Tuesday 2 January 2024

NYX UK launches FrightFest Saturday Scares with Alan Jones


Starting January 20th, NYX UK will feature a special treat for horror enthusiasts with the debut of "FrightFest Saturday Scares with Alan Jones." In this brand-new show, the beloved genre critic, author, and broadcaster, Alan Jones, takes viewers behind the scenes of some of his favorite films. Through personal anecdotes, revealing lesser-known facts, and discussing why these films have left a lasting impression, Alan provides a unique and engaging perspective.

Broadcasting twice a month, the series kicks off with Mario Bava’s classic giallo, "BLOOD ON BLACK LACE," at 9pm on Saturday, January 20. Breaking new ground for a live streaming Fast TV channel, Alan will not only introduce the film but also take charge of the ad breaks and conclude the event after the screening. The second film in the series is William Castle’s "13 GHOSTS," airing at 9pm on Saturday, January 27, and produced by FrightFest’s Ian Rattray and Greg Day.

Alan Jones expressed his excitement, stating, “When NYX offered me the opportunity to discuss some of my favorite titles from their impressive library, I eagerly accepted. This FrightFest-produced show allows me to share memories, fun facts, and rarely reported information. Above all, I hope to delight the NYX audience, making 'FrightFest Saturday Night Scares with Alan Jones' a must-watch event.”

Additionally, the channel commemorates John Carpenter’s birthday on January 16 with a screening of his underrated supernatural shocker, "THE WARD," featuring Amber Heard. "Hammer Sundays" continues with popular films, including the final pairing of Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing in the Hammer Dracula series with "SATANIC RITES OF DRACULA" on Sunday, January 14.

January's lineup also includes thrilling features such as the Norwegian found-footage chiller "TROLL HUNTER," Jess Franco’s provocative erotic horror "FEMALE VAMPIRE," Lucio Fulci's "THE HOUSE BY THE CEMETARY," and Ruggero Deodato's "THE HOUSE ON THE EDGE OF THE PARK," known for his controversial film "Cannibal Holocaust."

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Films in transmission order:

Sat 13 Jan @ 21:00 – TROLL HUNTER (2010)

One of the most original found footage movies of recent times, Troll Hunter takes the genre to the next level. A group of university students have decided to investigate the story of a bear poacher and find the suspected hunter, Hans. But whilst following and filming Hans, they discover that he hunts down something far more deadly.

Sun 14 Jan @ 21:00 – SATANIC RITES OF DRACULA (1973)

Part of Hammer Sundays

Set in 1970s London, Scotland Yard investigator Murray (Michael Coles), enlists the help of occult expert Lorrimer Van Helsing (Peter Cushing) and his granddaughter (Joanna Lumley) to uncover a mysterious and powerful Satanic cult led by the enigmatic D.D. Denham. As they delve deeper, they discover that Denham is none other than Count Dracula (Christopher Lee), who has returned to unleash a deadly plague upon humanity.

Tues 16 Jan @ 21:00 – THE WARD (2010)

To celebrate John Carpenter’s birthday

Set in the 1960s, Kristen (Amber Heard), is a young woman who is involuntarily committed to a psychiatric institution after setting an abandoned farmhouse on fire. As Kristen struggles to come to terms with her new surroundings, she encounters a group of fellow patients, each with their own distinct personalities and histories. Soon, the patients begin to experience terrifying encounters with a malevolent ghost haunting the ward.

Fri 19 Jan @ 23:00 – FEMALE VAMPIRE (1973)

Countess Irina von Karlstein (Lina Romay) , a mute vampire, sustains herself not on the blood, but on the sexual energy of her victims, leaving them drained of life force, reaching their deaths in a state of orgasmic bliss, marking an erotic twist to the vampire trope. Irina's life takes a dramatic turn when a journalist, Raymond (Jack Taylor), comes to the island.

Sat 20 Jan @ 21:00 – BLOOD AND BLACK LACE *Channel premiere

Part of FrightFest Saturday Scares with Alan Jones

Max Morlan runs a fashion house, which becomes the scene of a series of gruesome murders. When a young model is killed, her diary, filled with damning secrets about her colleagues and employers, disappears, and the subsequent victims are those whose unscrupulous activities were detailed in the diary. As the body count rises, the authorities scramble to unmask the mysterious, faceless killer.

Tues 23 Jan @ 21:00 – THE HOUSE BY THE CEMETARY(1981)

The Boyle family - Norman, his wife Lucy, and their young son Bob, move from New York to a quaint house in New England, only to discover that it hides a grotesque history of murder and mystery. When strange, inexplicable occurrences begin to happen, and Norman's research into the house's previous owner uncovers a nightmarish reality, the family finds themselves trapped in a vortex of terror.

Fri 26 Jan @ 21:00 – THE HOUSE ON THE EDGE OF THE PARK (2011)

Alex (David Hess) and Ricky (Giovanni Lombardo Radice), are two disturbed and violent small-time crooks who operate a car repair shop by day, engaging in random acts of violence by night. When a wealthy and sophisticated couple brings in their car for repair, Alex and Ricky seize the opportunity to infiltrate an exclusive party at the couple's upscale suburban home. Once inside the party, Alex and Ricky take the guests hostage, initiating a night of terror and degradation.

Sat 27 Jan @ 21:00 – 13 GHOSTS (1960)

Part of FrightFest Saturday Scares with Alan Jones

When occultist Dr Plato Zorba leaves a huge ramshackle house to his nephew Cyrus and his impoverished family, they are shocked to find the house is haunted. Their new residence comes complete with Doctor Zorba’s housekeeper, Elaine Zacharides, plus a fortune in buried treasure and twelve horrifying ghosts. However, there is someone in the house who is also looking for the money and is willing to kill for it…This infectious supernatural horror is directed by William Castle and stars Charles Herbert, Jo Morrow, Rosemary DeCamp, Martin Milner and Donald Woods.