Cinema in Manchester and the North

Tom Grieve, Cinema Editor

It’s October, which means the cinemas of Manchester and the north have one thing on their mind: Halloween!

In Manchester, HOME present FilmFear, their own season of macabre films, whilst over at The Albert Hall John Carpenter is in town for one night only. The Village Screen pops up at Victoria Baths for some Halloween themed screenings before relocating to the wooded grounds of Sheffield’s Kenwood Hall Hotel for the night itself.

Away from the scary stuff, Altincham Little Theatre celebrate Italian cinema, while in Liverpool, FACT present a new Vintage Sundays strand dedicated to astronauts, both real and imagined.

Here are our picks

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Cinema 26 October 2018, from £5

Preview/ Border at HOME

Blending fantasy, thriller, drama and horror, this genuinely surprising film is based on a story by John Ajvide Lindqvist, author of Let the Right One In.

Cinema 27 October 2018, from £5

One Cut of the Dead at HOME

Beginning with an almost 40-minute single-take set piece that sets the tone for what’s to come, this cult sensation from Japan is a zippy, silly meta-comedy that’s stuffed with great, self-referential gags about making low-budget horror movies.

Cinema 27 October 2018, from £5

Mandy at HOME

A wild and grandiose story of love, revenge and the supernatural.

Cinema 28 October 2018, from £5

They Live at HOME

Conspiracy theory sci-fi from John Carpenter that’s a firm fan favourite thanks to its mix of goofy B-movie stylings and subversive satire.

Cinema 28 October 2018, from £5

Preview/ Let the Corpses Tan at HOME

The directors of Giallo tributes Amer and The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears return with a ferocious take on Euro Westerns and the Italian ‘Poliziotteschi’ genre.

Cinema 29 October 2018, from £25

The Room Halloween Special with Greg Sestero Q&A at Gorilla, Manchester

After the success of the Oscar nominated adaptation of The Disaster Artist & RAD Screenings’ sell out events in May; Greg Sestero, the star of The Room and the writer of The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, is back in the North West This time he’ll also be bringing the Regional Premiere of BEST F(R)IENDS PART 2 with him.
Greg will be with us for Q&A’s + a triple bill featuring THE ROOM and both chapters of his and Tommy Wiseau’s post-The Room project BEST F(R)IENDS!

Cinema 29 October 2018, from £5

Preview/ Assassination Nation at HOME

A clique of high school girlfriends find their lives exposed when a stranger starts revealing their online secrets to the world, forcing them to take no prisoners in an attempt to calm the storm of scandal.

Cinema 29 October 2018, from £5

Preview/ Videoman at HOME

One of the stand-out discoveries at August’s FrightFest, this mystery-thriller will strike a chord with anyone who’s ever collected VHSs, DVDs or any form of physical media.

Cinema 30 October 2018, FREE

Book Signing/ The New Uncanny: Tales of Unease at HOME

The New Uncanny: Tales of Unease, is a new anthology of horror fiction featuring some of the best British horror authors. Matthew Holness, writer of one of the short stories Possum, will join us for a book signing before the screening.

Culture Guides

Tours and Activities

In this month’s top picks of Tours and Activities in Manchester, we are featuring the guides who take you into the darker underbelly of the city, as well as some of the more macabre activities.

Exhibitions and art in Manchester


Autumn is festival season in the visual art world. We preview some familiar favourites alongside a brand-new addition to the scene – brainchild of Manchester’s resident prize-winning peace activist, Qaisra Shahraz.

Theatre in Manchester and the North


For this month’s eclectic theatre guide we’ve hunted out exclusive dance events, durational performance and some hair-raising Halloween hijinks.

Writer Eley Williams.


More spoken word nights are emerging to join our favourite regulars, there are lots of launches and one-offs and workshops and conferences and even walking tours, and tickets are selling like hot cakes for Manchester Literature Festival, the Rochdale Literature & Ideas Festival and Chester Literature Festival.


This month’s music guide features cutting-edge jazz, joyous disco, and singular voices in rock.


Spaghettify yourself in a black hole at Manchester Science Festival, experience spectaculars at the Winter Droving in Penrith, Lightpool Festival in Blackpool and Light Up Lancaster. There’s a LOT to do folks.

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