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By Emily Booth, Thursday 6th April 2017 You better start running and earning those scream queen (or king) stripes because Slasher Season is upon us starting this Friday and continuing every Friday in April, featuring a cutting edge collection of contemporary slashers. While there is some debate here, it all began with Alfred Hitchcock's incomparable and ground breaking thriller Psycho back in 1960. It was that shower scene that firmly cemented the 'slasher' in the public consciousness as a genre with the potential to really mess with your mind!
When it comes to the slasher that we all know and love today, what some refer to as the old school American slasher actually began life with Mario Bava's Bay of Blood, an Italian film in 1971. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, albeit more of a redneck cannibal flick, set up many of the conventions that were to follow in 1974 (along with Black Christmas), but it was John Carpenter's Halloween in 1978 starring Jamie Lee Curtis as the resident Final Girl that was to really engage the horror hungry crowds with its chilling villain Michael Myers. So after that little history lesson, we move on to modern slashers that salute the old school, while simultaneously bringing it up to date with today's society...
Essentially a good slasher needs to be fun; it needs a body bag full of sexy potential victims, a great location, and a killer psycho (one who usually hides behind some kind of mask and has a lot of psychological issues). Cue See No Evil 2's Jacob Goodnight - a brutal barge of a man (played by WWE wrestling legend Kane) with a penchant for hacking up teens and taking ocular trophies, so expect some lovely squelchy eyeball gouging. In the original film, Goodnight was killed, and the sequel picks the action up directly after the first film ended (a la Halloween). This UK TV premiere is directed by the powerhouse twins Jen and Sylvia Soska of American Mary fame, and they bring actresses Danielle Harris and Kathryn Isabelle into this fun sexy mix, set in a mortuary where all the dead bodies from the original film have ended up, with just one problem; Goodnight isn't quite dead... Catch the UK TV premiere of See No Evil 2 this Friday 7th April at 10.50pm.
The following Friday sees a bitchy, back-stabbing slasher where a teen prank backfires, landing a group of friends with a dead body on their hands - one that refuses to stay buried for long - in 2009's Sorority Row, a network premiere Friday 14th April at 10.50pm.
Things get really steamy in the next Slasher Season network premiere with Girlhouse. Indulge your inner Peeping Tom with this cautionary tale for the online generation addicted to social media. A student moves into a beautiful house where every room is rigged with webcams streaming live X-rated content to any Tom, Dick or Harry! Unfortunately for the girls residing within, one 'dick' is about to go from obsessed fan to full blown maniac... Be careful who's hiding behind the screen in the network premiere of Girlhouse on Friday 21st April at 10.50pm.
Our last premiere in Slasher Season is another tale of dangerous obsession with the remake of Prom Night (2008). This time a young girl with a troubled past prepares for the most memorable night of her life, but there's a face from her past waiting in the wings.... Prom Night makes its network premiere on Friday April 28th at 10.50pm.
Slasher Season is your perfect Friday night treat throughout April, so let the screaming begin!
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