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September on the Horror Channel
By James Whittington, Monday 16th August 2010

City of the Living Dead Bleeding EyesIt's another busy month on the Horror Channel with highlights that include a double bill from a Grandmaster of Gore, the premiere of a critically applauded shocker and a couple of contemporary chillers. Here's my top titles for this month and all start at 22:55 but do keep checking the online guide for any last minute changes.

Wednesday 1st – Pontypool
Bruce McDonald’s acclaimed horror kicks off the month in fine style. Based on the book Pontypool Changes Everything by Tony Burgess it concerns a virus that turns people into ultra-violent maniacs. When it's discovered the condition is transmitted by language, will a shock jock shut up and hide, or spread the word? Tense, claustrophobic and truly frightening this is horror at its most pure and is memorable for all the right reasons.

Friday 3rd - City of the Living Dead
Also known as Gates of Hell, and said to form part of an unofficial trilogy that also contains The Beyond and House by the Cemetery, this bloody shocker was Fulci’s next film after making the groundbreaking Zombie Flesh Eaters. A priest's suicide opens the gates of Hell, paving the way for the dead to rise and slaughter the living. Graphic and shocking, this was made when Fulci was at the height of his powers and was delivering the most interesting horror around.

Saturday 4th – The Beyond
Packed with symbolism and stunning visuals, The Beyond is considered by many to be Lucio Fulci’s masterpiece. A young woman inherits an old hotel only to find it sits atop a gateway to Hell and all manner of creatures lurk in the darkness. The Beyond is a stunning movie with special effects that are outstanding and incredibly well realised. Do not view alone.

Wednesday 8th – Last Rites

Brutal inner-city chaos reigns in the raw piece Last Rites. When a meteor crashes in LA, two rival gangs and the watching police officers are infected by otherwordly spores and transform into flesh hungry fiends. With a cast that includes Phantasm star Reggie Bannister, this urban gut-muncher will impress with its neat plotline and effective direction from Duane Stinnet.

Friday 17th – Zombie Virus on Mulberry Street
More stomach churning chills but this time its not so straight forward. Six tenants of a tumbledown tenement are faced with surviving a diseased pack of rats, whose bite is turning their human victims into blood-thirsty mutants. Championed by many, this is a horror movie with real bite and a smart vein of dark humour running through it.

Wednesday 22nd – Bikini Girls on Ice
The stunning Suzi Lorraine helps to provide the skimpy scares in the premiere of this soap drenched shocker! A super-hot college soccer team on their way to a bikini car wash fundraiser hole up in an abandoned gas station where a homicidal mechanic is at large. A bit of a romp, this harks back to the classic B-movie classics of the 50s and 60s but with state-of-the-art effects and a tight script. Look out for an interview with Suzi on this site very soon.

Saturday 25th – Ravenous
Hollywood heartthrobs Guy Pearce, Robert Carlyle and David Arquette star in this unsettling horror set in 1847. A starving man arrives at a remote outpost in the Mexican-American war with a grisly tale of murder and cannabalism. Violent and gruesome, Ravenous is a movie that could leave a nasty taste in your mouth if you’ve not got the guts for gory set-pieces! The meal starts at 23:10.

Wednesday 29th - Resurrecting the Street Walker
If you prefer your horror movies to have a raw edge to them then this is the movie for you. This shocking mockumentary follows an aspiring filmmaker who sets about finishing an abandoned horror film. As his task turns to obsession, he reveals the sinister truth of the original film's demise. A Brit-flick with a real sense of unease this is a well crafted and solid fright-flick.


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