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Classic slasher, Hatchet for the Honeymoon gets Blu-ray treatment
By James Whittington, Tuesday 18th January 2022
Hatchet for The Honeymoon

From director Mario Bava, the Godfather of Italian horror, comes Hatchet for the Honeymoon, a superlative early 70s slasher which places us and the erstwhile filmmaker back in the realm of the Gialli feature, a cinematic sub-genre he practically invented. Limited to 3000 units this edition from 88 Films is avai.able now.

With echoes of Psycho (1960) and Peeping Tom (1960), this unsettling production sees troubled protagonist John Harrington (Stephen Forsythe) turning to a life of serial killing. Refused a divorce by his uncaring wife, and haunted by childhood trauma John takes out his murderous frustrations on a string of would-be brides who innocently cross his path.

Undoubtedly an influence on later movies like Maniac (1980), and a host of other chillers, this often-overlooked piece from one of Europe's finest, is a smart, beautifully stylised, gory delight.

Extras:

Rigid Slipcase with New Artwork From Colin Murdoch
40 Page Perfect Bound Book featuring "Don't Stain the Staircase" - By Barry Forshaw and "Un-American Psycho: On the Trail of the European Movie Maniac" by Andrew Graves
A3 Fold-out Poster
Remastered HD Transfer from the 35mm Internegative with additional Cleanup performed by 88 Films.
High Definition (1080p) Presentation in 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio
2.0 Dual Mono DTS-HD Master Audio English Soundtrack
Audio Commentary by Giallo Cinema Export Troy Howarth and Nathaniel Thomson
Meet the Bavas - An Interview with Renowned Director Lamberto Bava
Working With A Master - An Interview with Assistant Camerman Gianlorenzo Battaglia
English Trailer


Related show tags: MANIAC, PEEPING TOM
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Horror is moving from channel 69 to channel 41 on Freeview from May 25th
Posted in Features, Tuesday 24th May 2022
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Horror Channel is moving to a new home on Freeview, find us on channel 41 from the 25th May 2022.

Go to Freeview for more information on how to continue watching.

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Ever wanted to see what Sense-Sphere Marble Vinyl looked like?
Posted in News, Thursday 19th May 2022
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"They are hostile, these Sensorites, but in the strangest possible way..."

Demon Records presents a narrated TV soundtrack from the very first series of Doctor Who, The Sensorites starring William Hartnell as the Doctor.

The TARDIS lands on board a spaceship, in orbit around a planet known as the Sense-Sphere. The Doctor and his companions learn that the human crew have been imprisoned on their craft by the Sensorites, who blame them for the introduction of a fatal disease. When the Sensorites steal the TARDIS lock, the travellers are forced to go with the aliens to their planet and attempt to broker peace between the races. But ...

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Celebrate the music of Alan Silvestri thanks to Silver Screen Records
Posted in News, Thursday 19th May 2022
Alan Silvestri Album

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In 2015, renowned Hollywood composer Alan Silvestri was lauded for his outstanding contribution to screen music in a career which extends over forty years. With over 100 film and TV credits he has created memorable music for many of the most revered and profitable films of the modern era including Back to The Future, ...

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Escape from New York score to be released on red vinyl
Posted in News, Thursday 19th May 2022
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Originally released on the 31st of July 2015, the vinyl edition of John Carpenter's classic 1981 thriller, Escape from New York mirrored the expanded CD release from 2000, with over 20 minutes of previously unreleased music plus music from scenes deleted from the final print and original dialogue highlights.

The masters for that CD were re-mixed from the original multi-track session tapes by long-time Carpenter associate Alan Howarth making it a true unmissable release.

Silva Screen Records will re-release this score on red vinyl for the first time on May 27th.

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Posted in News, Thursday 19th May 2022
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Issued on limited edition white vinyl is Max Richter's emotive and minimal score to Damon Lindelof's TV series The Leftovers which is about a post-apocalyptic global event where 2% of the world's population disappears without explanation. Richter's approach explores the feelings of the protagonist's family, the Garveys, through intimate, small-scale music.

He tackles this psychological landscape by bringing a ritual quality to the score, while themes of departure and loss are represented by a sense of sonic decay, relying on the instrumentation of a few sustained tones on pianos, harps and celesta.

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Doctor Who soundtrack now in orange!
Posted in News, Thursday 19th May 2022
Doctor Who Series 1 and 2 Soundtrack

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Horror Channel continues to unlock The Vintage Vault this June with Sunday night classic genre double-bills
Posted in Features, Thursday 19th May 2022
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Horror Channel launches assault of premieres for June plus further seasons of Farscape
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Wyrmwood: Apocalypse - Blu-ray review
Posted in Reviews, Saturday 30th April 2022
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101 Films
Certificate 18
***

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From Rob Savage comes Dashcam
Posted in News, Saturday 30th April 2022
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The Boy Behind the Door - Blu-ray review
Posted in Reviews, Friday 29th April 2022
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Acorn Media
Certificate 15
****

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Interview with Stewart Sparke, director of Book of Monsters
Posted in Interviews, Friday 29th April 2022
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HC: Did you know from a young age that you wanted to be a film director?

SS: I remember first realising that I wanted to make films during one of many viewings of The Mummy (1999) on VHS in my bedroom on an old 15" TV. I became quite obsessed with the film and tried to make all my friends come over to watch it ...

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