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By James Whittington, Tuesday 25th September 2012
Horror Channel will be slicing its way through our TV schedules every Friday night throughout October as it celebrates slasher films, both classic and contemporary. From October 5th there will be four double-bills, headed up by four UK TV premieres.
Seen as the most controversial of horror film sub-genres, the slasher film has delighted fans for over 30 years with its iconic psychopaths, trend-setting special effects, horny teenagers and outrageous plotlines.
Friday 5th - Going To Pieces: The Rise And Fall Of The Slasher Film/Black Christmas
The season kicks off with the premiere of Going To Pieces: The Rise And Fall Of The Slasher Film a documentary which features a host of genre legends including Wes Craven, Rob Zombie and John Carpenter, who take us on a journey to the darkest recesses of cinematic shock. This is followed by the cult classic from 1974, Black Christmas. Bob Clark’s Sorority House horror classic stars Olivia Hussy and influenced such spine-chilling greats as Halloween and Scream.
Friday 12th - Wreckage/Prom Night
Next up is the premiere of the bone-crunching Wreckage. Directed by John Mallory Asher the film concerns four friends who head to a scrap yard to look for spare parts - but soon realise the only spare parts they'll be getting their hands on are their own! This is followed by high-school slasher favourite Prom Night, starring the original scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis and Leslie Nielson. There is also an actress in the film called Liz Stalker-Mason.
Friday 19th - Stalker/Happy Birthday To Me
Martin Kemp, the famed actor/musician has turned his hand to horror, bringing us his impressive directorial debut Stalker. It's not often that a woman stalks another woman in this genre and here Jane March, who found fame in The Lover, plays the part of a psychotic female to chilling perfection. This is double-billed with Happy Birthday To Me which stars Melissa Sue Anderson as a high school senior whose birthday party guests are being killed off one by one...
Friday 26th - The Tortured/Maniac Cop
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