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Sam Raimi - Hail to the King Part 2
By James W, Sunday 31st May 2009
It’s been years since Evil Dead director Sam Raimi has helmed a real horror movie but on May 27th he returns to the genre with the critically acclaimed shocker, Drag Me To Hell. Here in the second of a two-part feature we take a look at his Hollywood career and how he helped form one of the most successful movie franchises ever   After Raimi impressed audiences with his super hero movie Darkman (1990) and The Evil Dead 3: Army of Darkness (1992) he was once again being chased by major Hollywood producers. But Raimi decided to move away from the genre that made him famous and delivered a contemporary slant on an age-old theme. The Quick and the Dead (1995) is a Western with a cast made up of legends such as Gene Hackman, Sharon Stone and Lance Henriksen as well as relative newcomers Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe and Jigsaw himself Tobin Bell. The movie is, as you’d expect a visual feast with Stone playing a gunslinger with a secret and Crowe as the good guy. Hackman seethes and sneers as bad guy Herod (good name, eh?) it didn’t set the box office on fire but Raimi was already carving himself a strong name as a TV Producer. His shows Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (1995-1999), Xena: Warrior Princess (1995-2001) and Cleopatra 2525 (2000-2001) became cult viewing around the world but this wasn’t all the Raimi would be attached to during the 1990’s. In 1994 Sam joined forces with Ethan and Joel Coen to write the critically acclaimed movie The Hudsucker Proxy proving he could do straight drama as well as fantasy.   But throughout the 90’s Raimi was constantly asked when Evil Dead 4 was coming and probably to move as far away as possible from such questions he delivered the atmospheric and quite beautiful thriller, A Simple Plan (1998). Dark and mysterious it was another critical hit and went on to be rewarded with two Oscar nominations. But box office gold was just around the corner when in 2002 Sam unleashed Spider-Man. This big screen outing for the webbed wonder catapulted him into the big league and cemented his reputation as a director with unique vision and the ability to horde plenty of adrenaline action packed set-pieces with intelligent and engrossing stories. Spider-Man 2 (2004) and Spider-Man 3 (2007) all cleaned up at the box office in their respected years.   But fans wanted Raimi to return to the horror genre and, at last, 2009 sees him back behind the lens directing the intense shocker Drag Me To Hell. The film concerns Christine Brown who is an ambitious L.A. loan officer with a charming boyfriend, Professor Clay Dalton. Life is good until the mysterious Mrs Ganush arrives at the bank to beg for an extension on her home loan. Should Christine follow her instincts and give the old woman a break? Or should she deny the extension to impress her boss, Mr. Jacks, and get a leg-up on a promotion? Christine fatefully chooses the latter, shaming Mrs. Ganush and dispossessing her of her home. In retaliation, the old woman places the powerful curse of the Lamia on Christine, transforming her life into a living hell. Haunted by an evil spirit and misunderstood by a sceptical boyfriend, she seeks the aid of seer Rham Jas to save her soul from eternal damnation. To help the shattered Christine return her life to normal, the psychic sets her on a frantic course to reverse the spell. As evil forces close in, Christine must face the unthinkable: how far will she go to break free of the curse?    The film is classic Raimi, there’s stunning effects, a superb plot and some incredibly scary moments. We should all hail the return of the king, back on the horror throne where he deserves to be. As for Evil Dead 4, who needs it when Sam Raimi can deliver such unique and entertaining new shockers.
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13 nights of pure terror with Horror's Haunted Halloween Season
Posted on Tuesday 25th September 2018

Horror Channel presents its Haunted Halloween Season this October, taking possession of the nation's TVs for thirteen nights with a supernaturally spooky selection of premieres and classic favourites, including the UK TV premiere of Jesse Thomas Cook's The Hexecutioners, a nerve-shredding American Gothic tale of terror. There are also network premieres for the gripping US-remake of The Grudge starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, and Carles Torrens's paranormal chiller Apartment 143. Amongst returning channel hits are James Wan's supernatural stunner Insidious, John Carpenter's iconic The Fog, and Lluis Quilez's Colombia-shot suspense thriller Out Of The Dark.

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Celebrate Stephen King's 71st birthday with Horror
Posted on Friday 14th September 2018

He's sold well over 350 million of books, has just as many fans across the globe and celebrates his 71st birthday on September 21st, Stephen King is without doubt the most famous genre author in the world today.

From his first novel, Carrie in 1974, King has scared, inspired, and entertained countless people. His descriptive and raw prose has given us some of the most chilling and memorable characters including Pennywise, Johnny Smith and a dog named Cujo.

On the night of his birthday, Horror is celebrating in style with the first episode of the acclaimed series Under The Dome and a quartet of big screen versions of some of his finest books.

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Horror has everything this Autumn because We Are Horror!
Posted on Wednesday 29th August 2018

Horror Channel kicks off the Autumn season with eight chilling prime time weekend film premieres including the UK TV premiere of Adam Green's slasher favourite that gave the world Victor Crowley,Hatchet (14th Sep), starring horror icons Kane Hodder, Robert Englund and Tony Todd.

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10 FrightFest flicks for 2018
Posted on Thursday 16th August 2018

Puppet Master The Littlest Reich

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5 Reasons To See Unfriended: Dark Web This Weekend
Posted on Friday 10th August 2018

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Horror Channel unleashes monstrous FrightFest Season
Posted on Monday 6th August 2018

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Posted on Tuesday 19th June 2018

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Happy 50th birthday Rosemary's Baby
Posted on Tuesday 12th June 2018

Kids! What are they like? Some can be cute, others can be little devils... literally!

Today is the 50th anniversary of the classic shocker Rosemary's Baby so here we take a look at five of the finest devil child movies. Do you agree with our list and which ones would you refuse to babysit?! Note we have not included the Arnold Schwarzenegger movie Junior as that's horrific in other ways (!)

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13 reasons why John Carpenter is The Horror Master
Posted on Thursday 31st May 2018

On the eve of Horror Channel's John Carpenter Season (stars June 2nd), we present to you 13 reasons why he truly is the Master of Horror. Agree or disagree let us know via out social media channels.

1: Made the slasher movie cool again with Halloween (1978)

2: His use of a Steadicam put us in the heart of the terror on screen.

3: Gave the world the finest horror movie theme, ever (Halloween, 1978)

4: Turned Kurt Russell an action hero.

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Horror Channel to celebrate the films of John Carpenter in June
Posted on Wednesday 23rd May 2018

From horrific hauntings and supernatural sorcery to alien invasions and blood-sucking battles, Saturday nights on Horror Channel at 9pm in June will be devoted to John Carpenter, one of the true Masters of Horror.

The celebratory season is highlighted by the network premieres of Carpenter's classic car-rage chiller Christine, with the superb Harry Dean Stanton, and John Carpenter's Vampires, a horror Western starring James Woods, as a vengeful, stake-wielding bloodsucker hunter. It also includes iconic favourite The Fog, the high-kicking fantasy thriller Big Trouble in Little China and his timely sci-fi political thriller They Live.

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13 reasons why you need to watch The Evil Dead
Posted on Sunday 20th May 2018

Sam Raimi's horror masterpiece, The Evil Dead is rightly regarded as a true horror classic.

So, it's weird to think then that there are still some viewers have yet to enjoy this ultimate experience in gruelling Horror.

Here's 13 reasons why you need to see The Evil Dead when it's shown on Horror Saturday May 26th.

1: The film spawned a cult hero in star Bruce Campbell and gave the world Ash Williams.
2: The BBFC deemed it to be placed on the Video Nasties list in 1983 even in cut form and not released uncut until 2001.
3: Stephen King liked it saying in 1972 that it was "The most ferociously original horror film".
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Exclusive: Director Johannes Roberts talks 'The Strangers: Prey at Night'
Posted on Tuesday 1st May 2018

This weekend sees the release of a long-awaited sequel to one of 2008's most beloved slasher films. Yes, nine whole years after The Strangers premiered, UK cinema-goers will be met once again by Dollface, the Man in Mask and Pin-Up Girl in The Strangers: Prey at Night.

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