26 October 2010

It's time to start pumpkin carving, stocking up on trick or treat goodies and planning how you'll spend the spookiest day of the year. Find the perfect Halloween film to suit you below. 

Poltergeist (15)
Showing on 31 October 6.20pm - Buy tickets here

One of the most frightening films of the last 30 years, Poltergeist remains director Tobe Hooper's most impressive achievement. Often thought of as a Steven Spielberg film, Poltergeist certainly bears more than a passing visual resemblance to the early work of Spielberg, who wrote the screenplay, but retains its own chilling sense of the supernatural. Craig T Nelson and JoBeth Williams star as the increasingly desperate Middle American parents whose young angelic daughter starts to communicate with the 'other' world through their television set. The visual effects were, for their day, state of the art, and they still manage to both frighten and dazzle the viewer.


\r\nParanormal Activity 2 (15)
Showing from Friday - find times and tickets here
Following 2007's supernatural thriller, Paranormal Activity returns with eerie happenings and bizarre bumps in the night. 

A sudden ravaging of the entire kitchen, cupboards obscenely flinging themselves open, had half my audience tumbling off their seats.
Tim Robey, Telegraph.co.uk


The Phantom of the Opera with live band The Laze
Showing on 31 October - find times and tickets here
TBH Films presents The Phantom of the Opera. The 1925 classic silent horror film, starring the “Man of a Thousand Faces” Lon Chaney, returns to the big screen. A gripping tale of aspiration, obsession and devilish insanity; this gothic romance still has the power to inspire terror in audiences 85 years on.

Wirralien septet The Laze are developing a reputation across the UK for their spine-tingling live performances and expansive soundscapes. This Halloween they bring Picturehouse at FACT the debut performance of their bespoke score for the classic silent horror Phantom of the Opera (1925). Influenced by a history of horror soundtracks, from Bernard Hermann & Toto to Goblin & John Carpenter, The Laze implement elements of Progressive Rock, Classical, Jazz, Doom and Electronica in their auteur musical accompaniment.


Gremlins (15)

Showing on 31 October - find times and tickets here
Director Joe Dante's 1984 classic adventure fantasy about a young boy who brings home an exotic animal from a Chinese pet shop. The pet shop owner warns the boy that he must strictly adhere to three rules when caring for the furry little creatures. Gremlins remains a hugely enjoyable, slightly scary but undeniably entertaining film with a wide appeal.