Forget the costumes, the all-night parties and carved pumpkins, Halloween ultimately comes down to one very, very important thing; Horror Movies!
Celebrating the true spirit of Halloween, Birmingham’s brand new cinema experience at The Mockingbird Cinema ahead of its official opening next month in November. To give you a head’s up (off?) for what to expect, In The City Magazine has mined the chills and thrills of cinema to clue you in on what to expect this weekend… We’ll be right back!
Friday 28th October
Director: Ivan Reitman
Starring: Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Sigourney Weaver
If you haven’t seen Ghostbusters, you haven’t lived (and might, in fact, be a ghost yourself). The original movie is a cultural phenomenon, fusing comedy, horror and romance into one super-fun flick that will leave the audience humming the theme tune for weeks to come. It might the time of year for frights, but you won’t be leaving the cinema afraid of no ghosts.
Saturday 29th October
Director: Wes Craven
Starring: David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox, Jamie Kennedy, Liev Shrieber
Now we’re onto the real grand-daddies of horror. Horror master Wes Craven (RIP), managed to not re-invent the whole genre each decade from the 70s right up until the 1990s, following smash hits like Last House On The Left and Nightmare On Elm Street with this uber-clever, all-so-slick postmodern classic. Scream proves that even if you know all the rules, you still might not win the game…
Rocky Horror Picture Show
Director: Jim Sharman
Starring: Barry Bostwick, Tim Curry, Richard O’Brien, Susan Sarandon
There might be a new iteration of this classic out in 2016, but nothing beats doing the original time-warp alongside the likes of Richard O’Brien, Tim Curry and Susan Sarandon. A camp classic, The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a masterpiece of show-tunes, shocks and supernaturally sexy dance numbers. This film will most definitely make you a man…
Shaun of the Dead
Director: Edgar Wright
Starring: Kate Ashfield, Nick Frost, Bill Nighy, Simon Pegg, Penelope Wilton
The film that put British Horror back on the map (or at least, Rom-Zom-Coms anyway), Shaun Of The Dead is a tale all too familiar to any late twenty-something who finds themselves snowed under with the pressures of romance, work and the zombie apocalypse. This movie is the perfect escape from the rigors of the outside world, assuring you that even if the zombie apocalypse is happening outside, you can just go to your local and wait for it all to blow over.
Sunday 30th October
Interview With The Vampire
Director: Neil Jordan
Starring: Antonio Banderas, Tom Cruise, Kirsten Dunst, Brad Pitt, Christian Slater
Before Twilight did its damndest to kill the credibility of vampires as horror movie villains, the likes of The Lost Boys, The Hunger and (most crucially) Interview With A Vampire attracted audiences worldwide to the allure of being an immortal predator. A gothic romantic masterpiece, Interview With The Vampire features a litany of Hollwood A-listers devouring their way through history. The portrayal of vampires changes, but the brilliance of this movie does not.
Director: Tobe Hooper
Starring: Craig T. Nelson, Heather O’Rourke, Zelda Rubinstein, Beatrice Straight, JoBeth Williams
Frankly, if Ghostbusters told us we needn’t be afraid of no ghosts, Poltergeist is the movie that made sure we knew that we should right the way through to our bones. A true chilling horror masterpiece, Poltergeist scares audiences today every bit as much as it did in the mid-1980s. If you’re looking for a true fright-night legend, it’s here.
Director: William Friedkin
Starring: Linda Blair, Ellen Burstyn, Mercedes McCambridge, Jason Miller, Max Von Sydow
The absolute king, queen, emperor and overlord of supernatural horror, The Exorcist is a head-twisting, green-pea soup spewing legend that’ll leave you rushing for your nearest hallowed ground. No film in the forty-years plus since this film was released has even come close to its undeniable cultural supremacy, undeniably one of the greatest horror movies ever released.
All screenings are £5 per film, or £20 for a full weekend pass. Visit http://www.mockingbirdcinema.com/ for more details. Check back later this week for details of a very special Halloween screening at The Mockingbird on October 31st.
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