Thursday, May 2, 2013

FEARnet gets into a 'Battle Royale' with May

Depp in 'Secret Window'
It's May, and if the weird weather we've been having isn't enough to scare you, horror network FEARnet is kicking off their summer programming with some killer shows and thrilling offerings including an airing of the uncut version of Battle Royale. They are also urging fans of Tales From the Crypt to not miss their last chance to watch classic episodes before they head back to the grave on May 17.

Battle Royale is a 2000 film that has never been aired on television and FEARnet will be showing the uncut version at 10 p.m. ET on May 18. Dubbed as one on Japan’s most famous films and a favorite of Quentin Tarantino (and some say a better version of The Hunger Games than The Hunger Games) the uber-violent film is centered around ninth grade students on a field trip from hell. The students are gassed and awakened on a remote island where they are instructed by government law to kill each other. Apparently, it’s their way of managing out-of-control students.

Other May highlights from the press release include:


"Night With Bite" Marathon on Thursday May 9 starting at 6 p.m. ET. Films include: Bats starring Lou Diamond Phillips; Dead Birds with ET’s Henry Thomas; Rottweiler about a bionic canine; Burning Bright featuring a murderous tiger.

Secret Window will air on May 12 at 8 p.m. ET. Based-on-a-short-story-by-Stephen-King, the film stars Johnny Depp as a disturbed writer. Is there any other kind?

The World Television Premiere of The Day will debut at 10 p.m. ET on Sunday, May 12 and stars Shawn Ashmore, Dominic Monaghan, and Ashley Bell as post-apocalypse survivors battling evil at an abandoned farmhouse.

The Network Premiere of Day Watch will air on Sunday, May 19 at 8 p.m. ET and is based on a series of graphic novels about a man on a quest to find the legendary Chalk of Fate which can be used to re-write history.

We Are What We Are debuts on Sunday, May 19 at 10:30 p.m. ET and features modern-day cannibals in this import from sunny Mexico.

The Blob! oozes into your living rooms for a double feature on Thursday, May 23 starting at 8 p.m. ET with the 1958 original starring Steve McQueen. Following the original will be the 1988 remake co-written by Frank Darabont of The Walking Dead fame. It co-stars Kevin Dillon and Shawnee Smith of SAW fame. Speaking of The Walking Dead, be sure to look for Jeffrey DeMunn (Dale) as the Sheriff.

The Disappearance of Alice Creed wraps up the month on May 26 at 8 p.m. ET. Starring Gemma Arterton of Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, she plays a kidnapped heiress immersed in a ransom plot that does not go as planned.

-Larissa Mrykalo

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