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Robot or not? You have to decide! Day 4 of Grimmfest
By James Whittington, Saturday 10th October 2020
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Another big day at Grimmfest 2020 with five more movies that are designed to intrigue and shock in equal measures.

First up is I Am Ren which takes the soul of Philip K. Dick and places it firmly into a living nightmare. A young woman goes into therapy after she starts to believe that she is an android. Is she having a breakdown, is she being gaslighted by an abusive husband, or is she really the synthetic wife and mother REN v.4.3? This film has the ability to keep you guessing throughout its duration. With bleak camerawork it mixes psychological horror with emotion perfectly.

One movie that's really making people talk is Rent-A-Pal from Jon Stevenson. 1990. Lonely bachelor David seeks escape from the day-to-day drudgery of caring for his ageing mother. Resorting to a video dating service, he discovers a strange VHS tape called Rent-A-Pal. Hosted by the charming and charismatic Andy, the tape offers him much-needed company, compassion, and friendship. But it comes at a cost... Moving from the themes of loss and loneliness to obsession and want, Rent-A-Pal is a disturbing and constantly creepy movie with superb performances from Brian Landis Folkins who plays David and a mould-breaking role for Wil Wheaton.

Bigfoot movies are few and far between and usually contain more forest than hairy creature. Monstrous from Bruce Wemple turns the genre on its hairy head and delivers something new to the sub-genre. A young woman goes searching for answers after her friend mysteriously vanishes in Whitehall, NY, an Adirondack town known for its Bigfoot sightings. She quickly learns that hiding in the woods is an evil more sinister than she could ever imagine. Written by and starring Anna Shields this sets a new standard to for creature features and places it firmly in the real world.

If hack n' slash is your thing then Triggered is the movie for you today. Friendships are put to the test when nine former classmates on a reunion camping trip awake to find they're locked into explosive vests with countdown timers on them. The only way to get more time? Kill each other... Blood-splattered and hyper-violent, this Battle Royal in a dark forest wastes no time in getting to the meat of the movie.

The day ends with a movie which begins as a comedy and becomes much, much darker, It Cuts Deep. While on Christmas vacation, a young couple contemplates their future together. Ashley is interested in getting married and having kids which terrifies Sam. When the more attractive and paternal Nolan enters the picture, Sam's life spirals out of control. Writer and director Nicholas Payne Santos has delivered a movie which is funny, considered and so well acted you get lost in the plot. For people who like humanity in their horror.


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Horror Channel is now on Freeview channel 68
Posted on Tuesday 27th October 2020
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Horror Channel has moved to Freeview Channel 68 so you may need to re-tune to ensure you don't miss out on our super scary Halloween line-up plus much more.

Any issues with retuning check the Freeview website.

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Devils, demons and the Occult...Horror Channel gets possessed in November
Posted on Thursday 15th October 2020
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Saturday nights in November belong to the vice-like grip of Possessed Season on Horror Channel, with Channel premieres for Exorcist: The Beginning, the prequel to The Exorcist, starring Stellan Skarsgard as Father Merrin, the demon-beleaguered priest, and The Exorcist III, written and directed by William Peter Blatty. There is also a UK TV premiere for Chad Archibald's chilling occult fantasy The Heretics, and Scott Derrickson's supernatural chiller Deliver Us From Evil completes the devilish line-up.

Here's the full line-up:

The season begins on the 7th with Exorcist: The Beginning. Having abandoned his faith, Father Merrin joins an archaeological excavation in Kenya, where ...

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Grindhouse style revenge and spaced-out aliens. Day 5 of Grimmfest
Posted on Sunday 11th October 2020
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The final day of Grimmfest 2020 holds five movies which will truly satisfy the horror needs of every genre fan out there.

Death Ranch from prolific film maker Charlie Steeds takes us right back to the days of Blaxploitation movies and ups the violence and gore to its limit. 1970s USA, Three African American siblings on the run from the police take refuge at an abandoned Tennessee Ranch, unaware their hideout is on the hunting grounds of a cannibalistic Ku Klux Klan cult...Trapped and tortured, the three must fight tooth and nail to escape alive and take down the bloodthirsty Klan. Incredibly strong and incredibly violent the film doesn't stray from its...

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Horror Channel's Stewart Bridle chats to the legendary director Mick Garris
Posted on Saturday 10th October 2020

Today at Grimmfest, Mick Garris, who has been awarded the Horror Channel Grimmfest Lifetime Achievement Award will be taking part in a live Q&A. Earlier in the week he chatted to Horror's Channel Manager Stewart Bridle about his career.

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Icons, Shamen and unexpected guests! More from Day 3 of Grimmfest
Posted on Friday 9th October 2020
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Exclusive to pass holders, Grimmfest 2020 are hosting a Female Horror Icons Panel this evening. This event will consist of a short intro video and a live online Q&A with various female horror icons, including Pollyanna McIntosh, Caroline Williams, Adrienne Barbeau, Kelli Maroney, Natasha Halevi, Tiffany Schepsis and Krista Allen.

Back to the movies and following the Icons panel we have the UK premiere of Martin Guigui's The Unhealer. A botched faith healing bestows supernatural Shaman powers on a bullied teenager. When his lifelong tormentors pull a prank that kills someone he loves, he uses his powers for revenge and goes on a bloody rampage to settle the score. We've ...

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Deadly dogs, bar room tales and Lovecraftian madness. Day 3 of Grimmfest
Posted on Friday 9th October 2020
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The first full day of Grimmfest 2020 is here and with it comes a prime selection of top shockers. The first part of the day has three movies which take often used tropes but gives them a smart and cool twist.

Ropes from director Jose Luis Montesinos is a movie that has plenty of tension thanks to cool direction. With the sorrow for her sister's death still very recent, Elena, a young quadriplegic, has retired to a country house along with her father. There she has the help of Athos, a Belgian shepherd specially trained to help her. But the creature who is supposed to be her best friend has contracted a strange disease... and has turned into her worst enemy. ...

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Just when you thought it was safe to go into the cornfields! Day 2 of Grimmfest
Posted on Thursday 8th October 2020
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As we start to wind down for the weekend, we find Grimmfest beginning to shift gear and push forward with a trio of movies which will open your eyes as well as your minds!

First up it's The Special, a movie which combines body horror and humour to a perfectly balanced mix. Suspecting his wife of infidelity, Jerry is persuaded by his best friend to accompany him to a brothel to sample 'The Special', which proves to be a life changing experience in more ways than one. Because every pleasure has its price... Though a comedy at its heart, The Special has a lot say and does so in a very confrontational way.

Fans of movies with a social conscience will need to tune in f...

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Don't be alone, tune into Grimmfest 2020
Posted on Wednesday 7th October 2020
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Well, Grimmfest 2020 has finally started and with it comes a double-bill of movies that will captivate and entertain in equal measure.

First up is Alone from director John Hyams, a man who has cut his directing teeth on TV shows such as Chicago Fire and Z Nation. The film concerns a recently widowed woman who is abducted by a cold-blooded killer, only to escape into the wilderness where she is forced to battle against the elements as her pursuer closes in. This is the sort of movie you need to start a festival with. Tense and wonderfully acted it's a stone-cold chiller that grabs the audience right from the opening shots.

Alone is followed by one of the finest...

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Grimmfest 2020 is go... at 11am.
Posted on Wednesday 7th October 2020
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Although Grimmfest 2020 will be online for the first time ever, this hasn't stopped the festival from delivering some of the finest features around which celebrate the genre.

We will be delivering interviews and info from the festival as usual so look out for loads of interviews with cast and crew from the movies showing.

Today is all about Exclusive Pass Holder content. From 11am there's a selection of movies which really sum up the event and will be available throughout the festival period for full festival pass holders to enjoy.

Anonymous Animals is an unsettling and extreme Animal Rights movie whilst The Altruist is a an unforgettable excursion...

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Selected Horror Channel content now available on My5!
Posted on Thursday 1st October 2020

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Horror Channel fans will be able to enjoy prime cuts from our scary schedule on My5 from October 1st!

Yes, when accessing the My5 on demand video catch up service you'll be able to view some of Horror's finest slices for free with a carefully curated collection each month for you to relish.

Highlights to look out for over the coming months are slasher classic Hatchet, Satanic shocker Demonic, twisted chills in Emelie, nerve-shattering thriller Road Games plus the acclaimed sci-fi series Andromeda.

My5 is available on Freeview, Freesat, NowTV and Roku boxes, Amazon Fire TV sticks, iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, Android TVs, Appl...

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Horror Channel to present a Halloween double-bill of Corin Hardy's The Hallow and Ante Novakovic's Fright Fest.
Posted on Tuesday 15th September 2020
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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 ...

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Carpenter, King and Hodder usher in Horror Channel's September line-up of prime-time premieres
Posted on Thursday 20th August 2020
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Carpenter, King and Kane Hodder... genre royalty ushers in Horror Channel's September line-up of prime-time premieres, including the UK TV premiere of outlandish Brit Zom Com Shed of the Dead, starring Ewen MacIntosh, Lauren Socha, Emily Booth, Kane Hodder, Bill Moseley, Michael Berryman and Brian Blessed, followed by the Channel premieres of hard-core space thriller John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars, starring Natasha Henstridge, Ice Cube, Jason Statham and Pam Grier, and A Good Marriage, a gripping psychological thriller based on the Stephen King novella.

There are also UK TV premieres for supernatural heist thriller The Vault, starring James Franco, and Blumhouse...

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