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FILMFEAR 2018 – Manchester’s Halloween Horror Fest – Returns to HOME for 6 days 26th-31st Oct – UK Horror Scene



Fri 26 – Wed 31 Oct

HOME and Film4 are excited to announce the programme for the third annual FilmFear season – six days of horror, extreme cinema, cult favourites and particular visitors coming to Manchester this October.

Acclaimed Scandi fantasy Border, co-written by the writer of Let the Proper One In, kicks off the season on 26 Oct and is the first of eight new films from throughout the globe to display over the six-day event. A visceral fusion of Nordic noir, social realism and supernatural horror, Border’s genre-defying tone is matched in fellow Swedish title Videoman, a mystery-thriller/relationship-drama that may shock audiences with its tonal shifts, whereas the chilling horror St. Agatha from celebrated filmmaker Darren Lynn Bousman (Noticed II, III, IV) bolsters the emerging ‘Nunsploitation’ style. Let the Corpses Tan is a ferocious take on Euro Westerns and Italian crime ‘Poliziotteschi’ genre from Belgian directing duo Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani (The Unusual Colour of Your Body’s Tears), and genre fans can discover some mild aid in horror comedy One Minimize of the Lifeless, the cult sensation from Japan that turns the zombie movie on its head. US teen-revenge horror Assassination Nation – a biting black comedy set in a suburban city at the mercy of a web-based hack assault – may have a particular preview before its November launch, and the much-hyped Sundance and Cannes smash-hit Mandy, starring a blood-soaked Nicolas Cage alongside Andrea Riseborough and Linus Roache, shall be a must-see on HOME’s largest display.

British talent can also be on the fore of the uniquely terrifying Possum, the film-making debut from Matthew Holness, starring Mission Inconceivable villain Sean Harris and veteran actor Alun Armstrong. Greatest-known for enjoying Garth Marenghi in the cult Channel 4 collection, writer-director Holness tailored his personal brief story for the screenplay; Holness can be signing copies of the story as featured within the just lately re-issued anthology ‘The New Uncanny’ before the screening, as well as collaborating in a post-screening Q&A. Additionally in attendance at FilmFear is actor-writer-comedian Toby Hadoke who will participate in a Q&A following a particular “listening event” of Nigel Kneale’s The Street. Based mostly on the legendary misplaced 1963 TV play and scripted by Hadoke for BBC Radio four, The Street stars Mark Gatiss and Adrian Scarborough and tickets to the printed shall be free to anybody with a FilmFear screening ticket.

Screening alongside these scorching new titles are three basic horrors for movie fans to revisit or uncover on the large display: two films from the horror grandmaster, John Carpenter – conspiracy principle sci-fi They Stay and haunting ghost-story The Fog; and Sam Raimi’s exceptional debut, The Evil Lifeless, which brings the season to a ferocious finale on 31 October.

The FilmFear season additionally returns to Film4, with a season of premieres, discoveries and channel favourites operating for six nights from Friday 26 to Wednesday 31 October. Included in this yr’s line-up are television premieres of the acclaimed folklore horror hit The Witch; the woodland terror of 2016’s reboot Blair Witch; director Johannes Roberts’ The Other Aspect of the Door; the twist-filled Pet, starring Dominic Monaghan; found-footage cult hit The Taking of Deborah Logan; and M. Night time Shyamalan’s surprise-filled The Visit. And coming to the channel from final yr’s HOME programme is Kaleidoscope, the psychological chiller starring Toby Jones and directed by Rupert Jones.

FilmFear is curated by David Cox, Film4 Channel Editor, in partnership with HOME.

David Cox commented: “It’s great to be returning with the FilmFear season for a third year, with a programme of films we’re excited to be sharing with the HOME audience. Horror comes in so many different forms, and this year’s line-up celebrates that variety both in terms of subject and style. The genre itself seems to be more popular than ever at the moment, both at the cinema and on TV, but the films we’re showing prove that this success isn’t just a fad, with stories rooted in a wide range of traditions and cultures.”

Jennifer Corridor, Movie Programme Producer at HOME, added: “We’re thrilled to be welcoming back FilmFear to HOME for a third year, in collaboration with Film4. From Nicolas Cage to Nunsploitation, this year’s programme is a real Halloween treat for horror-hungry fans. We’re looking forward to unleashing this stand-out selection of the best new horror from across the globe alongside classic horror titles, and to welcoming some very special guests.”


Border (Gräns)
Fri 26 Oct, 20:30
Dir Ali Abbasi/SE DK 2018/108 mins/Swedish wEng ST
Eva Melander, Eero Milonoff, Viktor Åkerblom
A customs official with a super-sensitive sense of odor is drawn right into a conspiracy that turns out to have a bizarre folkloric twist. Based mostly on a story by John Ajvide Lindqvist, the writer of Let the Right One In, this genuinely shocking Scandi thriller blends fantasy, romance and horror to find yourself as something solely distinctive.

Listening event: Nigel Kneale’s The Street + Q&A
Sat 27 Oct, 14:30
Dir Charlotte Riches/GB 2018/45 mins
Mark Gatiss, Adrian Scarborough, Hattie Morahan
Mark Gatiss and Adrian Scarborough star as a philosopher and scientist investigating ghostly outbreaks in a country wood in 1768. Nigel Kneale’s legendary lost 1963 TV play has been tailored for BBC Radio four by Toby Hadoke.
Occasion: This particular listening occasion might be adopted by a Q&A with actor, writer and comic Toby Hadoke.
Tickets: Free to anybody attending other FilmFear occasions

One Minimize of the Lifeless (Kamera o tomeru na!)
Sat 27 Oct, 18:10
Dir Shin’ichirô Ueda/JP 2017/96 minutes/Japanese wEng ST
Takayuki Hamatsu, Yuzuki Akiyama, Harumi Shuhama
Starting with an virtually 40-minute single-take set piece that units the tone for what’s to come, this cult sensation from Japan is a zippy, foolish meta-comedy that’s full of nice, self-referential gags about making low-budget horror films. The bodily humour is completely applied to the zombie motion, nevertheless it’s the event of the character comedy across the film’s three distinct acts that basically helps ship the crowd-pleasing climax. All together now: POM!

Sat 27 Oct, 20:20
Dir Panos Cosmatos/US BE 2018/121 mins
Nicolas Cage, Andrea Riseborough, Linus Roache
A wild and grandiose story of affection, revenge and the supernatural, Panos Cosmatos’ follow-up to Beyond the Black Rainbow at occasions seems like a cinematic sculpture somewhat than simply an out-there, blood-soaked Nicolas Cage movie – although it’s very much the latter too. Cage goes crazy when love of his life Andrea Riseborough is spirited away by a dark-magic cult, and the movie itself goes right along with him. This is one you’ve gotten to see on the big-screen, not just for the visuals but in addition for the rating by the late Johann Johannsson (Sicario, Arrival).

They Stay
Sun 28 Oct, 16:00
Dir John Carpenter/US 1988/95 mins
Roddy Piper, Keith David, Meg Foster
Conspiracy concept sci-fi from John Carpenter that’s a agency fan favourite thanks to its mixture of goofy B-movie stylings and subversive satire. Aliens move amongst us utilizing subliminal imagery to management our minds. Fortunately for humanity, wrestler-turned-actor ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper can literally see via their sinister plans together with his x-ray specs and he takes the struggle to them in a more physical style.
They Reside additionally options one among cinema’s all-time great brawls – an actual bare-knuckle showstopper – and, in fact, one other memorable John Carpenter score.

Let the Corpses Tan (Laissez bronzer les cadavres)
Solar 28 Oct, 18:20
Dirs Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani/FR BE 2017/92 mins/French wEng ST
Elina Löwensohn, Stéphane Ferrara, Bernie Bonvoisin
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. A distant artist’s hilltop hideaway is the setting for an all-guns-blazing stand-off between crooks and cops on this violently lovely work of art, a movie through which infinite care has been lavished on each single excessive second.

Assassination Nation
Mon 29 Oct, 18:10
Dir Sam Levinson/US 2018/110 minutes
Odessa Young, Hari Nef, Suki Waterhouse
A clique of high school girlfriends find their lives exposed when a stranger begins revealing their online secrets to the world, forcing them to take no prisoners in an attempt to calm the storm of scandal. The biting black comedy and violent action is a blast, however there’s also a robust horror vibe to this tale of societal breakdown.

Videoman (Videomannen)
Mon 29 Oct, 20:40
Dir Kristian A. Söderström/SE 2018/93 mins/Swedish wEng ST
Stefan Sauk, Lena Nilsson, Morgan Alling
One of many stand-out discoveries at August’s FrightFest, this mystery-thriller will strike a chord with anyone who’s ever collected VHSs, DVDs or any type of physical media. It’s also a deal with for retro horror fans, because it follows the travails of a videotape obsessive who gets his arms on a rare merchandise that would remedy all his issues. Nevertheless, his rigorously ordered existence (and tape archive) is threatened when the Giallo-style plots of his favorite movies intrude into his everyday life. Swiftly, not rewinding a tape doesn’t appear to be such a heinous crime in any case.

Possum + Q&A
Tue 30 Oct, 18:20
Dir Matthew Holness/GB 2018/85 minutes
Sean Harris, Alun Armstrong, Charlie Eales
Harris is on magnificently twisted type as Philip, a troubled youngsters’s puppeteer battling surreal secrets from his previous and Possum, the hideous hand puppet he retains in a black leather case. Philip finds escaping the desire of Possum is as exhausting as coping with his demons.
Event: We might be joined by director Matthew Holness for a Q&A following this screening.

The Fog
Tue 30 Oct, 20:40
Dir John Carpenter/US 1980/90 minutes
Adrienne Barbeau, Jamie Lee Curtis, Janet Leigh
Wanting to proceed the fear however in a special fashion, John Carpenter adopted up his smash-hit Halloween with this successfully spooky ghost story evocatively set in a California coastal city. 100 years after the sinking of a ship in native waters a mysterious fog rolls in, bringing with it strange occasions and spectral figures. A roll-call of style favourites – Jamie Lee Curtis, Janet Leigh and Adrienne Barbeau – try to remedy the mystery, with Carpenter offering a supernatural environment and a spine-tingling score.

St. Agatha
Wed 31 Oct, 18:30
Dir Darren Lynn Bousman/US 2018/90 minutes
Sabrina Kern, Carolyn Hennesy, Courtney Halverson
An atmospheric chiller from director Darren Lynn Bousman, veteran of the Noticed franchise (II, III and IV). A younger pregnant lady, desperate to hold her id secret, identifies a rural convent as a protected place to have her baby. Nevertheless, this sinister story goes to some very dark locations because the domineering Mom Superior’s ugly plans are slowly revealed.

The Evil Lifeless
Wed 31 Oct, 20:40
Dir Sam Raimi/US 1981/85 minutes
Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Richard DeManincor
A horror basic returns to the big-screen for Halloween, with cult leading-man Bruce Campbell preventing the eternal evil laying siege to his cabin in the woods. Stephen King dubbed this ‘the ultimate experience in gruelling terror’ again in the early 80s and, though it’s since been reappraised by some as a horror-comedy, King’s initial take still stands – regardless of some slapstick gore, director Sam Raimi’s exceptional debut is relentless, ferocious and unapologetic nightmare gasoline.

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