Top 5 Halloween film events in London
FrightFest All-Nighter @ Vue Leicester Square (26th October)
Don’t fancy watching Nightmare on Elm Street for the twentieth time? Frightfest All-Nighter is heading back to Vue Leicester Square for a night of premieres, previews and censor-busting screenings. Now in its third year, the marathon one-night event features six films – four of them UK premieres. First up is Safe Haven, a ghost story to remind you that in the countryside no-one can hear you scream, followed by first-time director Mark Hartley’s remake of 1978 classic Patrick. Next up is Discopath, the chilling (and messy) tale of a New York burger cook who is driven into a bloodthirsty rage by the sounds of disco music. Then it’s 1970 West German witchhunter horror Mark of the Devil, originally banned in the UK and just as terrifying as ever. The third UK premiere of the night is “ecological creature feature” The Station, telling the story of a group of scientists who find a glacier made of blood infected with a monstrous alien organism. Finally, at 5:45 AM the last horror fans standing will be treated to Nothing Left to Fear, the first film from Slash’s studio Slasher Films. There’s a demon in it, but what more do you want than ‘Slash produced this film’?
Real Vampires All-Nighter @ BFI IMAX (26th October)
Enter the Twilight-free zone with a spectacular vampire marathon at the BFI IMAX, running from midnight until 9am on Saturday 26th (as in it starts at one minute to midnight and finishes on Sunday morning). With an impossibly killer lineup – Interview with the Vampire, Dusk Till Dawn, The Lost Boys and Fright Night (not the remake) – and the first three films presented in 35mm, this is a must for any true bloodsucker. Just watch out for the man who lives in the underpass…
Underground Picturehouse Halloween Season @ Water Poet (28th – 31st October)
Three films, three nights, one basement. Located just round the corner from Best For Film Towers (fifty free epoints if you manage to find us), Underground Picturehouse returns to the gorgeous Water Poet to present Nosferatu the Vampyre and Little Shop of Horrors (sadly, this year’s screening of The Wicker Man has been cancelled). Dressing up is positively encouraged, with a spot in the Ghouls’ Gallery for the most inventive costumes.
Sing-along-a Rocky Horror Picture Show @ Prince Charles Cinema (31st October – 1st November)
Do we even need to explain this? You’ve got three chances to make the PCC‘s legendary Halloween extravaganza, including the traditional midnight screening on the 31st. This reporter last attended Sing-along-a Rocky Horror in 2010, and he still can’t drink blended whiskey or look one of his former colleagues in the eye.
Pop-Up Screens Halloween special @ St James, West Hampstead (31st October – 3rd November)
Wrapping up the Halloween season, the twisted geniuses at Pop-Up Screens are taking over the beautiful church of St James in West Hampstead for the best lineup of the week. The location is being given a ghoulish makeover, and over the course of four nights audiences will be treated to Hellraiser, Saw, Scream and Beetlejuice. Now that’s a lineup – and with each film starting at 8pm, you’ll have plenty of time to check out the weird Czech bar across the road afterwards. It’s the perfect night out.