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
Hong Kong’s ass kicking female action heroes get their due in HOME’s brilliant new season, delivered to tie in with Celebrating Women in Global Cinema.
Cultureplex, Ground Floor, Warehouse, Ducie St,, Manchester, M1 2TP - Visit now
Located within easy walking distance of Manchester Piccadilly, Cultureplex is the Manchester’s newest arts venue. We’re especially excited about the new Mini Cini — a boutique cinema space with an exquisite new film programme curated in partnership with HOME.
James Wan’s film is a modern horror classic responsible for spawning its own universe of sequels, spin offs, demonic nuns and haunted dolls. Go back to where it all began at Victoria Baths.
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.
Golden Swallow returns, this time directed by kung fu film maestro Chang Cheh.
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.
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.
Above The Line present a basement a late night screening of one of the greatest films of all time: The Shining.
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.
An evil mastermind is stealing children with a view to developing a super-race who will become leaders of the world.