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By James Whittington, Tuesday 16th November 2021
Horror Channel comes bearing gory gifts for the Xmas season, presenting eight UK TV premieres, including Abigail Blackmore's gruesome and comically dark Tales From The Lodge, starring Mackenzie Crook, Sophie Thompson and Johnny Vegas, cosmic chiller Sacrifice, starring horror icon Barbara Crampton and Aquaslash, a mad exploitation slasher harking back to the classic 1980s era of gushing blood and teenage turmoil.
Also showing for the first time on British TV are Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead's romantic body horror Spring, Greg McLean's supernatural horror The Darkness, starring Kevin Bacon, deadly thriller, Desolation, Brit monster-munching caper The Young Cannibals and Forget Everything And Run, where The Walking Dead meets The Revenant.
Plus, there are channel premieres for two inspired remakes with all-star casts - The Wolfman, which brings the myth of a man cursed into lycanthropy back to its iconic origins and stars Benicio Del Toro Anthony Hopkins, Emily Blunt and Hugo Weaving, and Psycho (1998), Gus Van Sant's revival of the Hitchcock classic, which stars Anne Hech, Viggo Mortensen, Vince Vaughn, Julianne Moore and William H. Macy.
Here's all the presents we have for you this December:December the 3rd has a double-bill of UK TV premieres, first up its Desolation. A young mother, her son, and her best friend venture into the remote wilderness to scatter her late husband's ashes. On their trek home, they begin to realise that a lone hiker has been following them. A series of disturbing encounters forces the grieving family to confront their deepest fears when the stranger's true motives are revealed. This is followed by the virus ravaged shocker Forget Everything And Run. When a virus ravages a mountain community the survivors must flee from the monsters it created into the barren wilderness. Scavenging, freezing and dying, one family will fight for their lives against marauders hell-bent on revenge. As humanity clings to hope, their only chance for survival is forming an alliance with the monsters that came calling.
A bold remake on the 4th from Oscar winning director Gus Van Sant who revives a Hitchcock classic with an all-star cast, Psycho. Anne Hech stars as the young Marion Crane who flees her old life with $40,000 and makes for California. On her way she stops at a quaint little motel for a good night's sleep and a refreshing shower... Also stars Viggo Mortensen, Vince Vaughn, Julianne Moore and William H. Macy. The 5th December holds another UK TV premiere, Spring. A young man in a personal tailspin flees from the US to Italy, where he sparks up a romance with a woman harbouring a dark, primordial secret. Directed by Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead (Resolution, Synchronic) and starring Lou Taylor Pucci, Nadia Hilker and Francesco Carnelutti. Yet another UK TV premiere on the 10th, grab your swimming costumes for Aquaslash! The Wet Valley Water Park welcomes high school students celebrating their graduation in all their unleashed libido glory. However, in the midst of the ribald romping revels, a black-gloved murderer is tinkering with the water slides and sabotaging the swimming pools. Thrills, chills, spills and screwball comedy meet splashy shocks and gory dismemberment in a chlorine and blood drenched murder mystery.
The UK TV premiers continue on the 11th, The Darkness. A family unwittingly bring a paranormal force home with them after returning from a Grand Canyon vacation. Feeding off of their own fears, the evil presence threatens to destroy them from within as it takes over their home and their lives. Directed by Greg McLean (Wolf Creek), this superior supernatural thriller stars Kevin Bacon and Radha Mitchell. Barbara Crampton stars in the next UK TV premiere on the folk horror Sacrifice. We meet The Young Cannibals on the 17th where a group of friends head to a secluded campsite, planning on spending a relaxing weekend by the lake. What they didn't plan on, was being tricked into eating burgers made of human flesh. This act summons an unrelenting supernatural creature, which will hunt them down one by one. Abandoned in the wilderness, they must fight for their lives if they wish to make it out of the woods in this UK TV premiere.
Another classics gets the remake treatment on the 18th, The Wolfman. Benicio Del Toro plays a haunted nobleman lured back to his family estate after his brother vanishes. Reunited with his estranged father (played by Anthony Hopkins), he sets out to find his brother...and discovers a horrifying destiny for himself. Emily Blunt and Hugo Weaving also star in a riveting tale inspired by the classic Universal film that launched a legacy of horror. The final UK TV premiere for this month is on the 19th, the multi-story shocker Tales from the Lodge. A group of friends gather at a remote lodge to honour a recently-deceased friend. Everyone makes the most of a gloomy situation by celebrating the best way they know how: swapping silly, scary stories that would have earned a giggle from their dearly departed pal. Urban legends about a masked slasher, a paranormal ghost hunt and a post-apocalyptic wasteland soon lose their fun shock value as the sextet become stuck in a true terror tale that exposes dark secrets no one could have possibly foreseen.
Related show tags: AQUASLASH, DESOLATION, FORGET EVERYTHING AND RUN, PSYCHO (1998), SACRIFICE, SPRING, TALES FROM THE LODGE, THE DARKNESS, THE WOLFMAN, THE YOUNG CANNIBALS MORE ARTICLES Arrow Video FrightFest 2022 announces bumper Glasgow Film Festival line-up
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