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Booth's Blog: Emily rocks the Re-Animator look for Horror Channel’s Mad Science season!
By Emily Booth, Saturday 31st January 2015

EB Reanimator 1 SmallThis week I take you on an exclusive Behind the Scenes glimpse into a Horror Channel TV shoot, this time for our upcoming and absolutely unmissable film season of scientific shockers, Mad Science which kicks off on Friday February 6th at 10.50pm.

The Horror Channel gang were drooling like rabid Romero zombies when we learned of the theme with images of green Re-Animating serum, bubbling Bunsen burners and murderous medical instruments permeating our dark dark minds.

Well, with the help of those lovely people at The National Film Theatre’s props department (thanks everyone from there) along with the delightfully deranged mind of our Art Director Joni, you get all that and way more in my movie introductions for MAD SCIENCE!

EB Mad Science image 2 SmallWe created two sets that really depict the genre, and surrounded by taxidermy beasties, pickled parts infected petri dishes I felt right at home and could not help but indulge my hammy horror – acting persuasions as you’ll no doubt see every Friday night in February!

So just a little teaser to whet your appetites, Mad Science is an 80’s tinged movie season celebrating demented Doctors, toxic depravity, ungodly experiments and omnipotent persuasions featuring the network premieres of Scanners and, wait for it, Re-Animator!!!! I mean come on, those are among the best 80’s horrors EVER! We also have Basket Case and Class Of Nuke ‘Em High on the slab, so get yourself down to the lab!

EB MAd science 3 SmallFor the shoot, I got to dress just like a scientist, because let’s face it, what scientist doesn’t love a little latex rubber underneath the pristine wholesomeness of the lab coat! Steady on.

So with lab coat and specs in tow I found myself surrounded by anatomical delights, and some of the most horrendous medical instruments this side of Dead Ringers. The set up for this kind of shoot is insane and takes a lot of planning. The look has to be thought through, costumes bought, props borrowed and even hand-made, lighting designed, and special effects organized for the bubbling vials of god knows what! (dry ice in water plus food colouring! – yup old skool).

The Horror Channel shoots are getting better and better with bigger production values than ever before. There was so much thought and creativity poured into this shoot as we genuinely wanted, for this season, to recreate that old fun trashy TV vibe where everything was a multitude of lurid colour and synthesizer beats! So I really hope you tune in for this season; the films themselves are brilliant, my movie introductions are fun and perhaps – just for Friday nights in February we can evoke that nostalgic shlock horror vibe of discovering those dodgy horror gems in your local video store!

Mad Science Season:
Scanners(Network premiere) Friday 6th Feb at 10.50pm
Basket Case Friday 13th Feb at 10.50pm
Class Of Nuke ‘Em High Friday 20th Feb at 10.50pm
Re-Animator (Network premiere) Friday 27th at 10.50pm.


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