Halloween treats in store
If you’re looking for Halloween treats we’ve got a few tricks up our sleeve at the Errol Flynn Filmhouse, with a great line-up of films in store for this spookiest time of year.
With the Hollywood rumour mill buzzing with reports that a script has been drafted for the long awaited Ghostbusters threequel, the original 1984 spectral sci-fi/comedy is enjoying a long overdue re-release, which gets the Halloween ball rolling here on Saturday 26 October at 2.30pm.
The classic blockbuster, starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Sigourney Weaver, follows a team of down-on-their-luck parapsychology professors who get their break when a series of ghoulish gatecrashers descend on New York City. With throngs of nightmarish apparitions running amok in the Big Apple, it’s up to the Ghostbusters to charge up their proton packs and send the slimy menaces back to where they came from.
On Halloween itself, Thursday 31 October, at 7pm you can see an NT Encore screening of the National Theatre’s Olivier Award-winning 2011 production of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, directed by Oscar-winner Danny Boyle and starring Jonny Lee Miller as Victor Frankenstein and Benedict Cumberbatch as his monstrous creation. (The two actors alternated these roles and the reverse casting can be seen in a screening on Sunday 10 November.)
Finally, as we approach the witching hour, at 11pm there’s a chance to see The Exorcist – Director’s Cut, starring Linda Blair as the apparently normal 12 year old whose body is possessed by the Devil. Still one of the scariest films ever made, this new edit features previously cut footage including some unseen and genuinely unsettling special effects.