HOME, Manchester’s international centre for contemporary visual art, theatre and film, and Film4 today, Thu 20 October, are delighted to announce the full line up of FilmFear, a 10-film long weekend across five days, featuring exclusive horror previews, shorts, special guests and monster classics, including a preview of Alice Lowe’s much anticipated Prevenge plus Q&A, a glorious Spanish version of the 1931 Dracula, and a unique screening of Nosferatu, the original vampire movie, with live musical score by sixpiece ensemble Harmonieband. FilmFear is co-curated by David Cox, Film4 Channel Editor, and Jason Wood, Artistic Director: Film, at HOME. Showcasing a diverse selection of both horror previews and genre favourites to celebrate Halloween, FilmFear presents a packed programme in collaboration with Film4 and guest curators.
David Cox commented: “We’re very excited to be collaborating with HOME to bring FilmFear to the big-screen for Halloween. Our season of the same name on the Film4 channel combines horror favourites both old and new, and it’s great to be able to extend this mix off-air and into a darkened theatre – the natural home of horror. HOME’s overall programming principles, represented by Jason Wood’s knowledge, curiosity and open-mindedness, makes the cinema the perfect partner for Film4 and its ‘great films you know, great films you don’t’ ethos. We’re proud of the films that we’ve gathered for this five-day event, but also pleased to be joined by guest programmers The Final Girls (Anna Bogutskaya and Olivia Howe) and the BFI London Film Festival’s Cult strand (Michael Blyth), who bring to FilmFear their distinctive take on the horror genre through the films that they’re presenting. We’re also thrilled to be presenting the big-screen premieres of the new ‘Fright Bites’ shorts, courtesy of Film4 productions and All4, which will introduce the audience to some brand-new voices in horror.”
Jason Wood added: “FilmFear is the latest in a hopefully ongoing relationship with Film4, who under the editorial guidance of David Cox, are known for their cinephilia and excellent film curation. FilmFear has a truly international feel, historical and contemporary, highlighting how the horror genre has mutated whilst reflecting some of the major concerns in our society. We show old classics in new settings, and in the case of Murnau’s Nosferatu with a new score by Harmonieband, and also present a series of national and international previews of forthcoming shorts and highly anticipated features. The horror genre remains vibrant, and The Ghoul and Prevenge would suggest that British cinema is at the heart of it.”
HOME and Film4 present: FilmFear
THU 27 – MON 31 Oct
THE FINAL GIRLS PRESENT: PREVENGE (CTBA) + Q&A
Thu 27 Oct, 18:10
Dir Alice Lowe/GB 2016/88 mins
Alice Lowe, Kayvan Novak, Jo Hartley
A ruthless black comedy from Alice Lowe that follows a pregnant mother-to-be on a vengeful killing spree at the behest of her persuasive unborn child. Presented by feminist horror collective The Final Girls. Preview courtesy of Kaleidoscope Films/Western Edge Pictures. Followed by a Q&A with writer and director Alice Lowe.
Fri 28 Oct, 18:15
Dir Julia Ducournau/FR BE 2016/98 mins/French wEng ST
Garance Marillier, Ella Rumpf
A gruesome yet intimate tale of a teenage girl’s carnal and carnivorous awakening. Recently enrolled at veterinary college, Justine finds her carefully constructed personal identity coming under pressure from social and academic demands. As the stress mounts, Justine is compelled to bite back. Preview courtesy of Universal Pictures. Preceded by Film4 Fright Bites.
WE ARE THE FLESH (TENEMOS LA CARNE) (18)
Fri 28 Oct, 20:40
Dir Emiliano Rocha Minter/MX 2016/80 mins/Spanish wEng ST
Noe Hernandez, María Cid, María Evoli, Diego Gamaliel
A diabolical nightmare – endorsed by Alejandro Iñárritu and Carlos Reygadas – that delivers you into a world of taboo fantasy and dark magic, as teenage siblings find themselves spellbound by an ogre-like figure whose perverted rituals promise a cosmic climax. Preview courtesy of Arrow Films. Preceded by Film4 Fright Bites.
THE LIVING DEAD AT THE MANCHESTER MORGUE (AKA DON’T OPEN THE WINDOW; LET SLEEPING CORPSES LIE) (NON SI DEVE PROFANARE IL SONNO DEI MORTI) (18)
Sat 29 Oct, 16:00
Dir Jorge Grau/IT ES 1975/93 mins/ Italian and Spanish wEng
Cristina Galbó, Ray Lovelock, Arthur Kennedy
This Spanish horror film from 1974 – set and shot in Northern England – sustains a creepy atmosphere as it follows a couple pursued by both zombies and an even more terrifying police officer. It may not have the reputation of the Romero and Fulci classics, but this living-dead tale still deserves to be unearthed.
THE KEEP (18)
Sat 29 Oct, 20:40
Dir Michael Mann/US GB 1983/96 mins
Jurgen Prochnow, Ian McKellen, Gabriel Byrne
Michael Mann’s stylised period horror yarn from 1983 may have a checkered history but it’s a must-see on the big-screen. A troop of German soldiers occupy a Romanian castle during World War II, unleashing both an ancient demon and a typically hypnotic Tangerine Dream score. Screening from a 35mm print.
PHANTASM: REMASTERED (CTBA)
Sat 29 Oct, 23:00
Dir Don Coscarelli /US 1979/ 88 mins
Michael Baldwin, Reggie Bannister, Angus Scrimm
Go down to the mortuary at midnight courtesy of the re-release of this surreal and delirious nightmare. The lethal silver ball has been polished up and launched back into the world in a 4K restoration by fan J. J. Abrams, ready for a new generation to figure out just what the hell is going on. Courtesy of Arrow Films. Preceded by short film NASTY, directed by Prano Bailey-Bond (15 mins).
HARMONIEBAND PRESENT NOSFERATU (NOSFERATU, EINE SYMPHONIE DES GRAUENS) WITH
LIVE MUSICAL SCORE (PG)
Sun 30 Oct, 13:30
Dir F.W. Murnau/DE 1922/93mins/silent
Max Schreck, Alexander Granach, Greta Schröder
Nosferatu marked the first appearance on screen of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and it remains the eeriest of the many film versions of the famous tale. With live musical accompaniment from European film festival favourites, HarmonieBand, this is unmissable.
THE GHOUL (CTBA) + Q&A
Sun 30 Oct, 18:00
Dir Gareth Tunley/GB 2016/81 mins
Tom Meeten, Alice Lowe, Rufus Jones
A haunting psychological mystery from first-time director Gareth Tunley that occupies the mind of a character introduced to us as a detective investigating a double murder. Nothing is what it seems however, especially when occult forces start to influence an already fragile reality. Preview courtesy of Primal Pictures. Preceded by Film4 Fright Bites. Followed by a Q&A with writer and director Gareth Tunley and producer Dhiraj Mahey.
BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL: CULT PRESENTS:
THE VOID (CTBA)
Sun 30 Oct, 20:40
Dirs Jeremy Gillespie, Steven Kostanski/CA 2016/85 mins
Ellen Wong, Kathleen Munroe, Kenneth Welsh
Direct from the Cult strand of the BFI London Film Festival comes a bizarre shocker that LFF programme Michael Blyth calls a ‘slice of retro terror…drawing upon the cool aesthetics of early John Carpenter and the gloopy practical effects of vintage Stuart Gordon’. Preview courtesy of Signature Entertainment. Preceded by Film4 Fright Bites.
¡VIVA! SPANISH AND LATIN AMERICAN FESTIVAL PRESENTS DRACULA + INTRO (PG)
Mon 31 Oct, 18:10
Dir George Melford/US 1931/104mins/Spanish wEngST
Carlos Villar, Barry Norton, Eduardo Arozamena
Filmed at night on the sets being used by the better-known version starring Bela Lugosi, this Spanish language version of Dracula is considered by many as the superior version. Event/ Screening introduced by Andy Willis, Reader in Film Studies at the University of Salford and HOME Senior Visiting Curator: Film.
The scheduling of Fright Bites is to be confirmed and will be announced later in this month.
Tickets, including a range of offers and a pass covering the entire festival, are on sale now via
www.homemcr.org/film-fear or the HOME Box Office on +44 (0)161 200 1500.