FEATURES | INTERVIEWS | NEWS | FRIGHTFEST | REVIEWS | BOOTH'S BLOG A coffin load of UK TV premieres this November on Horror
By James Whittington, Tuesday 1st November 2016
Horror 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 Honeymoon starring Harry Treadaway and Rose Leslie, John Grissmer's gloriously gruesome slice of '80s slasher, Blood Rage, Steve Miner's hilarious cult favourite House, and Eugenio Martin's Spanish/British train-terror, Horror Express, which stars Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing and Telly Savalas.
We'll talk about those tomorrow, today we're checking out those UK TV Premieres.
Let's kick-off with Antiviral on Sunday the 6th. Set in a dystopian near-future, Caleb Landry Jones stars as Syd, a haunted young man employed by a corporation which markets celebrity viruses. His employer has an exclusive licensing arrangement with the world's biggest female star, Hannah Geist (Sarah Gadon). One day Syd is given the important job of picking up a sample of a new disease she has. Obsessive and addictive, Syd injects himself with it and finds that the sickness he shares with Hannah is more serious than he thought. Look out for the legend that is Malcolm McDowell in this slick flick. Tune in on the 11th as three reporters sneak off to an isolated Polish village, eager to investigate the disappearance of a backpacker in The Shrine. They arrive on European soil to find hostile villagers and a strange fog hovering over the neighbouring forest. A foray into the woods leads to the discovery of a horrific artifact and the unfolding of equally horrific events. This is demonic forces, served up European style.
Ever since she was a young girl, Veronica has been groomed by her mentor to become a lethal assassin, with her sights set on devil-may-care murderers who think they are above the law. Her latest targets are a pack of wild child American Psychos who love nothing more than hunting distressed female prey in the woods. But when the wolf pack is manipulated into picking Veronica as their latest victim, they learn pretty fast they chose the wrong girl. Famed photographer Tyler Shields makes an impressive feature debut in Final Girl on the 13th. The following Friday we go deep underground for our chills in thrills in Beneath. When environmental lawyer Samantha (Kelly Noonan) returns to her childhood home to celebrate her coal mining father George's (Jeff Fahey) retirement, she is persuaded into volunteering to work with him in the mine on his last day. When drilling triggers a cave-in, panic starts to set in. As they frantically search for a way out, something unknown seems to take over their bodies one by one, causing them to strike out against one another violently. Is there something truly evil down below, or is it all in their minds?
If its zombie horror you're after then we've just the thing for you on the 25th, Tommy Wirkola improves on his Nazi zombie original in Dead Snow 2: Red Vs Dead. Sole survivor Martin crashes his getaway car in the mountains after fighting SS officer Herzog for control of the vehicle. Waking up in hospital Martin discovers he's blamed by police for all his friends' murders, and he's had Herzog's severed arm attached to his shoulder by mistake, meaning he now has the zombie creating power; something which will come in use when Herzog's dead army advances towards the small town of Tarvik.
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