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By Emily Booth, Tuesday 21st April 2015
Last week my latest Horror Channel assignment take me to trendy Dalston in East London to shoot my presenter links for all the film premieres coming up in May. As ever our Art Director delved deep into the human psyche to come up with an original set to reflect (in various obscure and abstract ways!) the themes pervading the films themselves and as you can see from my behind the scenes photos it’s all rather pagan!
May is a very mixed up body bag of Horror goodies with body snatching parasites, tattoos that come to life, cursed Scarecrows, Apache Indian possession to name but a few tales of the darkside coming your way next month.
The idea for this shoot was that I were the curator of a somewhat grotesque art gallery, surrounded by rusty murderous implements, skulls and obscure skeletons in pretty birdcages. There were also some pretty gruesome things hanging from the trees on our set too which we had to keep refrigerated until we were ready to roll in order to avoid a horrible smell, I’ll just have to let you watch the late night links to figure out exactly what these were…..! I’ve been assured that they were organic!
You wouldn’t necessarily think tractors and haystacks would be particularly frightening but for some reason ‘the farmyard’ often features in horror movies, especially in America. It must be the fear of those hillbilly hicks with their old superstitious ways! On Horror we already show Dark Night of the Scarecrow and Squeal now we have a new horror to add to the Farmyard horror ilk (have I just invented a new subgenre?!) Messengers 2 The Scarecrow. This UK premiere is a prequel of sorts to Messengers with Twilight’s Kristen Stewart. We meet the family who begun the whole farmyard curse in the first place; A down on his luck farmer with a killer crow problem discovers a hideous Scarecrow in his barn and on the advice of his strange neighbour erects it, much to his sons horror. Soon his fields are ripe with successful corn but when strange things occur he realizes the Scarecrow has a price! Messengers 2 The Scarecrow premieres on Friday 1st May at 9pm.
My other must see movie premieres in May are Savaged and Splinter. Both films get rave reviews from all the critics online, I’m yet to see Savaged so will be checking this out but remember loving Splinter when it came out in 2008. Following a loved up couple and a convict who become trapped in a petrol station by a flesh hungry parasite that injects it’s victims with infectious spikes rendering them lifeless. The spikes have the power to reanimate the bodies and it turns out the original parasite is mutating and gaining in bodymass with each human kill. It reminds me of The Thing and is old school creature feature fun from start to finish, definitely check this network premiere out on Saturday 30th May at 10.50pm.
Savaged is pure female revenge and will literally have you screaming at the screen as you root for our poor violated heroine. Take a character that you really care about add some horrid redneck murderers, mix in an Apache Indian Warrior and you’ve got a movie that has murder, spiritual possession and revenge that does not hold back for a second! A deaf girl is violated by a gang and left for dead in the desert but when a Native American finds her body he resurrects her using a tribal ceremony, but it just so happens the spirit of an angry Apache Warrior enters her body giving her the fuel, skills and spirit to exact intense bloody revenge on her assailants; very very satisfying indeed.
Savaged is a UK premiere and you can catch it on Saturday 16th 10.55pm
Remember to join me for my movie premiere introductions where you can see the fruits of our labour in all their gory glory!
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