ARTICLES

LATEST | FEATURES | INTERVIEWS | NEWS | FRIGHTFEST | REVIEWS

Booth’s 1st Bloody Oscars!
By Emily Booth, Tuesday 18th February 2014

eboothHorror Channel has asked me to blog for them and I’m feeling the creative twitches coming thick and fast now I have this outlet to express myself! People who know me, know that I am incredibly honest, love to get a bit deep and meaningful, and love my horror (obviously) and the culture that surrounds it. You can expect this horror blog to be a bit like a peek into Emily Booth’s diary splattered with horror news, views and opinion from the depths of the dark universe.

Right now, you can’t have missed the world is hotting-up to awards season! The BAFTAs (Sunday 16th Feb) for once actually proved to be quite a glamorous affair with Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt in tow alongside Leonardo Di Caprio and Bradley Cooper. While 12 Years a Slave (directed by the British Steve McQueen) got Best Film, it was the brilliant Sci-Fi tour de force Gravity scooping the most nods with a whopping six BAFTAs including Best British Film. Now while this is a result many of us are thinking umm? British? What makes a film British when its leads are American and the production company is major Hollywood studio Warner Brothers?! BAFTA said the film still fell into ‘British Film’ territory due to it being shot at Shepperton among other factors – but these days with films being multinational in terms of its cast, crew and financing, how does one define what makes a film British or American or even ‘Hollywood?’ That said while Gravity may have eyebrows raised with its ‘Best British Film’ BAFTA win, and even though it’s not Horror obviously, it is refreshing for us genre fans to see a Sci-Fi film heavy on visual effects win more awards then the worthy biopics!

Then of course there are the ever-controversial Oscars coming up on March 2nd. Now let’s face it, horror hounds have often complained about the lack of brilliant thought provoking Horror films to get Oscar nominations, and they’d be justified in thinking this. However, when you consider the average Oscar member voting for films is 62 years old, it’s perhaps no wonder Horror is not one of their favourite genres. However, to avoid total despondence, and as this is my blog I thought I’d compile a wee list of the horrors from 2013 that should be up there rubbing shoulders with the media darlings of the mainstream movie world. I know a lot will disagree and want to add to the list and feel free – but here are Booth’s 1st Bloody Oscars!

Sleep Tight

An outing from Spanish director Jaume Balaguero known for the REC films, I can’t understand why Spanish Horror is not more recognised by the mainstream, its nearly always brilliant, and in my opinion Orphanage should have won a bona fide Oscar anyway. This creepy thriller hits close to home exposing just how vulnerable we really are, even under lock and key in our own beds! Guaranteed to make you check the doors and under your bed, this is an intense and clever piece of cinema.

Antiviral

Directed by Brandon Cronenberg – yes it’s time to get excited for he really is 'the son of David!' And following in his father’s shoes the theme of this movie explores how science and the body mesh with disturbing consequences whilst making profound commentary on the world we live in.  Set in a world addicted to celebrity it seems even the diseases of the rich and famous have become desirable experiences, and so we enter the bizarre world of virus salesman Sid March. We need a bit of weird back in the genre!

Cabin In The Woods

OK, yes it’s a little silly towards the end, but this postmodern take on all the horror genres and rules that drive them is perfectly pitched to deliver a fun popcorn night out at the movies with great plot twists and bloody mayhem. A real crowd pleaser with some clever undertones!

Sinister

Ethan Hawke is BRILLIANT as the obsessive crime writer willing to go to any lengths to write that next best seller, but after moving into the home of a hideous murder scene, Hawke discovers a box of Super 8 movies, and boy does he get a story! Genuinely creepy, well shot and superbly acted.

A lot of people are citing The Woman in Black as a top movie of 2013 and while I agree I enjoyed it more than I thought, I’m sorry but as a fan of the original, I can’t give a remake a Bloody Oscar!

So that’s pretty much it folks, the closest the Horror Genre gets to an Oscar this year is in the staggering 10 nominations for  Sci-Fi flick Gravity directed by Alfonso Cuaron. This is a cinema defining film, I totally loved it, feeling more like a simulation this is one of the only films of recent times that left me feeling breathless! So I do hope it wins.

That’s it for now devious darlings, next week I’ll share my nightmares!


MORE FEATURES
Horror Channel to present a Halloween double-bill of Corin Hardy's The Hallow and Ante Novakovic's Fright Fest.
Posted on Tuesday 15th September 2020
Horror Channel Halloween social

October boasts eleven premieres on Horror Channel, including a hellish Halloween night double-bill of Corin Hardy's impressive Irish monster movie debut The Hallow and Ante Novakovic's rampant Halloween slasher Fright Fest. Both channel premieres will be broadcast on Saturday 31 October, at 9pm and 10.55pm respectively.

There are also four prime-time UK premieres: Demon chiller Firstborn, with Misfits star Antonia Laura Thomas, hashtag horror Selfie From Hell, the haunting, award-winning Echoes Of Fear and the pint-sized gold-digger is back in the sequel, Leprechaun Returns.

There are five further channel premieres: Pet, a twisted tale of obsession and ...

SHARE: READ MORE
Carpenter, King and Hodder usher in Horror Channel's September line-up of prime-time premieres
Posted on Thursday 20th August 2020
Horror Channel Sept - banner

Carpenter, King and Kane Hodder... genre royalty ushers in Horror Channel's September line-up of prime-time premieres, including the UK TV premiere of outlandish Brit Zom Com Shed of the Dead, starring Ewen MacIntosh, Lauren Socha, Emily Booth, Kane Hodder, Bill Moseley, Michael Berryman and Brian Blessed, followed by the Channel premieres of hard-core space thriller John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars, starring Natasha Henstridge, Ice Cube, Jason Statham and Pam Grier, and A Good Marriage, a gripping psychological thriller based on the Stephen King novella.

There are also UK TV premieres for supernatural heist thriller The Vault, starring James Franco, and Blumhouse...

SHARE: READ MORE
Interview with acting legend Barbara Crampton about her role in Reborn
Posted on Wednesday 19th August 2020
Barbara Crampton Red Dress

Ahead of Horror Channel's UK TV premiere of Julian Richards' Reborn, on Saturday 22 August, actress, producer and genre icon Barbara Crampton reflects on how You're Next changed the direction of her career, the joy of discovering new talent and the possibility of directing one day...

HC: Talk about art imitating real life! Reborn is about a B-Movie actress trying to get back in the game after a career rough patch. Is that what you responded to in the script?

BC: That was certainly something I could relate to. As I hit my late 30's, jobs started to dry up and the phone didn't ring as often. I was married around that time and my husband convinced me to move to San F...

SHARE: READ MORE
Arrow Video FrightFest announces August Digital Edition line-up and Horror Channel sponsors talent-seeking First Blood strand
Posted on Tuesday 28th July 2020
FrightFest Online-Logo-3_NEW

The UK's most popular horror and fantasy film festival celebrates its 21st bloody year with a special Digital edition, showcasing twenty-five films, from Thursday 27th August to Monday 31st August, including seven world premieres and sixteen UK premieres. Ten countries are represented from four continents in a deadly, daring and diverse programme exclusively presented to UK audiences.

Passes and tickets will go on sale Saturday 1 August and details on how to access the event and choose which films to watch are on the FrightFest website. All film screenings will be geo-locked to UK audiences and only accessible from within the United Kingdom.

The men...

SHARE: READ MORE
Horror Channel highlights six summer weekend shockers in its August premiere line-up
Posted on Thursday 16th July 2020
Horror Chanel - Aug banner

August is a wicked month on Horror Channel, as the UK's most popular small-screen destination for genre fans presents six summer weekend shockers, five FrightFest hits including the UK TV premieres of Julian Richards, Reborn, a Carrie for the Z Generation, starring horror icon Barbara Crampton, Jordan Barker's Witches In The Woods, an unrelenting assault of pure terror, Alistair Legrand's highly unusual genre-blending chiller, The Diabolical and Milan Todorovic's sharp-teethed, seductive Killer Mermaids. All these films received FrightFest premiere screenings.

There is also a channel premiere for another FrightFest title, The Windmill Massacre, where Friday The 13th...

SHARE: READ MORE
Horror Channel brings suspense and splatter to its July line-up
Posted on Tuesday 16th June 2020

Horror Channel brings plenty of suspense and splatter to July's line-up with the UK TV premiere of The Rezort, where 'The Walking Dead' meets 'Jurassic World'. Starring Dougray Scott and Jessica De Gouw, this fast-paced, gory horror is directed by Outpost franchise helmer Steve Barker.

There are also channel premieres for Damien Mace and Alexis Wajsbrot's cleverly sinister Don't Hang Up, where an invisible predator turns the tables on two online prankers, and Paul W.S Anderson's cult gaming adaptation Resident Evil, with Milla Jovovich and Michelle Rodriguez in blistering form.

Plus, there are welcome returns for No One Lives, director Ryuhei Kitamura's taut, tension-laden cat-and-mouse thriller,...

SHARE: READ MORE
Horror Channel brings shocks aplenty in June with star-studded Spine-Chiller Season
Posted on 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.

There are also UK TV premieres for the sharply eerie Nails, starring Shauna Macdonald and Ross Noble and the deadly Viral, ...

SHARE: READ MORE
They killed his wife. Framed him for murder. Now he hunts them! First Wave coming to Horror
Posted on Monday 27th April 2020

If its action packed, sci-fi infused drama you are after then First Wave is the series for you. With Hollywood legend Francis Ford Coppola on board as one of the Executive Producers the series ran for 66 action-packed episodes which managed to combine high-quality drama with a cool conspiracy theory strand.

The series concentrates on former thief now Security Specialist Cade Foster (Sebastian Spence), as he struggles to uncover an alien conspiracy by deciphering prophecies from Nostradamus as well as being on the run for a murder he did not commit. Along the way he meets The Gua, an alien race of hybridised genetic clones who are focused on enslaving the human race.

Now, the problem with informi...

SHARE: READ MORE
Horror Channel marks May with the return of the monstrous Victor Crowley and David Tennant in sadistic mood
Posted on Wednesday 15th April 2020

Apocalyptic nightmares, the return of the monstrous Victor Crowley, David Tennant in sadistic mood and an all-star classic vampire tale... Horror Channel marks May with eight prime-time Channel premieres, including armrest-clutching shocker Bad Samaritan, starring a serial-killing David Tennant, Victor Crowley, Adam Green's horrifying rebooted journey back to the haunted, blood-drenched bayou, Francis Ford Cappola's powerful Bram Stoker's Dracula, starring Gary Oldman as the immortal Count, and Cell, best-selling horror author Stephen King's acclaimed tech-inspired apocalyptic nightmare, starring John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson.

Further premium premieres include Russell Mulcahy's iconic s...

SHARE: READ MORE
Kim Newman looks to the future and reports on Horror's up and coming Classic Sci-Fi Weekend
Posted on Monday 6th April 2020

The 1950s are remembered as the rock 'n' roll years - Bill Haley and Elvis, Little Richard and Chuck Berry - but also as the dawn of the atomic era, the height of the cold war, and the decade when science fiction movies reigned. A fad for futuristic design meant cars sported sharkfins like Flash Gordon's spaceship, and refrigerators were streamlined behemoths like the lumbering robots of pulp magazines. It was an uneasy, nervous decade - caught between optimism and terror, envisioning future homes full of gleaming labour-saving devices but also beasts from outer space or the dawn of time rampaging across the land, leaving radioactive debris in their wake. At the end of the classic The Thing From Another World (1951), ...

SHARE: READ MORE
Horror Channel has such sights to show you with broadcast of Hellraiser Trilogy
Posted on Wednesday 1st April 2020

Fridays on Horror brings you a box of not so nice delights as we open a puzzle known as the Lament Configuration and deliver Hellraiser, Hellbound: Hellraiser II and Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth.

We begin April 3rd at 10.50pm with Clive Barker's Hellraiser. Frank Cotton (Sean Chapman) has solved the mystery of the Lament Configuration puzzle box, a sort of evil Rubik's cube. Unfortunately he inadvertently opens a doorway to Hell and, in death, enters the world of the Cenobites, a race of sadistic supernatural beings led by a bald Cenobite (Doug Bradley). Brought back from the edge of damnation by the blood of his brother, Larry (Andrew Robinson), Frank rises to feed on the souls of others. But he needs ...

SHARE: READ MORE
Horror Channel celebrates Sci-Fi B-Movies with Classic Sci-Fi Weekend in April
Posted on Tuesday 24th March 2020

Horror Channel also celebrates the Sci-fi B-Movie with a Classic Sci-Fi Weekend, featuring the channel premieres of mutant octopus-rampaging It Came From Beneath The Sea, Fred F. Sears' saucer-invading caper Earth Vs The Flying Saucers, Sears' rampaging alien bird yarn The Giant Claw, Jack Arnold's thought-provoking classic The Incredible Shrinking Man and Nathan Juran's Ray Harryhausen inspired 20 Million Miles To Earth.

Broadcast on Saturday 11 April and Sunday 12 April from 2pm, the season also includes more strange creatures and alien invaders with The Thing From Another World, This Island Earth and Journey To The Far Side Of The Sun.

Full film details in transmission order...

SHARE: READ MORE
Features Archive: 2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007
PICK OF THE WEEK
The Mummy
THE MUMMY
Sunday 4th October
7.00 PM
Tales From The Darkside
TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE
Sunday 4th October
8.30 PM
Retreat
RETREAT
Tuesday 29th September
9.00 PM