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Horror Channel To Show Network TV Premiere Of Hard Candy As Part Of ‘Xtreme Teens’ Season
By James Whittington, Monday 16th June 2014

Xtreme Teens SeasonHorror Channel plans to screen a selection of provocative revenge and hormonal horror movies in its ‘Xtreme Teens’ season, will play Saturdays at 10.50pm from 5th July and end on 26th July with the Network TV premiere of David Slade’s award-winning, controversial vigilante thriller Hard Candy. The other titles are: All The Boys Love Mandy Lane, The Loved Ones and Ginger Snaps (pictured).

Plus Horror Channel will be showing the long overdue UK TV premiere of Sexy Killer, Miguel Marti’s brilliant Spanish black comedy horror and the network premieres of Brett Simmons Husk, a 2011 remake of the 1988 film Scarecrows and Cube 2 – Hypercube, the 2002 Canadian sequel to the psychological thriller Cube.

Here's everything you need to know:

In the UK TV premiere of Sexy Killer on the 4th Barbara (Macarena Gómez) is a medical student in an exclusive Spanish university. On the surface she is spoilt, beautiful, a skilled seductress, with a bright future. But she has a dark side. When not in classes or out shopping, she is a brutally violent serial killer carving her way through the university population. The police are at a loss. Assuming that the killer must be a man they have no chance of ever catching Barbara, until a pair of students develop a brain wave analyser with the ability to project the last images to be imprinted upon the brain. Also starring César Camino as Tomás and Alejo Sauras as Alex. Then on the 5th discover that All The Boys Love Mandy Lane. A psychotic stalker kills anyone getting close to sexy, sassy Texas cheerleader Mandy Lane (Amber Heard) in director Jonathan Levine’s tightly wound shocker. Skilfully recreating the raw choppiness and rough-edged grind-house feel of classic exploitation. Levine puts his canny chiller through retro filters for a scintillating post-modern charge. The bitch slap atmosphere is a pure delight and the gory deaths are terrifically cringe inducing.

Directed by Brett Simmons, Husk is on the 11th. Five friends are traveling through rural Nebraska on a weekend trip when their SUV is forced off the road by a flock of wild crows. Upon waking, they discover that one of their party, Johnny (Ben Easter), is missing. Seeking help, Brian (Wes Chatham) and Scott (Devon Graye) head through a cornfield to a nearby farm house, hoping to find Johnny there but they’ve stumbled across a centre of a supernatural ritual. A contemporary cult classic on the 12th as Ginger Snaps (pictured) returns to Horror. Two death-obsessed sisters (played by Emily Perkins and Katharine Isabelle) are outcasts in their suburban neighbourhood. One night, one of them is bitten by a deadly werewolf and they must both deal with the bloody, tragic consequences.

Another Network Premiere on the 18th in the acclaimed sequel Cube 2: Hypercube. Eight strangers awaken with no memory and find themselves in a puzzling cube shaped room where the laws of physics do not always apply. Cube 2: Hypercube had a bigger budget than its predecessor, and a new director, Andrzej Sekuła. The industrial-style rooms of the first film are replaced with high-tech, brightly lit chambers; instead of traps such as flamethrowers and extending spikes, the rooms have "evolved" and now are controlling illusion, time, space and reality. On the 19th another recent shocker that had critics clambering over themselves to compliment. Sean Byrne’s The Loved Ones is an hilariously dark and supremely confident mash-up of Misery, Saw and Carrie sees cute young Brent picked out by classmate Lola to attend her gore-soaked private prom. Kidnapped by her devoted father who will do absolutely anything Lola requests, Brent soon finds himself in the company of the deadliest pair since Burke and Hare. Byrne’s stylish twist on teen horror provides superior scream shocks.

David Slade's provocative and topical thriller Hard Candy gets its Network TV premiere on the 26th stars Hayley (Ellen Page) as a 14-year-old teen who meets a thirty-something photographer Jeff (Patrick Wilson) on an internet chat line. After meeting in a coffeehouse, Jeff invites Haley back to his place, and it's not long before Jeff's underage guest is pouring drinks and posing provocatively for an impromptu photo shoot. As the evening's activities take a decidedly sordid slant and Jeff appears poised to strike, a sudden turn of events reveals that Hayley has had a plan of her own from the very beginning.


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