Put a dark mark in your diary this Halloween as Film4 joins forces with HOME Manchester to bring the FilmFear season to the big screen, with five nights of special previews, spooky shorts and cult classics from Thursday 27th to Monday 31st October.
THE FINAL GIRLS PRESENT: PREVIEW/ PREVENGE
A ruthless black comedy from Alice Lowe that follows a pregnant mother-to-be on a vengeful killing spree at the behest of her persuasive unborn child. Presented by feminist horror collective The Final Girls.
A gruesome yet intimate tale of a teenage girl’s carnal and carnivorous awakening. Recently enrolled at veterinary college, Justine finds her carefully constructed personal identity coming under pressure from social and academic demands. As the stress mounts, Justine is compelled to bite back.
PREVIEW/ WE ARE THE FLESH (TENEMOS LA CARNE)
A diabolical nightmare – endorsed by Alejandro Iñárritu and Carlos Reygadas – that delivers you into a world of taboo fantasy and dark magic, as teenage siblings find themselves spellbound by an ogre-like figure whose perverted rituals promise a cosmic climax.
Go down to the mortuary at midnight courtesy of the re-release of this surreal and delirious nightmare. The lethal silver ball has been polished up and launched back into the world in a 4K restoration by fan J. J. Abrams, ready for a new generation to figure out just what the hell is going on…
THE LIVING DEAD AT THE MANCHESTER MORGUE (AKA DON’T OPEN THE WINDOW; LET SLEEPING CORPSES LIE) (NON SI DEVE PROFANARE IL SONNO DEI MORTI)
This Spanish horror film from 1974 – set and shot in Northern England – sustains a creepy atmosphere as it follows a couple pursued by both zombies and an even more terrifying police officer. It may not have the reputation of the Romero and Fulci classics, but this living-dead tale still deserves to be unearthed. Screening from a 16mm print.
Michael Mann’s stylised period horror yarn from 1983 may have a checkered history but it’s a must-see on the big-screen. A troop of German soldiers occupy a Romanian castle during World War II, unleashing both an ancient demon and a typically hypnotic Tangerine Dream score. Screening from a 35mm print.
EVENT/ HARMONIEBAND PRESENT NOSFERATU WITH LIVE MUSICAL SCORE (NOSFERATU, EINE SYMPHONIE DES GRAUENS)
Nosferatu marked the first appearance on screen of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and it remains the eeriest of the many film versions of the famous tale. With live musical accompaniment from European film festival favourites, HarmonieBand, this is unmissable.
PREVIEW/ THE GHOUL
A haunting psychological mystery from first-time director Gareth Tunley that occupies the mind of a character introduced to us as a detective investigating a double murder. Nothing is what it seems however, especially when occult forces start to influence an already fragile reality.
BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL: CULT PRESENTS: PREVIEW/ THE VOID
Direct from the Cult strand of the BFI London Film Festival comes a bizarre shocker that LFF programme Michael Blyth calls a ‘slice of retro terror…drawing upon the cool aesthetics of early John Carpenter and the gloopy practical effects of vintage Stuart Gordon’.
¡VIVA! SPANISH AND LATIN AMERICAN FESTIVAL PRESENTS/ DRACULA + INTRO
Filmed at night on the sets being used by the better-known version starring Bela Lugosi, this Spanish language version of Dracula is considered by many as the superior version.
For full details and booking information, visit the HOME website