BARRY NORMAN:FILM OF THE DAY
Tales from the Crypt ★★★★
9.00-10.50pm Horror Channel
Freddie Francis, Oscar-winning cinematographer, later became a director specialising in horror movies. This, based on old comic books, is particularly gruesome and imaginative. Five tourists visit an ancient crypt and meet the Keeper (Ralph Richardson), who proceeds to tell them what fearsome fate may lie in store for them. Pretty creepy the tales are, too, involving a homicidal Santa Claus, the victimisation of a lonely old man and dreadful vengeance wrought by a bunch of blind people on their persecutor. Francis handles the action most effectively and there are good performances from the likes of Peter Cushing, Roy Dotrice, Joan Collins, Richard Greene and Patrick Magee, all familiar names back in 1972.
Seven Psychopaths ★★★
PREMIERE 10.00pm-12.10am C4
From the writer/director of In Bruges, Martin McDonagh, comes this black comedy crime flick. Colin Farrell stars as a writer in LA, who thinks his dodgy friends’ dog-napping scam seems like a great story idea. But when they pinch the pooch of a vicious crime boss, it all gets very nasty.
10.45pm-1.15am Film Four
This supernatural weepie still lives in the memory. Indulge in the transcendent love between Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore and be tickled by Whoopi Goldberg’s Oscar-winning psychic.
Bullet to the Head ★★★
9.00-10.45pm Film Four
Not content with his Expendables franchise, Sylvester Stallone gamely tries to revisit 1980s-style action with this crime thriller. Sly plays a tattooed hitman who has to team up with a cop to foil a killer.
The Mummy ★★★
Legionnaire Brendan Fraser teams up with librarian Rachel Weisz to battle an ancient villian risen from the dead, in a rollicking period horror adventure.
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