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Horror Channel brings a true classic plus a quartet of contemporary chillers this July
By James Whittington, Tuesday 20th June 2017

Horror Channel has five prime-time Saturday night film premieres in July including the UK premiere of Brad Parker's chilling disaster horror Chernobyl Diaries. The film is written and produced by Oren Peli, who first terrified audiences with his ground-breaking thriller Paranormal Activity.

There are also network premieres for Todd Lincoln's supernatural spine-tingler The Apparition, starring Tom Felton, Don Coscarelli's surreal cult classic Phantasm, David Jung's paranormal found-footage soul-shaker The Possession of Michael King and Andrew Paquin's murderous home-invasion debut Open House co-starring his sister Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer.

Which one will you be staying in for?

Our premieres start off on the 1st with Chernobyl Diaries where a group of young tourists hoping for an adventure off the beaten path, hire an extreme-tour guide. In spite of warnings, the tour guide takes the sightseers to the town of Pripyat, Ukraine, once home to workers at the nearby Chernobyl nuclear power plant but abandoned after the 1986 nuclear disaster. After briefly exploring the ghost town, the tourists find themselves stranded - and worse, they are not alone. If your horror taste is for something more paranormal you need to be in front of your TV on the 8th for The Apparition. Plagued by frightening occurrences in their home, Kelly (Ashley Greene) and Ben (Sebastian Stan) learn that a university's parapsychology experiment produced an entity that is now haunting them. The malevolent spirit feeds on fear and torments the couple no matter where they run. Desperate, Kelly and Ben turn to a paranormal researcher (Tom Felton), but even with his aid, it may already be too late to save themselves from the terrifying presence.

The Tall Man walks onto Horror on the 15th as we bring you a true classic,Phantasm. The residents of a small town have begun dying under strange circumstances, leading young Mike (Michael Baldwin) to investigate. After discovering that the Tall Man (Angus Scrimm), the town's mortician, is killing and reanimating the dead as misshapen zombies, Mike seeks help from his older brother, Jody (Bill Thornbury), and local ice cream man Reggie (Reggie Bannister). Working together, they try to lure out and kill the Tall Man, all the while avoiding his minions and a deadly silver sphere.

The Possession of Michael King is our next premiere, showing on the 22nd. Michael King (Shane Johnson) doesn't believe in God or The Devil. Following the sudden death of his wife, the documentary filmmaker decides to make his next film about the search for the existence of the supernatural. Michael decides to make himself the centre of the experiment in the hope of proving that religion, spiritualism, and the paranormal are nothing more than myth. But something does happen. An evil and horrifying force has taken over Michael King. And it will not let him go. Also stars Dale Dickey, Tomas Arana and Julie McNiven. Open House on the 28th brings our list of premieres to an end. Alice (Rachel Blanchard) is just going through a divorce from Josh (Stephen Moyer) and has her house on the market. Unknown to her, a murderous couple, David (Brian Geraghty) and his accomplice Lila (Tricia Helfer), has sneaked in and hidden. When Alice returns, instead of killing her, David takes her captive, locking her up in the crawlspace in the basement. He wants to keep her alive but doesn't tell Lila. Whilst the psychotic couple engage in a sex and kill-spree with anyone visiting the house, Alice begins to understand the strange bond between her captors and David's interest in her...


Related show tags: CHERNOBYL DIARIES, OPEN HOUSE, PHANTASM, THE APPARITION, THE POSSESSION OF MICHAEL KING
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Thought Halloween was over for another year? Keep it going with the official Halloween novelization
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WW: Three places: Steven was underway on a script called 'Operation: Death Maze,' or something cool like that. Portions of it were re-purposed after he jibed with a story I told about my mom coming home and seeing an incredible fort that I'd build in my bedroom, and concluding that I'd gotten lost within it when I d...

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Top 10 Halloween hits
Posted in Features, Tuesday 30th October 2018

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