SANTA MONICA, Calif., Dec. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- FEARnet explores the darker side of space and self this January, with the broadcast premiere of the BAFTA Award-winning MOON, on Sunday, January 12, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. The critically acclaimed sci-fi drama stars Sam Rockwell as Sam Bell, an astronaut nearing the end of a three-year solitary lunar mission. Suffering from hallucinations, with no one but the artificial intelligence program GERTY (Kevin Spacey) to keep him company, Sam makes an unsettling discovery and learns he's not as alone as he thought.
Additionally, FEARnet is offering two star-studded marathons this month with the William Castle "Castle-Vision" Marathon, and the "Sundance Showcase" Marathon. On Thursday, January 9, spend an evening with the Guru of Gimmicks, with the six-film shock-fest "Castle-Vision" Marathon, as FEARnet celebrates the works of legendary filmmaker William Castle. The original 13 GHOSTS (4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT) opens the evening, as a family inherits a house full of ghastly ghouls. Next, heads roll when an axe-murderess (Joan Crawford) comes home in STRAIT-JACKET (6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT). THE TINGLER (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT) follows, as a scientist (Vincent Price) discovers parasites that feed off fear. Then, a doctor treats a disfigured baron, with horrifying results, in MR. SARDONICUS (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT). And relatives gather at a macabre mansion in THE OLD DARK HOUSE (12 a.m. ET/9 p.m. PT). 13 FRIGHTENED GIRLS (2 a.m. ET/11 p.m. PT) brings the evening to an end, with a group of girls embroiled in international espionage.
Then, on Thursday, January 16, FEARnet brings Sundance to you, with these festival darlings with a genre edge in the "Sundance Showcase" Marathon. The night begins with the winner of Sundance's Special Jury Prize, as a teen girl uses a different kind of contraceptive in TEETH (6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT). Next, a couple's vacation becomes a fight for survival when they get stranded in OPEN WATER (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT). Then, an astronaut (Sam Rockwell) learns he's not alone in MOON (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT). And a father (Michael Shannon) is plagued by apocalyptic visions in the indie powerhouse TAKE SHELTER (12 a.m. ET/9 p.m. PT), which took home honors at the Independent Spirit Awards and Cannes Film Festival. The night closes as an aging exorcist (Anthony Hopkins) falls victim to demonic possession in THE RITE (3 a.m. ET/12 a.m. PT)... which wasn't actually at Sundance... but, hey, it's Anthony Hopkins.
Other December Highlights Include:
- "Expedition FEAR" – Every Friday (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT)
A new year of "Expedition FEAR" kicks off on January 3, with the Irish zombie romp BOY EATS GIRL (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT), as black magic reanimates a bullied teen, sending him on a bloody quest for his lost love. Then, it's France's THEM/ILS (12 a.m. ET/9 p.m. PT), with hooded intruders terrorizing a couple in their country home. On January 10, it's the German medical mystery ANATOMY (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT), starring Franka Potente (RUN LOLA RUN) as a med student who uncovers a deadly conspiracy. And an airborne virus turns citizens into zombies in Chile's DESCENDENTS (12 a.m. ET/9 p.m. PT). On January 17, Noomi Rapace (PROMETHEUS) stars in Norway's THE MONITOR (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT), as a single mother who hears disturbing sounds coming from a baby monitor. And grieving parents learn the truth about their daughter's death in Australia's LAKE MUNGO (12 a.m. ET/9 p.m. PT).
On January 24, a young couple is haunted by eerie images after a hit-and-run accident in SHUTTER (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT). And troubled siblings return to a twisted home in A TALE OF TWO SISTERS (12 a.m. ET/9 p.m. PT). On January 31, the chills come from across the Pond, with MOON (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT), starring Sam Rockwell as an astronaut who learns he is not alone. And the psychological thriller PAPERHOUSE (12 a.m. ET/9 p.m. PT), where a young girl's dream world slowly becomes a nightmare.
- 'BROTHERHOOD 2' and 'BROTHERHOOD 3' (Network Premieres)– Saturday, January 4 (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT)
A bullied boy uses witchcraft to get back at his tormenters in BROTHERHOOD 2 (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT). And teens summon the Prince of Darkness in BROTHERHOOD 3 (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT).
- 'THE MONITOR' (Broadcast Premiere) – Sunday, January 5 (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT)Escaping from an abusive ex, a single mother (Noomi Rapace, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO) retreats to an apartment building in a secret location. But her sense of safety is destroyed by strange sounds coming from a baby monitor.
- 'DEADGIRL' (Network Premiere) – Sunday, January 5 (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT)
Teen boys mine the depths of depravity, after discovering a woman who cannot die imprisoned in an abandoned asylum, in this controversial morality-twisting indie starring Shiloh Fernandez (EVIL DEAD 2013).
- "Kick Ass Women" Triple Feature – Monday, January 6 (6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT)
Start the night off with the original silver screen diva, Joan Crawford, as a woman scorned, returning home after spending years in a mental institution for axing her husband and his mistress in William Castle's STRAIT-JACKET (6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT). Next, it's THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ALICE CREED (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT), starring Gemma Arterton (QUANTUM OF SOLACE) as a cunning young woman who turns the tables on the men who have kidnapped her. And GHOST WORLD star Thora Birch battles organ harvesters on a European torture TRAIN (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT).
- 'A TALE OF TWO SISTERS' (Network Premiere) – Saturday, January 11 (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT)
Institutionalized siblings return home to morbid apparitions and a wicked stepmother, in this K-Horror classic from celebrated genre auteur Kim Jee-Woon (I SAW THE DEVIL).
- 'OPEN WATER' (Network Premiere) – Sunday, January 12 (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT)
Stranded in the middle of the ocean, lovers battle sharks, the elements, and each other in this Saturn Award-winning indie favorite.
- 'SHUTTER' (Network Premiere) – Saturday, January 18 (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT)
After fleeing the scene of a hit-and-run, a photographer and his girlfriend are haunted by supernatural occurrences that soon spread to their friends.
- 'DARK FEED' (World Television Premiere) – Sunday, January 19 (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT)
Art imitates life when a film crew gets possessed by an old asylum, while shooting a horror movie.
- 'NAILBITER' (Broadcast Premiere) – Sunday, January 19 (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT)
A storm turns townsfolk into bloodthirsty monsters, threatening the lives of a family seeking shelter.
- 'MANIAC COP 2' and 'MANIAC COP 3' (Network Premieres) – Saturday, January 25 (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT)
The undead officer is out for revenge against the police (Bruce Campbell and Laurene Landon) who took him down, and the criminals who killed him in MANIAC COP 2 (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT). And a voodoo priest resurrects the Wrong Arm of the Law in MANIAC COP 3 (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT), starring Robert Davi (THE GOONIES) Jackie Earle Haley (ROBOCOP 2014) and Robert Forster (JACKIE BROWN).
- 'GHOSTMAKER' (World Television Premiere) – Sunday, January 26 (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT)
Coeds experiment with a 15th century coffin, allowing them to walk the earth as ghosts, while pulling them deeper in to a realm of evil.
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