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By Emily Booth, Sunday 27th December 2015 Nobody 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…..
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