Booth's Blog: 2016 Is Going To Be A Scream
By Emily Booth, Sunday 27th December 2015
Emily with knifeNobody looks forward to January. Its cold, boring, presents and partying are over and for some reason people choose this already depressing time to cut back on indulgence?! Madness! Well, everyone who tunes in to Horror in January can kiss goodbye to the blues as we bring you our brand new Xtreme Season; a collection of insane, boundary - pushing shocking celluloid guaranteed to have your jaw to the floor. Literally in some cases.

Yes, it’s time to pin your eyelids open as we blitz your frazzled brain with our collection of avant garde movies to really kick start your new year.

I always love a Horror that goes all out for originality, unafraid of where it goes…. the kind of film that gets you excited way before you’ve even seen the trailer. Cue The Human Centipede. The notorious Dutch director Tom Six, (a very amenable chap who never fails to have his audiences in hysterical albeit uncomfortable laughter) came up with his startlingly original Human Centipede story when he got so irritated with someone he said “Won’t someone sew that persons mouth to the ar*e of a fat truck driver.” He then found this idea wonderfully gross and the story was born whereby a deranged yet genius Doctor obsessed with conjoined twins dreams of being the first man to fuse people together, via a shared gastric system. This is strange sick stuff! Three poor people are literally stitched together mouth to butt, with only the ‘head’ of the centipede allowed to eat…..I guess we all know – if we had to choose which end of that human sewer pipe we’d rather be! The film is clinical, stylishly stark and interestingly has a horrifying reality about it, instead of sniggering you find yourself feeling nothing but empathy for the unlucky three. Tom Six even got a surgeon on board to ensure the film is 100% medically accurate!
The Human Centipede has its Network Premiere Saturday 2nd January at 10.55pm

If you think you can stomach it then don’t miss the sequel, Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) which we are proud to say gets it’s UK TV premiere right here on Horror. Taking the postmodern horror route, this film follows shy Martin, a troubled man obsessed with the original film, and determined not only to copy the fictional experiment but to take it one step further. He wants to make his very own centipede with not three but twelve human segments! Shot it gritty black and white this sequel is very different to the first for many stylistic and thematic ways so its not just your usual rehashed movie.
The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) gets its UK TV Premiere Saturday 9th January 10.55pm

The second half of January also proves to be hard hitting with the premieres of Hostel Part II and Hostel Part III up for grabs. Eli Roth, as you know made headlines with the original Hostel becoming the poster boy for a burgeoning sub genre some critics coined ‘torture – porn.’ Whether you like this phrase, or the movies themselves or not it certainly lit a firey debate in the national media. I myself was asked to go on a Radio One debate with Colin Murray about the whole issue of Torture Porn and why we are now in such a desensitised age of horror. The films did revel in set pieces of torture; the human body laid out on a slab and opened up in fascinating horrendous gory detail. People stood up to take notice – or simply stood up and walked out the cinemas. Either way – horror, just as it was in the 80’s was big in the news again and seen as the cultural reflection of a violence – hungry youth. (Ummmm have’t we always had a morbid love of Grand Guignol?)

We could debate about this hot horror topic for ages and everyone has an opinion, so why don’t you watch (or revisit) the movies and make up your own mind? Hostel Part II swaps boys for girls as three art students check in to the wrong hostel in Slovakia finding themselves fodder in a sick auction for a game of torture and death. Look out for the now famous scene referencing the real life Elizabeth Bathory who bathed (apparently) in the blood of virgin girls….
Hostel Part II Saturday 16th January at 10.55pm

Part 3 sees Eli Roth take a directorial step back preferring to produce this one, as Slovakia is swapped for Las Vegas (well they couldn’t keep slamming Eastern Europe eh?!) – the Elite Hunting Club are putting on the most sadistic show on Earth – and everyone’s head has a price!
Hostel Part III gets its UK TV premiere Saturday 23rd January 10.55pm

I think you can agree some amazing premieres coming up in January – see life isn’t so dull after all…..

Tom Paton, director of G-LOC chats about his passion for survival stories and being compared to Roger Corman
Posted in Features, Interviews, Tuesday 14th September 2021
Tom Paton on the set of G-Loc-3-1

Ahead of the Horror Channel premiere of his sci-fi action thriller G-LOC, director Tom Paton reflects on why making movies is like solving a puzzle, his passion for survival stories and being compared to Roger Corman.

Horror Channel will be broadcasting the UK TV premiere of your Sci-fi adventure G-LOC. Excited or what?

It's honesty so strange to me every time Horror Channel debuts one of my movies. The channel has been such a big part of my life growing up and informing my taste in films, that it's always a "pinch myself moment" when I see something that I've made appear on their TV listing. G-LOC is much more of a SCI-FI adventure than any ...

Escape From New York score to be released on blue vinyl
Posted in News, Wednesday 8th September 2021

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.

This is the first time on coloured vinyl for this LP, all previous pressings having been on black vinyl and will be released January 21st, 2022 thanks to Silva Screen Records.

Interview with Sean Nichols Lynch writer and director of Red Snow
Posted in Frightfest, Sunday 5th September 2021

Final film of Arrow Films FrightFest Online Edition 2021 is a fangtastic (sorry) twist on the vampire movie, Sean Nichols Lynch's Red Snow. We had a quick chat about this blood-splattered shocker which has a deep vein of humour running through it.

HC: Where did the idea for Red Snow come from?

SL: I was trying to get a different horror feature financed and was struggling to get it off the ground. It was a frustrating period for me, and I honestly felt like I'd never get to make another film. I happened to run into Dennice, who I knew from my film school days at San Francisco State. We got to talking and I started to think about how great it would be to just drop everything and ...

Interview with Alex Kahuam writer and director of Forgiveness
Posted in Frightfest, Sunday 5th September 2021
Alex Kahuam 1 Forgiveness

Director Alex Kahuam has brought to Arrow Films FrightFest Online Edition a brutal and intelligent film, Forgiveness. Almost devoid of dialogue, it's an excursion into the raw side of reality. Here he chats about this movie and his plans for the future.

HC: Was there one movie you saw when growing up which made you want to go into filmmaking?

AK: When we were kids my brother and I my parents took us a lot to the theaters and this is where everything began for me. I just loved the experience so much and till this day I thank them because they triggered this on me and for many years filmmaking has been my life. While growing up Hollywood films have always be...

Interview with Sarah Appleton co-writer and co-director of The Found Footage Phenomenon
Posted in Frightfest, Sunday 5th September 2021
Sarah Appleton

The final documentary of FrightFest Online Edition looks to one of the most misunderstood genres out there. The Found Footage Phenomenon dissects this often over-looked type of movie with interviews from many key players. We chatted to co-writer and co-director Sarah Appleton about this very informative piece.

HC: Have you always been a fan of horror movies?

SA: Yes, I grew up watching Hammer horror movies and Japanese horror because my dad was a film critic, so I used to look through all his VHS tapes he'd taped off the late night tv and pick something to watch. Evil Dead II was one of the first horror movies I ever saw, aged about 8.

HC: Can you recall the first fo...

Taxi rides and crumbling hotels - Day 5 of Arrow Video FrightFest Online Edition: Part 2
Posted in Frightfest, Sunday 5th September 2021

As we enter the final evening of Arrow Films FrightFest Online Edition 2021 there's still plenty to look forward to starting with a belter from directors Brad Baruh and Meghan Leon, Night Drive. Ride-share app driver Russell picks up his Hollywood fare Charlotte... and his whole life turns upside down. Slipping him a wad of cash, she hires him for the rest of the evening. Their first stop at her ex's place sees Charlotte running out the door clutching a tiny suitcase being chased. They make their escape, but accidentally run over a pedestrian, setting in motion a chain of gruesome events that will go to places Russell could never have imagined in his wildest dreams. What starts off as a simpl...

Interview with Josh Stifter director of Greywood's Plot
Posted in Frightfest, Sunday 5th September 2021

There are a number of monochrome movies at FrightFest this year and one of the stand out ones is Josh Stifter's Greywood's Plot so we had a quick chat with him about it.

HC: Was there one movie you saw when you were younger that made you want to be in the filmmaking business?

JS: Beetlejuice. I saw it when I was 5 years old. My family all got the flu and my mom went and rented it. This was back in the day when you didn't have access as easily to movies so if you rented a movie, it often would get watched a couple times before it was returned. Since we had nothing else to do, we all just laid around sick watching Beetlejuice over and over. I became obsessed. It was the first tim...

Interview with Conor Stechschulte writer of Ultrasound
Posted in Frightfest, Sunday 5th September 2021

Based on his own graphic novel 'Generous Bosom', Conor Stechschulte has written a tight and tense script for Ultrasound which is showing today at Arrow Films Fright Online Edition. We chatted to him about the process of bringing his original idea to the big screen.

HC: Did you know from a young age that you wanted to become a writer?

CS: I did! At about 7 or 8 I went from wanting to be a fighter pilot to wanting to be a writer. My formal education is in visual art, but I've always had narratives at the heart of all the creative work that I make and have never really stopped writing in one form or another.

HC: Was there any one person who inspired you?

CS: I can't...

Interview with Rob Schroeder director of Ultrasound
Posted in Frightfest, Sunday 5th September 2021

The feature debut of Rob Schroeder, producer of Sun Choke and Beyond The Gates, Ultrasound is a startling puzzle box Sci-Fi mystery and playing today at Arrow Films FrightFest Online Event. We chatted to Rob about this chilling movie.

HC: Did you know from a young age that you wanted to be in filmmaking?

RS: Not really. When I was young, I loved going to the movie theatre every week, but I didn't see filmmaking as a career because in my town I didn't know any filmmakers. The movies were always so special for me and even sacred, so at a young age I did sense the magic.

HC: How did become attached to this project?

RS: I developed the project, by reaching out to Cono...

Interview with Peter Daskaloff director and co-writer of Antidote
Posted in Frightfest, Sunday 5th September 2021
Peter Daskaloff Anitdote

Peter Daskaloff has brought his nerve-jangling movie Antidote to FrightFest Online Eidtion 2021 so we chatted to him about this complex and intriguing movie.

HC: What is your writing method when working alongside someone else?

PD: I usually write alone. But for Antidote, I had to hire a co-writer because the subject was complex. I needed another set of eyes to look at it from outside my box. Matt Toronto was recommended to me by my executive producer, Ian Michaels, who has worked with Matt before. The collaboration was a bit bumpy, but the resulting script turned out pretty good.

HC: How did you go about casting the movie?

PD: I had a casti...

Interview with Francesco Erba writer and director of As in Heaven, So on Earth
Posted in Frightfest, Sunday 5th September 2021
Francesco Erba As In Heaven director

As In Heaven, So On Earth mixes the found footage genre with incredible animation to deliver a truly unique take on the format. The movie effortlessly moves from its gothic animation to cutting edge technology footage and brings together a tale which is emotional and utterly heart breaking in equal measure. We chatted to its writer and director Francesco Erba as it plays at FrightFest Online Edition 2021.

HC: Where did the idea for As in Heaven, So on Earth come from?

FE: As in Heaven, So on Earth was born not only from one specific idea but, as very often occurs, from many different ones, different influences and life experien...

Interview with Casey Dillard actor and writer of Killer Concept
Posted in Frightfest, Sunday 5th September 2021

If you managed to catch Driven the other year at FrightFest then you'll need to catch Killer Concept today. Writer Casey Dillard is back alongside director Glenn Payne but this time serial killers are the target. We chatted to Casey about this movie.

HC: It's been a couple of years since we last chatted, apart from Killer Concept, what have you been up to?

CD: Mostly avoiding Covid and trying to find work-arounds so that I can still perform safely.

HC: Where did the idea for Killer Concept come from?

CD: Glenn wanted to make a simple movie with minimal people while our core filmmaking team was unable to go to work so we kicked around a lot of ideas and KC wa...

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