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By James Whittington, Thursday 22nd December 2016 Christmas time; whether it fills you with a warm fuzzy festive glow, or fills you with nothing but family-fuelled dread, there is one thing that everyone loves (and needs after nativity plays, family catch-ups, and endless washing up), and that's the Christmas movie. I'm already looking forward to crashing on the sofa with my own form of Christmas escapism; a good horror. No Mary Poppins in my household. But what purpose does the Christmas horror serve? I see it partly as a much needed antidote to the arguably fake, predictable, consumerist machine that is Christmas. And let's face it, Christmas for most of us may be a time of present ripping, food gorging, drink slurping indulgence, but for many others it's a horrible, difficult time of year. Christmas is a time of extreme forced happiness, and perhaps the Christmas horror movie is a reflection of the dark side which is always there, simmering just beneath the surface, which we cannot escape for very long. In our quest to be good, giving citizens, even if it's just once a year, someone or something will always bring us back to Earth with a bump. For me the perfect Christmas horror has both Christmas spirit and devilish chaos in equal measure.
Horror Channel will of course be there for you, should you need to escape The Sound of Music, the Queen's speech, or listening to your parent-in-law's latest gardening/decorating exploits. This Saturday on Christmas Eve we bring you The Children at 9pm, but I warn you, you may never look at your own offspring, nieces or nephews the same again! Two families head to a woodland cottage to celebrate the Christmas holidays, but when the children all fall inexplicably ill, they succumb to irrational, violent, murderous behaviour, turning upon the adults in the most disturbing of ways.
Sunday December 25th then serves up the perfect Christmas horror with Silent Night starring Malcolm McDowell and Jaime King at 9pm. The film takes its inspiration from the real life Covina Massacre that took place in Los Angeles on Christmas Eve 2008, when a depressed man dressed as Santa entered the house of his ex-wife, shot and killed nine people, then used a flame thrower to burn the evidence and bring the house down. How very festive. In the film, a very bad Santa isn't so much dashing as slashing through the snow, in an '80s-style Xmas slasher. The reprehensible individuals in a small Midwestern town find themselves on Santa's naughty hit list on Christmas Eve, but with the annual Santa parade in full swing, can the local sheriff expose the slayer behind the sleigh? Expect some very inventive and festive deaths here in this fun thrill ride of a horror including death by wood chipper and electrocution by fairy lights!
Get ready to unwrap our own little present just for you with Silent Night at 9pm on Christmas Day...
MORE ARTICLES Interview with Ruth Platt, director of The Lesson
Posted in Interviews, Wednesday 6th December 2017
On the eve of Horror Channel's network premiere screening of The Lesson, director Ruth Platt talks about the decision to quit RADA, why her film isn't 'torture porn' and what the future holds.
The Lesson received its World Premiere at FrightFest. How did you react when it was chosen? And what was the experience like?
RP: I was really excited when I found out we'd been picked - we got a call from the team, and they were passionate about the film, and they are such a knowledgable and experienced small team, Greg, Paul, Alan and Ian, and it meant so much. Especially when the making of it had been such an arduous and difficult process! I had no idea how people would react to the film - it was su...SHARE: READ MORE Bloody British Season comes to a climax with The Descent!
Posted in Booth's Blog, Thursday 23rd November 2017
There's a lot we've got to be proud of here in Blighty. James Bond, Monty Python, David Bowie, and of course a healthy appetite for all things Horror, so over the past few Saturdays in November we've been enjoying our Bloody British Season which comes to its nerve-wracking climax this weekend!
The early noughties saw a resurgence in all areas of pop culture in the UK, and Horror was no different, with a slew of emerging directing talent making big bloody waves. Neil Marshall was at the helm with a film that took the genre in a new direction; down! He calls The Descent (2005) the sister film of his directorial debut Dog Soldiers, in that it features an all-female cast as opposed to the (nearly) all...SHARE: READ MORE The Evil In Us and P2 receive their UK TV premieres on Horror Channel in December
Posted in Features, Wednesday 22nd November 2017
Christmas nightmares come early on Horror Channel, as the UK's primary TV destination for genre fans serves up the UK TV premieres of Jason William Lee's slick and stylish modern take on the zombie virus, The Evil In Us and Frank Khalfoun's boundary-pushing crime slasher P2, starring Wes Bentley.
There are also network premieres for Adam Egypt Mortimer's deeply-cutting supernatural revenge chiller Some Kind Of Hate, Ruth Platt's astonishingly bravura art-house horror The Lesson, Travis Oates' powerfully disturbing thriller Don't Blink, starring Mena Suvari and Glen Morgan's gruesome Black Christmas, a remake of the classic 1974 seasonal slasher, starring popular scream queen Mary Elizabeth Winstead....SHARE: READ MORE Booth's Blog: Enter the world of Silent Hill
Posted in Booth's Blog, Friday 17th November 2017
I am genuinely so excited about the network premiere I'm about to talk about. It's a film that the critics enjoyed panning, but the fans loved. My recent Twitter-bate confirmed there's a lot of underground love for this strange, dark film. It started out as a grimy, pixelated survival horror game by Konami on the PS1 back in 1999, and it was revolutionary for being the first computer game experience that was genuinely psychological. It had the ability to be truly unnerving and unsettling, and I for one could not stop playing it. It's time for reality to literally crumble as we enter the world of Silent Hill.
Touted by many horror fans as the best ever game-to-film adaptation (a notoriously tricky route...SHARE: READ MORE More titles added to the Hammer Film Collection
Posted in News, Thursday 16th November 2017
In 1957, Hammer's first ever horror film in colour was released: The Curse of Frankenstein. Its huge success spawned many more Hammer Horror films and the studio's domination of the horror genre, which was to last for a decade and a half.
So 60 years on, to commemorate this anniversary, Studiocanal and Park Circus, in conjunction with FrightFest, Scalarama and more tbc, are releasing brand new restorations of eight classic Hammer Horror titles at cinemas and on DVD/Blu-ray doubleplay.
From the gothic horrors Scars of Dracula, Blood From The Mummy's Tomb, Dr Jekyll and Sister Hyde, Horror Of Frankenstein and psychological chillers Fear In The Night, Straight On Till Mornin...SHARE: READ MORE Lost Doctor Who story to be released by BBC Books
Posted in News, Thursday 16th November 2017
Intergalactic war? That's just not cricket... or is it?
Doctor Who And The Kirkkitmen is a novel based on a recently discovered treatment and extensive notes found in the Douglas Adams archive in Cambridge. A truly 'lost' adventure and with legendary status among fans, this is a work by The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy author that no-one has ever read...
The Doctor promised Romana the end of the universe, so she's less than impressed when what she gets is a cricket match. But when play is interrupted by eleven figures in white uniforms and peaked skull helmets, wielding bat-shaped weapons that fire lethal bolts of light into the screaming crowd. The Krikkitmen are back. Millions of years ago, the pe...SHARE: READ MORE Interview with John Shackleton director of Panic Button
Posted in Interviews, Wednesday 15th November 2017
As social media horror feature Panic Button gets a remastered DVD and Download release, writer and producer John Shackleton reflects on the film's inspirational journey.
To start at the beginning, what was the genesis or the seed of the idea for Panic Button?
JS: The model of how to make a film actually came before the concept. I'd made a short film with a group of trainees using a bunch of self-imposed restrictions for practicalities sake, to make sure we completed and delivered within the three-week timeframe of the training scheme, who were my employers. The rules were quite simple - no more than five minutes' walk from the office (we couldn't afford a van), no dialogue (we did...SHARE: READ MORE Booth's Blog: A movie event with bite...!
Posted in Booth's Blog, Tuesday 7th November 2017
There is something incredibly primal about our fear of sharks. Just one look at the Great White Shark's gargantuan mouth peppered with oversized teeth designed to tear you in half and you can feel the fear pervade your entire body. We have always known about this supreme killer of the seas, but it was not until 1975 when Jaws was released unto an unsuspecting audience that the 'hysteria' surrounding the Great White Shark was born. Jaws has come to represent a huge turning point in the film industry. It invented the 'summer blockbuster', it was one of the first films to use high concept marketing and merchandise, and it continues to be deconstructed globally in film schools for its multi-layered metaphors, ranging from 'Vagi...SHARE: READ MORE Booth's Blog: Keira Knightley digs deep in Bloody British Season
Posted in Booth's Blog, Friday 3rd November 2017
Britain has been put through the ringer over the past couple of years. However, we at Horror Channel are here to remind you all of our proud horror heritage this November, so Keep Calm and Carry On with November's Bloody British Season!
The early 2000s marked an exciting change in Britain within politics, fashion, music and indeed film. Everyone wanted a slice of Cool Britannia, the hub of all things fresh, edgy and zeitgeist. This high energy saw a resurgence too in the horror world, with directors such as Neil Marshall, Danny Boyle, and Chris Smith emerging to define a new wave of British, commercially successful horror; a movement that earned the gang of directors the enviable nickname of 'The Splat Pa...SHARE: READ MORE PICK OF THE WEEK
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