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By James Whittington, Tuesday 10th December 2019 Horror Channel kicks off the New Year with a Stranger Fears Season - a retro-flavoured selection of 1980s influenced modern horror, which includes the UK TV premieres of Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski's hard-core hospital horror The Void and Jackson Stewart's throwback paranormal fantasy Beyond the Gates, starring horror legend Barbara Crampton. Broadcast every Saturday night throughout the month, the season also includes Todd Strauss-Schulson's entertainingly subversive slasher fantasy The Final Girls and Lowell Dean's stylish, rage-fuelled WolfCop.
There is also a UK TV premiere for Mathieu Turi's terrifying and moving horror thriller Hostile and channel premieres for Barry Levinson's brutal and harrowing creature feature The Bay, Paul Verhoeven's Hollow Man, starring Elisabeth Shue, Kevin Bacon and Josh Brolin; Kenneth Branagh's Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, starring Robert De Niro, Branagh and Helena Bonham Carter and Danny Cannon's thrilling slasher sequel, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer.
The year kicks off in fine style with a UK TV premiere on the 3rd, Hostile. A worldwide epidemic has killed most of the planet's population. The few survivors struggle to find food and shelter. But they are not alone... On her way back to base camp from a scavenging mission, Juliette (Brittany Ashworth) has a terrible accident. Stuck in her car, with a broken leg, in the middle of an unforgiving desert, she must survive the perils of the post-apocalypse, while a strange creature prowls around. The Void on the 4th is another UK TV premiere. In the middle of a routine patrol, officer Daniel Carter happens upon a blood-soaked figure limping down a deserted stretch of road. He rushes the young man to a nearby rural hospital, only to discover that patients and personnel are transforming into something inhuman. As the horror intensifies, Carter leads the other survivors on a hellish voyage into the subterranean depths of the hospital in a desperate bid to end the nightmare. The Bay on the 10th concerns quaint seaside town of Chesapeake Bay thrives on water; it is the lifeblood of the community. When two biological researchers from France find a staggering level of toxicity in the water, they attempt op alert the mayor, but he refuses to create a panic in the docile town. As a result, a deadly plague is unleashed, turning the people of Chesapeake Bay into hosts for a mutant breed of parasites that take control of their minds, and eventually their bodies.
Then another UK TV premiere for you on the 11th, the contemporary classic, Beyond the Gates. Following their father's mysterious disappearance, two estranged brothers reunite to liquidate his business, a video store specialising in horror movies. Digging through all the fire sale stock, they find an old VCR board game entitled 'Beyond the Gates'. Deciding to play the obscure game for a laugh, they soon realise it holds the connection to their father's vanishing and the deadliest of consequences for anyone who dares fool around with it. Kevin Bacon is gifted scientist Sebastian Caine in Hollow Man on the 17th, who develops a serum that induces invisibility. The arrogant but charismatic scientist heads a top-secret U.S. government research project. When the formula works successfully on animals, Caine disobeys Pentagon orders and experiments on himself. Unfortunately, the gamble goes terribly wrong when the procedure cannot be reversed. If old school slashers are your thing then The Final Girls on the 18th is for you. Max, a high school senior, is mysteriously transported with her friends into a 1980s horror film that starred Max's mother, a celebrated scream queen. Trapped inside the movie, Max finds herself reunited with her mom, whom she lost in real life. Together, they must fend off the camp counsellors' raging hormones, battle a deranged machete-wielding killer, and find a way to escape the movie and make it back home.
Gothic horror with an A-list cast on the 24th, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. As Viktor Frankenstein (Kenneth Branagh) is dying he shares a tale of gruesome terror with a sea captain. Viktor, using previous experiments by a brilliant scientist, was able to bring a creature (Robert De Niro) assembled from body parts back to life. Once he realised how destructive his experiments had become, he abandoned the creature and tried to live a normal life with his fiance (Helena Bonham Carter). The lonely creature seeks out Viktor and demands one of two things: a bride or revenge. Extreme comedy/horror on the 25th, the law has a new face, WolfCop. Lou Garou is a lazy, alcoholic cop by day, a violent crime-fighting werewolf by night with a new found sense of duty to uphold. Overnight, the small rural town of Newhaven has a new lycanthropic hero and he's determined to become a better policeman... one full moon transformation at a time. A sequel to a hit slasher on the 31st, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer. The movie finds Julie James (Jennifer Love Hewitt) coping miserably with the memory of last year's terrifying ordeal, as the past continues to haunt her, However, it looks as though things may be turning out for the better when her college roommate, Karla (Brandy Norwood), invites Julie to join her on an all-expense paid trip to the Bahamas. But when the romantic vacation is threatened by a violent hurricane and the reappearance of the vengeful fisherman, Julie's future promises to be as short-lived as her escape from the past.
Related show tags: BEYOND THE GATES, HOLLOW MAN, HOSTILE, I STILL KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER, MARY SHELLEY'S FRANKENSTEIN, THE BAY, THE FINAL GIRLS, THE VOID, WOLFCOP MORE ARTICLES Interview with Alexis Kendra, the writer and producer of The Cleaning Lady
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