20th Sep2018

Line-up for third annual ‘FilmFear’ season announced

by Phil Wheat

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HOME and Film4 have today announced the programme for the third annual FilmFear season – six days of horror, extreme cinema, cult favourites and special guests coming to Manchester this October.

Acclaimed Scandi fantasy Border, co-written by the author of Let the Right One In, kicks off the season on 26th October and is the first of eight new films from across the globe to screen over the six-day event. A visceral fusion of Nordic noir, social realism and supernatural horror, Border’s genre-defying tone is matched in fellow Swedish title Videoman, a mystery-thriller/relationship-drama that will surprise audiences with its tonal shifts, while the chilling horror St. Agatha from celebrated filmmaker Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, III, IV) bolsters the emerging ‘Nunsploitation’ genre. Let the Corpses Tan is a ferocious take on Euro Westerns and Italian crime ‘Poliziotteschi’ genre from Belgian directing duo Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani (The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears), and genre fans can find some light relief in horror comedy One Cut of the Dead, the cult sensation from Japan that turns the zombie movie on its head. US teen-revenge horror Assassination Nation – a biting black comedy set in a suburban town at the mercy of an online hack attack – will have a special preview before its November release, and the much-hyped Sundance and Cannes smash-hit Mandy, starring a blood-soaked Nicolas Cage alongside Andrea Riseborough and Linus Roache, will be a must-see on HOME’s biggest screen.

British talent is also at the fore of the uniquely terrifying Possum, the film-making debut from Matthew Holness, starring Mission Impossible villain Sean Harris and veteran actor Alun Armstrong. Best-known for playing Garth Marenghi in the cult Channel 4 series, writer-director Holness adapted his own short story for the screenplay; Holness will be signing copies of the story as featured in the recently re-issued anthology ‘The New Uncanny’ before the screening, as well as participating in a post-screening Q&A. Also in attendance at FilmFear is actor-writer-comedian Toby Hadoke who will take part in a Q&A following a special “listening event” of Nigel Kneale’s The Road. Based on the legendary lost 1963 TV play and scripted by Hadoke for BBC Radio 4, The Road stars Mark Gatiss and Adrian Scarborough and tickets to the broadcast will be free to anyone with a FilmFear screening ticket.

Screening alongside these hot new titles are three classic horrors for film fans to revisit or discover on the big screen: two films from the horror grandmaster, John Carpenter – conspiracy theory sci-fi They Live and haunting ghost-story The Fog; and Sam Raimi’s remarkable debut, The Evil Dead, which brings the season to a ferocious finale on 31st October

FILMFEAR PROGRAMME DETAILS

Border (Gräns)

Fri 26 Oct, 20:30
Dir: Ali Abbasi/SE DK 2018/108 mins/Swedish w/Eng subtitles
Eva Melander, Eero Milonoff, Viktor Åkerblom

A customs official with a super-sensitive sense of smell is drawn into a conspiracy that turns out to have a bizarre folkloric twist. Based on a story by John Ajvide Lindqvist, the author of Let the Right One In, this genuinely surprising Scandi thriller blends fantasy, romance and horror to end up as something entirely unique.

Listening event: Nigel Kneale’s The Road + Q&A

Sat 27 Oct, 14:30
Dir: Charlotte Riches/GB 2018/45 mins
Mark Gatiss, Adrian Scarborough, Hattie Morahan

Mark Gatiss and Adrian Scarborough star as a philosopher and scientist investigating ghostly outbreaks in a country wood in 1768. Nigel Kneale’s legendary lost 1963 TV play has been adapted for BBC Radio 4 by Toby Hadoke. Event: This special listening event will be followed by a Q&A with actor, writer and comedian Toby Hadoke. Tickets are free to anyone attending other FilmFear events

One Cut of the Dead (Kamera o tomeru na!)

Sat 27 Oct, 18:10
Dir: Shin’ichirô Ueda/JP 2017/96 mins/Japanese w/Eng subtitles
Takayuki Hamatsu, Yuzuki Akiyama, Harumi Shuhama

Beginning with an almost 40-minute single-take set piece that sets the tone for what’s to come, this cult sensation from Japan is a zippy, silly meta-comedy that’s stuffed with great, self-referential gags about making low-budget horror movies. The physical humour is perfectly applied to the zombie action, but it’s the development of the character comedy across the film’s three distinct acts that really helps deliver the crowd-pleasing climax. All together now: POM!

Mandy

Sat 27 Oct, 20:20
Dir: Panos Cosmatos/US BE 2018/121 mins
Nicolas Cage, Andrea Riseborough, Linus Roache

A wild and grandiose story of love, revenge and the supernatural, Panos Cosmatos’ follow-up to Beyond the Black Rainbow at times feels like a cinematic sculpture rather than just an out-there, blood-soaked Nicolas Cage movie – though it’s very much the latter too. Cage goes crazy when love of his life Andrea Riseborough is spirited away by a dark-magic cult, and the film itself goes right along with him. This is one you have to see on the big-screen, not just for the visuals but also for the score by the late Johann Johannsson (Sicario, Arrival).

They Live

Sun 28 Oct, 16:00
Dir: John Carpenter/US 1988/95 mins
Roddy Piper, Keith David, Meg Foster

Conspiracy theory sci-fi from John Carpenter that’s a firm fan favourite thanks to its mix of goofy B-movie stylings and subversive satire. Aliens move amongst us using subliminal imagery to control our minds. Luckily for humanity, wrestler-turned-actor ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper can literally see through their sinister plans with his x-ray specs and he takes the fight to them in a more physical fashion. They Live also features one of cinema’s all-time great brawls – a real bare-knuckle showstopper – and, of course, another memorable John Carpenter score.

Let the Corpses Tan (Laissez bronzer les cadavres)

Sun 28 Oct, 18:20
Dirs: Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani/FR BE 2017/92 mins/French w/Eng subtitles
Elina Löwensohn, Stéphane Ferrara, Bernie Bonvoisin

The directors of Giallo tributes Amer and The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears return with a ferocious take on Euro Westerns and the Italian ‘Poliziotteschi’ genre. A remote artist’s hilltop hideaway is the setting for an all-guns-blazing stand-off between crooks and cops in this violently beautiful work of art, a film in which infinite care has been lavished on every single extreme second.

Assassination Nation

Mon 29 Oct, 18:10
Dir: Sam Levinson/US 2018/110 mins
Odessa Young, Hari Nef, Suki Waterhouse

A clique of high school girlfriends find their lives exposed when a stranger starts revealing their online secrets to the world, forcing them to take no prisoners in an attempt to calm the storm of scandal. The biting black comedy and violent action is a blast, but there’s also a strong horror vibe to this tale of societal breakdown.

Videoman (Videomannen)

Mon 29 Oct, 20:40
Dir: Kristian A. Söderström/SE 2018/93 mins/Swedish w/Eng subtitles
Stefan Sauk, Lena Nilsson, Morgan Alling

One of the stand-out discoveries at August’s FrightFest, this mystery-thriller will strike a chord with anyone who’s ever collected VHSs, DVDs or any form of physical media. It’s also a treat for retro horror fans, as it follows the travails of a videotape obsessive who gets his hands on a rare item that could solve all his problems. However, his carefully ordered existence (and tape archive) is threatened when the Giallo-style plots of his favourite films intrude into his everyday life. All of a sudden, not rewinding a tape doesn’t seem like such a heinous crime after all.

Possum + Q&A

Tue 30 Oct, 18:20
Dir: Matthew Holness/GB 2018/85 mins
Sean Harris, Alun Armstrong, Charlie Eales

Harris is on magnificently twisted form as Philip, a troubled children’s puppeteer battling surreal secrets from his past and Possum, the hideous hand puppet he keeps in a black leather case. Philip finds escaping the will of Possum is as hard as dealing with his demons. Event: We will be joined by director Matthew Holness for a Q&A following this screening.

The Fog

Tue 30 Oct, 20:40
Dir: John Carpenter/US 1980/90 mins
Adrienne Barbeau, Jamie Lee Curtis, Janet Leigh

Looking to continue the terror but in a different style, John Carpenter followed up his smash-hit Halloween with this effectively spooky ghost story evocatively set in a California coastal town. One hundred years after the sinking of a ship in local waters a mysterious fog rolls in, bringing with it strange events and spectral figures. A roll-call of genre favourites – Jamie Lee Curtis, Janet Leigh and Adrienne Barbeau – attempt to solve the mystery, with Carpenter providing a supernatural atmosphere and a spine-tingling score.

St. Agatha

Wed 31 Oct, 18:30
Dir: Darren Lynn Bousman/US 2018/90 mins
Sabrina Kern, Carolyn Hennesy, Courtney Halverson

An atmospheric chiller from director Darren Lynn Bousman, veteran of the Saw franchise (II, III and IV). A young pregnant woman, desperate to keep her identity secret, identifies a rural convent as a safe place to have her baby. However, this sinister story goes to some very dark places as the domineering Mother Superior’s gruesome plans are slowly revealed.

The Evil Dead

Wed 31 Oct, 20:40
Dir: Sam Raimi/US 1981/85 mins
Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Richard DeManincor

A horror classic returns to the big-screen for Halloween, with cult leading-man Bruce Campbell fighting the eternal evil laying siege to his cabin in the woods. Stephen King dubbed this ‘the ultimate experience in gruelling terror’ back in the early 80s and, although it’s since been reappraised by some as a horror-comedy, King’s initial take still stands – despite some slapstick gore, director Sam Raimi’s remarkable debut is relentless, ferocious and unapologetic nightmare fuel.
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Tickets are now on sale now via www.homemcr.org/filmfear or the HOME Box Office on +44 (0)161 200 1500.

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