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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.
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 MORE ARTICLES
Posted in Interviews, Thursday 12th December 2019
On the eve of Horror Channel's UK TV premiere of Patchwork, director Tyler MacIntyre reflects on body image issues. twisting audience expectations and his admiration for current female genre directors.
HC: Patchwork finally gets its UK TV premiere on Horror Channel. Excited or what?
TM: Relieved actually. It's been a long time coming. The third screening of the film ever happened at FrightFest in Glasgow and since then I've had people asking me when it was going to come out. The UK genre fans are among the most diehard in the world, so I'm very excited to finally have it available for them.
HC: You were in attendance when Patchwork, your directorial feature debut, received its European premiere screening at FrightFest Glasgow 2016. What are your abiding memories?
TM: I met a lot of awesome filmmakers and made some really good friends on that tri...SHARE: READ MORE Shameless presents The Beyond on Blu-ray in 2020!
Posted in News, Thursday 12th December 2019
Shameless Films will unleash Lucio Fulci's horror masterpiece The Beyond, from a new 2K scan on Blu-ray on January 13th.
When jaded New Yorker (Catriona MacColl) inherits a New Orleans hotel, she calls on composed local doctor (David Warbeck) to contain the inexplicable and increasingly gory accidents that are plaguing the building and its grounds. But soon the Gates of Hell themselves open under the hotel, rendering their fight futile as the dead emerge to walk the earth in Fulci's masterpiece of metaphysical horror The Beyond.
'Emily's Eyes' - an interview with Cinzia Monreale (with English subtitles) 'Arachnophobia' - an interview with Michele Mirabella (with E...
Posted in Features, Tuesday 10th December 2019
Horror Channel kicks off the New Year with a Stranger Fears Season - a retro-flavoured selection of 1980s influenced modern horror, which includes the UK TV premieres of Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski's hard-core hospital horror The Void and Jackson Stewart's throwback paranormal fantasy Beyond the Gates, starring horror legend Barbara Crampton. Broadcast every Saturday night throughout the month, the season also includes Todd Strauss-Schulson's entertainingly subversive slasher fantasy The Final Girls and Lowell Dean's stylish, rage-fuelled WolfCop.
There is also a UK TV premiere for Mathieu Turi's terrifying and moving horror thriller Hostile and channel premieres for Barry Levinson's brutal an...SHARE: READ MORE Sean Doyle is back but so is David Callahan in Shaun Hutson's Testament
Posted in News, Thursday 5th December 2019
British horror legend Shaun Hutson is back with Testament, a new novel featuring one of his fans most loved characters, Sean Doyle. Published as a new hardback and eBook by Caffeine Nights Publishing, the novel is a direct sequel to the novel Renegades, picks the story up some thirty years later. Sean Doyle is now working as an advisor in Iraq when he is approached by British Intelligence regarding the resurrection of an old nemesis, David Callahan. A man Doyle knows he killed. A man who took the one-woman Doyle ever loved from him.
Older, possibly not wiser but teamed up with a younger operative, Doyle is sent to investigate the rumours surrounding the apparent sightings of Callahan, when supe...SHARE: READ MORE Amicus classics back on Blu-ray
Posted in News, Wednesday 4th December 2019
Following their highly acclaimed release on Limited Edition Blu-ray, Second Sight is delighted to announce classic Amicus horrors Asylum and The House That Dripped Blood are set to arrive as Standard Edition Blu-rays, complete with a slew of special features and new reversible sleeve artwork created by Graham Humphreys on 6 January.
Iconic 1972 Amicus horror anthology Asylum from Psycho writer Robert Bloch and director Roy Ward Baker (A Night to Remember), follows Doctor Martin (Robert Powell - The Italian Job, The Thirty Nine Steps) as he arrives for a job interview at a secluded asylum for the incurably insane. He must prove himself by listening to the macabre tales of four inmates to determine which is the f...SHARE: READ MORE Prom Night finally reaches Blu-ray
Posted in News, Wednesday 4th December 2019
101 Films presents Prom Night (1980), a slasher classic and one of the most influential horror films of the 1980s. Starring Jamie Lee Curtis (Halloween) and Leslie Nielsen (Airplane!), and adorned with a highly-regarded original score and disco soundtrack, Prom Night is a bloody landmark in high school horror.
Available on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK thanks to 101 Films Black Label Prom Night is available now.
Four Hamilton High School seniors have been hiding the truth of what happened to ten-year-old Robin Hammond for six long years. But someone saw what they did and is preparing for vengeance - a prom night killing spree. Hooded, masked, and wielding an axe, he'll ...SHARE: READ MORE Grimmfest 2020 - First guest announced!
Posted in News, Tuesday 26th November 2019 -
2020 sees Grimmfest reaching the dirty dozen: Twelve years at the cutting edge of genre film. And to celebrate, next year's festival will be bigger, bolder, and bloodier than ever - running from the evening of Wed 7th October through to the evening of Sunday 11th Oct at Odeon Great Northern in Manchester UK. Hell has expanded itself: the festival will now run for five days, to cram in even more amazing genre content.
The Grimmfest team is also excited to announce our first confirmed guest.
Mick Garris has been at the heart of the horror genre since the early 80s, working closely with horror legends such as Stephen King, John Carpenter, Tobe Hooper, Dario Argento and many more. A screenwriter, producer ...SHARE: READ MORE What would you do if you only had 8 Days left to live?
Posted in News, Tuesday 26th November 2019
What would you do if you only had 8 Days left to live? A meteorite is on a collision course with Earth. The chances to survive in Central Europe: Zero.
8 Days is a colossally ambitious German series which explores the answer to this impossible question through the eyes of an ordinary Berlin family living through the last days of mankind as we know it. This gripping series arrives on DVD and digital 6 January from Acorn Media International.
Each episode of this eight-parter brings us one day closer to annihilation. The impending catastrophe sets in motion the reorganisation of society as we know it, and the world rapidly sinks into a huge, panicky, chaotic party. Suddenly people can...SHARE: READ MORE The Exorcist III coming to Blu-ray
Posted in News, Tuesday 26th November 2019
The true heir to William Peter Blatty and William Friedkin's 1973 masterpiece, The Exorcist III is a hellish horror detective story that pairs thoughtful theological themes with scenes of sheer terror and is coming to Blu-ray December 9th.
The personal vision of Blatty (the acclaimed author of The Exorcist), The Exorcist III is set 15 years after the events of the first film and sees Lieutenant Kinderman (George C. Scott, The Changeling) investigate a series of horrific murders that follow the modus operandi of the notorious Gemini Killer... who died several years earlier in the electric chair. After his friend Father Dyer (Ed Flanders) is murdered in his hospital bed, Kinderman's invest...SHARE: READ MORE Interview with James Moran, writer of Tower Block
Posted in Interviews, Monday 25th November 2019
Writer James Moran is about to do what few other writers have done in the past, the Horror Channel Triple! He is one of the few creatives who has had three of his movies play on the channel; Cockneys Vs Zombies, Severance and now Tower Block which is playing on November 29th. So, we decided to chat to this talented chap about this superior thriller and the rest of his career.
HC: Your first movie, Severance is a huge favourite with Horror Channel viewers, were you ever tempted to pen a sequel?
JM: Thank you, I'm really glad that people can still discover it with every new screening. Everybody wanted to do a sequel, we actually had several meetings about it. Nothing came of it, they carried on with...SHARE: READ MORE Interview with Gary Dauberman, writer and director of Annabelle Comes Home
Posted in Interviews, Saturday 23rd November 2019
Gary Dauberman has been the scriptwriter for some of the most successful horror movies of the last few years including IT: Parts 1 and 2, Annabelle and The Nun. His latest movie, Annabelle Comes Home which is also his directorial debut, has just been released onto DVD and Blu-ray. We caught up with this talented chap about his career to date.
HC: What was it about the horror genre that grabbed your imagination and made you want to become a writer?
GD: The earliest movie going experience I can remember was my parents taking me to Raiders of the Lost Ark and I was 4 or 5 or something and I had to sleep with them for a week, you know the opening up of The Ark and the face melting, a rea...SHARE: READ MORE First look at the thriller, Antebellum
Posted in News, Thursday 21st November 2019
Lionsgate UK has announced that highly anticipated thriller Antebellum will be released in cinemas across the UK and Ireland in Spring 2020.
Successful author Veronica Henley (Janelle Monaae) finds herself trapped in a horrifying reality and must uncover the mind-bending mystery before it's too late.
This is the much anticipated thriller from the producer of the acclaimed films Get Out and Us, and groundbreaking directors Gerard Bush and Christoper Renz (Bush+Renz) - an exciting new voice in filmmaking.SHARE: READ MORE Articles Archive: 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 PICK OF THE WEEK
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