25 Oct 2016

Dead of Night: The very best of new, classic and cult horror

Why Hull’s new Horror Fest is a right good shout.

Hull Independent Cinema, the team behind Hull Film Festival, will be making an exciting new addition to their programme from 28 – 31 October, with Dead of Night: Hull Horror Film Festival.

The festival will celebrate a mixed bag of horror from Japanese thrillers to séance slash raves which take place at multiple venues across Hull – expect top class theatre from Middle Child Theatre Company, exclusive screenings, classics, creepy fancy dress and intense, mystery cult horrors.

So, what’s in store this weekend? Let’s scare you silly.


What is it? A psychological Japanese horror following police detective Takakura’s move to a quiet village to take up a job teaching criminal psychology. Takakura soon becomes preoccupied with two unrelated mysteries – a disappearance and the strange behaviour of a next door neighbour.
Where can you see it? Middleton Hall, University Of Hull, Cottingham Rd, Hull HU6 7RX
When is it? 29 October, 9.30pm
How much is it? £7 / £6 (HIC members)
Why should you see it? The name says it all. The mysteries grow stranger and stranger and you question why. Directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa – his work is ambient in style, creating beauty through minimal wide shots and empty space.


What is it? An intelligent, supernatural horror which tells the terrifying tale of a young mother trying to survive the Iran-Iraq war.
Where can you see it? Middleton Hall, University Of Hull, Cottingham Rd, Hull HU6 7RX
When is it? 29 October, 7.30pm – 9.10pm
How much is it? £7 / £6 (HIC Members)
Why should you see it? Babak Anvari draws on his own childhood memories which makes the film even more captivating – are the monsters real? Who knows – make up your own mind.


What is it? Evil stalks The Welly in Middle Child’s The Dancing Dead in this séance slash rave. Join the Welly’s resident medium as she unveils grisly secrets lurking in the past.
Where can you see it? The Welly, 105-107 Beverley Rd, Hull HU3 1TS
When is it? 28 October, 7pm / 8.30pm
How much is it? Pay-what-you-want (7pm) / £6 (8.30pm)
Why should you see it? Tickets include free entry to Wolfpack at The Welly with prizes for best fancy dress.

 Dancing Dead © Mark Dinsdale


What is it? Cult Cinema Sunday pick a classic horror movie, they screen it, you watch it. Wear your best fancy dress for a fancy prize with Thieving Harry’s themed food and drink, free quiz, raffle and alt-movie poster prints.
Where can you see it? Früit, 62-63, Humber St, Hull HU1 1TU
When is it? 30 October
How much? £5 otd / £4 advance
Why should you see it? …are you not a little curious?

 Pumpkin Cult Cinema Sunday


What is it? Based on the 1977 classic tale by Stephen King – a writer goes insane during his stay at the cursed Overlook Hotel, who eventually terrorises his own family. Directed by Stanley Kubrick, it’s regarded as one of the scariest films of all time.
Where can you see it? Früit, 62-63, Humber St, Hull HU1 1TU
When is it? 31 October, 7pm
How much? £7 / £6 (HIC members)
Why should you see it? The screening is a special extended US version released in 2012, which runs 24 mins longer than the original version. Also, despite King was known to hate the film – he cameos as a conductor in the ballroom party scene.

Tickets are flying for this one though, snap them up quick!


What is it? A psychotic freak with a love for horror, known as ‘Ghostface’, terrorises Sidney Prescott – a high school student in California whose Mother was murdered a year earlier. Ghostface runs around in a black cloak threatening his targets with a voice changer whilst wearing a white mask (known to have been found accidentally by crew before filming).
Where can you see it? Middleton Hall, University Of Hull, Cottingham Rd, Hull HU6 7RX
When is it? 31 October, 7.30pm
How much? £7 / £5 (students)
Why should you see it? With 50 gallons of fake blood used throughout the film – you’re guaranteed the ultimate #goregasm.

For more info on the Dead of Night visit the Hull Independent Cinema website.


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