Cinema in Manchester and the North

Tom Grieve, Cinema Editor

As always, October brings with it a surplus of scary films timed to coincide with Hallowe’en. Grimmfest are first up with their annual celebration of horror, cult and fantasy cinema. This year’s programme includes a slice of American Gothic, an exploration of Nordic horror and some Asian extreme cinema. Over in Stockport, prepared to be scared witless by The Blob as Stockport Plaza present their first ever Midnight Matinee. Meanwhile, Psycho gets an outing at the Albert Hall, where Hitchcock’s masterful slasher will be accompanied by a live score from Manchester Camerata.

Not into the scary stuff? Take a look at the Design Manchester 2016 Film Season screening at HOME: each film will be accompanied by an introduction from a design expert.

Here are our top 5 picks

  • 1. Grimmfest 2016

    Darling – Image courtesy of Grimmfest
    Darling – Image courtesy of Grimmfest

    Grimmfest 2016 at ODEON Manchester Printworks, City Centre, 6 October 2016–9 October 2016, from £20.00 - Book now

    Grimmfest is back! Manchester’s festival of horror, cult and fantastic film returns with a scary selection of titles from around the world. The sprawling, four-day programme kicks off on Thursday 6th October with the Marilyn Manson-starring Let Me Make You A Martyr.

  • 2. Midnight Matinee Screening: The Blob

    Midnight Matinee Screening: The Blob
    The Blob - Image courtesy of Stockport Plaza Cinema

    Midnight Matinee Screening: The Blob at Stockport Plaza Cinema, Manchester, 8 October 2016, from £6.75 - Book now

    Stockport Plaza are putting on their first ever midnight movie and they couldn’t have picked a much better title. Steve McQueen stars in cult classic sci-fi, The Blob, a film that delivers all of the thrills, spills and excitement you could ask for on a Saturday night.

  • 3. Design City Film Season

    Design City Film Season
    Image courtesy of Design Manchester

    Design City Film Season at HOME, Manchester, 12 October 2016–23 October 2016, from £7.00 - Book now

    The team behind Design Manchester 2016 celebrate design in cinema with a terrific short season of films each introduced by an industry expert. The carefully curated programme includes a chance to revisit Brad Pitt’s enduring turn as Tyler Durden in Fight Club and Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece, Vertigo.

  • 4. Artist Film Weekender 2016

    Artist Film Weekender 2016
    Image courtesy of HOME

    Artist Film Weekender 2016 at HOME, Manchester, 30 September 2016–2 October 2016, from £3.00 - Book now

    HOME’s Artist Film Weekender returns this Friday for the second annual celebration of the alt-wonderful world of artist film. From Finnish Video Art to Manchester film collective FOOMOO, the weekend is packed full screenings, special guests, premieres and discussions.

  • 5. Psycho Live


    Psycho Live at Albert Hall, City Centre, 30 October 2016, from £30.00 - Book now

    The Albert Hall proudly presents the live cinema screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s cinematic masterpiece, Psycho, with the live soundtrack provided by Manchester Camerata.

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