FilmFear Halloween horror festival returns with a creepy collection of modern classics

FilmFear, a Halloween film festival organised by Manchester’s centre for contemporary arts HOME, in collaboration with Film4, is offering a devilish selection of creepy classics between October 28 to November 5.

Co-curated by Film4’s David Cox and HOME’s Creative Director for Film and Culture, Jason Wood, the cinematic line up offers a mix of modern genre favourites that explore politics, race, sexuality and social issues.

Terrifying treats to be shown include Wes Craven’s The People Under the Stairs, Philip Kaufman’s 1978 sci-fi thriller Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Bong Joon-ho’s creature-feature, The Host, cult subway shocker Death Line, the original Candyman, and Jennifer’s Body starring Megan Fox and Amanda Seyfried, and splodgy horror comedy The Stuff.

Attack the Block writer/director Joe Cornish will take part in a live video Q&A…

This year, FilmFear extends to November 5, for a special screening of Attack the Block, writer/director Joe Cornish’s social-themed sci-fi/monster movie. Cornish will take part in a live video Q&A.

Crossing over with the ¡Viva! Spanish & Latin American Festival for only the second time, FilmFear also celebrates Chicho, Spain’s horror maestro, aka Narciso Ibáñez Serrador, with a double bill of El asfalto and La residencia.

“Even though what many of us are experiencing day-to-day may feel unprecedented, the horror genre has already seen it, done it and no doubt re-imagined it as either a city-devouring monster or an undead infestation,” says Cox. “Somehow, these extreme representations of our worst fears and most unimaginable realities have the power to make us feel better, or at least distract us from the terror outside for 90 minutes.”

Tickets are available for individual performances from the box office here, although with reduced capacity you’ll need to move faster than a Death Line cannibal if you want to reserve your seats. 

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