Horror Channel

Horror Channel, usually referred to onscreen as only 'Horror', originally started life in 2004. In that early guise, the life of the channel was shortlived, before being bought by Chellomedia (later AMC Networks). 2009 saw the channel brought under the same joint venture with CBS that would allow the launch of the CBS branded channels. However unlike the others the channel remained free of the CBS name although it has adopted the eye logo at times and branding and presentation follows a similar style to others in the family. The channel was added onto Freeview in 2015.

Although named as Horror, several hours of the channel per day are dedicated to other genres, with early evenings most weeknights being reserved for science fiction shows instead, many of these from the vast CBS back catalogue.

Horror Channel - 2017

Although the CBS name doesn't appear like other channels in the family, Horror had the same 'coloured ink' presentation as the other CBS channels introduced in summer 2017. This time with the ink colour set in red.


Horror Channel - 2018

Similar to the other CBS-branded channels, two versions of the main graphical ident for Horror exist. One with the logo centred, and this second variant with the logo on the left and social media details for the channel listed on the right.


Horror Channel (FrightFest - Promo) - 2017

FrightFest is a season of films aired over August on Horror. Designed to show noteworthy horror films, the season usually sees a lot of special presentation from the channel each year. Here features a promo for some of the films from the 2017 season, using visual elements that would also appear on their special season ident.


Horror Channel (FrightFest - Ident) - 2017

A special ident for Horror used to lead into films for their FrightFest season in 2017.


Horror Channel (FrightFest - In Vision Continuity) - 2017

An extended link introducing the evening's films in-vision on Horror, to mark the climax of their FrightFest season in 2017.


Horror Channel (Sci-fi Zone - Ident) - 2018

Despite the channel name, Horror dedicates a block of most of each day's early evening schedule to airing sci-fi shows, with a heavily reliance upon the CBS/Paramount owned Star Trek series. Shows aired during this block are surrounded by special 'Sci-fi Zone' presentation. The main ident for the start of the block features here.


Horror Channel (Sci-fi Zone - Promo) - 2017

A Horror promo branded up using the 'Sci-fi Zone' presentation style, here promoting 'The Invaders' on the channel.


Horror Channel (Promo) - 2018

An example of the regular trailer style for Horror, using the red ink theming for the endboard. Here promoting the network premiere of Rupture.


Horror Channel (ECP) - 2018

The End Credit Promotion style for Horror.


Horror Channel (TV) - 2017

Similar to the approach on the other CBS branded channels, during evening junctions (at least those which don't have the Sci-Fi branding), once the generic 'ink' ident and continuity has played are several filmed idents finishing with the Horror logo. In this one, a television flickers revealing some unnatural goings on.


Horror Channel (Car) - 2018

An abandoned car in the forest appears in this Horror ident.


Horror Channel (Radio) - 2018

A radio plays in the kitchen, before mysterious lights come on outside in this Horror ident.


Horror Channel (Mannequins) - 2018

An enclosed space full of mannequins for this Horror ident, although one of them isn't quite like the others.


Horror Channel (Poltergeist) - 2018

For this Horror ident, objects float upwards, controlled by an unnatural force.


Horror Channel (Witness) - 2018

A woman looks through a hole in the wall to witness some shocking things in this Horror ident.


Horror Channel (Doll) - 2018

The garden of an old house with a doll left there makes up the scene for this Horror ident.


Horror Channel (Taps) - 2018

The reflection of some taps can be seen in a blood red bath in this Horror ident.


Horror Channel (Curtain) - 2018

In this ident for Horror the outline of someone can be seen looming ominously behind a curtain.


Horror Channel (Corridor) - 2018

Shaky camerawork putting Martin Parr to shame, with a scene moving down corridor for this Horror ident.


Horror Channel (Woman) - 2018

A woman a little out of the ordinary features in this Horror ident.


Horror Channel (Warning) - 2017

The content warning screen for Horror, used on those occasions where the announcement over the ident isn't already enough.


Horror Channel (FrightFest - Promo) - 2018

A promo for the August 2018 season of FrightFest movies on the Horror channel. This time round the theme is doors, and showing the horrors that lie behind them - a theme which would be carried through to the idents during the season.


Horror Channel (FrightFest - Ident) - 2018

Special idents were used to lead into FrightFest movies during the 2018 season on Horror. Following on from the style set in the trailer, each features a door opening to reveal scenes from horror movies


Horror Channel (FrightFest - Ident) - 2018

The most commonly used FrightFest ident used during the 2018 season, particularly to lead into the second film each evening.


Horror Channel (FrightFest - Ident) - 2018

A mattress doubling up as a door opens to reveal more movie scenes behind in this 2018 FrightFest ident.


Horror Channel (FrightFest - Ident) - 2018

Another door and another FrightFest ident. Advent calendars just aren't what they used to be!


Horror Channel (Sci-fi Zone - Ident) - 2018

In September 2018 new presentation was introduced to Horror's Sci-fi Zone section. Replacing the old space battle themed ident, a new opening sequence featuring a futuristic cityscape was introduced, complete with a newly designed circular logo for the strand. No 2-shaped Zoetropes anywhere in sight though!


Horror Channel (Sci-fi Zone - Next) - 2018

The updated September 2018 next style for Sci-fi Zone. Various length next stings are used during the Sci-fi Zone segment, with a shorter version to lead directly into the show, or a longer version to show before a break. Each consists of elements of the main opening ident, mixed with footage from the particular show.


Horror Channel (Sci-fi Zone - Next) - 2018

A shorter next sting, used to lead straight into Star Trek Enterprise here. This time using the wording 'Coming Next' rather than 'Continues Next' and with no voiceover.


Horror Channel (Sci-fi Zone - Promo) - 2018

An example of the updated September 2018 trailer style for the Sci-fi Zone segment on Horror. Featuring the same elements as the ident/stings to top and tail the promos. Here promoting the upcoming UK premiere of 'Under The Dome'.


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