Each October, HOME and Film4 join forces for FilmFear, a carefully curated mini-festival made up of spooky horror, dark fantasies and brutal thrillers, featuring works from both emerging voices and established masters. This Halloween’s FilmFear is no different, with previews of brand new Cannes and Berlin Film Festival award-winners sitting alongside screenings of classics from Ben Wheatley and John Carpenter.
The programme opens on Thursday 28 October with Scottish filmmaker Ruth Paxton’s debut directorial feature A Banquet, billed as a dark fairy tale with elements of psychological horror, followed by a HOME’s Young Programmer’s selection: a chance to see Sam Neill in a showing of John Carpenter’s underrated 1994 chiller, In The Mouth of Madness.
Fittingly, the event runs until Halloween itself, with Julia Ducournau’s hotly anticipated, Cannes Palme d’Or winner, Titane showing on Sunday 31 October — two months ahead of its general release. Our pick of the lineup, word has it that the director’s follow up to 2016’s Raw is slick and wild, a hyper-violent and transgressive car-centric serial killer joint about a young dancer (Agathe Rousselle) who suffered a terrible injury in a childhood car crash.
And there’s plenty more on offer for those film fans looking to discover the newest, best and brightest in genre cinema. In addition to Paxton and Ducournau’s films, HOME presents the UK premiere of The Scary of Sixty-First (Sun 31 Oct), a story of New York possession that takes cues from the crimes of Jeffrey Epstein, alongside previews of internet-themed horror We’re All Going to the World’s Fair (Fri 29 Oct) and One Cut of the Dead director Shinichiro Ueda’s new film Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes (Sat 30 Oct).
There’s also a chance to see Paul Andrew Williams’ new film Bull (Sat 30 Oct), a London-set gangland revenge thriller starring Kill List’s Neil Maskell. The director and star will be on hand for a Q&A following the showing, while Maskell will stick around for the FilmFear centerpiece — a tenth anniversary screening of Ben Wheatley’s Kill List (Sat 30 Oct). A bonafide cult classic at this point, this terrifying, visceral crime-thriller-cum-folk-horror is followed by an unmissable Q&A with Wheatley, Maskell and the film’s lead, Michael Smiley.