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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...
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Posted in Reviews, Friday 23rd February 2018
Cat in the Brain
Lucio Fulci, a man who never resisted to cross the line in horror cinema went through a lean period in the late 80s. His work was suffering from ever reducing budgets and it seemed as if his inspiration was lacking. Cat in the Brain, also known as Nightmare Concert, I volti del terrore and Un gatto nel cervello is a patchwork piece, assembled from little pieces of other movies with Fulci playing the lead to save money. But this is a meta-movie that is ripe for reappraisal.
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Posted in News, Thursday 22nd February 2018
One of the most ground-breaking arena tours of all time, Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds - Alive on Stage is to make its return to arenas throughout the UK in 2018.Nearly 40 years on, based on HG Wells' dark Victorian tale, Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of The Worlds remains a firm favourite to millions around the world.
The show will again feature a stellar cast with Jeff Wayne returning to the podium to conduct the 9-piece Black Smoke Band and 36-piece ULLAdubULLA Strings, while Liam Neeson retains his role in 3D holography as The Journalist.
Star of stage and screen Jason Donovan returns to the role of Parson Nathaniel alongside West End actress Carrie Hope Fl...SHARE: READ MORE Dawn of the Dead back on wax
Posted in News, Tuesday 20th February 2018
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Posted in Reviews, Sunday 18th February 2018
The 1970s saw a rise in the "nature runs amok" genre of cinema. Thanks to movies such as Frogs and Night of the Lepus (both released in 1972) and obviously Jaws in 1975 the idea of animals turning against us was a nice idea though some movies had more impact than others.
Dogs, from 1976 is a rare gem of the genre. Starring our very own David McCallum, an actor who adds a lot of gravitas to the movie, the film is a bloody affair that's more downbeat than I recall.
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Posted in News, Thursday 15th February 2018
A hair-raising homage to the grindhouse slashers of the 70s and early 80s, Terrifier is a thrilling, chilling, gory horror that introduces a new murderous icon in the form of Art the Clown, played to perfection by David Howard Thornton.
Set to haunt nightmares for many years to come, Art is an unstoppable force who will slay anyone who gets in his way - and he doesn't go easy on the grue.
Terrifier's European Premiere took place as part of Horror Channel's FrightFest celebrations last year and got an amazing reaction from the crowd thanks to this latest killer clown to hit the big screen.
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Posted in News, Thursday 15th February 2018
On Friday 9th March, warped horror-comedy Mom And Dad hits cinemas across the UK and Ireland. Starring Nicolas Cage and Selma Blair, Mom And Dad is written and directed by Brian Taylor.
When a mass hysteria of unknown origin causes parents within a quiet suburban town to turn violently on their own children, Carly Ryan (Anne Winters) and brother Josh (Zackary Arthur) have to fight to survive a vicious onslaught from their own parents (Cage and Blair).
Trapped in their own home with their crazed mom and dad, Carly and Josh are forced to defend themselves against the very people that have cared for them their entire lives.An audience favourite at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festi... SHARE: READ MORE A Quite Place - New Trailer
Posted in News, Tuesday 13th February 2018
"If they hear you...they hunt you!"
It has been a while since a movie has generated so much buzz but this new piece from actor/director John Krasinski is making all the right sounds and got a lot of people sitting up and taking notice.
In A Quite Place, a family of four must navigate their lives in silence after mysterious creatures that hunt by sound threaten their survival. To put it simply, if they hear you, they hunt you.
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Posted in News, Monday 12th February 2018
As Horror brings you Season of the Wolf to your TV screens this February, Grimmfest thought it was high time the celebrated their love of the Lycanthrope. And thus their Werewolves movie marathon was born (somewhat deformed with sharp teeth, claws and fur!)
Join us for the classics - An American Werewolf in London, (1981), Dog Soldiers (2002) and The Howling (1981) - with a very special North West premiere screening of Another Wolfcop (2017) rounding off the evening for a little light relief!
They'll also have a Grimm stall selling lots of horror goodies and competition prizes on offer throughout the evening!
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Posted in News, Sunday 11th February 2018
Shot on location in Ireland, Beyond the Woods is billed as a creepy supernatural horror in the same vein as recent Irish genre hits The Hallow and The Canal, with its eerie and grisly tale of an unknown evil.
Seven friends meet up in the Irish countryside for a secluded weekend getaway but unfortunately for them, a fiery sinkhole has opened up in the mountains nearby. It's burning hot, spewing out sulphur and casting a hellish stench over the local area. Determined to make the most of the weekend, the group decide not to let the noxious atmosphere get to them... but it's getting worse. Soon the troubling hallucinations begin as an ancient evil starts to take hold. What malevolent force has cr...SHARE: READ MORE PICK OF THE WEEK
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