IFC is raising the temperature even higher this August. On Thursday, August 12th, we’re bringing you a night of films so horrifying, they’ll make you sweat with fear. Beginning at 7pm, tune in for the original “Saw,” featuring a freakish madman who violently pits people against each other. Things get even freakier in Rob Zombie’s follow up to “House of 1000 Corpses,” “The Devil’s Rejects.” Plus, check out Eli Roth’s graphic film duo – “Hostel” and “Hostel Part II,” about unsuspecting travelers whose vacations are anything but relaxing. Faint of heart, be warned.
Next, we’re busting out a mean line-up of good guy/bad guy films Thursday, August 19th and Thursday, August 26th beginning at 8pm. Check out cult 80’s crime flicks “Vice Squad,” about a prostitute helping the police bring down a big-time pimp, and “Slayground,” a revenge-driven film about a father wanting to get even with his daughter’s killer. You can also catch Renee Zellweger in one of her earlier roles as a girl on the run in “Love and a .45,” and a young Matt Dillon robbing drugstores cross-country in “Drugstore Cowboy.” Plus, don’t miss some martial arts combat with “The Protector,” and a good ole’ gangster flick, “The Last Word,” about a writer with mob ties who contemplates selling his stripper girfriends’ stories to Hollywood.
Also this month, IFC is reuniting the Canadian comedy troupe Kids in the Hall – famous for memorable characters and sketches including The Chicken Lady, Darill (who later became an SNL frequent), and the Police Department. Some of those characters have made their way into the brand new series airing every week on IFC, “Kids in the Hall: Death Comes to Town,” which revolves around a small town murder, and the pursuit of Death by the local residents. Don’t miss back to back episodes beginning August 20th at 10 pm.
For even more comedy, watch a brand new season of Britcom fave “The IT Crowd” every Tuesday at 10 pm beginning August 10th; more Freaks and Geeks every Friday at 11pm; and even the Three Stooges on IFC Monday to Friday at 2am, and marathons every Saturday at Noon.
And if you missed the original airing, or just want to check out why IFC was happily nominated for two Emmy Awards, tune into “Monty Python: Almost the Truth (The Lawyer’s Cut)” Sunday, August 1st at Noon.
PREMIERES TO LOOK FOR:
LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA Legendary actor and noted director Clint Eastwood gets behind the camera for this film about the Iwo Jima battle between the US and Japan during World War II. Premieres Sunday, August 15th @ 7:35PM.
BREAKFAST ON PLUTO A young Irish transgender leaves his town for London during the 1970s in search of his mother, and ends up finding love and friendship along the way. Stars Cillian Murphy and Liam Neeson. Directed by Neil Jordan (The Crying Game, The Good Thief). Premieres Wednesday, August 18th @ 5:45PM.
HOSTEL PART II Eli Roth directs this sequel with another round of college students being lured into a terrifying European hostel. Stars Bijou Phillips. Premieres Thursday, August 12th @ 12:15AM.
SPIDER David Cronenberg’s mystery revolves around a schizophrenic man (Ralph Fiennes) in a halfway house whose story unravels as he revisits his childhood. Also stars Miranda Richardson and Gabriel Byrne. Premieres Sunday, August 22nd @ 10:45PM.