Horror Channel’s film highlights for May include the UK TV premiere of Darren Lynn Bousman’s 2010 hostage horror MOTHER’S DAY starring Rebecca De Mornay. Hot on the heels of the I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE remake, this was another timely and terrifying reimagining of a classic grindhouse title.
MOTHER’S DAY heads up a ‘Trapped and Tortured’ season – a collection of hostage horror films, which also include the network premieres of Roland Joffe’s CAPTIVITY, and Sean Bryne’s THE LOVED ONES. Other titles in the season are WOLF CREEK and INHUMAN RESOURSES.
Plus there is a UK TV network premiere for Antoine Thomas’ creepy HIDDEN (AKA HIDDEN 3D)
Sat 3rd May @ 22:50 – CAPTIVITY (2007) *Network Premiere
With a screenplay by Larry Cohen, this New York based horror, sees top-model Jennifer Tree drugged in a night-club and kidnapped. She awakes in a basement cell and is submitted to psychological and physical tortures by her twisted abductor. She meets Gary in the next cell, and when they manage to escape from their imprisonment, Jennifer discovers the truth about her sick kidnapper. Stars Elisha Cuthbert and Daniel Gillies,
Fri 9th May @ 22:55 – HIDDEN (2011) * UK TV Premiere
Scientist Susan Carter (Dawn Ford) dies whilst researching the rehabilitation of addicts using an experimental drug in her rehab centre. Her son, Brian Carter (Sean Clement) and five friends travel to the rehab centre, which he has now inherited. They discover that the centre is formerly an ancient monastery and as they are murdered, one by one, the ghastly truth about the true inhabitants is revealed.
Sat 17th May @ 22:50 – THE LOVED ONES (2009) *Network Premiere
Director Sean Byrne’s hilariously dark and supremely confident mash-up of MISERY, SAW and CARRIE sees cute young Brent picked out by classmate Lola to attend her gore-soaked private prom. Kidnapped by her devoted father who will do absolutely anything Lola requests, Brent soon finds himself in the company of the deadliest pair since Burke and Hare. Byrne’s stylish twist on teen horror provides superior scream shocks.
Sat 31st May @ 22:50 – MOTHER’S DAY (2010) “UK TV Premiere
Fleeing a botched bank robbery, three distressed and injured brothers head for home. Except they’ve forgotten their mother’s home was recently sold to a yuppie couple, now celebrating their housewarming. Taking the partygoers hostage in the basement the brothers begin their casual humiliation and torture until mama (played by Rebecca De Mornay) arrives. Only then do the guests realise she’s the family’s most dangerous member. THE HAND THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE star delights and intimidates in a delicious performance of wicked bloodlust and wanton cruelty. Directed by Darren Lynn Bousman, it also stars Jaime King, Shawn Ashmore, Deborah Ann Woll and Patrick Flueger
TV: Sky 319 / Virgin 149 / Freesat 138