By Emily Booth, Friday 28th July 2017
Don't open your door to Tricia Helfer...!
Oh yes, any "Battlestar Galactica" fans out there will be seeing our Tricia in a very different light this Saturday night on Horror when she swaps her sexy Cylon 'Number Six' look for that of a psychosexual killer in the network premiere of Open House.
Seen as one of the sexiest women in sci-fi, she definitely indulges her darker side in this home invasion horror where quite a few other familiar faces pop up, before they get the chop. Alice (Rachel Blanchard) is putting her beautiful home on the market following a bitter divorce with Josh (Stephen Moyer), but unwittingly attracts a sadistic couple into her life; David (Brian Geraghty) and Lila (Tricia Helfer). After Lila seduces and then kills the estate agent, this leaves David to finish off Alice when she returns home and, hey presto, they've got a swish new pad to play their twisted little lurve games in. That was the plan, however David decides to keep poor Alice alive, and ties her up in her own basement unbeknownst to Lila. The strange couple - on the pretence that they are the new owners - invite various neighbours around, relishing the fake veneer of domestic bliss before offing them in various bloody ways, including Alice's ex-husband in a scene reminiscent of Basic Instinct's psychosexual killings... You'll also see real life couple Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer (who frankly don't last long here), but when you realise Open House is actually the movie debut of Anna's real life brother, Andrew Paquin, it's clear they are on 'mate rates' and enjoying the carnage in more cameo roles. But it's Tricia Helfer, who simply oozes the highly strung femme fatale, who's a delight to watch here.
Also, a little titbit for "Flight of the Conchords" fans (how can you not be one of those?); the film stars Rachel Blanchard as Alice, whom many will remember fondly as 'The Most Beautiful Girl in The Room'... Or in this case, the basement.
With knife fetish going on upstairs and bondage below stairs there's a lot happening in this psychological thriller which comes to a head when Lila learns that David has kept Alice alive as his new plaything... So be careful who you invite into your home, or better still, don't even put it up for sale! The market it ruthless these days...
OPEN HOUSE has its network premiere on Horror this Saturday 29th July at 10:45pm
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Posted on Wednesday 16th August 2017
The term 'Folk Horror' has become widely used in Horror academia to describe usually British films that dabble in all things pagan and witchy. With a strong connection to our pagan routes, 'Folk Horror' was popularised by countless Hammer Horror and Tigon films in the '60s and '70s with The Witches (1966), Witchfinder General (1968), and The Blood on Satan's Claw (1971), although arguably the most iconic of the sub-genre is The Wicker Man made in 1973, which is now a beacon of worship in its own right!
With the death of hippie culture there was a hiatus within the subgenre in the '80s and '90s, however there has since seen a resurgence, specifically with the critically acclaimed The Witch in 2015; a ...SHARE: READ MORE Booth's Blog: FrightFest season is here!
Posted on Monday 14th August 2017
It's that time again!
I cannot believe it is nearly a year since I was presenting at FrightFest which moved to Shepherds Bush temporarily, but is now back at its true 'Dark Heart' the Cineworld and Prince Charles in Leicester Square and I am so excited to read about this years line up and returning FrightFest favourite guests Joe Lynch and Adam Green (cheeky boys those two!).
For starters the festival organisers have decided to open the 5 day event with a real crowd-pleaser as everyone's favourite pott--mouthed demonic doll is back in Cult Of Chucky. This time the one and only star Jennifer Tilly is in attendance too alongside director Don Mancini and Fiona Douri...SHARE: READ MORE Booth's Blog: Get obsessed and possessed on Horror!
Posted on Thursday 20th July 2017
As many of you are no doubt aware, one of Europe's biggest horror film festivals, Horror Channel FrightFest, descends upon London's Leicester Square over the August Bank Holiday weekend. For 5 days, every fear, phobia and nightmare is dissected in new and horrifying ways in a festival that handpicks the very best in global horror, both big and low budget - high and low brow! It's all there and so will I be, presenting Facebook Live events and chatting to anyone I can get my claws on! I'm sure I'll see many of my faithful fans over the weekend, but to celebrate and give our beloved viewers at home the festival experience we present FrightFest Season; a retrospective of doub...SHARE: READ MORE Booth's Blog: Get ready to meet The Tall Man...
Posted on Thursday 13th July 2017
Most horror fans will already know this elusive yet enigmatic man; villain of one of the strangest, most surreal and nightmarish horror movies in the stratosphere. If not, you've missed out (and, ummm, where were you in the '80s?) Not to fear though, because Horror Channel proudly has the network premiere of the one and only Phantasm this coming Saturday. Throw logic and plot out of the window for this one and just get swept up in its dreamlike quality.
The film came out in 1979 and has since snowballed into a huge cult favourite spanning 5 decades, with 5 films, countless comics, fan sites and merchandise. The word 'phantasm' actually means 'something that is seen or imagined but is not real', and it is Don...SHARE: READ MORE Booth's Blog: Will you see The Apparition?
Posted on Thursday 6th July 2017
The network premiere of The Apparition this Saturday 8th July contains and eclectic cast including including Harry Potter's Tom Felton (no, he will never shake that mantle) Twilight's Ashely Greene (she won't either) and Sebastian Stan (Captain America) this is a supernatural thriller that aims to do something a little different.
It all begins in 1973 when a group of parapsychology students tried to contact a deceased colleague, it famously became known as the Charles Experiment, fast forward a few decades Felton and two others decide to recreate and soup - up the experiment for the technology age in a bid to prove the existence of the paranormal once and for all.
Cut to happy young c...SHARE: READ MORE Booth's Blog: Atomic Fear this weekend on Horror!
Posted on Friday 30th June 2017 This weekend's film premiere explores the terrifying yet grotesquely tantalising circumstances of one of the world's greatest tragedies of all time.
The fear of nuclear fallout is etched into the consciousness of pretty much anyone who grew up in the 1980s, which is largely due to the catastrophic Chernobyl Disaster on April 26th, 1986. When reactor no. 4 exploded, it emitted 400 times more radioactive material than the Hiroshima atomic bomb did. Surprisingly, there were only 31 direct deaths recorded at the time, but the magnitude of this disaster's aftermath is still relatively unknown, as even today more and more health problems amongst survivors are attributed to radiation exposure, such as cancer and...SHARE: READ MORE Booth's Blog: A movie with real bite(s)
Posted on Thursday 22nd June 2017
Summer is definitely here, and with it comes hordes of desperate, pale Brits bee-lining to the seaside where they can tentatively dip their toes in the big blue. Sheer bliss. But if, like me, you get 'the fear' as soon as you sense the enormity of the ocean (along with everything lurking in it!) and swim back to the shore as fast as you can, chances are you too were scarred (pleasurably!) by a screening of the one and only Jaws. I watched this seminal horror at a very young age and it cemented 'the fear' in my mind ever since. Jaws is an incredible film; it contributed to the horror movie rule book and broke records as a summer block buster.
Pretty much every 'nature gone berserk' horror since Jaws h...SHARE: READ MORE Booth's Blog: There's something in the water in this toxic town!
Posted on Tuesday 13th June 2017 Political and military unrest have always concerned a certain George A. Romero. Now famous for pretty much inventing the zombie film and lacing it with compelling social commentary, Romero single-handedly gave the zombie its metaphorical quality, one that can change depending on how you interpret the dribbling dead. But opposing the doomed zombie army is a more ominous force, one that is entirely human: the military. Romero's films often delve into this fear of martial law, none more so than his 1973 film, The Crazies, which isn't exactly a zombie film, but nevertheless shares many qualities with his subsequent film, Dawn of the Dead, in 1978. This weekend, we're showing the popular remake of Romero's The Cr... SHARE: READ MORE Booth's Blog: Enter a whole new domain of pain!
Posted on Wednesday 7th June 2017
From Demon Seed in 1977 to Videodrome in 1983, to Ringu in 1998, with every passing decade comes another step in technological evolution and with it a new wave of anxiety as the human race contends with a society run not by themselves but by computers, machines, and the elusive nature of A.I.
It's interesting to witness and live through these changes. I remember the 'dawning' of the internet! It only came into domestic use in the very late '90s and was at the time a hot topic for debate at my University; What impact will the World Wide Web have on us?! We weren't quite living it then - social networking was yet to be invented - but we still knew it would forever change us. The World Wide Web ...SHARE: READ MORE Booth's Blog: "Burn her!!! There be Witches!"
Posted on Thursday 1st June 2017 One of the most brutal and corrupt periods in English history forms the backdrop to our network premiere this weekend as the true story of the infamous witch hunter Matthew Hopkins is laid bare. Made in 1968 by British company Tigon, Witchfinder General was directed by the up-and-coming 25-year-old Michael Reeves and stars the one and only Vincent Price in an incredibly chilling performance; one that the actor says is the finest of his career. But more on that later.
First, a bit of history for you... It's 1645, and civil war tears Britain apart as the Royalists battle the Roundheads for control. In these superstitious times, the bloodshed was not only on the battlefield, but in the Church too. Hund...SHARE: READ MORE Booth's Blog: The pint-sized, potty-mouthed killer doll is back!
Posted on 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-ye... SHARE: READ MORE Booth's Blog: No One Lives this weekend on Horror!
Posted on 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,... SHARE: READ MORE PICK OF THE WEEK
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