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.
Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film & Black Christmas
Fri Oct 5 @ 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.
Wreckage & Prom Night
Fri Oct 12 @ 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.
Stalker & Happy Birthday to Me
Fri Oct 19 @ 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…
The Tortured & Maniac Cop
Fri Oct 26 @ 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.
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