In case it’s escaped your notice we’re living through troubled and tumultuous times, with a pandemic, protests, political upheaval and social unrest seemingly ever-present. However, even though what we’re experiencing may feel unprecedented, the horror genre has already seen it, done it and no doubt re-imagined it as either a city-devouring monster or an undead infestation. And somehow, these extreme representations of our worst fears and most unimaginable realities have the power to make us feel better – or at least distract us from the terror outside for 90 minutes.
So this year, Film4 and HOME – creators and curators of FilmFear – mix metaphor and mega-gore with a line-up of modern horror classics exploring politics, society, history and the many ways that the world we live in can scare us. (But without zombies – zombies are just too easy.)
Created and curated in partnership with Film4.
In this season
FilmFear 2020 programme announcement: scream now, think later
FilmFear, HOME’s annual celebration of big-screen scares, returns for Halloween with a provocative programme that mixes thrills and chills with plenty to think about.
“You don’t belong here, lady” – Candyman and the White Saviour
To celebrate this year's thrilling FilmFear season, we asked one of HOME's biggest horror fans to delve into the layered allegorical meanings behind this unforgettable…
Previously in this season
A murder on the London Underground alerts authorities to the possibility of some sort of creature living in the long dark tunnels. Mind the doors!
Forced into a black-magic ritual by members of a rock band, popular high-school student Jennifer is transformed into a succubus preying on young men.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
The fear of losing one’s identity is always with us, making Jack Finney’s source story eternally relevant and re-tellable. However, it’s never been told as…
The People Under the Stairs
After his family is evicted, streetwise teen Fool breaks in to the foreboding home of the landlords responsible. Fool discovers a nightmare that gets more…
Double Bill/ El asfalto and La residencia
A young woman is sent to a gothic boarding school, where she finds a headmistress intent on keeping everyone in line with firm, physical discipline.
Chicho: Spain’s Horror Maestro
Narciso Ibáñez Serrador passed away in 2019, ¡Viva! & Film Fear have linked with the Instituto Cervantes to bring to HOME a celebration of one…
Who Can Kill a Child?
An English couple on holiday in Spain find more than they bargained for when they visit a beautiful island that seems to have no adults…
Who Can Kill a Child? + Introduction
Introduction cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances; we apologise for the disappointment. The screening will go ahead as planned.