Welcome to the TV Film of the Week – the name says it all! The Snooty Ushers have put our heads together to recommend a couple of films that you can watch this week on TV.
Let’s get straight to it and run down this week’s recommendations!
NB since we are all still ushers at heart, our weeks will start on a Friday.
So, our TV Film of the Week is:
Drag Me To Hell
(BBFC Rating 15, Sam Raimi, 2009)
Friday 28th October, 21:00
One of my personal favourite original horror films of this century. Alison Lohman plays a banker who refuses an extention on a loan, and ends up getting cursed. Simple stuff, it showed that Sam Raimi has still got it.
An alternative choice, our other TV Film of the Week is….
BBFC Rating PG, Chris Butler, 2012
Sunday 30th October, 14:00
There are plenty of scares for the little ones this Halloween as well. ParaNorman is the best of the bunch (it would make a good Sunday afternoon double bill with Frankenweenie). From the studio that also made Coraline and Kubo And The Two Strings, this is the story of Norman, a boy who talks with the dead, who decides to try and stop his town’s annual witch hunt tradition.
For your consideration
And since I’m here, these are my thoughts on the best of the rest:
Bullet To The Head (BBFC Rating 15, Walter Hill, 2012) – A hitman and a detective are forced to team up when their respective partners are killed. One of Stallone’s later films, it’s a decent turn that shows he probably has one more great character in him. Film4, Friday 28th October, 21:00
Shaun Of The Dead (BBFC Rating 15, Edgar Wright, 2004) – The eternal recommendation surfaces again. Pegg and Frost are great. ITV4, Friday 28th October, 21:00
30 Days of Night (BBFC Rating 15, David Slade, 2007) – Josh Hartnett is the sheriff of a small Alaskan town that is beset by zombies during a month long “night”. ITV4, Saturday 29th October, 00:00
Doc Hollywood (BBFC Rating 12, Michael Caton-Jones, 1991) – Michael J Fox is a high flying plastic surgeon who crashes in small town America, and comes enamored with it’s rustic charm. Typical fish out of water stuff, but lots of fun. ITV3, Saturday 29th October, 00:05
Tim Burton’s The Corpse Bride (BBFC Rating PG, Tim Burton, 2005) – Helena Bonham Carter and Johnny Depp reunite as the voices of a dead bride and a nervous groom who accidentally proposes to her while practicing for his beloved. ITV2, Saturday 29th October, 16:40 / Sunday 30th October, 15:00
National Treasure (BBFC Rating PG, Jon Turteltaub, 2004) – One of Nic Cage’s many huge successes, as he has to steal the Declaration of Independence, which has a map to a horde of treasure on the back. Just brilliant. BBC2, Saturday 29th October, 17:40
The Cabin In The Woods (BBFC Rating 15, Drew Goddard 2012) – A group of college students go to a cabin in the woods (surprisingly) and spooky things start happening – but this turns out to be the work of a team of underground technicians. 5*, Saturday 29th October, 21:00
Chronicle (BBFC Rating 12A, Josh Trank, 2012) – Max Landis (son of John Landis) wrote the script for this original superhero film, as three teenagers (Dane DeHaan, Alex Russel, and Michael B Jordan) gain powers when they find a mysterious cave. E4, Saturday 29th October, 21:00
Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (BBFC Rating 15, Steve Miner, 1998) – Jamie Lee Curtis returned to the Halloween franchise, having been in hiding with her son Josh Hartnett, making his second appearance of the week. She has spent two decades recovering from the events of the first two films, but when Michael Myers reappears, she has to stand up to him once and for all. ITV4, Sunday 30th October, 00:00
Oldboy (BBFC Rating 18, Park Chan-wook, 2013) – A man is taken prisoner , and then released, just as suddenly, with no knowledge why. When he tries to piece together what happened, he is drawn to a young woman who looks after him. Horror Channel, Sunday 30th October, 01:50
Frankenweenie (BBFC Rating PG, Tim Burton, 2012) – A young boy tries to reanimate his dog, but is then forced to bring back other pets, and people back to life. A beautiful film that becomes a loving tribute to classic horror. BBC2, Sunday 30th October, 16:40
Source Code (BBFC Rating 12A, Doug Jones, 2011) – Jake Gyllenhaal stars as a soldier reliving the last 8 minutes of a man’s life onboard a train that has exploded. A cool looking slice of sci-fi, from the director of Moon. Film4, Tuesday 1st November, 23:15
There we go, we hope there’s something you like in there! See you next week when The Snooty Ushers choose their TV Film Of The Week!
Until next time, stay gold, Ponyboy, stay gold. See you soonish.
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