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Halloween movie screenings in London

There are some seriously scary movie screenings in the capital this Halloween

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Hungry for horror flicks this Halloween, but don’t fancy the latest ‘Paranormal Activity’ sequel? If you can venture out from behind your sofa, there are some chilling film events taking place across the capital on and around All Hallows' Eve. Here are eight options for gleefully gruesome big-screen entertainment, to book now.

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Halloween movie screenings in London

The Nomad’s Halloween

The Lookout, Fri Oct 30 and Sat Oct 31. £25.

Outdoor cinema experts The Nomad have their own creepy cabin in the deep dark woods. The Lookout in Hyde Park is the perfect spot to toast a marshamallow over an open fire, neck a glass of plonk and settle in for a creepy classic. Choose from ‘The Shining’, ‘Psycho’, ‘Beetlejuice’ or, fittingly, the wonderful Joss Whedon-produced ‘Cabin in the Woods’.

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Chills in the Chapel with Alan Howarth

Union Chapel, Fri Oct 30 and Sat Oct 31. £20.

Halloween’ director John Carpenter’s self-penned film scores are legendary – but he didn’t compose them alone. Carpenter’s key keyboard collaborator Alan Howarth will accompany a screening of ‘Escape from New York’ on Friday, and play a medley of themes from the ‘Halloween’ sequels on the big night itself.

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Until Sat Oct 31

Classic Horror All-Nighter

Prince Charles Cinema, Sat Oct 31. £22.50, £20 concs.

The Prince Charles Cinema is known for its all-nighters: take a blanket, a pillow and a shedload of caffeine tablets and freak yourself out with a line-up of horror heavy-hitters. Sure, you’ve seen ‘Halloween’, ‘The Shining’, ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’, ‘The Exorcist’ and ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ before – but back-to-back on the big screen they’re a pretty juicy proposition.

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Leicester Square

Cigarette Burns All Hallows’ Eve All-Nighter

Regent Street Cinema, Sat Oct 31. £25, £22 concs.

If the trad titles at the Prince Charles don’t get your blood pumping, why not spend the night with exploitation expert and London’s film-club king Cigarette Burns? His leftfield line-up includes John Carpenter’s auto-horror cracker ‘Christine’, bizarro puppets-on-the-loose slasher ‘Tourist Trap’ and gorehounds’ favourite ‘Zombie Flesh Eaters’ among others. There’ll also be live music and a costume competition.

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Tufnell Park Film Club: ‘The Innocents’

The Lord Palmerston, Tue Oct 27. £15 club membership.

This one’s happening a little ahead of Halloween proper, but it’s such a great film we couldn’t bear to leave it out. ‘The Innocents’ is the classiest of chillers: a very British haunted-house movie featuring two of the most irksome kids in film history (and that’s saying something).

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Upper Holloway

Bechdel Test Fest’s Horror Heroines

The Proud Archivist, Sat Oct 31. Free.

As part of this year’s London Fields Free Film Festival, feminist film club Bechdel Test Fest offer up an excellent double bill of female-fronted frighteners, ‘The Craft’ and ‘Scream’, along with a discussion on womens’ roles in horror movies.

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De Beauvoir Town

Halloween Costume Party

Deptford Cinema, Sat Oct 31. £7, £5.50 concs.

Head down to south London’s hippest DIY film venue the Deptford Cinema for a screening of Jemaine Clement’s hysterical vampire mash-up ‘What We Do in the Shadows’, plus cocktails and spooky dress-up fun.

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Deptford Bridge

Horror at the BFI

BFI Southbank, Sat Oct 31. £8.35-£11.75.

The BFI always offer a solid line-up of classic horror on Halloween night, and this year’s offerings include ‘The Shining’, the director’s cut of ‘The Exorcist’ (with that blood-chilling ‘spider-walk’ sequence) and 2015’s hands-down scariest movie, US indie ‘It Follows’.

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South Bank

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By: Cath Clarke



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