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 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’.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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).Read more
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.Read more
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’.Read more