Psychedelic Vampire Disco at The Sunflower Lounge
When it comes to horror themed events no one does scary sleaze like Ben Drummond and co at The Sunflower Lounge, with a knowing nod and a wink to the golden age of seventies female vampire movies, enter into a party that could be right inside Jess Franco’s head with themed sounds, psychedelic visuals and bloody cocktails. Spinning supernatural sonics alongside Ben are Joey Smith, Dandy Randy and Olly Overton.
Sat 27 Oct 9pm at The Sunflower Lounge, 76 Smallbrook Queensway, Birmingham B5 4EG £3 www.facebook.com
Day of the Dead at The Old Crown
Halloween comes to the city’s oldest boozer with DJs, BBQ, fancy dress and games. The best dressed spooks will receive prizes.
Fri 26 Oct 5.30pm – 1am at The Old Crown, 188 High St, Deritend, Birmingham B12 0LD Free www.facebook.com
deadfilmstar at Subside
Coventry’s goth rockers deadfilmstar make the short trip to Digbeth for a special Halloween party at Subside, with local punkers The Glass House Museum providing support.
Fri 26 Oct 7pm at Subside, 57 Digbeth, Birmingham B5 6DA Free www.facebook.com
Evil Dead 2 & Conjurer’s Kitchen at The Electric
For the sequel to the gruelling original, Sam Raimi produced one of the most grotesquely hilarious splatterfests in movie history. Transposing the slapstick thrills of the Three Stooges into that cabin in the woods was a stroke of absolute genius. Chin on legs Bruce Campbell’s finest moment is as the chainsaw wielding Ash, laughing maniacally as the Deadite onslaught takes it toll and his own severed hand tries to kill him. An unrelentingly inventive laugh gore riot. Enjoy this horror classic with some disgustingly tasty treats from gastronomic genius the Conjurer’s Kitchen.
Fri 26 Oct 8pm at Electric, Station Street, Birmingham B5 4DY £20.70 www.theelectric.co.uk
Nosferatu with live musical accompaniment
The master German Expressionist director Murnau’s version of the Dracula story is a darkly atmospheric tale with an iconic and unsettling performance from Max Schreck as the titular vampire. Unlike Bram Stoker’s original novel Nosferatu’s victims stay dead, this deviation didn’t stop the author’s estate suing and obtaining an order that all copies of the film be destroyed. Luckily for us one of the greatest horror films ever made survived and even luckier for Birmingham cinephiles it can be viewed tonight with an improvised organ accompaniment from award-winning organist and improvisation specialist, Alexander Mason.
Fri 26 Oct 7.30pm at The Brammall, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT £8 thebramall.co.uk
The Elvis Dead with Rob Kemp at the Glee Club
Bruce Campbell, star of Cult horror The Evil Dead 2, has always had a touch of the Elvis’ about him, he even plays him in the low budget indie horror Bubba Ho Tep. So we think an interpretation of the greatest horror sequel ever made using the King’s music makes perfect sense. Rob Kemp’s award winning ‘The Elvis Dead’ is worth seeing on that incredible title alone, but luckily for you the show itself is an uproariously off kilter trawl through the murderous Deadite home invasion of Evil Dead 2, Vegas style.
Fri 26 Oct 9pm at The Glee, The Arcadian, 70 Hurst St, Birmingham B5 4TD £12 www.glee.co.uk
Coven: An Artefact Halloween Party
A traditional night of Halloween activities expertly married with the arts at Stirchley’s finest, apple bobbing and pumpkin carving alongside spoken word performances, short films, DJs and most intriguingly, advice on herbalist potion making.
Sat 27 Oct 3pm – 10pm at Artefact, 1464 Pershore Rd, Birmingham B30 2NT Free www.facebook.com
UV Party at The Island Bar
Get lit at The Island Bar with a unique UV party spread across both floors filled with horror classics and well stocked with Halloween cocktails. Glow sticks at the ready.
Sat 27 Oct 8pm at Island Bar, 14-16 Suffolk Street Queensway, Birmingham B1 1LT Free www.facebook.com
Stranger Things at The Night Owl
If you’re a fan of Stranger Things, and who isn’t? Then there’s only one place to be this weekend. Come in fancy dress as a Stranger Things character with prizes being awarded for the best. DJs Mazzy Snape and Sonny & Spare will be spinning the usual grooves with an eighties slant, the upside down has never looked so funky.
Sat 27 Oct 8pm at The Night Owl, 17-18 Lower Trinity St, Birmingham B9 4AG £9 ww2.theticketsellers.co.uk
Halloween Dog Parade at Dogbeth Dining Club
Special dog friendly edition of the Digbeth Dining Club with the onus being on our canine pals, the usual array of street food perfection, fine sounds, great vibes and an overload of spooky pooch power. Woof.
Sun 28 Oct 12pm to 8pm at Spotlight, Lower Trinity St, Birmingham B9 4AG £1 ticketlist.co.uk
Make it Reggae Ghost Dance at The Night Owl
Celebrating fifty years of Trojan Records, seminal ska, rocksteady, reggae and dub label founded in – you guessed it – 1968. Vinyl-only selector Joe Turner will be laying down the classics throughout alongside Philip Eccleston, laying down grooves that are guaranteed to get your feet shuffling like you’re playing an unorthodox game of cards. And on top of all that, there’s a jerk BBQ. Say no more?
Sun 28 Oct 2pm to 8pm at The Night Owl, 17-18 Lower Trinity St, Birmingham B9 4AG www.facebook.com
Published on: Mon 25 Jun 2018