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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!


Related show tags: CREEP, DOG SOLDIERS, THE DESCENT, THE HOLE
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