Halloween All Nighter, ‘Tremors’ vs ‘Jaws’, a pop-up ‘Poltergeist’ and more spooky film events happening this week
Each week, we round up the most exciting film events happening in London over the coming week, from pop-ups and one-offs to regular film clubs, outdoor screenings and festivals. Here’s the top five in this week’s Halloween special…
The Genesis, the oldest cinema in the East End, presents an evening of spooky goings-on across its many screens. In addition to showings of brilliant new horror flick ‘The Babadook’ and Halloween classic ‘Ghostbusters’, there’s a screening of the recent ‘Frankenstein’ stage play directed by Danny Boyle and starring Benedict Cumberbatch, a secret event hosted by The Good, the Bad and the Unseen Film Club, purveyors of obscure trash to the masses, plus live comedy and performance art. But the highlight has to be a screening of German expressionist masterpiece ‘The Cabinet of Dr Caligari’, accompanied by a new score by London’s own avant-garde electronica legend Scanner. Genesis Cinema, 93-95 Mile End Rd, E1 4UJ. Thu Oct 30, 7pm. Various prices.
2. ‘The Comeback’ + Kim Newman intro
The first in a month-long series entitled ‘The House of Walker’, rounding up films by that icon of British horror, Pete Walker, director of such classy titles as ‘House of Whipcord’ and ‘Asylum’. ‘The Comeback’ sees a perfectly respectable middle-aged couple driven to heights of murderous passion and lunacy by the filthy songs and lewd gyrations of a singer played by Jack Jones. Yes, it’s a nasty piece of work, but also a fascinating window into a scuzzy, sleazy, mercifully long-gone Britain. Barbican Centre, Silk St, EC2Y 8DS. Sat Nov 1, 4pm. £9.50, £8.50 concs.
3. Halloween All Nighter
Four near-perfect horror movies back to back, in the plush surroundings of this luxurious Notting Hill cinema. The night kicks off with ‘Carrie’, Brian De Palma’s berserk adaptation of Stephen King’s novel about a psychokinetic high school girl, followed by more King-themed fun with Stanley Kubrick’s film of ‘The Shining’. Following an early-morning breakfast break, the entertainment resumes with Roman Polanski’s demonic urban nightmare ‘Rosemary’s Baby’, climaxing with eerie folk-horror masterpiece ‘The Wicker Man’. Electric, 191 Portobello Rd, W11 2ED. Fri Oct 31, 11.45pm. £35.
4. Tremors vs Jaws
Two of cinema’s toothiest beasts go head to head in this double bill. ‘Tremors’ is exactly what a monster movie is supposed to be like, and it’s terrific. Huge, carnivorous, worm-like creatures, capable of tunnelling at incredible speeds in response to seismic vibrations, are literally undermining the remote Nevada town of Perfection. With a tip of the hat towards its ’50s forefathers, this canny genre entry exploits its novel subterranean threat to the max. ‘Jaws’, meanwhile, needs no introduction: the ultimate threat-from-the-deep flick, and a film that comes close to achieving true perfection. Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BP. Sat Nov 1, 8.30pm. £15, £12.50 concs.
5. Pop-Up Screens presents ‘Poltergeist’
Navigate the ‘scare maze’ to find your way into this beautiful old theatre for a screening of Tobe Hooper’s barnstorming ghost story, set in one of those small suburban houses producer Steven Spielberg knows and loves, where the family canary is called Tweety and the kids read Captain America comics and eat at Pizza Hut. Gradually, this impossibly safe world is invaded by something inside the family television. Soon the plot takes off into a delirious fight with demonic forces suggestive of nothing so much as a Walt Disney horror movie. 20th Century Theatre, 291 Westbourne Grove, London W11 2QA. Fri Oct 31, 8.30pm. £20.
For the full list, go to Time Out’s film events page.