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Cinema Season: Freaky Flicks

Words by Lauren Entwistle

Grab the popcorn, sit back, relax and prepare for a fright. It’s Halloween time, and we’ve got the creepiest flicks to keep you entertained well past the dreaded witching hour. From pure horror to a more campy selection, there’s something spooky suited for everyone’s taste:

Sing-a-long-a-Wickerman at Holbeck Underground Ballroom 

Back for a second round following their sold-out 2013 run, Sing-a-long-a-Wickerman features live-music, a rare Super-8 screening of comedy-classic The Weakerman and of course: jaunty audience participation. The film will be shown at Holbeck Underground Ballroom on the 27th October, lasting from 7pm to 10pm.

Hosted by David and singer Eliza Skelton, fans of the unnerving 1973 classic will be treated to goody-bags full of “dark secrets” for use during the film and a Pagan hymn-book in case you forget the lyrics. You can even snag a spot of supper upon arrival.

Forget Burning Man Festival, this is the real deal.

Young Frankenstein at Hyde Park Picture House 

Part of their ‘Creatures of the Night’ selection of screenings, Hyde Park Picture House is showing Mel Brook’s monstrously brilliant tribute to Mary Shelley’s classic on the 28th October from 8pm onwards.

Poking fun at the tropes of every Frankenstein film made, Gene Wilder stars as the grandson of the great inventor who brings a corpse to life once more. Great for some ghoulish giggling in a brilliant setting – the cinema has been going since 1914, so you’re could be joined by previous patrons from the afterlife…

The Final Girls: We Are The Weirdos also at Hyde Park Picture House

Hyde Park Picture House is really laying the creep on thick this year. On the 28th of October, feminist film collective “The Final Girls” are presenting a collection of truly terrifying shorts from female directors and producers. They’ve been touring the country’s cinemas with their freaky flicks, and have made quite the impression on audiences.

From Dead. Tissue. Love to Mother of Monsters to the interestingly titled Don’t Think of Pink Elephants, the Final Girls are proving that the future of horror really is female. Showings run from 10:30am to midnight.

It Follows at Thackray Medical Museum 


Thackray Medical Museum itself is a terrifying place to be after dark, but only the brave will be watching horror film It Follows in the atmospheric Hannah Dyson Gallery on the 28th October. Sit in the same building where dissections and surgeries took place, and take in the movie that critics deemed “smart, original and above all terrifying.”

The museum is also offering the chance to handle some lesser-seen objects from their archives before the screening, with the Price of entry including an annual museum pass, allowing unlimited return for 12 months.

Head to Thackray for 8pm for object handling or settle in for the movie at 9pm.

Nightmare on Sheaf Street 

Join Duke Studios on Halloween weekend for a triple bill of terror with some of their favourite horror films, new and old playing late into the night. Head to Duke Studios on Sheaf St on the 27th October 2017, with films showing from 8:00pm — 2:00am: namely classics Nightmare On Elm Street and Evil Dead II, as well as one of the most critically acclaimed horror/thrillers of the year, Jordan Peele’s Get Out.

Fancy dress is welcome and tickets cost £4, including a drinks token for some extra dutch courage.

The Hunger at Little Reliance Cinema 

The Little Reliance Cinema and Leeds Film Fringe are showing classic 80s vampire flick, The Hunger (starring the late, great David Bowie) on Halloween Night from 7:30pm. Catherine Deneuve and Susan Sarandon also star, mixing styles and influences from art-house cinema to pop video montage.

It’s also worth noting that when The Hunger opened in the UK, Bowie’s mega-hit album Let’s Dance was number one in the album charts – so well worth taking a trip down memory lane and revisiting this film (with serious bite.)

Personally, we think there’s nothing better than hunkering down and watching a properly scary film – especially in Halloween Season. And with this list, you’re spoilt for choice for things to scream at…

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