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Drag Me To Hell, Starry Eyes and Black Sheep amongst nine prime-time film premieres on Horror Channel in September
By James Whittington, Sunday 20th August 2017

Horror Channel has nine prime-time film premieres in September including the UK premiere of Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer's stunning contemporary occult tale of Hollywood ambition and possession, Starry Eyes.

There are also network premieres for Sam Raimi's ferociously terrifying Drag Me To Hell, Eli Roth's splatter sensation Hostel, Mike Mendes' ultimate B-Movie experience Big Ass Spider, Jonathan King's zombie sheep gore comedy Black Sheep, James Wan's creepy killer-doll horror Dead Silence, starring True Blood's Ryan Kwanten, Robert Longo's cyberpunk action thriller Johnny Mnemonic, starring Keanu Reeves, Bryan Bertnia's home-invasion chiller The Strangers, starring Liv Tyler and John Carpenter's high-kicking fantasy thriller Big Trouble In Little China, starring Kurt Russell and Kim Cattrall.

The creator of the Evil Dead series Sam Raimi leaves Spiderman movies behind and returns to his horror roots for Drag Me To Hell on the 2nd. Frightening and funny the movie follows the course of a curse laid upon a well-meaning bank clerk. Demons are on the rise, and Raimi applies all of his trademark visual dynamism to this diabolic jamboree. Terror of a very different kind on the 8th, are you ready for the violence of the lambs? In the 'Bad Taste' tradition of Peter Jackson, Kiwi director Jonathan King's zombie comedy, Black Sheep is a shear delight. Sheep-phobic farmer Henry Oldfield wants to sell his share in the family farm, to the delight of his evil bother who is genetically altering the mutton to create a super-sheep. Then a toxic lamb foetus escapes infecting the flock turning them into rampaging bloodthirsty monsters and humans into were-sheep.

A 50-foot-tall alien arachnid escapes from a military lab and rampages the city of Los Angeles. When a massive military strike fails, the city's scientists and soldiers turn to an unlikely hero. Alex (Greg Grunberg), a bug exterminator, and his Mexican security guard sidekick, Jose (Lombardo Boyar), are the hapless duo who team up to kill the creature before the city is destroyed. Also stars Ray Wise. Big-Ass Spider is the perfect Friday night in movie on the 15th. The next day our network premiere comes from one of the most creative directors around at the moment, James Wan. In Dead Silence, Jamie Ashen (Ryan Kwanten) returns to their creepy hometown of Ravens Fair to unravel the mystery of the murder of his wife. Once there, he discovers the legend of Mary Shaw (Joan Heney), a murdered ventriloquist whose eerie presence still looms over the town. As he desperately digs for answers, Jamie encounters the curse that took his wife's life and threatens his own.

Based on the William Gibson story, Johnny Mnemonic is a sci-fi chiller that warrants your full attention on the 22nd. Johnny (Keanu Reeves) is a data courier who has a secret stash of information implanted into his mind. However, the data will kill him if he cannot retrieve it within forty-eight hours. Accompanied by physically enhanced bodyguard Jane (Dina Meyer), Johnny sets out to acquire the passwords he needs to save himself. Worse yet, he is hunted by gangster Shinji (Denis Akiyama) and businessman Takahashi (Takeshi), both of whom seek the data Johnny possesses. Things are every different on the 23rd as Kristen (Liv Tyler) and James (Scott Speedman) retreat to a family vacation home for a relaxing weekend but their stay turns out to be anything but peaceful. A series of unexpected arrivals sparks a deadly sequence of events. First, a mysterious and dangerous woman turns up, then James accidentally kills his friend Mike (Glenn Howerton), mistaking him for an intruder. But the real danger arrives in the form of three masked torturers, leaving Kristen and James struggling for survival. Don't miss The Strangers.

A UK TV premiere on the 29th, the acclaimed Starry Eyes. Determined to make it in Hollywood, reluctant waitress Sarah Walker (Alex Essoe) goes on countless casting calls in hope of getting her big break. After a series of weird auditions at the mysterious Astraeus Pictures, she lands her dream part. But with this opportunity comes bizarre ramifications that will transform her both mentally and physically into something beautiful and altogether more terrifying. A firm favourite of us all at Horror on the 30th, a true cult classic from John Carpenter, Big Trouble In Little China. Hard-boiled truck driver Jack Burton (Kurt Russell) gets caught in a bizarre conflict in San Francisco's Chinatown when an ancient Chinese prince and Chinatown crime lord kidnaps a beautiful green-eyed woman Miao Yin (Suzee Pai). Miao is the fiancee to Jack's best friend. And Jack must help rescue the girl before the evil Lo Pan uses her to break the ancient curse that keeps him a fleshless and immortal spirit.

Related show tags: BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA, BLACK SHEEP, DEAD SILENCE, DRAG ME TO HELL, HOSTEL, JOHNNY MNEMONIC, STARRY EYES, THE STRANGERS
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Supermarionation classic, Fireball XL5 coming to vinyl
Posted in News, Monday 23rd November 2020
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Barry Gray's soundtrack LP to the 1962 series Fireball XL5 from Gerry and Sylvia Anderson will be released on vinyl early in 2021 on Silva Screen Records, the next in a series of Anderson releases which has so far featured UFO, Supercar and Thunderbirds.

This 7" single features two tracks from the upcoming album: Side 1 - Fireball (Don Spencer and the XL5), Side 2 - Zero G (Barry Gray and his Spacemakers) will be released on transparent Orange vinyl on December 18th.

Don Spencer's original 7" single release on His Masters Voice in 1962 reached number 32, remaining in the UK charts for twelve weeks. The original B side was another Don Spencer track, "I'm All Alone Again", ...

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BBC Audio presents the immersive, multifaceted sci-fi drama Forest 404
Posted in News, Monday 23rd November 2020
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BBC Audio are pleased to present an impressive and captivating environmental thriller, Forest 404, in a remarkable feat of audio publishing. Forest 404, publishing 21st January 2021, is a dystopian sci-fi drama series with an all-female cast, starring Pearl Mackie (Doctor Who) as the lead, with original theme music by Bonobo, comprising of 9 drama episodes, 9 accompanying talks, 9 immersive soundscapes in 3D binaural sound and a bonus 'making-of' documentary.

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Horror Channel unwraps its slate of seasonal shockers
Posted in Features, Tuesday 17th November 2020
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Xmas hauntings, festive nightmares, sadistic serial killers and warrior priests...Be prepared for seasonal shocks a-plenty on Horror Channel this December, with a selection of prime-time movies including an Xmas Day screening of Frank Khalfoun's boundary-pushing Christmas crime slasher P2, starring Wes Bentley and the George Clooney/Steven Soderbergh produced Wind Chill, in which Emily Blunt spends Christmas Eve fighting off a horde of menacing apparitions.

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VHS retro horror "Rent-A-Pal" starring Wil Wheaton coming to download and DVD
Posted in News, Sunday 15th November 2020
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A huge hit from Grimmfest Online Edition in October, Rent-A-Pal is be released on Digital Download on November 16th and DVD January 11th.

Set in 1990, a lonely bachelor named David (Brian Landis Folkins) searches for an escape from the day-to-day drudgery of caring for his aging mother (Kathleen Brady). While seeking a partner through a video dating service, he discovers a strange VHS tape called Rent-A-Pal. Hosted by the charming and charismatic Andy (Wil Wheaton), the tape offers him much-needed company, compassion, and friendship. But, Andy's friendship comes at a cost, and David desperately struggles to afford the price of admission.

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Interview with Scott Reiniger star of the original Dawn of the Dead
Posted in Interviews, Sunday 15th November 2020
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On the eve of a stunning new 4K box set of George A Romero's Dawn of the Dead from Second Sight Films, we chat to one of its stars, Scott Reiniger about this incredible film.

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SR: Well, I was in New York, I was a stage actor in New York and I went to college with Christine Forrest, who later became George's wife and she asked me if I wanted to audition for this film called Dawn of the Dead, she wanted to know if I knew who George Romero was and I said, "Yeah, he was the guy who directed Night of the Living Dead". So, they sent the script over and I read it and it was pr...

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Shocking... disturbing... The movie they tried to ban... Its score is coming to vinyl!
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Perry Botkin's chilling electronic score to the famed and much loved 1984 festive slasher, Silent Night Deadly Night is as charming, warm, disturbing and extreme as the movie. Immediately the record starts with the first time on vinyl track of a young child carol singer juxtaposed against the hard edged bombastic main theme. From there it doesn't let up!

In this cult classic Little Billy witnesses his parents getting killed by Santa after being warned by his senile grandpa that Santa punishes those who are naughty. Now Billy is 18 and out of the orphanage, and he has just become Santa himself...

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Shaun Hutson's Progeny Spawns new novel for fans
Posted in News, Tuesday 10th November 2020
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British horror legend Shaun Hutson releases a new hardback novel, Progeny and the paperback version of his hit 2019 hardback novel, Testament. Both novels are published by Caffeine Nights Publishing and supported with eBook and audio versions.

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All the creatures will be stirring in November!
Posted in News, Sunday 8th November 2020
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Constance Wu (Hustlers) and Jonathan Kite (2 Broke Girls) headline a sensational cast in this devilish stocking stuffer of a movie in which an awkward date leads a mismatched couple to a strange theatre where they are treated to a bizarre and frightening collection of Christmas stories.

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Possessor will take you over this November thanks to Signature
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From the visionary mind of writer director Brandon Cronenberg (Antiviral), Possessor is a game-changing sci-fi thriller about elite, corporate assassin Tasya Vos (Andrea Riseborough, Mandy).

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Lock-down horror hit Host is coming to Blu-ray
Posted in News, Sunday 8th November 2020
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Second Sight Films shares the scares, as they announce the Blu-ray release of director Rob Savage's (Britannia, Soulmates) lockdown horror hit, the hair-raising Host. Fans of the affectingly contemporary, universally acclaimed Shudder Original film can expect a special feature packed edition release on 19 January 2021, following its theatrical and digital release later this year.

Six friends get together during lockdown for their weekly zoom call. It's Haley's (Haley Bishop - Angel had Fallen, Deep State) turn to organise an activity and instead of a quiz, she's arranged for a medium to conduct a seance.

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Would you dare open the Book of Monsters?
Posted in News, Thursday 5th November 2020
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Johnny Kevorkian - Director / Writer / Producer 1972 - 2020
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It is with great sadness that we learned of the untimely passing of one of the most talented creatives around, Johnny Kevorkian.

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Originally from Cyprus, Johnny Kevorkian graduated in Film from the University of Westminster, London, before making several short films that were selected for numerous prestigious film festivals around the world, such as Edinburgh and Los Angeles.

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