13 Oct 2017

Dead Of Night: Hull Horror Film Festival set to return with a thrilling line-up

Hull Independent Cinema’s horror film festival is back for the Halloween weekend with the finest cult, classic and new release horror movies to scare the pants off you.

Highlights from Dead Of Night: Hull Horror Film Festival include the UK premiere of Another Wolfcop alongside a 40th anniversary restoration screening of Dario Argento’s Suspiria and a one-off script reading of Ghostbusters by Hull’s award-winning theatre company, Middle Child. Each of the films will also be preceded by a short claymation by animator Lee Hardcastle.

There’s little more thrilling than watching a horror movie in the dark, on a huge screen surrounded by a crowd of fellow fright fans, so dig out your diaries and start making dates.

Tragedy Girls (18)

Fri 27 Oct, 6.30pm. £6-£7.
Vue Cinema Hull.

Billed as Heathers meets Scream for the Instagram generation, Tragedy Girls is a new twist on the slasher genre, as two death-obsessed teenage girls use their online show about real-life tragedies to send their small, mid-western town into a frenzy and cement their legacy as modern horror legends. Will they get caught? And more importantly, will their accounts be verified?

Hellraiser: 30th Anniversary Restoration (18)

Fri 27 Oct, 8.30pm. £6-£7.
Vue Cinema Hull.

Clive Barker’s classic receives the restoration treatment on its 30th anniversary. One of the greatest horror movies of the 1980s, it stars Sean Chapman as a man who buys a strange Chinese puzzle box in a sex shop only to discover that it opens a portal to hell. Don’t look at him like that, it happens to the best of us.

Replace (18)

Sat 28 Oct, 6.30pm. £6-£7.
Vue Cinema Hull.

A young girl is afflicted with a strange disease: her skin starts to age rapidly, dry out and crumble away. Ye gads! When she discovers that she can replace her own skin with somebody else’s though she has to choose: watch her own body wither and die, or give in to temptation, whatever the price.

Suspiria: 40th Anniversary Restoration (18)

Sat 28 Oct, 8.30pm. £6-£7.
Vue Cinema Hull.

A newcomer to a prestigious ballet academy comes to realise that her school is a front for something sinister amid a series of grisly murders. Not only that but Dario Argento’s masterpiece has been restored with a 40th anniversary 4k version, so let the frights fly at your face in ultra high-definition.

Cult Cinema Sunday: Halloween Mystery Movie (18)

Sun 29 Oct, 6.30pm. £6-£7.
Früit.

Fruit’s monthly cinema social returns with its annual Halloween mystery movie as part of the festival. The Cult Cinema team picks a horror movie that they love and screen it – the only catch is, you don’t find out what it is until you’ve settled down with your popcorn. Come as your favourite horror character and you could walk away with a prize.

Better Watch Out (18)

Mon 30 Oct, 6.30pm. £6-£7.
Vue Cinema Hull.

Home Alone goes in for the kill in a fresh and gleefully twisted spin on home-invasion horror. Babysitter Ashley must defend her young charges when intruders break into the house one snowy night – or so she thinks. Pro-tip: avoid the trailer for a spoiler-free experience.

Middle Child presents: Ghostbusters (12A)

Mon 30 Oct, 6.30pm. £6-£7.
Vue Cinema Hull.

Officially sanctioned by Dan Akroyd and the Harold Ramis’ sestate – yes, really – Hull’s Middle Child theatre company takes on the immensely popular classic with a live reading at Vue Cinema. Script readthroughs have become immensely popular in the United States in recent years and Middle Child, the team behind the ever-entertaining alternative pantomime at Früit, will no doubt bring a touch of anarchy to the ghostbusting proceedings.

Another WolfCop: UK premiere (18)

Tue 31 Oct, 6.30pm. £6-£7.
Vue Cinema Hull.

Move over Leicester Square, Princes Quay is premiering this bad boy, the outrageous horror-comedy sequel to cult-favourite WolfCop. Alcoholic werewolf cop Lou Garou leaps into action when an eccentric-yet-evil businessman seduces Woodhaven’s residents with a new brewery and hockey team.

The Exorcist (18)

Tue 31 Oct, 8.30pm. £6-£7.
Vue Cinema Hull.

Finishing off the festival is the five-time Academy Award-winning classic The Exorcist. When a teenage girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter. Spinning heads, levitation and projectile vomiting ensue in William Friedkin’s extended director’s cut. No wonder it was banned on video for 11 years.

Tickets for all these events are on sale now, including weekend passes.

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