HOME and Film4 are excited to announce 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 26 Oct 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 comedyOne 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 Matthew 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 31 October.

The FilmFear season also returns to Film4, with a season of premieres, discoveries and channel favourites running for six nights from Friday 26to Wednesday 31 October. Included in this year’s line-up are television premieres of the acclaimed folklore horror hit The Witch; the woodland terror of 2016’s reboot Blair Witch; director Johannes Roberts’ The Other Side of the Door; the twist-filled Pet, starring Dominic Monaghan; found-footage cult hit The Taking of Deborah Logan; and M. Night Shyamalan’s surprise-filled The Visit. And coming to the channel from last year’s HOME programme is Kaleidoscope, the psychological chiller starring Toby Jones and directed by Rupert Jones.

FilmFear is curated by David Cox, Film4 Channel Editor, in partnership with HOME.

David Cox commented: “It’s great to be returning with the FilmFear season for a third year, with a programme of films we’re excited to be sharing with the HOME audience. Horror comes in so many different forms, and this year’s line-up celebrates that variety both in terms of subject and style. The genre itself seems to be more popular than ever at the moment, both at the cinema and on TV, but the films we’re showing prove that this success isn’t just a fad, with stories rooted in a wide range of traditions and cultures.”

Jennifer Hall, Film Programme Producer at HOME, added: “We’re thrilled to be welcoming back FilmFear to HOME for a third year, in collaboration with Film4. From Nicolas Cage to Nunsploitation, this year’s programme is a real Halloween treat for horror-hungry fans. We’re looking forward to unleashing this stand-out selection of the best new horror from across the globe alongside classic horror titles, and to welcoming some very special guests.”

Full details/timings/Tickets are now on sale now via www.homemcr.org/filmfear or the HOME Box Office on +44 (0)161 200 1500.

About The Author

Simon Fitzjohn

Simon is a journalism tutor in London, who also just happens to be a movie fanatic, with a craving for the darker side of cinema. He has written three books - on the horror films of director Bob Clark (2014), the history of the character Norman Bates (2015) and the work of British exploitation director Pete Walker (2017). He is currently working with director Richard Loncraine to explore all avenues in a bid to orchestrate the re-release of 1978 Mia Farrow chiller Full Circle