Penny Dread­ful

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From high­brow to low cul­ture this month as a fab new body hor­ror takes on Hol­ly­wood, a pos­ses­sion movie takes on Arthur Miller and a gi­ant croc­o­dile takes on top se­cret nanobots. Also com­ing your way – tin­gling new tele­vi­sion for 2015, a bloke in a dress with a katana and a new chal­lenger to the ti­tle of worst movie ever made…

Valen­tine’s day mas­sacre

A good friend of mine and fel­low hor­ror fan thought he’d met the per­fect wo­man when his date was su­per- im­pressed by his shelf stacked with video nas­ties. Think­ing it was just the right level of cool/ weird/ ob­scure to win him geek points he de­cided to put on ( ad­mit­tedly great) anatomy dummy men­tal ill­ness romp Pin and ex­claim “this is a good bit” be­fore a boy reads out a sex­u­ally charged poem to his sis­ter. Date didn’t end well. With Valen­tine’s Day on the way, then, the moral of the story? Even if your beloved is a Hu­man Cen­tipede- watch­ing, Tro­ma­lov­ing gore­hound – pick your date movie care­fully. Salo Or The 120 Days Of Sodom is prob­a­bly out for ex­am­ple. Sim­i­larly I Spit On Your Grave. Or Vis­i­tor Q. Or in fact almost any­thing by Takashi Mi­ike… Per­haps this ex­plains the postVal’s 27 February re­lease date of ex­cel­lent chiller It Fol­lows, miss­ing out on all the cinephile cou­ples who don’t want to see 50 Shades Of Grey. As men­tioned a cou­ple of is­sues back, it’ll be the hor­ror hit of the year. It is, how­ever, about a sex­u­ally trans­mit­ted ghost. Stay home and rent Teeth in­stead.

Dea­dite and lov­ing it

Hor­ror TV incoming! March sees the US re­lease of the remake of gor­geous French zom­bie soap The Re­turned as well as cool meta- un­dead crime drama iZom­bie, while Bates Mo­tel is open­ing its doors for a third sea­son. But more ex­cit­ing still is the news that Ash Vs Evil Dead is gear­ing up to be­gin its New Zealand shoot. Orig­i­nal Dea­dites Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and Bruce Camp­bell are on board for this 10part show with Camp­bell star­ring as an ageing Ash, out to pas­ture post- Ne­cro­nomi­con trauma un­til a new Dea­dite plague threat­ens to de­stroy hu­man­ity. Raimi will di­rect the first ep, due to air in the au­tumn/ win­ter this year. “Bruce, Rob and I are thrilled to have the op­por­tu­nity to tell the next chap­ter in Ash’s lame but heroic saga,” Raimi told Va­ri­ety. Hail to the king, baby!

Witch­ing hour

Ever won­dered what a hor­ror film writ­ten by master play­wright and for­mer hus­band of Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe Arthur Miller would look like? I’m pretty con­fi­dent that Where The Devil Hides ( out now on DVD) very much isn’t it. While this re­li­gious closed com­mu­nity- set slasher, where a prophecy sur­round­ing six teenage girls born on the same day whips up a witch hunt, would prob­a­bly like to be The Cru­cible rein­vented as a mod­ern hor­ror story, it plays more like The Vil­lage on Hal­loween where in be­tween the ar­chaic lan­guage and the bon­nets, sexy teenagers take their clothes off to a rock sound­track. It is, to be fair, pacey and en­ter­tain­ing, with a de­cent cast, and the end­ing ( which would make Miller cringe) is at least au­da­cious. Next month: Un­death Of A Sales­man where Willy Lo­man is a zom­bie Avon rep­re­sen­ta­tive

iZom­bie, she: con­fused.

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