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This February, join Marc Fennell for a Movie Mayhem filled with various-sized creepy-crawlies out for blood. Wednesdays 8:30pm, SBS 2.
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29 Jan 2016 - 2:26 PM  UPDATED 22 Feb 2016 - 10:54 AM

Piranha 3D

Wednesday 3 February, 8:30pm

(USA, comedy/horror, 2010)

Director: Alexandre Aja
Starring: Elisabeth Shue, Jerry O'Connell, Richard Dreyfuss, Adam Scott
What's it about?
Every year the population of sleepy Lake Victoria increases tenfold for Spring Break, a riot of sun and drunken fun. But this year, there's something more to worry about than hangovers and complaints from locals, when a sudden underwater tremor sets free scores of the prehistoric man-eating fish. This Jaws parody stars marine monsters veteran Richard Dreyfuss, who not content having survived a giant shark attack in Steven Spielberg's 1975 blockbuster, reprises his role as hapless fisherman Matt Hooper.

Piranha 3D Review



Wednesday 3 February, 10:10pm

(USA, horror, 1978)

Director: Joe Dante
Starring: Bradford Dillman, Heather Menzies-Urich, Kevin McCarthy
What's it about?
Back to where it all began... This Jaws spoof produced by B-movie king Roger Corman and directed by Joe Dante (Gremlins) proved so popular that it spawned numerous remakes and sequels. An insurance investigator and her local guide search the Lost River Lake area to find two missing teenagers. When stumbling on an abandoned military facility, they release by accident in the river some flesh-eating piranhas that were bred for use in the Vietnam war. The piranhas are heading straight to a nearby summer resort's lake and its guests.

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Wednesday 10 February, 8:30pm

(Ireland/UK, comedy/horror, 2012)

Director: Jon Wright
Starring: Richard Coyle, Ruth Bradley, Russell Tovey
What's it about?
The inhabitants of quiet Irish hamlet come under attack by bloodsucking tentacled creatures from the sea, until they make the happy discover that the creatures don't attack drunk people. With inebriation the only way to survive, the town soon organises a big party at the local pub, which sounds fair enough.


The Descent

Wednesday 10 February, 10:10pm

(UK, horror/thriller, 2005)

Director: Neil Marshall
Starring: Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Jackson Mendoza, Alex Reid
What's it about?
A group of six women go on an outdoor adventure in a remote part of the Appalachians to explore a cave hidden deep in the woods. Things go horribly wrong when a rock fall blocks their exit and there's no way out. The women push on, praying for another exit, but there is something else lurking far below the surface, and before long, they're pursued by a strange breed of predators. Claustrophobes beware.


Black Sheep

Wednesday 17 February, 8:30pm

(NZ, comedy/horror, 2006)

Director: Jonathan King
Starring: Matthew Chamberlain, Nick Fenton, Sam Clarke, Eli Kent, Nathan Meister
What's it about?
Suffering sheep-phobia after his father's death plunge trying to save a sheep, Henry returns to his family's farm to sell out to his older brother, who is experimenting with genetic engineering on the sheep with a group of scientists. When a couple of animal activists inadvertently release a mutant lamb into the farm, it spreads a nasty bug which turns all the sheep into bloodthirsty predators: "a smartly crafted silly movie worth bleating about," as our reviewer described it at the time of its release.

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The Blob

Wednesday 17 February, 10:10pm

(USA, horror/sci-fi, 1988)

Director: Chuck Russell
Starring: Shawnee Smith, Kevin Dillon, Donovan Leitch Jr.
What's it about?
"Terror has no shape" in The Blob, a worthy remake of the 1958 classic starring Steve McQueen, which follows a growing gelatinous byproduct of secret government chemical experiments, that crashes from outer space in a meteorite. The slimy goo then proceeds to eat and dissolve every living thing, particularly the citizens of Downingtown, Pennsylvania.


Eight Legged Freaks

Wednesday 24 February, 8:30pm

(USA, comedy/horror, 2002)

Director: Ellory Elkayem
Starring: David Arquette, Kari Wuhrer, Scarlett Johansson
What's it about?
In this funny and "affectionate nod to '50s monster movies, just with a more ruthless disregard for the loss of human life," the residents of a rural mining town discover that a chemical spill has caused hundreds of little spiders to mutate overnight giant monsters. It's then up to mining engineer Chris McCormick (Scream star David Arquette) and Sheriff Sam Parker to mobilise the townspeople into battle against the bloodthirsty eight-legged beasts.

Eight Legged Freaks Review


Big Ass Spider!

Wednesday 24 February, 10:20pm

(USA, horror/sci-fi, 2013)

Director: Mike Mendez
Starring: Greg Grunberg, Lin Shaye, Ruben Pla
What's it about?
A giant alien spider escapes from a military lab and goes on a rampage through the city of Los Angeles. When a massive military strike fails, it is up to a duo of unlikely heroes - a clever exterminator and a hospital security guard - to kill the creature before the city is destroyed. Good old, silly fun in this other homage which will make your skin crawl.



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