, casting, film locations, studio recordings, broadcast, ratings and merchandise are all covered in detail for each and every adventure, along with full story details and profiles of the cast and crew, all illustrated by a wealth of colour and black and white photographs.

From script to screen, discover how every adventure of all 12 Doctors was created.

Look out for it now in newsagents and for more information click here.

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Booth's Blog: FrightFest, Jigsaw And Hollywood Royalty!
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Monday 14th Sep 2015
It’s a big month for us here at Horror Channel we had the network premiere of American Psycho last Saturday and I was charmed by the response on Twitter with a certain fan saying they watched it in their pants whilst Genesis played in the background, and others remembering the first time they watched it in the cinema laughing out loud while the rest of the audience tutted in disgust (not understanding the black comedy element of course!)

It doesn’t stop there with three more superb stylish and sexy premieres this weekend and of course I present all the news, reviews and interviews from this year’s big horror celebration, FrightFest. So, if you didn’t catch the fest in person, then watch my FrightFest 2015 show Wednesday 16th at 9pm. My highlights included interviewing gorgeous legend Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator, We Are Still Here) Hammer goddess Caroline Munro and seeing Toyah Wilcox from Steve Oram’s totally bonkers cult movie Aaaaaaaah!

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Interview With Victoria Smurfit Star Of Bait
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Tuesday 8th Sep 2015

VS HeadshotOne of the strongest and most-talked about movies to come out of FrightFest 2015 was Bait. This brutal revenge movie caused quite a stir and is gaining rave reviews wherever it’s shown. Here we speak to one of its stars, Victoria Smurfit about this and her future acting plans.

HC: You’ve been acting for some time but how did you get your first big break?

VS: When I was at drama school there was a blanket call for Irish actresses for Run Of The Country. Albert Finney’s girlfriend, Penny had met me around that time and mentioned me to Albert. Ros and John Hubbard auditioned me and I spent my 2nd Drama School summer in Ireland filming. We took it to Toronto film fest and LA and hit the red carpets. It was an eye opener… and a gift.

HC: How did yo... »

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Interview With Joe Chien Director Of Zombie Fight Club
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Sunday 6th Sep 2015

Zombie Fight Club DVD CoverFrightFest is all about delivering the very best the world has to offer in the name of horror entertainment. Joe Chien's Zombie Fight Club is a gore-drenched, violent zombie-fest that delivers on every level and I was lucky enough to have a quick chat to him about this amazing undead shocker.

HC: Have you always been a horror movie fan?

JC: I was a street vendor in a night market near a theatre. I've seen what society looks like after midnight. There was criminal underworld with gun fire. I lived in a horror movie!

HC: Was there one particular movie that inspired you to be become a director?

JC: When I was just a child, I watched a VHS videotape called Beast Cops by Golden Chan, a HK dir... »

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Interview With Mark Murphy Director Of Awaiting
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Sunday 6th Sep 2015

Awaiting DVD CoverShowing as part of FrightFest 2015 was the superb psychological thriller Awaiting. You’ll get a chance to see this when its released onto DVD and digital download on September 7th and we were lucky enough to chat to the director, Mark Murphy just before FrightFest about this much talked about movie.

HC: Where did the idea for Awaiting come from and did it take long to write?

MM: I’ve always wanted to make a Psychological thriller ever since I saw Seven, this was a story I had had in my back pocket for a while, the premise of a victim being caught in the middle of a rather disturbing father/daughter relationship, I must concede the victim trapped against his will isn’t a new premise, and I owe a nod to a lot of films, but I feel wit... »

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New Doctor Who Book To Reveal Design Secrets
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 6th Sep 2015

DW Impossible worldsFor the first time, the Doctor Who Art Department are opening their doors to reveal a unique, behind-the-scenes look at one of the most loved series on British Television in the much anticipated hardback Doctor Who: Impossible Worlds from BBC Books.

Whether it’s iconic sets like the TARDIS console room, recurring villains like the Daleks or the Cybermen, or the smallest hand prop featured in the briefest of scenes, this book showcases the work of the Doctor Who art department in glorious detail.

Discover how the designers work with the costume, make-up and special effects teams to produce the alien worlds, and how the work has evolved from the programme’s ‘classic’ era to the panoramic alien worlds and technologies that delight audiences today.

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Full Details For Grimmfest 2015
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 6th Sep 2015

Grimmfest 2015 PosterGrimmfest, Manchester's Festival of Horror, Cult and Fantastic Film is back; and its 2015 line up is bigger, bolder, and bloodier than ever before. During the first four days of October, Grimmfest will be celebrating its seventh shocking year by screening in Manchester on one of the largest screens in the Odeon's Northern Flagship venue at The Printworks to unleash their latest and greatest line-up of dark, dangerous, wild, weird, witty, thrilling, chilling, blood-spilling movies, every one of them a premiere of one kind or another.

The Gala Opening Night will contain the North West Premiere of the nerve-racking rural shocker The Hallow which opens the festival, with special guests director Corin Hardy (who secured directorial duties on the upcoming ... »

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Radio 4 Dramatisation Of The Exorcist Coming To CD
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 6th Sep 2015

Exorcist ImageWilliam Peter Blatty’s classic horror novel The Exorcist was turned into one of the most controversial yet celebrated horror movies of all time way back in 1973. In 2014 BBC Radio produced an audio drama of the book starring Robert Glenister and Ian McDiarmid which is finally being released on October 1st thanks to BBC Audio.

Summoned to a case of apparent possession, Father Karras is at first sceptical, then horrified. The victim –a 12-year-old girl named Regan – seems to be controlled by a malign supernatural force that makes her swear, blaspheme, scream in agony and perform appalling acts. Attempting to find a rational explanation for the girl’s behaviour, Karras tries to talk to Regan, only to find himself locking horns with the demon inside her head. Its many voices mock him, tor... »

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Booth's Blog - FrightFest's Best Bits!
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Saturday 5th Sep 2015
I am still recovering from an insane few days at this year’s FrightFest but wanted to give you an insight into my personal experience at the fest without divulging too much as I get the feeling ‘what happens at FrightFest stays at FrightFest!’

Thursday kicked off with a bang as we went straight into filming the links for our big half hour special FrightFest 2015 which you can see in all its glory on Wednesday 16th September at 9pm. Then it was on to our first interview with the director of the opening night premiere Cherry Tree David Keating plus two of his incredibly glamorous Irish actresses. You always think directors and their cast and going to be very serious about their projects but more often than not they just want to have a bit of a laugh with you. Cherry Tree is basically a good old fashioned witchcraft movie (or should that be bitchcraft?) with insanely good make up effects and lots of squeamish giant centipedes that literally get under your skin. He lapped it up at... »

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Interview With Kevin And Matt McManus Producers Of Slumlord
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Thursday 3rd Sep 2015

McManus Bros Director ShotOne of the stand-out movies for me at FrightFest was Slumlord which was directed by Victor Zarcoff and produced by Matt and Kevin McManus it’s a tense and nerve tingling thriller played by a superb cast. Here the McManus Brothers chat about this cracking movie.

HC: How did you get into producing movies?

MB: We’ve been making movies since we were kids. We started out with a production company we created back in elementary school with our best friend, Andy Gould. Considering our initials, we only thought it natural to name the company MGM2. We’ve been making movies ever since. We used to make a lot of horror movies back in high school, so we’ve been itching to do a full horror feature for a while now.

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Legend - New Vinyl Release For Jerry Goldsmith Score
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 1st Sep 2015

Legend cover(1)Ridley Scott’s 1985 cult fantasy Legend , whichfamously starred a young Tom Cruise, had two soundtracks and delivered one of the most iconic looking horror bad-guys in the history of cinema, known as “Darkness” played impeccably by Tim Curry.

The original Jerry Goldsmith score was preferred by Scott and was used in the Director’s Cut (2002) including several songs: “My True Love’s Eyes”, “Living River”, Bumps and Hollows”, “Sing the Wee” and “Reunited”.

This extended version of the soundtrack from Silva Screen Records makes its vinyl debut on this Special Edition release, using amazing original artwork by artist Vance Kelly, who has also designed a Limited Edition poster, released simultaneously and available from ... »

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Tales Of Halloween Closes The Door On FrightFest 2015
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Tuesday 1st Sep 2015

Tales of Halloween PosterAll good things must come to an end and FrightFest 2015 concluded with Tales Of Halloween, a multi-story movie from some of today’s most exciting writers and directors with more cameos than you could shake a witche's broomstick at.

The driving force behind the movie Axelle Carolyn introduced the movie alongside Neil Marshall and Pollyana McIntosh dedicating its screening to Wes Craven.

Directed by Darren Lynn Bousman, Axelle Carolyn, Adam Gierasch, Andrew Kasch, Neil Marshall, Lucky McKee, Mike Mendez, Dave Parker, Ryan Schifrin, John Skipp and Paul Solet we experienced ten tales of terror that unfolded in a sleepy American suburb on All Hallows Eve as ghouls, imps, aliens, goblins, demons, axe murders and serial killers roamed the witching hour. W... »

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If You Missed This Do Try And See it
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Monday 31st Aug 2015

Night Of The Living DebThere has been a number of films from the festival that I just haven’t had time to cover but really enjoyed.

Night Of The Living Deb from Kyle Rankin is a great rom-zom-com that balances comedy and horror perfectly. Splashed with Rankin’s keen eye for detail the film and sense of fun, this is best seen with an audience of like-minded horror fans.

After a girls' night out, endearingly awkward Deb wakes up in the apartment of the most attractive guy in Portland, Maine. She's thrilled, but can't remember how she got there. Pretty boy Ryan only knows it was a mistake and ushers her out the door... into a full-scale zombie apocalypse. Now, a walk of shame becomes a fight for survival as the mismatched pair discovers that the only thing scarier than trusting ... »

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Interview With Chad Archibald Director Of Bite
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Monday 31st Aug 2015

Chad Archibald director of BiteBody horror is always a bit of a strange one to get right but director Chad Archibald nails it with his movie Bite. Here he chats about this supremely gross movie.

HC: Where did the idea for Bite come from?

CA: A while back, my sister in law came back from doing some animal rescue work in Guatemala and she was telling me what it was like living in the jungle. She had to sleep in nets because there were so many crazy insects everywhere. She showed me her arms and legs and they were just covered in bug bits and I just thought “Wow, you don’t even know what all these bites are from” followed by the thought “What if one of those just kept getting worse”. From there the idea evolved!

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A Movie That Will Really Bug You!
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Monday 31st Aug 2015

Bite posterBody horror is always a sub-part of the genre that splits the fans in two. The work of maestro David Cronenberg was equally repulsive and challenging as it was beautiful and inventive and even when he went more mainstream with movies like The Fly he stayed true to his independent origins of Rabid. His influence is all over Chad Archibald’s superb Bite which is showing today at one of the Discovery Screens.

While on her hen party getaway to exotic Costa Rica, bride-to-be Casey gets a seemingly harmless bite from an unknown insect while bathing in an idyllic jungle pool. But after returning home with matrimonial cold feet, she starts exhibiting alien behaviour as what crept under her skin starts taking hold. Between physical transformation and wedding anxiety, Casey succumbs to her n... »

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A Rather Grown Up Fairytale!
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Monday 31st Aug 2015
Nina Forever PostefWell it’s the last day of FrightFest and once again the programme is offering a mountain of diversity and themes. From disappearing curtains to body horror, from messed up fairy tales to anthologies FrightFest 2015 seems to have it all. On the main screen Nina Forever is causing quite a stir with a marketing campaign that’s built to shock as well as intrigue would be viewers.

Rob is a supermarket shelf-filler who tried to kill himself after depression brought on by the sudden tragic death of his girlfriend Nina. Checkout girl Holly has a morbid fascination with pain and death and puts Rob on her want list. Sexual sparks fly when they do finally get together. There’s just one problem. Even though she’s dead, sarcastic Nina has no intention of letting go of her ex. But can Rob ... »

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Goodbye Wes, Thanks For All The Nightmares
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Monday 31st Aug 2015

FF 2015 - poster artwork - WEB-1 SmallFrightFest goers are waking up to the sad news that the legendary horror director Wes Craven has died aged 76, he had been suffering from brain cancer.

His first film, The Last House On The Left dared to push boundaries when it was released in 1972, something he continued to do throughout his career. He was a true visionary in the world of horror, The Hills Have Eyes (1977) gave way to survival horror where The Serpent And The Rainbow in 1988, Shocker in 1989 and The People Under The Stairs 1991 proved he could handle stories from all walks of life.

But Craven will always be remembered for re-inventing the slasher genre, twice! A Nightmare On Elm Street gave the world its finest anti-hero F... »

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Do Not Rent From This Guy!
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Sunday 30th Aug 2015

SlumlordSlumlord, which is getting its European premiere here at FrightFest is a thriller that will unnerve many viewers, nor just because what it shows, but what it doesn’t. Director Victor Zarcoff takes a simple story line and cranks the tension up to 11 with an outstanding central performance from Neville Archambault as the evil landlord Gerald.

Newlyweds Claire and Ryan have just moved into a new house. Both are hoping Claire’s pregnancy will be the cement needed to hold their already fraying relationship together. Little do they know their marital issues are the least of their problems. For unbeknownst to them, their scruffy, sleazy and lascivious landlord has installed numerous miniature cameras all over their home and has been spying on them from Day One. Then Ryan begins an office affair, and the landlord ... »

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Anthony DiBlasi - Genius!
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Sunday 30th Aug 2015

Most Likely To Die PosterMore cracking movies for the FrightFest goers today and another pair of films that are at opposite ends of the horror spectrum; Most Likely To Die and Slumlord which I’ll talk about in another post.

Most Likely To Die is an old-school slasher but with 21st century values and effects. Directed by Horror Channel favourite Anthony DiBlasi, the movie focuses on a 10-year High School reunion hosted by a disgraced ice hockey player. Soon the party takes a deadly turn when one-by-one the former classmates, each with a secret shared history, turn up dead according to their senior yearbook superlatives. Who is the masked psycho with the razor-sharp mortarboard and what exactly is his problem?

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Interview With Anthony DiBlasi Director Of Most Likely To Die
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Sunday 30th Aug 2015

Anthony DiBlasi SmallAnthony DiBlasi is one of the most creative directors around and his latest must-see movie Most Likely To Die is showing at FrightFest today. We had a quick chat with this fine fellow.

HC: What drew you to Most Likely To Die?

AD: I wanted to create a villain that fans would want to study and fetishize and get to know on deeper level than just want to film provided them. The Graduate in Most Likely To Die is my attempt at such a villain. I saw an opportunity to create a monster that was cut from the same cloth as the ones I loved growing up but also original and bold.

HC: It has the traditional slasher elements such as a remote location, horny young adults etc, is it a genre you enjoyed w... »

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Interview With Abner Pastoll Director Of Road Games
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Sunday 30th Aug 2015

Director Abner Pastoll photoRoad Games from Abner Pastoll is getting its world premiere today on the Horror Channel screen. This brilliant movie is a superb psychological thriller that deserves to be seen by a wider audience. Here we chatted to Abner about this cracking movie.

HC: Is it true you started making films when you were 4?

AP: Nothing I’d show anybody! Yes, I was fortunate enough to be around a lot of film and video gadgets as my dad had a lot of them hanging around, but even more importantly: our family had a cinema. I used to watch films over and over, like 3 or 4 showings in a row, and became obsessed. I wanted to be inside the movies. I picked up a camera and never looked back. I started shooting things, anything – peo... »

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Road To Hell
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Sunday 30th Aug 2015

Road GamesI like psychological horror, the way it can play with your mind and keep you second guessing as to what is going to happen in tense situations, Abner Pastoll’s supremely slick thriller Road Games is such a movie and is getting its world premiere today.

When hitchhiker Jack rescues Véronique from a road rage altercation, the twosome decide to travel together for safety’s sake after learning a serial killer is cutting a murderous swathe through the region. Tired and hungry they decide against their better judgment to take up an offer to stay the night at a mysterious elderly couple’s mansion. Let the deranged, demented and bloody escapades begin…

One of the real stand-out movies for me, Road Games has everything you want from a movie; a great cast, a tight script ... »

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Don't Go in The Loft!
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Sunday 30th Aug 2015

HangmanI’ve already mentioned about the many different genres being covered at FrightFest 2015, but one that truly does unnerve the viewer then that’s the home invasion genre. But in recent years thanks to advances in technology our privacy is being invaded in more ways than one.

Adam Mason’s gritty movie Hangman is part found footage part psychological shocker it’s a back-to-basics piece that proves home is where the horror is.

Arriving back from a two-week holiday, the Miller family unwittingly play host to a cold-hearted malevolent intruder who has broken into their home - and stayed there. Feeling violated, they have no idea he’s still watching their every move on surveillance cameras the meticulous interloper has secretly installed. Nor do they realise their true nightmares have only just begun. ... »

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Interview With Ben Cresciman Director Of Sun Choke
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Sunday 30th Aug 2015

Sun ChokeAs always variety is the spice of FrightFest and the mixed programme of movies makes it so unmissable. Sun Choke is a movie that dares to be different, a psychological drama with violent undertones the film is trippy and at times menacing director Ben Cresciman has created a very original piece. Here he chats about this much talked about movie.

HC: Where did the concept for Sun Choke come from?

BC: It started as a sort of sunlit, psychological character study of two lonely and disturbed women. But the more I learned about them, the more horrific their story became. There was this pervading sense of unease and dread that I could see was ready to detonate. That slow burn to detonation is what the film ultimately became.

HC: Did the idea and characters change m... »

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This One Knows The Gore Score!
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Saturday 29th Aug 2015

DeathgasmOne thing I love about FrightFest is Saturday night. This is usually dedicated to a movie that must be seen with a huge, like-minded audience. This year the big “must see with a like-minded audience” is Jason Lei Howden’s stunning, blood-splattered, gore-drenched masterpiece, Deathgasm.

When metal-thrashing outcast Brodie meets a kindred spirit in Zakk, they start their own band Deathgasm. Soon the duo’s resentment of the suburban wasteland leads them to sheet music said to grant the Ultimate Power to whoever plays it. But the music also summons the ancient evil entity Aeloth The Blind One who threatens to tear apart existence itself. With their classmates and family inhabited by demonic forces that turns them into psycho killers, can the wicked force be stopped devouring all mankind?

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Interview With Sierra McCormick Star Of Some Kind Of Hate
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Saturday 29th Aug 2015

Sierra McCormickSierra McCormick has been acting for a long time and is only 17 years of age! Her latest role is in the gripping shocker Some Kind Of Hate. We chatted to Sierra about her career to date and what it was like creating possibly the next big horror icon.

HC: Are you a big horror movie fan?

SM: Yes, I have always been a big horror fan from a young age. Ever since I saw Poltergeist when I was 10 years old. Some of my favourites include: The Orphanage, Eraserhead, Ringu, Cannibal Holocaust and The Shining.

HC: What did you think of the script for Some Kind Of Hate when you read it for the first time and did you have to audition for the role?

SM: When I first read SKOH »

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Interview With Ronen Rubinstein Star Of Some Kind Of Hate
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Saturday 29th Aug 2015

Ronen RubinsteinA real rising star of the moment, Ronen Rubinstein takes the central role of Lincoln in the superb shocker Some Kind Of Hate. Here he chats about that movie and his future plans.

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

RR: I wouldn't necessarily say I wanted to be an actor from a young age. However I did always enjoy entertaining people anyway I could since I was just a little dude. I guess the performing urge was always there for me.

HC: Are you a horror movie fan?

RR: I’m a fan of all film genres. As long as they have a solid artistic touch to the film. So yeah, I definitely enjoy some horror films.

HC: How did you get involved with Some Kind Of Hate?

RR: I ... »

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Interview With Adam Egypt Mortimer Director Of Some Kind Of Hate
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Saturday 29th Aug 2015

Some Kind Of Hate PosterSome Kind Of Hate is a horror movie with a message. Not as rare as you may think at first but never has specific subjects been tackled with such ferocity. Here I chat to director Adam Egypt Mortimer about this incredibly powerful movie.

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

AM: When I was very young I didn’t think of it as an industry of course, but I have an early memory of finding a published version of The Exorcist screenplay on my uncle’s bookshelf. I read it -- at least some of it, this was early in my reading skills development -- and then I remember trying to mimic the format. I may have gotten a few pages into a script about a werewolf. And then a few years late... »

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Horror With A Social Message
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Saturday 29th Aug 2015

Some Kind Of Hate PosterApart from demon babies and urban horror FrightFest has also brought back the slasher! There’s a notable rise in quality too with Some Kind Of Hate showing today and Most Likely To Die which is tomorrow.

The premise for Some Kind Of Hate is all about redemption and if your past came back for you as a fully formed, physical thing that was going to kill you? Tightly wound Lincoln is a favourite target for the local high school bullies. One day he violently snaps and is sent to the Mind’s Eye Academy, a remote desert reformatory. But the harassment doesn’t stop and in despair he accidentally summons the kindred spirit of Moira, a girl tormented to suicide in the same establishment, who is more than happy to t... »

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Interview With Joanne Mitchell Star Of Bait
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Saturday 29th Aug 2015

Joanne Mitchell star of BaitJoanne Mitchell is a multi-talented lady who is no stranger to Horror Channel viewers, her film Before Dawn is a firm favourite with us and her latest movie Bait (directed by husband Dominic Brunt) is having a special preview at FrightFest today.

Here Joanne chats about Before Dawn, Bait and future plans.

HC: After the huge success of Before Dawn were you eager to get back in front of the camera to be directed by Dominic?

JM: I loved shooting Before Dawn. We, as a small team of actors and crew, had such fun, that yes, I was really looking forward to acting and working with Dom aga... »

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Interview With Dominic Brunt Director Of Bait
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Saturday 29th Aug 2015
dominic_brunt Though Dominic Brunt is well known on TV as Emmerdale's super vet Paddy, he's making big waves as a director. His first movie, Before Dawn is a huge Horror Channel favourite and his latest movie, Bait is getting a special preview today at FrightFest.

Here Dominic chats about his movies and his future directorial plans.

HC: Your first movie, Before Dawn was a huge success, were you tempted to do another horror movie?

DB: I'll definitely make more horror movies. We're in pre-production with two over the next four years at the moment. That's where my heart is. I think even though "Bait" is a thriller, there's enough show off gore and violence to entertain the horror crowd.

HC: What pressure d... »

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Urban Horror Targets Real Life At FrightFest
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Saturday 29th Aug 2015

BaitThere’s a strong theme of Urban Horror at FrightFest today with a number of movies that bring horror home, all in very different ways but all seem to highlight some of the true horrors some people face everyday.

The first one is Dominic Brunt’s brutal, bloody but brilliant movie Bait. Anyone who has seen Dominic’s first movie Before Dawn which has been shown on Horror Channel will know he has an eye for detail and this story of two desperate women is as timely as it could be.

Two women who dream of opening their own café in a work-depressed northern town go to the wrong person for a loan in this chilling allegory of the economic brutality independent businesses face within the austerity-led banking system. Unable to meet the outrageous payment demands, the hardened duo must find it within t... »

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What The Hell Was That?
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Friday 28th Aug 2015

AAAAAAAAH!There’s a few theme’s running through FrighFest 2015 rather than just one specific genre over-powering others. Demon babies, paranormal disturbances and creature features are making this one of the most varied FrightFest’s in a while.

It is also the home of bizarre and unpredictable movies that really cannot be catagorised.

Step forward AAAAAAAAH!, which is getting its world premiere at the moment. Directed and starring Steve Oram it’s cast is an eclectic mix containing Julian Rhind-Tutt, Toyah Willcox, Noah Fielding and Julian Barratt.

Alpha Male Smith and his Beta, Keith, move to take over a local community. They hook up with restless Female, Denise, igniting a deadly feud in which emotions run high and deep-seated grudges resurface amongst the tribe. Are we not men? Or are we si... »

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Interview With Pavel Khvaleev Director Of III
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Friday 28th Aug 2015

Pavel Khvalee director of IIIWhat I love about FrightFest is the chance to catch films from all over the world and the more diverse they are the better. Pavel Khvaleev is a director with an extraordinary eye for visuals and his movie III will be getting its UK premiere later today. We spoke to him recently about this movie and what the horror movie business is like in his native country.

HC: When did you decide that you wanted to be in the film making business?

PK: Being a member of the electronic project Moonbeam, I’ve directed about 30 music videos through all these years, so one day it was decided to shoot a feature film, and the first one was a mystery drama The Random. In the end, this work was released by the Dutch distributor Black Hole Record... »

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Interview With Dan Berk and Robert Olsen Directors Of Body
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Friday 28th Aug 2015
Body DVD CoverBody is one of the real stand-out movies of FrightFest 2015. Its a strong mix of suburban horror and traditional thrills that combine to make a film that's outstanding. Here directors Dan Berk and Robert Olsen chat about this brilliant movie and plans for the future.

HC: When did you two first work together?

We met as randomly assigned roommates our freshmen year of college. When we graduated, we started a production company with a few close friends with the goal of one day making feature films. We eventually started to write together and it just kind of grew from there. We realized that we were better when working together, so our partnership expanded to include, writing, directing, editing - now we share a credit on anything we do.

HC: Who came up with th... »

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You've Got To See This Body
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Friday 28th Aug 2015

BodyAs usual the Discovery Screens are offering a superbly diverse selection of movies which are just begging to be, well, err, discovered.

Main highlights today include the unforgettable and gripping thriller Body which for me is a real stand out movie.

Body concerns three girlfriends head out for a wild night during the Christmas holidays, but their jaunt is about to turn deadly. Cali suggests they crash her rich uncle’s mansion since he’s out of town and soon they’re partying the night away. However there’s something Cali hasn’t told her BFFs and a series of questionable choices leads to an accidental death. Soon the fear of possible reprisals finds the terrified trio embarking on a course of action from which there is no return.

Body contains everything you want in a thri... »

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A Revenge Tale Of Two Halves!
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Friday 28th Aug 2015

Landmine Goes ClickRevenge is often a dish served cold but in Levan Bakhi’s Landmine Goes Click it served in a hot country by even hotter heads.

Three American tourists are crossing the desolate mountains in the formerly war-torn republic of Georgia. Daniel has just proposed to Alicia and has asked Chris to be his best man, so they stop to take a celebration photograph. Chris steps to the right, the step goes click and he finds himself standing on a landmine. From that moment on Chris cannot move or he’s dead. But then secrets are revealed, dark motives uncovered, an outside threat appears and the real nightmare unfolds. For what happens on that terrifying afternoon will become a harbinger of doom for all lost innocence.

Tense, gripping and downright nasty in places, Landm... »

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What A Picture!
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Friday 28th Aug 2015

Emilys BoothWell the first full day of FrightFest 2015 is almost underway and brings with it a Halloween horror, brutal revenge, judgement day, paranormal terror and demonic shocks! And that’s just on the main screen!

Yesterday we gave out our Horror Channel Goodie Bags and opened Emily’s Booth. This very special photo booth is located outside Screen 7 and is ready for festival goers to have their pictures taken, but we don’t want smiles, we want your finest fright-filled faces and petrifying portraits!

The best snaps will be shared across our social feeds using #beafraid and #frightfest so proceed with care and give us your best scare!

We’ll be posting more blogs and interviews throughout the day so don’t forget to keep coming back and checking out what’s happening at the UK’s finest hor... »

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A Movie With A Sting In Its Tale
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Thursday 27th Aug 2015

StungWell, FrightFest 2015 is well and truly underway and tonight still holds two more movies that are at the opposite ends of the horror spectrum, Turbo Kid and Stung.

Turbo Kid is set in 1997 where it’s a post-apocalyptic world where a young kid obsessed by comic books lives in an underground bunker and survives by scavenging in the Wasteland. His life is turned upside down when the evil Zeus who controls the water supply with an iron fist kidnaps his mysterious new friend Apple. And the reluctant hero must find the courage to face his fears if he is going to save her. OK, sounds bizarre but this perfect homage to 80s flicks is perfect fodder for FrightFest.

The same can be said for Stung (pictured) which boasts a turn from everyone... »

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Cherry Picking
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Thursday 27th Aug 2015

Cherry TreeIt’s only a matter of hours to go before FrightFest, the UK’s largest horror film festival swings into action and already there’s a buzz around Leicester Square. We’re getting ready to interview director David Keating whose movie, Cherry Tree is receiving its European Premiere and kicking off FrightFest 2015.

Cheery Tree concerns Faith whose world is turned upside down when she finds out her father is dying. When the mysteriously alluring Sissy Young becomes her field hockey coach, Faith finds a compassionate spirit and much-needed mother figure. Little does she know that Sissy is the head of a centuries-old witches' coven using the fruit of an ancient cherry tree in a secret ritual that restores life. And soon Sissy has enticed Faith into making a fateful bargain tha... »

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It's Almost Time
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Wednesday 26th Aug 2015

FF 2015 - poster artwork - WEB-1 SmallWell, that time of year where horror fans from across the country gather together for five days of the very best in horror entertainment. Yes folks its FrightFest time!

This year’s event promises to be the biggest ever with over 70 movies to choose from, countless shorts and numerous guests and surprises.

Horror Channel is sponsoring one of the main screens which will be delivering some of the finest shockers the horror movie world has to offer. 2015 is offering the most diverse programme in years with monster movies, slashers, psychological terror and seasonal shockers all lined up.

We’ll be there every step of the way with live blogs, exclusive pictures, interviews and gossip and something special for attendees,... »

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Interview With Scream Queen Barbara Crampton
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Wednesday 26th Aug 2015

BarbaraCrampton-composite-WEB1On the eve of FrightFest 2015, Barbara Crampton talks to the FrightFest team about part of the ‘horror club’, scary scripts, still doing the laundry and why Abner Pastoll is one to watch.

FF: What was your initial reaction when told you were FrightFest’s special Icon guest?

BC: First of all, I want to say thank you for having me. The importance of these film festivals for young directors to get their work seen and recognized is of the upmost importance in today’s film market. The competition to be included in one of the major genre film festivals is extremely high. When I was a young actress there were a handful of festivals where people could showcase their work. Today, there are many genre festivals across the globe that introduce the ... »

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New DVD Label - FrightFest Presents
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, News, Tuesday 25th Aug 2015

FrightFest Presents logo-1Icon Film Distribution (IFD) and FrightFest have announced the first films which will be released under the curated banner FrightFest Presents.

The seven titles selected will all have their UK theatrical premieres at the FrightFest five day festival in August at the Vue Leicester Square and represent some of the most exciting genre filmmakers working today.

The exclusive Icon and FrightFest partnership, first announced in April, will see titles released across the UK and Ireland via the distributor’s digital partners (including iTunes, Virgin Movies, Sky, Google Amazon, Xbox , Blinkbox, Google, Wuaki, TalkTalk and Volta) giving film fans instant access to some of their favourite FrightFest titles.

FrightFest Presents launches ... »

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Brand New Poster For Crimson Peak
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 20th Aug 2015

CRIM_1SHT_MAIN_UK_fAnything new from Guillermo del Toro is well worth looking at and his latest masterpiece, Crimson Peak has just been given a rather smart new poster.

Here's we know so far:

Legendary Pictures’ Crimson Peak, a co-production with Universal Pictures, is a haunting gothic horror story directed by the master of dark fairy tales, Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy series, Pacific Rim), written by del Toro, Matthew Robbins and Lucinda Coxon and starring Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston and Charlie Hunnam.

In the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author is torn between love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider. Trying to escape the ghost... »

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Saws, Psychos And Nasty Spirits Invade The Horror Channel In September
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Thursday 20th Aug 2015

Saw VAutumn just got a lot darker as Horror Channel unleashes three UK TV premieres and eight network premieres across the weekends during September – including network premieres for fear-franchise hits SAW V, SAW VI, a 15th year anniversary broadcast for Mary Arron’s sickly slick adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’ American Psycho and the menacing thriller After.Life, starring Christina Ricci and Liam Neeson.

There are also UK TV premieres for Alex Chandon’s teeth-clenching horror-comedy Inbred, controversial director James Cullen Bressack’s blood-soaked Pernicious and the found-footage shocker Dark Feed directed by Michael and Shawn Ra... »

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Twentieth Century Fox Release First Trailer For Victor Frankenstein
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 18th Aug 2015

Victor FrankensteinJames McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe star in Victor Frankenstein, a dynamic and thrilling twist on a legendary tale. To the left you'll see the very first image to be released for this movie.

Radical scientist Victor Frankenstein (James McAvoy) and his equally brilliant protégé Igor Strausman (Daniel Radcliffe) share a noble vision of aiding humanity through their groundbreaking research into immortality. But Victor’s experiments go too far, and his obsession has horrifying consequences.

Only Igor can bring his friend back from the brink of madness and save him from his monstrous creation.

The film is due in UK cinemas on December 4th and to get you in the mood here's the brand new trailer. As ever head over to our »

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Will You Dare Meet The Wind Walkers?
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 17th Aug 2015

Wind Walkers - 2D DVD cover-1Following its World Premiere at Film4 FrightFest, Russell Friedenberg’s, supernatural chiller Wind Walkers will be released in the UK on DVD and Download on September 25, ahead of the late Autumn release in the US. The film stars Zane Holz, Glen Powell, J LaRose Rudy Youngblood, Kiowa Gordon, Philip Burke, Castille Landon, Russell Friedenberg, Johnny Sequoyah and Christopher Kriesa.

A group of friends and family descend into the swamp lands of the Everglades for their annual hunting trip, only to discover that they are the ones being hunted. A malevolent entity is tracking them and they begin to realise that one of their party, Sean (Zane Holtz), may be possessed by something he has brought home from a tour of duty in the Middle East – a demon of... »

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Blood Moon Rises On DVD This October
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 17th Aug 2015

Blood MoonShaun Dooley (The Woman In Black), George Blagden (Vikings), Anna Skellern (The Descent II) and Corey Johnson (Captain Philips) star in Blood Moon, a werewolf Western set in a remote mining town that was a real highlight of FrightFest 2014.

A stagecoach full of passengers are held hostage by two outlaws on the run from the law. But events take an unexpected turn when the group fall prey to a mythical creature known to locals as a skin walker. They must settle their differences and combine their strengths if they’re going survive the night of a blood red Moon.

Blood Moon received its World premiere at FrightFest and has since participated in Dublin Horrorthon, Fantasporto, Brussels Fantastic Film Festival, Weekend of Fear, Grossmann Fantastic Film Festival, Bu... »

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Booth's Blog: "Hello. I Want To Play A Game"
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Saturday 15th Aug 2015

EB in CageI just got back from a hectic 2 day shoot for Horror Channel; it’s all go as we had to film our new and improved introductions to the film premieres coming in September as well some pre-FrightFest 2015 filming where Horror Channel has an even bigger presence with our own sponsored screen and some cheeky little surprises that the marketing team have come up with!

So you may have noticed the strange and dubious photo I’ve posted here of me stuck in a small cage. Yup, that’s my day job. And I love it. But why the need to stick Booth in a cage? Well asides from ‘why not?’ the reason behind my incarceration was to bring to life our excellent film premieres in September in an amusing and referential fashion. September not only sees 11 premieres but also sees the links longer and mor... »

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Booth's Blog: “You know you’re a horror fan when….”
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Frightfest, Monday 10th Aug 2015
With FrightFest only weeks away you’ll need to start making plans for this epic journey into “The Dark Heart of Cinema” with a record 6 different screens showing a record 76 films, this 5 days extravaganza is one hot horror ticket many a fan would probably kill to get. But we at Horror are offering a far less scary method of getting your claws on a coveted 5 day VIP pass!

Oh yes with our new Horror Channel sponsored screen we are running a devilishly good competition, here’s what you get:

• Said 5 day VIP pass to all the films on the Horror Channel sponsored Main Screen (that’s the big one baby!)
• A weekend stay in the 5-Star Radisson Blu Edwardian Hampshire hotel in Leicester Square
• 2 exclusive goody bags
• …and you can make like a horror celebrity and get yourself on the right side of the red rope with an opportunity to be photographed at the official media wall by FrightFest's house photographer!

Whoa! You want a piece of that p... »

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FrightFest 2015 Competition: You Know You're a Horror Fan When...
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, News, Friday 31st Jul 2015

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FrightFest is the biggest event in the horror entertainment industry calendar and you and a friend have the chance to be there thanks to the Horror Channel.

One lucky winner will bag a pair of VIP passes for the Horror Channel Main Screen and stay at the 5-Star Radisson Blu Edwardian Hampshire in Leicester Square.  That’s not all as you’ll also receive 2 exclusive goody bags and an opportunity to be photographed at the official media wall by FrightFest's house photographer.  You’ll get to see some of the most exciting, controversial and downright bizarre movies ever made, most of which will be receiving their European premieres long before they get a UK release.


To be in with a chance to ... »

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Terminator 2 Soundtrack - Limited Vinyl Release
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 26th Jul 2015

T2-silver-transparentOne of the finest action movie soundtracks ever written, Brad Fiedel’s iconic Terminator 2 soundtrack is being given a one-off repress on 180g in colour vinyl, (silver in transparent) thanks to Silva Screen Records.

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 very limited run of only 1,000 copies will come to stores on August 7th.

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Barbara Crampton, Rick Wakeman, James Cosmo, Toyah Willcox, Neil Marshall And Bernard Rose Amongst Guests Set To Re-Animate FrightFest
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, News, Saturday 25th Jul 2015

BarbaraCrampton-composite-WEB1Scream Queen legend Barbara Crampton is Film4 FrightFest’s special guest icon, appearing in no less than four films in this year’s line-up. She stars in We Are Still Here, Road Games and Sun Choke plus makes a cameo appearance in Tales Of Halloween. Not only will Barbara be introducing all her films, she’ll also be talking about her amazing career during a special interview event, hosted by Alan Jones, on Sun 30 August, 9.15pm.

She said: To say that I am overjoyed, excited and eager to attend FrightFest as a guest is putting it mildly. This festival has been on my radar for some time and to be included and have four films screening is a welcome nightmare from which I hope never to wake”.

FrightFest ... »

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Interview With Anthony DiBlasi Director Of Cassadaga
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Friday 24th Jul 2015

Anthony DiBlasi SmallAnthony DiBlasi is one of the most exciting directors around. His first feature, Dread was critically acclaimed around the globe and he’s never looked back delivering some of the most effective movies of the last decade.

His superb chiller Cassadaga will get its Network Premiere on August 1st so we decided to chat to this talented fellow about his career so far and what he has planned for the near future.

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

AD: Definitely, my father is a huge film lover so I watched all kinds of movies at a really young age. I never had restrictions on what kind of films I could watch, so digging into R rated stuff really young was the norm for m... »

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The Dark Side Of The Sun - First Time On DVD
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 21st Jul 2015

TDSOTSEureka Entertainment to release the immensely popular BBC mini-series The Dark Side Of The Sun, Michael J. Bird’s Mediterranean-set supernatural thriller, on DVD for the first time on 14th September.

British photographer Don Tierney (Patrick Mower) is killed in a car crash whilst on assignment on the picturesque Greek island of Rhodes. When his wife Anne (Emily Richard) goes there to complete his work, she comes into conflict with supernatural forces and an insidious conspiracy led by the malevolent Raoul Lavalliere (Peter Egan).

Confronted with visions of her deceased husband and pursued by a remorseless evil that threatens to engulf her, will Anne finally discover the truth that lies on “the dark side of the sun”?

Combining elements of the gothic and the supernatural with the contempora... »

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Horror Channel Ushers In Four UK Premieres And More During August
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Monday 20th Jul 2015

CassadagaSaturday nights in August just got scarier as Horror Channel ushers in four unmissable UK premieres plus there’s a network premiere for Anthony DiBlasi’s celebrated shocker Cassadaga (pictured).

There are first TV showings for Josh C. Waller’s all-female fight-to-the death thriller Raze, Paul Soter’s house-haunted Dark Circles, Jason Cuadrado’s shock-ridden Devil May Call and the well-reviewed supernatural chiller The Torment, from Andrew Cull and Steve Isles.

Here’s all the info you need:

Anthony DiBlasi’s Cassadaga on the 1st  is an atmospheric chiller that stars Kelen Coleman, Lousie Fletcher and J LaRose. Devasta... »

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Interview With Oklahoma Ward And Nicole Alonso Director And Star Of Crawl Or Die
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Monday 13th Jul 2015

Nicole Alonso  Oklahoma ward-WEB1Oklahoma Ward’s much-praised movie Crawl Or Die is to receive its UK TV premiere on Horror Channel on Friday 17th at 10.55pm. This alien-monster shocker takes claustrophobia to new heights and depths in its futuristic depiction of a rescue mission through a maze of ever-shrinking tunnels. The undoubted star of this indie genre hit is Nicole Alonso who plays the unstoppable ‘TANK’, a mohawk-sporting warrior who’d give Arnie a run for his money.

Ahead of its eagerly-awaited showing in the UK, we spoke to the director and star, who just so happen to be real-life partners as well as running their own production company, Backyard Films.

HC: So, first of all, ... »

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A Creature Feature Not To Miss! Lake Placid Vs. Anaconda Comign Soon!
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 13th Jul 2015

LP Vs ANThe killer crocs from Lake Placid and giant snakes from Anaconda clash in the all-new creature feature Lake Placid Vs. Anaconda, debuting on Digital HD on August 24th and DVD on September 7th from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

The fifth film in the series for both franchises, Lake Placid Vs. Anaconda stars Yancy Butler (Kick-Ass franchise), Corin Nemec (Stargate SG-1) and horror icon Robert Englund (A Nightmare On Elm Street franchise).

Anacondas large enough to crush an SUV. Crocodiles strong enough to leap onto speedboats. When they’re not hunting for human prey, they’re more than willing to take on each other. Get ready for a non-stop bloodbath unlike anything you’ve seen before in this heart-pounding battle between... »

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Booth's Blog - Horror Channel UK TV Premieres And More!
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Sunday 12th Jul 2015

Behind the scenes 2 SmallAugust is looking like a big month for Horror with one of Europe’s largest horror festivals (need I even say it) FrightFest hitting the silver screen for it’s 16th year over the August bank holiday weekend, but I want to leave that carrot dangling just another week before I reveal all and tell you instead about Horror Channel’s insanely good line up Saturday nights this month with human marionettes, bitch fights, insomniac madness and suicide hotlines. Whet your appetite a wee bit? Yup, thought so.

One name making waves again, both on Horror Channel and at this year’s FrightFest is Anthony DiBlasi. Not one to shy away from shock-horror his movie Dread wowed FrightFesters back in 2009 with it’s em... »

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Rom-Com Horror Cottage Country Set For Home Entertainment Debut
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 4th Jul 2015

Cottage CountryFrom the producer of Hobo With A Shotgun, Bulldog Film Distribution has announced the UK home entertainment debut of the outrageous comedy horror Cottage Country. Starring Malin Akerman (Watchmen), Tyler Labine (Tucker And Dale Vs. Evil) and Lucy Punch (Bad Teacher), it will have you squirming and in stitches from 10th August. The film will also be available through all good digital platforms.

Todd (Tyler Labine) and Cammie (Malin Akerman) are in love and are looking forward to an intimate weekend away together. Todd wants everything to be just perfect at the family cottage where he plans to propose to Cammie. But things begin to go awry with the arrival of Todd’s slacker brother Salinger and his free-spirited girlfriend Masha (Lucy Punch). Todd and ... »

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FrightFest 2015 Serves Up A Fearsome Feast With A Record 76 Films, Embracing 20 World And 42 UK And European Premieres
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Frightfest, Thursday 2nd Jul 2015

FF 2015 - poster artwork - WEB-1 SmallBigger, bolder, bloodier…FrightFest 2015 marks its 16th year with its largest  line-up ever. From Thursday 27th August to Monday 31st August, the UK’s leading event for genre fans will return to the Vue West End, Leicester Square to present seventy-six films across five screens, plus a host of special events. There are eighteen countries representing five continents with a record-breaking sixteen European premieres and twenty-six UK premieres. In addition, there is a further ‘Discovery’ strand at The Prince Charles Cinema, signalling a welcome return to FrightFest’s spiritual home.

FrightFest always takes great pride in platforming the brightest British and Irish talent and 2015 is an outstanding ye... »

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Crawl Or Die UK TV Premiere This July On Horror
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Tuesday 30th Jun 2015

Crawl or Die SmallHorror Channel is planning to chill you to the bone in July with a month packed with UK TV Premieres and also a night dedicated to a true legend.

The big news is that Oklahoma Ward’s much-praised Crawl Or Die is to receive its UK TV premiere on Horror on the 17th. This indie alien-monster shocker, starring Nicole Alonso as the unstoppable ‘Tank’, takes claustrophobia to new heights and depths in its futuristic depiction of a rescue mission through a maze of ever-shrinking tunnels. Earth as we know it is gone. A virus has destroyed the planet and rendered all its women infertile, all but one. An elite team of soldiers are tasked with bringing the woman to safety on the newly habitable Earth Two. But when they are forced underground they fin... »

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Booth's Blog - What’s Your Horror Host Name?!
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Monday 29th Jun 2015

Behind the scenes 2 SmallSo I was fishing around on Twitter when I see a link to a podcast mentioning my name and was pleasantly surprised the podcast was all about the grand tradition of the ‘Horror host’ and I was among them alongside Queen of Horror Hosting; Elvira. I must admit – I did feel proud for she is, along with her ‘Haunted Hills’ movie and theme park rides a bit of an icon for me. Although it’s clear the likes of Elvira and Dr Terror are in a different camp to me, theirs being character led, hammy ‘Mwah ha ha ha’ types while I am more of a straight presenter we are all batting for the same side; giving the horror industry ‘a face.’

But why is this tradition so fitting for the horror genre specifically? The Total Cuts Podcast #97 pondered the idea and one of the chaps (either ... »

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Quatermass - Remastered DVD And Blu-ray Coming Soon
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 28th Jun 2015

QuatermassA brand new HD restoration of cult Euston Films Sci-fi drama series Quatermass will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on 27th July courtesy of Network Distributing.

The Blu-ray edition will be available in four limited edition covers (check website for full details of these) based on the colour of the title sequence of each episode.

Oscar-winner John Mills (Ryan’s Daughter, Gandhi) brings a stoic intensity to the role of Professor Bernard Quatermass in this key piece of British dystopian fiction from visionary writer Nigel Kneale (The Quatermass Experiment, Beasts, The Stone Tape).

Unsettling in its vision of a crumbling society coming under alien attack, Quatermass is directed with charac... »

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An Unmissable Horror Comedy - 100 Bloody Acres Coming To DVD
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 28th Jun 2015

100 Bloody AcresWinner of the Carnet Jove Jury Award at Sitges, 100 Bloody Acres is the hilarious horror-comedy from the Cairnes’ Brothers. Starring Angus Samson (Mad Max: Fury Road) and Damon Herriman (Breaking Bad) 100 Bloody Acres has been produced by Julie Ryan (Ten Canoes) and Kate Croser (Red Dog) and directed by first time directors Cameron and Colin Cairnes.

Reg and Lindsay Morgan run a struggling organic blood and bone fertiliser business. The use of dead car crash victims in their product has been a huge boon to business, but it’s been months since their last find and an important new customer is waiting on a delivery. When Reg Morgan (Damon Herriman), the junior partner in the business, comes across two guys and girl stranded on a remote cou... »

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The Ford Brothers Return With The Dead 2: India
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 28th Jun 2015

The Dead 2The Ford Brothers’ return with their eagerly anticipated follow-up to The Dead with The Dead 2: India. Take to the road in this beautifully shot, zombie action-horror that will fill you with dread, right from the opening scene. A non-stop ferocious fight for survival across the exotic landscapes and slums of India left us with an eerie ‘edge-of-your-seat’ feeling that we can’t quite shake. The Dead 2: India triumphs with its unique apocalyptic vision, utilising the sprawling vistas and closed quarters locations to terrifying effect, coupled with standout performances from the cast, The Dead 2: India is one unforgettable road trip.

An American engineer teams up with a surviving orphan street kid to trek 300 miles across stunning but de... »

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FrightFest 2015 Announces Opening And Closing Films
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, News, Thursday 25th Jun 2015

Cherry TreeThe 16th edition of FrightFest kicks off in skin-crawling fashion with the European premiere of David Keating’s blood-freezing rural nightmare Cherry Tree, starring Anna Walton (Hellboy 2, Soulmate) and rising star Naomi Battrick (Down Dog, Waterloo Road)

Keating, who directed the acclaimed Wake Wood for the revamped Hammer label, offers another provocative and compelling twist on the pagan cult chiller, in which a young girl, Faith (Naomi Battrick), in an attempt to save her father’s life, makes a fateful pact with Sissy Young (Anna Walton) head of a sinister black magic coven.

FrightFest’s first Irish event-opener, Cherry Tree is a Fantastic Films & House of Netherhorror Production, produced by John McDonn... »

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Tom Baker Is Back As The Fourth Doctor in These Fabulous Audios
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 21st Jun 2015
Nest Cottage ChroniclesRejoice Doctor Who fans, Tom Baker stars as the Fourth Doctor in fifteen full-cast audio dramas in the superb box-set Doctor Who: The Nest Cottage Chronicles. Written by Paul Magrs and including bonus features exclusive to this edition, this set is made up of 3 seasons of audio stories that saw Tom Baker return to his most famous role.



Hornets’ Nest: When former UNIT captain Mike Yates is reunited with a ghost from the past, he and the Doctor are soon united in battle once more, against alien insects intent on global domination.

Demon Quest: A key component from the TARDIS disappears, exchanged for a bag containing fou... »

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Brand New Interview With Joe Dante
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Thursday 18th Jun 2015

BURYINGTHEEX_LOW RES JPEGJoe Dante has been behind some of the most memorable and entertaining movies and television shows of the last 40 years. From Piranha to TV revival of Hawaii Five-0, Joe has produced a body of work that is as inventive and eclectic as it is entertaining. His latest movie, Burying The Ex is packed with references to past horror movies, old fashioned romance and a devilish sense of humour and is available to download and view-on-demand from June 19th.

Here, Joe chats about working with the legendary Roger Corman, how Burying The Ex came about and his thoughts on remakes and reboots.

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

JD: My first big break was that friends of mine... »

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Tusk - DVD Review
By James Whittington
Posted in: Reviews, Thursday 18th Jun 2015

TuskTusk - DVD Review

 

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

 

Certificate 15

 

Extras: Commentary with writer/director Kevin Smith, Deleted Scenes, Animated Podcast

Any movie from Kevin Smith is well worth investigating and learning he’s made a horror movie can only mean one thing, it’s got to be a must see… hasn’t it?

When podcastor and journalist Wallace Bryton (Justin Long) goes missing in the backwoods of Manitoba while interviewing a mysterious seafarer named Mr. Howe (Michael Parks), his best friend Teddy (Haley Joel Osment) and girlfriend Ally (Genesis Rodriguez) team up with an ex-cop to look for him before something horrible and sinister happens to him.

Smart, tightly script... »

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Devil's Advocates: The Blair Witch Project - Book Review
By James Whittington
Posted in: Reviews, Sunday 14th Jun 2015

The Blair Witch projectThe Blair Witch Project

 

Peter Turner

 

Auteur

 

ISBN 9781906733841

 

£9.99

Even though it was far from being the very first found footage movie, The Blair Witch Project from 1999 redefined this horror sub-genre so perfectly that the cast and crew have struggled to match its success and impact. This superb book from Peter Turner details this movie from conception to production to aftermath and tries to piece together exactly why it spoke to the horror loving public so much.

Born at a time of self-referential slashers such as Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer<... »

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Escape From New York Soundtrack To Get Limited Vinyl Release.
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 13th Jun 2015

EFNY-packshot smallOriginally released on CD in 2000, the expanded soundtrack edition of John Carpenter’s classic 1981 thriller Escape From New York included over 20 minutes of previously unreleased music plus music from scenes deleted from the final print.   The masters were re-mixed from the original multi-track session tapes by long-time Carpenter associate Alan Howarth.

Now for the first time this expanded edition will appear on vinyl in its complete form, including original dialogue highlights thanks to Silva Screen Records.

Presented as a double 180g Vinyl housed in a gatefold sleeve with a limited pressing of 1500 this is one for the soundtrack collectors out there and will be released on July 31<... »

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Booth's Blog: Christopher Lee – The Last Of The True Horror Icons Dies At 93.
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Friday 12th Jun 2015
They just don’t make them like Christopher Lee anymore. On Sunday 7th June at 8.30am the great Christopher Lee passed away in hospital after a career odyssey spanning nearly 70 epic years. A career which finally saw him knighted for services to drama and charity in 2009. I must confess I never met him and it is with a heavy heart I say that, though if I had I know I would have been shaking in my boots after all the stories Caroline Munro, fellow Hammer Horror legend told me about him! I have literally just got off the phone from the wonderful Hammer actress and she had this to say about her friend and co star Christopher Lee:

“It’s just so strange that only this weekend I was at a Hammer convention in Paris and a huge part of it was about Christopher Lee, so I’ve been talking and reminiscing about him all weekend! He was just so iconic and so believable – he made me believe that he was Dracula - in my scenes with him – completely. (Dracula 1972AD) He was able to be the personification of evil but he ... »

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Horror Channel Wins Gold And Silver At PromaxBDA Awards
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, News, Friday 12th Jun 2015

PromaxHorror Channel came away big winners from the prestigious PromaxBDA Awards which were held in Los Angeles last night.

Horror won Gold for the Doctor Who campaign in the Art Direction and Design category and Silver for Old Boy in the Promos At The Movies category.

Congratulations to the talented teams behind these campaigns.

If you missed our celebrated and multi-award winning Doctor Who promos here’s a taster below and don't miss Doctor Who on Horror weekdays at 10am, 2.40pm and 7.50pm

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Horror Channel To Broadcast ‘Christopher Lee Night’ On Thursday 2nd July
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, News, Friday 12th Jun 2015

ToTheDevilADaughter-WEB1Horror Channel is to dedicate a whole night’s programming to the cinematic legacy of Christopher Lee who died yesterday aged 93.

On July 2nd from 9pm we’ll bring you four of Lee’s finest pieces; The Devil Rides Out, Dracula: Prince Of Darkness, Scars Of Dracula and To The Devil A Daughter which are now considered to contain some of his finest moments.

The Devil’s Rides Out at 9pm is a Satanic shocker where Lee stars alongside Charles Gray and concerns two men who discover their recently deceased friend's son is involved in the occult and must battle the evil forces of darkness to save him. Made in... »

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Sir Christopher Lee: 1922-2015
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Thursday 11th Jun 2015

CL Image 1“I don’t play villains, I play people”

Today the world lost a true screen icon, Sir Christopher Lee.

Born in 1922, Lee appeared in almost 300 movies, originally contracted to the Rank Organisation he started off playing small supporting roles but as his career progressed he went on to bring to life countless iconic characters such as Scaramanga in Man With The Golden Gun (1974), Saruman The White in The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy (2001-2003) and Lord Summerisle in The Wicker Man (1973) to name but three.

But it is without doubt his association with Hammer and the role of Dracula, which he first played in 1958 for which he will always be remembered.  His graceful yet preditorial take on the classic character, coupled with a magnetic screen pr... »

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Interview With Multi-Talented Artist Graham Humphreys
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Wednesday 10th Jun 2015

GH Small ImageGraham Humphreys is one of the most talented artists around. His instantly recognisable style has graced countless classic movie posters including Nightmare On Elm Street and The Evil Dead.

Drawing Blood, the first book to be dedicated to his work will be published by Proud Galleries and unleashed at Proud Camden alongside an exhibition of his work which will run from 29th October till 22nd November so we thought it was time that we chatted to this multi-talented artist.

HC: You started drawing at an early age, what sort of things did you try and realise?

GH: From the moment I saw a picture of a human skull I started drawing them, wasn’t quite so hot on skeletons, but skulls I could do. Then Doctor Who aired ... »

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Booth's Blog: Twisted Killers Season Kicks Off!
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Friday 5th Jun 2015

EB TK SmallSo last week I took you on an exclusive tour behind the scenes of our Twisted Killers promo shoot to give you a more personal look at my work for the channel and this week I thought I’d delve a little deeper into the films themselves in this superb season.

Tomorrow night (Saturday 6th June) sees the network premiere of the moody stylish crime thriller Horsemen starring Dennis Quaid. I’m sure the film makers won’t mind when I reference Se7en as a seemingly definite inspiration here; while most movies of this genre won’t beat or meet the bar set by Fincher’s stunning film; Horsemen does get close.

We have the world weary detective Aidan (Dennis Quaid) who’s not only battling with grief following the death of his wife, he’s raising two increa... »

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Revealed: Graham Humphrey’s Stunning Artwork For FrightFest 2015
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, News, Friday 5th Jun 2015

FF 2015 - poster artwork - WEB-1 SmallThings are starting to ramp up for FrightFest 2015 and to get us all in the mood the team have revealed Graham Humphrey’s superb artwork for this year's festival.

Graham explains: “While I was looking for a theme for this year's poster, I ran with the idea of Magic. At a recent visit to the incredible Cinema Museum in Kennington (one of my favourite haunts) I was admiring their extensive collection, among which I noticed a number of Victorian 'Magic Lanterns'.

This formed the basis if my concept, the idea of magical projection through one of these exotic devices. Running with the theme, I took the application of Aleister Crowley's 'Magik' rituals and placed our regular FrightFest monster posed in the distinctive manner... »

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Classic Doctor Who Stars In North East Fun Day Event
By James Whittington
Posted in: , Wednesday 3rd Jun 2015

KapowDoctor Who fans in the North East should note that Ka-Pow! (Sci-Fi) Market and Family Fun Day will be happening in Stockton on June 6th. Running from 10am till 4pm it starts with specialist traders who will set up in the marquee on the High Street, selling a range of design-led Sci-Fi-themed and TV/Film-related toys, action figures and collectables.

Over the day there will be a chance to meet well-known characters in Wellington Square as John Levene (UNIT’s Sergeant Benton), Terry Molloy (Davros) and the Seventh Doctor himself Sylvester McCoy will take part in “audience with” sessions.


That’s not all as the sculptors from Robert Harrop, the company which has just released a fabulous range of Dr Who figurines, will be making a public appearance. They will autograph purchased items on the day and talk... »

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Video Interview With Leigh Whannell Writer And Director Of Insidious: Chapter 3
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Wednesday 3rd Jun 2015

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Insidious: Chapter 3 is the new movie in the terrifying horror series and has been written and directed by franchise co-creator Leigh Whannell.

The film is set years before the haunting of the Lambert family, and a girl named Elise who battles with spirits from The Further, in Insidious and Insidious: Chapter 2.

We have been lucky enough to chat to Leigh Whannell about this much anticipated chiller so click below for the full interview and look out for Insidious: Chapter 3 in cinemas from June 5th.

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Interview With Doctor Who Legend Katy Manning - Part 2
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Tuesday 2nd Jun 2015

Katy ManningMulti-talented Katy Manning has been acting and directing for over 40 years but to Doctor Who fans across the globe she will always be associated with the character of Jo Grant. Companion to the Third Doctor, Jo was brought vividly to life by Katy and so became a fan favourite.

We were lucky enough to chat with Katy and here in the second part of an exclusive interview Katy talks more about Jo, her return to the character and her plans for the future.

HC: Was Jon Pertwee very different in private then he was in public?

KM: No, on some levels no. But on other levels there was an adventurous child lived inside Jon.  Of course I still have child in me and never grew up. He had a very silly sense of humour which you didn’t see much i... »

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Have You The Stomach For It? The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence) To Be Unleashed In July
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 2nd Jun 2015

THC 3Monster Pictures will release The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence) in selected cinemas from 10 July 2015, and on Blu-ray, DVD and VOD on 13 July 2015.

Of all the horror movies released over the last few years, one franchise stands above all the others in terms of controversy and downright nastiness! Yes, the final chapter to the most notorious movie franchise ever made has arrived – The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence).

Bully prison warden Bill Boss (Dieter Laser), has a lot of problems; his prison statistically has the highest amount of prison riots, medical costs and staff turnover in the country. But foremost he is unable to get the respect he thinks he deserves from his inmates and the state Governor (Eric Roberts). He constantly fails in experimenting with different idea... »

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Let The Shunting Begin! Society Is Coming To DVD And Blu-ray!
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 31st May 2015

Society DVDArrow Video has announced the UK Blu-ray and DVD release of the sordidly satirical 1989 body-horror shocker Society, arriving on 8th June. One of 2015’s most talked about Arrow Video releases, Society makes its Blu-ray debut in the UK as an exclusive digipak featuring Blu-ray, DVD and Society: Party Animal, the official comic book sequel. This exclusive set will be limited to a run of only 3000 copies only and comes with a full colour 24-page booklet, alongside a host of bonus features.

This director-approved digipak comes loaded with exclusive features including a brand new audio commentary by director Brian Yuzna, alongside a new interview with the director and a filmed 2014 Q&A with Yuzna, recorded at Celluloid Screams ... »

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Exclusive Clip From Joe Dante's Latest Movie, Burying The Ex
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Friday 29th May 2015

BURYINGTHEEX_LOW RES JPEGBurying The Ex is the anticipated new film from visionary director Joe Dante, a twenty-something’s romance with his dream girl takes an unexpected turn when his dead ex-girlfriend rises from the grave and thinks they’re still dating.

Seamlessly merging classic horror with screwball comedy and a poignant romance, Burying The Ex is a radically unique spin on the zombie genre. Starring Anton Yelchin (Star Trek), Ashley Greene (Twilight), Alexandra Daddario (Texas Chainsaw 3D) and Oliver Cooper (ProjectX), Burying The Ex is about a relationship 'that won't die' - Max, an all-round nice guy, sees his regrets about moving in with his overbearing girlfriend compounded when s... »

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Horror Channel Brings You A Twisted Killers Season In June
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Friday 29th May 2015

HorsemenHorror Channel is to screen a season of films focusing on game-playing murderers and predatory psychopaths. So there’s no point hiding behind the sofa as that’s where they’ll be…

The Twisted Killer Season, which will broadcast on Saturday nights at 10.50pm from 6–27 June, features Michael Powell’s chilling masterpiece Peeping Tom, the network premiere of the darkly psychological thriller Horsemen, the UK TV premiere of The Collector and Dunstan’s 2012 sequel The Collection, in which ‘the masked deviant’ returns to claim more victims.

Dennis Quaid and Peter Stormare co-star in the Network Premiere of Jonas Åckerlund's dark psychological thriller Hors... »

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Booth's Blog: Behind The Scenes On Our Twisted Killers TV Shoot!
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Thursday 28th May 2015

EB TK Pic 1 SmallIt’s going to be a summer of psychos on Horror Channel as we bring you our superb Twisted Killers season! When I first heard this I couldn’t help but smile as I thought “Aren’t all killers kind of twisted…?!” But we’re not just talking about your basic hack ‘n slash here, oh no. We’re delving into the meticulous murderer; the gadget - loving killer; the psycho’s who see death as an art form.

With such intricate traps designed for torment and death, one can’t help but almost wonder if these people are mad or in fact genius. It’s a fine line. And with that in mind comes the thinking behind our brilliant Twisted Killers promo and continuity shoot.

The team behind both shoots wanted to hint at my own dubious persuasions; I am o... »

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Interview With Doctor Who Legend Katy Manning - Part 1
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Tuesday 26th May 2015

Katy ManningMulti-talented Katy Manning has been acting and directing for over 40 years but to Doctor Who fans across the globe she will always be associated with the character of Jo Grant.

Companion to the Third Doctor, Jo was brought vividly to life by Katy and so became a fan favourite. We’ve been lucky enough to chat to Katy and here in the first part of an amazing interview she chats about her early career and how she became part of the Doctor Who family.

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

KM: I had, and I saw it for the first time only recently, I did a Softly Softly, I keep forgetting about that one, and then I had a part in Man At The Top which was the hottest thing on TV at that... »

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Tom Savini Added To HorrorCon UK Line Up
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 25th May 2015

tom saviniHorror legend Tom Savini is the latest star to be announced for HorrorCon UK, which is taking over Magna in Rotherham on 11 and 12 July.

Recognisable to many as “Sex Machine” in From Dusk Til Dawn, Savini first made his name as an award-winning special effects and makeup creator on films like Dawn of the Dead and Friday the 13th. Savini later turned to directing, including the 1990 Night of the Living Dead remake, whilst his acting and stuntman credits include Django Unchained, Planet Terror and Machete.

Other special guests announced so far include Leatherface actor Gunnar Hansen (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), Dacre Stoker (great-grand nephew of Bram Stoker), Ken Foree (Dawn of the Dead), legendary special effects master Mik... »

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New To Blu-ray Hammer's The Hound Of The Baskervilles
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 24th May 2015

THoftheBArrow Video has announced the European Blu-ray debut of Hammer’s legendary gothic flick, The Hound of the Baskervilles, arriving on 1st June. Starring genre stalwarts Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, this classic Sherlock Holmes adaptation stands as arguably the best re-telling of the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle tale to date.

This new edition comes loaded with a bumper crop of bonus content, including a new audio commentary with Hammer experts Marcus Hearn and Jonathan Rigby alongside a brand new documentary, Release the Hound!, which looks at the genesis and creation of the Hammer classic, featuring interviews with hound mask creator Margaret ... »

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Booth's Blog: Could this be the perfect horror weekend…?
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Saturday 23rd May 2015

Behind scenes 3 SmallSo, I was having my usual butchers online, getting my claws into a juicy story for you and hey presto, have I got the PERFECT line up of horror entertainment for you. I can literally tick all the boxes from A for Adrenalin, to Z for Zombies.

We’ve now all heard of interactive zombie experiences right? Live Horror attractions are the biggest thing shaking up the ‘theme park’ industry. Maybe Horror movies and 3D cinema just does not cut it anymore in the scare stakes. Perhaps we are too desensitised and need to feel the fear for real. Well my friends how about a Ghost Hunting Experience in an Abandoned Orphanage?! Yeah, yeah, I know most of us don’t really believe in floaty see through people hanging around dark corridors, but even I have been scared pantless doing these, and more... »

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It Follows - Coming To DVD And Blu-ray
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 18th May 2015

It Follows DVD CoverOne of the most talked about horror movies of the year, It Follows will be released onto DVD and Blu-ray on June 29th. This genuinely scary chiller features a stunning break-out performance from Maika Monroe and sets a new benchmark for horror movies.

It doesn’t think, it doesn’t feel, and it doesn’t give up! After her dream date goes badly wrong, 19-year- old Jay discovers that a mysterious curse has been passed on to her. She begins to experience terrifying visions and the feeling that she is being followed wherever she goes. Only she seems able to see these deadly pursuers, who walk slowly towards her with only one purpose – to kill.

Jay is in a race against time and must prove to her friends that she is in deadly terror and convince them to help her c... »

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New From Tom Holland - Twisted Tales
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 18th May 2015

Twisted TalesFrom the legendary horror director Tom Holland comes the new anthology series in the tradition of The Twilight Zone. Twisted Tales is made for horror lovers everywhere.

A new psychotic drug with the power to see into the future reveals a shocking, mind-melting fate for the characters of “Bite”, while Mongo The Magnificent (Ray Wise) comes face to face with horror with a mirror unlike any other. A Saw-like trap ticks throughout the intense “Boom” starring Noah Hathaway and dire consequence are in store when you make a contract with a demon from Hell in “To Hell With You”.

Turn left at the next roundabout and face your doom as “Fred & his GPS” take a trip Fred (A J Bowen) will never forget. Or stay in and order y... »

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Kane Hodder's Unmasked: The True Life Story of the World's Most Prolific Cinematic Killer Now On Audiobook
By James Whittington
Posted in: Doctor Who, News, Monday 18th May 2015

Kane HodderKane Hodder is a true icon of horror cinema. His presence in such classics as Friday The 13th Part VII and the Hatchet franchise gained him a legion of fans and now his book, Unmasked: The True Life Story of the World's Most Prolific Cinematic Killer is available as an audiobook with Kane himself on reading duties.

Unmasked documents the unlikely true story of a boy who was taunted and beaten relentlessly by bullies throughout his childhood. Kane only escaped his tormentors when he moved to a tiny island in the South Pacific where he lived for all of his teen years. After living shirtless in a jungle for a while, he headed back to America where he fell in love with doing stunts - only to have his love burn him, literally. For the first time ever, Kane tells the true story o... »

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Booths Blog: A Big Weekend For Tattoos On The 23rd!
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Thursday 14th May 2015

Behind scenes 3 SmallThe Tattoo. It seems nearly everyone has succumbed to the ink with roughly a third of UK men and woman going under the needle. Previously the domain of bad bikers, gangs and sailors it has since become uber glamorous and sexy with David Beckham doing it for us girls, and Angelina Jolie for the boys.

Tattoos and the symbolism that surrounds them is steeped in cultural history on a global scale; From Cleopatra getting her eyeliner tattooed to tribal leaders getting inked for battle in Neolithic times the Tat has always been immensely significant representing status, spirituality, life events and even punishment.

But why am I banging on about tats? Well my curiosity was piqued while researching the Network premiere of The Tattooist (Saturday 23rd at 10.45pm)»

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Brand New Trailer For Guillermo del Toro's Crimson Peak
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 13th May 2015

Crimson PeakAnything new from Guillermo del Toro is well worth looking at and his latest masterpiece, Crimson Peak has just had its brand new trailer released. Here's we know so far:

Legendary Pictures’ Crimson Peak, a co-production with Universal Pictures, is a haunting gothic horror story directed by the master of dark fairy tales, Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy series, Pacific Rim), written by del Toro, Matthew Robbins and Lucinda Coxon and starring Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston and Charlie Hunnam.

In the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author is torn between love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider. Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she is swept away to a... »

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Two New Devil's Advocates - Black Sunday and The Blair Witch Project
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 10th May 2015

Two new titles in the series Devil’s Advocates from Auteur, a superb line of books devoted to horror cinema will be released on May 28th; Black Sunday and The Blair Witch Project.

Black SundayDespite its reputation as one of the greatest and most influential of all horror films, there is surprisingly little literature dedicated to Mario Bava's Black Sunday (1960), and this contribution to the Devil's Advocates series is the first single book dedicated to it. Martyn Conterio places the film in the historical context of being one of the first sound Italian horror films and how its success kick-started the Italian horror boom.

The author considers the particularly Italian perspective on... »

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Seize The Night - New Trailer
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 10th May 2015

Seize-the-NightProducer/Director Emma Dark has released the teaser trailer for her anticipated new film Seize The Night.  This action-horror hybrid has vampires and werewolves portrayed in a way audiences won’t have seen them before.  Principal photography is now complete and post-production is in full swing.

The trailer has been edited by Ms Dark, who has assumed many roles on the project including the part of lead character Eva.  The final ‘gloss’ was provided in the form of VFX from up and coming VFX artist Davy Simmons and a unique score from US based composer Eric Elick.

Emma had this to say about the trailer release “Finally I’ve been able to put out a little taster to show off everyone’s hard work on the project.  Yes it’s my vision but having such an amazingly talent... »

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Society: Director Approved Limited Edition To Include Official Comic Book Sequel
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 5th May 2015

SocietyRough Cut Comics’ official comic-book sequel to Brian Yuzna’s biting horror satire Society will be included in Arrow Video’s new collectors’ edition.

The two-disc package features a host of exclusive extras as well as a perfect-bound edition of the 52 page full colour comic-book follow-up to the gruesome eighties classic. Comic-book writer Ed Murphy devised the sequel script which charts the class warfare which swells between the film’s lead Billy Whitney and the upper class deviants ten years after the film’s body-melding climax.

The comic story features many of the original characters – Billy’s girlfriend Clarissa, his friend Milo, the duplicitous shrink Doctor Cleveland – and also takes the idea of The Shunt to mega proportions.

“I wanted to try and make a st... »

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Booth's Blog: Adventures In Space And Time
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Monday 4th May 2015
OK, so a brief butchers online and I found a staggering 11 Horror and Sci-Fi festivals throughout the month of May in America – 11 in one month!!! They certainly love to get their geek on, but while most of us can’t zoom over the pond for a Sci-Fi love-in there is one big fantasy fest right here in the UK that’s worth a pop if you like your Doctor Who’s (and you know we do!) your Red Dwarf’s and your Thunderbirds.

It’s called BritSciFi and they are holding the festival in the very fitting National Space Centre up in Leicester, groovy. So if you don’t want to just watch classic Doctor Who on Horror but want to see it come alive in all its cult monstrous glory then this is the place to go next weekend.

We love our cult fantasy and Sci Fi TV here on Horror, and so it seems do you with Xena: Warrior Princess, Dark Angel and of course the one and o... »

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Network Premieres This May On Horror
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Thursday 30th Apr 2015

The TattoistThe Horror Channel in May is packed with the bloodiest UK TV premieres and scariest Network premieres which are guaranteed to send you to bed with the landing light left on! Here's what Network premieres we have for you!

If you like your horror set in the great outdooors you love the rural shocker Mine Games at 9pm on the 8th. A group of friends travel up to a cabin located deep within the forest. Shortly after arriving, they stumble across an abandoned mine and decide to explore the dark and mysterious tunnels. As the group hikes deeper within the mine, they make a shocking discovery that quickly turns their excitement into fear. Hunted by a mysterious force, the group must work together to escape the mine alive. This terrifying trip into unchartered hell stars: Briana Evigan... »

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UK TV Premieres This May On Horror
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Tuesday 28th Apr 2015

Messengers 2 ScarecrowThe Horror Channel in May is packed with the bloodiest UK TV premieres and scariest Network premieres which are guaranteed to send you to bed with the landing light left on! Here's what UK TV premieres we have for you!

First up is Messengers 2: Scarecrow on May 1st at 9pm. In this prequel to the Pang Brothers' terrifying debut, the eerie backstory of farmer John Rollins (Norman Reedus) plays out in all its bone-chilling glory. Doing what he believes must be done in order to save his family and livelihood, John places an odd scarecrow among his crops and promptly reaps the benefits. But not for long. Produced by the celebrated Ghosthouse Pictures (30 Days of Night, Drag Me To Hell), this is one hayride best not taken alone.

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Booth's Blog: Home Is Where The Horror Is...
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Sunday 26th Apr 2015

EB May 2015 2So April 16th was a big day for Star Wars fans as the trailer for the hellishly hot Star Wars VII was released a mere 8 months prior to it’s actual film release (December 18th) It’s almost like the good old days when you had to wait 6 months for a film to come out on video after missing it on the big screen.

It’s rare in our 3 second culture for such a big and lengthy build up to a cinema release – perhaps cinema needs the hype these days; that way excitement and anticipation builds and guarantees those much needed bottoms on seats. But its not just the mega busters getting the big build up; April 23rd saw the release of the trailer for M. Night Shyamalan’s The Visit and I have to say, it’s got me a tad excited, even though we will have to wait til... »

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Monsters: Dark Continent - Goliath Trailer
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 22nd Apr 2015

MarkoManev_MonstersDarkContinentREGMonsters: Dark Continent is the much anticipated sequel to Gareth Edwards' critically acclaimed film, Monsters. This time the action seems to have been ramped up a few notches.

Set ten years on from the events of Monsters, and the 'Infected Zones' have now spread worldwide. In the Middle East a new insurgency has begun. At the same time there has also been a proliferation of Monsters in that region. The army decide to draft in some more numbers to help deal with this insurgency. We follow four fresh new recruits from Detroit as they all excitedly look forward to performing what they were trained to do. At first it seems like a game to them but things quickly change when they are given a special mission: to rescue five s... »

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Free Digital Edition Of Scream!
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, News, Wednesday 22nd Apr 2015

27Would you like a FREE digital iSCREAM edition of SCREAM, the international print and digital horror magazine? Well now you can!

SCREAM are so confident that if you love horror and gore (whether it be films, books, comics, games and more) you will be overwhelmed with all the gory delights within their magazine that they are offering everyone in the world their own FREE edition for their Mac, PC, iPad, Tablet or Android devices.

There is ONLY one edition available (and you can see some screen grabs from that issue below) and this incredible offer is only available for the next 72 hours so be quick to claim yours!

Please note that this is the only time they are going to do this free offer so if you want your own digital edition of iSCREAM edition of SCREAM MAG... »

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Booth's Blog: Experience Farmyard Fear This May On Horror!
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Features, Tuesday 21st Apr 2015

EBMay 2015Last week my latest Horror Channel assignment take me to trendy Dalston in East London to shoot my presenter links for all the film premieres coming up in May. As ever our Art Director delved deep into the human psyche to come up with an original set to reflect (in various obscure and abstract ways!) the themes pervading the films themselves and as you can see from my behind the scenes photos it’s all rather pagan!

May is a very mixed up body bag of Horror goodies with body snatching parasites, tattoos that come to life, cursed Scarecrows, Apache Indian possession to name but a few tales of the darkside coming your way next month.

The idea for this shoot was that I were the curator of a somewhat grotesque art gallery, surrounded by rusty murderous implements, skulls and obscure skeletons in pretty b... »

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Interview With Producer Jonathan Sothcott
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Saturday 18th Apr 2015

JSFans of British cinema will need no introduction to Jonathan Sothcott. This prolific producer of movies (pictured here with Martin Kemp) is carving out an exciting resume of movies that cross genres and always deliver. So as we’ve recently shown his movie Devil’s Playground recently we decided to catch up with one of the busiest men in the industry.

HC: How did you start off in the business?

JS: With great difficulty! In my pre-Internet teens the film industry was a closed shop - but I got very lucky when Allan Bryce at The DarkSide Magazine bought a couple of articles off me. Suddenly I was a film journalist! This was exciting. Then I got really lucky and worked in the blossoming DVD industry, producing bonus material. These two opportunities introduced me to a lot of film indu... »

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Superb Poster From Graham Humphreys For The Town That Dreaded Sundown
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 15th Apr 2015

TTTDS SmallGraham Humphreys needs no introduction to horror fans. His celebrated artistic skills have adorned some of the most memorable and iconic movie posters in the last 30 years including The Evil Dead and Nightmare On Elm Street as well as his original artwork for the annual FrightFest horror festival.

More recently Graham has designed this superb poster for the acclaimed slasher The Town The Dreaded Sundown which hits UK cinemas on April 17th. His approach to The Town That Dreaded Sundown plays on the film's retro vibes with nods to both the 70s cult classic of the same name and the 40s true life crime spree on which the story took inspiration from.  This exclusive UK artwork was commissioned by Metrodome.

Still working in a traditional paint medium... »

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Booth's Blog: It’s not too late to catch The End of the World!
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Features, Friday 10th Apr 2015

Behind scenes 3 SmallApocalypse Season is upon us people and there’s three more doom laden horrors coming your way Saturday nights in April so this week I thought I’d delve a little deeper into these bad boys. Taking to twitter I asked my various fiends which was their favourite title out of The Day, Planet Terror and Damnation Alley and the general response seemed to suggest that while Planet Terror is all - out gross zombie madness and probably the most fun of the three movies, the lesser known 70’s paranoia flick Damnation Alley had a more ‘Apocalyptic’ feel. With regards to the UK premiere of The Day, well many of you are yet to see it which ... »

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Sinister 2 - Brand New Poster
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 9th Apr 2015

SINISTER2_OneSheet smallOne of the strongest and most horror movies of recent times, Sinister, has now spawned a sequel and here is the first official poster for it.

This follow up to the 2012 sleeper hit horror movie follows the brutal aftermath of the shocking events in Sinister, a protective mother (Shannyn Sossamon of Wayward Pines) and her 9-year-old twin sons (real-life twins Robert and Dartanian Sloan) find themselves in a rural house marked for death as the evil spirit of Bughuul continues to spread with frightening intensity.

Who will survive to tell the tale?

Written by Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill the film looks to contain the dark elements of the first and as the original screenwriters are on board its sure to be a memorable piece.

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The Apocalypse Is Coming To Horror
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Tuesday 31st Mar 2015

Behind scenes 3 SmallHorror Channel’s highlights for April contains an Apocalypse Season, which focuses on a world-ending selection of catastrophic classics, featuring the UK TV premiere of the Canadian seat-edged shocker The Day, Stephen King’s mini-series The Stand, starring Gary Sinise and Molly Ringwald, the Network premieres of Robert Rodriguez’s zombie exploitation epic Planet Terror and the network premiere of monster survival thriller The Mist, based on Stephen King’s novella. ‪#‎HCapocalypse‬

It all starts on the 4th at 9pm wher... »

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The Superb Chiller The House At The End Of Time Coming To DVD
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 30th Mar 2015

THATEOTAlejandro Hidalgo's superb and very original supernatural thriller The House At The End Of Time will receive its UK DVD release on April 27th through Matchbox Films.

Ruddy Rodriguez (The Living Daylights) stars as Dulce, a mother who lives in an old house with her young children and husband. After terrifying encounters with mysterious apparitions, the ghost of an old woman leaves Dulce a series of messages warning that her husband will kill their children. She desperately tries to avoid this prophecy, but is helpless as the tragedy begins to unfold. Dulce is sentenced to a maximum penalty of imprisonment for a crime she did not commit. Thirty years later, an elderly Dulce returns home on compassionate release. There, with the help of a Priest, she will try to uncover the mystery and tragedy that has to... »

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Booth's Blog: Tarantino's Grindhouse On Horror!
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Features, Thursday 26th Mar 2015

Behind the scenes 2 SmallIf there’s one thing Quentin Tarantino does well its cult movie referencing, making what was once underground and loved by nerds only totally cool and contemporary. He regenerates fading films stars and degenerate genres and before he decided to bring Grindhouse back to celluloid fashion, half of us hadn’t even heard of it! He forged a link between mainstream American cinema and the shadowy world of the independents by bringing 70’s schlock cinema to the masses. I was lucky enough to be involved in the Grindhouse ‘scene’ in two ways; once in Edgar Wright’s fake trailer, Don’t which played between Tarantino’s Planet Terror and Death Proof double bill and then again in Jake West’s brilliant documentary Bump ‘N G... »

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New Doctor Who Audios Being Released This Month
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 25th Mar 2015

Doctor Who and the Deadly AssassinThe Fourth Doctor is back, well sort of, as the BBC release two brilliant must-have audiobooks. First up Geoffrey Beevers is on reading duties for The Deadly Assassin, a cracking novelisation by Terrence Dicks of the classic TV adventure.

The Doctor is suddenly summoned to Gallifrey, the home of the Time Lords, where his ghastly hallucinations of the President’s assassination seem to turn into reality. When the Doctor is arrested for the murder, a hideous, dark, cowled figure is gleefully watching in the shadows. In a battle of minds, the Doctor faces renegade Time Lord the Master, inside a nightmare world created by his old enemy’s imagination. But the Master’s evil intentions go much further - he has a Doomsday Plan. It is ... »

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Horror Channel Wins At Promax Awards 2015
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 25th Mar 2015

WhoOnHorror Image 1Horror Channel won big in Germany last night!

Our much celebrated Doctor Who image campaign won the Design – General Image Programme Design Package category, and the A Decade of Darkness promo won in the Promo/Marketing – Music Or Instrumental Theme With Or Without Vocals category at the prestigious Promax 2015 European Awards Ceremony held in Berlin yesterday evening.

Congratulations to our talented team on such an achievement.

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Let Battle Commence! Frankenstein Vs The Mummy Arriving On DVD Soon
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 24th Mar 2015

FRANK_VS_MUMMY_2D_DVDAlien vs. PredatorFreddy vs. JasonCockneys vs. Zombies… Now, two of horror history’s greatest go head-to-head, mano-a-mummy in a no-holds-barred fight to the finish in Frankenstein Vs The Mummy. And if you’re worried about innocent bystanders – don’t be… none will survive.

Dr Victor Frankenstein and Egyptologist Naihla Khalil. Both professors at a leading medical university; both obsessed with creatures from the past.

Victor’s experiments in recreating life runs amok when he reanimates the corpse of a sadistic, murderous madman. And Naihla’s most recent discovery is the cursed mummy of an evil pharaoh whose dark spirit is also about to be unleashed upon an unsuspecting world.

Each in their way pre... »

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Russell Friedenberg’s Latest Feature, Wind Walkers Coming To UK Cinemas In The Autumn
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 23rd Mar 2015

Wind WalkersAcclaimed director Russell Friedenberg’s latest feature, Wind Walkers, has completed post and is primed for an Autumn 2015 release in both the US and UK.

A group of friends and family descend into the swamp lands of the Everglades for their annual hunting trip, only to discover that they are the ones being hunted. A malevolent entity is tracking them and they begin to realise that one of their party, Sean (Zane Holtz), may be possessed by something he has brought home from a tour of duty in the Middle East – a demon of war so horrible and deadly that even he is unaware of its devilish presence... »

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Booth's Blog: Behind The Scenes Of The “Apocalypse Season” Shoot!
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Features, Wednesday 18th Mar 2015

BehindtheScenes-1 SmallIt is crazy days here at Horror Channel HQ. First we hit Freeview and gained thousands upon thousands of new, undying supporters overnight. Then I was informed my next duty was to hide out on an ex RAF army base and former home to the UK’s nuclear weapons to film links for our world ending Apocalypse Season! As ever, you - my faithful fiends will get the first exclusive look at the behind the scenes photos. As you can see we are taking things to a whole new and epic level to welcome our new Freeview followers to the fold…..

There’s nothing quite like catastrophe caught on celluloid. The chilling devastation tragedy leaves behind is usually something we only learn about in history books or hope we won’t experience in our lifetime, b... »

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Booth's Blog - Get Your Horror For Free!
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Features, Friday 13th Mar 2015

BB 1The biggest news this week, and it’s quite a whopper, is that Horror Channel has found a new and additional lair with which to scare the pants off the public; Freeview.

Yes, today, Friday the 13th (well when else?) you can watch our superb channel for free on Channel 70, meaning we are now sinking our fangs potentially into 17 million UK homes and I’m so excited about this. (Mwah ha ha my plan for eternal dark domination is beginning to take shape!)

This got me thinking about how my career in TV, now spanning a shocking 2 decades has been shaped by the changing ways in which we watch TV with the emergence of other TV platforms such as Cable providing alternative, dare I say counter cultural TV entertainment to that offered up by the mainstream 5!

I remember wh... »

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Horror Channel Coming To Freeview Friday March 13th!
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, News, Monday 9th Mar 2015

HCHorror Channel, which is owned and operated by the CBS AMC Networks UK Channels Partnership, announced today that it is launching on the UK’s most-watched digital TV service, Freeview on Friday, 13th March. It will be available on Freeview channel number 70 and is currently carried on Sky channel 319, Freesat channel 138, and Virgin channel 149.

The launch will result in a 90% DTT coverage in the UK, making Horror Channel available in 17 million Freeview homes*. Horror Channel is already the second largest free to air movie channel in cable and satellite homes**.

Recent Horror Channel premieres include Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof and Guillermo Del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth, while iconic series such as the channel’s highest-rated ... »

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Coming To HD And DVD, The Remaining
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 1st Mar 2015

The RemainingThe Remaining from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is an action-packed supernatural thriller that addresses questions of life, love and belief against an apocalyptic backdrop.

A group of close friends gather for a wedding, but the celebration is shattered by a series of cataclysmic events and enemies foretold by biblical end-times prophecies. The survivors face a horrifying, uncertain future as they scramble for safety, but as their world collapses around them in chaos and terror will they choose real life through faith, or just try to survive?

Directed by Casey La Scala from a screenplay by La Scala and Chris Dowling The Remaining stars Alexa Vega (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For), Shaun Sipos (The Vampire Diaries), Johnny Pacar (Make It or... »

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Booth's Blog: The Origins Of Tonight’s Network Premiere Of Re-Animator
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Features, Friday 27th Feb 2015

EB Reanimator 1 SmallIn 1985 Fantastic Factory team Brian Yuzna (producer) and Stuart Gordon (Director) gave us one of the best, most talked about, cult horror movies of the decade; Re-Animator. As all good horror folk know the film is based on the H P Lovecraft episodic novella “Herbert West – Reanimator” which was published in the American magazine Home Brew way back in 1922!

That’s 93 years ago this brilliant writer depicted zombies as being scientifically created, as opposed to it’s true origin in Haitian folklore of zombies rising from the power of voodoo. Tracing it back Lovecraft’s story was of course a direct homage to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein written in 1818 but the lead doesn’t stop there, seeing as she subtitled Frankenstein “The Modern Prometheus” it’s clear she ... »

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Clown
By James Whittington
Posted in: Reviews, Sunday 22nd Feb 2015

Clown DVDClown - DVD Review

Studiocanal

Certificate 18

Extras: None

From producer and splatter-maestro Eli Roth comes the creepy shocker Clown. Billed as a nightmarish tale of a doting father who undergoes a gruesome, bloodthirsty transformation, the film has a dark centre beating away inside its blood-splattered heart, and a baddie that is anything but fun, this clown eats children!

It’s Jack's 10th birthday, but the clown has cancelled. His dad, Kent (Andy Powers), finds an old clown suit in the attic and saves the party. But after the party is over, Kent has a problem… the suit won't come off. What starts as a joke quickly turns into a hellish nightmare. Kent can feel himself changing, and his desperate attempts to free himself just leave him in agoni... »

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Grace: The Possession
By James Whittington
Posted in: Reviews, Sunday 22nd Feb 2015

GraceGrace: The Possession - DVD Review

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Certificate 15

Extras: None

There has been countless “possession” movies released over time and the theme peaked with the unleashing of The Exorcist (1973) and The Omen (1976). Since then, the genre has come and gone with little fanfare or originality. Grace: The Possession changes that with a novel and devilishly clever twist, it tells its story through the eyes of the person possessed.

Grace (Alexia Fast) is a beautiful, naive, virginal college freshman trying to deal with campus culture and her outgoing new roommate. But when a terror takes over her body and unleashes chaos, Grace returns to the cold clutches of her severe grandmother (Lin Shaye). Haunted by the horrifi... »

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Eli Roth Has A New Nightmare For Us All - Clown
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 22nd Feb 2015

ClownFrom producer and splatter-maestro Eli Roth comes Clown, a nightmarish tale of a doting father who undergoes a gruesome, bloodthirsty transformation – leaving him a terrible desire for eating children. Continuing in the tradition of films such as It and House Of 1000 Corpses, here’s further proof there’s nothing more terrifying than a killer clown!

It’s Jack's 10th birthday, but the clown has cancelled. His dad, Kent, finds an old clown suit in the attic and saves the party. But after the party is over, Kent has a problem… the suit won't come off. What starts as a joke quickly turns into a hellish nightmare. Kent can feel himself changing, and his desperate attempts to free himself just leave him in agonising pain.

As the suit takes hold of his body, Kent slowly endures a brutal tran... »

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Booth's Blog: STD Horror! A New Sub Genre Is Born
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Features, Friday 20th Feb 2015

EB Reanimator 1 SmallThe codes of horror are what make good horror work. The rules, the conventions and the stereotypes are critical to good storytelling, although decades of churning out the same codes and conventions means such films now fall into the category of cliché.

This is why the ‘rules’ of horror can only be used now if they are to make a postmodern comment on the so called ‘lessons’ being taught to us through the medium of scary stories – or if you like Grimm Fairy tales. Of course most people know the first movie to do this was Scream, gleefully reveling in the slasher rules a character must abide by if he or she is to survive a horror. Cabin In The Woods also took ‘survival horror’ to new and fun levels complete with final girl and stoner guy by adding a Truman Show elem... »

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Death Proof And Devil’s Playground This March On Horror
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Friday 20th Feb 2015

Death Proof SmallHorror Channel is to broadcast the Network premieres of Quentin Tarrantino’s Death Proof, starring Kirk Russell as a speed-obsessed serial killer and Mark McQueen’s apocalyptic body-counter Devil’s Playground, starring Danny Dyer, Craig Fairbrass and MyAnna Buring.

Death Proof (2007), originally released in cinemas as a double bill with Robert Rodriguez's Planet Terror, will be screened on Saturday 28th March at 10.35pm. Devil’s Playground (2010) will screen on Friday 27th March at 10.45pm

There are also UK TV premieres for monster creeper Nailbiter (Friday 20th March, 9pm) and twisted chiller The Collection (Satur... »

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New Trailer For Guillermo del Toro's Crimson Peak
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 17th Feb 2015

CR image 1Anything new from Guillermo del Toro is well worth looking at and his latest masterpiece, Crimson Peak has just had its first trailer released. Here's all that we know so far:

Legendary Pictures’ Crimson Peak, a co-production with Universal Pictures, is a haunting gothic horror story directed by the master of dark fairy tales, Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy series, Pacific Rim), written by del Toro, Matthew Robbins and Lucinda Coxon and starring Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston and Charlie Hunnam.

In the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author is torn between love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider. Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she is swept away to a hou... »

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Booth's Blog: Emily Celebrates Women In Horror Month
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Features, Tuesday 17th Feb 2015

EB Mad Science image 2 SmallWomen and blood go hand in hand. We have learnt through our biology to embrace it. We have learnt through culture, history and the films that surround us, we have to be badass to survive. This spirit, this edge, this determination not only makes us passionate, it makes us emphatic.

That is why Women In Horror Month is such a driving force in the horror calendar that not only promotes women in the horror industry but also promotes good causes and charities around the world that strive to keep horror in the movies, not in real life! Women In Horror Month (WIHM) is a largely American event but has spread its claws across the globe with events ranging from performance art to film festivals to actually giving blood being submitte... »

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Hubert's Ghost Pre-Production Blog
By Joe Staszkiewicz
Posted in: News, Monday 16th Feb 2015

Firstly, I should do a brief introduction of who I am and why this blog is relevant to the Horror Channel. My name is Joe and alongside my brother, Lloyd, I wrote and directed a short film called Hubert’s Ghost. This film went on to win the 2014 Shortcuts to Hell competition which was hosted by the Horror Channel. The prize for winning was the opportunity to make a feature film based on the short film, with a minimum production budget of £20,000.


ShortCuts 2014 Winner Joe and Lloyd Staszkiewicz


You can view the short film below but since the competition ended, back in October 2014, we’ve been working pretty hard on the film, which will ... »

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It Follows - New Trailer
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 15th Feb 2015

It FollowsThe breakout film from the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, It Follows arrives on UK cinemas February 27th.

This smart, contemporary chiller explores teen sex, suburbia, and the stuff of nightmares  which is already being described as a cult classic in the making from one of the most exciting filmmaking talents around, David Robert Mitchell.

For 19-year-old Jay (Maika Monroe), the fall should be about school, boys and weekends at the lake. But after a seemingly innocent sexual encounter, she finds herself plagued by strange visions and the inescapable sense that someone, or something, is following her. Faced with this burden, Jay and her teenage friends must find a way to escape the horrors that seem to be only a few steps behind.

Below is the new trailer and look out for ... »

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[REC] - Apocalypse Is Coming To DVD And Blu-ray
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 10th Feb 2015

REC 4Get ready for the blood-splattered final instalment of one of the most iconic franchises in contemporary horror – [REC]! And the horror’s about to come full circle, with the series’ original star and director – Manuela Velasco and Jaume Balagueró – returning for more terrifying fun, as the deadly demonic virus wreaks havoc on a voyage from hell!

Following directly on from the brutal events in the doomed apartment building, TV reporter Ángela is rescued and taken to an oil tanker to undergo examination.

But unfortunately for the soldiers on board, Angela is carrying the seed of the mysterious demonic virus that turns its victims into mindless, bloodthirsty monsters. It’s only a matter of time before all hell breaks loose and the carnage begins again…

[REC] Apocalypse»

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UK TV Premiere - Harpoon: Reykjavik Whale Watching Massacre
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Saturday 7th Feb 2015

RekjjavikWhaleMassace-WEB1You have a date with the open sea on Febraury 28th at 10.50pm as Horror Channel presents the UK TV premier of the acclaimed shocker Harpoon: Reykjavik Whale Watching Massacre.

A group of tourists embark on a sightseeing trip aboard a whaling vessel with none other than Gunnar Hansen, yes, Leatherface himself playing Captain Pétur! When the ship breaks down the day-trippers come under attack from a crew of deranged Fishbillies hell-bent on mayhem and slaughter. Let the bloody sea battle begin in director Julius Kemp’s horror comedy with a strong surreal flavour, the first exploitation film made by the Icelandic Film Industry.

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Bigfoot Is Back In Exists
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Friday 6th Feb 2015

Parker_DVD.inddThe creator of The Blair Witch Project, Eduardo Sánchez, returns to found-footage horror, the sub-genre he defined back in ’99 and proves he can still terrify audiences with his masterful ability and technique to create high levels of suspense in Exists.

This time around, Sánchez turns the lens on America’s favourite monster – Bigfoot, and as Exists’ gang of doomed road-trippers is about to discover, this Sasquatch is the most terrifying incarnation ever seen on screen.

When a group of friends head into the remote Texas woods for a weekend of non-stop partying, their car hits a huge mysterious animal, which quickly disappears back into the darkness.

But as the gang arrives at an isolated cabin, one of them realizes that the woods ar... »

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Lethbridge-Stewart Lives In New Range Of Books
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 5th Feb 2015

Candy_Jar_LS_Front_BFormat_classicCardiff-based publisher, Candy Jar Books, have secured the rights to Doctor Who icon, Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart, and are releasing a series of novels edited by Cardiff-born author, Andy Frankham-Allen. Lethbridge-Stewart is a new series of novels revealing the untold story of Colonel Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart set shortly after the 1968 serial, The Web of Fear, fully licensed by the Executor of the Haisman Literary Estate, Mervyn Haisman’s granddaughter Hannah Haisman, who lives in Bridgend, and endorsed by Henry Lincoln.

The first series consists of The Forgotten Son by Andy Frankham-Allen, Horror of Det-Sen by Lance Parkin, The Schizoid Earth by David A M... »

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Jurassic Park Meets Vikings! Here's An Exclusive Clip From Ragnarok - The Viking Apocalypse
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 5th Feb 2015

RagnarokYes, you heard me correctly, Ragnarok - The Viking Apocalypse has been described as that as well as having some added Indiana Jones! We have a sneaky peek for you if you click further down the page. Before you get there here's what its all about:

Archaeologist Sigurd Svendsen has for years been obsessed with the Oseberg Viking ship. The only inscription found on the ship is the enigmatic ‘man knows little’ written in runes. Sigurd is sure that the Oseberg ship contains the answer to the mystery of Ragnarok, the end of days in Norse mythology. When his friend Allan finds similar runes on a stone from the north of Norway, Sigurd becomes convinced that the runes are in fact a treasure map. Together they mount an expedition group and their adventure leads to “No man’s Land” between Norway and Russia, wh... »

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Booth's Blog: Mad Science Season Kicks Off February 6th
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Features, Thursday 5th Feb 2015

EB Mad Science image 2 SmallI am truly excited about February’s film season Mad Science (no slushy chick flicks for this ghoul on Valentines Day!) and Horror Channel have gone beyond the grave to make this a fun nostalgic season bringing you TV entertainment and movies “Just how is used to be!”

So this week I took to Twitter to gauge your opinions and memories on the films themselves. The season starts Friday 6th February with the explosive Scanners at 10.50pm and continues same time every Friday throughout the month with Basket Case, Class Of Nuke ‘Em High, with the very best I think saved for last, the Network Premiere of Re-Animator on Friday 27th. Taking to... »

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Promoted Post: Horror Channel's Top Possession Movies
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Tuesday 3rd Feb 2015

GraceThere have been countless “possession” movies released over the years and the genre seemed to peak with the unleashing of the box-office bursting films The Exorcist (1973) and The Omen (1976). Since then, the genre has come and gone with little fanfare or originality.

Grace: The Possession which has just been released onto DVD and Digital HD changes that as it’s a novel take on the genre with a devilishly clever twist as it tells its story through the eyes of the person who is possessed.

So I thought I’d go back and look at this genre and pick out my favourites in no particular order.

The Omen (1976)
Famous for David Warner losing his head and an Oscar winning score from Jerry Goldsmith, The Omen brought Damian t... »

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Exclusive Look Behind The Scenes Of The Babadook!
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 3rd Feb 2015
The BabadookAre you brave enough to let the breakout horror hit of 2014 through your door? Find out when The Babadook comes tap, tap, tapping onto Blu-ray, DVD and digital platforms from February 16th courtesy of Icon Film Distribution. To celebrate its release we have an exclusive look behind the scenes clip for you, before that here's what The Babadook is all about:

Six years after the violent death of her husband, Amelia (Essie Davis) is at a loss. She struggles to discipline her out of control 6 year-old, Samuel (Noah Wiseman), a son she finds impossible to love. Samuel’s dreams are plagued by a sinister monster he believes is coming to kill them both. When a disturbing storybook called ‘The Babadook’ turns up at their house, Samuel is convinced that the creature in the book is... »

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Booth's Blog: Emily rocks the Re-Animator look for Horror Channel’s Mad Science season!
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Features, Saturday 31st Jan 2015

EB Reanimator 1 SmallThis week I take you on an exclusive Behind the Scenes glimpse into a Horror Channel TV shoot, this time for our upcoming and absolutely unmissable film season of scientific shockers, Mad Science which kicks off on Friday February 6th at 10.50pm.

The Horror Channel gang were drooling like rabid Romero zombies when we learned of the theme with images of green Re-Animating serum, bubbling Bunsen burners and murderous medical instruments permeating our dark dark minds.

Well, with the help of those lovely people at The National Film Theatre’s props department (thanks everyone from there) along with the delightfully deranged mind of our Art Director Joni, you get all that and way more in my movie introductions for MAD SCIENCE!

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Booth's Blog: FrightFest Announces Amazing Line Up For Glasgow!
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Features, Frightfest, Wednesday 21st Jan 2015

BB 1Discerning horror fans wait with baited breathe for the FrightFest film announcements. This is the festival that brings you Horror across the globe before anyone else has caught wind of it, hell they practically rip the celluloid still spinning from the camera of the latest must see horror before the director can even shout “cut!”

Basically, go to any FrightFest and you will be way ahead of the horror game. For those who don’t know, FrightFest is not just London based. No. Our lucky friends in Glasgow also get a dose of the gore every year in February and tonight (as of 7.15pm to be precise) I have been allowed to reveal ALL about FrightFest Glasgow 2015.

The boys are celebrating their 10th year and, I must say it’s a real biggie in terms of the movies! Fancy a Hammer Horror - styled, Edgar Allen Poe - based movie starring A-lis... »

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FrightFest Celebrates 10th Year At Glasgow Film Festival - Full Line Up Announced
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Frightfest, Wednesday 21st Jan 2015

REC 4 APOCALYPSEFrightFest celebrates 10th year at Glasgow Film Festival with three World, two European and six UK premiere attractions!

The shocktacular line-up starts on 26th February in sumptuous Hammer-style with the UK premiere of the Edgar Allan Poe based Eliza Graves featuring an all-star Hollywood cast, including Kate Beckinsale, Ben Kingsley, Jim Sturgess and Michael Caine.

Friday’s fearsome line-up kicks off with the European premiere of The Atticus Institute followed by the World Premiere of The Hoarder. Next up is the riotous Wyrmwood, the zombie black comedy full of catastrophic carnage and over-the-top splatter. The 9pm slot goes to 88, a glorious, gory and fast-paced homage... »

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Summer Of Blood To Play At LOCO
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 20th Jan 2015

Summer of BloodAt this year’s LOCO London Comedy Film Festival you can catch the UK premiere of the well-received Vampire comedy Summer Of Blood, plus a Q&A session with writer, director and star Onur Tukel. This event takes place on January 23rd.

This cult vampire comedy, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival is a low budget hipster satire, and the tale of Erik Sparrow, a scruffy misanthrope with a string of failed relationships whose fortune changes when he encounters a vampire in an alley…

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Horror Channel To Screen Mad Science Season
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Tuesday 20th Jan 2015
ScannersHead exploders, deadly serums, deviant doctors, radioactive dope… Horror Channel presents a Mad Science Season, an 80’s tinged collection of cult scientific shockers featuring the Network premieres of David Cronenberg’s Scanners (pictured) and Stuart Gordon’s Re-Animator. Also guaranteed to get the horror sparks flying are Basket Case and Class Of Nuke ‘Em High.

The season jolts into action from Friday 6th February at 10.50pm with the Network Premiere of David Cronenberg’s hugely influential sci-fi horror Scanners. The product of an experimental tranquilizer given to them during their mother’s pregnancies, a group of people have telekinetic powers that not only allow... »

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They Do Not Come In Peace! Look Out For Extraterrestrial
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 20th Jan 2015

ExtraterrestrialPrepare to get abducted in your home by the Vicious Brothers (Grave Encounters) with the superbly shocking sci-fi chiller Extraterrestrial when its released to own in March.

Still reeling from her parents divorce, April 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, the group venture out toward the crash site and discover the remnants of a ship from another planet along with footprints that suggest its alien occupants are still alive. The college friends soon find themselves caught in the middle of something bigger and more terrifying than they ever thought po... »

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Dare You Meet Annabelle?
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 19th Jan 2015

Annabelle CoverDiscover the secret of what she wants when Annabelle arrives onto Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD on February 23rd and EST on February 9th from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Reuniting the filmmakers behind 2013’s hugely successful supernatural thriller The Conjuring, Annabelle is the story of where it all began as she comes to life.

John Form has found the perfect gift for his expectant wife, Mia—a beautiful, rare vintage doll in a pure white wedding dress. But Mia’s delight with Annabelle doesn’t last long. On one horrific night, their home is invaded by members of a satanic cult, who violently attack the couple. Spilled blood and terror are not all they leave behind. The cultists have conjured an entity so malevolent that nothing they did will co... »

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Booth's Blog: Is The Original Always The Best?
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Features, Friday 16th Jan 2015

BB 1One of the most controversial, opinion - dividing issues amongst us horror fans, (second to the dreaded remake!) is the horror franchise. Those films that just keep on reinventing themselves with sequel after sequel, new spins, new directors, prequels, going into space, going 3D - you name it, if a cash cow can be milked, the milk will flow.

Tonight and tomorrow on Horror sees the screening of two movies from a popular and successful slasher franchise, Wrong Turn. Now this got me thinking, does the original horror film always trump the sequels? Or do some franchises get better with each sequel. And so to Twitter (and my faithful gore gang) I turned to get the low down on the original versus the sequel.

Folks had this to say on the Phantasm series:
“The Phantasm series is... »

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First Ever Norwich Horrorthon!
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Friday 16th Jan 2015

Zombie Flesh EatersIn association with OurScreen and Cinema City, Jon D has set-up and is hosting Cinema City in Norwich's first-ever Extreme All-Nighter Horrorthon, which will run on Saturday 24th January.

The evening will kick off promptly at 11pm, and conclude around 8:30am the next morning! They are screening five extreme horror films from all corners of the globe, and they are: Sleep Tight, Zombie Flesh-Eaters, Martyrs and Excision. A bonus Fifth Film, which will be revealed on the night of the event itself, which hasn't seen the inside of a cinema, since its original release in 1976, and promises to be a film that very few people have heard of, let alone seen!

Full details and ticket information is available by clicking ... »

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Dare You Face The Babadook?
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 11th Jan 2015

The BabadookAre you brave enough to let the breakout horror hit of 2014 through your door? Find out when The Babadook comes tap, tap, tapping onto Blu-ray, DVD and digital platforms from February 16th courtesy of Icon Film Distribution.

Six years after the violent death of her husband, Amelia (Essie Davis) is at a loss. She struggles to discipline her out of control 6 year-old, Samuel (Noah Wiseman), a son she finds impossible to love. Samuel’s dreams are plagued by a sinister monster he believes is coming to kill them both. When a disturbing storybook called ‘The Babadook’ turns up at their house, Samuel is convinced that the creature in the book is the monster he’s been dreaming about. His hallucinations spiral out of control and as he becomes more unpredictable and violent, Amelia is genuinely frigh... »

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Booth's Blog: BAFTA - Horror Movies No Show
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Features, Sunday 11th Jan 2015
Any horror movies at this years BAFTAs?

You guessed it…

Nope.

OK granted there are a lot of horror movies that don’t exactly exercise the grey stuff, they just spew out the red stuff, but I cannot for the life of me understand why the horror genre as a whole continues to be downright ignored in any mainstream awards ceremonies. Granted, now and then a horror movie is acknowledged (notably Black Swan, Best Actress 2010) but this is rare.

The 2015 BAFTA nominees have just been announced, celebrating celluloid of 2014 and as usual there is a very small handful of films that are up for scooping every prize; namely The Grand Budapest Hotel (11 nominations) Birdman, The Theory of Everything and The Imitation Game. No surprises or wild cards here. The only film representing the darker shade of life is possibly Under the Skin, nominated for Outstanding British Film of the Year.

But 2014 saw one film in our genre that has had every critic’s ... »

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