Booth's Blog: Keira Knightley digs deep in Bloody British Season
By Emily Booth, Friday 3rd November 2017

Britain has been put through the ringer over the past couple of years. However, we at Horror Channel are here to remind you all of our proud horror heritage this November, so Keep Calm and Carry On with November's Bloody British Season!

The early 2000s marked an exciting change in Britain within politics, fashion, music and indeed film. Everyone wanted a slice of Cool Britannia, the hub of all things fresh, edgy and zeitgeist. This high energy saw a resurgence too in the horror world, with directors such as Neil Marshall, Danny Boyle, and Chris Smith emerging to define a new wave of British, commercially successful horror; a movement that earned the gang of directors the enviable nickname of 'The Splat Pack'.

Bloody British Season will be hosted by my good self and will see four network premieres across four Saturday nights at 9pm: The Hole (2001 dir. Nick Hamm), Dog Soldiers (2002 dir. Neil Marshall), Creep (2004 dir. Chris Smith), and the season comes to its climax with Neil Marshall's The Descent (2005). So let's dig a little deeper and look at our first premiere; The Hole.

Starring a very young Thora Birch fresh off American Beauty (who controversially earned herself a whopping 7-figure salary for the role) and a 15-year-old Keira Knightley, this horror thriller has more than meets the eye. Following two social outsiders, Liz (Birch) and Martin (Daniel Brocklebank), who attend an exclusive private school, the two misfits concoct a plan which will allow Liz to enter the highest-ranking school gang. It involves spending three days hiding (and partying) underground in an old bomb shelter, which conveniently gets the four 'friends' out of a boring three-day field trip. Martin reveals their new party venue and locks them inside promising to return in three days to let them out. Problem is, it's not clear when, if ever, he'll return. Helpless and trapped in their own underground tomb, supplies and hope soon run dry, and finally death itself becomes a horrifying reality. The film is actually shown in flashback from Liz's perspective, so we know she's a survivor, but then again in this film, we can't be all too sure where things are going! I don't want to give any spoilers away for those who've never seen the film, but suffice to say there's more to Liz than meets the eye!

The Hole gets its network premiere on Saturday 4th November at 9pm, as part of Bloody British Season, which returns every Saturday in November. So hands on your bleeding hearts please, it's good to be British!

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) ...

Hitchcock and Herrmann get special release for Record Store Day 2018
Posted in News, Sunday 11th March 2018

More Record Store Day 2018 news has reached us and fans of the work of Alfred Hitchcock and Bernard Herrmann are in for a treat. Silva Screen Records will release a Double A Side 7 Inch on transparent amber vinyl containing two pieces of Herrmann's most famous work.

Side A contains Prelude/The Nightmare from Vertigo and Side AA has North by Northwest Main Titles, this release is limited to just 1200.

Bernard Herrmann is the undoubted master of the film score and his music for Vertigo and North By Northwest remain as vital a component as the director, actors and script. Vertigo crackles with tension as James Stewart's character Scottie goes through an emotional wringer. Herrm...

Doctor Who adventures to hit vinyl for Record Store Day 2018
Posted in News, Saturday 10th March 2018

Demon Records is to release an eclectic collection of records as part of 2018's Record Store Day. The releases, which will be only be available at independent record shops on Record Store Day on Saturday 21st April, contain two that will interest Doctor Who fans; vinyl editions of Doctor Who - City Of Death and Doctor Who - Tomb Of The Cybermen.

Doctor Who: City Of Death
City Of Death is a classic from 1979, starring the fourth Doctor Tom Baker, Lalla Ward and Julian Glover. Featuring linking narration by Lalla Ward and previously unreleased on vinyl, the two hour story is presented on 2LP heavyweight translucent green vinyl, and features newly commissioned gatefold artwork, sleevenote...

A crime to be solved by those pesky Meddling Kids!
Posted in News, Friday 9th March 2018

A nostalgic and wickedly entertaining take on classic pop culture touchstones such as Scooby Doo and the Famous Five shot through with Lovecraftian horror, Meddling Kids subverts the genre to create a modern classic that will delight fans of Grady Hendrix's My Best Friend's Exorcism and cult television programme Stranger Things. A New York Times Bestseller and shortlisted for the Goodreads Choice Awards for Horror, Meddling Kids is a reminder of the fun and adventure we can all find at the heart of our favourite stories, no matter what our age.

Summer 1977. The Blyton Summer Detective Club solved their final mystery and unmasked the elusive Sleepy Lake monster - another low-life fortune hunter who would have ...

A brand new comic complete with its own soundtrack from Waxwork Records
Posted in News, Friday 9th March 2018

Waxwork Records and Comics has finally announced the debut issue of Poser.

Long thought to be an urban legend in the underground music scene of Redondo Beach, Poser is back to carve a gory slash through the heart of Los Angeles in this brand new multi-issue horror-comic book series!

Penned by Matt Miner and illustrated by Clay McCormack, Poser is a brand new punk rock horror-comic series that Steve Niles (30 Days Of Night) calls "relentless and brutal" and Sean Murphy (Punk Rock Jesus, Tokyo Ghost, Hellblazer) raves is a "master class in sequential storytelling". Poser features colors by Doug Garbark and Letters by Taylor Esposito.

In continuing with Waxwork's acclaimed combination of origin...

88 Films offers a trilogy of Far Eastern films
Posted in News, Thursday 8th March 2018

One of the UK's leading labels in cult Oriental awesomeness brings back a pair of classic Hong Kong swordplay shockers in The One Armed Swordsman and The Dragon Missile and introduces British viewers to a contemporary example of the Korean wave in Sea Fog. All three are available from March 26th in tempting special editions!

88 Films seem to have outdone themselves once more with the release of The One Armed Swordsman, the martial arts epic that is widely considered to be one of the most influential and important wuxia movies ever made! Directed by the legendary Chang Cheh (The Brave Archer) and featuring dynamite duels and limb-lopping set pieces galore, this bombastic widescreen mix of arthouse aestheti...

A horror/comedy with a serious message, Kate Herron's Smear.
Posted in News, Thursday 8th March 2018

Described as "One of the best horror shorts to come out of this year's Frightfest" (LoveHorror) and featured as 'One of the Best Shorts at the 61st London Film Festival' ("Gets more and more sensational with every watch... Pure Genius") by Flickering Myth. Smear is a lube-tastic horror-comedy inspired by Gremlins, Tremors and Little Shop of Horrors, about a woman going in for her first pap-smear test starring in the lead, Sophia Di Martino of the BAFTA-nominated Flowers and Nick Mohammed.

It also stars Isabella Laughland (Harry Potter), comedians Ben Target (Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year), Mariam Haque, Briony Redman and Katherine Bennett Fox of The Free Association.

Made by filmmaker Kate He...

Pyewacket will cast a spell on you this April
Posted in News, Thursday 8th March 2018

One of the big hits of Horror Channel FrightFest Glasgow was the occult chiller Pyewacket. This unnerving and effective movie is from the producers of modern horror classics The Witch and The Void, featuring The Walking Dead's Laurie Holden and Once Upon A Time's Nicole Munoz.

After her father dies, teenager Leah (Munoz) is forced, by her unstable mother (Holden), to leave her friends behind and move to a house in the woods. Feeling isolated and hopeless, Leah turns to Black Magic to release her anger. She naively performs an occult ritual found in a book on her bedroom shelf to invoke the spirit of a witch to kill her mother. Terrified by strange occurrences, and stricken by guilt, Leah desperately tries to ...

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