Booth's Blog: A movie event with bite...! By
Emily Booth, 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 'Vagina Dentata' (yup, look it up!), masculinity in society, and even the atom bomb! It seems the simplicity of a gaping mouth with teeth in fact speaks volumes about our primal fears.
We just can't seem to shake our fear of and fascination with the shark, so, now that the history lesson's over, this brings me nicely to Horror Channel's frightfully killer Sharkmania Marathon on Sunday 12th November from 3pm! The movie event will feature six films back-to-back, ensuring your fear of swimming in the sea remains irrationally high. No need to thank us.
One of the most fun titles in this marathon is the Sharknado franchise, of which we'll be showing #4 and #5. Most of us know about the cult phenomenon of Sharknado; the Tara Reid-starring affair of high camp ridiculousness that knows no logic! Quite simply, back in 2013, a tornado infested with sharks devastated LA, and since then we've had the aptly titled Second One, Oh Hell No!, and The 4th Awakens; clearly this series revels in the send-up!
Sharknado 5: Global Swarming treats us to a postcard-perfect version of the world as the movie opens with the UK's national landmarks as the latest Sharknado devastates Blighty before the attack goes global. This series of films is firmly placed in the 'so bad its good' genre with direct references to action favourites James Bond and Indiana Jones. Expect the shark storm to hit the London Eye, Big Ben and Buckingham Palace; and that's just in the films epic 22-minute pre-credit sequence! It's always fun seeing iconic London in peril and this is high camp guilty pleasures at their toothy best. Look out for cameos from An American Werewolf in London's David Naughton, Olivia Newton John, and Katie Price to name a few.
Brace yourself and bare your teeth for Horror Channel's Sharkmania Marathon with: Planet Of The Sharks, Super Shark, Ice Sharks, Sharknado 4: The 4th Awakens, Sharknado 5: Global Swarming and The Reef on Sunday November 12th from 3pm.
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When a young nun at a cloistered abbey in Romania takes her own life, a priest with a haunted past and a novitiate on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate. Together they uncover the order's unholy secret. Risking not only their lives but their faith and their very souls, they confront a malevolent force in the form of the same demonic nun that first terrorized audiences in "The Conjuring 2," as the abbey becomes a horrific battleground between the living and the damned.
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In MCMLXXV, readers meet Pamela Evans. Much more than a typical Manhattan cab driver, she also happens to be a badass monster-fighter. Welcome to the year of her greatest adventure.
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Waxwork Records has announced the release of the Get Out Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Music By Michael Abels.
Written and directed by Jordan Peele, Get Out is the critically acclaimed 2017 American horror film starring Daniel Kaluuya and Allison Williams. The film received numerous accolades and won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. It was also nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor for Kalluya.
This is the directorial debut of accomplished actor and long time horror-fanatic, Peele as well as being the debut score from Abels.
Included in the new deluxe double LP release of Get Out are exclusive liner notes in the f...
An isolated nuclear bunker - called Plethura - deep, deep underground.
A scientist tasked with maintaining the subterranean centre in readiness for an impending strike, is all alone, apart from an omnipresent computer, Arthur.
But is there something else there?
When lone expert, Roy, is left isolated, hundreds of feet below the surface with no communication with the outside world and no way of knowing what's going on, he starts to question his own sanity. And as an increasingly terrifying chain of events take place in the bunker, he realises that something else might be alive underground with him.
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The stunning artwork for this year's annual Bank Holiday event, the UK's largest celebration of genre cinema, taking place at Cineworld Leicester Square and The Prince Charles Cinema between Thursday August 23rd and Monday August 27th.
For Graham, celebrating the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein' seemed too important to ignore: "In the same way that Frankenstein gave life to his monster, horror films stimulate our imagination and give form to ideas that otherwise dare not leave the shadows", he commented. "The painting shows our familiar host enjoying ...
Cited as a huge influence by renowned film-makers including Martin Scorsese and Alejandro Amenabar and lauded by horror aficionados and audiences alike, The Changeling is one of the most chilling horrors of all time and now it arrives in a brand new restored version for the first time on Blu-ray, featuring stunning newly commissioned artwork by Christopher Shy.
One of the last classic horror films to finally be released in high-definition, Peter Medak's (The Krays) The
Changeling arrives as a limited edition collector's set including stunning packaging, a poster, a 40-page perfect
bound booklet and a slew of newly created special features such as a commentaries, interviews a...
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