A round-up of what not to miss this month on Horror Channel...
September 20th – OLDBOY (2003) Forget the Spike Lee remake (oh, you already have?), this is revenge cinema at its finest, as a man imprisoned for fifteen years must find his captors within five days. One thing’s for sure, you won’t enjoy Tentacle Tuesday as much afterwards.
+++ October 1st – DR JEKYLL AND SISTER HYDE (1971) Count on Hammer Films to put a fun spin on a classic tale as mildmannered Henry Jekyll (Ralph Bates) transforms into a malevolent female Hyde (Martine Beswick). Perfect casting of the leads raise it above the sleazy approach.
+++ October 5th - CRAWLSPACE (2013) Just moved into a new house? This disturbing thriller might not be for you, as a previous owner terrorises a family, plotting to take what he has lost. It’s a remake of an ‘80s Klaus Kinski film, with the nastiness amped all the way up.
+++ October 10th – CANNIBAL APOCALYPSE (1980) The British TV premiere of an underrated classic of the VHS age. Antonio Margheriti’s shocker has Vietnam vets returning to America carrying a virus that turns people into flesh-eating psychos. The fantastic John Saxon and Italian legend Giovanni Lombardo Radice star.
+++ Classic Doctor Who continues a phenomenally successful run with stories this month including the very first appearance of William Hartnell in An Unearthly Child, and The Daleks taking a bow (well, if they were so articulated), while Second Doctor Patrick Troughton appears in The Mind Robber and faces the Ice Warriors once more in The Seeds of Death. Another old TV favourite returns in the form of David Vincent (Roy Thinnes) in the classic ‘60s show The Invaders. Horror Channel is available on SKY 319, Virgin 149,
Freeview 70, Freesat 138 and TalkTalk 487. that Ryan’s John Constantine will make an appearance in an episode of Arrow’s Season Four. Whether Constantine comes to visit his abode or not, Oliver Queen will also have a shiny new Arrowcave for the new season - a new lair that looks just a tad Justice League-lite. Moving from Starling City to Central City, and The Flash has similarly brought in some further new faces ahead of its second season. In terms of the villains of the show, Candyman himself, Tony Todd, has been revealed to be voicing the ‘big bad’ of the new season, Zoom. Todd will not be physically playing Zoom, and the show will keep the villain’s real identity as a mystery throughout the majority of Season Two. A slightly more minor villain has also been added, with Hemlock Grove’s Demore Barnes set to play Tokamak, an energy-absorbing rogue straight from the comic book world. On the side of the good guys, another speedster has been added in the form of Jesse Quick. Newcomer Violett Beane has been cast as Jesse, who will be portrayed as a college kid who gets caught up in the battle between Grant Gustin’s Barry Allen and Zoom. For more details on a whole lot of what to expect from Arrow’s fourth season and The Flash’s second, be sure to check out our extensive previews in this very issue [See page 54].
Taking flight and soaring over to CBS’ Supergirl, and some familiar DC names have joined the show’s ever-expanding roster in the shape of a villain and a Lane. Where the rogue is concerned, Salem’s Iddo Goldberg will be playing villainous android, Red Tornado. On the Lane front, X-Men: First Class’ Glenn Morshower has been cast as General Sam Lane, the father of Lois and Lucy Lane (who will be played by Jenna Dewan Tatum in the show). Starring Melissa Benoist in the titular role, Supergirl debuts in the US on October 26th, with a UK home and debut yet to be announced.
In some final DC news, and the most leftfield of all of these stories this month, NBC and DC Entertainment are getting together to develop a live-action comedy set in the DC Universe. Titled Powerless, the show will focus on the regular people that just so happen to live in the DC realm. A to Z’s Ben Queen will be executive producing the 30-minute episodes, with the show having been described as “a workplace comedy set at one of the worst insurance companies in America.” Yep, we’re scratching our heads too…