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By James Whittington, Thursday 21st October 2021
Long weekends just got scarier as Horror Channel announces eleven premieres for Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights across November, including five UK TV premieres, three by emerging female directors.
Being shown for the first time on the small screen are Elle Callahan's allegorical paranormal thriller Witch Hunt, Amelia Moses' lyrical lycanthrope horror Bloodthirsty and Coralie Fargeat's directorial debut, the slickly gruesome Revenge. Also getting their first showings on TV are Nicolas Pesce's smartly sadistic Piercing and John Berardo's subversive slasher Initiation.
Neil Marshall makes a welcome return with the channel premiere of Doomsday, as do the Soska Sisters, with the channel premiere of their stand-out body horror hit American Mary. Plus, there is a channel premiere for Katie Aselton's intense battle-of-the-sexes thriller Black Rock and for three remakes - the 2009 version of The Last House On The Left, with Wes Craven in a producing role, the 2007 version of The Hitcher, with Sean Bean reprising the Rutger Hauer role and the 2014 version of erotic thriller The Loft, again directed by Erik Van Looy and starring Karl Urban.
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We kick the month off on the 5th with a pair of UK TV premieres starting with Witch Hunt. Witch trials have come to life in modern day America and no one is safe from persecution or execution. Claire (Gideon Adlon) and her mother (Elizabeth Mitchell) are part of an underground movement in charge of ferrying women accused of witchcraft to safety. All is well in their world until a new charge brings the witch hunters to their door. Will they escape with their lives or will they also be charged with the ungodly crime of being a witch? This is followed on the same night by the critically acclaimed, the UK TV premiere of Piercing. Reed (Christopher Abbott) is going on a business trip, but in lieu of a suitcase filled with clothes, he's packed a toothbrush and a murder kit. Everything is meticulously planned: check into a hotel and kill an unsuspecting victim. Only then will he rid himself of his devious impulses and continue to be a good husband and father. But Reed gets more than he bargained for with Jackie (Mia Wasikowska), an alluring call girl who arrives at his room.
Doomsday on the 6th is an action-packed thriller from writer/director Neil Marshall (The Descent) where, authorities brutally quarantine a country as it succumbs to fear and chaos when a virus strikes. The literal walling-off works for three decades - until the dreaded Reaper virus violently resurfaces in a major city. The movie also stars Rhona Mitra, Bob Hoskins, and Malcolm McDowell. Three childhood friends set aside their personal issues and reunite for a girls' weekend on a remote island off the coast of Maine in Black Rock on the 7th. One wrong move turns their weekend getaway into a deadly fight for survival. Katie Aselton, Lake Bell and Kate Bosworth also star in this chiller. The Soska Sisters return to Horror with American Mary on the 12th. Medical student Mary Mason (Katharine Isabelle) becomes increasingly disenchanted by the school she studies at and the established doctors she once admired. The allure of easy money to solve her debt problems sends her into the twilight world of body modification and underground surgeries where obsessed flesh artists will pay anything to get their unusual procedures done. But Mary finds that her new 'profession' leaves more marks on her own psyche than on her freakish clientele.
Horror takes you on a wild ride on the 13 but watch out for The Hitcher. When two travellers pick up a hitcher on the side of the road, they immediately discover that their worst fears have come true - this Hitcher is a murderous psychopath. However, it's only after the young couple barely escape with their lives that the real trouble begins. This new take on the 1986 classic stars Sean Bean. We stay closer to home on the 14th and venture into The Loft. Five married men conspire to secretly share a penthouse loft in the city - a place where they can indulge in their deepest extramarital fantasies. But the fantasy becomes a nightmare when they discover the dead body of an unknown woman in the loft, and they realise one of the group must be involved. Stars Karl Urban and James Marsden.
The 19th deliver two more UK TV premieres and first up we get Bloodthirsty. When an offer to record with one of the greatest music producers of all time comes along, singer Grey can't refuse. Moving cross country to record her new album in a remote location, Grey begins to realise there's a beastly secret lurking within her new home. Will her own humanity be the price for fame and how much blood will be shed to secure a hit? A brutal thriller follows, Revenge. Three wealthy married men get together for their annual hunting game in a desert canyon. One of them is accompanied by his young mistress, who quickly arouses the interest of the two others, and things get dramatically out of hand.
The Last House on the Left is a bold remake of a controversial classic and is showing on the 27th. It brings one of the most notorious thrillers of all time to a new generation, as it explores how far two ordinary people will go to exact revenge on the sociopaths who harmed their child. As producer, Wes Craven revisits the landmark film that launched his directing career and influenced decades of horror films to follow. Initiation on the 28th is yet another UK TV premiere. One night, at Whiton University, a star-athlete is murdered in the wake of a buried assault allegation, kicking off a spree of social media-linked slayings. As a masked killer targets students across campus, a trio of sorority sisters race to uncover the truth behind the school's hidden secrets - and the horrifying meaning of an exclamation point - before they become the next victims.
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