Horror Channel Articles
Booth's Blog: The pint-sized, potty-mouthed killer doll is back!
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Wednesday 24th May 2017
But did you know he was based on a true story? Yes the lore surrounding Chucky is actually pretty extensive. He burst on to the scene back in 1988 in the first Child's Play movie gaining notoriety and success for its unusual blend of shocking horror and tongue in cheek entertainment. Well it's not often you see a child-like doll shouting strings of colourful obscenities. Touching on various taboos such as the contamination of an innocent, the film's plotline and backstory was theatrical to say the least. A serial killer and practitioner of voodoo called Charles Lee Ray manages to transfer his soul to that of a 'Good Guy' doll as he lays dying in a toy shop. That very same doll winds up in the hands of six-year-old Andy and so begins an unhe... »
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Horror brings a Vincent Price classic to your screens this June plus 7 more premieres!
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Friday 19th May 2017
Horror Channel has eight prime-time weekend film premieres in June including the UK premieres of Retreat, Carl Tibbets' 'menage a trois of terror' starring Thandie Newton, Cillian Murphy and Jamie Bell and R.D. Braunstein's smartly gripping I Spit On Your Grave 3: Vengeance Is Mine.

There are also network premieres for Jennifer Lynch's uncompromising and dark chiller Chained, William Malone's gruesome cyber thriller Feardotcom, starring Stephen Dorff and Natascha McElhone and Michael Reeves's highly acclaimed Witchfinder General, starring Vincent Price.

In a deadly virus catching month, other hi... »

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Booth's Blog: No One Lives this weekend on Horror!
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Wednesday 17th May 2017
With such a great film title I don't need to call my blog anything else, for this says it all. This is a bold punch-in-the-face thriller that delivers twist upon twist and doesn't let up till the final scene. A typical thriller or horror usually involves one psycho killer and a bunch of victims, but in this film you're never quite sure who you should be gunning for as roles are reversed and slick surprises are served to the audience totally derailing them from their usual genre movie experience. Meet 'Driver'; a strange name for a strange man. He and his lover are on a road trip when they're tormented by a ruthless criminal gang who think they've struck gold by targeting these soft, rich tourists. Trapped and tortured, it looks like it's all over for Driver and his belle,... »
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Lucio Fulci's Don't Torture a Duckling is getting Dual Format release from Arrow Video
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Friday 12th May 2017
From the legend that is Lucio Fulci, comes one of the most powerful and unsettling giallo thrillers ever produced: his 1972 masterpiece Don't Torture a Duckling.

When the sleepy rural village of Accendura is rocked by a series of murders of young boys, the superstitious locals are quick to apportion blame, with the suspects including the local "witch", Maciara. With the bodies piling up and the community gripped by panic and a thirst for bloody vengeance, two outsiders - city journalist Andrea and spoilt rich girl Patrizia - team up to crack the case. But before the mystery is solved, more blood will have been spilled, and not all of it belonging to innocents...

Deemed shocking at the time for its brutal... »

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Get your little black dress ready, Shock Treatment is coming to Blu-ray
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Friday 12th May 2017
"It's not a sequel... it's not a prequel... it's an equal!" Available on Blu-ray for the first time anywhere in the world, Arrow Video presents Shock Treatment - the criminally underrated sequel to The Rocky Horror Picture Show!

Several years on from the events of the original Rocky, Brad and Janet Majors find their strained marriage put to the test on popular Denton TV show Marriage Maze. Poor Brad is heavily sedated and institutionalised, whilst Janet is given a radical makeover and primed for stardom. But what are the real motivations behind the kooky DTV crew and their enigmatic head-honcho, Farley Flavors?

Featuring a host of familiar Rocky faces including Richard O'Brien and Patricia Quinn, alongside the... »

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Before The Ripper, there was The Limehouse Golem
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 9th May 2017
Directed by Juan Carlos Medina (Painless) and based on the popular 1994 novel 'Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem' by author Peter Ackroyd, The Limehouse Golem will reach UK cinemas on September 1st.

Early reports are giving it a big thumbs up, not just because the cast includes Bill Nighy, Olivia Cook, Douglas Booth, Sam Reid and Eddie Marsan but also as the screenplay has been written and brought to life by Jane Goldman (Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, The Woman in Black, Kingsman: The Secret Service).

A serial killer stalks the Limehouse streets of Victorian London in 1880, the terrified population of this squalid district of the East End believe that ... »

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Booth's Blog: Hell hath no fury....
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Tuesday 9th May 2017
Yup, we all know the saying but in our UK TV premiere on Saturday this is not just a woman who's been merely scorned but abducted, imprisoned, chained up and abused. She's got a lot to be angry about. The female revenge thriller is arguably a very contentious genre, one that's riddled with issues concerning the definition of feminism, voyeurism, and what is and isn't acceptable to be considered 'entertainment'.

It all started in 1978 with the film I Spit on Your Grave, which soon earned itself the coveted title of 'official video nasty' seeing it banned from British video stores under the 1984 Video Recordings Act. The film featured a long drawn out and painful to watch gang rape scene, and instantly became one of the most controversial horrors coining t... »

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Booth's Blog: Beware the Daybreakers!
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Thursday 4th May 2017

The vampire film. Since its dawning way back in 1922 with the German expressionist film Nosferatu, this transgressive creature has enjoyed various mutations and metaphors, from Hammer Horror romanticism to gritty realism in films such as Abel Ferrara's The Addiction (1995) and Midnight Son (2011) where the vampire formed a metaphor for drug addiction. The vampire found new (very sparkly) light in the guise of the Twilight franchise which began in 2008 and opened up a whole new PG-friendly market; the teenage girl.

Suddenly everyone wanted an intensely good looking undead 'Edward Cullen' for a boyfriend and the franchise was insanely successful, but the horror audience shunned the films for obvious reasons. It was all rather fro... »

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The most famous house in horror is coming to Blu-ray
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 1st May 2017

It's one of the all-time horror greats, it spawned numerous sequels, spin-offs and inspired numerous haunted house copycats. It even became the subject of a top 20 hit single - Lovebug Starski's Amityville (House on the Hill). And now, almost 40 years after it scared homeowners everywhere witless, The Amityville Horror is finally getting its first ever UK Blu-ray release in a limited edition Steelbook courtesy of Second Sight.

Stuart Rosenberg's seminal shocker The Amityville Horror starring James Brolin (Westworld), Margot Kidder (Superman) and Rod Steiger (On the Waterfront), is a genuine horror classic based on terrifying true events (according to the f... »

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Look out Jack, Chucky's back! Everyone's "friend till the end" on Horror in May
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Monday 24th Apr 2017

Horror Channel has eight prime-time weekend film premieres this May including the network premieres for Don Mancini's killer-dolls spin-off Seed Of Chucky (pictured), starring Brad Dourif, Jennifer Tilly and Billy Boyd, Xavier Gen's unsettling post-apocalyptic horror The Divide and the epic vampire-battling Daybreakers, starring Eithan Hawke and Willem Dafoe.

There are also UK premieres of Jose Manuel Cravioto's pulse-pounding thriller Bound To Vengeance and Mary Lambert's evil-spirited gripper Urban Legends: Bloody Mary. Other highlights are first channel showings for Stephen Kay's monster in the closet chille... »

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Booth's Blog: Make a beeline for your wasp spray!
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Monday 24th Apr 2017
Ah, the 1950's creature features, from atomic bugs to swamp monsters, it pretty much all began in the '50s as fears of nuclear bomb testing and the notion of outer space began to pervade the public consciousness, giving rise to a slew of creepy crawly horror movies. There are so many, but notably Them (1954), Tarantula (1955) and Wasp Woman (1959) with their exciting special effects were no doubt part of the inspiration for this week's Horror Channel premiere.

In the middle of hot and humid rural America, a gathering of wealthy privileged white Americans including the town's mayor (Lance Henriksen) come together for a rich old lady's annual summer party. But as the festivities get going, a nest of nasty ... »

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Booth's Blog: If only The Apprentice was this brutal!
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Wednesday 19th Apr 2017

The job market is fierce, brutal and unfair to say the least in these uncertain socioeconomic times, which is a feeling that's been picked up in various horror films echoing a certain social commentary.

The Hong Kong flick Dream Home tells of a girl who'll kill just to get on the property ladder and become 'mobile! Things are so competitive people bare all on national TV to land that lucrative business opportunity, though in this week's Horror Channel premiere there is no wise-cracking, pint-sized mogul blurting out 'You're Fired' when the going gets tough.

The 'one room horror' reminiscent of Cube and The Killing Room forces a group of (usually) strangers into one space, where clashing personality types must ... »

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XX finally comes to the UK
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 18th Apr 2017

XX is a much anticipated horror anthology featuring four dark tales written and directed by four fiercely talented women: Annie Clark, Karyn Kusama, Roxanne Benjamin and Jovanka Vuckovic.

The four stories are, The Birthday Party, Her Only Living Son, Don't Fall and The Box. Award-winning animator Sofia Carrillo (La Casa Triste) wraps together these four suspenseful stories of terror which feature a cast including Natalie Brown, Malanie Lynskey, Breeda Wool and Christina Kirk.

XX will be released onto DVD on May 8th.

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Watch out for The Void
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 18th Apr 2017

Shocking, haunting and boasting mind-blowing practical special effects, The Void is a new horror starring Ellen Wong (Scott Pilgrim vs the World), Kathleen Munroe (Alphas), Aaron Poole (Forsaken) Kenneth Welsh (The Aviator) and Daniel Fathers. Written and directed by Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski.

Encountering a blood-soaked man on a dark deserted road, a police officer rushes the victim to the local hospital. Soon the staff and patients are trapped by a terrifying, otherworldly threat and forced on a hellish voyage into the depths of the building to escape the nightmare.

The Void will be unleashed on Blu-Ray and DVD featuring lots of quality extras on M... »

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More RSD 2017 news and the Pescatons are back on Vinyl!
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 18th Apr 2017

After the success of last year's Record Store Day Exclusive, Doctor Who: Genesis Of The Daleks, Demon Records have announced that for this year's event there will be a vinyl reissue of Doctor Who & The Pescatons on 180g heavy weight Pescaton green coloured vinyl.

This classic story starts with the TARDIS's arrival on a lonely stretch of beach at night, which is closely followed by a slithering sound and a chilling roar - marking the beginning of a terrifying adventure on present day Earth for the Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith. The deadly Pescatons have arrived! Refugees from their own dying planet, the... »

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Booth's Blog - Deadly girls
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Thursday 13th Apr 2017
Girlworld is a frightening place at the best of times, even for a seasoned gal like me, so a concentrated microcosm of 'girlworld hell' where you need popularity, princess good looks and sexual voracity just to become a member is even more eye-poppingly terrifying! This week's slasher season premiere sees an exclusive sisterhood of bitchy back-stabbing babes caught up in a tragedy that refuses to stay dead and buried in the 2009 slasher Sorority Row.

The Sorority or Fraternity House (where students live in strict, single sex, sometimes exclusive accommodation) is something we in the UK are of course familiar with (thanks to American teen comedies), but which nevertheless remains a bit of a mystery. It's nothing we'll ... »

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Don't Look Now - Original Title Theme 7" Single RSD exclusive
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 11th Apr 2017

Nicolas Roeg's 1973 horror film Don't Look Now still retains the power to shock 44 years after its release and over that time has established itself as a seminal work in that genre. It is also a firm favourite with Horror Channel viewers. For Record Store Day 2017, Silva Screen Records will be releasing a very limited edition (only 1,000 made) 7" Single in transparent red.

Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland are a married couple mourning the death of their young daughter, clinging on to her memory through a meeting with a mysterious psychic in Venice.

Native Venetian composer Pino Donaggio was discovered by a producer on the film and his music appealed to director Roeg.... »

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Rock 'n Roll legends meet horror comics icon in KISS/Vampirella
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 10th Apr 2017

Dynamite Entertainment has brought together two of its bestselling brands for a horror/music extravaganza in KISS/Vampirella #1, the debut issue in a new comic book series uniting the legendary rock 'n' roll band with the comic industry's iconic mistress of the macabre! Written by Chris Sebela (Alien vs. Predator) and illustrated by Annapaola Martello (Scarlet Witch), KISS/Vampirella will be a miniseries event launching in June 2017.

Los Angeles is a strange town on the best of days, but in the summer of 1974, the City of Angels feels especially demonic. As temperatures soar and wildfires burn, all sorts of strange creatures are drawn to town... including Vampirella. Wh... »

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Add that little bit of "something" to your horror themed party with the ultimate disc!
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 10th Apr 2017

Ever been to a horror themed party and thought to yourself, "You know what, this horror themed part could do with a little more atmosphere".

Well think no more as Demon Records has re-released a classic from the BBC vaults onto a smart looking piece of vinyl.

BBC Sound Effects: Death & Horror is a compilation of noises and sounds that go to create one of the most bizarre listening experiences ever. Culled mainly from the BBC Effects Library (which also means you can't use any of these tracks for professional use) the effects are split into six sections acro... »

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Will you be tuning in to see Samara one more time?
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 10th Apr 2017

The legend of Samara returns in a new chapter of the hit Ring franchise, Rings, which comes calling on blu-ray, DVD, On Demand and Digital on 29th May from Paramount Home Media Distribution and Universal Pictures (UK).

When a radical college professor (Johnny Galecki) finds the mysterious video rumoured to kill viewers seven days after watching, he enlists his students in a dangerous experiment to uncover the secrets behind the Samara legend. When the deadly video goes viral, they must figure out a way to break the curse and defeat Samara before her evil is unleashed upon the world. But, how do you stop her when she's everywhere?

The blu-ray features over 45 minutes of bonus content including deleted and extended scenes a... »

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5 Things You Need to Know About 'Raw'
By Jemal Polson
Posted in: Features, Friday 7th Apr 2017

Director Julia Ducournau's first-full length outing, Raw is a must-see.

The film, which centres on a young vegetarian university student who develops a taste for human flesh, is unlike anything you've seen in recent years. We caught up with Ducournau to discuss what you need to know about the ultra-realistic flick that has everyone talking.

1. It may not be as gory as you think
Its debut at the Toronto Film Festival last year garnered a wealth of media coverage, due to the films' seemingly graphic content resulting in paramedics reportedly being called after cinemagoers had fainted. When Julia heard the news, she was shocked. "I love mixing genres and I love balancing everything that I do, but I do not like gratuitous violence because it bores m... »

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Booth's Blog: Slasher Season rips onto your screens on Friday!
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Thursday 6th Apr 2017
You better start running and earning those scream queen (or king) stripes because Slasher Season is upon us starting this Friday and continuing every Friday in April, featuring a cutting edge collection of contemporary slashers. While there is some debate here, it all began with Alfred Hitchcock's incomparable and ground breaking thriller Psycho back in 1960. It was that shower scene that firmly cemented the 'slasher' in the public consciousness as a genre with the potential to really mess with your mind!

When it comes to the slasher that we all know and love today, what some refer to as the old school American slasher actually began life with Mario Bava's Bay of Blood, an Italian film in 1971. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, al... »

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Choose your weapon! New posters released for The Belko Experiment
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 6th Apr 2017

Sprung from the mind of acclaimed filmmaker James Gunn and directed by Greg McLean, The Belko Experiment raises provocative questions while offering a black-humored thrill-ride that pushes ruthless corporate behavior to terrifying extremes.

When office workers arrive for work at Belko Industries' isolated high-rise campus outside Bogota, Colombia, the morning starts much like any other. Mike Pelk (John Gallagher, Jr.) smokes weed in the bathroom and flirts with his beautiful officemate Leandra (Adria Arjona) while new employee Dany Wilkins (Melonie Diaz) settles in for her first day on the job. Everything changes when an anonymous voice comes through the intercom speakers ordering employees to kill two of their colleagues within 30 minutes. M... »

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Record Store Day releases from Silva Screen Records
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 5th Apr 2017

Silva Screen Records has released the details for their Record Store Day 2017 releases which will be available in record shops on Saturday 22nd April. The first off the blocks is to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of a true classic, Quatermass and the Pit. The 12" LP will come with printed inner sleeve and insert and will be available in four different transparent colour (red, green, blue and yellow) each with a run of 300 copies. This expanded vinyl edition is the first time on vinyl.

Originally a BBC serial, Quatermass and the Pit (released in the US as Five Million Years To Earth and a favourite here on Horror) was made by Hammer Film Productions in 1967 as a sequel to their earlier... »

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New Alien: Covenant poster has landed
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 5th Apr 2017

With a cast that includes Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demian Bichir, Carmen Ejogo and Amy Seimetz, Ridley Scott's highly anticipated Alien: Covenant will scream into cinemas on May 12th. But will it deliver more than Prometheus did, a movie that left many fans slightly disappointed?

The crew of the colony ship Covenant are bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy. Here they discover what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world.

When they uncover a threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape.

With a trailer that already set the internet on fire... »

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Exclusive interview with Jen and Sylvia Soska, directors of See No Evil 2
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Tuesday 4th Apr 2017


Jen and Sylvia Soska are two of the most exciting creatives around at the moment. Their work is visceral, dynamic, exciting and above all bloody entertaining. We've chatted to these multi-talented Canadians about their work to date in the build up to the UK TV premiere of See No Evil 2 this Friday on Horror.

HC: It's been while since we last chatted and apart from See No Evil 2 what have you both been up to?

SS: It has been a while, but it's really cool that we get to chat again. We hosted a reality horror gameshow from Matador, GSN, and Blumhouse called Hellevator that was lik... »

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Booth's Blog: Learn to love the demon within...!
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Thursday 30th Mar 2017
We all must learn to love our little monsters, but for one man, birth, bonding and blood get a little too close for comfort in our very black comedy this Friday night. In this very 21st century horror, Bad Milo! (2013) toys with the stresses of modern life and a male identity crisis. The film opens with a young couple attending an ultrasound with their faces looking hopefully on, until the camera pulls out and reveals it ain't wifey in the chair getting the internal - it's hubby!

Meet Duncan, a lovely man with a lovely wife who's beginning to feel the pressures of modern life manifesting into some kind of irritable bowel syndrome. The ultrasound reveals he has a 'polyp' stuck up there, or, as the doctor so delicately puts it, a 'Trooper i... »

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The poster for IT finally floats into view
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 28th Mar 2017

Ahead of tomorrow's trailer launch Warner Bros. has released the official one sheet for IT, based on the novel by Stephen King, coming to cinemas 8th September.

King's novel of the same name has been terrifying readers for decades and this new version of the book has been directed by Andres Muschietti (Mama).

When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, a group of young kids are faced with their biggest fears when they square off against an evil clown named Pennywise, whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.

IT stars Bill Skarsgard as the story's central villain, Pennywise with an ensemble of youn... »

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Booth's Blog: Wrong Turn is the Right Way on Horror!
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Wednesday 22nd Mar 2017

One of the most talked about films to enter the 2017 horror radar is and will be Raw; the French/Belgian cannibal film directed by first timer Julia Ducournau, scooping out more awards than her leading lady scoops out eyeballs.

Raw is currently getting the critics' tongues wagging and the audiences' stomachs reeling. Reports are coming in that people have been vomiting during screenings; not something you hear much in this disaffected age. I feel there's an emerging wave of arthouse horror taking its cue from current society's ills, splashing it across the celluloid dripping with not just blood, but oodles of style. 2012's Antiviral (the disease of celebrity culture), It Follows (sexual disease) and The Babadoo... »

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Interview with 'Life' star Rebecca Ferguson
By Jemal Polson
Posted in: Interviews, Wednesday 22nd Mar 2017

Previously starring opposite Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation and Emily Blunt in Girl on the Train, Ferguson steps out as the lead, standing firmly in front of her co-stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds in the Horror/Sci-Fi spectacle Life, which opens in cinemas across the UK this Friday.

Starring as Dr. Miranda North, Ferguson plays the last astronaut on-board an International Space Station which has recently caught a space probe containing the first sign of extra-terrestrial life. Studying the life form quickly turns from fascinating to a complete catastrophe, as the organism rapidly grows strength and intelligence - with the desperation to prey upon those within its reach.

We spoke with Ferguson about her character, filming in zero gravity and wh... »

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Soska Sisters head up Slasher Season on Horror Channel
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Tuesday 21st Mar 2017
Get ready for hooks, surgical knives and power saws as Horror Channel adds a cutting edge to April's schedule as the UK TV premiere of the Soska Sisters' See No Evil 2 heads up a season of contemporary slasher films.

The season also has the network premieres of Stewart Hendler's sadistically slick Sorority Row with Carrie Fisher, the darkly deranged Girlhouse, and Nelson McCormick's axe-crazy re-imagning of a stalk and slash classic, Prom Night.

See No Evil 2 on the 7th concerns a group of friends who pay a late-night visit to the city morgue to surprise Amy (Danielle Harris) on her birthday.

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Booth's Blog: A real stench is coming to Horror...!
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Friday 17th Mar 2017

Horror is one of the most ubiquitous, hell if not THE most ubiquitous genre out there, it has countless sub genres, parodies, sequels, franchises, horror icons, rules and lore - making it incredibly hard to create an original movie these days. The Slasher film either goes for the supernatural angle, the more believable 'serial killer' angle, or following Wes Craven's 1996 Scream, will have a more 'meta' element to it. But one things for sure, each new entry is looking to become the next big thing, to spawn a sequel and hopefully a franchise and to do this you need some kind of unique gimmick or horror icon to drive those fans batsh*t crazy!

According to Forbes, of the more contemporary franchises SAW did it the most successfully, financially (... »

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Booth's Blog: Murder, madness and mushrooms!
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Thursday 9th Mar 2017
Well if that hasn't poked your curiosity cat, I don't know what will. This week my inspiration comes from Friday night's network premiere Shrooms (great name, great poster); a film that takes us deep down the rabbit hole courtesy of the humble magic mushroom, only there's no wonderland to be found here...

In this Irish horror, director Paddy Breathnach delivers genuine shocks amongst the (sometimes) hilarious hallucinations, taking full advantage of the gothic Irish woodland setting and a creepy campfire backstory to set the tone. A mostly American cast of attractive young 'uns heads to the deep dark woods in search of a head trip they'll never forget, but when one girl takes a particularly potent 'shroom, proceedings take a dark tur... »

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Which personality will he choose tonight? Don't miss James McAvoy in Split
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 6th Mar 2017
SplitWriter and Director M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, The Visit) finds himself back on form with Split, an original psychological thriller available on Digital on 22nd May, and on Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand on 5th June, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Jason Blum (Insidious, Ouija, The Visit, The Purge series) returns to collaborate with Shyamalan in the box-office hit, starring James McAvoy (X-Men: Apocalypse).

Split delves into the mysterious depths of one man's fractured mind and this home release gives viewers a closer look at the movie with a never-before-seen alternate ending, deleted scenes, character spotlight, and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film.

Kevin Crumb's (McAvoy) fra... »

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Coming soon - The FrightFest Guide To Monster Movies
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, News, Saturday 4th Mar 2017

FrightFest and FAB Press once again join forces to launch The FrightFest Guide To Monster Movies, which goes exclusively on sale during Horror Channel FrightFest 2017, August 24th to August 28th. Following the success of The FrightFest Guide to Exploitation Movies, this is the second in a planned series of wide appeal books for both the curious spectator and the cult connoisseur,

Written by celebrated writer, editor and critic Michael Gingold, the book contains 200 of the most frightening, fantastical and fun monster film features. Starting in the silent era, it traces the history of the genre all the way through to the present day. The films are given detailed individual reviews, with fascinating facts and critical... »

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Psychological terror at its best, don't miss this Pet
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 4th Mar 2017
PET_DVD_2D_TEMPHelmed by Award Winning director Carles Torrens (Apartment 143, ABCs of Death 2.5) and starring Dominic Monaghan (Lord of the Rings trilogy), Ksenia Solo (Lost Girl, Black Swan) and Jennette McCurdy (Between, Sam & Cat), Pet is a dark and disturbing love story asking how much you could sacrifice in the name of love?

This haunting, psychological horror follows Seth, a lonely man working in an animal shelter. His monotonous routine is broken one day when he bumps into Holly, a girl from school who he soon becomes obsessed with. However, when she rejects his advances, Seth's obsession reaches a terrifying new level, with Holly hiding secrets of her own.

One of the best from Horror Channel FrightFest 2016, »

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Titan's new Hard Case Crime comic launches with The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo: Millennium
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 4th Mar 2017
GWTDT#1_01_Cover_APresenting a new vision of the worldwide bestselling Millennium novels by Stieg Larsson, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo: Millennium is a serialized comic book adaptation of Lisbeth Salander's harrowing story published in English for the first time.

Written by Sylvain Runberg (Orbital) and illustrated by Jose Homs (L'Angelus) and Man, with an all-new translation by Rachel Zerner, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo: Millennium tells a story of violence and cruelty, family secrets and international intrigue, with deception and betrayal coiling around each corner.

Facing prison time for libel, discredited journalist Mikael Blomkvist is hired by a reclusive industrialist to investigate an unresolved family disappearance. Aided by the mys... »
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Get the garlic ready, here comes Stake Land II
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 4th Mar 2017
Stake Land II coverThe stakes are raised in Stake Land II, the sequel to Jim Mickle's 2010 horror hit, with original star, and writer, the gruff, gravelly-voiced Nick Damici, returning as the no nonsense vampire hunter Mister, and produced by Mickle and horror genre favourite Larry Fessenden (The House of the Devil, The Innkeepers).

Directors Dan Berk and Robert Olsen pick up where the final film left off, plunging the viewer into the world of the wheezing, wrathful berserkers, as Martin (Connor Paolo from Stake Land), sets out to find truly nasty fanged fiend The Mother (Kristina Hughes), and discovers the vampires aren't his only problem in a world where survivors will do anything to get by.

Stake Land II hits DVD April 3rd.

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Booth's Blog: "You're not welcome round these parts!"
By James Whittington
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Wednesday 1st Mar 2017
All is not well down on the farm in a spooky, eccentric, and very British horror this Friday night...

One thing's for certain; if you ever hear anyone saying 'Strangers don't fare well in these parts..." it's time to start running if you know anything about how these scenarios tend to work out. So why is it that as soon as we go off grid and embark on any kind of rural adventure, things go disastrously wrong? Why are rural folks so, well... frightening?! It is probably one of the main themes that links horror films from across the globe! In America, you head out to the hills and get eaten by cannibals, in Britain, you get disemboweled by a demented farmer, and this Friday they do not get more demented than this!

The Cottage is a 200... »

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Interview with A Cure For Wellness Director Gore Verbinski
By Jemal Polson
Posted in: Interviews, Friday 24th Feb 2017

The visionary director behind the English-language remake of The Ring as well as the first three Pirates of the Caribbean films is back this week - with the sinister and compelling A Cure for Wellness.

The film, which is a healthy mix of psychological thriller and body horror stars Dane DeHaan (Chronicle, The Place Beyond the Pines and Life After Beth) and Mia Goth (Nymphomaniac) and opens in cinemas across the UK today.

We sat down with Verbinski to discuss the making of Cure, in addition to his thoughts on horror remakes, and the long-awaited BioShock film........................................

You can watch part one of the interview here:

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Interview with A Cure for Wellness star Dane DeHaan
By Jemal Polson
Posted in: Interviews, Friday 24th Feb 2017

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You've probably come across Dane DeHaan a lot more than you've realised.

The star can be previously seen in the found-footage superhero flick Chronicle, the zombie love story Life After Beth and opposite Andrew Garfield in The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

This month, he toplines the thriller-come-body-horror A Cure for Wellness, which opens in cinemas nationwide today.

DeHaan plays Mr Lockhart - an American executive tasked with retrieving the CEO of his company from a seemingly idyllic wellness centre on the other side of the world. But upon visiting, it doesn't take long for Lockhart to discover the spa isn't as perfect as it seems.

We discussed the new film, the horror genre's presence in... »

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Booth's Blog: Welcome to the jungle
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Thursday 23rd Feb 2017
It may be a tenuous one, but what is the link between Amber Heard and Chicago's Natural History museum? Come on, I know there must be some uber brainy quiz-loving horror nerds out there! Okay, so Amber Heard starred in the remake of And Soon the Darkness (2010), set in the depths of South America, and Chicago's Natural History Museum plays host to a mythological monster of Brazilian origin in the superb creature feature The Relic (1997). So of course the link is South America! Ta daa! This leads me very conveniently into my appraisal of this weekend's movie premieres, all with a South American kick.

First up, the Network Premiere of The Relic this Friday at 9pm. Fans of proper creature... »

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Bad Milo! and The Cottage amongst Horror Channel premieres for March.
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Wednesday 22nd Feb 2017

Another amazing month of premieres awaits you in March as Horror has 9 fear-filled frighteners that will have you laughing and hiding in equal measure.

Dark laughs await on Friday 3rd at 10.55pm with the network premiere of Paul Andrew Williams' blood-drenched hostage thriller The Cottage, starring Andy Serkis, Reece Shearsmith and Jennifer Ellison. Feuding brothers David (Serkis) and Peter (Shearsmith) abduct a young woman (Ellison) and hole up in a remote rural cottage, But their hostage turns the tables and soon it's all for one when they find that the deranged farmer next door is the real threat. Hellraiser's Doug Bradley makes a cameo in this terror treat. There are also network premiere for Irish hit Shrooms<... »

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Horror Channel FrightFest is returning to Leicester Square for August event.
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, News, Wednesday 22nd Feb 2017

HCFF logoAs we ready ourselves for Glasgow and the latest Horror Channel FrightFest event we can reveal that the annual Horror Channel FrightFest which is held in London each August Bank Holiday will be returning to Cineworld Empire Theatre, Leicester Square in London's glittering West End for its banner 18th edition.

So now you can book your hotels/accommodation with complete confidence that your favourite UK fantasy and horror occasion is returning to the place you all loved the most.

Festival and day passes will be available from Saturday 1st July with single tickets later the same month. Ticket prices will be published in due course.

The Horror Channel FrightFest is where you will always find the unexpected, the surprising and the totally new. See you there in the Square for a fa... »

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Interview with Steven Kastrissios Director of Bloodlands
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Wednesday 22nd Feb 2017

Ahead of the World Premiere of his latest film Bloodlands at Horror Channel FrightFest Glasgow, Steven Kastrissios discusses the challenges of making the world's first Albanian/Australian horror film.

HC: So what have you been doing in the eight years since making your amazing debut with The Horseman, a FrightFest favourite?

SK: Writing. I was just 24 when I shot The Horseman and it was only my second feature script, so I wanted to expand my horizons and I wrote many scripts in completely different genres and styles. I developed other little projects and came close to doing other features with other people's scripts but for various reasons they fell through, usual... »

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Earth: Final Conflict - Episode Update
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 20th Feb 2017
Earth Final Conflict Group Image 2We apologise to all viewers for the problems that occurred with episode 20 of season 3 of Earth: Final Conflict that originally occurred on Monday 13th and Tuesday 14th. This unfortunately happened due to a technical issue at our transmission provider. Our transmission is not controlled as 'live' and as such the issue was not identified until the time of broadcast and so could not be corrected immediately or in time for the repeat on the morning of Tuesday, nor could we provide any continuity announcements regarding this. We endeavoured to fix the issue in time for the omnibus repeat on Saturday 20th and received an assurance this would be correct and so we directed viewers to this showing. However, despite our best efforts, the failu... »
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Behind-the-scenes stills revealed as slasher horror The Tombs completes production
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Friday 17th Feb 2017
The Tombs-WEB3Templeheart Films, the producing company behind Paul Hyett's Heritiks and Andy Edwards' Ibiza Undead, are set to unleash a new kind of monster in The Tombs, which has just finished filming at The London Tombs, The London Bridge Experience's horror themed tourist attraction.

Dubbed Celebrity Big Brother meets Friday the 13th, the gruesome slasher stars Jessica Ann Brownlie (Valley of the Witch), Jess Impiazzi (The Only Way Is Essex), Marcia do Vales (Ibiza Undead), Jessica Cameron (Truth or Dare), Akie Kotabe (Humans), Anthony Ilott (Wrong Turn 6), Ayvianna Snow (Heretiks) and Devora Wilde (Rush). It's directed by Dan Brownlie (Self-induced Nightmares, Serial Kaller).

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Genre legend Jamie Lee Curtis rocks in Horror's Sci-Fear season!
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Thursday 16th Feb 2017
Ever since Jamie Lee Curtis invented and cemented the now familiar trope 'final girl' in her feature film debut Halloween in 1978, fans have literally fallen over themselves to get a load of this original scream queen. Surely deserving of a 'lifelong contribution to horror award', this legend has not stopped, from Halloween, The Fog (1980) and Prom Night (1980) to action girl roles in Blue Steel (1990), True Lies (1994), and this week's excellent Sci-Fear Season network premiere Virus (1999). Curtis's Scream Queen status has recently come full circle, with her taking on a very meta role in the TV series Scream Queens as the tough talking Queen Bee of an exclusive Univ... »
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Anno Dracula - Comic book style!
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 13th Feb 2017
Anno-Dracula-1-Jef-Zornow (1)Titan Comics has revealed the covers and an extended art preview from Anno Dracula #1 - an all-new comic mini-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 series 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.

1895. Prince Dracula has ruled Great Britain for ten years, spreading vampirism through every level of society. On the eve of Dracula's Jubilee, radical forces gather to oppose the tyrant. Kate Reed, vampire journ... »

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Zombie cinema, Danish style!
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Monday 13th Feb 2017
What We BecomeThe feature film making debut from Bo Mikkelsen, What We Become promises to be a tense post-apocalyptic zombie thriller that's the first of its kind in Danish horror cinema.

A family of four is quarantined in their home as a mysterious virus spreads into town, transforming their friends and neighbours into zombies. As the military moves in to try and stem the outbreak, they are forced to the extreme in a struggle to escape alive.

Starring Benjamin Engell, Troels Lyby and Mille Dinesen, What We Become will be unleashed onto DVD 20th February thanks to Soda Pictures.

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Interview with Colin Minihan director of It Stains The Sands Red
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Monday 13th Feb 2017

It Stains The Sand RedAhead of the UK premiere of his latest film It Stains The Sands Red at Horror Channel FrightFest Glasgow, Colin Minihan chats about the creation of his 'zombie love story', the challenges of shooting in Death Valley and his new movie Still/Born.

HC: Are The Vicious Brothers still an entity? You've only co-directed Grave Encounters under that moniker - Extraterrestrial and It Stains The Sands Red carry your separate credits. That's the way you want it from now on?

CM: Our roles were just less defined when we made Grave Encounters because we were both very young. If we make a film together and feel like it's a Vicious Brothers film, then I think we'd use it again... But then again there are ... »

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Alien and Predator - The Collection!
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 12th Feb 2017
Alien XenomorphWe have all seen the rather cool The Walking Dead collection from Eaglemoss recently so it comes with great excitement that they've now announced an Alien And Predator Collection.

Available only online, this superbly designed collection will include characters from every Alien and Predator movie released to date which is: Alien, Aliens, Alien 3, Alien Resurrection, Predator, Predator 2, Predators, Alien Vs Predator, Alien Vs Predator: Requiem and Prometheus.

Each detailed piece is hand painted in stunning detail, 1:16 scale which is roughly 14cm tall and contained in an exclusive collector's box.

Each month two figures will be released and for those who subscr... »

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Booth's Blog: Deep space terror of Pandorum
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Thursday 9th Feb 2017
Emily Booth Red JacketIt is not very often a film like Pandorum comes along. You can pretty much count them on your fingers; 2001: A Space Odyssey, Alien, Event Horizon, Prometheus, Solaris, Moon... Deep space sci-fi horrors that work on a cerebral level engaging the audience in grand themes of identity, origin and creation. Sci-Fear Season every Saturday night in February brings together some of these key films that really work your grey matter, and this week comes the network premiere of the dark sci-fi fantasy Pandorum (2009), directed by Christian Alvart (Antibodies, Case 39) and starring Dennis Quaid and Ben Foster.

The film's title refers to a fictional psychosis triggered by ... »

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Dare you visit Seoul Station?
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Wednesday 8th Feb 2017
Seoul Sation coverWritten and directed by award-winning Yeon Sang-ho, the genius behind Train To Busan, and the acclaimed animator behind The Fake and King of Pigs, Seoul Station is the superb animated sequel to Train to Busan.

As the sun sets around Seoul Station, an old man thought to have died sinks his teeth into the warm flesh of a homeless person. Soon, the streets are filled with vicious zombies desperate to feed.

Hae-sun, a runaway, witnesses the frightening sight while her father Suk-gyu and boyfriend desperately search for her. As the attacked become the attackers, the government declares a lock out of the station, leaving the uninfected to struggle desperately against the dangerous undead. With zombie numbers exploding, people without a home to re... »

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Interview with Simon Rumley Director of Fashionista
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Monday 6th Feb 2017

Simon Rumley FashionistaAhead of the UK premiere of his latest film Fashionista at Horror Channel FrightFest Glasgow, Simon Rumley reveals why he's a fan of drugs in film and his planned foray into London gangster land...

HC: Fashionista finds you back in Austin after Red White & Blue. What excites you about Austin so much? Could Fashionista have been set anywhere else?

SR: I had such a great experience on Red White & Blue for so many different reasons that it was only natural that, at some point, I'd return to Austin. With Tim League (exec producer), Paul Knauss (co-producer) and Karen Hallford (casting director) I've got a great bunch of friends who also happen to be great collaborators an... »

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Kim Newman's Anno Dracula and Other Stories is out now!
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Friday 3rd Feb 2017
Anno DraculaIntroducing a compendium of tales from the feverish mind of best-selling author Kim Newman, including a brand-new Anno Dracula tale!

Collecting together some of the master of horror's best short fiction together for the first time, in Anno Dracula And Other Stories, Jack the Ripper still stalks the streets, Frankenstein's monster rises from the Artic ice, and the terrifying legacy of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde haunts the fog-shrouded London.

Plus the volume includes an exclusive never-before-seen Anno Dracula story which will set the stage for the forthcoming, highly-anticipated Autumn release of the latest instalment in the fan favourite series with Anno Dracula 1999: Daikaiju.

This awesome title is available now thanks to Titan Books.

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A slasher classic remastered in 2K for Blu-ray
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Friday 3rd Feb 2017
MM88 Films has once again delved deep into the horror genre and come up trumps with the release of another lost classic, Mountaintop Motel Massacre.

This is one of the all-time most shocking slasher flicks that is a bloody and colourful spin on Alfred Hitchcock's classic Psycho, only this time the owner of an off-road hotel is a demented older lady with a fetish for sticking a sickle into the faces of anyone foolish enough to rent a room at her rundown establishment!

The movie is a sleazy, and sanguine-stained, sickie that features an older antagonist in the seriously psychotic Evelyn (Anna Chappell) - an elderly and absolutely insane off-road hotel owner that might well give Norman Bates some sleepless nights. When Evelyn is not taking a sickle to the faces of those stupid enough to rent a room at her one-star esta... »

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This Pet is a keeper!
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Friday 3rd Feb 2017
PET Small imagePet is a haunting, psychological horror that follows Seth, a lonely man working in an animal shelter.

His monotonous routine is broken one day when he bumps into Holly, a girl from school who he soon becomes obsessed with. However, when she rejects his advances, Seth's obsession reaches a terrifying new level, with Holly hiding secrets of her own.

Helmed by Award Winning director Carles Torrens (Apartment 143, ABCs of Death 2.5) and starring Dominic Monaghan (Lord of the Rings trilogy), Ksenia Solo (Lost Girl, Black Swan) and Jennette McCurdy (Between, Sam & Cat), Pet is a dark and disturbing love story asking how much you could sacrifice in the name of love?

A big hit at Horror Channel FrightFest 2016<... »

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Interview with F. Javier Gutierrez director of Rings
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Friday 3rd Feb 2017

Rings15 years after the first English language instalment, The Ring is ready to hit cinemas once again. The long-awaited sequel, titled Rings, sees a digital copy of the eerie tape circulate around a university campus, with Gabriel (Big Bang Theory's Johnny Galecki), Holt (Alex Roe) and Julia (Matilda Lutz) trying to find the answers to the videos - and Samara's origin.

Stepping into the director's chair this time is F. Javier Gutierrez, mostly known as the Spanish filmmaker behind the apocalyptic Sci-Fi flick, Before the Fall. We caught up with the director just in time for the release of Rings, which opens across the UK this weekend.

HC: Tell us a bit about the story of Rings and where the film picks up after the events of the last tw... »

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Booth's Blog: "If you can hear it, you have been chosen..."
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Wednesday 1st Feb 2017
Emily Booth April PremieresThis month on Horror the ground-breaking Sci-Fear Season takes over your screens every Saturday night with boundary pushing, thought provoking films that really get your grey matter buzzing. Personally, I love this particular branch of the genre where Horror meets Science Fiction; deep space merges with inner space, identity and origin thrown into question and reality becomes blurred with fantasy. This is cerebral cinema at its best and this Saturday comes a genuine 'must-see' a film that is endlessly surprising, visually stunning with a climax guaranteed to have your jaw on the floor.

The Signal released in 2014 is becoming a true cult gem. The film constantly keeps you on your toes morphing from indie road trip to governm... »
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Interview with Chris Smith, director of Triangle, Black Death and Detour.
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Monday 30th Jan 2017

Chris SmithAhead of the UK premiere of his latest film Detour at Horror Channel FrightFest Glasgow, Chris Smith tells us the importance of FrightFest, his love of 'film Noir' and his hatred of reality TV...

HC: FrightFest has premiered all your genre movies Creep, Severance, Triangle, Black Death, except Get Santa obviously. Is this positioning an important part of the roll-out process for you?

CS: Firstly let me apologise for being away for so long and thank you for having me back. I wrote 'Get Santa' because I'd just had a son and was feeling like I wanted to do something that he could watch in the next 15 years. I expected the film to take a year to come together but it ended up taking four years. My son... »

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Booth's Blog: Possession never looked so convincing...
By Horror Channel
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Friday 27th Jan 2017
Emily-Booth-Green-Top-Image-1Type in The Exorcist and you'll find it topping many a 'best horrors of all time' list. Cited as one of the most daring, controversial, and memorable films ever made, there are arguably no other possession films that have been able to top it. The Exorcist is the definitive possession film, having already marked its territory with every trick of the trade; the saliva-frothing, potty-mouthed, head-spinning, green puking little 12 year old eclipsed any other possession antics out there! Bar the 1974 Italian film The Antichrist, we didn't see any good spins on the sub-genre until The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005), which was based on a disturbing true story and took the different route of courtroom drama. Indeed, with The Exorcist's monopoly of ... »
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A season of Sci-Fear on Horror in February
By James Whittington
Posted in: Features, Monday 23rd Jan 2017

No one will hear you scream on Saturday nights this February as Horror Channel launches a Sci-Fear Season with four ultimate science-fiction shockers, including the UK TV premiere of William Eubank's inventive and stylish fantasy head-trip The Signal starring Laurence Fishburne. There are also network premieres for Christian Alvart's Lovecraftian survival thriller Pandorum, starring Dennis Quaid and Ben Foster, and John Bruno's visually stunning chiller Virus, based on the comic book by Chuck Pfarrer. Plus there's another showing of eXistenZ, David Cronenberg's enigmatic body horror, starring Jude Law, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Willem Dafoe an... »

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BOO! A you ready for a Madea Halloween?
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 17th Jan 2017
Boo! A Madea Halloween 2D PackshotIn BOO! A Madea Halloween, multi-talented writer, director and star Tyler Perry returns as Madea to set the neighbourhood straight on Halloween night in this US comedy. While trying to keep an eye on a few misbehaving teens who are planning a wild Halloween night party, she is spooked by ghosts, zombies, killers and frightening spirits. Giving them all a piece of her mind (and fists), Madea must maintain order and sanity as she spends a hilarious, haunted Halloween night fighting off goons and goblins. Written, directed by and stars Tyler Perry (Gone Girl, Star Trek) BOO! A Madea Halloween also stars Bella Thorne (The Duff), Cassi Davis, Patrice Lovely and Yousef Erakat (aka FouseyTUBE)... »
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Do you recall the night Evelyn came out of the grave?
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Tuesday 17th Jan 2017
The Nigt Evelyn Came out of the graveAt the height of the Italian giallo boom of the early 1970s, scores of filmmakers turned their hand to crafting their own unique takes on these lurid murder-mystery thrillers. In The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave, director Emilio P. Miraglia (The Red Queen Kills Seven Times) melds the giallo's trademark twisty whodunit storytelling with gothic chills, concocting a gripping horror/thriller hybrid.

Troubled aristocrat Alan Cunningham (Anthony Steffen, Django the B*stard), haunted by the death of his first wife Evelyn, tries to move on by marrying the seductive Gladys (Marina Malfatti, All the Colours of the Dark). Marital bliss is short-lived, however, as various relatives meet untimely and gruesome... »

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Booth's Blog: The rise of the 'One Room Horror'
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Tuesday 17th Jan 2017
Emily Booth Seat SmallWe all know location, location, location is of paramount importance in Horror. The location of a film often dictates the story and the atmosphere, sometimes even becoming a character in itself (Overlook Hotel, anyone?!) But where do directors look to when every single location from house to windmill to lighthouse has already been done to death? They give themselves an even bigger challenge; contain the horror all inside one room, or one location. Strip away the layers of grand Guignol, impressive sets, and creepy traditional buildings, and place the emphasis of the terror on good script, acting, and tension; the raw ingredients of good horror. I imagine it also helps to cut the budget, too! The 'one room horror' has seen all manner of seemingly mundane locations become tools of terror, such as Elevato... »
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Actress, writer and producer Joanne Mitchell answers 10 scary questions!
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Interviews, Monday 16th Jan 2017

Joanne Mitchell Image 5 SmallAdult Babies gets an exclusive reveal at FrightFest Glasgow 2017. The film's creator, actress/producer Joanne Mitchell, star of Before Dawn and Bait answers 10 scary questions.

HC: When did your fascination for horror films begin?

JM: I've been interested in horror since being a young kid. I liked to be frightened, whether it be reading a scary book, or watching one of the Hammer House of Horrors. But it wasn't until my 30's that I really became fascinated with the whole genre after making Before Dawn and watching back to back movies at FrightFest!! The fans are so loyal and open minded and really know their stuff.

HC: What was the first horror film you s... »

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FrightFest favourite My Father Die coming to Digital Download, DVD and VOD
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Sunday 15th Jan 2017
My Father DieIt made quite an impact at Horror Channel FrightFest last Summer and now My Father Die is coming to Digital Download, DVD and VOD.

Asher loses both his speech and hearing at the age of 12, during a vicious attack that leaves his older brother dead. The killer, Ivan, a tattooed monster showing no remorse, is jailed for the assault, but released two decades later due to prison overcrowding. Pumped-up and hungry for retribution, Asher wastes no time in tooling and facing down his nemesis - who also happens to be his father. But his dad's time in prison hasn't been wasted, and he proves a formidable enemy.

Part revenge thriller, part pure horror, writer/director Sean Brosnan's debut is an all-out assault on the senses that might not be for the faint-hearted and stars Gary Stretc... »

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One of the best from last year, I Am Not A Serial Killer
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 14th Jan 2017
I Am Not A Serial Killer CoverDazzlingly original, darkly funny and totally disturbing with a genre-bending twist, I Am Not A Serial Killer is one of those movies that you just have to see.

John Wayne Cleaver is dangerous and he knows it. He is 16 and helps his Mum and Aunt at the family Mortuary. John is obsessed with serial killers but really doesn't want to become one. So for his own sake and the safety of those around him he lives by rigid rules to keep himself "good" and "normal". When somebody starts murdering people in John's small Mid-West town, he has to investigate and risk letting his own dark side out in order to stop the killer. But without his rules to keep him in check he might be more dangerous than the monster he is stalking. As the icy winter tightens its grip ... »

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The Phantasm series is back with added balls!
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Saturday 14th Jan 2017
Phantasm Box SetFew horror movie franchises are as iconic as Don Coscarelli's Phantasm series. From its deadly flying silver spheres through to its hooded dwarf minions, and of course, the towering figure of arch villain The Tall Man himself, the imagery conjured up by the Phantasm films remains etched in the psyche of genre fans everywhere.

Beginning with the 1979 original through to 2016's Phantasm: Ravager, the five films which make up the Phantasm series follow the young Mike Baldwin as he battles against the enigmatic "Tall Man" - an extraterrestrial being intent on harvesting the human race as slaves for his home planet. Aided by friend Reggie and his trusty four-barrelled shotgun, Mike resolves to vanquish the Tal... »

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Horror Channel FrightFest celebrates 12th year at Glasgow Film Festival with record-breaking fourteen titles
By James Whittington
Posted in: Frightfest, Friday 13th Jan 2017

FrightFest Glasgow 2017 LogoMonstrous stories, unspeakable urban legends, brutal acts and fearsome folktales dominate as the Horror Channel FrightFest, the UK's favourite horror fantasy event returns to the Glasgow Film Festival with a record fourteen films, including ten UK premieres, screening from Thursday 23rd February to Saturday 25th February at the iconic Glasgow Film Theatre.

Kicking off with a special screening of A Cure For Wellness, an intense psychological ride from Gore Verbinski, the visionary director of The Ring. and ending in sex and blood-drenched frenzy with the UK premiere of Roberto San Sebastian's The Night Of The Virgin.

This year there are two films screening on the Thursday night. Follo... »

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Why Friday the 13th ain't so bad after all...!
By Emily Booth
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Wednesday 11th Jan 2017
Emily Booth Red JacketIs anyone truly superstitious these days? I do still catch myself walking around ladders rather than under them, and feel a bit twitchy when my child opens up an umbrella indoors (gasp!) As for the number 13, I've always rather liked it; 13 being the house number me and various family members often seem to move into, and my daughter being born (of course) on the 13th. But then I've always veered towards pagan sensibilities... Another reason to love poor old unlucky 13, especially when landing on a Friday is this week's UK TV premiere of 13 Sins. How very apt...

13 Sins (2014) follows Elliot Brindle (Mark Webber), a man at the end of his tether with a pregnant girlfriend and a disabled brother to support, and he's just been fired. After the worst da... »

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Horror Icon Barbara Crampton chats about her role in We Are Still Here.
By James Whittington
Posted in: Interviews, Monday 9th Jan 2017

Barbara CramptonAhead of Horror Channel's UK premiere broadcast of We Are Still Here on Saturday January 14th, legendry actress Barbara Crampton talks exclusively on the revival of her career, her approach to challenging roles and why she loves the genre, but not the over-used label 'Scream Queen'!

HC: Suddenly you are back in the genre spotlight after many people thinking you had retired. What happened between your 80s heyday in movies like Re-Animator and From Beyond and the more recent You're Next?

BC: I had retired. But it wasn't really intentional. I was in my late 30's and hadn't been offered anything significant in quite a while. Roles in my age bracket for women were slim. Around the same time I met my husba... »

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Samara returns in Rings
By James Whittington
Posted in: News, Thursday 5th Jan 2017
Paramount LogoThere's a video. First you watch it. Then you die.

With a cast that includes Matilda Lutz, Alex Roe, Johnny Galecki, Aimee Teegarden, Bonnie Morgan and Vincent D'Onofrio, Rings will hit cinemas her in the UK on February 3rd.

This new chapter in the Ring horror franchise sees the series being given a serious update.

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...

Below is the rather cool and creepy trailer and as I have said the movie hits screens on ... »

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Booth's Blog: Opening The Ninth Gate
By James Whittington
Posted in: Booth's Blog, Thursday 5th Jan 2017
Emily Booth Seat SmallRoman Polanski is one of those rare auteurs, with his seminal films countlessly making the critics' 'must-see' lists, including ChinaTown, Rosemary's Baby, Repulsion, The Pianist, and his slightly more adventurous The Ninth Gate - which receives its network premiere on Horror this Saturday at 9pm. While I could just write about the film itself, I think the really interesting story here is how Polanski's personal life, fuelled by tragedy and controversy, seems to reflect the films he makes (and sometimes vice versa!), creating a fascination and lore unto itself that stems from his films into the fan psyche.

Let's start with a brief history. Born French/Polish, Polanski survived the Holocaust but not without war wounds, inc... »

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