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By James Whittington, Saturday 3rd March 2012
March is the month where one of the most controversial movies ever made comes to the Horror Channel alongside another classic from the vaults of Hammer plus High School scares from one of the finest slasher movies made and it's equally frightening sequel.
Oh, don't forget about our Heritage Of Horror Season as well.
March 10th – The Witches
Oscar-winner Joan Fontaine stars in the celebrated Hammer shocker from 1966, The Witches. A school teacher returns from a run-in with a witch doctor in Africa to find the small English town she's in is home to a coven of witches. Cyril Frankel directs with a strong eye for detail and look out for performances from Leonard Rossiter and Michele Dotrice.
March 17th – The Driller Killer
Probably one of the most controversial of all the films to be caught up in the Video Nasty debate, Abel Ferrara's The Driller Killer (pictured) drives its way onto Horror this month. An artist becomes increasingly unhinged while struggling to pay his bills and care for his roommates, leading him to take to randomly killing with a power drill. Though made in 1979 this is still a very bloody and strong piece of cinema, you have been warned!
March 24th – Prom Night
The original and one of the best, Prom Night from 1980 is one of the true slasher classics. Starring scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis it concerns a malevolent masked killer stalks four teenagers responsible for the death of a child at their high school's senior prom. Also starring Leslie Neilson in a rare serious performance, Prom Night spawned 3 sequels and a re-make in 2008.
March 31st – Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II
Arriving 7 years after the original Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II retains the brutal theme of the original whilst giving the subject matter a smart update. 30 years ago Bill Nordham jilted and killed his girlfriend Mary Lou, now Bill is a school principle, it's Prom Night, and Mary Lou is back from the dead to take her revenge.
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