Mandy (dir: Panos Cosmatos, 2018, cert 18)
Cosmatos cranks the Nick into overdrive and lets him go wild in this gory blood soaked revenge thriller, a throwback to the eighties nasties but with glossier gore, it’s Slayer’s Reign in Blood writ large, a raging heavy metal cacophony of blistering violence and dizzying visuals and we haven’t even mentioned the chainsaw fight yet.
Mon 22 Oct to Thu 25 Oct at Electric, Station Street, Birmingham B5 4DY £10.50 www.theelectric.co.uk
Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. (dir: Steve Loveridge, 2018, cert 18)
Winner of the World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award at this years Sundance, Loveridge’s film is a candid portrayal of one of the most enigmatic, and at times controversial, figures in contemporary music. Mathangi Arulpragasam, better known as M. I. A. is a fiercely independent thinker and her views have set her at odds with others, not least flipping a middle finger during the NFL Super Bowl which led to her being sued by the organisation. It’s her incredible social activism that sets her apart from her peers, raising awareness of the oppression of Sri Lankan Tamils, Palestinians and African Americans, drawing on her own experiences as a child. It’s a riveting and powerful journey told with impressive authority by Loveridge.
Tue 23 Oct & Wed 24 Oct at mac, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham B12 9QH £9 macbirmingham.co.uk
Night of the Living Dead (dir: George Romero, 1968, cert 15)
The George Romero classic that really got the fascination with on screen zombies underway and shifted from the weak undead B-movie tropes that had gone before. The zombies in Night of the Living Dead are terrifying and the brutality very real as our heroes fight to stay alive. In a sense one could argue that the zombies got serious. Night of the Living Dead is a creepy little chiller and it has lost none of its power to shock. They’re coming to get you Barbara.
Thu 25 Oct 6pm & 8.20pm at Lighthouse, Chubb Bldg, Fryer St, Wolverhampton WV1 1HT £8.40 light-house.co.uk
Evil Dead 2 (dir: Sam Raimi, 1987, cert 15) + Conjurer’s Kitchen
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 (dir: F. W. Murnau, 1921, cert PG) 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
Festival of Terror
Ten days of horror themed events with an inventive array of screenings featuring classics, previews, Q&A’s, trading, music and parties. Opening things up are local movie obsessed electronica boys Agents of Evolution, who will tear through a set of John Carpenter inspired noise before a screening of the great man’s classic, The Thing. Check out previews of new UK horror films with post screening Q&A’s, The Snarling and Pumpkins in addition to classics such as Hellraiser, Halloween and The Exorcist. Things are rounded off nicely with a Rocky Horror Halloween Party at The Custard Factory featuring the film, live music, DJs, street food and some outrageous costumes hopefully. Check out the full schedule here.
Fri 26 Oct to Sat 3 Nov at The Mockingbird, The Custard Factory, Gibb St, Birmingham B9 4AA www.festivalofterror.co.uk
Disabled Heroes is a programme of events and screenings designed to stimulate debate around disability and film and question traditional depictions of disability. Three films screened over three days including the superb new documentary The Social Model that challenges the negative portrayal of disability on film, Chloé Zhao’s moving The Rider and a rare glimpse of the 1972 film starring Malcolm Mcdowell, Raging Moon, including a post screening Q&A.
Thu 25 Oct to Sat 27 Oct at the mac, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham B12 9QH macbirmingham.co.uk
Published on: Thu 21 Jun 2018