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…..

A stalker finds himself the prey in Eye Without a Face
Posted in News, Friday 23rd July 2021
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Do you know who's watching this very moment? Brand new horror feature Eye Without a Face from director Ramin Niami (Paris, Shirin In Love) combines chills, thrills and bloody murder to bring the voyeur genre bang up to date.

This edgy movie creeps on to digital 23 August for its UK Premiere from Miracle M.

Holed up in his LA apartment agoraphobic Henry (Dakota Shapiro) spends his days hacking into the webcams of unsuspecting local young women, seeing himself as their protector and guardian angel, rather than what he really is... a stalker. But his creepy peeks take a sinister turn as he starts to suspect one of his 'friends', Laura (Vladka Verevko), is a kil...

See how music can kill in Sound of Violence
Posted in Frightfest, News, Friday 23rd July 2021
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In thrilling new horror Sound of Violence, a young girl recovers her hearing and gains synthetic abilities during the brutal murder of her family. Finding solace in the sounds of bodily harm, as an adult she pursues a career in music composing her masterpieces through gruesome murders.

From the mind of talented new writer-director Alex Noyer and featuring a stunning lead performance from Jasmin Savoy Brown (2022's Scream, The Leftovers), Sound of Violence is being billed as one of the most original and shocking horrors of the year.

After its UK premiere at Arrow Frightfest, Sound of Violence on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital from 30th August than...

Exploitation movie that will bring out the Devil in you!
Posted in News, Friday 23rd July 2021

Directed by Domenico Paolella (The Prey/The Story of a Cloistered Nun), The Nun and the Devil AKA Le Monache di Sant'Arcangelo is a headily erotic tale of seduction and persecution detailing the sinful practices which spill out of a 16th century convent.

When the psychotically ambitious Sister Julia (Anna Heywood) vies to take the place of a dying Mother Superior by any means possible, other inmates start to lose their way. But things take a nasty turn when the nuns are subjected to a violent inquisition and their existence becomes one of torture and degradation.

Made just two years after Ken Russell's notorious Th...

Arrow Video FrightFest 2021 announces second wave of films for August Cineworld event
Posted in Features, Frightfest, Thursday 22nd July 2021

It's full scream ahead as Arrow Video FrightFest 2021 announces its second wave of hugely anticipated Discovery Screen and First Blood titles - a summer collection of provocative, edgy and transgressive entertainment to die for. There are fourteen World and ten European/International premieres amongst the thirty-four films on offer.

Eleven countries are represented, with titles ranging from Canadian entries Bloodthirsty, Amelia Moses' simmering LGBQT+ werewolf movie and sinister isolation thriller Motherly to Francesco Erba's As In Heaven, So On Earth, a stunning Italian blend of live action and Gothic puppet animation. Then there's Peter Bergendy's sumptuous Post Mortem, an epic Hu...

V for Vendetta: Behind the Mask now at The Cartoon Museum
Posted in News, Thursday 22nd July 2021
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The Cartoon Museum has re-opened (no advance booking required) with an exciting new exhibition which celebrates the cultural impact of V for Vendetta from the classic graphic novel to the cult film classic. Tickets are available now and the exhibition is open and will be running until 31st October 2021.

V for Vendetta: Behind the Mask will chart the rise from graphic novel, to hit film and now global phenomenon as a symbol of protest. Securing rare loans from the art department of Warner Bros, The Cartoon Museum will present a history of this modern classic with original artwork and covers, as well as costumes and designs that have never been seen in the UK before.


Horror Channel raises hell in August!
Posted in Features, Tuesday 20th July 2021
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August is a wicked month on Horror Channel, as the UK's number 1 destination for genre films revives some horror, sci-fi and fantasy classics - including Clive Barker's Hellraiser trilogy, which has one of the most stylish and ferociously original horror fantasy franchises ever and Night Of The Living Dead (1990), Tom Savini's colour remake of George Romero's original Night Of The Living Dead, which transcended the world of horror movies to become a film classic .

Other highlights include Re-Animator, the late Stuart Gordon's darkly comic classic, that has been acknowledged as one of the most celebrated, outrageous and original horror films of all ti...

Fulci's The Psychic getting a Shameless release
Posted in News, Saturday 17th July 2021
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Shameless is prud to present Lucio 'The Godfather of Gore' Fulci's The Psychic (aka Murder To the Tune of the Seven Black Notes) like never seen before, extensively restored from new 2K-scanned materials on August 9th.

Jennifer O'Neill, fresh from Luchino Visconti's The Innocent, plays Virginia, a woman who has had psychic powers since childhood when she sensed her mother's suicide... Now newly married, Virginia becomes plagued by waking visions of bloody deaths and meaningless torment. With the aid of her parapsychologist friend (Marc Porel), she tries to uncover the meaning of the unwanted visions only to discover they are premonitions of future deaths...


Original Vs Remake: Which one do you prefer?
Posted in Features, Thursday 15th July 2021

Horror Channel has always celebrated the classics as well as the more recent chillers around. Inevitably we come across some remakes which have either caused celebration or contention among viewers.

But are all remakes bad? Here's five of the finest which are showing at the moment on Horror.

Night of the Living Dead (1990)
SFX maestro Tom Savini was given the job of bringing George A Romero's all-time classic back to the big screen, and in doing so gave the classic a colourful retelling. Set during an unexplained event, namely the dead rising from their graves, strangers stranded in a house battle the undead as well as themselves. Tony Todd, Patricia Tallman, and Tom Towles ta...

FrightFest resurrects its New Blood quest for new writers
Posted in Frightfest, Tuesday 13th July 2021
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As Arrow Video FrightFest stalks the dark recesses of the big screen again, the search resumes for new writers in the horror genre through its New Blood initiative. New Blood reunites FrightFest with Giles Edwards of Queensbury Pictures with its mission to find emerging UK-based writers dedicated to the genre and nurture their projects from script to screen. Queensbury is ultimately interested in buying the finished script rather than the idea, and so, this year all successful final candidates if selected should be able to send even a rough draft of the first ten pages of their script through with their acceptance.

Already the scheme has delivered two new projects: Broadcast ...

Arrow Video FrightFest unveils first wave of twenty-five films for August 2021 Cineworld event
Posted in Frightfest, Thursday 8th July 2021
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Arrow Video FrightFest, the UK's biggest horror and fantasy film festival, is back at the Cineworld Leicester Square from Thursday August 26 - Monday 30 August for five days of the very best of global genre cinema.

The internationally renowned event leads the way in attesting to the versatility of the genre and, despite the interruptions caused by the pandemic, this year is no exception as the twenty-five films to be presented in the main screens are revealed. They include four world premieres and eight International/European premieres.

Global events over the past eighteen months have not only altered most people's lives but have had a profoundly i...

Halloween Kills - New poster and trailer
Posted in News, Sunday 4th July 2021
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Universal Pictures has unleashed the official trailer for Halloween Kills, coming to UK cinemas October 15.

In 2018, David Gordon Green's Halloween, starring icon Jamie Lee Curtis, killed at the box office, earning more than $250 million worldwide, becoming the highest-grossing chapter in the four-decade franchise and setting a new record for the biggest opening weekend in history for a horror film starring a woman.

And the Halloween night when Michael Myers returned isn't over yet.

Minutes after Laurie Strode (Curtis), her daughter Karen (Judy Greer) and granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak) left masked monster Michael Myers caged and burning in La...

Space: 1999 - Soundtracks to get the vinyl treatment
Posted in News, Sunday 4th July 2021
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The latest Silva Screen release in their series exploring the musical worlds of Gerry Anderson is the most extensive yet and incorporates two separate Double LP releases.

Space: 1999 (showing weekdays at 6pm on Horror) ran for two series from 1976 to 1977 and depicted the occupants of Moonbase Alpha and their struggle for survival when, after the explosion of a nuclear waste dump, the Moon is hurtled into space.

The series was the most expensive produced for British television at that time and the most musically diverse of all the shows made by Anderson for ITC. Gerry Anderson's long-time musical partner in all the previous adventures was Barry Gray and Space: 1999 proved t...

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