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By Emily Booth, Tuesday 12th September 2017
Sometimes a good title is all you need to know exactly what you're in for; Nude Nuns with Big Guns, Lesbian Vampire Killers and now Big Ass Spider! Doing exactly what is says on the tin, our network premiere on Friday rides the current Mega Shark wave of 'bigger is better', but before you roll your eyes at this one (as I did) this is one seriously fun romp from start to finish with a fast pace, great script and brilliant comedic actors. You know you're in for a good ride from the outset as the film starts at the peak of the action, the camera pulls out revealing "Heroes" actor Greg Grunberg (who played lovable cop Matt Parkman) caught in the midst of chaos and carnage filmed in slow motion while a cover song of The Pixies' stunning 'Where is my Mind' plays out creating one insanely cool opening montage! If it weren't so over the top you'd be fooled into thinking you were watching a serious wartime epic. This film is very in on the joke, and enjoys playing with the art of the ridiculous.
The action then rewinds 12 hours to when Greg Grunberg, who plays a lovable pest exterminator, goes from zero to hero when his local hospital becomes the site of a dangerous contagion; a mutant spider that's about to hatch from the insides of a dead body! These scenes where the spider slowly stalks the corridors and air vents looking for victims are fraught with suspense and play out like a serious horror movie, before the fun and irony kick back in with the likes of Ray Wise turning up as Major Braxton C. Tanner, head of a special military task force, and tasked with hushing up one big military mistake! The spider grows at an exponential rate and goes on the rampage in downtown LA with a climactic big nod to King Kong. Can our pest exterminator use his bug detecting skills to bring down the massive creature?!
So that's Friday night sorted, then Saturday sees Horror auteur James Wan (director of Saw, Insidious and The Conjuring films) delve into the world of ventriloquism and creepy dolls in the network premiere of Dead Silence. An eccentric ventriloquist is blamed for the disappearance of a young boy and murdered by angry parents. For her funeral she requests that she be buried with her dolls, or her 'children' as she prefers to call them! This creepy legend has left the town of Raven's Fair forever haunted by her memory. A young man returns to his gothic hometown to unravel the true mystery of what happened when he is accused of his wife's murder. Expect a lot of vacant murderous dolls and a lot of jump scares in this creepy horror from a man who knows exactly how to twist the knife!
Stunning premieres this weekend with Big Ass Spider! Friday 15th at 9:00pm and Dead Silence Saturday 16th at 9:00pm.
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Posted on Tuesday 5th September 2017
I am now fully recovered from five days of (on-screen) bloodshed at Horror Channel FrightFest 2017 which finished last week. It was my 11th year at the festival presenting for Horror Channel since first cutting my teeth as the Horror Channel host way back in 2007. During this memorable year there was a film that really stood out from the crowd - Black Sheep - which incidentally gets its network premiere on Horror this Friday at 9pm! So I thought I'd scratch my brain cells and tell you a bit about this previous FrightFest hit.
New Zealand is known for a few things - namely Peter Jackson, an abundance of sheep, and Flight of the Conchords - and our Kiwi horror comedy this Friday has two ou...SHARE: READ MORE Booth's Blog: Folk Horror gets an urban makeover...
Posted on Wednesday 16th August 2017
The term 'Folk Horror' has become widely used in Horror academia to describe usually British films that dabble in all things pagan and witchy. With a strong connection to our pagan routes, 'Folk Horror' was popularised by countless Hammer Horror and Tigon films in the '60s and '70s with The Witches (1966), Witchfinder General (1968), and The Blood on Satan's Claw (1971), although arguably the most iconic of the sub-genre is The Wicker Man made in 1973, which is now a beacon of worship in its own right!
With the death of hippie culture there was a hiatus within the subgenre in the '80s and '90s, however there has since seen a resurgence, specifically with the critically acclaimed The Witch in 2015; a ...SHARE: READ MORE Booth's Blog: FrightFest season is here!
Posted on Monday 14th August 2017
It's that time again!
I cannot believe it is nearly a year since I was presenting at FrightFest which moved to Shepherds Bush temporarily, but is now back at its true 'Dark Heart' the Cineworld and Prince Charles in Leicester Square and I am so excited to read about this years line up and returning FrightFest favourite guests Joe Lynch and Adam Green (cheeky boys those two!).
For starters the festival organisers have decided to open the 5 day event with a real crowd-pleaser as everyone's favourite pott--mouthed demonic doll is back in Cult Of Chucky. This time the one and only star Jennifer Tilly is in attendance too alongside director Don Mancini and Fiona Douri...SHARE: READ MORE Booth's Blog: Open House
Posted on Friday 28th July 2017
Don't open your door to Tricia Helfer...!
Oh yes, any "Battlestar Galactica" fans out there will be seeing our Tricia in a very different light this Saturday night on Horror when she swaps her sexy Cylon 'Number Six' look for that of a psychosexual killer in the network premiere of Open House.
Seen as one of the sexiest women in sci-fi, she definitely indulges her darker side in this home invasion horror where quite a few other familiar faces pop up, before they get the chop. Alice (Rachel Blanchard) is putting her beautiful home on the market following a bitter divorce with Josh (Stephen Moyer), but unwittingly attracts a sadistic couple into her life; David (Brian Geraghty) and Lila (Tricia...SHARE: READ MORE Booth's Blog: Get obsessed and possessed on Horror!
Posted on Thursday 20th July 2017
As many of you are no doubt aware, one of Europe's biggest horror film festivals, Horror Channel FrightFest, descends upon London's Leicester Square over the August Bank Holiday weekend. For 5 days, every fear, phobia and nightmare is dissected in new and horrifying ways in a festival that handpicks the very best in global horror, both big and low budget - high and low brow! It's all there and so will I be, presenting Facebook Live events and chatting to anyone I can get my claws on! I'm sure I'll see many of my faithful fans over the weekend, but to celebrate and give our beloved viewers at home the festival experience we present FrightFest Season; a retrospective of doub...SHARE: READ MORE Booth's Blog: Get ready to meet The Tall Man...
Posted on Thursday 13th July 2017
Most horror fans will already know this elusive yet enigmatic man; villain of one of the strangest, most surreal and nightmarish horror movies in the stratosphere. If not, you've missed out (and, ummm, where were you in the '80s?) Not to fear though, because Horror Channel proudly has the network premiere of the one and only Phantasm this coming Saturday. Throw logic and plot out of the window for this one and just get swept up in its dreamlike quality.
The film came out in 1979 and has since snowballed into a huge cult favourite spanning 5 decades, with 5 films, countless comics, fan sites and merchandise. The word 'phantasm' actually means 'something that is seen or imagined but is not real', and it is Don...SHARE: READ MORE Booth's Blog: Will you see The Apparition?
Posted on Thursday 6th July 2017
The network premiere of The Apparition this Saturday 8th July contains and eclectic cast including including Harry Potter's Tom Felton (no, he will never shake that mantle) Twilight's Ashely Greene (she won't either) and Sebastian Stan (Captain America) this is a supernatural thriller that aims to do something a little different.
It all begins in 1973 when a group of parapsychology students tried to contact a deceased colleague, it famously became known as the Charles Experiment, fast forward a few decades Felton and two others decide to recreate and soup - up the experiment for the technology age in a bid to prove the existence of the paranormal once and for all.
Cut to happy young c...SHARE: READ MORE Booth's Blog: Atomic Fear this weekend on Horror!
Posted on Friday 30th June 2017 This weekend's film premiere explores the terrifying yet grotesquely tantalising circumstances of one of the world's greatest tragedies of all time.
The fear of nuclear fallout is etched into the consciousness of pretty much anyone who grew up in the 1980s, which is largely due to the catastrophic Chernobyl Disaster on April 26th, 1986. When reactor no. 4 exploded, it emitted 400 times more radioactive material than the Hiroshima atomic bomb did. Surprisingly, there were only 31 direct deaths recorded at the time, but the magnitude of this disaster's aftermath is still relatively unknown, as even today more and more health problems amongst survivors are attributed to radiation exposure, such as cancer and...SHARE: READ MORE Booth's Blog: A movie with real bite(s)
Posted on Thursday 22nd June 2017
Summer is definitely here, and with it comes hordes of desperate, pale Brits bee-lining to the seaside where they can tentatively dip their toes in the big blue. Sheer bliss. But if, like me, you get 'the fear' as soon as you sense the enormity of the ocean (along with everything lurking in it!) and swim back to the shore as fast as you can, chances are you too were scarred (pleasurably!) by a screening of the one and only Jaws. I watched this seminal horror at a very young age and it cemented 'the fear' in my mind ever since. Jaws is an incredible film; it contributed to the horror movie rule book and broke records as a summer block buster.
Pretty much every 'nature gone berserk' horror since Jaws h...SHARE: READ MORE Booth's Blog: There's something in the water in this toxic town!
Posted on Tuesday 13th June 2017 Political and military unrest have always concerned a certain George A. Romero. Now famous for pretty much inventing the zombie film and lacing it with compelling social commentary, Romero single-handedly gave the zombie its metaphorical quality, one that can change depending on how you interpret the dribbling dead. But opposing the doomed zombie army is a more ominous force, one that is entirely human: the military. Romero's films often delve into this fear of martial law, none more so than his 1973 film, The Crazies, which isn't exactly a zombie film, but nevertheless shares many qualities with his subsequent film, Dawn of the Dead, in 1978. This weekend, we're showing the popular remake of Romero's The Cr... SHARE: READ MORE Booth's Blog: Enter a whole new domain of pain!
Posted on Wednesday 7th June 2017
From Demon Seed in 1977 to Videodrome in 1983, to Ringu in 1998, with every passing decade comes another step in technological evolution and with it a new wave of anxiety as the human race contends with a society run not by themselves but by computers, machines, and the elusive nature of A.I.
It's interesting to witness and live through these changes. I remember the 'dawning' of the internet! It only came into domestic use in the very late '90s and was at the time a hot topic for debate at my University; What impact will the World Wide Web have on us?! We weren't quite living it then - social networking was yet to be invented - but we still knew it would forever change us. The World Wide Web ...SHARE: READ MORE Booth's Blog: "Burn her!!! There be Witches!"
Posted on Thursday 1st June 2017 One of the most brutal and corrupt periods in English history forms the backdrop to our network premiere this weekend as the true story of the infamous witch hunter Matthew Hopkins is laid bare. Made in 1968 by British company Tigon, Witchfinder General was directed by the up-and-coming 25-year-old Michael Reeves and stars the one and only Vincent Price in an incredibly chilling performance; one that the actor says is the finest of his career. But more on that later.
First, a bit of history for you... It's 1645, and civil war tears Britain apart as the Royalists battle the Roundheads for control. In these superstitious times, the bloodshed was not only on the battlefield, but in the Church too. Hund...SHARE: READ MORE PICK OF THE WEEK
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