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PARANORMAL FORCES TAKE OVER HORROR CHANNEL IN MAY

Paranormal forces take over Horror Channel in May with SUPERNATURAL WEEK, eight nights of ghostly scares highlighted by the Channel premieres of PARANORMAL ACTIVTY, the low-budget horror film that became a global phenomenon and David Robert Mitchell’s creepy body horror hit, IT FOLLOWS.

 

The special event also sees the return of genre favourites such as demon chiller FIRSTBORN, with Misfits star Antonia Laura Thomas, John Carpenter’s classic car-rage chiller CHRISTINE, the twisted supernatural gasper SINISTER, starring Ethan Hawke, the star-studded supernatural cult classic FLATLINERS, with Julia Roberts, Kiefer Sutherland and Kevin Bacon, the paranormal chiller THE QUIET ONES and Sean Byrne’s THE DEVIL’S CANDY; a devastating ride into psychological trauma, starring Ethan Embry

 

Full film details in transmission order:

 

Saturday 15 May @ 21:00 – PARANORMAL ACTIVITY (2007) *Channel Premiere

 

Katie and Micah, a carefree couple, become haunted by an unseen presence in their house. They decide to investigate the increasingly bizarre and escalating intrusions by setting up a video camera to capture evidence of the demonic presence in their house, only to find much more than they ever imagined. The huge global success of the film, shot in a week, ushered in a new era of low budget tech inspired ‘found-footage’ movies.

 

Sunday 16 May @ 21:00 – CHRISTINE (1983)

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.

 

Monday 17 May @ 21:00 – SINISTER (2012)

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.

 

Tuesday 18 May @ 21:00 – FLATLINERS (1990)

Five ambitious medical students embark on a daring experiment: to push through the confines of life and touch the face of death. To help him venture into this realm, manipulative Nelson Wright (Kiefer Sutherland) has recruited  death expert (Julia Roberts), former med student (Kevin Bacon), ladies-man (William Baldwin), and the brilliant but self-absorbed documentarian (Oliver Platt). They soon find, however, that they don't return alone from their peek at the afterlife; they bring back manifestations of their past transgressions…

 

Wednesday 19 May @ 21:00 – THE QUIET ONES (2014)

 

A group of students, led by an eccentric professor (Jared Harris), prepare to conduct an experiment on a troubled young woman who insists she has been possessed by an evil doll. However, as they delve deeper they soon face a hellish ordeal.

 

Thursday 20 May @ 21:00 – THE DEVIL’S CANDY (2015)

Unfulfilled artist Jesse Hellman (Ethan Embry) 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 get ramped up family tensions. Then the clearly unbalanced Ray appears on his doorstep wanting to move back where his parents tragically died. And when Ray sees Zooey, nothing prepares the family for the shocking chain of events.

 

Friday 21 May @ 21:00 – FIRSTBORN (2016)

Charlie and James are just starting their lives together. Young and in love, they’re relishing having no responsibilities until Charlie discovers she is pregnant. In a moment of youthful abandon, they decide to keep the baby. So into their world comes Thea, a beautiful girl. But her arrival brings with it terrifying entities that threaten their newly formed family

 

Saturday 22 May @ 21:00 –  IT FOLLOWS (2014) *Channel Premiere

For 19-year-old Jay (Maika Monroe), the fall should be about school, boys and weekends out at the lake. But after a seemingly innocent sexual encounter, she finds herself plagued by strange visions and the inescapable sense that someone, or something, is following her. Faced with this burden, Jay and her teenage friends must find a way to escape the horrors

Website: http://www.horrorchannel.co.uk/

 

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HORROR CHANNEL PRESENTS TWO CLASSIC MONSTROUS MOVIE MARATHONS

Horror Channel presents CLASSIC MARATHON WEEKEND - two monstrous movie marathons for the Easter Weekend, kicking off at 1pm on Saturday 3rd April with CLASSIC HORROR DAY, featuring some of the most iconic monster movies of all-time, including: Ted Browning and Karl Freund’s DRACULA, starring Bela Lugosi as the infamously seductive Count, James Whale’s genre-defining FRANKENSTEIN, starring Boris Karloff, Karl Freund’s mesmerising THE MUMMY, with Boris Karloff further establishing himself as one of the great horror stars in film history, THE WOLF MAN, with Lon Chaney, Jr. as the original werewolf and the pulp horror classic CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON.

 

Horror Channel continues its celebration of genre classics with CLASSIC SCI-FI DAY, featuring mutant octopus-rampaging IT CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA, Fred F. Sears’ saucer-invading caper EARTH VS THE FLYING SAUCERS, Jack Arnold’s thought-provoking classic THE INCREDIBLE SHINKING MAN, Nathan Juran’s Ray Harryhausen inspired 20 MILLION MILES TO EARTH and Joseph M. Newman’s enthralling visual feast, THIS ISLAND EARTH.

 

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Sat 3 April @ 13:00 – DRACULA (1931)

This horror classic stands as the most famous and celebrated film version of the popular vampire story. Bela Lugosi delivers a star-making performance as the titular villain – his erudite, refined Dracula is at once alluring and terrifying. While director Tod Browning an effectively and haunting atmosphere. Also stars Edward Van Sloan as Dracula’s arch enemy, vampire-hunter Van Helsing

 

Sat 3 April @ 14:05 – FRANKENSTEIN (1931)

Considered by many to be the greatest horror film of all time, director James Whale’s masterpiece tells the story of a maniacal scientist whose obsession with creating a living being from dead body parts leads to a tragic and shocking end. Adapted from the gothic

 

 

novel by Mary Shelley, the film made Karloff a star and ushered in a new era of horror. It’s been selected by many critics as one of the top hundred films of all time.

 

Sat 3 April @ 16:00 – THE MUMMY (1932)

Boris Karloff solidifies his status as one of the greatest horror stars in film history with his terrifying yet surprisingly poignant performance as high priest as Imhotep, a 3,700 year old mummy who wreaks havoc upon the members of the British field expedition that disturbed his tomb. Featuring ground-breaking innovations in make-up that are used to chilling effects, the film earns its place in the canon of classic horror cinema.

 

Sat 3 April @ 17:30 – THE WOLF MAN (1941)

Lon Chaney, Jr. is the original Wolf Man, forever cursed to roam the countryside as a werewolf. The atmospheric direction and moody soundtrack make "The Wolf Man" as frightening today as it was when it was released. This chilling film introduces another iconic character into the pantheon of classic horror film monsters and villains.

 

Sat 3 April @ 19:00 – CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON (1954)

American scientists get more than they bargained for on an amazon expedition when a dark tributary turns up a prehistoric man with gills. The half man/half amphibian breaks free after being captured, stealing away the only woman on the crew. This well-crafted creature feature introduces us to one of the most iconic movie monsters of all time.

 

CLASSIC SCI-FI DAY

 

Sunday 4 April @ 13:00 – IT CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA (1955)

While on a routine mission, Cmdr. Pete Mathews (Kenneth Tobey) runs into trouble when his submarine is nearly sunk by an unknown creature, which is identified as a giant octopus from the nether reaches of Mindanao Deep. The beast has been awakened by nearby nuclear testing and now, radioactive and monstrously huge, the rampaging leviathan is heading toward the North American Pacific Coast.

 

Sunday 4 April @ 14:30 - THIS ISLAND EARTH (1955)

When atomic scientist Dr. Meacham is chosen to take part in a top-secret research experiment, he quickly discovers that he is really involved in an evil scheme by alien Metalunans to take over Earth. After he and Dr. Adams make their escape, they are whisked away in a flying saucer to Metaluna, where they are blamed for the destruction. Will interstellar negotiation save the day or will the scientists be forced to take part in a treacherous battle to the death?

 

Sunday 4 April @ 16:10 – EARTH VS THE FLYING SAUCERS (1956)

UFOs from a doomed star system invade Earth with plans of world conquest. Surrender is not an option so the human race must fight to the bitter end. Special effects are by Ray Harryhausen.

 

Sunday 4 April @ 17:50 – THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN (1957)

While on a boating trip, Scott Carey (Grant Williams) is exposed to a radioactive cloud. Nothing seems amiss at first, but several months later Scott realizes that he's shrunk in height by several inches. He sees a doctor, who admits that he's baffled. As Scott continues to shrink, decreasing to three feet tall, he becomes bitter, and lashes out at his wife, Louise (Randy Stuart). He begins to fear a cure will never be found -- since even as he becomes a national sensation, he's still shrinking.

Sunday 4 April @ 19:25 – 20 MILLION MILES TO EARTH (1957)

A manned space flight from Venus crash lands in the Mediterranean, losing its most precious cargo: reptilian eggs from the planet's surface. Italian zoologist (Frank Puglia), his American granddaughter, Marisa (Joan Taylor), and returned astronaut Calder (William Hopper) must battle to the creature before it destroys everything in its path.

Website: http://www.horrorchannel.co.uk/

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HORROR CHANNEL BARES ITS TEETH THIS MARCH

Time to get the garlic out as Horror Channel presents VAMPIRE WEEK, a bitefest of vampire movies from 13 – 19 of March, led by the channel premiere of 30 DAYS OF NIGHT, David Slade’s savage riff on the vampire myth, starring Josh Hartnet and Melissa George.

 

There are also classics and cult favourites to sink your teeth in to, including Matt Reeves’ critically-acclaimed vampire fantasy LET ME IN, and Tom Holland’s voracious teen vampire hit FRIGHT NIGHT, JOHN CARPENTER’S VAMPIRES, a horror Western starring James Woods, as a vengeful, stake-wielding bloodsucker hunter, and Francis Ford Cappola’s powerful BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA, starring Gary Oldman as the immortal Count. Also, Paul Bettany is in fine vampire-killing form in PRIEST, and a vampire-diseased Milla Jovovich fights for her life in martial-arts futurist thriller ULTRAVIOLE.

 

Plus, the Brits sharpen their stakes with Tom Paton’s nerve-shredding REDWOOD, a fresh spin on the creature-in-the-woods mythology, and EAT LOCALS in which actor Jason Flemying makes his directorial debut with a bloodsucking comedy chiller featuring Mackenzie Crook, Dexter Fletcher and Annette Crosbie.

 

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Saturday 13 March @ 21:00 – ULTRAVIOLET (2006)

In the late 21st century, a subculture of humans has been infected with a genetic mutation causing enhanced speed, incredible stamina and acute intelligence. As more people are infected, the government sets out to destroy them, but one woman stands in the way: ultra-beautiful, ultra-lethal Violet (Milla Jovovich). With eye-popping martial arts skills and chameleon-like abilities, Violet becomes a rogue warrior bent on protecting her new race and seeking revenge on those who created it.

 

Saturday 13 March @ 22:45 – 30 DAYS OF NIGHT (2007) *Channel Premiere

 

A remote, isolated town in Alaska is plunged into a state of complete darkness for 30 days every winter. It is here that a group of marauding and bloodthirsty vampires, led by Marlow (Danny Huston), are coming to feast on its helpless residents. It is up to Sheriff Eben (Josh Hartnett),his estranged wife, Stella (Melissa George), and an ever-shrinking group of survivors to do anything and everything they can to last until daylight.

 

Sunday 14 March @ 21:00 – LET ME IN (2010)

 

When a strange young girl, Abby, moves in to the apartment next door, 12 year old Owen is pleased to have found a friend. But as a series of grisly murders take place in their small town, he starts to realise she is not what she seems...

 

Sunday 15 March @ 23:15 – REDWOOD (2017)

After some bad news back at home, musician Josh and his girlfriend Beth head out to a secluded national park in search of some clarity on the situation they’ll face when they return. But the couple get more than they bargained for when they ignore the advice of Park Rangers and venture off the trail, coming face to face with The Redwood’s legendary wildlife. Starring Nicholas Brendon, Tatjana Nardone, Mike Beckingham, Muzz Khan, Jessica Jane Stafford.

 

Monday 15 March @ 21:00 – FRIGHT NIGHT (1985)

 

Everything is normal about Charley except for one thing: he's pretty sure a vampire has moved into the house next door. But Charley is having a hard time getting anyone to believe him. Even Peter Vincent (Roddy McDowall), the former horror-film star to whom Charley turns for help, sees his assignment as a way to make easy money. Only his suave and sinister neighbour, Jerry Dandrige (Chris Sarandon), takes Charley seriously. And Jerry's out to make sure Charley stops telling stories. Permanently

 

Tuesday 16 March @ 21:00 – JOHN CARPENTER’S VAMPIRES (1998)

 

James Woods is Jack Crow, leader of a team of vampire hunters hired by the Vatican. After wiping out a vampire nest in rural New Mexico, "Team Crow" is savagely ambushed by the unholy Valek (Thomas Ian Griffith), a vicious 600-year-old vampire. Valek is nearing the end of a long search for the elusive Berziers Cross, the ritual implement that can give him and all vampires’ omnipotent power to walk in the daylight. Crow pursues Valek through the high deserts, culminating in a fateful and final confrontation.

 

Wednesday 17 March @ 21:00 – PRIEST (2011)

 

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.

 

Thursday 18 March @ 21:00 – EAT LOCALS (2017)

 

In a quiet countryside farmhouse, Britain's vampires gather together for their once-every- fifty-years meeting. Others will be joining them too, including a detachment of Special Forces vampire killers who have bitten off more than they can chew. This is certainly going to be a night to remember... and for some of them it will be their last. With Anette Crosbie, Freema Agyeman, Charlie Cox, Mackenzie Crook, Eve Myles, and Vincent Regan

 

Friday 19 March @ 21:00 – BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA (1992)

 

Count Dracula (Gary Oldman) is condemned to live off the blood of the living for eternity. Young lawyer Jonathan Harker (Keanu Reeves) is sent to Dracula's castle to finalise a land deal, but when the Count sees a photo of Harker's fiancée, Mina (Wynona Ryder), the spitting image of his dead wife, he imprisons him and sets off for London to track her down.

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ESCAPE ROOM 2 DELAYED UNTIL 2022

Sigh.

After a turbulent 2020, where a whole raft of big releases were postponed, most of us were quite looking forward to the opportunity of going back to cinemas this year. However things are looking a bit dodgy right now and producers and distributors are continuing to push back releases of some of the biggest upcoming genre titles.

 

Last week we reported on another delay to A Quiet Place Part II (which will hopefully be getting a September release) and today we're here with the news that Adam Robitel's follow up to his very successful Escape Room (2019) has been delayed once again. The franchise follows strangers who find themselves in a maze of deadly rooms, forced to work together and use their wits to find the clues and escape… or die. Unfortunately fans are now going to have to wait until January of next year to see it on the big screen. 

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A QUIET PLACE PART II DELAYED AGAIN :(

A Quiet Place II was supposed to be one of the first of a number of big genre releases when it was released in March last year. However, it was one of the first industry victims of the pandemic and was pushed back to September. That date was not viable either and so it was pushed back even further, with some hopes that it would be releases this Spring. However, with cinemas still shut, these hopes have been dashed and the film's release has now been shifted until September this year. Let's keep our fingers crossed that things are 'normal' enough later this year for this to actually happen!

For those who have forgotten, the plot follows the Abbott family (Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe) who must now face the terrors of the outside world as they continue their fight for survival in silence. Forced to venture into the unknown, they quickly realize that the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats that lurk beyond the sand path.

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HORROR CHANNEL FEBRUARY PREMIERES FEATURE ZOMBIE ACTION, BLOODSUCKING COMEDY AND JET LI HEROICS

Horror Channel has three thrilling primetime Saturday night channel premieres in February including the UK TV premiere of Chee Keong Cheung’s REDCON-1, a British zombie action epic, starring Mark Strange as a Special Forces operative battling a virus outbreak, Plus, there are Channel premieres for EAT LOCALS in which actor Jason Flemying makes his directorial debut with a bloodsucking comedy chiller featuring Mackenzie Crook, Dexter Fletcher and Annette Crosbie, and THE ONE, James Wong’s flashy superhero martial arts drama, starring Jet Li and Jason Statham.

 

Other highlights for February include the John Carpenter remake of VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED – which stars Christopher Reeves in his last publicly released film before his career-ending injury, I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE (2010) - Steven R. Monroe’s remake of arguably the most notorious title in horror history and the darkly gripping sci-fi thriller SPLICE. There’s also the critically-acclaimed MAGGIE, a take on the Zombie genre starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Julian Gilbey’s harrowing British survival shocker, A LONELY PLACE TO DIE, starring Melissa George and Ed Speelers.

 

Full film details in transmission order:

 

SATURDAY NIGHT PREMIERES

 

Saturday 6 February @ 21:00 – EAT LOCALS (2017) *Channel Premiere

In a quiet countryside farmhouse, Britain's vampires gather together for their once-every-fifty-years meeting. Others will be joining them too, including a detachment of Special Forces vampire killers, led by Larousse (Mackenzie Crook), who have bitten off more than they can chew. This is certainly going to be a night to remember...and for some of them it will be their last.

 

Saturday 13 February @ 21:00 – THE ONE (2001) *Channel Premiere

A rogue Multiverse agent (Jet Li) goes on a manhunt for alternate versions of himself, getting stronger with each kill. Only the last version of himself, an LASD cop, can stop his crusade before he becomes "The One".

 

Saturday 20 February @ 22:40 – REDCON-1 (2018) *UK TV Premiere

After a zombie apocalypse spreads from a London prison, the UK is brought to its knees. The spread of the virus is temporarily contained but, without a cure, it's only a matter of time before it breaks its boundaries, and the biggest problem of all... any zombies with combat skills are now enhanced. A squad of Special Forces soldiers is sent on a suicide mission to save humanity against ever-rising odds.

 

OTHER FILM HIGHLIGHTS

 

Wednesday 3 February @ 22:55 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE (2010)

When writer Jennifer Hills (Sarah Butler) retreats to a charming cabin in the woods to start her next book, her presence in the small town attracts unwanted redneck attention. Intending to teach the city girl a lesson, they break into her cabin to scare her. However, what starts out as terrifying acts of humiliation uncontrollably escalates into a night of abusive assault. But against all odds Jennifer survives her ordeal and intends to turn the tables on her tormentors…

Sunday 14 February @ 21:00 – VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED (1995)

A strange mist overcomes an idyllic coastal town, causing ten local women to become mysteriously pregnant. Soon, these women give birth to albino children who turn out to be mind-controlling demons. The town doctor (Christopher Reeve) is the only one capable of destroying this other worldly force…

 

Thursday 18 February @ 21:00 – SPLICE (2010)

Clive (Adrian Brody) and Elsa (Sarah Polley) are brilliant and ambitious scientists. The new animal species they have engineered have made them rebel superstars of the scientific world. In secret, they introduce human DNA into the experiment. The result is something that is greater than the sum of its parts: a female animal-human hybrid that may be a step up on the evolutionary ladder – and a step too far

 

 

Sunday 21 February @ 21:00 – MAGGIE (2015)

As the world narrowly recovers from a near apocalyptic virus, an infected teenage girl (Abigail Breslin) with only a precious few weeks to live must find the strength and bravery to face her fleeting mortality as her father (Arnold Schwarzenegger) struggles helplessly to protect her from the frightened town, and keep the family together.

 

Friday 26 February @ 21:00 – A LONELY PLACE TO DIE (2011)

Five mountaineers are climbing in the Scottish Highlands when they stumble across an air pipe sticking out of the forest ground emitting panicked cries from a small girl who speaks Serbian. Who buried her in the earth chamber? Why? The horrifying answers to all those questions will take the quintet to the death-defying Devil’s Drop. And in the deadliest game of cat-and-mouse, predator becomes prey and vice versa in this top-flight terroriser laced with pulse-pounding thrills.

Website: http://www.horrorchannel.co.uk/

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ARROW VIDEO FRIGHTFEST ANNOUNCE GLASGOW DIGITAL LINE-UP

Despite continuing COVID-19 restrictions, Arrow Video FrightFest Glasgow is back to present a virtual six-pack of tasty titles; an extravaganza of the dark arts that will leave you stirred, shaken and shocked.  

 

There will be six online presentations, including the UK premiere of Kyle Rankin’s controversial high school siege drama RUN HIDE FIGHT, starring Isabel May as a fiercely independent student taking on a quartet of invading shooters, and the UK premiere of OUT OF THIS WORLD (HORS DU MONDE), a disturbing, compelling study of obsession from brilliant new French director Marc Fouchard. It boasts a stunning performance by Kevin Mischel as a mentally-challenged musician turned Uber driver.

 

A few years back Here Comes Hell, a Black & White mystery thriller, was a FrightFest Glasgow sensation, and THE WOMAN WITH LEOPARD SHOES (LA FEMME AUX CHAUSSURES LEOPARD) is another satisfying retro fix from first timer Alexis Bruchon. Expect an impressively old school yet ultra-modern noir thriller that twists, turns and twists again.

 

There are also two outstanding Canadian entries in the line-up – the European premiere of AMERICAN BADGER, Kirk Caouette’s gritty and turbo-driven hard action thriller and the UK premiere of Cody Calahan’s nostalgia-fest VICIOUS FUN, a skewering of 1980s fashions which slashes its way through the current era of genre filmmaking.

 

Finally, from director Christopher Alender, producer of the Glasgow FrightFest past selections Southbound and The Mortuary Collection, is the UK premiere of THE OLD WAYS, a terror tale taken from sinister Latin American folklore 

 

The six films, which will be geo-locked to the UK and limited to 500 tickets, will be available on-demand between the 5th & 7th of March, so can be viewed over those three days

 

Tickets will go on sale on Monday 18 January, priced £9.99. Please note that passes are not available. For more information: www.glasgowfilm.org/festival

 

Alan Jones, co-director of FrightFest commentated: “FrightFest might be presenting a more boutique line-up than usual, but our determined response has still been to showcase the bold and vital work artists have felt compelled to make under such unique conditions. We stay resolute in our continual mission to bring those must-see genre titles to their first UK audiences, especially our devoted Scottish community”.

 

Film details

 

RUN HIDE FIGHT (UK Premiere)

Director: Kyle Rankin

 

Synopsis: A normal school day is brought to a brutal halt when invaded by armed students on a murderous mission. As the shooting starts and the blood starts to flow, Zoe is lucky to get out alive. But then she heads back inside the building to rescue as many staff and pupils as she can. It’s High School DIE HARD as Zoe uses her survival skills to outsmart the killers.

 

OUT OF THE WORLD / HORS DU MONDE (UK Premiere)

Director: Marc Fouchard

 

Synopsis: The very private Leo has issues communicating with others due to past trauma and only lives for his music. For now, not able to have a career as a composer, he works as an Uber driver and lives in his car. When Leo picks up Amélie, a deaf dancer, he sees a like-minded spirit, connected to the same remote sound universe yet cut off from the world, just like him. But Leo is hiding a dark and dangerous secret.

 

VICIOUS FUN (UK Premiere)

Director: Cody Calahan

 

Synopsis: Joel, a caustic 1980s film critic for a national horror magazine, accidentally stumbles into a secret underground self-help group for serial killers. Can he match wits with five exterminators and make it through the night alive? Kill or be killed, Joel will have to find his inner assassin and muster hidden strengths to defeat the maniacs in his midst.

 

THE OLD WAYS (UK Premiere)

Director: Christopher Alender

 

Synopsis: Cristina, a journalist of Mexican origins, travels to the home of her ancestors in Veracruz to investigate a story involving sorcery, witchcraft and healers. Once there, she is kidnapped by a group of mysterious locals who claim that she's possessed by the devil and that she needs to undergo an exorcism. But as she tries to escape her nightmarish situation, Cristina starts to believe that her secretive captors may actually be right...

 

AMERICAN BADGER (European Premiere)

Director: Kirk Caouette

 

Synopsis: Meet Badger, because his real name is Dean, and that's the lamest ever for a hitman. Like all American Badgers, he prefers to be alone, and has hardly spoken a word to anyone except his Handler. But all that is about to change with his latest assignment - make friends with call girl Velvet, extract information about the criminal Albanian gang she works for, and then kill her. What he doesn’t know is that Velvet is like a daughter to the mob boss and all hell is about to break loose.

 

THE WOMAN WITH LEOPARD SHOES/LA FEMME AUX CHAUSSURES LEOPARD (Scottish Premiere)

Director: Alexis Bruchon

Synopsis: A thief is engaged by a mysterious woman to steal a box in a house. The job goes well but, as he’s escaping, dozens of people arrive for a party. The thief just has time to hide in a study. Confined in this little room, he tries to flee but things turn for the worse when he makes a shocking discovery…

 

For full programme details: http://www.frightfest.co.uk/

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'SEARCHING SEQUEL CONFIRMED

One of the hidden gems of 2018 was Searching - a techno thriller/horror directed by Aneesh Chaganty that focused on a desperate father trying to find his missing daughter by looking for clues on her laptop.

Well Sony Stage 6 Films has just signed up Will Merrick and Nick Johnson to direct a sequel - in what will be the directorial debut for the pair, who were part of the creative team on the first film.

Although there are not plot details to share it is believed it will tell a new story that focuses on different characters to the original. Filming is set to begin in the spring.

 

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HORROR CHANNEL USHERS IN NEW YEAR WITH MOSNTROUS SAT NIGHT PREMIERES

Horror Channel gets the New Year off to a horrifying start with three thrilling primetime Saturday night channel premieres, including John Schlesinger’s gripping psychological thriller PACIFIC HEIGHTS, starring Melanie Griffith, Matthew Modine and Michael Keaton. Plus, there’s Clive Barker’s dark monster fantasy NIGHTBREED, starring David Cronenberg, and Anthony DiBlasi’s claustrophobic, intensely creepy LAST SHIFT.

 

Other highlights for January include Bernard Rose’s FRANKENSTEIN, a stylishly smart update of the classic myth, starring Xavier Samuel, Danny Huston, Carrie-Anne Moss and Tony Todd, Scott Stewart’s compulsive alien home-invasion thriller DARK SKIES, SERENITY, the big screen continuation of Joss Whedon's 2002 television series Firefly, Christopher Smith’s BLACK DEATH, a brooding, bloody plague-ridden action horror, starring Eddie Redmayne, Leigh Janiak’s acclaimed HONEYMOON starring Harry Treadaway and Rose Leslie and Caroline Labrèche & Steeve Léonard’s unusual and compelling sci-fi thriller RADIUS.

 

Full film details in transmission order:

 

SATURDAY NIGHT PREMIERES

 

Saturday 9 January @ 21:00 – PACIFIC HEIGHTS (1990) *Channel Premiere

 

Patty (Melanie Griffith) and Drake (Matthew Modine) want their downstairs tenant, Carter Hayes (Michael Keaton), to pay the rent. He won't. They want him to leave. He won't. And Hayes, a sociopathic scam artist, has made sure he has the law on his side. As he tries to drive them out of their own home, the couple must take drastic measures to fight back.

 

Saturday 16 January @ 21:00 – LAST SHIFT (2014) *Channel Premiere

 

Rookie police officer, Jessica Loren (Juliana Harkavy), has been assigned the last shift at a transitioning police station and must wait for a hazmat crew to pick up biomedical evidence. Ordered not to leave the station under any circumstance, Jessica comes to learn that it's more than just an outdated station, it is home to the ultimate embodiment of evil and his devoted blood thirsty followers. Jessica is left to fend for herself in the Devil's playground.

 

Saturday 23 January @ 21:00 – NIGHTBREED (1990) *Channel Premiere

Boone may be a troubled young man, but his troubles are just beginning. Set up as the fall guy in a string of slasher murders by a serial-killing psychiatrist (David Cronenberg), he decides he'll hide by crossing the threshold that separates "us" from "them" and sneak into the forbidden realm of Midian. Boone will live among the monsters. They are the Nightbreed, denizens of a world beyond death.

 

OTHER FILM HIGHLIGHTS

 

Tuesday 5 January @ 21:00 – RADIUS (2017)

 

Liam wakes from a car crash with no memory of who he is. As he makes his way into town to look for help, he finds only dead bodies, all with strange pale eyes. Liam's first assessment is that a virus is present in the air but he soon discovers the terrible truth: anyone who comes within a 50-foot radius of him dies instantly.

 

Sunday 10 January @ 21:00 – FRANKENSTEIN (2015)

 

Adam (Xavier Samuel) is artificially created with a revolutionary 3D printer by married research scientists. But when bodily malfunctions relegate him to the scrapheap, Adam faces nothing but aggression and violence from the world around him as he discovers the true nature of humanity. Told from the Monster’s perspective and showcasing a stunning performance by Twilight’s Xavier Samuel, this brilliant adaptation gives horror icon Tony Todd his best role in years as blind hobo Eddie.

 

Thursday 14 January @ 21:00 – HONEYMOON (2014)

 

Young newlyweds Paul (Harry Treadaway) and Bea (Rose Leslie) travel to a remote, romantic lake country for their honeymoon, Shortly after arriving though, Paul finds Bea wandering in the forest for no apparent reason. As her behaviour gets increasingly peculiar, He begins to suspect something more sinister than sleepwalking took place deep in the woods.

 

Thursday 21 January @ 21:00 – DARK SKIES (2013)

 

The Barrett family start to experience an escalating series of disturbing phenomena occurring around their suburban home, leading them to believe that they are being targeted by an unimaginable deadly force. They soon realise that they must uncover this deadly mystery, by any means necessary, before it’s too late.

 

Sunday 24 January @ 21:00 – SERENITY (2015)

 

From the mind of Joss Whedon (TV's Buffy the Vampire Slayer) comes this edge-of-your-seat adventure about a renegade crew who agree to hide a fugitive with a deadly secret aboard their ship.

Saturday 30 January @ 21:00 – BLACK DEATH (2007)

Plague-ridden medieval England: the country is in a death-ridden turmoil. One hope remains - rumours of a village that is unaffected by the deadly disease. As God's ambassador, young monk Osmund (Eddie Redmayne) is tasked in leading the fearsome knight Ulrich (Sean Bean) and his group of mercenaries to the remote village. Their quest is to hunt down a necromancer - someone able to bring the dead back to life. It’s a quest that will put their faith to the ultimate test…

 

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