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December 2018 on Horror Channel


Link Here 26th November 2018

Be prepared for an X-rated Xmas this December as Horror Channel serves up an horrific host of premieres, leading with the UK premiere of Xmas anthology A Christmas Horror Story . Tales From The Crypt meets Silent Night Deadly Night as zombie elves, Xmas demons and William Shatner invade UK homes on Saturday 22nd of December.

There are also channel premieres for Michael Thelin's unnerving and superbly performed chiller Emelie , and the star-studied jungle nightmare Anaconda , with Jon Voight, Owen Wilson, Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube and Eric Stoltz. From giant snakes we move to killer sharks and vampiric post-apocalyptic creatures - as the channel is giving seasonal first-showings to fearsome fantasy adventure Sharknado and blood-sucking survival thriller Daylight's End , starring Lance Henriksen.

Plus, on Sunday 23rd December, Horror Channel is broadcasting the channel premiere of the blockbuster miniseries Arabian Nights (Parts 1 and 2), starring Dougray Scott, Alan Bates, Rufus Sewell, Andy Serkis, James Frain, Jason Scott Lee, John Leguizamo, Vanessa-Mae and Alexei Sayle.

 

 

Diary: Censored! Stage, Screen, Society at 50...

Until 29th January 2019. London's Victoria and Albert Museum marks 50 years since the Theatres Act came into force, abolishing state censorship of the British stage


Link Here 15th October 2018
Until 1968 plays that had the potential to create immoral or anti-government feelings were banned by the Lord Chamberlain's office or ordered to be edited.

The V&A exhibition includes original manuscripts with notes on what needs to be changed and letters from Lord Chamberlain explaining why the edits are required.

In the exhibition there are several pieces including a manuscript about the play Saved by Edward Bond. The play tells the story of a group of young people living in poverty and includes a scene in which a baby is stoned to death.

When the Royal Court Theatre submitted the play to the censor, over 50 amendments were requested. Bond refused to cut two key scenes, stating 'it was either the censor or me -- and it was going to be the censor'. As a result, the play was banned.

Before the act was passed, playwrights got around the law by staging banned plays in members clubs which meant they could not be persecuted since it was private venue. The continued success of this strategy and the reluctance to prosecute made a mockery of the Lord Chamberlain's powers and reflected the increasingly relaxed attitudes of the public towards 'shocking' material.

The first night after the Act was introduced, the rock musical Hair opened on Shaftesbury Avenue in the West End. It featured drugs, anti-war messages and brief nudity, ushering in a new age of British theatre.

The exhibition runs until 29th January 2019.

 

 

Diary: Bloody Brits and rampaging sharks...

November on Horror Channel


Link Here 23rd October 2017

November on Horror Channel has a distinctive cutting-edge with a Saturday night prime-time Bloody British Season, celebrating the new wave of British horror movies that reinvigorated the UK horror industry in the early 2000s. There are 9pm network premieres for Neil Marshall's sensational werewolf debut feature Dog Soldiers (2002) (Saturday 11th), his monstrous all-female star cast follow-up The Descent (2005) (Saturday 25th), Christopher Smith's underground ghost train journey through hell, Creep (2004) (Saturday 18th), and Nick Hamm's psychologically gripping The Hole (2001) (Saturday 4th), with Keira Knightley in her first significant film role.

And the cuts get deeper with a Sharkmania Marathon - a slew of six salt-water B-movie shockers on Sunday 12th, highlighted by the network premieres of the last two adventures in the sky-flying sharks cult franchise Sharknado 4: The 4th Awakens (2016) at 8.10pm and Sharknado 5: Global Swarming (2017) on at 9.50pm. The other teeth-chattering offerings are: Planet Of The Sharks (2016), Super Shark (2011), Ice Sharks (2016) and The Reef (2010).

There are seven other primetime network premieres this month: M. Night Shyamalan's boldly unsettling survival movie The Happening (2008), starring Mark Wahlberg; Paul Schrader's hypnotic and erotic classic Cat People (1982); Christopher Smith's hilariously shocking Severance (2006) starring Danny Dyer and Andy Nyman; the creepy sequel Jeepers Creepers 2 (2003); Silent Hill (2006), Christophe Gans' eerie adaptation of Konami's video game series of the same name; Fran Rubel Kuzui's Buffy The Vampire Slayer (1992), starring Donald Sutherland, Rutger Hauer and Hilary Swank; and croc-shocker Lake Placid 2

 


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