Expect chills, thrills and bellyaches as the festival showcases a selection of new release and classic horror movies at Vue Cinema and Fruit from 27-31 October, supported by Hull UK City of Culture 2017.
The UK Premiere of horror-comedy Another WolfCop, a 40th-anniversary restoration screening of Dario Argento’s masterpiece Suspiria and a Halloween screening of the Director’s Cut of The Exorcist are among the highlights.
Plus for one night only, the award-winning Middle Child theatre company get their hands on the script to Ghostbusters for a one-off live reading, while Cult Cinema Sunday return with their Halloween Mystery Movie at Fruit.
New releases include Tragedy Girls, a twist on the slasher genre as two social media-obsessed girls scare the bejesus out of their small midwestern town, while Replace is a horrifying reverse-ageing tale as a young girl’s skin starts to dry out and crumble away.
Better Watch Out is a twisted spin on home-invasion horror, as babysitter Ashley must defend her young charges from intruders one Christmas. Finally, Another Wolfcop gets its UK premiere in Hull, with alcoholic werewolf cop Lou Garou taking on an eccentric-yet-evil hockey team owner in the outrageous horror-comedy sequel to WolfCop.
Over in the classics department, there’s a 30th-anniversary restoration screening of Clive Barker’s Hellraiser, about a puzzle box that opens a portal to Hell, plus a Halloween screening of the extended director’s cut of the notorious, demonic-possession body horror The Exorcist.
Dario Argento’s masterpiece, Suspiria, also returns to the big screen with a newly restored, 40th anniversary 4k version of the tale of a prestigious ballet academy plagued by a series of grisly murders.
Cult Cinema Sunday take over Fruit on 29 October with their Halloween Mystery Movie – fancy dress encouraged – while award-winning Hull theatre company, Middle Child, take on the script from Ghostbusters in a special read-through at Vue Cinema on Monday 30 October.
Middle Child recently won multiple awards and rave reviews at Edinburgh Fringe with All We Ever Wanted Was Everything and had to seek permission from Dan Ackroyd and Harold Ramis’ Estate to use the script in this one-off live reading. Luckily for Hull the stars of the original agreed!
As head of programming, Damien Greco says: “There’s nothing more thrilling than watching a Horror film in the dark, on a huge screen with fans of the genre, so join us if you dare.”
Tickets for Dead of Night: Hull Horror Film Festival are available in advance exclusively through Hull Box Office via web or by phone: 01482 221 113. They are not available in advance via the Vue Box Office online or at the cinema. Tickets will also be available on the door the night of the screening.
Standard Tickets: £7
HIC Members & Students: £6
Festival Pass: £32 (£28 for HIC Members and Students)
New Horror Pass (all events at 6:30pm): £22 (£18 for HIC Members & Students)
Classic Horror Pass (all events at 8:30pm): £22 (£18 for HIC Members & Students)
Day Pass (both 6:30pm and 8:30pm film): £12 (£10 for HIC Members & Students)
Note: Tickets to Cult Cinema Sunday: Halloween Mystery Movie are not included in Dead of Night Passes and must be purchased separately.