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Published October 18th 2014
Cinema Scares
What to Watch This Halloween

As Halloween approaches, cinemas are preparing to prescribe their audiences with a good dose of Vitamin S. It has been a whole year since the last Halloween, so our levels of 'Scare' must be pretty low and in need of a top up. What will you be watching to boost it?

New Releases


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I went to see Annabelle the other day and was very disappointed. The Conjuring prequel is based on accounts by psychic investigators, Edward and Lorraine Warren, who were haunted by a possessed doll in 1968. I was drawn in by the trailer, but that's where all the best bits are. The film itself is very slow paced, cliched, and lacks any real fear factor.


Starring Daniel Radcliffe as Ignatius, Horns is a fantasy thriller based on Joe Hill's novel of the same name. Ignatius wakes up to find that he is not only being accused of murdering his girlfriend, but is also growing horns. There horns give him the power to get people to reveal their secrets, and so he uses this new ability to go in search of the real killer. It is due to be released on the 31st October.

The Babadook

When sinister things begin to happen, Amelia wonders if the monster lurking under her son's bed is more than just a child's imagination. Could it also be connected to the death of her husband six year ago? The Babadook is an Australian horror film directed by Jennifer Kent. It received critical acclaim after screening at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, and will be released in cinemas from the 24th October.


Particularly hard hitting given all the newspaper scandals in recent years, Nightcrawler is a recently release thriller about a journalist who tries to reach the scene of a crime before the police to get a story. But then the lines between finding a story and making a story begin to blur.


Released a little while after Halloween on the 9th November, Ouijia follows the story of a group of teenagers who try to contact their deceased friend using a Ouijia board, only to discover it has dangerous consequences.

Old School

If you'd rather return to an old reliable favourite then you'll want to head to The Princess Theatre, which is currently screening classic horror films for your enjoyment.


Halloween, 1978
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The first in a trilogy, the original 1978 film, Halloween was directed by by John Carpenter, and tell the story of Michael. At six years old he stabs his big sister to death before being sent to a psychiatric institution. Fifteen years later he escapes and starts stalking teenage girls.

Trick 'r Treat

Directed by Michael Dougherty, Trick 'r Treat was released in 2007, and is an anthology of horror stories all connected by one a trick-or-treater called Sam. Sam takes Halloween very seriously, and whenever someone breaks from tradition, you can be sure he'l pay them a visit.

Rocky Horror Picture Show

Rocky Horror picture show
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Somewhere between horror and comedy, The Rocky Horror Picture Show is 1975 musical directed by Jim Sharman, and adapted from The Rocky Horror Show stage musical. It is a tribute to B movies and early science fiction, parodying stories such as Frankenstein. In this screening you can join in with the campness in a Sing-a-Long.


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Are violent movies really a bad influence? It appears so. Someone in the town of Woodsboro has watched a few too many horror films and is now hunting down victims, in the most intense trivia interrogation yet. Wes Craven's 1996 slasher film went on to see three sequels, with Scream 4 being released in 2011. Now you can watch all four in a back-to-back marathon.
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Why? Boost your Vitamin S
When: October/November
Phone: 020 74943654
Where: 'Old School' films at Prince Charles Cinema
Cost: £4 - £20 at Prince Charles Theatre
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