“What are you gonna be for Halloween? Animal. Idiot! Hippie!!” (Buck 65, Halloween song)
There’s plenty of choice for Halloween screenings, including crap witches, cenobytes, werewolves, a kid-friendly frankenstein, pop vampires, post-modern haunted houses and good old pagan burnings. I’ve picked 6 of the best below.
CRAP FILM CLUB PRESENTS… TEEN WITCH – 28 October 2014 · 7:00pm @ The Book Club, LONDON
A film that cost $2.5 million to make and grossed only 1% back at th box office, yet Teen Witch seems to hold a special place in peoples’ hearts. When the the screening was announced on twitter there were cries of “i still remember all the words to the rap scene!”. The 80s were a special time. And 80s highschools in films are the most special of all. “im hot, and you’re not”.
FRANKENWEENIE – 29 October 2014 · 5:00pm @ Cooke’s Cinema, BARROW
Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie stands out amongst modern animations, not least because it is stop motion rather than cgi. Beyond that though, Burton’s humour and love of twisted character and set design seem to work better within the animated world than his recent live action work. Teaming up with Disney, this is Burton’s take on the life lesson that all children experience – how to deal with the death of a family pet. Frankenweenie is also steeped in references to classic black and white horror.
CABIN IN THE WOODS – 31 October 2014 · 7:30pm @ Phantom Cinema, DONCASTER
It took me ages to get around to watching the Joss Whedon penned horror, but I was glad I finally did. Though not wanting to spoil the surprise, the film goes enjoyably off track, making many references that genere fans will enjoy, whilst feeling like absurd new territory. Also great to know that there is a new screening space in South Yorkshire.
DEAD AND BREAKFAST: SIX AND VIOLENCE – ALL NIGHT HORROR MARATHON – 31 October 2014 · 10:00pm @ QUAD, DERBY
Clive Barker’s HELLRAISER remains one of the darkest and strange horror films, and whilst the iconic makeup design of Pinhead is the most memorable aspect, I always find the weird wife / dead lover affair the most creepy bit. Frank must be a smoother talked than Dirty Den to woo his lady back whilst essentially having no skin.
Hellraiser is but one film of a fantastic marathon also featuring AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON and WOLFCOP. Kudos as well to the event title.
ROBIN HARDY’S THE WICKER MAN (1973) ‘SCRATCH AND SNIFF’ SCREENING – 31 October 2014 · 7:30pm @ Commerce House, BOLTON
Pagan dressing up and dancing followed by a huge burning effigy? This is not only a great halloween film but also sets us up for Bonfire night! Creepy, creepy stuff, and one of the best soundtracks ever. I am utterly intruiged by the smells that have been selected for the scratch and sniff. If anyone can send me a spare card that would be amazing.
GOTH NIGHT with THE HUNGER – 31 October 2014 · 8:00pm @ Cube Microplex, BRISTOL
David Bowie as a vampire. David. Bowie. as. a. vampire.