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By James Whittington, Thursday 20th August 2015
Autumn just got a lot darker as Horror Channel unleashes three UK TV premieres and eight network premieres across the weekends during September – including network premieres for fear-franchise hits SAW V, SAW VI, a 15th year anniversary broadcast for Mary Arron’s sickly slick adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’ American Psycho and the menacing thriller After.Life, starring Christina Ricci and Liam Neeson.
There are also UK TV premieres for Alex Chandon’s teeth-clenching horror-comedy Inbred, controversial director James Cullen Bressack’s blood-soaked Pernicious and the found-footage shocker Dark Feed directed by Michael and Shawn Rasmussen. Other network premieres are the creepy Catacombs, starring Pink, The Devil’s Tomb, starring Cuba Gooding, Jr., Ron Perlman, and Ray Winstone, Sundown: The Vampire In Retreat, starring Bruce Campbell and David Carradine and Glenn Standinf’s Vampire tale Perfect Creature, which stars Dougray Scott, Saffron Burrows, and Leo Gregory.
Here's the pick from this stunning selection:
Controversial, compelling and marking the movie's 15th anniversary American Psycho is on the 12th. Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) is young, white, handsome and indistinguishable from his Wall Street colleagues. Shielded by conformity, privilege, and wealth, Bateman is also the ultimate serial killer. After a colleague presents a business card superior in ink and paper to his, Bateman's blood thirst sharpens, and he steps up his homicidal activities to a frenzied pitch. Hatchets fly, butcher knives chop, chainsaws rip, and surgical instruments mutilate-how far will Bateman go? How much can he get away with? Also stars Willem Dafoe, Reese Witherspoon, Jared Leto and Chloë Sevigny.
SAW V is one of the franchises' most brutal entries and gets it Network Premiere on the 19th. Jigsaw (Tobin Bell) might be dead, but his traps live on, which finds the series' production designer David Hackl at the helm for his directorial debut. Costas Mandylor reprises his role as Hoffman, the detective whose involvement in the string of grisly murders turns out to be more than meets the eye. Picking up where the fourth entry left off, Hoffman is revealed to be a hidden accomplice in Jigsaw's grisly games of death. SAW IV scribes Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan return to pen the screenplay. SAW VI can be seen on the 26th.
The critically acclaimed thriller After.Life which stars Christina Ricci and Liam Neeson plays on the 20th and is a movie that lingers in the mind long after the credits have rolled. After a horrific car accident, Anna (Christina Ricci) wakes up to find the local funeral director Eliot Deacon (Liam Neeson) preparing her body for burial. Confused, terrified and still feeling very much alive, Anna doesn’t believe she’s dead, Trapped inside the funeral parlour, she is forced to face her deepest fears and accept her death. With an unrelenting edge of menace, this stylish and erotic chiller provocatively questions the line between life and death. Directed by Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo.
Brace yourselves on the 25th as Alex Chandon, director of Cradle Of Fear and Pervirella delivers a screamingly hilarious warped nightmare with nowt taken out, Inbred. Four young urban offenders and their two care workers embark on a community service weekend in the remote Yorkshire village of Mortlake. Before you can say ‘Ey up’, they upset the yokels with their city ways and put themselves in the gravest of dangers. This best bad taste un-PC gore-soaked riot is more fun than a ferret down the trousers. Starring Jo Hartley, James Doherty, Seamus O’Neill, James Burrows and Nadine Rose Mulkerrin.
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