This is a film still from HABIT dir Larry Fessenden, 1997, presented by Lost Vampires at ICA (20 October 2022)
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THURSDAY: What’s on in London today [20/10/22]

THURSDAY 20 OCTOBER 2022 (A–Z) // What’s on in London today across DIY, indie & alternative cinema including one-off screen events, film seasons, film festivals & our selection of new releases.

By RADIANT CIRCUS // Twitter @radiantcircus / Instagram @radiantcircus

#QueerHorrorNights presents a very special event at the historic Rio Cinema – our Halloween Monsters Ball: NIGHTBREED (28 OCT 22:00+).

UK Premiere: HABIT d. Larry Fessenden, 1997 + Q&A with the director, presented by Lost Vampires at ICA (20 OCT 18:30).

“Larry Fessenden’s horror-infused exploration of loss, addiction, paranoia and madness in 1990s New York has continued to resonate in the three decades since its US release – and we’re delighted that this UK premiere screening will be followed by a Q&A with writer, director, editor and lead actor Larry Fessenden, who will discuss the film and the broader role of his production company Glass Eye Pix since its formation in 1985.”

“After losing his father and splitting with his girlfriend Liza (Heather Woodbury), alcoholic Sam (Fessenden) finds solace with the mysterious, unpredictable Anna (Meredith Snaider), who he meets at a Halloween party hosted by his friend Nick (Aaron Beall). But there’s something strange about the seductive Anna – and as their relationship progresses, Sam’s grip on reality begins to crumble.”

“Recently the subject of a 20-film retrospective at MoMA in New York, Fessenden and Glass Eye Pix are beginning to receive the recognition they deserve for a four-decade legacy of intelligent, auteur-driven, low-budget filmmaking and their nurturing of emerging talent as diverse as writer/directors Ti West and Kelly Reichardt.” (ICA)

TOKEN HOMO presents a new season of BAR TRASH – TRASH PLANET – a thrilling season of 70s eco-horror. Tickets from £1 – Booking now!

  • 7 DEADLY IDIOTS d. various, 2022 presented by Told By An Idiot at The Cinema Museum (20 OCT 19:30).
  • 28 DAYS LATER 20th Anniversary d. Danny Boyle, 2002 presented by Only True Cinema at Whirled Cinema (20 OCT 19:00).
  • CARAMEL d. Nadine Labaki, 2007 presented by Highgate Film Society at Highgate Literary & Scientific Institution (20 OCT 20:00) – Followed by an online discussion (21 OCT 17:00).
  • DEAR DEAD DELILAH d. John Farris, 1972 presented by Lobotomy Room Film Club at Fontaine’s Bar (20 OCT 20:00 – FREE!).
  • UK Premiere: HABIT d. Larry Fessenden, 1997 + Q&A with the director, presented by Lost Vampires at ICA (20 OCT 18:30).
  • Art In The Making: I IS A LONG-MEMORIED WOMAN d. Frances-Anne Solomon, 1990 at BFI Southbank (20 OCT 18:20).
  • NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD 16mm d. George A Romero, 1968 presented by Ciné-Real 16mm Film Club at The Castle Cinema (20 OCT 19:30 / 27 OCT 19:30).
  • THE ROOM d. Tommy Wiseau, 2003 at The Prince Charles (20 OCT 21:00).
  • STRANGER AT THE GATE d. Joshua Seftel, 2022 + Q&A with the director at JW3 (20 OCT 19:30).
  • TICKET TO PARADISE d. Ol Parker, 2022 at The David Lean (20 OCT 14:30 HOH & 19:30).

Check venues for full listings…

35MM PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles

BLACK HISTORY MONTH at The Garden Cinema

CAROLEE SCHNEEMANN FILM SERIES at Barbican 

THE FILMS OF DAVID LYNCH at The Prince Charles 

GARY OLDMAN at BFI Southbank

HALLOWEEN at Genesis Cinema

  • AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON d. John Landis, 1981 + Intro/Salon with Nick Walker, presented by Cult Classic Collective (20 OCT 18:30).
  • THE LOST BOYS d. Joel Schumacher, 1987 presented by Signature Brewery (20 OCT 21:00 – with a free pint!).

HORROCTOBER – A MONTH OF THRILLS, CHILLS & SPILLS at The Prince Charles

IN DREAMS ARE MONSTERS at BFI Southbank 

JOHN SMITH: INTROSPECTIVE (1972–2022) 50 FILMS FROM 50 YEARS at ICA & Close-Up

MIKE LEIGH IN CONVERSATION at The Garden Cinema

  • NAKED d. Mike Leigh, 1993 + Mike Leigh in conversation (20 OCT 19:10).

NEW GERMAN CINEMA at The Garden Cinema

SPOTLIGHT ON ISABELLE HUPPERT at Ciné Lumière

TNB BHM 2022 at Stratford East Picturehouse

  • BEAST d. Baltasar Kormákur, 2022 + Panel + Performance (20 OCT 19:00 – FREE!).


ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT dir Edward Berger, 2022

DECISION TO LEAVE aka Heojil Kyolshim dir Park Chan-Wook, 2022

HALLOWEEN ENDS dir David Gordon Green, 2022



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