By James Whittington, 23rd November 2023 Strap yourself in for a seasonal tsunami of action and suspense this December as LEGEND unwraps a six-pack of Channel premieres including ESCAPE PLAN 2, the second instalment of the electrifying franchise, with Sylvester Stallone and Dave Bautista once again starring. There's also a first showing for MAN DOWN, with Shia LaBeouf and Gary Oldman headlining this gripping, post-apocalyptic thriller.
Other channel premieres include gruelling crime thriller SOUTHERN FURY, starring Nicolas Cage, siege drama ROGUE HOSTAGE with Tyrese Gibson and John Malkovich, cult Western THE SPOILERS, starring screen legends John Wayne and Marlene Dietrich and BONE TOMAHAWK, in which Kurt Russell stars as a vengeful gunslinger in a gritty, action-packed thriller chronicling a terrifying rescue mission in the Old West.
This month's ever popular THE VINTAGE VAULT strand on Sunday nights continues with classic tales of terror and torment,
including THE GHOUL (1933), SON OF FRANKENSTEIN, TARANTULA and THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN, and one of the channel's favourite cult series continues as THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN reaches its conclusion with season 6.
Plus, welcome to LEGEND XTRA, a brand-new channel that brings viewers a thrilling mix of genre cinema, series and all-time favourites.
Launched on November 22nd, primetime highlights for December include David Robert Mitchell's creepy break-out hit IT FOLLOWS, sci-fi fantasy LAWNMOWER MAN 2: BEYOND CYBERSPACE and British espionage thriller THE INTERNECINE PROJECT, starring James Coburn.
Then there is slick revenge Western HANNIE CAULDER, apocalyptic horror HOSTILE, the murderous, Halloween-themed FRIGHT FEST, Ralph Nelson's brutal Western SOLDIER BLUE, psychological thriller THE RESIDENT, starring Hilary Swank and THE HOUSE THAT DRIPPED BLOOD, a superior anthology series starring Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Denholm Elliott, Ingrid Pitt and Jon Pertwee.
On the 25th of December, viewers are treated to Johnny Kevorkian's Christmas Day-set mind-bending body horror AWAIT FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS, which stars David Bradley, Holly Weston and Sam Gittens.
Here's a list of Legend premieres in transmission order:
We kick off on the 2nd with the channel premiere of SOUTHERN FURY. When a ruthless crime boss (Nicolas Cage) kidnaps his mobster brother, JP (Adrian Grenier) must go against the odds, out-ranked and out-gunned to save his brother's life. With his brother's old detective pal Sal (John Cusack) by his side, they now face an army of relentless war-thirsty gangsters. From Wednesday 6th THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN: SEASON 6 comes to Legend. This series ranks as a cultural touchstone and one of the greatest superhero TV events of all-time. Guest stars included Farrah Fawcett, Lindsay Wagner, and Louis Gossett, Jr. This Emmy-nominated series was one of the highest rated programs of the 1970s. Back to the movies and on the 9th we have a ROGUE HOSTAGE. An ex-military operative (Tyrese Gibson), now working as a child protective services officer, must save an immigrant child from a dangerous criminal who has trapped them, and other hostages, in a super store owned by his stepfather (John Malkovich).
MAN DOWN on the 16th is an emotional take on the tragedy of war. Homebound from Afghanistan, Gabriel Drummer, a hard-nosed US marine, (played by Shia LeBeouf), returns to his hometown and is devastated to find it in ruins and his wife and son missing. Also stars Gary Oldman. We jump to the 23rd with an action-packed thriller, ESCAPE PLAN 2 . Years after Ray Breslin (Sylvester Stallone) fought his way out of an escape-proof prison, he's organised a new top-notch, for-hire security force that includes some of the best in the business. But when one of his team goes missing, Ray ventures back into the secret lock-up.
To help you after your Christmas we have just the thing on the 17th, THE SPOILERS . Prospector Roy Glennister (John Wayne) is continually persecuted by Alexander McNamara, who has the law on his side, until the two decide to settle their dispute man-to-man. Screen legend Marlena Dietrich plays saloon-hall gal Cherry Mallote, who becomes the romantic bone of contention between Glennister and McNamara. Our final channel premiere of 2023 is one of the most acclaimed movies of the last few decades, BONE TOMAHAWK is on the 30th. When a group of cannibal savages kidnaps settlers from the small town of Bright Hope, an unlikely team of gunslingers, led by Sheriff Franklin Hunt (Kurt Russell), sets out to bring them home. But their enemy is more ruthless than anyone could have imagined, putting their mission - and survival itself - in serious jeopardy.
Related show tags: AWAIT FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS, BONE TOMAHAWK, ESCAPE PLAN 2, FRIGHT FEST, HANNIE CAULDER, HOSTILE, IT FOLLOWS, LAWNMOWER MAN 2: BEYOND CYBERSPACE, MAN DOWN, ROGUE HOSTAGE, SOLDIER BLUE, SON OF FRANKENSTEIN, SOUTHERN FURY, TARANTULA, THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN, THE GHOUL, THE HOUSE THAT DRIPPED BLOOD, THE INTERNECINE PROJECT, THE RESIDENT, THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN, THE SPOILERS MORE FEATURES LEGEND swings into action with ten premieres for March
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