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By James Whittington, Monday 24th April 2017
Horror Channel has eight prime-time weekend film premieres this May including the network premieres for Don Mancini's killer-dolls spin-off Seed Of Chucky (pictured), starring Brad Dourif, Jennifer Tilly and Billy Boyd, Xavier Gen's unsettling post-apocalyptic horror The Divide and the epic vampire-battling Daybreakers, starring Eithan Hawke and Willem Dafoe.
There are also UK premieres of Jose Manuel Cravioto's pulse-pounding thriller Bound To Vengeance and Mary Lambert's evil-spirited gripper Urban Legends: Bloody Mary. Other highlights are first channel showings for Stephen Kay's monster in the closet chiller Boogeyman, Jamie Blanks' teen slasher Urban Legend and Ryuhei Kitamura's mystery-man rampaging No One Lives.
Here's everything you need to know:
We kick the month off in fine style on the 5th May with the Network Premiere of Boogeyman. Tim (Barry Watson) is haunted by traumatic memories from his past, linked to the death of his father. Desperate to resolve his issues, he returns to the house where he grew up. But while Tim wants to convince himself the ghostly memories he carries are just a figment of his imagination, he is plagued by a crippling fear that can only be resolved by facing up to the 'Boogeyman'. Loo out for Xena herself, Lucy Lawless! Then on Saturday 6th a movie with a bit more bite as the Daybreakers (pictured) walk onto Horror. In the year 2019, a plague has transformed almost every human into a vampire. Faced with a dwindling blood supply, the fractured dominant race plots their survival. Meanwhile, a researcher works with a covert band of the undead on a way to save humankind. This classy chiller is packed with many disparate genre influences, not to mention a fine performance from Ethan Hawke and a truly fun turn by Willem Defoe as a futuristic Van Helsing with a big secret.
A starry cast that includes Robert Englund, Jared Leto, Tara Reid, Joshua Jackson and Brad Dourif are lined up for the Network Premiere of Urban Legend on the 12th. Students at New England's Pendleton College have their own urban legend - 30 years ago, a demented professor killed six students and then committed suicide in Stanley Hall. But when a real series of strange deaths begins occurring on campus, assertive student Natalie (Alicia Witt) suspects they're murders based on urban legends and soon realises she's the next number in the killer's body count! A UK TV Premiere on the 13th beings us right up to date with a firm favourite from 2015, a subversive revenge tale with a strong twist, Bound To Vengeance. A young woman, Eve (Tina Ivlev), is held captive in the basement of a sexual predator (Richard Tyson). Against the odds, she fights back, and manages to escape her malicious abductor. However, after discovering she may not be the only victim, Eve unravels a darker truth and decides to turn the tables on her captor.
Another UK TV Premiere on the 19th as the popular slasher series continues (this is the third one!) in Urban Legends: Bloody Mary (pictured) and is directed by Pet Sematary's Mary Lambert. A homecoming-night dare turns into a runaway nightmare for a trio of high-school friends who unleash an evil spirit. Abducted by a group of high-school jocks, the trio, although rescued, witness their tormentors falling prey to a deadly but unseen menace. Could it be their imagination or could the spirit of Bloody Mary truly have returned from the grave to seek vengeance? More student mayhem on the 14th in the psycho shocker No One Lives. Fourteen students are murdered and the crime scene offers no clues as to the whereabouts of the one person who could be the only survivor. Months later a gang of robbers screw up their latest heist and mug a couple in a car instead. What they realise too late is that the driver is the killer responsible for the student massacre. Then it's Psycho vs. Psychos in a taut, tension-laden cat-and-mouse chiller that sees both sides trying to outdo the other.
Brad Dourif is back on Horror on the 26th in one of his most famous voice roles, in fact, one of his most famous roles in Seed Of Chucky. Brad is joined by Billy Boyd and Jennifer Tilly in this, the fifth in the Child's Play moives and is directed by franchise creator and writer of all five films, Don ManciniGlen. Glen (Boyd) is the orphan doll offspring of the irrepressible devilish-doll-come-to-life Chucky (Dourif) and his equally twisted bride Tiffany (Tilly). Glen heads for Hollywood, where he brings his bloodthirsty parents back from the dead. Much to his horror they go on a spree of murderous mayhem. A cult movie in every sense of the word you need to look out for film director John Waters and hip-hop artist Redman in cameo roles. Horror takes a more serious turn on the 27th with a shocker from director of Frontier(s) Xavier Gens, The Divide. New York City has been decimated in a nuclear holocaust. As the survivors (Rosanna Arquette, Milo Ventimiglia, Michael Biehn and Lauren German) sit in the makeshift fallout shelter the 'divide' begins. With no one knowing the evil each person in the group is capable of, trust issues arise, paranoia emerges, factions form and values are debased in a brutal and visceral vision of a broken future.
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