Nearly time to put up the tree, hang up the advent calendars, buy those and start those annual festivities. Over at the Horror Channel, Christmas nightmares come early as the channel unearths an ‘advent’ of UK TV premieres.
December’s premieres include Jason William Lee’s slick and stylish modern take on the zombie virus, THE EVIL IN US. Boundaries will be pushed in Frank Khalfoun’s crime slasher P2, starring Wes Bentley.
There are also network premieres some many Frightfesters will recognise including Adam Egypt Mortimer’s deeply-cutting supernatural revenge chiller SOME KIND OF HATE. Revenge horror goes arthouse in Ruth Platt’s staggeringly bravura THE LESSON, Mena Suvari gets terrorized in Travis Oates’ powerfully disturbing thriller DON’T BLINK. If you’re going to have a horror festive season, you have to include ‘festive horrors’ and Glen Morgan’s gruesome BLACK CHRISTMAS is a remake of the classic 1974 seasonal slasher, starring scream queen Mary Elizabeth Winstead.
It’s not all about the horror movies. Cult TV Show Lost In Space is proving a massive hit on the channel and Season 3 of the classic Sci-fi series once again transports us back to our favourite cosmic family. A nice cure for those Christmas hangovers launching on Boxing Day 26th December (weekdays 8 pm).
Friday 8 Dec @ 23:00 – SOME KIND OF HATE (2015) *Network Premiere*
What if your past came back for you as a fully formed, physical thing that was going to kill you? Tightly wound Lincoln is a favourite target for the local high school bullies. One day he violently snaps and is sent to the Mind’s Eye Academy, a remote desert reformatory. But the harassment doesn’t stop and in despair he accidentally summons the kindred spirit of Moira, a girl tormented to suicide in the same establishment, who is more than happy to take vengeance on his persecutors.
Saturday 9 Dec @ 22:45 – THE LESSON (2015) *Network Premiere*
Fin and Joel are two teenage wasters running wild in an arid rural landscape. But their bad education is about to take a turn for the intellectual best as someone at the end of their tether has decided to teach both schoolboys a lesson they will never forget. A dark, claustrophobic and bloody coming of age love story with a shock final destination. Stars Robert Hands, Evan Bendall, Michaela Prchalová and Rory Coltart.
Friday 15 Dec @ 21:00 – THE EVIL IN US (2016) *UK TV Premiere*
Six school friends meet up for a fourth of July celebration on a remote island expecting a harmless fun-filled weekend. One brings some cocaine along to get the partying really started. What they don’t know is the drug is actually a new bioactive compound peddled by a sadistic right-wing terrorist organisation. Anyone consuming it is then exposed to a virus causing fits of psychotic rage, mind-bending chaos and cannibalistic murder. Only Brie refused to partake and now she must fight to survive as everyone around her, including her fiancé, tries to savagely kill her.
Saturday 16 Dec @ 21:00 – DON’T BLINK (2014) *Network Premiere*
Ten friends arrive at a remote mountain resort for a weekend of relaxation but find it deserted. As they attempt to discover out what happened to the other guests, they are horrified to find that they too are disappearing, one by one. Stars Mena Suvari, Brian Austin Green, Joanne Kelly and ZackWard.
Friday 22 Dec @ 22:40 – P2 (2007) *UK TV Premiere*
It’s Christmas Eve. Angela Bridges (Rachel Nichols), an ambitious executive, is supposed to be at a family gathering working late. When she gets down to the parking garage, she discovers that her car won’t start. Thomas (Wes Bentley), a friendly security guard, offers to help, but when he also invites her to share a small Christmas dinner he’s preparing, she doesn’t realise the invitation is not optional. If Angela wants to live to see Christmas morning, she must find a way to escape from level P2 of the parking garage.
Saturday 23 Dec @ 21:00 – BLACK CHRISTMAS (2006) *Network Premiere*
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It’s Christmas break and the phone won’t stop ringing at one sorority house, where the ghost of a killer lurks and coeds are being systematically murdered one by one. In this remake of the 1974 slasher flick, a bloodthirsty psychopath is on the loose. Will sorority sisters Kelli (Katie Cassidy), Dana (Lacey Chabert), Lauren (Crystal Lowe) and the others escape with their lives? Jessica Harmon, Michelle Trachtenberg and Andrea Martin co-star.