There are a magnificent seven premieres on the Horror Channel this month, including the UK TV premiere of Renny Harlin’s icy horror mystery THE DYATLOV PASS INCIDENT and the network premieres of Christopher Smith’s compelling psychological thriller TRIANGLE and Jason Eisener’s rampaging HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN, starring a pistol-packing Rutger Hauer.
Also enjoying their network premieres are Darren Lynn Bousman’s wince-inducing SAW III, Phil Claydon’s sharply-toothed LESBIAN VAMPIRE KILLERS, with James Cordon and Matthew Horne, the late Robin Hardy’s all-time classic THE WICKER MAN and the Pang Brother’s creepy family drama THE MESSENGERS.
Full details of premieres in transmission order:
Fri 9 Sept @ 22:55 – HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN (2011) * Network Premiere
Rutger Hauer stars as a gun-toting homeless vigilante determined to clean the mean streets of trash – or rather, who he perceives as human vermin. He pulls into a new city and finds himself trapped in a mire of criminal chaos. What ensues is a bullet-ripping drama of riotous revenge. Filmmaker Jason Eisener won the SxSW Festival’s GRINDHOUSE competition with the original HOBO fake trailer.
Saturday 10 Sept @ 23:00 – SAW III (2006) *Network Premiere
Minutes after Amanda Young (Shawnee Smith) leaves him in the underground bathroom at the end of Saw II, Detective Eric Matthews (Donnie Wahlberg) escapes by breaking his foot with a toilet lid and slipping it out of his ankle chain. Six months later, another Jigsaw victim is discovered by Lieutenant Rigg (Lyriq Bent) and Detectives Kerry (Dina Meyer) and Hoffman (Costas Mandylor) and the horror begins…again.
Fletch (James Corden) and Jimmy (Matthew Horne) decide to escape their girlfriend problems and head to the countryside for a weekend of debauchery. Things don’t quite go to plan and they find themselves stuck in a village where all the women have been enslaved by a legendary vampire curse. As the night unfolds the boys have to put all of their fears (and dreams) behind them in order to rise to the challenge of becoming LESBIAN VAMPIRE KILLERS. . Also stars Paul McGann playing the potty-mouthed priest who is the only one who knows how to slay the vampirettes.
When Jess (Melissa George) sets sail on a yacht with a group of friends, she cannot shake the feeling that there is something wrong. Her suspicions are realised when the yacht hits a storm and the group is forced to board a passing ocean liner to get to safety, a ship Jess is convinced she’s been on before. The ship appears deserted, the clock on board has stopped, but they are not alone...Someone is intent on hunting them down, one by one. And Jess unknowingly holds the key to end the terror. A masterpiece in psychological terror from Severance & Black Death director Christopher Smith.
In February, 1959, nine Russians hikers ventured into the Ural Mountains on a trip that should have been manageable for a group with their vast experience. Two weeks later, all nine were discovered dead. A search party found the hikers’ tents ripped open from the inside and all seemed to have died from hypothermia. With no compelling evidence or witnesses to account for the puzzling night, the case quickly fell into legendary infamy. The riddle has baffled investigators, researchers and authorities ever since. Now five young filmmakers retrace the steps of the doomed hikers in pursuit of the unsolvable mystery. What will they find? Starring Gemma Atkinson & Holly Goss.
Sat 24 Sept @ 21:00 – THE WICKER MAN (1973) *Network Premiere
The story was inspired by David Pinner's 1967 novel Ritual and centres on the visit of Police Sergeant Neil Howie (Edward Woodward) to the isolated island of Summerisle, in search of a missing girl. Howie, a devout Christian, is appalled to find that the inhabitants of the island have abandoned Christianity and now practise a form of Celtic paganism. His unease intensifies as he continues his investigation, slowly coming to fear that the girl's disappearance may be linked to a horrifying circumstances beyond his control. Director Robin Hardy was working on his next film, The Wrath of the Gods, which would have completed The Wicker Man Trilogy, at the time of his death on July 1, 2016.
Fri 30 Sept @ 21:00 – THE MESSENGERS (2007) *Network Premiere
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.
PLUS! Horror Channel has some exciting Daytime premieres of films and TV series, including the UK TV premiere of TERRORDACTYL, a prehistoric joyride into hell where downtown Los Angeles is plagued by a deadly swarm of pterodactyls.
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