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Horror Channel celebrates FrightFest's 18th year with a monstrous slate including UK premieres Deathgasm and The Green Inferno.
By James Whittington, Thursday 20th July 2017

To celebrate Horror Channel FrightFest 2017, taking place in London during the August Bank holiday, Horror Channel is dedicating thirteen nights to past festival favourites, including six UK TV premieres: Luke Hyam's beastly Xmoor, David Keating's skin-crawling rural nightmare Cherry Tree starring Anna Walton, Adam Mason's blood-freezing home invasion thriller Hangman, Jason Lei Howden's splatstick shocker Deathgasm, Eli Roth's notorious post-modern celebration of the Italian cannibal genre The Green Inferno and Gez Medinger's and Robin Schmidt's intriguing existential horror Afterdeath.

The double-bills, on every night from August 18th - 30th, starting from 9pm, also feature FrightFest crowd pleasing classics such as Matthias Hoene's Cockneys Vs Zombies, Tommy Wirkola's Dead Snow 2: Red Vs Dead, Vincenzo Natali's Haunter, Ted Geoghegan's We Are Still Here, Kyle Rankin's Night Of The Living Deb and Tyler Shields' Final Girl.

Here's what you need to know about those UK TV premieres.

Our FrightFest celebration start on August 18th with a rural shocker that will test your nerves, Xmoor. With their sights set on a 25,000 reward promoted by a local newspaper, American documentarians Georgia (Melia Kreiling) and Matt (Nick Blood) head to Exmoor in North Devon to film the fabled beast supposedly slinking through the remote terrain. Setting up a forest camp with an old acquaintance, the trio fix cameras to the trees and rocks, linked back to a computer nerve centre where nothing should go unnoticed. But then they discover some putrefying body parts all neatly tied up and before long they realise they are in the lair of a beast right enough, but certainly not one of the four-legged variety. Xmoor is showing alongside another creature feature, Stung.

A movie to cast a spell on you on he 19th as a quiet suburban street holds a dark secret in Cherry Tree. Faith (Naomi Battrick) has her world turned upside down when she finds out her father is dying. When the mysteriously alluring Sissy Young (Anna Walton) becomes her field hockey coach, Faith finds a compassionate spirit and much-needed mother figure. Little does she know that Sissy is the head of a centuries-old witches' coven using the fruit of an ancient cherry tree in a secret ritual that restores life. And soon Sissy has enticed Faith into making a fateful bargain that is about to change everything...

Incredibly strong psychological shocks on the 20th, Adam Mason is back with another incredibly original and disturbing feature, Hangman. Arriving back from a two-week holiday, the Miller family unwittingly play host to a cold-hearted malevolent intruder who has broken into their home - and stayed there. Feeling violated, they have no idea he's still watching their every move on surveillance cameras the meticulous interloper has secretly installed. Nor do they realise their true nightmares have only just begun. Horrors of the everyday reach a terrifying crescendo in this disturbing twist on the home invasion thriller bound to make your skin crawl. Then on the 25th, something completely different, the blood-splattered, heavy metal masterpiece, Deathgasm. When metal-thrashing outcast Brodie (Milo Cawthorne) meets a kindred spirit in Zakk (James Blake), they start their own band Deathgasm. Soon the duo's resentment of the suburban wasteland leads them to sheet music said to grant the Ultimate Power to whoever plays it. But the music also summons the ancient evil entity Aeloth The Blind One who threatens to tear apart existence itself. With their classmates and family inhabited by demonic forces that turns them into psycho killers, can the wicked force be stopped devouring all mankind?

The Green Inferno on the 26th is Eli Roth's long-awaited return to the director's chair after this six-year absence finds politically attuned NYC university student Justine (Lorenza Izzo) roped into a campus activist group's idealistic plan to travel to Peru to halt the annihilation of an endangered tribe by a corrupt construction company. But after a horrific plane crash that leaves half the radicals dead, the survivors are caged by the very tribe they were trying to help. Worse, the mountain clan are cannibals and they are ravenous. Our FrightFest season of UK TV premieres continues on the 26th with a movie that became one of the most talked about of the festival, Afterdeath. Five young people wake up on a beach washed up by the tide. Where are they? What brought them there, and what are the strange creatures that surround them? All this and more will be revealed in this beautifully executed, award-winning first feature, chock full of exciting new acting talent from Gez Medinger and Robin Schmidt - future genre names to keep a sharp eye out for.


Related show tags: AFTERDEATH, COCKNEYS VS ZOMBIES, DEAD SNOW 2: RED VS DEAD, FINAL GIRL, HANGMAN, HAUNTER, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEB, WE ARE STILL HERE, XMOOR
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