FilmFear at HOME

Tom Grieve, Cinema Editor
Tiger Stripes - Image Courtesy of HOME
Image courtesy of HOME

FilmFear at HOME Manchester, Manchester 26 — 29 October 2023 Tickets from £7.95 — Book now

Prepare for four nights of terror this October, as HOME and Film4 team up for their annual Halloween film season. Featuring previews and brand new movies alongside your favourite classics and under-appreciated gems, this year’s FilmFear looks as thrilling as ever.

Setting the tone is an opening night showing of SCALA!!! (Thu 26 Oct), the documentary dedicated to the legendary London cinema that became a counter-cultural institution thanks to its wild programming, informing the sensibilities of regulars such as Stewart Lee, Barry Adamson and Adam Buxton who provide testimony here. The documentary will be introduced by filmmakers Jane Giles and Ali Catterall, and followed by Lamberto Bava’s Demons — featuring more in-cinema extremity.

New films scheduled for the weekend include Tiger Stripes from first time director Amanda Nell Eu, which is billed as “Malaysian ‘Mean Girls’ with claws”. From Norway, Gremlins is the reference point for Magnus Marrtens’ There’s Something in the Barn, a festive horror about a gang of ancient barn elves. While HOME say Clare Cooney’s Departing Seniors is a whipsmart Scream-style slasher with LGBTQ+ themes.

Tying into some of the cinema’s other programming, supernatural chiller Antikalpa continues HOME’s year of Taiwanese film. while Michael Powell’s endlessly influential, and once-reviled Peeping Tom is screening as part of both FilmFear and Cinema Unbound: The Creative Worlds of Powell + Pressburger.

Lastly, there’s a chance to catch audience favourite Edgar Wright’s (Shaun of the Dead) 2021 film Last Night in Soho on the big screen again. Featuring a dazzling, and initially seductive portrayal of London’s swinging sixties, Wright’s film owe’s much to Peeping Tom. Audiences can watch the pair in a double bill on Sunday 29 October.

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FilmFear at HOME Manchester, Manchester 26 — 29 October 2023 Tickets from £7.95 Book now

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