Halloween at HOME 2020

The real world is an unsettling place, but as Halloween looms, could the horror genre bring unique comfort in its ability to face the world unflinchingly? This week we’re on a mission to convince you that’s true! There may not be trick-or-treating on the streets, but our Halloween programme still has plenty to sink your teeth into.

We kick off with our annual celebration of big screen scares FilmFear. Along with co-creators Film4, we mix metaphor and mega-gore with a line-up of modern horror classics, sure to have you screaming in your seat (and questioning society later). You better ‘mind the doors!’ lest you be got by the London Underground creatures in Death Line. Say the name Candyman one fateful last time and you’ll be in trouble with the hook-handed urban legend. Even the tasty new dessert, The Stuff, reveals the terrors of your own appetite. Plus, if you’re already missing ¡Viva! then be sure to catch Chicho: Spain’s Horror Maestro as we celebrate one of the most well-known, and best loved, names in Spanish film and television history, Narciso Ibáñez Serrador.

We continue to explore dark minds this October, with two new feature debuts. In Rose Glass’s St.Maud, a country nurse is hell-bent on saving her patient from eternal damnation, no matter the cost. Meanwhile, in Natalie Erika James’s Relic, a daughter and granddaughter of an elderly woman struggle with her disappearance and signs of dementia. But when she suddenly returns, it seems she’s being taken over by an insidious presence.

If it’s horror writers that fascinate you, we also have the Elisabeth Moss-starring Shirley, from director Josephine Decker (Madeline’s Madeline). This is an unconventional biopic on the greatest horror writers of the 20th Century, Shirley Jackson, with a re-recorded introduction from Birds’ Eye View. Continuing our analysis of the horror genre, on Thu 29 Oct we have The Black Mirror: Representations of race in the horror film, an online panel discussion, as part of Black History Month at HOME.

If you prefer exploring horror film in theatrical form, and from the comfort of your own sofa, Ur Favourite Scary Movie is the one for you. Bloodthirsty, thrill-hungry, and featuring an unending array of horror movie tropes, Ur Favourite Scary Movie promises you a Halloween audio experience like no other.


Previously in this season

Death Line

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!

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Saint Maud

A powerful psychological horror from Rose Glass, Saint Maud follows a pious nurse (Morfydd Clark) who becomes dangerously obsessed with saving the soul of her…

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Louise Orwin presents

Ur Favourite Scary Movie

Using Foley-making and spoken text this is part horror dreamscape, part investigation into a cultural hunger for Horror

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The Black Mirror: Representations of race in the horror film

Coinciding with Halloween and Film Fear, Esther Lisk-Carew will be joined by Andrew Murry and Liz Chege to discuss the history of Black horror and…

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FilmFear 2020: Scream Now, Think Later

Film4 & HOME, creators & curators of FilmFear, mix metaphor & mega-gore with a line-up of modern horror classics exploring politics, society, history & the…

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The Stuff

There’s a tasty, fun new dessert on the shelves called The Stuff, but the truth behind what it is and what it does to you…

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Saying his name 5 times is enough to invoke the all-too-physical spirit, with his appearance bringing both an unsettling reminder of the past & a…

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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…

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