Booth's Blog: Horror heads south this weekend
By Emily Booth, Tuesday 24th October 2017

This week I talk about an unusual UK TV premiere on Horror Channel; a film that plays more like a nightmarish experience than a traditional horror movie. The anthology horror as most of us know has a solid history in the genre popularised back in the '60s and '70s by Amicus Productions with such titles as Dr. Terror's House of Horrors (1965), Tales from the Crypt (1972), Asylum (1972), and The Vault of Horror (1973). Creepshow and The Twilight Zone took up the reins in the '80s, but the style went out of fashion until recently when it was brought back in vogue in the cyclical way that pop culture does, with the indie gem and surprise hit V/H/S (2012).

Tonight's terror comes from the same film makers as V/H/S and definitely, dare I say it, improves on the medium. Keeping the same tradition of interweaving 5 short stories, but steering away from a narrator or wrap-around element, all the characters here are somehow escaping from or chasing death as they make their way across the desert highway; all trying to get somewhere, but going nowhere, chased by guilt and inner demons. We open on two men, covered in blood and racing down the highway pursued by ominous black demons of death, but what they've done and why they're running isn't made clear until the film comes full circle in the final segment.

Flowing beautifully into the next story, an all-girl band on a road trip get a flat tire and hitch a ride with a sickly sweet couple who, it turns out, are serving up some very dubious meatloaf and have one hell of a plan up their sleeve! The third segment - and possibly my favourite - begins with a man accidentally hitting a girl in the road and then trying in vain to save her, assisted only by a mysterious 'emergency helpline' which directs him to a deserted hospital and insists he operate on her. Things don't go too well for her, to say the least...

The stories and characters bleed into one another, toying with themes of death, guilt, regret and loss. The film doesn't actually give too much away, and flirts with ambiguity allowing a certain rare interpretation from the audience at home. It does all come to a satisfying reveal at the end, but I don't hold out much hope for the characters on this never-ending loop of hellish existence.

Southbound receives its UK TV premiere on Horror Channel this Sunday at 9.00pm.

A heads up also to all you Stephen King fans out there, for this weekend also sees the climax of our Stephen King Season with the network premiere of Children of the Corn at 9.00pm on Saturday.

Wishmaster - Blu-ray review
Posted in Reviews, Wednesday 21st March 2018


Vestron Series/Lionsgate

Certificate 18

Ahh, just imagine what could have been. Wishmaster had all the elements needed for the birth of a great horror franchise; a superb cast, a great story and just the right amount of respect for the horror genre. Then followed a trio of ever decreasingly poor sequels. But let's not dwell on those sloppy entries, let's just revel in this little horror gem (pun intended).

Magically powerful. Supernaturally evil. The ancient entity known in human legend as the Djinn can grant a person's wildest dreams. And in the process, it unleashes your darkest nightmares in the bloodiest way possible.

Though the premise is straig...

88 Films unleashes two terrifying treats in stunning HD restorations!
Posted in News, Tuesday 20th March 2018

Despite a street date of July 9th, Alfred Sole's sublime scare-fest Alice Sweet Alice is shipping from the 88 Films web site NOW! And that is not all they have planned this month as the old VHS favourite The Bone Yard makes a blistering comeback in horrific HD!

The slasher film phenomenon had barely begun to find its feet when, in 1976, New Jersey based director Alfred Sole (Pandemonium) put a definitive mark on the form with his timeless terror title Alice Sweet Alice. Pre-dating the groundbreaking girls-in-peril chills of John Carpenter's blockbuster Halloween, Sole's shocker tells of murder and mayhem in and out of a strict Catholic Church - and the killer happens to be clad in a pale white mask... ...

Are you ready for the next Sharknado?
Posted in News, Tuesday 20th March 2018

The legendary comedy-horror-disaster franchise is back and bigger than ever!

With much of North America lying in ruins, the rest of the world braces for the inevitable: a global sharknado. From London to Asia, South Africa to Mexico, Fin and his family must put a stop to the sharknados once and for all.

Marking the latest in this epically entertaining film series, Sharknado 5: Global Swarming stars Tara Reid (American Pie), Ian Ziering (Beverley Hills, 90210), Cassie Scerbo (Make It or Break It), Masiela Lusha (George Lopez), Cody Linley (Hannah Montana, Dancing with the Stars), Chris Kattan (Saturday Night Live) and features a whole host of celebrity cameos.

So grab your chainsaw, shar...

Get infected this April on Horror
Posted in Features, Tuesday 20th March 2018

April on Horror Channel sees an Infection Season spread across Saturday nights with a highly contagious collection of outbreak action, headed by the network premieres of Danny Boyle's 28 Days Later and the equally impressive sequel 28 Weeks Later, starring Robert Carlyle. There are also welcome re-showings for Breck Eisner's critically-acclaimed remake of George Romero's 1973 movie, The Crazies, and M. Night Shyamalan's boldly unsettling survival movie The Happening.

28 Days Later on the 7th was one of the most successful genre movies of 2002 a...

Terrifier - DVD review
Posted in Reviews, Sunday 18th March 2018


Signature Entertainment

Certificate 18

"Coulrophobia: the fear of clowns."

There's been a spate of "killer clown" movies of late as well as that trend of people posting increasingly boring videos of themselves dressing up as clowns and scaring the crap out of people. After we've been treated to the Eli Roth produced Clown and the remake of IT, step forward a movie that truly does make clowns scary, Terrifier.

This is the story of the maniacal Art the Clown (David Howard Thornton), who terrorizes three young women on Halloween, butchering everyone who stands in his way. In grand Halloween tradition, we see the night he came home in all its gory glory, in a pl...

Friendly Beast - FrightFest review
Posted in Frightfest, Reviews, Sunday 18th March 2018

Horror Channel FrightFest Glasgow was a true showcase for world cinema. One of the stand out pieces came from Gabriela Amaral Almeida who wrote and directed Friendly Beast, a film so visceral yet beautiful at the same time, it left an indelible mark on this reviewer's mind.

It's nearly closing time at a struggling restaurant. Staff want to go home while the boss struggles with money troubles and a desire for more power in his life. Enter two robbers, the catalyst for a violent situation, which the boss is initially able to contain and gain the upper hand. Suddenly, the already dangerous and explosive situation turns deadly; sides are taken, and people turn to the most abhorrent behaviour in an instant.


Interview with Richard Elliot, Managing Director of 88 Films
Posted in Interviews, Saturday 17th March 2018

Recently I've been lucky enough to review some rather tasty Blu-rays from 88 Films. This company has been behind amazing releases of titles such as A Cat in the Brain, Anthropophagous and Don't Go in the Woods...Alone. So I decided to chat to managing director Richard Elliot about 88 Films and how they survive in a cut-throat market.

HC: How did 88 Films start?

RE: 88 Films started after James and I met working for another label and it was the usual "we think we can do it better than the boss" scenario. So we slowly developed an idea of what we wanted to do after work down the pub and after lots of head scratching and pork scratchings and some setbacks BE Movies was born... which quickly became 88 Films...

Dario Argento's Tenebrae gets definitive vinyl release
Posted in News, Thursday 15th March 2018

Waxwork Records is thrilled to present the complete soundtrack vinyl release of Dario Argento's Tenebrae. Scored by three former members of Goblin in 1982 (Claudio Simonetti, Fabio Pignatelli, and Massimo Morante), the synth driven score makes it's definitive and expanded vinyl debut. Waxwork is excited to offer the most comprehensive version of the soundtrack album on vinyl to one of the most important Giallo films ever made.

Unlike the soundtracks that Goblin had previously contributed to the films by Dario Argento, the music of Tenebrae incorporates heavy electronica and dance music blended with rock and disco elements for a unique hybrid of genre and composition style.

Extensive usage of early an...

Exclusive stills revealed as supernatural horror Quail Hollow enters post-production
Posted in News, Monday 12th March 2018

Quail Hollow, starring Marcia Do Vales (Ibiza Undead, Heretiks), Peyton Wich (Stranger Things, The Darkest Minds) and Thomas Francis Murphy (The Walking Dead, Mindhunter) recently wrapped a haunting shoot in Louisiana.

Directed by Spaniard Javier De Prado (making his feature film debut) and produced by UK's Templeheart Films in association with EnMar Productions, the pulse-racing paranormal thriller centres on twin sisters Sunny and Mila (played by Marcia Do Vales) ...

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