Wednesday 5 October 2016

Horror Channel celebrates Halloween with a mammoth FrightFest weekend

To celebrate Halloween, there is a FrightFest Weekend special, a marathon of cinematic scares featuring sixteen of the best films from previous FrightFest events - including the UK TV premieres of V/H/S, a terrifying anthology pushing the genre in a fresh direction and Vincenzo Natali’s HAUNTER, where ‘Groundhog Day’ meets ‘The Others' in a chilling reverse-ghost story. Also included are the network premieres of Tomas Alfredison’s remarkably moving and genuinely frightening vampire tale LET THE RIGHT ONE IN and FRANKENSTEIN’S ARMY, Richard Raaphorst’s inventive freak show of gore, guts and gunplay.

The weekend season is Fri 28 Oct – Mon 31 Oct, 9pm onwards and this is the full line-up:

Fri 28 Oct @ 21:00 – DONNIE DARKO (2001) 

Fri 28 Oct @ 23:10 – FRANKENSTEIN’S ARMY (2013) *Network Premiere

In the waning days of World War II, a battalion of Russian soldiers find themselves lost in eastern German enemy territory. Stumbling upon a village decimated by an unseen terror, they discover a secret Nazi laboratory and a mad scientist conducting experiments using the journal of one Dr. Victor Frankenstein to fuse flesh and steel to create unstoppable undead soldiers. This is historical HOSTEL on Hammer Horror steroids, cyberpunk by way of classic Universal monster mayhem.

Fri 28 Oct @ 00:50 – 2001 MANIACS (2005)

Fri 28 Oct @ 02:30 – DEADHEADS (2011)

Sat 29 Oct @ 21:00 – HAUNTER (2013) *UK TV PREMIERE

True to the form of CUBE, CYPHER and SPLICE, director Vincenzo Natali’s spooky tale of vintage murders, time travel, and clear boundaries between the living and the dead is impeccably constructed and tightly focused with a strikingly good performance from Abigail Breslin. She plays Lisa Johnson, a teenager, who along with her family are deceased, doomed to repeat the fateful last day before they were all killed by the Haunter in 1985.  Only Lisa has ‘woken up’ . It’s the present day and the serial-killing Haunter is closing in again.

Sat 29 Oct @ 22:55 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE (2010)
Sat 29 Oct @ 01:00 – WRONG TURN 4: BLOODY BEGINNINGS (2011)
Sat 29 Oct @ 01:50 – OLDBOY (2003)

Sun 30 Oct @ 21:00 – F (2010)

Sun 30 Oct @ 22:35 – LET THE RIGHT ONE IN (2008) *Network Premiere

Tomas Alfredson’s stunningly directed juvenile vampire saga charts the budding friendship between bullied loner Oskar and angelic Eli, his new neighbour. But Eli requires freshly tapped human blood to survive and Oskar might just be the person to replace her ageing guardian…Alfredson’s subtle masterpiece is a remarkable evocation of childhood terrors, fantasies and frailties and has taken its place among the classics of the vampire genre.

Sun 30 Oct @ 00:45 – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE 2 (2013)

Sun 30 Oct @ 02:45 – THE VICTIM (2011)

Mon 31 Oct @ 21:00 – UNDER THE BED (2012)

Mon 31 Oct @ 22:45 – V/H/S (2012) *UK TV Premiere

Six bizarre tapes: Six horrific stories: Six acclaimed directors. When a group of sleazy misfits is hired by an unknown third party to burgle a desolate house and acquire a rare VHS, they discover more found footage than they bargained. A gruesome and twisted blast of sickness from the collective minds of Adam Wingard, Glenn McQuaid, Radio Silence, David Bruckner, Joe Swanberg and Ti West. 

Mon 31 Oct @ 01:00 – HATCHET 2 (2010)

Mon 31 Oct @ 02:40 – BANSHEE CHAPTER (2013)

There are also a further six primetime film premieres this month, including the network premieres of John Carpenter’s timely sci-fi political thriller THEY LIVE, James Watkins’ gripping ‘hoody horror’ EDEN LAKE starring Michael Fassbender, Adam Green’s superb chairlift dangler FROZEN and Michael J. Bassett’s gripping survivalist horror THE WILDERNESS, starring Sean Pertwee. Plus there are UK TV premieres for Eli Roth produced CLOWN and Marcus Nispel’s malevolent shocker THE ASYLUM.  

Fri 7 Oct @ 21:00 – WILDERNESS (2006) * Network Premiere
Saturday 8 Oct @ 22:55 – EDEN LAKE (2008) *Network Premiere
Fri 14 Oct @ 21:00 – FROZEN (2010) *Network Premiere
Sat 15 Oct @ 22:45 – CLOWN (2014) *UK TV Premiere
Fri 21 Oct @ 22:50 – THE ASYLUM (2015) *UK TV Premiere
Sat 22 Oct @ 23:00 – THEY LIVE (1988) *Network Premiere

TV: Sky 319 / Virgin 149 / Freesat 138 / Freeview 70


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