By James Whittington, 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 highlights are first channel showings for John Pogue's [REC] inspired scareline Quarantine 2: Terminal, Breck Eisner's critically-acclaimed remake of George Romero's 1973 movie, The Crazies and James Cameron's directorial debut Piranha 2: The Spawning starring Lance Henriksen and plenty of flying killer fish.
Here's everything you need to know:
A blood-splattered shocker kicks off our premieres on the 2nd with a stunning sequel, Quarantine 2: Terminal (pictured). A bizarre disease, unleashed in a run-down Los Angeles tenement killing everyone, has somehow mutated and got out. Now, aboard Flight 318, the first symptoms begin to show. As the infection begins to takes root, all on board begin to transform into terrifying, bloodthirsty killers. Forced to land at an isolated terminal, and surrounded by armed government agents, the crew and passengers grow increasingly desperate. The only question now is how far they will go to survive... If its classic shocks then stay in on the 3rd as Vincent Price gives a career best performance in the acclaimed classic Witchfinder General. Set during the English Civil War, Matthew Hopkins (Price), a lawyer and self-appointed 'Witchfinder General', tours the Eastern counties instigating witch-hunts and extracting 'confessions' under torture. When a young woman, Sara (Hilary Dwyer), is raped by Hopkins and her priest father murdered, Sara's lover, Richard Marshall (Ian Ogilvy), a soldier in Cromwell's army, vows revenge. This, the last and best film of director Michael Reeves's tragically brief career, Witchfinder General (also known as The Conqueror Worm) has received broad critical admiration worldwide.
A franchise built on terror and fear moves up a gear on the 9th in I Spit On Your Grave 3: Vengeance Is Mine. After her harrowing experiences in 2010, Jennifer Hills (Sarah Butler) has taken the name Angela and is now working in an anonymous office job. Attending a rape support group to find closure, she meets feisty Marla Finch (Jennifer Landon) and they become firm friends. Then Marla suggests that Angela join her in taking revenge by proxy on the abusers they hear about in their secret sessions. Stephen Rea, Udo Kier and Stephen Dorff star in our premiere on the 10th, log onto Feardotcom. When four bodies are discovered among the industrial decay and urban grime of New York City, brash young detective Mike Reilly (Stephen Dorff) teams with ambitious Department of Health researcher Terry Huston (Natascha McElhone) to uncover the cause behind their violent and inexplicable deaths. The only common factor shared by the victims? Each died exactly 48 hours after logging on to feardot.com
A classic gets a re-imagining on the 16th, don't drink the water before watching The Crazies. Anarchy reigns when an unknown toxin turns the peaceful citizens of Ogden Marsh into bloodthirsty lunatics. In an effort to contain the spread of the infection, authorities blockade the town and use deadly force to keep anyone from getting in or out. Now trapped among killers, Sheriff Dutten (Timothy Olyphant), his wife (Radha Mitchell) and two companions must band together to find a way out before madness and death overtakes them all. We get Chained on the 17th where a trip to the movies becomes a nightmare for Sarah (Julia Ormond) and her young son Tim (Eamon Farren) when they are kidnapped by Bob (Vincent D'Onofrio), a deranged taxi driver, and taken to his remote home. There the nine-year-old sees his mother murdered - but it isn't the last slaughter he witnesses for Bob enslaves Tim, chains him up and forces him to bury his victims' bodies. As years go by, Tim is allowed some freedom only if he turns killer himself. Now the reluctant protege must make a choice between following in Bob's bloody footsteps or breaking free.
James Cameron's directorial debut washed up on Horror on the 23rd, Piranha 2: The Spawning. A mysterious batch of eggs have been left unrecovered from a sunken naval wreckage off a popular Caribbean island resort. When a series of bizarre deaths occur, scuba diving instructor (Tricia O'Neil), her biochemist boyfriend (Steve Marachuk) and her police chief ex-husband Lance Henriksen) try to find the link between the mutant strain of piranha fish terrorising everyone and their lair at the bottom of the sea... We round off June with a UK TV premiere, Retreat on the 24th. Taking an isolated break on an uninhabited island, Martin (Cillian Murphy) and Kate (Thandie Newton) are about to find that their island retreat is about to become a prison of unimaginable terror. When a blood-soaked stranger (Jamie Bell) stumbles through their door claiming an apocalyptic virus is sweeping across Europe, their lives are turned upside down as they face what could be the end of everything they know. Using all means necessary, they must fight to escape the approaching threat. But escape is only the beginning of their terrifying fight for survival.
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Posted in Frightfest, Tuesday 15th August 2017
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Hussein, a wide-boy estate agent, doesn't realise he's sharing his apartment with a forgotten stranger, a master of concealment... until his malicious campaign of deranged sweet revenge starts to really hit home. A roof above our heads is a basic human need so why are we all fighting each other over it?
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Posted in Booth's Blog, Monday 14th August 2017
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Posted in Frightfest, Monday 14th August 2017
Heading to Horror Channel FrightFest 2017? Horror Channel Manager Stewart Bridle lists some of the fearful flicks to catch.
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CULT OF CHUCKY
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Posted in News, Saturday 12th August 2017
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