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by Oliver Smith, The Daily Telegraph, October 21, 2016
Princes Charles Cinema - for a vintage all-nighter
The West End’s best alternative cinema is mark ing Halloween with a sing-a-long screening of cult favourite The Rocky Horror Picture Show on October 31 (£16). Book quickly; it’s almost sold out. There are tickets available too for slasher classic Halloween on October 30 and 31 (£11).
Those with stamina in abundance might consider its Classic Horror All-Nighter on October 29 - featuring six vintage scary movies (Halloween, The Exorcist, Alien, A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Shining, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), or the Teen Horror Movie Marathon (The Craft, Scream, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Urban Legend, The Faculty and Final Destination). That’s a lot of frights for £20.
Other spooky offerings over the Halloween weekend include the wonderful Pan’s Labyrinth (October 30; £10). See princecharlescinema.com
Halloween counter The Nomad - for floating frights
This roaming pop-up cinema will be screening The Blair Witch Project at The Hoxton in Shoreditch on October 23 (£12.50); Little Shop of Horrors at Farmopolis, a jetty and greenhouse in Greenwich, on October 28 (£15); Ghostbusters at The Bloomsbury Hotel near Tottenham Court Road on October 29 (£25); and Under the Shadow, an Iranian horror, at The Lexi Cinema in October 31 (£5-7). Tickets for the first three include a free cocktail and popcorn. See www.whereisthenomad.com
The Electric Cinema - for all the gore
Notting Hill’s finest is hosting an all-nighter that it’s calling “The Gore Tour”. On the cards is a “gut-spilling night of visceral horror” with four films from four different countries: Blood Feast (US), Wolf Creek (Australia), Deep Red (Italy) and Audition (Japan). Tickets cost £40 per person for an armchair, or £80 for a front bed or back sofa. Pricey, but you do get welcome cocktails, a half-time breakfast, and a revitalising kit to take home. See www.electriccinema.co.uk
Picturehouse Central - for werewolves and vampires
Take a trip back to the Eighties on October 29 with a comedy horror double bill at Picturehouse Central on Shaftesbury Avenue (£16). The Lost Boys, starring Corey Feldman, Jason Patric and Kiefer Sutherland, will be followed by An American Werewolf in London, by the genius that is John Landis.
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You can also see The Shining at The Gate Picturehouse in Notting Hill (October 31; £7), The Witches (October 28; £10.50) at Clapham Picturehouse, and The Omen (October 30; £10.50) at various branches. See www.picturehouses.com
Screen on the Green - for fancy dress and demon babies
A late-night showing of Rosemary’s Baby, Roman Polanski’s psychological horror, awaits visitors to Screen on the Green on October 29 (£15.20). Cocktails will be flowing and there is a prize on offer for the best-dressed guest.
The Everyman Barnet will be aping its central London sibling - but prices are cheaper (£13.30) See www.everymancinema.com
BFI Southbank - for even more Exorcist
Alas, the BFI Southbank’s science fiction double header is sold out. Console yourself with The Exorcist - Director’s Cut, featuring an additional 11 minutes of head spinning and projectile vomiting. It’s showing on October 31. See whatson.bfi.org.uk
The Exhibit - for dinner with Jack
This intimate cinema in Balham, with a single screen and comfy sofa seating for around 30 people, offers dinner and a movie (and an alcoholic drink) for £25 per person. On October 31 that movie will be The Shining. Watch Jack lose his mind while slurping linguini vongole or a bloody steak. See theexhibit.co.uk
The Phoenix - for a Rocky Horror sing-a-long
Halloween comes early at the single-screen gem in East Finchley, with (another) sing-a-long screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show on October 22 (£12). Cross dressing optional. See phoenixcinema.co.uk
Horror films on general release include The Greasy Strangler, Ouija: Origin of Evil, and Train to Busan. None are likely to trouble the judges at the Academy Awards next year.
For more of the movie releases, see www.telegraph.co.uk/films
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