I don't know how we missed it (Um, I do actually, I spent all day yesterday in the pub for birthday drinks, so that's my excuse), but yesterday the UK's first dedicated horror channel was launched.
Here's the press brief
Managing Director Tony Hazell explains: “American horror films will dominate the Horror Channel's schedule but our approach is to show as many rare and unusual titles as possible, rather than attempting to compete with premiere channels by showing modern blockbusters. These will range from Karloff and Lugosi classics in earlier slots to full-on splatter movies after midnight. We want The Horror Channel to appeal to as many horror fans as possible, so we're trying to balance out classic and modern titles fairly evenly.” Amongst the gems lined up so far are Dementia 13, Night of the Living Dead, White Zombie, Bloody Birthday, The Incredible Melting Man, Blood Tracks, Evil Ed, The Stepfather, The Devil Bat, The Dark Dealer, Nightmares and Rattlers.
“At the heart of The Horror Channel's programming will be our own horror heritage,” says Hazell. “The British horror film is almost as old as cinema itself, and our schedule will feature an eclectic mixture of British cinema's blood-drenched output, from the black and white classic The Ghoul, through Hammer Horror masterpieces Frankenstein & The Monster From Hell and Captain Kronos Vampire Hunter to underrated obscurities such as Assault, Revenge, Goodbye Gemini and Expose. Fans of classy British horror double act Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee (and who isn't?) will not be disappointed as we showcase their finest work, together and individually, in Nothing But The Night, Dr Terror's House of Horrors. City of the Dead, The Uncanny and The Funnyman.” And in August, Cushing devotees can look forward to a special season of the actor's films on the tenth anniversary of his death.
According to Mr. Hazell, Euro-horror fans should be happy too – there'll be plenty of Bava, Fulci and Argento to keep them happy, as well as some truly obscure titles and these films will be broadcast in the Horror Around the World slot in the early hours.
The Horror Channel is also working with cult video label Salvation to produce a weekly midnight slot featuring the pick of their uniquely provocative crop.
The Horror Channel transmits on Sky Guide number 330.
6.00pm - FILM: M Peter Lorre stars as Peter Kurten, the homosexual child murderer known as The Vampire of Dusseldorf.
8.00pm - FILM: Revenge Harrowing thriller starring Joan Collins as the beautiful wife of a publican who decides to take the law into his own hands after his daughter is brutally murdered.
10.00pm - FILM: Sorority Girls & the Creature from Hell A group of girls arrive at a cabin for a party, but their fun is ruined when one of the girls' uncles is transformed into a homicidal monster.
0.00am - FILM: Moonstalker A group of young people on a camping holiday are terrorised by a crazed family who travel around in an old Cadillac, murdering campers and stealing their belongings.
2.00am - FILM: The Dreaded When a weary vampire arrives in a small Texas town, he expects nothing more than to sate his appetite and move on. But when he falls in love with a local girl, his plans change.
3.45am - FILM: Moonstalker A group of young people on a camping holiday are terrorised by a crazed family who travel around in an old Cadillac, murdering campers and stealing their belongings.
The also exists an American horror channel called 'the horror channel', but that's a completely different station.
Get daily listings from out Horror Channel at their homepage here.
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