7 Films to Watch on Freeview TV This Week
Horns Sat 28/4 Film4 @ 23:05
One morning a young man wakes up with horns growing from his head and the ability to get people to admit their darkest secrets. Daniel Radcliffe shakes off his Harry Potter persona to star in this gory and surreal tale that will upset you and make you snort laughing in equal measure. A genuine oddity of a film but one that's both original and interesting. Juno Temple James Remar and Kathleen Quinlan all shine in supporting roles.
Filth Sun 29/4 Film4 @ 23:35
Bruce Robertson (James McAvoy) is a cop in Edinburgh and is as dodgy as they come. He's a drug and sex addict that'll stab anyone in the back who gets in his way. This is a tour de force performance from McAvoy who carries this extremely dark albeit very entertaining film from the pen of Irvine Welsh (Trainspotting). Be warned, this film may cause offence to the more delicate viewer. The supporting cast includes: Jamie Bell, Kate Dickie and Eddie Marsan who are all on excellent form.
Cool Hand Luke Mon 30/4 TCM @ 21:00
Luke (Paul Newman) is a young man from the South with a serious attitude problem. He winds up in jail and realises that the chip on his shoulder is going to cause a lot of problems. This is an honest to goodness classic and one of the films that made Newman a star. Packed full of classic moments and dialogue that you will recognise even if you haven't seen the movie. Newman is astonishing in the lead, egg-inhaling lead but George Kennedy as fellow inmate, Dragline, is awesome.
Stoker Tues 1/5 Film4 @ 23:20
After her father (played by Dermot Mulroney and Tyler von Tagen respectively) dies, India (Mia Wasikowska) and her mother Evelyn (Nicole Kidman) are visited by Uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode). A man they never knew existed. Aussie Wasikowska is, as we've come to expect, great in this slow burning thriller that breaks free of its Hitchcockian roots to become something really compelling. It's lurid, darkly funny and quite unique, and all from the talented mind of one Wentworth Miller (yup, that one).
Evil Dead II Wed 2/5 Syfy @ 22:00
Bruce Campbell's greatest onscreen creation, Ash Williams, returns to the cabin in the woods in this brilliant sequel that is, arguably, the most fun horror film ever made. Director Sam Raimi delivers an amazingly inventive film that mixes the slapstick of Looney Tunes cartoons with gallons of blood and the end result rocks.
Psycho II Thurs 3/5 Horror Channel @ 22:45
Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins reprising his infamous role) is released from prison 20 years after his original murder spree, however, the original mummy's boy is determined to be law-abiding this time around. The only threat to this are the weird occurrences which he just can't seem to escape from. This sequel to the 1960 classic is actually a cracking watch and far greater than it has any right to be. It's clever, twisted and surprisingly sympathetic to its main character.
The Grey Fri 4/5 CH4 @ Midnight
A plane carrying a group of oil refinery workers crashes in the Alaska wilderness and the survivors realise that cold, exposure and hunger are the least of their problems. This is the best film of the recent Liam Neeson resurgence by far - it's mature, well acted and a, quite frankly, terrifying thriller that will have you glued. Neeson is spot on in the lead and gets fine back up from Frank Grillo and Dallas Roberts.