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Booth's Blog: The rise of the 'One Room Horror'
By Emily Booth, Tuesday 17th January 2017
Emily Booth Seat SmallWe all know location, location, location is of paramount importance in Horror. The location of a film often dictates the story and the atmosphere, sometimes even becoming a character in itself (Overlook Hotel, anyone?!) But where do directors look to when every single location from house to windmill to lighthouse has already been done to death? They give themselves an even bigger challenge; contain the horror all inside one room, or one location. Strip away the layers of grand Guignol, impressive sets, and creepy traditional buildings, and place the emphasis of the terror on good script, acting, and tension; the raw ingredients of good horror. I imagine it also helps to cut the budget, too! The 'one room horror' has seen all manner of seemingly mundane locations become tools of terror, such as Elevator (2011), The Killing Room (2009), and to some extent, SAW (2004). One film which really took this to extreme levels was Buried (2010), starring Ryan Reynolds as the unfortunate 'buried' victim. Set entirely inside a coffin, the film completely centres the action around one very tight spot indeed, with a man taken hostage and buried alive with only a lighter and a mobile phone for company. The film was an instant hit with the critics, and its writer Chris Sparling was shortly asked to pen another claustrophobic flick, ATM, which just so happens to be our Network Film Premiere this Friday at 9pm.

ATMAs the title suggests, the film takes place almost entirely inside an isolated glass ATM cubicle on a desolate parking lot, which I think may be more of an American thing. The plot sees three bankers (Brian Geraghty, Alice Eve, Josh Peck) on their way home from an office Christmas Party when a casual stop at said ATM machine culminates in their unfortunate arrest inside. Their assailant is a parka-wearing psycho, his face always hidden, his motive never made clear, his next move unpredictable. Perhaps he wants to make a point about evil corporate bankers getting their just punishment? I can't say I blame him if that is indeed his motive, however this element is ambiguous. What follows is a tense cat and mouse game whereby the three are tormented inside an increasingly cold ATM booth, with every hope of help soon extinguished as the psychopath brutally murders any passing dog walker or policeman in front of their very eyes. Yes, this is a man with a plan as he fiddles with the ATM's temperature control, fills it with water, and other dastardly diaboliques! They should have stuck to online banking perhaps.

ATM is a smart claustrophobic and inventive thriller receiving its Network Premiere on Friday 20th January at 9pm.


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Posted in Frightfest, Tuesday 2nd June 2020
FrightFest Halloween 2020

Due to the continuing Covid-19 restrictions on social distancing, Arrow FrightFest's traditional five day event in August has been regretfully put on hold. Instead, the organisers are planning to expand their traditional all-day Halloween event at the end of October.

Alan Jones, co-director, said today: "Sadly, we won't be able to come together and celebrate our 21st year in the summer but rest assured, we will make our London Halloween event one to remember. FrightFest has always been about the genre community joining together, not just to embrace films but to demonstrate our unique spirit of supportive closeness".

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Posted in Reviews, Monday 1st June 2020
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One of the most famous films of the last couple of decades or so, Japanese shocker Ju-On: The Grudge from director Takashi Shimizu was an expertly crafted journey into the paranormal. A few sequels and remake later and we arrive at a new version of the idea, this time the horror has never been more violent.

When someone dies in the grip of a powerful rage, a curse is born. It gathers in the place of death but cannot be contained. Once you encounter it...it will never let go.

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Alien invasion, English style!
Posted in News, Sunday 31st May 2020
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The deadliest plague has come from above!

In a rural English town, two police officers begin their normal shift but soon realise something is wrong. With residents behaving strangely and horrific events unfolding before their eyes, they learn they are under attack from terrifying alien creatures and must fight to defend their town and community.

Starring Katherine Drake and Ritchie Crane, written and directed by award-winning VFX artist and filmmaker Neil Rowe (Robot World), Alien Outbreak will be available to own on DVD and Digital from 20th July from Dazzler Media.

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Posted in News, Saturday 30th May 2020
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A sci-fi/horror sleeper hit that birthed a franchise and launched the career of a new action movie icon, Pitch Black holds its own today as a nerve-shredding creature-feature in which the monsters outside finally meet their match against a monster within.

When an intergalactic transport ship crashes on a remote desert planet with no sign of help on the horizon, the survivors, led by Fry (Radha Mitchell), band together to find a way back home. Among the passengers is Riddick (Vin Diesel), a convicted murderer being transported by marshal Johns (Cole Hauser) - and now freed of his chains and on the loose. But as a solar eclipse plunges the planet into total darkness, a threat eve...

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Posted in News, Saturday 30th May 2020

Titans of terror George A. Romero and Stephen King deliver yet another selection of blood-curdling tales in Creepshow 2, the follow-up to the 1982 horror classic. Arrow Video will be giving this classic the release it deserves on Blu-ray on 13th July.

In "Old Chief Wood'nhead", a group of young hoodlums face retribution from an unlikely source after looting a local hardware store. Meanwhile, "The Raft" sees a group of horny teens wishing they'd read the warning signs first before taking a dip in a remote lake. Finally, an uptight businesswoman finds herself with some unwanted company following a hit-and-run incident in "The Hitch-hiker".

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You're going to need a bigger sofa... Doctor Who - The Monster Vault opening soon
Posted in News, Tuesday 26th May 2020
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From the notorious Daleks, to the evil Stenza warrior T'zim-Sha and the ancient Thijarians, The Monster Vault features in-depth profiles on each monster, showing the Doctor's most dangerous enemies in their natural habitat and unveiling their secret histories. You will also discover how monsters were created and designed, through exclusive behind-the-scenes interviews, anecdotes, case studies and unseen artwork.

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Horror Channel brings shocks aplenty in June with star-studded Spine-Chiller Season
Posted in Features, News, Thursday 21st May 2020

There are star-studded shocks aplenty on Horror Channel in June, courtesy of the Spine-Chiller Season - a selection of supernatural mysteries to get your summer off to a very scary start. Scheduled for Saturday nights at 9pm, the season is headed by the Channel premiere of the moody and violent chiller Gothika, starring Halle Berry, Robert Downey Jr. and Penelope Cruz. Other titles include Kevin Bacon's career launcher Stir of Echoes, the gripping US-remake of The Grudge, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, and the terrifying supernatural thriller Pay the Ghost, starring Nicholas Cage.

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Posted in News, Sunday 17th May 2020
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Posted in News, Sunday 17th May 2020
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