So, with Bond likely to be supplanted at number one for the next weeks, here are the few alternative offerings, a few of which have a Halloween flavour.
Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (15)
Comedy horror from Paranormal Activity director Christopher London. As the title might suggest, the film has a knowing teen-edged audience at its heart, following the exploits of three Boy Scouts hoarding of the walking dead with an attuned survival instinct.
The images and screenshots hint at something that is knowingly cheesy and as a result it could fall one of two ways. It could be clever or it could be trite and stupid. Sometimes, there’s a third way and that’s a combination of both those things.
To date, there’s been little press reviews.
Shock and Gore presents A Nightmare on Elm Street (18)
With the great horror director Wes Craven having passed away very recently, it seems very appropriate that Shock and Gore’s contribution to Halloween this year is a showing of A Nightmare on Elm Street at the Electric. No matter how many years pass by, this still remains one of the archetypal horror films of all time. Unlike most films under the slasher monicker, this is one that is intelligent and as seeing it (under age) for the first time left a real mark on my cinema viewing habits and attitudes towards horror.
Phantom of the Opera (PG)
Winning the cool awards for Halloween this year could be the mac, who not only are putting on a rare screening of the 1925 silent horror ‘Phantom of the Opera’ but are doing it to a live music score composed by Mark Willetts and performed by the Black Country Guitar Quartet.
Halloween Film & Supper Club – Urban Coffee Company.
Urban Coffee Company are screening the Hammer horror classic ‘Dracula – Prince of Darkness’ starring the late Christopher Lee. The showing is on Thursday 29th October at their JQ emporium, supper will be served from 7pm and the film starts around 8pm. Tickets are £17 and include supper, a drink (wine, beer, or coffee) and popcorn! Bookings – firstname.lastname@example.org ; 0121 2331599.
That’s it from me this week. As always any queries, please drop me a line on twitter @timmy666. Until then, have a great week at the cinema.