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By James Whittington, Wednesday 28th August 2019
Horror Channel has seven prime-time premieres in September, including the UK TV premiere of Sean Byrne's The Devil's Candy, an absorbing, unnerving and devastating ride into psychological trauma, starring Ethan Embry.
There are also channel premieres for David Chirchirillo's deadly dating thriller Bad Match, Chad Archibald's Bite, a fearless fusion of slime, shivers and shock, box-office supernatural horror hit The Pact, and Mick Garris's macabre tale of horror and eroticism, Sleepwalkers, starring Ron Perlman and John Landis. Then there's the original sly monster croc comedy Lake Placid starring Bridget Fonda and Bill Pullman, and psychic debunking chiller Red Lights, starring Cillian Murphy, Sigourney Weaver, Toby Jones, Elizabeth Olsen and Robert De Niro.
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Be careful who you swipe for in Bad Match on the 6th where Harris seems to have it all - a great job, plenty of friends and an active sex life thanks to a range of dating apps. But that all changes when he matches with Riley. Unlike Harris, Riley isn't looking for a one-night-stand and, while at first, Harris just assumes she's clingy, he's about to find out the truth is something far more sinister. Then on the 13th get ready for some gruesome gooey goings on in Chad Archibald's Bite. While on her hen party getaway to exotic Costa Rica, bride-to-be Casey gets a seemingly harmless bite from an unknown insect while bathing in an idyllic jungle pool. But after returning home with matrimonial cold feet, she starts exhibiting alien behaviour as what crept under her skin starts taking hold. Between physical transformation and wedding anxiety, Casey succumbs to her new instincts and begins creating a hive that not only houses her translucent offspring, but also feeds on flesh.
Then on the very next evening the much anticipated channel premiere of The Pact. Following her mother's funeral, Annie reluctantly returns to her childhood home - a place she would rather forget. Then as her sister and cousin inexplicably disappear, Annie is forced to unlock the doors to the past to discover the hidden secrets of the house and in doing so finds a room that she has no memory of. Things take a sinister and terrifying turn as Annie soon realises she isn't alone in the house... A UK TV premiere on the 15th that many of you have been waiting for, The Devil's Candy. Unfulfilled artist Jesse Hellman moves his wife and fellow metal music-loving teenage daughter Zooey into a rustic Texas home with a violent past. Soon his paintings start taking on a darker, disturbing and more prophetic turn as anxieties and family tensions get ramped up. Then the clearly unbalanced Ray appears on his doorstep wanting to move back into the house where his parents tragically died. When Ray sees Zooey, nothing prepares the family for the shocking chain of events.
In Sleepwalkers on the 21st Tanya falls for Charles, the new boy in school, only to learn too late that he's a life-sucking sleepwalker. Charles and his mother, Mary, are the last of a dying breed who are able to stay alive only by feeding on the life force of virtuous young women. But it turns out that the sleepwalkers' Achilles' heel is the domestic house cat, with whom they share genetic information. As the tension mounts, and the casualties pile up, the town's tabbies gather for a final chilling showdown with the monsters in their midst. A true classic of the creature feature genre, Lake Placid washes up on Horror on the 27th. Welcome to Black Lake, Maine. This tranquil setting is probably the last place you'd expect to find a 30-foot man-eating crocodile. But this is what confronts Kelly Scott; an emotionally fragile, nature-phobic, New York paleontologist who's been reluctantly dispatched for her first real field assignment. She teams up with an eccentric billionaire Jack Wells to find this multi-toothed menace.
Our last channel premiere of the month is on the 28th, Red Lights. Two investigators of paranormal hoaxes, Dr. Margaret Matheson and her young assistant Tom Buckley, study the most varied metaphysical phenomena with the aim of proving their fraudulent origin. Simon Silver, a legendary blind psychic, reappears after a thirty-year absence to become the couple's greatest international challenge. Tom quickly begins to develop an obsession with Silver, and as the two get closer, his worldview is threatened to its core.
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