UK TV News: Horror Channel Announce Stalk ‘n’ Slash Season
by Ben Bussey
SLASH! AHHHHH! HE STABBED EVERYONE OF US…! Yeah, I think Queen really missed an opportunity not recording that. Anyway, slasher movies: I love them, you love them, Tipper Gore and Roger Ebert hate them. They’re one of the real staples of horror for the past four decades, and Horror Channel are now celebrating the subgenre with their Stalk ‘n’ Slash Season – four double-bills of hack-happy action, old and new/good and bad, every Friday night in October.
Direct from the press release:
Horror Channel will be slicing its way through our TV schedules every Friday night throughout October as it celebrates slasher films, both classic and contemporary, From Oct 5 there will be four double-bills, headed up by four UK TV premieres. Seen as the most controversial of horror film sub-genres, the slasher film has delighted fans for over 30 years with its iconic psychopaths, trend-setting special effects, horny teenagers and outrageous plotlines. From ‘Psycho to the hilarious Scream franchise, these endearing films forever changed the face and fortunes of horror cinema.
Fri 5th Oct @ 22.55 – The season kicks off with the premiere of GOING TO PIECES: THE RISE AND FALL OF THE SLASHER FILM (2006) a documentary which features a host of genre legends including Wes Craven, Rob Zombie & John Carpenter, who take us on a journey to the darkest recesses of cinematic shock. This is followed at 00:40 by BLACK CHRISTMAS (1974). Bob Clark’s Sorority House horror classic, which stars Olivia Hussy, influenced such spine-chilling greats as Halloween and Scream.
Fri 12 Oct @ 22.55 – Next up is the premiere of the bone-crunching WRECKAGE (2010) directed by John Mallory Asher in which four friends head to a scrap yard to look for spare parts – but soon realise the only spare parts they’ll be getting their hands on are their own!. This is followed at 00:40 by high-school slasher favourite PROM NIGHT (1980), starring the original scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis and Leslie Nielson. There is also an actress in the film called Liz Stalker-Mason.
Fri 19 Oct @ 22.55 – Martin Kemp, the famed actor/musician has turned his hand to horror, bringing us his impressive directorial debut STALKER (2010). Its not often that a woman stalks another woman in this genre and here Jane March, who found fame in ‘The Lover’, plays the part of a psychotic female to chilling perfection. This is double-billed at 00:25 with HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME (1981) starring Melissa Sue Anderson as a high school senior whose birthday party guests are being killed off one by one…
Fri 26 Oct @ 22.55 – The last double-bill of the season features the TV premiere of THE TORTURED (2010), directed by Robert Lieberman, in which a desperate mother and father (played by Jesse Metcalfe & Elise Landry) decide to take the law into their own hands after the kidnapper and killer of their son receives a light sentence. . Concluding the series at 00:30 is cult classic MANIAC COP(1988) written by Larry Cohen and starring Bruce Campbell as the suspected cop who goes in search of the real killer.
Horror is on Sky 319, Virgin 149 and Freesat 138 – go to www.horrorchannel.co.uk to learn more and all that.