Cinema in Manchester and the North

Tom Grieve, Cinema Editor

October means one thing: Halloween. From the gently spooky to the utterly nightmarish, local cinemas and screening spaces are taking the opportunity to showcase the best in horror, old and new.

For those of you wanting to make a night of it, Victoria Baths hosts a Halloween cinema with added food, booze and an immersive atmosphere. Screen32 host their own party with Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice, while Make A Scene return with our horror movie of the year: Knife + Heart.

At HOME, FilmFear returns with a selection of horror, dark fantasy, eerie thrillers and uncanny tales. Now entering its fourth year, there’s a selection of previews fresh off the festival circuit — look out for Robert Eggers’ hotly tipped The Lighthouse — alongside classics such as The Wicker Man.

We’re so excited by the programme at Cultureplex‘s brand new Mini Cine. October sees screenings of Claire Denis’ deathly neo-noir Bastards, a Black History Month slate including Julie Dash’s ravishing period piece Daughter’s of the Dust and a Halloween schedule that concludes with a preview of Jennifer Kent’s harrowing revenge tale The Nightingale.

There are new films too of course, James Gray’s existential science-fiction film Ad Astra is a must-see while it lasts in cinemas, while Olivier Assayas’ Non-Fiction is a fascinating, low-key work from one of the masters of contemporary French cinema.

Here are our picks

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Activity 20 October 2018–31 December 2019, FREE

Documentary Challenge at IWM North

Make and feature in your own mini-documentary at IWM North.

Loading Docs at the Old Bank Residency
Cinema 1–29 October 2019, from £5

Loading Docs at the Old Bank Residency

This October, Now Showing Club goers will be rewarded with a double whammy of documentaries as the Old Bank Residency welcomes an international collaboration with New Zealand’s Loading Docs.

Cinema 23 October 2019, 8:40 pm, from £9

Golden Swallow at HOME

Golden Swallow returns, this time directed by kung fu film maestro Chang Cheh.

Cinema 24 October 2019, 6:00 pm, from £9

The 14 Amazons at HOME

Epic in scale, this Shaw Brothers sword-fighting film showcases a number of the studio’s top female actors in leading roles. After General Yang and many of his male followers are ambushed and killed, his widow leads those left behind to seek revenge.

Cinema 28 October 2019, 6:00 pm, from £9

My Young Auntie at HOME

Produced by Mona Fong and directed by the legendary Lau Kar-leung, this comedic martial arts film set lead actor Kara Hui on her road to Hong Kong film stardom.

Cinema 31 October–1 November 2019, FREE

Above The Line presents: Halloween Screening – The Shining at YES, Manchester

Above The Line present a basement a late night screening of one of the greatest films of all time: The Shining.

Cinema 1 November 2019, 6:30 pm–11:00 pm, from £11

The Village Screen Presents Halloween Weekend: Beetlejuice at Victoria Baths

This Halloween, The Village Screen is transforming Manchester’s old Victorian water palace into a scary hollow of ghosts and ghouls with a selection of spooky favourites and creepy horrors.

Cinema 15 November 2019, 6:20 pm, from £9

The Heroic Trio at HOME

An evil mastermind is stealing children with a view to developing a super-race who will become leaders of the world.

Cinema 18 November 2019, 6:20 pm, from £9

Executioners at HOME

Set some years after The Heroic Trio, Executioners takes place after a nuclear attack has devastated the world.

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Author Jenn Ashworth, photo by Chris Thomond.


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