Dark forces arrive on Horror Channel in May when the UK's most popular genre TV channel unleashes Invasion Season : a collection of Saturday night alien attack sci-fi movies.
The line-up includes Chris Gorak's Moscow-set apocalyptic fantasy, The Darkest Hour , Colin Minihan's wonderfully effective sci-fi shocker Extraterrestrial , Scott Stewart's compulsive alien home-invasion thriller Dark Skies and the high velocity alien battler drama
Skyline , directed by Greg and Colin Strause.
In the Channel Premiere of The Darkest Hours on the 4th, young entrepreneurs Sean (Emile Hirsch) and Ben (Max Minghella) find themselves stranded in Moscow, alongside fellow travellers Natalie (Olivia Thirlby) and Anne (Rachael Taylor), fighting
to survive when an alien attack devastates the city. They must somehow fight back against a deadly invisible enemy that can find and disintegrate them at any moment.
Extraterrestrial is another Channel Premiere showing on the 11th where April (Brittany Allen) is reeling from her parents' divorce, and is dragged back to the vacation cabin she spent fond summers at as a child accompanied by a group of friends.
Her trip down memory lane takes a dramatic and terrifying turn when a fireball descends from the sky and explodes in the nearby woods. The college friends soon find themselves caught in the middle of something bigger and more terrifying than they
ever thought possible.
On the 18th get ready for Dark Skies! The Barrett family start to experience an escalating series of disturbing phenomena occurring around their suburban home, leading them to believe that they are being targeted by an unimaginable deadly force.
They soon realise that they must uncover this deadly mystery, by any means necessary, before it's too late.
The season finishes on the 25th with the sci-fi smas, Skyline. The residents of Los Angeles are awakened in the dead of night by an eerie light which is hypnotically drawing people outside before they suddenly vanish into thin air. As the world
unravels, a band of survivors soon discover they must fight against the onslaught of a mysterious alien horde. Who or what are these extra-terrestrials and how long before mankind succumbs to their overwhelming power?
November on Horror Channel has a distinctive cutting-edge with a Saturday night prime-time Bloody British Season, celebrating the new wave of British horror movies that reinvigorated the UK horror industry in the early 2000s. There are 9pm
network premieres for Neil Marshall's sensational werewolf debut feature Dog Soldiers (2002) (Saturday 11th), his monstrous all-female star cast follow-up The Descent (2005) (Saturday 25th), Christopher Smith's underground ghost train journey
through hell, Creep (2004) (Saturday 18th), and Nick Hamm's psychologically gripping The Hole (2001) (Saturday 4th), with Keira Knightley in her first significant film role.
And the cuts get deeper with a Sharkmania Marathon - a slew of six salt-water B-movie shockers on Sunday 12th, highlighted by the network premieres of the last two adventures in the sky-flying sharks cult franchise Sharknado 4: The 4th Awakens
(2016) at 8.10pm and Sharknado 5: Global Swarming (2017) on at 9.50pm. The other teeth-chattering offerings are: Planet Of The Sharks (2016), Super Shark (2011), Ice Sharks (2016) and The Reef (2010).
There are seven other primetime network premieres this month: M. Night Shyamalan's boldly unsettling survival movie The Happening (2008), starring Mark Wahlberg; Paul Schrader's hypnotic and erotic classic Cat People (1982); Christopher Smith's
hilariously shocking Severance (2006) starring Danny Dyer and Andy Nyman; the creepy sequel Jeepers Creepers 2 (2003); Silent Hill (2006), Christophe Gans' eerie adaptation of Konami's video game series of the same name; Fran Rubel Kuzui's Buffy
The Vampire Slayer (1992), starring Donald Sutherland, Rutger Hauer and Hilary Swank; and croc-shocker Lake Placid 2