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By Emily Booth, Thursday 28th May 2015
It’s going to be a summer of psychos on Horror Channel as we bring you our superb Twisted Killers season! When I first heard this I couldn’t help but smile as I thought “Aren’t all killers kind of twisted…?!” But we’re not just talking about your basic hack ‘n slash here, oh no. We’re delving into the meticulous murderer; the gadget - loving killer; the psycho’s who see death as an art form.
With such intricate traps designed for torment and death, one can’t help but almost wonder if these people are mad or in fact genius. It’s a fine line. And with that in mind comes the thinking behind our brilliant Twisted Killers promo and continuity shoot.
The team behind both shoots wanted to hint at my own dubious persuasions; I am of course the Horror host here, but there’s a sense that perhaps I too am a fan of twisted voyeurism, that I could have a secret cellar in my house, and revel in a secret identity…! My clothes reflect that of a dangerous femme fatale in latex rubber with the most insane pair of killer heels I have ever worn (yes they really were heavy covered in hundred of solid metal spikes!) You really would not want to meet me in a dark alley wearing those. Of course the actress in me could not get enough as I played up my dark side for this shoot!
The continuity shoot was art directed by Joni who is brilliant at exploring the themes in the films and using them to create spin off images and sets that reflect the season in subtle and spooky ways. My favourite set up was the contemporary 1960’s inspired one where I wore all white and had images of myself laughing in a psychotic manner projected on to myself; something to evoke the sense that I had a fragmented identity. The gritty celluloid look of the projected images themselves reflected perfectly the last film in the Twisted Killers season; Peeping Tom a 60’s British classic which at the time caused outcry due to its controversial theme exploring voyeurism and murder.
So what of the season itself? We have 4 killer titles to drool over: Horsemen, The Collector, it’s sequel The Collection, and lastly Peeping Tom. I just watched Horsemen and I have to say it’s a brilliantly acted high end thriller in the same vein as Se7en with the same biblical themes running through it, I highly recommend a viewing! From the writers of SAW 4, 5, and 6, The Collector was originally intended as a SAW prequel, an idea that was quashed somewhat but you still have the SAW feel to this movie and get to meet a disturbed masked killer who ‘collects’ people and turns them into morbid works of ‘death art’ in his house of elaborate death traps! Both this and The Collection are really fun and of course twisted! Lastly Peeping Tom, as I said is a British classic following a man mentally damaged as a child who becomes obsessed with capturing on celluloid his victims ‘faces of fear’ during their last dying moments.
So there you have it, a killer season and a killer shoot that I hope brings the movies alive and into your living room!
We always like to hear your thoughts so if you have anything to say on the season then tweet us using #twistedkillers
Horsemen premieres Saturday 6th June at 10.50pm
The Collector premieres Saturday 13th June at 10.50pm
The Collection is on Saturday 20th June at 10.50pm
Peeping Tom is on Saturday 27th June at 10.50pm
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