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Gripping sci-fi thriller Somnus to get DVD release
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Friday 23rd Dec 2016
SomnusThe feature filmmaking debut from writer-director Chris Reading, Somnus is an ambitious, modestly budgeted Sci-Fi that asks big questions about the future of the world as we know it.

The grief-stricken captain of a commercial vessel embarks on his final mission in command of a small crew desperate to get back to earth. However, the shipboard computer has ideas of its own, and sets about picking off the drew one-by-one in an effort to find and gain control of a planet-destroying bomb. Soon, an 'accident' forces them to divert to Somnus, a derelict asteroid station in a forgotten sector of the solar system.

But far from offering sanctuary, the inhabitants of Somnus have a dark past and troubling plans for the future of mankind...

Somnus will get a UK DVD release on January 2nd.
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Do not miss this train
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Friday 23rd Dec 2016
Train To BusanOne of the best movies from Horror Channel FrightFest 2016, Train To Busan will arrive on VOD, DVD and Blu-Ray from Monday 27th February and for download from Monday 20th February.

A mysterious viral outbreak pushes Korea into a state of emergency. The government declares martial law just as divorced Seok-woo and his daughter catch the KTX bullet train from Seoul to Busan to see her mother. But someone on the journey has been recently infected sending the hurtling carriages into complete chaos. As the living dead transform the voyage into a nightmare excursion, father and daughter and a small group of uninfected passengers must fight for survival. Get on board to stay alive!

Stylish, superbly acted and directed with a heart as big as the train itself, this movie is simply one of the grea... »

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A Satanic start to 2017
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Friday 23rd Dec 2016
SatanicStarring Sarah Hyland (Modern Family), Justin Chon (Twilight Saga), Clara Mamet (Bad Neighbours 2), and Anthony Carrigan (Gotham), Satanic will be unleashed onto DVD on January 2nd.

Four friends on their way to Coachella stop off in Los Angeles to tour true-crime Satanic Panic-era sites, only to find themselves interrupting an apparent human sacrifice. They save the young victim, but she turns out to be much more than dangerous then the cult from which she escaped, unleashing an evil spirit who will hunt the friends down one by one...

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Press play and pray! Beyond The Gates is coming to DVD
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 22nd Dec 2016
BEYOND_THE_GATES_AMAZONA huge hit with audiences at FrightFest and Grimmfest, the retro-inspired Beyond the Gates is to be unleashed on Digital and DVD in February.

Seven months after their father's disappearance, estranged brothers Gordon and John Hardesty reunite to liquidate their Dad's anaemic video store. Soon after, they unearth an old VHS board game that acts as an inter-dimensional hub to a nightmare world where their Father's soul is trapped and can only be saved by playing the game...

Tense, scary and full of nostalgic thrills, Beyond the Gates is directed by Jackson Stewart and stars Graham Skipper, Chase Williamson, Matt Mercer, Brea Grant and Re-Animator's Barbara Crampton.

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Booth's Blog: 'Tis the Season to be Scary...
By James Whittington
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Thursday 22nd Dec 2016
Emily Booth Christmas 2016 Image 1Christmas time; whether it fills you with a warm fuzzy festive glow, or fills you with nothing but family-fuelled dread, there is one thing that everyone loves (and needs after nativity plays, family catch-ups, and endless washing up), and that's the Christmas movie. I'm already looking forward to crashing on the sofa with my own form of Christmas escapism; a good horror. No Mary Poppins in my household. But what purpose does the Christmas horror serve? I see it partly as a much needed antidote to the arguably fake, predictable, consumerist machine that is Christmas. And let's face it, Christmas for most of us may be a time of present ripping, food gorging, drink slurping indulgence, but for many others it's a horrible, difficult time of year. Christm... »
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Horror Channel to become the new exclusive UK TV home of the re-mastered "Star Trek: The Original Series"
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Monday 19th Dec 2016

Horror Channel, owned by CBS Studios International and AMC Networks International, today announced that it will become the exclusive UK television broadcaster of Star Trek: The Original Series as of Wednesday, 4th January 2017.

Star Trek has aired on CBS Action, another member of the CBS UK channels portfolio since 2009, and its move to Horror Channel in 2017 comes as Horror Channel reinforces itself as the cult TV destination for the lovers of expertly curated horror and science-fiction. Star Trek will be played out every weeknight at 6:00pm with a following weekday repeat at 9:00am.

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Booth's Blog: 50 Shades of Blade!
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Wednesday 14th Dec 2016
Emily Booth Seat SmallNo stranger to sci-fi and superheroes, Wesley Snipes has certainly been around the Hollywood block, what with his iconic characterisation of Blade in the immensely popular Marvel series, playing a tormented half-human half-vampire out to avenge his mother's death.

It was a role that clearly put him in pole position for the lead in Gallowwalkers, in which a cursed gunman stalks the desert plains of the Wild West, forever hunting down the men responsible for the murder of his sweetheart. But as we're about to discover, in the Wild Wild West, the dead don't stay dead for long!

This hybrid of a film - which gets its UK TV premiere on Horror Channel this Friday at 9pm - is best described as a Western with a supernatural twist, which is part ... »

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War Of The Planet Of The Apes - New Trailer
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 14th Dec 2016
War for the Planet of the ApesStarring Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn and Toby Kebbell and directed by Matt Reeves, War For The Planet Of The Apes swings into UK cinemas in July.

The movie is the third chapter of the critically acclaimed blockbuster franchise, Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind.

As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet.

Here's the cool trailer and let us know view »

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January is filled with premieres on Horror
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Tuesday 13th Dec 2016

There are seven fearful film premieres on Horror Channel in January 2017, including the UK TV premiere of Ted Geoghegan's terrifyingly taut ghost story We Are Still Here, starring horror icon Barbara Crampton. There are also network premieres for Roman Polanski's supernatural biblical puzzler The Ninth Gate, starring Johnny Depp and Daniel Stamm's possession nightmare The Last Exorcism, produced by Eli Roth.

Horror Channel are also giving a UK TV premiere to Daniel Stamm's intriguing remake of 13 Beloved, 13 Sins, starring Ron Perlman. Other UK TV firsts include Quilez's Colombia-shot supernatural suspens... »

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Fright Night to get a stunning new 4K digital restoration
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Friday 2nd Dec 2016
Frigth Night CoverEureka Entertainment to release Tom Holland's directorial debut Fright Night, the iconic 1980s vampire classic starring Chris Sarandon, William Ragsdale and Roddy McDowall, for the first time on Blu-ray in the UK, in a Limited Edition Dual-Format SteelBook on 26 December, and a Special Dual-Format Edition on 10 April 2017.

He's sweet, sexy, and he likes to get in late. You might think he's the perfect neighbour. But before inviting Jerry in for a nightcap, there's something you should know. Jerry prefers his drinks warm, red, and straight from the jugular! It's Fright Night, a horrific howl starring Chris Sarandon as the seductive vampire and William Ragsdale as the frantic teenager struggling to keep Jerry's deadly fangs out of his neck.

Only 17-yea... »

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Booth's Blog: The female of the species is more deadlier than the male!
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Thursday 1st Dec 2016
Emily Booth Red JacketThe role of women in horror is a hot topic and potentially riddled with controversy - but think about it, folks; horror would be nothing without we scream queens. From slasher victims to monstrous mothers or sexy demons, our roles are prolific and ever evolving. Thankfully, with the horror genre creating strong three-dimensional female roles such as Ripley in Alien, or Amelia in The Babadook, we are no longer simply damsels in distress. But the fact remains that girls continue to have a hard time of it in the real world. The gender imbalance and sexual violence are still rife, and this has provided a real hotbed of strong emotions driving some exceptional, provocative filmmaking; some of which is more nasty than others. I Spit on Your Grave caused shockwaves back in 1978, splitt... »
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Gallowwalkers and Matinee arrive on Horror this December
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Saturday 26th Nov 2016

GallowwalkersAndrew Goth's ambitious and disaster beset zombie cowboy feature (it started production in 2009) finally gets an outing on UK TV on Friday 16 December at 9pm, courtesy of Horror Channel.

Starring Wesley Snipes (who served a prison sentence soon after the film was completed) Gallowwalkers is a heady mix of Sergio Leone's Spaghetti Westerns, and Alejandro Jodorowsky's mystical cult classic El Topo. Set in a vast foreboding desert, we follow a cursed gunfighter Aman (Snipes) as he attempts to allude justice whilst killing the 'undead'. Prepare for surreal true grit, a shock bonanza, and a fistful of corpses. It also stars fellow hard-nuts Kevin Howarth and Patrick Bergin.

That's not the only movie worth staying in for this December, Horror Channel also has a Boxing Day t... »

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Booth's Blog: Nazi Zombies rock with Dead Snow 2: Red Vs. Dead UK TV premiere TONIGHT!
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Friday 25th Nov 2016
Emily Booth Green Top Image 1Zombies are pretty darn fine villains on their own considering their insanely popular ubiquitous nature, but mash them up with one of the greatest evils in the history of humanity, the Nazi, and you've got some truly nasty muthas on your hands...

The Nazi Zombie resonates deeply within our consciousness, and has enjoyed several incarnations since WWII itself. I was rather surprised to find Nazi Zombies pop up in a film as early as 1943; normally it takes a good decade or so before real life villains make it into the movies, so it doesn't seem in bad taste! Yet back in 1943, still 2 years to go before the end of those nasty Nazis, and we have Revenge of the Zombies, about a secret Nazi doctor plotting to raise an undead army to serve Hitler! Clearly they were not too sca... »

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Poster for M. Night Shyamalan's new movie Split
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 22nd Nov 2016
Split PosterWriter/director/producer M. Night Shyamalan returns to the captivating grip of The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable and Signs with Split, an original thriller that delves into the mysterious recesses of one man's fractured, gifted mind. Following last year's breakout hit The Visit, Shyamalan reunites with producer Jason Blum (The Purge, Insidious series, The Gift) for the film.

While the mental divisions of those with dissociative identity disorder have long fascinated and eluded science, it is believed that some can also manifest unique physical attributes for each personality, a cognitive and physiological prism within a single being.

Though Kevin (James McAvoy) has evidenced 23 personalities to his trusted psychiatrist, Dr. F... »

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American Mythology unleashes Adam Green's Hatchet in 2017!
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 20th Nov 2016
Hatchet PosterAmerican Mythology Productions is bringing the slasher horror trilogy Hatchet back to fans in early 2017, promising all the gory fun of the cult classic films as only Victor Crowley can bring.

The Hatchet series has been a staple of horror movie lovers since the original film premiered in 2006, and who can blame them with a who's who of horror legends appearing in the trilogy like Kane Hodder, Danielle Harris, Robert Englund, Tony Todd, Sid Haig, and Zach Galligan. Based in the folklore and voodoo of the back swamps of the Louisiana bayou, the story tells the sad tale of a deformed boy and what it takes to make a rampaging psychopath who's handy with power tools. Enter a young girl named Marybeth, looking for her own revenge, and you'll see why writer/director Adam Gree... »

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Booth's Blog: Ding Dong you're Dead! '80s VHS classic comes to Horror!
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Thursday 17th Nov 2016
Emily with chopperYou have no idea how much of a fan-girl I became when Horror HQ told me they were giving House its network premiere this weekend. Released in 1986, I was ripe pickings for this kind of lurid VHS as an incredibly underage, wide-eyed nipper in the back of my local video store, drooling over the salacious, sensational, and indeed saucy video sleeves. This one hooked me in right away, and my brother and I rented it out again and again (the Video Recordings Act was introduced in 1984, and I'm not sure my local video store had caught up; regardless, they had no problems with me and my brother renting the likes of Porkies, House, Phenomena (Creepers at the time), Evil Dead, Nightmare on Elm Street etc, when clearly we ... »
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"Every town has its monsters" - I Am Not a Serial Killer to be released December 9th
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 14th Nov 2016
I Am Not A Serial Killer Quad PosterI Am Not A Serial Killer is a dazzlingly original, darkly funny and disturbing gem of a shocker with a genre-bending twist, about a small town teenager in the US, obsessed with serial killers, who unwittingly discovers the identity of the killer who has been slaughtering residents for body parts.

The movie contains an incredible lead performance from 17-year-old Max Records, and an extraordinary turn from Back To The Future's legendary Christopher Lloyd.

I Am Not A Serial Killer is the most sheerly entertaining and audaciously offbeat offering since Donnie Darko hit cinema screens.

A big hit when it premiered at the South By Southwest Film Festival in March, ... »

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The Shallows goes 4K!
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 12th Nov 2016
The Shallows CoverBlake Lively (Gossip Girl) stars in The Shallows, the suspenseful thriller that taps into one of man's most primitive fears - what's lurking beneath the ocean's surface? Lively stars as Nancy, a surfer attacked by a great white shark a mere 200 yards from the shore of a secluded Mexican beach. As she struggles to survive, Nancy faces the ultimate contest of wills. It's not just another day at the beach when The Shallows arrives on digital, and Blu-ray, DVD and next-generation 4K Ultra HD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment on December 5th.

Nancy (Lively) is surfing on a secluded beach, but finds herself on the feeding ground of a great white shark. Though she is stranded only 200 yards from shore, survival proves to be the ultimate test of wills, re... »

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Festival favourite We Are The Flesh coming to blu-ray
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 12th Nov 2016
We Are The Flesh coverA visionary and bizarre slice of Mexican arthouse cinema, We Are The Flesh is an extraordinary and unsettling film experience, a sexually charged and nightmarish journey into an otherworldly dimension of carnal desire and excess, as well as a powerful allegory on the corrupting power of human desire.

A young brother and sister, roaming an apocalyptic city, take refuge in the dilapidated lair of a strange hermit. He puts them to work building a bizarre cavernous structure, where he acts out his insane and depraved fantasies. Trapped in this maddening womb-like world under his malign influence, they find themselves sinking into the realms of dark and forbidden behaviour.

Mixing the graphic, powerful imagery of Gaspar Noe's Love and Enter The Void w... »

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Price and Corman! What's not to like?
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 12th Nov 2016
Tower of London CoverHaving made their mark on American horror cinema with three colourful adaptations of Edgar Allan Poe - The Fall of the House of Usher, Pit and the Pendulum and Tales of Terror - Vincent Price and director Roger Corman enjoyed a brief hiatus from the macabre author with Tower of London. Shot in black and white, the film was loosely based on the Universal horror picture of the same name as well as two Shakespeare plays: a dash of Macbeth and a dollop of Richard III.

Price plays Richard of Gloucester, brother to a dying king and eager to take his place on the throne. When he is overlooked in favour of their sibling, the Duke of Clarence, things take a murderous turn. Richard goes on a murderous rage, only for the ghosts of those he has... »

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Booth's Blog: The hills are alive!
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Thursday 10th Nov 2016
Emily Booth Seat SmallThank heavens for the '70s, eh? Flower power, feminism and flares were in abundance, while the film industry cracked off some of the most memorable albeit nasty slices of celluloid in movie-making history. Everything was about being bold, gritty, and pushing those boundaries. One such chap at the helm of American indie horror was of course Wes Craven (who sadly passed away last year). After making the previously banned (in the UK) video nasty Last House on the Left(1972), he actually attempted to veer away from horror, however this was not to be. With a small budget offered to him to make another nasty, he was quite simply very good at scaring people, and thus carved out a meaty career leaving behind the enviable legacy of 'Horror Legend'.

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

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November contains even more surprises for you!
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Tuesday 8th Nov 2016

We've already told you about the UK TV premiers for November but we've also a sheldload of Network Premieres for you too.

There's Wes Craven's demented classic The Hills Have Eyes, Leigh Janiak's acclaimed Honeymoon starring Harry Treadaway and Rose Leslie, John Grissmer's gloriously gruesome slice of '80s slasher, Blood Rage and Steve Miner's hilarious cult favourite House.

Here's the full skinny, as they say!


Wes Craven's superior shocker The Hills Have Eyes defined the VHS era for me, it was one of those movies you just had to see so you could talk about it at school! Well it comes to Horror... »

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

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

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A coffin load of UK TV premieres this November on Horror
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Tuesday 1st Nov 2016

AntiviralHorror Channel will be screening eleven weekend film premieres this month, including the UK TV premieres of Brandon Cronenberg's darkly disturbing skin crawler Antiviral, Tommy Wirkola's crowd-pleasing, carnage-driven Dead Snow 2: Red Vs Dead, Jon Knautz's demonic gem The Shrine, Tyler Shields's stylish mash-up of Scream and La Femme Nikita, Final Girl, and Ben Kital's underground possession thriller Beneath.

There are also network premieres for Matthias Hoene's ultra-splatter comedy horror Cockneys Vs Zombies starring Michelle Ryan, Wes Craven's demented classic The Hills Have Eyes, Leigh Janiak's acclaimed ... »

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Tales Of Halloween - DVD Review
By James Whittington
Posted in: Reviews, Monday 31st Oct 2016

Tales Of Halloween DVD

Arrow Films

Certificate 18

Extras: Deleted Scene: Grim Grinning Ghost - directed by Axelle Carolyn, Behind-The-Scenes: Sweet Tooth - directed by Dave Parker, Anatomy of a Scene: Friday the 31st - directed by Mike Mendez, Fun Facts pop-on video commentary for selected segments (caption file), Photo Gallery, Behind-The-Scenes of Bad Seed, Storyboards for Ding Dong.

Halloween, a traditional time for sitting around and telling the most outrageous horror themed stories you can think of. Well, you don't have to make up your own anymore as some of the genres finest talent have done all the hard work for you!

Tales of Halloween has 10 (yes, 10... »

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Kim Newman's Anno Dracula comes to comics!
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 29th Oct 2016
Anno Dracula LogoTitan Comics has announced the upcoming release of an all-new comic series based on the best selling Anno Dracula novels, written by creator Kim Newman with art by Paul McCaffrey (The Third Doctor).

The Anno Dracula novels depict an alternate 19th-century history where the characters of Bram Stoker's Dracula fail to prevent Count Dracula's subjugation of Great Britain, creating a world where vampires are living amongst humans and a central part of society. The series also features characters including Jack the Ripper, Professor Moriarty and Van Helsing.

Anno Dracula has garnered high praise since its initial release, including from literary superstar Neil Gaiman, who helped to develop the series and called Anno Dracula "compulsory reading", citing the series as a main source o... »

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Interview With Writer Of Cockneys Vs Zombies James Moran
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Saturday 29th Oct 2016

James Moran on set of Cockneys Vs Zombies-2Horror Channel is a big fan of James Moran. This multi-talented chap has been behind a number of stand out titles of recent years not just on the big screen but on TV too. Next week his superb shocker Cockneys Vs Zombies comes to Horror so we decided to chat too him about this and his other projects.

HC: What movie did you see growing that inspired you to become a writer?

JM: It all started with Doctor Who, which I've been watching since before I can remember - I used to sit and watch the entire end credits to see what all the names and jobs were, and made up my own stories to fit into the show. Later, I watched a lot of "making of" shows,... »

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Do you really want to know who your neighbours are? Creepy is coming to DVD and Blu-ray
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Friday 28th Oct 2016
CreepyEureka Entertainment to release Creepy, Kiyoshi Kurosawa's breath-taking psychological thriller, as part of the Masters of Cinema Series in a Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) edition on 23 January 2017.

Director Kiyoshi Kurosawa first came to prominence in the West with his J-Horror masterpieces Cure and Pulse [Kairo]. Now he makes a triumphant return to the horror genre with Creepy, a macabre and deeply unsettling thriller that has left audiences around the world shivering in fear.

Based on a novel by Yutaka Maekawa, Creepy follows ex-police detective and criminal psychologist Takakura (Hidetoshi Nishijima, Dolls), who moves to a quiet suburban town seeking peace and quiet. When a former colleague asks for his assistance on a case invol... »

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

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

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Rupture - Brand New Trailer
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 22nd Oct 2016
RuptureShowing as part of Horror Channel FrightFest Halloween event today, Rupture is building up to be one the horror movies of the year for its style and inventive scripting as well as its pretty cool cast.

Young mother Renee (Noomi Rapace) has her life thrown into chaos when she is randomly abducted, drugged and taken to a secret lab facility. As her captors traumatically experiment on her, Renee must discover why she was chosen and fight to escape her prison.

What looks like to be a chilling and claustrophobic piece of horror, the film also boasts Michael Chiklis, Peter Stormare, Kerry Bishe and Lesley Manville in its cast.

From the makers of Secretary, American Sniper and Hard Candy, Rupture arrives in cinemas and On Demand on 4th November from Signature ... »

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New Trailer For The Wailing
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 22nd Oct 2016
The WailingSouth Korea is producing some of the best horror around at the moment with notable titles such as I Saw The Devil, and the superb Train To Busan to name just two. Now along comes The Wailing which promises to deliver even more inventive and original scares.

Out of his depth, local police officer Jong-goo investigates a spate of killings, as well as an outbreak of madness seemingly connected to the recent arrival of a mysterious Japanese man who resides in the outskirts of the village. What's more, he is horrified to discover his young daughter may have fallen under the stranger's curse.

Jong-goo calls on a charismatic shaman to free his daughter from the stranger's dangerous influence, but the shaman's intense exorcism ritual threatens to worsen the situation... and Jong-goo, wi... »

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One To Watch With The Lights Turned On!
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 22nd Oct 2016
Light Out CoverOne of the sleeper hits of the year will be arriving on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download in December, just in time for the darkest nights of the year, Lights Out. Anyone who has seen the short knows exactly what to expect!

When Rebecca left home, she thought she left her childhood fears behind. Growing up, she was never really sure of what was and wasn't real when the lights went out, and now her little brother, Martin, is experiencing the same unexplained and terrifying events that had once tested her sanity and threatened her safety.

A frightening entity with a mysterious attachment to their mother, Sophie, has reemerged. But this time, as Rebecca gets closer to unlocking the truth, there is no denying that all their lives are in danger... once the lights go out.

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A Brothers Grimm Tale Gets A New Twist
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 22nd Oct 2016
The Curse Of The Sleeping BeautyThere seems to be more and more live action remakes of classic fairy tales at the moment, well this one, The Curse Of The Sleeping Beauty takes this idea into more adult territory.

Thomas Kaiser inherits an ancestral mansion that has been in his family for generations - only to learn that he has also inherited an ancient curse stemming back to the Crusades. Forced into his new role as "protector" - the guardian appointed to keep the evil demons in the house at bay - Thomas must unravel the mystery of the house, while struggling to awaken the beautiful Briar Rose, held captive in a terrifying netherworld seen previously in his dreams.

Gothic in style with a traditional romantic thread running through it, the movie boasts an impressive ... »

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Evil Games Gets UK Release
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 22nd Oct 2016
New GamesFollowing its release in North America by Dark Sky Films, Adrian Garcia Bogliano's acclaimed psychological thriller Scherzo Diabolico will be released in the UK on November 7th by Matchbox Films with the new title Evil Games.

After losing his job and marriage, a middle aged office worker combats mid-life crisis by kidnapping his bosses teenage daughter. But the abduction does not go to plan and he soon finds himself victim to an unexpected orgy of revenge and violence.

Born in Spain but raised in Argentina, Adrian Garcia Bogliano has been at the forefront of Latin American genre films for the past decade with titles including Penumbra, Cold Sweat, Here Comes The Devil and his first English language film Late Phases. Evil Games marks... »

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A Ride You Won't Want To Miss - Train To Busan Trailer
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Friday 21st Oct 2016
Train To Busan QuadIf you were lucky enough to attend FrightFest or more recently Grimmfest you'd have had the opportunity to see the utterly superb zombie outbreak movie Train To Busan.

This adrenaline packed gut-muncher takes the genre to the next level with superb performances, a tighter than should be legal script and pin-sharp direction.

A mysterious viral outbreak pushes Korea into a state of emergency. The government declares martial law just as divorced Seok-woo and his daughter catch the KTX bullet train from Seoul to Busan to see her mother. But someone on the journey has been recently infected sending the hurtling carriages into complete chaos. As the living dead transform the voyage into a nightmare excursion, father and daughter and a small group of uninfected passengers must fi... »

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

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

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Dead Rising: End Game Hits DVD And Blu-ray This Halloween
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 17th Oct 2016
Dead Rising End GameBased on the worldwide smash-hit video game series, Dead Rising: Endgame is the sequel to Dead Rising: Watchtower. Directed by Pat Williams and written by Michael Ferris and Tim Carter the movie stars Jesse Metcalfe, Marie Avgeropoulos and Dennis Haysbert.

After narrowly escaping a zombie quarantine, investigative journalist Chase Carter can't shake the guilt of having left a trusted colleague behind. Now, as he heads back into the quarantined zone to expose the architects of the outbreak, he will uncover a secret more evil than he could have imagined. Guarding this secret is General Lyons (Dennis Haysbert), a ruthless military officer determined to silence anyone who threatens the government's fatal plans. With mass annihilation looming, Chase-along with a group of dubi... »

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Doyle Meets Lovecraft! Elementary, You Might Say!
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 13th Oct 2016
Sherlock Holmes Cthulu BookTitan Books will next month be publishing the first title in a new series from James Lovegrove that combines the world of Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos and Conan Doyle's world famous detective the first being The Cthulhu Casebooks: Sherlock Holmes and the Shadwell Shadows

Autumn 1880: Dr John Watson has just returned from Afghanistan; badly injured and desperate to forget, he is doubting his sanity when he meets the extraordinary Sherlock Holmes. Bodies showing signs of severe starvation have been found in the Shadwell district of London, but reports of the victims alive and healthy mere days before circulate. As creeping shadows inspiring dread in those who come to close creep into the area Homes and Watson find themselves investigating a case that may force th... »

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Booth's Blog: Fear That Will Chill You To The Bone!
By James Whittington
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Tuesday 11th Oct 2016
Emily Booth April PremieresOur darkest phobias come to life this weekend on Horror with two film premieres that delve into our childhood fears and test the boundaries of both our sanity and our will to survive... Enter the stage both vertigo and claudrophobia! So lie down on Booth's couch, take a deep breath, and just let it all out - we'll get to the bottom of this together.

First up let's tackle that ever pervasive, if somewhat irrational, fear of heights otherwise known as vertigo. Adam Green's insanely tense Frozen is a film that positively relishes in exploiting our fears of being trapped in the dark, in this case fifty feet above terra firma, with the cold about to wrap her icy claws around us in a freezing cold death grip. A film with a deliciously simple premise, it really is a... »

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FrightFest Favourite Let's Be Evil Coming To Cinemas In October
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 10th Oct 2016
Let's Be EvilFeaturing British favourite Kara Tointon (The Sweeney) as one of the chaperones, and child actress Isabelle Allen (world famous as the face on the iconic film posters for the 2012 film adaptation of Les Miserables), Let's Be Evil is a much-talked about sci-fi chiller, that promises to mix the paranoia of John Wyndham's Village of the Damned with the thrills and chills of gifted child run amok movie Hanna, whilst pushing the boundaries of POV horror. Which does really sound pretty cool to me.

Boasting a pulsing, It Follows-style synth score (by Mr Robot composer Julian Scherle), slick futuristic production design, and ably supported by a young cast playing the sinister, hyper-intelligent candidates of the Posterity Project, director Marti... »

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World Zombie Day: London - Full Details
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 6th Oct 2016
World Zombie Day poster smallThe big day is practically knocking at the tomb door! On Saturday, 8th October, the undead masses will descend on popular London locations for World Zombie Day: London.

World Zombie Day is an international annual event that grew from Pittsburgh's first Zombie Walk at Monroeville Mall in 2006 - the site where George Romero filmed Dawn of the Dead - to help all fans of Zombie culture come together in an international effort to relieve hunger and homelessness. More than 50 cities worldwide participate in World Zombie Day, including New York, Pittsburgh, Paris, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Seattle, and Tokyo.

The London branch has been operating since 2007 and takes the form of a zombie walk through central London. The... »

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Horror Channel Celebrates Halloween With A Mammoth Frightfest Weekend
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Frightfest, Thursday 6th Oct 2016


To celebrate Halloween, there is a FrightFest Weekend special, a marathon of cinematic scares featuring sixteen of the best films from previous FrightFest events - including the UK TV premieres of V/H/S, a terrifying anthology pushing the genre in a fresh direction and Vincenzo Natali's Haunter, where 'Groundhog Day' meets 'The Others' in a chilling reverse-ghost story. Also included are the network premieres of Tomas Alfredison's remarkably moving and genuinely frightening vampire tale Let The Right One In and Frankenstein's Army, Richard Raaphorst's inventive freak show of gore, guts and gunplay.

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Booth's Blog: Things Are Getting Wild This Weekend On Horror
By James Whittington
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Thursday 6th Oct 2016
Emily with knifeOur two film premieres on Friday and Saturday both revel in testosterone-driven feral violence where alpha males (and the odd female!) dig deep into their primal 'fight or flight' instincts in order to survive...

I think there's an increasing fascination with man's primal spirit as it sits within an increasingly inhuman, technological world where we are no longer identified by our actions, but by our social media pages!

First up comes Wilderness starring regular 'hire-a-hard-man' Sean Pertwee. When a gang of bullying convicts causes the death of a fellow inmate, their gov'nor sends them packing to a remote island to learn survival skills, build character, and hopefully gain a little perspective in the whole 'life's worth living' stakes. But on arrival, the men discover be... »

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Guest List For Grimmfest 2016 And Its Bulging With Talent!
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 4th Oct 2016
Grimmfest Guests 2016Grimmfest 2016 is almost here (starts Thursday!) and is boasting an amazing line up of artists who will be attending or appearing in specially recorded messages. Here's all the info you need:

On Thursday all the way from America director Cory Asraf, will be on hand to talk about his noirish melange of Marilyn Manson and Metaphysics, Let Me Make You A Martyr, and then they'll take a hard look at relationships with Broken director Shaun Robert Smith and producer/actor Craig Conway.

Friday will celebrate local talent, with writer/director Matt Johns, producer Chris Lane, and lead actor Garth Maunders, and their acclaimed short, A Father's Day. On Saturday, director Ben Parker, producer Jen Handorf, and lead actress Charlotte Salt, will be joining us for their... »

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Tonight She Comes Will Get World Premiere At Grimmfest 2016
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 3rd Oct 2016
Tonight She ComesOne of the most talked about movies of the year, Tonight She Comes, will get its World Premiere at Grimmfest on October 9th.

After a girl goes missing, two of her friends and a mysterious set of strangers find themselves drawn to the cabin in the woods where she disappeared. They will laugh, they will drink, they will kiss, they will make love, and THEY MUST ALL DIE!

Tonight She Comes was written and directed by Matt Stuertz. He previously directed the feature horror/sci-fi film RWD, created the Sixty Second Slashers anthology series, and directed Mindless, part of Bloody Disgusting's World of Death horror short film curation.

The film features a pulse pounding synth score composed by Wojciech Golczewski (We Are Sti... »

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The Mummy - Interior Art For New Titan Comic
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 2nd Oct 2016
The Mummy Cover Image 1Titan have revealed lettered, interior art for The Mummy #1 -a brand-new mini-series that reanimates the character, as imagined by legendary horror studio, Hammer.

This series is written by the legendary comics scribe Peter Milligan (Justice League: Dark) and illustrated beautifully by Ronilson Freire (The Green Hornet).

The Mummy #1 kicks off Titan's exciting Hammer comics line and debuts with a range of variant covers including covers by; John McCrea (Hulk), Tom Mandrake and M.D. Penman, Ronilson Freire, Felix Ruiz (Wolverine MAX), Jeff Zornow (Grimm Fairy Tales), and a blank sketch variant!

This new line will see the publication of brand-new comic stories featuring cla... »

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Horror Channel FrightFest announces line-up for Halloween 2016 event
By Dave Macleod
Posted in: News, Saturday 1st Oct 2016

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Horror Channel FrightFest unleashes a six-pack of cracking horror for their much-beloved Halloween event at the Prince Charles Cinema, Leicester Square, on Saturday October 22nd. The 13-hour trauma marathon includes five UK premieres and the world premiere of Ross Noble's directorial debut. Shocktoberfest is here!

First up is the UK premiere of BED OF THE DEAD, a crowd-pleasingly ghoulish orgy of sex and gore where four swingers become stuck on a haunted double bed plagued by terrifying hallucinations. Next in the panic-stricken line-up is the UK Premiere of DON'T HANG UP where an evening of prank calls puts two millennials in deadly peril when one recipient decides to fight back. After that comes the UK Premiere of »

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The 'Godfather of Gore' says goodbye...
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Saturday 1st Oct 2016

hglHerschell Gordon Lewis known as the 'Godfather of Gore' died aged 87 on Sept 26th and many of us took to social media to acknowledge the loss and remember the man, his maniacal movies and actually, his sweet gentlemanly nature.

He is recognised as practically inventing the 'splatter' film as early as 1963 with his film Blood Feast which this year enjoyed a remake featuring a wonderful cameo from the legend himself. You see, the splatter is of course different to the 'slasher' for example; it revels in an abundance of gorgeous bloody gore, slapped on the table with an almost celebratory treatment of all its gooey squishy nasty compelling eye - gouging marvelousness!

Two Thousand Maniacs followed shor... »

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Look out for "It" On Blu-ray This October
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 1st Oct 2016

Stephen Kings ITStephen King's It comes to Blu-ray in the UK for the first time from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, just in time for a haunting Halloween on October 3rd.

Starring Tim Curry, Richard Masur, Annette O'Toole, John Ritter, and Richard Thomas, the terrifying tale of childhood friends being haunted by a malevolent clown will be also be available in a beautiful special edition Blu-ray steelbook available exclusively from Zavvi.

October 1957: "It" awakens and the small town of Darry, Maine will never be the same. Stephen King brings to life every childhood fear and phobia as seven children face an unthinkable horror which appears in various forms, including "Pennywise", a clown who lives, hunts and kills from the town's sewers. Years later, the surviving adults who are brave enough re... »

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Posted in: , Thursday 29th Sep 2016
The Horror Channel currently broadcasts in the UK on Sky Digital Channel 319, Virgin TV Channel 149, Freeview Channel 70 and Freesat Channel 138 as the UK's number one destination for horror movies, supernatural series and programmes about the people who make them.

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Posted in: , Thursday 29th Sep 2016
Horror Channel is the UK's original channel dedicated to the dark side of cinema and television. With an eclectic mix of ground-breaking and genre-defining content including niche, cult and box office movies along with fantasy, sci-fi and supernatural series, you'll be entertained and terrified.
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Booth's Blog - Stakes And Shapes This Weekend!
By James Whittington
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Thursday 15th Sep 2016

Emily-Booth-Green-Top-Image-1We have two total must see film premieres for you on Friday and Saturday night, and what I love about this kind of programming is the huge contrast in viewing experience you get from watching both premieres. Both films are British, though vastly different; one is pure comedy gold, and the other is a total high concept mind-bender. Enter Lesbian Vampire Killers and Triangle! Let's kick off with those saucy seductresses, shall we?

Hijacking the comedy talents of Gavin and Stacey's Matthew Horne and James Corden (who knew that the 'chubby bloke from Fat Friends' would crack America and become one of the most successful, highly paid men in the TV industry?)! But back to his bloodier days... Lesb... »

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The Burning - Special Edition Details
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 12th Sep 2016

The-Burning-CoverOf all the many slice-and-dice films that emerged in the early '80s, few remain as gruesomely effective as The Burning - the notorious "video nasty" now finally unleashed on Blu-ray!

When an ill-advised prank misfires, summer camp caretaker Cropsy is committed to hospital with hideous burns. Released after five years, hospital officials warn him not to blame the young campers who caused his disfigurement. But no sooner is Cropsy back on the streets than he's headed back to camp with a rusty pair of shears in hand, determined to exact his bloody revenge

With standout gore effects courtesy of FX legend Tom Savini, The Burning proved too shocking for UK censors upon its original video release. Now, fully uncut and in High Definition, The Bur... »

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Horror Channel To Premiere Hobo With A Shotgun, Triangle And The Wicker Man
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Tuesday 6th Sep 2016

Triangle-300x199There are a magnificent seven premieres on the Horror Channel this month, including the UK TV premiere of Renny Harlin's icy horror mystery The Dyatlov Pass Incident and the network premieres of Christopher Smith's compelling psychological thriller Triangle and Jason Eisener's rampaging Hobo With A Shotgun, starring a pistol-packing Rutger Hauer.

Also enjoying their network premieres are Darren Lynn Bousman's wince-inducing Saw III, Phil Claydon's sharply-toothed Lesbian Vampire Killers, with James Cordon and Matthew Horne, the late Robin Hardy's all-time classic The Wicker Man and the Pang Brother's creepy family drama The Messengers.

Here's everything you n... »

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Tales Of Halloween - The Ultimate Halloween Movie?
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 4th Sep 2016

Tales-Of-Halloween-coverTales Of Halloween is billed as the ultimate viewing this Halloween, bringing together eleven of the finest directors working in horror today along with several icons of the genre and some future ones-to-watch.

With plenty of frights and the blackest of comedy, Tales Of Halloween is for anyone who loved Trick 'r Treat and wants to scare themselves silly come the biggest, baddest night in the horror calendar.

The movie weaves together ten chilling tales from horror's top directors including Darren Lynn Bousman, (Saw II, III and IV, Repo! The Genetic Opera), Axelle Carolyn (Soulmate), Adam Gierasch (Night of the Demons), Neil Marshall (The Descent, Doom... »

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Grimmfest 2016 - Full Details Announced
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Friday 2nd Sep 2016

Grimmfest BannerGrimmfest, Manchester's Festival of Horror, Cult and Fantastic Film is back, opening with the Marilyn Manson-starring Let Me Make You A Martyr and special guest Ken Foree.

Odeon Printworks will once again be under siege by blood-soaked hordes of horror enthusiasts and film freaks, as the Grimm Team 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 pre-festival preview night on September 23rd is a suitably bloody taster for this year's festival, Grimmfest presents a special preview of the sure-to-prove controversial new film from shock-rocker turned horror auteur Rob Zombie, the neo-grindhouse gorefest, 31 - a cornucopia of carn... »

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Sleeping Beauty Like Never Before
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 1st Sep 2016

The-Curse-Of-Sleeping-Beauty-CoverA dark new twist on a Brothers Grimm tale you thought you knew, The Curse of Sleeping Beauty gives the classic fairy tale a seriously scary makeover whch believe it or not will be released perfectly in time for Halloween.

Thomas Kaiser inherits an ancestral mansion that has been in his family for generations - only to learn that he has also inherited an ancient curse stemming back to the Crusades. Forced into his new role as "protector" - the guardian appointed to keep the evil demons in the house at bay - Thomas must unravel the mystery of the house, while struggling to awaken the beautiful Briar Rose, held captive in a terrifying netherworld seen previously in his dreams.

With a bright young cast (including Gregory Peck... »

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Coming Soon The Evil In Us!
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 1st Sep 2016

The-Evil-In-Us-CoverCabin Fever meets The Evil Dead in The Evil In Us, as stylish and blood-soaked Canadian horror, where a rowdy weekend getaway descends into madness and mayhem as a group of friends are gripped by an unexplainable psychosis and turned into drug-crazed zombies.

Tense, frightening, and with gore literally dripping from the rafters by the end, The Evil In Us (which just premiered at the 2016 Horror Channel FrightFest) is one unsettling chiller that you'll want to sink your teeth into.

Check it out on Blu-ray, DVD and Download from 10th October 2016 from Studiocanal.

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Interview With Adam Rifkin Director Of Director's Cut
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Monday 29th Aug 2016

Adam-RIfkin-Photo-Credit-Jim-Newberry-300x208One of the best from this year's FrightFest is Adam Rifkin's meta-movie chiller Director's Cut. This smart, funny, dark and very satisfying movie was written and stars Penn Jillette proving that this guy knows what horror movie lovers enjoy and in the hands of Adam Rifkin it pure gold. Here Adam chats about this superb movie. (Adam RIfkin - Photo Credit Jim Newberry)

HC: How did the project for Director's Cut come together?

AR: Penn Jillette had actually started writing the script about 10 years ago but it wasn't until he saw a film I made called Look that he decided to put Director's Cut on the front burner. Look is a dram... »

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Interview With Jaron Henrie-McCrea Writer And Director Of Curtain
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Monday 29th Aug 2016

Jaron-Henrie-McCreaHorror Channel's FrightFest Season continues tonight with the UK TV premiere of Curtain. This original and surreal piece of cinema is very unpredictable but huge fun. Here director Jaron Henrie-McCrea chats about this movie.

HC: Curtain isn't a straight forward movie in fact it's very original, where did the idea come from?

JM: In the shower. Most if my ideas come when I'm in the shower. Not sure why. I was trying to think of a really great idea for a movie but had nothing. So I aimlessly stared at the shower curtain and thought, "what if that shower curtain suddenly disappeared?"

HC: It could have easily just been a comedy considering the set up but it does have dark, Twilight Zoney touches to it, did it change mu... »

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What?! Monday? Already??
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Monday 29th Aug 2016

MONOLITH_11-300x199Time flies when you're having fun, so the saying goes but with FrightFest it really does. Today is day 5 and personally speaking the strongest line up of the whole event.

The main screen is bursting with invention, from Adam Rifkin's superb meta movie Director's Cut to the retro slasher Red Christmas to the much talked about Train To Busan there is something for everyone today.

The Discovery strands also have more than their fair share of unmissable movies such as Blood Hunters and one everyone is talking about, Found Footage 3D. I've interviewed a number of directors, writers and stars from these movies so do keep checking the »

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Interview With Chris Scheuerman Writer And Director Of Lost Solace
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Monday 29th Aug 2016

Chris-Scheuerman-writer-and-director-of-Lost-Solace-281x300One of the more surreal and deep films of FrightFest 2016 has been the rather stunning picture from Chris Scheuerman, Lost Solace. Here he chats about this very original movie.

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

CS: I was 4 years old when I told my mom I was going to make movies. She was a librarian, and raised us on all kinds of stories, whether it was books, movies, or music. I had a very hyperactive imagination (which remains a blessing and curse!!). I was always writing or creating. I lived in my own worlds. I had a few teachers who expressed concern to my parents about that. We got the... »

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The New Number For Horror - 31
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Sunday 28th Aug 2016

31If there is one person who has polarized audiences over the last 15 years or so then its Rob Zombie.

His cinematic visions have delivered some of the most debated, reviewed and controversial story lines and characters. 31 is his latest movie and it shows how Zombie is moving away from Hollywood even further by delivering what is to be sure to be considered his most controversial piece to date.

A camper van of carnival workers are kidnapped in the middle of nowhere by a trio of debauched decadents. Set loose in a derelict factory compound full of creepy passages containing nasty traps, the abductors led by Father Murder place bets on who will survive the longest in a 12-hour period of pain and maim against an array of sadistic clowns.

Shot in the grindhouse way and with a rocking soundtrack, 31 isn't y... »

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Something Really Cool For FrightFest 2016
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Sunday 28th Aug 2016

FF-Poster-2016-Small3-150x150Over in the Discovery Screen 3 there's a great selection a live events happening that will appeal to all fans of horror cinema.

At the moment Paul Davis is chatting about his new book, Beware The Moon which chronicles the making of the John Landis classic An American Werewolf In London. Then later acclaimed writer James Moran will be giving a writing masterclass.

Digital Spy's Rosie Fletcher is chatting to Women In Horror a bit later which is followed by special effect wizard Dan Martin who will be telling us all about his career.

The events finish with a panel discussion on what might be coming out of the British Film industry in the future.
A lot of food for thought as you can see.

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Didn't See That Coming!
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Sunday 28th Aug 2016

DownhillIf there's one something that I love about FrightFest then it's the surprises, the shock trailers now and again the unannounced guests the sneaky peeks of up and coming movies.

Two nights ago the secret movie was The Girl With All The Gifts and by all accounts went down a storm with the audience! This may be day 4 of the festival but even more treats for attendees are promised so I'll let you know as the day unfolds.

The day starts off with a real nail-biting treat, the imaginative and twisting tale, Downhill. After his best friend dies in a racing accident, retired biker star Joe agrees to get back on two-wheels for an exhibition contest. On a test run with his girlfriend Stephanie, they stumble upon a badly injured man dying from a mysterious virus, and they be... »

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Interview With Simon Rumley Director Of Johnny Frank Garrett's Last Word
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Sunday 28th Aug 2016

Simon-Rumley-300x189Today sees the European premier of Simon Rumley's latest movie Johnny Frank Garrett's Last Word. Simon is a regular at FrightFest and his work is always very creative and guaranteed to have the audiences debating their content. This makes him one of the most exciting directors working at the moment. Here he chats about this latest project.

HC: Is this the first movie you've directed that's not been written by yourself and if so did you find it restrictive in any way?

SR: I actually directed a short called The Handyman with Greta Scaachi. The script had won a screenwriting competition so was really great. Subsequently I also directed Crowhurst which wasn't initially written by me but I worked with the producer to come up with a s... »

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Interview With Carson D. Mell Writer And Director Of Another Evil
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Saturday 27th Aug 2016

Another-Evil-2-300x168As usual the Discovery Screens are packed with some of the freshest talent around and one movie has really stuck out for me this year. Another Evil is a sharp, smart and thoughtful movie that is not what it seems at first so I decided to chat with the writer and director of this movie, Carson D. Mell.

HC: Where did the idea for Another Evil come from?

CM: I wanted to make an exorcism movie that more realistically reflected what I think an exorcism is actually like, and motivated by.

HC: Did the script change much from first to final draft and did you have a cast in mind?

CM: No, I didn't do too many drafts of the script. I am very much about budgeting enthusiasm, especially for something indie, ... »

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A Tasty Little Movie!
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Saturday 27th Aug 2016

Blood FeastRemakes are more common now than ever before but it's taken a long time for anyone to check out the back catalogue of Godfather of Gore, the one and only Herschell Gordon Lewis.

Today is the world premiere of Blood Feast, a remake of his classic 1963 shocker which has now been full updated and its setting moved from America to France. Be assured HGL fans that this movie not only contains the key elements of the original but takes the gore level up to 11.

Fuad Ramses and his family have moved to France where they run an American diner. Since business is not going too well, Fuad also works night shifts at the Museum of Ancient Egyptian culture. During the long, lonely nights he is drawn to a statue of the goddess Ishtar, which soon speaks to him in visions sending him on a rampage ... »

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A True Monster Mash-Up!
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Saturday 27th Aug 2016

SADAKO-VS-KAYOKO-2-300x166It's a very busy day here at FrightFest and a lot of the talk amongst ticket holders is the European premiere of the Japanese movie teaming up two legendary Japanese icons in Sadako Vs Kayako.

Yes, The Grudge meets The Ring in this bizarre and unpredictable shocker which promises to take the best from each franchise and throw it all together into one memorable monster mash-up!

Yuri discovers a dusty videotape stuck in an old VCR and watching it with her friend Natsumi realise they are doomed to die by Sadako's hand after the dreaded phone call. In another part of town Suzuka has wandered into the haunted Saeki house making her the target of the cursed Kayako.

OK, team-up movies such as Alien Vs Predator and <... »

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Retro Horror. It's The Future
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Saturday 27th Aug 2016

Beyond The GatesOne of the most inventive and wonderful nods to the past is Jackson Stewart's Beyond The Gates which is getting its European premiere today. It has a wonderfully retro plot, two brothers searching through their father's old video store come across a mysterious game that changes their lives forever, and shines with love for the genre.

Stewart has taken a weird idea and transformed it into a smart chiller that really does grab the audience's attention. With a cast that includes the legendary Barbara Crampton (who last year won our hearts here at FrightFest when starring in no less than three different movies) the movie so could have easily fallen into a parody. But Jackson keeps the reign on things though does allow some choice splatter to seep through.

Before all th... »

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Retro Fun, FrightFest Style
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Saturday 27th Aug 2016

The-Love-Witch-SamanthaRobinson-3-300x200As day three dawns on FrightFest thoughts turn to witches, remakes and retro shocks as the programme today contains all these and more.

Well, first is the stunning looking shocker The Love Witch which is getting its English Premiere on the Discovery 1 Screen. Almost totally made by Anna Biller (she produced, wrote, scored, designed, directed) the movie, it's an amalgam of so many things from classic Euro horror of the late 60s and vintage sexploitation. In this movie a lovelorn young witch Elaine (Samantha Robinson) uses spells and potions to bring her everlasting romantic happiness. Finally meeting her dream man, Elaine's desperation to be loved drives her to the brink of insanity and murder.

When yo... »

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Interview With Stewart Sparke Director Of The Creature Below
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Saturday 27th Aug 2016

The-Ceature-Below-300x135I'm a sucker for creature features and any that did into the genre are brave souls. The Creature Below is coming to FrightFest today so we chatted to its director, Stewart Sparke.

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

SS: Straight after studying directing at film school I got a few jobs in the UK TV industry, working as an intern with the BBC and then as a Camera Assistant on the 2012 Olympics in London. In my spare time I was also making a few short films with my collaborator Paul Butler and whilst the TV work was fantastic experience I found that my true passion was in making my own films. This lead to myself and Paul setting up a production company in the north of England called Dark Rift Films and through this we have... »

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A Movie That Is Truly Pet-Rifying!
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Friday 26th Aug 2016

Pet-11-300x125It is a bit early into FrightFest to start mentioning stand-out movies but one film showing today has really grabbed a lot of attention from attendees, Pet.

Socially awkward Seth works diligently at an animal shelter. One day he sees old schoolmate Holly on a bus and tries to rekindle the acquaintance. But the waitress is just coming off a failed relationship and isn't remotely interested. Realising his feelings will never be reciprocated the stalker takes drastic action to find a new way of showing his crush how much she needs him in her life.

This dissection of very broken people is a masterclass in psychological horror with the small ensemble, lead by Dominic Monaghan all giving outstanding performances. Directed with huge confidence by Carles Torrens this slowly shows how peop... »

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A Chamber Full Of Secrets
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Friday 26th Aug 2016

James-Bradfield-and-Ben-Parker-300x225One of the best things about FrightFest is meeting and chatting with people who you wouldn't normally associate with the horror industry. Today we chatted to James Dean Bradfield, lead singer from The Manic Street Preachers who has work on the score for Ben Parker's superior chiller The Chamber.

The movie is about a Special Ops Unit commandeer a commercial research vessel and it's submersible, The Aurora, under the command of Captain Mats to locate a mysterious item at the bottom of the Yellow Sea off the dangerous shores of the Korean Peninusla. When an explosion causes the sub to overturn and take on water, the four-man crew enter a pressure cooker situation.

Bradfield and Parker spoke at length about the co... »

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Interview With Abner Pastoll Director Of Road Games
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Friday 26th Aug 2016

Director Abner Pastoll photoA hit with the FrightFest 2015 audience, Abner Pastol's Road Games is a nerve shredding thriller that keep you on edge. Pastol is delivering a live commentary on the movie at FrightFest today so we had a quick chat beforehand about this killer of a thriller.

HC: It's been a year since Road Games played at FrightFest, what can you recall of that experience?

AP: Not much, it's all a blur. I'm kidding of course. It was a blast. I love FrightFest - the festival and the guys behind it. They are the best. It was a brilliant and unforgettable experience.

HC: Road Games has played across the globe since then, what's the reaction been and do you still get nervous before it plays?

AP: I've been overwhelmed by th... »

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Would You Take This Road Trip?
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Friday 26th Aug 2016

Road GamesOver on Discovery Screen 3 today is one of those special events FrightFest always takes pride in doing, an interactive screening.

Road Games was one of my favourites from last year and director Abner Pastoll has returned to deliver a live commentary on the movie alongside Alan Jones.

The film concerns hitchhiker Jack who rescues Veronique from a road rage altercation, the twosome decide to travel together for safety's sake after learning a serial killer is on the loose in the area. Taking up an offer to stay the night at a mysterious elderly couple's mansion, the deranged, demented and bloody escapades begin.

As thrillers go this is an exemplar example of the genre. Pastoll builds and builds the tension, utilising the lush French countryside to full effect. As for the cast, well the... »

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Interview With Andy Edwards Writer And Director Of Ibiza Undead
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Friday 26th Aug 2016

Ibiza Undead-1Many are heading towards Discovery Screen 1 today for the world premiere of Ibizi Undead, the first feature from Andy Edwards. We chatted to Andy about this much talked about gut-muncher and what plans he has for the future.

HC: Are you a zombie movie fan?

AE: Totally! I think the first zombie movie I saw was the original Dawn of the Dead late night on TV as a kid and I've been hooked ever since.

HC: Did Ibiza Undead take long to write and what inspired you to write it?

AE: I'd made a series of short films called Houseparty of the Dead which dealt with the zombie apocalypse in London from various angles. They were super low budget and mainly shot in the various flats I lived in, but the unifying th... »

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All The Shades Of Light And Dark
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Thursday 25th Aug 2016

FromAHouseOnWillowStreet-2So then, the first night brought about some wonderful surprises including an intro from FrightFest favourites Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson. These two creatives brought along with them a very short but very creepy teaser for the movie Ghost Stories which is based on their celebrated play of the same name. The full movie starts shooting in October and is set to be one of the most talked about chillers of 2017.

Today at FrightFest it's all about the premieres with two, From A House On Willow Street and The Chamber receiving world premieres on the main screens. Over on the Discovery screens you can catch more world premieres, Enclosure, Ibiza Undead ... »

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And We're Off!
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Thursday 25th Aug 2016

CellHurrah! Stewart Bridle, Channel Manager for Horror has welcomed us to this year's FrightFest. Stewart is a huge horror movie fan and has the enviable job of selecting what goes on the channel. Imagine how hard that must be, sitting screening movies all day and getting paid for it (!) Only joking Stewart.

Tonight's movies kick off with a trio of treats that cross the boundaries of the horror genre. My Father Die is the feature debut from Sean Brosnan and a tale of revenge that oozes the atmosphere of classics such as Night Of The Hunter. Followed by a film that's already got people talking, Cell (pictured). Well, any adaptation of a work from Stephen King causes people to sit up and pass comment and this one is no exception. A smart cast that includes John Cusack and the legend that is Sa... »

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Getting In The Mood
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Thursday 25th Aug 2016

FF Poster 2016 SmallAnticipation is building with FrightFest goers wandering around the Vue cinema at Shepherd's Bush. You see, this is the first time the main FrightFest event of the year has been in this area and people are wondering if it will retain the same and rather unique atmosphere it has when housed in Leicester Square.

Things did change a few years back when three main screens were introduced which meant that people came out of different movies at different times which too some getting used to but didn't spoil any of the flavour of the festival. Hope fully with FrightFest taking over the whole Vue cinema it will help create an even more inclusive feeling for all.

Whatever though the crowds make it what it is and the FrightFest team of Ian, Paul, Greg and Alan are always around making sure have any b... »

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This Is It!
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Thursday 25th Aug 2016

MPU 300X250_00095Well the time is almost upon us! Yes folks, FrightFest is here again and this year Horror Channel is the main sponsor.

It's a packed schedule as you can imagine with a bucket load of premieres for ticket holders to enjoy on both main screens and the discovery ones which this year hold more than their fair share of superb shockers.

Everyone asks what the stand out films will be but there's so many this year. I've tried to make a list of 10 which you can read here and »

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Samara Returns In Rings
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 24th Aug 2016

Rings Poster"Evil is reborn"

A new chapter in the terrifying Ring horror franchise is soon to be released into cinemas thanks to Paramount Pictures.

In Rings a young woman becomes worried about her boyfriend when he explores a dark subculture surrounding a mysterious videotape said to kill the watcher seven days after he has viewed it.

She sacrifices herself to save her boyfriend and in doing so makes a horrifying discovery: there is a "movie within the movie" that no one has ever seen before...

Directed by F. Javier Gutierrez from a screenplay by David Loucka, Jacob Estes and Akiva Goldsman and starring Matilda Lutz, Alex Roe, Johnny Galecki, Aimee Teegarden, Bonnie Morgan and Vincent D'Onofrio, Rings will be unleashed into cinemas Octob... »

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The Purge: Election Year - Film Review
By James Whittington
Posted in: Reviews, Wednesday 24th Aug 2016

The Purge: Election Year - Film review

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The end of The Purge: Anarchy set up more political intrigue than we might have expected from the Blumhouse franchise, but it was a welcome addition. The Purge: Election Year follows up on the set up, taking us to a new Purge Night (for the uninitiated, a holiday in a not too distant future USA where all crime is legal for the night), where anti-Purge presidential hopeful Charlie Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell) is forced outside during the traumatic evening.

It was a smart move to bring back Frank Grillo from the las... »

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Horror Channel FrightFest 2016 - It's Almost Time!
By Dave Macleod
Posted in: Frightfest, Wednesday 24th Aug 2016

Facebook banner smallIt's almost time for FrightFest 2016 and its shaping up to be one of the best ever with Horror Channel covering the event more than ever before.

Alongside the usual Website Blogs and regular posts on Twitter and Facebook we'll also be using Facebook Live hosted by Emily Booth to bring the event even more into your home as well as exclusive content on Snapchat!

If you're lucky enough to be attending then please do come up to the Horror Channel crew and say hello and if... »

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Interview With Doug Jones Star Of Pan's Labyrinth
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Tuesday 23rd Aug 2016

s LabyrinthThe first FrightFest I ever worked on for Horror Channel was back in 2006 when the event was still in the Odeon on Leicester Square. The film crew and I were housed in the top floor trying to conduct our interviews away from the hustle and bustle of the bar area below. It was in this small room we had the pleasure of chatting to Guillermo del Toro before he introduced what would be soon hailed as a masterpiece, Pan's Labyrinth. Myself and the whole crew sat open mouthed as the film played to an audience, in awe of what we were seeing on screen. Scary, dark, fantastical and moving, the film cemented Guillermo del Toro's reputation as a true visionary. The film stars Doug Jones in the pivotal roles of El Fauno and the Pale Man, two incredibly different characters that bring the... »

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Found Footage 3D Wins Award
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, News, Monday 22nd Aug 2016

Found Footage PosterFound Footage 3D has won the Bruce Campbell Horror Film Festival's first ever Jury Award in Chicago where the film received its World Premiere! UK fans will be able to catch it at Horror Channel FrightFest in London on Monday, August 29th where it will have it European Premiere.

Directed by Steven DeGennaro, Found Footage 3D gives the idea a bloody shot in the arm by pushing the boundaries of the popular horror sub-genre with an inventive meta-narrative and is a real highlight in the FrightFest programme.

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Horror Channel FrightFest Promo
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Sunday 21st Aug 2016

Can't make it to this year's FrightFest? Never fear! Horror Channel will be bringing the UK's biggest, boldest and bloodiest festival to your screens during August, dedicating thirteen nights to past festival favourites, including seven monstrous UK TV premieres from the 2015 event. #WeAreHorror

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Go Behind The Scenes Of Horror Channel FrightFest Promo
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Sunday 21st Aug 2016

Want to know how we shot our gruesome Horror Channel FrightFest promo? Check out this cool behind the scenes look at the incredible SFX involved.

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10 Top Shockers Not Miss At FrightFest 2016 - Part 1
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Wednesday 17th Aug 2016

FF Poster 2016 SmallIt's never an easy task, choosing which movies horror fans should look out for during FrightFest and this year is no exception.

The FrightFest team of Paul McEvoy, Ian Rattray, Alan Jones and Greg Day have gathered together the finest selection of shockers from around the globe bringing together the best in new and established talent as well as an unpredictable and delicious mix of horror genres.

Each year there's a large selection of much anticipated films and stand out titles that fans make they've got tickets for, whether they are playing on the main screens or the discovery section. This year there's nearly 70 to choose from!

Here in no particular order is the first 5 from a list of 10 unmissable movies showing at FrightFest 2016.

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Booth's Blog: Celebrate FrightFest From Your Sofa!
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Wednesday 17th Aug 2016

Emily Booth April PremieresOK, so not everyone can get down to the UK's biggest bloodiest horror festival of the year, FrightFest over the Bank Holiday weekend this month but are still gagging for the festival experience. Well fear not fiends because Horror Channel will not only be bringing you live broadcasts on 'Facebook Live' every evening direct from the fest, but we've concocted our very own TV version of the festival with double-bills of former festival hits over 13 nights including 7 outstanding film premieres - so it really is a win win for you this year whether you're there in flesh and blood or in spirit!

With a total of 26 films on offer during FrightFest Season I'm going to concentrate on the 7 UK TV premieres showing on »

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Classic Monsters Of The Movies Magazine Issue #4 Info
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 16th Aug 2016

Classic Monsters Cover Issue 4 SmallClassic Monsters of the Movies magazine is a superb publication for every horror movie fan in the land.

Packed with in-depth features and analyses on classic monster movies, characters and stars, CMotM is brought to you by a team of world-class journalists, and features cover artwork by acclaimed illustrators Ron Whittaker and Daniel Horne.

Issue 4 is ready to be unleashed and contains a cracking range of articles including a look at Hammer's Dracula AD 1972, the bizarre sub-genre of Ape-based movies plus a profile of the legendary man of a thousand faces Lon Chaney.

It also checks the many faces of Dracula in the movies and Mel Brooks' loving homage to the Universal classics, ... »

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Jon Ford's New Movie Gets Atmospheric Poster
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, News, Monday 15th Aug 2016

Offensive Poster SmallJon Ford's first solo feature film, Offensive, a dark, violent tale of rage and revenge set in rural France, screens on Saturday 27th August, 6.05pm at The Vue Cinema Shepherd's Bush, W12 and its rather eerie poster has just been released.

Retired Bernard and Helen Martin inherit a house in rural France where Bernard's father liberated locals from Nazis during World War II in a raging killing spree. But this peaceful couple quickly become the target of a cruel gang of street kids. Plugged into their devices, devoid of empathy they are a new breed of technological psychopath. Soon Bernard and Helen's lives become a living hell as they are harassed, tormented and pushed beyond breaking point. Right or wrong no longer matters, survival is everything!

Jon and his b... »

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Howling II To Get A Special Edition Release In November
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 15th Aug 2016

The Howling IIHow do you follow up a film as iconic as Joe Dante's seminal werewolf epic The Howling? With a star turn from horror legend Christopher Lee and a leather-clad Sybil Danning (The Red Queen Kills Seven Times), Howling II is more than up to the challenge and is coming to Blu-ray in a brand new digital transfer in November.

After a young woman dies in violent circumstances, her brother is approached by a stranger (Lee) who reveals that she was in fact a werewolf. The brother's initial scepticism is quickly diffused when he encounters the fanged beasts first-hand. Now the pair, joined by a plucky journalist, must travel to Transylvania to destroy werewolf queen Stirba (Danning), and rid the world of lycanthropes once and for all?

Helmed by director Philippe Mora (Mad ... »

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Abel Ferrara's The Driller Killer Getting Special Edition Release
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Friday 12th Aug 2016

The Driller KillerOne of the most notorious of the 'video nasties', Abel Ferrara's exploitation-art-house crossover The Driller Killer was judged almost entirely on its video artwork with the film itself left out of the equation. Now it gets the release it deserves with a stunning Limited Edition SteelBook from Arrow Video with the film fully uncut and in all its unnerving, stylish glory.

The Arrow Video release of The Driller Killer, really is a joy for horror and exploitation fans with its stunning SteelBook presentation, and gorgeous high definition restoration of the film itself. There are several never-before-seen special features including a brand new commentary by Ferrara - exclusive to this release, as well as a new interview with him and a new visual essay on his ... »

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Booth's Blog: Its Almost FrightFest Time!
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Frightfest, Friday 12th Aug 2016

FF Poster 2016 SmallRoll on Thursday 25th, for this is the dawn of Horror Channel FrightFest 2016 as the festival enjoys its 17th year this time located at Vue Shepherds Bush.

The line up of incredible films, events and guests has now been announced, tickets are on sale, (but selling out!) and here's my own dissection of the must see's and must do's. To kick the opening night off comes the European premiere of My Father Die directed by Sean (son of Pierce) Brosnan, this revenge thriller goes against the notion of paternal instinct when a young man, Asher, loses his speech and hearing in an attack that left his brother dead: the culprit? Asher's own father! The cast and crew of this high octane thriller will be enjoying their premiere on Thursday 25th from 6pm! If it's big na... »

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Grimmfest 2016 News
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 9th Aug 2016

Grimmfest BannerGrimmfest 2016 will be held from 6th till 9th October at ODEON Printworks in Manchester.

This is the 8th such event and this year Horror Channel will be one of the festival sponsors.

We'll bring you more news of the line up over he next few weeks, but if you want ticket information and a hint of what's going on click here for more.

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The Root Of All Evil Awaits In Unspoken
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 9th Aug 2016

UnspokenSheldon Wilson, the man behind the 2004 hit Shallow Ground, is back with what promises to be a supremly scary haunted house flick, Unspoken.

In 1997, the close-knit Anderson family vanished from their home without a trace. No bodies were ever found and, the notorious Briar House remained undisturbed. Until now…

When new arrivals in town, Jeanie and her nine year old daughter Adrian, move into the house, they are unaware of its grisly past. But before long the local Sheriff calls, investigating recent reports of animal sacrifices, apparitions and other sinister events.

It seems that the past is still very much in the present and the new tenants must now face a fight for survival in this terrifying ghost story with an insidious sting in its tail.

Unspoken »

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Dare You Open The Devil's Toybox?
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 9th Aug 2016

The Devils ToolboxFrom the creators of 2011’s paranormal thriller 7 Nights Of Darkness comes its sequel The Devil’s Toybox, which picks up five years on from where we left the story last.

In 2010, six reality TV-show contestants entered a haunted asylum with the chance to get a split of a million dollars – but on one condition. That they stayed there for seven nights. Of all the people who entered the house, only one came out. The TV show never aired.

Now, the daughter of one unfortunate contestant is returning to the site of her father’s disappearance. She’s joined by a host of others who lost their loved ones. But their search requires them to be in the building at night with the presence of a malevolent spirit only known as ‘her’.

Metrodome will unleash »

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Horror Channel Plans Home Invasion Of FrightFest Movies
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Frightfest, Saturday 6th Aug 2016

The SandCan’t make it to the Vue Cinema in Shepherd’s Bush for this year’s FrightFest event? Never fear! Horror Channel will be bringing the UK’s biggest, boldest and bloodiest festival to your screens during August, dedicating thirteen nights to past festival favourites, including seven monstrous UK TV premieres from the 2015 event. These are  Isaac Gabaeff’s rewarding monster mash-up The Sand, Adam Levin’s spell-binding family frightener Estranged, starring James Cosmo, Eugene McGing’s genuinely terrifying haunted house tale, The Unfolding, Kyle Rankin’s touching rom-zom-com delight Night Of The Living Deb, Levan Bakhia’s extremely explosive Landmine Goes Click, Benjamin R. Moody’s pe... »

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Would You Babysit This Firstborn?
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 6th Aug 2016

FirstbornWritten and directed by Nirpal Bhogal and starring Antonia Thomas, Luke Norris, Jonathan Hyde, the anticipated chiller Firstborn will be released on 14th October Theatrically and VOD and on DVD on 17th October.

Charlie and James are just starting their lives together; young and in love, they’re relishing having no responsibilities, until Charlie discovers that she is pregnant. In a moment of youthful abandon, they decide to keep the baby.

Into their world comes Thea, a beautiful little girl. But her arrival brings with it terrifying entities that threaten their newly formed family, things that are beyond their understanding. Panic stricken, the young parents enlist the help of James’ estranged father Alistair, a dilapidated would-be occultist whose obsession drove his family apart and led his so... »

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Score To "The Nightcomers" To Get Vinyl Release In September.
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 6th Aug 2016

The NightcomersThe 1971 horror film The Nightcomers was a prequel to Henry James' literary classic The Turn Of The Screw and is probably most remembered for its eye catching poster of a naked Marlon Brando and Stephanie Beacham (faithfully reproduced on the label of this release).

Set on an isolated country estate it's a tale of repression, sado-masochism and childhood innocence helmed by Michael Winner who would shortly go to make the big time in Hollywood with Death Wish. Marlon Brando would also move on to his greatest role as Don Corleone in The Godfather.

Three times Oscar nominee composer Jerry Fielding delivered a perfectly pitched score for this gothic horror, illuminating his love of 19th century baroque music; he considered it one of his finest works. A clos... »

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Horror Channel Frightfest Announces 2016 Short Film Programme
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Saturday 6th Aug 2016

Neck And NeckWith twenty-six films over three days, including seven World, five European and nine UK premieres, Horror Channel FrightFest’s 2016 short film showcase shines a  dazzling spotlight on the brave new wave of emerging genre talent, with UK films at its pulsating dark heart.

There are ten films representing the UK. From Cat Davies comes Connie, a dark look at the world of stand-up comedy with Catrin Stewart and a guest appearance by horror guru Kim Newman. Then there is Francois, the first short by Preston Nyman, son of FrightFest favourite Andy Nyman, about a man with a disturbing mission. Plus there’s Neville Pierce’s Bricks, starring Jason Flemyng, giving a horror twist to the class struggle. Bob Pipe’s The ... »

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New Book Looks Behind The Scenes Of Aliens
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 28th Jul 2016

Aliens Set Photography BookGo behind the scenes of James Cameron’s critically acclaimed Aliens film with Aliens: The Set Photography.

With stunning and rare on-set photography throughout, this stunning looking hardback documents the making of the 1986 smash hit movie, revealing a unique new perspective as the focus shifts behind the cameras to capture the director, cast and crew as they bring the second action-packed instalment of the Alien saga to the big screen.

Released to coincide with the thirtieth anniversary of Aliens, the book features an exclusive new interview with Carrie Henn (Newt) and new quotes from Jenette Goldstein (Vasquez), recalling their memories from the shoot and providing crucial context for the imagery.

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Hammer's The Mummy - Shuffles Into Life In Comic Book Form Thanks To Titan
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 27th Jul 2016

The Mummy Cover Image 1Titan have announced The Mummy - a brand-new mini-series that reanimates the character, as imagined by legendary Horror studio, Hammer.

This series, written by the legendary Peter Milligan and drawn by Ronilson Freire, was revealed on Friday's San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC). The attached cover was beautifully delivered by John McCrea.

For 2000 years the Sect of Anubis have prolonged their life spans through human sacrifice and the enslavement of an Egyptian High Priestess cursed to walk the afterlife for all eternity. On one night every 30 years the Sect must offer up a human vessel to house the spirit of the priestess Nebetah so that they can kill her and drink her blood, thus granting them immortality.

But this year they have chosen the wrong vessel a... »

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A Return To Form For M. Night Shyamalan? Check Out The Trailer For Split.
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 27th Jul 2016

SplitWriter/director/producer M. Night Shyamalan returns to the grip of The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable and Signs with Split, a highly original looking thriller that delves into the mysterious recesses of one man’s fractured, gifted mind. Following last year’s breakout hit The Visit, Shyamalan reunites with producer Jason Blum (The Purge and Insidious series) for the film.

While the mental divisions of those with dissociative identity disorder have long fascinated and eluded science, it is believed that some can also manifest unique physical attributes for each personality, a cognitive and physiological prism within a single being.

Though Kevin (James McAvoy) has evidenced 23 personalities to his trusted psychiatrist, Dr. Fletcher (Betty Buckley), there remain... »

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Interview With Jon Ford, Director Of Offensive
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Wednesday 27th Jul 2016

Jon FordJon Ford, who, alongside his brother Howard, took the zombie genre to new global heights with The Dead and its equally superb follow-up The Dead 2. Here Jon talks about his first solo feature film, Offensive, a dark, violent tale of rage and revenge set in rural France, which receives its World Premiere at Horror Channel FrightFest 2016.

Q: Firstly, congratulations Jon, on completing your first solo feature film. Has this been a long time in the making ?

JF: Thank you, it has indeed been a long time in the making, in fact a lifetime nearly! This is a very personal film as it's based on true events that I've experienced. It's almost a compilation of scenarios that have made a lasting impression on me. The gang of kids are a mixture of who I once was o... »

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Its Enough To Make Your Tongue Fall Out! New Herschell Gordon Lewis Box Set!
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 24th Jul 2016

The Films of Herschell Gordon LewisIn 1963, director Herschell Gordon Lewis pulled a cow’s tongue out of an actress’ mouth on camera, and in doing so, changed the landscape of horror cinema forever. That sequence was just one of numerous gruesome gags featured in Blood Feast, the film credited as being the world’s first gore movie. It’s no exaggeration to say that the modern gross-out movies of today owe their very existence to the pioneering efforts of H.G. Lewis.


But whilst Lewis is most widely celebrated for his blood-and-guts epics (Two Thousand Maniacs!, The Wizard of Gore et al.), there’s more to the prolific director than splatter. From tales of sordid photographers (Scum of the Earth) to sex robots (How to Make a Doll), from... »

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Wonder Woman - Brand New Comic-Con Trailer
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 24th Jul 2016

Wonder Woman Poster Comic ConWe recently showed the original Wonder Woman series here on Horror Channel so we'll be interested to know what you think of this brand new trailer for the brand new Wonder Woman movie starring Gal Gadot.

Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior.

Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny.

Joining Gadot in the international cast are C... »

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Lock Your Doors. Don’t Pick Up Strangers! Road Games Coming To DVD
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 24th Jul 2016

Road Games DVD coverRoad Games, a personal favourite from FrightFest 2015 is a dark, sexy thrill ride packed with twists, that sees a young couple taking a trip into a house of horrors, in a bloody and tense cross between Switchblade Romance and The Hitcher.

Jack, a young drifter heading back to England, meets fellow hitchhiker Veronique on a lonely road in rural France. They get a lift with an eccentric Frenchman who invites them back to his isolated house, where he lives with his nervy artist wife. The couple welcome the young pair into their home, saying they can stay as long as they like. But Veronique believes something is not quite right with this over-friendly, lonely couple – and might it have something to do with the serial killer who has been killing people on the ... »

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Horror Channel FrightFest 2016 Announces Special Events, More Movies And Guest Line-Up
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Friday 22nd Jul 2016

FF Poster 2016 SmallHorror Channel FrightFest 2016 will be hosting a six-pack of special master classes, demonstrations and panel discussions providing an exciting and comprehensive snapshot of what’s happening in the horror & fantasy genre today. Hosted by media partner Screen International, there will be a panel discussion on the future of the UK Horror Film Industry, followed by the announcement of the winner of the inaugural ‘Screen International Horror rising star award’ celebrating the work of an emerging genre talent. The nominees are: Alice Lowe, Paul Hyett, The Ford Brothers, Kate Shenton and Shaun Robert Smith, who will all be in attendance.

Plus, there is a Horror Writing Master Class with the engaging writer/director James Moran, a Women In Hor... »

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Horror Channel FrightFest Teaser!
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Thursday 21st Jul 2016

The countdown to Horror Channel FrightFest has begun! #WeAreHorror

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The Lucky Ones Died First! The Hills Have Eyes Gets A 4K Restoration!
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 21st Jul 2016

The Hills Have Eyes CoverThe Hills Have Eyes is one Wes Craven’s seminal masterpieces, as well as one of the most enduring classics of American horror. A gruelling tale of rape, revenge and cannibalism, the film helped redefine what we think of as a horror movie and it’s being released as never before in a stunning 4K restoration.

Arrow Video’s new release of this genre mainstay promises to make it look better than ever before with a brand new restoration supervised by the film’s producer, Peter Locke, and a host of extras and special features. This really looks to be the definitive release of a film that has been often imitated but never bettered.

Special features announced so far include:
High Definition (1080p) presentation on Blu-Ray Edition
Original ... »

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Booth's Blog: HORRORCON-TASTIC!!!!
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Thursday 21st Jul 2016

Emily with meat cleaverI’ve had a very busy few days in the Horror industry, and when I say industry I mean it! Last weekend I was hanging out with stars and fans alike at Sheffield’s brilliant HorrorCon.

Although only in it’s second year the two sisters who run it have clearly got the winning formula of fun, entertainment and passion wrapped up perfectly as I joined a panel of Horror icons; Kane Hodder, David Naughton, Linnea Quigley, Doug Bradley and Ian McCulloch all of whom have of course graced our very own Horror Channel. For Linnea this was her first UK convention, and like her male counterparts was insanely popular!

Over two days I did not see the queue to meet Kane Hodder go down once, is he one of the most popular men in the genre? The weekend was, thankfully no... »

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Interview With Dan Pringle Director Of K-Shop.
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Wednesday 20th Jul 2016

Dan Pringle directing Reece Noi in K-ShopHorror is often best when it’s used as a mirror to reflect on society, no matter how exaggerated some of the sequences can be. K-Shop from Dan Pringle is one such movie which takes a look at the world around us and injects a large amount of brutal shocks into it. The movie is released this Friday so we decided to chat to Dan about this much talked about movie.

HC: Where did the initial idea come from?

DP: The initial idea came largely from being based in an office that overlooked a street full of nightclubs and bars in Bournemouth town centre. Working late most nights, we would see the full spectrum of party goers and clubbers on nights out and initially it was fairly amusing ... »

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The Shallows - Film review
By Horror Channel
Posted in: Reviews, Tuesday 19th Jul 2016

The Shallows - Film review

 

Sony Pictures

 

Certificate 15

On a trip to a secret and mostly deserted Mexican beach, Nancy (Blake Lively) finds herself to be the prey of a very hungry shark. Trapped on a small rock, the tide threatening to throw her back into the water, Nancy has only her wits (she’s a med school dropout) and a seagull companion, she must figure out a way to get back to shore.

 

There’s a lot of fun to be had at this secret beach if you’re willing to suspend your disbelief (which as a fan of Horror, you should be). The premise of girl vs. shark is an easy one to go along with, and Lively offers... »

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A Tasty Release? Microwave Massacre Coming To DVD!
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 18th Jul 2016

Microwave MassacreMicrowave Massacre stars legendary stand-up comedian and actor Jackie Vernon as Donald, a disgruntled construction worker whose wife’s predilection for haute cuisine drives him to cannibalism.

Donald unwittingly stumbles upon a solution to his two major problems in his life – his nagging wife and his lack of tasty meals – when, one night, he bludgeons his better half to death with a pepper grinder in a drunken rage. Thinking on his feet, Donald dismembers the body and sets about microwaving the remains, which turn out to be rather delicious. Trouble is, now he’s got a taste for human flesh that needs satisfying…

Eschewing all notions of good taste, Wayne Berwick’s Microwave Massacre is a deliciously depraved exercise in political incor... »

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The Complete Aliens Omnibus Volume Two Out Now!
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 17th Jul 2016

Aliens Omnibus 2Issued together for the first time, The Complete Aliens Omnibus Volume Two combines two tales, Genocide and Alien Harvest, both employing the classic mix of science fiction and horror that made the film a global phenomenon.

Genocide
The alien queen is dead; the hive mind left to flounder… and on a world bereft of its leader two strains of Alien divide their forces for world-shattering, acid-drenched war. On Earth, in the wake of alien infestation, athletes are flocking to humanity’s Goodwill Games. But some come with a deadly new tool: a drug called Fire, distilled from the very essence of the Aliens’ body chemistry. Pharmaceutical kingpin Daniel Grant wants it. The military wants it. But the only place the essential ingredient can be found is on... »

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The Complete Count Yorga Coming To DVD and Blu-ray
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 16th Jul 2016

The Count Yoga collectionUpdating the vampire mythos to early 1970s Los Angeles, the much-loved Count Yorga movies star Robert Quarry as the svelte Count Yorga, living in a mansion in the southern California hills with his equally mysterious “brides”. Introducing himself as a mystic from Bulgaria who’s an expert on séances, his true nature is given away by the title of his first film, Count Yorga, Vampire, long before the hapless Donna (Donna Anders, Werewolves on Wheels) and her friends discover the truth.

The sequel, The Return of Count Yorga, sees him relocate to San Francisco, where he has designs on an orphanage as a source of potential victims, but gets distracted by the prospect of the beautiful but innocent Cy... »

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Horror Channel FrightFest/Poster Spy Comp Winner Announced!
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, News, Friday 15th Jul 2016

FrightFest Poster Comp Poster SmallLast month Horror Channel FrightFest and Poster Spy ran an amazing competiton, both amateur and professional designers and artists, had the opportunity to create a brand new alternative poster to run alongside the official FrightFest poster design by long-time associate and world-renowned fantasy artist Graham Humphreys. The winning artist will receive a $250 cash prize, a full festival FrightFest pass, a media wall photo appearance with Mr. Humphreys himself and the opportunity to sign a commercial deal with FrightFest Enterprises, FrightFest's official online merchandising store!

The winner has been chosen and its Simon Carpenter. Simon is an illustrator from Torbay in Devon, UK. Illus... »

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Booth's Blog: Wolf Creek 2 Gets UK TV Premiere On Horror!
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Friday 15th Jul 2016

Emily Booth April PremieresYes, you heard me, Saturday 16th July sees Australia’s archetypal psycho back on the hunt for more tourists to trap, torment and torture in the UK TV premiere of Wolf Creek 2! Back in 2005 came a terrifying film from Australia (based on real life murders) following three backpackers as they travel the outback, but after a trip to the renowned Wolf Creek crater, discover their car broken down, the sun is setting and they’re in the middle of nowhere. Enter Mick Taylor! The friendly, oh so helpful bushman who taught us not to accept help from the wrong stranger…What followed was a terrifying cat and mouse hunt with scenes of sadistic torment and torture that had horror fans reeling in pain and pleasure!

I think just one of the reasons Mick Taylor’s ... »

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A New Film Starring Genre Legends May Heatherly And Caroline Monroe
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 10th Jul 2016

VampyresTwo beautiful women roam the English countryside, luring men to their estate for orgies of sex and blood. But when a group of campers stumble into the vampires’ lair, they find themselves sucked into a vortex of savage lust and forbidden desires.

Featuring performances from May Heatherly (Cannibal Apocalypse) and ex-Bond girl Caroline Monroe (Maniac), Vampyres promises to be a blood-curdling experience that retains a gothic edge. Fingers crossed.

Vampyres will be released onto DVD on September 5th thanks to Soda Pictures.

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Booth's Blog: Ditch The Passport With Tropical Terror!
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Thursday 7th Jul 2016

Emily Booth Red JacketSummer is here, apparently, but before you give up on Britain and desperately search for your passport before booking a bucket holiday to Marbs, stop think and listen to Booth. Going on holiday is rarely a real holiday (especially with kids!) Invariably there’s delays, queues, dodgy food, dodgy stomach, sun burn, bad tans, walks of shame, shall I go on? But I don’t mean to be the voice of gloom! Far from it, for we at Horror have rustled up a whole season of movies that take you on a worldwide trip of holiday hell – well this is Horror after all. So get ready for sun sea and suspense!

First up, if there’s one film to sum up holiday horror I think it’s Jaws. The original summer blockbuster of 1975 Spielberg’s classic had people terrified jus... »

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The FrightFest Guide To Exploitation Movies - Book Coming Soon!
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, News, Tuesday 5th Jul 2016

FrightFest Guide To Exploitation MoviesHorror Channel FrightFest, the UK’s biggest horror and fantasy film festival, joins forces with FAB Press, the fiercely independent one-stop-shop for cutting edge genre publications, to launch The Frightfest Guide To Exploitation Movies during Horror Channel FrightFest which runs August 25th till August 29th.

The first in a planned series of wide appeal books for both the curious spectator and the cult connoisseur, to be published annually with FrightFest, the inaugural volume is an informative celebration of the grindhouse film industry in all its diverse sex, horror and violence glory.

Comprising an in-depth A-Z of the entire celluloid sleaze underworld, the book is a fast... »

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You May Never Use Your Phone Again! New Trailer For Cell
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, News, Tuesday 5th Jul 2016

Cell Quad PosterAhead of the UK Premiere of Cell at Horror Channel FrightFest on Thursday 25th August, here's the UK trailer and poster for you to enjoy.

In this adaptation of Stephen King’s bestselling apocalyptic thriller, John Cusack (1408), Samuel L. Jackson (Django Unchained) and Isabelle Fuhrman (Orphan) star as one of the few survivors of a murderous epidemic fending off bloodthirsty predators who have been dangerously re-programmed to kill by a mysterious worldwide phone signal.

You may never want to use your mobile again!

With support from Stacy Keach and direction from Tod 'Kip' Williams Cell will be in cinemas and on Demand from August 26th and to get you in the mood here's the pretty cool trailer.

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New Poster For The Girl With All The Gifts
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 4th Jul 2016

The Girl With All The Gifts SmallWarner Bros. Pictures UK has made available the official poster for The Girl With All The Gifts. Based on the bestselling novel by M. R. Carey the movie stars Sennia Nanua, Gemma Arterton, Glenn Close and Paddy Considine

The near future; humanity has been all but destroyed by a mutated fungal disease that eradicates free will and turns its victims into flesh-eating “hungries”. Only a small group of children seem immune to its effects.

At an army base in rural England, this group of unique children are being studied, subjected to cruel experiments by biologist Dr. Caldwell. Despite having been infected with the zombie pathogen that has decimated the world, these children retain normal thoughts and emotions. And while stil... »

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A Movie To Leave You Breathless! The Chamber To Get World Premiere At FrightFest
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, News, Monday 4th Jul 2016

The Chamber SmallStudiocanal today confirmed their acquisition of underwater thriller The Chamber following Friday’s World Premiere announcement within the FrightFest programme.

The Chamber stars Swedish actor Johannes Bah Kuhnke in his first film role since his international breakthrough performance in family drama Force Majeure and is written and directed by Ben Parker, his feature debut, having previously made the short Shifter, which played at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas. The film also stars Charlotte Salt (The Musketeers), James McArdle (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), and Elliot Levey (The Lady In The Van)

The Chamber revolves around a special ops unit, who commandeer a commercial resea... »

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Sci-Fi Chiller Midnight Special Coming Soon
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Friday 1st Jul 2016

Midnight SpecialAfter rescuing his son, Alton (Jaeden Lieberher) from a fundamentalist religious sect who are convinced his powerful supernatural abilities are the key to their salvation, Roy (Michael Shannon), Alton and their bodyguard Lucas (Joel Edgerton) are on the run for their lives in Jeff Nichols’ critically acclaimed science fiction drama Midnight Special. The movie receives its home entertainment release this summer, available on Digital HD from 1st August, and Blu-ray and DVD from 8th August.

What starts as a desperate escape from a fearsome cult across Texas, Alton's abilities soon attract the attention of the FBI who believe the boy to be a threat to mankind’s very existence. Working closely with the cult, the FBI are equally insistent on getting to the bottom of this mystery with Pau... »

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Horror Channel FrightFest Announces Line-Up!
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Frightfest, Friday 1st Jul 2016

FF Poster 2016 SmallFrom grindhouse to art-house, feel-good to squeal-good, blockbuster to ghostbuster FrightFest returns in all its gory glory, now housed at the 12-screen Vue Cinema at Shepherd’s Bush, West London, from August 25th - August 29th.

In its 17th year, the world renowned genre film festival will present 62 new feature films, embracing sixteen countries and bringing together established filmmakers, British first-timers and emerging international visionaries from six continents

The opening night attraction is the European Premiere of My Father Die, Sean Brosnan’s brutal and beautiful feature debut – an ultra-stylish, uber violent revenge thriller that’s a calling card for Brosnan’s brilliant talents.  And our closing night film is another breaknec... »

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A Revealing New Clip from Nerve
By Horror Channel
Posted in: News, Thursday 30th Jun 2016

The internet already controls most of our lives, but the upcoming thriller Nerve takes it one step further.

Emma Roberts (Scream 4) and Dave Franco (Fright Night) star as two players in a deadly game of online dares. In this new clip, they show us how far they're willing to go to keep playing the game.

From the directors of Paranormal Activity 3 and 4, Nerve opens in UK cinemas August 11th.

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Horror Channel Bares Its Teeth This July
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Wednesday 29th Jun 2016

Prey SmallThere is real bite to July’s line-up on Horror Channel, as killer sharks, a rampaging tiger, a family of cannibals, a vengeful Chupacabra and a wolf in serial killer clothing herald in a premiere-packed month on the UK’s only channel dedicated to the dark side.

There are four UK TV premieres: Jim Mickle’s brilliant re-imagining of Jorge Michel Grau’s Mexican art-house cannibal fantasy We Are What We Are, Greg McLean’s Wolf Creek 2, which sees the return of Australia’s most famed pig-shooting psycho, Carlos Brooks’ wonderful ‘Tiger in a House’ nerve-jangler Burning Bright and Alastair Orr’s Panamanian creature thriller Prey. Plus, there is the network premiere of The Reef»

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Booth's Blog: When Animals Attack!
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Wednesday 29th Jun 2016

Emily Booth Green Top Image 1No I’m not referring to the reality series (although the fact it exists at all is testament to our enduring morbid fascination with real animal attacks) but rather our heart pounding UK TV premiere Burning Bright this Saturday (July 2nd).

Now hear me out here because on paper this is not an easy sell. A man decides to turn his home into a safari park for some reason and buys his main ‘attraction’ a Bengal tiger (how one just buys a tiger is beyond me – but this is America after all) however with a hurricane fast approaching he boards his entire house up, with his two step – children ‘safe’ inside. Except they’re not alone. Somehow the extremely hungry tiger is trapped inside the house with them and has only one thing on its mind; m... »

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From The Producers Of V/H/S Comes Southbound
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 28th Jun 2016

Southbound CoverOne of the biggest highlights of FrightFest Glasgow 2016, Southbound is a twisted and shocking anthology horror from the minds behind the V/H/S trilogy. On a desolate stretch of desert highway, weary travelers - two men on the run from their past, a band on their way to the next gig, a man struggling to get home, a brother in search of his long-lost sister and a family on vacation - are forced to confront their worst fears and darkest secrets in a series of five interlocking tales of terror.

With interwoven chapters that tell tales of misadventure along the same stretch of lonely highway, Southbound promises to keep you on the edge of your seat with a chilling blend of overarching dread and big frights. All sounds pretty cool to us and will be availa... »

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Revealed! Graham Humphrey’s Stunning Artwork For Horror Channel Frightfest 2016
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, News, Friday 24th Jun 2016

FF Poster 2016 SmallHorror Channel FrightFest is delighted to present Graham Humphrey’s stunning artwork for this year’s annual Bank Holiday event, the UK’s largest celebration of genre cinema, taking place at the Vue Shepherd’s Bush, between Thursday August 25th till Monday August 29th.

The relocation to Shepherd’s Bush was the inspiration behind the concept.

As Graham explains: "This year’s relocation suggested the idea of a floating cinema that can move through the city. Going west, I took it all the way to Louisiana, as portrayed in the film ‘Southern Comfort’. reimagining London as a swampland.

I took my cues from a variety of sources; the ‘feu follet’ (will-o’-the-wisp) are mentioned in George Washington Cable’s short story Jean-ah Poquelin, the pad... »

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Booth's Blog: The Beauty Of The Abandoned
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Wednesday 22nd Jun 2016

Emily with chopperThere seems to be an almost primal-gut need and attraction for our forgotten past, abandoned places once the site of life and activity, now left, lost and derelict, mere echoes of their former glory. I personally am incredibly attracted to the idea of urban exploring and when I was a nipper regularly indulged in breaking into old dilapidated houses, flats, schools and churches before the term ‘urban exploring’ was even coined. But why? What is this fascination all about? Are these buildings a ‘bricks and mortar’ version of ghosts? Is it tapping into our primal need for discovery? This sense of urban decay, especially buildings or places that once housed laughter, entertainment, beauty and opulence, now empty, destroyed and silent. Does it make us feel connected to the people of the past? Are we j... »

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Dare You Meet The Girl With All The Gifts? Here's The Brand New Trailer
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 21st Jun 2016

The Girls With All The GiftsWarner Bros. Pictures has delivered the official trailer for The Girl With All The Gifts. From the bestselling novel by M. R. Carey the movie stars Sennia Nanua, Gemma Arterton, Glenn Close and Paddy Considine, and will be released into UK cinemas soon.

The near future; humanity has been all but destroyed by a mutated fungal disease that eradicates free will and turns its victims into flesh-eating “hungries”. Only a small group of children seem immune to its effects.

At an army base in rural England, this group of unique children are being studied, subjected to cruel experiments by biologist Dr. Caldwell. Despite having been infected with the zombie pathogen that has decimated the world, these children retain normal thoughts and emotio... »

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Booth's Blog: The Sound Of The Siren…..
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Tuesday 14th Jun 2016

Emily Booth April PremieresMyths and monsters have always formed an integral part of Horror, our fascination ingrained by the rich history of Greek Myth. These ancient stories still hold incredible power today and are, in my opinion, the best, most magical and memorable stories ever told. It’s no wonder we return to them time and time again, perhaps with modern twists, and why children are so completely drawn to creatures such as the mermaid, Cyclops, dragon, fairy and fawn…

I myself recently took the Celtic myth of the Selkie as my basis for a short film, which I made with the help of Kickstarter two years ago! I think, regardless of people’s culture and country of origin, we share this need and desire to feel a connection to our kindred animal spirits; from the Native Americans and Greeks ... »

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Interview With Dan Palmer, Writer And Star Of Stalled!
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Wednesday 8th Jun 2016

Dan PalmerCool Brit-horror Stalled will be getting its UK TV premiere on Horror this Friday at 10.50pm. This gut-munching comedy horror stars Dan Palmer, who also write the script. We chatted to Dan about this unmissable movie and what movie plans he has

HC: Did you know from a young age you wanted to work in show business?

DP: Seeing the original Ghostbusters in the cinema when I was tiny had a profound effect on me and I think that probably put the filmic fire in my belly. As a school kid a student production took over my entire school for a few weeks and that really opened up my eyes to the accessibility of filmmaking. The director was Joe Cornish who, years later, would go on to make Attack The Block. When it came to going on to high... »

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Booth's Blog: I'm At HorrorCon!
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Wednesday 8th Jun 2016

Emily Booth Seat SmallSo, you’ve all the heard the exciting news already that Horror Channel is now the official headline sponsor for the one and only FrightFest 2016?! That means you’ll be seeing a lot more of Horror Channel and of me! I cannot wait for this little shake up, especially as it coincides with the festival moving to the epic 10 screener VUE in Shepherds Bush. Change is good my fiends, embrace it. But unfortunately I cannot divulge any more juicy morsels of news on that front till I get the green light from Publicity so until then, I have news of my next personal appearance. I will be signing and having a mooch all weekend at Sheffield’s HORRORCON! I missed it last year and a few horror folk told me it was a really good fun convention so I made sure I got... »

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Fulci's Zombie Lives On In Comic Book Form!
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 6th Jun 2016

Eibon Press SmallEibon Press is the all-new publishing brainchild of Masters of Horror/Shock Festival writer Stephen Romano, and horror’s own memorabilia legend and creator of Black Devil Doll, Shawn Lewis. Their mission is to “Make owning and collecting horror comics cool again,” by releasing single issue comic books in super limited “Prestige Editions,” which will feature premium printing and innovative packaging never before seen in the history of comics.

“Our books are like limited edition record albums,” says Romano. “You know all that awesome stuff they’re doing with posters and vinyl soundtracks? Well, that what we’re bringing to comics. Each and every issue of each and every title will come encased in a specially-designed album jacket-style sleeve which we’ve invented ourselves.... »

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Are You Ready For Holidays?
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 6th Jun 2016

Holidays posterWith Hollywood and horror favourites, Kevin Smith, Nicholas McCarthy, Gary Shore and Seth Green on board, among many others, Holidays is a multi-story shocker which challenges our perception of annual festivities, subverting them and laying their darker side bare.

From an extremely gruesome Easter to a disturbingly macabre Valentine’s Day, Holidays explores a full calendar year of grisly festive stories, and bringing out the most twisted sides of each seasonal celebration. With stellar directorial talent, including Kevin Smith (Tusk), Gary Shore (Dracula Untold), Scott Stewart (Dark Skies), Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer (Starry Eyes), Sarah Adina Smith (The Midnight Swim), Nicholas McCarthy (The Pact), A... »

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Horror Channel Frightfest And Poster Spy Announce Poster Competition
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, News, Monday 6th Jun 2016

FrightFest_HorrorChannel_logo1 SmallHorror Channel FrightFest, the UK's leading horror and fantasy film festival is teaming up with Poster Spy, the internet's primary source of alternative movie posters, to launch a very special poster competition ahead of the festival’s annual 5-day event in August at the Vue Shepherd’s Bush.

Designers and artists, both amateur and professional, have the opportunity to create a brand new alternative poster to run alongside the official FrightFest poster design by long-time associate and world-renowned fantasy artist Graham Humphreys. The winning artist will receive a $250 cash prize, a full festival FrightFest pass, a media wall photo appearance with Mr. Humphreys himself and the opportunity to sign a commercial deal... »

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We are...
By Horror Channel
Posted in: Features, Monday 6th Jun 2016

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How Horror are you?

#wearehorror

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Brit Films Takes Centre-Stage In Horror Channel’s June Line-Up
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Friday 3rd Jun 2016

Siren SmallBritish-made horror takes centre-stage as Horror Channel broadcasts five premieres during June, including the UK TV premiere of Christian James’ brilliantly executed British horror comedy Stalled, the network premieres of two classic British ‘sexploitation’ movies: Norman J Warren’s hypnotic sci-fi mystery Prey and Ray Austin’s tale of carnage and covens, Virgin Witch. There is also the UK TV premiere of Andreas Prodromou’s debut, Brit suspense thriller Eden Lodge and the UK TV premiere of Siren, Andrew Hull’s seductive sea-fearing thriller.

Here's all the info you need:

The month kicks of with Virgin Witch on the 4th where Betty (Vic... »

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Dare You Visit 10 Cloverfield Lane?
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 31st May 2016

10 Cloverfield LaneAcclaimed producer J.J. Abrams and up-and-coming director Dan Trachtenberg deliver a new masterpiece that actually lives up to the hype when 10 Cloverfield Lane debuts on Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand on 25th July from Paramount Home Media Distribution and Universal Pictures (UK). The film arrives two weeks early on Digital Download from 11th July.

After a catastrophic car crash, a young woman (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) wakes up in a survivalist’s (John Goodman) underground bunker. He claims to have saved her from an apocalyptic attack that has left the outside world uninhabitable. His theories are supported by a mysterious stranger who is in the bunker with them (John Gallagher), but as his increasingly suspicious actions lead her to question his motives, she'll have to escape i... »

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Booth's Blog: The Demon Child...!
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Thursday 26th May 2016

Emily Booth Red JacketThe Village of the Damned, Children of the Corn, Damien Thorn, Orphan, Regan, The Shining twins – you know where I’m going with this. There is a long history of the evil child in horror films and a very primal fear being explored, addressed and exorcised; could our own darling offspring turn against us? Does our unconditional protective love really mean anything to them? What kind of chaotic society would be left behind if the children were in charge?

With the network premiere of Tom Shankland’s The Children on Horror Channel this coming Saturday 28th May, I thought I’d delve a little further into the history of this most potent sub- genre and why the hell it freaks us out so much!

The evil child can ... »

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Pride And Prejudice And Zombies - Coming DVD And Blu-Ray
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 25th May 2016

Pride And Prejudice And Zombies Blu-ray coverIt’s Pride And Prejudice like you’ve never seen it before, as Jane Austen’s 19th Century classic is invaded by hordes of flesh-eating zombies! Yes, Pride And Prejudice And Zombies is the literary-monster mash-up you’ve been waiting to feast on and it coming to DVD and Blu-Ray from Monday 27th June and on Digital HD from Monday 20th June.

Based on book by Seth Grahame-Smith (and Jane Austen, of course), it’s one of greatest premises in movie history: what if the literary classic was retold, but this time packed with the living dead? Will Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy still find love? Or will be too busy chopping down an army of the undead for romance?

Screenwriter and director Burr... »

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Horror Channel And FrightFest Agree Three-Year Partnership Deal
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, News, Tuesday 24th May 2016

FrightFest_HorrorChannel_logo1 SmallHorror Channel and FrightFest have agreed a three-year partnership deal, which sees the CBS Studios International/AMC Networks International – UK owned channel become headline sponsor for the UK’s biggest and most popular genre film festival.

Chris Sharp, Chief Programming Officer, AMC Networks International – UK, said today: “Horror is coming home. We were FrightFest’s banner sponsor in 2005 and 2006 and have maintained a very close partnership with the organisers and fans ever since. We’re thrilled to further cement that ‘bloody bond’ and look forward to celebrating the festival with a frighteningly good season of FrightFest favourites on the channel in August.”

FrightFest co-director Alan Jon... »

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New From Auteur - Frightmares: A History of British Horror Cinema
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 22nd May 2016

Frightmare BookFrom Tod Slaughter to Ben Wheatley, Frightmares is the most up-to-date survey of British horror cinema available – with the publishers boasting it will be authoritative, comprehensive and entertaining! Seeing as though its from the team behind the superb range of Auteur's 'Devil's Advocates' book we've no reason to doubt them.

The horror film reveals as much, if not more, about the British psyche as the more respectable heritage film or the social-realist drama. Yet, like a mad relative locked in the attic, British horror cinema has for too long been critically ignored or maligned. Even when it has been celebrated, neglect has usually swiftly followed, and what studies there have been mostly concentrate on Hammer. But this is only part of the story. British horror is a tradition that enc... »

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The Ninth Configuration - Blu-ray review
By James Whittington
Posted in: Reviews, Sunday 22nd May 2016

The Ninth ConfigurationThe Ninth Configuration- Blu-ray review

Second Sight

Certificate 15

Extras: Audio Commentary by Writer/Director William Peter Blatty and Mark Kermode, Killer Kane featurette - brand new interviews with writer/director/producer William Peter Blatty, actors Stacy Keach, Tom Atkins and Stephen Powers, composer Barry De Vorzon, production designer William Malley and art director J. Dennis, Archive featurette with Mark Kermode, Deleted Scenes and Outtakes.

William Peter Blatty's The Ninth Configuration was originally released in 1980 to an incredibly mixed response. Its mixture of biting satire, brutal horrors of war and of life itself as well as surreal drama and confusing moments of comedy has earned ... »

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Booth's Blog: The Last Film Of Boris Karloff…?
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Friday 20th May 2016

Emily Booth Green Top Image 12016 has certainly been an odd year so far, in terms of the uncanny amount of music and screen legends popping off this mortal coil. From David Bowie to Alan Rickman to Prince and a few more in between it seems true legends are now hard to come by and indeed may never be cultivated again in the saturated culture we now live in. With this in mind I turn to three icons of classic horror, Boris Karloff, Christopher Lee and Barbara Steele who, in a rare moment in history share the silver screen in tomorrow’s network premiere Curse of the Crimson Alter. It’s not often you get to witness such wonderful horror legends rolled into one movie, and to watch this slice of celluloid is to watch horror history itself.

Most of us know that the incomparable Ch... »

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Horror Channel's Emily Booth To Appear At HorrorCon UK 2016!
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 17th May 2016

Emily Booth Red JacketHorror Channel's Emily Booth is to be one of the guests at HorrorCon UK 2016. This year the celebrated convention will take place at Magna Science Adventure Centre, Rotherham on 9th and 10th July.

Other guests announced to date include actor and stuntman Kane Hodder, best known for his role as Jason Vorhees in 4 films in the Friday the 13th film franchise; Doug Bradley AKA Pinhead of Hellraiser fame, David Naughton the star of American Werewolf in London and Return of the Living Dead's “scream queen”, Linnea Quigley, for whom HorrorCon UK is her UK convention debut. In addition, best-selling horror author of The Manitou and ex-Penthouse Editor, Graham Masterton, will be appearing along with The Shakespeare of Gore, author, Sha... »

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Creepshow 2 - Blu-ray Review
By James Whittington
Posted in: Reviews, Saturday 14th May 2016

Creepshow 2Creepshow 2 - Blu-ray Review

88 Films

Certificate 18

Extras: Screenplay For A Sequel - An Interview with Screenwriter George A. Romero,Tales From The Creep - An Interview with Actor Tom Savini, Behind-The-Scenes Footage with Tom Savini as “The Creep”, Theatrical Trailers, TV Spot and Still Gallery.

After the success of Creepshow in 1982 it was inevitable that a follow up would follow but it wasn’t until 1987 when it finally happened with original director George A. Romero handing duties to Michael Gornick. Stephen King was still involved with his stories being adapted by Romero but the anthology was now only three stories instead of five as in the original.

As before each story pays homage to the celebrated EC horror comics with a deligh... »

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Booth's Blog: The Dark Heart Of Cinema Hits Cannes
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Wednesday 11th May 2016

Emily Booth Seat SmallThe Cannes Film festival opens it’s doors today for the 69th time to celebrities, film makers and pretty much anyone who can bag a ticket and a room. It is THE place to be right now and the coveted Palme D’Or remains the highest accolade in film that any director could dream of.

Being a celebration of cinematographic art this is an all encompassing global festival including animation, short films, foreign language, arthouse and genre films but it’s not often you see a horror ‘in competition’ officially selected for the Palme D’Or award. This year however one of the biggest films on everyone’s lips is The Neon Demon, from Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn. Described as Valley Of The Dolls meets Texas Chain Saw Massacre meets Suspiria ... »

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Weekend Of The Dead - Event News
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 9th May 2016

WEEKEND-OF-THE-DEAD-GUEST-LISTWeekend Of The Dead is a Zombie fan gathering run by fans for fans. It is an event that prides itself on the connection of the fans with the special guests.

The organisers want to help bring zombie film fans face to face with their favourite characters from the big screen Zombie movies.

The impressive guest list includes Mike Christopher (Hare Krishna Zombie), Len Lies (Machete Zombie), Jim Krut (Helicopter Zombie) and Jeanie Jefferies (Blonde Zombie) from the original Dawn Of The Dead, Joe Pilato (Captain Rhodes) and Gary Klahr (Pvt, Steel) from the original Day Of The Dead along with producer David Ball, Eugene Clark (Big Daddy) Land of the Dead.

There’ll be photoshoots, autograph opportunities and more. <... »

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Weapons At The Ready As Slasher Desecrated Gets UK Release
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 8th May 2016

DesecratedMichael Ironside (Heritiks, Turbo Kid), Haylie Duff (Napolean Dynamite) and Gonzalo Menendez (The Dark Knight Rises) star in Rob Garcia’s debut feature Desecrated, a gripping psycho-killer thrill ride, which has a UK DVD and VOD release on May 16.

Allie (Haylie Duff) and her friends head to an isolated ranch owned by her father (Michael Ironside), but the trip turns deadly when they find themselves being hunted by the groundskeeper (Gonzalo Menendez), a delusional ex-military operative with a dark secret and some very sharp weapons.

The film also stars Heather Sossaman (Hawaii Five-O), Wilmer Calderon (Fast and Furious), and Paul James (Greek). It’s written by Cecil Chambers, directed by Rob Garcia and produced by Evenflow Entertainment & Triumphant Pictur... »

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Killer Dames Coming To Blu-ray
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 8th May 2016

Killer DamesArrow Video have announced the release of Emilio P. Miraglia’s Italian giallo classics The Red Queen Kills Seven Times and The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave which premiere on dual format Blu-ray and DVD in this beautifully restored, limited edition collection released on 23rd May 2016.

At the height of the Italian giallo boom in the early 1970s, scores of filmmakers turned their hand to crafting their own unique takes on these lurid murder-mystery thrillers. This limited edition double pack features two distinctive offerings by Emilio P. Miraglia, which meld twisty whodunit narratives with gothic chills.

In The Red Queen Kills Seven Times, an age-old family curse hits sisters Kitty and Franziska following the death of their grandfat... »

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Booth's Blog: We’ll Have You In Stitches This Saturday
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Wednesday 4th May 2016

Emily Booth Red JacketClowns. We’re not altogether sure why they freak us out - they just do. Who’d have thought something designed to make us laugh and entertain our children would become such a potent symbol in horror films, sometimes even taking the starring role? With our network premiere of the brilliantly demented Stitches this Saturday I thought I’d delve in to the psyche behind these psychos!

The official term for ‘fear of clowns’ is an odd one; coulrophobia and is incredibly common! In fact music festival Bestival had to cancel their ‘clown themed’ event due to the huge response from ticket holders expressing their hatred of the red nosed buffoons! So what is it that we find disturbing? The exaggerated features, the giant feet, the crazy unpredictable behaviour, the ... »

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Booth's Blog: Hammer Revival Movie Wake Wood Comes To Horror
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Thursday 28th Apr 2016

Emily Booth April PremieresAs our regulars know we love a bit of classic Hammer Horror here on the UK’s only dedicated genre channel with our regular Hammer Thursdays, the recent Easter Hammer-thon and regular showings of fan favourites To The Devil A Daughter, The Devil Rides Out and Twins Of Evil to name but a few.

Founded way back in 1934, film studio Hammer held the screen for a good 5 decades, rolling out icon after icon both monster and man! Hammer was no ordinary studio but became a defining genre in itself with lavish film sets, period settings, costumes and gothic themes. Hammer was not just a quirky British outlet making the ‘labours of love’ you so often hear about in today’s industry – no, it was a financial success during its golden era, partly due to ... »

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Horror Channel To Broadcast The Vatican Tapes – One Of 8 Premieres In May
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Wednesday 27th Apr 2016

The Vatican Tapes SmallHorror Channel will be broadcasting eight premieres during May, including the UK TV premiere of The Vatican Tapes, a dynamic, unusual and thrilling exorcism shocker by Crank director Mark Neveldine, which will broadcast on Friday 13th May at 9pm.

Screened at FrightFest Halloween 2015, the story centres on the battle to save a young girl’s her soul after she expresses increasingly erratic and strange behaviour. It soon becomes clear that Angela (Olivia Taylor Dudley) has been taken over by an ancient satanic force and that she must be quickly purged of evil. But what nobody knows is that the spiritual crusade is not just for Angela - it’s for the entire world as humanity knows it. Also starring are Michael Peña, Dougray Scott, Djimon Hounsou an... »

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Secret Cinema Presents 28 Days Later
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 25th Apr 2016

28 Days Later Poster SmallPrepare yourself for a brand-new horror experience. Secret Cinema Presents is bringing Danny Boyle’s 2002 British cult classic, 28 Days Later, to life.

When Jim (Cillian Murphy), wakes from a coma to discover a deadly virus has infected London and society has all but collapsed, he must fight for survival in a world that has been torn apart by the infected.

Expect a fully immersive, cinematic experience that will bring you into the heart of a post-apocalyptic world. The event will run for 5 hours, and as well as a themed screening of the film, the audience will be taken into a fictional world, with actors, epic sets and interactive experiences that will give you the chance to live the horror for real.

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Beware The Moon: The Story Of An American Werewolf In London - Book Details
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 25th Apr 2016

AAWIL BookFrom writer and director of the award-winning documentary Beware The Moon, Paul Davis and Dead Mouse Productions Ltd who brought you 245 Trioxin: The Story of the Return of the Living Dead and You’re So Cool, Brewster! The Story of Fright Night comes Beware the Moon: The Story of An American Werewolf in London.

This new, two-hundred page, hardback book delves deeper into the memories and experiences of over 35 of the cast and crew including, John Landis, Rick Baker, David Naughton, Jenny Agutter, Griffin Dunne, John Woodvine, Frank Oz and many more.

When it comes to werewolf movies there is one movie that has transcended all others for the past 35 years. ‘An American Werewolf in London’ stands like a colossus in the ‘full moon’ genre and continues to both ti... »

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Pride & Prejudice And, Err Zombies!
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 25th Apr 2016

Pride & Prejudice & ZombiesIt’s Pride and Prejudice like you’ve never seen it before, as Jane Austen’s 19th Century classic is invaded by hordes of flesh-eating zombies! With its killer premise, an incredible cast of established stars and Hollywood’s hottest rising talent, and big, blood-splattered action, Pride & Prejudice & Zombies is the literary-monster mash-up we've been waiting to feast on!

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

Casting aside personal and social prejudices, Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy (Sam Riley) must unite on the blood-soaked battlefield to rid the country of the zombie menace and ... »

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Will You Dare Watch Stephen King's Cell?
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 24th Apr 2016

CellIn the highly anticipated adaptation of Stephen King’s bestselling apocalyptic thriller, Cell, John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson and Isabelle Fuhrman star as one of the few survivors of a murderous epidemic fending off bloodthirsty predators who have been dangerously re-programmed to kill by a mysterious worldwide phone signal.

Also starring Stacy Keach, produced by Richard Saperstein and Michael Benaroya and directed by Tod 'Kip' Williams, Cell promises to be a frightening new story from The Master of Horror.

Signature Entertainment will unleash Cell in Cinemas and on Demand from August 26th

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Booth's Blog: WΔZ Premieres FRIDAY on Horror!
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Thursday 21st Apr 2016

Emily with chopperEvery now and then a Horror comes out that raises the bar and redefines the genre. I remember when SE7EN came out in 1995 (cannot believe it was 21 years ago - that’s actually frightening!) and it was THE film everyone was talking about. Nine years later SAW did the same thing but both painted the celluloid with grim urbanisation, stark lonely characters and explored killers walking the thin line between morality and murder.

This Friday’s network premiere is a cross between SAW and SE7EN with a little bit of maths thrown in as the twist. WΔZ (pronounced W Delta Z) refers to said maths, as two detectives uncover crime scenes where the victims’ bodies have the equation etched into their broken tortured bodies. What is the killer ... »

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Booth's Blog: The Hoodie Horror!
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Thursday 14th Apr 2016

Emily with meat cleaverOne of the things I love about my beloved horror genre is it’s ability to spawn! Like the music industry there are now so many off shoots and sub genres and even sub-sub genres it’s sometimes hard to keep up! It’s no longer just a case of a slasher movie or a creature feature…. There’s Zom-Edy, Zom-Com, Rom-Zom-Com, Hip-Hop Horror, Satanica, Body-Horror, Eco-Horror, Home Invasion, the Found Footage and of course Hoodie-Horror. And I’m not even covering half of it!

With Horror Channel’s network premiere of Containment on Friday 15th April at 9pm I thought I’d delve a little in to the history and making of the Hoodie or Urban Horror. This edgy sub genre arguably first found limelight with James Watkins’ Eden Lake,... »

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The Creep Is Back - Creepshow 2 Comes To Blu-ray
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Friday 8th Apr 2016

Creepshow 2Another terrifying trilogy of terror tales comes to Blu-ray thanks to 88 Films, the cult classic Creepshow 2. Written by George A. Romero and based on stories by Stephen King each story pays homage to the celebrated EC horror comics with a delightfully dark comic streak within each one.

The three stories, Old Chief Wood’nhead, The Raft and The Hitch-Hiker deliver some very memorable set pieces, mainly thanks to Tom Savini’s superb special effects, and are joined together by witty links from the Creep.

The movie also boasts a cracking cast which includes George Kennedy, Dorothy Lamour and Savini himself!

This new edition contains some smart extras including interviews with George A. Romero and Tom Savini, behind-the-scenes footage, trailers, TV spot and s... »

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More Doctor Who Target Reissues From BBC Books
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Friday 8th Apr 2016

Doctor Who Boook CoversBBC Books has announced the reissue of seven classic Doctor Who novelisations from the original range by Target Books.

Long out of print, the Target series was extremely popular when originally published in the 1960s and 1970s, as they were the only way that fans could revisit an episode after it had aired.

The seven reissues feature one title for each Doctor covered on the Target list and feature illustrations by iconic artist Chris Achilleos, original illustrator for the 1960s and 1970s editions.

In addition, Chris has designed completely new jackets for The Visitation, Vengeance On Varos and Battlefield, to create a uniform look for collectors.

The list of title is:

Doctor Who and the Zarbi by ... »

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Booth's Blog: It’s A Boothy Double Bill!
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Wednesday 6th Apr 2016

Emily with chopperI often get asked about my career; how it all began and how I seem to straddle presenting with acting. Well this Friday comes two of my earlier horror movies that helped cement my role in the industry, as well as earn my ‘Scream Queen’ stripes and consequently my job at Horror Channel!

I am also asked how one breaks into Horror hosting – but really it’s a very niche area – especially in the UK! I do have experience in three specific fields in the horror industry (first came acting, then Horror PR / journalism and lastly TV presenting) all of which has qualified me to write and report for Horror Channel which prides itself on being a channel for the fans run by fans. Of course being a horror fan came before anything else, cutting my teeth on Dario Argent... »

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Burial Ground - Blu-ray Review
By James Whittington
Posted in: Reviews, Wednesday 6th Apr 2016

Burial GroundBurial Ground - Blu-ray Review

88 Films

Certificate 18

Extras: Interview with Mikel Coven, Audio Commentary, Trailers, Deleted Scenes, Collectable Art Card, Reversible Sleeve

88 Films continue their impressive Blu-ray range with this celebrated shocker from Andrea Bianchi who will probably be best remembered for Strip Nude For You Killer. Remastered from the original 16mm negative Burial Ground is a gruesome piece of Italian horror has never looked better, and it’s here in its uncut form, but does it stand the test of time?

Also known as The Zombie Dead, Zombi Horror, Le Notti del terrore and The Nights Of Terror (which is the title on this print) the movie starts with an scientist discoveri... »

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Doomwatch - DVD Review
By James Whittington
Posted in: Reviews, Tuesday 5th Apr 2016

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Simply Media

Certificate 15

For anyone of a certain age there will be sci-fi shows that grabbed them and lead to the way of loving horror. For some it was the earth invasions of Quatermass, for others it was the time-travelling of Doctor Who, but for some it was the gritty realism of “this could actually happen” shocks of Doomwatch.

Ground-breaking in every sense of the word Doomwatch originally aired on the BBC from 1970-1972 and at its height it attracted in excess of 13.6 million viewers and like the best TV shows spawned two film adaptations. Surprisingly it has never been released onto DVD, until now!

Sadly not all of the episodes made... »

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Horror Channel Serves Up Seven Premieres For April
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Wednesday 30th Mar 2016

Satans SlaveHorror Channel will be broadcasting seven premieres during April, including the Network premieres of Tom Shankland’s gripping film noir serial killer shocker WAZ, starring Stellan Skarsgard, Tom Hardy and Selma Blair, in David Keating’s deadly supernatural drama Wake Wood, with Timothy Spall. There is also a UK premiere for Eric England’s edge-of-your-seat chill ride Roadside.

Other network premieres this month are: Neil McEnery-West’s terrifying panic-thriller Containment and William Malone’s gory remake of House On Haunted Hill, starring Geoffrey Rush, Famke Janssen and Ali Larter, Richard Marquand’s creepy supernatural love story The Legacy»

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Booth's Blog - I’m In A Horror Channel Premiere!
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Friday 25th Mar 2016

Emily with chopperYes, this coming Saturday (26th March) Horror Channel’s superb Laugh Or Die season is back with splat-stick king Jake West’s Doghouse getting its network premiere and I couldn’t be more proud for I take on the role of ‘The Snipper…’

But I’m not going to just give you the low down on what the movie’s about – you can get that anywhere online, I’m going to give you the inside story on what it was really like working on the most intense film project I’ve ever done; the real Danny Dyer, the stunts, what the Zombirds got up to behind the scenes and the incredibly creepy history behind the stunning derelict hospital where we stayed and shot the movie.

Briefly the film is a zombie-esque twist on the battle of the se... »

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Bride Of Re-Animator - Blu-ray News
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 23rd Mar 2016

Bride Of Re-AnimatorArrow Video is thrilled to announce the release of Bride Of Re-Animator, coming to Blu-ray and DVD on 11th April in a stunning new 2K restoration, featuring both the unrated and R-Rated cuts of the film. This new deluxe set comes director approved and features a wealth of bonus content.

The success of Stuart Gordon’s hit horror-comedy Re-Animator meant that a sequel was all but inevitable. The resulting follow-up, Bride Of Re-Animator – this time helmed by director Brian Yuzna (Society, Return of the Living Dead III) – would prove that there was a good deal more life (and death) left in the story of Dr Herbert West and his ghoulish exploits.

It has been eight months since the bloody massacre ... »

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Horror Channel Runs Hammer-Thon At Easter
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Monday 21st Mar 2016

The Brides of Dracula Image 3Hammer film fans are in for a treat… Horror Channel is to screen an Easter Hammer-thon with back-to-back Hammer classics.

Some of Hammer’s most popular films, including The Revenge Of Frankenstein, The Devil Rides Out and The Brides Of Dracula will be broadcast across the weekend from 3pm till 10pm on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th March.

Plus, Horror Channel will be presenting Hammer Thursdays from Thursday 7th April for six weeks. This will be a Hammer movie at 9pm followed by a double-bill of Hammer House Of Horror at 10.50pm. First movie up is »

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Booth's Blog: Putting The Fear Of God In You….
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Thursday 17th Mar 2016

Emily with meat cleaverSatan, as we all know, is the embodiment of pure evil. He does bad things and he enjoys doing them, so it goes without saying religion and horror go hand in hand. Horror movies usually slide into their own sub genres and ever since The Exorcist in 1973 raised the bar exceptionally high (winning two Oscars, being cited as the ultimate horror and highest grossing R Rated film of all time, not to mention the lore surrounding ‘The Exorcist Curse’) the appeal of religious themed horror for both audiences and distributors has never left. I wonder sometimes why it still resonates so potently when really, there are not that many God fearing Christians left (not in my circles at least!). But, I think now that fear has perhaps transgressed into a fascination of that fear – and the... »

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Nosferatu: A Symphony Of Horror To Be Released For RSD 2016
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 15th Mar 2016

OST - Nosferatu SmallNosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (translated as Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror) is a 1922 German Expressionist horror film. The film, an unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula came to be regarded as an influential masterpiece of cinema, and is Rotten Tomatoes’ second best-reviewed horror film of all time.

The original score composed by Hans Erdmann has been lost, and what remains is a reconstitution of the score as it was played in 1922. James Bernard, composer of the soundtracks of many Hammer horror films in the late 1950s and 1960s, has written a score for a reissue. This particular 7" edition which is being released on Record Store Day 2016 (April 16th) contains audio performed in 1997 by The City of Prague Philharmonic Orc... »

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More From SilvaScreen For RSD 2016
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 12th Mar 2016

Ninth Gate vinylMaking its debut on vinyl, Wojciech Kilar’s haunting soundtrack to Polanski’s disturbing film The Ninth Gate (1999) features at its core the vocals of Korean born soprano, Sumi Jo.

Kilar established himself as a horror score composer with Bram Stoker’s Dracula and his work here on Polanski’s film achieves a creeping sense of menace worthy of Polanski’s dark tale of Satanic worship.

This double LP will be pressed on flame coloured vinyl, housed in a gatefold sleeve and is a limited numbered edition of 1500 to be released on Record Store Day 2016 which is on April 16th.

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FrightFest Expansion Takes In New Vue
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, News, Saturday 12th Mar 2016

VUE Shepherd's Bush at LondonFrightFest, the UK’s biggest and most popular genre film festival, will relocate to the Vue Shepherd’s Bush for its annual 5-day August Bank Holiday event, taking over all twelve screens between August 25th – 29th.

In a two-year deal with Vue Entertainment, the festival has the option to return to the Vue Leicester Square in 2017, following maintenance to the venue.

FrightFest co-director Ian Rattray said today: “After much consideration, and in consultation with the Vue Management, we decided the 12-auditoria establishment in Shepherd’s Bush would not only fit our demanding bill, but give us a whole new raft of exciting opportunities to expand all the core FrightFest entertainment values. Our continuing, collaborative partnership with Vue means that FrightF... »

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Do You Like Remakes? What About Martyrs?
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 9th Mar 2016

Martyrs (2016)The brutal yet acclaimed French revenge shocker, Martyrs has been re-imagined and this all-new version promises to put its own bloody stamp on the story whilst retaining the harrowing, visceral and gutsy theme of the original.

Ten-year-old Lucie flees from the isolated warehouse where she has been held prisoner. Deeply traumatised, she is plagued by awful night terrors at the orphanage that takes her in. Her only comfort comes from Anna, a girl her own age. Nearly a decade later and still haunted by demons, Lucie finally tracks down the family that tortured her. As she and Anna move closer to the agonizing truth, they find themselves trapped in a nightmare they cannot escape - a martyr's fate awaits them...

Martyrs will play in certain key cities on April 1st a... »

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Daleks Set To Invade Record Store Day 2016
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 9th Mar 2016

Daleks RSD 2016 ReleaseNever before released on vinyl, these two lovingly restored soundtracks to the only big screen Doctor Who films ever made - the 1965 release Dr. Who And The Daleks and 1966 Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. will be for sale at independent record stores on April 16th to celebrate Record Store Day thanks to SilvaScreen Records.

The music was composed by Malcom Lockyer (Dr. Who And The Daleks) and Bill McGuffie (Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150 A.D.) with sections enhanced by electronic sounds created by Barry Gray, famed for his work with Gerry Anderson.

The album also includes contemporary single releases and a gatefold sleeve featuring memorabilia, including the original poster artwork and detailed production notes.

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Booth's Blog: Ghost Stories - The Movie! Whoop Whoop!
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Tuesday 8th Mar 2016

Emily with knifeMost of you already know the powerhouse talent of Andy Nyman and his love for, and contribution to the horror industry. Self confessed geek and fan this man directs and produces Derren Brown’s live shows, hosts the annual FrightFest quiz, stars in Severance, Black Death and Dead Set to name a few of his projects and also brought us the incomparable theatre production Ghost Stories, which after a runaway success in the West End was taken to Broadway. Is there no stopping him?! Well no, following his Broadway success he recently announced Ghost Stories the play will soon be turned into a film hopefully hitting cinemas in 2017.

I’m so excited Ghost Stories is to unleash it’s fear onto the silver... »

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Interview With Robert Eggers, Director Of The Witch
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Monday 7th Mar 2016

The Witch PosterReleased into UK cinemas on March 11th, The Witch promises to be an unnerving piece of cinema which is already creeping under the skin of audiences across America. Its director, Robert Eggers took some time out of his busy schedule to chat to Horror about this much anticipated movie.

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

RE: Yeah, I mean there were times when things changed, times I wanted to be a painter or a musician but generally it would come back to being a film maker.

HC: The Witch is your debut feature, where did the idea come from?

RE: I grew up in New England and New England’s past is always very much part of my consciousness, I’d do a small New England town full of... »

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Laugh Your Head Off…Or Else This Month On Horror Channel
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Tuesday 1st Mar 2016

Zombie StrippersHorror Channel presents a Laugh Or Die Season this March, with a collection of extremely bloody and funny films spearheaded by the UK TV premiere of Jon Wright’s Grabbers, a Father Ted Vs Aliens monster romp from Ireland and the network premiere of Jake West’s gore-ridden, exuberant zom-com Doghouse, starring Danny Dyer, Noel Clarke and Horror Channel’s Emily Booth.

The season also includes the network premiere of Idle Hands - Rodman Flender’s stoner comedy horror starring Jessica Alba and the network premiere of Jay Lee’s Zombie Strippers starring Robert Englund and Jenna Jameson.

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Booth's Blog: Laugh Or Die - The Perfect Genre Mash Up
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Sunday 28th Feb 2016
Emily Booth Laugh Or Die SeasonWe love our seasons here on Horror, it gives us the chance to revel in the huge ‘dynamic’ horror has to offer, and have some creative fun at the same time. With that in mind March sees our first Laugh Or Die Season as two seemingly opposing genres come crashing together in imperfect harmony!

So why does fear and humour blend so well together? How can we scream and laugh within the same heartbeat? If anything horror taps into extremes, it enjoys teasing us, manipulating our physical reactions with its suspense, red herrings and double jumps scenes. It’s as if horror is saying “don’t be stupid – as if the killer would be hiding in there – duh!” after we’ve watched a young girl, our hearts in our mouths slow... »

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The Ninth Configuration Gets Its UK Blu-ray Debut In April
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 24th Feb 2016

The Ninth ConfigurationFrom William Peter Blatty, renowned author of The Exorcist, comes one the most unique and extraordinary films on screen, The Ninth Configuration, a taut theological thriller from 1980, which makes its UK Blu-ray debut courtesy of Second Sight. Written, directed and produced by William Peter Blatty this tense and gripping tale mixes theology and psychology and hosts a stellar cast including Scott Wilson (The Last Samurai), Jason Miller (The Exorcist), Ed Flanders (The Exorcist III) and Tom Atkins (Lethal Weapon).

Deep in a forest of pine trees near the coast of Washington State stands a secluded gothic castle, commandeered by the Pentagon for use as a military asylum. Determined to establish the true nature and origin of t... »

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My Pick Of The Month On Horror: The Seasoning House
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Sunday 21st Feb 2016

Emily with chopperArguably the strongest yet nastiest film we will have on the channel, The Seasoning House receives it’s Network premiere on the 27th of this month and for me this is one of those films (like Martyrs) that has me torn down the middle, my gut instinct ripped in two, my brains blown all over the wall as I try to put my finger on exactly how I feel about this kind of rare film. Like a piece of controversial modern art, you feel torn between the merits of aesthetic and it’s ethical content. God, I sound like my former Goldsmiths Uni lecturer now!

To put you in the picture, the film is set during the Balkan war 1996 a time and place where the potential for human brutality was at it’s most potent, it’s most debasing. After watching her mother pointlessly murdered a youn... »

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Interview With Paul Hyett Director Of The Seasoning House
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Sunday 21st Feb 2016

Paul HyettOn the eve of The Seasoning House receiving its Network Premiere on the Horror Channel (Saturday 27th February), director Paul Hyett talks about the difficulty of casting the lead role, the virtues of listening and the proudest moment of his career (so far!)

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

PH: Yeah, when I was in my teens. I loved movies, they were such an entertaining escape for me and horror movies were my favourites - The Thing, Nightmare On Elm Street, Friday the 13th… I decided early on that as soon as I left school I wanted to work in the film industry. Because I loved sculpting, painting and art, coupled with my love for creatures and gore, I figured that special make up effects was the way ... »

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Dare You Read The Black Wings Of Cthulhu Volume Four?
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 21st Feb 2016

Black Wings 4 CoverThrough his collaborations with today’s most talented and acclaimed practitioners of Lovecraftian fiction, editor S. T. Joshi has made the Black Wings Of Cthulhu book series essential for every library of horror and the macabre. And now Volume Four prepares to offer seventeen new masterpieces, each exploring the roots of fear employed so famously by the master himself, H. P. Lovecraft.

A deliciously dark anthology from some familiar names in horror including Jonathan Thomas, Stephen Woodworth, Jason V Brock and Fred Chappel, Black Wings Of Cthulhu is essential reading for all lovers of the macabre.

Look out for this much anticipated title when its released on March 18th thanks to Titan Books with a RRP of £8.99 in physical and e-book format... »

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Sherlock Holmes Classics Coming To Blu-ray
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 20th Feb 2016

Two quintessential Sherlock Holmes mysteries The Hound of the Baskervilles and The Sign of Four, have been given a brand new 4K restoration and will make their debut on Blu-ray alongside a DVD release, with newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys. The films star renowned actor Ian Richardson (House of Cards) as the iconic detective, and will be available on DVD, Blu-ray, download and on-demand on 25th April courtesy of Second Sight.

THOTBFor generations the Baskerville family is believed to have been cursed by a diabolical killer hound that prowls the fog-shrouded moors of their estate.

When Sir Henry Baskerville is found dead, the great detective Sherlock Holmes embarks on his most famous case in The Hound of the Baskervilles (1983) with the loyal Dr. Watso... »

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Hammer To Return To Comics This Halloween
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 20th Feb 2016
HammerTitanWe love Hammer movies here at Horror and are very excited to learn that beginning this Halloween, Titan Comics will team up with world-renowned Hammer to breathe new life into some of their iconic characters.

Founded in 1934, the legendary British studio Hammer Films produced hundreds of motion pictures across many genres including science fiction, psychological and supernatural thrillers, films noir and even historical epics. However, the famous brand gained its worldwide reputation – and became hugely impactful across popular culture – with an array of now-classic gothic horror films including The Quatermass Experiment, The Gorgon, The Devil Rides Out, and a string of motion pictures featuring iconic monsters Frankenstein, The Mummy ... »

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Doomwatch - Finally Coming To DVD
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 18th Feb 2016

164480 Doomwatch - Sleve.inddGroundbreaking classic British sci-fi series Doomwatch originally aired on the BBC from 1970 – 1972 and at its peek, attracted in excess of 13.6 million viewers and spawned two film adaptations. Although in huge demand, it has never before been available on DVD, until now... Thanks to Simply Media Doomwatch Series 1-3 makes its long awaited DVD debut.

Not all of the episodes made it but the ones that still exist come to DVD as Doomwatch Series 1-3 The Remaining Episodes on 4th April. The available episodes will be released in a stunning seven-disc box set, together with unseen episode Sex And Violence and the BBC documentary The Cult of Doomwatch.

The cult series is the brainchild of Kid P... »

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FrightFest Talks To Director Joe Begos
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Thursday 18th Feb 2016

Joe BegosAhead of the UK Premiere of The Mind’s Eye at the Glasgow Film Festival, FrightFest probed the mind of its director, Joe Begos. You can catch his movie, Almost Human on Horror in April.

FF: Have you got your love of 80s movies out of your system now?

JB: I'm not sure! A lot of it comes through as organic as that's what my brain sponged in at the most impressionable movie-going age possible. I definitely would love to make some more contemporary movies in the future but I feel like no matter the time period, the aesthetic of the 80's (all practical, fun, sensationalized filmmaking) will bleed through.

FF: Brian De Palma or David Cronenberg? Which director had the most inspirational impact on The Mind’s Eye»

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Booth's Blog: Why We Love Depp!
By James Whittington
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Tuesday 16th Feb 2016

Johnny Depp Secret Window Image 1As Horror Channel proudly announces the first appearance of the one and only Johnny Depp in the network premiere of Secret Window, I recall the first time I first fell in love with Mr Depp. A high cheek boned, smouldering man sporting a leather jacket, motorbike and one lonely tear drop, channeling his best Elvis Presley as the bad boy to die for in the John Waters movie Cry Baby in 1990. He was 27 back then, and I was instantly smitten. Obsessed-smitten! But not just because he was insanely gorgeous. His tormented soul was reflected in the films he chose to do, and I lapped them up.

But many forget his first major film role was in one of the most memorable horror movies of all time; A Nightmare ... »

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Booth's Blog: The (Shock Horror) Remake
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Friday 12th Feb 2016
Emily with knifeThis Saturday (February 13th) Horror Channel will show the Network Premiere of When A Stranger Calls, not the 1979 version but rather the 2006 remake, and before you groan like a disgruntled zombie, let’s just have a brief look at the history of the horror remake - perhaps it’s time to put our knee jerk reaction to rest?.

I do totally understand and comply with many a fan’s horror at the news their all-time favourite is about to get the Hollywood remake, or that a brilliant but ‘foreign language’ film will undergo a butchering, repackaged for a glossier, squeakier generation. I get it, and let’s face it a lot of the time these remakes do not cut it. But then, it depends on who the horror is aimed at. Perhaps today’s teenagers would prefer E... »

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Interview With Anthony DiBlasi Director Of Cassadaga And Last Shift
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Sunday 7th Feb 2016

Anthony DiBlasi SmallAnthony DiBlasi is a truly talented director whose work is appreciated all over the globe and is really making a name for his himself. One of his best, Cassadaga is showing tonight on Horror and his latest, Last Shift has just been released onto DVD. We decided to chat with this fine fellow about his work and how he created what is being billed as one of the best horror movies of 2016.

HC: Hi Anthony, last time we chatted was at FrightFest about your fantastic slasher, Most Likely To Die, were you pleased with the reaction it got?

AD: I was, I think it played pretty well. I was curious if fans would embrace that style of slasher again, and I was really interested in how people wo... »

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FrigthFest Talks To Director Can Evrenol
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Wednesday 3rd Feb 2016

Can EvrenolAhead of the UK premiere screening of Baskin at the Glasgow Film Festival, FrightFest asked the director Can Evrenol a few pertinent questions.

FF: What were the challenges of elongating the Baskin short film ideas into a full feature?

CE: A brief history of Turkish genre cinema and the must-see movies virgins should see?

Please refer to the awesome award winning documentary Remake, Remix, Rip-Off (2014) for a brief history Turkish genre madness. Must see movies: Man Who Saves The World aka Turkish Star Wars, Tarkan vs Viking and Deathless Devil, tho be sure to have your fast forward button close. And last but not least Dort Yanım Cehennem whose English subtitles are done by Evrim Ersoy and I!»

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Doctor Who: City Of Death Coming To Paperback
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 2nd Feb 2016

DW COD CoverFeaturing the Fourth Doctor as played by Tom Baker, City Of Death was one of the most popular of all the Fourth Doctor adventures and was watched by over 16 million viewers when first broadcast. Now a novel by James Goss which is based on this 1979 Doctor Who story originally written by Douglas Adams under the pen-name David Agnew is to be released in paperback form.

The Doctor takes Romana for a holiday in Paris – a city which, like a fine wine, has a bouquet all its own. Especially if you visit during one of the vintage years. But the TARDIS takes them to 1979, a table-wine year, a year whose vintage is soured by cracks – not in their wine glasses but in the very fabric of time itself.

Soon the Time Lords are embroiled in an audacious alien scheme which encompasses ho... »

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FrightFest Talks To Director Johannes Roberts
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Tuesday 2nd Feb 2016

Johannes on set with Sarah Wayne CalliesAhead of the European premiere screening of The Other Side Of The Door at the Glasgow Film Festival, team FrightFest chatted to the director Johannes Roberts (director of F which was recently shown on Horror) to spill the beans…

FF: How did producer Alexandre Aja become involved with this project?

JR: Bloody Frenchman! Ha. He had just produced a movie with them and they passed him the script. He really got the Pet Cemetery vibe. We worked very closely together to make sure the script was as good as it could be. He would drive me mad on set! But he’s a great guy. We’ve become good friends.

FF: All your movies (F, S... »

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Navy SEALS Vs Zombies - Yes, Honest!
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 31st Jan 2016

Navy Seals vs ZombiesAmerica’s bravest warriors take on the walking dead in Navy SEALS Vs Zombies, a stone cold case of ‘does exactly what it says on the tin’ coming to DVD this February.

Eighties action legend Michael Dudikoff (American Ninja, Olympus Has Fallen) stars as Commander Sheer, the leader of a crack team of Navy SEALS charged with extracting the Vice President from a situation gone bad in New Orleans. What Sheer’s team don’t know is that the ‘situation’ is a viral outbreak that is very quickly turning the residents of the Big Easy into flesh hungry hoards of ravenous zombies and sometimes the bullets run out...

Navy SEALS Vs Zombies also stars US TV stalwart Molly Hagan (iZombie, True Detective) as... »

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The Other Side Of The Door - New Trailer
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 31st Jan 2016

The Other Side Of The DoorWritten by Johannes Roberts (who is also the Director) and Ernest Riera and starring Sarah Wayne Callies and Jeremy Sisto, The Other Side Of The Door is the latest shocker that brought you The Hills Have Eyes.

A family lives an idyllic existence abroad until a tragic accident takes the life of their young son. The inconsolable mother learns of an ancient ritual that will bring him back to say a final goodbye. She travels to an ancient temple, where a door serves as a mysterious portal between two worlds. But when she disobeys a sacred warning to never open that door, she upsets the balance between life and death.

apart from the pretty cool poster above we have the trailer for you below and look out for The Other Side Of The Doo... »

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A Happily Ever After? Nina Forever Coming To DVD and Blu-ray
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 31st Jan 2016

Nina Forever CoverWe all know that two’s company, three’s a... bloody mess! No more so than in Nina Forever, the strikingly original award - winning British debut that delivers an extraordinary take on a love triangle.

The ultimate anti-romantic horror story and a gruesome romance for genre-crossed lovers, Nina Forever is a fairy tale unlike no other, with a very real emotional core, incredibly engrossing performances and an endless supply of bed sheets.

Rob (Cian Barry) is a supermarket shelf-filler who tried to kill himself after depression brought on by the sudden tragic death of his girlfriend Nina (Fiona O’Shaughnessy). Checkout girl Holly (Abigail Hardingham) has a morbid fascination with pain and death and puts Rob on her want list. Sexual sparks fly w... »

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Booth's Blog: It’s All About Girls, Ghouls And Gore In February!
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Friday 29th Jan 2016
Emily with meat cleaverAs some of you may know February marks the annual Women In Horror Month celebration spawned by Hannah Neurotica and her blog Ax Wound. For those who don’t know this is largely an American / Canadian affair but of course now the world is an online one anyone can get involved either directly by submitting their own female-inspired event or by simply having a look to see what events are being run all across the globe using the WIHM website.

For years women have of course been heavily involved in and influenced by the genre and I would say, looking at current festival and audience figures, the notion horror movies are targeted at teenage boys and their lusty urges is pretty much a thing of the past. Horror has grown up and is now one of the most welcoming i... »

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Re-Animator - Double-Disc Set Coming Soon To Blu-ray
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 25th Jan 2016

Re-animator Special EdOne of the most celebrated, outrageous, and original 80s horror films, Re-Animator is being brought back to life on Blu-ray in all its gory glory thanks to Second Sight. This horror classic will be released as a two-disc set in standard double-disc case, complete with a double-sided sleeve featuring the original poster and artwork by Graham Humphreys, two versions of the gorefest that is Re-Animator and tons of special features including deleted scenes, commentaries, a documentary, interviews and more.

Brilliant, if somewhat deranged, medical student Herbert West arrives at Miskatonic Medical School and immediately sneers at his professor’s outdated views on death. West has his own outlandish theories and has concocted a serum that will bring the dead back to life. R... »

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New From Devil's Advocates - Dead Of Night
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 25th Jan 2016

Dead Of Night CoverReleased just days after the end of the Second World War and a dozen years ahead of the first full-blooded Hammer horror, the Ealing Studios anthology film Dead of Night (1945) featured contributions from some of the finest directors, writers and technicians ever to work in British film. Since its release it has become widely regarded as a keystone in the architecture of horror cinema, both nationally and internationally. Yet for a film that packs such a reputation this is the first single book dedicated to its analysis.

This Devil’s Advocate title navigates a ‘road map’ through the film’s individual stories, including its frame tale (‘Linking Narrative’), and considers the many themes that they provoke: from the potency of stillness and the suspens... »

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Eight Unmissable Network Premieres This February On Horror
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Sunday 24th Jan 2016

HorrorChannel-Feb16Horror Channel presents eight petrifying premieres for Friday and Saturday nights this February, including the UK TV Premiere of Daric Gates’ possession thriller The Appearing and the Network premieres of Paul Hyett’s disturbing directorial debut The Seasoning House, Stephen King’s psychological thriller Secret Window, starring Johnny Depp and Renny Harlin’s supernatural cult favourite The Covenant.

Other network premieres for Friday nights are: Christian Duguay’s dystopian Sci-Fi actioner Screamers and Robert Heath’s Brit revenge shocker Truth Or Dare, whilst Saturday night’s exclusive line-up embraces haunt... »

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More Doctor Who Adventures Come To Audio
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 17th Jan 2016

BBC Audio have released two Doctor Who adventures onto CD to join the rest of their superb range of Doctor Who titles; Doctor Who And The State Of Decay and Doctor Who: The Witch Hunters.

DW State of Decay ImageDoctor Who And The State Of Decay is read by Geoffrey Beevers and is the novelisation of a 1980 TV adventure featuring the Fourth Doctor, as played by Tom Baker. The Doctor, Romana and K9 - and a young stow away called Adric - are trapped in the alternative universe of E-Space. Seeking help, the land on an unknow n planet. There they find a nightmare world where oppressed peasants toil for the Lords who live in the Tower, and where all learning is forbidden: a society in a state ... »

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Booth's Blog: Heroes
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Sunday 17th Jan 2016
Emily with chopperMy last blog entry honoured the late great (I’m still so sad about this) David Bowie, and only 4 days after the news of his death was announced (Monday 10th January) we all woke up to discover Alan Rickman had also passed away, the same age from the same disease. Add to that the very recent losses of Motörhead front man Lemmy (December 28th) and Phantasm actor Angus Scrimm (January 9th) and it really has felt that only two weeks into 2016 and it’s been an onslaught of sad news on the loss of our few remaining legends.

This got me thinking, are true legends of film and music even made anymore? Are people who are truly avant garde, zeitgeist and underground given the same opportunities and warm welcome in the mainstream? Would Kate Bush for example or indeed David Bowie even become main... »

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Deep Red Coming To Blu-ray
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Friday 15th Jan 2016

Deep Red Special EdWhen was the last time you were really scared? From Dario Argento, maestro of the macabre and the man behind some the greatest excursions in Italian horror (Suspiria, The Bird With The Crystal Plumage), Arrow Video is thrilled to announce the release of his iconic film Deep Red, considered by many as the ultimate giallo movie. Limited to 5,000 copies, this exclusive 3-disc release offers up a stunning new 4k transfer of both the international cut (105 mins) and the director’s cut (127 mins).

This new release will also include a wealth of bonus content, alongside the complete 28-track original soundtrack recording, housed together in deluxe packaging including an all-new exclusive booklet, 6 x postcard set and feature newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vran... »

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World, European And UK Premieres Dominate FrightFest Glasgow
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Tuesday 12th Jan 2016

TOSOTDWorld, European and UK premieres dominate as Film4 FrightFest celebrates 11th year at Glasgow Film Festival with record-breaking thirteen titles

The line-up starts at 9pm on Thursday 25th February with the UK Premiere of The Forest starring Natalie Dormer searching for her twin sister in Japan’s most haunted location, the fabled Sea of Trees. The Game of Thrones star is making her first appearance at Glasgow Film Festival and is thrilled to be headlining this gala event the day before the film’s UK release.

Friday’s fearsome line-up kicks off with the UK Premiere of The Hexecutioners, Jesse Thomas Cook’s love letter to the rural horror genre, which is an atmospheric, tense and bloody treat. This is followed by the UK Premiere of Sonny Mallhi’s eerie, jittery and s... »

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Booth's Blog: David Bowie - The Man Who’s Fallen From Earth….
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Monday 11th Jan 2016

TMWFTE Image 2I was shocked and incredibly saddened to read from fellow horror fan and friend Duncan Jones’ twitter feed that his father, the one and definitely only David Bowie had lost his battle with cancer aged only 69. Bloggers and journalists, in fact the world’s media will now be recollecting this iconic figure, desperately trying to ‘sum up’ this unique man. Words that come to mind are alien, zeitgeist, punk, Changeling, Earthling, Starman, Goblin King, in fact all that is other worldly and wonderful.

His contribution to music, film and the arts was stellar, so much that Queenie herself offered to bestow upon him that most coveted of British titles; a Knighthood. He was too cool for that and in 2003 turned this down rather controversially saying, “I would never have any intention of accepting anything like that. ... »

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From Bernard Rose, Director Of Candyman Comes Frankenstein
By James Whittington
Posted in: Doctor Who, News, Saturday 9th Jan 2016

Frankenstein CoverOne of horror cinema’s oldest monsters becomes man’s newest miracle as Frankenstein is brought bang up to date and released on digital platforms from February 15th and on Blu-ray and DVD from February 22nd courtesy of Signature Entertainment.

Set in present day Los Angeles, Frankenstein tells its tale entirely from the point of view of The Monster (Xavier Samuel – The Twilight Saga, Fury) as he is artificially created by a husband and wife team of eccentric scientists (Danny Huston – X-Men Origins: Wolverine, 30 Days Of Night and Carrie-Anne Moss – Pompeii, The Matrix Trilogy) and then left for dead. Confronted with nothing but aggression and violence as he attempts to make is way in the worl... »

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Classic Monsters Magazine - Issue 2 Details
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 9th Jan 2016

Monster MagazineClassic Monsters Of The Movies Magazine is a cracking new publication for anyone with even the slightest interest in the world of horror cinema. Packed with in-depth features and analyses on classic monster movies, characters and stars, CMotM is high quality quarterly produced by a team of world-class journalists and horror experts and features cover artwork by acclaimed illustrator Ron Whittaker. Lifting the veil on all those monsters we love to fear, the magazine has already got horror fans talking about it.

Issue 2 continues where issue 1 left off and includes a new look at Universal’s complete Mummy franchise, traces the story of Hammer's Frankenstein series from the 1957 shocker The Curse of Frankenstein, right through to F... »

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Horror Channel To Screen Friday Night Premieres In January
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Sunday 3rd Jan 2016

s House Of Horrors SmallFriday nights in January just got hotter as Horror Channel will be screening the network premiere of Chris Crow’s much-praised cyber Brit-horror Panic Button as well as the UK TV premiere of Texas Chainsaw, the seventh installment in the franchise and the Network premiere of Tom Savini’s multi-layered remake of Night Of The Living Dead. There is also a first showing for the Lee/Cushing anthology Doctor Terror’s House Of Horrors, directed by veteran horror maker Freddie Francis.

Here's the full info:

Night Of The Living Dead (1990) on the Friday 8th is remake of Romero’s all-time classic and directed by Tom Savini, Romero’s lo... »

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