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Horror Channel gets beastly in July with Animal Attack Season
By James Whittington, Tuesday 19th June 2018

Nature gets nasty on Horror Channel in July with Animal Attack Season, a beastly collection of movies which will claw their way into your nightmares each Saturday at 9pm.

The season starts on the 7th with the big screen version of a Stephen king classic, Cujo. When sweet St. Bernard dog Cujo is bitten by a bat, he morphs into a dangerous beast and goes on a rampage in a small town. Stay-at-home mom Donna (Dee Wallace) gets caught in Cujo's crosshairs on a fateful errand with her son, Tad (Danny Pintauro). Stuck in their car, Donna and Tad have a frightening showdown with the crazed animal. Then the following week a movie that has real bite, Burning Bright. Johnny Gavenau's latest get-quick-rich scheme is to turn his Florida ranch into a Safari Park. As the main attraction he buys a dangerous Bengal tiger from an unscrupulous circus trader. But the ravenous beast gets loose, it's only refuge the ranch house interior where stepdaughter Kelly and her autistic little brother Tom reside...

The 21st contains a UK TV premiere which is a terrifying tale of survival in the mangrove swamps of Northern Australia, Black Water. Grace, her boyfriend Adam and younger sister Lee are on holiday and decide to take a river tour. When their boat capsizes, in the ensuing panic, their amateur guide disappears into the murky depths. Based on a true story, the sudden reptilian attacks, and desperate attempts to get back to their submerged boat raise potent apprehension and imaginatively stretch the suspense to nail-biting levels. James Marsden, Thomas Jane, and Billy Bob Thornton star in our final movie of this beastly season on the 28th, Into The Grizzly Maze. After a relentless grizzly starts to wreak havoc on a small town, the sheriff heads into the forest to find his ecologist wife but instead crosses paths with his estranged, ex-con brother. They soon find themselves on the run from the massive killer bear. The hunted become the hunter in this edge-of-your seat thriller about the power of nature.


Related show tags: ANIMAL ATTACK SEASON, BLACK WATER, BURNING BRIGHT, CUJO, INTO THE GRIZZLY MAZE
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