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By James Whittington, Tuesday 15th September 2020
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 complexities of the human condition, starring Dominic Monaghan, David Cronenberg's cult classic body horror The Brood, British director Tom Paton's giddy nerve-shredder, The Ascent, psychological thriller The Resident, starring Hilary Swank and featuring Christopher Lee in his final movie performance and finally, killer crocodiles and giant anacondas clash big-time in Lake Placid Vs Anaconda.
Here's everything you need to know:
Get ready for a non-stop bloodbath on the 3rd as we deliver a battle to end all battles, Lake Placid Vs Anaconda in this vicious creature feature mutated crocodiles and genetically engineered anacondas fight to the blood end so remember When they're not hunting for human prey, they're more than willing to take on each other. Starring horror legend Robert Englund, this is for anyone who enjoys bizarre movie mash-ups. In the UK TV premiere of Firstborn on the 4th, Charlie and James are just starting their lives together. Young and in love, they're relishing having no responsibilities until Charlie discovers she is pregnant. In a moment of youthful abandon, they decide to keep the baby. So into their world comes Thea, a beautiful girl. But her arrival brings with it terrifying entities that threaten their newly formed family.
We've another UK TV premiere on the 9th, get your pout ready for Selfie From Hell. Socially awkward Seth (Dominic Monaghan) works diligently at an animal shelter. One day he sees old schoolmate Holly on a bus and tries to rekindle the acquaintance. But the waitress is just coming off a failed relationship and isn't remotely interested. Realising his feelings will never be reciprocated the stalker takes drastic action to find a new way of showing his crush how much she needs him in her life. We visit a phenomenally fantastic franchise on the 17th, get your shamrocks ready for Leprechaun Returns. This, the eighth installment of the Leprechaun franchise picks up 25 years after the original. Lila, the daughter of Tory Redding, returns to the home that changed her mother forever. Joined by a group of girls who attempt to convert it into an eco-friendly sorority house, Lila is forced to face the demons of her mother's past. Although Lila grew up to believe the demons lived purely inside Tory's head, it turns out there really is an indestructible Leprechaun on a murderous rampage in search for his gold...
Echoes of Fear on the 18th is another UK TV premiere where after inheriting her grandfather's house, Alysa must confront the mystery of his sudden death and the evil that hides inside. On the following Friday we have another UK TV premiere, The Ascent. A special operations squad known in secret elite circles as Hell's Bastards is sent to infiltrate a civil war in order to retrieve vital intelligence. But the crack unit soon finds themselves trapped on a never-ending, twisting and turning stairwell, which they are forced to climb - or they will die. To survive, they must revisit past sins and take important steps if they ever want to get off the staircase to nowhere. The cast includes Shayne Ward, Toby Osmond, Simon Meacock and Rachel Warren.
A true classic comes to Horror on the 24th, David Cronenberg's shocker The Brood. Frank Carveth is becoming increasingly concerned about his ex-wife Nola's secretive treatment at the sinister Somafree Institute of Psychoplasmics. Headed by cult figure Dr Raglan, his controversial and extreme methods seek to unleash his patients' rage, often taking on physical manifestations. As Frank delves deeper he is finally led to an horrific and repellent final confrontation. Hammer fans need to be tuned in on the 25th, meet The Resident. After separating from her adulterous husband, Dr. Juliet Devereau (Hilary Swank) moves to New York and settles into a new life in her spacious apartment. Mysterious occurrences lead her to suspect she is not alone and quickly her fears become all too real as she discovers her seemingly charming landlord, Max, has developed a dangerous obsession with her. A terrifying game of cat and mouse ensues as Juliet is forced to fight and free herself from Max's increasingly sinister intentions. The film also features a cameo from Christopher Lee, in his first collaboration with Hammer Films since 1976's To the Devil a Daughter and his last before his death in 2015.
Horror has Halloween all sorted for you, first up we've a truly superb chiller, The Hallow. When a conservationist is sent to Ireland with his wife and infant child to survey an area of forest believed to be hallowed ground by superstitious locals, his actions unwittingly disturb a horde of demonic creatures who prey upon the lost. Alone and deep within the darkness of the remote wilderness, he must now fight back to protect his family against the ancient forces' relentless attack. This is followed by a vicious slasher, Fright Fest. Blood runs rampant on Halloween night when the Mayor of Sommerton decides to mount a live Fright Fest event within the walls of a long abandoned lunatic asylum. Only problem is a van of criminally insane prisoners crashes just outside and the trick or treaters think their murderous acts are part of the performance. Enter if you dare...
Related show tags: ECHOES OF FEAR, FIRSTBORN, FRIGHT FEST, LAKE PLACID VS ANACONDA, LEPRECHAUN RETURNS, PET, SELFIE FROM HELL, THE ASCENT, THE BROOD, THE HALLOW, THE RESIDENT MORE FEATURES Horror Channel is now on Freeview channel 68
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