By James Whittington, Thursday 29th December 2011
Horror Channel is starting 2012 with a blood-splattered bang with a list of premieres that are guaranteed to thrill as well as chill you.
We have more classics from the Hammer studios, a grizzly creature feature and one of the most controversial science fiction movies ever made. Keep checking the online guide for broadcast times.
January 4th – And Now The Screaming Starts
Peter Cushing, Herbert Lom, Patrick Magee and Stephanie Beacham lead the all-star cast of Roy Ward Baker’s 1973 classic And Now The Screaming Starts. Newlyweds Charles and Catherine move into his family's castle where Catherine falls prey to a horrifying curse that sees her terrorised by a ghost.
January 6th – Inseminoid
Stephanie Beacham also turns up in the premiere of Norman J Warren's gruesome science fiction shocker from 1981, Inseminoid (pictured). When a crew of interplanetary archaeologists fall prey to an alien creature, it impregnates one of their number, giving her a homicidal thirst for blood.
January 7th – Countess Dracula
Probably one of the most famous Hammer movies from the 1970s, Countess Dracula stars Ingrid Pitt as an aging Countess who bathes in the blood of innocent young girls to retain her youthful looks. Polish-born Ingrid Pitt is perhaps the most iconic of the Hammer leading ladies and when the company was re-instated in 2007 it was Ingrid they chose to represent the old guard in Beyond The Rave. The Hammer Films' "Queen of Horror" had a successful acting career beyond playing insidious vampires, starring in The Wicker Man, Who Dares Wins and Smiley's People. She died in 2010, aged 73.
January 13th – Bear
In the grizzly thriller Bear two young couples who, following an accidental run-in with a bear that leaves the animal dead, are targeted by it's surprisingly intelligent and vengeful mate. Think of Jaws but with more blood and you’re in for a bit of a fur lined treat.
January 14th – Twins Of Evil
Peter Cushing gives a stunning performance in the late Hammer shocker Twins Of Evil. Two sisters are sent to live with their uncle who is a dedicated slayer of vampires. But one girl succumbs to the lure of the local vampire. Born in Malta, Mary and Madeleine Collinson have the distinction of being the only Hammer debutants to appear on Johnny Carson's The Tonight Show – this after Hugh Hefner chose them as Playboy's 1970s 'Misses October'. Although the film remains one of the most popular amongst fans and the twins give highly credible performances their on-screen careers shuddered to a halt and they retired from acting in 1978.
January 20th – Company Of Wolves
Neil Jordan's beautiful yet sinister take on the fairy tale Red Riding Hood legend Company Of Wolves premieres on Horror this month. Starring Angela Lansbury, David Warner and Stephen Rea we listen to Granny who is recounting tales of terror to her granddaughter; each story is filled with symbolism of a loss of innocence.
January 21st – The Beast Must Die
If you fancy a werewolf movie that’s just that little bit different then tune in for The Beast Must Die. Starring Peter Cushing, Marlene Clark, Michael Gambon and Charles Gray an expert hunter invites six guests to his lavish estate believing one of them is a werewolf, can he snare the beast? And can you identify the culprit too?
January 27th – The House That Dripped Blood
One of the finest anthology movies made also makes it premiere this month. The House That Dripped Blood boasts a superb cast that includes Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Denholm Elliot, Jon Pertwee, Joss Ackland and Ingrid Pitt. A policeman investigates curious cases including an eerie waxwork woman and a cloak that bestows vampiric powers.
January 28th – The Mummy's Shroud
More from the hallowed halls of Hammer this time we go tomb-raiding as we discover The Mummy's Shroud. When an archaeological expedition discovers the tomb of an Egyptian child prince, a deadly mummy is unleashed by the reading of words from the prince's burial shroud.
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