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By James Whittington, Sunday 20th August 2017
Horror Channel has nine prime-time film premieres in September including the UK premiere of Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer's stunning contemporary occult tale of Hollywood ambition and possession, Starry Eyes.
There are also network premieres for Sam Raimi's ferociously terrifying Drag Me To Hell, Eli Roth's splatter sensation Hostel, Mike Mendes' ultimate B-Movie experience Big Ass Spider, Jonathan King's zombie sheep gore comedy Black Sheep, James Wan's creepy killer-doll horror Dead Silence, starring True Blood's Ryan Kwanten, Robert Longo's cyberpunk action thriller Johnny Mnemonic, starring Keanu Reeves, Bryan Bertnia's home-invasion chiller The Strangers, starring Liv Tyler and John Carpenter's high-kicking fantasy thriller Big Trouble In Little China, starring Kurt Russell and Kim Cattrall.
The creator of the Evil Dead series Sam Raimi leaves Spiderman movies behind and returns to his horror roots for Drag Me To Hell on the 2nd. Frightening and funny the movie follows the course of a curse laid upon a well-meaning bank clerk. Demons are on the rise, and Raimi applies all of his trademark visual dynamism to this diabolic jamboree. Terror of a very different kind on the 8th, are you ready for the violence of the lambs? In the 'Bad Taste' tradition of Peter Jackson, Kiwi director Jonathan King's zombie comedy, Black Sheep is a shear delight. Sheep-phobic farmer Henry Oldfield wants to sell his share in the family farm, to the delight of his evil bother who is genetically altering the mutton to create a super-sheep. Then a toxic lamb foetus escapes infecting the flock turning them into rampaging bloodthirsty monsters and humans into were-sheep.
A 50-foot-tall alien arachnid escapes from a military lab and rampages the city of Los Angeles. When a massive military strike fails, the city's scientists and soldiers turn to an unlikely hero. Alex (Greg Grunberg), a bug exterminator, and his Mexican security guard sidekick, Jose (Lombardo Boyar), are the hapless duo who team up to kill the creature before the city is destroyed. Also stars Ray Wise. Big-Ass Spider is the perfect Friday night in movie on the 15th. The next day our network premiere comes from one of the most creative directors around at the moment, James Wan. In Dead Silence, Jamie Ashen (Ryan Kwanten) returns to their creepy hometown of Ravens Fair to unravel the mystery of the murder of his wife. Once there, he discovers the legend of Mary Shaw (Joan Heney), a murdered ventriloquist whose eerie presence still looms over the town. As he desperately digs for answers, Jamie encounters the curse that took his wife's life and threatens his own.
Based on the William Gibson story, Johnny Mnemonic is a sci-fi chiller that warrants your full attention on the 22nd. Johnny (Keanu Reeves) is a data courier who has a secret stash of information implanted into his mind. However, the data will kill him if he cannot retrieve it within forty-eight hours. Accompanied by physically enhanced bodyguard Jane (Dina Meyer), Johnny sets out to acquire the passwords he needs to save himself. Worse yet, he is hunted by gangster Shinji (Denis Akiyama) and businessman Takahashi (Takeshi), both of whom seek the data Johnny possesses. Things are every different on the 23rd as Kristen (Liv Tyler) and James (Scott Speedman) retreat to a family vacation home for a relaxing weekend but their stay turns out to be anything but peaceful. A series of unexpected arrivals sparks a deadly sequence of events. First, a mysterious and dangerous woman turns up, then James accidentally kills his friend Mike (Glenn Howerton), mistaking him for an intruder. But the real danger arrives in the form of three masked torturers, leaving Kristen and James struggling for survival. Don't miss The Strangers.
A UK TV premiere on the 29th, the acclaimed Starry Eyes. Determined to make it in Hollywood, reluctant waitress Sarah Walker (Alex Essoe) goes on countless casting calls in hope of getting her big break. After a series of weird auditions at the mysterious Astraeus Pictures, she lands her dream part. But with this opportunity comes bizarre ramifications that will transform her both mentally and physically into something beautiful and altogether more terrifying. A firm favourite of us all at Horror on the 30th, a true cult classic from John Carpenter, Big Trouble In Little China. Hard-boiled truck driver Jack Burton (Kurt Russell) gets caught in a bizarre conflict in San Francisco's Chinatown when an ancient Chinese prince and Chinatown crime lord kidnaps a beautiful green-eyed woman Miao Yin (Suzee Pai). Miao is the fiancee to Jack's best friend. And Jack must help rescue the girl before the evil Lo Pan uses her to break the ancient curse that keeps him a fleshless and immortal spirit.
Posted in Reviews, Friday 23rd February 2018
Cat in the Brain
Lucio Fulci, a man who never resisted to cross the line in horror cinema went through a lean period in the late 80s. His work was suffering from ever reducing budgets and it seemed as if his inspiration was lacking. Cat in the Brain, also known as Nightmare Concert, I volti del terrore and Un gatto nel cervello is a patchwork piece, assembled from little pieces of other movies with Fulci playing the lead to save money. But this is a meta-movie that is ripe for reappraisal.
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Posted in News, Thursday 22nd February 2018
One of the most ground-breaking arena tours of all time, Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds - Alive on Stage is to make its return to arenas throughout the UK in 2018.Nearly 40 years on, based on HG Wells' dark Victorian tale, Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of The Worlds remains a firm favourite to millions around the world.
The show will again feature a stellar cast with Jeff Wayne returning to the podium to conduct the 9-piece Black Smoke Band and 36-piece ULLAdubULLA Strings, while Liam Neeson retains his role in 3D holography as The Journalist.
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Posted in News, Tuesday 20th February 2018
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Posted in Reviews, Sunday 18th February 2018
The 1970s saw a rise in the "nature runs amok" genre of cinema. Thanks to movies such as Frogs and Night of the Lepus (both released in 1972) and obviously Jaws in 1975 the idea of animals turning against us was a nice idea though some movies had more impact than others.
Dogs, from 1976 is a rare gem of the genre. Starring our very own David McCallum, an actor who adds a lot of gravitas to the movie, the film is a bloody affair that's more downbeat than I recall.
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Posted in News, Thursday 15th February 2018
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Set to haunt nightmares for many years to come, Art is an unstoppable force who will slay anyone who gets in his way - and he doesn't go easy on the grue.
Terrifier's European Premiere took place as part of Horror Channel's FrightFest celebrations last year and got an amazing reaction from the crowd thanks to this latest killer clown to hit the big screen.
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Posted in News, Thursday 15th February 2018
On Friday 9th March, warped horror-comedy Mom And Dad hits cinemas across the UK and Ireland. Starring Nicolas Cage and Selma Blair, Mom And Dad is written and directed by Brian Taylor.
When a mass hysteria of unknown origin causes parents within a quiet suburban town to turn violently on their own children, Carly Ryan (Anne Winters) and brother Josh (Zackary Arthur) have to fight to survive a vicious onslaught from their own parents (Cage and Blair).
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Posted in News, Tuesday 13th February 2018
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In A Quite Place, a family of four must navigate their lives in silence after mysterious creatures that hunt by sound threaten their survival. To put it simply, if they hear you, they hunt you.
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Posted in News, Monday 12th February 2018
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Join us for the classics - An American Werewolf in London, (1981), Dog Soldiers (2002) and The Howling (1981) - with a very special North West premiere screening of Another Wolfcop (2017) rounding off the evening for a little light relief!
They'll also have a Grimm stall selling lots of horror goodies and competition prizes on offer throughout the evening!
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Posted in News, Sunday 11th February 2018
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