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'SIN CITY' TV SERIES BEING DEVELOPED

November 16, 2019

There have been two trends that have been prevalent in recent years within the genre. One, the apparent ever present need to update and remake and reboot every half-decent horror feature and franchise. The other, has been to turn existing features into TV series. Scream, The Mist, The Exorcist and The Purge are all examples of this new trend which is down to a mixture of increased budgets and changing viewer behaviour. Well, you can add another one to the list now. Sin City.

Yep that's right, Deadline are reporting that Legendary Television has reached an agreement with Frank Miller to turn the graphic novel inspired film franchise into a TV show. Apparently it's contingent on them securing a deal with a streaming platform, although that shouldn't be an issue.

Original director Robert Rodriguez is also in talks to return as Director. 

HORROR CHANNEL TO RUN CLASSIC MONSTER MARATHON

November 13, 2019

On Sunday 24th of November, Horror Channel is celebrating the beginnings of cinema horror with CLASSIC MONSTER MARATHON. Kicking off at 1pm, it features 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.

 

In this monster marathon, you can run but you can’t hide…

 

Full film details in transmission order:

 

Sat 24 Nov @ 13:00 – DRACULA (1931) *Channel Premiere

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.

 

Sun 24 Nov @ 14:05 – FRANKENSTEIN (1931) *Channel Premiere

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.

 

Sun 24 Nov @ 16:00 – THE MUMMY (1932) *Channel Premiere

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.

 

Sun 24 Nov @ 17:30 – THE WOLF MAN (1941) *Channel Premiere

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.

 

Sun 24 Nov @ 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.

Horror Channel: Be Afraid

TV: Sky 317 / Virgin 149 / Freeview 70 / Freesat 138

GHOSTFACE TO RETURN!

November 08, 2019

We don't want to sound like a stuck record but - here's news of another horror movie franchise that's being reimagined!

Black Christmas is set to hit theatres soon and we've also had other remakes such as Pet Sematary, Jacob's Ladder recently as well as titles such as Hellraiser and The Grudge that are getting reboots. Original horror is still out there of course but it's a bit of a shame that so much stuff seems to be revisiting old stories and concepts.

The latest horror villain set to return to our screens is Ghostface. Not content with four movies and a couple of TV series, Spyglass Media Group (who now own the rights to Scream) are developing a new movie. No plot details have been revealed yet but it's though that Kevin Williamson won't be involved on the writing side of things.

We'll keep you posted as and when more info breaks (or is 'dropped', as the internet would prefer us to say)

HEX STUDIOS TO RELEASE LIMITED EDITION OF FESTIVAL HIT 'HERE COMES HELL'

November 08, 2019

Jack McHenry's genre-bending directorial debut is coming to DVD after a smash hit festival run.

Best described as 'The Old Dark House' meets 'The Evil Dead', the stylish horror-comedy is an homage to classic horror, with a bloody twist. Filmed in black and white, 'Here Comes Hell' follows the plight of a group of 1930s socialites attending a dinner party in a dilapidated mansion. Bloody mayhem ensues when their host coerces them into performing a séance, accidentally opening the gates of hell.

After premiering at Frightfest Glasgow, the film went on to screen at festivals across the globe including Screamfest LA and Sydney Film Festival, where it racked up rave reviews from audiences and critics alike, with SlashFilm dubbing it 'one of the most impressive feature debuts of the year' and The Daily Record calling it 'a wonderful celebration of the best of genre film-making'.

The release follows the success of Hex Studios' sell-out Limited Edition of arthouse horror 'Frankenstein's Creature'. According to Hex founder Lawrie Brewster, “Five minutes into the film we knew that 'Here Comes Hell' was a perfect fit for our DVD label. Bold, original, charming, and made with an obvious passion for storytelling and practical effects, it's simply an utterly entertaining watch, and we're so proud and excited to be doing a physical release for this future cult classic.”

Packed with extras, including a commentary from Sam Ashurst (Arrow Video Podcast) and a revealing behind the scenes documentary, the beautifully-packaged Limited Edition DVD is available exclusively on the Hex Studios website hexmedia.tv, where you can pre-order now, in advance of its December release.

Pre-order link: https://www.hexmedia.tv/collections/all-products/products/here-comes-hell-exclusive-limited-edition-dvd

'CONJURING' WRITERS WORKING ON NEW LALAURIE MANSION FRANCHISE

October 30, 2019

Chad and Carey Hayes, who penned the screenplays for both James Wan's 'Conjuring' movies have announced they are working on a new horror franchise based on one of the most infamous (supposedly) haunted houses in the world - the LaLaurie Mansion.  

The mansion is the former home of Madame LaLaurie, a wealthy socialite who apparently used parts of the house to torture and kill people in the mid 19th century, before a fire exposed her crimes and she promptly did a runner. The public have had no access to the property since the early 1930's (which makes the whole thing even more intriguing!) Apparently the Hayes brothers are considering writing the first draft inside the house though!

Apparently the stories will unfold in multiple installments covering the history of the house from recent horrific events of modern day all the way back to the terrifying origins of the house’s history and its crazed owner

The Carey brothers said: “We love writing films in which we get to tell true stories – incorporating moments that people can look up and discover did in fact happen. With the LaLaurie House we get to do exactly that… there is a wealth of documentation of a very dark and frightening past of true events. Not to mention that after spending some time there, what we personally experienced was truly unnerving. We haven’t been this excited about a project since the Conjuring!

Production will begin next year.

NOVEMBER HORROR CHANNEL PREMIERES

October 25, 2019

Psycho clowns, demented dolls and deadly snipers…Horror Channel is big on scares in November with eleven Channel premieres including murderous supernatural chiller SINISTER, starring Ethan Hawke, Damien Leone’s screamingly shocking TERRIFIER and the riveting urban thriller TOWER BLOCK, starring Sheridan Smith and Jack O’Connell.

 

There are also Channel premieres for two popular instalments of the Chucky franchise, CHILD’S PLAY 2 and CHILD’S PLAY 3. John Carpenter’s dazzling fantasy STARMAN, starring Jeff Bridges, two spooky black comedy classics - Peter Jackson’s THE FRIGHTENERS and Joe Dante’s THE BURBS, and the even more eerie John Carpenter remake of VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED – which stars Christopher Reeves in his last publicly released film before his career-ending injury.

 

Plus, there is Hammer’s gloriously volcanic stone-age horror CREATURES THE WORLD FORGOT and the nightmarish, perceptions-bending Blair Witch sequel, BOOK OF SHADOWS: BLAIR WITCH 2.

 

Full film details in transmission order:

 

Fri 1 Nov @ 22:50 – TERRIFIER (2016) *Channel Premiere

Brace yourselves as a maniacal clown named Art begins his twisted reign of terror on Halloween night, setting his sights on three young women and anyone else that gets in his way! Move over Pennywise, because there’s a new clown in town and this one is a thousand times more violent and a million times crueller.

 

Sat 2 Nov @ 21:00 – THE BURBS (1989) * Channel Premiere

Tom Hanks stars in this hilarious satire of modern suburban life. When Ray Peterson becomes convinced that his new, intensely private neighbours are members of an evil cult, he struggles to get behind their closed doors with outrageous results.

 

Fri 8 Nov @ 21:00 – CHILD’S PLAY 2 (1990) *Channel Premiere

Chucky's back, continuing where the chilling original left off, with Chucky's toy company rebuilding the original doll to prove that there was nothing wrong with it. Mistake. Chucky (voiced by Brad Dourif) goes on a rampage, slicing and dicing with his unique brand of dark comedy. With Jenny Agutter

 

 

Sat 9 Nov @ 21:00 – STARMAN (1984) *Channel Premiere

An alien (Jeff Bridges) observing life on Earth becomes stranded near the Wisconsin farmhouse of recently widowed Jenny Hayden (Karen Allen). The alien, otherwise known as Starman, clones the human form of Scott Hayden, Jenny’s deceased husband. Due to be picked up by his mother ship in three days, Starman is in dire need of human assistance. Thus Jenny becomes an unwilling participant in a trip that becomes a dangerous flight across the U.S.

 

Sun 10 Nov @ 22:55 – CREATURES THE WORLD FORGOT (1971) *Channel Premiere

Julie Ege stars in this variation on One Million Years B.C., playing a cave girl who becomes the object of a fierce battle between the contenders for the throne of the tribe's recently-deceased chieftain. The last of the prehistoric adventure films from Hammer Studios,

Fri 15 Nov @ 21:00 – CHILD’S PLAY 3 (1991) *Channel Premiere

Young Andy has grown up and attends a military academy – too bad the killer doll Chucky still wants his soul. Thrills and chills abound as Chucky stalks Andy relentlessly, murdering those in his way with even more wicked wit and ghoulish playfulness.

 

 

Sat 16 Nov @ 21:00 – VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED (1995) *Channel Premiere

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 otherworldly force…

Fri 22 Nov @ 21:00 – BOOK OF SHADOWS: BLAIR WITCH 2 (2000) *Channel Premiere

After spending a night in the hills of Maryland, four young fans of the original Blair Witch movie descend into a nightmare realm of murder, madness and perception-bending supernatural horror in this sequel.

 

Sat 23 Nov @ 21:00 – THE FRIGHTENERS (1996) *Channel Premiere

Blending laughs and scares director Peter Jackson brings his imaginative talents to this tale of a psychic con artist who teams with three friendly ghosts to stop the rampaging spirit of an executed killer.

 

Fri 29 Nov @ 21:00 – TOWER BLOCK (2012) *Channel Premiere

When a teenager is brutally murdered by two hooded figures, Becky (Sheridan Smith), Kurtis (Jack O’Connell), Paul (Russell Tovey) Neville (Ralph Brown) and the other residents of the Serenity House tower block are too scared to give detectives any information. One year later and someone has taken justice into their own hands. Picked off one by one, the tenants are under threat from a mystery sniper who has also set traps throughout the building, holding them prisoners in their own homes.

 

 

Sat 30 Nov @ 21:00 – SINISTER (2012) *Channel Premiere

Desperately in need of a bestseller 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.

 

HORROR CHANNEL PRESENTS 13 NIGHTS OF SCARES

October 08, 2019

For thirteen nights, from Saturday 19th Oct to Thursday 31st Oct at 9pm, Horror Channel presents a HAUNTED HALLOWEEN SEASON, a supernaturally spooky selection of the scariest movies, including the UK premiere of the ghostly chiller THE UNSPOKEN and the channel premiere of the terrifying thriller PAY THE GHOST, starring Nicholas Cage.

 

Other highlights include Damiano Damiani’s diabolical prequel to The Amityville Horror - AMITYVILLE II: THE POSSESSION. James Watkins’ spine-chilling remake THE WOMAN IN BLACK, starring Daniel Radcliffe, Ti West’s The Shining slacker-style indie sensation, THE INNKEEPERS. the 2008 US remake of THE EYE, starring Jessica Alba and box-office supernatural horror hit THE PACT.

 

Promo trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQpQrP5Ll68&feature=youtu.be

 

Full film details in transmission order:

 

Sat 19 Oct @ 21:00 – THE UNSPOKEN (2015) *UK TV Premiere

In 1997 the close-knit Anderson family vanished from their home without a trace. No bodies were ever found and no explanation satisfied curiosity. For seventeen years the house has remained undisturbed...until now.

 

Sun 20 Oct @ 21:00 – AMITYVILLE II: THE POSSESSION (1982)

A hard-hitting prequel to The Amityville Horror, this tells the 'true' story of the Montelli's, a dysfunctional Catholic family who arrives in the Amityville house years before the Lutzes of the first film. Sonny, the eldest son, is horrifically possessed by a sinister supernatural presence rising up from a secret basement room, and the rest of the family, including family priest Father Adamsk, appear powerless to stops the unfolding evil rampage.

 

Mon 21 Oct @ 21:00 – THE INNKEEPERS (1998)

After 100 years of silver service, the Yankee Pedlar Inn is shutting its doors for good. The last remaining employees – Claire and Luke – are determined to uncover proof that the hotel is haunted. As the Inn’s final days draw near, odd guests check in as the pair of amateur ghostbusters begins to experience strange and alarming events that may ultimately cause them to be mere footnotes in the establishment’s long unexplained history.

 

Tues 22 Oct @ 21:00 – STIR OF ECHOS (1999)

After he is hypnotized at a neighbourhood party, Tom Witzky (Kevin Bacon) changes. He sees things he can't explain and hears voices he can't ignore. As the horrific visions intensify, Tom realises they are pieces of a puzzle, echoes of a crime calling out to be solved. But when his other-worldly nightmares begin coming true, Tom desperately tries to rid himself of his eerie, unwanted powers.

 

Wed 23 Oct @ 21:00 – THE MESSENGERS (2007)

The first English-language horror entry by the Pang Brothers and produced by Sam Raimi  this suspenseful supernatural thriller centres on the dysfunctional Solomon family, who leave the fast paced life of Chicago for the secluded world of a North Dakota farm. Amidst the tranquil sway of the farm's field of sunflowers, Jess, 16, soon realises how terrifying seclusion can be when she and her brother Ben, 3, begin seeing ominous apparitions invisible to everyone else.

 

Thurs 24 Oct @ 21:00 – FLIGHT 7500 (2014)

From the director of The Grudge comes this spine-chilling journey into fear. On a flight from Los Angeles to Tokyo, a plane is shaken by severe weather. When the turbulence subsides, a passenger suddenly dies—and a supernatural force is unleashed, overtaking the passengers as they desperately fight to figure out what it is and how to stop it.

 

Fri 25 Oct @ 21:00 – THE WOMAN IN BLACK (2010)

Based on the classic ghost story, The Woman in Black tells the tale of Arthur Kipps, a lawyer who is forced to leave his young son and travel to a remote village to attend to the affairs of the recently deceased owner of Eel Marsh House. Working alone, Kipps begins to uncover the town’s tragic secrets and his fears escalate when he discovers that local children have

been disappearing under mysterious circumstances. When those closest to him become threatened by the vengeful woman in black, Kipps must find a way to break the cycle of terror.

 

Sat 26 Oct @ 21:00 – THE POSSESSION (2016)

From two acclaimed masters of horror - producer Sam Raimi (EVIL DEAD,) and director Ole Bornedal (NIGHTWATCH), comes a terrifying true story of how a family must unite in order to survive the wrath of an unspeakable and malicious evil. Divorced Clyde and Stephanie Brenek see little cause for alarm when their youngest daughter Em becomes oddly obsessed with an antique wooden box covered with arcane Hebrew inscriptions she purchased at a yard sale. But as Em’s behaviour becomes increasingly erratic the couple fears the presence of a malevolent force in their midst,

 

Sun 27 Oct @ 21:00 – THE NUN (2005)

Years ago, a cruel and merciless nun turned a boarding school into a living hell for her students until they could no longer bear the abuse, causing her undiscovered death. Now, the alumni are being brutally murdered one by one. Feeling a familiar and evil presence, the surviving women regroup to save their lives and lay the nun to rest one final time.

 

MON 28 OCT @ 21:00 – THE EYE (2008)

Sydney Wells (Jessica Alba), blind since childhood, undergoes surgery that successfully restores her sight. But unexplainable shadowy and frightening images start to haunt her. Not knowing if they are an aftermath of surgery, her imagination, or something horrifyingly real, Sydney becomes convinced that her anonymous eye donor has somehow opened the door to a terrifying world only she can now see.

 

TUES 29 OCT @ 21:00 – THE PACT (2012

Following her mother's funeral, Annie reluctantly returns to her childhood home - a place she would rather forget. Then as her sister Nicole 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...

 

Wed 30 OCT @ 21:00 – BOO (2005)

Written and directed by Anthony C. Ferrante and Dog Soldiers producer Davis E. Allen, this jump-out-of-your-seat movie bursts with goo and gore and neat homage as a group of young friends spend Halloween in a dilapidated hospital, and soon find trouble-a-plenty in the ghoulish form of a psychotic spirit intent on escaping the dank wards.

 

Thurs 31 Oct @ 21:00 – PAY THE GHOST (2015) *Channel Premiere

Almost a year after his young son disappeared on Halloween night in New York City, Mike (Nicolas Cage) is alone and haunted by terrifying visions of his son. Determined not to let go, he researches all the cases of missing children in the city and comes to a horrifying conclusion: that every Halloween a vengeful ghost surfaces to abduct three children and if they don't recover their son within a short window of time on All Hallows Eve, he will be lost to the spirit world forever. Following a series of terrifying clues, Mike is led deeper into the ancient curse that could destroy him and all he loves. 

Horror Channel: Be Afraid

TV: Sky 317 / Virgin 149 / Freeview 70 / Freesat 138

ARROW VIDEO FRIGHTFEST HALLOWEEN LINE UP ANNOUNCED

October 02, 2019

Arrow Video FrightFest continues on its highly acclaimed and hugely successful Twenty Bloody Year rampage with a fear-packed journey through Halloween traditions, religious deviance, unstoppable maniacs, warped fairy tales, terrifying board games and the very rules of horror themselves. 

 

The popular Halloween all-day event returns to the Cineworld Leicester Square on Saturday 2 November and the 12-hour monstrous marathon embraces four UK premieres, one European and one International premiere.

 

The day kicks off with the European Premiere of Josh Hasty’s CANDY CORN. With an impressive all-star genre cast (including Tony Todd, who exec-produces), an innovative iconic killer and cool score, say hello to a new twist on a Halloween tradition

 

This is followed by a 80s throwback horror comedy, WE SUMMON THE DARKNES. From Marc Meyers, director of My Friend Dahmer, this UK premiere delivers gore and guffaws with gleefully twisted abandon.

 

Next up is the International premiere of UNCANNY ANNIE, directed by Paul Davis, who gave us the fabulous documentary Beware The Moon: Remembering ‘American Werewolf In London’  This dice-throwing game of death and survival kicks off the second season of Hulu’s Blumhouse-produced series Into The Dark and Paul will be introducing the film.

 

Then there is the UK Premiere of SWALLOW, a warped fairy tale, posing provocative questions about the expectations imposed on women and the psychologically damaging effects of patriarchal culture. Anchored by Haley Bennett's knockout performance, this bold and atmospheric film marks the feature directorial debut of Carlo Mirabella-Davis.

 

The 8.30pm film is the UK premiere of TRICK, from Patrick Lussier, director of Drive Angry and the My Bloody Valentine remake. This surprising slasher delivers graphic shock after shock.

 

The finale presentation is SCARE PACKAGE which introduces us to the next generation of horror directors, Each of the eight talented filmmakers has selected a different horror sub-genre, taking aim at the tropes and overused clichés we find all too often in horror films.

 

Plus, we’ll be showing THE HAUNTED SWORDSMAN, the latest in acclaimed puppeteer Kevin McTurk’s Spirit Cabinet series. Corin Hardy, who backed the hugely successful Kickstarter campaign, will be joining us to introduce the acclaimed short.

 

Alan Jones, FrightFest co-director, said today: “Get your knives out, your chainsaws revved up and your machetes raised as FrightFest,  the UK’s biggest and best genre event returns to the Cineworld Leicester Square on Saturday November 2 for a morning of mayhem, an afternoon of anguish and an evening of evil in a day of the dead extravaganza. Happy Halloween everyone!”

 

Day passes (£47) and single tickets (£14.50) go on sale at noon on Saturday 5th October. 

 

To book: http://www.frightfest.co.uk/tickets.html

(Online booking only)

DERN, GOLDBLUM AND NEIL TO RETURN FOR JURASSIC WORLD 3

September 25, 2019

Looks like we're going to have a bit of a reunion to look forward to in Jurassic World 3!

The Official Jurassic World Twitter account broke the news that Jeff Goldblum, who was very briefly in the first Jurassic World movie, is set to return for the third instalment of the dino franchise - and that he's going to be joined by both Laura Dern and Sam Neil, who played Ellie Sattler and Alan Grant in the original Jurassic Park.

Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard will also be back.

Colin Trevorrow is directing Jurassic World 3, which will be released on June 11, 2021.

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