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Diary: Hammer Classics...

November on Horror Channel


Link Here 20th October 2018

From November 3rd, Horror Channel celebrates vintage 1950s home-grown fantasy and horror with a Hammer Classics Season, The primetime Saturday night season, consisting of four network premieres, which star the iconic Peter Cushing, kicks off with Val Guest's atmospheric masterpiece, The Abominable Snowman.

The other three, all directed by Terence Fisher, are the highly successful adaptations of the classic Universal monster movies: the brilliantly lurid The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), the hypnotically sensual and gory Dracula (1958), which launched Cushing and Christopher Lee into global stardom, and The Mummy (1959), perhaps the most critically well-received Hammer movie of all time.

There are also Friday night network premieres for darkly gripping sci-fi thriller Splice , John Carpenter's brilliant body-mangling monster horror The Thing , starring Kurt Russell, Aussie shark schlockfest Bait , the 2008 US remake of The Eye , starring Jessica Alba and psychological thriller House At The End Of The Street , starring Jennifer Lawrence.

 

 

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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