Horror Channel devotes November to Bloody Brits and rampaging sharks! By
James W, Thursday 19th October 2017
November on Horror Channel has a distinctive cutting-edge with a Saturday night prime-time Bloody British Season, celebrating the new wave of British horror movies that reinvigorated the UK horror industry in the early 2000s. There are 9pm network premieres for Neil Marshall's sensational werewolf debut feature Dog Soldiers (2002) (Saturday 11th), his monstrous all-female star cast follow-up The Descent (2005) (Saturday 25th), Christopher Smith's underground ghost train journey through hell, Creep (2004) (Saturday 18th), and Nick Hamm's psychologically gripping The Hole (2001) (Saturday 4th), with Keira Knightley in her first significant film role.
And the cuts get deeper with a Sharkmania Marathon - a slew of six salt-water B-movie shockers on Sunday 12th, highlighted by the network premieres of the last two adventures in the sky-flying sharks cult franchise Sharknado 4: The 4th Awakens (2016) at 8.10pm and Sharknado 5: Global Swarming (2017) on at 9.50pm. The other teeth-chattering offerings are: Planet Of The Sharks (2016), Super Shark (2011), Ice Sharks (2016) and The Reef (2010).
There are seven other primetime network premieres this month: M. Night Shyamalan's boldly unsettling survival movie The Happening (2008), starring Mark Wahlberg; Paul Schrader's hypnotic and erotic classic Cat People (1982); Christopher Smith's hilariously shocking Severance (2006) starring Danny Dyer and Andy Nyman; the creepy sequel Jeepers Creepers 2 (2003); Silent Hill (2006), Christophe Gans' eerie adaptation of Konami's video game series of the same name; Fran Rubel Kuzui's Buffy The Vampire Slayer (1992), starring Donald Sutherland, Rutger Hauer and Hilary Swank; and croc-shocker Lake Placid 2 (2007).
We had a quick chat with Simeon about this superior shocker as well as his own festival, Grimmfest.
HC: How did the script for White Settlers come to your notice?
SH: It was a strange situation, I had read the script a year or so before we set about making the film, I think it had been sent us by Ian Fenton's agent but then we found out that Ian was thinking of making the film under his own production company so we thought it had gone away. Then, once we had r...
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Stewart Bridle, Channel Manager for Horror Channel, selects the FrightFest films to catch at this year's event.
It's that time again when the most torturous experience isn't being slowly sliced in half by a deranged chainsaw-wielding maniac but actually deciding what to watch from the massive line-up of over 70 films at this year's FrightFest London on the August Bank holiday weekend. Unless you've found some mad scientist to clone you several times you'll never catch everything so here are ten devious delights I recommend this year.
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So, we decided to chat to Jason about the movie, what it's like to work with Robert Englund and his future cinemtic plans.
HC: You've been acting for a number of years; can you remember how you felt when you first walked onto a movie set?
JL: My first day on a movie set was magic. I was, honestly, terrified, and thrilled. The crew was fantastic, and as soon as they started unloading all of the big lights...
You played a Street Demon in director Jason Lei Howden's FrightFest favourite Deathgasm. Is the New Zealand film community that small?
I didn't play a street demon; I am a street demon. The film community in NZ is small enough for most active people to know most other active people - but the genre scene is small enough for us all to know each other by at least one degree of separation. Many of my friends worked on or acted in Deathgasm and they needed a night shoot of 'street demons' so I donned my tie-dye and offered to help out. It was a lot of fun and I think Jason and the team did an incredible job.
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