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All rise for Horror Channel's Season of the Dead
By James Whittington, Monday 18th February 2019

Be prepared for a Zombie invasion as Saturday nights in March on Horror Channel give rise to Season of the Dead, a collection of modern zombie movies. Highlights include the channel premieres of critically-acclaimed Maggie, a heart-breaking take on the Zombie genre starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Joe Dante's Burying The Ex, a radical blend of classic horror and screwball zomedy. There are also welcome returns for post-apocalyptic zombie actioner Extinction, directed by Inside helmer Miguel Angel Vivas, Matthias Hoene's ultra-splatter comedy horror Cockneys Vs Zombies, starring Michelle Ryan and John Erick Dowdle's [REC]-inspired Quarantine.

The season starts on March 2nd in a movie that gives Arnold Schwarzenegger a real chance to flex his acting muscles, Maggie. As the world narrowly recovers from a near apocalyptic virus, an infected teenage girl (Abigail Breslin) with only a precious few weeks to live must find the strength and bravery to face her fleeting mortality as her father ( Schwarzenegger) struggles helplessly to protect her from the frightened town and keep the family together in the face on inexplicable horror. The following Saturday sees the return of Joe Dante to the Horror Channel, this time with a a zomedy you'll really dig, Burying the Ex. Max's relationship with his new girlfriend, Olivia, takes an unexpected turn when his dead ex-girlfriend rises from the grave and thinks they're still dating. Max realises that his only chance at a future with Olivia relies on him doing the unthinkable: breaking up with Evelyn, a maniacal zombie who's determined to do whatever it takes to get her man.

Extinction

Things get serious on the 16th where we peek inot a grim future in Extinctionn. After several hundred thousand years of evolution and supremacy, an infection turns most of humanity into rabid zombies, two men, Patrick (Matthew Fox) and Jack (Jeffrey Donovan) and a 9-year-old girl (Quinn McColgan), are the only known survivors, However, not only must they protect themselves against their monstrous attackers, but must overcome their mutual hatred for each other... A very different sort of zombie flick on the 23rd so grab you stash and make a dash for Cockneys Vs Zombies. Just as brothers Terry and Andy Macguire decide to rob a bank, workers on a Docklands building site uncover a burial ground sealed up in 1666. However, some of the corpses aren't Brown Bread at all and before you know it, London's East End is infested with hungry zombies. Can the two dodgy Hamptons get to the Bow Bells Care Home in time to rescue all the Raspberry Ripples under siege with only their Zimmer frames and wheelchairs to kick some zombie Khyber Pass? Stellar cast includes Harry Treadaway, Alan Ford, Honor Blackman, Richard Briers and Michelle Ryan.

The season ends on the 30th with a remake that really does the original justice, Quarantine. Television reporter Angela Vidal (Dexter's Jennifer Carpenter) and her cameraman are assigned to spend the night shift with an LA Fire Station. Soon a routine 911 call takes them to a small apartment building, where they learn that a woman living in the building has been infected by something unknown. After a few of the residents are viciously attacked, they try to escape, only to find that the building has been quarantined. Trapped, and fighting a brooding entity, they become engaged in a brutal battle for survival.


Related show tags: BURYING THE EX, COCKNEYS VS ZOMBIES, EXTINCTION, MAGGIE, QUARANTINE
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