The UK’s biggest film festival dedicated to all things horror kicks off later today with over 60 films being screened across the bank holiday weekend. The annual Horror Channel FrightFest returns to its home in the dark heart of London on Leicester Square from the 24-28 August, showcasing some of the most anticipated and unique genre movies around.
If you’re not as fortunate as our writer Andrew Brooker, who is attending the extravaganza (and will be reviewing it on next week’s podcast along with Mike Shawcross), then don’t worry! We’ve picked out two films being shown on the Horror Channel each day across the duration of the festival for you to enjoy instead.
Whack your popcorn in the microwave, crack open that 2ltr bottle of pop from the corner shop, and turn your tele on for some quality horror, all from the comfort of your own home.
Today (Thursday 24)
1pm – The Blob (1958)
It creeps, and leaps, and slides and glides across the floor. Beware of the Blob. Even if it weren’t for Burt Bacharach’s insanely catchy opening theme for this 50’s sci-fi creature feature, starring Steve McQueen in his big screen debut, I would still be recommending this fantastic alien invasion flick. As with all great science fiction, the monster acts as a metaphor; in this case, it’s a pretty blunt one for the threat of communism as the faceless, homogeneous, ever-growing red blob destroys small town America[n values]. The Blob is also immensely entertaining taken as the slice of classic drive-in theatre fun that it is.
11pm – Bad Milo! (2013)
Director Jacob Vaughan’s horror-comedy stars Ken Marino (We’re The Millers, Wet Hot American Summer, Goosebumps) as Duncan, who discovers his upset stomach is caused by a growth inside of his intestines. However, when Duncan gets stressed or angry, this particular growth climbs out of his back passage and goes on a murder spree. Imagine Basket Case, but instead of a basket, it’s an arsehole, and instead of a deformed twin, it’s a bum-goblin. Bad Milo! is daft, immature and often very funny.
9pm – Deathgasm (2015)
Heavy metal and horror are two forms that seem to go hand-in-hand. Like fish and chips, peaches and cream, death and, er, orgasms… Deathgasm is New Zealand’s answer to Evil Dead by way of Spinal Tap as two mates summon a demon after dabbling in a bit of black magic. Jason Lei Howden’s comedy made its UK debut at FrightFest back in 2015.
10.45pm – We Are Still Here (2015)
A favourite of a number of our podcasters, this haunted house tale stars ‘Scream Queen’ Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator, From Beyond, You’re Next) and Andrew Sensenig who move to a quiet and peaceful town after their son dies. Inevitably, things go somewhat awry. Larry Fessenden steals the show in this atmospheric chiller.
9pm – Tucker and Dale vs Evil (2010)
Parodies can sometimes be a total failure. This particular parody of hillbilly cabin-in-the-woods horror is a prime example of how to do it right. If any film on this list is guaranteed to make you laugh, it’s Eli Craig’s stand-up of a bunch of stuck-up college kids being freaked out by a couple of regular Joe’s, played to perfection by Alan Tudyk and Tyler Labine.
10.50pm – The Green Inferno (2016)
I hope Tucker and Dale got all the chuckles out of your system, because this twisted, unsettling and downright disgusting cannibal thriller from genre master Eli Roth will not illicit any form of pleasant reaction. One of my top 10 movies of 2016, Roth’s controversial anti-SJW gore-fest is unwaveringly unsympathetic to its rainforest saving, social media obsessed characters, as they are put through the wringer by an Amazon tribe.
9pm – AfterDeath (2015)
This indie British supernatural puzzler made its UK Premiere at FrightFest back in 2015, and is now finally making its TV Premiere on the horror channel. Five youngsters wake up dead (yes, that’s what it says in the trailer) on a strange unfamiliar beach. If they are to escape, they must deal with the sins of their own past.
10.55pm – I Spit On Your Grave (2010)
The original 1978 rape-revenge exploitation version was infamously labelled a video nasty. Fangoria describe this remake as “raw and upsetting”, The New York Times called it “extremely efficient grindhouse”, and Roger Ebert said it was a despicable remake of a despicable film. Make of that what you will!
9pm – Triangle (2009)
Triangle is a British-Australian paradoxical psychological thriller that sees Jess (Melissa George) and her friends stuck on an ocean liner after their boat capsises. Who (or what) is chasing them on this ghost ship? Well, if I told you that, you wouldn’t need to see the film.
00.45am – Curse of the Crimson Altar (1968)
If you’re going to see out the FrightFest weekend with some late night horror, you might as well do it in style with a bunch of the masters of their craft as Christopher Lee, Barbara Steele and Boris Karloff star in Vernon Sewell’s Lovecraftian occult shenanigans.
The Horror Channel broadcasts on Sky channel 319, Virgin 149, BT 071 and is also on Freeview 70 and Freesat 13.