Halloween Scream Guide 2020: best horror films in London this Halloween.


INTERMISSION [back soon…]! With so many horror screens lighting up the darkness, we thought we’d recommend a few of our favourites in this special edition SCREAM GUIDE. Expect updates as we discover more (safe!) things to do in the dark with strangers… For full weekly listings, check out our regular Screen Guide.


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We’ve posted a Halloween Scream Guide here at RADIANT CIRCUS for the last few years and we’re not about to let a pandemic spoil our routine. This guide focuses on screenings in real venues as that’s where our heart beats fastest. As usual with our event listings, the following attractions were all still available at the box office at the time of posting. Because there’s not much use in telling you what’s on if you can’t get to it…

FEATURED ATTRACTION: If we had to pick just one… our featured attraction this Halloween is the Pitshanger Pictures presentation of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (1925) with live organ accompaniment by Henry Tozer at St. Barnabas Church W5 (31 OCT).

Although we’re favouring IRL screamings in this guide, we feel obliged to offer a special mention to our friends at Zodiac Film Club who are hosting special online Zodiac House Of Horrors (30 OCT 20:00). Tickets are FREE (and running out fast…) but donations are invited to Women’s Aid UK.

See you in darkness…


A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT d. Ana Lily Amirpour, 2014 presented by No Bollocks Film Club at The Castle Cinema (27 OCT 19:00).

AMERICAN PSYCHO 35MM d. Mary Harron, 2000 at Genesis Cinema (03 NOV 21:00).

A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET d. Wes Craven, 1984 at The Drive In, Troubadour Meridian Water (31 OCT 21:45).

ATLANTICS aka Atlantique d. Mati Diop, 2019 part of HORROCTOBER at The Prince Charles (02 NOV 18:15).

ATTACK THE BLOCK d. Joe Cornish, 2011 part of HALLOWEEN WEEK at Archlight Cinema (28 OCT 20:30).

BLADE d. Stephen Norrington, 1998 part of AFROFUTURISM at Catford Mews (31 OCT 19:00 / 03 NOV 19:30 / 05 NOV 19:00).

DOG SOLDIERS d. Neil Marshall, 2002 part of HORROCTOBER at The Prince Charles (28 OCT 17:40).

ERASERHEAD d. David Lynch, 1977 at BFI Southbank (04 NOV 21:00).

FRIDAY THE 13TH d. Sean S. Cunningham, 1980 at Rooftop Drive In at Alexandra Palace (29 OCT 21:00).

FROM HELL 35MM d. The Hughes Brothers, 2001 + Intro/Retro Trailers presented by The Celluloid Sorceress at Genesis Cinema (31 OCT 21:00).

THE HOST d. Rob Savage, 2020 + Recorded Q&A with the director, writers Jed Shepherd & Gemma Hurley & cast at Rio Cinema (31 OCT 18:30).

THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL d. Ti West, 2009 presented by Deeper Into Movies at Oslo Hackney E8 (01 NOV 19:30).

THE INNOCENTS d. Jack Clayton, 1961 at BFI Southbank (08 NOV 12:45 / 12 NOV 20:40).

J-horror Double Bill: RING d. Hideo Nakata, 1997 + PULSE d. Kiyoshi Kurosawa, 2001 at BFI Southbank (31 OCT 17:40 + 20:40).

THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER d. Charles Laughton, 1955 at BFI Southbank (02 NOV 14:20).

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA d. Rupert Julian, 1925 with Live Organ Accompaniment by Henry Tozer presented by Pitshanger Pictures at St Barnabas Church W5 (31 OCT 19:30).

THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW d. Jim Sharman, 1975 at The Luna Drive In Cinema at Allianz Park (01 NOV 21:45).

THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE 35MM d. Tobe Hooper, 1974 part of HORROCTOBER at The Prince Charles (29 OCT 18:00).

THE THING d. John Carpenter, 1982 + Intro/Salon with Nick Walker presented by Cult Classic Collective at Genesis Cinema (29 OCT 18:30).

TRAIN TO BUSAN PRESENTS – PENINSULA d. Sang-ho Yeon, 2020 at Curzon Cinemas (30 OCT 17:45 – Aldgate).

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