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Horror Channel unwraps its slate of seasonal shockers
By James Whittington, Tuesday 17th November 2020
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Xmas hauntings, festive nightmares, sadistic serial killers and warrior priests...Be prepared for seasonal shocks a-plenty on Horror Channel this December, with a selection of prime-time movies including an Xmas Day screening of Frank Khalfoun's boundary-pushing Christmas crime slasher P2, starring Wes Bentley and the George Clooney/Steven Soderbergh produced Wind Chill, in which Emily Blunt spends Christmas Eve fighting off a horde of menacing apparitions.

Also unwrapped are John Carpenter's classic car-rage chiller Christine, vampire action thriller Priest, starring Paul Bettany, the high velocity sci-fi drama Skyline and the supernatural twister Sinister, starring Ethan Hawke, Plus, there's Daniel Radcliffe battling with a vengeful ghost in James Watkins' spine-chilling remake The Woman in Black, and a cunningly murderous David Tennant in Bad Samaritan.

In Skyline on the 5th the residents of Los Angeles are awakened in the dead of night by an eerie light which is hypnotically drawing people outside before they suddenly vanish into thin air. As the world unravels, a band of survivors soon discover they must fight against the onslaught of a mysterious alien horde. Who or what are these extra-terrestrials and how long before mankind succumbs to their overwhelming power? Lovers of tense, paranormal chills will need to be in on the 13th for Sinister. Desperately in need of a best seller to revive his struggling career, true crime writer Ellison (Ethan Hawke), moves his family to the scene of his most recent story; the unsolved, gruesome murder of a loving, happy suburban family. Shunned by the local community and strained by his obligations to his family, the discovery of a batch of home movies in the attic offers Ellison shocking proof to the crime he is investigating and the terrifying realisation that his investigation may be putting his family in mortal danger.

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David Tennant turns to the dark side in Dean Devlin's Bad Samaritan. A small-time crook, who runs a valet parking scam, robbing rich client's houses while they dine at a fancy Italian restaurant, inadvertently stumbles upon a far more dangerous criminal - a sadistic serial killer played by Doctor Who legend David Tennant - earning a chance to redeem himself. An audacious throwback to 90s thrillers, this crazy and outrageous jump-scare exploiter piles on the suspense and rips along at a nonstop pace to mind-chilling contemporary paranoia. Based on the classic ghost story, Hammer's The Woman in Black on the 20th tells the tale of Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe), a lawyer who is forced to leave his young son and travel to a remote village to attend to the affairs of the recently deceased owner of Eel Marsh House. Working alone, Kipps begins to uncover the town's tragic secrets and his fears escalate when he discovers that local children have been disappearing under mysterious circumstances. When those closest to him become threatened by the vengeful woman in black, Kipps must find a way to break the cycle of terror.

Retro horror is cool and doesn't come any cooler than John Carpenter's Christine playing in the 21st. High school geek Arnie Cunningham falls in love with "Christine", a bright red 1958 Plymouth Fury which has seen much better days. Setting himself the task of restoring the car to its original condition, Arnie has become consumed with passion for the sleek, rounded, chrome-laden car. His friends are horrified but it's too late - anyone seeking to come between them becomes the victim of Christine's horrifying wrath. Christmas Eve delivers you a present that will have you wanting to stay up and open it, Priest. Based on a popular comic book series, Paul Bettany stars as a warrior priest who disobeys church law by teaming with a young sheriff (Cam Gigandet) and a priestess (Maggie Q) to track down a band of renegade vampires who have kidnapped his niece.

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Our Christmas Day movie takes place on Christmas Eve (!) where Angela Bridges (Rachel Nichols), an ambitious executive, is supposed to be at a family gathering working late. When she gets down to the parking garage, she discovers that her car won't start. Thomas (Wes Bentley), a friendly security guard, offers to help, but when he also invites her to share a small Christmas dinner he's preparing, she doesn't realise the invitation is not optional. If Angela wants to live to see Christmas morning, she must find a way to escape from level P2 of the parking garage. Emily Blunt stars in her first horror movie on Boxing Day, wrap up warm for Wind Chill. Two college students share a ride home for the holidays. When they break down on a deserted stretch of road, they're preyed upon by the ghosts of people who have died there

Related show tags: BAD SAMARITAN, CHRISTINE, P2, PRIEST, SINISTER, SKYLINE, THE WOMAN IN BLACK, WIND CHILL
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