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By James Whittington, Tuesday 1st January 2019
It's been a real bumper year for horror movie fans. 2018 delivered up more cinematic scares than most years, it also saw he return of some of one of the most iconic monsters of all time.
Ghost Stories The movie that breathed new life into the portmanteau genre, Ghost Stories is a sublime excursion into the smart minds of two incredibly talented people; Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman. Phillip Goodman (Nyman), professor of psychology, arch-skeptic, one-man 'belief buster' - has his rationality tested to the hilt when he receives a letter apparently from beyond the grave. Played totally straight and written and directed by Dyson and Nyman from their own celebrated stage play, Ghost Stories delivers an unforgettable experience and proves once again that Andy Nyman is one of our finest actors and each scene he appears should be cherished.
The Ranger Jenn Wexler gave us one of the biggest hits of FrightFest 2018, The Ranger. This full-bloodied, retro shocker delivered big style as well as having one of the coolest soundtracks of the year. The idea is straightforward; a park ranger sorts out some unruly teens in his forest but one of them who stands in his way. By using smart camera work and an even smarter attention to pacing, Wexler is certainly going to go on to even bigger things. Can't wait to see what she does next.
Pyewacket Teen horror is a difficult horror genre to get right, mainly because most of the time the teens in the movie are just brats and you don't connect with them. Adam MacDonald's Pyewacket jumps this fence perfectly and delivers a film that refreshes the concept of black magic whilst building up the tension to an off the scale level. Leah (Nicole Munoz) is forced by her unstable mother (Laurie Holden), to leave her friends behind and move to a house in the woods. Isolated, Leah turns to Black Magic to release her anger. Naively she performs an occult to invoke the spirit of a witch to kill her mother. Jumping from nightmarish visions to pure horror moments, this is the slow-burner of the year with standout performances from Munoz and Holden. Their ability to give a natural depth to their characters makes it and even more chilling experience.
Errementari: The Blacksmith and the Devil Ever wished that Terry Gilliam made more movies? Paul Urkijo's demonic movie Errementari: The Blacksmith and the Devil fills that void amicably being a joyous celebration of inventiveness and satisfying storytelling. Ten years after Civil War in Spain 1833, Usue (Uma Bracaglia) seeks escape from her abusive guardians and constant harassment from villagers. But her doll ends up at the property of Patxi (Kandido Uranga) a lonely and feared blacksmith who is the keeper of a terrifying secret. Urkijo gaves the audience exactly what it wants, a joyous piece of cinema that mixes folklore, superb characterisation and real heart. Eneko Sagardoy who plays the demon Sartael steals the movie.
Anna and the Apocalypse Hands up who likes musicals? Now hands up who likes horror movies. Now hands up who likes both at the same time? Anna and the Apocalypse is such a beast which has given us all a new Christmas movie to watch annually. Anna is a straight-A student, struggling with her mom's death, total friend drama, and the fallout from wasting her time on a very attractive boy. But a zombie apocalypse majorly disrupts the holiday season. This crazy premise really works thanks to a truly talented cast and crew and some great tracks. The young players perfectly and director combine the two genres in a movie that wouldn't be out of place in the West End.
Lifechanger If you like your horror that's surreal but has one foot firmly in reality, then Lifechanger is for you. A shape-shifter sets out on a blood-soaked mission to make things right with the woman he loves but had to leave behind for her own safety's sake. But moving between body snatches is becoming confusing, mind-bending and more debilitating by the minute. This heart-breaking movie has real soul to it, a perfect blend of pathos and smart fiction, you really don't know where the film will go and ultimately leaves you an emotional wreck.
Halloween Probably the most anticipated horror movie of the year, Halloween became the biggie with fans and at the box-office. With Jamie Lee Curtis back as Laurie Strode and original director John Carpenter doing the score, the movie became an event. And boy did it deliver! It's been 40 years since Laurie survived a vicious attack from crazed killer Michael Myers, now faces a terrifying showdown when Michael returns to Haddonfield. By picking up directly from the 1978 original, director David Gordon Green took the themes and some of the camera work from the original and polished them into one of the finest slashers. Curtis owns this movie, her empowered take on Strode is mesmerising to watch and Carpenter's score cranks up the tension perfectly.
Leigh Whannell added another string to his creative bow in 2018 with a stylish piece of Sci-Fi that delivered so much action you needed a lie down after watching it. Set in the near future, tech controls nearly all aspects of life. When Grey is made quadriplegic in an accident his only is an experimental computer chip implant called STEM that allows him to achieve miraculous feats of mind and strength. But then STEM starts to take full control of his body and the true nano nightmares begin. This is only Whannell's second feature as a director and proves he has a vision for style as well as writing scripts full of substance.
One Cut of the Dead The breakout movie of the whole of the FrightFest event, One Cut of the Dead is a superb, low-budget piece from Shin'ichiro Ueda. A film crew is shooting a zombie horror flick in an abandoned water filtration plant, allegedly used for human experiments by the military. Just as the director browbeats his actors and demands more special effects blood, a real zombie apocalypse erupts, much to his auteur delight. A meta movie that builds on an incredible 37-minute opening shot, it turns itself on its head leaving you in a spin of originality and precise storytelling. This movie will be huge when it gets its big release this year.
A Quiet Place
Another movie that generated so shedload of buzz was a new piece from actor/director John Krasinski, and it made all the right sounds and got a lot of people sitting up and taking notice. In A Quite Place, a family of four must navigate their lives in silence after mysterious creatures that hunt by sound threaten their survival. To put it simply, if they hear you, they hunt you. A real hit at the start of the year, the movie became known as something you had to experience rather than just watch and if anyone was sitting next to you eating popcorn, well, you weren't responsible for your actions!
Posted on Tuesday 21st May 2019
Summer kicks off on Horror Channel in suspenseful style with Killer Thriller Season - a selection of tense shockers including the channel premieres of Rod Lurie's 2011 pulsating remake of Straw Dogs, starring James Marsden and Kate Bosworth; the murder motel chiller Vacancy, starring Kate Beckinsale and Luke Wilson; and the 2009 remake of kin killer slasher The Stepfather.
The Saturday night primetime season also features psychological thriller House at the End of the Street, starring Jennifer Lawrence, and Neil LaBute's horrifying racial drama Lakeview Terrace, starring Samuel L. Jackson and Patrick Wilson.
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Posted on Friday 17th May 2019
Horror will be at MCM Comic Con London 2019 and you've got the chance to be there too. More details on our Competitions Page.SHARE: READ MORE Interview with Horror's Channel Manager Stewart Bridle
Posted on Friday 10th May 2019 Stewart Bridle is Horror Channel's longest serving Channel Manager. He has guided Horror for almost a decade and has managed to bring to our screens many classics as well as introducing us to some new horror movie talent. In this, our 15th anniversary month we chat to Stewart about his role and some of the juicy pieces he has lined up for the rest of 2019.
HC: Have you always been a horror movie fan?
SB: Yes! I've always been interested and fascinated with horror and all genre stuff. I have an older brother who would manage to rent or get bootleg VHS of some great horror titles and I have memories of watching things like the original Dawn Of The Dead or slashers like The Burning while far too youn...SHARE: READ MORE Horror Bites - Now available on Freesat
Posted on Wednesday 8th May 2019
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Freesat viewers can now access content from the CBS UK channels, one of the fastest-growing channel portfolios in the UK, for up to thirty days after broadcast. Viewers can also watch on-demand content in the form of box sets and CBS Reality Original programming such as Ev...SHARE: READ MORE A brief history of Horror
Posted on Friday 3rd May 2019
"Let the nightmares begin..."
It's hard to think that way back in 2004 that there wasn't a TV station dedicated to the darker side of cinema. We all had to make do with DVDs, late night repeats or subscribe to Sky Movies to get our fix of classic and contemporary chills.
The Horror Channel (for that it was called way back) was launched on May 3rd, 2004 on an unsuspecting public. This free-to-air destination for horror fans was filled with some true classics as well as the odd piece of news and some features. After a few months the channel had built up a loyal following and was noticed by a company, Zone Vision Networks Ltd in 2005 and in 2006 the channel was re-...SHARE: READ MORE Horror brings terror home in May
Posted on Saturday 27th April 2019
Apart from the movies in our Invasion Season (Channel premieres for The Darkest Hour, Extraterrestrial and Dark Skies) tune in for the UK TV premiere of Roxy Shith's blood-thirsty thriller Painkillers and channel premieres for horror anthology, Tales That Witness Madness, helmed by Freddie Francis and Neil LaBute's horrifying racial drama Lakeview Terrace, starring Samuel L. Jackson and Patrick Wilson.
Plus, the channel premiere of Paul W.S. Anderson's Resident Evil: Retribution, with Milla Jovovich, returning as iconic heroine Alice.... SHARE: READ MORE Dark forces invade Horror Channel in May
Posted on Thursday 18th April 2019
Dark forces arrive on Horror Channel in May when the UK's most popular genre TV channel unleashes Invasion Season: a collection of Saturday night alien attack sci-fi movies.
The line-up includes Chris Gorak's Moscow-set apocalyptic fantasy, The Darkest Hour, Colin Minihan's wonderfully effective sci-fi shocker Extraterrestrial, Scott Stewart's compulsive alien home-invasion thriller Dark Skies and the high velocity alien battler drama Skyline, directed by Greg and Colin Strause.
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Posted on Monday 18th March 2019
Coming up in April, Horror Channel premieres two playfully affecting horror comedies that both pack a mighty punch.
Todd Strauss-Schulson's entertainingly subversive slasher fantasy The Final Girls, receives its UK TV premiere on Friday 19th April, 9pm, whilst Tom Holland's voracious vampire classic Fright Night will get its Channel premiere on Saturday 13th April, 9pm.
Also, on Friday 12th April, 9pm, there is a TV first for Takashi Shimizu's turbulence-driven supernatural thriller Flight 7500, starring Amy Smart and Ryan Kwanten.
Plus, in an petrifying scare-packed month, there are channel premieres for Peter ...SHARE: READ MORE Hit the road with Horror in March
Posted on Monday 18th February 2019
Apart from our Season of the Dead event throughout March, Horror also wants to take you on a couple of trips, dare you come with us to Ireland, France and a mythical forest?
backpacking trip through Ireland sees the resurrection of a franchise on the 1st and a UK TV premiere for Leprechaun: Origins. Two unsuspecting young couples discover a town's chilling secret when the town's residents offer them an old cabin at the edge of the woods. Soon, they discover that one of Ireland's most famous legends is a terrifying reality. Another UK TV premiere on the 8th, Resurrection of Evil. Jackie Sullivan (Julie Benz), a troubled young woman with a serious alcohol addiction, is released from rehab and given a second chance with a new job a...SHARE: READ MORE All rise for Horror Channel's Season of the Dead
Posted on Monday 18th February 2019
Be prepared for a Zombie invasion as Saturday nights in March on Horror Channel give rise to Season of the Dead, a collection of modern zombie movies. Highlights include the channel premieres of critically-acclaimed Maggie, a heart-breaking take on the Zombie genre starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Joe Dante's Burying The Ex, a radical blend of classic horror and screwball zomedy. There are also welcome returns for post-apocalyptic zombie actioner Extinction, directed by Inside helmer Miguel Angel Vivas, Matthias Hoene's ultra-splatter comedy horror Cockneys Vs Zombies, starring Michelle Ryan and John Erick Dowdle's [REC]-inspired Quarantine.
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Posted on Wednesday 13th February 2019
Grimmfest will be presenting a Zombie Double Bill, in association with Horror Channel's upcoming Season of the Dead on February 20th.
The evening is being held at Plaza Cinema, Stockport with doors opening at 6.30pm for a 7pm start and contains two celebrated gut-munching must sees back on the big screen; Shaun of the Dead and Zombieland.
Shaun of the Dead is the cult horror/comedy starring Simon Pegg, Kate Ashfield and Nick Frost and directed by Edgar Wright, this is your chance to embrace the famous George A. Romero parody on the big screen as a man decides to turn his moribund life around by winning back his ex-girlfriend, reconciling his relationship with his mother and dealin...SHARE: READ MORE UK TV premieres for Redwood and The Tall Man lead Horror Channel's February line-up
Posted on Monday 21st January 2019
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