Lawless, The Scars of Dracula, The Fog: films on TV today

A prohibition shootout, a Hammer horror bloodbath and John Carpenter's vengeful pirates: the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today




Lawless ★★★
11.05pm-1.20am Film4 

As a musician whose career spans over 30 years, Nick Cave’s reputation was crystallised by the 2014 documentary 20,000 Days on Earth. But he’s a breathtaking writer, too, having produced poetry, novels and screenplays. Lawless, which he adapted from the fact-based novel The Wettest County in the World, is a hillbilly gangster saga directed by John Hillcoat, who Cave previously collaborated with on 2004’s outback western The Proposition. The setting is the Blue Ridge foothills of Virginia, where moonshine is the primary industry during Prohibition, and Tom Hardy and Jason Clarke play the elder Bondurants, the dominant local bootleggers. Shia LaBeouf is their less brutalised younger sibling (who falls for preacher’s daughter Mia Wasikowska), Guy Pearce is a preening, crooked lawman and Jessica Chastain plays the love interest to the near-unintelligible Hardy. The violence is tactile and shocking, but – according to Cave – toned down from the book, and his score with Warren Ellis is atmospheric. Sadly, nobody seems to know how to end the film.

Hard Times ★★★★
5.10-7.05pm Movie Mix 

Charles Bronson leads this depression-era drama about a bare-knuckle fighter and a boxing promoter in 1930s New Orleans. Look out for the exhilarating edits in the exciting fight sequences. 

The Scars of Dracula ★★★
9.00-10.50pm Horror Channel 

Christopher Lee’s Count is back from the dead and up for a bevy (of beauties). Good job a young Dennis Waterman is on hand to put him back in his box.    

Age of Heroes ★★★
11.10pm-1.00am Movies4Men 

This tale of wartime derring-do is given a bit of extra zip when you discover that it’s based on the real-life exploits of 007 creator Ian Fleming. James D’Arcy plays Fleming, who sets Sean Bean and Danny Dyer off on a sabotage mission in Norway.     

The Fog ★★★
1.00-2.40am ITV4 

A seaside pea-souper provides perfect cover for spooky pirates seeking revenge in John Carpenter’s low budget chiller. Jamie Lee Curtis and her mother Janet Leigh co-starred here for the first time.    


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