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A Masterpiece, A Cult Favourite And A Time Lord - April On Horror
By James Whittington, Monday 31st March 2014

s LabyrinthHorror Channel’s highlights for April include the Network Premier of Guillermo del Toro’s superlative companion piece to The Devil’s Backbone, Pan’s Labyrinth, the UK TV premiere for Michael J. Gallagher’s Smiley and Network premieres for George Bowen’s The Hearse and Tommy Lee Wallace’s Halloween III: Season Of The Witch. Plus we have a special season of classic adventures from a certain Time Lord.

Here’s everything you need to know:

The Hearse on the 5th concerns Jane Hardy (Trish Van Devere) who decides to stay the summer in the house her aunt left her when she died, to try and recoup from a bad divorce. Little does she know, her aunt practiced witchcraft and is still thought of very badly by the town's citizens. As soon as she moves in, she is haunted by an old black hearse and its creepy driver. Is she going insane or is she truly being menaced?

After learning of an urban legend in which a demented serial killer named Smiley can be summoned through the Internet, mentally fragile Ashley (Caitlin Gerard) must decide whether she is losing her mind or becoming Smiley's next victim. Smiley is an American slasher directed by Michael Gallagher, that also stars Melanie Papalia, Keith David, Shane Dawson, Andrew James Allen, Toby Turner and Liza Weil which can be seen on the 12th.

Pan’s Labyrinth on the 19th is set in 1944, at the end of the Spanish Civil War where Carmen (Ariadna Gil) moves with her young daughter Ofelia (Ivana Baquero) into the country after remarrying brutal Captain Vidal (Sergi Lopez). Finding her harsh new life hard to bear, Ofelia seeks refuge in a mysterious maze next to the house. There a magical faun (Doug Jones) reveals she is the long lost princess of an enchanted kingdom and to discover the truth about herself she must accomplish three perilous tasks nothing has prepared her to face. These mirror her soul-destroying existence helping her cope with the perversions of innocence Fascism represents in this ravishingly presented pitch-black fable for adults.

The only instalment of the Halloween series to abandon the Michael Myers story line, Halloween III on the 26th is an intricate sci-fi horror hybrid about a large Halloween mask-making company that has a diabolical plan to kill millions of American children with something sinister hidden in Halloween masks. Directed by Tommy Lee Wallace and starring Tom Atkins, John Carpenter acted as producer and also co-composed the soundtrack.

Fans of Doctor Who are set to find the TARDIS materialising at a new location this Easter as a selection of the Time Lord’s classic adventures in space and time start screening on Horror Channel. The UK’s prime home for fans of horror, fantasy and sci-fi has completed a deal with BBC Worldwide to broadcast 30 adventures from the Classic series which ran 1963 to 1989 featuring the first seven Doctors, starting with William Hartnell and concluding with Sylvester McCoy. This specially curated season give fans old and new a chance to get re-acquainted with favourite companions Jamie McCrimmon, Jo Grant and Sarah Jane Smith, rogue Time Lords such as The Master, Omega and The Rani and all those iconic monsters including Daleks, Cybermen, Sea Devils and Ice Warriors. The time travels starts April 18th.


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