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Some lucky souls will be rewarded with an evening at movies in a creepy old cinema as part of an October festival. And the more you explore, the more scary movie screenings you’re bound to find.
From classics to spine-tingling new releases, here are our suggestions to scare yourself silly this Halloween season.
1. “Rosemary’s Baby” (1968)
Perhaps no cobweb-tastic movie is as symbolic of the spooky gothic era as Roman Polanski’s film. The frightening story of a young woman trying to rid her suburban New York apartment of an evil force, the movie has played a major role in horror movies ever since. See it on 6, 17 and 20 October
2. “Saw” (2004)
Directed by an enterprising Canadian, this film saw a team of do-gooders decide to investigate the case of a man who has been decapitated. Instead, they soon find themselves tangled in a murderous plot, one of the scariest genre series to grace cinemas. Watch it on 11 October
3. “The Haunting” (1963)
Horror aficionados will know the name of Shirley Jackson, the author who explored the complexities of human psychology in the story of a young girl and the haunting that comes with it. She passed away in 1966, but her works will be fondly remembered by the next generation of movie lovers, thanks to this classic ghost story. This screening will be a splatter highlight. Watch it on 3 and 7 October
4. “Halloween” (1978)
Jamie Lee Curtis makes a memorable return as the fierce Laurie Strode in John Carpenter’s suspenseful slasher.
A slick slapstick flick, the movie casts Curtis in the role of the main character who — after being blamed for the murder of her little brother — plans to kill Laurie Strode before she meets her fate once more. It’s not quite a gory movie, but there are a few gorier moments, which may not be for all tastes. Watch it on 10 and 16 October
5. “A Nightmare on Elm Street” (1984)
Directed by Robert Zemeckis, this “Slashers”-influenced movie stars actress Nancy Allen as the character Sally, a housewife who finds herself the victim of a nightmare, one that unleashes a horde of hideous creatures from her dreams. The film was one of the first to use 3D film effects, which have since become a staple in horror movies. Watch it on 8 October
6. “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” (1974)
It seems all too easy to underestimate the skill and creativity of horror masters Romero and Coffey, two American directors known for bringing scores of B-movies to life. “Chainsaw” is easily one of their best-loved works, perhaps because it is so unsettling in its detailed depiction of living inside an abandoned mill on the outskirts of Texas.
7. “The Amityville Horror” (1979)
A tale of ritualistic torture and an obsessive, unfaithful husband, this is an early masterpiece of gothic horror from acclaimed filmmaker Tobe Hooper. But it doesn’t shy away from tackling some potentially unsettling ideas: the modern sexual revolution and the stigma surrounding mental health, for example. Watch it on 15 October
8. “Z-Men” (1949)
Director Samuel Fuller pulls no punches when it comes to ghoulish killings in this creepy drama based on the comic of the same name.
The film features one of James Cagney’s finest performances, as the CEO of an insurance company whose son returns from a war in Afghanistan and carries the secret of an alien government mission. As the credits roll, Cagney gleefully paces the screen in sinister lines such as “Tomorrow — a long time in the making.”
9. “Creature From the Black Lagoon” (1954)
This classic horror movie sees The Blob ravaging a fishing boat on the North Carolina shore and hypnotizing the captain and his crew. But what makes the Blob, which turns blood-thirsty when exposed to the light, so terrifying is its creepy script and engagingly creepy lead character. Watch it on 17 October
10. “House of 1000 Corpses” (2003)
This disturbing flick is the prequel to “Texas Chainsaw Massacre”, another film that earned its share of acclaim in the late 1970s, garnering a cult following with its deliciously deranged ideas and gruesome style.