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
For six days and nights, FilmFear sees HOME supplement their regularly scheduled programming with a series of horror, cult and extreme cinema screenings and events curated by Film4 Channel Editor, David Cox.
From Georges Méliès’ A Trip to the Moon to Damien Chazelle’s First Man, filmmakers have always been obsessed with taking audiences to the outer reaches of the universe. FACT’s Vintage Sundays season celebrates the cinematic exploration of the unknown.
A pop-up cinema in the woods? On Halloween? Sounds terrifying. The Village Screen present a spooky, family-friendly screening followed by something a little scarier for the adults.
HOME continue to champion Artist Film with their annual weekender. Expect special guests, cutting edge transgressive works and a Jarman Awards screening which brings together works from the artists at the forefront of experimentation in filmmaking today.
A first for the BBC Philharmonic and The Bridgewater Hall, this unusual concert under the banner of Symphonic Cinema pairs sound with vision in a way rarely heard or seen in the classical concert hall.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.