Horror Channel announces TV premieres of UK horror films for April 2011
The Horror Channel screens Mum & Dad, Tony: London Serial Killer, Salvage and The Living & The Dead as part of their Cruel Britannia season
‘Essentially, every Friday night through the month of April we’re going to have the UK TV premiere of brilliant British cutting edge horror films,’ explains Programmes & Acquisitions Coordinator Paul McEvoy (also founder and co-director of horror film festival FrightFest).
Steven Sheil’s dark suburban horror Mum & Dad screens on 8 Apr; there’s the blackly comic Tony: London Serial Killer (15 Apr); the monster terror of Salvage (22 Apr) filmed on the old sets of Brookside and finally the descent into madness that is Simon Rumley’s The Living & The Dead (29 Apr).
‘We've got each of the directors introducing their films, so it's a really exciting month with some brilliant, amazing UK talent which we always try and nurture, both on the channel and through FrightFest,’ adds McEvoy.
British horror is certainly going through a strong period, with the return of Hammer Studios and directors such as Neil Marshall (Dog Soldiers/The Descent) and Christopher Smith (Creep/Triangle) really competing on the international market.
‘The diversity of British horror is always what strikes me,’ says McEvoy, ‘and the diversity of budget as well, because obviously a lot of folk are working with very minimal means. The crucial factor is the idea, which is really what sets horror apart from other genres. You can't really make a great science fiction or action film with no budget, whereas with horror films, it's about that key idea, so anybody can do it. Just look at Paranormal Activity or The Blair Witch Project.’